Happy Thanksgiving!

The kids let us sleep in this morning! Yeah!  It’s probably the first time I’ve ever slept in on Thanksgiving morning!  We are going to my in-laws for Turkey day and I was only in charge of the sweet stuff – – pumpkin pie, apple pie, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce.  Very unstressful.  So – I had the urge to finally sit down and get this blog rolling.  I’ve meaning to do it all month.  Even though the website has nothing new to show for itself, I’ve actually been doing a lot of thinking and planning and even a little sewing.

It seems like a lifetime ago already, but I attended Market in Houston at the end of October to do some homework and understand what I was really getting myself into.  It was a  worthwhile experience.  I spoke to lots of different people in the quilt world:  designers, quilt shop owners,  distributors andfabric company owers, just to name a few.  Lots of different perspectives, but lots of valuable information that has gone into helping me really understand how I’d like to add my contribution to the world of quilting.   It’s also why there seems to be a hold-up on getting my patterns to you.

I actually had finished (at least that’s what I thought) the pattern for Christmas Candy before I went.  (The photo of the quilt is in my album and on the previous posting.)  Long story short, it turns out that I wrote too much!  My goal was to deliver a pattern that would take a confident beginner  and up through each step of the quilt, as if I were there in a workshop – no assumptions.  Start to finish.  (I don’t like UFOs!)  Evidently that’s just too much information for a standard pattern because it takes up too many pages and costs too much to produce and distribute!  So back to the drawing board…      

Ok  – I’ve got to go and make the pumpkin pie now!  More to the story tomorrow!

Helle-May

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