Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hot Stuff

Most people heed extreme weather warnings, but we had planned to go to the Kutztown Folk Festival and away we went; heat be damned! It was undoubtedly our shortest visit to the fair, and I'm including the visits we took when the girls were young and still taking naps.

Yesterday (not our first visit) Today

Yayo (on right) brought an apple for the horse this year. I offered to carry it for her. She wanted to go right to the carousel when we arrived, but we wanted to eat lunch first. While we were sitting around after lunch, shooting the shit, Yayo asked for the apple. She said, "Nikki, can I have my apple, please?" while making the sign for red. I gave her the apple and didn't think anything of it. Then I realized she spoke in an entire sentence! (My niece has dyspraxia, including speech dyspraxia.) We've all come to understand her fractured English ("apple, pleeeeaaaaa.") and we're so used to it, we don't even notice the amazing successes she has. But now I'm telling everyone!

This year all our family fairgoers were gung-ho to visit the quilt show, including my sister's boyfriend who got a quick education about quilts. That's because it's the only air conditioned building on the fairgrounds. We lingered. But the nearer you got to the exit, the more you realized that the building wasn't as air conditioned as it seemed initially. (Can I complain about the heat in any other ways?) Here are some snaps I took of some of the quilts we liked.

The round motifs were so unusual, a little Asian-inspired. This was one of the quilts chosen for auction--reserve is $1085, in case you were wondering.

This was my favorite quilt. One of the best in show, reserve is $1200--I think.

You can request to have the quilts opened, and someone else had this one opened while I was photographing the Best in Show quilts. It looks like a BBD. Not sure what the copyright is on that. That price tag is $430.65. Yeah, I think so too.

My sister and her boyfriend liked the ones that had dimension. They liked another one a bit better--it had flowers. This is a note-to-self kind of picture.


Wendy said...

Congrats to Yayo! Even from reading some of your previous posts about her you can tell that's an AMAZING achievement! Bet you're bouncing off of the walls with pride.

I love the same quilt as you.. it's stunning!

Marjorie said...

You're near Kutztown? I am so jealous. My parents both grew up there and my grandmother lived there for years. It's a cool little town.

Susan said...

So exciting about your niece!! I'm a speech therapist and I would be jumping up and down at a moment like that!