Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again!

 Well, the wedding is officially over and my nest is empty!  I am missing my daughter terribly, but I have been filling the hours with rearranging furniture, cleaning, and quilting.  It seemed like a really good time to make a fresh start, so I invited my friend Jo over to help me, and we rearranged my entire family room, moved stuff, and deep cleaned!  The next day, I rearranged and cleaned my bedroom all by myself.  Not so great on my back, but boy was my hubby surprised when he got home that day.  Finally, I have thrown myself into my quilting.  The quilts were kind of piling up during the last two weeks of December with the wedding and Christmas back to back.  I enjoyed six glorious days with my two grandchildren and their delightful mother:)  All my son did was watch football, but my daughter in law and I hung out and drank gallons of coffee.  After they were gone, the cleaning frenzy began.  Right now, I am working on quilts for my dad's cousin.  She brought me four at once that all need done by mid-January.  I am nearly done with the third of four.  I have added pictures of the ones that I have finished, as well as the one currently in progress.  I am using a variety of designs, and it has been fun to get back to work:)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wedding this Week!

  Needless to say, I have not been quilting for the past couple of weeks!  My daughter is getting married this Friday, and we have been doing quality mother-daughter time, while trying to get all our ducks in a row for the actual wedding day.  At this point, just four days away, we seem to have most things ready to go.  It will be a very hectic day with decorating in the morning, getting everybody all ready to go, and then pictures, ceremony, reception, and dance.  I figure by midnight on Friday I will be about ready to collapse into a heap!  Once the wedding is behind us, it will just be a week until Christmas when my son, his wife, and two grandchildren will be with us for a few days.  That will be wonderful, but I will probably spend much of next week baking and getting ready for Christmas.  The good thing is that I was completely honest with all of my customers about time frames for their quilts, and they were all really great about waiting until January.  I will be one busy beaver come January!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Luck o' the Irish Chain

I have been desperately trying to finish the "must get dones" before my daughter's wedding a week from Friday.  As "luck" would have it, I finished my last big quilt this week.  It was a large queen-sized Irish Chain, which just happens to be my favorite pattern.  It was a relief to get it done, and my customer loved it.  She is giving it to her grandson for Christmas.  I sure hope he appreciates it!  I won't tell how many quilts I have waiting to be done by mid-January, but let's just say that as soon as the wedding is over, I better get hopping on my Nolting!  In the meantime, I have one little table square to quilt tomorrow, and I can shift my focus to working on my Lover's Knot for my daughter.  She already knows that it won't be done in time for the wedding, but I am going to focus on getting it done in time for Christmas.  She is set to arrive back from her honeymoon on Christmas eve, so hopefully, by then I will have it done.  If not, there's always next year!!!