Monday, November 25, 2013

Life Before The Internet

I do remember that there was life before the internet, but now I find that it is an addiction.  Last week the phone line to my computer decided to give it up.  After going through the unplugging, waiting, and plugging in, I had the stress of calling the phone company - 3 times before they would send someone out.  Finally, a very nice young man came to my home today and fixed everything in 10 minutes.  

Imagine my happiness at being able to check my email, see what's new on Pinterest, and show you the finished Urban Owls quilt that I absolutely love.  This is a pattern by Wendy Williams and was a Block of the Month from Material Obsession.  I know some of you have registered for this program and my advise is, stick with it, even the hard blocks, because look how beautiful it is when finished.

And here is a close-up of the cat on the roof and pretty people in the windows.

Cindy Paulson did an amazing job adding so many quilted details.  Every time I look at the quilt (and there have been many) I see something new.  The quilt is hanging on the wall of my family room and it is a perfect place for me to enjoy it.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I will be preparing dinner for my family.  But first, it is my husband's birthday on Wednesday so I'm taking it one celebration at a time.  

Marsha just delivered 6 more beautiful scissor necklaces which I will try to get on the blog and my Etsy shop this week.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Busy Week

Last week was quite busy.  On Tuesday I stayed at the beautiful Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah the night before teaching embellishment to members of the Midway Heritage Quilt Guild on Wednesday.  I had a wonderful time with this great group as we learned different stitches and shared a delicious lunch provided by the guild members.

In fact, I was having such a good time I forgot to take photos (again).  Well, you just need to take my word for it that everyone had fun and made beautiful stitches.

Friday wasn't near as much fun..... I had to report to jury duty.  Now, the clerk and judge tell you this is a great honor and your civic duty but I didn't buy it for a minute.  Really, if it is such a great thing why are you threatened with a $1,000 fine if you don't show up?  There were 25 jurors and only 6 were needed.  Lucky me, I wasn't chosen.  Now I'm off the hook for at least the next 2 years.
On Saturday, I was greeted with dark clouds, rain and snow for the 
drive to Village Dry Goods to teach my Day Tripper Purse.

I started everyone off by laying down the foundation for the back pocket.  That's right, you would assume we would start with the front, but in the interest of time I've found that all the techniques can be learned in less time on the back pocket so class doesn't seem so hurried.

Fran and Rolayne catered a tasty lunch so we didn't even have to leave our sewing table to eat, and then it was on to learning embroidery stitches.

Village Dry Goods on historic main street in Brigham City, Utah has a beautiful new store  with a wide assortment of fabrics, patterns, wool and a friendly and helpful staff.  This shop should definitely be on your list of places to stop.

The beaded scissor lanyards are all sold but Marsha is making more and they will be in my Etsy shop soon.  They will be priced right for Christmas giving.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Beaded Scissor Lanyard

My friend, Marsha Christensen, makes the most beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry with unique imported beads.  You may have seen the one I wear while sewing that holds my small scissors handy for snipping.  Each necklace is a total of 30 inches with a clasp that is easy to open for adding your scissors or badge and slips easily over your head.  I have received many compliments on mine and asked Marsha to make a few more. I'm not even embarrassed to admit that I really want to keep all 3 for myself, but in a rare act of self-denial, they are listed in my Etsy shop.

The beautiful brown shades of the Peruvian beads remind me of a perfect mocha, topped with whipped cream.   Click here to see close up photos and ordering information.

Marsha tells me these colorful Indian Eye beads protect you from the evil eye.  Now, tell me, who doesn't need to keep the evil eye away?  Click here for close-up photos and ordering details.
I love the colors of these Peruvian beads and if you look close there are little scenes on them.   Click here to see close up photos and details on ordering

I only have 1 of each and they are very affordable for hand-made jewelry, ranging from $20 to $24.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Quilt Market in Houston, TX

Last week I attended the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX to help my friend, Norma Whaley, in her booth.  Norma is the creator of all the Timeless Traditions Quilts patterns, a selection of beautiful wool and cotton applique for all seasons and traditional pieced quilts.  Our trip to Houston was met with a few problems, first a 2 1/2 hour delay added to the 2 hour layover in Denver and then a 2 hour drive to our hotel due to traffic problems.  On Friday, we set up the booth and then went shopping in Spring, Tx.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday found us at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston along with hundreds of booths selling everything connected to quilting.  Since Norma and I were joined by our friend, Julie Wardell, we each had a chance to leave Norma's booth for a bit of shopping and exploring on our own.

 I was really excited to see that Hobby & Land was just 2 aisles away from us.  Hobby & Land sells all types of accessories for purse making and this year they had patterns for the most amazing bags.  Yes, I ordered several patterns and can't wait for them to arrive.  The people in the booth are from Korea and are so kind and helpful. 
 Here are Amy and her Mom standing in front of the handle display.  Amy speaks very good English and was able to translate to her Mom how much I love all the designs.  Mom has designed many of the bags and was busy with her applique in the booth.

 Isn't this the cutest idea for a key holder?  There is a zipper on the side where you stash the keys you're not using.  I ordered the pattern, ring and the cute little locks.

Of course, I couldn't resist buying the clasp and pattern for this small purse.  The flower is made from brushed cotton.

I stopped by the Aurifil booth and was so excited to discover the person I was speaking with was Elly, my sales rep from Italy.  Unfortunately, I didn't have my phone to take her photo but take my word for it, she is beautiful. It is so much fun to meet people that I've talked to over the phone or in emails.  We are like old friends and now I know who I'm actually talking to on the other end of the line. 

Norma was very successful and we had a great time but were happy to get back home to our own beds and comfy sewing chairs.  I'm thinking that I would like to go back to Houston next October for Quilt Festival which is held just a few days after the Market.  Festival is HUGE and everything is for sale - retail.  Start saving your money and meet me there next year.

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