You may or may not know that Quilt Market is going on now in Houston. Linda and I are usually there, but this year we don't have anything new enough to warrant showing it in a booth. We both like being home, so we stayed home.
We found out this morning that we had been signed up to teach a Take & Teach class. That is a 1 1/2 hour class for 35 people where you show a new technique or highlight a new fabric or book. These are good classes to go to if you are a shop owner or teacher. We enjoy teaching them.
We sign up to teach these classes almost a year in advance and we thought this one, that was scheduled for the wrong market because we had nothing particularly new, had been cancelled. We were blissfully unaware that we left 35 quilters in an empty room yesterday. Oh my. It's the sort of thing that I might have had nightmares about if I had ever imagined it happening.
As it is, all we can do is apologize and try to think of something that will make these 35 people happy. First, we have to find out who they are. If you are one of those people please know that we wouldn't have done this to you if we had had a clue that we were on the schedule. Email me.
So what was I doing yesterday when I was supposed to be in Houston? I cleaned house with Steve. I sort of enjoy cleaning my house, especially when we do it together. He does the wet stuff, I dust and impose order. I very much enjoy putting things back in place. Once the house was clean I painted the front door, and the screen door. This has been on my list for a year. The door and screen door used to be red:
I liked the color, I was just tired of it. And the colors in the house didn't work with the red any more. When I painted mom's front door deep blue, I knew I wanted to use the same color on my doors. Our doors. Steve does live here too.
The 2nd photo shows the color better. It's not electric, nor is it purple at all. It is a good, deep, rich blue. If you look at the photo above you can see that it opens into a space with a carribean blue. These are blues that only sort of work together but I like the dynamic. It reminds of the best kind of Mexican color combinations. Steve likes it. AND I get to mark this task off of my list.
Earlier this week Mom decided that she was ready to give away Christy's clothes and shoes. We each went through and each found things that we would happily wear. Then I called a couple of my friends who are Christy's size and they got to go shopping today. More tomorrow.
My sister had boots – lots of boots – and I was sincerely sorry to have feet too big for her boots but Laurie and Karen were very, very happy. Interestingly enough, Laurie and my sister were just about identical in size. Laurie went home with bags of clothes. I have no idea how she will fit them all into her closet.
What's left goes to the Crisis Center tomorrow afternoon. Christy would be pleased. She was a practical and generous person. She loved her clothes and shoes. She would be happy to see other people wear them rather than to leave them gathering dust. Mom has plenty to remind her of Christy. She doesn't need a room full of clothes.
This is fabric from Moda that we did not design. I just like it. A lot. I didn't order a lot of this stuff because I'm waiting to see if you like it too. There are fat quarter packs, no yardage. At this point I don't have room for bolts of fabric. I might make room for bolts of fabric if it turns out that you all like the fat quarters. Click here and here and here to see what I have.
I only have four of each fat quarter pack. I don't know if that's a lot or not enough. I might or might not be able to get more of these fabrics.
I'll probably send a newsletter later in the week letting everyone know what's new but I'm also still trying to guage how long it takes to fill orders when a lot of them come at once.
I tell you what, being an eRetailer is an interesting experience. So far I'm learning a new thing every day. If I ship you an order and you want to let me know anything about your experience (good or bad), please do email me. I'm happy to learn how to do a better job.