Monday, December 14, 2015

Well, it's been a while

Well, it's been a while.  I started my blog so I could post my customer's quilts for them to see.  I'm now trying to stop my customer quilting to have more time for my own quilts.  Also, I am co-chair of Prairie Quilt Guild's  huge biennial quilt show, Common Threads Regional Quilt Show, to be held next June 16 - 18 and  I know that will suck up more and more of my time as the show gets closer. My plan is to finish the quilts I have committed to and will then stop doing customer quilting altogether.  I read that many longarmers burn out after ten years of quilting so I am right on schedule.  I'll miss working with all my wonderful customers but I'm really looking forward to having time for my own quilts!

I went to  Houston for Quilt Festival planning to see my quilting partner Gail Stepanek but she had to cancel her plans at the last minute - darn!  My sister Kathy made it to the show so I had  company after all.  Gail and I had two quilts there and we are happy that My Brunette Whig won a third place ribbon.  Shopping is always fun there and I made a big purchase - a pair of CraftOptics glasses which are amazing!  Since I love lots of close quilting and detail they are going to be very useful.

My Brunette Whig

Catch-up photos:

It's heartwarming to be at the show and see quilting friends do well:

     Kris Vierra won the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry

My fellow Kansans did well:

     Susan Stewart won The Superior Threads Master Award for Machine Artistry:  

And Janet Stone won Best of Show!

In November and December I took time off from quilting to do some painting and re-arranging in my house.

New paint, new rug:


New furniture:

New Kitty Shoes:


New antique clock.  I love old clocks.

I ordered a book from Amazon and it came from England in this Royal Mail bag:


I worked on some Christmas gifts but can't post pictures of most of them before Christmas.

This little pincushion I made for my bee's Christmas party gift exchange.  How did we ever get by before they invented glue guns?

I made a little, really little wholecloth quilt.  It's less than 12 inches square, I plan to enter it in my guild show this June.