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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is it Fall yet?

We woke up early to a huge crack of thunder in the dark and flashes of lightning that lit up the whole room.  It poured most of the day since, and I think Fall is really here.  SO unusual for Vegas in October to get this kind of weather, but we are enjoying every minute of it!  We began to think that summer would never end.  The heat was never going to let up---so it was nice to turn off the AC and just open the doors and windows.  Speaking of windows, Roxy was not too sure about the whole thing.  I guess she just had to check out the weather in the window most of the day.  Poor Roxy, no walks today! 
Doesn't she look just pitiful?  Maybe her real name is Pitiful Pearl.  She stared out that window for hours! 

So, while listening the the pound of thunder I kept myself very busy sewing today.  I also picked out fabric for a new tree skirt.  Winterbury by RJR Fabrics.  I think it will make a really pretty tree skirt.  I'll keep you posted on that one!

I love this line.  There will be a new quilt and tablerunner coming out in this line for next year.  There is just a hint of gold lines in some of the fabrics and they have that elegant feel.

I'm also practicing hard on improving my longarm skills and here is the back of a quilt that shipped this week for Houston.  Of course sometimes, the back shows the quilting even better than the front of the quilt!  I must do a wholecloth someday.  It's on my bucket list!!! 

Here's the front of the same quilt!!
It's difficult getting the designs to show up on really busy fabrics, so deciding what to quilt is the biggest challenge!!  This is a line called "Chloe" by Benartex.  It will show at Houston Quilt Market.
Here's another sneak peak of a quilt for RJR Fabrics called  "A is for Annabelle".  What a sweet children's line this is!

This quilt uses an alphabet panel that is just so cute.  And instead of binding, I made a ruffled edge.  I love my Bernina #86 foot for ruffles.  You can adjust the dept of the pleat and the distance between them.  It makes doing ruffles a snap! 

I wasn't expecting to attend Houston Market this year, but I had one of those days when everything just happened to fall into place in one day, and well, I'm going!  I can hardly wait to see my favorite booths, make contacts with people I usually only talk to on the phone or visit via email, and I"m really looking forward to seeing the latest trends.  I'll take my camera and report back!  Until then, I have 3 more quilts to finish and ship next week for Market.  So until next time,  keep quilting!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall is getting close--that means Houston International Quilt Market is too!

If you can imagine this quilt rotated, then you get the real picture!  This is an RJR fabric line called Sutton Hill, and it is a great new flannel that will be out shortly! 

Here is a sneak peek of a new Benartex quilt that will be at the show this year.  The line is called Habitat.  There is so much to share with you, but alas, much of it will have to wait until market is over!  At least I can share a clip!
The work has been coming in fast, more boxes of fabric almost everyday.  The deadlines are quickly approaching, and in spite of myself, I think I will make it!!  Do you ever have one of those days when you forgot to look outside before you knew the sun went down?  LOL!  Well, that's market time!  Soon I will have so much free time I won't know what to do with myself.  Oh, but I have plans, lots and lots of plans!!!

I do try to take walks with my girls though, every single morning.  The quail are out and the mornings are cooler, so it's a real joy and gets me ready for the day ahead.  There is a new Christmas BOM I have been working on for next year, more magazine issues coming soon and lots more to share.  And just in case I don't get back to post in time---Happy Halloween!!!

Twilight Christmas