April 2012


This time of year I always feel like Michael Vale.

I know you know who he is, but do you know, you know who he is???

Fred the baker!

“Time to make the doughnuts. I made the doughnuts.

Time to make the doughnuts, I made the doughnuts!”

The last few months before Quilt Market, Spring or Fall, I’m always working late, working early.  It’s like a revolving door around here.  I’d hate to know how many hours I’ve racked up between designing, sewing, writing, editing, photo shoots, cover designs, dreaming up ways to address booth design, etc.

I go to bed too late and wake up too early remembering something else I need or want to do.

Back in December I made hotel reservations and sent in my booth registration and proposals for schoolhouse sessions. It seemed like May 16th was a lifetime away, but slowly and surely, the time spent with my sewing machine and computer, throw in a few parties for birthdays, bridal shower, Mexico vacation, quilt retreat, business trip with DH, out-of-town lecture/workshop, daughter’s confirmation…  is now down to a few short weeks.

It’s a good thing I pushed myself way back then to work on designs, and start instructions. At this point I love seeing some of those things done.

Let’s not forget I still have a birthday/Mother’s Day/confirmation party to host!

Not to mention my family thinks they need to eat EVERY day…

Just when I think I’ve got it all under control, I remember that I need to order electricity.  Other designers that are ready to go to market start asking about dinner plans, what?

I need to finish up my layouts for a couple more patterns before I go to printing, then I will get my brochure ready.  I should have the remainder of my photos back from my photographer by Saturday…

Is it any wonder that I feel like I made the doughnuts, it’s time to make the doughnuts???

…and this is why I feel like Michael Vale.

Back to it!

Can’t wait to show you my new designs.

Until next time,

Susan

Well, can you guess from this photo?

No, I’m not making a kite’s tail, although today would have beena great day to fly one!

Here they are trimmed apart.

Next, I added another line of rick rack.

and once again, trimmed them apart.

Still not clear what I’m doing?

Know what?  I’ll bet you can’t guess unless you have been testing one of my soon-to-be-patterns.

Soon enough…(not soon enough for me, I’m so far behind where I’d like to be)

Until next time,

Susan

I’m excited to announce that I designed another block that will be published in

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, Volume 5!!!

Look for a blog tour sponsored by Quiltmaker starting April 30th.

The blog hop is full of freebies, including free issues of 100 Blocks Volume 5, the original signed blocks and lots more!

I will have freebies as well on my day, May 1st.

Stay tuned.

Until next time,

Susan

I don’t know why a blade has to cut like this before I notice,

but I changed my rotary cutter’s blade over the weekend and just started using it today.

I feel like a new woman!

Can you relate or is it just me?  I have to totally use something up to feel justified in replacing it, or just have to be hit over the head to notice that it needs replacing…

Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia?

I’m reminded of the part when Julia (Merle Streep) is in the all-male cooking class in France and goes home to practice cutting onions after the first day of class.  She ends up cutting PILES of onions!

I’m ready to cut piles of binding strips!

Good thing too, because I just got two more quilts back from my quilter today.  On top of the two I got back Friday, that makes four.

I will be ready to watch Merle soon.  For those of you that don’t know it, my M.O. is to watch a movie(s) when I get the binding on a quilt and do the hand stitching.

Can’t wait!

Stay tuned. Hopefully soon I will have piles of quilts to share with you.

Until next time,

Susan

I hope your Easter is joyous!

Today it’s all about family, but tomorrow it’s back to sewing!

Until next time,

Susan