Road to California 2011

Well what can we say….we had a blast in sunny southern California again…our booth was packed most of the time….the other vendors were coming over to see what was going on in our booth…I flew in from Nebraska on Wednesday with two hours left to set up…Nick had most of it done except for the quilts in my suitcase…we finished up and went out to Antonio’s for supper…it was good to see my husband again…Thursday was the first day of the show…we were swamped and it went fast.  At 6pm we closed up the booth and headed to the classrooms to teach until 10pm…we had 26 wonderful ladies who all stayed awake long enough to hear what I had to teach them…this was only a 3 hour class…much to teach and get through…Friday was an exact repeat of Thursday….booth was swamped…helped ladies all day take home more projects for their stashes and then at night taught them all my secrets!…by now I am just about beat… I am so glad I had the opportunity to teach during the show.  Look for my classes next year if you missed out, girls!   Sat. and Sunday were only half-days…no teaching at night…so I recovered….here are some pics of Road2CA…

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the icing….

The best part of traveling and teaching is seeing other peoples projects at the guild meeting and of course their local quilt shops…Donna Whitmarsh, who attended to all my needs and “humped” a bunch of big boxes around my whole trip for me was the best! THANKS DONNA!  She escorted me to The rug hooking store at Black Horse Antiques where Janice Lee let us shop for a brief time on her day off.  I have a new hooking project and an antique quilt….will post them later…then onto Country Sampler Quilt Shop…where our company was represented “very well” THANKS! girls for making sampler for your shop…we all know that sample sell kits!…enjoy the photos…

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Cottonwood Quilters do the Pumpkin Table mat our most purchased wool project!

My second workshop in NE was the famous Pumpkin Table mat…We had a blast and they learned lots…I was told by  veteran stitcher, “Jo” that I was “awesome”!  Can’t beat that!  I am sort of a task master as a instructor…everyone keeps up and everyone learns all the stitches!   Enjoy their pictures here…

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Cottonwood Quilters from Nebraska

I have been gone  teaching quilting and vending at a show last couple of weeks…taught 5 different classes in 3 different locations.  The first leg of the trip was Omaha NE.  Where I taught two projects and gave two lecture/trunk shows.  The first workshop we did was on Sue’s Stars…we pieced center blocks and learned techniques for making little 1″ triangles…they were all very good students and here is their progress!

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Presley & Jeter

Presley and Jeter….are 7 weeks old today born on Dec.8th…they are American Staffordshire Terriers.  From what I read there is a little difference from the American Pit Bull terrier.. The Staffy is slightly bigger and their demeaner is more subdued than the “Pit Bull”

They were just little angels flying through 3 airports, stowed under the seat…we snuck them out once in awhile durring the flight.  I had two great gentlemen sitting by me on the Salt Lake City to Detroit flight that helped my hide them from flight attendents that were really ignoring the fact that I had them out.  They slept on my and one of the guys laps for an hour each during the 3 hours ride…the flight attendents asked to see them as I was leaving the plane…so I knew they were looking the other way…

I have to thank Roxanne and Linda for helping me acquire them in CA.  I was staying in a Hotel and Linda babysat them that first night.  Roxie helped me decide I couldn’t buy one and leave the other and assured me I wouldn’t regret it…A special thanks to Drew who picked me up by 3:30 am to go to Linda’s and then an hour ride to the airport to catch a 6am flight to SLC.  I will not tell you how good of time we made to the airport.

We went to the pet store yesterday and now I know what parents go through when they have twins….yikes!  I have completely puppy proofed the house…removed all the rugs in the kitchen and entry ways,barricaded off the living room with big plywood pieces…who needs a gate?  Removed all the kitchen chairs and it is now just a big playroom with lots of toys for them…they are doing pretty well on their potty training, but when they have an accident it is not ruining my carpets and making me mad at them…i hopefully have set them up to be successful!   Thanks for all the questions and comments about them…I am praying they will be good companions and be able to go to the warehouse with Nick everyday when they get a little older…