Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston and MQX Part 2

I had planned on writing a blog post a few days ago. However, after the terrible events at the Boston Marathon, I just couldn't chatter about the fun I had at MQX. It felt disrespectful. I live about half an hour north of Boston. I went to college in Boston and my kids were born in Boston. I used to live on the marathon route and was always out there cheering on the runners. I just can't comprehend how anyone could plant 2 bombs at this happy event. Anyways, I feel life must go on. I don't want to dwell on what happened. I'm praying for the victims. That's the only thing I can do right now to help.

The things I bought at the quilt show are still all in my bag! I never put them away. So, I'm taking pictures and showing you all what I bought. I find quilting is a great stress reliever. I hope this little blog post might take our minds off of the horrible events of the Boston Marathon.

Here's the bag filled with goodies that all students received! It had a few gadgets, show layout, advertisements and magazines. I tried not to look inside it until I got home. I thought it would be a fun thing to do when I was tired and finally home with my feet up.

I found this cute little magazine inside. I've never bought it before and really loved it!  I just may buy it next time I'm at JoAnn's.

I bought a great variegated thread from Aurifil. This is a new product for them. It's polyester and has a lovely sheen to it.

I bought some Bottom Line thread from Superior. I use this in my bobbin when free motion quilting. My machine loves it and I do too!

This is a new marking tool I recently heard about. It's a made by Bohin. I figured I'd give it a try. I haven't found a marking tool that lives up to all it's promises. Maybe this one will be better.

These are all goodies given to us in class by Kim Brunner. The card is a discount off her Craftsy class. She gave us some pre-filled bobbins and a fat eighth of a batik as well as a 15% discount from one of the batik vendors. Her class was wonderful! She is a wealth of information. Loved her class!

I couldn't resist buying a book! There were books everywhere! I bought this one to help use up my stash. Whether or not I use it, that's another story!

I had to buy this little kit! It's just a little wall hanging but it has a cat and a sewing machine on it. That's me right there! I couldn't leave it behind!

This is the hand out from the class I took with Sally Terry. She makes feathers with no back tracking. It's a much different method from what I'm used to. I really need to practice.

My last picture is my name tag. They gave me a little button to wear calling me an MQX Newbie since I had never taken a class there before.

There you have it! That's my MQX experience! Hope you all enjoyed it! I did!!



  1. so glad you had a good time x and your goodires look wonderful. I am sure that the sane people cannot comprehend how any one can committ such awful acts... BUT we have to go on with our lives.. stoping our normal lives means the "others" have won and achieved their objectives xx So well done with your post x

    1. Thank you so much for this comment. I'm glad you understand how I feel. There are so many more good people in this world. It's so comforting to know that good outnumbers evil. Thanks for this wonderful comment! <3

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I can't wait to see the cat/sewing machine wall hanging come into bloom! It's adorable! That's so cute that they called you a Newbie. When I was in the military, that's what we got called upon arrival to any new destination, 'Newbies'. My heart too is with all those who have lost and/or had to experience someone else's anger/terror. My Mama use to tell me when I was little and would get afraid of something bad that happened or something I'd hear bad on the news, she'd say, "Most people are good, trying to do good things. There are some mean people, but so many more good." Somehow, that always comforted me.

    1. I think your mom is very smart! It's very true and comforting to know that most people are good. I'm so lucky that my kids weren't there. Luckily, they were busy with school work. I'm so grateful. I did enjoy the quilt show. I really had a great time! Thanks for the lovely comment!!xoxo

  3. I enjoyed reading about all your special items in your MQX bag. You will have to let us know about the Bohin pen. That is a new product for me. I am not familiar with Kim Brunner so I will have to go and google her. Sounds like you had a great time! I certainly can understand why you chose not to write anything on your blog when so many are hurting over the tragic event at the Boston Marathon. In Charlotte the big news was of three family members who were hurt from the bombing! It is so heartbreaking. I am happy to hear your children were not there.

  4. There are so many sad stories involved with the bombing. It's so hard to listen to all these stories. My family was lucky to not be there. The quilt show was a great time. Kim Brunner was excellent. I think she has videos on YouTube also. You'll love seeing her beautiful work. Thanks for the nice comment, Joanie! XOXO


  5. we definitely DO want to hear more about MQX. we need some Fun in our lives. thanks for your respectfulness of the current events and the feelings of those involved.I live about an hour from where the bombing took place. sad sad world we live in. But we do have to be strong and move on. My heart goes out to all those who were directly involved with loss of loved ones or injuries to loved ones.

    1. I still can't believe that happened to my Boston. It's still incomprehensible to me! Some people's lives will be changed forever. I have been keeping busy which is a great stress reliever for me. Better than drinking! I loved MQX and am already looking forward to next year!


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