This was the sky from my front porch at the cabin this morning.
I do wish I could wake up to this every morning, but being here just when I can makes these mornings all the more noteworthy.
There is something to be said against complacency. And variety. And having different things to wake up to.
But still…I love these mornings!
Yesterday Sadie and I made a beeline for the Blue Ridge after dropping off what I could at the post office before the post office closed for the weekend.
And today, as my flag flies, THIS is on my mind:
Someone posted a thing on Facebook that said “This year, as school starts, there is a whole new group of Freshmen that will study the events of 9/11 as having happened BEFORE their life time." Wow.
And yet it feels just like yesterday to me. We’ll never forget what we were doing, what was going on when we heard the news. And most of all, I remember the silence in the sky, living just south of Dallas, Texas. It was eerily SILENT for days. And when planes were able to fly again, it was nearly deafening, and so scary. Life began its “new normal.”
And yet we are never the same after something like this, are we?
So I’m up at the cabin. If the post office is closed, SO AM I! Besides, if this mystery is going to happen this year, someone needs to be cutting and sewing it.
Hints? You want hints? Okay, how about this:
LOADS of cutting has happened!
No, do not plan on strings…these are the left over trimmings of cutting fabric down to shapes. OH! I am so excited about this year’s mystery! I’m working hard behind the scenes, and that is why I am up here…I want to get everything kitted up so it can travel in baggies with me on my future traveling events.
The plan is to be looking forward to the theme of this year’s quilt, along with colors and yardage requirements and other details by the end of October. That gives everyone just about a month to pull their fabrics together for our kick off on November 25th, a bit more than just 2 months away. Time is flying by It will be here before we know it!
While I was in invoice printing mode night before last, this happened:
Sand Castles is in the machine!
**future book project, no pattern available yet**
Aren't these fabrics fun?
Yes, you CAN use Cotton & Steel mixed with Pat Sloan Moda and combine them with a bunch of sandy/mocha neutrals from every era of my life as a quilter. I’m loving this one. And the pile of quilts for the NEXT book down the pipeline is steadily growing. I nearly have enough done to put together a decent book proposal and get those dates nailed down. It really is a 2 year project to get a book to print, did you know that?
I turned in all of the quilts and the manuscript for Addicted to Scraps LAST NOVEMBER. 10 months from turn in to release. So there is no time to just sit back and relax if I want another book release 2 years from now.
While I was cutting…
When rancher and single mother of two Maggie Gilkeson (Cate Blanchett) sees her teenage daughter, Lily (Evan Rachel Wood), kidnapped by Apache rebels, she reluctantly accepts the help of her estranged father, Samuel (Tommy Lee Jones), in tracking down the kidnappers. Along the way, the two must learn to reconcile the past and work together if they are going to have any hope of getting Lily back before she is taken over the border and forced to become a prostitute.And I love the quilt too. Blue and white. Yummy. And even better, the quilt fit the time frame of the movie which made me happy. There is nothing like finding a 1930s Dresden plate on a bed in a civil war film. LOL!
See that blur of tail?
Sadie is doing SO much better. I would say she is just shy of 100% and only has a few days left of meds to go. The trick now will be teaching her to use the “bed stairs” to go DOWN instead of just jumping off to the floor.
So this is my weekend in a nutshell. I’ll be back home tomorrow morning to resume mail-room duty and pack up the trunk show bags for a trip up to Rhode Island on Tuesday. I’m teaching Narragansett Blues up there, the place that inspired the quilt in the first place! AND. Addicted to Scraps has been shipped ahead, so it will be my first book signing event of the new book up there as well, a 2 guild 2 lecture, 2 workshop circuit.
And for the rest of today I’ll be cutting and kitting. And there will be a nap happening. I am just feeling worn through, out of gas, totally fried.
In a very good very satisfied way.
Quiltville Quote of the Day.
I believe this with every fiber of my being, and it is simple as starting right now.
Trip around the world quilt found in Texas by my friends Irene & Sherry who are on their way to retreat! They are my partners in quilt crime in coming up with the vintage quilt photos for these quotes. Thanks, gals!
Time to get back to cutting – have a lovely Sunday, everyone!