Yes, that is Oliver on his dad's laptop, trying to update my blog as he knows I have been way too busy! He wanted to tell you all to take some time to enjoy the weekend, and remember those who have served our country so well, so bravely. He tried really hard to post this comment but somehow he only changed all of the settings on the computer, much to Dad's dismay.
Was it fate, irony, or Oliver's doing that right after this event the laptop died a fast and furious death, and we had to pick out and set up a new one, shiny blue and oh so wonderful for poor Dad. He is happy. He remembers to close the lid now when he is not using it. Note his coupon magazine nearby. You will get an idea of life at our house while I am busy upstairs at my machine.
Above, the center portion of the Mega Hoop design in my new OESD collection. I did a small wall quilt with the new designs, but of course they are quilted free motion from the traced designs. The center is a Cherrywood bright mustard fabric, really lovely to work on. I used gold silk thread for the quilting and quilted it as it will look in the digitized version. I can't wait to get mine and try these out. We are hoping for a September '10 release.
Above, the sleeping cat design with lovely wings on each side, in a 7" border, so you can get an idea of size. The designs can be resized and the computer will compensate, add or subtract stitches, etc. They will look great quilted with fine thread as I do, or used as outline embroidery in a heavier colored thread. For example, the cat on the bib of a child's overalls. I would have loved it, maybe stitched in soft rose embroidery thread.....
Thanks to everyone who signed up for my 2011 Empty Spools classes - you do know how to put the pressure on a teacher! There are many fabulous classes available so take a look at all the offerings at http://www.emptyspoolsseminars.com/
And for this year's June class, please email me if you have questions or concerns. I am getting things organized for it over this weekend. I like to sleep at night, so try to have things ready. I do have my plane ticket and a new suitcase.
I have two new books to review soon, so stay tuned. I was planning on writing another book on machine quilting but have a hunch there are so many out there now it would be a moot point, so we'll have to see about that.
Also, please email questions for me for my column in American Quilter, the aqs magazine, at http://www.americanquilter.com/ I've been getting some very interesting ones, so it really helps the column if you all participate. And if you are not a member, you should join aqs, as this is a quality quilting magazine.
Meanwhile plant some flowers, enjoy the weekend. Do a little quilting just to keep your machine happy.
Keep quilting! Your work gets better every day,