(Almost) All is revealed.

So now I can reveal what I have been working on for the last few weeks. I was asked to tape three new segments for the 1400 series of Quilting Arts TV and after a couple of conversations and a few e-mails back and forth we had a plan! I have been devising some cute projects and stitching lots of step outs, hoping it would all be alright on the night…

Tuesday morning found me in make-up.

DSC07492 I always forget how grey my hair is until I see a picture like that one.

Cheryl was up first so I was able to relax and watch her on the screen. Here she is enjoying some Sharpie fun with Susan, the new host of QATV.

DSC07496 My trays were looked over and organized. I had three trays this time.

DSC07499 DSC07500 DSC07501 Cheryl’s segments all done it was time for lunch. Then, after all the waiting, all of a sudden I was on… Things happen so quickly but we did remember to snap a few pics on set.

Here we are sitting together, very graciously, on the sofa. My machine quilting samples are set up in the front.

DSC07512Cheryl went back to the green room and took this one of me waiting to be joined by Susan. That’s a great blouse from dream on. (thanks Bridget!)

DSC07517 The segment was all about quilting with the walking foot. Here I am in action at the machine..

DSC07525 We changed our clothes between each segment. That makes for a lot of work for the sound guy, finding somewhere safe for the microphone each time.

DSC07531 Susan and I were all smiles before the second segment.

DSC07533 Here’s my view from behind the table.

DSC07535 And here we are in action. I made paper foundation pieced blocks for a pin quilt.

DSC07544 Vivika joined us for a photograph before my third project. Looking great?

DSC07549 And here I am with my clamshell paper pieces for an english paper piecing segment.

DSC07555 My pillows looked good on this white chair!

DSC07565And that was that! Cheryl had some more taping to do so I learnt lots watching her at work. Meanwhile it snowed!

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The little bit of the white stuff was not enough to deter us from a final dinner out with the gang. We made a quick stop in at the studio on Wednesday morning, just to discuss a few details for future adventures…

The drive home was uneventful with Cheryl at the wheel. No sleeping this time as we shared our experiences and discussed our plans. There’ll be no slowing down any time soon!

Off, out and away?

I am starting in a very good place today…

Benjamin is now 4! He celebrated in style with a dynamic dinosaur party. At four years of age Benjamin is a pro at having his photograph taken.

DSC07443 Ruby kept herself busy with her puppy…

DSC07458 It all went quiet for cake.

DSC07460 Fun, fun, fun!

Then it was home to pack.

Sophisticated pale pink no-chip manicure…

DSC07487Bags ready…

DSC07461and a 4.30 AM start to pick up Cheryl

Yes, we were on the road to Cleveland for Quilting Arts TV!!

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We are actually taping our segments today but we got to spend the afternoon yesterday hanging out in the green room,

DSC07464and playing with the Berninas under Jeannne’s expert eye!

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After a good night’s sleep we were up at a slightly more decent hour this morning. The geese were making a lot of noise as the sun rose over the frozen pond next to the hotel.

DSC07483 It being spring (!?), there was ice on the car wind shield…

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But now we are here again and ready to go!!

Next up makeup, hair and clothes change. It’s sure to be a great day…

A quick project for the grandchildren.

I’ve had a busy time doing all sorts of things that will be revealed next week…

However Benjamin was 4 on Tuesday and his birthday party is tomorrow. I have not made him a new quilt but I did make some quick pillowcases today.

DSC07441Dinosaurs for Benjamin and bunnies for Ruby. I used the pillowcase instructions from American Patchwork and Quilting. Burrito style with no exposed seams, quick and easy. Super cute!!

In case you were thinking that I am not a very generous grandma… there will be a few presents inside the cases…

On retreat…

PAQA has held a retreat at the Siena Center in Wisconsin twice a year for around 15 years. I finally managed to organize my schedule to be able to join the fun this week.

I packed my bags…

DSC07400 … and after taking a rather scenic route (many thanks to the Racine Sheriff for his directions…) I arrived by the shores of Lake Michigan.

DSC07411I checked in with the friendly Sister at the welcome desk and I set up my work station in our spacious well lit room. Please note my new SewEzi table and Stella light!

DSC07406 Here is my view across the room as we all stitched happily away.

DSC07405 Wendy was close by. She moved from one project to another, reminding me to stay on task!!

DSC07402I think I spent at least 20 hours sewing, from Monday afternoon through Wednesday. I guess I could have just worked at home, but the opportunity to stitch in good company, share stories and generally be inspired by the creativity around me made for a very good time.

DSC07401And I wouldn’t have been able to watch Judy turn a heap of scraps into two beautiful baby quilts for a local NICU at home…

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Before I know it, it was time to pack up and go. I spied these lovely crab apple blossoms and just needed one last picture.

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Pictures of my progress? All will be revealed in two weeks!

Out and about (but not too far away!)

Staying home is over rated, even if the snow keeps on coming down…

On Saturday I went to the Salt Creek Quilters Guild Quilt Show. After a long walk through the park, avoiding the snow covered frozen ponds… I enjoyed catching up with friends and seeing the varied quilts (and vendors).

I found one familiar design on display.

DSC07362 DSC07363 Lois had done a super job of highlighting her embroidered AFLE teapot. It’s always good to know that people have finished their projects!

On Monday I ventured a few more miles to La Grange to visit the Centennial Quilters for a wool appliqué class. By the time I remembered to get my camera out there were only these five lovely ladies left…

DSC07378but they smiled on request! We had a super time learning the basics of whip stitch and adding some fun embellishment stitches.

 

So now I’m home again for a few days. Here are some more sneak peeks…

Foundation paper piecing,

DSC07368 and more English paper pieced clamshells with big stitch quilting.

DSC07382Back to work!