Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Desk Days On End!

Some days are full of ordinary chores, the crossing out of things off the to-do list.

Some days the camera doesn't come out of my pocket at all and then I wonder just what I'm supposed to write about when facing a blank post the next morning.

This was kind of my yesterday - but you know what? It was nice even if no photos were taken to inspire or capture anyone's imagination.

Oh - there were photos taken.  But mostly they were supplemental step-out photos of unit options for my Winter Cardinal pattern - still hoping to release on Friday!

"Don't you take photos while you are making the quilt? That would seem to be the easiest thing!"

Yes, I do.  But sometimes when I go to write the pattern, the shot just isn't right. Or it needs more detail.

And I often don't make the quilt using ALL of the options for the units - so I have to double back and present another way.

Sometimes I forget a step.

And then sometimes when I start writing it all down, it bounces around too much to be coherent and I try to work out another way that makes more sense to the reader who is diving in.

So maybe the problem isn't enough photos - it's too many?

But I'm so happy with this photo -

Even if I didn't get to take it in the snow.

My hope for Winter Cardinal was to get a great shot with snow to make those reds and grays really stand out, but it didn't happen.

Still - the sunlight was great, the wind didn't happen - and we are that much closer to having this thing done and ready for Friday.

I'm up to the pieced border on Winter Cardinal. We'll get there.

The PDF pattern booklet will include the Star of Hope blocks as a bonus. Paper piecing templates will be included for all blocks in both the Winter Cardinal and Star of Hope quilts.

(Paper piecing is recommended for the alternate star block as the rotary cutting is insane if you wish to traditionally piece the block in this size.)

Traditional piecing can be used for the main block in Winter Cardinal.  More to come on that.

Other things that happened - Beds are made - pillows are fluffed, things are looking cozy.  Housekeeper Susan is working her magic and adding sparkle to the place.

We'll be ready for February Quiltvillians to arrive this afternoon.

And since we have to wait a couple more weeks until things can be wheeled across the floor - the newly retired Hubster Dave will be on hand to valet suitcases up to people's bedrooms and carry rolling machine cases and any other rolling totes to sewing stations.

Everyone will help each other.

The smell is MUCH MUCH better.  I may open the windows for a few hours before everyone arrives - but it is still February and open windows all the time won't work.

Pre-New Zealand, There Was This:

Lucky enough to have a window seat over the Grand Canyon as we got closer to Los Angeles.

I have never been to the Grand Canyon.  That is on my must do list.

I was flying in a day early so I'd be there for my New Zealand flight that left the next evening - only it never left, remember? 

Oh, the innocence of not knowing what lied ahead when this photo was taken! LOL!

A bit hazy - but downtown LA is right there.

It's already way too peopley!

I met up with Xenia and Nola who would also be my travel companions while on our New Zealand adventure.

If left to my own devices, I probably would have gotten dinner at or near the hotel - maybe walked somewhere within a mile radius, and kept things rather easy.

But Xenia - AKA Adventure Girl - was all about getting out and around. "You can go anywhere by Uber!"  Well okay then!

I dumped my bags at the hotel, and they and the Uber driver picked me up and off we went to Manhattan Beach for dinner.  I am so glad we did this.  Much better than what was around the hotel.

The next morning - we were off in another Uber to hit a couple fabric shops and have lunch near the Santa Monica pier.  Because - ADVENTURE!

Our first selfie in front of Fabric Planet!

Shop Cat!

Such a cute and friendly fluffy guy!

Fabric Planet turned out to be more about home dec fabrics and trims - but there were some cottons on long rolls.  I bought a half yard of a neutral I found interesting.  Nola and Xenia also found little notions and fun things in the trims - including embroidery floss for our Kiwi project in New Zealand.

Crossing the bridge to the pier.

Did you know that Santa Monica pier is the end of Route 66? Now you do!

Having friends willing to take photos is so much better than a selfie, any day!  But yes - it was super windy.

Such a fun day in a fun place!

Sunshine feels so good - but that wind.  Bad hair day all around.

NO thank you! LOL!

On to our next quilt shop:

And a departing customer offered to take our photo.

This sign says it all!

This place has it ALL!

Light, airy and so much variety.

Nola, upping her luggage weight even before we leave for New Zealand!

This shop asked that we mask up while shopping and even provided masks since mine was in my backpack ready for my flight - back at the hotel in storage with the concierge until airport time.

Vintage machines on display.

Truly a wonderful shop - and because they are in a business park type area there was ample parking, which is something hard to come by in Los Angeles.

Nearly a month has gone by already - so happy to have these memories with my friends.  May there be many more ahead!

And with that - I'm off and heading for more desk time at the QPO studio before quilters arrive this afternoon.

What do you have planned for your Wednesday?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

We can start out a whole lot lighter if we will only let go of the things that weigh us down!

(Unless it's the fabric. Never let go of the fabric!)
Have a great Wednesday, everyone!



  1. Great pictures. Love the one of you on the pier. Also the Sew, Sleep, Repeat. Nothing more fun than shopping with like minded friends in fabulous stores. Everyone needs an Adventure Girl in their life.

  2. Love all your pictures, Bonnie! Hope you're successful with your desk time today, and glad your Retired Hubster can help protect the beautiful floors by assisting the February Quiltvillians get settled. Maybe one of these days I can enjoy Quiltville, but for now I'll pretend I'm there while sewing on my Indigo Way blocks today, tomorrow.... :-)

  3. thank you... hoping upgrade in spec scrip sending to CraftOptics will give me a bit more ability... Missing my sewingmachine, but happily following the unfolding of all the Quiltville events... don't those new/vintage floors look fabulous??? What a nice job and glad it could come sooner than later... continued rain here with lots of "warnings" even tornado! yesterday... never appeared, but the weather heads were all over it on all the networks!!! sigh and happily no power outages or serious flooding here in Carlsbad CA, Blessings to all Cats

  4. Anonymous10:23 AM EST

    My plans for today - listen to more rain in SouthernOregon and sew part six of mystery. You were in my stomping grounds before New Zealand. I was almost born in Manhattan Beach (no hospital) and raised from day one until 18 years of age. In Santa Monica I dressed windows at Learner’s with my boss Pearl. Bonnie thank you for all the adventures and patterns. Katie💜

  5. Regarding luggage weight and dealing with purchases, I've learned to use those prepaid shipping boxes. Of course, works only in US. This is what we have done when traveling to Hawaii. Ship all the souvenirs/fabric back in one of those boxes. If the box beats you back and you have your mail held while you are gone, no problem. :)

  6. Anonymous1:03 PM EST

    You are very lucky to have a friend like Adventure Girl. My former adventure girls have all gotten old and just sit and watch tv now!

  7. Learned something new...where Rt 66 ends :0). Today is cleaning in the sewing room....it is OUT of control .

  8. Love the adventures! The thrill of the unknown! It is so fun to see the quilts behind your quotes and try to figure out the pattern. Double Irish Chain in a unique colorway, maybe?

  9. You are very daring in your travels. Thanks for the trip to the end of Route 66. I said goodbye to my 66th year and Now I get to make new memories in my 67th year. Re-Learning my Cricut because I had an out-dated version. Wish me luck.

  10. We all need a Xenia - AKA Adventure Girl in our lives. Makes life so much more interesting. I would have had to find a shipping service after the 2nd shop. No way my bag would have met the weight restrictions after that place.

  11. I think I saw similar grass flip flops at a shop in Michigan years ago. Like walking barefoot in the lawn, haha, I was tempted.


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