Saturday, April 4, 2020

Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show

I realize I haven't written a blog post since August, but it was my plan to streamline the writing that I do.  I have been doing most of my  sharing on FB, IG and in my FB Group.  If you want to join my FB Group, click HERE.

I am writing this post to share a wonderful diversion with all the locations in one place. The Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show is located on FB.  It started April 1 and runs though the 10th.  Each day from noon to 8PM, 60 quilt designers are giving a trunk show with a variety of their quilts  for 15  minutes, every hour on the hour.  Look at the  schedule below and click on the link.   I have been keeping my ipad next to my sewing machine with a timer to remind me.

My turn is on April 6, Monday, at 2:00 EST.  I'm going to share my Mini Mosaic quilts and the inspiration.  Hope you can join me.

I hope you've been staying safe and have plenty of quilting/reading/gardening to do.  I've been working on an alphabet  instruction book (I'll be sharing the  cover quilt during my trunk show) and making quilts with my new fabric line that I will be able to share soon.

April 4

April 4 12pm EST Sherry Shish - Powered By Quilting
April 4 1pm EST Bill Locke - Bill Locke Designs
April 4 2pm EST Toni Smith/Quiltoni
April 4 3pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis
April 4 4pm EST Jennifer Fulton
April 4 5pm EST Jessica Caldwell/ Desert Bloom Quilting
April 4 6pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug's Cabin
April 4 7pm EST Heather Long / Coffee and Quilts
April 4 8pm EST Marija Vujcic, Mara Quilt Designs

April 5

April 5 12pm EST Ebony Love
April 5 1pm EST Bill Locke
April 5 2pm EST Marlene Oddie
April 5 3pm EST Sandy Fitzpatrick
April 5 4pm EST Reed Johnson
April 5 5pm EST Diane Harris
April 5 6pm EST
April 5 7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio 5 8pm EST

April 6

April 6 12pm EST Becca Fenstermaker
April 6 1pm EST Cherry Guidry
April 6 2pm EST Cheryl Lynch
April 6 3pm EST Annie Smith
April 6 4pm EST
April 6 5pm EST Reeze Hanson
April 6 6pm EST
April 6 7pm EST
Melissa Marginet
April 6 8pm EST

April 7

April 7 12pm EST Margaret Willingham/ Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design
April 7 1pm EST Kate Colleran/Seams Like A Dream Design
April 7 2pm EST Barbara Cline
April 7 3pm EST Barbara Persing
April 7 4pm EST Ms P Designs USA/ Sharon Andersen
April 7 5pm EST
April 7 6pm EST
April 7 7pm EST
Diane Harris
April 7 8pm EST Christa Watson

April 8

April 8 12pm EST Tina Dillard/Quilting Affection Designs
April 8 1pm EST Raija Salomaa/Quilters' Treasure Chest
April 8 2pm EST Robin Koehler//NESTLINGS by Robin
April 8 3pm EST Terri Vanden Bosch
April 8 4pm EST Jackie Kunkel
April 8 5pm EST Leanne Parsons
April 8 6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts
April 8 7pm EST
Ebony Love
April 8 8pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis

April 9

April 9 12pm EST
April 9 1pm EST Nancy Scott 9 2pm EST Jayme Crow/Bella Nonna Design Studio
April 9 3pm EST
April 9 4pm EST
Jen Frost
April 9 5pm EST      Annie Smith
April 9 6pm EST Karen L. Miller / Redbird Quilt Co.
April 9 7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio
April 9 8pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug's Cabin

April 10

April 10  12pm  Sarah Maxwell
April 10     1pm  Teresa Weaver 10     2pm  Karen Overton
April 10  3pm Alison Stothard
April 10     4pm
April 10  7pm Toni Smith/Quiltoni
April 10     8pm Marija Vujcic, Mara Quilt Designs

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Grieving with Gratitude - Finale

This is my last post under the title of Grieving with Gratitude.  I'll still blog occasionally, but sometimes it's time to move on.  This topic has been cathartic for me to be able to share my feelings.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm still grieving and  I am still grateful. 

When Don passed away, I received many, many cards in the mail and many, many e-mails with expressions of support, love and sympathy.  I appreciated every single one of them.
I treasured every one and still do.  I have kept them in a pile on my kitchen counter.  
I needed a way to store them, but so I could still see them - to be reminded of your support.

I came upon a tutorial for a fabric basket.  Aha!
I made my basket from 2 -16" squares of my favorite Tula Pink fabric:

After looking through the cards and re-reading them, I tucked them into the basket and will be looking for the perfect spot for them.

Thanks you all for your love, support, patience and kindness.

And don't forget to watch for my newsletter on September 6.  I'll be having a storewide sale to celebrate my birthday!
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Farm Sitting

I was so excited to spend the weekend tending to Loren & Roger's farm.  

They named the farm after us! Double (Don) Clover (Cheryl) and love. 
 Talk about a tear jerker moment.

They have been working hard to turn the fields into pasture and tending to the chickens, roosters, ducks and THREE pigs!  The pigs were the size of Bailey when Loren brought them home.  But now they are MUCH bigger.  Everyone gets along, even Bailey!

I just had to feed them in the morning, evening and tuck them in for the night.  I just wanted to make sure that nothing died on my watch.

I viewed the rest of the days as a Staycation.  I completed all my entries for my business bookkeeping.  I organized my contract binder and updated my schedule for my lectures and workshops thru 2020 on my website.  You can check it out HERE. And I ordered printed thank you postcards to include with all my Etsy orders.  That's something I have wanted to do for a couple of years.

I've been working on finding a source for pretty tweezers like these:
The company from which  I purchased the  striped tweezers went out of business.  Now that I am getting close to running out of tweezers to sell, I wish I had bought out the rest of their stock. So, I'm on the hunt for a new source.  What do you think?

I also have created a new Curvalicious top.  I'm calling it Curvalicious Mod.  Looking for someone to do a smashing job with that negative space.  

The month of August has been quiet.  The only travelling I have done is up to the Poconos.  So it's been a good time to be working on a really exciting project.  I can't share yet, but I will when I can.  I'm just hoping it will move forward.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

What Do These 3 Things Have in Common?

I had an amazing week.  What do these 3 things have in common?

It is easy to be on the giving side of kindness, if we think about it.  Sometimes we don't even think about it.  But to receive kindness is sometimes hard.  I know it has been hard for me, but it makes my heart burst.  

Judy Veltidi, who has become a dear friend of mine, from the Warwick Quilt Guild gave me her extra umbrella, because I am never prepared when it's time to unload/load my car during my guild visits.  And there I have driven through a lot of rain this Spring.  Thank you Judy.  

The scraps of batiks arrived in the mail and what a lovely surprise.  Thank you to Kathy Nester, who was one of my first students in my "Design Your Own Mosaic".

And a heartfelt hug to Rita McLaughlin who sent me a wonderful book, but more importantly a note in which she shared her experience in losing her husband.  I gain so much strength from other women who have gone down this path before me.

So don't underestimate how uplifting one of your kind deeds can be.
Share some kindness.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Grieving with Gratitude

I love my Virginia quilters!

This past weekend was the Quilters Unlimited show in Chantilly, VA.  I have done this show for 3 years.  It's really a wonderful show at a huge venue with lots of great quilts and many vendors. It's organized by a consortium of VA guilds and each guild has a different responsibility.  It's one of my best shows.  And thanls to this show, I have been invited to many of the guilds as a presenter.  

The invitation to be a vendor arrived while Don was pretty sick.  I didn't sign up.  I wasn't sure about the future.  After he passed away, I received an email from the Vendor Coordinators, Carla and Ellen, with their sympathies and gently asking if I was planning on returning.  I told them I just wasn't sure.  In their final email, they told me that if I didn't decide by a certain date, that I couldn't have "my spot", but they would always find a place for me no matter when I decided.  Their kindness and consideration helped me to decide to take the plunge and return for 2019, and I am so glad that I did.  As I wrote in my first sentence "I love my VA quilters".

They came and they came and they came.  Some came to give me a big hug.  Some approached and quietly told me how sorry they were.  Some brought actual finished projects from my workshops.  Some came to show me photos of their finished projects.  And some came to tell me to make sure I saw the Mini Mosaic quilts from my workshops in their show.  I was overwhelmed with kindness.  My heart was bursting. Some of them had meant Don at a quilt show, but they all knew how important he was to me and my success. To say that I was overjoyed that I had decided to come was an overstatement. 

Don used to come with me to all my shows.  I would demonstrate either Curvalicious or the Mini Mosaics and he was the cash register.  We made a great team, because I was interested in sharing my quilting and  he  was happy that I was making money doing it.  He even attended the shows when he was on the portable oxygen.  He was reticent and embarrassed but I told him that anyone who walked away or judged him because of that, I wouldn't want as my customer. It worked and he came.  But after a while he just didn't have the strength. I was sad not to have him with me, but I had some wonderful friends that came and helped me. Here's something that not many people know.  He was able to monitor my sales as I swiped credit cards.  He knew when my first sale was, when it was slow, what was selling and how I was doing by logging onto my Paypal account.  It made him feel connected and part of the action.  We would debrief every night and he would always say that he wished he could be with me.  

So instead of having my honey with me, I did the next best thing.
 She kept me company underneath my table resting on one of my quilts.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Grieving with Gratitude

I feel loved.  It's a feeling I don't take for granted anymore.
I'm writing this on Mother's Day.  I am so lucky to have 2 sons that get it.  They have wrapped me up in their arms and shown me an amazing love.  They have grown into such wonderful men.
Their father would be so pleased.
My DIL shared this post on her IG feed.
Love that girl!

This morning was breakfast out at one of my favorite restaurants - White Dog Cafe, in Wayne.  You gotta love a restaurant that has a dog theme.

And there was this needlepoint pillow on the booth seat next to me that look exactly like my girlfriend!
And yes, it's still there, as tempting as it was to hide it under my shirt.

And tonight, I'm being fed by the Philadelphia Lynches!

It's been a whirlwind.  I just returned from the Arapahoe County Quilt Guild outside of Denver. 
On my way there, this airport art, spoke to me.

 It was an amazing visit with a group of very talented quilters. I love the pre-meeting social time.  
The workshop was the next day.  These ladies were so creative and entertaining!  Here's some of their mosaics

A few week ago, my wonderful SIL passed away. Her name was Barbara Lynch Rodgers.  
Her laugh lit up a room.
My son and I drove out to Pittsburgh for the funeral. There's still family there.
Seeing the raw, deep sadness of her husband was so heartbreaking ,
 but it showed me that I am slowly healing.  It is possible.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Grieving With Gratitude

I am so excited that I can share my secret sewing project.  I started working on this quilt just a few weeks after Don passed.  It was a simple, easy peasy quilt.  Most of the fabrics were in my stash.  It really was therapeutic sewing.  Not too much thinking and lots of blocks.  My mind was focused on just sewing.

I was inspired by a photo that was posted on on the website .It was a remake of a traditional block done in a modern style.  Emily was kind enough to share the link to the original designers blog that had a free tutorial.  Thank you Sew Inspired.  You can find the directions HERE.

This quilt is a housewarming gift for my son and his wife.  They have had chickens for a while, generously sharing the eggs.  They moved to a larger house with enough land to increase their livestock community.  The chickens and ducks adapted well to their new home. I'm looking forward to the new residents.
 I gave it to them this weekend, so I can finally share it. My DIL loves orange and their new grey couch is the perfect setting. I made too many blocks and thought a pillow would be perfect.
I searched high and low for that orange jumbo rick rack, and was so delighted when I finally found it.

Of course, Bailey had to get in on the action.
And then we had to see if the chickens liked it.

Thanks to a visit from Helen Ernst, a genius with a longarm, I was able to quilt it with my lonely and seldom used Gammill.

Quilting IS the best therapy.

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