Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Imagine my surprise when I counted though the comments (3 times to be sure!) and it was YVONNE!!! I don't know Yvonne personally, but I know lots about her through my good friend Shannon. And thanks to her faithful following I look forward to her comments all the time. I am beyond excited that she is the winner of:
YVONNE- email me so I can get these shipped out ASAP!!!
On another note, my isolation is a little less strict now that I've passed the first 3 days. Not a whole lot changes- but I am going to start a little bit of sewing. Yep, you heard me. A couple of those UFO's I've had stashed in the cupboard are going to get finished. Don't worry I'll be posting as I get them done! Yahoo!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ok. I TOTALLY forgot about this. And that just doesn't happen with chocolate. I bought this at the Mall of America and stuck it in my bag for later. But after a couple trips to Cheesecake Factory I wasn't in the mood for this sweet yet. So I packed it away. Another yummy treat at the airport on the way home (Ben and Jerry's waffle cone- way too much ice cream) and I never pulled the treat out.
Skip to home and all the chaos that has insued and you can understand why I forgot about this candybar. Actually, I think it was meant to be. I'm not supposed to eat chocolate right now but who can resist GODIVA!!!
Today is a good day.
Friday, June 25, 2010
For one thing I have to stay on the Low-Iodine diet. This is so that the radioactive iodine can work better. Low-iodine doesn't mean no salt, but it does mean no IODIZED salt. That means I can't eat most processed foods because they all contain salt which is usually iodized. No seafood or soy based products including many kinds of beans. No Dairy. Nothing with more than 5-10mg of sodium per serving. I can have grains if I make them myself with non-iodied salt. I'm a quilter- not a baker. So it hasn't been pleasant. Seriously, if you can think of a food it probably has iodine or salt in it. My diet is pretty bland and boring.
I cannot be less than 6 feet from another adult and must limit that time to less than 2 hours a day. I can't be around any children or pregnant women. I have to sleep more than 12 feet from anyone. My kids are in another state visiting grandma and grandpa and my husband is working long hours and sleeping down the hall in our oldest son's room. I wave HI to him from the bedroom door. It's STRANGE.
I must MINIMIZE the amount that I use any items that may become contaminated (i.e. eating utensils, linens, telephone, etc.) Clean items often and before anyone else uses them. If you think about this it means- EVERYTHING. At this point I cannot sew. Sewing and touching all of my fabric means that I could be contaminating those fabrics. I would have to wash everything. And I normally don't pre-wash. I also wouldn't be able to send a quilt to a quilter without washing it first.
I thought about folding and packaging patterns- but I'll contaminate them too.
After the 10 days I'll have a little more freedom but for now I'm forced to stay in bed as much as possible so as not to contaminate anything. I have to limit what I touch in any case. See, I told you it was WEIRD. Just sit for a moment and think about it. Other than my lappy, the TV, and a book (that I just can't seem to get into) there's not a lot to do. Although I have done a little bit of coloring. :o)
Oh, and a little pattern sketching has been going on. But of course, they won't be ready for a couple months yet.
On that note- ENJOY THE FREEDOM that comes with having to do all the things we wish we didn't have to. Sometimes the peace and quiet we ask for comes in a way that makes us wish we never asked for it. At least I know this is but for a small time in the grand scheme of life. Thanks for all your well wishes. Do me a favor- when you sew, think of me! :o)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I wanted to post a really fun game for my contest...but I can't find my paper with all the notes I wrote. So I'll just make it short and simple. Leave me a comment telling me what you would do if stuck in isolation for 10 days. On Monday I'll randomly pick a winner to recieve 1 each of the 5 BRAND NEW Crazy Old Ladies patterns.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Sometimes I have an idea for a quilt and as it's coming together I'm just not feeling it. The 'original' quilt that I came up with was just that way. It went through many evolutions that were just "ok" before I finally had that "ah ha!' moment and was inspired to make the finished project:
I am LOVING this quilt right now. In fact, it's my favorite at the moment. From the beautiful 'Fandango' fabrics (thank you Kate Spain for another FABULOUS line), to the simple yet fitting design, to the name 'Tiger Lily' - I just can't get enough. If it weren't up at Pine Needles I'd still have it hanging on my wall.
What do YOU think?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This is "Best Friends"- named after the daimonds, of course. It's a layer cake pattern and super, dooper easy, peasey. PROMISE!!! Now, add it to your list so you can get you some! :o)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I LOVE IT!!! I'm really liking the trend with quilts where the blocks are more subtle and the whole quilt seems to 'blend'. Many of the new lines with lots of fun, big, prints do this really well. The coolest thing about this quilt is that it uses a Layer Cake! Would you have guessed? Obviously a little yardage is needed for the borders and block backgrounds as well.
So, what do you think?
*I just remembered- I'm going to have KITS for this one available on my Etsy shop! I'll have more info. in the next couple days and I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today I am quarantined. I had to have a small dose of radioactive-iodine as part of my treatment. I'm hoping this is the last step and that I can start getting back to normal. But for today (and probably tomorrow) I am stuck in my bedroom away from any and ALL living things.
I had high hopes of posting about the BRAND NEW PATTERNS. But all the pix are on my PC (not my camera or lappy) so you're going to have to wait another day or two. 5 New patterns! OMG- you're gonna LOVE THEM!
After I show them all, I'm going to have a contest where a lucky reader can win ALL 5....If you're clever enough. Until then, I'm going to enjoy the peace and quiet. Doesn't come around very often.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This may be 'new' news to some, 'old' news to others. In any case I'm blogging it so that makes it official. :o) Margie, the fantastic creator of such patterns as the 'Seasonal Skinnies' series, 'Happily Ever After', and of course, 'Ribbon Candy' has started her own pattern company under the name 'Ribbon Candy Quilt Company'.
This is WONDERFUL and couldn't come at a better time. The "split" (if you want to call it that) happened over a month ago but I've waited to blog about it so they could have some time to get things set up. They're still working all the kinks out, but head on over to her blog and say 'HI!'
Sometimes situations like this can be a little sticky- but I'm happy to announce that our friendship is stronger than ever! With all the issues I've had lately with my health I only thought it was fair for her to have full control over her designs, and boy does she ever. Add her to your favorites list because the fun has just begun. That woman is designing and sewing like crazy and has so many new patterns to show. If you're a fan of some of her earlier designs just wait until you see what she has up her sleeve. A little taste: 'Rough and Tumble' - the much awaited boy version to 'Happily Ever After', MORE 'Skinnies' patterns including 'Nautical Skinnies' that are SO STINKIN' CUTE!, and 'Sassafras'- you have got to see this one! She'll have pictures to show in two colorways and it's beautiful. And of course, she carries all the old favorites too: 'Fright Night', 'Christmas Sox', etc. etc. So go visit her blog to get all the info. you need on
RIBBON CANDY QUILT COMPANY!
btw- don't forget to check out her Etsy shop, too!
Oh yeah, for one more little tidbit of information and to see her quilts up close and personal- she'll be having a trunk show at the Provo COTTON SHOP store during the Wasatch Front Shop Hop June 16-19! I'm sure her quilts will be up for a while after that, too.
-You can check out some of my new designs at Pine Needles in Gardner Village during Shop Hop!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
First off, Bonnie (of Cotton Way) and Camille (of ThimbleBlossoms)! Their new line BLISS is spectacular- and so are they. I wanted to get a pic with them and my new pattern "Best Friends" made from their new line that I had to wait until tear-down and hurry over there to ge a pic. Well worth it. And thanks gals for being so wonderful about it!
Another of my favorite designers: Sweetwater. I was an adoring fan of scrapbooking and am equally, if not more so, in love with their fabric. PURE is beautiful and gave a new life to a pattern I had originaly done in Authentic. Thanks, Susan for coming over to snap a pic with me!
This Creative Chic is my friend Cori from Chitter Chatter Designs. She is Ah-Maze-Ing! Her needle-turn is unlike any other. This was her first market and she won 2nd place for over-all design. Take a minute to check out her blog and see some of her amazing work (even her chicken coop is adorable!)
Oh-Em-Gee! Last year in Pittsburgh (my first market experience) I was completely star struck when I saw this chic and her daughter. First of all, she doesn't look old enough to have a grown-up daughter, but she does. Do you know who? TULA PINK! Yep, that's her Mama, Kat Runyan. So imagine my delight when she visited my booth and we were both wearing 'Alice' themed shirts. This lady is fantastic and has so much energy. I LOVE HER!!! Thanks, Kat. (and btw- a T-shirt is being printed for YOU!)
OK, I am Sooooo glad this woman came to visit on my 'best looking day'. (seriously, if you couldn't already tell, I was struggling). Anywho- KATE SPAIN one of my new fave's is FABULOUS. As soon as I saw Verna I was telling everyone that would listen and all my local shops (as if they didn't already know) that this woman was "IT!". First 'Verna', then '12 Days', and her newest 'Fandango' (which I just finished stitching up into a new pattern)! And if you've followed Shannon's day-by-day of market you would see just how awesome this lady is! (We ran to Crate and Barrel to buy some of her plates and have her sign them!)
And this woman needs no introduction. In fact, I'm still in shock. Alex Anderson came to MY booth so I could get a pic with her. Isn't she wonderful!? So although 'Simply Quilts'- the show that taught me to quilt- is no longer running they have a fabulous web-show that you have to check out. But be warned- if they even post the video they shot of my booth (which they probably won't) it was on the last day and I was D-O-N-E! Now I'm just embarassed. Alex and Ricky in my booth recording and I was half asleep. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Check back tomorrow for 'Celebrity Sightings!'
Thursday, June 3, 2010
All Kits (and backing sets) have been marked down 15% from their original prices. That includes the BRAND NEW Flora & Fauna using Sandy Gervais 'Frolic' line, and Maison Bleue using 3 Sisters' 'Martinique' line! These kits are limited. Once they're gone, they're gone. Sale price is effective until June 16, 2010
ALL QUILTS! Yes, that's right, ALL QUILTS have been marked down 10% from their already wonderful prices. If you've been eyeing one and just couldn't click that button- now is the time. After June 16, 2010 they will no longer be listed for sale on my Etsy Shop.
Happy sewing- and SHOPPING!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Well that's happening to me with an old favorite. It's from SHANGRI-LA by Moda and it's the green/cream damask print. If you love me you'll check your stash :o) I'm such a beggar.
Even better. If you happen to have a yard of this fabric taking up room in your house and you're willing to part with it for my sake- I'll replace it with a little FQ love from sample spree from MARKET!!! :o)
Email me if you think you might have it. Sorry I don't have a pic. BTW- I need it ASAP!!!