Monday, November 30, 2009


No, it's not what you think.

A couple days ago I got the wild idea to kick my son out of his room and get myself a bigger work-space.

So far, so good.

Lots to move around.

LOTS OF FABRIC to move around.

My husband says I'm spoiled.

I don't know if it's because I just up and switched rooms with my boy or if it's because in the process a lot of my "stash" has been out in the open.

I think it's got to be the first. If he really had a clue about the "stash" I don't know if he'd still be smiling. :o) ....but I am.

Have you ever decided to clean or re-arrange something and find a bunch of stuff you forgot you even had?

Well I did.

So guess what!?

I'm going to give some away!

Look for a contest towards the end of the week.

Gotta go move more stuff around! :o)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The other day I had the opportunity to talk on the phone with one of my favorite new pattern designers- KatiCupcake! Ok, so her name is not KatiCupcake, it's Amy- but her patterns are. Anyway, as we were chatting she mentioned her new line of fabric coming out from Henry Glass.
Of course I was pleasantly surprised and a bit sad because I would've known all about this fabric line had I been at Fall Market. But oh well- I know about it now!

This is the main print- I think it's absolutely darling. Wanna see more? Check this out! Now I have to tell you, Henry Glass website is a little different so I couldn't get the exact link. But if you look on the right hand side you'll see Marabella listed and you can click there to see swatches off all the prints. Also, there's a FREE PROJECT! (Yes, you have to find and click on that too.)

Can I just tell you that Amy is one of the nicest people...EVER! I kept tell her how much I loved her patterns and she kept saying the same thing right back to me. How sweet is that!? I seriously could've chatted with her all day long- except that both of us have crazy, busy lives trying to raise a family AND run a business. Anyway, I can't wait to meet this cool chick!

Well guess what? I'm designing a pattern for this fabric line! Yep, Amy said she would help me out a little with the 'materials' , if you know what I mean!? ;o) So I've been sketchin' away tryin to get it just right. Be on the lookout, this one's gonna be cute!

BTW- Does anyone known CINZIA!? She won first place in my contest last week and I have yet to hear from here. CINZIA, if you're out there, email me so I can send out your package of goodies!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Thank you RANDOM.ORG for such a cool tool to pick the winners.

First Place: #94- CINZIA!!!
She wrote: "This blog tour is such fun. Congratulations it is a top block"

Seond Place: #5- BARB!!!
She wrote: "Wow...Congrats on being published.....and I would love an issue of that magazine."

Third Place: #39- NICOLE!!!
She Wrote: "Congratulations on your 100th post! Keep up the great blogging and amazing patterns. :)"

Thank you to EVERYONE that left such thoughtful comments. I think you broke the record for the most entries into one of my contests!

Don't forget that the contests at runs through FRIDAY 11/13 for more chances to win!!!!

Winners: remember to email me with your shipping info. so I can get your prizes out ASAP!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Today is my 100th post! I've been so excited for this day to come because I've visited so many other blogs and watched them celebrate their milestones and now it's time for me to do the same!
The best part is- not only and I celebrating 100 posts on my blog, but I'm celebrating being PUBLISHED!!!!
That's right folks, yours truly will be featured among 99 other amazing designers in...

I could hardly believe it! When the mag. showed up in the mail I immediately flipped to the back to check the index and find my page (47). This is what I found...

My picture quality isn't fantastic- but that's what happens when you take a picture of a magazine page with your camera. That's me on the right- Block #72 Chain Link!

Not only am I in the magazine but I also get to participate in the 100 Blocks Blog Tour daily Nov. 9-13 at for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore!

Look for 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers in your local quilt shop around Nov. 17th, or purchase it at”

Seriously, this magazine is ONE TO HAVE! There are TONS of awesome blocks in there- in fact, there's 100!

But I have to say, mine is really the best. And here's why...

(please excuse the pic- I was frantically trying to finish and ran out of time!)

When you make the block as I designed in the magazine, and add sashing and corner blocks, you get the REAL effect of the block and 'chain link' in 2 different colors!

In honor of this AWESOME event I am offering a GIVEAWAY!!!

Leave me a comment and you'll be entered into the drawing to win a FREE issue of 'Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks by today's top designers'!

...but that's not all...

In honor of my 100th post I am also giving away not 1, not 2, but 3- fat quarter bundles! That's right all you "I never win anything" people- now you have 3 chances to win. Each FQ bundle has 8 coordinating prints. Along with the bundles I will include 2 fantastic COL patterns!

So, are you excited!?

Here's the break down:

First place (the random number generated first) gets: the magazine, the FQ bundle, and 2 COL patterns.

Second & third place get: a FQ bundle and 2 COL patterns.

More? You want more? Okay- visit and follow the links to all the other designers and their blogs and enter to win in their contests too!

So what are you waiting for? Start entering in all those contests and you're bound to win something. Then run out to your local shop and pick up a copy of Quiltmaker's '100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers'!

English Cottage Quilt Kit

Have you been to Fat Quarter Shop lately!?

Today's newsletter features a new quilt kit using the "Postage Due" pattern by Crazy Old Ladies and the wonderfully beautiful Aster Manor by 3 sisters for Moda!

Hop on over and check it out- it's a super deal and a BEAUTIFUL quilt.

Wouldn't this make a fantastic Christmas present for a fellow quilter? I'm thinking of ordering one for a friend of mine- you should too!

Or, you could always link it to an email and send it to your hubby- then YOU'LL get this great present under the tree. I don't know about you, but my husband ALWAYS needs a good hint! ;o)

*In other news: today's post is #99! Can you believe it? That means tomorrow I will celebrate my 100th post. Check back tomorrow for a SUPER SURPRISE and an AWESOME GIVAWAY!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I wanna sew!

I can't remember the last time I sat and sewed- FOR FUN!!!! I add "for fun" because I had to do some minor work on a couple halloween costumes last week. But for the last few weeks I've been busy with other projects and haven't had the real desire to quilt.

The reason- I'm turning into a fabric snob. I have a stash like many other quilters out there- and I continually add to it. But for some reason I only like sewing when I have BRAND NEW fabric. I'm trying to break this trend- but it's not easy. So basically, I don't have "new" fabric- so I haven't been sewing.


Yesterday I was able to get my hands on a couple pieces from a new line for RILEY BLAKE designs: Sublime by Doohikey Designs.

(just a little sampling!)

It is GORGEOUS and I can't wait to start cutting! I think re-making one of my patterns with this fabric to be featured on the new front cover of the pattern. I'm not sure which one yet, but I have a good idea. I'll let you know when I do! ;o)

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Thought I would post a few pics from our festivities this weekend!
As far as quilting goes: I have been doing a little work lately- but it's not quite ready to show. I'll keep you posted!