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Monday, February 22, 2010

Mountain Snow

For the last several days, we've been talking wonderful walks and loving the outdoors. The temps have been near 70, when today we woke up to this view from our backyard! It was cold and it had snowed even on some of the foothills around us! Can you believe the winter we are having this year? We have already surpassed the average rainfall for the entire year, and it is only February! Beautiful though, and we are thankful for any precip we can get!
So I finished my Santa, and thought you would like to see him, charms and all. The cross stitch has now gone back into the basket because Spring Market work has arrived with a vengence!
I have designed a total of 14 quilts, with only 2 more to get approved, and am excited that I am now also working with RJR fabrics in California!
Two boxes of fabrics have arrived already and one top is almost completed. My days are going to be getting shorter and shorter as more fabric arrives. I'm very excited about Spring Market--I will have so much to share with you!
My Valentines flowers are still holding up well. Daisies are my favorite, and I'm inspired to build a quilt with daisies in the near future!

I've also gotten a project off my list for the sewing room and recovered my press board with a great new line called "Sew Now" by Alexander Henry. What is great is that it also comes in decorator weight, which I put on the press board. I have the regular cotton to make curtains as well, but for now the curtains will have to wait.

This is made from a piece of birch plywood, then covered with batting, then the fabric and stapled to the back. I've been using this board for years and I love it because it gives you such a nice big surface area. It measures 2' x 4'.
This is the latest longarm job I am working on for my friend Debbie. This is quilt called "So Many Blocks" and she did a beautiful job on it!

Well I can't finish this post today without addressing the friends in my life who are or have family members suffering with cancer. My heart goes out to you, and you know who you are. We tend to think we have problems in our lives until we learn of those we love whose husbands, children, wives and friends are battling with this disease. It is a strong reminder to hang on tight to those we love, make the most out of every moment. I'll keep you in my prayers and know that I love you very much. Until next time......

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to everyone! It's right around the corner! Whether you are weighed down with snow, rain or maybe a little sunshine is finally peeking through the clouds, I hope you all have a great day!!!

January and February have been busy months for me this year so far. There has been lots to do. My husband gave me a Nook for Christmas, and it arrived in February because the back orders were so huge! I've actually been enjoying READING and relaxing when I give myself the time. I'm must be improving because I never use to allow myself time for reading and playing around. It was always work, work, work!!! Don't you find it's easy to get caught up on the treadmill?
I know there are alot of reading devices out there now, but I love my new Nook, it's easy to hold reading in bed, and I can download a new book for a much lower price at any time of the day or night! I have a few to read all lined up, and some to my different series that are coming out soon
. If you've never tried one, and really enjoy reading, I highly recommend a reading device of your choice! I should be on their commercials! LOL!!

The rain has lifted today, and we have a beautiful mountain range covered with snow. I know most people to the north and the east have been really getting slammed with major snow, so my heart goes out to you all and especially in DC! We have really enjoyed the rain, more than I've seen since we moved here 6 years ago. They say it's an El Nino year, and we needed the rain so much!! Maybe it will make a small dent in our drought and low levels at Lake Mead. I hope.

I've continued to work on my cross stitch when I watch TV with my husband in the evenings, and it is coming right along! I have all kinds of designs I'm looking forward to working on!!
He's not finished yet, but I'll keep you posted!

What else have I been up to? Well, the real work these last few weeks has actually been designing quilts for new fabric lines that are coming out at Spring Market. These are just a few of the designs that have been approved so far, or possibly making it into magazines in the future. I have one quilt approved for Fabric Trends magazine in the summer issue of this year. It will be a line I'm not showing here yet by RJR fabrics. It is called Summer Solstice and you can actually see the line on their website. http://www.rjrfabrics.com/ . Look under fabrics.

This one will be in Fons and Porter magazine this year, not sure which issue yet, but it was approved. Sorry that I can't show you the whole design yet, but it is a cute crib size quilt.

I'm busy with Benartex and P&B Fabrics as usual, and here are a few that are already approved. I sure hope the fabrics start coming in soon!!!

There will be no such thing as time for myself or reading OR cross stitch once these fabrics begin to arrive on the trucks! LOL!
So until they do, I am really enjoying getting some longarm jobs done, and making a little time for the other things in life I love to do.
So until next time, Keep Quilting!

Twilight Christmas