Monday, January 10, 2011

I made coffee!

It's been cold around here lately, so yesterday, I made coffee!

Hot coffee!

No real plan yet, we'll see where I go from here. I sure am having fun making something with no recipient or end result in mind - how liberating! Although, I'll be honest - I was a bit dismayed at how NOT wonky my letters were. I didn't measure, so they arent' the same size, but they aren't wonky either. I guess I really need Tonya's new Word Play Quilts book.

Speaking of liberating, on Saturday, we had a trunk show by Judy Loope at our guild meeting. The woman used to be an art teacher, and I think it shows in her creative quilts.

Most are wallhangings, and she incorporates lots of techniques into her quilts. Her work was AMAZING! Unfortunately, I don't think photos can do justice to the detail and texture and depth to her work, but in case you want to check it out, her website is

And then we get to this morning. I had a doctor's appointment, and on my way back from the doctor's office, I passed the new location of a quilt shop near me that had re-located. I HAD to stop in, right? It turns out, this was opening day, and I was her first official customer. Well, then, I HAD to buy something, right? I mean, this is a woman in my quilt guild that I just MUST support! In case Mrs. P is laughing so hard that her coffee is going up her nose, please know that I was VERY good. I limited myself to the $20 bill I had in my purse. I bought 1.5 yards of Kona white muslin for a cub scout project, and then 2 spring-y fabrics (2/3 yd and 5/8 yd) to remind me that it won't be cold and gray forever.

The shop is delightful, in a big old house set back from the road, surrounded by a shaded yard, with two porches and a deck. There are plantation shutters on the windows (I love plantation shutters!), a cozy, bright sunroom for her longarm, a little classroom, and lots of wonderful fabrics artfully arranged on neat old pieces of furniture. If you are ever zipping down I-81 in Virginia, I encourage you to stop to stretch your legs (and lighten your purse) at exit 200 at the Quiltery. Tell them Erin sent ya!


Shay said...

How did you know I'd be snorting in my coffee? Are you spying on me? Well done on the restraint Erin. Im proud of you.

Loving the chickens and hot coffee. That's so whimsical and cute. Free thinking ideas with no particular plan often turn out to be works of art!

Looking forward to whatever happens next...and Im off to get more coffee.

Stray Stitches said...

It's so fun seeing how your idea is growing around your original chicken! I can't wait to see what happens next.

The quilt shop sounds wonderful. Love the fabrics you purchased.

Julie Fukuda said...

I'm one of those who goes around straightening pictures on the wall so lack of wonkyness (is that a word?)doesn't bother me.
I think the "excuse" for shopping is pretty good and as a long-time Cub leader, I'll buy it!You get the others as a bonus for thinking of Cub projects.

joe tulips said...

Love it. I don't get to crooked wonky with my letters either. I tend to cut perpendicular, it feels right in my brain....I try to make the strips in the letters different widths. From fat to thin.
I need to remember the quilt shop and location. If I ever get to Virginia Beach to see my sister, this would be a nice side trip.

Nancy said...

So just how wonky are you expecting your letters to be? I thought I was really out of my element when I did some wonky log cabin blocks for a quilt that was auctioned last summer at the ALA conference.
Wonder if I could get to Lex in time to go see the new Quiltery before Bonnie's show. I'm hoping to go out to eat with her and Kim too. but I don't know what the plans are for that yet.

Michelle said...

Love it!! Its soooo cute!! Have a wonderful week!

Em said...

Erin, I am drinking coffe and you posted coffee, CHEERS!!!!!!!!!! The quilt is beyond adorable, I LOVE IT!!!!! becoming quite a story for you and us. Isn't quilting amazing when you see the fun in the chicken and then the classic beauty of your Dresden plates in the post below. WHAT A TALENT YOU HAVE for diversity! Love to you coffee chick, Em

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Erin, love the hot coffee quilt..