News and Notes From My Lazy Desk

Lazies, I have some updates and news from my desk today.

New Girl in the Works!
First up, I’m thrilled to tell you I am in the final stages of a new purse design. Her name? Not so quick! They’ll be plenty of time for introductions in the coming weeks. Let me tell you a bit about our new Girl. She’s a zip-top purse, with two large front pockets, plenty of inside pockets and all kinds of attitude. The zipper is especially exciting. I’ve developed a new installation for the zipper and it sits down below the top of the bag. So, our new Girl has a dip-down, or sunken zippered top. Since she’s a dip-down, there is a little lip around the top edge of the bag which is ideal for grabbing while working that zipper. Oh baby, I cannot wait to unveil our new special Girl.

Flying Geese Ruler
We’ve recently given our Flying Geese ruler packaging a much needed face lift. You might not find this as exciting as I do, but when as many of these cross before my eyes as they do, it is really refreshing to have this updated look. Here’s what the new packaging looks like, with our current logo and the same coloring and styling as our website. Same great instructions, of course. Details about the ruler here: Flying Geese x 4 ruler. There is a wonderful step-by-step post about our Flying Geese x 4 ruler by ‘Hedgehog’ of Vaasa, Finland, at Life’s a Quilt blog.

Sweden, Anyone?
I have accepted an invitation to teach a couple of classes in Sweden this Fall. The event is Quiltkoping in Lidkoping, Sweden in early September. My friend Carolyn Griffin of Far-Flung Quilts will be teaching with me. We’ve just submitted final class proposals and don’t have much more to share at this time. Marti Michell and Terry Atkinson are also scheduled to teach at Quiltkoping.

I’ll keep you posted as details develop. And, I hope to update the blog during our trip. Here’s a link to the show: http://www.quiltkoping.se/ And here’s a link to Far-Flung Quilts: http://www.farflungquilts.com/hnewinfo0.html

My Dad
Lazies, my dad is doing great. His cancer surgery is two months behind us already and dad is feeling and looking great. He continues with healing and follow-up protocol and is busy setting the world on fire. We appreciate all of your support and love for dad, me and my family. It means a great deal to us, thank you.

Speaking of cancer, I wish this resource had been available to me earlier. I’m reading the book ‘Anticancer, A New Way of Life’ by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber and I highly recommend it. I have found this book to be both encouraging and informative with regard to cancer and supporting your body’s natural defenses. Dad is following many of the Anticancer nutrition and lifestyle recommendations from this book. If you want to check it out, here’s a link for the book: Anticancer, A New Way of Life.

So, there will be more news to come on our new Girl, I’ll keep you posted about Sweden and I hope you find some time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather when it comes your way.

Enjoy!
Joan

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20 Responses to “News and Notes From My Lazy Desk”

  1. Agneta Ekholm — March 22, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    Hi Joan,
    how great to hear that you are coming to SWEDEN!!! Quiltköping is a very popular event among swedish quilters, and I know for a fact that so are your purses! I didn’t get the chance to go there yet, but maybe I will make an effort to come this year, especially when there are so many great quilting names in the teacher’s list!!!

    Hugz
    Agneta in Uppsala

  2. Barb — March 22, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Oh Joan ~ First of all, I’m so happy that you dad is doing so well. I’m sure the family must be thrilled. Secondly ~ This new girl sounds just wonderful. I can’t wait!

  3. Jenny t — March 22, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    I simply cannot WAIT for the new bag, how long, Joan? It sounds wonderful already!!!! Please before my birthday in mid-April???

  4. Jeannie — March 22, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    ALRIGHT!! a new bag! can’t wait to see. I love zippers on the top like that.
    That is such a good book and I’m so glad to hear your dad is doing good!
    I will pass the information on to my Danish friend about those classes, thanks.

  5. Rosemary — March 22, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    Hi Joan!
    Glad to hear that your Dad is doing great! That’s very good news.
    Can’t wait to see the “new girl” – you tease!
    Ro

  6. Sheila Perl — March 22, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    Hi Joan,
    Oh goody, a new purse to look forward to! Thank you!
    So glad to hear your Dad is doing well and thanks for the book recommendation.

    The Quiltkoping in Sweden sounds so exciting, what will you be teaching?
    Take lots of pictures!
    Sheila

  7. Penny — March 22, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Oolalala a new girl in town! So glad to hear about your Dad, sounds like he is kicking some cancer behind! Oh how exciting teaching in Sweden, they do make really large suitecases for stowaways Hmmmmm?

    Penny in gorgeous Chesapeake!

  8. Regina — March 22, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    A new bag AND a trip to Sweden! How wonderful!!!
    And the news about your Dad is just the best!!! :-)

  9. Regina — March 22, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    PS – forgot to ask if there was room in the new bag for you to pack one of us with you to Sweden?!??! ;-)

  10. Sandy Dodson — March 22, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Glad your dad is doing so well I’m a Cancer survivor my self but my husband passed away in Nov of 09 from Lukeumia and Bone Cancer, So any one who can beat Cancer is a good thing Hopefully someday they can find a cure of this, I look foreward to your e-mails all of the time and have several of your patterns and I await the new things. THANKS A MILLION for all of us who really enjoy your line.

  11. arlene — March 22, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    Congrats on going to Sweden!! You will enjoy.

    I can’t hardly wait for the new bag pattern especially with a zipper top which is very needed
    to keep things in the bag when tipped over.
    Will keep reading the blog, I enjoy all the newes about sewing. Just made your Take-along bag & love it!

  12. bettina elliott — March 22, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    PTL on your dad’s continued recovery!!! can’t wait for the new bag. i hadn’t seen the new flying geese ruler, we’ll have to order it for our shop, the ladies will love it, i mean, it’s new so they have to have it…..i’m making a few maggies myself…will send pix.

  13. Bonita — March 22, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    Joan,
    I cannot wait for the unveiling of your new bag, it sounds wonderful. I wish you and Carolyn much success in Sweden. If you need extra assistance I am available !
    I will add your father to my prayers, I am glad that he is doing well.

  14. Marjorie — March 22, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    So thankful that Dad is doing well. Congrats on the trip to Sweden. Terry, Marti and Carolyn and you should have a great time. You each have a lot to offer quilters in quick and easy techniques and projects. Looking forward to updates as the trip comes closer.

  15. haysam — March 22, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Please know that Dr. Servan-Schreiber is posting his latest Anticancer insight and research on his official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/Anticancer and his new twitter account: http://twitter.com/servanschreiber

  16. Dixie Grassl — March 22, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    I went right to Amazon and ordered this book. Thank you in advance for the health it may promote! We all need an encouragement to do the “right thing”.

  17. Alice — March 22, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    am so glad that things are going well with your Dad. How I wish that today’s methods had been around for my Dad who died in 1989 of what is called today-mesothelioma. Our dr. diagnosed it right but then there was nothing to be done. Just goes to show the power of prayer tho, huh?

  18. Glenda in Florida — March 23, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    So many exciting topics in one post! Can’t wait for the new bag…I had heard whispers, but I never believe it until you announce it. I understand about the new ruler packaging. But, I just checked my specialty ruler drawer, and I have already have two, still in their original packaging, so I guess I don’t need to buy a third one with the new logo until I open and wear out these:-)

    I checked out the web site for the Swedish event–will the classes be in English? I have grandchildren in Sweden–perhaps I need to get that passport renewed . And, so glad to hear that your Dad is doing well.

  19. Cindy — March 27, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    Joan,
    So glad to hear that your dad is doing well. I guess I missed the discussion that he was diagnosed (or else just forgot it!). What type of cancer? I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer in 2003.
    I am looking forward to the new girl and I, like Jenny, also hope she arrives before my mid-April birthday. I am currently in the U.S. and could grab it while I am here–if I can find it locally–then take it home with me in April.
    Finally, I am excited to hear that you will be in Sweden in September and I am already “planning” in my brain how I can get there. Please keep us posted about the details. I clicked on the link but the page is not available in English — yet–hopefully they will do that soon. What city will it be in? I want to start soon with reservations, etc.

  20. wendiq — March 29, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    I guess I’ll be making another bag…..like I need one….LOL! This looks to be a good one. Love the way it features “the fabric”. I’m not keen on putting in zippers, but if you say it’s easy……well, OK……….My closet is beginning to look like I have a “purse fetish”……..:)