Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sew’n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,

I spent a fair bit of today getting Blogger set up on my new iPad that I purchased for the Quilting Cruise to Alaska.  It is now 7:40pm.  I don’t want to tell you how many hours this has taken me.  Just let me say, I get up around 5am every has been a long day.

When I set this up on the iPad, I royally screwed up my email account and my Blogger account on my laptop.  I broke out into a cold sweat a few times thinking I’d lost everything.  Not to worry.  (I wish the Geek Squad lived close by!). It would have saved me hours.

So yesterday and Monday, I was with my Sew’n Wild Oaks girls.  As soon as I can find the pictures from Monday’s class, I will post them.

Lynette shared a delightful story about this quilt with us.  When I get more proficient at this new device, I will share it with you.

I just found the pictures from Monday.

It’s getting late.  I didn’t get much done at all on my to-do list.  I have to get better at this contraption before I set sail.  The wind was really taken out of my sails today trying to figure this out.


Trouble with Blogger

Hello Everyone,

Hang in here with me.  I'm having trouble with Blogger.  I'll get this resolved eventually.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Kit Zone

Hello Everyone,
I've been in a "zone" lately.....the kit zone.  I've been cutting and packaging 48 kits for the Alaskan Quilt Cruise.
This is a photo of all the fabrics for Row-Mancing Alaska.  The kits are too pretty to open up and start cutting the fabrics.

This is the final kit.

Here are the pictures of the fabric for Country Sampler.

Here's the final kit.

We've always jokingly called this area of the cabin our FedEx Mail Center.  The telephone office sign complete with bullet holes, antique stamp dispenser, and old crank phone are added character to this part of the cabin.

These packages are full of kits ready to be shipped.  Mr. Joe and Mazey made two runs to the post office yesterday.  I'll try to get the rest shipped by the end of the week.

Some of the Alaskan quilters are taking both of my classes and have two kits and patterns headed their way. They get to experience double the fun!
This morning I'm headed off to Benicia to pick up my sister Gail, then we are heading over to San Rafael for a lecture at the Mt. Tam Quilt Guild tonight.  YIKES, I'd better sign off and start getting ready to leave.  Lots of driving for me today and tomorrow.  I'll practice my talk on my way out of the mountains......and try not to put myself to sleep.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Row-Mancing Alaska is a Flimsy

Hello Everyone,
It feels good to get back to my quilting.....if only for a few days before I take off again.  Tuesday, I finished the borders on Row-Mancing Alaska.  Just a little touch of color in the borders fit the bill for me.

I finished writing the pattern yesterday and sent it off to my testers and readers.  I'll let it sit for a couple of days and go over it again with a fine-tooth comb.  It's amazing what will jump out at me once the pattern sits and percolates for a couple of days.

When I was approached by the quilting cruise tour director last year, she told me that she would like me to design and teach a quilt with an Alaskan theme.  After many months, several dry runs, head scratching and general procrastination, I came up with this design for a row-by-row quilt.  Alaska has such a rich history, and I could have included so many more blocks.  I had to call it quits and keep it more of a wall hanging and not a California king sized quilt.

I poured through my extensive collection of quilt block books, and looked for blocks pertinent to Alaska.   The first row is called Aurora.  I looked at many images of the Aurora Borealis and tried to imitate the color scheme.  The second row is called Midnight Sun.  I wanted the sun to be rising over my quilt, low in the sky.  Of course I had to have flying geese! 

Next comes Eagle's Nest followed by Black Spruce.  I then worked my way down to Glacier Bay.

There is controversy over this little block.  I'm calling it Bear Paw, but many look at it and think it's a fish.  So whatever it is, fish or bear, it is either a fish swimming in Glacier Bay, or a bear walking along the bank of the bay on top of Gold Rush blocks.  You decide.

So there you have it.....from the heavens to the earth. My version of Alaska even though I've not been there before.  Next month at this time, I'll be sailing on the high seas, and stopping to explore the coastline and interesting towns and glaciers along the way.

The majority of the fabrics came from several different lines of Marcus Fabrics.  The lines are called Jewel, Sea, and Tranquility by Sarah J. Maxwell.  Many thanks to Marcus Fabrics for providing the fabric for this quilt.

I'm now putting the kits together for this quilt.  I've scoured quilt shops, and online shops for just the right fabrics to replicate this quilt. I have my work cut out for me today....tomorrow.....and quite possibly the next day.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wine Country Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
It's time to get you caught up on what I've been doing for the past week or so.  Last weekend I was a vendor at the Wine Country Quilt Show in Santa Rosa, CA.

It was a great, 2-day show.  What you don't see are the days of preparation prior to the show.  I was busy cutting kits and printing patterns for days and days.

Our friend Nancie was so helpful during both days of the show.  We were so busy, it is good to have an extra set of hands to help.  Nancie has also made so many of my quilts, that she's a natural when it comes to answering questions.

Setting the booth up takes my sister Gail and me about four to five hours from start to finish.  We have a good system going and each of us know, and carry out our duties.  Our carrot at the end of the day is a glass of wine with our dinner.  (Well, we were in the heart of wine country!)

I demonstrated behind this table for the entire show.  I came out from behind this table often to give out hugs to many of you.  It is amazing how many people we know from vending at shows in this area, lecturing to the guilds, and holding workshops.  There are so many familiar and friendly faces.

Here a just a few of the 200+ quilts at the show.  We quickly walked through the show Sunday morning before the crowds arrived.

The featured artist was Kathi Carter-Sweet.  Her body of work was incredible.

I'm back at the cabin for a few days before I head off to San Rafael next week for a lecture.  I'm cutting kits for the cruise, working on the pattern for the second cruise quilt, and trying to relax a little bit.  I keep telling myself I can relax on the cruise.......wait a minute......I have 53 quilters to teach! 

Just one month from today, I'll be sailing North to Alaska with many of my friends.  I can't wait.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Road Trip

Hello Everyone,
I've been pretty quiet this week on my blog, but anything but quiet at home while preparing for the Wine Country Quilt Show in Santa Rosa this weekend.
It's been a flurry of activity here.  First order of business was getting my latest pattern finished, printed, and stuffed into the plastic envelope.

This pattern is going to be part of my new guild workshop presentation.  Now that is it finished, I want to make another one!  This is also one of the quilts that I will be teaching on the quilting cruise to Alaska in July.  YIKES.....that's next month!

My sister Gail has been pattern testing for me.  She makes the components then places them on the block layout sheet.  A block layout sheet is included in the pattern for each of the nine blocks. The sheet really aids in the layout and construction of the block.

My friend Joyce has also been testing the pattern for me.

I've also been cutting, folding, and pricing bundles for my booth this weekend.  Here is just a sample of Jo Morton's new shirtings fabrics, and Pieceful Pines by Pam Buda.

I'll add these collections to my other reproduction bundles. My booth will be full of choices, (or temptations) for everyone!

Hope to see some of you at the show!