August 6, 2012

The Quilting Olympics

I may have gotten a bit carried away in titling this blog post. But doesn't it sound exciting?  In reality, I was just trying to figure out a way to combine into one blog post my trip to the Long Beach quilt show, and all of the Olympic fun that has been going on. You may think that makes me lazy, but I prefer to call myself "efficient". So here goes.
About a week ago my mom and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Long Beach Convention Center for the International Quilt Festival. The show never disappoints and we always leave feeling exhausted and happy from hours and hours of shopping and quilt viewing.  I kept myself to a budget this year and didn't leave with many packages.  So instead of pictures of loot, I'm going to share a picture of my favorite quilt at the show. It is titled "Spring Blossoms" and was machine pieced and free-motion quilted by Terry Aske of British Columbia, Canada. Isn't it beautiful?

In case you haven't heard, wink wink ,  The Olympics also started that weekend.  To say that I am a big fan of the Olympics, is quite an understatement. I grew up in a family that was a little bit obsessed with the Olympics.  So I have an ingrained appreciation for the millions of hours of  Olympic coverage that is available to us.  I was so excited for the Opening Ceremonies, I decided to turn our date night into a mini Olympics party. My husband isn't quite as Olympic obsessed but he kindly obliged and participated in my party plans. 
I decided that we should have Greek food in honor of the first Olympics. So we got take-out. (I'm not Greek and won't pretend that my Greek food cooking skills could ever surpass that of the oh-so-tasty restaurant "Daphne's".)  Here is a photo of our Olympic Falafel deliciousness:

We also had a torch lighting ceremony which coincided with the West Coast replay of the actual Olympic Torch lighting. Ours wasn't quite as dramatic but was definitely just as heart felt. Plus, ours had the added bonus of smelling really good. Here is our "torch".
When you think about it, quilting and The Olympics really do have a lot in common. It takes training and many hours of hard work to perfect your skills.  Some quilt "training" even results in blood (pin pricks), sweat and tears (think seam ripping).  And in the end, you can be proud of what you've done, even if you never win one of those fancy ribbons at a quilt show.


Toni Selman said...

Love your efficiency in combining both posts!

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful quilt, really love the colors she used.
I enjoy watching the olympics while I sew.