Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I'm Back!

I just returned last night from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA. This was my 2nd year vending at this spectacular show. What a change their weather is for us "snow bunnies". There was green grass and flowers blooming......now today here in New Hampshire we are having another snow storm with some lovely freezing rain thrown in just for the fun of it. So the van is just going to sit in the driveway under the snow and freezing rain because I surely don't want to go outside and bring in those tables and racks. But thank you to all of the show attendees who helped to lighten my load for the trip home by purchasing so many of the great patterns, books and fabrics that I brought along! And a big thanks also goes out to the great designers who are so creative and come up with these gorgeous quilt designs.
And think of us in the snowy Northeast and hope that my feet are a little more grounded than my husband's. On Friday morning while I was in Virginia he slipped in the driveway and fell, and now he has 2 broken ribs. So if you don't see frequent posts on my blog, you'll know that I'm nursing him back to health and also getting merchandise ready for the next show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Think warm thoughts for us, will you?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to all! I hope you are at home enjoying some delicious chocolate. I expect to partake of that sinfully delicious tradition after dinner (even though I have been known to eat chocolate before dinner too).
Valentines Day brings to mind more than chocolate - think of everything this wonderful day symbolizes......love of family, and, of course, hearts. I'm working on a new pattern that incorporates heart applique blocks with pieced blocks, and, of course, a little applique around the borders. I have it mostly worked out and now I'm anxiously waiting fabrics from my friend, Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. She has designed the most beautiful fabrics and I think they will be wonderful for this new pattern. So depending on how many friends I can talk into making the applique blocks, I might have something to show you soon.
Have a nice day with the ones you love....Mary Jane

Friday, February 8, 2008

Am I Computer Literate Yet??

As I started to write this post, I decided to try and post a photo of my friend, Jackie's, new fabric. I'm feeling pretty smart as I download the picture and can view it as I'm writing. Oh, I am so computer savvy (NOT)! But anyway, I can view the picture and, considering that I scanned it myself, it doesn't look too bad. Then all of a sudden it isn't there. Computers, you gotta love them. Or maybe the age of my brain, you gotta love it. So if you see a picture on this post, you'll know that I somehow succeeded. If not, please use your imagination because it's not working and cover your ears because otherwise you might hear me swearing. OK, so now I can see it again, but it's supposed to be after this paragraph. Now I think I've moved it. Oh well, at least I think it is here and I think you'll be able to see it! On this particular fabric there is a large panel and 4 small panels. This is one of the small panels. I made the cutest placemats using 2 of the small panels for each placemat. (OK - so I can't figure out how to center it....but I'm trying!)

So now I'm on a roll and I want to show you a picture of my boy, Mick. He is laying on his blanket on the screened porch of our cottage in Vermont. He thinks it is really fun to be on vacation and likes to sunbathe on the porch. He does, from time to time, get up and look out at the lake, but he isn't really fond of the water. He fell out of the paddle boat when he was a puppy and my husband had to jump in and get him. He inherited his "mother's" inability to swim, so he is happy to walk along the beach and drink gallons of lake water. (Plus he's so pretty that he hates to get his hair wet.) Have a great week-end! Do some quilting and relax.