Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My new thread catcher

Kristen, on posted a fabric basket she has made. There is a tutorial on her blog too --
I needed a thread catcher on the closet behind me as I work on my Mille. I think this will fit the bill. I might even whip up a few more for gifts. They are super easy.

Hunter's Moon

I just was not happy with my first attempt at the Hunter's Moon block form Dear Jane. Yesterday I tried it again using a different technique. I am much happier with this one (on the right).

The left block has a circle appliqued to the block and then the four legged piece on top of that. I could not get the points crisp enough. The block on the right has four beige pumpkin seeds appliqued to a solid block - Much Better!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Batik Dear Jane

This week I began my Dear Jane journey. There are two women in my local guild that are joining me. Are we crazy or what? Here are my first four blocks. I am not happy with the first one and will probably re-make it. Even though the motto for Janiacs is" finished is better than perfect"
Don't know about the Jane Stickle Quilt? Check it out here

Friday, November 21, 2008

Floating on Cloud Nine

Yesterday, I had an appointment with well known a quilt artist. We are forming a partnership for her next BIG work so it can be entered in to the Houston show. Hush Hush on the details for now but I am so excited and nervous at the same time. How will I be able to get any work done with my mind swimming about the possibilities?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

APQS Road Show

After I returned form retreat I needed to get a quilt quilted for a customer on Monday, work for Volvo Club on Tues, laundry and grocery shop on Wed. then leave for Albany on Thursday. Thursday night we set up four machines for the APQS road show at the Holiday Inn in Latham, NY. I fully intended to take lots of pictures and of course I took none. I am so bad.....
Honestly we barely had time to do anything other than work. We set up Thursday evening, ate pizza during the set up, Friday morning we did stitch outs and adjustments on the machines. Our first seminar was at 1PM with 8 attending. We wrapped up around 5ish. Saturday we had 2 seminars, 5 in the first and 7 in the second. We sold 5 machines on Sat, whew! Not bad in this weird economic time. After the last session ended we quickly changed clothes and began breakdown. After it was all said and done I realized I hadn't taken a single picture to post. Next time -- I promise.

Retreat Report

The past two weeks have just flown by. First I attended the Sew Nice Annual Retreat in Hamilton, NY with my quilting friend Pam. We left Thursday around noon, made a stop at the quilt shop on the way and arrived at the resort about 2PM. Like most retreats we ate lots, slept little, and sewed to our hearts content. We got home about 4PM Sunday.

This picture is of Regina's quilt. Regina is a new quilter and one of my machine quilting students. Her boyfriend sent her along to the retreat with 2 big boxes of home made chocolates that were "to die" for and he sent her roses. Is he a keeper or what? LOL.

And here is Regina...

Monday, November 3, 2008

A new week

OK, I admit, I am not the best blogger. Life just seems too busy and I usually leave the office (and my computer) around 5PM. Sometimes I will check in using DH's Imac before I turn in for the night.
Thursday I leave for retreat, a quilting retreat! Yeah. This will be the 3rd year for the Sew Nice Retreat in Hamilton, NY. We use the White Eagle Resort and it is just a perfect spot to get away. I'll try to take a few pics and post them when I get back.

Also today, I registered for classes at MQX -- can't wait!!