Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Counting On Christmas

Are you starting to feel it? I've had the Christmas bug since Halloween! It's a big deal this year since I haven't felt very Christmasy the last few years. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I started feeling it and now I hope it never leaves.
My daughter has been very adamant this year about not putting up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. She's only 9 but she notices how Thanksgiving gets skipped right over, especially in the stores. And I have to agree. So our tree will have to wait until after Thanksgiving to be put up. But I did manage to sneak my "Counting on Christmas" quilt on to the wall. I mean, I did need to take a picture and there's no sense in taking it down if I'm just going to put it back up in a couple of days :o)

I just finished a remake of my advent calendar quilt- Counting on Christmas. I wish I could tell you these fabrics are in your local shop but I've been saving (hoarding?) them for years. One of my very favorite Christmas collections is Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas

You have to admit, it's simply delicious! But from 2010 it's a little hard to come by. Thanks to a dear friend and a quick thumb on an IG destash I was able to score a couple Layer cakes and some yardage earlier this year. Oh, you haven't seen the last of it yet :o)

Are you dying to make one of your own? The pattern is available as an instant download in my Etsy shop! Now I know we're getting a little close to the start of December but since it's fusible applique it goes together so quickly you can have the top done in an afternoon. And if you're a real plan ahead type you can start planning for a twin size for next year. I always thought it would be the cutest for my kids to have countdown quilts on their beds during the month of December. Right!? Somehow I don't think my 14y/o would agree :o)

HAPPY SEWING and a very


Friday, November 7, 2014

November Aurifil BOM designer- SCOTT HANSEN

This is old news, I know, already a week old, but this month we celebrate one of my friends,
SCOTT HANSEN of Blue Nickel Studios. 

Scott is one of the best people...EVER! He and I became friends and Quilt Market and although we only hang out twice a year it's always awesome to see him. 
I still remember one of my first markets coming back to my booth after a quick minute away and finding a blue nickel sitting on the table. It took me a minute to make the connection and I hurried to find him and say HI. This last spring we enjoyed a fun lunch away from market (it seriously felt like we were cutting school) along with our friend Frances Newcombe of Art Gallery fame. It was my favorite moment from spring market- we had so much fun!

Take a minute and head over to Aurifil's blog to learn about Scott. Really, if there's anyone you want to know in the quilting world, Scott should be it. 
Don't forget to download the instructions to his block and to enter into the contest each month to win a package of Aurifil thread!