Sunday, March 28, 2010

Home Again, Home Again

Home again, Home again! We had so much fun going to Iowa. Friday afternoon was spent driving. We weren't going to stop in Winterset at Fons & Porter, but then our butts decided otherwise. It was time to get out of the car and walk around for a little bit. So we did some damage at that store and then wandered down the street to Ben Franklin. I did some SERIOUS damage there. I'm starting to be thankful that all of the Ben Franklin stores closed here in Kansas and Missouri.
Saturday morning we got up early and headed to Nolting. My fun quilter was all set up and ready for me to play with. I got a few pointers and loaded my new baby up. I think her name will be Betty. I'm not sure why, but she looks like a Betty to me. She just purrs right along.

On the way home, my friend kept saying we had to stop at the store in Amana Iowa. We did and it was GREAT. That store, Heritage Designs, is a Better Homes and Gardens top 10 store. It was so much to look around at all the fabric, kits and patterns. We both did a bit more damage.

Front door of Heritage Designs

What you see when you first walk in

After getting home last night, I set Betty up and played with her for a bit. I was so tired though I ended up going to bed at about 8:30.

This morning I got up and finished putting together the cowboy /horse quilt. Taking it apart was definitely worth the effort. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. It's now nicely folded and in the pile of tops to be quilted. Check - one more thing of my UFO list that has been hanging around out there waiting to be finished.

Got an email a bit ago from a friend. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma. I'm sitting here in shock. She went in a couple years back to have a mole removed from her stomach and they said it looked "melanoma-ish" so it was good that she came in. She goes back every 6 months for a check up and all has been good until the December check-up. There was a spot on her lung and another in her groin. The type of cancer she has won't allow for chemo because the survival rate is too low. Surgery is out of the question because it's spreading. So she is now searching for some clinical trials to get into. I just keeping thinking that she just became a Grandma and has been so excited about that. She hasn't even gotten to retire and enjoy that time. You just never know.

Well on that sad note, I wish you a great week.

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Cynthia L. said...

Hi Becky,
Found your blog after reading a post of one of my followers - she had you as a favorite. I can see why - I really like your work. I bet you and your friend really had a good time visiting all of those quilt shops. I would love to see photos of what you bought. I will be following your blog to see what other goodies you create.

Sharon said...

I came to your blog via your comment re:longarms. I too, am a Nolting owner and love my machine. So sorry to hear about your friend, I went the rounds with breast cancer last year, support from friends made all the difference. Make sure she looks after herself, it can be hard some days.

Anonymous said...

What a fun trip. Just found you and love all things QUILT! Come by and check out the quilt party I attended yesterday! Happy Easter.