Tuesday, May 22, 2018
There is no more rigorous athletic event than the International Quilt Market!! I am not kidding when I say...I KNOW I got in my 10,000 steps before my first coffee break, LOL. It was interesting to see the underbelly of the quilting/fabric/craft industry. Sure, we customers enjoy our fabrics, kits, BOMs and notions but really have no clue how it lands into our hands from the start. And, you know what...who cares! As long as it keeps on kicking so we can keep on buying! I am torn now between 3 BOM's that are on the horizon...2 were shown at Quilt Market and 1 I got via email...like I needed a email to entice me! For sure...I am doing the Buttermilk Basin Autumn BOM...it is adorable and the colors of the wool are amazing! I am still on the fence about the Primitive Gatherings BOW...but, let me tell you it is nothing like Lisa has done before! Stunning...a little bit primitive a little bit 5th Ave. And then...one of my favorite shops, Olde World Quilt Shoppe in Cave Creek is doing Norma Whaley's The Giver...and I have wanted to do that one for...ev...er!!! What's a stitcher to do...I am pooped and my resistance is down. I did finish 2 of my BOM's. this year...:)
...And now for an announcement! I did collect a nice little pile of Give Aways so stay tuned not only here but also on Quilt Roadies and Daily Blog: Anna & G On The Road your only requirement is to be a subscriber of our muses...both written and visual, LOL It has been a wonderful experience to meet so many of you at Quilt Market and if we can get ourselves organized...Houston here we come! First Give Away is tomorrow on the Daily Blog and is a copy of Buttermilk Basin's latest book by QuiltMania...and it is beautiful!
Have a wonderful day...let all the stressful stuff of life fall off your shoulders and take a stitch or two!
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I don't know how the weather is in your world but in mine...it has been fantastic! And so beings "Porch Time"!!! We ALL love porch time...the big decision is whether to sit on the back porch or the front porch. Enzo loves the game, "Treat Hunt." We throw treats out into the grass and he has to find them...boy does he have a great nose, LOL. Once he finds all the treats then it is time for a Siesta :)
I am going to be attending and working at the International Quilt Market so there will not be a Thursday post. G and I will be videoing for the Quilt Roadies and I will be posting an article for The Quilt Show...and next week an update here...so, stay tuned!
Saturday the Fabric Stalkers came out to the house for a stitch day and it was soul filling. We had not been together in quite a while...life, family, work...well, it all seems to fill up the calendar. But, what we did realize is that we NEED to make the time for each other. Strength in numbers :)
Once we caught up on each others family lives it was time to discuss projects...and you know...nothing has changed! We still have more than we can ever possibly finish and we love them all. When I dragged out the cross stitch box...oh yes, I have a cross stitch project box I was driven to start a new project!!! There is something so exciting about starting a new project. This is going to be my mystery cross stitch project, lol. I am going to post my progress without giving any information until it is almost done. I finished the first motif...can you guess what it is?
Have a great rest of the week and we will be sharing lots in the next few days!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Now that I am sitting in the quiet of my little town I can reflect on the differences with the city life...I thought I would share some of the more interesting sights and sounds...how I wish I had a photo of these but...when your mouth is opened and your brain is going...what the heck?...you just don't think about taking a photo, LOL
The front wall is all glass from floor to ceiling so you really have a view on the world. I watched a gentleman walk down the sidewalk with his bag of groceries and his golden retriever was carrying a giant bag of Cheetos by the top...swing back and forth, LOL
Early one morning a man was walk down the street with a cup of coffee playing a harmonica...and he was good!
I did make a trip to Fabric Depot and it has a totally different feel. Although the isles are larger and it is easier to maneuver around it seemed there was a whole lot less fabric and for the first time ever I couldn't find what I was looking for! Then I saw a product I use regularly and thought I would pick it up...and was stunned. What I normally pay in my local quilt shop is $23...at Fabric Depot it was $37!!!! Wow...talk about mark up! NO WAY...I'll wait till I get to the local store :)
Before we headed up we went to the Farmers Market and discovered the best chocolate EVER!!! And, it was Vegan and Gluten free:) You can mail order at Missionary Chocolates A bunch of different flavors...my new favorite!
But the best part of the city life was seeing
my sons and their families.
Have a wonderful week...I have stitching in my forecast :)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
We got out of Sisters just in the knick of time...it is controlled burn season where the Forest Service works on the health of the forest...burning the under brush and hopefully keeping our forest and little town secure during fire season. I already saw in the news that there was a big forest fire started in Arizona because of an untended campfire!
Up to Portland we headed to visit the sons and the grands. And as luck would have it a stitching friend from Bend was up here at the same time. She grew up in Portland and knows the ins and outs of where to shop antiques!!!
I found a wonderful little treasure trove to add to The Bee Hive! Leslie has a real knack for decorating and putting vignettes together in her home and so I was hoping some of that creativity would rub off on me! I can't wait to get home and see if I can add these wonderful items to my decor.
if you want to see how creative Leslie is...just check out grammiecrew on Instagram!
We'll be heading home soon and I am excited to get working on some quilts in the Bee Hive! Hope you have made time for your creative spirit!