Thursday, August 4, 2016

Week 7 of the Harvest Blog Hop

So today is August 5, 2016 and it's my turn to post my block for the 2016 Harvest Blog Hop.......
As you can see by the list below I'm swimming in the deep in with these super talented ladies.  Thank You, Rhonda for letting me play on the Varsity team.

My block is an Apple Basket.  Living in San Diego, we don't really have a fall like the rest of the county.  But what we do have, about 2 hours from my house, is a community called Julian.  It's a mountain town, well as far as San Diego Mountains that is.  But I digress,,,,, anyway.  Brown leaves, Julian, harvest and apples, those are all synonyms of autumn for me.  The one thing that will make me take a 2 hour car trip up the hill to Julian is for the Apple Pie.  So Julian apples are my inspiration for my block.  I hope you enjoy it.

This year, Jan 1, 2016  I became a Valdani distributor.  I'm like a cow in clover.  Nothing makes me happier than walking in that room and seeing all those rows of beautiful colors.  Last market,  Valdani came out with Wool Floss.  The Wool Floss comes in 2 sizes, 8 & 15, there is about 100 colors so far, but I'm sure that number will grow.  I haven't had much of an opportunity to work with it, but I made a point of using it with this block.

I love how it sinks into the wool.  I used size 8's to give it a bit more primitive look.



I used Diamond Textile fabrics as my two backgrounds.  I thought the checks reminded me of a table cloth.
Here is a Picture of my Block called "Apples for Sale"

My process is on the messy side.  I have to hand draw things
out. Get the idea out of my head and onto something that others can see.  Makes me believe it a bit more too, to tell you the truth.  We have 3 different colored apples, I did 3 cross stitch rows across the basket.  I did a simple whip stitch on everything else.


Here was my original sketch:

Not pretty, but like I said, "Got it out of my Head"



Then I start playing (working, working, working, I know I'm lucky) with fabrics and wools.  I have to figure out spacing and colors.












Then if I have done my job right, you may want what I have done.  So then it's on to kit making and making sure all the pieces are there!!!! And that they fit on the wool I'm putting in the kits!!!!



Thank God for Friends and JuJu, because that make the work is so much more fun.  That and listening to "My Favorite Murder" Podcast, if you love true crime, you will love it.  I remember my Great Grandmother and Grandma reading those true crime magazines when I was a kid.  My mother loves to roam around old cemeteries, so it must be in my blood.  My husband is sure I'm plotting the perfect murder. Again I digress....

Ok, ladies here is the link for the free Block.
If you want my kit, fabric and ready to go wool, the price is 11.95 includes shipping.
Also if you want to try the Wool Floss from Valdani.  I have a special kit for the 4 colors that I used. Each 10 yard skien sells for 3.75, but for all 4, I'm pricing it at $12.00 Link to kits here.

I hope you have enjoyed the blog.  I really need to do more of this...I think.  What do you guys think? I'm heading to Grand Rapids, MI for the AQS show next week.  First time there, first time at an AQS show.  Lots of deep water treading for this girl.  Then I hop back into the truck and drive the trailer to Manchester, NH for the World Quilt New England Show.  If you know of any shops I should hit on my way home, I would love to know.  I'm going to take my time, and enjoy my podcasts.  As the girls say on the MFM podcast, "Stay Sexy and Don't get Murdered"
Love you all, Shawn
Here is a complete list so you can follow along each week.



Let's Recap all the Blocks so far in the Harvest Blog Hop

I'm so Lucky!!  I was asked again to be in Farmhouse Thread's Blog Hop this year.  Last year, Rhonda from Farmhouse Threads invited 9 Designers to do a Christmas themed block as a Free Wool Appliquéd block as part of blog Hop.
This year she asked 12 of us to do a Harvest Themed Wool Appliquéd block as part of 2016 Blog Hop.
Mine is tomorrow, but I thought I would do a quick recap of the blocks so far.  If you haven't started it's not too late.  Just start clicking and warm up your printer.
So let's begin:

Week 1, June 17 - Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

How Cute is that? 
Week 2, June 24 - Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

I love this, don't you????

Week 3, July 1 Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings
Love, love, love. Lisa, you always do beautiful work.  

Week 4, July 8 - Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan
Chicks, Moons and Stars.  All Favorites!
These ladies make it tough for me to come up with something 
and I still have more 3 more to show you.......



Week 5, July 15 - Joyce Weeks, Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.
Can anyone else smell the smoke from the chimneys? 


Week 6, July 22 - Kathi and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
So Sweet, Kathi I love it. 


Week 7 July 29 - Kathy Campbell, Heart to Hand

I love Crows as all of you know.  And this guy has got one. Great Job, Kathy


So that if the Blog Hop so far.  I will be posting mine tomorrow.  
I hope you have enjoyed the recap.  I'm glad I didn't see any of them before I made mine. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Back from Spring Market....."Yeah, I'm with Checker"

Spring Market was in Salt Lake City, Utah this year.  I haven't been to a Spring Market since my very first Market and it was in Salt Lake as well.  My thinking was spring must be smaller than Houston, let me make all my mistakes at a smaller market, before I drag my stuff to Texas and get spanked.

Kelly and I had a great time.  Market was crazy good for Rusty Crow.  We are Valdani's Newest Distributor.  We are going to service all the smaller shops and designers, who maybe don't need 12 balls of one color.  We are happy to split boxes and give your 12 colors a box if thats all you need.

We also go picked up by Checker, a major distributor in the Quilt world.  I have been trying to get them to pick me up for the last 7 years.  This time it wasn't even a blimp on my radar, a girl can only take so much rejection.  So the second day of Market, about 5 minutes before Kelly and I are about to wrap it up the the day, a Checker buyer shows up and says, "We would like to carry your stuff."

I was a bit stunned.  I'm sure she thought she had walked onto the islands of the Muted Quilter.  I just looked at her and mumbled, "Sure."  Then put my head down and bursted into tears.  After trying so many years, and then have the Magical Unicorn walk into your booth and utter those transforming words was a shock, a awesome shock, but still a huge surprise.

So today, I'm pulling all the info together that they need to carry my stuff.  Yeah, let me pull up my big girl panties.  Holy Crap, I'm with Checker.  You don't know how long, I've been wanting to say those Words.  I'm with Checker, I'm with Checker, I'm with Checker

And so grateful, as well.
Thank the Quilting Gods. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday....No it's stretch pant Friday.

I hope everyone had a great Turkey day.  I don't know why, after 30 years of Thanksgiving dinners under my belt, you would think I would know how long it takes to cook a turkey.  

Oh no, I set the alarm for 4:30 am.  Mike and I get up, cut all the veggies, boil the insides, whip up the stuffing, and get the bird in the oven.  

Around 9:300 or so I begin to wonder how long I need to keep the bird in.  (I'm think it will be done around 2-3) 
Oh no, my bird will be done at 11:00 am. 

So the York's had a noon time Thanksgiving this year.  Our turkey coma started about 1.  The cats were in heaven, so many warm bodies to lay on.  They had their pick!!  

I have so much New Valdani to get on the website.  We are carrying all the new Wool Thread, so soft and sinks in the the wool.  We also got all the Silk Floss in.  I will have it all up this next week.  Have a Great weekend. Shawn



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Back a week

I have been home a little over week from Houston.  I feel like I have been on the go ever since I got home.  I'm so excited about this next year.  Rusty Crow is changing lanes a bit, and it's all going to be good.  

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I'm just hoping the luggage will be put away and the laundry washed from the 7 shows and one wedding in 8 weekends that we did.  Funny, how things that use to be important, aren't so much anymore. It's a good thing I have lots of clothes.  

The Blog Along has been super fun.  I would love to see some of your blocks. Rusty Crow was at Quilt Market with Valdani.  I grabbed up all the new Wool Thread that they are now carrying.  I will be putting it on my website today.  I haven't used it yet.  I have so much work to get done from Market before I can start to play with the new stuff.   

Mike, my husband, lost his grandfather while I was gone on the road.  It was hard not being there for him, but we had our kids near.  Grandpa Grigg had not been good for the last year.  Feeding tubes, oxygen and so on.  Not able to talk, no sure if anything you were saying was processing.  That was the last of Mike's side, his parents and all his grandparents are gone.  Life does not stop.  The clock keeps ticking, a reminder not to get stuck in grief, life is for the living.  Love doesn't go away.  


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quilt Market...Done, now on to International Quilt Festival

Houston....what can we say?  It's been fun, weather has been crazy. The shop owners who shopped with us at Market were super nice.  We are taking a day off today.  Some vendors are setting up today, well starting at 4:00 pm.  The convention workers have to change up the floor plan and need a day to get that done, before we all move in.  

Kelly and I decided to just go over first thing in the morning and stay all day.  Preview starts at 5:00 pm for all of those who have been taking classes.  From 7:00-10:00 it's open to the public, which makes for a super long day, but a fun one.  

Our home for 2 weeks
Kelly's shoes for this trip
Here are a few photos of our trip so far. 



The front of the Convention Center

The Line-up for Sample Spree
Our Table at Sample Spree
Kelly and I all dressed up for the Moda Party



Kelly and Me
Moda Party 40th Aniversary 
Me and Nellie Olsen from Little House on the Prairie
You never know who you are going to meet at Quilt Market



My Hero, Sue Spago was my neighbor in the next booth.
How lucky can one girl be??? 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Heading out to PIQF then onto Houston

I got home from the Palm Springs show this past Saturday night late.  My friend, Kelly had called a few friends to help on Sunday put together kits.  

Having a Mystery Block sounded like a great idea 2 months ago, but having to kit a wool and fabric block two days before I leave for PIQF and Houston Market & Festival was a bit crazy.  

Kerry, Betty, Kathy, and Kelly were all there helping me cut, dye, and assemble kits all day long.  

Monday we did more of the same.  Packing my own suitcase at 11:30 PM, setting the clock for 3:45 am to take off for Santa Clara, CA  and PIQF.  Here is some of the more glamorous views of our travels today.  I'm so kidding right now, we often tease each other.  People say to me all the time, "It must be so much fun to travel to all those quilt shows."  We look at each other, if they only knew. 
This is us traveling with Alicia Campbell, the Batty Lady. 
Love getting Costco gas where I can



And we eat at all the Fabulous Places!!!


 So no, I wouldn't trade it for anything.  When anyone comes into my booth, I always try to greet everyone. "Thanks for coming out to the Show."   And just know that I truly mean it.