Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 3/4" paper pieced charms - offered as a charm of the month club.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

So many things to catch up on!

I had one week at home between shows, and first priority was to get the second Surprise box mailed out!  I thought it was appropriate to wrap them in these Halloween colors...


 I took several different blocks to stitch on - this is block 3 of A Primitive Garden, by Primitive Gatherings.  The Sew A Long starts in a couple of days - if you want to join us, go to our Facebook Page  and ask to join.  I took this all the way to Minnesota and back, and didn't work on it at all.  I did stitch on a couple of Merry Christmas blocks while I was there.
 Finished the binding on Sophie's Garden by Pam Curo right before I left.  Callie gave it her paw of approval.
 Mom and I went with Aunt Nancy to her quilt club meeting when we got to Minnesota on Monday night.  Emily from Red Button Quilt Company was the speaker.  She shared tons of her little quilts, and even passed them all around the room so we could see them up close and personal (and fondle them, of course!).  Emily adds a lot of little simple embroidery that just makes them extra cute.
 I took this one for my SIL - her mom makes tons of yo-yos and is always looking for ideas on how to use them.

 This is one of my favorites - those are my size of nine patches - lol!  Love the little pumpkins in the center and look at how the vine in the border adds to it.  She also uses lots of tiny buttons in her designs, and if you buy a kit, there is always a red button included (along with any of the buttons used in the quilt) - fun!

 Another favorite - those tiny flowers are really buttons.

 And here is a shot of what I woke up to each morning - a nice view of the lake.  The temperature in northern Minnesota was much cooler than it was at home, and I loved it!  I meant to go out and take some pictures of their log cabin but I totally forgot!  I think I've shared pictures of it before - it is beautiful, I really love it there.

 On Tuesday Aunt Nancy took us to several quilt shops and we even went clothes shopping.  We had to pull over and take a picture of this billboard along the way - I thought it was funny.
I have lots more to share from our trip and from the quilt show, but will save that for the next post.

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show

 The show in Springfield, MO was a good one!  Lots of people and so many pretty quilts.  We went early on Saturday so that I could look at all of the quilts.  I just made a quick run through and took a bunch of not-very-good pictures.  There was bright lighting overhead that made my pictures worse than usual, if that's possible.  This one just blows my mind.  The lady who made it visited my booth.  She claims this is not hard to make. Makes my eyes crazy to look at, and my head hurt to even think about making it.  I think it's amazing.

 A lot of the quilts that I took pictures of are not something that I would ever make - really bright and modern, but I sure do appreciate them.  I love this - I think it's the black background and of course all of the little pieces!
 I love the border on this one - I think a pieced border adds so much interest to a quilt.

 Another black and bright quilt - isn't it gorgeous?

 A Ginny Beyer design that I have always liked.
 I guess you can tell that these black/bright quilts really caught my eye!
 A few Bonnie Hunter designs caught my eye...

 Loved this one - it was a beautiful anniversary tribute quilt and had several personal things attached lace, a necklace, etc.
 I took this picture for my chicken loving niece!
 I love this design - on my I-need-to-make-this list!
 Another Bonnie Hunter design...
 They had an area that featured quilts by Anna Day - they were all framed and very nice.  I love the way she uses color - especially the light/background fabrics, love how they sparkle.




 Great small stars - loved these earthy colors.
 Amazing applique and hand quilting...

There were lots more, but this gives you a good idea of all of the beauty at the show!  So many talented quilters.

Here is my booth - 
And now I'm packing up for the next one!  My mom and I leave for Minnesota on Monday.  Yikes!  Still lots to do - so I better get busy!

Have a great weekend, and come and see us in Walker, MN next week!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Upcoming shows and a little cuteness!

We are going to have a very busy September!  I really hope that some of you can come to see us at a show - it's always really fun to meet people in person that we've gotten to know online!

We will be in Springfield, MO on September 8-10th - here are the details...

The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
3001 North Grant
Springfield, MO

Thursday & Friday - hours are 9:00 to 5:00
Saturday - 9:00 to 4:00

This is the first time for us to vend here, and it's my understanding that this is a new location for the show - so if you live in the area, make sure you go to the Fairgrounds!

Next up is a show in Walker, MN on September 22nd and 23rd.  This show is put on my 2 guilds - the Northwoods Quilters and the Heartland Quilters.

Northern Lights Casino Hotel & Event Center
6800 Y Frontage Road NW
Walker, MN

Thursday - hours 9:00 to 6:00
Friday - 9:00 to 4:00

Hope you can come to one of them!!  We will also be in Ft. Dodge, IA in October - but I will post the details on that when it gets closer.

I have a week in between shows, and that is when the second "Surprise" box will be going out.  I've got those almost ready to go.  Then the charms will be mailed the last week of the month.  Speaking of charms...have you signed up?  The picture at the top of the blog is a sample of the charms and the details are on my website.  It's always lots of fun, and don't forget that you get free stuff!

My cute little niece started COLLEGE last week.  I just can't believe she is 18 already.  She is going to her local community college, which I'm happy about, I don't want her to move away!  Here she is on her first day of college - telling her kitties goodbye - lol!

And it's not the first day of school without Grandpa (my dad) seeing her off. My sister in law has taken a picture of them each year and they are sooooo cute.  Many are the 2 of them from the back, walking down the driveway to meet the school bus, holding hands.  Adorable!  Look at my dad - can you tell he's a farmer?!  He's quite the fashion statement with bibs and boots!
I talked to her after her first day and it all went well.  She also started a new job that day - so after a summer of leisure, she is a busy girl!

Hope you have a leisurely Sunday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scissor Hives

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that my husband is a beekeeper.  This will be his 3rd year already - boy, time sure flies.  He enjoys doing it, and I like the harvest!  Having our own honey is really awesome.  I didn't realize how different every honey tastes, and now I can tell you that I am very partial to ours!  I also love having the wax.  We sell these in our booth when we vend - aren't they cute?  These are new - a friend made these molds for us.

 We have these too.  The little rosettes aren't as cute, but they really do work well to have in your sewing kit.  I have one next to my stitching chair and use it when I'm hand quilting.
Clearly I'm not alone in my bee love, because Moda and Deb Strain created the cutest line of bee fabric that works perfect for pendants.  And notice the tiny little bee charms - I love them!  I've made loads of different bee pendants with this fabric
 And some more with a little less bling...

I already shared this bee block, but since I'm posting about bees, I thought it should be included!  Still no plan as to what I'm going to do with it = I really want to make a few more, and thanks to a couple of great online friends, I was able to get more fabric!



We have a brand new product that I'm super excited about...take a look at how cute these are...
We have named them Scissor Hives (thanks Nancy) and I am in love with them!  The "hive" is a vintage spindle and is 3" tall.  The scissors are a little less than that, and they are nice and sharp.  Another necessary thing to keep by your stitching chair!  These also make the perfect gift for any friend who quilts or stitches.  We have them on our website and will be taking them to shows this fall.

Speaking of the change of seasons, I've been making lots of pumpkin pendants.  These are 1 14" and have a little bit of bling added.

I finally finished this Welcome wall hanging - I bought it as a kit at The Woolen Needle a couple of years ago (again..where does time go??).  I've had most of it done, just needed to put it all together and I finally did it last week!  You can see that Callie is helping hold it down (wouldn't want it to get away).

Now I better get busy (as a bee) because I don't want the day to get away from me!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2016

I love Scentsy!!


Do you use Scentsy?  I love it and am thinking of getting a new warmer.  The good news?  It's all on sale this month.  Is that good news?  I really don't need any more, but I have had my eye on this one for awhile now...

Chasing Fireflies Scentsy Warmer
And this?  It's adorable, but totally does not match my decor.  I would be owning it, if it did!
Hokey Pokey Scentsy Warmer

My friend who cut my hair for years used to sell Scentsy and always had a basket of the wax bars at the shop and I always felt the need to get some!  Unfortunately she stopped cutting hair, and stopped selling Scentsy.  Lucky for me, my friend Nancy is now selling it, and it's super easy to buy.  You just go to her website and place an order!  I always thought that you had to find someone who was having a party or find someone that you knew who was selling it.  Nope - you just go to this website and order whatever your little heart desires.  I think I'm going to break down and get that new warmer for my kitchen!  And, while I'm at it, I better get another bar of my favorite scent - Welcome Home.  Mmmm...it's a "fall" type of smell to me.  Love it!  What is your favorite scent?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Just Toasty

Have you gotten the new issue of American Patchwork and Quilting?  It is a great one!  Lisa from Primitive Gatherings is on the cover showing some of her amazing quilts.  And inside?  So many great projects!  But the first one that I knew I had to make was Just Toasty by Betsy Chutchian.  Take a look at these beautiful fabrics by Betsy and Moda.

 

I actually ordered the kit from Betsy before I even had the magazine, because I saw a picture and just knew it was a winner.  You can order one for yourself (you will not be sorry, I promise!) by e-mailing Betsy at   bchutchian@hotmail.com.  As soon as I got my kit, I just had to start cutting!

Look at the gorgeous fabric and I love the quote in the selvedge too...

 Here are some of my pieces...
And a few blocks...

Ozzie loves these new fabrics too!  
Can't wait to make more blocks.  Did you order your kit yet?  DO IT!  What are you waiting for?!?!  Lol!  Seriously...they are so nice.  I think we all love the fall season and this quilt will be just perfect. 

Have a great day!