Tuesday, March 29, 2016


 One week from yesterday, the quilts come in.  One week from today, we will be in the judging room.  One week from tomorrow, we will be hanging quilts.  Well, you get the idea.  The quilt show is looming large, and I hope you all make an effort to come and see.  It will be worth it.

I gaze out the window at the flowers, then go back to my binders and typing.
 My problem is printing.  My old printer decided to refuse to communicate, so I said, "Back atcha," and bought a new one.  It worked for a bit, then didn't.  Then did, then didn't.  Then did, then...well, again, you get the idea.
I have a stack of things that still need to be printed, but I guess they're going to have to wait for my son to swing by after work and fix it all for me once again.  I should have just stayed up typing/printing last night, instead of thinking everything was rosy and going to bed.

In other news, I received a "sorry, not this time" letter from SAQA, regarding my submission, "Hanging by a Thread."  I'm not surprised, as there were 220 entries, and they only took 24.  I'm kind of excited, because I've wanted to go back to it to add more, and more, and more.  And now I will.  I've been given permission.

okay, just thought I'd check in and say, "hey."  As we get closer to April, we get closer to quilt show.  I will be busy.  No doubt about it.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Day Dreaming

I'm sitting here printing out rough drafts of narratives for the quilt show.  My eyes keep drifting out the window, to the gorgeous spring garden.  ooh!  aah!

oops!  Out of paper.  Again.  Gotta run!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Things

I don't think I've ever had so many tulips bloom in a single year. 
 Apparently, tulips make me almost as happy as iris do.
 Even the cat with the attitude makes me happy, sometimes.  ;)
And then there are the iris.  They are beginning their season of beauty.
 They can be apricot, or orange,
 or blue violet
 or pale yellow
or red violet
 or two-toned, it doesn't matter.  They all have me reaching for my camera in an attempt to capture some of their beauty.
And then there are quilt shows.  They make me happy.  And the quilts in the shows make me even happier.  Here is a picture of my favorite quilt from this weekend's SJVQG show in Fresno.
There now.  I hope you are smiling, too!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Around the House

 After years of drought, my yard welcomes the rain.  We haven't planted anything new, and I think we've only watered once since November.  The garden is in celebration mode.  The tulips have never been this lovely.
 The miniature roses have begun to bloom, and the Johnny jump-ups?  Well, they're out of control, which is just how I like them.
 I've never been a fan of azaleas, but they're doing their best to sway me into their camp.
The outside of my house looks fabulous.  The interior?  Looks like I've been playing with a 4 year old for 6 weeks.  She's now home with her parents, and I'm here focusing on the quilt show.  One step at a time.  Yesterday's step?  Pipe washing.
 On Monday, I loaded them into my van.  Ooh, look!  Reminds me of honeycomb!
And with that, I have a quilt show of typing to do.  Best get started...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Back to the Ordinary

 This weekend saw us back in the Bay Area, returning Penny to her parents.  It's been quite the adventure to be on-the-job Gramma for the past 5 1/2 weeks.  I was sad to leave, and she was sad to see us go, but it was time.  Here I am, checking out of the hotel yesterday morning.  Looks like things are back to normal, in that the menfolk left me in charge of their computers.  They went ahead to help set up the party venue, and didn't want to leave their electronics in the car. 

I didn't want to make two trips, so I loaded up.  woohoo.

Before leaving town, we attended Princess P's Birthday Tea Party.  oh. my. goodness.  It was, indeed, the most extraordinary birthday party I've ever attended, perhaps with the exception of Debbie's 60th.  Outstanding.  The kids each decorated their own hat, with hot glue and flowers, then sat for a tea party with real china.  There was dancing, and games, and they painted their own teacups, which they planted with flowers to take home.  It was fabulous.  Here is one of the 169 pictures I took during the 3 hour event.
 All too soon, it was time to hit the road.

For the next month, it will be all quilt show, all the time.  Let's do this!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

More Rain, Please

And so it begins...