Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Hello Everyone!

It's been a month since we started 2017 and I do hope all of you are doing well!  Of course I can't believe it is February already!  Life is busy for me these days planning a wedding, getting ready for our first grandson and trying to get a few quilts done here and there.

I'll be doing the flowers for my daughter's wedding and we've chosen some beautiful artificial flowers to work with and soon I'll begin the bouquets.  Fun fun!  I'm trying to get these done sooner rather than later to make sure they are ready in time for the wedding.  I want to have time to enjoy making them as well as enjoy the new little bundle of joy on his way this spring!

His quilt has been planned in my mind and I need to gather a few more fabrics before I begin.  I'll be jumping into something modern for his little baby quilt.  Grey and Aqua...something new for me, but I have an idea to begin with... 😊

As I most likely mentioned about this time last year, my hubs has joined me in my business.  I was swamped and needed help!  Timing was great for him to join in as my CEO.  He describes this position as the Carry Everything In guy...  Haha!  But he does so much more to keep this business growing and functioning.  I could NOT do it without him and we are still best friends forever and get along wonderfully.  I am so grateful.  ❤️💕❤

We've just returned from the Road To California show and it was quite an experience.  We had to leave early to miss the big ice storm and spent a few days in Sedona.  What a beautiful place!  Here we are as we left the resort.  The picture does not do the view justice.  So peaceful.    Sorry for the dorky photo...we are terrible selfie takers and it resorts to us laughing hysterically every time we try it!  Oh well, practice makes perfect...eventually!  Ha!

The resort had crafts available for guests and I painted my scarf.  Super fun and I would love to do it again!  If you look closely you can tell it's inspired by Pennies In My Garden!

What an outstanding quilt show Road To CA was.  The quality of each quilt was so exquisite.  I'll share a few photos of some of my favorite quilts that were on display.  First is my quilting friend's quilt.  Julee Prose designed this quilt herself and it is so stunning!  She hand quilted it and it is all hand applique'd.  There are many symbols in the quilt having to do with the bible and our amed forces in the US.  A very special quilt indeed!

This Raggedy Ann quilt was so cute.  Very large and very well done!  

And lastly, this grouping of portrait quilts were just stunning.  Perfectly done.  I'm sorry I didn't take a photo of all of the makers of these. quilts to give them credit.   

Vending was also an experience.  We all enjoyed visiting and talking quilts with the shoppers as usual!  It was nice to meet some ladies from Blogland, FB and Instagram.   Being in the tent was a bit chilly at times, but was a fun and different way to vend at a show.  Can't wait till next year and will hope to leave the rain for another weekend!  Haha!  Here's a few pics of the booth!

 You will notice a new quilt in the center of the booth called Bunchberry Blooms.  It was chosen to be on the cover of the current issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine.  I was tickled pink to see this!  I thank my quilty friend Marcia J. for her help with the machine appliqué.  I was planning on sewing by hand and she offered her machine appliqué expertise to help me finish faster.  So kind of her to help me out!  I prepared the applique shapes using my notions The Starch Brush, Fingertip Stiletto and Premium Freezer Paper.  A great way to prepare applique' with precise results!  Making a quilt this way is super easy and relaxing.

Of course we have the magazine and quilt kits on the website ready to go if you NEED one of these items!!  Click HERE and have fun shopping!  We've also added kits to the website for most of the quilts you see in the pictures below.

I have a new pattern called Primitive Baltimore Wool Applique.  It's a small one so it's an easy project to finish!  You can find the pattern or a Kit (with Free Pattern on my website!)  Click HERE

My oldest daughter with Baby On Board!  What a good helper while we vend.  I'm so happy she enjoys it!  Many of you may have met her in the booth.  She's a sweetheart!

Next up is the Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest in Hampton, VA.  Hope to see some of you there!  Please come say hello!

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Take Care,