Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm so excited that I can finally show you our latest endeavor!  Lots of fun boxes made from yard sticks with our name on them!  There are many different shapes and sizes - you can see all of those details on my website, under the "Go Shopping" button.  I'm using one of the 3-tall boxes to hold all of the different pencils and markers that I use for quilting.  And the 2 tall is great to have by my chair while I'm hand quilting - it's big enough to hold thread, small scissors, binding clips, etc.  The long one is great too - you can put a pin cushion in there...oh...there are lots of possibilities!  Add a pair of socks (because we all need "socks in a box"!), or a pendant and you have the perfect gift - just in time for Christmas!

 This size is great for a pin cushion too
 And these?  SO CUTE!  I love the tiny one with the lid - look how little that clothes pin is!
These boxes would also make a great place to put some of your jewelry.  Speaking of jewelry - I got out my Snowman Gatherings fabric last week and made a bunch of new pendants...

These were so much fun to make, I just love all of their different expressions.

That is all for today - all of my electronic devices are giving me fits!  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are hosting, so I better get busy cleaning and cooking!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Shows, Max & Louise, magazines and new stuff!

I think all of my blog posts should be titled "Catching Up"!  I have such good intentions to post often, and it just never happens!  Last time I posted, we were heading to a show in Wisconsin, so we will start there.  My niece, Johnna, went with me to the show, and it was awesome!  She has such a great personality, is tons of fun, and is very creative.  We found the coolest pumpkin patch along the way - they had the biggest pumpkins I've ever seen and a cute little pig!  Johnna wanted to bring home both, but we had no room in the
car for either!  Here she is with the big pumpkins...
 And look at all of these - so colorful - makes me want to plant pumpkins and gourds next year.

We had to get very creative with lighting while setting up at the show, and luckily, for me, Johnna is a little like McGyver, and she got it figured out!

I felt bad that we really didn't have time to do much for fun, but we found out that we were very close to Lake Michigan, and she wanted to go check it out.  It was really chilly that weekend, but we found it and took a few minutes to take another cute picture.  She just makes me laugh!

My online friend, Dawn, came to see us at the show - that was a wonderful surprise!  Unfortunately, she came a day too early and we were just starting to set up, so she didn't get to see everything, but I was so grateful that she came.  I love meeting online friends in person!  

Our next show is this coming weekend.  It's as local as it gets for us (we live in the country) and is part of the tour of homes in Mt. Pleasant, IA.  Along with the tour, there are lots of vendors who will be set up at the Airport Road Vineyard & Winery, just south of town. If you are in Southeast Iowa, come and see us!  It is Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 to 5:00.  We have some brand new items that I can't wait to share with everyone. As soon as we have the details worked out, I will share them here as well.

Not only have we been busy with shows, but Mom and I took a little road trip to the Chicago area, and went to a trunk show and class with the girls from Max & Louise!  Are you familiar with  them?  If not, you should make yourself familiar!  They are awesome!! I absolutely love all of their quilts.  So, to back up...Lisa & Lou are from Australia, and had not ever been to the US before.  They design amazing quilts - lots of applique and English paper piecing.  They both have full time jobs, and I honestly do not know how they get these beauties completed.  They each make a quilt, using different fabrics, so it's like double the fun!  This year, they decided to come to the US for Fall Quilt Market, in Houston, and while they were here, they also traveled to The Quilt Merchant for the trunk show and class.  I knew that I just had to go and see them!  It's about a 5 hour drive for me, and it was worth every single mile!  Mom is always up for a road trip, so off we went!  The trunk show was on Friday night and here are just a couple of the beautiful quilts that they shared with us. (Sorry about that chair in the picture - I should have moved it!).  The first one is Sovereign and it is the one that I took a class on the next day - it is just amazing!!

The Unknown Quilt...
Gracedale Doves
Gracedale Doves again - they are both fantastic! 
I kept telling the girls that I was going to steal a couple of their quilts because I don't think I could ever make any of them myself!  But, I did learn a lot in class.  If you know me, you know that my method of applique is WOOL!  But, they taught the method that they use, using a wash away stabilizer and a glue stick, and it was really fun!  I tried English paper piecing (EPP) once and made one whole hexagon flower - lol!  Lisa and Lou do lots of EPP in their quilts, a real inspiration for me to pick it back up.  I also made bias stems using the little Clover bias binding notion - boy is that slick and easy!

 I don't know what in the heck we were thinking, because we did not get a single picture of the 3 of us together, and I didn't even get a good picture of the two of them!  Guess we will have to get together again to get pictures!

Here is a picture of The Quilt Merchant.  Have you been there?  It is a great shop - I've been there several times, but it is now under new ownership.  Valerie is the current owner and was our gracious hostess for the weekend.
I guess I got ahead of myself a little...on Friday, Mom and I left early and had a few stops to make along the way. When we got to the area, we decided to get to the hotel and get checked in.  Lisa and Lou were staying at the same hotel, so I messaged them to see where they were, and let them know we were at the hotel and gave them my cell phone number, room number, etc.  It wasn't long and there was a knock at the door - it was the Lisa, Lou and Valerie, and guess what?  Their room was directly across the hall from us!  We all went out for supper then headed over to the shop for the trunk show.  It was so nice to be able to spend a little extra time with them - I can't even tell you how much fun it was and how much I just love them both!  We also met for breakfast and Valerie picked us up early so we could get to the shop and they could get everything ready (I spent most of the time petting, and trying to steal the quilts!).  Mom spent the day driving around and checking things out!  Again, please visit their blog - and take a look at their beautiful work - I just don't even have the words to describe the amazing things they do!

We have been super busy this fall, in part due to several magazines that we have been in.  I shared before that our jewelry was in McCall's Quilting.  We were just catching up from that when Quilts & More hit the news stands...

And then....I received a copy of Quilter's Newsletter in the mail - I was a little confused as to why I was receiving it, as I don't currently subscribe.  As I was flipping through it, lo and behold, there was a picture of one of my pendants!  I had no idea that they were going to include it - but what a nice surprise it was!
I am very grateful for all 3 of these magazines and as always, to all of my amazing customers.  I can never convey just how grateful I truly am - it is awesome to be able to do what I love every single day!

We all know that Thanksgiving will be here in a little over a week (YIKES!) and of course, Christmas is coming soon after - doesn't it always just get here way before you are ready!?  Have you made out your shopping list for Santa yet?  Make sure to check out our website and if you want to make it super easy for your hubby to shop for you - we now offer Gift Certificates!  I've wanted to do this forever, and it's one of those things that just kept getting pushed to the back burner, but I finally got it done over the weekend.  I had to laugh at the preset amounts - be sure to tell them you want the thousand dollar gift certificate - lol!  I think they could have left that off!  

Ok, this is getting way too long - sorry about that!  I guess that's what happens when you only post every couple of months. So one last thing - back to the new things that I mentioned before - we are adding some super exciting new items to our inventory!  I can not wait to share them with you, but we have to work out a few details before I can do that - like price and how I'm going to ship them!  If you are local, be sure to come to the winery this Sunday, because we will have them there!  I'm so excited, and just can't wait for you to see them.  Be watching - we will be able to share them soon.  

Oh, and one more last thing (haha) - it's just not a post without sharing at least one fluffy!  Here is Ozzie - thinking he needs to take a shower!  Not sure what his deal is lately, but he has even walked into the shower when it is running!  He doesn't stick around long!
Hope you have a great day!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What's been going on, and what's to come!

I've been busy, as always, here!  Our recent show in Middletown, IA went really well - it was nice to be close to home.  We met a tons of new people and also saw many familiar faces.

Lots of you have asked me to make some of our fun and funky socks available on our website.  Ask and you shall receive!  Go check them out - here is the link Me & My Stitches.

Our next show is in Wisconsin...

Lighthouse Legacies Quilt Show
Fountain Banquet Hall
8505 Durand Ave
Sturtevant, WI (near Racine)

Saturday, October 17th from 9:00 to 5:00 
Sunday, October 18th from 10:00 to 3:00

I would love to see you there!! We will have lots of jewelry- here is just a little sample...

One last thing - I don't know what is going on with the blog, but I no longer get a notification when people leave a comment.  I try to remember to check it once in awhile, but if you don't hear from me, please don't think I'm rude!  Hopefully this will be corrected soon.  Is anyone else having this problem??

Monday, September 21, 2015

McCall's Quilting Magazine

Do you have your copy yet?  Here is what the cover looks like - make sure you get a copy of your own - it's the November/December 2015 issue!  It is just hitting mailboxes now for subscribers, and should be in the stores in a week or two.  I am lucky enough to be included in this one - my jewelry is in the "Fresh Picks" section!

We've been busy with orders already and are also getting ready for our next show, which is just a few short days away.  If you are nearby, I hope you come to the show!  Here is the info on that again...

Hawkeye Heritage Quilt Show

Friday, September 25th - 9:00 - 4:00
Saturday, September 26th - 9:00 - 4:00

U.S. Army Reserve Center
Des Moines County Hwy 79
Middletown, IA 

Of course we will have lots of our jewelry there and also plenty of fun socks!

I've also been really busy stitching and trying to get a few things out of the UFO pile and into the FINISHED pile!  This is a quilt that I made years ago but thought I would hand quilt it.  Then I had a reality check and took it to the machine quilter!  Binding is on and it is DONE!

I thought this picture of Boomer and Bailey was cute.  Bailey was actually being calm (a rare occurrence) and sitting still for a little while!
Back to work for me - hope you are having a great Monday!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pumpkin Time!

The temperature in Iowa has been hot, hot, hot!  But in my sewing room, I've been getting ready for the cooler weather (coming soon, according to the weather lady!).  We didn't plant pumpkins in the garden, but they are everywhere inside the house!  Here are just a few that went out to customers of "Celebrate" - our newest program...
Those are all mailed out and we've made lots more that will go with me to my next show.  Here are the details on that...

Hawkeye Heritage Quilt Show

Friday, September 25th - 9:00 - 4:00
Saturday, September 26th - 9:00 - 4:00

U.S. Army Reserve Center
Des Moines County Hwy 79
Middletown, IA 

This is "local" for me, so it will be nice to be able to sleep in my own bed at night.

That's all for now...have a great weekend!

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 –