Thursday, December 9, 2010

Another month, and 5,000 miles later..

Here it is almost mid-December. My little Chevy Impala has a bunch more miles on it since I last blogged. Over the past 3 months, it had driven to Fargo, ND stopping in Kansas City to play around for awhile. Then Sedalia, MO, Paducah, KY, Memphis, TN, Siloam Spring, AR and back home again. Then off to Oklahoma City, OK for a family baby shower, Madison, WI and Janesville for a gig, then onward to River Fall, WI, then home through Minneapolis, MN, Ames, IA, and points south. Another trip to Memphis, TN and Olive Branch, MS for Thanksgiving and to hold baby Morgan once again, and finally to Philadelphia, PA, and Lancaster County last week. Okay, how many states have you counted by now?

Let's see: Trip to Fargo: KS, MO, NE, SD, ND. Trip to Paducah: KS, MO, KY, TN, MS, AR, OK. Trip to Madison: KS, OK, MO, IA, WI, MN, SD, NE. Trip to Memphis: KS, OK, AR, TN, MS. Trip to Philadelphia: KS, IL, PA, TX. (via Chicago O'Hare, and Dallas/Ft.Worth airline hubs.  Hmmmm. Total number of states traveled through: 16.  That's about 1/3 of the lower 48, isn't it?

So, you can easily see why blogs have been few and far between, especially ones about actually making quilts. I haven't seen the inside of my sewing studio for 3 months or more. And now, Christmas is nearly here. I've got a few presents to make, not all of them quilt-related, but I will make it upstairs later today to see if the mess I left 3 months ago is still there.

Baby Morgan now weighs in at 13 pound 11 ounces. Yes, he is only 2 months old. Mom is feeding him very well, and he apparently has a voracious appetite. He's happy and healthy, has learned to smile and laugh, and is working on sitting up and rolling over. His little smile just makes me grin from ear to ear, too.

I finally got to see the String Quilts year-long exhibit at the People's Place Quilt Museum in Intercourse, PA last week. (That's me between Dad's Plaids and Plaid Poppies quilts at the top of the blog.) It is always amazing to see my quilts displayed so beautifully with excellent lighting, but this time I had the pleasure of telling each quilt's story to the Good Books, Inc. staff along with all the retail store and museum staff members, too. In all, about 30 people were in attendance, including Merle and Phyllis Good, owners and publishers. They also own 4 retail establishments there, including The Old Country Store, Main Street Books and Gallery, and Village Pottery store, and the newest addition: The Good Cooking Store that just opened its doors about a week ago. I had the privilege of touring it with other staff members, and was especially impressed with the new kitchen/demonstration area where Phyllis (Fix It and Forget It Cookbook series author) and others will be teaching cooking classes.

My travels will continue in January, but for now I'm home, warm and happy. Here's hoping that I will be able to get around to creating some more new quilts for you to see in the near future.

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