Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I stumbled upon this picture today. How cool is that!? This and more like is can be found in this Etsy shop. Give new meaning to the saying "I slept like a ROCK!" doesn't it?  :o)

Thanks for the Birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day. Since then I've been trying to wrap up a few projects. Really. I am working. (not sure who I'm trying to convince here: you or ME?) I hope to have something to show for it by the end of the week. :o)

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Riddle

What do I have in common with Robin Leach and Lea Michele?

Well we just happen to share the same birthday!

The hubs has the day off and we're spending it together. Nothing major planned. Just some quiet time during the day while the kids are at school. Oh, and maybe some shopping. :o)

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

comPLEATly cool!

I was just doing my Saturday morning blog-hopping (while the children screamed at eachother) and came across THIS. You've got to check it out. It is SO cute. I'm already scouting out color combinations for each room in my house. OK, now I have to go be a real Mom and pull my kids off of eachother. HAPPY SATURDAY! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011


The wonderful gals down at Bright Hopes Quilting in Mandeville, LA have been calling almost weekly for the past month or so. Why? Because they can't seem to keep this pattern in stock!
It's no wonder when you see the beautiful sample they've been working on:

I have to admit- I'm not a huge football follower. But you don't have to be a SAINTS fan to see how gorgeous this Black, White and Gold version is.

Thanks for sharing ladies! :o)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Too cool for...

Last night they could hardly sleep. They kept saying "Mom, it's almost like Christmas!" And they were awake by quarter to 7 this morning. WOW!!  Too bad this is only going to last about a week. I'm going to be dragging them out of bed with little time to get ready in no time.

But they were right about the Christmas thing- I haven't been shy about the fact that I've been counting down the days until they went back to school. Mostly because of this girl:

 She just started First grade! (that means all-day school!)  And while I LOVE her, I also love my sanity.
She was SO excited to have her own desk in first grade. (In kindergarten they sat at tables)   :o)

 Then there's this guy- Mr. Fourth grader! He was super excited about his back-to-school clothes more than anything else. (Skinny jeans!?) Just before he left I remembered to give him a pep-talk about being the "Big Brother" at school this year and to take care of his sister since the other big brother wasn't going to be at that school anymore.

That's this guy. He's starting Sixth grade. He's still in grade school where we live, but he started today at a brand new school. We decided to try the local charter school and we are super excited about it. (He was already in the garage at this point and way too cool to have his picture taken.)

I'm so proud of these GIANT kids! They sure are growing up fast. Time just keeps slipping by.
Speaking of time, they'll be home in a few minutes! Ah!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Calling all


I need YOUR help. The fall International Quilt Market is held in Houston, TX every year. It's 2 months away. I'm freaking out just a little bit. If you are from the Houston area and may be willing to help me track down some 'props' for my display- please send me an email. I'm sure we can figure out some way to make it worth you while.  *wink!*  ;o)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Scrip Scrap Horray!

Can you believe I almost forgot about picking a winner this morning!?
All this last minute back-to-school stuff has been keeping me BUSY!!!

Anyway, here's the results from the awesome

Annelies who said: "oh YES I am a follower....and LOVE Coastal ( more than you could ever know)!!! Favorite thing this summer was bringing our new Grandson to visit the beach. Another generation....Picure my Mom ( 88) me ( 58) sweet daugther and new Momma, and our adorable Donovan. What JOY!!!!"

Well Annelies, now you're gonna have some fun beachy scraps to play with to make a fun quilt for Donovan to remember his first trip to the beach!

Hey, if you didn't win this giveaway don't be too sad because I'm going to have another one next week! And you're NOT going to want to miss it!  :o)

Monday, August 15, 2011

A time to share

So I have this bag. This isn't a picture of the actual bag. My husband is off on an adventure in the mountains for the next few days and he has my camera. But the bag is very similar to this one. It's roughly 8 inches wide, 10 inches high and 4 inches deep. If you're good at math (geometry?) you can figure out how many square inches it can hold. I'm not. I just know that it is stuffed beyond capacity with


And since I haven't had a giveaway in quite a while I thought I would give it to one of YOU!

Naturally you need to be a follower. If you're not- become one. If you already are, then AWESOME! Next, leave me a comment telling me the best/favorite thing you did this summer. (I'm trying to live vicariously through all of you!)

I'll pick a winner on FRIDAY!  :o)

Good luck!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Double Take

Maureen from Woodland Quilting Co. in Alberta Canada sent me this pic of a store sample they just made. I'm still trying to figure out how to convince her to send it to me. I love this!  I've seen Jovial before annd I liked it. But I have to admit I wasn't "in love" with it. But when I saw this picture I immediately started searching the web for a couple of layer cakes. It's GORGEOUS! The funny thing is- even though it's a Christmas line I am really drawn to the blue. LOVE the blue!

Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2 weeks!

I am counting down the days until school starts. I love my kids- but they need school. It has been difficult to get things done this summer with them home. They don't want to go to the quilt store with me. They don't want to go to the copy center. They don't want to stop playing their games so I can use my computer. And they definately don't want to get along long enough for me to sew a little. Oh, and they are always BORED!
So yes, I am a little excited. Maybe I'll miss them a little...but they need to be gone for a while before that can happen.  :o)

Anyway, I have a few things I hope to share in the next couple of days- so stay tuned!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fresh from the wash

I know I said I wouold post more on this quilt Monday but you know how things go. My weekend got away from me and then there were other pressing matters that needed to be addressed here on the blog. But I have not forgotten! 

I just pulled the quilt from my dryer. I don't always wash and dry quilts right after I finish them. Sometimes they get folded and stacked. Other times they need to be shipped right away. And there's other times that it goes right from machine to snuggling. This one was different. I quilted a free-hand arched rainbow pattern in each clam. I liked the idea but once I started doing it I lost faith in my abilities. Still I pressed on knowing that often it looks better after the whole quilt it done. And it least a little more than when I started.

 I had the idea to quilt the border in a grid pattern but kept trying to talk myself out of it. SO glad I didn't. I LOVE IT!  It may have taken a while to mark all those lines (another reason I needed to wash it) but I made up for the time because I just used my free motion foot instead of the usual suggested walking foot for this application. I love the slight wonky-ness of the lines- it just adds so much character. The whole grid idea reminds me of a fishing net  :o)

I'm calling this one CLAMBAKE! And guess what? I wrote a tutorial for it that I'm posting tomorrow. See, I've been making good use of my summer. :o)  Hmmm... Clambake....I can think of the perfect fabric for this quilt....  *wink!*

Monday, August 1, 2011


Just to clarify- I DO NOT have Going Coastal fabric for sale. It seems there has been some confusion about this. The fabric can be found in your local quilt shop (hopefully) and at several shops online. In my neck of the woods The Corn Wagon quilt shop and Gracie Lou's quilt shop will be carrying the entire line. Please understand that at certain times I may have fabric bundles or kits of one kind or another for sale but at this time that does not include any Going Coastal fabric. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at

Thank You