Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- Night 116

I am in HOUSTON!!!!  WooHoo!!!

Tomorrow I go to Quilt Market to see what is new in the industry, but today I spent traveling and then at the Handi Quilter reception.  I'm a bad blogger because I took no photos at the reception.

I got this book out of the library to read on the plane:


I'm going to read a bit more before turning in.  Maybe I'll have sweet dreams?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Commitment Issues

I often hear that so-and-so "lacks commitment" or has "commitment issues."

While I don't lack commitment, I certainly have commitment issues.

Once I read a book or start watching a TV series on Netflix, I am totally committed.  This month's commitment issue is:


I just finished watching 9 seasons on Netflix, and then logged into Hulu (free!) for the first four episodes of season 10.  SCORE!

I watch (listen) to these shows while I am quilting.  I've been quilting a lot lately (Hello?  Houston?) and still have a bit more to do.

Now I am a commited girl looking for a new series to commit to!  What series shall I watch next?  I like inane crime dramas and despise comedies.

Spreading More Love

I am sponsoring a new quilter by giving her quilt kits to get her started.  I make the kits from leftover bits in my stash and patterns I have used and trust.

This new quilter is sewing up a storm and already finished her first two quilt tops.  I put together another kit tonight:


These are some of my happiest fabrics and two of my favorite quilt patterns.  I'll let my young quilter friend choose which pattern she prefers.

What are your favorite patterns for young quilters?  I'm sure my quilter friend will need another kit soon!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizing -- Day 12

I have a large sewing room; it is the size of a two-car garage.  I know this because it is directly above my two-car garage.

Even with a large sewing room, the space is still limited.  One problem I have is storage.  This is a large room with no wall space; all of the would-be wall space is windows, a fireplace, and a sliding glass door.  It is very hard to put shelving in front of doors, windows, or a fireplace.  I sneak a skinny shelf in, here and there, but they are over-full and need to be re-organized.

I have interests other than quilting (gasp!) and they overflow into the sewing room.  Today's problem involves my cookbooks.  I love to cook (and eat) and I have a lot of cookbooks.  My kitchen has limited storage space (none) and the cookbooks are taking up precious shelf space in my sewing room.  It's time to fix that!

My dream was to contain all of my cookbooks on a single shelf:


Dream realized!

If I hadn't opened a cookbook in a decade or more, it was time to go.  If I looked at a cookbook and remembered the one recipe inside that I used, I copied down the recipe (with my personal changes) and let go of the book.  Fortunately, my library is having a used book sale this weekend.  If you live near me, you should definitely check it out; I hear they have a great collection of cookbooks for sale.

Most of the cooking we do now is based on recipes found on the internet.  How on earth do I store all of those printed pages?  I tried organizing them into a binder, but I was never able to keep it up.  I recently pulled out an old accordian file and labeled it to my liking:


This is working so far.  I can easily file each new printed recipe without needing a hole punch.  I can make as many categories as I like and change them easily by re-labeling the pocket.  In my system, "zucchini" is it's own category!  Anyone else have tons of zucchini recipes to get them through "drowning in zucchini" season?

I need to get to work on the rest of my shelves, but they are full of quilt books.  I'm not emotionally prepared to deal with those yet.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lightening the Load

I am still (always and forever) trying to get rid of things in the sewing room.  Recently, I got rid of this:


My sister has an October anniversary and this seemed appropriate.

Last month, my students at Bits 'N Pieces helped me decide on the quilting designs.

I quilted double continuous curve in each square:


I randomly placed spiderwebs in the background quilting:


And I swirled everything else:


I used cotton batting and polyester cream thread.

Happy Anniversary!  I hope you enjoy your Halloween quilt!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Organizing -- Day 11

I am away from home a large percentage of the year (115 nights so far this year).   I am very used to running through airports, changing hotels, dragging luggage around, standing in convention centers for 12-14 hours at a time, and other necessitites of the traveling life.

When I am at home, though, I love to be at home.  I nearly have to be dragged out of the house for errands and appointments and resist even putting on shoes.  Appointments and errands are necessary, though, and I try to get them done as quickly as possible so that I can get home and back to quilting!

I keep an "Errands" folder:


Every time I think of something that I need to do, I file it in my errands folder.  I also file coupons, shopping lists, and any other necessary papers.  While I am out, I will check my errands folder and try to knock off as many of them as I can.

Today I have to run to UPS to ship a box of kits to Houston Quilt Festival. While I am out, I will go to the Post Office to mail some paperwork to a future show and hopefully score some Rudolph stamps.  I will pick up bagels.  Mmmmmmmmmm.  I will also go to the bank and library.  Hopefully I will only be away from my studio for two hours and won't have to run errands again for several days.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Organizing -- Day 10

Today I'm going to love on my calendar, just a little bit.

I am a paper planner/calendar gal.  Yes, I have a smart phone permanently attached to my hand.  Yes, I live on my computer.  I've tried all sorts of digital calendars, but paper is the only thing that works for me.  My little green planner is my BFF and I would be lost without it.

A few weeks ago, I bought my 2015 planner pages.  I was geekily excited about it.

Today, I actually opened the package and started using my new pages.  Squee!!!!

The first thing I did was write all birthdays on the calendar in bright pink ink.  Every time I open my calendar, I will see loved ones' birthdays and know to plan gifts, cards, and visits.  I will also know not to schedule any work on the weekend of a very important person's very important first birthday!


I have an entire list of birthdays on a single sheet of paper.  I keep this updated and filed in my tickler file in the October folder so I remember to do this each year.

After all of the birthdays are noted, I then transfered any confirmed quilt shows and doctor appointments onto the calendar.  I keep 5 years of "future planning" single calendar pages in my book so that I will know not to agree to teach at two quilt shows at the same time!

The last thing I did was to pencil in any quilt shows that I think I will be attending.  They don't get re-written in ink until there is a contract, plane ticket, or hotel booking.  The pencil marks help me know not to schedule a dental appointment during Houston Quilt Festival or AQS Lancaster.  This saves me so much time on the phone, re-booking appointments that overlap quilt shows.

Now my calendar is ready and I feel like I can handle life again!

How does this help me quilt?  Every time I check my calendar (daily), I am reminded of upcoming birthdays and what presents need to be finished by which dates.  I usually miss those deadlines, but this way I'm only a little late instead of "You had a birthday?" late.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Engage-A-Versary!

27 years ago today, the stock market took a nose dive.  That day is now known as Black Monday.

27 years ago today, my husband asked me to marry him.

The stock market is volatile and its future is always uncertain.

Our married life has been quite an adventure and I look forward to another 27 years (or more!) with my super-hubby!


(221 B Baker Street, London, July 2014)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- Night 115

I am visiting family this weekend.  We are just hanging out and I am doing some hand stiching.  I overpacked and brought nine different projects.

1.  I brought placemats to bind:


I finished them and am leaving them with Mom.

2.  I resurrected an old hand applique project:


I want to keep working on this until it is done.

3.  I found a bunch of old cross-stitch projects and pulled one out to work on:


This was actually fun!  I don't think that I will live long enough to finish all of the cross stitch kits in my sewing room, but maybe I can finish this one someday?

4.  I couched on three tablerunners and then decided that I didn't really like the yarn I chose.  Time for a hot date with Pierce, my seam ripper:


I un-couched three tablerunners that have been waiting for some attention since May I think?  I'm not sure how I'l finish them, but they are now ready to go.

5.  I pulled out another applique project:


This one is from April 2014, at least.  Not too old.

6.  I started a new project:


This is Quartet by Pinwheels using Daiwabo threads.  SWOON!

7.  I am working on a project I started with the lovely and talented Ms. Pepper Cory at a class in March 2014:


8.  I fell in love with this big hexi pattern:


I think I might finish this as a tablerunner, just to be done with it.

9.  My family loves hand-knit dishcloths:


I have cones and cones of cotton, so I try to knit up a few of these whenever the begging becomes too loud.  "Debby, I'm on my last dishcloth.  Could you possibly knit some more for me?"

I only finished the placemats and the un-couching, but I did manage to stitch on every single project I brought, if only to not feel like I ridiculously overpacked for a three-day trip.

The good news is that these projects are all prepped and ready to go. I will pick a few (less than nine) to bring to Houston with me.  I know that I'm usually dead on my feet when I hit the hotel room at the end of the day, but I am incapable of traveling without at least a little hand sewing, y'know, just in case...

Organizing -- Day 9

If you read my blog, you already know that I travel a great deal.  Tonight is my 114th night away from home in 2014, and there will be many more nights away before the year ends.

Since I love to sew and my life involves a great deal of travel, it's best to be prepared to stitch on the road.  Over time, I put together this kit for myself:


I purchased the zipper pouch at my local quilt shop many years ago.  Recently, I filled it with all 60 shades of InvisiFil thread from WonderFil.  It is a 100-weight polyester thread.  I have large cones of this thread and could probably have wound small bobbins of each color to pack, but these spools are easier to see in the case, prettier, and oh heck I just wanted them.  Happy birthday to me! 

Now I can tote around my hand applique and always find the right shade of thread at a glance.  Lovely turqouise:


And a passionate purple:


I prepped all of my applique before I left home.  I can now simply grab one bag and head out the door.

This scrap quilt based on a simple flower template that I drafted.  I started this years and years and years ago.  It is time to finish it and get it out of my sewing room.  This may take a few months, but I am committed to finishing this instead of packing it away to sit for another several years.

Friday, October 17, 2014

LESS!

I've been trying to have a "more out than in" philosophy about my house, hoping to clear some flat surfaces, especially in the sewing room.  The folks at the post office are getting to know me as I often visit them to mail out boxes of love.

This week, I am visiting my mom and I hand-delivered something from my sewing room:


Halloween placemats with matching napkins!

I am trying my hardest to finish up that bag of Halloween fabrics, scraps and all.  I pieced the backs:


Some ladies at my guild saw the pieced backs as I was binding these at our meeting and said "You are a modern quilter!"  Um, yes?

Mom and I will have festive meals while I am here visiting.  And if we become sloppy, we will use the backs!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 113

My hotel room tonight is at Casa De Mom.  Things are the same here as they were over 25 years ago when I left home.  I, however, am different.

I am much for electrically minded now:


When I lived here, I didn't have to figure out how to charge my laptop and my cell phone and my kindle and....  You get the idea.

I brought along some hand-sewing projects to sit and visit family and stitch:


That's when I realized that my eyesight was much better all of those years ago.  Immediately after I took this photo, I put my hand applique away and pulled out some knitting.  I can knit without looking, so my poor old eyes can handle it.

Lest you think that applique and knitting were my only two choices tonight, I don't think that 9 different hand sewing projects is too much for a 3-day visit, do you?

Overpacked?  Who?  Me?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Organizing -- day 8

I've been quilting a lot lately and keep thinking "with all of the quilts going out of this studio, shouldn't I see some empty space soon?"

Yep:


One empty bucket!

I didn't get rid of it, though; I filled it with a barely-half-done project that was clogging up my cutting table. 


The empty bucket translated into a clearer work surface. 

A clearer work surface will (hopefully?) help me to stay focused on one project until it is finished.

Fingers crossed!

Low-fiber diet

My house diet, unlike a food diet, has me decreasing my fiber rather than increasing it.

I am pulling out many old quilting projects, finishing them up, and finding new homes for them.  In theory, my sewing room should get cleaner with each project finish.  In reality... notsomuch.

I found a huge bag of Halloween fabrics.  I know that I purchased some of it in 2008, but other fabric in the tote could have been older.

I chose some of the fun and funky fabrics and made some placemats and napkins:


These now live somewhere else.  Happy Birthday!  You know who you are.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Organizing -- day 7

My house is bursting at the seams with nearly three decades of accumulated marital possessions, and let us not mention the contents of my sewing room!

I want a soothing and peaceful house, uncluttered and organized.  I am good at organizing, so how hard will can this be?

I realized that I simply have too much to organize easily and must begin to own fewer things.  How do I decide what to keep?  How do I decide what to get rid of?

Whenever I come across an item that I'm not sure to keep or part with, I ask myself this question:

"If I lost this, would I pay money to replace it?"

If I wouldn't pay to replace it, I just might try and get rid of it now.

When I get rid of things, I try really hard to not throw them away.  I try to give things away to folks who can use them.

The easiest things to give away are quilting supplies.  I can give them away at my guild meetings and when I'm teaching.  What quilter doesn't like free stuff???


Monday, October 13, 2014

Organizing -- Day 6

Some days, the desire to get more organized just isn't there.

I have had a rough October.  I haven't been feeling well and I have had some family matters to deal with, all while trying to survive the busiest month on the quilt calendar.

Today's to-do list includes set up longarms (I brought them to a class I taught this weekend), unpack class supplies, prep for 150 students (KITS!) at Houston, catch up on email, catch up on snail mail, write Thank You notes, do laundry, make travel plans for the rest of 2014, work on 2015 calendar, and much, much more.  What did I do this morning?  I sat at my computer at stared at Facebook.

When I need a little extra help getting started, I make a deal with myself:  If I work for just ten minutes:


Then I get to do something fun:



Just a quilting a block or two on this "happy happy" quilt makes my day brighter.  Then I can return to my "big-girl" jobs and make progress.

My other secret weapon for the day:


I'm listening to this as I unpack from last weekend, move bolts of fabric, pre-quilt my quilt kits, and pack for Houston.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Organizing -- day 5

When packing for a teaching job, I leave myself a note next to the door as a reminder to pack last-minute items

Sometimes I still forget them. I wonder why:


Friday, October 10, 2014

Organizing -- Day 4

My paperwork geekiness is proudly on display today as I share my love for my tickler file. Swoon!

Do you know what a tickler file is?  It is a series of folders for every day of the month and every month of the year. I empty each day's folder and find little messages I've left myself that need attention on each day. 

My tickler file:


With thread color cards filed behind it, naturally. 

On Wednesday I went to the post office and mailed some boxes. I received tracking slips for each package. I wanted to be sure to confirm that the boxes arrived, but how should I do this to 
1. Remember to do it and 
2. Not lose those papers?

I filed it in my tickler file!

I stapled the receipt and tracking slips to a piece of paper (back of an old quilt class handout, most likely) and filed it in my "10" folder for October 10. 

This morning when I went into my office, I emptied today's folder and found my receipts:


I can now check online to see if my little boxes of love arrived safely at their destinations. 

How does this organization help me quilt?  It took one minute to file this receipt, less than a minute to pull it, and will take 2-3 minutes to confirm delivery. Five minutes out of my life. Things could have gone far differently: lose receipt, forget to track package, wake up in a panic when I remember the boxes some day next week, look for receipt in purse, look for receipt in other purse, look for receipt in mail pile, look for receipt in car, look for receipt on desk, look for receipt on hubby's desk...  You can see that the under five minutes invested turned into an hour of blissful quilting rather than an hour of stress and panic. 

Paperwork is all about getting it done quickly so I get to spend more time quilting!

Spreading the Love

Cleaning out my house is a slow process.  I'm picking one item at a time and sharing it.

Yesterday, I got to share some fabric with a young quilter.  I remember when I started quilting and went into shock at the price of fabric and other quilting supplies.  

Now, I am blessed to have fabric.  A lot of fabric.  Too much fabric!  It was my pleasure to pull some together and sponsor a young quilter with a quilt kit:


The red and pink fabrics were all leftover from other projects, the white fabric was cut from one of my bolts of neutral fabrics, the pattern is one of my designs, and the thread was an extra spool I had sitting around.  

I hope my dear young quilter friend enjoys her quilt kit!

Do you know a young quilter you could help along on his/her quilting journey?  Do you have any extra supplies that could benefit them?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Organizing -- Day 3

I hope I haven't turned anyone off with my "organizing geek" tendencies.  Today's tip is less "geeky" and more "FABRIC!!!"

Last year, a friend of mine moved and didn't have room for her cutting table any longer.  It now lives in my studio.  I am so grateful to her!

I was thrilled at the thought of a huge, flat, clear surface to cut my fabric and organize my current sewing project.  For those of you who are already laughing, yep, the surface quickly became covered with remnants of old projects and I constantly had to shuffle bits around to find a clear space to cut.

That could not stand!

When I finish a project, instead of chucking the leftover bits into a pile on the corner of the cutting table, I try to dispose of them properly.  I cut them into useable chunks and store them for future projects:


If you check the photo carefully, you can see that during my extensive travel times I've let the corners of my cutting table stack up a bit.  Time to get cutting!

I cut:

  • 2 1/2" strips
  • 1 1/2" strips
  • fat 1/8ths
  • fat 1/4s
  • 5-inch squares
  • 10 1/2-inch squares
  • selvedges
  • orphan blocks
  • scrappy bits for crumb piecing

The next time I need to pull fabric for a project, I can shop in my own stash first!

If you want more information on organizing your leftover bits, check out Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's System.  She is the boss of scrap organization!

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today, I contracted E. coli while on a teaching trip within the United States.  It was a big occasion, and one that seems worth remembering.

Fun tidbits:

  • I said "and we're going to take a break now" a lot while teaching that week
  • Taking three flights to get home with food poisoning isn't fun
  • It only took 24 hours of antibiotics to regain my will to live
  • The antiobiotics only cost me $0.67 after insurance
  • Not eating dairy for 8 months was painful
  • There is dairy in chocolate cake!  
I will always carry around minor organ damage as a souvenir of the great time I had with E. coli.  Fortunately it's something that a few pills a day can remedy.

I think I need to celebrate this anniversary.  I'm on the lookout for:


This cake was from Ike's on Summit at MSP Airport.  Amazing chocolate cake.  I'll probably try to find something a little closer to home today, though.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

My home quilt guild is holding a Free-Motion Quilting Challenge this year.  I thought it would be fun to pull out my old free-motion quilting tutorials and re-post them throughout the year.

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I chose my spiderweb pattern:



I wrote a full tutorial that can be found here.

Happy quilting!

Organizing -- day 2

Welcome back to my Organizing in October series!

I was away last week and out of my normal routine.  I kept thinking of things that I needed to do and calls that I needed to make.  I jotted them all down on a long list over the days I was away and dealt with them when I got back to my office this morning.  Note:  I didn't DO all of the to-dos, I simply managed all of them.

Today I want to talk about the telephone.  I have a love/hate relationship with the telephone.  I love to pick up the phone and chat with a friend when I get a chance, but I don't like it when the phone rings.  I also don't like to make phone calls; this is why I put them off.  I had several "call so-and-so" items on my to-do list, so I put them all on one list with phone numbers and any other necessary information.

In 30 minutes today, I plowed through my phone calls.  I made doctor appointments, a car appointment, a repair appointment, and a call to have my last hotel ship my jacket back to me (oops!).  If I had made each call separately throughout the day, I would have dilly-dallied and spent time on the computer checking FaceBook and it would have taken hours.

Sometimes, I take my phone call list in the car with me when I have a long drive.  I can't make serious phone calls that require attention, notes, and follow-up, but I can make a bunch of "let's catch up" phone calls as I'm driving to the next teaching gig.



After I was finished with my phone calls today, I spent some time quilting.  That is, after all, why I try to be as organized as possible -- to get the stuff I don't want to do done as quickly as possible so that I can have more time to do the stuff I want to do.  QUILTING!


House Diet

My house is on a diet.  I am trying to own fewer things.  I dream of being home and doing a major clean out, but alas, my teaching schedule doesn't allow for such concentrated effort.  Instead, I pick an item and move it along.  Many of the items that are moving along are quilts.

Here's another one:


I used to volunteer with a large group of teens and became close with several of the young girls.   Many of these young girls are married now and I've posted photos of their wedding quilts.  If "first comes love, and then comes marriage..." can you guess what has been happening a lot lately?

BABIES!

This is a quilt for a little girl that one of my little girls (grown up, now married) recently gave birth to.
Welcome to the world, small one!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

To My Students

Dear Students at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines,

I was so excited to see you and spend this week with you.  The thought of teaching quilting always makes me smile.  You are the reason that I wake up stupidly early and fight the armrest wars.

In over a decade, I have never cancelled a quilt class.  Ever.  Sadly,  that changed this morning.  I received a phone call.  That phone call.  The phone call that no daughter wants to receive.  The phone call that changed everything.

This morning, my father died suddenly when an abdominal aneurysm ruptured.  This came as a total and complete shock to all of us.

I miss my dad already:



I have spent all day traveling and am now at home with my family.

Many thanks to AQS for handling a tearful early-morning phone call with grace.

Many thanks to Handi Quilter.  They sponsored my classroom at the quilt show.  With one phone call, they sent their team to pack up my classroom for me.  "Don't worry about anything," were their words to me.

Many thanks to the Marriott.  They jumped into action, drove me to the convention center and then to the airport to catch the first flight out.

Many thanks to Delta.  I made one phone call and they handled all of the details.

Many thanks to the lovely and talented Angela Walters who offered to adopt my students as hers for the week.  You, my students, are in good hands.

This morning, I received countless hugs, squeezes, and tissues from quilters, both friends and strangers.  My phone has been buzzing with emails, texts and calls of support.  Quilters are amazing, and I love and appreciate you all.



Organized in October

Like many bloggers, I've decided to have a theme for my blog in October.  I will still have quilting posts and travel posts, but I really want to talk about ORGANIZING!

This isn't a "I've got it all figured out and here's how you should do it" thing; it's a "I've struggled with it and have made some progress and want to share that with you" thing.  

Sound good?

I travel.  A LOT!  I have to:
  • make hotel reservations
  • make travel reservations
  • keep contracts with each event
  • prepare class supplies
  • prepare handouts
  • prepare class samples
  • pack my work supplies weekly
  • keep up with my office work for the one day a week I am home
  • pack my portable office weekly so that I can take care of a few details from the road
  • maintain my blog
  • film tutorials for Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block of the month.  I am behind on this.  Please forgive me
  • work on creatively fulfilling projects
  • keep my commitments even though I live in airport and hotel rooms and never know what day it is or where I am.  When I say "I'll call you on..." I try to actually keep that commitment.  I don't always succeed, but I have a pretty good percentage.
That is a partial list of the work details I need to manage.  I also have family responsibilities, community obligations, and other pressures... just like everyone else does.

I have a sewing room that I visit occasionally.  I'm there often enough to make a mess, but not often enough to keep it magazine photo-shoot clean.  In the lase few months, on my rare days at home, I have made "clean/organize sewing room" a priority.  I have managed to find some lost items, get rid of some items, and create a system so that "Oh this is a great idea!  I'd really like to make (whatever) someday" ideas don't get lost.  I feel that my time spent sewing is now about the sewing rather than about the "where on earth did I put that fabric/pattern/thread?"  It's now more likely that "Oh, that would make a great quilt" ideas turn into actual quilts.  

If I were not organized, I would not be able to travel the way that I do.  I would lose papers, forget commitments, and be very ineffective at what I do.  I would not be able to finish the quilts that make my heart happy.  

So, my first organizing tip might sound like a weird one.  If it doesn't inspire you, I'll have another organization post soon, hopefully tomorrow.

The first thing I did to help me keep everything on track was to read this book:


Getting Things Done by David Allen.  

This book is everywhere.  I would be shocked if your library doesn't have a copy.  Used copies are pretty cheap on Amazon and hard-cover copies are priced fairly reasonably.  It is also available to download on Kindle.  If you are a book listener, it is available on CD as well as from Audible.

I only implement one of David Allen's ideas at a time.  I didn't tear everything out of my office and start over and take a full week to make the transition.  I started at it like a good diet:  one small change at a time, sustained over time.  It has made a huge difference for me.
I hope that you find it useful, too.


Sending Out Stuff

Earlier this year I posted about my embarrassment at a long-overdue quilt for my cousin.  I had a few extra block from that quilt and put them together for a tablerunner for Mom:


Mom has made it clear that she prefers runners that are "long and skinny, not square or round."  OK, Mom, I can work with that.

I finished the quilt in April, delivered it in May, and gave instructions that it not be opened until today.

Happy Autumn, Mom!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 108

I drove home from Rochester and left for Quilt Week in Des Moines with only 34 hours at home to unpack, do laundry, get a flu shot, repack, and catch a flight.

When I have to wake up at 3am, it is sometimes easier to just stay awake.  I chose that last night.  I dozed a few minutes on my flights, but have basically been awake for 38 hours right now.

It's always fun being in a new city and trying to find your way to the quilt show.  This is my beacon:



Once I found the quilt show, I spent today setting up my classroom and preparing to have a fun week with my students.

I am checked into my hotel room, wondering what to have for dinner.  I looked on my night table and saw this:


DINNER!

My feet are up and I might sew a few stitches on this cute quilt:


Who do I think I am kidding?

Good night!  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 107

I am so sad to see my classes at Discount Sewing Center end.  I really enjoyed all of the students there!

After Jackie showed her sign yesterday, a student brought in one of her own:

I called in a carry-out order tonight and they put this in my bag:


Does anyone know what it is?  BECAUSE IT IS NOT CAKE!

After I recovered from the shock/horror, I got down to the serious business of hotel room sewing:


Another Halloween quilt top finished, and yet...


... there's still more Halloween fabric left!  What should I make next?  I'm running out of ideas/patterns.  Help!