Friday, January 30, 2009

This is New

I just put this in the catalog of our website - we often have these miniature kits at Shows but don't have enough to put in the Catalog. But Kate has been cutting madly so here they are. There is also a miniature Storm at Sea kit - I sold out of them at Road to California the first day.

We are heading for Red Lodge - John is working on a Seven Sisters quilt for a class planned at Flagstaff, Arizona this summer. I will put him on the plane for Dallas next week, then the shows start again. Puyallup, Washington and Hampton, Virginia.

One year, I flew home from Virginia, got the second van, drove to Washington and set up. John came in late the next day, having driven all the way from Virginia. It must be every bit of 3,000 miles. Well, now Kate helps so things are a little easier.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009


We are all back from our trips to vend at Tucson, Arizona and at the Road to California Show in Southern California. No bad weather, pretty, pretty shows, fun visiting with quilter friends and vendor friends. John and Brooke had dinner with Sharyn Craig, whose last teaching engagement was at the Road to California (she is supposed to be retired - I heard of at least one more teaching job and then book promotion, so not so retired, really! She's a hard worker.) We have been given permission to sell the templates from some of her popular classes, so watch the Catalog for them - Hands All Around and Royal Cross and Glorified Nine Patch.

John and I came back through the Nevada desert and stayed one night in Las Vegas: no - no gambling for us. The hotel/casino where we usually stay has a movie theatre and we saw "Gran Torino"; we liked it. We drove through Idaho just as the sun was on the Teton Mountains of Wyoming - this is sort of the back side of the view you see most often in photos and it was quite clear.

Kate has the best pictures - I will get them from her and she can tell you about their trip down to Tucson. I warned her not to stop at one particular gas station in Southern Utah but didn't describe it well enough and, sure enough, that is where they stopped. They escaped without having "repairs" done, however.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

Long time, no post. We had a good Christmas, presents and turkey dinner - a combination hard to beat! I thought it would be fun to learn to read a barometer so when the big storm clouds come down the canyon, we can relate that to what the barometric pressure is. So John got a barometer for Christmas! I got a super bicycle - I have been told that when I can ride the bike two miles up hill from our house, then I can ride it to town. Since "town" is 2 miles downhill and then two miles back up. We'll see. John also got me a bread cook book and a baking stone. I've made bread three times since Christmas; I've never made the free form bread before and it is tasty with that crunchy crust you get with the baking stone.

It was so beautiful outside on Saturday, I couldn't stay inside and took these pictures of the fresh snow and the trees were so pretty. We don't see snow on the trees too often because the wind blows it right off but it was still and so clear (but only about 15 degrees). John is working on a challenge with Gerald Roy's newest fabrics - it will be ready for a fundraising auction at the AQS show in Paducah. No pictures, I guess it is a secret etc.

John is sending the IQA Raffle Quilt off to Sue Nickels today - I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

We have two shows in January, one in Tucson where Kate and Kevin will vend and John and I will be at Road to California in Ontario. Big wintertime driving but so nice when you get there! Stop by and say hello! Stay warm!