Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Working on some new patterns and classes!

I love the creative process, the designing, the construction, the changes, the design decisions and the completion. It is all about the journey and enjoying each step for what is has to offer. Each step in the process has something to offer and learn from. This last few months I have been working on some new designs for my Art Applique Classes. These pieces are from my sketches at Sugar Hill Farms. I originally sketched live and then Randy digitized so that we can sew them out any time and create some beautiful projects. This new CD is loaded with beautiful designs, both groups and single images.

I know many of you have taken classes and purchased inks, paints, pencils etc only to have them sit in a drawer after the class is over. I wanted to create a way for you to use up some of those supplies and create some beautiful projects too! The CD is called Color Me Quilts-Sugar Hill Farms Flowers and it is available on my website. If you don't have a machine I am also offer the pre-stitched blocks so you can color them and create your own projects.
You get all the stitch files plus more, single designs also for those smaller projects or blocks on the CD. If you don't have an embroidery machine I also sell the pre-stitched blocks for you to buy and create your own project!


I am teaching the colored pencil technique in my online class, learn how to make your own templates and use colored pencils to color and even make them permanent for washing!



table runner or wall hanging
after details of quilting(not included on the CD)

I will be teaching this year at the San Diego Quilt Show, we will be coloring these flowers and having a ton fun, I hope you can join me! Follow the link and look for my two half day classes called Art Applique!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Tea Party!!

I can't say it was the best timing, 3 days before we fly out for a trade show, a million things still left to be done but it just had to happen on this day. To celebrate Mother's Day, my daughters, my friends, my students. It was a day to celebrate. I needed a soul day, a day to just do something that brings me pure joy no matter the timing.



I sewed up to the last minute and then began the clean up process and shopping. Jenn helped me decide where the tables would be, where the tea pots would be, the flowers etc. It was a fun, crazy time together picking recipes and scrambling. But as soon as we began it seemed to be here. We had sent or weather order straight to heaven and God obliged with the most beautiful day, 75 degrees. The wind was calm and the guests started to arrive. First to arrive are the close friends and family who always help with any last minute things and seem to help me pull it all together.


The doorbell continues to ring, more people now mingling around and we find our way to the well thought out tables where the party begins. The tables are full of food, flowers and tea cups. I made sure the Rose Petal Tea was hot and the Rose Petal Jam was on warm biscuits. We all start to share some of our Mothers Day memories!


After we were full and relaxing in the shade I passed out watercolor paper, water brushes and assorted art supplies to encourage everyone to create something. Some had their own sketchbooks, some had sewing, knitting and thats how the last few hours were spent. Chatting and creating beautiful things in my garden.



It was just what I needed, a dose of friends and family there celebrating our Moms! It was a gift to them as much as to myself. I hope all of you have an amazing Mother's Day and that you take the time to make a mom feel special!


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

It's Time for Tea and a Party with Rose Petal Jam!

I am having my Mother's Day Tea Party for friends, students, fellow artists etc. It is a wonderful time to just enjoy my garden with friends and sketch and paint while we all visit. I just happened to be reading the book "The Zoo Keepers Wife" and she mentions in the book about living in Poland and loving Rose Petal Jam. I was intrigued as I always love to make jam but have never even heard of using Roses!! I guess in Europe this is nothing new and much loved. These homespun activities are rarer and rarer here in the states since we are all so busy but I still love to do them. I have an old spirit, I am a homespun homebody, and I can't help it.
 
So that peeked my interest and I started Googling Rose Petal Jam. Subsequently, this year,  I am making Rose Petal Jam for my Tea Party!! Everything seemed to come together for us to work on the jam. We had just ended a long tour and needed some R&R. Jennifer and I needed a day together, enjoying the outdoors whether painting, gardening or just hanging out always invigorates us. Her and I made this together and we had a blast!! I thought I would share our adventure with you and the recipes we used, yes we used several and changed them a bit.


Jennifer helped me collect the most fragrant roses!
Randy made us a bouquet to enjoy while we worked.



We selected roses by fragrance and by color, then we
washed and sorted. The jam will be the color of your
roses.
Here is our pinks and we also had reds. Then at the end we
made a mixed batch with all the left overs.
 
I then had Jennifer sort through the petals to assure that there were
no bad petals etc. This is her doing her choosen roses, Judy Garland.
This is how her roses looked when they were put into jars.
After she was finished sorting and cleaning we measured out our roses and Jenn bruised the petals with sugar to bring out more of their fragrance.
I then started to cook them
                                                                 
 Once they were done cooking I filled the jars and then inverted them to sterilize the tops. The jars had been sterilized earlier and were just waiting for the boiling mixture.


This was Chloe, sunbathing as we cooked our Rose mixture! Everyone was enjoying the sunshine. Randy was busy working in the yard, pruning roses and mowing the lawn!
 
 
 
We tried several recipes that I found on the internet for Rose Petal Jam. We changed up each batch to see which one we liked the best, which one set up the best etc. Depending on how long you cook each batch you will determine the thickness of the jam. I don't think we followed any of the recipes to the letter, we are like that, rebel canners. It is very sweet but so fragrant! Jennifer's jam was our first batch, we cooked it the least and it is the loosest but it is a golden, fragrant syrup that will be perfect for ice cream, cheese cake and pancakes! 


The next batches ranged from pink to red and since we experimented with pectin and cooking time the pink jam is far more set up than the others. It was a fun way to try several recipes. I loved the sun coming through the jars, they looked like jewels.




At the end of the day we had lots of beautiful jars of Rose Petal Jam to serve at my Tea Party and give as Mother's Day Gifts. Below are links to several recipes I found. I hope you try one.

So far we have tried it on toast and now last night for dessert we put it over our ice cream. I opened a Red Rose Petal Jam and it looked beautiful over the vanilla bean ice cream. I will be sure to serve this at my Tea Party in May with scones! Happy Jammin!


Here is the first one we tried, they used wild roses! Make sure your roses are pesticide free!! I even included a Martha Stewart Recipe for Rose Petal Jelly. We prefer the petals in the jam! Enjoy


Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see our other adventures. Life is short, make every minute count!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

April Fools Day!! Whats the best April Fools Joke you pulled off?

I love April 1st, its the beginning of a favorite month, it is a fun day to try to pull a fast one and its my GF's birthday! Happy Birthday Dawn.

The best joke I almost pulled off, well maybe, was with Jen in therapy. We had been going to Kathy for Jenns therapy for years and years. She knew we were very well versed on all the latest treatment plans and controversial and experimental more holistic options.  So on this particular day (April 1)we were in therapy and we were talking to her about stem cell research and cell rejuvenation. I then told her of a doctor we were seeing that had developed a cream that was regrowing limbs and tissue for amputees. Jenn confirmed everything since we had planned this on our trip to our appointment. I was so excited inside, trying not to smile or sound unsure, I remember thinking I couldn't mess this up, it was too good. It took so much restraint to not laugh but I continued.

Yes, its really amazing!! So its a lot like stem cell treatments as this cream actually causes skin and tissue regeneration. So it obviously won't grow a new limb with bone but it will add tissue so that you could add bone or get a better fit for prosthetics or adaptive limbs. I told her that we had just started the treatment and to let us know if she noticed a difference. Jenn would chime in with some added info to keep her wondering if it was possible. Well I got to about there and her face was so shocked as she tried to process it all I couldn't keep from laughing but it was so good while I had her going!!

Now you all might not find prosthetic humor funny but we were laughing so hard, medical stuff is always so serious. We deserved a good laugh.

So that is ours, tell me yours!! Oh and Happy April!!

I am going to try to join in on the World Watercolor Groups daily painting challenge and post everyday... if I don't make it at least I have an out..April Fools.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3 Things you can do to Start Living your Amazingly Creative, Wonderful Life

Isn't it wonderful when you wake up with an anticipation in the air. It pulls you out of bed early and beckons to you to come be with me. It makes your heart jump, your pulse race, you just know it is going to be good. Maybe it is more than one thing, maybe a few things that have you more than excited to get up today. This is how life is meant to be experienced. Each and everyday is a completely new opportunity to paint a new canvas in your life. To reach out and grab that golden ring, what are you waiting for?




 What? You don't feel like that? 

To help you start each day of the rest of your life with enthusiasm here are 3 tips to start using today.

1. Start by finding things to be grateful for, I know you have heard this before but it really works. What you dwell on comes to pass. So if you have a tendency to dwell on the negative side of life try finding something good to focus on as you start your day. For some of you this will take some practice but thats okay! Start small and trust me it will get easier. When you can change your thinking habits from finding the bad to seeing the good the glass does end up being 1/2 full instead of 1/2 empty.


2. Learn to turn down those negative voices in your head. You know the ones I mean. The ones that are constantly telling you how you can't do it, that you aren't talented enough, or that you don't look good enough, aren't thin enough. The voices from our childhood that always were "looking out for our best interest" by stepping on our dreams. Learn to recognize that voice when it first appears and have a positive response. Here are some examples of the negative voice and then your retort.


  • You are too old to start now, you will surely fail. 
    • No one is too old to get excited about life and step into their dream.
  • You aren't talented enough, there are so many other people more talented than you. 
    • No one can say it or paint it like I can, it is uniquely my voice and my story to be told and I am the only one who can do that well.
  • You are too busy, you don't have time with all your other obligations. 
    • I deserve to make time for me and my dreams now. I have something to say creatively and I am going to make this happen.
  • You are to fearful of failing, and you probably will. Then people will make fun of you and ridicule you.  
    • That is a lie, everyone has the same fears and when I start to tell my story creatively I know that others will be thrilled at my courage and talents. 

3. Listen to that inner creative voice that is crying out to be heard. Have you always dreamed of writing a book or learning to paint or draw, playing an instrument or learning to sing? What is crying out to be heard? Start to listen and act on this inner creative voice. You have spent all this time keeping it quiet as life got in the way, today its the beginning of a new way of life. Now take an action to start exploring your dreams. When each day begins with the promise of exploring your dreams you can't wait to begin.



So I ask you, what got you out of bed this morning? Do you approach each day with a zest for living. Knowing in your heart that something amazing is going to happen today just for you! Do you plan your day around the anticipation of it arriving or do you drag out of bed without a plan or goal? After all these years I still can't wait to get up and start something new and exciting. I don't take one minute for granted, its a gift and I will use my time to the best of my abilities.

This is your life, live it fully, start today by doing something you have been just dreaming about doing. Make it happen for yourself today! 



Sunday, February 05, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!! I have a gift for you to help you spread the LOVE!!



With everything happening today I think its a perfect opportunity to spread some love, to remind the special people in our lives what they mean to us. The comfort a stressed friend, reach out to a neighbor, touch someone around you in a positive way!
 
 I would love for you to spread some love and so I am giving you this embroidery heart to use as you please but I am also going to draw a name on February 10 to get one of my Valentine bags with some goodies, it could be filled with fabric, patterns, candy, thread???? I am not telling but I want you to get it by Valentines Day so this is only good until the 10th and for people in the states. Hurry and share so you can get your name in the Bag!

Several ways to play, This is what you have to do:
1.  Share on FB how you are going to spread the LOVE this Valentines day with your heart, make sure you use the hashtag #desireesdesignsisspreadingthelove so I can add you to the drawing or Leave a comment on my post on FB or Instagram
2. If you make a bag and share it on your page ,tag me I will put your name in the drawing again. For those not on social media reply to this email and I will add your name. Remember to let me know how to contact you incase you win! I will announce the winner on FB, Instagram on February 10th.
3.For people who own my pattern or CD find my Fabulous Folded Bag Page on FB  join in for another chance to win. In this group we will be sharing new ideas,have free give aways, images, and new embroidery and applique designs too. I think we need our own group so we can share what awesome bags everyone is making!!
4. I would love it if you would share the link for people to purchase the pattern but that's up to you. Fabulous Folded Bags no pressure, this is about spreading love and giving you a gift.

**If you are a shop, share your location and that you carry the pattern! I will include all shops in the drawing too!

I also am giving you an digitized embroidery image of a heart for your Valentines Bags. When I tell people about Fabulous Folded Bags at the shows I always tell everyone how I assembly line make them at the Holidays and I do! I love to fill them with goodies and send them to special people in my life!

That is you!!

 Randy digitized us a heart for the bag! Its all ready for your machine with the special placement line with the directions for placement on the bag are included in the FFB embroidery CD.
I am filling mine with cards and goodies for my mom and grandkids! But there is a special bag for the giveaway!


If you don't have the bag pattern you can get it here, if you are interested in the Embroidery CD you can get it here! This is our best selling pattern since it makes so many bags!! We have sold thousands.

 We also left the center of the heart blank so you can add text, names, XOXO, anything you want. Most embroidery machines let you do that now. We also didn't pick special thread colors as you will want to do what makes you happy! We Love Sulky Thread and used the Rayon thread to stitch these bags. Find your format and download you heart to share with someone. You are free to use the embroidery for anything you like.

I hope you win the Valentines Bag and Enjoy your gift while you spread some Love!! Make sure you sign up for my Newsletter to get all the News early!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Our Crazy trip to Houston


This years trip to Houston was one of the most challenging years of all......

My 60th birthday party was on Oct 17th and Randy surprised me with a party of family and friends. It was an amazing evening and I loved it! But, we think it was this outing that caused us all to come down with a really bad cold before we left. We could feel it coming on and with the crazy hours, lack of sleep, stress we knew we couldn't avoid this bullet! I got it first then Jennifer and finally Randy. The weather didn't help and right before our trip we were hit with a thunder storm that blew out our refrigerator in the garage. With a few days to go I now had to clean that out and try and save our food, but we were too late. We continued to push ourselves to finish in time but it was getting almost impossible to keep our eyes open at night. I was cutting fabric in the garage on my cutting table and noticed a stream of water coming from the water heater. I thought, OH NO!! What now! I originally thought it was a sign the water heater was going out but we came to find that we had developed an under the slab leak and the plumber suggested us rerouting our plumbing!!! WHAT?? NO, we are going to HOUSTON! So for the final few days before our trip we played the game of turning off and on our water as needed. We would deal with this when we got home I still had to sew! On the final day we started our day at 8am, packing, packaging, cleaning the pool, watering plants, shopping, washing clothes, sewing and finally finished at 1:30 am, Randy was still burning the last of the CD's at that time. We had packed the van that day, filling it to the brim with boxes and product. The roof was also loaded with tables and pattern racks. Finally at 2am we loaded up Jennifer, the dog and then packed in the last of the items all around Jennifer and began our crazy journey. As we rounded the corner we began our check list, did you turn off the water? Yes, "Did you turn on the lights?", Yes, " Did you remember the paperwork and our name tags? Yes.  Jenn did we get all your meds? Yes, Did someone bring phone chargers? I did! What about Chloe's costume? This constant stream of questioning continued for several minutes until I felt we had totally exhausted all the possibilities and that we had not forgotten anything. Anything we were supposed to bring, anything we were supposed to do to button up the house, people to call, etc. And so we settled in to our long drive. By this time I was really feeling terrible, the long hours and constant work had drained my system and now the cold was zapping the last bit of energy I had. The van was packed so tightly I felt like a sardine and I was surrounded by pillows and food and next to me was a stack of quilts that I was supposed to sew on my drive into Houston. I had brought everything I needed to sew on the binding and as I began the trip I didn't see how I could manage anything else. 


Chloe's little bit of space in the van as we traveled! She is such a good girl!

Miracles do happen! And Randy managed to drive all night and until about 2pm the next day so that we could reach our first destination in our trip. He had calculated out how many hours he needed to drive each day so that we would arrive on time. He had a schedule and he was going to make sure we made it. I slept, or tried to but there was no getting comfortable in that seat and Jennifer and I managed to sleep off and on until daylight. We needed to stop and rearrange boxes so we could tilt Jennifers wheelchair back so she could get some sleep, that helped and we were on the road again. Her chair has been broken for months and getting it fixed is another story but I managed to beg enough that they came out and replaced her battery so her chair would at least run. Thankful for that we felt we could handle the other issues until our return. That next morning as she awoke and we decided to make a stop at a rest stop for her and the dog we realized her chair was stuck in the reclining position! She couldn't get it to return to upright and we could not move her or get her out of the van. Randy managed to play with the cables and the connections until finally the chair squealed and returned to upright. Our new rule for the next few days was no reclining.

By the time we reached Houston we had a broken windshield and I had spilt coffee on my quilts sitting next to me waiting to be bound. Thank God one of my mug rugs had caught most of the coffee but I still spent a half an hour in a gas station restroom scrubbing the others. It was not an easy trip this year. The southern route we took which was shorter was also less populated and the rest stops didn't really have wheelchair accessible bathrooms if you can believe that. It added to our crazy story but we would lay in bed at night and share the positive and we were thankful for our trip!  
Arrived!! And the weather is great!! Last year we had a Hurricane hit! LOL

But something wonderful and crazy happens when you arrive, the building is filled with people all scrambling to set up and there is an energy and excitement that takes over. All those long hours filled with doubts of why are we doing this seem to fade away and we're filled with the anticipation of seeing friends, colleagues, shop owners, distributors and you, the end user, the quilter I design for. 
Jenn and Kristin of Fiber on a Whim have tons of fun hanging out at the show!

Our booth is not complicated like some of the big companies. They have crews that actually come in and build their booths. You can hear the hum of drills, screw guns and fork lifts moving these large containers around the convention center. Its best that Jennifer stays out of this wild flurry of activity and vehicles by staying within the safety of our hotel room. Our booth consists of hanging quilts mainly, deciding where and how we want the booth to flow. This year we had decided to not only do Quilt Market which is the wholesale part of the show for the shop owners and distributors but to also stay to sell to the public at Festival. Our single booth for Market will be redesigned as we opened up to a double booth for the public. Its crazy and fun with a hum of activity as everyone is scrambling to set up before Quilt Markets opening day and Sample spree. 
Our Booth for Market. See our new Hedgehog Fabric line Quilt in the middle?
Our newest fabric line and Hedgehog Quilt pattern designed by Larene at The Quilted Button

Sample Spree is a 2 hour, pre-sale event where the shop owners can buy samples or sample packs of items that are normally sold in large quantities. For example, Moda Fabrics sell their new fabric lines in pre-cut bundles so shops can buy their favorite lines and take them back to the shop to create projects before the fabric actually arrives. Each vendor there has a special Sample Spree package. This is a very popular event and the women line up for hours ahead of time to assure that they get in and get what they are after first. Needless to say the popular fabric companies often sell out before Sample Spree is over. We have done this event for years and find it crazy fun. 
A small part of a very long line waiting to get into Sample Spree
video


We are all set up and ready for the lines of people, can you see the fabric stacked behind us! 

Before the show begins and while we have been busy in the vendors section setting up, a whole different crew has been hanging the show quilts in a large area next to us. This part of the show will not be viewed until Festival when the public arrives. It is a wonderful time for us as vendors to walk through these exhibits and look at them. I often have an art quilt in the show so its fun to get some pictures before the show begins and the crowds arrive. 


Quilting Treasures Booth and my new fabric line on display on the end cap! Buyers come in from all over to look at and purchase the fabric lines 


In Hoffman Fabrics booth Melissa Alverino's Quilt hung and it was impressive! 

The show is filled with meetings, orders, promoting, marketing along with trying to run around and shop and visit other booths. It starts early and ends late.and then we start the hunt for somewhere to eat and what to eat. To make things easy we could just eat in the hotel but the food is not great and its very expensive. We often opt to walk to another restaurant in the area if the weather allows. During the show was Halloween so many people were dressed up and we took this opportunity to let Chloe have some fun too! The people at the show look forward to seeing Chloe's Halloween costume for that year! She is often the subject of peoples photos and attention. But sometimes you meet the most unusual produce in the elevator!








Me and Cecile Whatman from Australia! We had dinner together a few nights which was wonderful

Me and Lisa Chin grabbing a selfie before the show ended.

The next few days are a blur and on Monday at 4pm Quilt Market 2016 is over. This is when many of the companies begin to tear their booths down and move out since they do not sell to the public. This is total chaos, organized chaos, but its still wild. People can tear down a booth much faster than setting one up. For the first time we aren't leaving and we settle back and just move our stuff to the center of our booth. As many move out the Exhibit Hall is redesigned for Festival, we now have a double booth to decorate and the layout is all different. We pull in our tables and wrap everything up and will wait until morning to begin the redesign. We will have Tuesday and part of Wednesday to set up for Festival before Preview night, Wednesday at 5pm.  
We are ready for Preview night and Festival to begin!
All done and ready to go!

You can see Jenn braced for the onslaught and Chloe has found a safe spot too!

We have never done Festival before and although we have heard about it we underestimated how many people would attend. We thought we had brought enough patterns to get us through the show but ran out of 6 of our patterns fairly early in the show. We also ran out of flyers and business cards which put us at a disadvantage. I had no idea the size of this show and will plan for that next year! It was amazing to see the streams of people that first night over take our booth and fill it to capacity. It was exciting and scary at the same time. Jennifer was parked right outside our booth, next to an small wall to protect her and Chloe from the herds of people running through the show that first night, trying to buy up the things that they felt would be gone by Saturday. I had no idea!! They said over 55,000 people had pre-bought tickets and that didn't take into account how many people just come and buy their tickets at the door. I don't have the total numbers but I am anxious to find out. 
A photo from above only shows a small part of an expansive set up and show floor. Everyone is set up and ready
And so it begins

Festival is the biggest Quilt show in the country and I can say that I live through it!! We started every morning at 9:30 and it was over at 7:00pm. The constant stream of people made it almost impossible to leave the booth for lunch or to even go to the bathroom. One day during a slow down I ran to the bathroom and when I returned Randy was buried in people! He had texted my phone the word "HELP" but with all the noise I didn't hear it and was only gone a few minutes. Jennifer even ended up buying us lunch a few days and carefully transporting it back to our booth. One day we had to go look for her and found her on the second floor, trapped since no one would hold the elevator for her. By the end of the day we were often tired and hungry and came to find out early that all these extra people that come for Festival meant that the local restaurants were very busy and to eat, even in the Hotel, was often a 2 hour wait. Some vendors don't stay local and must then drive to there lodging and find or make their dinners.  We waited that first night to eat but figured out a plan of leaving a bit early to put our name in before the show let out. It worked and we managed to stay fed for the next few days. 
Everywhere we go Chloe seems to be the center of attention and the sign on her back that says service dog, please ask to pet me, is hard to enforce all the time. Some times you just need to let the love happen!
Love Happens



Jennifer and I managed to see Susan Carlson's exhibit and giant Alligator quilt before the show closed! Impressive!!

BYE HOUSTON until next year!! 


The Sam Houston statue on our drive out.

Our trip home was filled with crazy weather, challenging road conditions and long days of driving. Jennifer always chooses a book for us to listen to on our trip and we get very engrossed in those but this year we were streaming the election results on our drive home. I won't comment either way but it was historic and kept us all awake and alert as we made our way to our final hotel stay. We knew when we had hit Flagstaff we were almost home. One more day of driving and we would be pulling into our driveway and sleeping in our bed!! That is an awesome thought. 
Much of Texas is flat and involves weather. Texans are a hardy bunch!

This is just our story, one small story in a maze of stories. During this show we heard of vendors in car accidents, one of the vendors had his trailer and all his product stolen, family deaths while they were away and more. We feel blessed to have been able to attend the show with only minor issues and lots of rewards. We made new friends, visited old friends, met up with cross country friends and across the world friends. We even snuck in a family dinner at our favorite restaurant, Guadalajara's in downtown. 
My cousin and his wife who live in Houston

This is just one of the crazy, untold stories of traveling to work these shows. I can say it was amazing, exhausting, a lot of hard work yet fun, exciting and full of energy. I came away motivated and encouraged that the stress of adding machine embroidery to our line was well worth the effort. As we were breaking down our booth that last night I remember feeling so satisfied, like I had run a marathon and come out a winner! That we had done it and done it well. The feed back from the quilters at Festival was so wonderful and I loved hearing how much they loved my designs and quilt patterns. I never really hear much of that at Market so that part was so encouraging. That is really why we do what we do, we love creating and we love creating for you. Hearing your feed back fills our hearts and inspires us even more. It feels the same when I teach, that reward of sharing something with others is just so special.  Randy and I continued to discuss the work that needed to be done when we got home with a new tone in our voice. It was that feeling of doing it again and the excitement about moving on to our next designs. 

We are home, dealing with the things that need to be taken care of now, filling orders, shipping, following up on leads and contacts. Its not over, its just a flow, from one show to the next one in January. We don't really do a lot of trade shows and have a appreciation for those who do. Its hard work, long hours, its so much more than a few days at the show. 

So with all that said, I hope you enjoyed taking our trip with us. Sharing the ups and downs of this creative life we share. I hope the next time you attend a quilt show you will have a better understanding of what goes into making it all come together for you to have fun buying patterns and fabrics, nick nacks and new tools to use in your sewing rooms. The work involved to haul all the sewing machines and tables for you to try. Its all about getting us all together, in one place where we can admire, learn from, buy from and share our love for this industry! Its about sharing this love of Quilting with each other!! 


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