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I made my first quilt in 1973 while pregnant with my second daughter. My mother and grandmother both quilted but had not taught me, so I really began from scratch. I wanted a quilt to cover her bassinet, it was awful but it kept her head from rubbing the woven bassinet. My next attempt was a crib quilt for her but I had no one to tell me how large to make it. I measured the mattress and made it that size. Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam with no room to cover the baby. It just lays flat on the mattress. To say I have learned a lot, is an understatement.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer time with the family

Don't you just love summer? The kids are out of school, you have more free time to play. You get to spend more time working in the garden and to spend more time with kids as you drive them to the pool. You get to spend more time shopping for groceries as you will spend many more quality hours in the kitchen cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for the kids. You will get to spend even more quality time with them as you drive them to the library and to their friends' house and then back home where they swear they will help you clean the kitchen, but then they disappear.

Then comes the wonderful adventure we call "The Family Vacation". This is sooooo much fun. You and your husband have the great idea of an old fashioned family trip and rent a cabin by the lake for a week of family fishing! Wow! Aren't the kids gonna love that? They get to run around in the woods for a week: you get to check them for ticks. They get to fish along the shore: you get to worry that they will drown. On yes, you get to check them for ticks and MUD. You get to clean the fish. They get to go out on the canoe with Dad: you get to make certain they have sunblock and hats and life preservers. You get to clean the fish.

Your husband gets to build the bonfire and gather the kids for s'mores. You get to make certain that they have plenty of mosquito spray. They get to tell lots of ghost stories around the fire: you get to sit up with the little ones all night who have nightmares. You get to check them for ticks, again.

You get to cook all week in a cabin without the modern conveniences of your home. You get to try to keep clean clothes for everyone and keep track of the swimsuits and towels without your washer and dryer. Wow, what fun.

When you get home, the kids run around the neighborhood telling all their friends how much fun it was, your husband is tired so he will drop in front of the tv with a beer. You get to do laundry, but woohoo, it is in your own laundry room which never looked so good.

Man! Aren't you glad when your darling little ones start to whine that school starts tomorrow. We did not even get to have any fun this summers.

Time to plan for school starting, shopping for school clothes and shoes. BUT, it is time now for you to plan your school starting activity.

The Third Annual Strip N Stitch Bus trip is September 24, 25, & 26! At last, time for YOU. This bus trip will originate with us and you will travel through four states and visit 12 really great quilt shops. You will spend two nights in nice hotels and have the time of your life. Your husband can spend his quality time with the kids.

All kidding aside. This trip is a really great time to spend some time with your friends or to make some new ones. Each year, we have a wonderful time going to see shops that create a warm and welcoming atmosphere just for you. They go out of their way to make your time in each shop a memorable one. See new quilts, kits, and places. Each shop has gone over the top to make this a happy weekend totally designed to cater to your every quilting desire. Think of it as a 12 stop quilt show with limited visitors.

The price is kept to a minimum so that you will be able to concentrate on your fun. $229 includes your bus trip, all hotels and most of your meals. We book a beautiful motor coach with modern conveniences and great hotels.

We have been doing these for several years now and we also add an element of fun-factor in for you. Each paid bus hopper will receive the opportunity to win $200 cash in spending money. Watch our newsletter for the details on this one. This could make your trip almost FREE and we all loveFREE, it is our favorite 4-letter word.

Sign up today with only a $50 deposit. $90 will be due July 15th and the remainder on August 15th.

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