Me & My Stitches

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

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The usual...catching up!


I'm finally posting - and will again try to be short on words and heavy on pictures!  We are getting ready for the show in Shipshewana (details below).  Here are just a few pieces of jewelry that we've been working on.  I always love anything patriotic...





 This is a new design - these are all 1 1/4"
 These pineapple pendants were a special order - aren't they pretty?  They provided the fabric - it's from a beautiful opportunity quilt using these fabrics with this pineapple block. 

Here are the details for the show in Shipshewana, IN.  It is in a new location this year.

Michiana Event Center
455 E. Farver St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565

Wednesday, June 19 - Noon to 5:00
Thursday, June 20 - 9:00 to 5:00
Friday, June 21 - 9:00 to 5:00
Saturday, June 22 - 9:00 to 3:00

We will be in booth #16 - hope to see you there!

I've mentioned before that I started cross stitching again.  Here are a few projects that I've worked on lately...

 I love anything Quaker!

 I'm super-excited about these - they are needle minders!  Each one is an inch square.  These are in the works, and I hope to have them available at the show, and then on my website when I get home. 

Much to the chagrin of the farmers (my dad & brother included), we have had tons of rain this spring, which brought this beautiful double rainbow one evening.  It was really bright and pretty in person.

The rain didn't stop me from seeing this Cher concert with my friend, Loyce.  

We have customized loads of spray bottles for other businesses (Red Button Quilt Co, Prairie Star Lodge, The Woolen Needle, and Yellow Creek Quilt Designs are just a few)...

My niece, Johnna, turned 21!  How is that even possible?  I tell her that she can't be 21, she's still a tiny baby in my eyes - lol!  Here she is with her grandparents - my Mom & Dad on the left and her Grandma Campbell on the right.  This was the night before her birthday.  I asked her if she was going to go have a legal drink at midnight.  She looked at me like I was nuts and said that was past her bedtime!  She's too funny.  

And of course, the kitties!  Callie is off doing her own thing most of the time, it seems like she isn't in a lot of pictures.  Sad news on Ozzie - he is 16 and his kidneys are failing.  Makes me so sad to think about it.  We are babying him along - but he won't eat the food that the doctor prescribed, so he gets force fed with a syringe.  He actually takes it pretty well, but I feel bad. He always acts like he's hungry, but won't eat much on his own - I have about 20 different kinds of food and sometimes he will eat them and sometimes not so much.  He likes to lay in the sun on my ironing board.  Doesn't he look like he wishes I would stop disturbing him!?
 He's ready for his shower!  Strange cat - he loves to go in the shower and drink.  He doesn't get in the direct spray, but he is wet by the time he gets out!  Whatever makes him happy...


 My mom was knitting, and Daisy chewed through her yarn!  So, Mom gave her a chunk of it.  She drug it around for days, until the roomba ate it.  Then Mom felt sorry for her and mailed her more.  That's right - one day we had a card addressed to Daisy Letvin!  Too cute.  She sent one to play with now and one in case the roomba eats it again!

 I can't get much ironing done with these 3 around!  Ozzie and Callie are by the window. . Daisy wants to be, but they wouldn't let her in!  See that clipboard in the center of the picture, with the star block on it?  Be looking for those soon too!  We will have some at the show, then will try to get them on the website when we get back.

 She wants to get on the counter, but knows I'm watching her!


Now you know what's going on in my life!  Will try to update again soon!

Have a great week!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

See us at our local quilt show!

We don't vend at many shows in Iowa and have never been to our "local" show in Mt. Pleasant, so for all of you who live somewhere near southeast Iowa, I sure hope you can come and visit.  Here are the details...

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9 to 5
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 1 to 4

Located at...
Iowa Wesleyan University
601 N. Main
Mt. Pleasant, IA

The show includes vendors, boutique, door prizes, demos and lunch will be served.  Admission is $5





Our last show was in Dallas, Texas, and it was fun, as always.  My friends Jill & Vicki from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs came along and we caravanned (not a word!) our way to Texas.  It sure was nice to have someone to go with so I didn't have to be by myself for that long drive.  We went to Moda/United Notions before we left for home, which was also lots of fun and I came home with some good stuff! 


Here is a picture of our booth in Dallas (before we put the jewelry on the stands)

The theme of the show was animals, and they had some really cute balloon animals.  Aunt Nancy is posing with one...




Since I've been home, I've just been working on paperwork and trying to catch up on some things.  Of course, there is always lots of help from the kitties...

Party in the shower!

Ozzie is such a sleeping beauty

 This is Daisy's favorite toy in the whole world and it's broken!  Might have to take her to kitty therapy to deal with the devastation.

Here is a new pendant - I think I like this pattern (it's 1 1/4")!

And this is something new that we're working on...


That's all for now!  Hope to see lots of you at the quilt show!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

First show of 2019

I'm busy finishing up a few things and packing up the van because tomorrow we hit the road to Dallas, Texas.  This is my favorite show of the year because I get to stay with my cousin, Phillip, and his family.  You remember him...he was in charge of spray bottles last year...

My niece has always gone to this show with me, but she just started a new job and can't go this year.  Boo!  I'm really going to miss her.  Luckily my friends from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs are coming over tonight and we will drive to Dallas together tomorrow.  My aunt (you all know Aunt Nancy - also Phillip's mom!) is flying to Dallas today and she will be helping out as well.  I also have a great customer (Sandy), turned helper, turned friend, who will be there as well.  Hope you can come and see us!  I have some cool new items and also my new quilt design called Bundles of Stars...


Come and see us at Dallas Market Hall!  The show is Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 8, 9, 10).  Here is a link to the show so you can see all of the vendors, times, etc.  You will find us in Booth 210-212.  Come visit!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

An overview - long on pics, short on words!

Wanted to show you what has been going on here...

Still making tons of jewelry






These were in our last Surprise program made from our yardsticks and wood from my family farm - LOVE THEM!

Sold lots of these before Christmas...

We were busy, busy, busy (my excuse for not blogging!)


FINALLY finished this T-shirt quilt for my mom - all shirts from the Snake Alley Art Fair, which she has been a part of for about a million years.

 The back...

This happened in November - about 9 inches of snow. But we did NOT have a white Christmas.

And speaking of Christmas...these 2 (Callie and Daisy) trashed the Christmas tree...

I know she looks innocent here...

And how can you stay mad at Daisy when she has all of this cute toe fluff?

And Ozzie is a perfect, innocent little angel (not really, I caught him chewing on the tree too!).  But look at him...I love him!

I'm designing a new quilt with these Kim Diehl fabrics...

I started cross stitching again...

Callie likes cross stitching...



My step-daughter made these for me for Christmas!  I really love them - what do you think- should we make some to sell?  Don't miss the little photo bomber!!!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 Christmas Ornament



 
I just realized that I've posted all about our new Christmas ornaments everywhere, except here on my blog.  So...even though I said we would not be making any more, we will leave the sign up open for another day or two so that my blog readers who don't use other social media can take advantage of this special new product.  The response to our new Christmas ornament has been overwhelming - thank you! Be sure to see all of the details below!   You can order now at www.meandmystitches.com 


We've been making tree ornaments for family members for several years, and when I posted a picture of them last year, many of you wanted in on the fun.  So, this is your chance to get in on the beginning of this collector series.  Each year we will come out with a new and different ornament, which will be dated on the back and on the box.  That's right...the cute handmade box is included!  The lid slides on and off and is perfect for storing your ornament. 

Quantities are very limited, so if you don't want to miss out on this exciting new series, be sure to order now.  Ornaments will be shipped late November to mid December - in plenty of time to decorate your tree or to give as gifts.  This would be the perfect gift for your quilting friends, and you won't have to come up with a new idea next year - just sign up each year to continue receiving this unique and exclusive collection.

As with our jewelry, this ornament is paper pieced and is 1 3/4" - a little bigger than our pendants so that you will be able to see it on your tree.  The box is made from our yardsticks, but is unlike any of the others that we sell.  The lid slides on and off to protect your goodies inside.


Hope you love our new ornament!