Quilting Is Cool

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I come from a family of makers. While I’ve gone through periods of my life where I’ve dabbled in painting and jewelry-making and sewing, I’ve not stuck with a handicraft the way some of my friends have. Quilting, it seems, is on everyone’s mind. Orlando has its own Modern Quilt Guild and members have won awards throughout the nation for their unique designs.

I was all set to head up to Nashville to Quilt Con when my flight got cancelled. Just up the road in Daytona Beach, however, Quilt Week was calling. Time to see what all the buzz was about. Oh, I found out all right. Over 15 thousand people streaming through this hall FULL of vendors and demos and lectures and classes and meet and greets with quilters from around the world.

My new friends at the Ocean Center were super nice in showing me around. (Look for a whole article on the amazing behind the scenes of this venue.) And I got a chance to chat with Bonnie Browning, author, instructor, certified quilt judge, and quilt show organizer. (She’s been quilting since the 70s!)


I’m embarrassingly new to not only meeting and interviewing artists but remembering to take photos of the tags for their work, so absolutely no disrespect meant at all in not adding captions. This is just a sample of the hundreds of incredible designs and tens of thousands of hours of work that went into them.

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American Quilter's Society is a great place to learn more about events and get started on your path to being a quilter.

And click here if you’re looking for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

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I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford.  Back in 1986, my dad was slowly restoring a Model A and it was a just a chassis and engine.  I sat on a couple of tires to work the clutch and steer. Across the street from my childhood home at 117 Hattaway Drive, was an unused golf-course and orange groves that stretched all the way down to Lake Orienta.  I drove it everyday until I finally could clutch my way up the hill from Hattaway Drive to 436.  It's steep, and if you have a manual car, mastering that hill is key to being a good driver. 

So began my fascination with cars.  I love them, I do.  I've had quite a few different ones already.  I loved my diesel VW Rabbit, my red Acura Integra, and my Pontiac Fiero the best.  Collecting and restoring cars is an expensive hobby, and one well outside my means.  So, I headed off to Daytona to check out the Daytona Beach Spring Turkey Rod Run.  I thought maybe I'd get my fill and then not continue to shop CraigsList for Willys jeeps.   

Lots of cars, lots of collectors.

 

Click on the Townie Tourist video below to watch the show. You won't believe cars we see.👇👇👇

The Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run is in spring and fall. This year it's November 22-25 at Daytona International Speedway. Click here for ticket and vendor info.

Gallery: Hyatt & Cici Brown Museum of Art

I was so fortunate to be host of our regional PBS station's local show called GALLERY.

GALLERY takes you inside the halls of prestigious museums, as well as unique private and community galleries on Central Florida. Experience the amazing beauty of expression, creativity, and the timeless qualities that identify great art.

EPISODE 1: Hyatt and Cici Brown collected over 23 hundred pieces of Florida artwork. And what do you do with such as massive collection of art? For the Browns, there was only one answer…by sharing their collection by creating the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona, Florida.