One last Easter Parade

I have seen so many wonderful family pictures and fun spring-time rituals from my blogging tribe this week. Your happiness has inspired me to share my own.

My roommate’s daughter and son-in-law arrived from South Carolina by way of Connecticut and brought the youngest grandson for his first trip to NY this past weekend. What fun to have a baby in the house once more! My mother even jumped into the party and she volunteered to babysit so that the four of us could enjoy an evening out. With a face like this, how could she resist?

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Baby Jackson is adorbs!

Good Friday is our traditional day to spend at the Broadway Market in Buffalo, NY, so we packed up our guests and brought them along to share in the excitement. The kids loved it and Jackson seemed to be energized by the crowds. We snagged some painted eggs to add to our collection, and we made sure that Jackson’s mom and dad started theirs!

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Hand-painted eggs are an Easter tradition. Our collection is getting quite large!

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Chocolate enrobed Peeps are another Easter tradition from the Market! Some of these may or may not have also been added to our “collection”.

Finally, the big bunny came and we loaded up on cute pics of Jackson.

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Jackson spent hours on this quilt, exploring the patterns. He’s a quilt lover in the making!

On the quilting front, Cindy did a wonderful job of machine quilting my violet mini.  She even sent it back to me express mail. She is the best.

I’ll pack these little bunnies away and then finish the binding for the big (mini) reveal on Thursday.

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Bye-bye bunnies! Until next year.

circular ABSTRACTIONS

Continuing on my topic of “What I did with my quilt guild last Saturday”, the day would not have been complete without a stop in the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio located just down the street from Lunn Fabrics.

The Arts Center presented the circular ABSTRACTIONS Bull’s Eye Quilts curated by Nancy Crow.  We were asked to not take pictures, but AQS has a link here that shows you some of the work in this exhibit.  These 51 quilts were a study in color, pattern, texture and design.  I could have spent hours looking at these glorious works of art!

Speaking of color, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of an Eastern Redbud tree this morning while walking my dogs.  You can see these buds are just about to pop open and soon (probably tomorrow!) fuchsia blooms will populate the landscape of central Ohio.  Happy quilting!

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…and how much did I spend?!

This past Saturday, my quilting guild traveled to Lunn Fabrics  located in Lancaster, Ohio.  What a feast for the eyes!  Let’s start with the outside first.  This shop is located in a large, old brick house and is surrounded by a garden of spring splendor with interesting lawn ornaments.

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The walkway into the shop hosts a collection of multi-colored bowling balls!  Unique and clever…at first I thought they were gazing balls, talk about re-purposing!  This set the stage for the next surprise.

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Lunn’s has an incredible selection of batiks and hand-dyed fabrics, I didn’t know where to look first!

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There are lots of “one of a kind” fabrics…if you see something you like, it’s pretty much buy now or regret later!

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I kept coming back to the fabric below, the colors were bold and striking.  Who can resist a good leaf pattern?

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Inspiration was everywhere!  Why not add some beading and buttons to your quilt?  They carry a nice supply of both in the store.

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The quilt below was truly a work of art!

The green quilt below was also a show stopper.

Want to try your hand at making batik fabric?  Batik stamps are available for purchase!

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…and “how much did I spend?” you ask!  A grand total of $1.50!

I admit it, I froze…I didn’t have a plan!  I’ll be driving back to Lunn’s but next time, I’ll have a plan for sure!