Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Stuff Happens



Last week was a busy week, for me and for my cats. While Molly struggled with the blog take-over post, I was teaching on a quilting cruise. Internet is nice when it is available and works, and when it doesn't, well you get the idea, it's not good. Are we spoiled by or dependent on technology??? Love it and hate it. I felt really cut off from the world. 


A good friend checked on the kitties. A certain associate was not so interested in kitty daycare and didn't behave.
Hudson, The Slasher. what a guilty expression!
See photo below. He does not like to be held.
...For Hudson's former friend. BAD kitty.  Note to self: buy more band-aids before next trip.





Classes were held on the days at sea. In Falmouth, Jamaica we toured a mid 1700's sugar plantation high a top a really big hill, or small mountain. I was surprised how hilly Jamaica was. This was the great house at Good Hope Plantation.

A beautiful view form a side porch.


In the evening, I finished a few bindings for Quilt Market.


Great students and a great time in the Caribbean.


Still lots to do before Market later next week. Trying to stay calm and focused...


Until next time~
my best,
Betsy




Friday, May 1, 2015

Operator Error---- Molly Takes Over

Got to help poor Molly, who took over for me last week, and apologize to my fellow Moda designers, for this not going out as scheduled May 1st and confess to operator error. On the settings, the post day and time was set but for some reason it didn't post, still sitting in the dock. (sad face here)


The Moda designers have been hosting a 'blog takeover' last week, Friday WAS my turn...Molly really did take over....check out the next post to see why Molly was left without tech support.

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," said Mr Rogers. Wrong, say I, Molly, head cat in charge of everything in this establishment. My neighborhood, is a mess. MOM, aka BETSY, has lost it. Yes she loses stuff, but that is another blog post entirely. She is frantically working on projects for Spring Quilt Market and IGNORING ME! Me Molly! I'm trying to help her out and keep her calm, petting a favorite cat usually works, you know. HINT HINT!

The only reason the sewing chair is empty is she is working in the kitchen, the current sewing annex. Ha Ha no cooking being done in there. Thank goodness my associates and I have continuous food and water containers or we would STARVE this week. I thought the Kitchen Aid was going the other day, but it was the second sewing machine humming. A few very nice ladies, though they mostly ignored me, were cutting, sewing and pressing. Hmmm. Wonder if Mom patted their heads or tummys?


So what is the big deal with all this sewing? Special fabrics too. Mom is always sewing. Oh yes, it is her first market with Moda. OK, OK. Eliza's Indigo. She is really excited. But She is always sewing and making quilts. And deadlines are nothing new, but she is really cranky, similar to when there are book deadlines, Yikes, I get it now! Stay out of her way! Here, she just finished trimming a quilt and cutting the binding. And, much to my surprise, cleared the island, sort of.   #designersirl (designers in real life) Clean work space or creatively messy??? NOT showing the rest of the kitchen!
My associates and I noticed our napping places were being replaced by boxes a few weeks ago, boxes of fabric Eliza's Indigo to be exact, the 'special' fabric. They needed unpacking,and to be put away but where?

Who us? Help unpack? Worthless.

Snarky cat Winston is still not willing to help even with Hudson's nagging. Poor Dad, aka Steve, had to move the fabric, under my supervision of course. 

Reconsidering his position as elder kitty of the house...just look at Winston now! Kiss up. Watch it buddy, that paw is pretty close to that needle...one false move and I know where the foot pedal is!

You should see the fabric line...blues in shades of dark indigo, to soft blue,  rich chocolate browns, creamy biscuit and cafe au lait shades, and soft golds like jessimine and honeysuckle. 

Madison says enough already!!!  All you people talk about is FABRIC!
Madison is dying to get in her Mimi's sewing room and I won't let her, we might not ever find her.

Mom saved snippets of the selvages. She saved the piles of trimmings too...hack hack, good for nothing but to get lint up my nose and sneeze like crazy. They are not any fun to play with. I do like the clusters of flowers on the selvage, though.




I sent Winston to his box. This establishment needs some structure and discipline, Household chores are being neglected. His assignment was to alert Mom when the washer and dryer stopped. He took his assignment seriously, right? That left me to answer the phone, sort the mail, reply to emails, (must admit, computer detail is slick, a little surfing time...that Grumpy Cat cracks me up! Shhh, don't tell Mom.)  Hudson had trash detail, but he is sounreliable. Guess Dad will handle it. 

I caught Hudson on the only available spot without fabric on it, darn him. Mom told us she better not find cat hair on the 'special' fabric. hmmm.Look, machine is off, she must be asleep. she will finish binding tomorrow.


Aaah. My work is done for today. Not much longer until quilt market. I'll make it. A tummy rub would be very nice. Remember Me MOM???? Your favorite kitty? Sure would like a nap, a pat, and a quilt.


Until next time~
 I enjoyed the blog takeover!  
MOLLY, head cat in charge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3 Programs, 3 workshops, 3 hotels...1 week

Antique quilts on display at Kingwood Guild



Dinner after a great workshop for Baytown Area guild. 


What a week! Fun meeting new friends...quilters at Baytown, Bay Area, and Kingwood Area Quilt Guilds. 

Workshops on Half Star and Licorice Whip


Pile o' quilts for programs. 

Came home mid February and have been sick ever since. 


3rd trip to doctor today. Different set of meds. Keeping fingers crossed. But tissues handy. Worst part has been the cough, thank you bronchitis!

And can't forget 3 rounds of snow and ice...
The view one morning from my front door..March in Texas!!!

Another reaching trip soon, so must be better. And much to do before Quilt Market!

Secret projects are in the works. Watch for clues. Do you follow me on Instagram, or Facebook or Pinterest? Postings are easy on Instagram, and very quick to do. 
So be watching !

Until next time~
Betsy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas



Busy, busy in the kitchen. Preparation for Christmas seems endless. Hope there is not a crisis like last year's burned hand, saved by soy sauce!!! (See last year's post for December, or was it it on Facebook???) oh well, just remember if you have a burn, douse with soy sauce...and save Christmas!
Rachel brought madison to make cookies yesterday. Maddie is just a bit young at 13 months to participate other than slamming cabinet doors. But I really enjoyed the day with Rachel. And got a lot done when they napped!
Sweet, right?
We had more planned, but I think we did well to get 3 batches made. 
Maddies ready to go see Frosty the Snowman at the Gaylord resort. Kitchen is trashed, by the way. 
They issued heavy parkas. 9 degrees inside to keep the ice display frozen for Frosty. Maddie enjoyed it. Was a fun night. DH Steve froze. Lol. He likes good ol' Texas heat! It was 60 degrees outside, at 8:00 pm.  
Nice shot of Frosty's rear...better of the ice slide, which son in law slid down. 
The last exhibit in ICE! Was the nativity carved in ice. Prettier in person. 
I'm cold, but Steve miserable. Note serious selfie. 

If you are in the area, the Gaylord is in Grapevine, Texas, a huge resort. Beautifully decorated for the season complete with a Riverwalk! And trains! But didn't get a good photo of the trains. 

And HUGE gingerbread house...
And another set of trains. 

Back at casa Chutchian...
Molly and the rest of us, wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings this holiday season. 

Until next time~
Betsy

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving

Hope you all have had a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

My contribution to the feast this year ... Cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce that didn't unmold pretty from its pretty mold :-(  chocolate pie and champagne. 

The champagne, in the fridge for a while awaiting a good reason to celebrate...thanksgiving at Steve's brother's home, perfect time to toast my sister in law's remission...cancer free. She and I clinked our glasses over bubbling gravy. Sweet words to celebrate, cancer free. 

Good day, even though the Cowboys disappointed the family football fanatics. 
My chocolate pie was the best I've made in ages. Not a crum to take home. ��

Thanks to all this day. For health, for friends, for family, celebrate life's blessings everyday. 

Until next time ~
Betsy







Friday, October 24, 2014

Headed to Houston

I can't believe it is quilt market time. Time flies, quick as a wink. Besides remodeling the master bath, I stripped wallpaper and a good friend painted the dining room. Two more dear friends helped me reorganize and clean up my sewing room. Amazing. With a one week notice, a special visitor arrived for an interview and some photos. Stay tuned for details. :-)


Exhausted kitties!

My other exciting news is that I will be designing for Moda. I'm very excited. My line will be shown in April and delivery, of course a few months after that. Stay tuned!

I kept Madison for a week before the wallpaper stripping. One tired grandmother, but SO worth it. Loved every minute. 

If you are attending Market, I'm giving aSchoolhouse  presentation Today and book signings for Just Treats, No Tricks and signing copies on Saturday At KC Star booth and for United Notions on Sunday. Market is for shop owners and industry folks, not open to the public. 

Better run! Until I next time~
My best, 
Betsy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Surprised by a random act of kindness

This fabric arrived at my door this week, a gift to love or pass along. A pay it forward with fabric...great concept. Thank you Nancy! She kindly sent this knowing I love Halloween. She however does not. I will add this to my collection, a part of, and then share. I think it will make a good addition to my collection for an eye spy quilt for Madison. In my spare time, of course. Laughter ensues... Well who knows how long I will collect, right?


Alexander Henry fabric, from 1997 with great artwork and whimsical characters.  Love the cat!

Another classic Alexander Henry fabric I've hoarded, dated 1995. 

And a great vintage piece from Indygo Junction for Moda. Not dated, 2000 something I think. 
All so cool and perfect for an eye spy quilt!
I like vintage and fun, not gory images. 


So here are 3 quilts from Just Treats, No Tricks. Will see if I can rotate photo or, you can just stand on your head! The colors of the season. 

My trip to Nebraska was wonderful, in spite of Texas heat the day I arrived. Wasn't that special ??? Minglewood Lodge is beautiful. A wonderful place to retreat, I think. 
This living room transforms into an auditorium, as for my trunk show, or the classroom. 
Spacious bedrooms. 
My class projects on the trestle dining table that the day before set a lovely fall table scape. 

Did you see Kimber's blog post? she is my editor for Just Treats, No Tricks. Kimber attended the trunk show and took lots of pictures. Check it out at Heirlooms by Ashton House.

Can you believe summer is over??? Where have the long days of summer gone? I had planned to take advantage of the hot days to stay home and get things done. oh well the bath remodel is still in progress. and I'm in as big a mess as ever.
Today, at last, a little cool front arrived. Only 101 yesterday! Time to think of decorating the house for fall and Halloween. Better hurry, Christmas is tomorrow! No joke, blink!  And you'll miss trick or treaters! And turkey dinner!
In the meantime, think about the fabrics in your stash your are no longer in love with, yes we all have them. Someone else would be pleased to receive a random gift, so pass along. You will make someone's day and it will make you smile. 

Until next time~
Betsy