Oh that Grinch- he is my FAVORITE!!! The moral of the story is a great one. Whenever it comes on television I have to sit and watch (the original animated Seuss- not the Jim Carrey one). It takes me back to my childhood before Disney and Nickelodeon were on TV and you only got to see cartoons on Saturday mornings and when there was a "Special" on during prime-time. I love "Specials"!!!! I haven't seen it yet this season though. Maybe I should Netflix it! :o)
I've been working on finishing some last minute projects. This is a quilt I just finished quilting for a friend of mine. She's giving it to her little boy for Christmas.
It's a simple design which is key when you have such loud and fun fabrics. I just LOVED quilting it.
Each row got a different quilting motif. The words got straight line quilting. The spots got loopty-loops around the spots. The stripes got zig-zags. And the other prints with characters on them got a simple stipple. I LOVE how it turned out.
(I tried to get a picture of the back but its snowing so the lighting is bad.)
I got to have lunch with Terry and Shannon today. I sure enjoy those two. I look forward to our lunches each and every time. Shannon surprised us with fun little gifts and I just have to show it off to you.
Can you tell how well she knows me? Dr. Pepper and chocolate with a side of fabric!
I didn't even know Cadbury made their famous 'mini eggs' any other time of year. Of course these aren't eggs- but it's the same delicious chocolate in a candy shell. YUM! And look at those cute FQ's. I teased her that I could've used them when I made her table topper a couple weeks ago. And have you seen those plastic cups!? I got one at market from the M&M people and LOVE it! I fill it with ice water every night and set it on my nightstand for cool little sips during the night. Aaaahhh! Now I can have one in the studio too!
Her card read:
"You sure are a "cut" above the rest! Thanks "sew" much for your friendship.
She's so cute. Thanks Shannon for the awesome gift, and more importantly- you're friendship. :o)
Sorry I've been absent from the blog. I guess it's just that time of year. I have so many things I'm trying to finish up and deadlines to meet. And then there's that little holiday right around the corner. AHHH!!!
I promise I'll be back soon.
Hope you all are enjoying lots of friends, family and quilting!!!
Last week I saw THIS post by my friend Amy and FELL. IN. LOVE. It's such a simple design but it's so fabulous! I knew the minute I saw it that it was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
I made this cute table topper for my dear friend Shannon. Shannon is somethin' special. She has accompanied me to Minnesota, Houston and all the way to Salt Lake City! :o) And all the while she puts up with me (that's sayin' A LOT!) We go to lunch at least once a month but I usually see her weekly when I step into the shop to harrass her. I don't tell this gal often enough how much I appreciate her and cherish her friendship.
I've been trying to convince Santa that this little one would LOVE a sewing machine for Christmas.
But Santa said "She doesn't even know how to use one"
To which I replied "If she had one, she could learn"
Then Santa gave me the look.
So I decided to start teaching her, little by little.
This girl learns FAST! One of her favrorite things to do is play "Quilt Shop". It is very cute. I have to remind myself that she'll only be little once and soon she won't want to be in the same room as me. So I better take advantage of it now. :o)
Kenny has a "Tortoise and the Hare" setting- which I LOVE for this purpose. I just slide the dial to the little turtle and the machine creeps along at a speed slow enough for her to maneuver. She's still learning the whole 'seam allowance' thing but is doing great! Now she wants to use the iron!
This is her block. I'm so proud. What a great little improv. quilter! She searches through my scraps and always asks "Can I cut this?" before she starts assembling her pieces.
I showed Santa her progress. Guess what he said?
"Why does she need her own machine when she can just use yours!?"
Let's just say it's a good thing Mrs. Clause has a little pull around here. ;o)
It's Monday and I'm trying to get back into my routine after the Thanksgiving break. Did you have a nice holiday? I sure hope so. Ours was very nice and low key. I cook for my little family, my brother and another brother and his wife. There was lots of laughter and of course, over eating. I still feel full.
During some of my down time- sitting on the couch too stuffed to move- I had the chance to go through this book in more depth. I told you I'd tell you about it and I can hardly wait!
Honestly, I was excited to get this book because I won it- but I don't really make doll quilts. However once I peeked at this book I knew I was going to LOVE it. The techniques in the book are shown in doll quilt size- but you can make these 'blocks' in any size quilt. Which is just what I am itching to do.
This was one of my favorites. I love how Lucinda incorporated so many different techniques. The crosses, flying geese and the 'bird-house'. Oh, and did you see the one side with the triangle edging? I LOVE that it's only one side. Totally my style. And of course the color palette is yummy. Remember my post here- wouldn't this fabric be PERFECT!? I better write to Santa. :o)
I have been dreaming of making a quilt like this ever since I saw Amanda Jean's. It is a bit overwhelming to me to imagine making a large quilt in this technique. I think starting small like Cathy did would be the key. Besides, it has such a fun color-wheel thing going on. LOVE that!
I can't stop looking at this one. Now this one I can definately see in a large size. Who wants to make it for me!? ;o) I love Penny's string piecing technique and the way its accented in the diamond shape. LOVE!!!!
There are SO MANY other cute ideas in this book. You should really go get it so you can tote it from room to room in your hosue wherever you go like I've been doing. :o)
I've been collecting some Christmas-y fabrics for a little over a year now. I have quite a fun bundle. I haven't been able to bring myself to cutting it because I needed the PERFECT project for it. Well, I found that project this weekend and I can't wait to show it to you!!!
Have you noticed how my list of 'things-to-do' keeps growing and I keep getting further and further behind!? I can't believe Thanksgiving is upon us. Like, TOMORROW!!!
I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to have a cyber monday sale. Well, its going to run all weekend long from BLACK FRIDAY through CYBER MONDAY in my Etsy shop.
EVERYTHINGis 20% OFF
with the coupon code
It's my little way of saying 'Thanks' for being such great followers.You have to enter the coupon code to get the discount. EVERYTHING is included- even QUILTS like 'Tiger Lily' pictured above. PERFECT for that special gift! All quilts will be shipped the first week of December to ensure delivery by Christmas.
Ok, I better get back to cleaning this house and prepping the food for tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. :o)
For a little added fun- check out this video on the Michael Miller website.
It's dreary today. Rainy and grey outside. Days like today make me NOT like the color grey so much. Good thing I have the weekend to think back on to bring a smile to my day.
Would you believe I didn't take my camera to the retreat? Of course you can. Good thing my friend Amy was there and snapped LOTS of awesome pix. I managed to get a couple pix today- but again, with the rainy day, the lighting wasn't too great.
This is my Christmas wallhanging for this year (if I get it done). I made it for my husband since it's his favorite holiday saying. The majority of the fabrics I used for this are from Hall of Fame. I love how fun and festive the colors are together. Really, the combinations are endless with this collection.
I also managed to finish, er... work on some more...this project that I started at the Sewing Summit. I blogged a bit about it here. There was a class that I taught by Jess from Urban Patchwork on improv. piecing. LOVED that class! I'm going to work on this quilt just a little bit more and show you the completed project soon. (I hope)
Another cool thing from that class:
I won THIS book from Jess' drawing! It came in the mail this weekend while I was at the retreat. I've thumbed through it and LOVE it. Tonight, after the kids are in bed, I have a date with this book. Cover to cover. (no, not reading word for word- but looking intently at all the pictures!) I'll tell you more about that TOMORROW! :o)
Today is a BUSY day. But first, lets take care of business and announce some winners! THANK YOU to everyone who left comments. You are all so sweet and encouraging. I honestly wish I had enough fabric, time, and money to send ALL of you some. Luckily you'll be able to find it in a store near you towards the end of Jan/Feb!
The winners of the FQ bundles (10 fq's in each bundle) are:
I also chose winners to recieve one of my newest patterns:
126- Patricia (Pep Rally)
167- Carol (Out of Time)
30- JamieLee (Rock Star)
348- Rsisland (Full Court)
216- SusGus (On Target)
63- Amy B (Double Bubble)
Again, thanks so much for playing!!!
Now I have to get ready to head to the FrenchKnots retreat today!!! I am so excited to get some real sewing done. Wish you could come too!
Did you know Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!!! How did it sneak up on my so fast this year? We're hosting at our new house. Yikes! I haven't bought any food or made any preperations yet. I've made a list for the hubs to do all the shopping while I'm off sewing all weekend. If he forgets the turkey, I guess we'll just have sanwiches! :o)
Also, in honor of Cyber Monday I will be having a SUPER sale. Check back soon for details.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and an awesome week wherever you are! *hugs!*
I'm so excited to show you the patterns that I have released with the new Hall of Fame fabric collection. My goal was to design patterns that complimented the fabrics nicely but that weren't necessarily masculine patterns and could be used with many different fabrics.
From the moment I designed the pennant fabric print I knew I wanted to make a pennant quilt. This pattern is NOT hard to do. I made sure that my instructions were clear with lots of pictures so ANYONE can sew these angles! This pattern uses Fat Quarters and has instructions for 2 sizes.
Full court is a fun basic quilt. Perfect for beginners, but great for ALL quilters. The floating squares give it a fun modern look with just a little extra detail to add some interest. You can have some real fun with those floating frames!
One of my NEW favorites and a twist on an old classic- this pattern is super cool! Blocks can be mixed and matched for an even scrappier look. Try this one with fun florals and modern prints like Lush by Patty Young for an unexpected treat that's sure to please!
This is a revisit to an old favorite of mine. The circles are raw-edge appliqued for added texture. Soft to the touch but a rugged look for a more manly feeling quilt. Instructions are for 2 sizes and use 10" squares for construction. Think about stitching this one up in batiks- GORGEOUS!!!
Perfect for anyone but especially so for your star player. Mix and match the numbers for your favorite jersey and a tribute to your all star. Or leave the numbers off all together for a modern twist. Uses 10" squares.
Add a little interest with this fun quilt that uses different piecing and applique techniques for each block. Great for classes and workshops or a project to do in a weekend. You'll be amazed at how quickly your entire quilt is finished. Uses Fat Quarters for easy fabric selection and kits.
Don't forget to leave a comment on yesterday's post for your chance to win some FQ's from Hall of Fame. And because I'm in that giving kind of mood- I'll be picking winners to recieve some of my new patterns, too!! Leave your comments HERE to enter!
Winners announced TOMORROW- 11/18/11
This post was planned to go live first thing this morning. But Blogger had other plans. Like, not letting me load pictures the way I wanted to. So instead, you have the 'official' inside view of my market brochure featuring:
HALL OF FAME
my newest collection for Michal Miller
There are so many things I want to tell you about this collection so I'm just going to dive right in. (If you get bored just skim over it! :o)
First, I never intended for a rainbow, but as I was rearrnging the prints into a nice format the the brochure this is what happened and I love it. I have a fun 'retro' project I'm trying to figure out using several of the prints. It will most likely be a blog-only special. I'll probably show it sometime late winter when Hall of Fame is shipping to stores!
My inspiration for this collection came from vintage high school photos. I love the look and feel of these pictures. And although most were in black and white I could imagine what the colors were. I wanted to bring that feeling into a collection, yet have it feel modern all at the same time.
Obviously this collection has a more masculine feel- we need that in this industry. The colors, shades, and prints were all chosen to speak to a broad audience with a focus on the 8-30 male population. Colors can be mixed and matched to form almost any combination of 'team' colors.
There are a few focus prints that have a general sports theme. The pennants print is one of my FAVE's right now!
Of course I had to add some simple plaids and a fun multi-stripe. The 'sport spots' (or cheerios- as I often call them) are super playful and fun.
The ticking prints are reminiscent of those vintage sports but have a contemporary feel to them. I also designed some 'almost' solids with a slight tone-on-tone texture to mix and match with the rest.
Another of my favorite prints are the ones with numbers all over them. I'm a sucker for anything with type on them. LOVE these!
In the days to come I plan to show you the fun new patterns I've designed with the prints. They are so fun to work with. Want to see just how fun!? Leave a comment telling me your favorite print and you'll be entered to win a bundle of 10 fat quarters from this collection!!! I'll pick winners (yes, more than one!) on friday 11/18.
The STUDIO is as 'finished' as it's ever going to be. It's a work in progress, right? I'll contstantly be changing things around- that's half the fun. But it's functional right now and I'm loving it!
This is the view down towards the front door so you can see the close proximity my studio has to an open front door. SCARY!!! Hence the need to keep it clean (yeah right! Like that's going to happen!)
And a straight on view. I wanted to open the windows so you can get an idea of the amount of sunlight that comes in- even though it doesn't make for a great picture. Also, there's still things in boxes. The big one fron and center is overflowing with quilts. The two big frames are leftovers from my market display in Minnesota (spring 2010). They are going to become my design walls once I find the staple-gun. :o)
The view to the right: Thank you Closetmaid assemble myself furniture. It may be cheap, but hey, it's cheap! I'm on a budget here. My main focuse was continuity. Oh, and to fit all my junk in this room nicely. :o) Wanna know what's behind door number 2? FABRIC!!!
View to the left: (before I opened the blinds- blech!) Corner table thanks to IKEA. I took liberties with this one. Mixed and matched legs from a different desk set-up so I could have the top I wanted for the price I was willing to pay. So I had to pre-drill all my own holes- been there. done that. no biggie. Took me less than an hour from car to completely set up and I LOVE IT!!! There's room to do patterns on the left and on the right, sew. The corner gives me depth for extra quilt bulk when quilting. And there's room to store more boxes underneath! There's a little more minor construction/destruction that needs to be done when I can find my jig-saw. I'm going to notch out my table again so my machine sits flat. I did that in my old setup and it changed my life. Really.
This is my favorite nook so far. Behind the wall to the left is where I organized my shoes, um, I mean patterns! I have had several pattern organizational ideas over the years. Many attempted and just as many failed. But THIS is a winner. And of course, room for bolts underneath! A temporary spot for the ironing board- the hubs set this up yesterday to get church clothes ready for the kids. The iron is going to go atop the 9-cubby unit you can see in the photos above. I have a fairly large board on top that is going to double as my cutting area (so I don't have hunch over!!!) and my ironing area.
So there you have it!
If you have an eagle eye and can see past the glare there's a few goodies sitting out. More on those later. Oh yeah, and how about I tell you about my new quilt patterns and FABRIC collections. There just isn't enough time in the day. I'm asking Santa for a few extra hours... A DAY!!! Whataya think of a 26, or even 30 hour day? :o)
First of all, thanks for all your wondeful comments on my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 4 block (whata mouthful!) I'm in a hurry this morning so I just scrolled through the comments trying not to look too close and randomly picked one.
I've already notified the winner but to the rest of you- the magazine hits newstands next week so keep a lookout!
And then there's the little matter of my studio. I was hoping for a BIG reveal today but that just hasn't happened. What with having sick kids and then a sick self this week and all. I did manage to make the trek to IKEA yesterday to pick up a few things but there's still more to do and I don't want to show anything until I can show it ALL.
Just for a little sneeky-peeky I'll give you the "before"
Boxes, cords, clothes etc. It's a mess. But you see those 2 big bright things? WINDOWS! Lots of natural light in this room which I am SUPER excited about. I mean, I do a lot of sewing in the wee hours of the night but with light like this- who could stay away during the day!? Those big windows are the real reason I'm itching to get this room done. I just love going into that room just to stand and breathe in all the light. So lets all cross fingers that I have something to show for my efforts on Monday. :o)
Seriously. My whole family. Started with my middle kid in which I thought it was just a fluke. A couple days later #1 and #3 got it. Not to mention several people that had been to my house in the last few days. Then yesterday the hubs and I fell victim. Luckily we're all feeling [almost] normal today.
I'm still planning a not-quite-finished reveal of my "studio" tomorrow but before that I just wanted to remind you of:
I'm calling it that because 'craftroom' just doesn't fit anymore.
Oh and because in this new house we moved (still moving) into the only space to put my business is in the front room. Yes, you heard me. FRONT ROOM. As in the front of the house, first room you see when you open the front door. YIKES!
But I have a plan.
That plan included a trip to Target this morning. A stop at Lowe's on the way home. And entails a morning jaunt to IKEA tomorrow.
I've been working on a serious budget here- but I like where things are going.
The old house is mostly empty except 2 rooms: craftroom and garage. Mine and His. He said he wouldn't touch mine and there's no way in #3!! I'm touching his. :o)
My goal is the end of the week. By the end of the week to be out of the old and into the new. House, that is.
At that point I hope to show off you YOU since I know you'll be back to see who has won the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 4 mag.! See you soon!
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a new mag. was coming out with one of my blocks in it. It was so fun to come home from Market to a surprise waiting in the mail for me!
Today is the first day of the blog tour that runs through the 11th! I am so excited to be a part of it and to tell you a bit about my block.
This block was inspired by a geometric tile pattern I saw in a magazine. I grabbed some graph paper and started sketching. It just wasn't working the way I wanted it to. I finally decided to form it into more of a flower shape and LOVED the results...on paper. I think a whole minute-and-a-half went by before I was scanning my stash and pulling fabrics for the block. It didn't take long to throw it together. Introducing the SUNFLOWER!
After I made the block I didn't know what to do with it. I figure if it sat around for a few days a new pattern would spark in my subconscious and it would have it's place. But the next day I got an email looking for entries for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol.4 and I knew at once that this block had found it's purpose. :o)
I changed the colors to red and gold for the magazine submission because the issue was being released in the fall and I liked the idea of a poinsettia. The border needed to be added to fit the size requirements for the magazine. But I think the blocks would look just as nice with a simple sashing between.
Another idea I had as I've been looking at this is to make a checked border by strip piecing 1 1/2" strips in alternating colors and cutting the border strips from that. Here's my "dream" of what it will look like when I get all my fabric and machine un-packed. :o)
Another border of the alternating strips would add even more cuteness.
So, how much do you LOVE these 100 block magazine's from Quiltmaker? I know I do.
If you would like to win one for yourself- leave a comment (don't forget to make sure you're a follower!). A winner will be picked at the end of the blog tour. Don't forget to click on the button to the left for the whole list of blogs in the tour. I'm sure they're going to be fun to check out. And who knows, maybe extra chances to win your own mag. too! :o)
You should be super jealous that I have a friend as AMAZING as Shannon. I just peeked over at her blog (before I unplug and pack up my computer) and got lost in her perfect posts about market. I knew there was a reason to bring her along. *wink!*
Hey there! I really wanted to post the last 2 days but let me tell you it's been BUSY!
On Wednesday Shannon and I took a trip to the coast. The Gulf Cost, that is.
I grew up in CA so the Pacific and I are good friends. But I couldn't miss the opportunity to dip my toes in another body of water. The sand here is SO soft. And the water is cozy cool. People ask if it's warm. Well, it's not like a bath. But it you've ever felt the north California Pacific (very COLD!) this was warm in comparison.
Yesterday we started booth set up. It was a long, hot, sticky day. I got most everything in place but had to wait to hang the quilts until today after my Schoolhouse presentation.
The presentation went ok. I always feel like a dork. But my friends said I did ok. Afterwards we went back down to finish booth set up. This is what we ended up with:
I'm pleased. It looks super crowded in this picture but doesn't have that feel in person. I think it's all in the details so there's lots of fun sports equipment scattered about. And of course, QUILTS!
See that yellow jersey in the middle? It belonged to my hubs when he was a teen. It's a pretty gross jersey and he was shocked when I told him I was bringing it. But hey, it works PERFECTLY in the booth.
The show starts tomorrow. That's when things get really crazy. :o)
Shannon and I were up at the crack of dawn to board our plane to Houston. It may look light outside, but I promise the sun was barely coming up. Don't I look sleepy!? :o)
Here's Shannon and I with our chauffer (Stuart- Shannon's sweetie pie husband). Shortly after this photo we were on our own. Let the party begin! Oh yeah, first we have to endure a 2 1/2 hour flight with the most annoying woman on the planet sitting behind us. UGH!
It is 8:30 and we are ready to go to bed...NOW! Just spent the last few hours driving around Houston trying to find a Target. Really? Why can't the GPS understand "Target". Took us forever! Finally had to look up target stored on my phone, then type the actual address into the gps. Aaaahhh...Target at last! Just a few last things to pick up for my booth.
Ok. That's all for now., Tomorrow we're doing some more traveling and a little sightseeing. :o)
It's probably a good idea that I give you a little information- especially if you're going to Houston next week.
I will be teaching my first ever- SCHOOLHOUSE! I'm excited and you should be too. Actually, I'm a little nervous because I've never done it before but I hear it's pretty cool. I'll let you know how it turns out. But if you're going to market and are planning on attending schoolhouse make sure to come see ME!!!
Also, my booth number at market is 1651. I'll be with the rest of the gang over at Michael Miller showing off my newest creation- Hall of Fame. Make sure to stop by and say 'HI'! :o)
I've got a lot to do the next few days but should be posting again right before I leave. Have a good weekend!
Did you know my next collection has a name? It does. And it's a good one. :o)
Market prep this go around has been mostly on the computer. I am SUPER EXCITED about a new venture that I'm a part of and can't wait to share it with you.
As for the cutting and sewing- I have some of the most AMAZING friends who have jumped right in to help me. Really. Some are sewing. Others are quilting. Even more are Binding. One is even doing ALL 3!
I got my fabric less than a week go and I'm going to have 6 new quilts to take to market.
There is NO WAY I could've done that by myself.
And so a HUGE
to all those helping to get me ready for Houston.
This is going to be that perfect opportunity to finish up all those Christmas gift projects that you need to get done. I'm telling you- its going to be AWESOME! She has even asked ME to do a trunk show on Saturday morning. Ok, so maybe that's not a selling point to get you to go- you can leave and get donuts while I'm talking. But the rest of it is going to be SO worth it!
Sometimes Saturday ia a lazy day. Sometime Saturday is the extreme opposite. Sometimes you just need a little treat to help you get through. Oh, and a Dr. Pepper.
I snapped this pic quick. I didn't adjust my camera settings. I wanted it to be raw. Not RAW like professionals. Raw like I-don't-have-time-for-this-but-have-to-document-somehow. Don't you love the flash? :o)
It's funny what you can see when you aren't really looking.
Aaaahhh. That's better.
*That's all I can do for now. I've been asked not to show before everything is in the system to reduce hype. Hype? Is there going to be hype? Gee, I hope so. Until then...enjoy this little snack. :o)