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Did I mention that I love my job?!  I really do!  Last night, I visited with the PieceMaker’s Quilt Guild in Middletown, PA, and talked with them about the care and feeding of their fabric stashes.  Of course, they’re seasoned fabric collectors, and so we treated it as a graduate course!  While I was so close to Hershey, I had to stop at (You expect me to say that I bought chocolate, right?) the Quilted Cottage, a wonderful quilt shop.  If you’re planning any trips to the area (for the Quilt Odyssey in July, perhaps?), check it out.  Anyway, I spent my afternoon and evening in the company of quilters and it was wonderful. 

I’m writing this from a coffee shop called Cool Beanz in Harrisonburg where I have internet access.  (I’m sure internet access is my biggest addiction.  The folks in charge of signs on the highways should post which exits offer internet access, don’t you think?)  I’m on my way down to Smith Mountain Lake for the VCQ (Virginia Consortium of Quilters) 2008 Celebration.  I get to spend the entire weekend in the company of more quilters!  I can’t wait to get there and start the, um, celebration.  Stayed tuned for more news about the gathering.

You may have noticed that there are no pictures in this post and it’s been a while since I last blogged.  WordPress, in its infinite wisdom, has upgraded the software and now I cannot figure out how to post pictures!  Give me time.  As soon as I have it figured out, I’ll post the rest of the pictures from the Annex opening. 

In the meantime, be well.  Quilt on!

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Annex Entrance On Friday night, March 28, 2008, my good friend Judy Gula opened her new shop, Artistic Artifacts Annex.  On the same night, the Annex hosted a show of art quilts by a collection of Northern Virginia Artists.  This shot shows the entrance, which includes quilts by Priscilla Stultz (left), Elly Dyson (center), and Jean Schachner (right).  The quilt on the far right is by the owner, Judy Gula.

Conversation PitThe Annex offers an important option for Northern Virginia fiber artists: workshop space.  It’s a place where artists can gather, see new things, discuss art, and rent table space to work alongside established artists.  There are new products and a lot of samples and explanations for how to use them.  There’s even a place for folks to relax until the shoppers are finished!  On opening night, this nook featured a busy backgammon board.

Back WallThis shot shows part of the back wall of the classroom and a few more quilts!  From the left, these quilts belong to Marsha White, Mary Ann Shepard (top), Kathy Edwards (bottom), Dotty Eisenhour, and Cathering Armstong.  The classroom can Cooper’s Corneraccommodate 15-20 students depending on the class activities, and it makes a great meeting place for small groups. 

In this corner, you can see a few more pieces from the exhibit.  The work is by Kathy Edwards (top left), Mary Kerr (bottom left), and Linda Cooper.  In my next entry, I’ll show you the rest of the exhibit and tell you more about the new shop.  Stay tuned!

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