Life can be crazy right? Do you sometimes feel like you are working on 800 projects at once, but none seem to get done? Maybe none are even worked on? I feel like that sometimes.
Quilting is SUCH FUN .. right? Fun to start new things.. I'm a starter. I have some projects that REALLY need to be finished. I have projects for my business, like our Vacation time, The Aurifil Blocks, my books, fabric lines and patterns. But I also have things I do for fun and I want to get more done on them. Sound familiar?
So what are my non-business quilt projects 'of the moment' .. this is by no means ALL my projects in progress.. they could fill a book!
My quilting friendship group has issued a challenge to use scrap strips of my fabric. I've share small clips of my challenge in progress, like this one.
Would you like to see more of it? it's not done yet...
Here is the piece in progress. It's been taking me some time to think it through. There is a quote that will go around the whole outside. I'm cutting the letters. The whole outside is scrappy navy. there will be more applique.
I'm having such fun with this!
My next challenge will be soon. I asked at my Facebook group what type of challenges I should offer next and a table runner seems to be winning.. so I have a plan for that!
The other HUGE personal project is my Birthday block quilt. My goal is to have it pieced by the end of November. It is HUGE.. like HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
It is going to have to be 2 sides and about 100 x 100. One side might have a center applique about the projects.. Once side one is done, I'll see how many more blocks I have. There are more sections pieced, they just need sewn.
My design wall has to free up so I can get this up there!
And in the spirit of making, I purchased more fabric to go in my birthday block quilt.. because I'm sure I didn't have enough aqua and red variety..
I spent quite a few days in Minneapolis at the trade show then teaching at Gruber's quilt shop then doing a book signing at Barnes & Noble... yes .. a REAL book store! It was so exciting and so fun to have all that packed into one trip.
Let me give you a little tour of my events. First day was schoolhouses, where we book time and share about something specific. I did THREE of these! The one above if for my latest book with my publisher Martingale 'Pat Sloan's Teach me to Applique'. I showed all the quilts, but also explained my process and passed around samples for the shop owners to see.
The next few days were filled with book signings. I did 5 of them at the trade show!
Plus meet so many people in person that I've know for years online. Taking selfies with Kim of Persimon Dreams was so wonderful! She is totally adorable
This show floor was LONG and not very wide. So of course all booths I had to be at were at OPPOSITE ends of the convention center!
No trade show is complete without a party! Moda's evening party was a Prairie Prom. I had JUST the little hat that Amanda Herring made me, a lace skirt, feather boa and leather vest.. yes.. the shipping department wore plaid.. seems right?
Terry Atkinson lives close to the convention center, so she built a camper for her booth.. AMAZING fun!
The screen door just speaks to me of home... and the little baskets? Divine! From Leonie Bateman.
And I was so glad to catch up with Alyssa Thomas who had these adorable stitcheries in her booth.. see her great things at Penguin and Fish!
I went zooming around the center the one day waving to all my friends.. they all had incredible booths!!
Joan Ford's so clever and inspires me with her take on scrap quilting.. I really wish I'd had more time for her and I to chat this market!
And no market is complete without a photo of me and my friend Eleanor Burns! The first time I tried to get a photo she was on the floor under her table!
Sue Poser made my trip to her shop, Gruber's Quilt Shop, fantastic! Sue is on of the very first shops that carried my work. I taught a class and then we had a book signing in the evening. (My 6th book signing).
Many of the quilters have been following my work for years after finding me at Gruber's!! AND we had Strawberry lemonade, cupcakes and warm cookies.. heaven!
And my last even for this trip was TWO book signings at Barne's & Noble book store. As I like to tell everyone.. a REAL book store! The room was packed both times and I got to meet so many incredible quilters. The top photo is Jennifer Keltner, the Chief Visionary Officer of Martingale Books, introducing me and telling a few jokes, she is really funny!
AND I had a chance to see Marianne's Let's go SEW and her Globetrotting, it's DIVINE!! Do you see what I'm doing in the top left photo? I'm signing her quilt... on the front!
Did you enjoy my week?
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