I think one of my friends said it best recently when she described my life as "going from one frying pan into another"! Usually the few weeks after Market are all about recooperation and shipping out orders. Well, somehow this year that just hasn't happened so much. In addition to the thousands of patterns we have shipped out in the last few weeks, I have finished up the designs & colors for the next fabric line [to show at Spring Market in Portland] and sent them on to my Design Director, organized the sewing of 2 quilts for American Patchwork & Quiting [more to come on that topic soon], finished several other online projects and have now finally started preparing for my upcoming trip to Madrid, Spain and Paris, France.
As it draws closer, I'm actually starting to get a little bit excited about the trip. First MODA is sending me along with another designer to Madrid to do some workshops for one of their European distributors. I am really honored to have been asked and I will be focusing my teaching on how to use Jelly Rolls & Charm Packs in the European Market. Hopefully I will have something useful to offer them. The most interesting thing about that trip is that I opened my big mouth somewhere in the process and volunteered the fact that I am mostly fluent in Spanish... so now I will be teaching my workshops in Spanish LOL! Since then I have been frantically trying to memorize quilting & sewing terms since those are not really a part of my regular day to day Spanish vocabulary!
After Madrid, I am gong to Paris for 3 whole days... by myself... to do what I want to do... with no agenda... to walk and
look and play... and eat, oohh how I can't wait to eat... while I look some more.... I can't even think of the last time I have had an opportunity like this one. I know once I am there I will miss my munchkins and Eric deeply but right now it all sounds a bit heavenly...
I have been scouring Paris guidebooks and getting tidbits of information here and there about what shop to visit here and what flea market not
to miss and what little cafe has the best cafe ole. Most importantly I am gathering tidbits of information about fabric- beautiful,vintage,French fabric... entire shops of it... Markets... little nooks and crannies. My friend has even given me the name of a few shops that carry some of my lines so I will have to at least stop in there just to say that I saw my fabric in Paris... I can't even imagine such a treat! So if any of you have any tips or little hidden away gems to share... I would love and cherish your tips... And I have to warn you now, I am taking 3 huge photo cards with me and my snazzy brand new SLR camera and plan on taking enough pictures to blog with for a year. You all are going to be so sick of my Paris stories....
In honor of my unpcoming trip and the box that arrived on my doorstep today, I thought I would have a wonderful little Jelly Roll Giveaway today. The last one I did was so much fun that I thought I would spread some of this happy anticipation with some Jelly Roll love!! I am giving away a Shangri La Jelly Roll by 3 Sisters, an Allspice Tapestry Jelly Roll by yours truly and the newest Urban Indigo Jelly Roll by yours truly as well. So start those
comments coming and let me know which of our lines has been your favorite--I think there are 9 to choose from-- we'll call it an informal survery LOL! I will draw threee names on Friday night after we are all full of Thanksgiving Turkey!
talk to you soon.