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    state fair education...

    i was at the state fair, yesterday, with my youngest and her hubby--they are both artists, so we spent much of our day in the fine arts building, and the creative activities area, admiring and being blown away by the exquisite workmanship in so many things--but especially the quilts! (SIL confessed a longing to try his hand at needlepoint and/or counted cross stitch. he has been instructed to come and shop in my sewing room) we were looking at the gorgeous quilts when our territory was invaded by another young man who was obviously in love with the colors and textures we were seeing. he traveled along the exhibit with us, commenting on the lovely quilting (most of them machine quilted, expertly) and he commented on how he thought that it is a lot easier now, when there are "computers to do that sort of thing, now, you know--on sewing machines." i commented that while there were programs and pantographs, most of it was still guided by hand, and took a lot of ability and planning. he humphed, and moved on, ahead of us--and then, he leaned over and whispered, conspiratorially to me that "there is a new thing they are doing, now, you know--'they' are starting to make these out of polyester. i hear they last a lot longer." and with that pontification in my ears, i just smiled and told him that if he ever did, to be sure he used the right kind of thread, because polyester fabric would cut right through that cotton thread after a while...

    i was sad to learn that i am not on the cutting edge with my cottons. and i was really happy to hear how "easy" it is to machine quilt. i'm still chuckling at the "reverse" quilt police, who feel free to educate the rest of us, and i know i'll never, ever be forced to bear the burden of that much inside knowledge. (oh, i'm sorry--was that my out loud voice? i lost my sarcasm filter yesterday, at the fair. i think it's still in the quilt display!)

    still smiling, but loving how friendly this guy was--
    "life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"

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    Apparently he has never heard the old adage, "better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and confirm it."

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    scissor queen...my tummy hurts from laughing about your answer.......
    I once saw a poster with a great saying on it:
    "Oh lord, help me to keep my big mouth shut untill I know what I'm talking about"
    Should be a great gift for this youg man
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    When I mentioned that I am making a quilt for my son one lady just chuckled and said "why do you always insist on being so crafty. Make your life easier and go down to Waly world and just buy him one. He is going to like it better." My son being a little surprised by her forceful comment politely said "yes, something mass produced half the way across the wold would be so much better than a quilt made by my mom." My son is 8 so my jaw just dropped in surprise.

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    I went to our state fair last week and the only buildings I visited were the Fine Arts and Crafts, just like you Svenskaflicka. There were some absolutely beautiful quilts that were jaw-dropping, and I forgot to bring my camera! Definitely recommend a visit to a state fair for everyone.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    @tashana now THAT's a kid with smarts! better keep him!
    Last edited by svenskaflicka1; 09-02-2012 at 12:16 PM.
    "life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"

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    yup. i was at the very same state fair. i was astounded by the beauty in the creative arts building, and i never even got to the senior center, across the street--they always have gorgeousness hanging in there, too! oh, well--next year--more beauty!

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    I went to our state fair last week and the only buildings I visited were the Fine Arts and Crafts, just like you Svenskaflicka. There were some absolutely beautiful quilts that were jaw-dropping, and I forgot to bring my camera! Definitely recommend a visit to a state fair for everyone.
    "life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"

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    I have not been to a state fair in years, not to mention the county 4H fairs. I miss them. Will have to make a point. Thanks for sharing with us. Also, I have been gone a few weeks because I came home from Indy while my dad was in rehab from his surgery. Then he passed away suddenly. So my sibblings and I were rather busy for a while. It was sad but I am glad I was in Indy with him for 6 months. Teresa

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad Teresa, but glad you had time with him, too. My dad passed 6 years ago this week, my husband 12 years ago, and I still miss them. You take it easy and let the emotions run amuck for a while. Quilting therapy is good - cotton absorbs tears well! hugs, Miriam
    May your blessings be many, your troubles few and your fabric stash endless!

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    Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing away. It's been 50 yrs since my Dad died, and I still miss him.

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