Saturday, September 7, 2013

Disappearing Act

I dropped off the face of the earth for a while, I know.  At first, it was because there was so much going on in my life that I couldn't seem to make the time.  But then, recently, I made the time, but couldn't access my account.  I was so frustrated, after having put years into this blog, to not be able to get back to it!  But for any who might not already know this, librarians are the most wonderful, generous, helpful, resourceful people on the planet, even when off-duty, and The Caffeinated and Quilted Librarian, Becki, got me back on track.  I've never even met Becki - we connected back after Superstorm Sandy during the relief quilt project (she was a HUGE help back then, too!).  She's just started blogging herself - go check her out!

So...I'm BAAACCCKKKK!!  Man, how I have missed all of you.  I haven't even managed to READ anyone else's blogs in months.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  Now, for the Cliff Notes version of my last few months.

I left my job of 10 years on June 23.  That very evening, we started driving north to spend two weeks with family and friends in New England.  We made wonderful memories while I finished up the shirt made from my MILs shirts.

See how I tied it with the buttons off her shirts? I never knew sewing buttons on by machine was so easy!

For three weeks in July, I taught quiltmaking and rag rug making at a summer arts camp here in town. The kids did a fabulous job!
My next rug will be multi-colored like hers - what fun!
We only had time to make quilt tops, not complete quilts
She didn't yet have her borders sewn on, but how I loved all the color in her quilt!  You can tell we used pizza boxes as project boxes to keep our stuff together.  Put a bit of batting in the bottom, and it serves as a portable design wall.
See that precision!  I hired her later in the summer to help me with Quilt Camp.  Great girl!
I also volunteered at another summer camp a couple times, teaching them all how to make yo-yos and sew buttons as we made rings for ourselves.
yo-yo + button + hair elastic = ring bling!
Somewhere in there, my brother got married in a beautiful little ceremony at his home, and I got to spend another magical three days with my family.
We were a bit fidgety while we waited.
Here they come!
My beautiful niece and my beautiful aunt
There are many "kids on tractors" photos in my family

Did you think that was me in the pink top?  I did, but then, how did I take the photo?  That's my twin sister with my hubby, my boys and my step-father, with her hubby and son kicking the ball in the background.
Once camp ended, we packed up and headed to the Outer Banks for a week in the sun and sand.
We went crabbing for the first time ever.  Fun!

 And the day I returned, I picked up the key to my new shop, The Stitchin' Post! I scrambled to get it painted and cleaned up in 8 days, and then I had a week of Quilt Camp with 12 kids from 8:15-4:45 each day. Fun, but exhausting! But look at some of the beauties they made!
Oops!  Upside down, but I'm short on time.  The half day campers made pillows using 4 embroidery stitches that I taught them and fusible.  I love this night landscape in the mountains with the firefly going to join his firefly friends in the distance.
Oops!  Upside down again!  We're not supposed to have favorites, but this turtle was mine!

I guess it is just going to be an upside down day.  You can see here some of the projects the all day quilters did - a QAYG strip pieced quilt, a pillow, a fabric tissue cover, fabric bookmarks and patchwork bingo cards.  They also did the yo-yo rings.

Everyone got a ribbon for something on the last day when I had a judge (ie woman from my quilt guild) come in for the quilt show.  And yes, I stayed up WAY too late one night making those out of denim, ribbon, and yo-yos.  Would you believe I never made a yo-yo before July?
Once camp was over, I had 6 days to get the shop ready for opening. The day before opening, I arrived to discover I had been YARNBOMBED!!! What a great feeling!

I've been open 2 weeks now, and things are going great!  Lots of company all day.  Sales.  Classes that have filled to capacity.  I am having so much fun!  I want to do better about chronicling my adventures here, but I encourage you to check out the shop's website, (which will eventually have a blog) and follow on Facebook if you want to know what's going on.  And by all means, if you are ever passing through SW Virginia on I-81 or I-64, some sit and visit with me for a while!

OK, gotta go!  I'm supposed to open in 39 minutes and I haven't even taken a shower yet!


Becki White said...

Yay, she's back! :) Glad my tip helped you out. I missed reading about your adventures. Really like the yarnbomb sign, was that done by one of the fiber artists associated with The Stitchin' Post?

Char said...

Oh Erin this post makes me so happy! First it looks like you had a great summer, and second a successful opening!
I love the items made in quilt camp ( so colorful).
The quilt from your MIL's shirts is lovely and I sure your DH is so happy to have it.
Congratulations and continued success!

Caz said...

Good to see you back,,, looks like you had a very busy but brilliant summer!

Becky said...

I was getting concerned about you! Oh Erin, the mil quilt is stunning!! What a family heirloom!!!! I'm so excited about your new venture! And here I am in Richmond and unable to swing by! I just wish you the very best with The Stitchin Post and also proud you have made. Your dream come true!

Love ya bunches,

Piece by Piece said...

Glad to see you back, missed you.
So pleased you had a great Summer, and your shop is up and running. Congrats and good luck for the future of "The Stitchin Post".

Lisa said...

Oh man, I just checked out your new web site. I love it, I SO wish I still lived in Virginia!! I wanna come play! Glad to see you back and glad that you're having so much fun. Having fun is an awesome way to live! Lisa

The Cozy Quilter said...

I wondered what you were up to and how you were doing. Glad to hear you had a great summer. It sure does go by fast, doesn't it? I love the quilt you made from the shirts. The buttons are a wonderful touch. Take care and please don't wait months to post again! Gail

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely to see you back - figured you were busy with the summer and your new venture.

joe tulips said...

I figured you were busy! What a nice surprise to see your catch up post. Everything sounds good. Everything looks good! We passed through way back in June. Took a picture of the store, then hit the road. Long way back to Iowa. But, someday we will pass through again!

Auntie Em said...

I have missed you, and hoped that your absence was just because you were so busy with your store opening. So happy for you!

Shay said...

Wow - Your Summer sounds insanely busy but a lot of fun!

I've missed seeing your posts but knew you'd be busy with the opening of the shop. Sounds like things are going gangbusters (thats Aussie for awesome)

Drop in when you can - you loyal following will be here to hear about all your wonderful adventures!

Julie Fukuda said...

I guess you can see by scrolling through the comments, how much you are loved and missed. Glad to hear things are going well. I certainly wish you much success ... even if you are too busy.

beth said...

so happy for you! I love the turtle too! I also LOVE those ribbons you made. They were worth the late night! :)

KaHolly said...

Sounds as though, even if you had access to your acct., you wouldn't have had time to blog anyway!! Wow! What a whirlwind of a summer. Congratulations on the opening of your shop. Good luck!

Lisa said...

Yay for you, your blog, and lovely shop! :)

Wacky Woman said...

I'm so happy for you! I have a friend who is going to be in Virginia for a while soon. I'm not sure where. I will give her the name of your shop in case she will be your way and has time to visit.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

So glad to hear from you. I've had a post it note sitting by my computer for months, with the name of your new shop on it. I'm behind on my blog reading, and only found this post by deciding to just check if something had updated. Glad you can now access your blog without using your old work email. You've been missed!

Moneik said...

Welcome back! Sounds like everything is going well. So good to hear that you're having a great opening.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Wow you've had a busy the way you finished your MIL's shirt quilt with the buttons...what a great welcome from the community to your store...

Anonymous said...

So nice to have you back! JJ

Maureen said...

Yay for your summer, Erin, and for your future, too. We missed you! Can't wait to look up your shop's website. May every day be a glorious one, even those that are "too" busy.

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