Saturday, February 5, 2011

Well it's about time I MAKE time to write a blog post!!

January was busy....last I wrote we were headed south to Ontario, California to participate in the
 Road to California Quilt Show. We had a GREAT trip!!  Unlike our last trip to a show...we had NO rain, NO tornado warnings, NO snow, and NO flat tire. The weather was wonderful the whole time!! We were inside most of the days but were able to enjoy nice 70+ degree temps walking back and from the hotel to the convention center. If you have never been to this show it sure is a good one!!
So many wonderful quilts, booths, and fun people!!
It was fun to meet some of you who follow my blog and came by for your free pattern!!
Thank you!!
 I did not take very many pictures at all this year. The time just seemed to fly by and before I knew it the show was over!! There were lots of wonderful returning customers and special new ones too!! Friday night I taught a class full of such fun women! Class was called "Trick or Treat" and we made two pumpkins and a black cat, learning stuffing techniques and enjoying working with wool!! Lots of laughs and a trick or two!! OH..... SO SORRY (NOT) to say I do NOT have any pictures of me dressing up like a pumpkin!!!
I made one purchase while I was at the show this year....I bought myself a new Bernina Sewing Machine!! I have not had a new sewing machine for years!! Mine was actually not working and was blessed by a friend who has been loaning me one for months now.
I am so excited to get to spend some time using my new machine!!!
 Monday after the show, we drove to Corona, CA where I taught a class and was served a wonderful lunch at Stars & Scraps Quilt Shop. Raquel, the owner of the shop and her worker bees are just so much fun!! They also participated in Road to California with a vendor booth and were surprised with a BEST BOOTH AWARD!!! 
These gals made our time at the show so special in so many ways!!
Thanks Cindy, Raquel, and Beth!!!
On our trip home we stopped for a night in Danville, California to visit friends Joy and Terry. Joy and I hav been friends since I was 18 years old. We met in a church college group and have been friends ever since. Joy was my maid of honor in my wedding and sure is a good friend!! I think there is nothing better than having a friend that no matter how much time or how many miles come between you, you can pick up where you left off!! We sat outside by her pool in the morning enjoying the sun rays and picked some beautiful bright yellow lemons from her lemon tree!!! Thanks Joy for the fun time and all the lemons!!!
 Our kids took GOOD care of the puppies while we were gone!!
The puppies were happy to see us but I think our kids were even happier for us to return!!!
Love my kids!!!
Since being home, I have spent most of it unpacking, reorganizing all my show props and supplies, filling orders, and catching up with all the grandkids!! I have yet to get my dye orders out..... due to PLUMBING issues!! My son spent the whole day today on the plumbing under the sink.
To start with..... we acquired a small pin leak in the waterline that runs to the icemaker in the fridge.....which...... caused water damage in the basement bedroom.....also a leak in the main drain out of the sink, and a cracked pipe while fixing the leaks!!! Plumbing problems are no fun!!!

The dye room is coming along!! The sheetrock is up, walls are mud, taped, and textured and painted (our son and son in law painted it while we were at the show!!!).   
The window trim is in place. Next is the floor!!! Getting excited to use it!!!)
Hollyhill classes for Wooly Wednesdays will resume on Wednesday February 16th at 10:30 am. Call Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe and sign up if you plan on coming and having some wooly fun!!!

My next show (wholesale only) is
 International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah during the month of May. 
Watch for lots of new designs as May gets closer!!!

Hope you are finding time for a little stitching in each day!!
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