Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UFO or ...

John will be teaching at the Museum of the American Quilters Society in Paducah August of 2008. This is a UFO, a sample he is working on for the class which is called "Inspiration - Native Americana". He's trying to decide if it should stay round or be squared off. What do you think? So it really it's a NQFPAP - a not quite finished plan ahead project???

Kate and John are at the Bernina Teachers' Reunion in Chicago. I miss them, but this way I get to open all the boxes of fabric that are coming in and see it all before they do.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Real Snow Finally

Snow makes it hard to drive, BUT, it's beautiful to look at and we really, really need the snow pack. The snow started yesterday and is going to keep up for another day or so. We have plenty of food and lots and lots of quilting projects so that will keep us off the road.

Here's a look at Red Lodge's web cam. If you want to look at 4 wheel drive vehicles navigating a snow packed street. Broadway, Red Lodge, Montana

Kate says that Moon and Maggie, her Australian Shephards had forgotten about snow and had a great time playing until Moon got tired. Maggie just keeps going and going... hope the snow doesn't affect your Thanksgiving travel, wherever you are.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Help at the Office

Patch, the cat, thinks, well, I don't know what he thinks. He is strange, even for a cat. He loves Kate like the dickens and wants to sit with her every morning. He is also fascinated by the Master Card machine. It makes a wonderful noise and then paper comes gliding out. Ah, simple pleasures.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Predicted: Storm at Sea

It's good to be back in Montana and to spend the weekend at Red Lodge, now chillier and darker than when we left! Ah, daylight savings time. It did snow a little tiny bit on Sunday and Brooke was up at all hours Saturday night (Sunday morning) looking for the comet in Perseus. Couldn't find it.
Here is John's trick when he wants to use the walking foot for a quilting pattern. He machine bastes the whole project on the Multi-Frame with Water Soluble basting thread in the top and bobbin. Then takes the project off the frame and uses the walking foot. This quilt is a sample for the kits we will be cutting for Benartex later this year - look for them in your quilt shoppe next year!
Now, I'm going to the McDonald Observatory's website to see if I can figure out where that comet is!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Home Again

I just noticed that the last time I posted was exactly one month ago. In the last 4 weeks, John and I have driven to Santa Clara, CA, to Spokane, WA and to Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston. I'm not sure how many miles that is; I do know it is a long time listening to the Sirius Radio. You can really learn a lot, but, please, no more Old Time Radio. I don't think I was that crazy about radio serials even back when I was a kid, way before TV.

We had good shows and saw lots of old friends and new friends. Thank you for letting me know you read the email newsletter!

My little quilt for the IQA Silent Auction sold for $65 and went to a Good Home, I know because she wrote me! Kate's bright Storm at Sea sold for $210 and we think John's little Wheel of Mystery went for $300 or so, final figures not yet in. Please consider becoming a member of IQA; they are the non-profit organization that puts on the beautiful show at Quilt Festival. You can really help by joining and encouraging your quilter buddies to join too!