going once, going twice…

last year, we nearly froze to death…

file photo: quilt auction preview, may 27.2012

…and this year, it was practically hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk a tractor!

with the catalogue of quilt offerings for 2012!

i’ll take this heat, thank you very much!

what a perfect evening:

here we are!

[i love and adore having a chronicle on this blog of social events! this is the third annual blog post about quilt auction preview night. here is the 2010 report, and here is the 2011 account!].

in looking back, i noticed that i followed the same format in my recap posts for each of the last two years. let’s stick with tradition – after all, that is what quilt auction preview eve is all about!

tradition #1: dad’s parking spot

what the what?? in other years, dad has chosen to manoeuvre his lexus into the most obscure and puny of parking *spots* imaginable. this year, we drove in, right away at least three empty spaces beckoned us over, and we had tons of room to fling open our doors!

look at all that s-p-a-c-e!!!

as we walked along, we were all laughing pretty hard as we played “eye spy” for spots that dad could have chosen:

this green triangle was my suggestion – dad could have nosed the lexus right alongside that blue bucket…

ah – we missed out! we would have been twenty paces closer had we only held out for this spot!

tradition #2: meat ‘n’ pie

dad made a beeline straight towards the burgers:

uh oh, check out the size of the line-up!

much too long of a wait for erv-man! second choice? french fries!

THIS is the way to enjoy fries: hot from the fryer, with ketchup and salt!

very, very tasty! good choice, dad. but fries are not made from meat…

dad later found a shorter burger line, so don’t worry that the poor man missed out on getting his protein. then, just before we went home…

cherry pie and ice cream! for $2.50, only!

after the french fry munching, mom and i took off in search of…

tradition #3: mom buys apple butter and jams


the prices are SO reasonable: mom got a huge jar of (straight from wellesley) apple butter for only $5!

jam, jam, where is the jam lady?


mom does make jam herself, but it’s fun to pick up some types that are rather unusual:

i think mom bypassed the dandelion variety, though!

tradition #4: the viewing of the quilts

next, mom and i ventured over to the quilt display. we had 206 works of art to view!

follow the arrows!

this year, instead of trying to capture an entire blanket, i have only smidgeons of quilts to share with you:

my favourite of the entire evening…

…it’s shown in its entirety on the front of the auction program. spectacular!

this quilt featured flowers, each block unique from the rest. i loved the detailing!

we noticed a definite return to traditional quilting techniques this year

classic. i love symmetry and bright colours in a quilt.

and finally…

i know that blanket! (sorry for the blur – dad must have had salt jitters from the fries??!)

tradition #5: catching up

i swear we don’t walk ten feet without meeting someone we know, or seeing someone we recognize. this year, we connected with the usual mix of family (mom’s cousin bob, specifically, and joan and sandy), church friends, old neighbours, ex-classmates…and new this year, my friend vy from the store!

fun, fun, and more fun.

i know this is jumping the gun, but i am excited for next year’s outing, already!

what is one social outing that you attend every single year, if at all possible? the next written-in-stone event on the calendar is the september knitter’s fair!


update: my fb friend successfully completed his first 100 miler in 22:xx which is a fantastic time for a race of that distance (sub-24 is kind of the “gold standard” for non-elites). congrats to everyone who raced this weekend!

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  • 42kim  On May 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for this recap. I only found out about this spectacular event the night before and was not able to attend. After reading your post I can’t wait until next year to check it out! Do you know what your quilt went for?

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      kim, you would love the sale! make a “note to self” for next year (always the last friday eve in may) – and take along your husband and kids! i will be able to call mcc next week, if it is like other years, and inquire about the price the blanket sold for!

  • Zo  On May 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Every year? Hmm..nothing comes to mind! When my mom is out we enjoy shopping outings, but there’s no annual events. You guys look like you had such a fun day!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      thanks, zo! we DID have a great time. i wish we could go more than once per year! i hope you had an enjoyable memorial day today!

  • Heather Pfohl Sutcliffe  On May 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    When I lived in Pennsylvania, we always went to the MCC relief sale in Harrisburg. Something about the comforts of home…tea balls, pies and BBQ chicken, but a completely different style of quilting. Fun to go to other sales!!
    With busy kids and busy lives, the one social event that we ALWAYS attend is our friends annual Canada Day party- complete with fireworks in a wheelbarrow. Red and white abound, kids and water guns (yes we do preach peace!!) and as many cupcakes as you can eat. Would not miss it for the world.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

      now that is very interesting, heather, that the quilting in pennsylvania is of a different style – i am intrigued! the canada day party sounds like such fun!! and it’s just over a month away – not too long to wait!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Congrats to your friend on the 100 miler!! This looks like such fun and I know Ele and I would be with you if we were there!
    I just remembered a quilt show we went to in Fla. Try this link and you can see them. They were quite spectacular!


    • 1970kikiproject  On May 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

      fran, those quilts are SPECTACULAR!! **everyone! check out fran’s link for more quilts of beauty!** thank you so much for passing along that link. and you saw them in florida!! all the more reason for me to go back!… enjoy your holiday monday today!

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