HMQS adventure! My trip to Salt Lake City...

First things first - I haven't forgotten about Kimberly's book giveaway. You can still enter here and I will announce the winner soon.

So, last Wednesday I headed north up to Salt Lake.  I managed to fit over 40 quilts in the trunk of my lime green mustang.  It was filled to the brim, but at least it holds what's important!

The drive was incredible.  Of course I had to get a picture of the clouds.  You might call me slightly obsessed when it comes to clouds.  ;-)
I was able to stay with my parents and it was extra special on Wednesday because it was my birthday.  I have always given my dad a hard time because he wasn't able to be at my birth. He was stuck in Fresno, California on a job and didn't catch a flight in time.  He was with me this day and I feel so blessed to have him and my mom as my parents.  I love them so much!

I didn't find out until later that Clint let you all know about my birthday with a silly paint and crop picture - you'll see what I mean. It made me laugh.  Thank you for all the birthday wishes! 

And, because I love my sister, I have to share this picture feed from Instagram (@judiakagreenfairy) She stole the picture of me and my parents, cropped me out and talked about how she loves our parents.  We had a good laugh after I almost killed her ;-) - it was too funny that she cropped me out of my own picture - not only that, it was a horrible crop job. 

So after a night of hanging out with family I had my first class at HMQS on Thursday morning.  This is me with my first class.  I couldn't ask for a better group of ladies in each of my six classes.  They were incredibly patient with me as I worked on my nerves and by the time I taught my third class, I felt a lot better.  I can not thank you all enough for coming out to my classes.  But, I hope you know that I am so grateful to all of you!  Thank you!

One of the best parts of this show was being able to bring my daughter Lili with me.  She was able to play with her best cousin Maggi and they had a fabulous time together.  Lili learned how to text on my phone this trip - she had a lot of fun texting Clint while we were driving up and gave him the play by play, literally.

Above we are in front of my Solar Flares quilt.

It is still so surreal to see my picture anywhere, but a full page in a show catalog is always noteworthy. Being the Featured Artist for the show is quite incredible and I am honored to have been asked. 

I dressed up with heels and all for the trunk show and had a fabulous time talking about my quilting journey and showing off the quilts I have put together.

This quilt is the back of my Serendipity quilt and I still love it as much today as when I finished it 3 years ago.

It was fun running into Amber of Gigi's Thimble.
She is a doll and I wish I would have had more time to talk to her.
I had 15 quilts in the exhibit hall as well and it was so fun to walk around the exhibit and listen to peoples comments about my quilts.  I was like a fly on the wall just absorbing it all in.  Too fun!
Three days of teaching and presenting a trunk show was fun, but exhausting.  I am so glad I had the opportunity to go and I can't thank you all enough for coming out and seeing me.

Lili and I headed out early Sunday morning to get back in time for church.  It didn't go as planned.  I can not believe the snow storm we had to drive through.  Many prayers were said as we traveled and slipped in our car and saw several slide offs and rollovers.  One semi decided there was no reason to stay behind and drove past us and made it so I couldn't see anything for at least 8 seconds by splashing snow on my windshield.  It was the longest 8 seconds of my life.  I kept singing in my head, Carrie Underwood's song - Jesus, Take The Wheel.
I felt a little safer when we were stopped completely, but we ended up being delayed for an hour and a half. I am just grateful to God that we were blessed to get home to my boys safely. 

And what's better than a rainbow unicorn shirt as a Mother's Day gift from your husband?  Well, I can tell you we had a good laugh.  Love that man.

I was also surprised with fruit trees planted in our yard.  It makes me feel more at home.  My dad has tons of fruit trees and we always had fresh fruit to pick straight from the tree.  I can not wait until these trees are producing a lot of fruit.  It was also very nice to get back to warm weather!  I love St George!

I only have one more quick trip for Schoolhouse at Quilt Market to make this week in Pittsburgh, then I won't have to leave again until September for Australia. It has been a crazy spring, but it has been so fun.  I am excited for summer to be here.  I am also excited to getting back to my quilting machine.   

May 12, 2014 by Judi
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