Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Here's what's up!

Just the usual going on here...

Working on jewelry for our next show, called "It's a Gathering", which is in Stover, MO, on April 4th and 5th, at the Community Building.  Here are a few new things that will be there...




It's really unbelievable how bad some of these pictures are!

I've also been busy sending out the newest charms- this is part of them - waiting for Marty the Mail Lady to pick them up...


I've been trying to do a little hand quilting in the evenings...
This is a Lori Smith pattern and I've been quilting it for well over a year.  I've learned that it gets finished a lot faster if you actually WORK on it!

I'm also making a bunch of pin cushions to take to the show - and will share those with you next time.

My hubby made these awhile back - tiny little individual fruit pizzas - aren't they cute?  They were really good too.  He should make them again soon - they have to be good for you - look at all of that fruit!
(If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen most of these pics.)

And a picture (or two...or five) of a furry. You don't get to see Boomer too often and these pictures just make me laugh!  DH gave him a little rawhide bone to chew on.  I spotted him outside of my sewing room...just sitting...he looks like he's smoking a pipe.
 Yep...just sitting in the yard with my bone...
 You lookin' at me?
 I think I will lay my bone down.  That kitty better not try to touch it!
 And, it's history!
That's all for now!  Hope to see lots of you at the show.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dottie's Dashes is FINALLY complete!

If you remember from my last post, I've been working on writing the pattern for my newest quilt design, Dottie's Dashes, for what seems like forever!  It is FINALLY finished and on my website.  It took a lot longer than I had planned, but I ran into a bajillion (yes...I'm pretty sure that is a word) difficulties!  My computer has been giving me fits for awhile now, and I have no patience for it at all.  And then add to that my lack of photography skills and it just makes life difficult!  But, no more whining, no more excuses...I'm so happy that the pattern is finished and ready to go.  My goal was to have it done by the show in Stover, so I'm actually ahead of schedule!  For everyone who pre-ordered the pattern, it will be in the mail to you tomorrow morning (into the very capable hands of Marty the Mail Lady!!).  If you've forgotten what Dottie's Dashes looks like...here it is again...


Speaking of the show in Stover, MO - don't forget to come visit me there if you are in the area.  It's a really fun and busy show.  It's in the Stover Community Building on April 4th and 5th.  Two floors of vendors - 30 vendors in all - it will be lots of fun, for sure!


I took some time out one day to dismantle some wool suits that my dad gave me.  I remember him wearing these suits to church a lot.  I don't know if he decided that he would never wear them again, or if he grew out of them, but I love them, and am happy he gave them to me and will think of him any time I use this recycled wool.  I ended up with a nice sized pile - pants sure are easier to tear apart that jackets!

 As always, we are working on jewelry - trying to have lots ready for the show.

 I got on a flag kick!


And here is a very, very rare picture of Callie (left) and Ozzie (right) together (not fighting)...
 They never, ever lay together like that (and for the record... that is Dottie's Dashes that they are laying on - no wonder it took forever to get that binding sewn down!).  But...you can see below how long that lasted!
Yep...it's on!!  Doesn't Ozzie just look like he is ready to kick her butt?  You can always tell, when Callie comes up to Ozzie and acts lovey and starts licking him...it is all over and they will be fighting within seconds!

I hope you all have a great day!!  Oh...and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy Saturday!

The show in Iowa City was lots of fun last weekend!  My friend, Becky O, helped me on Saturday - which was awesome.  We haven't gotten together for a long time, so it was nice to be able to chat.  We had plenty of time to visit in the afternoon because it started snowing and all of the quilters stayed home!  My husband helped on Sunday, which was also fun.  He hasn't ever helped me at a show before, so it was nice for him to meet some of the people and just to see how everything works.  He's had some great ideas of how to make things easier and better for future shows.

I finally finished a new quilt design.  My goal was to have it all done and the patterns ready to sell at the "It's a Gatherin'" show in Stover, MO on April 4th and 5th, but when I was invited to the I-80 shop hop in Iowa City, I rushed to get the binding sewn on, and brought the quilt along to the show and offered the pattern as a pre-order.  It is called "Dottie's Dashes".
As usual, it's not a good picture, but at least you get the idea.  I hope you can see some of the quilting if you enlarge it - Kym Ward from Reds Threads worked her magic on this.  I am always so impressed with everything she quilts for me - she does such great work!  I'm getting closer to being finished with writing the pattern and having it ready to publish.  Lots of people ordered it at the show, so I really need to get it finished!  Pattern writing is not my favorite thing, and I need to learn to write the pattern first, then make the quilt - but it never happens that way in my world!  Oh, and it really is square and not all wonky like it looks in this picture!  It's a fairly large quilt (72" x 84") and I was trying to just get a quick pic to show you, without rearranging my sewing room for a clear shot!  The "dark" fabrics are all from the Jo Morton line called Ember Reds and Evergreens and the "lights" are all from different lines from Primitive Gatherings.  Do you remember when I was begging for that black fabric?  It was to finish this quilt!  I had a half yard bundle of the Jo fabrics - which was obviously not enough for borders and binding.  The original plan was to use something that coordinated for the borders, but in the end, I really wanted the same fabrics for borders and binding that were in the quilt top.

Speaking of fabric designed by Primitive Gatherings - have you seen Lisa's newest line called Homestead Gatherings?  Oh my!!  When I saw that they had the pre-cuts in, my first thought was...well...Happy Birthday To Me!!  I ordered them right away and have been playing with them ever since!  Blacks, reds, greens and brown!  YUM!!  The red is so nice...dark...LOVE IT!  See the houses?  LOVE!
 Now normally when I buy these fun bundles, I can hardly stand to open them up and disrupt the perfectness.  But, I just couldn't help myself on this one and I cut into them immediately!  And the results...
Obviously, they aren't finished yet - but you can see the fun I had!  Really, really love these fabrics!

One more thing that I wanted to share...look at this adorable birthday card that I got from my customer and friend, Nancy B.  Obviously she knows me well!  Isn't it just adorable?

 See how everything pops up?  So cute!  Thanks again for thinking of me, Nancy!

And what's a post without a fluffy?  Well, it's just incomplete!  Ozzie likes to be close...sometimes a little too close...
And Callie just thinks he's weird (pot calling the kettle black!)
She's a little wide to be resting here, but she was happy.  Another reminder of why I buy lint rollers by the case!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fabric found and an upcoming show!

Thanks to everyone who sent suggestions about that elusive fabric!  Would you believe that I ordered it from FIVE different websites and every single one of them later contacted me, saying that they did not have it? Very frustrating!  I finally called The Quilted Moose in Gretna, NE and they had it.  However, I did not get my hopes up until it actually landed in my hands!  So glad that I finally found it, and now it's time to put it to use.  I designed a new quilt and this fabric is for the binding.  It is all perfect timing, because I should get my quilt back from the quilter today.  I can't wait to see what she has done with it.  Will post more on that when it's finished!

We are busy getting ready for a show in Iowa City - it is part of the I-80 Shop Hop (you can read about the Clear Lake Hop here).  This show is much closer to home for me, so I was happy for the invitation to vend there.  Here are the details on the show...

Where: Clarion Highlander Hotel in Iowa City
              Exit 246 I-80 and Hwy 1.  

When:  Saturday, February 15, 10:00 - 5:00
             Sunday, February 16, 10:00 - 4:00

I love the idea of these Shop Hops - SIXTEEN vendors - all under one roof!  How much easier can it get for all of us Quilt-a-holics?!  If you are in the area - please stop by and say hi. 

We've been busy getting ready for the show, and also sent out the third charm in Charming 2 - here they are...


One last thing....I've had numerous people leave comments on my blog that are "no reply commenters".  Please check your settings.  If you don't have a clue how to fix it (I'm technologically challenged...so I get that!!) take a look at this link - Lori did a great job explaining how to fix it - and change your settings!  I always reply to every comment that is left here - so if you don't hear back from me, that means you are a No Reply Commenter.  

And speaking of no reply people...recently Jackie Patton asked a question about a fabric that she saw in this post.  Jackie...that fabric is from Moda and is a line by Laundry Basket Quilts called Dancing in the Rain.  

And last...since everyone has to talk about the weather - we've had a lot of snow and have more in the forecast for the next 4 days.  Doesn't bother me one little bit until I have to go out and drive in it and then I am the grouchiest person in the world!  So...think I will just stay in my toasty sewing room, surrounded by fabric, with a cup of coffee!  Yep...makes me happy!

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Searching for fabric - and the deal of the week!

I am designing a new quilt, that I will publishing soon, but I have a little problem.  I am in desperate need of about a half yard of fabric!  It is from the Jo Morton line called Ember Reds and Evergreen.  This line is a few years old, so I'm having trouble finding it.  I did locate it on a website, and ordered 3 yards, but it turned out that they only had ONE yard - YIKES!  Well, I made it work for the quilt top, but I really think I need to use this fabric for binding.  So....can anyone help me out?  It is a black background and you can see the small print with green leaves and gold berries.  If you happen to have it, I would be thrilled to buy it from you!

If you are on my e-mail list, you will have already received the following info, but if not - please read!  We are having a special on the website this week....


Did you know that the United States Postal Service has increased their rates again?  BOO!  It does not make me happy, but there sure isn’t anything that we can do about it.  You all know that I love my mail lady and I also love my tiny local post office – and am very thankful to have them.  I know a lot of people don’t have it as good as we do – they really take care of me and go the extra mile and I appreciate it.  I would feel much better about this increase if it were going in the pockets of the people who look out for me!  There was also an increase in postage last year about this same time.  With that being said, I am going to have to raise my shipping rates.  I did not increase my prices last year, but I can’t keep eating these costs.  So…my deal to you is this…my postage will remain the same until next weekend.  So, anything you order this week, you will still receive my old rates.  Anything from Sunday on will be charged the new rates. 

Over the last several days, I have added several new pieces to the website, but thought I would share these as well.  The following pictures are things that we finished over the weekend.  You won’t find them on the website yet, but if you are interested in any of them, just send me an e-mail.


 Please do your best to ignore the awful glare on the red log cabin below!

As always you can see more items on my website!

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fun with Wool

Good morning!  Do you take things to Goodwill?  There is a similar business in Burlington, Iowa, called Hopefully Yours which is run by residents of Hope Haven - here's a little blurb from their website...

"Hope Haven nurtures independence through a broad range of services for children, adults, and families with unique challenges.  Committed staff value and equip individuals according to their strengths and abilities.  Services are provided in Iowa and Southwest Minnesota."

I usually keep an ongoing box of items that I no longer need/want and when the box gets full, I take it to them.  They resell everything in their store.  They take absolutely everything - clothes, furniture, dishes, decorative items - anything you don't want - they will resell. I've heard of some people finding some real treasures in this store - fabric, crocks, etc., but normally when I drop things off, I do not wander around the store - because there is nothing that I need!  But, the last time I was there, I decided to check out the clothing section and see if I could find any wool treasures that I could re-purpose.  Sure glad that I did because I found several jackets and a couple of skirts.  I don't have them all torn apart yet, but here are the few that I have worked on...
I really like the jacket parts on the left - I think this would make a good background for blocks.  The red on the right is a really nice red, I was thrilled to find it (since red is my favorite color!).  The peach-ish in the center is my least favorite - it was a skirt and was only a dollar or two, so I thought it was worth it.  It will work for something.  The other skirt is a black and white herringbone that is kind of cool.  My dad gave me a couple of his old suits that he decided he would never wear again, and those are also in the pile that needs to be taken apart.

Do you treasure hunt for wool?  I can't wait to start putting some of this to good use!

I have to share some kitty pictures (of course!).  Here is Ozzie - minding his own business (but not so much minding his manners!).
 And along comes Miss Callie, who just can't stand it that he was chilling out!
And now for the takedown...he always wins - you would think she would stop coming back for more!
They are so entertaining - look at those ears!


And just so you don't think that all I do is watch the cats all day...I have been working too -since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I had to take some pictures of hearts...

 And because so many people are tired of winter and ready for spring - I thought I would share some pieces that remind me of spring - a little lighter and brighter than my usual fabrics.
 And just a few odds and ends...
I put a bunch of new items on the website this morning, so be sure to take a look there.


In December, I shared this picture of the charm that all of my Charming 2 customers received...

One of my customers, Teresa from Australia, made her matching 6" block and sent me a picture to prove it!

I love the fabrics that she chose - and you can see the size difference between her block and her little 3/4" charm.  Cute! So glad that she shared this with me!

Back to work!  Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Beautiful!

I like to get up early in the morning - drives me crazy when people sleep the day away!  There's things to do! Here is one reason...this is what I see early in the morning, from my sewing room - isn't it just beautiful?

Why would you want to sleep through that!

Hope you have a beautiful sunrise or sunset in your day!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a fun New Years!  Today I am hunkering down in my sewing room with my little fireplace cranking out the heat.  We are supposed to reach a whole 5 degrees today - BRRRR!!!  Unfortunately, I do have to leave my cozy house later this afternoon, but I'm trying not to think about that right now.

A few days before Christmas we had sleet and then a little over 4 inches of snow.  Not nice weather for people to have to travel in, but very beautiful to look at (from the same room mentioned above!).  I couldn't resist taking pictures of the trees and the pond  (through the window of course, so as always, you have to try to ignore the glare!).


 Loved this snowy sunrise...
We had some warmer days when most of the snow melted, but Mother Nature gave us a day of snow yesterday, so everything is white again.

We have some snowflakes inside too - as many of you know, my mom owns a stained glass business and teaches lots of classes, and has lots of fun stuff to play with!  We all went and spent a day in her shop a week before Christmas and made lots of snowflakes...
It was hard to get a decent picture - I finally ended up closing the blinds.  The one on the right is really pretty with the sun behind it - it's a really dark red.  Now, I know snowflakes aren't red - but you know red is my favorite color - so I had to make one!  I really love the turquoise-y one in the center, but it's not mine!

We had lots of fun making all of these, and made many great memories at the same time.

I forgot to mention in my last post that I was the winner of Janet O's giveaway!  I was so excited to win!  She made this cute little quilt - I love everything about it, and doesn't that stripe just make for the perfect binding? I also love her homemade soaps - they smell sooooo good.

She also sent some of the Floral Gatherings fabric by Primitive Gatherings - but somehow I managed to not get that in the picture!  Thanks again Janet - I just love it all!


I did actually finish something before Christmas - this table mat called Old St. Nick, by Primitive Gatherings, has been in my stash closet since last Christmas.  I was just determined to finish it before this Christmas, and boy, it was a close one!  The last stitch was put in on December 23rd!  Love that red wool!

And also finished long before Christmas (why did I not post this stuff sooner??) is this baby quilt that I made for friends who have a new baby girl.  She was born right after Thanksgiving and I actually had this little quilt FINISHED before her birth.  But then, some things got in the way and I haven't been able to get the quilt to them or to see that new little baby.  But, they have it now and I hope to see the baby in the near future!  This pattern is called Ziggy Baby by Cluck Cluck Sew.  I bought the pattern and all of the fabric at Inspirations, in Hills, IA.  Just love her shop!

I also put some new jewelry on my website this morning.  It was looking a little bare after all of the Christmas sales (thank you all very much!).  Here are a couple new things...
The first 2 are 1" x 1 1/2" - this shape has been really popular - we were sold out of them for quite awhile, but now have a few online.

 The next 2 were made with some pretty, pink breast cancer ribbon fabric that was given to me by a friend.  I made a few that she is going to donate to Relay for Life next year, and then a few to sell.  I think I will also donate a couple more pieces when Relay happens this summer.

And one last picture - you know I rarely have a post without a furry face in it!  Callie and Ozzie got a present for Christmas that they both LOVE!  It has an arm with colorful feathers, that moves around under this circle of nylon fabric.  It moves at all different intervals and directions, and has really captured their attention!  They were not happy campers over Christmas, as they had to share their house with my 2 grandoggers!  Wish they would learn to live in harmony, but it hasn't happened yet!
Ok, it's time for me to go stand by the fireplace - I am FREEZING!

Hope you all have a great week!