Thursday, September 17, 2009

my birthday week

My birthday was last week and our family went to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Emporia, KS, for part of the celebrations. It was interesting to see the old ranch home and other buildings, all made of limestone starting back in the 1880s. There's even a limestone chicken coop and a limestone outhouse.

There was also a quilt show.

This was one of my favorites. I took a whole bunch of other pictures but I'm going to share them later.

We missed the bus tour of the park while we were there but had a good time looking at the quilts and walking through the house on a self guided tour, and talking to the women who were there demonstrating spinning, natural dyeing, weaving, and outdoor cooking.
Here's my oldest with the bookmark he wove:

So, that was a fun family field trip and we got to see another interesting part of our state that we hadn't been to before.

Also for my birthday, my parents and my husband's parents gave me this:

Actually, they gave me money and I searched and searched and hemmed and hawed about which fabrics I really wanted, and finally found a smoking deal on all these precuts at Jojo's Gift Shoppe. I love it all. I really really love the Eva charm pack, there are some great dark purples and pinks and chartreuse greens in there. That's a Neptune honey bun there, in case you couldn't tell.

So--it was a good birthday. I'm also planning on subscribing to Quilter's Home for my birthday... maybe I'll go sign up online this morning. Have a great day!


Audrie said...

I got fabrics from my mum for my birthday too... well she said she'd pay for my choices hehe I've been meaning to get the Eva fabrics cos I love the colour combos... very lovely choices!

Dena said...

Happy belated birthday. Sounds like you had a great day with your family. Nice presents.

jacquie said...

happy belated birthday!!! looks like it was a great one. isn't the preserve a wonderful place! i love hiking there.