I made it safely back home from my summer travels. We spent a week in Austin, Texas, with my daughter and her family, and then a few days later I was off to Franklin, Tennessee to present a lecture and workshop to the Cumberland Valley Quilter’s Association. Both trips were a big success and so much fun!
My grand daughter, Amelia, celebrated her second birthday while we were there, and we got to babysit for three whole days. She is the sweetest, most fun little girl, and we did our best to spoil her completely. No meltdowns on either side!
When we came home, we had an explosion of heirloom tomatoes (Brandywine) and other vegetables to harvest. There’s nothing like fresh veggies for dinner!
My trip to Tennessee was awesome, and I can’t thank the ladies of the CVQA enough for having me. They were all very kind and treated me like royalty. Thanks to Eileen and her husband, Steve, for making sure my PowerPoint presentation worked seamlessly. I talked about Christmas Ideas from your Sewing Room, and I had no trouble filling up an entire hour with gifts and decor projects to make. One of my blog followers, Diane S., drove two hours to see my lecture – thanks, Diane! It was a pleasure to meet you.
A special thank you to Sandy C. and her husband, Dan, for hosting me and showing me the true meaning of southern hospitality. Sandy thought of everything to make my stay comfortable, she cooked for me, and she introduced me to some lovely ladies at the guild. We even saw some live music and did a little sightseeing in Nashville, too!
Dare I forget to mention that we visited a few quilt shops in the area. The Quilting Squares Quilt Shop is a cute little spot in Franklin with lots of quilt samples to drool over, and I took the opportunity to pick up some adorable Christmas fabric. I practically got lost in Stitcher’s Garden (though I did manage to find a few pieces of fabric to purchase). We also visited the local Bernina dealer, Sewing Machine Station, and I couldn’t resist a layer cake and a few charm square packs to take home.
All in all, it was a successful, first-time, lecture and workshop. I was a little nervous, but not as much as I thought I would be. Everyone was very gracious and made me feel right at home.
On Monday, I’ll be sharing my block for the I Love Home Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves. Have you signed up yet? It’s going to be lots of fun with giveaways, too!
Sew Thankful Sunday might be a little late as I’m still working on it. I’ve added a few Christmas projects to my lineup for the upcoming months, so expect tutorials for those this fall. Before I start anything else, though, I have to clean out my sewing room. I can’t find anything in that mess!
Have a wonderful weekend!