Hello Everyone, this is your long-lost wayward quilting friend checking in! I am briefly crawling out of my “pattern writing hole” to write a quick note to you. It’s been crazy since I last updated my blog… but all is well, and thank you to those who wrote to ask me to take care of myself. I am so glad you are looking out for me. Yes, I am doing well despite the craziness. I am sleeping well – I go running at least once a week – I am getting my house in order – and I am getting caught up with my “home-school” regimen even though Miss Baby does go to an outside school during the week.
Most don’t know, but each blog post I write takes about 1.5-2 hours, and it’s been hard to carve out that time for me to update my blog. Please don’t take that to mean I don’t like you. In fact, many days, I would go through the day thinking about certain things my bloggy friends would find amusing! I do like you very much, and often wish I have just a few more hours in the day.
So without further ado…
There’s been a bit of kerfuffle of late regarding my de-stashing project. Many have written to asked why they haven’t heard from me. I thought I would just share the reasoning here: I am writing quilters on the waiting list in the order they signed up to be on the waiting list. Back to the original first come first serve arrangement. If you have not heard from me, that’s because you have signed up late, and I am not able to get to you. The latest update is that I think I will have about 10 boxes left to the next 10 on my list, and that will be it. There were actually close to 150 of you who signed up, and to date, I think I have shipped close to 50 boxes. It’s been a demanding task that I have tried to fit into my daily schedule… and so, some days, I don’t get to pack any boxes or work on my stash. And after that, I am tasked with hauling the boxes to mail them to the various destinations.
I will have a formal announcement to let you know the de-stash is officially complete once I am sure all the fabrics are gone from my guest room. I have moved the rest of my stash off my family room floor to the guest room just so that my family could have a somewhat normal living space while I re-arrange things for our house.
I also have a BOM quilt kit and some additional fabrics to give away apart from my de-stash project. I will have details soon. Stay tuned.
I thank you for your understanding!
One reason I have been busy is that I have been proofing the pages of my upcoming book! This book has been MY baby, and it is finally happening. It is going to print next week in time for Market! I cannot be more excited! More about the book next week…
Most of you know I am passionate about machine quilting. And to think back on my quilting journey to the point of this book, my heart is full! I hope to be able to share sample page with you, but for now, let me just say that my publisher has done a phenomenal job on this book! I was just telling my husband this morning that the layout of this book has completely knocked it out of the park!!!
And I do have a lovely free pattern to share with you today that I had designed for Windham to highlight their Simply Red fabric line! I am in love with the birds in the quilt! Click here to download the free pattern.
And that’s all for now! I am heading out to ship out fabric boxes to some of you, do groceries, and school pick-up! And I still need to work on my Spring on Bleecker Street Sew-Along etc… and get my weekend details worked out. Have a great weekend, Dear Friends!
p.s. This story from my local area warms my heart — I always love to see a young person who is a go-getter: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/11-year-old-frank-gets-his-wish-to-mow-white-house-lawn-gets-personal-thank-you-from-trump/article/2634543
“Even though I’m only ten, I would like to show the nation what young people like me are ready for.” I love that boy’s sentiment!
I have been in the States more than half of my life, but there’s one Bible verse I can quote in my native Mandarin language till this day. It’s Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”