Wednesday, December 30, 2009
They sent me some single page handouts which give the dates, ports of call and instructors (no prices). If you want a copy, send me an email with your mailing address - I'm sure there will be lots of information on the "Group Seminars at Sea" website soon but I'd be glad to send one of these handouts to you in the meantime, in case you want to plan ahead. firstname.lastname@example.org
John barbecued outside even though it was 10 degrees; the barbecue wasn't heating up so he wrapped it in an old demo top quilt. That worked good and the roast was ready on time! I wouldn't let him bring the quilt back inside until we were sure it wasn't on fire.
Well, I'm off to debone a brace of ducks and make sauce out of a pound or so of butter; Not!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
It is nippy here, below zero in the day and -15 or so at night. I know there are parts of the country with tons of snow so I won't complain; you have my sympathy and drive safe! I have already decided I'm not going to the grocery store today; it is too cold and I am not in the mood to excavate my car from the snow.
Doesn't hot chocolate sound good about now? Stay warm wherever you are.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Our friend Faye Labanaris gave John these Double Wedding Ring arcs a few years ago. She found them in a garage sale. John redid them using his technique and added the nice natural color Kona for the background and the melons. Now he is hand quilting it and it looks so nice and crisp! This is an 18" ring. No, Faye, you cannot have it back!
If you are signed up for our newsletter, you know about the $5 discount on orders $25 or over. You just use Discount code 5. In addition to the discount, we are contributing $5 per order to Heifer International. It is a wonderful organization and I must admit it is fun to pick out a cow or a llama or a goat or a herd of geese as a donation. Maybe we'll end up with enough to buy a water buffalo!
Monday, November 30, 2009
I will have some pictures of John's current projects in the next day or two - we are BUSY today because of the special that just started- $5 off an order of $25 or more plus two spools of So Fine Thread with a Frame, Frame Kit or Frame Stand. And I also am making a $5 donation for every order to Heifer, International, one of our favorite organizations. Heifer International There is something so appealing about giving someone a way to feed their family and make a living. Oh, the Discount code is 5 and our web address is Flynn Catalog The discount started today and lasts through 12/31/09.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving; we had a houseful and enjoyed ourselves very much!
Flynn Quilt Frame Company
Monday, November 9, 2009
I'm not particularly stressed, right now, anyway, but this silly sign appealed to me. Actually, I don't drink coffee, don't drink vodka and no valium unless surgery is involved BUT it is nice to know that such a mixture is available.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wow, treasure these unseasonably warm days! We are looking at the mid sixties today and just a little colder tomorrow. There are still more bulbs to plant. John adapted some kind of motorized drill to plant daffodils last weekend and now I spy a big long piece of metal pipe going in the van for the crocus planting this weekend. Gotta love an engineer!
John leaves Tuesday to teach at Superior Threads School of Threadology in beautiful St. George, Utah followed by two classes and a lecture at the local guild. We have all his kits cut and most everything ready to pack in to the van. We are using Superior Threads' new handquilting thread, which is called "Treasure", and really enjoying it. It has gotten hard to find quilting thread in colors anymore, and "Treasure" comes in quite a few.
Keep an eye on the Quilt Smackdown - you don't want one of the little quilts to get away too cheaply, and there are T Shirts and sweatshirts in addition to voting for the Viewers' Choice. Lots of opportunities to help defeat Alzheimer's disease, that thief.
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The marathon vending sessions in Houston and in Santa Clara are now behind us. I still have a ton of email to answer and John and Kate are keeping the lasers busy catching up with custom cut projects. Oh, and we still need to finish unpacking both vans - the quilts are inside but there are bits and pieces of booth accessories still out there. Kate and John had fun in Houston with the crew at the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative booth AAQI showing off the four quilts involved in the "Smackdown" fundraiser.
My booth helper and I had dinner in Santa Clara with Jackie Robinson and Sue Nickels. Sue explained to Jackie about the "Smackdown" quilts and added that she thought John should be disqualified because his quilt arrived after the deadline; nice try! Hope the quilts raise a ton of money for Alzheimer's research.
John and I took advantage of the cool, breezy but snow-free weather in Red Lodge to plant about 200 bulbs. It is notoriously rocky in our area but we had pretty good luck. In the afternoon, we sat visiting in the living room, enjoying the sunlight glinting off the native grasses in our "yard". The grasses absolutely sparkled as the wind moved through them.
Then John pieced these two little quilts, an Arabic Lattice Variation and another miniature Storm at Sea. They both measure 15" x 18". The little Storm at Sea will be in the catalog soon.
And here's my opinionated book review of a fairly recent book, "The Kite Runner". I am glad I read it. It is a first novel and there are some places where a reader can tell that. But I was fascinated about the look at Afghanistan and Kabul before the Russians invaded and the sad aftermath which includes the Taliban's rise to power. Again, I'm glad I read it; even a little insight into another culture is important these days.
Back to work
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Please visit the AAQI Website to see images of the quilts - I can't figure out how to get them copied from Ami's email and they are Beautiful! And so is the Championship Belt!
World Quilt Federation Smackdown
Four Quilting Heavyweights Face Off to Fight Alzheimer's
(Burton, MI)--October 12, 2009 In honor of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month four small quilts by world renowned quilters Hollis Chatelain, John Flynn, Becky Goldsmith, and Sue Nickels will be auctioned to benefit the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The no-holds-barred, knock-down, drag-out, head-to-head, quilt-to-the-death (not really), grudge match will be held November 1-10 in the AAQI "Smackdown Auction Arena."
The 10-day online silent auction is all about bragging rights—and raising awareness and money to fight Alzheimer's disease.
Chatelain, Flynn, Goldsmith, and Nickels created miniature masterpieces representative of their quilting style specifically for this head-to-head challenge. The quilts range in size from 16" x 16" to 18" x 18".
The World Quilt Federation Smackdown quilts will be shown prior to the auction, for the first time anywhere, at the International Quilt Festival (IQF), Booth #4660, in Houston, October 14-18. In a gutsy move Smackdown promoter Ami Simms (a.k.a. Founder and Executive Director of the AAQI) will allow the Smackdown quilts to be purchased at the IQF. Each quilt carries a price tag of $10,000.
"I'm fully expecting all four quilts to be available for the November 1st auction," said Simms, "but I'm pretty sure the George R. Brown has a defibrillator on site just in case."
A Viewers' Choice component to the “Smackdown” will also be offered. Anyone wishing to support the work of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative can make online donations to the nonprofit in amounts as little as $5 beginning immediately, assigning their donation to one of the four quilts. One dollar equals one vote. The quilt amassing the most votes will win the Viewer's Choice Award. The Viewer's Choice Award donations have no bearing on the sale/auction outcome whatsoever.
About the AAQI
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (http://www.alzquilts.org/) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than $316,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.
The World Quilt Federation is totally fictitious. Any similarity to professional wrestling is obviously intentional and all in good fun, although the winning quilter will receive this cute belt.
WQF Smackdown Champion Belt made by John Flynn.
Contact:Ami SimmsFounder and Executive DirectorAlzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative1200 Creekwood Trail Burton, MI 48509(810) 637-5586http://www.alzquilts.org/
Read more: http://www.alzquilts.org/smackdown.html#ixzz0TTftxSF9
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We were discussing Hollis’s new venture “Imagine Hope” and various ways to raise funds for her charity. Of course Ami’s Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative came up. We had all contributed pieces to the cause and became a little curious about how much the pieces had raised. Somehow in the conversation it came to light that my IQA Silent Auction miniature had creamed Sue’s piece in a head-to-head competition at the 2008 Houston International Quilt Festival. Suddenly, it became imperative that we find out whose piece had raised the most for Alzheimer’s. We found Ami’s cell phone number and started calling her. She did not answer any of our calls, later handing us some lame excuse about attending an insignificant ice hockey contest between the Red Wings and Penguins for the Stanley Cup.
We were unable to determine a winner, and someone challenged that their next Alzheimer’s Art Quilt would bring in more money than anyone else in the room. The World Quilt Federation Smack Down, a no-rules, quilt-to-the-death, or at least until a winner is declared, cage match, was born. Our four miniature quilts will be seen in public for the first time at the Houston International Quilt Festival and will be auctioned off on the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative website in November of this year. All proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s research and braggin’ rights to the quilter who raises the most cash. AAQI Website
There has been much trash talking from my worthy opponents. I am sure I will be able to speak objectively about their feeble, but noble, efforts when they are brave enough to show me what they have done. I don’t know if we will all show up at the Alzheimer’s booth in Houston at the same time but I would watch out for flying folding chairs if we do. This is down-and-dirty quilting, the likes of which has never been seen. The eventual winner and World Quilt Federation Champion will be determined by public cash vote and I am sure there will be an impressive championship belt to go along with the braggin’ rights.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
The refrigerator is in the living room. The dining room table is on the front porch. The washer and dryer are in my bedroom. The toilet is in the bathtub. I will be glad to have everything done and all the appliances back in their traditional locations.
The camera memory card seems to have given out on me so no photos this time, maybe later this week.
John took some time out from marathon tiling to work on his project for "the World Federation Quilt Smackdown", a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. So, if you think you have seen a little Feathered Sun, wait until you see this. I'm not kidding, it is little. I will try to get a picture with the other camera this week.
John says "It is fabulous, Everybody ought to just give up. Surrender!" Do Hollis, Becky or Sue have anything to say to that??
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
You have to start somewhere. We replaced the old stove last summer and now want to replace the 30 year old linoleum in the kitchen, hall, laundry, bathroom. I'm sure it won't be much of a job (!!). These are the ceramic tiles we chose. John is going to do it himself with help from our son.
I am kind of stunned by the size of the project, now that the 21 boxes of tile, the 15 underlaying boards, the two bags of grout etc. are all in the garage. I hope it doesn't end up being a project that causes John a lot of stress.
In a way, it's kind of like patchwork...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
He is better now and drove himself home but we are both sad that 40 students didn't get the class they planned to take. John is making up some kits for them and I hope it helps make up for some of the inconvenience.
These viruses, no respect for a working fella and his plans.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This little Storm at Sea wall hanging is John's latest project. It is made with our 9" Storm at Sea templates and is made from beautiful genuine indigo from our friends at Cotton in the Cabin Loring and Sandy are part of our vending "family" and John made this for Sandy's booth. He is hoping they will be in Columbus so he can leave the quilt at it's new home.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Sorry, Peggy and Joan, that this isn't a better picture; we really enjoyed the weekend. John came within micro meters of hitting a deer on the way back to Billings. Did I mention it snowed?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Kate, Kevin and I had a little adventure this weekend - Kevin drove us down to Casper, Wyoming to take a look at a used pickup. Well, it was just what they wanted so he and Kate bought it and now there is a perfect spot for the dogs to sit and back seat drive.
Casper is 4 - 5 hours from Billings and a little farther from Red Lodge via the interstate. I decided to come back on the secondary roads west of the interstate. I'm glad I did - I hadn't seen that part of Wyoming for so long. Some things have changed but not the mountain views. The Wind River Canyon outside of Thermopolis (world's largest hot springs) is a beautiful sight and I was thrilled when Heart Mountain came in to view since I grew up in a town east of that landmark.
I also took a photo of Red Lodge from the Bearcreek Hill which is east of town. You can still see the snow on some of the ski runs across the valley. You can't see Rock Creek but I could hear it from the hill; it is very high right now and roaring away. Well, it was a nice road trip and, wow, what a spiffy truck!
John got in late Sunday from teaching in North Carolina. What a total pain it is to fly anymore. I felt sorry for him since not one of the 4 legs of his trip went as scheduled. I know he worries about getting to the engagement on time and with his quilts; would be nice if the airlines were a little more predictable.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
John put a little 3" Wheel of Mystery pre-cut kit together and got it quilted and bound! It is 12" x 15". We have noticed that quilters really like the miniature pre-cut kits - they sell out first at shows. They are very cute - they take a long time for us to get boxed up but we love them too.
I have been riding my new bike. I am getting better but feel really intimidated when the packs of serious bikers with their yellow windbreakers all cruise by me with no effort, uphill. Well, someday I may get there.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.