Saturday, July 31, 2010

Quilt in a Cup

Check out a clever customer's finished cups. Jealous? No need to be since you, too, can be clever. I have cups, clipboards, mouse pads, clocks, toilet paper holders, towel racks and rods, etc etc etc....Clever yourself into oblivion, heh heh.

Another Quilt Show in the Bag

Finally, we arrived home from the Long Beach Quilt Show. The absolute best part was getting to spend time with my cousins, Tim, and Chris, and her husband, Keith. The next best part??? We discovered that Alexander Henry's factory is less than a mile from their house. Wow, oh WOW. Gina and I were in fabric heaven. Now, the challenge, adding that stash to our already stuffed vehicle. No problem, we have a master packer in our presence....Gina can pack anything.

Wait, on the way home we passed another version of heaven--a huge Mexican ceramics/outdoor sculpture "garden." Michael reluctantly turned the car around, amazingly, and to his credit, with no audible complaints. Now the challenge became how to get three HUGE flower pots, metal birds, and rabbits, into the already stuffed trailer. Oh yeah, our personal packer demon stepped up to the challenge.

Our next challenge, preparing for the Loveland Quilt Show and then on to our son, Chris' wedding. I have a very long "to do" list. Hmmm, think I will go to a movie, heh heh.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Our Own Road to California

We are now in Palm Springs, CA. Tomorrow we head to my cousin Chris' home where we will help her clean out her brother, Jon's home. Jon was my other cousin who died suddenly a couple of months ago. Chris, by the way, is the original reason I started walking for Breast Cancer since she was diagnosed while still in her thirties. She was given less than a 3% chance of survival. Happily, she is still with us eight years later. However, her immune system was pretty much destroyed by the treatments and so her health is always fragile. Because of that she cannot do a lot at one time. So, while it breaks my heart that we will be doing this task, I am thrilled to be able to help. From this point on, hopefully, I will get back to including pictures. It is so much more fun for me to add pictures.

I also would like to add that along with dear Gina (from Splinters and Threads) and her sweet husband, Michael, is another charmer traveling with us, Victoria. She is Gina's niece, and quite a character, especially for a 13 year old traveling with four adults. She is definitely holding her own and adding to our fun. Too bad she will not be joining us for the return trip as she is joining her dad for the summer. Teens like she, restores my faith in the future generation. You go, Victoria.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

On the Road to California

Finally, we are on the way to the Long Beach Quilt Show. Nothing quite like getting up at 5:30 in the morning, packing a trailer, and then driving from 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Bleary-eyed is not even a good enough description. We, my daughter and I, were starting to babble. Hey, I even let her drive and I almost never let her drive. Long story....

Anyway, we are now up and beginning the second long day of driving. Hard to imagine by Monday night we will be snoozing in California. More later...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quilty Quilty Quilty

(4 miles)

Back from our trip to Houston. Brandy, my daughter, and I left Friday around 11:00 a.m. for Houston. It is a 6 hour trip. We arrived at 8:30, heh heh. Hey, is it our fault that several boutiques lured us into their shops??? Nope, not our fault. That is my story and I am stickin' to it. Our trip home -- we left at 11:00 a.m., again, and this time we got home at 11 p.m. All the places we resisted on the way to Houston....stronger pull on the way back, that is for sure. The silk I bought at one fabric shop was to LIVE for. Cannot wait to make it into something "quilty." The problem is I want to use stuff like that for everything. Hopefully, pictures will follow......

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Where o where is the Quilt Panel ???

Another DUH. I tried to download a HUGE file and it gave up on me. I do seem to be learning something. Perhaps it is not the right "thing" but the learning curve has been even hugher that this image.

Quiltzany Awesome Ostrich

O.K., today I lost it. I am not really sure what "it" is, but, today, I definitely needed to have IT back. I was on my way to get a haircut, running late, of course. Is there any other way to run??? Anyway, my plan was to get my haircut, get a manicure, then head to Hannah's Quilt Shop to show her all of my new stuff. Stuff being everything from the new Wedding Quilt to my newest products, to my fabric designs, etc. etc. As I rush out to the car, I am talking to Lisa. Like a good girl, I am buckling my seat belt as I drive out of the garage, checking to see that I have my "stuff." Fabric designs? check. Cash? check. Cell phone?, cell phone? oops. I check my back pocket where I had so cleverly put it. not there. I checked all the other pockets. not there. Checked the floor of the car, the seats, no phone. I now am getting out of the car and am running around the house, in a panic, looking everywhere, talking to Lisa the entire time. DUH. Did you get that last sentence??? Talking on my CELL PHONE???? sigh. Perhaps that is one of the "its" that I needed? The other "its" that I needed today and did not have with me were the Wedding Quilt, the samples of my new products, AND my purse. Luckily, I had stuffed some cash in my pocket, next to the cell phone, heh heh, so my next concern was to not do anything else stupid enough to draw the highway patrolmen's attention. Heaven help me.

Sigh. I now hope you enjoy the panel I designed. I worked on it all day long yesterday, then just moments before its completion, I accidentally deleted it. In my panic I hit all the wrong buttons and finally decided to just start all over. Apparently I had learned quite a lot in the process of making the first one since the second took me less than half the time. Wheew. Let me know what you think. Um, did I mention that I cry easily....

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Love the Non-Sewing Quilts

(10 miles)

O.K., one too many late nights. Going to bed at three a.m. for the last several days then getting up by 6 to do my practice walking has caught up with me. I am heading to bed.

I was reading some of my earlier blogs and realized I posted a picture of the raffle quilt instead of the rug that I had made and talked about. Hopefully, I am going to rectify that issue here. Let's see if I can post the picture all by myself?

These non-sewing items such as the rug, are so great. I just used one of my Clipboard kits to also make a non-sewing "quilt" for the clipboard that I talked about earlier. wow, I am delirious...............

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Quilts are my World

(4 miles)

Jeeez. I stupidly came into my sewing room before heading out to my walk. Dumb dumb dumb. That means getting a late start, it means HOT and HOTTER because I have a difficult time stopping what I am doing. I heard sweating is good. Well, I am VERY GOOD.

I am thrilled to say that Suzanne L., of California is the recipient of the "first to ask" quilt pattern. The pattern is called "The Scrap-O-Lator," and is designed to use up those pesky scraps. It has the added benefit of visually showing the history of your own collection. We will be introducing this pattern, along with our newest kits when we vend at the Long Beach show this month. Please check out our Quilt in a Towel Bar, Quilt in a Roll, and Quilt in a Rack, all designed to add sparkle and color to the bathroom. Are we having fun, or what???

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Wedding Quilt

(2 miles, hardly worth putting on the tennies)

Finally, I have a photo. Of course, this is only one of the 18 different hearts that I stitched into the quilt but I thought it would be better than trying to show the entire quilt. At that point, nothing would show. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quilt is Finished, Free Pattern Offer

(9 miles)

The wedding quilt is done. I do have to make the label, but, other than that, it is a TA DA. Still no photo, I know, but I will work on that. It is 2:30 in the morning and I am falling asleep as I write.

I do have one bit of news -- our prototypes for our newest products are here!!! The first person to email me to ask what one of the items is, will get a free pattern. Good luck.