Did you miss my post yesterday? I just decided I was too busy to stop and write it and that may happen again throughout July. Yesterday Jackson arrived for a 10 day stay – I haven’t seen him for about 2 years and like all of us, he has aged but he’s still the low key calm dog that I remembered. Jackson belongs to Jan Shaffer of Pine Grove Quilting, Blue Earth, MN. You might remember I saw Jan (on the right) and her friend Linda at the “board meeting” at Minnesota Quilters last month.
This is Jackson with Haley, one of Jan’s grandchildren that came along to deliver Jackson to the farm.
Haley thought Ernie Joe Mauer was pretty cool. Just look at those giant paws!
Ernie weighs more than little Madeline who liked the chickens!
Here is Jackson this morning as I write this blog post.
The only “problem” we’re having is our bare floors and steps going upstairs – they’re bare and I have a feeling that Jan’s steps are carpeted. It’s very difficult and one of us has to be behind him or in front of him going up or down. I think I’ll make things more comfortable for old Jackson and eliminate the stairs. Since I sleep in a recliner I’ll sleep downstairs for the next 10 nights. I know Jackson will thank me.
Several readers are desperate to find a copy of Linda Brannock’s America seen here.
If anyone has it, I think it’s safe to say it can be copied since Linda passed away several years ago. Please use the comment section to announce that you have the pattern and would be willing to make a copy and mail it to another reader.
I finished this book this morning so I have to go back to working on my rug. I didn’t think this book started out very interesting but it turned out to be a book I couldn’t put down – thus the suspended work on my rug – haha!
Today is the last day to send in your favorite reads for the month of June. Tomorrow, July 8, I will post the current book list.
I called Bonnie Hunter’s recent Leader/Ender project a mystery – it’s not. She has given a pattern to use for the upcoming year as a leader/ender project while you work on other projects such as your #8. I did not do this last year and I really like last year’s block better than this one so I’m going to do Jewel Box Stars instead of shoo fly.
Here is my #8 up on the design wall. I’ve made all the blocks and now I need to sew them together. This is definitely our “look” from 15 years ago because it’s all dark Japanese fabrics – beautiful but can’t be used in my house with all the light dog and cat hair – ha! So it will either be a gift or it will attend my funeral.
When I say “attend my funeral” I will explain that I borrowed this great idea from our friend Susan Henderson who makes only large quilts. When she dies her quilts will be draped over the pews at her funeral service and whichever quilt you sit on will be yours to take home. I’m going to do this, too, since I have no family who wants them. It gives me a reason to keep quilting!
July 15 will be the start of the RUG ALONG. Please read through your book and watch the video before then so you’ll have an idea of what’s ahead.
Connie and I have decided not to offer new patterns this month so that you can concentrate on your #8 UFO. In August we will have quite a list of fall projects to promote – some small and fast, others larger. All will be for sale for a limited time. The only quilt patterns available right now are Gameboard and Summer Watermelon. No more Uncle Sam. If you missed him, too bad. Please don’t think you can just send the money and we’ll honor your request. We are not a quilt shop and never intend to be again. I am just too busy to “babysit” you guys. Read carefully and take note of announcements – such as the recent list of book winners!!
As Nancy Marsh commented “we want our love of quilting to be contagious!”