I hope you will accept all my sincere apologies for the very, very long period of silence from me. I truly wish I knew where the time went and that I could say NO to anything that took me off my time plan. In the back of my mind I’ve been nagging myself - you haven’t updated your studio notes since May, do it today, do it today, schedule it for Friday. Just do it!
After a sleepless night being bothered by all that is on that to do list, I crawled out of bed at 4am (a week ago). I must say, Axel had the same problem so he came into the office only a half hour after me with a cuppa tea (for him) and a lovely cup of coffee for me. It’s now 10am. Unbelievable! What was I just saying about the time going.
It’s since been a week of work - regrouping, emails, web designing, learning, get off-track and now settling into the next phase and journaling where the days have gone since March! Yep, I’ve now realized I hadn’t updated since March. That’s terrible.
So the first thing I did was to add what’s called a RSS feed to my blog. What will this do for you? Well, if you click on it, then add it as one of your bookmarks in your internet browser it will automatically tell you every time I’ve updated my notes. Cool, huh? Yep, I know - should have done it sooner.
So, where did our year go??
Spring flew by after the Quilters Anonymous
Show in March - see previous blog entry Back in the Swing. We had a blast in Elizabeth Erickson’s secret garden behind Gallery Homes in Mukilteo for our annual Rubber Ducky Hunt and I do have pictures, but unfortunately they’re on another computer not available to me right now.
- Quilters Anonymous Show
Rubber Ducky Hunt
- Visitors from Germany
- Block Party Quilt Show
We welcomed my dear quilting girlfriends back from Germany for a two week visit in April. Their final excursion was to visit the Block Party Quilt Show in
Issaquah, where we enjoyed seeing so many of our Eastside customers.
May was a busy, busy month! Full of nothing but cleaning, baking, prepping and partying. I was in Belgium and invited all of my quilting friends and students to enjoy a Patchwork
Day in my Garden. We had a lovely time sharing ideas, projects, recipes and laughter. The weather was incredibly cooperative and I got my first
hint of pink for the season, both my face and this lovely Rhodie - a gift from the girls in Mülheim.
The following weekend we quietly celebrated my darling husband’s 50th birthday. Giggle, he didn’t know that the following two weekends we were expecting visitors to help us celebrate his rather adventurous life. He was
by the arrival of friends all
the way from Ingolstadt, near Munich. More friends from Seattle also happened to be passing through Belgium. Many, many more friends made the drive from Germany as well as his cousins and their children. My sister and family also
flew in from Florida on the last day, then stayed for a two week adventure through our corner of Europe.
- Patchwork in the Garden Party
- Axel’s 50th Birthday
By early June I was back across the pond and gearing up for Shop Hop. As you all know, we’re not allowed to officially participate
(click here). Then it was off to Moses Lake for a weekend show.
(click here). Then it was off to Moses Lake for a weekend show.
The month was rounded off by a fantastic show put on by Busy Bee Quilters, this year at Craven Farms in Snohomish.
- Shop Hop
- Basin Guild Quilt Show
- Busy Bee Quilt Show
It was a delightful weekend.
After busy shows in June, we spent July hurriedly restocking, cutting
and packaging for our booth at the Sunbonnet Sue Quilters Show in Sequim. This show coincides with the Lavender Festival, so our Lavendula ribbon labels were very popular. There was also some time spent preparing for the Mukilteo Garden & Quilt Tour, jointly sponsored by Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters and Mukilteo Way Garden Club.
Unfortunately, I crashed my car the night before so wasn’t able to set up our booth as planned.
Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Show
To marry is the ultimate act of trust –
to take another’s hand and step forward
into the unknown with hope and courage.
In August, I flew back to Belgium to be with Axel. I spent quite a bit of time in our garden and looking at gardens with a friend. On the 18th, we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. Beyond that, I tried to relax a bit. I’m not sure I entirely succeeded but the down-time did prepare me a little for what was to come . . .
Honestly, I’d rather forget September. I had flown back home all in anticipation of getting ready for our annual quilt show but was blown off course by the realization that we needed to move house and before I was scheduled to fly back to Belgium on the 26th
(we had just bought my non-refundable ticket the day before.) Yikes! That’s a lot of moving for one gal!
- Moved house
- Annual Outdoor Quilt Show
- Wenatchee Quilt Show
- Laconner Quilt Show
I’ll hang on to memories of the highlights of course.
This year PEACOCK &
periwinkle was proud to sponsor three quilting-related events during the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. The main show was set up again in the secret garden behind Gallery Homes. What a lovely setting for these beautiful quilts. The works of featured artists, Ann Gillihan and Sally LeBoeuf were displayed in the Rosehill Community Center.
Plus, on Sunday we demonstrated hand-quilting on the Lighthouse lawn. And once again we were given warm welcomes at both the Wenatchee and Laconner Quilt Shows - we’re already looking forward to returning next year!
Quilts pictured here by Featured Artists: left Ann Gillihan, right Sally LeBoeuf
With much anticipation I greeted my favorite month, October! What a delight, I was back in Belgium again with my darling husband. I was absolutely exhausted to the core of every bone and ready to sleep. Fueled by the added complication of jetlag I did a lot of that for a few weeks. Then Axel was scheduled to guide through Provence, so he actually ditched me and hit the road for a 12-day tour. But for
once I was ok with that too. Some solitude, my garden and me all to myself were the best birthday present of all. Yep, I turned 29 again! But, boy oh boy, do I feel older this year.
- R&R and a much needed break
Sew what now? I’m starting to gear, up and have been working hard on updating the website, creating our first html-newsletter and working on patterns! Yes!! Patterns! First things first, I’ve
nearly finished the finishing patterns for Stars Galore. So, watch this space! This girl’s about to set loose on a year of adventure - I’m starting early. The heck with waiting for January . . .
I hope you’ll join me for the journey! Jovita
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