Thursday, May 26, 2011

Flying by....

I know that we say it all the time but time really does fly by.  Next weekend our grandson, Braden, graduates from high school and then (same day) leaves for San Diego for his basic training for the Marine Corp Reserves.  He then comes back to begin college at Eastern in September.  But really I think he is only about 5 - it just doesn't seem possible that he is graduating next week, or that our oldest grandchild, Katie is finishing her first year teaching kindergarten, that our second grandchild, Nick, just finished his first year of college, that Ryleigh our fourth grandchild is going to be a sophomore in high school and that our fifth grandchild, Maddie, will be in middle school in September.  Why, in my mind, am I a much younger person with still a lot to do and these kids should still be sitting on my lap while I read them their favorite book?  But time - instead of marching on - flies by so quickly that in a blink of an eye our kids/grandkids are all grown up and taking on the world.  Maybe that's what Godspeed actually means - go with God - at His speed - not ours.

Have a great day and happy quilting!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Spring is here!

I think spring has finally arrived here in Michigan.  The temps are pleasant, the trees are in blossom and the tulips and daffodils are beautiful.  Mike told me to look out of our classroom door the other day stating "look outside - we are in our two weeks of pretty!"  And he is so right it is absolutely gorgeous!  The grounds surrounding our shop are nice anytime of the year but when spring arrives it is awesome.

And just when we are enjoying spring, we get a shipment from Moda - Sandy Gervais' Grand Finale - a beautiful fall line.  No wonder I get confused! 

We are getting ready for our Shop Hop which isn't until August but the way time flies, it will be here next week.  Our Shop Hop bags will be ready next week and we already received our original shop hop batik - so pretty and it was designed specifically for our six shops.  We have started working on our  shop hop quilt - will keep you posted as to our progress.

Have a great day - happy quilting!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back again!

It's been awhile since I have put anything out here on my blog.  The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind.  We had Quilter's Cruizine (shopping, meals and busses) which was a great success, vended at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for Minick and Simpson's classes, had our celebration party for the Quilt Sampler magazine (lots of fun was had by all) and then went to Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT with three of our four daughters.  Each event was great and created special memories for me.

The quilt market was filled with vendors showing the latest and greatest and we put lots of miles on our feet during those four days.  We learned lots, saw lots, ordered lots and we are now looking forward to seeing those things in our shop. The picture above shows a sample from a new pattern from Grizzly Gulch.

This picture shows off a quilt that I fell in love with.  It's done in some nice 30's reproductions and has some great embellishments done with a new type button maker.  This vendor had us making some great do dads with their handy tool and we loved them all - rings, headbands, and more.  We had lots of fun at this booth.

Well I guess that's it for now - the shop is calling - but I will be back before too long.

Happy Quilting!