ORLANDO CityStamp™ Available Now!

I just put our new Orlando CityStamp™ on the http://www.zebrapatterns.com website. It’s available to ship now! This is a really pretty one. I also did a new United States Stamp – a collection of USA Stuff – what do you think of that one?

OrlandoUSA

TWO NEW FLOWERS!

Take a look – leave a comment.

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America & Baltimore Stamp Pattern Corrections….

Yesterday I taught a workshop on the Stamps. The workshop was fine, however I found out that my new America Pattern is missing a pattern page! I really feel bad when I make a mistake like that. I have already printed up 200 pages to go into the patterns. I will stuff the ones I have on hand tomorrow and I will send out the sheets to all my customers who bought the pattern at market. I AM ALSO GOING TO POST A PAGE ON MY WEBSITE FOR PATTERN ERRORS WITH DOWNLOADABLE CORRECTIONS.

Not only was there a mistake on America – there also was one on Baltimore that just got pointed out to me in class! That pattern has been out for a year. That mistake is less serious – I forgot to label the aquarium neon wave with piece #16 and there are two #15 buildings. One should have been 19.

Please go to the Zebra Patterns button on my site and you will see Pattern corrections listed. If I get any reports of problems I will post them here and provide solutions.  Sorry for the mistakes.

Shoot for the Moon #26

Update on Progress for Houston

CRAZY! We are going crazy getting ready for Houston. Not only do we need to have everything ready to ship by Sept 30 (boxed and palleted) but I need to get as many new patterns done as possible. Today I am finally finishing the samples of America and Texas. I hope to get California and Maryland cut out and finalize the patterns to send off for printing. Don’t know if I mentioned this before or not but we are also rolling out a new product – pre-printed panels! They look awesome and are an excellent solution to letting beginner quilters get in on the “stamp” craze! I have my first shipment coming this week. Along with all this prep we have been getting help lined up for Houston. My good friend Dee (who owned Main Street Quilt Shop in Elkridge) is coming down with us and will help out for both festival and market). The coolest thing happened on facebook – my long time best childhood friend Peg lives in Houston and will be helping as well. How cool is that – that I met up with her on facebook! I just made a facebook account because I wanted to spy on my kids. Who knew I would reconnect to so many old friends? And if that is not enough I  have a friend of Gary’s coming from TN (Sandy) who will also lend a hand. That is great because with all the help it will afford me the time to see market as well.

Feelings about my first time at Houston

So what does it feel like to be going to Houston. It is certainly exciting but also nerve racking. When I went to Pittsburgh we had total control. We had our booth. all our patterns,  our rug, and everything else we needed in our hands. We drove. This time it is a 20+ hour drive so we have to fly. That means I have to ship everything, I have to rent booth supports for my walls, I have to rent a car etc… SO MUCH more complicated plus – expensive! Then it does not end with three days of market, five days of festival open to the general public follows. So that creates the question – how many patterns of each do we send? What should we ship and what should we carry on? YIKES! Gary has taken care of most of the logistics. Thank GOD! I am feeling okay about the experience of showing at market. Having the experience in Pittsburgh makes me know what to expect. The festival part is a bit overwhelming. We had to solve the problem of accepting credit cards. Do you know to buy a credit card terminal it costs upward of 1,000 dollars plus a large monthly fee? With much research Gary found a way to bypass the expensive route and get a great alternative for a fraction of the cost. It is hard to keep up with everything that is happening in today’s world.  Business is changing rapidly due to the crazy speed at which the internet and computers are restructuring how we all do things. It has been interesting starting a business in this whirlwind of transition. Luckily Gary and I are both proud Geeks! My website is so cool – you would not believe it. We just launched a wholesale ordering link! It is pass worded and automated. My site is very fast and comprehensive. It is really meant to be an online catalog for all customers and vendors. I am trying to breath deeply and keep moving forward.

I now know why there are so many pattern designers that must just fall by the wayside. Along with having a creative and diverse line you have to have substantial financial resources as well as a great deal of physical stamina. I often think – can I really make a good living selling patterns? I hope so – and I am going to give it everything I have to make it happen.

So what would going to Houston be without throwing in a few monkey wrenches? This weekend we have a local quilt show! Fri-Sunday in Anne Arundal County. On Friday my oldest son is flying off to Florida for a college recruiting trip. Sunday I have to drive to NY and leave my hubby at the booth alone to give a Cancer talk in NY with my sister. Now throw in that my two sons that will be home are competing in their first triathalon on Sunday morning – plus throw in a soccer game and a basketball game. I think this is called “Insanity”. LOL

The Barn

Sometimes I look out of my current studio and can not believe that I have a new beautiful studio almost done! It is crazy. Yesterday the painted the final coat of white on the walls and ceilings and they started the accent lime green on the end walls. It is always a bit scary to see the color you picked on a tiny little paint chip painted on huge spans of wall. I “think” it looks great! I will re evaluate tonight after the are done. I guess the floors are coming soon! Today we picked door handles and light fixtures. The Barn will be a great thing to return to after Houston – right now I have to work work work!

Metrothreads

This past weekend was our Metrothreads meeting. It is a regional group of close to 80 participants who get together quarterly for a art quilt show and tell. We had about 20 people show and it was an awesome meeting. Next meeting will be Jan 9, 2010 at my barn for a studio tour and meeting. Isn’t that cool?

Okay – better get back at it! Until next time. . .  Sorry no pix this time – just type.

BARN-studio update


We are starting inside trim…Shutters have been ordered and it is coming along. Looks like a finish date at the end of the month. We were held up waiting for county permits. It is exciting – but I have to get back to work! Houston is coming! See pix below…Barn Construction 9-10--09  2Barn Construction 9-10--09  3See pix below.

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Shoot 4 the Moon #25 – California Here we Come!

California Here we Come!

Here it is CALIFORNIA! Their bird the CA Valley Quail, their flower- the CA poppy, the Golden Gate bridge, sunshine and gold mining! I will work on my pattern for this last stamp for HOuston. Then I will have to start making samples as those quilting elves still have not showed up in my studio! Tell me what you think!

California StateStamp TM

California StateStamp TM

Shoot 4 the Moon #24 – This and That…

Fourth and Sixth Workshop

Last Thursday I treated myself to a class! I had won a FREE class from the Nimblefingers guild Challage. The guild had the two sisters from Fourth and Sixth Designs speak and followed up with a lecture. The lecture was on strata. Strata is long strips of fabric sewn together to make new fabric. Then we cut it into small blocks to make a quilt. The class participants chose between one of the two patterns that the speakers provided – but I did my own thing. Awhile back I was going to take a class with another national strata teacher. Once I got to the retreat and saw her work, I was disappointed and passed on the class. I had made 11 hours worth of strata for that class! As I sat and listened to their lecture – I thought – I may crash that class and use that tedious strata from years ago.  I did have another motive – I wanted to pick their brains about Houston and quilt market. The sisters shared openly and I learned a lot of details about Houston.

I will post what I worked on below. It is a tossed rainbow strata – of course with a message/typography and symbol. I found the rainbow blocks to look a little sixties – ish and put my political comment on it – time for peace! The whole world is behaving so childishly. We are living is such a rapid exciting time of discovery and learning with technology and communications – that I just want to tell the world – enough already – of fighting and dividing! It’s time!

The piece is not done – I scanned in the finished blocks and designed the rest digitally. I would love to drop everything and finish it but that is not in the cards right now – Houston is coming!

"It's Time" - Strada Blocks with pained white Grafitti

"It's Time" - Strada Blocks with pained white Grafitti

Houston

All the papers came and we are filling those out for show needs like electricity – phones and the like.  We have a credit card terminal on its way here. That is a must in Houston. I have three new patterns sitting on my studio table ready for samples…America, Maryland, and Texas.  Last night I worked on California Statestamp. I think it is done too. I will post it soon. It is upstairs on my laptop. I really could use some elves right now! I left the patterns on my studio table;e over night – but when I came down this morning – no samples! Where are those elves? Do you have their email?

I am making progress. It was good that the kids had school last week – it really opened up some non interrupted time.

Flashback of my illness

As I have been writing “Shoot for the Moon” I occasionally have flashbacks.  Most not so good but some very good! My not so good flashback had to do with neuropathy.  Neuropathy is another lovely side effect of chemo and radiation. It is a condition in which your toes and fingers go numb and stay numb until you stop all the chemo. Hopefully, after a good amount of time, the feeling comes back, mine did. It is very annoying. I was reminded when I heard someone say they were having trouble with their fingers feeling numb. It is one of those added cancer bonuses.. not only are you weak, nauseaus, bald and puking… but when you assume the position in front of the porcelain bowl – you can not even feel the toilet seat! Oh I almost forgot – your toenails and fingernails have also fallen off! CRAZY!

So as I was recalling that unwanted memory I decided I needed to remember something good about when I was sick.  I thought for awhile and I actually came up with two! The first was fond memories of  being very thin and when I had a good day I would get on matching bra and panties and look at my body wearing high heals! It was great – 100 pounds in 3 inch heals – I looked like I was 16 again! Maybe even better! I tried not to look above the shoulders – the bald head did not add anything to the picture – but I do now know I have a nice round smooth head. Being around all those bald people – I felt very fortunate to not have dents, bumps or nasty moles.  The other great plus was my diet.  When I could eat I would eat a tender rare piece of the finest steak and a chocolate milkshake. Those were the  great over riding memories to offset the neuropathy flashbacks! A sixteen year old body and steak and milkshakes for dinner were good times!

The Barn (new studio)

I must get an updated pix on this blog! Will do soon! It is all done on the outside. The dry wall is up and will be done on Wednesday. We lost some time as it is the Labor Day weekend. They start trim as soon as the drywall is done…then paint, floors and final electric and plumbing fixtures. I think the move will not happen until after Houston. I have a ton of speaking engagements on the agenda as well between now and Houston.  okay – until the next time …….

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