Posts Tagged ‘business’

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!


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!


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.


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”


and “Prairie Power”


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?


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.


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”


and “Eagles Soar” to the gallery page.


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!!

Quilt Market

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Quilt Market is currently in progress in Houston and I sort of miss the hustle and bustle, but not enough to consider going back! The morning weather report confirms that I am glad to be safely dry and at home, having experienced Houston’s torrential rain and flooded roads on a previous trip!

The Northcott Fabrics booth will be displaying this sample from my POPPY! pattern featuring their new Shimmer line of fabric.



Also on display in the exhibits area and staying through Festival next week are “Who, Me?” in “Celebrate Spring”, “Snow Buddies” in a special exhibit of pet quilts and “In The Bleak Midwinter” in “World of Beauty”. I do wish I could pop in to see those exhibits and Festival, but for this year, it is not to be.

Here at home I have been working on a small wall hanging commission. Each year in an attempt to entice folks to invest in art, the Topeka Art Guild Gallery asks for smaller less expensive works for sale during the month of December and January. A couple of years ago I entered a small landscape of a photo that I took on our Alaska trip and it was purchased by a lady who had lived in Alaska for a while. Ever since she has been after me to make her another, and last month she loaned me one of her photographs to render in fabric for her.


The next step is to quilt and bind it for delivery in a week or so.