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Monday, March 9, 2015

Good Bye Winter, Hello Spring!

If you live in the City, you have no choice but dig out your very own parking space, and set your chairs or any other furniture you don't need in the house to call it dibs! DO NOT under any circumstance park in a cleared parking space over night. Your car might be vandalized! Good thing I was only there during the day!
I hope we are done with snow and ice storms. We still have snow covering the area, but today we had a gorgeous day with 40 degrees. It can only get better!

 Of course, we had another one of our fun retreats at the Hampton Inn. I finished several tops, but this one is my favorite. I can't wait to quilt it!

I also found out that my name is on a Judy Niemeyer Pattern. How exciting!


We also celebrated Sandy's birthday with a wonderful cake from the Cocoa Bean. OMG, the best cake I've had in a long time! Happy Birthday Sandy!

Oh, I almost forgot Dan's birthday! He turned 34. As usual, we went to Olive Garden, but this time we were very disappointed in the food and service. We'll have to find another place for his yearly birthday celebration.

We were lucky that John and Casey came to visit for two weeks over Christmas! We miss them very much, but it looks like they love Long Beach, especially the weather! I will have to ask them for pictures from sunny California!

Of course, the most fun is hanging out with Simon on my weekly babysitting day!

He can talk, talk, talk!

But the most exciting news came, when we found out that he's going to have a sister or brother in September. Although, according to him, he'd rather have a dog!

All in all, it was a long, yet fast first three months of 2015. I know this makes no sense, we always think these Chicago winters are going on forever, but now it is already March, and maybe the snow will go away soon!

Here are some of the customer quilts I've been working on. The quilts are so gorgeous! I'm glad I get a big variety of quilts to quilt, it never gets boring!

And there were many, many more!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Merry Christmas

We were so blessed, that  the whole family could spend Christmas Eve with us! John and Casey came into town from California; Franziska, Luke and Simon joined us from City. Simon kept all of us on our toes! And, thanks to FaceTime we were able to see my Mom and all of my brother's family in Germany, and his most beautiful Christmas Tree!

Wishing all of you a very Happy and Healthy 2015!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yes, I blinked!

How can it already by November? And a wind chill of 10 below? Didn't we just swim in the pool the other day?

We celebrated Fran's Birthday in July with a trip to the Blackberry Farm so Simon could ride the train and the tractors.

A trip to the City with Dan is always on the agenda in Summer, so we can ride the water taxi.

Of course, Fall wouldn't be the same without a retreat at the Hampton Inn.

We also enjoyed a great evening out with Fran and Luke to see the Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater.

John visited from LA to pick up his car and drive it across the country.  We enjoyed a nice  lunch at JuRin to celebrate his birthday.

October was extremely hectic. First we had a retreat (should have had that at the end of October!). As always, I get a lot of sewing done.  But it was always on my mind that I had to finish two big Judy Niemeyer quilts within the next two weeks for Anthology Fabrics. They were to hang in their Houston Quilt Market booth.

While I was working on those two quilts, Klaus and Ursel were visiting from Germany.  They are just so much fun to be with. I hope they didn't feel too neglected because of my working in the studio.  We went to the City for Klaus' 70th birthday dinner. And, of course, we went to Ditka's.

We also had an Oktoberfest evening at the Brauhaus so Klaus and Toni could meet again (after 30 years!).
How fun! Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures when we had a barbecue evening at Bob and Donna's house. Great food and great company!

October also brought the Prairie Star Quilters Guild biennual show. As always, wonderful quilts, vendors, and Elaine's pulled pork! Can't beat that.

Leanne's Autumn Applique Quilt won Best of Show. All in all, my customers received Best of Show, one First Place, two second Place ribbons. I'm so honored that they chose me to finish their quilts.

Then it was time to head to Houston for Fall Quilt Market to meet up with my friends Anne Garner and her sister Linda Crawshaw from England, and from Florida Cathleene Tokish and her friend Kim, and Maureen Capps.  I also had a nice evening with Astrid Oberhauser from Basel.  Schoolhouse and Sample Spree are always fun, the exhibit was fabulous as always.  Leanne had one of her quilts displayed, but there was no photography allowed.

The red and white quilt display was extraordinary.

And now we're into November! Oma was visiting for a couple of weeks. Time was flying by, but she'll be back again.

She was here for Halloween, but we only had one trick or treator at the door. Unfortunately I had to eat all the left over candies myself.

Simon was a dinosaur this year, with his parents guarding him.  I made the dinosaur costume 25 years ago for our John. Memories ....