Friday, October 19, 2018

The Mountain Heirloom Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
The Mountain Heirloom Quilt Show starts today at the beautiful Ironstone Winery in Murphys. CA.  My sister Gail, Mr. Joe and I got the booth all set up.


I have Zinnie's Choice prominently displayed and illuminated.  This quilt travels to guilds for my workshops and lectures, so I usually don't have it available for shows.

Kits, glorious kits, for Cute as a Button. I cut over 1,600 2-1/2" strips over the past few weeks.

The venue is amazing!  Very regal.

More later.  I have to get down to the show.  Hope to see some of you there.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Show and Retreat Preparations Continue

Hello Everyone,
I actually spent some time in my quilting room yesterday and made a little 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" foundation pieced house.  I wanted to check out my pattern first before I made a fool of myself demonstrating in front of my retreaters! 


My goal is to make little patriotic houses to go into an arrangement something like this that I threw on the design wall at my last retreat.  The plan includes twelve houses. This one took me so long to make, it may turn into a mug rug.  I know the first one always takes the my case too long.  If I continue with my plan, I'm going to make all 12 at the same time, and sew piece one to piece two on all of them, and continue around the block.  Maybe that way I won't have to rip out.  My seam ripper and I became ONE yesterday.  Do you know how hard it is to rip out when you've set your stitch to itty-bitty?

Our little tree out front is starting to show us some color.  I have to catch it quick, because it will be gone in the blink of an eye.  I hope the leaves can hang in there just a bit longer, and starts showing some red and orange.  The nights have been chilly, so the color will be different today.  I'll check it out when the sun comes up. 
I don't venture outside until daylight.  The neighbor captured a mountain lion on their critter cam last week.  They make me more nervous than the bears.  I mountain lion would take one look at Mazey and think of her as a tasty morsel.

I have to finish up pricing for the show today and update my product spreadsheets.  I also have to pick up my sewing room so the girls don't think a bomb went off in it.  What a glorious mess!  While picking up, I may just find some real treasures.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Quilters' Corners

Hello Everyone,
A couple of weeks ago Mr. Joe and I headed to Sacramento to visit Quilters' Corners to stock up on fabric for the Mountain Heirloom Show at Ironstone Winery in Murphys this coming weekend.  Everything you see, and a lot more, will be in my booth during the show.
The first bundle is all Di Ford fabrics.  I'm going to call it Di Ford is to Die For!

I love to combine fabrics from many different manufacturers into a beautiful bundle.

 They have a great selection of reproduction fabrics.  I immediately started making piles of my selections.  This is just a small sample of what went home with me.

I started making kits for my new little table topper, Cute as a Button.

Cute as a Button

All of the bundles and kits buried my sister Gail.  We cut, folded and packaged for hours.....if not days.

Quilters Corners has an excellent selection of a wide range of fabrics for every quilter.  It is well worth the visit and you will be so glad you stopped by.  The shop is very easy to get to.  It is right off Highway 50.  So, if you are headed to Tahoe.......hint, hint.  Make sure to say "hi" to the owners, Elaine and Dawn.  Tell them Lynn sent you.
I'll spend today on more preparations for the show and my retreat.  I have to print and price more patterns.  Mr. Joe was at the dining room table stuffing patterns for quite a bit of time yesterday.  It's a great "football game" job.  I also want to make a couple of sample blocks for a retreat project.  I just may have to cut into some of the Di Ford fabrics!

P.S. If I have kits and bundles left after the show and my retreat, I'm going to put them on my Etsy site for purchase.  My Etsy site is called SewnWildOaksDesigns.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Another Week in Review

Hello Everyone,
Here is just a small sample of what my week was like.  I was way too busy to post a thing!  I spent Monday getting ready for my visit to the Sierra Gold Quilters Guild.  I did a lecture on Tuesday, then a workshop on Wednesday.

This was such a nice classroom filled with a group of fun and talented quilters.

Once the girls made some components, they put them on the design wall and started to play with the arrangement.

As the day goes on, the arrangements become more complex.

My Patchwork Math workshop is my favorite class to teach.  I see many "lightbulb" moments and so much creativity.

I was delighted when one of the girls showed me her finished Grammy Squares quilt. So well done!

This is a picture of my sister Gail buried behind a pile of fat quarter towers and fat 1/8th bundles.  We spent all of Thursday cutting and packaging in preparation for the Independence Hall Quilt Show next weekend at Ironstone Winery in Murphys, CA.  My booth is going to be filled with gorgeous fabrics.  I still have to do a post showing you all of the fabrics that I've been buying over the past few weeks at some of my favorite shops.  They deserve an entire post all to themselves.

Friday, we drove down to the Bay Area to watch our granddaughter Kinsey, cheer the high school JV team to victory.  We are a football family and watched our sons play on the gridiron for years.  Now we watch the cheerleaders.  This is Kinsey with her base partner from the team.  The two of them support the "flyer".  This young man is our other granddaughter's date for Homecoming next weekend.

At the conclusion of the football game, we drove across town and watched our grandson play in his Fall Ball baseball game under the lights. 

Here is Jess after he was hit by a pitch.  He was fine, and shook it off on his way to 1st base.

Here I am with my daughter-in-law, April.  She is the queen of selfies.  When I take a selfie, (all of maybe three times), I'm not very successful getting everyone in the picture, let alone finding the right button to push.  We end up laughing so much we look like dorks!

Saturday morning, we were up at 4:30am and on the road to the Cow Palace just south of San Francisco.

Our other granddaughter Emily, was showing a goat at the Junior Livestock Show during the Grand National rodeo.  I have never seen so many goats, pigs, and sheep together at the same time.  My oh my, insert smell-o-vision here!

Our kids keep their kids so involved in outside activities, they don't have time to get into mischief. They are good people.....all of them, and we love our time together. 

We literally drove across the state from East to West yesterday.  We were completely exhausted, and hit the sack around 8pm.  We wouldn't have missed seeing the grand kids participate in all of their passions for the world.  It keeps us young.....I think.

This week I'll be preparing for the 3-day show.  Then, my second retreat starts on Monday the 22nd.  I have 35 people arriving!!!  Am I totally nuts????  What was I thinking scheduling 2 major events back to back?  You should see my to-do list, which I need to start working on muy pronto!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Backtracking to Last Monday

Hello Everyone,
It's been a wild and busy week here under the pines and oaks at Sew'n Wild Oaks.  It started off with a Patchwork Math class for my own guild, the Independence Hall Quilters in Arnold on Monday.
The class learned the formulas to make components any size.  Then they start putting them together.


Here's the start of a table topper.

This is the fun part.  Take the components and twist and turn them into an interesting design.

The classroom is large and very bright.

I've been on a fabric buying spree for my next show and retreat.  More kits need to be made....many more kits for Cute as a Button.


I'll do another post to show you some of my favorite places to shop for reproduction fabrics.  I've been fondling all of the new purchases this morning.  I'll be cutting it up making bundles, kits and fat quarter towers for the next week!
I've also been designing a new, little foundation pieced house or two for the next Sweet Sapling pattern.  There's also been accounting to do, orders to ship, house to clean, dog and husband to take care of and spend time with.  With all that has been going on, I have to take time to go outside and enjoy Fall. The leaves are changing, the air is crisper, and we've had rain, glorious, soaking rain.  We have also had thunderstorms roll right over the top of the cabin.  We also had our first fire of the season in the wood-burning stove.  In a word....COZY.  
Next week I'm off to Pine Grove for a lecture and workshop.  Then it's back to preparing for the Independence Hall Quilt Show, and my next retreat.  I may not be spending much quality time with my dog and husband until November!