Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Is this California?

No, it's Minnesota.  I left home this morning--raining and snowing.  I am presently in Minnesota with the grandkids and kids--windows open, 75 degrees out.  Minnesota has just set a record with no snow in March.

I have been traveling and showing so much this past month--no time to sew or post.  I had the speaking gig in Fremont CA.  Then I flew to Austin to visit Leann, and as a bonus, got to see my "adopted" daughter Jessica get married to Mike Sloan.  Then it was the quilt show in Yuba City CA, down the hill from me.  And now I am in Minnesota.  In between, I am prepping goods to take to one more gig in CA, then to Chicago in April.

At home, in spite of the lack of great weather, Spring is here.  We are about as green as we will get.  The grass is green and the trees are leafing out and the wildflowers have started.   I hate to miss it while I travel, but as always, it is a wonderful place to come home.

Today's best....hugging those kids.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Retreat to Unpack

Had a nice retreat day today.  Still unpacking and updating after the gig this week.  And quilting for the 2 guilds.

One that I made was the Pam Cakes with pale pink spacers which were back trimmings.  These were 5"x 9" slices and 1 1/2" spacers.  The Just Can't Cut It is from the Pine Tree closet.

Today's best....decided to make a trip to Austin next week--can't wait to see Leann and play in my favorite city.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Piecemakers Guild

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Southern Alameda County was great.  They treated me to a nice dinner at a local diner, helped me load and unload, and best of all, were very appreciative of what I had to show and share.  I had a wonderful time.  They had a good time shopping, too.  Thanks to all of you gals, and especially Cindy, for hosting me and my mobile mercantile.

It rained for much of the trip down yesterday and back up today.  But I was so lucky--it was dry for the loading and unloading, both at home and at the meeting.  Thanks to whoever orchestrated the rain for me.

I shop hopped my way down and back.  Stores in Vacaville, Fairfield, Danville, and then Stockton today.  All were great to see.  The Quilter's Inn in Danville had shelves and shelves of my favorite fabrics.  I liked how they put the Kaffe Fassetts in the colorwall--his fabrics make all of the others look alive, in my humble opinion.  Quilters Quarters in Stockton has an amazing collection of many newest designer lines, as well as novelties and basics--hard to believe you wouldn't find what you are looking for there.

And then of course the latest 99 cent bags.

Today's with the Piecemakers Guild.