Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Monday, May 21, 2018

I always feel like the title to each of my posts should be "Catching Up"!  I seem to be blogging less and less - there just isn't time for everything and Instagram is so much faster, so that's where my posts usually are.

We've been busy, busy - our little ruler boxes were in the Quilter's World (Summer 2018 edition) magazine, and will be in Vogue Patterns coming up - so we've stayed busy with that.

And we've sold tons and tons of spray bottles (thank you all for that!).  You will be seeing these in a magazine this fall.


And our next show is coming up quickly - we will be in Shipshewana, Indiana in less than a month.  Show dates are June 20-23rd.  I will post details in a few weeks.  I've never been to this show before, but it sounds like the majority of the town devotes the entire week to quilting, so it should be really fun.

I can't remember if I mentioned before that I started cross stitching again.  It's been over 20 years - I used to stitch a lot, but when I went back to school I put it away - there just wasn't time.  I was working full-time, helping to raise 2 kids who were involved in sports and many other things and then started taking classes 2 nights a week.  Then I started quilting (which I didn't have time for either!) and the rest is history.  I have a few friends who love to cross stitch and have tried to get me back into it, but I resisted until I saw the Farmhouse Christmas Series - and I just decided to jump back in!  Here is one o the blocks from that series...

This is my first full finish since starting back in cross stitch.  My friend Lois from Elegant Stitches did the finishing - isn't it cute? If you've ever bought hand dyed rick-rack or poms, it could very well be from her. Lois sent me a good picture showing the inside of the box too, but I can't get it to download to my computer, so maybe next time!  Here you can see that Daisy seems to think the box is in her space!




I've talked about my niece, Johnna, before - here is a picture of her with her Mom and Dad (my brother) at her college graduation.
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 And Johnna with my Mom and Dad...


 And of course you need to see the kitties.  I can't believe how huge Daisy is.  She is soooo fluffy.  Callie is on the left, and Daisy on the right.  I'm glad they like each other.  Ozzie and Callie never lay near each other.  They get along fine, they just don't get cozy!

This just makes me laugh - Ozzie is about to fall asleep standing up.  He's exhausted from sleeping all day!


 Here are Daisy and Callie just chillin' in my sewing room. See how Daisy is all stretched out?  They really have the life, don't they?!

And here is a flashback from 25 years ago!  This is my grandma and me at my cousins wedding.  Grandma had Alzheimer's and this was a tough day.  She was confused - I think because there was a lot going on. But in other ways it was a great day - fun to see my cousin Phillip and Miekka get married.  They are who I stay with when I vend at the Dallas, TX show.


Hope you have a great week!  Make sure to mark your calendar for the Shipshewana show!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Surprise!

Have you heard about our Surprise program?  You can read about it on my website - I've had tons of requests to run it again, and when I did...I sent out a newsletter, and posted on Instagram and Facebook.  And BOOM!  Sign ups came flying in (THANK YOU ALL!)  But...the bad news is that there are only THREE spaces left.  So, if you want in, go NOW and sign up!!

Here are some items we've included in the past.

Who knows what you will get in Surprise this time around...after all...it's a SURPRISE!!!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Iowa Quilt Museum

Don't forget - if you are in the area, I will be at the Iowa Quilt Museum, in Winterset, Iowa, all day this Saturday, April 7th.  I will be presenting my trunk show (with about 50 quilts) at 11:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m.  There will be a quick demo of paper piecing, and of course, I will be bringing lots of goodies so you can shop! The current exhibit is Feed Sack Quilts and I can't wait to see them all.

This ALWAYS happens when I'm packing up for a trunk show.  Callie is the reigning queen of the quilts!


Here are a few pendants that will be with me in Winterset...


Little 1" heart scissor fob...

I just finished the binding on this bow tie (this was a leader/ender challenge from Bonnie Hunter a few years ago) quilt, and am including it in my trunk show...

And a few more new pendants...


This is pretty much what Ozzie does all day long...

And this...THIS...UGH!!!!  Look how big Daisy is.  And look how NAUGHTY she is!!!

    Hope to see you in Winterset!!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hope to see you in Dallas!

It's time to get packed up and hit the road to Dallas, TX!  We love this show, for lots of reasons - it's a great week that I get to spend time with family.  My niece always goes to this show with me, and we stay with my cousin and his family.  The quilt show is a great one, and it's fun to see some of our favorite customers.  Here are the details...

Dallas Market Hall
2200 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

Friday, March 9 - 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 - Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Make sure to go to their website to see the raffle quilt - it's really pretty- I'm going to have to buy some tickets.  You can also see a list of all of the vendors - around 120 vendors this year!!  

We will have lots of new things, including our amazing spray bottles...


And several different sizes and styles of bags - these Yazzii bags are so perfect to keep you organized, especially if you do a lot of wool applique.  It will hold up to 20 balls of Valdani, plus your scissors, needles and other necessary items, and they roll up to be really compact.




Another favorite thing that helps to keep me organized are project bags.  I have tons of them in different shapes and sizes for all of my different projects that are in the works.  We will have 3 different sizes at the show, but this one is my favorite.  It's 16" x 16" with a "duck" canvas on the top and bottom, with a clear vinyl center.  

We are bringing lots of ruler boxes...



Tons of our tiny, paper pieced jewelry...


 So many new pin cushions...


And our wild and crazy socks...

And that's just part of it, we have many more things for you to see.  So...come to the show!  We will be in booth 210/212.

See you there!!


Monday, February 19, 2018

What a swap!

If you read a lot of blogs, you are probably familiar with Janet O of Rogue Quilter blog.  She is a much better blogger than me!  Janet and I have gotten to be friends through blogging, and have talked about having a little quilt swap for the last few years.  There was always something going on, and we were both busy, but we finally decided to buckle down and do it, and we were shooting for November (2017).  Well...that didn't quite happen, but it did finally work out for us in January!  LOOK AT THIS!!!


I love everything about this!  Janet makes lots of small quilts but I think she really outdid herself on this feathered star - I'm still just amazed by it.  As you can see by the yardstick quilt hanger, this little quilt is about 11" square, and the star is about 5"!  And look at the beautiful quilting - she's so talented!  Janet and I have dubbed this red fabric to be our "favorite" red, and look how much she shared with me.  I put some of it in the little 9-patch quilt that I sent to her too - can you find it?


There were some other goodies in my swap package...


I just love the note cards - a stained glass bee hive, what could be more fitting?  My mom owns a stained glass studio where she sells supplies and teaches classes, and of course, my hubby does the glass work on our jewelry, and he raises bees, so these are just perfect!  I was secretly hoping that Janet would send me more of her wonderful hand made soap, and she did!  It smells sooooo good.

Make sure to read Janet's blog post about our swap.  So glad that we were finally able to do this - I will treasure my little feathered star forever.



Saturday, February 3, 2018

New and Awesome!

When I posted the other day, I mentioned that we have a new product, and here it is...
Now you might be thinking...big deal...it's a spray bottle.  Well let me tell you that it's the best spray bottle EVER!  It sprays a really fine and even mist - no big splatters of Best Press on your fabric. On my ironing board, I have one for Best Press and one for water.  You use much less product, with a way better result. Aunt Nancy gave me my first one and I was just amazed at how long I used it before I had to fill it up again.  There is a liner inside the bottle (sounds weird, I know) that allows you to use up almost every drop before refilling.  Another great feature?  You can hold this bottle at any angle, even upside-down and it still sprays perfectly! Amazing, I tell you!  If you have followed me for awhile, you know that we don't carry a lot of different products - mostly just things that we make - and you will never see anything on my website or in my booth that I don't use and love.  So trust me on this...I'm not just making this up - these bottles are awesome.

And, these are not just for ironing...my step-daughter immediately wanted one for spraying her plants.  My friend, Nancy, was getting her hair cut when she noticed that the girls in the salon were  using them.  So trust me on this one...they are the best!

Have I convinced you?  If so, you can get yours on my website and we will also have them at shows.  Oh...I forgot...we decided that we wanted to personalize our bottles - they were just so plain.  My friend, Kim, told us about all of the cool things her kids were doing using a Cricut. Her son gave us a demonstration and sold us on it.  We bought one and put it into production as soon as we got it!  So the letters and star are vinyl...not some cheap sticker that will rub off or look yucky if it gets wet.  It's a little labor intensive, but I think they look great (if I do say so myself, lol!).

I'm sure you've heard enough about the bottles, so I will shush now - but will tell you where we will be vending this year.  I'll post more details about each show when the time gets closer.

Dallas, TX in March (Yikes - that's coming fast!)
Shipshewana, IN in June
Springfield, MO in September

I will be presenting my trunk show in April in:

Williamsburg, IA
Winterset, IA at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Ok...go buy your spray bottle, then have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Yep...my customers are the best!

You know that I love to hear from my creative customers, and once again, Betsy has been busy!  She ordered this pendant with the snowman in the center, and added tons of beads - look how pretty...


Betsy was in my "Surprise" program as well, and one of the items included was a Creative Grids ruler with my company info on it.  I love that she sent me this picture to show me that she was putting that ruler to good use!


I haven't put these on my website, but will take them to shows. 

We also have another brand new product that I can't wait to show you, but they aren't quite ready yet.  Another day or two and I will post about that.

Since it's almost February (can you believe it?) I have been making some heart pendants.  I wear my heart jewelry year around, but it's extra fun around Valentine's Day!


I also put our popular binding box back on the website...

And look at all of these bees!  This is only part of what went to Deb Strain - she is the artist who designed this bee fabric.  She travels and does trunk shows/presentations and wanted have some of our bee pendants to sell.

Of course, I still have lots of help!  Clearly Daisy has worn herself out and felt the need to sleep on the job.  She cracks me up...

I finished this top and had Callie and Daisy both inspecting it (Ozzie was busy sleeping!)

 This picture was from a month or so ago - the snow is all melted now.  My husband has a drone and took these pictures of our house - doesn't our red house look pretty in the snow?

That's all for now, I have to get busy - will be back soon with that new product.  You are going to love it!

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thanksgiving???

I have been reminded (you know who you are!) that I haven't posted since Halloween!  Time sure does fly by - I can't believe it's almost Christmas.  It sneaks up on me faster every year.  So to get ready for Christmas, we made lots of trees and snowman pendants.  I love this 1 1/4" tree and the  little pine cone charm.  I made a ton of these and have just two left - you can see them on my website...



A few other trees - these are both 1" x 1 1/2"...


But we didn't skip Thanksgiving!  We had more people here than we've had for a long time.  You all know Aunt Nancy  (haha - you should - I talk about her on here a lot!) - well she and Larry came for Thanksgiving!  I was so excited - they live in northern Minnesota and don't get here very often.  And...my niece Emma, who lives in Florida, was also here - pretty much just for the day - she flew in Wednesday afternoon and left on Friday.  I took 2 pictures on Thanksgiving - here are my beautiful nieces take a nap together after having waaaay too much food.  They also have one of my step-daughter's dogs napping with them.


And the other picture is a loaf of garlic cheesy bread that my husband made.  It's too good!

Daisy was being a friendly little kitty until the dogs got here.  Evidently she was not around dogs in her short life before she got here (she was only about 6 weeks old when she showed up on our doorstep) because she even hisses when she sees Boomer through the sliding door.  Anyway...enjoy her cuteness...

 One of the reasons that I haven't posted forever is because we have just been swamped with orders for the last couple of months.  We've sold loads of jewelry and hundreds of ruler boxes - which takes a lot of time to package and ship.  Daisy thinks it's fun to help in the shipping department...

 She sleeps in the funniest positions.  And see her mouse on the right side of her?  I found that mouse under the covers of our bed the other night.  About gave me a heart attack.  Then there is the sparkle ball...she and Callie both love sparkle balls.
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Callie and Daisy were getting along great - even snuggling up to sleep...

 But we took Daisy to be spayed this week, and Callie has been growling at her ever since!  I would have thought she would have gotten over it after a day, but she even woke us up in the middle of the night last night - Daisy was trying to snuggle up to her and she was growling, and finally got mad and left.  Geesh!  Get over it!

Ozzie still growls at her sometimes, but here they are sharing some breakfast.

My husband was not looking forward to setting up the Christmas tree, knowing that it would be interesting with a kitten in the house!  Here she is getting ready to pounce on it!
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 And here she is after it was set up!

I waited a few days to decorate it, and didn't put any of the glass ornaments on it.  She's been climbing it and knocking off the ornaments and carrying them around the house.  It's been interesting!  She loves to lay under the tree and take a nap - that's when she looks so sweet and innocent.

If you are in my Surprise program, you've already seen this - part of the last Surprise was a hand painted wooden ornament from Theodora Cleave in Australia.  With each ornament, came a stitchery pattern with instructions to make a little stocking.  Instead of the stocking, I just made mine into a round tree ornament.  It's obviously not perfectly round...I'm calling it primitive, but it was fun and quick to stitch and I think it's really cute.

You've probably all seen this quilt before - I designed it a few years ago - it's called Gathering Scraps.  It has been at Primitive Gatherings ever since I made it, and I made a smaller version to hang in my booth when I vend at shows.  I'm happy to say that Gathering Scraps is back home with me now!  Out of all of the quilts that I've designed, this one was my favorite to make.  


And now I will end on a little more cuteness.  Here is Daisy being adorable - she's in a drawer under the sink in the bathroom!  PEEK!

She likes to sleep on my pillow - annoying, but adorable...

 And this is her new favorite place to lay in my sewing room.  I'm making lots of bee pendants for Deb Strain (she designed the bee fabric) and Daisy is helping.

Yesterday we had our annual cookie bake, and guess what?  I didn't take one single picture!  It was really fun though - kind of a small group this year - my mom was here - she's been really sick for almost 2 weeks, so I was really happy that she was able to come.  My SIL couldn't come because her mom was in the hospital, but Johnna was here, and also my step-son's GF.  She's the best - lots of fun to be around and she has 3 fun kids too!  Unfortunately the kids couldn't come, so it was just kind of quiet.  But we made a lot of stuff and had a good day.

So now you are all caught up!  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!