Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One Ring  Ruler to Rule them All
Well, believe it or not, I have been writing this post in my head for almost a month now!  The hold up has been trying to figure out how to fix my photos with a watermark.  Regardless, it has been WAY too long and I need to get this out!!!
In September, our local Quilt shop hop took place.  Here in Maricopa County, there are 14 shops that participate.  You purchase a "passport", visit each shop, watch their demo, get your passport stamped, then turn it in at your last shop and keep your fingers crossed for winning a prize.
I was working from home the week of the shop hop so I planned to take my time, visiting only a couple of shops each day.  In the past I have visited all the shops in two days and I came away realizing how much I had missed by just blowing through it.  Not so this year! My plan was to really look at what each shop was demonstrating, consider carefully if it was something I would truly use, and make any purchases WISELY!!
During dinner one night, my husband asked what "damages" our family budget had incurred as a result of my shop hopping.  I was very pleased to tell him that I had purchased nothing!  I was a bit discouraged to see how many shops were demonstrating RULERS!!  Now, come on!  How many rulers does one person really need?  (I asked my husband).  With a cute little grin and a twinkle in his eye, he said "One Ruler to Rule them all".  Well, being the huge Lord of the Rings fan that I am, I cracked up and my imagination started running wild.
I called daughter Diane, told her my idea, and this is what we came up with - One Ruler to Rule them all:
Drawing is compliments of Diane Brennan.

She absolutely caught my idea and drew it up! The ring has "One Ruler to Rule them All" in it as well as some elvish writing (hehehe).
I am proud to tell you all that I did not purchase any rulers   YAY!  
I am meeting my sister in Houston for the International Quilt Market.  This will be our second visit to Market and we have a PLAN.  I will be sure to post photos when I get back.   Until then . . .

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