Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shopping Hopping thru Iowa!

What do two quilters do when they only have a bit over an hour to go, and all day to get there?

We find quilt shops!

We find antique shops!

We run to Michael’s with a 50% off coupon to buy beads for making beaded sewing stilettos!

We hit Target to pick up “just a few things we need”  only to buy MORE than we need….

And then about halfway to our destination we stop at Walmart because we remembered some things we’d forgotten.

It was a ramble down the road kind of day including lunch out at Chilis and then root beer floats at a small hometown drive in once we reached our destination because we could.

It was just this kind of perfect day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Texas Tumbleweed in Marion, Iowa!

These are the kind of smiles that make my day!

And what a fun day we had in Marion, Iowa with the Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilters!  Our class project?  Texas Tumbleweed from my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders.

it was a bit dicey at first –it was pouring to beat the band as ladies were arriving to unload their cars….Mother Nature seemed intent on soaking us through to the skin!

But what’s a bit of water –when we are going to be inside sewing away all day!

Let the sky do what it will…we were safe and dry, or mostly dry after an hour or so – of being inside!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love from Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

You just KNOW you are in for a good time when you are greeted by a happy quilter ((In this case, Peggy!)) holding a sign made of over-sized Wild & Goosey blocks!

There was no missing her as my guild transport and sister-of-the-cloth!

Bags arrived as scheduled, and we were off!

Where to?  LUNCH!  I was starving…I’d been up and going since 2am Iowa time – and even though it was only 11am – my body was saying FEED ME!

We went to the culinary institute!  How fun!  and delicious…  I love going places that I can’t get at home.

And yes, there is Culvers here..but we are saving that for later.  I’ll have plenty of time for that during my week here in Iowa.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Off to Iowa–GIVE-AWAY!

Goodness Gracious, it was an early morning this morning!

3am can barely be considered “morning” at all by any stretch of the word..

4am departure from the house to the airport was not much better!

We touched down in Atlanta at a still very early 6:24am.

This place already has some hustle and bustle going on -people going this way and that way, all on their way to their next connection, wherever their destinations may take them.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quiltmaker Drawing Time!


All items to be dropped at FedEx have been dropped off as planned!

My living room looks HALF empty…

The other half?

Well, I’m packing up the trunk show for everything I need for my time with the East Iowa Heirloom Quilters Guild in Cedar Rapids,  and then off to a 4 day retreat with Jo & Kelli Kramer of Jo’s Country Junction fame!

It’s going to be a fun time in Iowa this coming week!

And I haven’t even packed my project to bring to work on in the evenings yet!  I may be burning the midnight oil tonight.

I’m taking a quick break to  draw our winner of the Sept/Oct 2015 Quiltmaker Magazine issue and that yummy bundle of Maywood Studios flannels!

I know, I know – it’s not even August yet!  FLANNEL!?  YES!  Because in 6 to 8 weeks we will be well into autumn and these are going to make something extra yummy for some lucky winner out there.

So let’s get to it:

Box it Up! Send it Off!

The pattern sections for all 6 of these quilts have been written, and sent off to my editor so she can start working on them behind the scenes!

7 out of 12 pattern sections have been written during my one month at home.

I wouldn’t call this month a “VACATION”  But it has sure been nice to sleep in my own bed, work from my own studio, and have weekends at the cabin.

I'm more than half-way with the pattern sections!  Can you hear me cheering??

Technical writing is NOT the fun part for me.  I love the designing, the cutting the sewing, the quilting, the binding..the technical writing?  Drudgery, really.

But a necessary drudgery, and it feels good when you know you did it, and did it well.

I really enjoyed my little side trip up to Virginia this week, and taking that time away from desk work was very much needed and a definite highlight.

This stack of quilts and everything I need to tape my online courses with Quiltmaker will be packed up and FedEx’d off this afternoon.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Making String Sashings!

Loads of questions coming in after yesterday’s post about why I string piece on a paper foundation.

I am happy to share the hows and whys that I do things, but please don’t take it as gospel or the only way to do things.  If you learned from someone else a “different” way ((there is no BETTER, only DIFFERENT!)) then by all means, you don’t have to do it this way.

But you know what?  You just might learn something if you try it both ways.

And that might lead you to a hybrid third way of your own leaving you really happy with the results.

There are a million ways to get any job done.

This is just how *I* work.  And it works for me.

I spent some time trimming up all of the pages that I covered with neutral strings on my one night getaway.  Oh, how I needed that time away from my office computer!

This is a photo of what the sections look like after trimming…

This is what it looked like BEFORE trimming:

Friday, July 24, 2015

North, to Virginia!

I took a little road trip yesterday-

A much needed getaway – and I’ve had it in the plans since I left Erie, Pennsylvania in June.

You know it goes, someone you know knows someone else who heard of something that someone was looking to find a home for –and it just happens to be the exact thing that YOU are looking for!

Maybe some wishes just don’t come true until we give them voice out loud—and the ears of others have the solution, or know someone who does.

The story goes like this:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hot off the Quiltmaker Press!


**NOTE** This drawing has ended!  Congrats to our lucky winner!!

Look what arrived in my mail box yesterday!

Soon to hit a news stand near you, it’s the September/October 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine!

Here we are in the heat of the summer and the magazine cover is promising cooler temperatures WITH 14  quilts for cooler days- right around the color.

Beautiful quilts in autumn tones as well as some others that will just knock your socks off.

Take a look at what I found inside: