Sunday, June 24, 2018

Back to My Applique

Hello Everyone,
I'm coming up for air and getting back to what I love to do.....applique.  I started this wall hanging a good year ago.....and it's still not finished.

I'm going to call the pattern Huckleberry Hill.  When we were on a road trip to Northern, northern California two years ago, I saw a street sign named Huckleberry Hill.  I wrote it down in my quilting notebook, and now it is coming to life.

I started prepping the last block this week.  I want to have something to take with me on the cruise to work on at night.  I know there's a casino and late night shows on board the ship.  We might check them out, but late night entertainment is not our "thing".  Most likely we will spend the evenings enjoying the views from our balcony window.  We will be drinking in the glorious landscape and marvel at the beauty of Alaska.

This one is done.

This blocks is almost done.

Yesterday I put 23 quilts on the dining room table, then folded them all back up, and packed them in bags by order of appearance for my guild lecture in Santa Clara tomorrow night.  I have five, giant Zip Lock bags that I use to haul my quilts around. 

I've been printing like crazy to replenish my pattern cubbies, and my pattern bins that I will take with me tomorrow.  This is a large guild that I'm traveling to, so I have to be prepared for pattern sales.

Mr. Joe knows when I'm approaching my over-the-top-up-to-my-eyeballs in work.  He packed a picnic lunch the other day, and we headed to Lake Alpine for a couple of hours.  I'm calling this photo the dog days of summer.

My daughter said picture looks like a skinny man holding a bouquet.  She's right.  I call this picture the definition of tenacity.  A tree growing from solid rock.

It was a gorgeous day on the lake.  Mazey enjoyed it as much as I did.  Sometimes I just have to get away and focus on nature and vistas outside my sewing room.

My fellow quilter, and friend Susan, made and gave me this wonderful centerpieces for our patio table.  It is mesmerizing watching the little fairy lights.  The table topper glistens in the dark. Thank you so much Susan, we love it. 

I'll finish my guild preparations today.  I may even pack up my quilting supplies for the cruise.  I plan on taking one suitcase full of quilting supplies for the cruisers.  I'll have more quilting things than clothes!  Maybe I should make myself a patchwork gown for the two formal that would be something.  My idea of formal is a clean pair of jeans!


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.