Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Long Road Home

The long drive home was rain free!!!!

In fact it was a beautiful fall day.

I love the color palette, subdued yet rich.

And the colors intensified as I went further north.

Arrived home about midnight.
Home Sweet Home!

I will be off the road for a few months
with design work to do.

If you don't want to miss it when I hit
the road again and continue
Jamie's Giant Shop Hop,

Until then . . . Happy Trails and Stitches!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hen Feathers Quilt Shop - Wichita, KS

At Hen Feathers you will find an open inviting and friendly place to shop.

Meet Peggy Engel, owner of this shop.
I was excited to learn Peggys last name because it's
my maiden name, spelled the same way!
And FYI, it means Angel. ;-)

I love the antique cart fixture that is holding bolts in the center of this photo.

Large cutting tables with lots of elbow room.

Cute Eric Carle Corner!

Fresh flowers make a statement.

And check out these cute T-Shirts that are available!

Peggy, Thanks for letting me visit!

And I'd encourage any of you visiting or living in this area
to stop in and see the shop of a real Engel (Angel)

Hen Feathers Quilt Shop
110 N Rock Rd
Wichita, KS


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quilt N Bee - Cache, OK

I'd like to introduce you to the owner
of the Quilt N Bee, Beverly Martine!

This is my first stop in Oklahoma and
the folks here are wonderful!   

PS. I saw another cowboy but didn't get a shot!
Photo shot that is. . .

Beverly's shop is delightful.

They offer long arm services.

Cute displays!

Pail loads of fat-quarters.

Cute baby ideas

Cool fixtures.

A nice presentation every where you look.

Even a child's play area.

And my most favorite thing! You can
get fresh eggs here!!! Beverly has her
own chickens at home and she told me
on a sunny day she will have a dozen
extra eggs! I always wanted to have my
own chickens, I love this!!!
Beverly, you Rock!

One other thing, they treated me to a
fantastic BBQ lunch, ask them where
to get it when you visit their shop.

Quilt N Bee
506 SW C Ave
Cache, OK

Helllooo Oklahoma!

It may look over cast to you. BUT, the sun did finally come out on this the 11th day of my trip!!!  This was a glorious sight as I topped the hill.

The elusive Cowboy

While sitting in my booth at Quilt Market in Houston I would hear bits of conversations from the people strolling by. I remember hearing a woman from Germany (at least it sounded like a German accent) telling her friend that she was disappointed that she hadn't seen any cowboys.

We'll they are here! You just have to know where to look . . .

Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rain 10 days straight . . .

Does this look like the road to anywhere?  I was feeling
like I was in the Twilight Zone again!

Flooding is becoming a problem. I was hoping I wouldn't have
to turn around due to water over the road and I did luck out there.
All with roads were passable between Rockwall and Quitman.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rain 9 days straight

FYI, it's rained everyday since I left Minnesota nine days ago. Arrrggghhh. Enough rain for now! I'd like to sneak in a game of golf . . . please.

Texas Quiltworks - Rockwall, Texas

Welcome to Texas Quiltworks in the charming town of Rockwall Texas!

I am pleased to introduce Judy Hall owner of this
shop. Judy is standing in front of one of her original
design "Flying High Texas". This pattern is
published under the label: Coming Home Designs
and is available both retail and wholesale by contacting
Judy at Texas Quiltworks. (contact info below)


Here is Judy in 'work mode'
she doesn't know I took this photo. Hehehe . . . (Hi Judy)


Texas Quiltworks is a long time customer of Scrap-bags™ Patterns!


Here is the gracious welcoming entrance
when you first walk in through the front door.


This quilt is another of Judy's Creations!
Simply gorgeous!

Oh, and that's her husband hard at work.
 There was road construction and I was unable to
park the behemuth RV and so she sent him down
to the Walmart Parking lot to pick me up, I love limo service. ;-)

Texas Quiltworks
212 East Rusk
Rockwall, TX

Monday, October 12, 2009

The best cab driver in Houston Texas

Well, Quilt Market is over! I have been taking a cab from the RV resort to the George R Brown Convention Center twice a day for the past four days. I have had a variety of cab drivers. I just want everyone to know that this driver is the BEST. His name is LEO and he loaded my entire booth in the back of his cab and unloaded it for me at the campground! He never complained once about me paying with a credit card (unlike a couple of other cab drivers) and was cheerful and very helpful! He told me he enjoys people and loves being a cab driver, and it showed! Thank you Leo, you are an inspiration! (And yes he received a very nice tip!)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ricky Tims and a Star Studded Day

So if you read my previous post you know I started my day with quilting icon Jinny Beyer. Well, I met Ricky Tims a few hours later and took the photo op when it presented itself at the Red Rooster booth, the quilt behind us is my new pattern design "Forget Me Not" featuring Ricky's fabric. Red Rooster is offering the pattern and fabric as a kit!

Later in the day I talked with Paula Nadelstern and Jane Sassaman. I'd say it was a star studded day for me!

Jinny Beyer

Waiting to get into the convention center this morning I met Jinny Beyer and introduced myself. She has carried my patterns in her shop for a number of years, but I had never met her in person. We had a lovely chat and walked a few of the market aisles together before the show opened.  Later I had this photo taken with her at her book signing. The book is titled: The Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns, more than 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters. Published by Breckling Press. It's a beauty just like Jinny!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quilt Market Day #1 was awesome!

I had a very very good day today, lots of traffic and I am a happy girl! Here are a few shots of my booth and the bottom photo is the Ricky Tims booth in the Red Rooster area featuring my new bag and quilt.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ricky Tims and Lonni Rossi

What do Ricky Tims and Lonni Rossi have in common? I am not exactly sure but both of them featured my patterns in their schoolhouse presentations today at Quilt Market. Thanks Lonni & Ricky!
Here are some photos.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

The final stretch PLUS, every computer owner should know this!

The final stretch of driving. This photo is just coming into Dallas. Rainy on and off all day. I finally get to the convention center in Houston and unload the bulk of my booth sans the quilt and bag samples.

I will set up tomorrow.

I find an RV park about 7 miles away call them and get a spot for the duration.

Tomorrow and the following days I will take a cab to the show and back to the RV park (Actually they call it an RV Resort)

So I get all settled in and am feeling pretty good about all the arrangements. I go to check my email and do a little book work and (pardon my english again but) HOLY CRAP. My computer isn't working. Now I really do need this not just for blogging but for running my business.

I have a MacBook Pro that runs Windows XP (for bookkeeping) the Mac Side works perfectly the Windows side is LOCKED and I can't do a thing with it. So I fool with it for awhile to no avail. Then I call my buddy at the Geek Squad up in Minnesota, he's not working and another Geek Squad guy says they can't help me over the phone. He say's take it to the Best Buy in Houston and gives me the address and phone number.  UUUgggghhhh! I don't have time to do that!

Then just before he hangs up he says," or you could call the Geek Squad main headquarters and see if they will help you over the phone.  So I try it. But before I do I dig out the software from under the seat and in doing so I bump my head, really hard on the cabnet. So picture me now, holding the only frozen thing I could find (Archer Farms Chipotle Adobo Chicken Entree) on my noggin and crying because it hurt and because everything is going wrong!

But, here is the amazing and wonderful thing. After my phone conversation with the guy at 1-800-GEEKSQUAD, I logged in at (write that down) and chose the Geek Squad Guy that I wanted to work with (they have little photos) then with my permission he connected with my computer remotely, via. Log Me In Rescue, took a look at the problem. Then he gave me an estimate. I paid with a credit card. He fixed it lickety split (remotely) while I watched.

Simply amazing! Simply Simple! No driving to Best Buy, just sat in my camper and watched in amazement!

All's well that ends well! Now I am going to sleep, big day tomorrow!

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