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Friday, July 5, 2013

Hello again!

Well it's been awhile since I've written, life just seems to march along at a steady pace doesn't it?  So what have I been up to?  Well there was the trip to see my Mom in Massachusetts, the quilting cruise to the Caribbean, a trip out to Minnesota for Jim's Dad's funeral and a vacation to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks topped off with a stay in San Francisco for Bernina University - phew!  You could say we've been traveling fools this year.  And we're home for a total of 7 days before heading off to my niece's wedding in Massachusetts next week and then off to Janome Institute in Las Vegas in late August.  I'm tired just thinking about it!

I don't know what it is about vacations but after about 10 days, I'm ready to sleep in my own bed.  We were gone 12 to California and while the parks were absolutely gorgeous and I love getting together with friends and colleagues at conventions, I'm ready for my own bed, my own routine and puttering in my garden when 10 days have gone by.  Ten seems to be the magic number for sleeping away from home!

My sewing room still isn't done . . . .the little room is perfect, the big room, well lets just say it's more organized but it's still a mess and my cutting table is probably worse than when I started.

All that mess is a direct result of my designing and tweaking more patterns lately.  My trusty graph paper is always with me and I have EQ7 on the lap top.  I spent a wonderfully relaxing afternoon on the patio at our rented condo in the foothills of Sequoia National Park scribbling on graph paper and figuring in EQ and came up with three new patterns that you'll see later this summer.  

Waves & Whitecaps
Before I left for CA, I finally took a pattern that's been floating around in my head and on scraps of paper for a little over a year and figured it out, sewed it and sent it off to be quilted.  Waves & Whitecaps is the result and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.  I used two of the batiks I designed for the shop and two blocks to make the pattern.  I love when two blocks form a third pattern!    

The sample was supposed to be queen sized for my bed but time got in the way and I ended up doing a lap size.  Either way, I love it!

How about you?  Are you sewing more this summer?

Until next time