My non-quilting friend and I had a wonderful girls day out -- we went to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago (Rosemont). She drove (I dislike driving in Chicago traffic when I don't know where I'm going -- however I did drive two years ago with no problems!). Anyway, we had a ball. Met Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters -- so nice and personable. Saw Alex Anderson -- but each time she was surrounded by autograph seekers. Saw Billie Lauder -- she was in the back of a booth sitting down, so didn't go back. The girls from Country Threads were there and I met and bought a pattern from Lori Smith (from my heart to your hands fame). Stopped at the Primitive Gatherings booth ( Lisa Bongean) and bought some floss for the bom of hers I'm doing -- she had 3 of the blocks hanging in the booth -- loved them. Also ordered a jacket pattern than her employees were wearing -- just what I've been looking for, so that should arrive next week. And this is the rest of the stuff: a fq bundle of 30's fabrics because I want to make another Baby Rails with Attitude quilt -- loved the first one I did. A kit to make a wool journal cover from Country Threads, a Kansas Troubles Quarterly newsletter with 4 fqs (one of my lqs offered her newsletter one year with fqs, but then the next year they changed to their own format and I prefer KT -- so will probably do it again mail order -- I love her patterns and her fabrics). A punch needle pattern and another simple door hanging pattern. Not too bad! Deb bought a punch needle, pattern and a book by Emilie Richards -- which we can't seem to find around here -- read the Endless Chain and haven't found any of her other ones until today.
We walked across the street to dine at Gibsons for lunch -- what a fabulous restaurant. On Saturdays, the menu is the dinner menu, but they accomodate any size meal you want. I had the Alaskan Crab salad -- regular dinner sized salad and it was wonderful. Deb had a "Chopped Garbage Salad" and the waiter said she only wanted 1/2 size and he was right -- it was wonderful and quite enough food. She said the coffee was excellent. For dessert, we ordered a Chocolate Mousse Pie, to split with two forks! He literally brought out a sky-high half pie. We each had a slice, boxed the rest, split it at home, I had another slice with dinner and there is still enough for 4 people! Honest. And it was soooooooooooo decadent! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. (I really wanted to order the "Colossal Australian Lobster" for $114.95, or with Turf, $149.95). Deb's husband was there for lunch during the week and it was quite reasonable - $8 for a burger or whatever he had. It was still worth the price today. And the service was impeccable.
Deb is my best, and oldest friend -- so much fun to spend time with and she drives the Chicago traffic for me!
A totally quilty immersion day -- need I say more?