1. Remain Calm ~ everything goes better when one remains calm
2. Trust Your Instincts ~ stay focused and alert and rely on your own driving skills and abilities
3. Have Faith ~ pray constantly for protection and be grateful for guidance (both God's and especially GPS!)
The best part of the entire trip was parking the car and, at long last, checking into the hotel safe and sound; I was never happier to see the sun shining brightly the next morning.
The quilt show and the merchants' mall didn't disappoint this year. By far, though, the highlight of the show for me was running into this lady and her amazing wholecloth quilt that she designed and for which she received a blue ribbon in "Best Longarm Machine Workmanship". I have known Gina for 20+ years; back when I taught quilting classes in a precious little quilt shop in the early to mid 1990's. This gal and her Mom signed up for every class that was offered there, she was so eager to learn! And learn she did. I couldn't be happier or more excited for her; she's quilting with major-leaguers now.
This was my shopping haul; not too bad. I did enjoy my time away, it was relaxing and inspirational. I caught up with dear friends, stolled through the quilt show and took my time in each and every vendor booth. I will profile the Creative Grids Quick Trim Ruler pictured above tomorrow, it's a versatile tool! Back to those lessons learned behind the steering wheel: Remain Calm, Trust Your Instincts and Have Faith... those apply to all aspects of life, every day; I need to remember that. I'm feeling like Dorothy after her trip to Oz; since the trip going up was so exhausting it's simply good to be back home, (and back here blogging away again too) there's no place quite like it.
Life is Good!
*photo from web images