Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Aftermath of Kansas City

Back home to pine pollen, daily chores, and of course work. Market was great! There is always so much to absorb and really not enough time to contemplate what new things to buy. We felt like the new patterns and books were really creative and different this year. Extra suitcases came home loaded with fabric, books, patterns, thread and ideas galore. Of course more goodies are being shipped. We found lots of new wool and embroidery patterns. So much talent was discovered along every aisle at the convention center. I always crack myself up when I see someone "famous" and get all excited. Now I'm not talking Brad Pitt or George Clooney. I'm talking Amy Butler, Camille Roskelley, Sandy Klopp, Valorie Wells, Anna Maria Horner, Joanna Figueroa, Tula Pink, Lynette Anderson, and the list goes on and on. These talented people enrich, enhance and move our industry higher and higher. Thank you!

Here's some of my favorite pictures from Quilt Market.

Basic Grey

Basic Grey

Buggy Barn

Sew Mama Said by Sweetwater.

Crazy Old Ladies

Wool flowers!

Tula Pink and Valorie Wells

Wait that's not Princess Leah!

Fun little wool balls.

Primitive Gatherings

Cute booth

Well enough for now and goodnight!

Location:Paradise, Ca.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Last Night in Kansas City

I have never laughed so much at Market!! After a hectic day of buying, buying, and more buying we went to a party at The Kansas City Star. We had a great finger food dinner, wine, beer and lots of new friends to meet. Of course there were very famous designers and authors to hobnob with. Kansas City Star authors were invited to share their quilts with us, over a hundred were displayed.

So here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.

The Kansas City Star has been printing for over 130 years employing many people such as, Henry Truman and Ernest Hemingway. The Wall Street Journal is also published at The Star.

Four quilts made in honor of the Kansas City garment district. The quilting was extraordinary. We where allowed to take pictures so here are some of my favorite.

Enough for today I will post again tomorrow.
Happy trails to you,

Location:Kansas City

Friday, May 18, 2012

Spring Quilt Market

We are having a hoot and holler here in Kansas City. Tonight I am going to show you pictures from the Michael Miller booth. They should definately win an award for best booth. The theme for their booth - Circus.

So from Kansas City, good night!

Location:Kansas City, Mo.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Mothers, the glue that binds, the compass that leads us, the never ending love and support, the advice that isn't always wanted but given with love, acceptance, the cozy place when we are down, the one who cooks those special family meals, the safe refuge, the nurse, the child's prayer warrior, the listener, and of course the worrier. To my Mom I say thank you for 60 years of unconditional love and guidance.
To my daughter and my son I say thank you for the privilege and honor of being your mom. The joy you have brought to my life is indescribable. I am so proud of the people you have become. The world needs more like you, compassionate, unselfish, kind, generous of your time and gifts, ethical and honest. I love you and I am so thankful that your mine.

So far my weekend has been fabulous. Mark and I went on a date Friday night (a rarity for a shop owner), Saturday I took a class with Jen and some great friends and teacher Linda Ballard, and today we are having Mothers day dinner at Brian and Jens. Perfect!

A block from the class I took yesterday.

A new line of aboriginal fabrics. I think I want to turn these into a Bento Box.

My newest embroidery project is Snow days. These are my first 2 blocks and number 3 is almost done.

This is our newest fabric line from Michael Miller. It's soooo cute!

Have a great week!

Location:Home Sweet Home

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Here, There, and Everywhere

It's so reassuring to read other blogs that say "I haven't blogged forever." It makes me feel a little more normal. Who would have thought owning a quilt shop would take so much time! I mean it's May what happened to the last three months? So just a quick summary and some pictures to share.

February found me in Bodega Bay with friends for 5 days of sewing, rest, girl-talk, massage, wine tasting, and much laughter.

March was an absolute whirlwind. We started with a retreat at the store, followed by a quick drive to Phoenix for a family wedding, home two days and off to Sacramento for a Rusty Barn vendor gig for four days. March 30 my Mom had a stroke, fortunately it was a small stroke. She is doing really good, just a little right-sided weakness and lots of therapy sessions. She's been home almost two weeks, and getting stronger everyday.

The family out for breakfast at The Farm in Phoenix

Mark and Kelly

Jen and Brian

April was also a busy month. We went to the Auburn quilt show to vendor. Their show is always great. Home two days and the North State Quilts Rush started. Very fun and hectic. Quilters are just the best.

Just a few quilts from the Auburn Quilt Show

Our booth

Last weekend the store (Ronda) was the vendor for a Linda Ballard retreat in Weaverville. Outstanding weekend. Always a hoot to be with Linda.

Weaverville booth

We leave for quilt Market in 10 days. I love, love, love market. It's so exciting, a great creative rush and so much to learn. It's all about bringing home new products and ideas to share with you.

Goodbye for now!

Morning Star Quilts