Bits 'N Pieces

Linda Bllard and Company

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                             September 2022

Here we are, in September and thinking about next year, crazy isn’t it? Let’s Quilt Retreats are up and
running hoping to see you at one or more this coming January to August. Along with sharing a bit of news about Linda
Ballard & Co
., I’m including the spring/summer 2023 retreat schedule. You’ll see I’ve added a new location ..... yes, I’m
bringing a retreat to the quilt shop in Carmichael called Swifty Stitches! I’m so excited about this, she has a wonderful
quilt shop and just opened up a new classroom only steps away from the shop. I hope you’ll consider being part of this
new retreat. Also please pay attention to the location descriptions .... there are some changes .... I think it’s all good!

So now that Covid and the various viruses have been in the world, I hope everyone has been staying healthy. I
still find it hard to think about going out without a mask on, still taking precautions as much as I can. For the retreats,
it’s been hard to know what to do/recommend/ask of you ..... I know I’ve offended some asking for masks/vaccination
cards but it’s all in trying to be proactive here. But on the bright side, as of now we’re seeing a decline in cases and that’s
good. Keep up the good work of protecting yourself and others!

I have been busy since the last writing and continue to have new retreats teaching with guilds, shops and conferences.
I have annual private retreats and have even more creeping in ..... everyone likes the idea of having me come
and present one of my retreats for them, a real treat for all of us. In fact, I’m working with a twosome who is offering
this year the 2nd Annual Rendezvous in Reno retreat. It was so much fun last year, we’re doing it again! Held at the
Grand Sierra Resort, we have a large room with lots of space and of course with lots of fun! Also in amongst the private
retreats, I’m up and down Interstate 5 and various highways or at the airport. I do love this job! If you want more details
on my whereabouts, you can look at the calendar on my website at Another event I’m looking
forward to is being guest artist at the quilt show in Roseburg, OR on April 28, 29 and 30. Hope you can make it!

The cruise I’m sponsoring through Avanti Travel is still a go for this coming fall. We’re doing a 9 night New
England to Canada on the RCCL Adventure of the Seas ship. This was to happen last year but you know all cruises were
canceled due to Covid, but we’re up and running this time. There is still room if you want to join in. We’re going to have
so much fun! Just think ..... cruising, sightseeing, enjoying all the activities of the ship, ports and quilting! How fun does
this sound!! I have a brochure on my website you can download to see all the particulars. Next cruise slated for 2024.

Update on the family:
Dave - To say the least, I’m keeping him busy with the workbooks even if he doesn’t want to do them.
He does such a nice job, can’t imagine not having his talents to help me. His health is good, luckily he never had Covid.
He’s really liking the easier side of life.

Jim and family - So dad and mom are busy with the family and Jim with his practice. Courtney is still being
the chauffeur and still finds a bit of time to do things she loves. Blake turned 16 this summer, license and 2 jobs .....
he’s liking his life. Elle is a sweetie .... active at 11, loves her sports!.

Cheri - she’s keeping busy with her job and animals. Her bff is her rock and they both can get into some
fun trouble. Outings here and there, work and then more time with the animals. She had a big milestone birthday this
month ..... wow, she still is 14 in my head not 50.

Me - I’ve been designing some new quilts, liking what I’m seeing. Yes, sometimes it doesn’t go as
planned when I’m thinking of new quilts. If I don’t have fun with it I know you won’t either. Not often does this happen
but when it does it’s ‘well crap;! But then it’s onward and upward ..... then something else comes along in my head and
off I go. I’ve been really good through this whole Covid thing. Have all my shots, been good since I contracted it in February
but very cautious of what I do and the steps I take as a ‘just in case’. Right now with this writing, my guest room
and sewing room is a complete disaster! Things to put away (3 suitcases of quilts from one of my lectures) .... why is not
done? Not sure where to put them ..... I filled up my shelving and not sure what to do next. Maybe a sale of the older
quilts ?????? My quilting room has had a new quilt on the wall (I have to work off the wall on this one), been there since
April. I need to be home and get some sewing done! I need to have a vacation ... oh yes I do come Thanksgiving week.

Before I end, I wish to say Thank You for the support you give me throughout my ventures. There are so
many out there now following in my footsteps, offering retreats. How lucky for you to have options, but ..... know I will
always be happy and thankful for all of you. I do not take your support lightly. You are the best!