Some of my quilts are enjoying a stay in Eagle River, Alaska! The shop they’re visiting is Dina’s Cozy Cabin Quilts. I’ve never had a trunk show in Alaska before, so I’m pretty excited. Eagle River is not too far from Anchorage, and not too far from the coast. They celebrate the Highland Games, and have a large Fourth of July celebration, as well as the Bear Paw Festival in July! Just look at this gorgeous scenery that is there:
Check out Martingale’s blog today! It is all about batiks, and has a large emphasis on, you guessed it, me! Well, my book, anyway. There is also a lot of information from Batik Beauties by Laurie J Schifrin. She talks about how to tell the right side from the wrong side on a batik. They even link back to the video I did a couple of months ago. (In which I think I look really doofy.) So make sure and take a look!
One of my trunk shows is visiting Livingston, Montana this month! The shop they’re in is Back Porch Quilts. From their website, it looks like they really do have a porch! (That’s probably what inspired the name.) Livinston is just east of Bozeman on I-90. It is nestled on the banks of the Yellowstone River, and is about 55 miles from Yellowstone National Park. It is a quaint, small town, with about 7,000 residents.
Hey, everyone out in cyberland! Guess what? I’m going to be a guest on Mark Lipinski’s Creative Mojo radio on toginet! This will be my 2nd guest appearance on a radio podcast, but I’m still a bit nervous. Mark has recently had a kidney transplant, so his guest host is Nessa Reifsnyder of Fabricate, a quilting shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. Creative Mojo was chosen by Digg.com as one of the internet’s five most motivational webcasts and has been a featured podcast on iTunes.
My trunk show has traveled to Oregon this month, specifically to Forest Grove! Needles in the Grove is the quilt shop that my quilts are visiting. Forest Grove is just west of Portland, and it looks like a wonderful little community. There are tons of things to do there, including visiting Tagg Lake or the Tillamook State Forest. There are tons of listings for hiking and other outdoor recreation, as well as many arts, culture and entertainment.
Now, don’t worry… It didn’t snow today, thank goodness! We may even be moving towards spring. “It Snowed!” is the name of the row that I designed for Patchwork Posse’s round robin, “Winter Wonderland”. It just went online this morning, and you can go over to the blog to get the free pattern. I had a lot of fun designing this row, and it features a little piecing, a little appliqu├ę and a little embroidery! So, a little of everything. I have 5 “square-in-a-square” blocks, with 3 having appliqu├ęd snowflakes. It also features an off-centered appliqu├ę block with a snowman feeling pretty happy about snow! (That’s how you know it isn’t me.)
Four of my quilts are spending the month in Madison, Wisconsin! The shop hosting my trunk show is Stitcher’s Crossing. Madison, WI is a beautiful city, sometimes called the city of four lakes. It sits in the center of Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa are just south of the city, and a smaller 5th lake, Lake Wingra is also inside the city. It makes for some beautiful waterfront city settings!
One of my trunk shows has flown clear across the country from Virginia to Olympia, Washington! They are enjoying the next two months at Bayside Quilting. Bayside quilting is really “bayside”, as it is only a few blocks from the bay! Olympia is the capital of Washington state, and it is on scenic Puget Sound.
This Quilt o’the Day, Simply Irresistable, has had a long and interesting history. (Well, maybe not interesting, but definitely long!) It was one of the first quilts I designed myself. I had gotten burned a few times in trying to teach classes at the quilt store I formerly worked for, and decided I was never going to teach a class unless I designed the quilt myself. (I guess I should thank those that burned me, as it really started my designing career!)
Hey, everyone! I have a great opportunity to be part of a round robin this year! The round robin is hosted by Patchwork Posse, which is an online quilting group/blog/site. I was a designer for Patchwork Posse a few years ago, and they invited me back to design a row for this years round robin. The theme is “Winter Wonderland,” and I can’t wait. I have some great ideas already.