Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On The Road Again....

...like a band of gypsies we go down the highway...(Willie Nelson)

Besides The Christmas Goose The Red Rock Canyon just 8 miles outside of Las Vegas is my favorite...so far, LOL.

 The variety of terrain  was spectacular and the weather was perfect!  The only thing that was disappointing was the fact that I did not see one Tortoise!!!  Although there were several signs warning about them crossing the road.  How did the Tortoise cross the road?  The same way as the chicken!!!

I have been fitting some stitching time in between all the outdoor time.  Having the mobile Bee Hive aka a sewing room has made this trip perfect.  The only thing missing is the girlfriends.  But just so I don't feel too smug about stitching on the road I got this photo from my friend Robin...who has finished her piece from Sandra Leichner's Class at Empty Spools 2017...drats!!! I didn't even bring my on this trip.  Isn't it adorable!  Now I really wish I had brought it because seeing hers makes me want to work on it...oh well, I brought more than enough to keep me busy!

Best wishes on stitching...I am going to meet some of my March Goals...I am.. wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'...Plannin' and dreamin' each night of my goals...(Dusty Springfield)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Busy Bee

It takes some planning to hit the road with a pile of quilting projects!  I am more worried about forgetting a vital piece of quilting than clothing, LOL  I have readjusted what I plan to work on while traveling.  I received an email from Crabapple Hill Studio about new designs and I fell in love with the baby :)  And, since I am expecting a new grandchild this summer I had to prep this one for the road using Meg's coloring techniques.  I am looking forward to starting this sweet embroidery.

I finally finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  It took me 3 times of requesting it from the Library to finally finish it.  I can't tell you how much I wish everyone would read this book.  It challenges your belief systems.  Having faced overt prejudice/racism in my life the first chapter almost made me stop reading it...but, I pushed myself to finish the book because I wanted to find out how each character grew or didn't...and, I can honestly say for a fiction book it challenged me so much and I am so glad I read it...and I highly recommend you give it a chance.

Hope you have a fun St. Paddy's Day and make time for stitching!  

Empty Spools 2017 PT 2

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Empty Spools

Although I attended Empty Spools to learn from master applique artist Sandra Leichner I was lucky enough to be sitting with a group of woman who are part of an applique group back home.  And, one of those  Karen teaches applique!  I really benefited by my investment in Empty Spools...2 teachers for the price of one. 

I also learned some interesting tips!...If you don't have any tissue paper to wrap your applique in for travel a seat cover works just fine! LOL...I love the ingenuity of quilters!!!

Sandra and the applique group from Massachusetts...truly it is the people you meet that make quilt workshops worth attending!

Enjoy a glimpse of Sandra's applique :)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Woolie News

I am just about packed and ready for Empty Spools!  Robin, Lori and I are taking a class with Sandra Leichner who is going to teach fine applique.  My ulterior motive is my applique UFO's.  Since I will become a student and traveling I won't be posting a blog until I return.  But, you will be able to see what I am up to on Instagram and Facebook.  Also there will be a post on The Quilt Show Daily Blog Anna & G On The Road.  I will be taking a video camera with me and when I return G will edit my video (don't expect anything professional from me!)  G is looking forward to some quiet time where he will be working on composing new music for the Quilt Roadie Videos.  

In the meantime I have been packing my schedule with girlfriend stitching time because I will miss everyone...but, what a blessing to be alive during this time when we are all connected by the stroke of a key and I hope to hear from everyone along the way.

I wanted to share some inspiration I have received this week.  My friend Leslie has been working on this adorable wool and cotton piece and found the prefect hanger to display it with!

A couple of girlfriends came out to play in the Bee Hive and brought some Show 'n Tell...boy does this first one take me back.  This book and fabric line was one of Valori Wells' earliest lines...boy does time fly :)

Enzo was enjoying the Show 'n Tell and this beautiful Hawaiian print quilt was wonderful on a day that was spitting snow.

But he definitely packed his rucksack and chose the quilt he was taking with him, lol.  I am not sure Robin is going to let him have this one.

This close up shows how she machine appliqued her flowers. 

Have a great day...week...make time for stitching...make time for friends...enjoy the moments and we'll see you back here on March 14th...but don't forget I'll be on Instagram and Facebook.