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We have a LOT of plums! These all came from one little tree, and there are tons more on the ground. Seriously, what am I going to do with all of these plums? Ideas? Suggestions? Recipes?? I may need to gather plum ideas for next year, seeing as how we have an extremely productive plum tree.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

I’m feeling grateful today for my own father, who just headed back to North Carolina a few days ago after a wonderful visit here, and also Bella’s daddy, who is patiently waiting for me to write this post so he can stream the basketball game on this computer. Hurrying is the least I can do, since he just played dream dad all day at the SF zoo. Thank you, Dad, Dave, and all you wonderful fathers out there!

By the way, I snapped the bottom photo a few days ago, while Anabelle and Dave were playing on the lawn. Looking at it, I got the uncanny feeling that I’d seen it before, and rummaged through an album to find the top photo, taken of me and my dad. I love the fact that the two family pets, our dog Ralph, top, and our cat Sadie, bottom are both hanging out too.

And just like that, it’s summer! Our lovely trip to Mexico was followed up by two (extremely) busy weeks getting ready for Quilt Market, and finally an adventure-filled trip to Kansas City! I had every intention of regularly posting the activities on the blog, but clearly that didn’t happen. Must get better about that!

This was our third time at Quilt Market, and in some ways we’re starting to get the hang of it. Still, it’s always an incredible hubub of inspiration and eye candy, meeting new people and seeing friends, socializing and selling and visiting. I had much less time to walk the show that I did the last two times, which is ultimately a good thing (we were busy!), but sadly didn’t get photos of all the inspiring booths and quilts. There was so much great stuff! I will say that Melody Miller’s booth knocked my socks off, though. I did get a few photos of our booth:

Before…
and after!

All our little gnomes and creatures now have homes scattered around our garden, and I crack up every time I see them. I never figured myself for the lawn ornament type, but I have to say that I LOVE them!

One really sad thing about the show is that the adorable dresses that were made for the booth by the amazing Kirsty of Wild Things Dresess disappeared from the hotel before I even got to see them! Kirsty had sent them from the UK, and I was beyond excited to see them, but alas, it was not to be. Luckily, Kirsty sent photos, so here’s a little peek at what could have been:

SO cute, right? *sigh*. Hopefully some little girl somewhere has ended up with some darned cute dresses. And luckily for us, Ann from Olive Ann Designs had whipped up a few samples for the booth as well, and you can see their Foxy and Stripey nighties in the photos above.

This was my first time to Kansas City, and I have to say that I really liked it! Anabelle turned two on the first day of the show, and we made our way into the Power and Light district to have dinner. There happened to be a blues band playing on the street, and Anabelle went nuts for the music! We ended up dancing for about an hour before finally finding a spot for a little birthday dinner. Such a nice night!

Anabelle turns 2

Teresa over at Green Bag Lady has had this wonderful idea of making fabric shopping bags and giving them away to people who agree to refuse paper bags and use fabric instead. Since 2008 they’ve given away 19,984 bags! Right now she’s having a giveaway of some great shopping totes she made from Monaluna fabrics, as well as some fat quarter stacks. Hop over for a chance at the giveaway!

I have a thing for blank books. I really love them, and have especially coveted Rag and Bone Bindery’s gorgeous fabric-covered volumes. While I was away I got an email that they are having a trunk show this week, and have used some of the Circa 52 fabric that I designed for Birch to cover some of their journals! All of the books look beautiful, and you can pick them up through April 30 for 25% off!

Hola! Wow – my apologies for the loooong and somewhat unexpected blog break! I knew this past month would be busy, since we were preparing for a trip to Mexico to see some very dear friends get married, but I did think I’d get a few posts in here and there. In typical fashion, though, life seemed to have other things in store, and blogging didn’t happen. Now I have lots to catch you up on!

The trip was amazing, and so needed. We did some of this:

some of this:

and plenty of this:

I came back feeling relaxed in a way that I haven’t in a long time. Of course, I also came back to the realization that Quilt Market is 3 weeks away, and I’m nowhere close to ready, so I’m trying to hold on to a little shred of that relaxation while I get caught up and start sample sewing like a madwoman!

I just got the new issue of Sew News in the mail, and found my article on organic cotton, Go Organic, on page 48! Very fun to see it in print. I wrote the piece and put together the sundress last August, in the midst of one of the busiest months I can remember (except for, maybe, September and October). I was in a bit of a panic, because the samples of Taali didn’t come in in time for me to use it for the dress, so I had some printed up on Spoonflower. The scale of the Chevron is a little off, but it worked, and I was reminded of how incredibly cool Spoonflower is! Anyway, the article has some good info on organic cotton, and the pattern is available for download at sewnews.com – check it out!

Last week, Dave and I reorganized our kitchen spices and housed them in those spiffy stainless steel magnetic jars, now living happily on the side of our refrigerator. More counter space – yay! Just as I was preparing to put the old spice jars in the giveaway box, it occurred to me that they would be a great way to organize and store my buttons. Until now, my button storage has consisted of a big mason jar that I dump out on the table and comb through when I need a button. That worked well… until I had a button-obsessed toddler who sees it as her job to abscond with as many buttons as she can grab. I took a little time today (nicely timed during said toddler’s nap) to sort my stash and organize them by color and type – red/pinks, blue/greens, turtles, browns, metal, glass, and so on. Now they’re a little easier to find, and if I have to pour them out on the table it’s just a subsection, and not the whole spectrum. Much better!

I have been absolutely itching to get started on a little project using these fabrics. It’s a patchwork alphabet wall hanging that I want to make for over anabelle’s dresser, and I’ve been thinking about it for months. I decided I would definitely get it made for her birthday, and now I just need to begin… but somehow business, taxes and life keep getting in the way. Ditto for the Marin quilt that I swore (swore!) I’d have finished by March. It looks like I need to carve out some serious sewing time!

On an exciting note, I got the bulk samples of Fox Hollow, and they look great! Now they just need to get packed and shipped. Ah, the waiting…

I got a really nice email last week from Heather Knox of Project Somos, letting me know about her organization to help orphaned and abandoned children in Guatemala. Project Somos is working to create a socially and environmentally sustainable village, where children will live with foster families in homes built by Project Somos. The organization is building the village, and creating an infrastructure of organic agriculture and orchards to sustain it, with the goal of providing secure homes, loving families and hopeful futures to children in need.

The scope of the project is large, and I encourage you to check out their informative and interesting website here. And if you’d like to get involved? Well! In addition to conventional donations, the organization is asking for donations of handmade quilts which will be donated to each child, and will also be available for sponsorship to help raise money for the village. What a nice focus for our collective creative energies! You can learn more about the Quilts for Kids and how to get involved here.
Happy quilting!