Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Spring is finally here!

It took a long time to really believe spring was here to stay. We actually had snowfall on May 1st! It was on the ground but melted by the next day. About 2 inches I would say.

This was possibly the longest winter I have spent here in Utah since I moved here. 1992 I think was the year I moved here. Geez has it really been that long? I miss the Northwest still. Especially Portland Oregon. Ory-gun is how Oregon should be pronouced-in case you say it wrong. A lot of people pronounce it or-eh-gone-- that is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me!

Anyway the weather there is very different than we have here in Nothern Utah, and I get a little sick of the snow. This year even the native Utahans were sick of it! I had to laugh at that-Greatest Snow on Earth gets old even for the best of them!

Anyway it is a gorgeous place if you have never been, and the people there are wonderful.

It is time to get out in the garden. The weeds are ready to take over and I have no time to get to them right now. I can only imagine how huge they will be in 2 weeks after I go to Portland for Market!

We get monster weeds here in my little neighborhood. They get really huge and we get all kinds. Everything from your standard dandelion, to sagebrush rolling down the street. I will have to take a picture of the sagebrush so you all know I am telling the truth! It rolls down the street just like in the old westerns. I kid you not. It has brutal thorns on it too- not something to take lightly.

So I guess I better take some photos tomorrow of the sagebrush and giant dandelions.... Can't wait to show you!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Home Machine Quilting Show Utah

This quilt will be my entry for my quilt guild's 25th anniversary at the HMQS quilt show here in Utah next weekend. The baby faces are all hand embroidered from a vintage pattern that I looked high and low for. My original baby quilt (now at my Mom's house) was made of these sweet baby faces. My Mom, my Grandma, and my Aunt all did the embroidery in 1957. It took quite a time to get the quilt put together because I was born in 1971! Originally it was for my Aunt's baby girl but never got done until I came along. The pattern they used was this one by Laura Wheeler that was reprinted in the San Diego Union newspaper. This quilt reminds me of my grandmother, my Aunt and my Mom every time I look at it. The show's theme this year is Heirlooms from our Past- appropriate I thought.

The top photo is a closeup of one of the baby faces.
At this same show.......
I will be selling and displaying my patterns. Nervous would be an appropriate word right about now. Can't help but worry I guess, even though everyone says I will do great. Mostly I worry it will be a waste of my time and money---what if no one buys my patterns????

Silly you say? I am not so sure-being my first sales show, it is that kind of thing I worry about.

Worrying is a waste of time actually.

At least by being at the show I am getting some much needed exposure to the quilty world at large and the patrons within it.
Worrying is a waste of time.... oh, I said that already. Just reassuring myself! :)