Archive for April, 2008

Ready for a vacation

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Over a week has passed in a blur since I last posted, but now the new INNOVATIONS pattern sample is finished! “Sunflower Patch”– approximately 70 x 85″.
Sunflower Patch

It did take longer than usual as I had so much else to do during the process. The block is an original design, really not hard, though it does have lots of pieces to cut and to sew.

Sunflower block

Usually I do simple one fabric backs but there was no fabric suitable on the shelves that was large enough. It was cold and rainy outside and too early by several hours for the stores to be open, so I decided to piece the back. It took all morning so I probably could have done it in the same amount of time by going on into town, but on the bright side, I did use up some old stash that wasn’t going anywhere!! Everything always seems to take longer than I expect it to.

Sunflower Back

Including the quilting!! When I am in a time crunch which seems to be most of the time, I don’t take the time to plan out the quilting, but just let it happen – which inevitably results in entirely too much quilting. This is fine for a contest piece but ridiculous for a pattern sample. All in all, it’s been a long process but thankfully it’s finished and I am pretty happy with it.

Tomorrow I leave with friends for a quick trip to Paducah for the AQS show. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been there and I am really excited and looking forward to seeing the show since the building was expanded. I’m ready for a vacation!

What a week!

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Another week passed–where did it go? IQF Spring Festival is going on without me this year. I guess I am glad not to be in the mess that is air travel right now!

“Just Dandy” was not deemed dandy enough to be amongst the winners this year. If you want to see what DID win, go here . Congratulations to the winners!
Most of the week was spent trying to get the taxes done; for many years now, I have done them myself with the help of TurboTax, but it gets harder every year! This year it was impossible to download the updates and state forms and of course the fact that I am running late didn’t help! I had panicked Wed when the recorded voice said it would take two weeks to get the CDs and I was unable to talk to a “real person”. An email to HELP resulted in an offer to send them overnight but by the time I got that, I had already made arrangements for a tax professional to do them. A good thing, too, because when the CDs finally did come I was apparently unable to load them correctly and everything I had done prior was lost. It has been a trying week to say the least, but one good thing has come from it. From now on the taxes will be done by the professional and I feel like a very heavy weight has been lifted from my shoulders!!

The new pattern quilt is still on the design wall and I am making slow progress on it between other things. It’s scrappy and I had not bought any new fabric for it, but yesterday I realized that none of my white with black prints were large enough so I did have to go out and shop for more fabric. That’s always fun!

Travel

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Perhaps you thought that I had disappeared from the face of the earth, but, no. I have just been away on a lovely trip to the Amish country of PA. I wish that I had brought my camera because it was like a picture postcard around every corner! The fields turning brilliantly green, daffodils everywhere and all of the lovely spring flowering trees bursting forth.

I taught three different workshops there and in the morning on my way to class, we passed groups of Amish children carrying their lunch pails all dressed alike, walking to their little one room school houses. Horses and buggies clippity clopping along at a very businesslike trot makes one think they may have landed in another century! Too cool! Unfortunately the visit was clouded by less than perfect health as apparently I was allergic to some of those gorgeous spring trees or something.

This didn’t stop me from enjoying the Lancaster Quilt Show and seeing the sights with an old friend and meeting many new ones. A great big thank you to everyone who made my visit so special!

And now, it is back to the routine of life as I left it. No magic fairies came in the night to tie up all the loose ends that still await my attention.