Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

What's been going on, and what's to come!

I've been busy, as always, here!  Our recent show in Middletown, IA went really well - it was nice to be close to home.  We met a tons of new people and also saw many familiar faces.

Lots of you have asked me to make some of our fun and funky socks available on our website.  Ask and you shall receive!  Go check them out - here is the link Me & My Stitches.

Our next show is in Wisconsin...

Lighthouse Legacies Quilt Show
Fountain Banquet Hall
8505 Durand Ave
Sturtevant, WI (near Racine)

Saturday, October 17th from 9:00 to 5:00 
Sunday, October 18th from 10:00 to 3:00

I would love to see you there!! We will have lots of jewelry- here is just a little sample...

One last thing - I don't know what is going on with the blog, but I no longer get a notification when people leave a comment.  I try to remember to check it once in awhile, but if you don't hear from me, please don't think I'm rude!  Hopefully this will be corrected soon.  Is anyone else having this problem??

Monday, September 21, 2015

McCall's Quilting Magazine

Do you have your copy yet?  Here is what the cover looks like - make sure you get a copy of your own - it's the November/December 2015 issue!  It is just hitting mailboxes now for subscribers, and should be in the stores in a week or two.  I am lucky enough to be included in this one - my jewelry is in the "Fresh Picks" section!

We've been busy with orders already and are also getting ready for our next show, which is just a few short days away.  If you are nearby, I hope you come to the show!  Here is the info on that again...

Hawkeye Heritage Quilt Show

Friday, September 25th - 9:00 - 4:00
Saturday, September 26th - 9:00 - 4:00

U.S. Army Reserve Center
Des Moines County Hwy 79
Middletown, IA 

Of course we will have lots of our jewelry there and also plenty of fun socks!

I've also been really busy stitching and trying to get a few things out of the UFO pile and into the FINISHED pile!  This is a quilt that I made years ago but thought I would hand quilt it.  Then I had a reality check and took it to the machine quilter!  Binding is on and it is DONE!

I thought this picture of Boomer and Bailey was cute.  Bailey was actually being calm (a rare occurrence) and sitting still for a little while!
Back to work for me - hope you are having a great Monday!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pumpkin Time!

The temperature in Iowa has been hot, hot, hot!  But in my sewing room, I've been getting ready for the cooler weather (coming soon, according to the weather lady!).  We didn't plant pumpkins in the garden, but they are everywhere inside the house!  Here are just a few that went out to customers of "Celebrate" - our newest program...
Those are all mailed out and we've made lots more that will go with me to my next show.  Here are the details on that...

Hawkeye Heritage Quilt Show

Friday, September 25th - 9:00 - 4:00
Saturday, September 26th - 9:00 - 4:00

U.S. Army Reserve Center
Des Moines County Hwy 79
Middletown, IA 

This is "local" for me, so it will be nice to be able to sleep in my own bed at night.

That's all for now...have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

FYI - this is what happens when you leave your new Scentsy wax bars in the car on a hot day!  The good news is that my car smells really good!

Callie stays inside all the time, but on a hot summer day she likes to watch the birds, bugs, dogs and outside kitties.  The problem with that is, she likes to sit on my ironing board, swishing her tail and flinging any small pieces that I may have in her way.  This is how I put a stop to that!

My friend Nancy was here from California for a week.  We had an awesome time, sewing and shopping.  And my DH was our chef all week!  Doesn't get much better than that!  Here is one of our projects that we worked on while she was here.  This is called Black Star and it's designed by Liberty Homestead.  I bought a kit for each of us while I was vending at the show in Stover, MO earlier this year.  The brown, tan and red are hand dyed.  We had Kym Ward quilt them.  It's so nice to actually start and finish something!
And as always, I am working on jewelry.  Fall is coming up so quickly and we've got shows to vend and new programs starting.  Speaking of which - we only have a couple of openings left in "Celebrate" so if you haven't signed up yet, you better hurry!  You can see the details on my website. Here is an example of the pendants you will be getting in this program...

 And here are some scissor fobs (the blocks are 1") and some bright pendants that we've finished recently...

And this is our other program that will be starting soon...Charming 4 - these little charms are just 3/4" in size.  Here is an example of the dark charms...

and the brights...
 And all Kansas Troubles fabrics...

And last, but not is Ozzie helping me pack!  He doesn't look very excited about it!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I feel like I don't have a lot of finishes these days, but I did complete a few small Kim Diehl quilts from Simple Whatknots 2.  My friend, Nancy, and I do a lot of skype sewing and we worked on these little projects together. Usually I like to hand quilt my minis, but I had a reality check and knew that I wouldn't be able to touch them anytime soon, so off to the quilter they went! I made the bindings at the same time I made the little quilts, so it didn't take long to finish them up when they came back from the quilter.  I'm going to link up with JulieKQuilts for her binding blitz - make sure to go to her blog too - there are lots of links to see loads of finishes.

I know that I say it all the time, but time flies by so quickly!  Charming 3 is over...ALREADY!?!!?  Here are a few of the 6th and final charms...
There is still time to sign up for Charming 4 - you can see the details on my website.  Celebrate is our brand new program, check it out too - it starts soon, so be sure to sign up now.

Ozzie loves to lay right in the middle of whatever I'm trying to do - here he is being Super Kitty!
That's all for now - I need to do some cleaning today (yuck!) and then back to sewing!

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's been business as usual here, I just never seem to find the time to post on my blog.  Instagram is just so much faster and easier - please follow me there if you don't already!!

I will try to keep this short, and show you what I've been up to in the last few months.  These are the 5th charms in my Charming 3 program.  I just mailed out the 6th and final charm of C3.  Charming 4 is available on my website now and will start in October.  And don't forget that Celebrate is our brand new program and is also available now - go check them out!

Love these new magnets - some are my jewelry designs and some are my quilt designs.  Fun to have something new in my booth at shows.  They went over well at KCRQF, and I need to re-stock before our fall shows.  They are only $2 each, and you get the little box for free if you buy 9 or more.  They are not on the website, but if you are interested in them, just let me know.
 Here are a few pieces of jewelry that we have made recently.  These are all 1 1/4" - the pineapple is new - I only made them in 1 1/2" previously.
 And some brights...
 Lots of earrings - these are 3/4"...

I'm still plugging away on my Merry Christmas Quilt - I am just determined to have this done by Christmas.  I only have 2 blocks left, but the border is a swag with pennies, so that is going to take awhile.  My friend Nancy came to visit recently and we did a little fabric shopping (because we are almost out...NOT!) and I did find the border fabric for this quilt, so I have no excuses not to get it done.  Oh...except that there is not enough time in the day!

Boomer and Bailey are doing well.  Bailey is wild and crazy, and Boomer is getting tired of it!  Hopefully she will calm down soon. 
 And Ozzie is busy holding down my fabric!  Callie must be off napping somewhere, because I don't have any recent pics of her!
So, now you know what I'm up to - what are you doing this summer?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's Time for Charming 4!!

I have had lots of requests and questions about when you could sign up for our next Charming program, and NOW IS THE TIME!

A fun program featuring tiny, paper pieced charms

You can choose bright fabrics...
Dark fabrics...
Or, NEW THIS YEAR...all Kansas Troubles fabrics...

(These are samples only – actual charms in the program will vary)

The Program: This is a 12 month program - you will receive charms bi-monthly, with a total of 6 charms.  To start the program, you will purchase the bracelet and/or necklace, and the first charm (see the other options available on the website –  Every other month you will receive a new charm to add to your bracelet. 

New This Year:
·         Choose your fabrics – brights, darks/Civil War repro/primitive, or Kansas Troubles (NEW!!)
·         Opt for a hexagon pendant to match your charms (shown above).

The Details:  These cute little charms are just ¾” in size.  You have many options and choices – you can purchase a bracelet and/or a necklace.  Bracelet length is the standard 7 ¼” - we can make it longer, upon request.  The necklace is 26”.  This year we have added an optional, matching hexagon pendant – it is 1 ½” across (shown above).  And available again this year is a bag o’ bling!  These are the little bead sets that you see on the necklaces in the pictures.  You will receive 6 blings.

The Rules:  The program will start in October, 2015.  Charms will be mailed out the first week of October and bi-monthly after that.  Again, this is a 12 month commitment – please sign up only if you intend to stay in for the entire program.

The Price:  The price of the charms is just $16.50!  The cost of the necklace is $15.00, the bracelet is $10.00.  For every new charm I will send an electronic invoice payable via credit card or PayPal.  If you would prefer to pay by credit card, please let me know and I will call you to get that information to keep on file.

Added Fun:  As a fun bonus, I will e-mail you a matching 6” paper piecing pattern FREE with each new charm so you can make a matching quilt

Sign Me Up!: Don’t delay - there are limited spaces available, so sign up now to be included in this fun program.  Charming 4 will be offered on my website for a limited time only – to sign up go to: and purchase Charming 4 under the “Go Shopping” tab. 

And don’t forget…we are also accepting sign ups now for our brand new program called CELEBRATE!  See all of the details on our website –

Monday, June 29, 2015


We are excited to introduce

Don’t we all love to celebrate?  It’s always fun to get together with family and friends.  I also like to celebrate the change of seasons.  Living in Iowa, we have a definite change in all 4 seasons, and I like them all.

With that in mind, we are starting a new program that will allow you to celebrate in style!
To give you even more to celebrate, we will include a free pin cushion pattern with each new pendant (or pin)!  Now, that alone is something to celebrate!  Don’t quilters all love to make and collect pin cushions?  I know I do, and hope you do too.

Even though some of these are considered to be seasonal, I wear most of them year around. Here is a sample of what you will be getting (they may not be these exact pieces/colors/shapes – but this gives you an idea)

The Program: This is a 12 month program - you will receive pendants bi-monthly, with a total of 6 pieces and some great freebies (there’s more, keep reading!). 

The Details:  You will choose whether you want to receive pendants or pins. These pieces will be various different shapes and sizes, no larger than 1 ½”.  All of the fabric will be darker, primitive colors and may include some lighter shirting prints.

Added Fun & Freebies:  With each pendant/pin, you will also receive a matching pin cushion pattern for free – yep…that is SIX FREE PATTERNS!  And if that’s not enough, you will also receive one leather necklace cord in your choice of 16”, 18” or 20”.  That’s a lot of free stuff!! 

The Rules:  The program will start in September, 2015.  Pendants/pins will be mailed out bi-monthly after that.  Again, this is a 12 month commitment – please sign up only if you intend to stay in for the entire program.

The Price:  The pendants/pins are only $25.00 each! For every new piece I will send an electronic invoice payable via credit card or PayPal.  If you would prefer to pay by credit card, please let me know and I will call you to get that information to keep on file.

Sign Me Up!: Don’t delay - there are limited spaces available, so sign up now to be included in this fun, new program.  Celebrate! will be offered on my website for a short time only – to sign up go to: and purchase Celebrate! under the “Go Shopping” tab – this will secure your spot in the program and you will pay for the first month’s pendant/pin.

I am really looking forward to this new program, and hope you are too! 

Have a great week!  We will be celebrating around here - my niece is coming from Florida for a week, and my friend, Nancy, is coming from California!  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Busy, busy!!

We are working just as hard and fast as we can to get ready for our next show.  Here are the details - hope lots of you can come and see us!

Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS

Friday and Saturday, June 19 & 20 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 21 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Here are a few things that you will see there...

And lots of these...

And some bees wax, lots of quilts and patterns, scissors, new really awesome magnets with some of my designs on them (pics later) and TONS of super cool pin cushions that my Aunt made for me!  You don't want to miss out on all of that do you?  Plan a ROAD TRIP!!!!

Ok...back to work!