Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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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!  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Punky got a face lift!

Do you remember my Poor Lil' Punky pin cushion pattern?  It was first published in Simple Quilts magazine, and then later, I published it and sell it on my website and at shows.
Well, Punky has had a face lift, literally...he now has a faceless cousin!  I want my patterns to all be the same price - it's just easier for my feeble brain - the less I have to remember, the better!  But it seemed like $9.00 was a lot for just one pin cushion pattern, so I added a second pattern to this one.  Meet Punky's Plain Cousin!
Now when you purchase this pattern, you will have instructions and paper piecing patterns for both!

I know it's not pumpkin season, but I don't care - I like pumpkins any time of the year.  Here are some of my other pumpkin items...

A scissor fob -
 A 1 1/2" Pendant...
 And a 1 1/2" Pin...
I make other sizes and shapes too, but you've probably seen enough pumpkins for now!  And now I'm back to work - getting ready for the show in Kansas City.

Have a great week!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gathering Favorites

My new quilt design, Gathering Favorites is FINALLY finished!  Yes...FINISHED...the binding is on, and the pattern cover picture has been taken.  For everyone who pre-ordered the pattern, it will be in the mail to you tomorrow.  Yippee!!

I wanted to make another quilt with tiny 9 patches (they are 1 1/2" finished) and I decided to use some of my favorite fabrics, hence the name Gathering Favorites.  Do you have favorite fabrics that you are hoarding (lol!) because you just can't imagine being without them?  This is the quilt for you - you can use lots of your favorites - and you only need to use 1" of them, so no fear of using them all up!

I'm linking up to Julie's Binding Blitz post!  Go check it out and see what everyone else has finished this month!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I had a really great time at Market - found some great deals at Sample Spree, and got to see lots of old friends and met some "online friends" as well - lots of fun!

Here are most of the goodies that I brought home.  Some of them were things handed out at Schoolhouse classes, and most of the fabric I bought at Sample Spree.  I really wanted a bundle of Miniature Gatherings - the new line by Lisa Bongean, and I was lucky enough to get that and also purchased her 2 new rulers.  I added a nice bundle of Kansas Troubles fabric to my purchases - and I have a plan for those that I will tell you about at a later date!  See that bundle on the right...the fabric by Lynette Anderson?  I won that at her Schoolhouse class!  Lynette has been a customer of mine for a few years now, but we had never met in person.  I didn't want to bother her before class, and had intended to introduce myself afterwards.  But...she drew MY name for the giveaway!  It was really funny, because she had no idea that I was in the room.  When she drew my card, she started laughing, then introduced me to the room.  I had the opportunity to speak to Lynette and her husband, Vince, several times while I was at Market - they are the nicest people.  So glad to finally be able to meet them in person!  I bought the bee pattern - it is so cute.  It's by Wooden Spool Designs, and I can't wait to work on it.
 Here is a picture of Lynette and I in her booth...
 That was one of the few pictures that I took while I was there (I know some of you are not surprised by that!).

I couldn't wait to cut into those Miniature Gatherings fabrics, and evidently Ozzie couldn't wait to share his fur with them!  I wasn't even done cutting, and he was already laying on them!
 And it seems that Ozzie also loves Lynette's fabrics, as he took a little nap on them!  Callie was not nearly as interested in my new stuff- so no pictures of her this time.
 I got my newest quilt design back from my quilter a few days before we left, so I took it along, and Aunt Nancy sewed the binding down for me.  Now all I have to do is get a good picture (UGH...that is the hardest part!) and the pattern will be published.  The 9 patches finish at 1 1/2".

And now I have to get back to work - we are getting ready for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival - can't believe it's only a few weeks away - EEK!!!!!

Have a great holiday weekend!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Charms and off to Market!

I just realized that I have not ever posted the most recent charm that all of my Charming 3 customers received - lots of little 3/4" flowers for spring.  If you missed it this year, sign ups will start again in July...

And a few pieces that I added some extra bling to...

And some beeswax that we will be selling at our next show - the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival...
And a peek of my newest quilt design - the 9 patches finish at 1 1/2".  The binding will be sewn down this week, and then the hardest part is getting a decent picture of it...

And tomorrow I am off to Quilt Market!  

Have a great week!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Friend in Need

Many of you know Tara Baisden (you may know her as Tara Lynn Darr) of Sew Unique Creations - she is a very talented pattern designer and has published tons of patterns and also some wonderful books full of small, scrappy quilts (don't we all LOVE those!?).  Not only is Tara extremely talented, she is also a very kind and thoughtful person.  Unfortunately, Tara recently was in a horrible accident and is facing a long road to recovery.  Some of her friends have started a Go Fund Me page to help to cover some of her expenses during this rough time.  You can read more about her accident on that page. If you have ever been in the hospital, you know how those bills pile up in a huge hurry, and also that insurance does not cover everything.  Please go to her page and read the full story there, and if you can help Tara at all, please do so.  At the very least, keep her in your prayers!

Here is a picture of Tara and of the truck she was in when the accident happened.  It really makes you think about how life can change in an instant and we really do need to appreciate every moment.

Everything here is business as usual - I have a ton of things on my to-do list to prepare for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festive in June.  I have been working on a new quilt, and just got it back from the quilter yesterday.  Now it's time to get the binding on and finish up the instructions and get it into print. We took pre-orders for this quilt at our last show in Stover, MO - so if you will be there before too long!  The name of the quilt will be Gathering Favorites, and it has a ton of my most favorite fabrics in it.  If you want to see a sneak peek of it, you can go to my Instagram page.

I'm excited to be going to Market in Minneapolis next week, and look forward to seeing lots of old and new friends.  Hope to see some of you there!!

Have a great weekend!  And don't forget - please help Tara out if you can !

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Can you handle some cuteness?

I wanted to start by introducing you to the newest member of our family...Bailey!

We've been thinking about getting a puppy friend for Boomer for quite awhile now, and this little cutie was taken to the pound recently.  We thought she looked like a perfect pal for Boomer!  She is doing really well - not too wild and crazy, but she's a puppy, for sure.  Boomer is warming up to the idea, but the outside kitties are still not impressed.  Hopefully they will come around and they will all live in harmony - lol!  I haven't been able to get many good pictures of her, because she is always wiggling!  She loves to go for walks, and keeps super close to my heels - it's so cute!  

Speaking of outside kitties - I don't like it when the animals play on the frozen pond in the winter - it just makes me nervous, but it had been really cold for a long time, so there was certainly no worries about any of them falling through the ice.  I just thought it was cute the way they were all out there playing - there were a few leaves blowing around, and of course, that made for lots of fun.
This is something that I should have posted months ago -  I won this giveaway from Kathy Schmitz!  I love the charm pack - lots of good fabrics in there, and almost as cute was the card that she sent with it!

As always, please ignore the quality of my pictures - I am in a rush, and decided not to take the time to edit these.  See my slipper below!?  I am still sporadically working on my Merry Christmas Quilt.  I'm just determined to have it done by Christmas this year.  This block was super easy to stitch, until it came to the face.  His eyes are not great - but they are as good as they are going to get!  I am working on block 5 now. 

We are crazy-busy getting ready for our next show it is in Stover, MO - here are the details...

Stover Community Center
Friday, April 10th, 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday, April 11th, 9:00 - 3:00

We will have some new items!  For you hand quilters - we will be selling beeswax!  We (the hubby...sure isn't me dealing with them) raised (do you really raise them?) bees for the first time last summer and were fortunate enough to end up with honey and some wax. I know that lots of people love beeswax for thread conditioner, but I had never tried it - instead I had used Thread Heaven.  I've been using the beeswax now, when hand quilting, and it works great.

We are also now carrying Kelmscott scissors.  I love them all and have a hard time not keeping one of each for myself!  Aren't they great?  LOVE!

 And, they are even better when you add a scissor fob!
 We will also be taking lots of socks!
 This is the new color for spring...
 And here are some fobs that we finished up last weekend...

I've been diligently working on a new quilt design and can't wait to show it to you.  I hope to have it sent off to the quilter in the next couple of days.  Then to finish up the pattern writing.  So many things to get done!

 And, you know that I always have to show you how my helpers are doing.  Callie - always willing to lend a paw...
 And Ozzie - just sitting around looking adorable!

That's all for now - have a great week!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I've been working on...

We have had several snowy days and some super cold times as well, so I've just been doing what I do best...HIBERNATING!!  I haven't left home since my birthday!  Some people think that sounds horrible, but I'm perfectly happy to stay here and work away.  I've had quite a few orders so I just work on those and also work to re-stock my jewelry inventory for the upcoming shows.

All of the pendants in the next 3 pictures went to Primitive Gatherings CA - I'm now out of pendants with bling, so that is on the agenda!

 This batch is now on it's way to a shop in New Zealand...
 A customer saw this pendant on Instagram and asked for matching heart earrings...I like the black with these bright fabrics...
And to replace all of those sent to Primitive Gatherings, here are some things we've finished....

It hasn't been ALL work around here - there have been a few fun mail days!  This was a nice surprise from my friend, Darlene.  It's a magnetic pin dish and boy is it handy!  I've never had one of these before, but it's nice to just fling a pin in the right direction and have it land in the dish! Thanks Darlene!
 I had a super fun box from my friend, Nancy and this was just one of the surprises inside...
Have you seen this book?  It is really awesome - I would love to make everything that's in it!  I seem to have lost the picture of the entire box of goodies, but trust me...I was spoiled!  And speaking of that Nancy (I have a lot of Nancy's in my life!)...this is our latest little Kim Diehl quilt that we made while Skype sewing together!  I'm telling you...if you haven't tried Skype - you should - it's so fun to be able to sew "together" while I'm in Iowa and she is in California.  Technology is (usually) a great thing!

I mentioned that we've had snow...this is what I saw out of my sewing room windows a few weeks ago.  It's snowing lightly this morning, but nothing like it was that day...

And what is a blog post without at least one cat picture?  Ozzie is 12 years old, but lately he has been wild and crazy!  He was all wound up one night and ended up under the rug - what a goof!

That's all for now!  Hope you have a fun Sunday!