Thursday, June 09, 2011

Too Much Fun!



Let's begin with these adorable babies! These are the adorable twins that I got to see while I was in Salt Lake City. You may already know that they belong to Becky, my granddaughter. They are now four months old. I have lots more to share, but wanted to grab your attention with these little cuties first! Grey and Micah!

It is not an easy thing to be a dedicated blogger, and as much as I enjoy it, I must admit that at times it seems a burden. You may have noticed (or not) my absence of late. First I was in SLC for Quilt Market, then visiting family out west while there, then I came home and had a hysterectomy and that laid me up for a while. Actually I pretty much slept for a week. Now I am working my way back into the game. Ideas are streaming. But I still have hardly touched on my trip and market and the babies, etc.
 
 So let me begin by saying that I met up with the wonderful and charming Tara Lynn Darr of Sew Unique Creations while I was at market and I got to see all her darling quilts that are in her new book, Simply Charming, and they are just that! Simply Charming! Her book is available all over the place, including her website. But you might get lucky and win it in my drawing! 

 Also while in Utah I met up with Kairle Oaks who I met thru blogging a few years ago. Now we have met face to face and I can honestly say how wonderful it was to meet her! Kairle took a day from her busy life and showed me and Joan some darling quilt shops in the Salt Lake area. 
This place, Quilt, Etc. actually has storefronts on two sides of the street and people carry things back and forth. They treated us with little bags of Utah's famous Salt Water Taffy, and also had cookies and drinks sitting out for customers. Hospitality plus, I would say! Click the link for a virtual tour of the shop on their website. It's great!

Next shop on our tour was Material Girls! The Utah shops seem to be especially fond of clean, bright colors. I would have to change my whole color palette if I lived there. This shop was darling and visually appealing. 
Then it was on to Gardner Village! We loved this place! Just look at the trees in bloom and the mountains still covered in snow and the bright blue sky! The village contained many darling shops that we visited, but of course our main destination was Pine Needles Quilt Shop, pictured right there with that darling deck over the stream.

These pretty pastels rule in this area, and I had to laugh when talking later to Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill about this shop. I told her it looked like it was painted to match her fabrics! 
Then take a look at the darling cutting table and the big drawers. I love it! I would love to do that in my own sewing room.

What a wonderful day it was, and we owe it all to the generosity of my blogging buddy, Kairle! Aren't blogging friends the best!


Here are a couple more pictures of the twins with two of their grandmas. On the right is Mary Brandt who also came to town for Quilt Market.
Mary works for Shelley Stokes and Cedar Canyon Textiles. They have those nifty Paintstiks that so many people are enjoying. They always do a huge business. People love those Paintstiks! It was nice to enjoy their company again!

So now I made you read all the way thru this post to find out what you need to do to enter the drawing for the Simply Charming book. Well, I think if you read this far you qualify to throw your name in the hat! Be sure I can link back to you or else leave me an email address. Good luck everyone! Let's give it one week and I will draw next Thursday, June 16.

Have fun clicking on those links! They are all great!


48 comments:

Sallie said...

Those babies are adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

Yvette said...

Those babies just make me smile. Life just doesn't get better than that!

I think I need to put Utah on my list of places to visit. Everyone who has posted about market seems to love it there. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful shops.

Sherrill said...

Oh those babies are so sweet..love the pix where they're all swaddled up! LOL And I've been to SLC but missed all those quilt shops. Must go back. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sandi P said...

Would love to put my name in for this drawing. I am so glad you are getting back into your routine and feeling better after your travels and surgery. Those little ones are too cute for words all swaddled up like that.

Paula said...

Such precious babies!!!! Thanks for a chance to win the book. :)

Kathy said...

What cute babies! Looks like you had a great time all the way around.

Susan said...

What beautiful grandbabies you have! They are ADORABLE! Thank you for offering the Simply Charming book. I'd love to see the quilts inside.

Darlene said...

Grey and Micah are adorable!

I recognized Kairle as soon as I saw her picture. I've often thought about her - please tell her I said Hi. She may not remember me but she might. LOL

Mary Lou Casada said...

Bless your heart! No wonder you haven't blogged!! Glad to know you are on the mend, enjoying retail therapy :-D and grandbaby face time! Sooo much better investment than worrying 'bout us! We'll be here when you are ready, fully back in the swing of things.

Blessings!
Mary Lou

Janet said...

Those twins are so cute!! I bet it was very special to meet them in person. :0)
I'm glad you're feeling better!
I'd love to win that book. Count me in!

quiltma said...

What beautiful babies....
Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
And it sounds like you bounced back alot better than I did after my hysterectomy.

Annette said...

What happy little boys. Their sweet picture made me smile too. I hope you are on the mend. Not such a fun adventure after all the fun adventures of your trip. I'm looking forward to seeing some of those ideas of yours.

pcflamingo said...

If there's anything cuter than a baby wrapped up like a burrito .... it has to be TWO babies wrapped up like a burrito! Those are some cute babies! Thanks for the chance to win a prize and for all the great links.

sewprimitive karen said...

What darling, happy babies! I love pcflamingo's previous post about them wrapped up like burritos LOL! The shops are beautiful, but I would also have to change everything about my quilts to live out there. Isn't it interesting how there are regional differences in color palettes.

Carol said...

Glad your getting better every day...oh Marcie those babies are just precious. Take care!

Hanne said...

Lovely babies, lovely post :-) Take care and rest well! Hugs

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I'm so jealous...those babies are sloop adorable. Glad you are feeling better! ON to HOUSTON.
Pat

Robyn *Ü* said...

Oh my gosh! Those babies are too cute. I'd love to win one of them :) but since thats not possible I would also love to win one of Tara's books.

Linda K said...

You were right, those smiling babies had me hooked, but love seeing pics of the quilt shops, too! Hope you'll soon be 100%. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

~Joan said...

I'd like to win the book. I used to email Kairle, but she seemed to fall off the face of the earth. Could you ask her to contact me?

Enjoyed seeing all your pictures!

MB in MI said...

looks like you 2 gma's have 'the touch'! what beautiful babies! thanks for this chance to win the book. :-)

onlymehere said...

I love Quilts, Etc. but I haven't been to the other shops. I don't know what the Paint sticks are either so I'm off to their blog now to check them out! Those babies are too adorable and growing so fast. How exciting for you to get to be with them and hold them for awhile. :)

W. Latane Barton said...

Marcie, I just know you got to cuddle those sweet babies a lot. I have a great-grand that is 5 months old. Aren't they just the sweetest at that age?

Glad you are back in ole Virginny. But, isn't it hot!!! Whew. Good time to be inside in the air conditioning sewing up a storm.

Me and My Stitches said...

Such cute little babies - what a great picture of them. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Anonymous said...

Your grandbabies are adorable...such cute smiles. I would love to win your giveaway.

Theresa W


foleywestrup(at)hotmail(dot)com

Annemiek said...

I read it all, including the links :)What a great trip! You being absent for awhile is so understandable; hopefully you're all okay now ánd you made it up with this post haha!
The babies are lovely and you must be a very proud grandma.
Thanks for all the pics and great links!

Quilt Hollow said...

TWO precious for words..just look at their giggles!!! Sounds like a trip to remember Marcie. How are you feeling and doing?!!

Helen said...

Please draw my name out of the hat. Would love to receive the 'simply charming' book.
The picture of your grandchilderen is awesome. How did you manage to get them both smiling? Such happy smiles, they look adorable! Loved the links and enjoyed reading the whole post ;)
Thanks for the giveaway!

waquilter said...

What darling babies! And wonderful quilt shops! Thanks for the chance to win Simply Charming!

Michelle said...

I love your patterns and blog...I'll be a faithful reader, no matter how long between posts. :) I'm glad to hear you are up and feeling well after your surgery! Your trip to market looked like loads of fun...and those grandbabies are the best! How adorable are they?? Love those smiles. :)

Mary said...

It sounds like you've been extremely busy. I think you deserved a blog break even though we miss you when you're gone. Cute, cute babies!

Erzebat said...

cute cute cute little burrito babies! surprized you didnt sneak them back home in your luggage! thanks for the tour of the local quilts shops! (mauh) Liz

Gayle said...

I think the title of your post SHOULD have been 'Two Much Fun'! Looks like you hit all the great quilt shops in SLC - the Wasatch Shop Hop begins in a week or two - that's always a fun event to attend!

AnnieO said...

Marcie, it is never a chore to read through to the end of your posts! I love the way you write. Hope you all healed up from your surgery and feeling more energetic every day. Thanks for the chance to win a great book!

Betsy said...

The babies are adorable....too bad the picture wasn't a scratch and sniff!!!! :) Thanks for the virtual quilt shop tour.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Adorable Twins, how wonderful to be able to spend some huggable time with them. loved your quilt shop tour too, charming shops.

Donna in NW FL said...

Cute babies! Love the virtual tour of the quilt shops, too! Thanks for the giveaway.
Donna

kd maine 77 at yahoo dot com

Laurel said...

Darling babies! I'm glad that you are on the mend. Take it slow!

Now I have a couple of quilt shops I have not yet visited to look forward to on my next visit.

Glenda in Florida said...

What cute babies. My hubby is a twin and I figured my grandchildren might come in pairs. They did, but as cousins. First pair born 30 hours apart, and the second pair about 5 weeks apart.

Sue said...

Those twin smiles would certainly brighten up anyone's day!
It looks like you're having a lot of fun, thanks for sharing it!

Sandra said...

Quilt market and babies! What a great vacation!
Sandra

Anonymous said...

The babies are so precious.
Hope you are feeling better. Thank you for the chance to win.

Darlis

pat said...

MArcie--
Can't believe how cute the boys are! You look to be blissed out with them. Still can't believe that makes you a ggma. Don't you LOVE Quilts Etc. I hit that place whenever I am in Utah. If I can't find it there, it doesn't exist. It is funny to see how regions of the country affect the quilter's palette.

Libby said...

Oh what happy babies . . . . and happy G'G'ma's, too *s*

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if your draw extends up to Canada, but I'll try anyway! Great, inspiring photos of quilt styles in the far-off land of Utah! And sweet babies, too! Leslie in Ontario leslie.ho@hwdsb.on.ca

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Hey, Marcie! I wondered where you've been. Please take good care of yourself and rest when you need to, I hope you are a rapid healer because quilters don't MEND at all! Ha!! The babies are the sweetest, happiest little ones, TOO (two) CUTE. Throw my name in the hat, I have the raw materials to get started immediately on a charm quilt~ (Don't we all)?

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh look at those sweet babies! Hope your doing better. I had no idea you were "sleeping in" lately!

Jeanne said...

I love that picture of your grandkids! Such adorable smiles.