Archive for March, 2010
Here is the cover of our new book….I was told today we will have books by April 5th. Tomorrow they will start printing! I am so excited… I think this is a great book…I will add more pics of the projects in the book over the next couple of days. Do you want to see quilts or wool projects first?
This last weekend I attended a retreat in Oshkosh….We had a wonderful time and many quilts were finished…one of the best things that I used was a TV tray padded with quilted ironing board covering and a travel Rowenta Iron. It made the perfect traveling mini ironing station…great for doing your little pressing like my 1″ triangles shown here.. Look at all those steam holes in this little iron. Thanks Jeanine & Rosie for sharing this with me and for the new ironing board, it worked wonderful for retreat. This iron worked so well I got one for Carole for her birthday and she loved it too. It is always hard to find a great gift that works so well. I have a crappy towel protecting my TV tray ironing board here, but if you are rummaging this summer, you can now look for wooden TV trays to make for your quilting friends.
Now for the quilt show…I hope I can remember who’s quilt is who’s. I only got about half of the quilts that were shown, sorry If I did’nt get yours posted, I didn’t get anything I made either…oh well…Enjoy what I have…
We should get the final proof for our book “Summer Gatherings” today…so maybe I can get some more photos on this blog for you soon.
Well we have been home for a few days now, but i left the day after we got home for quilt retreat on Friday. Our trip was great, wonderful weather, met a lot of nice people, lazed around a lot, ate a lot and read all three of those books i brought. Played beach volleyball for hours some days, with the 20 year olds. They didn’t think I was too bad for someone who was as old as their Mom. I even got Nick to play and he hates Volley ball, just because he isn’t a star athlete at it. I think he was tired of watching and wondering when we were going to be done, so he just joined in…
We met some cool people and spent time in the pool and eating with them…Noel and Jamie- the honeymooners from GA. He is originally from Boston and she from Pittsburgh, so this gave Nick and Noel a lot to talk about with that baseball rivalry between NY and Boston…so they are buds now and have ongoing text conversations…bets about next season and other stuff guys can harass each other about. They were the cutest couple. I just love them both…the more time we spent with him the more he reminded me of “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson….this photo below is the one where he looks like him the most…
So after Jamie and Noel left, we just happened to find more new friends…Heather and Mark from MN asked us if we wanted to go deep sea fishing…sure that was on my list-NOT, but oh well, what i don’t do for the men in my life…They found another couple from Detroit to go along, so we got up at 5:00am -to drive to Cancun to go fishing….I will let the pics tell the rest of the story…I don’t want to rub it in too bad…
Monica and Brett were the other couple who joined us on this excursion. After the day of fishing Nick and I had a lobster cruise planned on a Pirate ship called the “black pearl” It was a lot of fun…more than catching the fish…
Well… It’s time for a vacation….Nick and I are leaving for Mexico today. We have not had a vacation in 10 years, or since we started the wholesale business. So it’s time to re-connect and have some fun. I plan on PLAYING REAL HARD. I’m going to do all the activities the resort has to offer. (at least one day)
The big question was–Are you going to bring any sewing? Well after a lot of pondering ….I am bringing along a penny rug project, a just for me project-nothing for the shop or a pattern. This will be for airport sewing only. You all know I will go nuts if I just sit there.
I’ve downloaded 3 books into my e-reader, Dear John, Shutter Island and I can’t remember the 3rd one. Hopefully this will help me relax and veg a day or two.
I am giving you all a peek at two of the 28 projects in our newest book “Summer Gatherings” (real original- I know…)coming out in April. Carole and I have worked real hard on this book and can’t wait to see it in print. It is now all in the hands of the graphic designer and the printer. So hopefully by the time we get home, Carole will already have the first proof in her hands, but I am not even going to think about it once during the next 10 days!
My “Nest” is framed with an 8×10 roughed up frame made by Nick and Carole made “Sparklers” using all vintage fabrics and i think these are about 5″ blocks. The little dolly quilt is how Carole tests her batting, threads and quilting…She’s so smart….
All for now…LB
The weather is going to be beautiful so get in the car and come Shop Hoppin’! Here is a picture of our Shop Hop quilt, which starts today though Saturday. You will receive a block KIT for the shop hop quilt from our shop and every other shop you visit, plus the block pattern . The rest of the pattern is given out at your last shop. You also will receive a 20% off coupon for 1 item of your choice. You have to make it to 7 out of the 8 shops to be qualified for the grand prize “Retreat” at Homestead Cabin in Hillpoint WI. You must also state why you did not visit the 8th shop??? We want your in-put. The blocks shown here are the actual blocks from each shop plus a few more we made to make a 12 block quilt. We are taking orders for sashing/finishing kits if you would like one, please let us know.
Here are the Farmer’s Wife blocks for this month…. if you are STILL waiting for a book they are now on their way to us…so you will be getting it soon… I don’t know how they expect us to run businesses, when it takes so long to get books…but they are coming and we appreciate your patience. Sue has included all the sizing direction for you this month. THANKS SUE!
Here is my niece Kaity with her blocks after 2 quilt classes with Sharon. Looking good Kait! She even has good taste..Japanese fabrics…She is prepping for her summer job…(if she passes)
On Sunday (28th) Jeanine hosted her Buggy Barn Class…here are her Students..in no particular order…Diane, Lor,i Cathi, Sue, Erica, Cindy and Lara. I know three of these girls came from Eau Claire area and spent the night. Thanks for coming and hope it was all you thought is was going to be…maybe next year we will have that retreat house for you all to stay at! I was being a pest…just needed a break between project directions…
Hello World….I’m baaaack!
No serious…I can only concentrate on book things at “book” time…and I am done with my projects…Carole is finishing up the pincushions and we are proofing directions and photography is set for Thursday…I love all the projects! Can’t wait to share them with you. But below is the only thing I did in February, beside “book” projects…We went up to Mark & Debbie Field’s (Granola Girl Designs) home on Rice Lake…we had a blast…Nick set up his portable “ice house” to fish as soon as we got there, we went tubing on Friday night, played snow golf, sledding, and snow shoeing on Saturday. We had a wonderful Valentines Night dinner and played games the rest of the night. Their log home was just awesome, all of her quilts hung and it was decorated totally “Northwoods” tastefully, though…i might add. It was a nice break for Nick and I…I think he was tired of me…Kitty from Landauer Publishing and her husband Jake were the other couple who attended the “up north olympics”…I hope we are invited back next year…Thanks Debbie for making sure we had a great time…we sure needed it!