Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sleepless Night

It is a sleepless night for me with a 4am post! Errrr! I need sleep or I am absolutely useless during the day. I planned to post this later but hey...why not now as I'm freaking awake!!

I tend to show my own longarm quilts on my blog and every now and then an occassional sneak peek of a customer's quilt. Since it will be a while before I can get back to something of my own to share I give you this peek. This is a good size quilt. I'm only sharing a portion of the center. An edge-to-edge on this one would have likely been a better choice for quilting since fabrics are busy.
A few days ago I was in Costco. This book cover and title caught my eye so I picked it up and read the back. Hmmm...four different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever.....
Here's a portion of back: 'It's a long way from Ft. Worth, TX, to New Bern, CT, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she's found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn's wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a QUILT shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn't.'

OK...I'll read it.
Have you started thinking about booking your longarm quilter for those holiday quilts? I'm asking because quilters get booked anywhere from 3 months to a year out. Fall season tends to be a busy time of year. Just a subtle reminder.

25 comments:

Kim said...

I read this book one night when I was still awake in the wee hours and could hear the robins chirping...here I am reading your blog and once again listening to the Robins greet the day. Sigh.

The customer quilt is pretty. You must see a variety of designs and color. No wonder you can't sleep ~ with all that inspiration before you!

Tins and Treasures said...

Hi,Mary,
I'm ususally up too...can't sleep either...what are we going to do?!

I love the color combination in your current project. So how long does it take to complete a quilt?

I hope you can get some rest. Take care ~Natalie

Kaaren said...

Gee, Mary. We can form a sleepless nights club and meet up here to discuss whatever. Yawn.

You should have emailed me at 4 a.m. because I was up as well.

Pat said...

I read that book recently (think the author's last name might be Bostwick?) It was good but I did have trouble getting into it, but I'm glad I stuck it out and finished it..as it was a very good story. I think she has a sequel, so I'll see if our library has that, too. Sorry for your sleepless night but I'm happy to see a peek of that quilt.

Terry said...

Pretty quilt! I've read that book. It was enjoyable. Read the sequel too. I still like the Elm Creek Quilts books better though. Hope you get some sleep!

Diva Kreszl said...

I think you'll enjoy the book, it's a great read for summer...light enough to put down when you need to!

Carol said...

Oh sleepless nights...we should all form a group and work together at night. LOL! That book is on my list.

The Quilt Buddy said...

It looks like we are all on the same sleepless schedule! My mind is always "too full" of stuff and I find myself awake at all hours of the night. (Not good when you still have a little person).

Maybe I'll add that book to my already large list of books to read.

Take a NAP!

Darlene said...

Beautiful quilt! I'll have to search for that book - looks interesting.

onlymehere said...

I finally got my quit and two table toppers back from my quilting lady that she's had for NINE MONTHS!! I think I missed the deadline to have anything ready by Christmas, LOL! I'm sure you'll be booked solid bz you show such beautiful work that you do on your blog. Merry Christmas and I hope you sleep well tonight!

Dawn Heese said...

Sometimes I wish I couldn't sleep, maybe I would get more done. I have read the book you picked up and there is a sequel called "A Thread of Truth". Maybe you can nap today. I love naps.

Karen said...

I was awake until 3 AM one night earlier in the week. I have been there & done that many nights the last 6 months.
The sneak peek of the quilt is a teaser. Looks like a repro quilt and looks interesting.

Wendy said...

I haven't seen that book before, I should check it out. Sleepless nights are not fun, maybe a nap is needed when that happens. I have naps once in a while, it really makes me feel good for the rest of the day.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I read that book and loved it! She has a new one out now.

Serena said...

Perhaps there is something circulating in the ozone. I've had sleepless nights as of late. I hate to quilt during that time because I often find myself making huge mistakes.

Longarming for others amazes me. To take a design that comes to you finished and interpret that into a quilting motif is a remarkable skill. The quilt looks lovely.

Hope the book turns out to be a good one. I read a few not so great books in a row and have pulled away from reading some.

Candace said...

I hope you catch up on your sleep tonight, Mary! That's what I was doing last night! I think its the summer light and daylight savings time! The book sounds really good!
Cheers!

Quilt Nut said...

your quilting is lovely; i have yet to branch out into custom longarming

and excellent reminder about booking fall spots. i have all of September open but almost fully booked for October already lol

hope you can get a nap today

Kathie said...

looks like a book I should read too!
I got a post card the other day from one of my long arm quilters reminding us to book now for the holidays in Dec! thought that was such a great idea to remind us.
good for you writing about it too, sometimes we forget that long armers quilt for so many people and trying to fit one more quilt infrom all of us can cause lots of sleepless nights for you!
Kathie

Barb said...

Hope you get some sleep.

*karendianne. said...

First I'm thinking that quilting is very pretty. I like that quilting! A lot.

Secondly, that book looks enjoyable. I always like it when people share books they are interested in. I'm stuck in 12th Century England myself.

And in the end, I'm bummed about the sleeplessness. :<

Julia said...

Well, I can join the club...If I wake at 3-4am that's it. can't fall back asleep..
I think I'll need a Nana nap today!
The customer quilt is very pretty....lovely quilting on it.
Julia ♥

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I'll bet the back of the quilt is almost as pretty as the front. Your quilting is exceptional.

Hope you get plenty of sleep tonight.

Sheila said...

That's one of the better books I've read in a long time; I hope you enjoy it. Love the quilting too... it looks very dimensional in the picture.

Carrie P. said...

You do such nice work.

WIPPYSPLACE said...

I have got to hook myself up with this book--I dont read much either- have you read Nancy Turner's books? I have them, but I am concerned it might take me away from quilting and sewing time! Have you started the book yet? when I cant sleep, I sit in the living room with a hand-stitch item or crochet till I cant keep my eyes open any more..oddly enough, I still am up at the crack of dawn (which was about 4:30 am here for a little while)--as Fall approaches, the crack of dawn gets later but I am still up at that ungodly time of day--no matter what! I work in a quilt shop--so I just might enjoy the book--also--I would recommend a nap--but sometimes I feel worse and dont wanna do a thing after! I am still sneaking peeks around your blog!