Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Things On My Mind.

This post is about things on my mind.

And in my heart.

And while it may seem crazy to some to find it hard to be away from home when it is “only a dog” that has undergone surgery, I’m having a very difficult time being away right now.

This little girl has been such a huge part of our family over the past 10 years, I really don’t know what I would do without her.

I think I am feeling a bit out of sorts this morning because of this whole being away thing.  This is a LONG trip and there will only be a few days to get ready for another LONG TRIP in between this one and the next one.

Sadie will be fine.  The surgery went well, and since she was under anyway, she also got her teeth cleaned and her nails trimmed.  All shots are now up to date, which is good because my travel schedule put her a bit behind as it was hard to sync times to get that done.

It was kind of like forgetting that your drivers license had expired.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Oklahoma Backroads, Georgia Style!

This is a sign of a happy piecing quilter!

We met yesterday in Newnan, Georgia with the Common Threads Quilters and friends who traveled in from Alabama for a full and fun Oklahoma Backroads workshop!

It had been a while since I had brought this quilt quilt out to play, and I was reminded how easy it is, and what a fun design it makes!

This pattern is related to the Road to Oklahoma block, only we’ve called it BACK roads because we’ve reversed the value placement, using darks as the background, and lights as the star design that appears when we put blocks together.

It’s fun working with light fabrics on a dark background! I should do more of this!

And the ladies agreed with me.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cathedral Stars in the Heart of Georgia!

Just when you think it is so hot in Georgia you can’t stand it, the clouds gather, the sky opens up and the rain comes in buckets!

This is what happened in the afternoon during our workshop, and as we were all inside sewing away, as long as the power stayed on (which it did) we didn’t care one bit.

Let it rain, let it pour, we are here to sew together!

And miracle of miracles, it cleared up by the time we were ready to load it all into our cars at the end of the day.

Something FUN about this trip….there are NO repeats amongst the 8 workshops I am teaching.  ALL different!  And some haven’t been taught in a while, and it is always great to bring those basck out.

There is a whole lot of scrap busting going on deep in the heart of Georgia!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Crabapples Kind of Day!

This is the Pensacola Contingency!

They came all the way up to Marietta, Georgia for my guild presentation, and yesterday’s Crabapples workshop…..with a whole lot of quilt shop hopping thrown in.

Sounds like a fun road trip, doesn’t it?

Thanks for coming ladies!

I find it so fun when there is workshop availability for those outside of the organization to come on in and participate.  It brings a whole new dynamic and really adds to the festive party atmosphere of the workshop.

It’s just PLAIN FUN to get to know others from far away places who share the same passions as we do!  It increases our playground.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Visit to Swan House!

There is a beautiful manor house near downtown Atlanta, straight out of a fairy tale.

Or maybe the Great Gatsby!

We had some time yesterday afternoon after the morning guild meeting with the East Cobb Quilters was over, and lunch had been consumed.

I had been given several options of things I might be interested in doing, but of all of the available choices, the one that hit me the most was to visit the historic Inman estate, named Swan House for the many swan motifs found in the house and on the property.

Loving history and especially historic homes the way that I do I jumped at the chance.

It was a beautiful day, yes hotter than hot, but not as humid as it could be by July/August and we could be INSIDE!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blue Ridge Beauty, East Cobb Style!

Hello from just NEXT to Atlanta, where the East Cobb Quilters gather in Marietta, Georgia to partake and participate in ALL THINGS QUILTY!

I had been here many years ago.  Maybe 2008 or 2009 when Scraps & Shirttails first came out? 

Whenever it was, it was a long time ago, and I’m happy to see some familiar faces and catch up on what has been going on in the years in between then and now.

This group has GROWN!  And there are new faces as well, and incredible talent and ability abound.

We got our day started with many simple basics, but it was so great to see that many little hints helps and tricks were being grasped by everyone and given a try.

We like things BETTER.  EASIER. And we like it when we stop doing things the way we have always done them, re-think the process and give it a go at a different angle.

As the instructor, I LOVE seeing the light bulb moment happen behind the student’s eyes.  “Oh, THAT’S why my units are always just a little bit short!”  “Wow, that is so cool! I could never figure that out before…”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Road to Hotlanta!

If Georgia is known for it’s Georgia Peaches, they would be cooking on the pavement if given the chance.

The car thermometer reached a scorching 98 degrees on my drive from Wallburg, NC to Atlanta GA yesterday.

Yes, yes, yes…I know it is hotter in Vegas.  It’s hotter in Phoenix.  I’ve got family and friends there…but Honey Child, this is the SOUTH.

This kind of heat leaves me feeling like I'm walking into the world’s largest dishwasher set on STEAM DRY.

Give it up,  it’s bound to be a bad hair day with this humidity, just go with it….and GLISTEN!

I didn’t get out of the house as early has I had planned.  Several orders had come in over night and I wanted to drop them off at the post office on the way out of town.

One thing lead to another and before I knew it I was 90 minutes behind schedule.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Couple of Crazy Daisies!

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Irene and I grabbed the last bit of my time in Kentucky and headed to the Crazy Daisy antique mall in Louisville, close to the airport.

Why not?  We had time to spare, and anything I might want to purchase that couldn’t fly with me could easily ride down to Tennessee in her car when she comes to see me in a couple of weeks.

We were women on a mission! Looking for machines, sewing items, vintage glassware, and of course QUILTS!

And so much more fun if we tried on hats, laughed at ridiculous things like the stand up fat jiggling belt machine!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In a Packing Frenzy!

It hit me yesterday as I was coming out of my massage fog that not only am I packing today for my trip to Georgia and Tennessee, winding up at the cabin for 4th of July –but also leaving on the 7th of July for Seattle and our Quiltville Alaska Cruise with Craftours!

It’s coming up so quickly

Must remember passport.  Must remember workshop stuff for the cruise for THAT suitcase.  Must remember cruise quilt!

My mom and my two crazy aunts are going to be on this cruise, and I can’t wait to be making some memories with them as well.  It’s going to be EPIC.

My friend Irene is joining me in Tennessee for the workshop there, and will be coming with me to the cabin for the 4th of July..and fly out of Greensboro with me to Seattle for the cruise.

All of this stuff has to be done TODAY!

Holy cow.