Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 a year in pictures

In January I debuted my "American Patchwork" quilt. Still an all time favorite of ones I've made.

I also attended Alt. Summit with Christine and Kathy from Michael Miller. It was awesome!

In February I hosted my very first retreat- Cabin Fever. It was fabulous and a good time was had by all.

Sometime during the year I managed to add to my fabric collecting (hoarding?) with a rainbow of fabric goodness.

In April I sewed with Batiks for the first time. I continued with the rainbow theme and designed "Stars" for Michael Miller Fabrics. 

In May I traveled to Oregon for the first time with the Hubs and my parents.

We were in Portland for spring International Quilt Market.

I debuted my fourth fabric collection, Technicolor

My booth won 2nd place for best single booth!

In May I also started my Tula Pink Modern blocks quilt, quilting along the City Sampler sew-along with 

In June I became the mother of a teenager when my oldest turned 13! To celebrate I made an attempt at a Minecraft cake. He loved it. 

In July the Hubs and I celebrated 14 years of marriage. Love that guy!

August brought a fun trip to California to visit my family. 

We took a boat tour around the bay and under the Golden Gate bridge. 

And visited Discovery Kingdom for some roller coasters. 

We squeezed in a camping trip right before school started and had a great time in spite of having car troubles. 

We did some fishing and marshmallow roasting at Gates Lake.

In September the kids went back to school. 
(I accidentally saved the pic with his eyes closed. Oh well)

These two were stylin' on the first day back.

In October I traveled to Houston for fall International Quilt Market and showed off a couple quilts I'd made for Michael Miller Fabrics.

When I returned we celebrated Halloween

And to wrap up the year I was asked to be part of Aurifil's 2014 Design Team! 

It's been a fabulous year. I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Wrapping up the year

I seriously can't believe I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks. I apologize now for my unannounced holiday hiatus. I was hit with a nasty cold that dropped me for a good week. Then it was time for Christmas prep with the fam and eating way too many sweets. Now here it is , the second to the last day of 2013 and I'm wondering where the year went.

I hope you all had a joyous Holiday with your family and friends. Ours was nice and relaxing, very low key. Lots of pajama wearing, basketball watching, video game playing laziness going on. It was perfect!

I have so many things to wrap up by the end of the year! Do you do that too? Set unrealistic goals for a Wednesday knowing full well you won't accomplish over half of them? So much for the stack of WIP's!
One of my "to do's" is to clear out some space to make room for all the good things to come in 2014. So I've added a few little goodies to my Etsy shop.

and several sample quilts!

I'm offering a coupon code for 20% off to try and clear out this inventory.
Use code NEWYEAR for your discount.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Slacker

 I've been a serious slacker lately here on the blog. I was going to blame it on the Holiday season, but I'm not sure that's entirely true. Mostly it's because I've been bit by the genealogy bug and have spent countless hours on the computer researching dead relatives. It is so addicting!

Since it's already Tuesday and I was supposed to pick last weeks winner on Friday I figure I better get to it. But first, take a peek at some lovely sample quilts that I just listed in my Etsy shop. Click on each picture to see the listing.

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for, 
last weeks winner of a Crazy Old Ladies quilt pattern is:

Michele T

Now get back to work, there's still lots of sewing to do! ;o)

Thursday, December 12, 2013


I am so excited that I get to be part of this amazing group of designers as part of Aurifil's 2014 design team! 

Just look at this fabulous crew!

There are so many people on this list that I love and admire, I'm honored to be a part of it.

We sure like to have fun, you can tell that from our photo taken in Houston at Quilt Market. You can bet that each block is going to be so much fun. And just wait until you see the fabric.

Each designer will be using pieces from Sweetwater's Wishes collection. Um, you know how much I love Sweetwater, right!?  LOVE! You might see a little Emily Herrick orginal mixed in there too. ;o)  If you want to play along with us using Sweetwater's collection you can order the complete FQ bundle at Fat Quarter Shop (dot) com

I hope you'll join us with this fabulous Block of the Month all year long! I can't wait to get started. 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Baby it's cold outside!

The days are growing shorter which means I have even less time to get all the things on my list done each day. At at this time of year it seems my "to- do" list is extra long. Today I'm spending some time quilting this gorgeous quilt using Helen's Garden. I told you I love this fabric!

I have lots of projects I'd like to finish before the end of the year, how about you? There's something about the end of the year coming up that makes me what to wrap up a bunch of WIP's. There are two special ones at the top of my list but many, many more than that. If I can get one done by the 31st I'll count it as a success.

Saturday I sat and watched "The Day After Tomorrow". Have you seen it? It's fitting for all this chilly weather we're having in most of the US. The sun is shining outside today but it's in single digits. Brrr! I hope you can find lots of cozy projects to do indoors today so you don't have to venture out in the cold. 

And before I forget, LynCC is the winner for last week! Don't forget, all you have to do is leave a comment on any post during the week to be entered to win a Crazy Old Ladies pattern of your choice.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pretty in Purple

You've probably heard by now that Pantone has announced RADIANT ORCHID as the color of the year for 2014.

Picture from TODAY.com
 There's already been comments on social media by people in this industry saying they're not a fan of this choice. Most wishing we could go back to 2012 when Tangerine Tango was the pick. I have to say, I like me some orange but I'm not unhappy with this new choice. In fact, I'm quite excited.

 I've been playing the last few weeks with Tamara Kate's new collection Helen's Garden for Michael Miller fabrics and I LOVE the purples in this collection, especially the lighter orchid color. It's such a gorgeous color and her prints are whimsical yet sophisticated, a perfect combination. And who can resist that geometric print!?

 Another reason why I'm on board with this new color has to do with my own love for the shade. In fact, you might be seeing some orchid from me in the not so distant future *hint, hint*. Sorry I can't show any sneak peeks yet but I promise, you won't be disappointed. ;o)

 I am curious though, what this means in the quilting industry. We already know that fashion and home decor trends translate in their own way to quilting. We see these trends in color and design (chevron anyone?). Will this continue to follow suit for Radiant Orchid? Purple hues have long been the "Loc Ness Monster" of quilting. Quilters beg to see them, but no one wants to take them home. Shop owners complain that they just don't sell and it's apparent in some collections. As a whole the collection is fabulous but often times its the shades of purples that are left on the quilt shop shelves long after the other bolts are gone. It seems quilters reserve this hue for Halloween only and generally leave it out of every day design. 

I have to say my stash has evolved quite a bit. There was a day when my purple pile left little to be desired, but in the last two years it's been growing constantly. I've developed a love for this shade ever since I designed made Sew Solid version of my Best Friends pattern. Now I gather up pretty purples whenever I can find them.

Just look at all those gorgeous colors playing together so nicely. If you're still in doubt, pair orchid with mint and let the dazzling begin.

Maybe Radiant Orchid will pave the way for all shades of purple fabric and we'll see a comeback. Here's to hoping that Pantone's new pick will result in more orphaned fabrics finding a new home in quilting throughout the new year and year's to follow.

 So what are your thoughts on Radiant Orchid? Are you pleased with this choice? And what does it mean to you in quilting? Will you be adding a little more purple to your stash this year? I can't wait to hear your thoughts!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipe- Pumpkin Trifle

My baking style is what one might call Semi-Homemade. I make things at home, but I cut corners wherever I can. This Thanksgiving the vote was for no pumpkin pie. But how can you have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie!? My thoughts exactly. And so I whipped up this delicious Pumpkin Trifle. (We received a trifle bowl as a wedding present. I kept it around for that 'perfect' dessert until I-don't-know-when. All I know is that when I went to make this trifle the bowl could not be found. Oh well, a glass bowl works just fine :)

2 dozen Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies (I don't like the homemade spice cake mix ones for this recipe and opt instead for Walmart bakery. You can use pumpkin bread [2 small loaves] if you like)
1 cup caramel sauce (I almost made this from scratch and then said "Nah, better not")
1 cup Toffee pieces (I buy Heath bits you can get by the chocolate chips in the grocery store)
1 1/2 tubs (8oz) Whipped Topping (You over achievers can whip this yourself if you want)

Dice the cookies and spread a layer on the bottom of your trifle bowl (or glass bowl, like me).
Sprinkle a quarter to third of the toffee bits on the cookie pieces. Drizzle a quarter to a third of the caramel sauce on top. Spread a layer of whipped topping. Repeat 3 to 4 times ending with a layer of whipped topping. Refrigerate for about 1 hour for serving. (Honestly I didn't think it would, but it tasted better the next day)

Just so you know, I don't make this all the time. There's some serious sugar content going on here. But it is a tasty treat for a special occasion...you know, like Tuesday.  :o)