I wish I could tell you that the title had something to do with "Fall weather" in Phoenix but alas, that isn't the case.
While it's gray, overcast and a bit rainy today, it isn't exactly "Fall-like"... that won't really happen until November. After Market. It's ironic that I think of my year that way, not as four seasons but as two. Spring Market and Fall Market, with intermittent holidays and respites in between. I don't know if that's an Arizona-thing or a business-thing, but some of that will be changing soon.
My big Courthouse Steps came home and because it's as flat as a mogul skiing course, I washed it before binding it in the hopes it would help. It did... but not enough. It's going to make a lovely "snuggle quilt".
Back to the "matter at hand... that's really the reason for the title, the reference to "To everything there is a season..." from Ecclesiastes. Don't fret, I'm not getting all Biblical on you, it's just a way of saying that of all the things I've learned in the past couple of years, the main thing is that there really is a "right time" for everything. And no, there's usually not anything I can do about it. Except act on something when you realize you've gotten to a place where you either have to "fish or cut bait".
I did that. I fished. And I caught something. Some-THING... not a "some-ONE". <Insert one of those "rolling eyes" emoji here, por favor.>
Market is two weeks away and I'll tell you all about it after, mostly because there really isn't much to tell right now other than I'll be making a rather large-ish change soon.
No, it does not involve puppies, babies, a wedding - or a boy toy, a fabric collection or Dancing with the Stars. (Those have been the most popular guesses so I figured I'd get them out of the way right now.)
No really. This is just a random puppy picture from DailyPuppy on Instagram. A vicarious thrill.
In the meantime, I working on the quilts and manuscript for the book.
Yes, progress is intermittent. Why do you ask? (I've used "intermittent" twice in one post? What's up with that? I blame the friend who is still laughing at my having used the word "cadre" in an e-mail. LOL)
I've been asked about the book and this is what I can tell you... It's been in the works for several years but I kept postponing it when "life" got in the way. But when the Exhibitor list for Spring Market was announced, I heard from the nice folks at Martingale... well, that afternoon. End result - I was back on the schedule. My manuscript is due the end of this year - they want November 1st, I want December 31st... I'm thinking we're meeting in the middle somewhere. The book will be published next Fall - in time for Fall Market 2015. It seems like a long time but really... think about it. Editing me. That's a lengthy, time-consuming, arduous process. It will take a Herculean effort to get it done by next Fall!
What's in the book? Easy answer - quilts. Better answer - scrap quilts. All the quilts are new and they're all "bigger" quilts - one is even 90" x 90" - and they're all very scrappy. I am worried about one thing though... so far, most of the quilts have a lot of pieces. Really. A lot.
Pretty? I found these pieces when I was cleaning out some stuff in my workroom. They were part of a kit... I might have to add to it so I can make something else with it.
I will be at Fall Market in Houston with a booth. I'm sort of in the middle - at the very back of the convention center. Seriously! I think I'm the last booth in the aisle. I'd like to think it's because I'm special - I'm the "milk" - but I think it's because I mailed my contract the day it was due. Oops. But I like being in the back, it makes me feel at home. It also facilitates a quick escape on Monday afternoon. (Pretend I didn't write that, okay?) And okay, it also means I'm not far from the ladies room. That's always nice when you're there by yourself.
I won't have any new patterns at Market this time but I really want to go, partly for business and mostly to see the friends and folks who weren't in Pittsburgh. So the booth will look mostly the same but I'll try to re-arrange things. And since a few quilts weren't entirely finished in Pittsburgh, it "technically" does mean that they're new, right?
So that's all the news that's fit to print. Except this - have you seen these really cute Halloween candy tins?
I'm not usually a "Hello Kitty" kind of girl but I became obsessed with these when a friend told me about them and I saw a picture. JoAnn's has "had" them but they're running out - I bought the last couple at my store. But World Market also has them - for $1.00 less! They're about 2 1/2" tall and a bit less than 2" wide. I don't really care about the candy - that's just a nice bonus - I just want the tin. For pins or someting like that. Okay... or just because they're really cute.
Until later... let it suffice to say that life is good and getting better. Really.