It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged, mostly due to a short vacation with the whole family. Yes, that’s all four children, son-in-law and granddaughter together in one place. We went on a houseboating trip to Shasta Lake in Northern California and it was just beautiful. Since we had my niece’s graduation party to attend nearby, we decided to turn it into a mini vacation on the lake. We beat the summer crowds and the summer heat, so it turned out to be a good idea.
I think Cooper might have had the most fun of all. The early morning mist gave way to spectacular days of perfect sunshine and warm weather.
We got to spend a full week with Amelia and it was heaven. It was long enough so that she felt right at home and we got to experience the real Amelia in all her sweetness. Oh, how I love being a Grandma!
Because of all of this happy stuff, my Sew Thankful Sunday blog post has been postponed to this coming Sunday. It will be worth the wait. There are so many fun things to share!
Other things that have been keeping me busy: I’m working on a new pattern! This is a “real” pattern (as opposed to a tutorial) that I’ve named Glimmer. It’s currently being tested and will be available for purchase in either print or PDF format by the end of this summer. There has been a lot of tech-learning going on behind the scenes with formatting and graphics. (Hopefully the next one will be a little easier. )
Glimmer is an intermediate level quilt that measures 66 1/2″ x 89 1/2″. I’ve been working with a red and white color palette for this quilt which poses its own challenges. Getting enough contrast in the color values isn’t always easy. It even required a little shopping at Fat Quarter Shop to fill in the blanks!
I’ll be traveling to Tennessee in August to give a lecture and workshop to the Cumberland Valley Quilter’s Association Guild. This will be my first, official guild presentation so I’m excited and a little nervous! There will be lots of prep work for that this summer along with my usual teaching and working schedule.
I’m also a participating blogger in Jacquelynne Steves’ upcoming, free block of the month, I Love Home. It starts in August, and I’ve got the first month’s block in the works. This will be my third year participating and it keeps getting better each time!
How’s your summer list looking? I hope it includes some “making” time, along with some vacation time. Throw in a good book or Netflix series, some hand stitching and good summer-time food, and I think we’ve got the perfect summer recipe!