Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Set Up Day Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest 2018......

Thought we would give you a peak at set up day:

 I should have taken a photo before we carried everything in, but I think you can get the idea....just blank white curtains and tables. We have learned a bit over the last 11 years of doing shows, we discuss or draw up a rough floor plan before we get to the show site even if we have the same spot as in previous years.  But....somehow....we always freak out at some point during set-up day....
Stacks of boxes....and stuff....somehow we need to organize this mess.

One wall looks good....what about the other...it takes 2 of us to hang those curtains and one of us (see that arm on the box above) is busy visiting with friends.....
 
 There is an old saying that goes....it gets worse, before it gets better....
 Usually right about now we begin to realize we brought too much "stuff" with us and that there is no way we are going to get everything out...no matter how hard we try...one of us always says.... well; after some things sell then we can get it out and it will look like a whole new booth....
This is about the point that the "younger one, who admits she was not blessed with "patience" walks away" while I "fancy it up"....trying to fit more in and make it look good.....
 
Finally finished....Open and Ready....
 

Last year we introduced two sizes of hand-dyed ric-rac....
 


So many colors, so much fun.....come on by Booth 1310...



Thanks so stopping by...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Car Packed, Long Drive.....

The car got packed yesterday during a break in the rain showers.  Finished our gathering of "stuff" we wanted to work on and bed. I couldn't get a photo this morning as we left before 6 AM for Hampton, VA and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest.  Soooo....before we unloaded our gear at the hotel I snapped a pic.
Surprising that we actually could see out the back window all during our drive...it has been fuller than this over the years.  This is our first show of 2018, boy was it hard to wrap our heads around this whole thing.  Hopefully, we have not forgotten anything.

This is how we are now enjoying the remainder of our day.
Looking forward to an early night, a big breakfast at Waffle House and setting up tomorrow.  Preview Night begins Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM and closes at 9PM; if you are attending please stop by Booth 1310 and say hello.

Hope to see you soon....


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Squeezing In Time for Creativity......

Sometimes we actually get time to stitch and create new pieces.  Recently we have been dyeing fabric, threads and fibers like crazy, hoping to make it through at least the next 3 shows.  We are headed to Hampton, VA for Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival on Tuesday, come by booth 1310 and say hello.  Love meeting and seeing what everyone has been up to over the last year.  Then we come home for 2 1/2 days before heading to Nashville, TN for Nashville Needlework Market, which is for needlework retailers.  We will be home for a whole week after Nashville, don't know how much dyeing we could squeeze in, so that's why we have been pushing so hard.  Leaving for the Raleigh Quilt Show in North Carolina on March 14th, kind of puts things into perspective....not much time, not much gets done!  By the time we get back we will really have work to do before heading to Paducah, KY for our artist in residency in April. 

Here is a peak at a couple of new pieces that will be introduced in Nashville:


We each have a stack of more to do....yipppeee....this is what it's all about.  This year pieces will continue to show off our threads and how they work with our fabrics.  I did "cheat" just a little cause I threw in a little glitz with gold metallic thread....oh be still my heart...and I didn't even get chastised for it, the younger one said it looked good.

When we start laying things out for the year, we limit our color palette.  This year at Spring Quilt Market we are introducing 3 new colors, so building off of those we have set out about 10 to 12 colors to create all our new display pieces.  I admit the first time we did this I just about freaked out but our booth looked so cohesive that we decided to repeat our efforts.   This time I am more relaxed and actually finding that it gets my creativity flowing....guess it may have something to do with not getting all wrapped up in what to use for each piece.

Road trip here we come....

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Making Up For Lost Time......

You would not believe how much dyeing we have been doing, somewhere along the line we decided that we would try to get enough dyed to last 4 months or so....if I didn't have a sick puppy in my lap I would be laughing at my naivete.  Over the last couple of weeks we have dyed about 40 yards of burlap,   250 yards of osnaburg, I don't have an accurate count on thread.  Must confess I was probably told, just went in one ear and out the other as I was busy "creatively thinking".  That's my excuse and I am sticking to it.
I tried to photograph the clothesline, but the room was glowing red from all the sunshine coming in and that sunshine has been scarce so I found myself just standing there amidst all the color.  Sometimes it's the little things that make you smile.

Mostly over the first week I was sitting cuddling this little guy, he got sick after cuddling me for the 2 weeks I was down with the flu, so now it's my turn.  He has been with us for 13 years and will turn 14 this year, at least that's what we believe as he was a stray who followed us home from a walk in 2005.  Strong little man who was living with the Canada Geese and was an emaciated 6 pounds. 
He is finally feeling more like himself, still napping....but...seeking out more than just our laps, today his bed was moved from place to place as the sun moved about the house.  He is bouncing with excitement for food and drink.  For over a week we were feeding him rice and steamed chicken, and then using that chicken broth to lace his water, fooling him into drinking, now he is back to his regular diet with a little tweak...wet food.  Hey he is old...I know how he feels...we all need a bit of help now and then.

I have actually done a bit of hand stitching over the last few days, hopefully I will post a sneak peek over the next week.

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully posts will get a bit more regular as this year goes on....

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January Blahs.......

Last week was one of those crazy weather weeks in the south, swinging temperatures that always bring with them a wealth of "crappy germs" that flourish.  The kind that everyone tries to avoid, me especially, mainly because we are too busy to be "under the weather".  Well I wasn't so lucky, thank goodness Kristin is in-between her battles with being down and under...only one of us can go down at a time.  As a result I haven't been any help over the last couple of days.

Today I walked into my sewing studio to retrieve "something"...forgot what, when I saw the room.  So I took some photos to show what happens around here.  The problem as I see it, is also what I love about the room...flat work surfaces. 



They collect "junk" it is pretty junk, but junk all the same and the thought of sorting through all that "junk" well that made my head hurt more.   Flat surfaces come in many sizes.....
My white felt design wall is frequently used as the backdrop for taking photos, so I found some extra "pretties" occupying the room.

Guess Kristin finished photographing, sent the photos' out and then forgot these were left behind.

So now you can get a feel for why I forgot what I was looking for...I admit I turned around and walked out, back to my recliner and a nap. 

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beginning 2018......

A new year, wow, time to gear up for the year to come.  We have discussed many things we would like to do this year, hopefully we will accomplish many of them.  Stay tuned! Once we start doing the shows the end of February we are pretty much continuously on the go....so during this time we typically try to restock as much as possible and produce what we will need for the first six months.

This is what my work space looked like last night ...


I felt like I was having to tunnel my way out....my sewing machine is in there somewhere....I know it is. 

Once I found the door "out", this was the view over my shoulder.
Back to prepping prior to dyeing up the next items on the list.

More to come!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Another Year Flys By......

Guess it is really nearing the end of 2017 and I feel myself being very reflective, this was especially evident yesterday as Kristin was writing our newsletter and asked me about what we should say about our plans for 2018.   Usually by this time we have done some "brainstorming" regarding the coming year, guess we had done some of that on our drive home from International Quilt Festival/Houston in November, but I was drawing a blank.  I was busy ironing so orders could ship, sometimes when ironing  my "mind" is a total blank , so she caught me off guard...I had no answers for her.  Guess I should have claimed I was just tired; but I think I may have said something like I am getting old and just didn't remember squat  (dumb move on my part).

Upon returning home after "Festival" we had one guild lecture and we have only dyed when absolutely necessary to fill orders.  Now don't get the idea we have been on vacation, far from it.  Between holiday meals, decorating the house for the holidays, buying gifts, writing to friends and family.....you know all that usual family stuff we all do, we decided to tackle a few projects we kept saying we would get to. 

First we tackled the family room, cause while in Houston for Festival hubby had patched earlier water leak "holes in walls, skylights created to find said leaks".  Don't think the grandson figured that the beginning of his Thanksgiving vacation would be spent emptying the room and helping to paint.  Thank goodness he was a good sport and assisted us.  Once the paint had dried we got down to the fun part,  redecorating.  Prior purchases came out or hiding, you know sometimes you see something you just have to have...not sure how you will work it in...if you love it, you will find the perfect spot for it.

As we were finishing, the forecast said we were going to get a dusting of snow, now this doesn't happen often in our neck of the woods. Seems that dusting was a bit more than they thought and it slowed us down just a tad...pretty but a bit early for a white Christmas.

After finishing a slight problem reared it's ugly head, you could see the entry from the family room couch and it looked awful...so I'm sure you can guess what happened next????  You guessed it, we painted it, also put all new doorknobs on all 4 doors....we call it the back entry, cause the entry to our house has a two story entry, then has this other part from the garage.

Okay don't start laughing but once we were done with that area, I sort of asked for another room to be done....the powder room...one of those 4 doors.  So we rented a steamer and stripped 30 year old wallpaper off un-primed Sheetrock, thank goodness for Kristin.
 

Things sort of "snowballed" from there...freshly painted ceiling, walls, trim and vanity, also a new vanity top/sink, new mirror, new light fixture, towel bar and toilet paper holder.  It look fabulous...just needs new flooring....okay I give us a break for now!


Then came a touch of "whimsy", shelves that look like old suitcases...they are metal.  A "Home Sweet Home" vintage stitchery, vintage perfume bottles and atomizers. One is mine, a gift from my grandmother, and one is my grandmothers', love the smile they bring me each time I enter.
Also took the time to finish with my holiday decorating of the house...

 The above photos show how great they looked after painting and redecorating,,,then adding holiday decorations.

Love this Santa and my new "travel trailer bird house" with all it's holiday finery....note the wall color in the background of these...this is the entry that still needs to be done...however; not by us...two stories is more than we want to tackle.  Time to find a pro!

Time to buckle down and get back to work....spent the last couple of days dyeing, processing orders and doing inventory.  I "hate" counting!  Don't know about you, but when I am in a creative slump going into my studio and handling "stuff" triggers ideas, and creative juices begin to flow.....so think about inventory a minute...for me it is the handling of things I love, things that give me ideas, things that spur on my desire to create.  Sooooo....today I wound up with these (solid hand-dyed cotton organdy) on my account...

and we have barely begun to inventory everything, at this rate I will be broke by the beginning of 2018!

At least I am not dwelling on 2017 anymore, what I did or DIDN'T get accomplished....because now my mind is in overdrive as to what I can do in 2018....whoohoo!

Stay tuned to see what happens with my purchases as the year goes on!