Thursday, September 9, 2010

Grand opening approaching

I don't know where the time goes! It's almost 3 months since my last post.

My traveling days are over for the year. I've been to some wonderful guilds in Oklahoma, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kansas. The guild in Witchita has over 700 members! They put on a huge show every two years with over 700 quilts. A show that is not to be missed if you live within driving distance. I stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Antioch, Illinois; an old Victorian home. My other stays have been with the best quilters and their families. I have had such wonderful experiences meeting quilters from the midwest and beyond. No matter where I go, I have seen unbelieveable talent and generosity. It amazes me how generous even the smallest guild can be when it comes to donating their time and quilts to worthwhile causes.

I'm putting the finishing touches on my quilt retreat center in Beaufort, Missouri. We are still trying to sell our house so we can move in there. My husband and I are getting anxious about moving and would love to be in our new home. As it is now, I have to drive out there (about 25 miles) a few days a week to get fabric organized and pictures hung. On top of that I also had to design and make quilts for Timeless Treasures, RJR, and Benartex. I have 6 quilts that I have to get done before Houston market! I'm lucky to have Dolores Keaton, to help me make quilts. I can always count on her to get something done quickly and accurately!

Studio classroom with 8 foot tables

One of my two cutting/ironing stations





















Bedroom on first floor.
I have two new free web patterns coming out. One for Timeless Treasures with their wonderful collection of Tonga batiks, and the other for Benartex with a fun black and white collection called Habitat. Not sure when they will be on their websites but it should be soon.

Benartex Habitat

Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks















Still working on patterns for my Cutting Corners templates. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will post photos of how to use it with my two free web patterns. I will also have two free patterns to make with the leftover half-square triangles from making the quilts.

Well, that's all for now. More later.

Remember, always do what you love and love what you do! Toby

1 comment:

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Hi Toby,
Your retreat center looks great. I'm sure it is good to be off the road for a little while anyway. Thanks for your post and sharing a bit about your travels....always enjoyable to read.
Smiles,
Kelly

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