February 2009

i think i am ok now after a weekend from h____. the rv still runs fine, so no damage done there. everything damaged is mostly cosmetic, at least as far as i can tell so far. that’s good.
as for the show – a disaster for me – except for other things coming from just having been there. so, i declare it all good.
and now, i am gearing up for the class on saturday – my local applique society chapter. have 25 students, which is a high for me. it’s ok, need to practice with that many cause will have it again when i teach at the retreat (for the group in washington state).
am also working on another new mini – one of the ones that i did for the opportunity quilt. just had the urge to sew!! calms my nerves, i think. ^_^ i will post as soon as i finish the first half – it’s one of the mirror image kind.
spring is nearly here – the plum tree is showing major signs – as shown below! yea!!! took the first one outside, in the rain. the second out the window with a little sun for lighting. ^_^



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it is monday, and my weekend from h____ is over. i am safe. and that is about all that i can think of that’s really positive to say. ^_^ guess that’s pretty important, tho.
i did get a commission job while there. that will be fun. someone has already done the piecing and wants 3 motifs – one in each of the blocks. it’s a 3-block piece, blocks set horizontally and will hang above her bed. size-wise, kind of like a table runner. she wants my flowers. the backgrounds are pastels – peach and green, primarily. so, am looking forward to doing that.

also approached by a woman who does “digital” quilts. she has co-authored a book on it. anyway, she is looking at adding applique to her quilts, and wants to use my designs. we’ll see if that pans out. i am going to go into photo shop and see if i can learn to do what she does. no, not to compete! just to learn something new. ^_^ i’m fascinated by the fabric designing aspect. i know i can do that. and who knows where that could lead?? ^_^ so, for those of you who are still too afraid of applique, or just plain hate hand work – but, do like my designs. there just may be a way you can use them. stay tuned. ^_^

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my season begins tomorrow – well, at least the traveling and setup part. only problem at this moment is – i don’t know what i’m driving. and i’m not exactly happy. my rv was supposed to be delivered to me today. no, not a ‘new’ one – same one. it’s just that it is now a ‘time share’ kind of thing. and the promise was for it to be brought to me today so i could pack and leave in the morning. no sign of it yet. and no answers to any of my calls. seems like i just went thru this at the end of last month – trying to track them down for the payment. is it worth it??? hmmmm
so, either way, i am off to watsonville in the morning. not looking forward to sleeping in the van again. oh well, done it before, that’s for sure!! ^_^
ok, just a few last things to do. keep smilin’

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it is wet, chilly and a little grey here and i know it is totally grey ‘back east’ during this month. sooo – thought i’d just cheer you up a bit. ^_^

if you live in calif – love to see you at the show in watsonville this coming weekend. it’s at the santa cruz county fairgrounds.

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this doesn’t happen here often. in fact, been here 11 years and this is the first one of these i’ve had the opportunity to build. ^_^

it won’t be with us for long – the sun has already cleared the snow from all the trees – but is was a blast while it lasted – and it was the real deal – complete with that wonderful quiet only snow can give.

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i finally finished the new “In a Word” sample. i must say, while this reverse applique is definitely ‘easier’ and probably the best option for a ‘traveling’ project – well, for me it can get a tad boring. i miss the option of playing with different fabrics and fussy cutting for effects, etc. probably just me. and the fact that i’ve done 3 of them in a short time span. so, i don’t think i’m going to jump right into another one – not that there’s one showing up in my head at the moment!
this one is called “Peace” – hope you like it. hope my customers this year do also. ^_^

now it’s time to get inspired enough to draw the violet i’m planning to ‘pair’ with the lily of the valley.
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have been hard at it working on the 3rd “In a Word” design. thought i’d just share it, in process. it is called “Peace” – am hoping you can tell that is a lotus. ^_^ there will be 3 – those are not some other flower, even tho they kind of look like cone flowers to me. hmmmm
i will admit there are a lot of inside points, many that are a bit of a challenge. i may make some minor adjustments before i publish. soften a few of those points. ^_^

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