Thursday, January 12, 2012

Is It Winter Where You're At?

It isn't here. It's rainy, muddy, and a dark, dreary day. (Muddy Winters, what a great name for a blues singer) There are rumors that we will get a small blizzard soon, but I don't think it will amount to much, as it will be in the 40's next week. My chores for the day have been done and I'm going to start a pot of soup. Hopefully tonight will find me cozily stitching on the sofa. It's it's going to snow (and it is January after all) I would love to have a real snow storm. You know, snowy and brisk, like this.


Brrrrr Park by Minick and Simpson

As you can see, when this picture was taken, it was a dreary, overcast, warm winter day also. Bah!

Enough of that. We have some more dates firmed up for the upcoming year. We will be in Iowa at Hen and Chicks June 5th, 6th and 7th.

We will be going back to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe at the end of April - the 27th and 28th. They should be posting information on that soon.

This unseasonably temperate winter has Polly and I thinking of summer........ which brings us to this...... we will have a summertime announcement very soon! To get ready for that, let's hear about everyone's rug hooking and/or quilting plans for the summer. We have a full calendar and are wondering if any of you folks are going to travel with hooking or quilting in mind? Will you go to a show? A retreat? Maybe just a long weekend? Let us know. Comment here before midnight Saturday the 14th and you could win a copy of Victory Girls.

Good luck.

Laurie

64 comments:

DebrafromMD said...

I always plan to go to the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey, PA. It's at the end of July when our guilds are on hiatus, and it is such wonderful inspiration during the mid-summer quilt blahs.

Monica said...

No plans of yet for this summer other than to just ENJOY it. Of there will be quilting but that's a given...LOL.

Gayle said...

Our new rug hooking guild here in Utah is very excited to have our very first national coming this sommer!

Jo Anne said...

Won't be going on any of those fun adventures this year. However, I hope to spend time improving my free-motion quilting skills.

QuilterPattiO said...

I love Brrr Park and have mine working now. Here in Oklahoma we got a 'dusting' of snow last night. First of this winter. The winds howled last night. Today is cold but clear and tomorrow is the Oklahoma Winter Quilt Show. Looking forward to lots of inspiration!

WoolenSails said...

I always love to head to maine or NH in the summer, but no shows planned. But I do love to hit the rug and quilt shops while I am there.

Debbie

Wendy said...

I look forward every summer to spending laid back summers at the cottage but with family illnesses and deaths over the last three years have had me everywhere but... This summer I plan on sitting at my machine, overlooking the water and making quilts, and finishing quilted projects. I am not fussy what..I just want to be able to get back to my machine again and when the mood strikes I can go out with a tall ice tea or a lemonade and read a book or magazine in the hammock...and when I get tired of that come back to my machine again...a girl can dream can't she?

findusfaithful said...

Our local rug hooking guild is hosting a few fun classes this spring but mostly, my plans are to stay home and hook. I just finished one of Polly's patterns for my daughter and she loves it!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your Brr Park quilt. Winter finally arrived in northeast Iowa last night. Snow and gusting winds last night and all day today. I was enjoying our mild winter.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh Brr Park is so cute! Summer is our busy time~ kids home from college, summer jobs, figuring out how to get everyone where they need to be~ I have to quilt to keep my sanity! LOL I would love to win your book for some fun summer projects. Thanks for the chance!

Sharon said...

I hope to go on a retreat in Mid-Michigan with my favorite Quilt Chicks, and I'm sure I'll be able to talk my other group of crafty friends to join me at my farm for a crafty weekend.
As for the lack of winter here, I'm not minding it so much. I like snow, and it will eventually get here, but this extended fall isn't so bad!

allcounty said...

Summer is time to head to the MN quilt show. Love it. Other wise just enjoying the weather. Karin E:)

Linda said...

It's Summer here in Australia but is quite cool at the moment. Expecting it to heat up next week but as long as we don't get those 40 degrees celcius days!!!! That is definitely not stitching weather.

Lizzie said...

Well it's supposed to be summer here where I am (Australia) but it's not been very summery at all yet, in fact we had snow on our alps the other day..in January!! I love the Brrr Park quilt, fabulous colours. I only have one trip planned for this year so far and that's down to Tasmania in August to do a workshop with Sue Spargo, looking forward to that, I need to plan some more I think...
Lizzie
xxx

Bev said...

Have made a resolution to finish at least 5 of my ufo's this summer. There are actually too many ufo's to count. I'd love to win your new book though-lol. Love your work!
Cheery wave from
Bev
http://44thstreetfabric.blogspot.com

Kim Q said...

It's been dreary and rainy here too, just seems so ugly even for January! But it could have been colder, and it could have been ice coming down. The cold is coming in tonight...sure hope it dries up out there first! I'm looking forward to March, and the AQS show in Lancaster, PA. I'd like to get to the show in Hershey this summer though and give it a whirl.

Sharon said...

I've planned a trek to Sisters OR to visit a friend, do some quilting, take in the show and maybe stay for the Sunday event with Gwen Marston. I'm travelling in May to a 2 day workshop with Gwen as well.

Marcia W. said...

This summer we may take one day trip to spend at a local guild's quilt show to see the work of friends. We tend to take refuge inside from the hundred degree heat and sew. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your new book! Now, I wonder what your announcement is about...

PamKittyMorning said...

No hooking plans for this summer, of any kind. But I did hook a rug for Elizabeth for Christmas. It looks pretty crappy because I'm not a great hooker, but it was fun.

heartsease54 said...

I went on a retreat last Sept. & loved it, would like to do another one. Would really like to do a quilt cruise. I always meet up with an old high school friend & we go to the Eureka, MT quilt show every year, then the following month do the Kalispell, MT quilt show too. This past year my sister came up to go to Kalispell with us & we had a great time.

Becky said...

In early June, I will travel with 3 other quilting friends to North Georgia. One of the gals has a cabin in the woods. We bring our sewing machines, projects and cooked food. For 3 days, we sew to our hearts content. It is wonderfully quiet and just the 4 of us. A real blesssing!

Lorraine said...

It's summer here ....and I have been enjoying some time in the sewing room before coming back to work....no plans for the northern summer BUT I will be travelling to the US in the Spring.....my very first visit to Houston!! Can't wait!

Diane said...

Well, I'm new to rug hooking and 'secretly'-meaning I haven't told my husband yet; I 'm hoping to go to Saunders Village for their Rug Hooking week in August. We bike (motorcycle) in the summer and I always try to fine a quilt shop to check out where ever we end up.
thank you for a chance at the book.
Brrr Park is beautiful.

Stitching at Spring Creek said...

Am taking classes at local quilt shop.

Winter arrived in Music City today--snowing as I write and low low temps. Perfect working on a quilt weather

JoAnne said...

I will be traveling, but not for fun, but because we will be moving! We are in Hawaii and will probably be coming back to the mainland, but if you are wondering "to where," well, so are we. The Army is not being expicit so far. Hopefully we will know something soon. I won't be able to haul my machine with, so I plan to do some applique. Maybe something Minnick and Simpson?!

Kris said...

Well no, it's not. It's summer here in Australia, but a very strange summer here in Victoria. This week we had snow in the mountains and it hailed here at my house. The temperature was 12C most of the day, a winter temperature for us. The weather is crazy everywhere!

Regina C. said...

I hope I get to do something fun this summer, but no plans yet.

Kristy said...

I am looking forward to the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. Your Brrr quilt is gorgeous....now I need to add that to the list for 2012.

Suburban Stitcher said...

I'm planning to go to market in Kansas City...to visit my sister and the new baby there too!

Kim said...

A few quilt shows are on the agenda for the summer!

YankeeQuilter said...

I just took a break from packing for the weekend's quilt retreat...every year I say I will pack less but every year I drive up there with enough food and projects to last a month! This summer I hope to go to the Vermont Quilt festival...

Christine said...

Oh yes I have aid my deposit to go to Baltimore on the Prairie as well as lots of other places all in the name of quilting in September. Looking forward to visiting the US again all in the name of quilting.
Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

mamabug said...

I go to a quilt retreat 2X's yearly. They are held in a lovely old logging town just 10 miles from home in a town called Scotia, CA. My friend Sally Frey puts it on and we laugh and eat well all weekend long. Its so much fun. Quilters are the best.

Kathryn said...

PA has great shows in the summer, sothat's where I'll be. plus a quilt guild retreat.

Smeek said...

My guild is planning a retreat and cannot wait for some quilting fun!

ritainalaska said...

sigh ... no traveling plans, but enjoying the winter here. LOTS of snow, but once this big wind is gone, we'll have sunny, sunny days for a week or so. it'll be too cold for me to go out, so i'll have some prime quilting time.

Sharon S said...

I'd love to go to Sisters to the quilt show this year. Haven't been for while. My new saying this year is "Peace by Piece". Life is so chaotic & I'm refocusing on quiltng as my therapy! Lots of WIPs,so cheaper too!

Quiltdolls said...

no. still hot warm. We hit the 70's sometimes 80's.
kim from san diego

pdudgeon said...

just to let you know, the radar says that it's snowing in Charleston, WV now. and while we will be cold enough for snow, there's none in the forecast for us next week. I'm putting rocks in my pockets so i won't blow away in the gusty 45mph winds we're expecting today and tonight.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

No traveling, but I hope to stay home and finish projects - a never-ending thing.

kmcallister said...

Would love to win the book. I will be going to the annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival at the end of February and so look forward to it each year (my best vacation of the year). It is so much fun to be around a bunch of quilters.

Lee said...

my bff and I want to take a vacation and see some quilt barns! I think hand stiching hexies to take along with us! Love the Brr quilt!

Carol Sc said...

Well, we in Lansing, woke up to the forecasted white, snowy world. It is lovely, though I'm not looking forward to driving in it --- apparently, lots of cars in the ditches. It always takes a bit for drivers to readjust to winter conditions. I'm looking forward to a quilting retreat, with some friends, in late June (near Jackson, MI). It is an annual event and we always have a great time --- lots of laughing, quilting and good food.
quiltschon@att.net

Cathy C said...

It doesn't snow here but it should rain. It hasn't...But I can still look forward to summer. The local quilt guild does a bus trip to Sisters each summer. I hope to participate this year. In the meantime I hope to finish a few projects.

aztel2000 said...

I have huge plans for this summer since it is our guild's bi-annual quilt show and I have a pile of tops to get quilted. Also in June there is the MN statewide show that I can't miss. I think that it's going to be held in Rochester this year, so that will mean an overnight trip for me-I'm located in Northern MN. I'm already looking forward to July so I can get some rest!

Mary said...

I'm definitely going to the Black Hills in July to celebrate my sister's 60th birthday. I am almost finished with the quilt top that is her present. I can't wait! You ladies are busy. Take time to have some fun too. Thanks for the chance to win.
Mary

Heidi said...

My quilt group has decided this is the year to finish up some projects--so that is my spring, summer, fall and winter plan! Throw in a few quilting retreats and it looks to be a great year.
I love all the quilts and fabric lines you design, by the way. You are inspiring!

cocoquilts said...

Wonderful to hear that you are going to Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe again! I saw the pics of your last trip and decided I cannot miss your next class at Hollyhill in 2012! I'll see you then from California! Cheers, Colette

SueB said...

I don't know what shows that I will be going to yet but I always have quilting by my side. I love Brrr Park. I have the pattern but have not made it yet.

Vicky said...

I have a retreat and quilt show in July. Can't wait! And your quilt picture reminds me that I have that one cut out and ready to start sewing. Need to just do it!

kjb139 said...

I am planning to go to the International Quilt Festival later this year. It will be my 3rd trip!

Laurie said...

I'm hoping to spend several weekends at home quilting something just for me! and I'm planning on some shop hopping weekends as well - thanks for a chance to win your book - laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

Cecilia said...

I'm not sure about summer yet, but I am going to a retreat in April. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

Buckeye Quilter said...

I love the Burrr Park quilt! Well, the snow is here in Columbus, and, it is cold!! I always attend the NQA Show here in Columbus. Now, the International Quilt Show makes a stop in Cincinnati, so that will always be a short trip. It was really nice last year. I will also visit the Sauder Village during your visit. There is a great little Antique Quilt Show in March (first weekend)in Lebanon, Ohio, hosted by the Warren County Historical Society.

Lisa said...

Although Summer plans are still developing at this point, I will definitely attend the Seven Sisters Quilt Show in San Luis Obispo in April!

Jill said...

I hope to make it to a couple big shows this summer. One being Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA. Summer is usually not a busy quilting season for me, kids all home from school cuts into my quilting.

quilt cookie said...

My mini group will attend our annual March retreat. Plans to go to the Minn. show and the AQS show in Des Moines.

Laura T said...

Hoping for snow this weekend in the Seattle area! I plan to spend the 3 days quilting over this weekend. Saw that you will be at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe in April - as I follow their blog I'll be interested to see what you will be teaching:)
LauraT

nanci visinski said...

with 2 small kids,travel is out!love to find any time really...but i made the mistake of reading your blog from the beginning & can't pull myself away!i literally drool over your incredible quilts &rugs,OFTEN laughing loudly at lauries wonderful sense of humor!keep it up..LOVE the blog!(p.s.dont need the book,just bought it!...just sayin.... ;)nanci v

Connie said...

My small group (4 total) are going to Hatteras in March for our first of many retreats together. Then local quilt shows throughout the year - Greenville, Morehead, Wilmington and more if possible. Maybe a trip to Mary Jo's - places to go and time to quilt - that's my plan.

Sarah said...

We don't have any summer plans except helping out at band camp. Maybe some hand work will be in order. While the kids are marching around.

Sandra Henderson said...

anywhere but HERE! lol
TOO HOT and buggy! Moving to Western N.C.!!!!
I thought it was Muddy Waters....

Nancy E said...

Love your Brr Park quilt! Winter has been a little late this year, but last week it started. We had some snow, very cold weather and winds.

Anonymous said...

It would be fun to come to the show at Sauders Farm and Village to see both of you and the exhibits - would only take me like 2 hours to get there since I live in Ohio - so enjoy the website - Simply, Deb

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