Thursday, September 20, 2012

Breakfast for dinner

 Breakfast for dinner seemed to be the way to take care of this day. I don't know about you, but this is probably my favorite, though infrequent, indulgent dinner. An omelet with cheese and bacon and salsa and avocado. And a glass of wine. Enjoyed in front of the TV, watching Jon Stewart recorded last night. Doesn't get much better, except that I was by myself enjoying all this. Ray is in Idaho with our son, Andy, helping my brother do some repair work at the cabin. They are having a good time too, getting lots of work done and having a guy week. Ray reportedly made my Mom's famous enchiladas which they were enjoying tonight.

My day started early. My alarm went off at 3:15, a godawful hour for anyone, I suppose, but it really offends every cell in my body to be awakened at this hour. I hurriedly dressed and headed out into the darkness to make my way across Portland to the Expo Center where the Quilt Expo is happening. The 288 quilts of the Twelve by Twelve project are being shown all together for the last time and Gerrie and I were to be featured on a brief segment of the early morning local news promoting the show. So weird to be driving the freeways with NO traffic. I arrived at 4:30 which was 30 minutes early, so I headed across the freeway in search of someplace to find a cup of coffee. I did not find the coffee, but got quite lost and was nearly late for our 5 am appointment with channel 8 news. Our reporter was interviewing one of the show organizers when I arrived.

Gerrie was futzing and fussing with the Twelve by Twelve quilts, getting each one smoothed and squared up.

Soon it was time for our bit. It went quickly and was over before I knew it.

Here is a link to it. I don't know how long they leave these videos up, so it may not still be there. The reporter was a really nice guy, who seemed to turn into a crazed maniac when the camera focused on him! It was all a little surreal. Then I drove the 18 mile trip home, with a brief stop at Starbucks on the way. I was home by the time I usually awake in the morning.

Later I went back to the Expo, choosing to take the train, rather than make that drive a second time. The exhibit of our Twelve by Twelve quilts looks great. They have been on a long journey, but still look pretty stunning I must say. This is the last exhibit of all 288 together. The Colorplay challenge group will go to Australia from here where they will be shown. The original theme challenge quilts will return to their owners/makers. They are the first thing you see when you enter the Quilt Expo. I hung around the exhibit for awhile today and talked to a few people who all seemed to love our quilts. I met some really nice people. It is like this whenever they are shown. I am, again, filled with gratitude that I have been a part of this adventure. Right now I am also filled with breakfast-dinner and bone weariness. I think it is time for a long sleep. Good night.


  1. I'm in Melbourne--do you know where I can see the Colorplay challenge quilts when they come to Australia? Hope you have a good sleep. Sounds like you deserve it!

  2. Thanks for the video -- that was silly, but nice. It's kind of amazing that half our quilts will be coming home soon. What a wonderful trip it's been. :-)

  3. You gals did great but that guy needs some help!

  4. Jessica G.10:44 AM

    Wow, the reporter is a BIG personality for 4:30am...I am not sure I could have done as well as you two. He was a lot for me to take in at 11:30am...

    But seriously, you guys did great and I wish I was closer to see the 12x12 exhibit. What will happen to the exhibit once is is done in Portland?

  5. Knowing you as long as I have made me wonder about that early hour. You looked great and came across very professional. I wish I had been able to see the 288 at an exhibition. I follow the 12X12 blog and am always in awe of what has been produced.

    By the way, that is one good looking omelet.

  6. Chiara, the Colourplay collection will be on display at the Australasian Quilt Convention ( 18-21 April 2023. Kirsty and I will be there too!

  7. That's 2013 I hope:) and in my home town! I'll look forward to seeing it.

  8. I think he should have given the microphone to you or Gerrie to do the interview while he quietly stood in the background!!! Y'all did good! And while I haven't been able to see the exhibit in person, I do have the book and will treasure it always. Here's to 12 very talented ladies!!!