New and noteworthy

I had a great time meeting, greeting, and demo-ing my rulers at a book signing event at the Cotton Patch Quilt Shop in Bradenton last Saturday. Thank you, Laura, for hosting the day for me. It was fun to meet so many nice folks and I enjoyed talking to them all!

One sweet gal brought in her copy of Jelly Roll Quilts & More  already “spiral bound.” I’ve heard people talk about doing this before but never acted upon it. But after seeing her book and how functional it is to lay flat to the page you need, I rushed right out on Sunday after church to Staples and had them spiral bind my own personal books. It only costs just a couple of bucks and they can do it in a jiffy while you wait. Now this is a great idea!

(And for those of you with a sharp eye, those pretty blocks are part of a top secret project I’m working on. SHHHH! Don’t tell the good people who might be going to Des Moines for the AQS Quilt Show this fall. It’s supposed to be a mystery…...)

My dear friend, Birgit Schueller, has received some amazing honors and awards recently, including a special award at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Quilt Guild Appreciation at Lanstuhl Fisher HouseMaj. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion, left, the commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, presents Birgit Schueller with a plaque recognizing her work with the Rheinland Pfaltz Quilt Guild. More than a dozen quilt guild members received tokens of appreciation at the Fisher House in Landstuhl, Germany, April 24, from McQuistion for their work providing quilts to wounded warriors being treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. (Photo by Spc. Jason Nolte, 21st TSC Public Affairs).

Congratulations, Birgit, and to all the Rheinland Pfalz Quilt Guild members who received recognition for their efforts on behalf of wounded soldiers. I don’t know the exact count, but I believe someone told me that Birgit has donated her time and talents to machine quilt more than 120 quilts!

As for me, I’ve been swamped with work and what seems like a thousand deadlines for projects, teaching engagements, and preparations for the International Quilt Market, which is just a few weeks away. I’ve been a bit pressed for time lately (translation: stressed out). There’s just too much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it! But I’ll keep plugging away with my trio of Quality Control Managers helping, er,…. at least keeping me company in the sewing room.

  1. I’m glad to see that your Quality Control Managers are not shirking their duties. I am especially pleased to see The New Kid assuming the role of Watch Cat, diligently keeping elephants and hippos from getting to close to your sewing room. A kitty’s work is never done!

    Congrats to Birgit! It always amazes me that the busiest people are the ones who find the time to do the most. If anyone is not familiar with the Fisher Houses, you should look them up. They provide a wonderful, much needed service to families of wounded service men/women, not unlike the services the Ronald McDonald Houses provide to families of sick children.

    Is that Breath of Avignon in those beautiful secret blocks? Boy do I love those crisp French Country colors. I’ve been eying up a BoA jelly for some time now….

    • Pat –You’ve got a great eye! Yes, that is Breath of Avignon I’ve used for my new “secret project.” I’m loving it — the colors are bright and cheerful. You can’t help but be happy when you’re fingering those lovely bits in your hands… 🙂

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