Sunday, April 23, 2017

Amador Valley Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
Here are a few pictures of my booth at the quilt show.  We had a great time yesterday seeing so many friends.

Since it is a local show, we had the opportunity to visit with many customers and friends from In Between Stitches.  We talked and gave out hugs all day long.  It is such a tough job!

I have my note cards displayed on an old-fashioned writing desk. How many of you remember The Palmer Method of handwriting?  The boxes of cards are selling well for me, so they will become a permanent fixture in my booth.

The Christmas table runner pattern, Homemade Holiday is also selling well.  I guess quilters are in the planning mode for Christmas.

A thirty foot booth gives me so much space for display, and lots of room for shoppers.

My granddaughter Kinsey helped us yesterday.  My other granddaughter Emily will be helping today.  I think it is excellent experience for the girls to be introduced to the world of business at an early age.  It is fun for them to see the patterns sell that they packaged. Yesterday we got so busy I forgot to take a picture of Kinsey and Gail working the register together.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the quilts on display at the show.  There are many amazing works of art.  The show runs until 4 this afternoon at the Robert Livermore Community Center.  If you come by, you'll get a hug!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quilt Show Preparations

Hello Everyone,
Today I will work on all final preparations for my booth at the quilt show this weekend here in town. I have boxes of my note cards packaged and ready to go.  They look so cute in their little tool box.

We start setting up our 30' booth tomorrow at 1pm sharp. It takes hours to pull it all together. It's a lot of work, on the other hand, it's a lot of fun turning an empty space into a cozy, inviting booth.  Here's a picture of my booth at the Folsom show in February.  This is will be my blueprint for set-up tomorrow.
Hope to see you at the show.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Featured on The Quilt Show Blog

Top of the Morning to Everyone,
So where do I begin?  So much is going on at Sew'n Wild Oaks that my head is spinning more than it usually does.  Yesterday, I got an email from Rose at The Quilt Show.  She told me my Patchwork Math classes were going to be featured today on The Quilt Show's Daily Blog!  Click HERE and it will take you right to my classes.  If you click there, don't forget to come back because there's a lot more to read.

Timing could not have been better as I just taught Patchwork Math, or as I now call it Finessing the Figures, at Cloth and Quilts in Turlock to a delightful group of women on Monday.  Here are a few photos of their practical application of the class.


Here are my favorite Y-squares combined together to make a lattice border.  It is so easy to make this dramatic border.  The class learned how to make this any size they need.

I get so busy teaching, that I forget to take pictures of all the creations.  My apologies to those who weren't included.

Nancy doesn't let anything go to waste.  Here are the itty bitty little pieces cut away from the double flying geese unit.

Like I said at the beginning of the post, timing for the show couldn't have been better......drum roll.....because.......everything is now finalized for the quilting cruise to Alaska July 5th - 15th, 2018, where I will be teaching Finessing the Figures on The Grand Princess out of San Francisco!

So ship ahoy, shiver me timbers, and get on board the Finessing the Figures floating class.  During the week of  May 1 - May 8th, only a $100 deposit is needed to secure your reservation.  After that date the deposit will be 20% of the cruise price.  You can contact for more information.  Or you can contact me, and I will email you the flyer and booking information. 

There will be four quilt teachers on board and we all have something different to offer.  You can stick with me for the entire four days of quilting instruction, or you can check out three other teachers.  If you stick with me, I'll be your BFF! 

Seriously, what could be more fun than sewing for four days on the open ocean, stops along the way at different ports of call, excursions on our private quilting bus, whale watching, and did I forget to mention eating???? Non-quilters are also welcome.  Bring those spouses along to spend quality time with Mr. Joe.  My sister Gail is going, and our cousin Melody.  We can be quite funny when we are all together. Warning: Spontaneous bursts of laughter have been known to erupt when we are together.

I'll be teaching Finessing the Figures during the two day trip to Alaska. On the return trip I'll be teaching Snow Diamonds.  This quilt will be a combination of several different techniques, and will be a wonderful remembrance of your Alaskan vacation. (I'd better get busy and design this one!)

Your assignment today, should you choose to accept it, is to watch the Patchwork Math segments and get an idea of my teaching style, and a sample of what you will be learning on the cruise.  If you can't join me on the cruise, have fun watching the short videos and apply the formulas and my techniques to your everyday quilting.

A little side note inserted here.  About three days after the filming of my segments, the editor emailed them to me for my review.  My grandson Jess, who was 7 at the time, was with me for the afternoon.  I asked him if he wanted to watch Grammy's videos.  We sat down together and he watched every single one of them.  When they were over, I asked him his thoughts.

         He said, "Grammy, you have a beard."  I was horrified. 
         I said, "Can you see my chin hairs on the computer?" 
         He said, "No Grammy, I'm sitting right next to you and I can see them."

Let me know if you see them.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Almost Showtime Again

Hello Everyone,

No quilting has been happening under the oaks at Sew'n Wild Oaks over the past week.  It's been prep time for two quilt shows.  Amador Valley Quilt Show is April 22nd and 23rd.  Then I head to the show in Grass Valley the first weekend in May.

For years I've been thinking about making note cards using pictures of my quilts.  We go on many photo shoots, and I have lots of material to work with.  (Pun intended!)

Yesterday was the day to begin, and my office became a print shop.
Shameless self promotion and advertising is on the back of each card.

My granddaughter Emily, is going to come over tomorrow and we are going to package up the note cards in groups of 10 in clear, plastic boxes, with a gold, stretchy bow.  As I get more sophisticated with my production, I plan on having seasonal assortments.  I'll see how they sell at the first two shows before going into massive, professional production. 

I know I send out a ton of handwritten notes......but does anyone else?  I'll find out soon.  I'm still refining my final price point.  As I've been vending at shows for the past several years, I'm finding shoppers are looking for lower price points. 

At one point in time yesterday I felt like a real geek in my office.  I had three printers working at the same time!  I was printing out materials for my Patchwork Math class next Monday on my big printer.  The laser was printing patterns, and my small, photo quality printer was printing note cards.  It was a 3-ring circus!  I did feel highly productive for hours. 

Today I have Easter preparations to attend to as the entire 'gang' will be here for brunch.  Our annual, Wilder softball game may be a rain out this year.  I don't know how this tradition got started, but we only play softball on Easter.  The little boys are always the captains, and they always pick their dad as the first member of their team.  Grammy and Poppy are falling farther and farther behind during team selection, no matter how pleadingly we look at the little boys.  Maybe I should put some black paint under my eyes, chew, spit, scratch, and really play the role of a baseball player to be selected early in the process.  I'll let you know if that works for me.  They would probably think me stark raving mad, and know that I've finally lost all of my marbles.

At Little League the other night, Jess hit a triple, a single, and was Superman out in the field.  All of his heroics landed him the game ball.  Since his Dad, our son, is the coach, Jess has to work really hard to be deserving of the game ball.  Our son doesn't want to play favorites.  Jess' smile says it all.
So let's all knock it out of the park today and have a great day and weekend.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
My girls have been at it again with their finishes.  So many wonderful quilts come into the class in parts and pieces, then leave as wonderful works of art a few months later.  Marti has her Paris in the Fall ready for the machine quilter.  This was a BOM at In Between Stitches a couple years ago.

Barbara B. has her batik and applique quilt ready for the quilter.

Barbara G., the former teacher, had her class make a snowman block a few years ago.  She put them together and look at this cute, cute quilt!  When I first saw it, I thought it was a panel.

The students who made the snowmen are now 22-years-old.  Precious.

Kristi just returned from a Lisa Bongean retreat in North Carolina.  She returned with a couple of treasures and lots of knowledge.

Kristi was also in a block exchange for Jo's Club, and put them all together. 

Irene and Suzanne are going to town on their Journey's End blocks.

Suzanne is also working on the Block Heads blocks offered by Moda.  She is not only making the six in block, she is making 3" blocks!

Do I hear the word precision?

Valery has all of her blocks made for Spoken For.  It was so much fun to look, really look, at each block to see the level of detail.

Jeanne has started her For the Love of Baskets journey! I absolutely love the fabrics she's selected to make her 120 little 4" babies.

Patty is almost finished with the Checkerberry pillow top. He is so cute!

Kristi is working on her Block Heads in addition to Journey's End.  Her Blocks Heads are made out of Jo Morton fabrics. 

Cindy has a beautiful pile of little English Paper Pieced flowers for her Summer's Blush/Winter's Warmth quilt.  She has only ONE MORE FLOWER TO MAKE!

Give yourself the gift of joining a group of quilters.  It is always a special day when we are together.  How could you not be inspired by spending the day surrounded by beautiful projects, and beautiful people. We laugh, we talk, we eat, we share stories, we bond, we create.......we just be ourselves, and leave the classroom happy and content.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Break

Hello Everyone,
I've been on Spring Break with the rest of the kids! Yesterday we traveled with our oldest son and his family, and my sister Gail to Carmel.

In California, all 4th graders have to write a report about a Californian Mission.  Our grandson Jess, was assigned San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo in Carmel, California.  The mission is about a 2-hour drive from our home.  The 21 Missions are located along the coastline of California and played an important role in the history of California.  Back in my 4th grade days, I also had to write a report about the Missions.

It was a beautiful and memorable Palm Sunday at the Mission.  Junipero Serra is buried at this mission.

We had a picnic lunch at Point Lobos State Park.  It was a wonderful day at the coast.  It has been said that the Mission is two gun shots away from the coast......and it is true.  I'm not sure if that where the musket ball or cannon ball lands.  Anyway, it was very close to the coast.

Our lunch spot was a tad windy and you had to hold your paper plate securely!

Now it is time to get back to work, back to quilting, and back to my normal day.  Normal is highly over-rated!