Posts Tagged ‘business’

Computer Scare

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I am loving the new project and making good progress.

Had a computer scare on Sunday when my older computer, the one that I keep to run my old version of Quickbooks and Photoshop said it’s disk was full and died.¬† Since that happened I have also had problems printing because my laptop communicates through the other computer to the printer, and problems sometimes getting online.¬† My computer guy came today and rebooted the old computer and it came up good as new.¬† Turns out it has plenty of disk space and just had some kind of a glitch perhaps due to weather or old age. It was scarey, because, of course I don’t back up as often as I should!

A couple of years ago, I planted Liriope as a ground cover along the top of the bank along the driveway, hoping it would make a neat edge between the grass and the bank that can’t be mowed.¬† It is taking off nicely and I have been weeding the grass so it shows up. Now, hopefully my husband will cut up to it when he mows and it will continue to grow and fill in.

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Liriope does so well here that the original 6 pack has multiplied to the extent that I have plenty to transplant wherever I need groundcover.¬† I recently put some on the bank by the new storm shelter and it will look great once it fills in.¬† Things are growing so well right now that I am having to treat some of my plants, like Lamb’s Ear and some herbs, like Mint and Oregano like weeds and just pull them out and throw them away before they kill their neighbors!

Catching Up

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Going away is always fun, but getting back home is best! The laundry is done, everything is put away, I’m still catching up on recorded Olympics Figure Skating, but yesterday I finished the layout for a new project.

While I was at “Empty Spools” In my spare moments,¬† I worked on planning the seams for “Jesse At The Lake”.

JesseAtLakeWhile shopping there, I found a perfect fabric for the reflections – well, almost perfect, I’ll have to change some colors.¬† Today I hope to get the fabric washed and photographed to show you, the enlargement finished and the freezer paper prepared.¬† It’s always exciting to start a new project!

Quilt Sold!

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

“Konza Prairie Spring” sold while I was at Empty Spools to someone with fond memories of Kansas. She even remembered the pink grass!

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I’m so happy it went to a new home where it will be appreciated every day.

Hello from Asilomar

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Here I am at beautiful Asilomar in Pacific Grove, Ca., teaching Designing for Picture Piecing at Empty Spools Seminar. I have been so busy that I have only walked over to the ocean once, but I’m up early this morning and I intend to take the camera and see if I can get some photos before breakfast. (Yum! The food has been very good!)

I am finally able to find my way around this sprawling facility of many acres and lots of different buildings for each activity. There is a lot of walking involved and for the first few days I was often lost. But not for long!

My students are great! They seem to be enjoying the process and are making nice progress. There has been a lot of sewing going on and we will have good stuff to show when the open house happens tomorrow. The week is going fast!

Quilting In The Snow

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

It looks like the birds have been making quilting patterns in the snow… how neat is that!

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Yesterday afternoon was spent packaging patterns and watching Pairs Figure Skating from Sochi. Also getting things organized for my up coming trip to Empty Spools. It looks like starting today the weather is going to warm up to above freezing and be clear so I can stop worrying about getting to the airport!

Grif2014Here is Griffin basking in the glory of cold – don’t feel sorry for him – we have to force him to come in and get warm! He’ll be on guard duty here while I am gone, holding down the fort along with my husband.

 

 

 

1994-2014-Innovations is 20!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I never imagined when I started INNOVATIONS that it would have been this good!

Every year when I finish up the books for taxes one of the things I enjoy is to tally up all of the sales for the year and for each pattern individually. Since it’s publication in 1997, Third Weekend In October has been my very best seller and continues to excel, having sold, over the years, 31,399 patterns! This is the only pattern that I have had as many as 5,000 printed at a time.

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon when I sat on the sofa with a piece of graph paper and designed this quilt to look like leaf litter on a sunny autumn day. Notice the slash of blue that accents the yellow/orange leaves diagonally from upper left to lower right against the reds.

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Being from New England, I had always wanted to do a maple leaf quilt, but wanted mine to be different – not the usual repeated traditional block. I was designing for a one of a kind contest quilt, never intended to be a pattern, but after hundreds of requests I finally gave in and published the pattern. And thank goodness I did! It’s been amazing. Time marches on and I probably will not re order as it is time to slow the business down.

Maybe you already have “Third Weekend”, but if not it is still available over on the pattern page until this printing sells out. It’s 84 x 104″, a true scrap quilt . Lots of pieces, but all straight seams, partially paper pieced to make the odd angles easy.¬† I have never raised my prices, so this is a bargain at $7.00.

Entering Shows

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

This morning’s email brought notice that today is the deadline for “Form Not Function”. I have already missed two deadlines this year and we are only barely into the second month! I missed the entry for “AQS Paducah” and “Road To California” which just ended. I have never gotten into “Form Not Function”, they seem to prefer more abstract work than what I do, but I thought I’d like to give it a try anyway since it has been awhile since I submitted there.

Every show seems to want the photos different, so it takes time to figure out what it is they want and find the photos and prepare them after having spent a bunch more time just looking through everything to find out what will be available for the time period that they want it, and not be too old. In this case made after Jan 2010, so that’s easy. This one has an entry fee of $30.00 for up to 3 pieces so it makes sense to submit three. Multiply the time factor by 3. I settled on “Bignonia”,Bignonia

“In The Bleak Midwinter”

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and “Prairie Power”

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I expected problems with the online submission, because, don’t I always have problems? And also it being the last day and all, I figured it might be bogged down. But it seemed to go quick and seamlessly.¬† Almost TOO easy, did it really go through?

Facebook

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I have resisted getting on Facebook forever, but finally decided that I should probably have a business page, Ruth Powers Innovations, since I no longer go to Market. Just a good way to keep my patterns and activities visible, I hope.¬† I have been having a lot of trouble with it which is not a surprise to me as I am one of the most technologically challenged people I know. This morning I finally got a photo to post! Big milestone for me… If you are on Facebook, please like me—oh, how needy does THAT sound!!??

This week I have managed some quality sewing time and I believe that one of the hand dyes, the bottom one, created last week is going to work in the sky of the current work!  Linking to Off The Wall Friday.

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Updated Website

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I have spent the morning doing paperwork, scheduling quilts for traveling and updating the website. Finally added the two newest quilts, “Konza Prairie Spring”

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and “Eagles Soar” to the gallery page.

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It seems as though those things should not take as long as they do, but something always gives me trouble.¬† I don’t know why it will no longer let me position my photos in the center.

 

It’s Raining Cats And Dogs

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Since I didn’t go to Houston for Festival last Fall, I didn’t get to see all of the other entries for this exhibit in the Festival Awareness Project with the postcards to benefit “Friends For Life” a no-kill animal shelter in Houston. The post card project raised over $40,000.00!

Anyway-¬† I was real happy to see that The Quilt Show has posted photos of all of the “Raining Cats & Dogs” quilts, so I was able to see them all, and you can see them, too, including my¬† “Snow Buddies”, here.SnowBudDet

With my trip to teach at Empty Spools at Asilomar coming up fast, I decided that I ought to get my books caught up before I go, and be ready early for taxes this year, so I have gotten a head start on that project, as well as getting things in order for the trip.¬† There are still spaces left if you are inclined to want to learn how you too can immortalize one of your favorite photos in fabric!¬† It is SO cold here, I am looking forward to going someplace warmer.¬† Doesn’t that sound good? Join me!!