Hello, Quilty friends!

I've been away for a bit, but I have a couple of really good excuses:
1. As some of you know, I've been selling microwavable bowl cozies to a local gift shop. I've also been sewing some lined grocery bags (from Virginia Lindsay's book, Sewing to Sell; she allows you to sell whatever you make from the book, and she has a great YouTube channel as well) and some rayon challis infinity scarves for an upcoming craft fair that our church is participating in come November. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I delivered some cozies and showed the purchaser at the shop the bag and scarf, and she loved them - even said she had thought about asking me for bags, because on August 1, a new law went into effect here in Connecticut (that's in the Northeast US) that taxes plastic grocery bags at 10 cents a pop. So I've been busy trying to get into the sewing room as much as possible.

2. A week from tomorrow, DH and I will have been married for 40 years. That sounds a whole lot longer than it feels! Anyway, at Easter, our ten children & seven children-in-love gave us a card informing us that they had arranged a week's vacaction in August for us in York, Maine, at a lovely bed & breakfast. They had all chipped in, and they even included extra $$ for golf and fabric shopping! For those unfamiliar with it, York is about an hour north of Boston, right on the ocean. Took us a little over 3 hours driving from Hartford, so totally manageable. We had a wonderful, relaxing time of it, and throroughly enjoyed ourselves. My sweetie even took a day trip with me to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire (about 2 hours from where we were staying); since I don't know that I'll ever have the opportunity to get to Hamilton, I figure it's the next best thing. Beautiful shops with lovely folks. I came home with a bunch of 1-yard cuts that were only $3 a piece, and a 3-yard cut of backing fabric that will be perfect for the table runners I'm working on for the craft fair. I also bought a book & template for the Phillips Fiber Art Braided Twist (https://www.phillipsfiberart.com/sho...-x37288949.htm ) as a toy for myself.

So that's my excuse. Missed you all, and glad to be back!

And PNW friends - I'll be out your way next month!

Quilty hugs all around,
~ Sally \0/