4.12.2014

I'm here (but I'm not)

First off, thank you so much for the kind words and emails checking up on my health. I'm feeling better, not grand, but better. Hence the lack of blogging. 

By the time I'm done catching up on quilting and a little work on my new manuscript, I sit down and I'm done. I can't tell you how many times I brought my camera home and didn't have the energy to download the pictures. 

To recap, what is going on is a flare-up of my costochondritis. It's an auto-immune type thing where the cartilage that connects my ribs to my sternum gets inflamed and it's very painful. It hurts to move, to breathe, and when it gets really bad I can feel like I'm having a heart attack. Normally aspirin and simple anti-inflammatory pills would knock it out (or atleast help) but lucky me, I'm allergic to most of them. 

Anywho I'm on the mend and as long as I can keep my spring allergies under control (the sneezing and blowing my nose really strains my ribs) I should continue to get back to "normal".

I will be posting some random stuff here and there, but for now, this is where you can find Paco and I:

3.27.2014

Second Edition

Granted I knew when I got to Spring Market last year that my book, Seamingly Scrappy was going into it's second printing... What took me until last week to realize was this:
It even says it on the box!!! How cool is that?! That is all :)

3.25.2014

Sad Sad Day

I don't like to share sad news on here, but sometimes it is needed. Or it is needed for the people needing support.

I'm sad to report that over the weekend we lost a local quilt shop as well as 12 other businesses in a historic Main Street setting in Garrettsville, OH. The businesses were all housed in a block on Main Street and a fire was reported about 1:15 pm Saturday. Within just a few hours all was lost. This is a photo that says it all:
So sad to report, right smack dab in the middle of this block was the beloved Shaker Tree Quilt Shop. Owners Randy and Kim are sad to lose so much of their lives so fast (this shop was their home away from home) and they are still processing the situation.

As the plans for the future of this store and this community develop, I will keep you all posted and see if there is some way that we can help. For now, if you could just say a prayer for all of those affected and remember that everything can change in an instant, that would be great.

Luckily to report, if there's anything good that came out of this situation, no injuries or fatalities. It was a quick moving fire, yet everyone was able to get out in time.

One again I will keep you posted...

3.20.2014

Recliner Reunion

I knew it was coming but I tried to fight it as best as I could. Unfortunately this is my view today:
With the combination of being busy, traveling, lack of sleep and just enough allergies in the mix, my chest pains have been acting up forcing me to spend my day in the recliner :(

However, I'm taking it as a hint to slow down and work on paperwork including writing patterns for my new manuscript!!!

So it's not all bad, but I wish I could be sewing. Maybe tomorrow will be better. 

With all that said, I would also like to say that after much consideration (as I sit here in the recliner waiting for my pills to kick in) I need to take a step back and focus on my health. In the future the turn around for quilting services may get longer due to more traveling and deadlines and most importantly my well being. It's just not worth squeezing in one more quilt if it's going to lay me up with chest pains for days. I hope you all understand. 

If you have any questions or concerns about quilting services, please e-mail me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks. 

P.s. Say a little prayer I can back to sewing tomorrow! I miss it so!

3.17.2014

Yoohoo Helloooooooo!

Goodness gracious. I don't know if you feel like I fell off the face of the earth but I sure do. Sorry about that. It has been CRAZY here. It's been the start of the quilt shows and our traveling schedule so Mom and I have been in Indiana and we just got back from Quilt Camp with Peg Bingham in West Virginia last night (it was a blast, if you can go, you should!) and we had the Farmpark Show which is the largest local show and the first one of the year. On top of that I have been quilting like mad and working on several quilts of my own so if I turn into a hermit over the next few weeks and look like Gollum if you see me at the grocery store, you know why.

Honestly traveling is one of my favorite parts of this job and we get to meet so many people. Actually tonight I'm packing up the car and heading to the west side of Cleveland to talk to the Common Thread Quilt Guild and have fun with those ladies.

I hate to post with no pictures, but I swear there are some coming. Many of the quilts I have been feverishly working on are secret projects for myself and my customers, but a few of them will let me post pictures here soon. That is if I remember to bring the camera home to upload the pictures on the computer too :/

So anywho I'm here and I can't wait to share all of the goodies I'm working on. Stay tuned!

3.07.2014

The photo that made my day...

I love quilters. They're a wonderfully creative and intelligent yet quirky bunch of people. My kind of people. I have made many friends over the years working at the quilt shop and have had many of my quilting customers turn into good friends as well.

Not to brag, but I do think I have the best customers ever (I swear). They come up with amazing quilts and colors that keep my imagination going and let me live vicariously through their quilts if even for a brief time. Sometimes I also get a note afterwards telling me how the individual receiving the quilt liked it and what their reaction was. I love getting notes like this, it keeps me going when the days get long and my back doesn't want to continue on anymore.

But then I got a note that made my day. I recently did this quilt for Betty to give to her grandson for his birthday. She e-mailed me thanking me for the quilting job I did and included this:
This is Ben reading a Dr. Seuss book while on his Dr. Seuss quilt! It just melts my heart looking at it!

So, this was just too cute not to share. It made my day and I wanted to spread the joy of this little guy with you. However, I have a hot date with my Gammill, so I gotta run! Feathers and feathers, Oh my!

3.05.2014

Appearances

Well, it's been crazy busy over here as I'm sure you can imagine due to the lack of blogging. Unfortunately, most of my days start and end like this:
There have even been a few days where this is the uniform for the entire day. However I did dress like an adult for the weekend and make an appearance in public without the hermit wardrobe. 

I spent the weekend at the Lake Farmpark Quilt Show and had a blast. I run into so many people and typically start to lose my voice by the end of the weekend after all of the "catching up". 

I did not however bring my camera and I'm not sure it would have been used if I brought it. The first two days were super busy and the last day we had bad weather and I was more concerned of getting to the show rather than bringing the camera. 

So, I promise I'm working on all sorts of wonderful and I'm quilting like a mad woman, but many of these things cannot be shared just yet. Once I can I will share them and shout it from the rooftops. 

Until then, join me in my quest to get things done. Slap on those pj pants, find your comfy slippers, catch up on the DVR and cut out a new quilt. At least that's the plan for part of today!
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