Tuesday, July 29, 2008

coming back to life

My, my, I have been overwhelmed with too many jobs, concerns, opportunities, responsibilities, personal issues, heat, quilt shows and events, etc. Gonna try and start again, on SLOW! LOL

After hearing horror stories of quilts stored in black plastic bags and then mistakenly thrown in the trash, I have been purchasing these see-thru bags. I am posting this photo because some of you may not know they exist. They are found in the regular grocery story, in the plastic bags section. They come in 3 sizes - this is the middle size and plenty large enough for 2-3 quilts. Larger is just tooooo large. I think the package of 4 bags is about $6.00. They are extremely durable, and have a handle, and square bottom.
Thanks to all who wondered if I am still alive, and to those who honored me with one compliment, or award, or special notice. There is no way I could choose among all you quilters who have inspired ME, along the way, so if you are reading this, consider yourself one of those clever people who have given ME courage and inspiration!

I've just returned from State Quilt Convention (4 days), and am slowly recovering from all the fun, inspiration, heat, walking, exhaustion, and friendship. As I plopped in DH's Lazy Boy when returning home, I put up my tired legs, and looked at my swollen feet and ankles and wondered who they belonged to -- they were totally unrecognizable!

And I am ashamed to say, I did not take ANY photos! Frankly, I was too busy! Next post I will talk about the wonderful classes I had.

I was honored by being named State Quilt Guild District III Representative. That 2-year commitment starts in January. Thanks to those who have confidence in my abilities.

Next week, I agreed to be a quilt judge at the County Fair. However, after I agreed to judge ONLY THE QUILTS, someone said I would also be judging needlework (huh?), embroidery (what?), ceramics (yikes!). Hey, hope they don't throw hogs and sheep in that mix! Yeeee hahhhhh!

22 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

You have been busy! Glad to have you back in the Blogosphere. :)

Kim West said...

glad your back!

I used those bags for when I moved here to Hawaii to pack my yardage and UFOs up to protect it. Much cheaper than those "space bags" you see on tv and you can get a lot of air out of it if you just squish hard enough (just like a small ziploc bag).

Joyce said...

I have a package of them. I didn't think of storing quilts in them though. Good idea.

Morah said...

Glad you are back. I only just found out you were "not in" yesterday as I too have been out of touch. Good to see ya again!

Lindah said...

Missed you! Sounds like you are having an exciting summer.

sMC said...

Congratulations on a well deserved Representative position. Of course they know what they are doing. No photos tut tut shame shame. Better just go and soak your poor feet and have a cuppa. hugs sheila

Owens Family Adventures said...

I was just thinking about you today and here I see you're back!!! I think you will make a great representative! and I'm really happy for you that you get the chance. :)
Sending some more warm hugs your way and wishes for a "quiet" week.
Take care!!
dawn

Julie said...

I'm so glad you are posting again. But it doesn't sound like you've been resting! Put your feet up and relax a bit. I'd be dead after a 4 day quilt show! And broke, really, really broke.

meggie said...

"Dance with the Dolly with hole in her stockin,
her shoes keep a rockin,
her knees keepa knockin

You just seem soo busy! It is all good though!!
hugsxx

Sharon said...

Glad you're back! And it sounds like you've been busy! Wow! I hope you had a ton of fun, and now get a nice, quiet week. We've missed you. =)

Karen said...

You've been busy! Have a good time with all of those judging commitments! (and let us know how it all went, especially the hog judging :-) )

paula, the quilter said...

You can do it! Just find some volunteers who know a lot about the craft and then bluff. Glad you're back.

LindaL said...

I haven't been to Quilt Nebraska for several years. A few of us went every year there for a while but we all got too poor!! Anyway, I heard you showed up as the "Quilt Police" and here I always thought the quilt police were just a myth.........Bet you weren't too hard on anybody!! LOL

Linda
another Nebraskan

Purple Pam said...

Glad you are back in the zone. I missed you. But I am glad to know that you were having a good time while you were gone. Take a breath and relax a while before you start the whirlwind again!

KCQuilter said...

So glad you're back!!! You've been a busy little worker bee. Keep those feet up (I know all about swollen feet and ankles and elevation does help!!!)

Marilyn said...

Congrats on the position and I know you will do them an excellent job. Glad you're back; been missing you.

Sweet P said...

You have been busy! Congrats on the nomination. I'm sure you will make a great representative!

Darlene said...

Welcome back! Congrats on your nomination - you're a perfect choice! Enjoy the journey.

Tanya said...

Welcome back! I missed you! Even though you say you are going to slow down, looks like another responsibility is going to keep you plenty busy. Hope you get in some quilting time!

quiltmom said...

Hi Elaine,
I am glad to see you back blogging - I am sure you will do a good job as a representative. I hope that the fair went well and that you enjoyed the judging.

Regards,
Anna

Lynn Dykstra said...

I kept peeking to see if you were back. My son is off to Nebraska to visit friends tomorrow--I am showing your wonderful photos of the sand hills to get him ready.
Have fun with the quilt judging!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

You are a brave woman to be a judge at the county fair. We had to hire a traveling judge here! You know we quilters can be a bit competitive.