Thursday, June 28, 2018

Santa Clara Quilt Guild Quality Time

Hello Everyone,

I spent some wonderful quality time with the good people at the Santa Clara Quilt Guild Monday night for my lecture, and all day Tuesday for a Patchwork Math Workshop.  The following are just a few of the photos from the workshop.

These girls really got into their projects!


I loved their creativity.

They all made the same components, yet look at the variety of results!

We had a wonderful, and spacious classroom.

Monday night I had a full house for my lecture.

There were so many quilters that help me get set up for both the lecture and the workshop.  You have know idea just how much Gail and I appreciated all of your help during set up and take down.

My goal for the next few days is packing for the quilting cruise.  Time to start laying outfits out and placing them in the suitcase.  I’m more concerned about taking all of my quilting supplies.  If I forget something, it’s not like I can find it out in the Pacific Ocean!


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.