Sew I finished my overcoat and it looks fabulous, fits well, and is even flattering. It also is much warmer than I thought it was going to be, so I am all ready for what is expected to be a colder-than-usual winter. I haven’t got pictures yet, but I will and post them.
The past few days my son David and I have been preparing the house for Christmas decorating. In other words, we have been cleaning and David put together a nice small drop leaf table we are going to use to put our kind of short Christmas tree on and then, after Christmas, he will be using it for his chair side table. It’s really quite pretty hardwood and seems perfect for the use we are planning for it. I totally love Christmas. It always warms my heart and it has a lot of sparkle.
I also have finished writing the manuscript for my book “Ten Skill Building Projects for Bernina V7 Embroidery Software”. My dear friend and Bernina dealer Mei-Ling Huang convinced me to go ahead and complete the book since I almost had it finished because lots of people are still using v7. So I have. I am now working on putting it into book format using Corel Draw and will publish it through Amazon. That project will take me a while, but sometime early in 2019 I will publish this book with the help of my son David, who has his own small press. It may be published under Fennec Fox Press (David’s publishing company), but we are still deciding if this is the best way to do this.
So I bought Bernina v8 and plan to write a similar book for that version. It may be mostly the same, just updated, though I might find something really fun in the new version that I want to use. I think I can put that book out in 2019 also, not too much later than v7 book.
I will tell you that I feel greatly relieved to get these two big projects finished, and I will be really happy to get the house decorated, probably tomorrow. I will be delighted to return to more quilting and less other things. First of all, I am going to do a small project using couching and needle punch for practice and a sample I am also working on a couple of ruler quilting practice samples. And yes, I already have several quilts in mind to use these particular techniques, and so this is part of preparing to launch into those.
One of the nice little bits of news is that Night on the Bayou has been accepted into Road to California 2019 in January 24-27. I’m considering going. My brother lives in San Diego and offered to put me up for a visit and drive up for a day trip to see the show if I can scrape together the round trip ticket funds. We’ll see what happens.
Competition at this show is really keen. It’s probably as high as for both Houston IQF and AQS Paducah. So it would be a surprise if it ribbons. Nevertheless. Joel Christopher Payne, the artist whose beautiful piece “Delights of the Bayou” inspired this quilt lives just 45 minutes away and said he will go to the show to see it. I hope he really does, though I know he is a very busy person. I think he would be amazed with the art of the quilts at the show.
Sew happy everyone! Have a marvelous Christmas/Holiday season. I celebrate from the first day of Advent through the twelve days of Christmas ending on January 6.