Posts Tagged ‘business’


Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

August has been  busy month! My last multiple day engagement for Guild programs/workshop in Oklahoma happened and it was a fun trip with lovely ladies.  Even fitted in some fabric shopping, though we did not find the one I was looking for.  One more trip Рnext week to Kansas City, then I will be officially retired!!

We went to Wichita over the weekend for the Opening Reception of the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibit where “Snow Buddies” is being exhibited. It has a great spot , well lighted where you see it as you enter the gallery; looks good!


While we were in Wichita we visited the Botanic Gardens, The Indian Museum and the Zoo.  The weather was near perfect and I was exhausted by the time we got back home! But it was fun!

Since coming back I have finished the Heron top using some of the fabrics that I found that looked like they might have possibilities.  I un-sewed some of the previous work to insert the new fabrics and I think it is going to be OK. HeronTop

Yesterday I squared it up and selected a backing fabric but have not yet layered it for quilting.  I think another deadline has squeezed in that will need my attention first!

News came that all four of my entries to the Visions of the Flint Hills Art Benefit and Sale at the Buttonwood Gallery in Kansas City were accepted.¬† “Harrier Hunting”, “Prairie Power”, “Drifted”, and “Grasslands” will be there.¬† This is an art exhibit so it is always gratifying when my quilts are recognized as art! The opening reception is on Oct 2 and the show runs through Nov 27.¬† Sales benefit the Friends of Konza Prairie.¬† Be sure and check it out if you are nearby.


Another Sale!

Friday, August 7th, 2015

“December Dawn” which is currently touring with the prestigious SAQA exhibit “Seasonal Palette” will have a new home at the close of the tour next year! Measuring 32 x 78″, it is destined to go over the fireplace in a room with 14′ ceilings –wow! sounds magical!


That is five sales so far this year!!

Sold two quilts!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Things are going well here in Des Moines; what a nice group! Now the weather, that has not been so great. VERY heavy rains have caused some flooding in the area and some drenching of quilters but luckily it was not raining for the unloading of the quilts. The rest of the week looks like it will be clear and cooler.

The brand new “Beneficial Burn” quilt sold after the first lecture, as well as the “Bluebird” sample quilt. I had announced my impending retirement and the fact that all of the sample quilts would no longer be needed and were now for sale. I have not even posted that to my website, but hope to get to it after I get home.

Today is the “Coneflowers” class and tomorrow we will work with foundation paper piecing the “Third Weekend” and “New Leaves” quilts. It’s been a fun trip so far with lots of pattern sales, and I’m looking forward to the workshops.


Monday, June 15th, 2015

We drove to KC, MO to the Leedy-Voulkos Gallery to see the Midwest Metaphors exhibit that is showing two of my pieces, “In The Bleak Midwinter” and “Prairie Power”. It is a lovely space and a very nice showing. I was thrilled to discover that “In The Bleak Midwinter” had sold!BleakMidwinterCongratulations to the new owner! Also showing there is “Prairie Power”.¬† The closing reception for the show is June 27.


The Topeka Art Guild Gallery is currently showing my “Spring Encounter” til the end of July>


Another Entry

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

It’s a little after 8 in the morning and I have already met the deadline and entered another show ,¬† “Snow Buddies” to Mancuso’s Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest.


After yesterday’s marathon at the computer, this feels good! Today I will have plenty of time to sew!


Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

My first post for 2015!

I started the year with my books all caught up; that’s a first, I think. One of the fun things about that is my yearly inventory which shows that “Third Weekend In October” has netted (after production expenses) a total of over 81 thousand (!) dollars over the years, thanks to all my customers who have purchased it!! If you are not one of those, there are still a few left; I don’t plan to reprint it..


There has been a small run on “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” in the week after Christmas which usually means that someone is talking about it on-line, but a Google check did not turn up anything – so I don’t know what instigated that, but keep it up!


Maple leaves have done well for me. Check the website for all of the patterns available.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Friday, September 26th, 2014

Well, I knew it had been awhile since I posted, but I didn’t know it had been THAT long! I have been busy, though!

On the business side of things, I have been shipping and receiving quilts, meeting deadlines, entering shows and filling orders. I’ve even given some time to working on the book keeping and you know how much I hate to do that! Busy is good!

On the fun side, I have joined a group of plein air painters who meet weekly to paint outside in various locations. I told them I wouldn’t be painting but would sketch or photograph, and it has been fun. I have also joined a couple of friends auditing an Art History class at Washburn U in Topeka which meets twice a week and am thoroughly enjoying that.

On the quilting side, I decided to pull out an old UFO (unfinished object, for you non quilters) and get it finished. It was already layered and basted and I had even started to hand quilt it, way back when, but I took those stitches out in favor of finishing it quickly by machine. This was made when I first started quilting and was still interested in using other people’s patterns. It was in some magazine at the time.


Busy Week

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

All of the quilts are put away from the last trip. What a job! I have too many quilts and need to sell some!!

Today I must ship two contest quilts; “Harrier Hunting” to Asheville, NC


and “Eagles Soar” to PA National.


If you are in the vicinity of either of those shows, enjoy!¬† Yesterday being a holiday set me back a bit, but I think I can still make it.¬† Tomorrow “Bignonia”,”Majesty”and “Colorado Kids” should arrive home from Aullwood and “Bignonia” and “Snow Buddies” will go out next week to two different locations. This is all very time consuming, but I¬† keep track of it all on a spreadsheet, and even so, I miss deadlines occasionally!

Yesterday afternoon I un-sewed the problem areas on the Yorkie and hopefully today I will find a minute to fix them, but it’s looking like a busy day as I will have to go to town to ship and shop for ingredients for a dinner that I am hosting later in the week.



Monday, September 1st, 2014

Progress on the Yorkie piece,

Yorkie2halfYorkieTopIt wasn’t until I got things all sewn together that I saw some places that I need to change. Perhaps today I will do that. But I DO like the new background better.. Once it is layered with white batting, and quilted, those seam lines will not be so obvious.

I’ve been dragging my feet since arriving back home! Don’t EVEN have the quilts all unpacked yet. I spent the afternoon yesterday outside reading the newest Stephen King book, Mr Mercedes. It was hot out but with a nice breeze, not bad in the shade. I was also trying to make contact with the stray dog. He seems to sort of enjoy being talked to now. At least he doesn’t run away.

We got a really nice rain last night, several inches and no run off. It all soaked in and not a moment too soon. Everything was withering away.

This weekend SAQA’s “Seasonal Palette” including my “December Dawn” is showing in BRAZIL!! What a milestone; this is the first time my work has been shown in South America.¬† Hope they enjoy it!DecDawn450

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.


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!