I suspected that I would be out of touch for awhile, but not THIS long!
Denver was great!
The SAQA conference was one of the best, though I do much prefer the location of Athens, OH for it’s proximity to Quilt National and small town ease of getting around. The local art quilt group “Front Range Quilters” went all out to make us welcome and arrange a gallery tour. The Breakout Sessions and Keynote Speakers generated new ideas and enthusiasm and the food was pretty good too!
Meeting up with Del Thomas (it’s been too long since our last road trip) was wonderful and we enjoyed our return trip to Kansas via I-80 through Nebraska in order to avoid the possible tornadoes in Kansas. Still the skies were glowering at times and we found a little rain.
We took some side trips looking for Sandhill Cranes, but apparently we were too late. We did find this interesting rest stop in Nebraska, though.
We stopped in Lincoln to visit the Quilt Museum and I did take some pictures, none of which came out, unfortunately – because the quilts were exquisite!. Photos without flash were allowed, but I guess I didn’t set the camera right. They were mounting a new exhibit, so we only got to see – Nebraska Quilts by Nebraska Quiltmakers.
We had considered traveling on east to the opening of Quilt National, but the weather and resulting trip through Nebraska took too much time. We arrived home on Thursday evening, I think, it’s all rather a blur.
Friday we went to Kansas City to visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum as I thought that Del would enjoy it and she did. It’s really a very interesting stop which I highly recommend to anyone in the area or driving through. They say to allow an hour and a half but we spent two and probably could have stayed longer, if we weren’t so worn out. It’s all about the recovery of a steamboat that was en route to settlements to the north, hit a snag in the Missouri River and sank in the mid 1800’s loaded with all of the necessities of living at the time. The boat sank into the mud where it lay buried deep in a cornfield due to the fact that the river changed it’s course. The museum contains portions of the boat and lots of restored cargo. It is quite amazing to see the pristine condition of the things that were recovered and it is estimated that there is another 10 years worth of restoring to be done on things that are in the meantime kept frozen.
Del left Sunday morning to continue her trek home and I have much catching up to do here. The weeds have really gotten out of hand!!