My first full day in town started off fairly early with breakfast at Gunther Toody's Diner. N dropped me off afterwards on his way to work at the Starbucks near Cherry Creek Mall where I read and sipped a latte until the mall opened at 10. I spent the next 4 hours shopping - which sounds crazy but really wasn't because I bought 2 things, well, 11 things: a really cute summer short-sleeved dresscoat/trench from Forever 21 that was super-cheap, and 10 bottles of assorted shower gels and body lotions at Victoria's Secret because they were on sale - 10 for $35. :)
N got off work a little early and met me for a late lunch around 2:30 at Cherry Creek Grill, where we had the grilled artichoke heart to start. Yum.
Then we headed towards the first stop of N's standard package Denver tour: The State Capital building. Here's a really pretty gate near the capital steps with motifs that are significant to Colorado state:
I still can't get over how perfectly blue the sky was. I really lucked out with the weather. Note to self: When did the hair get so long?? Also, better start toning up the triceps because they're looking rather soft!
And, luckily for me, it just so happened to be the last day of the 2007 Capital Quilt Show presented by the Colorado Quilting Council. I know little about quilts and how they're made, but here are a few of my favourites out of the 342 on display:
"I worked making each block while taking care of my hsuband and quilted a block a day. I added the prairie points because I didn't want a plain border."Purple and Yellow Make Brown by Sharon Woodard
"This quilt was made based on the 12-six and one half inch blocks that were made by my quilt guild friends. They used purples and yellows in their blocks and returned them to me in a brown bag."
"Mother/daughter quilt. Mom hand appliqueed the blocks, daughter helped set it. It's a Piece O' Cake Flourishes block of the month quilt, two generations in the making. Quilted by Victoria Grill."
"My first major hand applique project, this quilt became mental and physical therapy following diagnosis of an auto-immune condition that affected my hands. Quilted by Lakewood Christian Church Quilters."