I have been anticipating this day for a year and a half, and I might need to pinch myself in the morning when we (my mother, son, and I) load up the car and start our road trip to Austin, TX. This has been a dream of mine, and I'm having a hard time believing it's going to be a reality very soon.
I've spent the last month and a half prepping for Quiltcon. I made a name tag and a lanyard. I completely missed the lanyard swap for Quiltcon, so I went ahead and made my own.
I ordered pins so I can participate in the pin swap.
I ordered pins for my local guild so we can represent while we are there.
I put a box of my business cards in my supplies so I have them readily available to hand out.
I made two very practical bags to utilize while at Quiltcon. The first was a Sew Together Bag by SewDemented.
The second was a Sewing Circle Tote by Elizabeth Hartman.
I prepped for the two classes I'll be taking. The Dot to Dot Quilting with Angela Walters is just a supply fee, so that was easy. I love straight line quilting, but I want to explore more FMQ. I thought this class would be perfect.
These fabrics are all set for Playing With Value with Cheryl Arkison. I feel like there is so much for me to learn about color value and I jumped at the chance when I saw this class.
I've been slowly collecting my supplies in a basket so I don't forget anything.
I've also been building a list of things I want to do in Austin while I'm there. I use to live in Austin for 8 years while I was a student as the University of Texas and later as a young teacher.
I will be:
- spending some of my time catching up with old friends and meeting precious children of the aforementioned old friends.
- going to church where my husband and I attended and where we were married. There are lots of precious people there that I can't wait to hug.
- eating a lot of food! Chuy's (my favorite restaurant), Texas BBQ, Whataburger, breakfast tacos, food trucks, etc.
- visiting a HEB and Central Market grocery store. You have to be a Texan to understand this. I probably won't buy much, but I will enjoy it's general splendor and try not to loose the contentment I've finally achieved with my local Kroger here in the Memphis-area.
- going to IKEA. We won't be getting an IKEA in Memphis until spring of 2016. I can't wait that long!
- trying to savor the time spent with my nieces and nephew. I don't get to see them as often as I would like.
- Last, but not least, I will finally be meeting all these wonderful quilters I've had the pleasure to meet through the blogging/online world in person. I can't even begin to contain my excitement!
I won't be on the blog while I'm away, but I'll be posting pics on Instagram: @simplypieced
Check it out!