Me & My Stitches

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Home from Texas


 I have lots of pictures, and will try to keep the words short & sweet!

The show in Dallas is my favorite show of the year - it is busy, busy - which is fun, and my niece goes with me (also fun) and we get to stay with my cousin Phillip and his family - which is the best part of all.  I love and miss them all so much!  And this year, Aunt Nancy (Phillip's mom!) flew to Dallas and helped us at the show.  Another wonderful part of this show is how many people that I know from Facebook, Instagram and blogging, that I get to meet in person.  Thanks to everyone who came and said hi - I love being able to put a face to the name.

Here we are in the process of setting up the booth.  Johnna is such great help - she moves stuff around until she's happy with how it looks, jumps up on the tables to hang quilts, etc!  The window frames you see below are what we display our jewelry on.
 Lots of boxes and socks
 See that cute cart in the front of the picture?  That is new...my friend Su Bunch from Piecekeepers brought it to the show for me.

 I love our vintage Wrigley's gum stand that we use for patterns, scissors, misc. notions and ruler stars.

And this is what happens when I leave Johnna and Aunt Nancy alone for 2 minutes!  They had a visit from the local police department. And you thought that the quilt police weren't real!


We had sooo many new things this year - don't these balls of Valdani look good in the little ruler box?  LOVE!  We also have Aurifil in a cute little box.
 Two of my new patterns (you've seen them before), but see the yardsticks that they are displayed on?  We sold kits for those as well.  They include everything you need to make your own little display.

 These binding boxes - first introduced in our Surprise program - were a big hit and are now on the website.

 The first (and maybe the last - these were kind of tough to stitch) time I have made kitty earrings - they are 3/4".
 Lots of 1 1/2" star pendants...
 And a 1 1/4" kitty with bling - love that charm...

 I had to wear this on St. Patrick's Day!


 I never did make it all the way through the quilts at the show, but here are just a few that I saw.  Beautiful!



My cousin's daughter loves horses, so I had to take this picture for her!

 We stayed an extra day to play! You can't be that close to Waco, TX and not go to Magnolia.  Do you watch Fixer Uppers?  Here are my cousin's daughter, Leah, and Johnna.  It was chilly in Texas!

 The crowds were crazy - it was spring break week and evidently everyone on the planet was here!

 Johnna's favorite place to shop is Goodwill!  Here she is in her glory - lol!

 I think my kitties (and maybe hubby too!) missed me.  Here is adorable Ozzie - he came to tell me it was time to go to bed!  He looks sleepy.  Isn't he looking good?  He had gotten super skinny, and we found out he has an overactive thyroid.  Now he gets his medicine twice a day (not fun for any of us!) and is gaining weight and looking like a pretty boy again.  He's back to wrestling with Callie, so I know he is feeling better!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

We will have new patterns at the show in Dallas!

Visit our website for the details on my new patterns, or come and see them in person at our next show - in Dallas, TX!
 

This is a picture of our booth in Dallas last year.  I'm beginning to wonder where in the heck we are going to put all of our new stuff!


I have three new patterns - all small, wall-hanging size.  The first one is called So Many Nines, So Little Time.  Nine patch blocks keep showing up in my quilt designs - they are just fun to make!

The next little quilt is called Friendly Stars - love this background fabric! This is the first time that I've published a pattern with wool applique. I made up some little wool kits too - fun!
 


The third newbie is called Falling Stars.  I actually made one of these a year or two ago, but I wasn't happy with my quilting, so I didn't ever publish it.  I found a new source for wool (Tracy Trevethan Designs) and love her orange pieces, so I decided to make it again and leave the quilting to the professionals (Kym Ward from Reds Threads)!  All three new patterns are available on my website - www.meandmystitches.com 
 


As for all of the other new "stuff" that I mentioned - we have the Valdani pearl cotton (size 12) that coordinates with these 2 new wool designs. They are so pretty - just like candy, only without the calories!  And while I was at it, I decided to keep some of my favorite things in stock, so I bought some Aurifil thread (packaged in a cute little ruler box!), and Clover binding clips.  Oh...and I discovered some needles for wool applique that I just love - they are made by Bohin and are my new favorite! All of these will be for sale at shows - they aren't currently on my website, because I have a limited number of spaces, and I just can't put everything on there.  If you see anything in this post that you would like, just e-mail me.


We also have many new shapes and sizes of ruler boxes.  This one is awesome - it will hold  your whole project; blocks, pattern, pearl cotton, scissors, needles - and about anything else you might need!  It's about
10" x 12".  These are only going to be available at shows for now because shipping costs on this are almost as much as the box!


And of course, we will have lots of new jewelry.  I spent several days making bling - tons of little bead sets and charms - lots of flags, bees, hearts - just something for everyone!



We have so many other new items that I want to share, but this post is getting too long, so you will just have to come to a show and see for yourself!  Here is the info for the show in Dallas:

Dallas Market Hall
NW Corner of I35E and Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX

Friday, March 10 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 12 - Noon - 5:00 pm  

You will find us in booths 210-212

This is a really great show - tons of beautiful quilts and lots of great vendors.  Hope to see you there!!

You would think I was sick if I didn't show you a picture of my fluffies - you can see that they are working really hard to get ready for the show!


Don't forget to take a peek at my website - I added a lot of new jewelry last week.

Have a great week!




 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time to catch you up!

I haven't posted forever, and almost didn't today!  Blogger has made some changes and it took me forever just to figure out how to start a new post.  I really don't have anything to exciting to post about, so maybe it would have been best to NOT figure it out - lol.  Our next show is a month away (YIKES) in Dallas and we are just really busy trying to get lots of new things made to take along.  We will have lots of our ruler boxes with the pin cushion and binding clips.  These were originally made for our first "Surprise" program, and since everyone seemed to like them, we decided to make a bunch for the show.  Here is the batch we made for Surprise...
My aunt made all of the pin cushions.  I sent her different fabric for the ones that we will take to Dallas - there are some from Kansas Troubles fabrics, two different fabric lines of Betsy Chutchian, and one from Barbara Brackman.  They are all really pretty.

Surprise 2 just got started (thanks to everyone who signed up!) and this is the first mailing!  My mom came over and helped me one day last week - she wrapped all of these for me, and I got them in the mail on Tuesday, so if you are in the program, you should be finding a surprise in your mailbox soon!


 Mom also stuffed a bunch of patterns for me.  I was low on almost all of them.  And...I have THREE new small patterns that will be finished soon - I'm just working on the binding on the last one.  I know that some designers whip patterns out really quickly, but it takes me forever.  Mostly because I do it all myself, and I have a million other things that have to be done too.  I'm excited about these new patterns, and will even have a few kits for 2 of them.  And...they have a little bit of wool applique - something new for me as far as designing goes.  I have a limited amount of fabric to use for them, so I only have about a dozen kits of each, but plan to make up some that are just the wool.  Seems that most of us have a nice stash that we can use for the piecing, but not everyone has a great stash of wool.  I also now have Valdani pearl cotton available to match the wool in the little kits.  And of course, we will have lots of different shapes and sizes of ruler boxes to keep all of your stuff in!


We've been making lots of jewelry too.  I feel like I've never really caught up after the show in Dallas last year!  It was busy all last year, with shows, and sales on the website.  I have a whole box of pendants that need some bling added to them - maybe that will happen next week.

Here are a few 1 1/2" pendants that we recently finished.

My quilter, Kym Ward, has also been busy.  She quilted my new little quilts, and I also had a few others that she did for me.  This was a Christmas gift from my friend, Nancy.  She didn't have time to get it quilted, but it's done now - isn't it wonderful?  I love it!

And this is designed by Betsy Chutchian, also made with one of her fabric lines.  I just love everything that she does.  There was lots of fabric left over, so I pieced the back, but didn't think to take a picture of it.  My quilter does not love a pieced back, but she didn't yell at me too much about it!


There doesn't seem to be much spare time, but I have worked on these funky chicken blocks a little bit.  This is the first stitchery pattern that I've ever done, and I have to say that I really love it!  It goes so fast - that's what I need...something that can get finished!  This kit came from The Little Red Hen in Muscatine, IA.  Love it!  I've never been big on chickens, but my niece loves them, which has made me change my tune a little bit.  I still don't ever want the real thing, but the stitchy kind are good!
And of course, I have lots of help from the kitties, but Ozzie was taking a little break here.  He's had to visit the vet twice - he had lost A LOT of weight, and they discovered that he has an over-active thyroid.  So now we have to give him medicine twice a day.  We tried crushing it and sprinkling it in his food, but he won't eat it.  So, instead we have to cram it down his throat and it's not fun for any of us!  But, he's gaining weight and looking a lot better - what a relief!

 I guess you get a little peek of 2 of my new little quilts!  Callie was being so helpful...
That's all for now - I think you are caught up on everything here!

Have a great day!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Surprise!



If you know me, you know that I LOVE a fun mail day!  Well, I want to give each of you a few fun mail days too!  Last year we started a new program, called Surprise!, that was such a hit, we decided to do it again.  In these Surprise boxes, we will include some of our original handmade items, and also a few things that we sell at shows, but don't have room for on our website.  This won't be like some of those programs where you get a bunch of things that you don't like or won't use.  This will be good stuff - the things that we make ourselves, things that I love...just some of my favorite things.  The picture above shows a few of the items included in the first Surprise program.  If you struggle to find new and unique gifts for your quilty friends this is a perfect gift idea.  Treat them with fun mail too!

Below is just one of the things that was included in the Surprise program last year - a ruler box with a handmade pin cushion and binding clips.  



By purchasing "Suprise!" you are committing to the full 6 month program where, starting in mid February, you will receive 3 shipments - one every other month.  Your first payment secures your spot for the entire program.  Before each new shipment, I will send you an  electronic invoice for $35, (which includes shipping and handling within the US) that can be paid using a credit card, or PayPal.

There are only TEN spots left, so go to our website now- www.meandmystitches.com and sign up now to secure your spot!



 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I won, I won!

You know that I love a good mail day, right?  Well, it's fun when you order something and it arrives, but it's even more fun when you WIN something!  I really don't sign up for too many giveaways because I have too much stuff already, but Patti enticed me with her trip to Spring Green, WI - so I left a comment on her blog and she picked me as the lucky winner!  Here is a link to her blog - grab a cup of coffee and go take a look!


Zoom in and take a look at all of this good stuff!  Floss, fabric, beautiful trims, cards, tea and even a spoon from WI!  So much fun.  Look at the cute packaging - I could hear the jingle bells jingling as I picked up the package.  Now they are hanging on my Christmas tree.

Thanks again Patti!  

Now I've got to hop in the shower - Grubby has to go visit the vet today. I would much rather be staying home, it's only FIFTEEN degrees out there this morning.  I bet Grubs would rather stay home too - he has to get a shot!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


I took this picture yesterday as I was hanging my glass snowflakes.  We made these at my mom's shop a few years ago.  They are easy and fun to make and I love seeing them in the winter!  I usually leave them up until March.  This one isn't as bright as it looks here.

And this is what it looks like this morning!  I was excited when I woke up to snow.  Funny how I've changed my tune, since I now work from home.  I hated the snow when I had to drive in it every day.  Now I just love it - so beautiful and peaceful.  Perfect day for sewing!  I was just getting ready to take this picture, and the cardinal flew in - perfect timing!

This is the tree in my sewing room.  So many ornaments that I love.  They always bring back so many memories.

And a few Christmas trees of a different variety!  These trees are 1 1/2" paper pieced pendants - you can see them on my website.  The smaller ones are 1 1/4".

 If you signed up for my "Surprise" program, then you received one of these.  Our cute ruler boxes with a pin cushion and some Clover binding clips.  I love these and hope to make more to take to shows next year.

And some pictures of it all while I was getting them ready to mail - it's a process, for sure.



 Part of them all ready to go!

And currently on my design wall.  The top is block 3 of Primitive Garden - I'm doing this as a sew along and have a Facebook page, if you would like to join us.  The one on the lower left will be a new pattern one of these days and the lower right is a Primitive Gathering pattern that I finally finished.  Guess I should take a picture of the whole thing!

This is a busy time of year for me - lots of people have been doing their Christmas shopping on my website! (Thanks to all of you!!).  Here are just a few that we finished up yesterday - all 1 1/2" pendants.

And now it's time to get busy!  Hope you have a great day!