Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Quilt Acquisitions

I can't believe that June is almost over. Where did this month go?????

I finally connected with my design director at Northcott and everything is on track for my first fabric collection to launch in October at Quilt Market. Now I have to get busy designing quilts for the fabric line, not to mention more fabric collections. :)

My friend Leslie and I are planning to go to Quilt Market again this year -- I definitely don't want to miss when my first fabric collection debuts!

Earlier in June, I went to another garage sale and purchased two crazy quilt tops. One had some moth damage to the wools along the edges. The other one was in much better condition and even has some embroidered motifs inside some of the crazy quilt blocks like a fish, snowflake, flower, etc. I think they are both from the circa 1890-1925 era.

Last week I did a program for a guild as a last minute thing and wouldn't you know it, but one of the guild members brought boxes of vintage and retro fabrics/blocks for the taking. OF COURSE I came home with a stack of mid-century blocks and two boxes of precut fabric pieces. My nieces came over on Father's Day last week end and the three of us had a blast digging through the little squares -- even my young cat, Pip, got involved! I gave each niece a plastic sandwich bag and told them to stuff it!

Today I also acquired a really nice grouping of vintage fabrics from a friend of mine who was visiting from SC. If you're familiar with my quilt book or else know the story of how I got started making orphan quilts, tthen you'll recognize the name Louetta. My visitor was none other than Louetta's granddaughter, Nancy. Nancy is the one who had the garage sale that changed my life -- it was the one where I bought the first pieces for my Louetta collection (of blocks, fabrics, tops circa 1840-1960). Five years later, I'm still adding pieces. Thank you, Nancy!

I went to take a photo to show you, but the camera was dead so you will have to wait until my next blog.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Busy Days of Summer

Okay I admit it -- this month I am being a lousy blogger. There's just so much to be done now that the weather is getting nice.

In the last week, we've been putting in our garden. We enlarged it this year so now we have to add some extra things such as corn and potatoes. Hopefully our fall harvest will be wonderful with lots of yummy fresh food.

I am also working on a new possible book project. This project requires extensive research so I've been spending lots of spare time working on that.

With the summer season finally in full swing, my program schedule is getting busier too. I am designing my very first mystery quilt for an upcoming guild workshop in the beginning of August. ANd I am still working on an occasional quilt design.

Of course, I am still working on fabric design as well. Right now I am on my fifth collection, but Northoctt is still on the first collection so I am taking a little break so we can get in synch with each other. I am planning to sneak in some Photoshop classes in July which should help me to understand the program better.

Did I mention that I'm working more hours at the library? And that I'm tutoring two children in reading in my spare time?

You know, looking back over my schedule right now, it's making me tired and I think I'll go to bed. G'night!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Alzheimer's Quilts

Check out the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative website,, and get involved! If Alzheimer's hasn't touched your life yet, it will.