Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm Back Again

I'm back again.... It's been almost a year since I have posted... and oh the things that have happened in that year.

Let's start with the Retreat House.  The Queen's Rustic Retreat is doing very well.  We are booked very consistently and lots of folks are having a grand time retreating. It seems like there is always something new going on or something new being added.  We've replaced an a/c unit, the oven, the dishwasher, the refrigerator, added a water cooler, a second additional new refrigerator, cut down trees, landscaped, just to name a few.

Prior to his retirement we took our annual cruise in April 2017.

Then a few weeks later we took another cruise, this time a Quilting Cruise with a new to us cruise line, Royal Caribbean.  Somehow I missed a picture with Carol Doak.  She was our first class on the Quilting Cruise.  Daniela Stout was out second class.  I almost finished the quilt project she taught.  I might have but I decided to change out the color on one of the blocks so had to wait until I got home for more fabric.

And our third class was with Debbie Maddy's Labyrnth.  I did finish that one but alas, it's still not quilted.

Then in June, we took another trip to celebrate two things:  The King's retirement and a good friend's destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Guess I missed getting a photo of the King with the bride and groom.  Maybe he was taking the picture.

The beautiful wedding party!

July took us to our former home place of Benton, Arkansas to spend the 4th of July with wonderful friends there.

In July, we also purchased 1.3 acres of property directly behind the Queen's Rustic Retreat.  It has a "warehouse" on it that is basically a shell of a building that is 40' x 80'.  We have decided to retrofit that as our new house.  We've hired a contractor and the plans are coming along very nicely.  The contractor tells us we have a completion date of late December 2017.  I can hardly wait.

When the move to the new house happens, we will use the upstairs bedrooms that we currently reside in for additional beds for the retreat house, taking it from a 12 guest facility to a 20 guest facility.

August brought the biggest news of all so far.  We purchased the X-Blocks Company from Patricia Pepe and drove to California to complete the sale and move the inventory to Texas.

We are so excited to be the new owners.  If you're not familiar with X-blocks, you can visit our webpage here.  On our way to California, we detoured to Yuma AZ to visit the grandkids (and daughter and son-in-law too).

With the new X-Blocks business aquisition, we made the decision to hire some much needed help.  Joy Tapley joins the Quilting Queen Enterprises LLC staff.  She is a life saver in so many ways.  Her official title is designer/instructor but she'll do anything I ask.  And I do mean anything.  She's even cleaned a few toilets, cooked a meal or two for retreat guests, made beds, ran errands... you name it and she does it with smile.  I couldn't ask for a better assistant!  

It has been a whirlwind trying to get samples made, prepare for our first Quilt Show (back in California, Pacific International Quilt Festival),

and the biggest prep and quilt show of them all, Houston Quilt Market and Houston Quilt Festival in late October and early November.

We released 4 new patterns for Xblocks.

This is Victoria Borealis

Twirling Posies


The Queen's Jewels

Miraculously we all survived and had a good time, learned a lot, and sold a few rulers and patterns.

I'll leave you with this cute little mug rug we designed using X-Blocks.  It's a free pattern and you can find it on our Facebook page soon.

Thank you for staying with me in my absence.  I hope to be back a little more often in the future.



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