Don’t get me wrong.
I love having my family here for long holiday weekends. We had a great time taking the motorcycle onto the parkway, and over to Tennessee.
It was a LOVELY long break between teaching trips and I sorely needed it.
Since Sunday evening I’ve been able to spend solo time at the machine working on a couple of looming deadlines. Deadlines for me are kind of like that caption as seen on a rear view mirror: “Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear!”
Cabin alone time helps me get it done!
I think I have all of this time, that those deadlines are far off in the distance, miles away and BAM! I look at my traveling/teaching schedule and realize that there are just not that many home days to really get things put together.
July starts our new Leader & Ender project! August is my taping with Quiltmaker for my new online workshop to come. And all of my Addicted to Scraps column blocks for the 2017 issues are due in August. I’ll be taking those to Golden in person and hand deliver when I go to record my workshop.
And it’s time to really nail down what we are doing for this coming November’s mystery! With all of the busy things happening summer and fall, there has to be time to get that quilt made behind the scenes. Oh boy.
All of this MAKING takes time. So I am happy to be solo at the cabin to crank these things out in an uninterrupted manner.
This first photo is of my Wanderlust table runner in progress. You know, designing things takes time. And then there are the false starts and abandoned tries that just didn’t work or do what you thought it would do. See those flying geese units with the LIGHT wing triangles in the bottom right of the photo? They were to go along the edge. But they just didn’t do it for me. And they left the black triangles in the center of the star blocks just floating there looking like they didn’t belong either. So back to the cutting mat I went and substituted more of the black in place of the scrappy neutrals and I think I’m going to be much happier.
I talked to my friend Jessica last night [[So happy to hear your voice! Thanks for the chatter and the laughter on a Tuesday evening!]] and brainstormed more about this idea.
There are more geese in my immediate future!
For those of you anxious to pre-order my new book Addicted to Scraps, if you will just sit on your hands and be patient and wait just a bit – for those who order from my website, you will receive the table runner directions as a FREE BONUS in a PDF download at the time of book purchase.
The table runner pattern will not be a stand-alone pattern as you need the book for the block pattern to complete the table runner.
As an author who is constantly fighting big box book distributors like Amazon who often offer our books below the price we can even buy them wholesale at- leaving us with what amounts to a 90 cent royalty, I’m hoping that throwing in a bonus pattern or two with book purchase will encourage readers to just wait, and get that bonus when you order directly from my website.
If you are taking my online Wanderlust Workshop when it is available, you will receive this PDF pattern as a bonus for your workshop enrollment. Stay tuned for details on that.
And my day went on uninterrupted like that until…
He's Back! Or is it a she?
Or is it Charlene? When I posted these photos on Facebook and Instagram last evening, some commented they had never seen such a chubby fox. Maybe there is a fox family about to happen?
Charlie sure likes deer food!
There is a mix of corn and deer pellets that are a grass/berry combo from the local Tractor Supply. For those who thought that fox only eat meat, maybe this one has gone paleo? Or, if it’s an expecting she-fox, her cravings are getting the best of her!
Uhoh, did she hear me?
See you next time, Charlie!
If you haven’t checked my blog since yesterday morning, There is a Super Duper Double Barn Book Give-Away going on that went live last night! Check for that post HERE.
There are two books up for grabs to one lucky winner. Build A Barn by Julie Sefton and Following the Barn Quilt Trail by Suzi Parron. head on over to that post and follow the directions to be entered to win. Drawing will happen next Monday evening while I’m in Moline, IL.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage tumbling blocks quilt found in Kentucky.
I’m going to see how far I can get on those table runner border geese this morning and head home this afternoon.
Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone!