Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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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!

Friday, February 13, 2015

We have a winner!

First, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment.  I truly do appreciate it when people take the time to leave me a note.

We have a winner of my blog giveaway, but we also have a whole lot of people who were disqualified because they are "No reply commenters" and did not put their contact info in their comment!  I was unable to respond to about half of the comments because of this.  I always, always reply to everyone who takes the time to leaves me a comment, so if you did not receive a response from me, then you are no-reply.  Please, please go to your settings and change them.  If you don't know how, follow this link to Lori's blog and she walks you through it.  You do not have to have a blog of your own to have your e-mail address in there - it's all in the settings!  Please...go there now!  Ok...sorry about the back to the WINNER!!

Congrats to Barb of Fun with Barb blog!

BarbFebruary 8, 2015 at 6:44 AM
Happy Birthday Month Julie! How awesome to finally see Fleetwood Mac! sounds so fun. That band always reminds me of high school.
What a lovely giveaway~ I would pick a pineapple pin. they are stunning!

Thanks again to everyone!  And if you didn't can still go to my website and buy yourself a little Valentine's Day gift!

We had a blast at the Fleetwood Mac concert - they sounded better than I expected them to (you know, they are not spring chickens!).  It was a super fun night and I had a great birthday yesterday too.  I've been trying to get caught up on e-mails and orders - it's amazing how things stack up in just a day or two.

I don't want to have a boring post with no pictures, so here are some bright pendants that I made awhile back.

 And here are Ozzie and Callie - chewing on some cat nip that my DH brought in for them.  Silly cats!
Hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

So many visits...must be time to give something away!

I recently noticed that my blog had reached 100,000 views - think about that...100,000.  My blog has been looked at 100,000 times!?  Crazy! honor of that, I'm going to have a giveaway.  To enter to win, here is what you have to do...go to my website and choose your favorite thing on there.  It can be jewelry or quilt patterns - anything that is on the website.  Come back here and in your comment, tell me what is your favorite...and if you are chosen...that will be your prize!  Also...if you are a "No Reply" commenter - I really wish you would change your settings!  I hate it when someone leaves me a comment and I can't respond to them - just seems rude to me - and I don't want to be rude!  So...if you are "No Reply" or "Anonymous", you have to leave your e-mail address in your comment, or you won't be eligible to win.  I would appreciate it if you sign up to be a "Follower" of my blog, but it's not required for the giveaway.  I will draw a name on Friday, February 13th.  (Eek...Friday, the 13th?!)

Hopefully some of you will read the rest of this post!  I will keep it short.  Here is the 3rd little charm for Charming 3.  Can't believe we are halfway done already!

Remember this blanket?  I bought this at my least favorite store in the world...Wal-Mart!  I may not love the store, but I do love this is soooo soft and I love the color and design.  It's funny because Callie lays on this all the time and just kneads, and kneads it.

 But Ozzie hates it!  Yes, he is laying on it here, but it doesn't happen often.  He likes to sit on my lap, but if that blanket is on me...he won't lay on it! Silly cat!

This coming week is my birthday week (you know...I claim the whole month) and a good friend and I are going to celebrate by going to a Fleetwood Mac concert!  When I was in high school, I was invited to go see Fleetwood Mac and I begged, and begged (it was on a school night!) until my Mom finally said I could go.  We were soooo excited, and could not wait for that concert.  And when the day came...Stevie Nicks lost her voice and they cancelled!  So when my friend called and asked if I wanted to go, I could not pass it up!  And even better, her birthday is the 10th, mine is the 12th, and the concert is the 11th. . Happy birthday to us!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ready for February

I was ready for February at the beginning of January!  February is my birthday month, and since my tree has been decorated, maybe I should have celebrated the entire month of January too!  Here is my adorable Valentine Annie, made by Nicole of Raggedy Old Annies.  Isn't she just the cutest thing ever?

 And here is the whole tree (sorry, it's hard to get a decent picture).  Hopefully you can enlarge it enough to see some of the ornaments and the garland that I made (with the help of Ozzie and Callie, of course).  My DH had the brilliant idea to put the tree in the bucket...I like it!

Even though my tree says Valentine's Day, my stitching still says Christmas!  I am still stitching on my Merry Christmas quilt from Heart to Hand.  This is block #4.  It didn't take too long, but I sure was tempted to add some red to it somewhere.  I still might - it just looks kind of blah. But the block next to it will be Santa with lots of red, so we will see how I like them together.  

I don't get to make nearly as many quilts as I would like (do any of us??) there just isn't enough time.  But...I am designing a new quilt!  I've just barely gotten started, and it will be awhile before it's finished - partly because I'm busy with jewelry and other things, and partly because I have so much help!!  Here is Ozzie, being his usual helpful self - he could easily lose a tail!  
 And Callie has decided that she would like to help in the fabric selection process...

One project that has been hiding in the closet for a long time are these bow tie blocks.  They were a leader/ender suggestion from Bonnie Hunter a few years back.  I have always done leaders/enders, but usually just use the blocks of the project that I'm working on.  But for some reason I decided to jump on the bow tie band wagon.  Not sure why, because I really don't love bow tie blocks!  But, I made a bazillion of them.  My friend, Yvette and I were Skype-sewing and I needed something to work on, and decided it was time to do something with these.  I sewed them all into fours...and then put them back in the closet!  

Have you ever Skype-sewed with a long distance friend?  It is so fun - almost as good as actually being together.  My friend, Nancy and I are working on Kim Diehl's What Nots 2 together, by Skype.  We make sure to have our cutting all done ahead of time, then we sew "together".  I paired my fabrics together before I started sewing (because I'm anal that way!).

 And here it is...all pieced...
 And it only takes a second, and this happens!
Ozzie approved!

And now it's time to get back to work!  I'm sending tons of jewelry to Lisa Bongean for her new shop (Primitive Gatherings) in California.  They open on Monday - sure would be fun to be there in person!  Here are some of the pieces I sent to them...
So now I have to get busy and re-stock!  

Have a great day!