YEARS ago Bev and I took a class together at our LQS and tried to make a Quiltworx quilt. This was before I had a longarm….so it’s been quite some time. I gave up on mine after the class…..In fact I chose the easiest pattern and I even packed up and left the class early ( which I rarely do) ….Quitworx patterns are like reading greek. I like foundation piecing but keeping them all straight and whatnot…just forget it. It’s too much for me. So I traded to have my friend, Terry finish mine. LOL
Bev stuck it out and finally finished hers and she has done an amazing job! I love her scraps of color and all of the patterns and boldness.
I quilted lots of designs. But my favorite was actually to throw in a big spiral I a few of the suns..it added so much motion to the quilt.
Some close ups so you can see the quilting.
Thanks Bev! I am so glad you were able to finish this and I know it will show well!
Yesterday, I went and bought an enclosed trailer. I bought a booth at the Wenatchee quilt show as a vendor. My first time with patterns and kits. I have been learning lots from others. I have really gotten lots of good info. I have a feeling I am going to learn so much more. LOL I like to blog these moments as a way to capture the journey along the way. I have no idea what will be happening a year from now. So thanks for coming along.
I am not much of a traveler. I mean, I like seeing new places and having new experiences ect….but driving and getting there is not my favorite. I am not going to be one of those people who ever dreams of getting a motor home to live in and traveling around the country. I hate driving. I am like a little child. If someone else is driving so I can keep myself entertained with a good book, stitching or anything else…I will last for a little while. LOL. So all of that to say I am not exactly sure how far I will be taking this trailer as I can’t imagine being on the road too many times. I think all of that just got worse by living in a rural area because now I have to drive hours to get any where…and I have gotten worse in my older age. If I ever get rich I think I would hire a driver just so I wouldn’t have to drive again, honestly.
But I would like to sign up for a few shows next year and see what I can do. I would have signed up for a few more this year but one of the weekends for a big show is my oldest daughter’s wedding and there were other schedule conflicts. So it looks like one show to get my feet wet and I will figure out the rest later.
So I bought a few displays and units for my booth and I have been collecting stuff here and there for my booth. I have zero storage space in my house. My garage was taken by a studio. We have a little garden shed for my garden stuff. we have another shed for bigger stuff and tools ect. we literally have a small closet for Christmas decorations ( I have downsized considerably) and literally every closet and space is used in this house. So I told Rob I will need to have an enclosed trailer to haul everything to shows anyway…I should get one to store all of this stuff when not in use so instead of renting we might as well buy one to use as storage. So we did. We have outgrown our house….well I should say my business has outgrown this house. It’s not set up for some sort of quilting empire. LOL But until we get into a situation to move…we just have to make do. We also live on a hill so I can’t just build a shop in my back yard….all the things I didn’t realize when we bought this house. I didn’t know where my life would take me…still don’t.
It’s crazy to think I need all of this stuff. Clearly this year is not going to be a money making year with this new leg of my business. I keep telling myself…you have to invest to get a return…..but then I have to decide how I want to manage my time. How many shows a year? is it worth it? I don’t like to travel….so I can’t see myself making this a “regular” thing…but maybe a few local ones ect. But buying all of this stuff to get my feet wet….will make me take the leap to try a few things as see how it goes. At least I can re-sell the trailer if I don’t need it later. So here we go on another adventure.
Now I also need to learn how to back up a trailer…cause that is not a skill I know how to do. I feel tears and frustration coming on. LOL Rob is going to fix up a few things, get new tires ect. Just to make sure everything is top notch because he won’t be with me at this first show and I will have to manage everything myself. So he’s not going to take any chances of anything going wrong while I am driving ( if he can help it). That’s love.
So here’s to one more step. I wonder where this will take me. I hope to good places. LOL
Every now and again Joni sends a few of these vintage table linens and wants them made into quilts. She gives them away as gifts …so no crazy fancy quilting. ( I have quilted the ones she keeps with crazy fancy quilting. 🙂 )
I think these are really nice gifts and still pretty spendy gifts after you buy all of the linens, fabrics and quilting. I think I would like to be on her list…LOL!
I think she must be on the hunt regularly to find all of these….I always think I need to go out shopping and yard saling but I never do.
I tried to compliment each one differently. It was fun to see how they all finished up.
I love the center on this one..the quilted flower mixed with the embroidered ones.
Thanks Joni! You always have beautiful projects. I am so glad we get to work together.
I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!
I am trying to get a few quilts finished for some new patterns to be released. 🙂 I also have 2 magazine quilts that need to be done soon. I have officially had 20+ designs accepted. I think at this point I can consider myself a “regular contributor” don’t ya think?