Next up was visiting the Bellagio and their Conservatory & Botanical Garden "Harvest Show." Here we were transported into a fall-themed wonderland complete with ginormous pumpkins & gourds, giant floral acorns, talking trees, raccoon & squirrel mobiles, glass leaves water fountains and more!!
|Go Big or Go Home!|
|What Happens in Las Vegas, Stays in Las Vegas|
Upon landing in Las Vegas, the flight attendant welcomed us to "Lost Wages." And while I managed not to break the bank visiting any of the casino tables or slot machines, I sure did hit the jackpot visiting this absolutely fabulous quilt shop "Sew Yeah!" There were so many temptations as I found an impressive selection of fabrics in all colors and styles. I showed great restraint and scored a few fun fabrics to add to my stash.
With all their positive energy, it is no wonder that I had a lot of fun presenting my "Challenge Yourself!" lecture/trunk show and sharing my adventures in Quilt Challenges with their membership. I enjoyed introducing 20+ of my quilt entries during the trunk show portion and watching their reactions as they oohed and ahhed over the designs and quilting. Even more encouraging was their sincere curiosity, openess and enthusiasm about participating in quilt challenges. Several of the members approached me afterwards indicating that they are looking forward to checking out some of the challenges I highlighted in my talk. The icing on the cake was an email I received several days later from my hostess/Program Chair of the guild announcing that the guild will be introducing their first guild quilt challenge in January!! I am thrilled to see such enthusiasm for quilt challenges and can't wait to see what their talented members creates for this first quilt challenge!!!
|You've got to know when to hold 'em...Know when to fold 'em...|