Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We're doing it again!

After the success of Cabin Fever II in February we decided to get a jump on things and start planning for the next retreat. We've found a new location that is much bigger so that everyone can sleep in a bed. It is going to be our best one yet and we hope that you'll join us.
Registration opens on FRIDAY!!! May 1, 2015 8am MST.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cabin-fever-iii-tickets-16769866121 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's finally here!!!

That's right, CABIN FEVER is back! (Read about our first retreat here and here) Helping me on this awesome adventure are my besties Terry from Thankfully Sew and Shannon from It's Sew Shannon. They are the BEST!

We're getting everything set up and ready for registration which will open DECEMBER 15!
This is a cozy retreat and space is limited so if you want to come you better move this to the top of your Santa List. I'll have more information next Friday about registration. Until then....


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Counting On Christmas

Are you starting to feel it? I've had the Christmas bug since Halloween! It's a big deal this year since I haven't felt very Christmasy the last few years. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I started feeling it and now I hope it never leaves.
My daughter has been very adamant this year about not putting up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. She's only 9 but she notices how Thanksgiving gets skipped right over, especially in the stores. And I have to agree. So our tree will have to wait until after Thanksgiving to be put up. But I did manage to sneak my "Counting on Christmas" quilt on to the wall. I mean, I did need to take a picture and there's no sense in taking it down if I'm just going to put it back up in a couple of days :o)

I just finished a remake of my advent calendar quilt- Counting on Christmas. I wish I could tell you these fabrics are in your local shop but I've been saving (hoarding?) them for years. One of my very favorite Christmas collections is Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas

You have to admit, it's simply delicious! But from 2010 it's a little hard to come by. Thanks to a dear friend and a quick thumb on an IG destash I was able to score a couple Layer cakes and some yardage earlier this year. Oh, you haven't seen the last of it yet :o)

Are you dying to make one of your own? The pattern is available as an instant download in my Etsy shop! Now I know we're getting a little close to the start of December but since it's fusible applique it goes together so quickly you can have the top done in an afternoon. And if you're a real plan ahead type you can start planning for a twin size for next year. I always thought it would be the cutest for my kids to have countdown quilts on their beds during the month of December. Right!? Somehow I don't think my 14y/o would agree :o)

HAPPY SEWING and a very


Friday, November 7, 2014

November Aurifil BOM designer- SCOTT HANSEN

This is old news, I know, already a week old, but this month we celebrate one of my friends,
SCOTT HANSEN of Blue Nickel Studios. 

Scott is one of the best people...EVER! He and I became friends and Quilt Market and although we only hang out twice a year it's always awesome to see him. 
I still remember one of my first markets coming back to my booth after a quick minute away and finding a blue nickel sitting on the table. It took me a minute to make the connection and I hurried to find him and say HI. This last spring we enjoyed a fun lunch away from market (it seriously felt like we were cutting school) along with our friend Frances Newcombe of Art Gallery fame. It was my favorite moment from spring market- we had so much fun!

Take a minute and head over to Aurifil's blog to learn about Scott. Really, if there's anyone you want to know in the quilting world, Scott should be it. 
Don't forget to download the instructions to his block and to enter into the contest each month to win a package of Aurifil thread!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Beyond Neutrals- Book Tour

From the moment I got wind that John (aka Quilt Dad) was working on this book I could hardly contain my excitement for it's release. I knew it was going to be fabulous but really I had no idea. This book blew me away!

The whole idea of the book is to get you to look at fabrics in a different way and to use those fun, vibrant fabrics in places you would normally reserve for boring neutrals (white, grey, etc). John has designed 16 amazing quilts using colors and prints that make you say "Wow! I wish I'd thought of that!" 
One of those quilts is Fallen Timbers, pictured above. I'm the boring quilter that reserves prints and color for the blocks and uses white for sashing between blocks. I absolutely LOVE how John used a variety of prints, many light in color, for the main blocks and chose a gorgeous grass green for the sashing between. The overall look is stunning!

Another quilt that I LOVE in the book is Raven Rock. John didn't use any boring neurtals in this quilt. In fact there is no sashing, background, etc- it doesn't need it! The bold strips of fabric flow through the quilt with graphic movement. It's awesome! 

Let's not forget the cover model and show stopper- Pacific Crest! Those prints, in that layout, with the deep blue background is breathtaking. I'm hoping to make up my own version of this quilt some time soon. Guess what I've chosen as my fabrics!? (hint: see the first picture :)

This book should be in everyone's quilt book library. The patterns are fabulous and perfect for all quilters regardless of their level of expertise. My other favorite part of this book? The photography- it's stunning!

So, do you want to win an ebook of Beyond Neutral courtesy of Martingale?
Simply leave a comment telling me the fabric(s) you would use in your own Beyond Neutral quilt. I'll choose a winner and announce on Friday!


August 25 -- Kick-off -- YOU ARE HERE!
August 27 -- The Stitch This! blog at Martingale Books
August 29 -- Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness

September 2 -- Molli Sparkles
September 4 -- Angela Pingel at Cut to Pieces

September 10 -- Lynne Goldsworthy at Lily's Quilts

September 15 -- The Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber
September 16 -- Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts
September 17 -- Nick Ball at Quilts from the Attic
September 19 -- Amy Lobsiger at Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts

September 22 -- Emily Herrick at Crazy Old Ladies Quilts
September 23 -- Sarah Fielke at The Last Piece
September 24 -- Monica Solorio-Snow at the Happy Zombie
September 25 -- Scott Hansen at Blue Nickel Studios
September 26 -- Katy Jones at I'm a Ginger Monkey