I'm enjoying the summer and having some time to design and stitch! I've just sent the long awaited Boo (Halloween) Logs to the printer after taking the final stitches on Sunday. Shops can pre-order now or if you don't have a local shop, you can get it here. Like the other "Logs" designs, Boo Logs is worked entirely with Watercolours and two Kreinik #12 braids. I was so happy when Caron Collection introduced "Coal" with the last new Watercolours - it was the perfect border for this piece!
I took my niece up to North Carolina last week for a little vacation and for her to attend classes at the John Campbell Folk Art School. I have to admit I was a bit jealous dropping her off every morning for "camp" - she had a great time and made paper crafts, painted, sewed, blazed a trail, and more I can't even remember! We managed to sneak in some quilting - she's 8 and I taught her to use Grandma's iron & sewing machine. She picked out fabrics, I cut squares, and she sewed a quilt for her doll. She did a great job and loved it. I was so pleased she caught on quickly to using the machine and to placing the fabrics in the right places to have a balanced look. She may have the family sewing/needle genes and a natural eye for color and design. I knew she was on the right track when she said, "sewing is more fun than pressing"! I had a good giggle!
In other family news, I became a Great-Aunt last week! My nephew's wife had a baby, Robert Samuel on June 28th - he's my brother's first grandchild and my parent's first Great - it's a little surreal! New life really is amazing and we're so excited to welcome Samuel into the world. Unfortunately, I have to wait a few months to see him in person.
I'm looking forward to being at home for another month before teaching at the ANG Seminar in New Orleans at the end of August. I had a really busy spring/early summer with a lot of travel so am enjoying staying put for a bit! In addition to my many administrative duties, I'll be designing and stitching more than usual! I've got a couple of things going and a few others rattling around gathering creative juices.
Hope you're all having a great summer!