Well, hopefully anyway....it's been over two months since my last post. You know the drill...life just gets busy and some things get put on the back burner. In my case...my blog definitely was put waayyy down on the priority list! : /
Things are slowing down now and I've been thinking about the future of blogging and my blog specifically. It seems that folks are moving toward other forms of social media to share their quilting hobby...Instagram, Facebook, etc. The traffic on my blog (and all blogs, I believe) has slowed down and people taking the time to comment has slowed down even more. I've seriously wondered if I should even continue blogging...is it worth my time? Is anyone even out there?? I have not been able to keep up with reading my favorite blogs the last couple of months either...but when I have a few minutes here and there, I find I do enjoy reading what you're all up to. So it makes me think...if I still enjoy keeping up with what others are doing, maybe they like hearing about my quilty stuff. Hmmm...something to ponder on for a while.
Part of the reason I've been sidetracked from quilting, sewing, blogging, etc., was this was the summer of DRIVING! In May, June, and July, I went on five separate road trips (sometimes by myself, sometimes with the hubby) to Indiana, Idaho, California, Texas, and Delaware. Whew... I think in a 45 day period, I was on the road for 20 of those days! June is also the peak month for change of command ceremonies and "going away" events here on base. Then July brought Cheyenne Frontier Days -- a huge rodeo and state fair type event...which for us meant preparing our house for the Historic Homes Tour, eight official dinners/socials, five concerts, and three rodeo events in a two week period. Whew...needless to say...we were ready for a vacation after it was over!
I had a few days to recover before it was time for our local guild's quilt show...of which I was a co-chair. Lots of coordinating, planning, preparing for the whole year, but those last few weeks really put the pressure on... The show went off with a hitch, thank goodness!....and this week, I've basically been a hermit...enjoying the fact that there is almost nothing I -have- to do! Yay!
I don't have many pics from our travels as most weren't leisure/sight-seeing trips, but I did have to share a little about a special stop I was able to make to Missouri Star Quilt Company!!
Meeting Jenny was really exciting. She was so friendly and welcoming. I got to see where she films her tutorials and in fact, they were setting up to start filming. I met her son, Alan, too, and he had just finished his first quilt. Did I mention this entire family is really tall?! :)
It was totally worth it to go a little out of my way to stop and visit the shops...yes, shops! There are 4 quilt shops in the little town of Hamilton, Missouri, owned by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Really great place and I'll be sure to go back when I'm traveling through again!
Another highlight was attending my niece's high school graduation...it was a rarity to have our entire family together (we are the only family members that live out of the area and it's hard to get both of our kids there at the same time now that they are both grown with careers and living out on their own in different states) This picture shows my mom and her four children and their spouses and children. Awesome!
Well...I think I'll stop for now. I have not accomplished much sewing this summer either (no surprise there!), but there are a few things I can show you. I did actually make a quilt from start to finish for that little guy in the picture above...for his first birthday. But, wouldn't you know it, I forgot to take a picture. I've been trying to get one from family members, but you know how that goes sometimes...
Until next time...