Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

FYI - this is what happens when you leave your new Scentsy wax bars in the car on a hot day!  The good news is that my car smells really good!

Callie stays inside all the time, but on a hot summer day she likes to watch the birds, bugs, dogs and outside kitties.  The problem with that is, she likes to sit on my ironing board, swishing her tail and flinging any small pieces that I may have in her way.  This is how I put a stop to that!

My friend Nancy was here from California for a week.  We had an awesome time, sewing and shopping.  And my DH was our chef all week!  Doesn't get much better than that!  Here is one of our projects that we worked on while she was here.  This is called Black Star and it's designed by Liberty Homestead.  I bought a kit for each of us while I was vending at the show in Stover, MO earlier this year.  The brown, tan and red are hand dyed.  We had Kym Ward quilt them.  It's so nice to actually start and finish something!
And as always, I am working on jewelry.  Fall is coming up so quickly and we've got shows to vend and new programs starting.  Speaking of which - we only have a couple of openings left in "Celebrate" so if you haven't signed up yet, you better hurry!  You can see the details on my website. Here is an example of the pendants you will be getting in this program...

 And here are some scissor fobs (the blocks are 1") and some bright pendants that we've finished recently...

And this is our other program that will be starting soon...Charming 4 - these little charms are just 3/4" in size.  Here is an example of the dark charms...

and the brights...
 And all Kansas Troubles fabrics...

And last, but not is Ozzie helping me pack!  He doesn't look very excited about it!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I feel like I don't have a lot of finishes these days, but I did complete a few small Kim Diehl quilts from Simple Whatknots 2.  My friend, Nancy, and I do a lot of skype sewing and we worked on these little projects together. Usually I like to hand quilt my minis, but I had a reality check and knew that I wouldn't be able to touch them anytime soon, so off to the quilter they went! I made the bindings at the same time I made the little quilts, so it didn't take long to finish them up when they came back from the quilter.  I'm going to link up with JulieKQuilts for her binding blitz - make sure to go to her blog too - there are lots of links to see loads of finishes.

I know that I say it all the time, but time flies by so quickly!  Charming 3 is over...ALREADY!?!!?  Here are a few of the 6th and final charms...
There is still time to sign up for Charming 4 - you can see the details on my website.  Celebrate is our brand new program, check it out too - it starts soon, so be sure to sign up now.

Ozzie loves to lay right in the middle of whatever I'm trying to do - here he is being Super Kitty!
That's all for now - I need to do some cleaning today (yuck!) and then back to sewing!

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's been business as usual here, I just never seem to find the time to post on my blog.  Instagram is just so much faster and easier - please follow me there if you don't already!!

I will try to keep this short, and show you what I've been up to in the last few months.  These are the 5th charms in my Charming 3 program.  I just mailed out the 6th and final charm of C3.  Charming 4 is available on my website now and will start in October.  And don't forget that Celebrate is our brand new program and is also available now - go check them out!

Love these new magnets - some are my jewelry designs and some are my quilt designs.  Fun to have something new in my booth at shows.  They went over well at KCRQF, and I need to re-stock before our fall shows.  They are only $2 each, and you get the little box for free if you buy 9 or more.  They are not on the website, but if you are interested in them, just let me know.
 Here are a few pieces of jewelry that we have made recently.  These are all 1 1/4" - the pineapple is new - I only made them in 1 1/2" previously.
 And some brights...
 Lots of earrings - these are 3/4"...

I'm still plugging away on my Merry Christmas Quilt - I am just determined to have this done by Christmas.  I only have 2 blocks left, but the border is a swag with pennies, so that is going to take awhile.  My friend Nancy came to visit recently and we did a little fabric shopping (because we are almost out...NOT!) and I did find the border fabric for this quilt, so I have no excuses not to get it done.  Oh...except that there is not enough time in the day!

Boomer and Bailey are doing well.  Bailey is wild and crazy, and Boomer is getting tired of it!  Hopefully she will calm down soon. 
 And Ozzie is busy holding down my fabric!  Callie must be off napping somewhere, because I don't have any recent pics of her!
So, now you know what I'm up to - what are you doing this summer?

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!!