Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

New stuff!

Just a quick post to tell you that I have added some new things to my website!  We normally only sell these boxes with Aurifil and Valdani at shows, but decided to put a few online so that everyone could have a chance to own them!  These little 2" x 4" (approx) ruler boxes are perfect for so many things!

This one has a spool of 50 wt. Aurifil thread in it.  Each box will include a spool of neutral thread - I use grays and tans for almost all of my piecing.  And if you haven't purchased Aurifil for awhile, I think you are going to find that it has taken a big jump in price.  I've kept the price down on these - so get them while you can!

And look at this eye candy!  Valdani perle cotton is just so pretty!  These will be perfect for all of your patriotic projects!

I call these binding boxes, and they were first introduced in our Surprise program.  They were a hit so we made more!  My aunt makes all of the pin cushions.  Cute!

I have quite a few different colors, but usually only put them on the website one at a time.  As I've said before, I only have 100 spaces on my site, and sometimes have a tough time deciding on what to include!  If you want one and have a color preference, please e-mail me and I will see what I can do. Aunt Nancy is working on another batch of them, so we will have more in the future!

These are all perfect gifts - get one for a friend, and you might need to get one for yourself too!

Hope you have a great Sunday!  The weather in Iowa is PERFECT today!  Supposed to be mid 70's.  I have the windows open and the birds are chirping!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I'm always so behind on posts!  I want to take you back to Quilt Market in St. Louis.  I didn't take a lot of pictures, just a couple of some of my favorite people in their booths.  This first pair are Emily and her hubby - from The Little Red Hen, in Muscatine, Iowa.  Their amazing shop is only about an hour and a half away from me (I'm so lucky!) These two are so much fun - they just make me happy!  And look at the yumminess behind them!

 Here is another corner of their booth - so inviting.  They have beautiful wool and the shop is huge and filled with everything you could ever want!
 And of course, it's always great to see my friends, Missie & Jeff.  This is Traditional Primitives from Missie Carpenter.  Her booth is always packed full of all the gorgeous things that she makes.  She loves hand work and will show you a demo of the technique that she uses for English Paper Piecing.  Jeff has been known to take over the demo when Missie leaves the booth!
 Below are Jill and Vicki from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.  I met Vicki at the very first quilt show that I ever set up to vend at (that sentence feels very grammatically incorrect).  I love them both and also love everything that they do.  Jill designs fabric and I've made lots of jewelry from it.  They also have designed some really great patterns and have a program called Kindred Spirits that is comprised of some wonderful little quilts.

 And look how cute these are!  I bought a bunch of these at Market, and sold them all at the show in Kansas City.  I think they are just adorable, and will definitely be getting more.

 If you are in my Surprise program, then you received one of these pendants.  That's a lot of bling!  This was the last Surprise box of the program, and I've got the next one almost completely planned.  I bought a few things at Market that will be in one of the boxes.  There are only 50 spots in this (that's about all I can handle!), so it always fills up really fast.  I will post more about it here on my blog, when I'm ready to start the sign ups.

 And remember awhile back when I had a tire blow out on the way home from doing my presentation/trunk show?  Well this is the latest problem...

 A deer ran right into the side of the van!  I wasn't driving this time.  Hubby was not happy about this at all!  It's always something!

Our strawberries are really yummy - so much better than what you buy at the store.  I just wish that they lasted longer.

 I didn't intend to include this picture, but since it showed up, I'll leave it in!  This is what I call our binding box.  This was also in the Surprise program.  One of our cute ruler boxes, and handmade (by Aunt Nancy) pin cushion and some Clover binding clips.  Fun!  We have them on our website if you need to order one for yourself!

And back on the home front - Callie hasn't changed any!  Any time I open one of these doors, she thinks she needs to jump in there.

And that's all for now!  I had a great time at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival and will share some pictures of that soon!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I always love to meet my online customers in person when I vend at shows.  When we were in Dallas in March, I met one of those customers, her name is Betsy and she is so creative!  Look what she did with the bling bee pendant that she bought from me - love that beaded necklace!

 She recently ordered this blingy flag from me then took it to a retreat and made a beautiful beaded necklace to wear it on.  Look at this!

 This was the last installment of the Surprise program (new Surprise program coming soon!)...

 Betsy said that this one is about 32" long - so many pretty beads, I just love it!

Thanks to Betsy for sending me these pictures!                                                    

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I have a zillion things to share, but will start from where I left off from my last post.  I know you've probably seen our scissor hives before, but several months ago I was contacted by Quiltmaker magazine, asking if they could include them in an upcoming issue.  Of course, I said yes!  

Here is the cover of the magazine - so be sure to pick up a copy - it should be in the stores soon (maybe it already is).

A year or so ago, my friend, Lois, sent me a scissor hive as a gift and I just loved it.  Come to find out, she buys the vintage spools and them makes them pretty, and adds the cute little scissors.  Well, I knew that I wanted to carry these.  Now she makes them exclusively for me!  So, if you don't already have one, you can get them on my website -

Another thing that Lois does is waxers.  She makes the cutest wax things, and she also made our little bee molds that we use.  She recently sent me this one - isn't it awesome?  You can see her website info on the card - go check her out.  If you use any kind of trim - she's your girl.  She hand dyes all kinds of trim. Fun!  She also sent me the fabric under the bee - super fun little scrap bag!  I love getting scraps in the mail - and these are perfect for my jewelry.

I'm not sure if I've shown any of this quilt before.  It's a block of the month called Star Spangled Liberty, by Pam Buda.  I fell behind for awhile, but am caught up now.  We (Aunt Nancy and friend Nancy are doing this too) just received the final block.  I wish I could work on it, but it will have to wait.

.It has to wait because we have a show coming up - it's the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  This show is held every other year, and this is just the second time they've had it.  I was quite impressed the first time - they really had all of the kinks worked out, and everything went really well.  Hopefully it will be the same this year.  If you are anywhere near the Kansas City area, be sure to come.  There are tons of vendors (way more than last time) and it will be a great time, for sure.  If you aren't close to KC - gather some friends and take a road trip!  You won't be sorry!

I have always wanted a hooked rug, and would love to learn how to hook, but there just aren't enough hours in the day.  Somehow I became friends on Facebook with Rhonda Thomas (I can't remember how we got connected), and one day she posted a bunch of hooked rugs for sale.  Well, I just couldn't help myself!  Look at these!  LOVE THEM!!!!!

Ok, I have got to get to work - that show is closing in on me, and we are not even close to being ready!  I've got more to share - I recently went to Quilt Market and have some pictures to share from that.  Next time!

Have a great day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Good morning!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have already seen this picture.  I need to make a bunch of these, and couldn't decide which version to choose, so I put it on social media to see what everyone else thought.  These pendants are 1" x 1 1/2" with little bead sets and charms.  So, which one is your favorite?  General consensus so far has been the one in the center, but the one on the left also got a lot of votes.  Not many votes for the one on the right.

 I recently made an order for a shop that was all square in a square blocks with the little sheep in the center.  While I was on a roll, I made a few extra...

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to Muscatine, IA to present my trunk show for their guild.  Of course, I couldn't go to Muscatine without making time for a visit to The Little Red Hen!  Such a great shop - I could spend hours there and still not see everything.  I didn't buy too much - a couple of pieces of blue fabric with stars (for when I make those patriotic pendants above), and a few pretty pieces of wool.  It was hard to show constraint - I just love everything they do.  I've been so tempted by some of their books, but have been trying to give myself a reality check!

My presentation went well - they are a great guild and so helpful.  This is the first time that I've gone to present by myself.  I usually have help with me, to haul everything in and get unpacked and packed back up at the end of the evening. Shortly after I left the church at the end of the night, my low tire light came on.  Oh no!  I found a gas station and got out to look, but none of the tires looked low (my van doesn't tell you WHICH tire, just that one of them is low).  I called my husband, and told him that maybe the back passenger side looked a little bit low - well, we had a flat on that tire a while back, so that made sense.  He told me to put in a little air - which I did, but had no gauge to check it.  Then I was back on the road.  I made it back to the highway, and was tooling down the road, and my tire blew out!  Scared the crap out of me!!  And there I was at 9:30 at night, along a super dark stretch of road, by myself with a big ol' flat tire.  This is my worst nightmare - having car trouble when I'm by myself!  CRAP!!!  I was actually talking to hubby when the blow out happened - so he was going to hop in the car and head my way, but I was over an hour away from home.  UGH!!  Then I decided to call Deb (the lady from Muscatine who arranged my visit).  Thank goodness, she sent her son-in-law to me, and it probably only took him 15 minutes to get there.  Of course, I'm having a heart attack the entire time...especially when someone drove by me, then turned around and pulled up behind me. I guess I just don't trust people anymore, but I only wanted to see Chad (the SIL), my hubs, or a deputy Sheriff!  Well, it was none of those. YIKES! He came up to the car and asked if I was ok, I just said yes, and thankfully he left.  Am I stupid for being so cautious?  Never have I been so happy to see someone as when Chad arrived.  He had just had to rescue his wife the night before - she had a flat tire, and had just gotten brand new tires that day.  Whew!  So, what started as a great day, ended up with a bump in the road (literally!).  But, I made it home safely and am sooooo grateful for Deb sending her son-in-law. Oh, and two things - there is now a tire pressure gauge in the van, and my husband got AAA for me the following day!

The next day it was time to get that van unpacked.  Callie was helping, so it took extra time!  She clearly approves of these quilts.  I don't know where Ozzie was during all of this - he must have been napping under the bed.  He likes to sleep there, so when it comes time to get his medicine, we can't get to him.  The little basket quilt is a pattern by Country Threads - the baskets are 3" blocks.  I've made 3 of these, and gave the other two away.  I think Callie wants me to keep this one.

I love spring flowers and Greg often brings some in for me to enjoy in the house.  Here is a close up of some lilacs - I just love them.

So, this is a big disaster!  One of my nieces recently had a baby girl.  When she told us that she was expecting, of course I started planning a quilt for her.  Then we were vending at a show and a neighboring booth had this little quilt kit.  It's not something I would normally make, but I thought she would like it - she loves the Cuddle fabric - so soft! And this was just cute, with the little lamb.  The zig zag is printed on the fabric, not something that I had to piece.  Well, I'm ashamed to say that I purchased this kit last fall and didn't get it done until a month after the baby was born in March!  It really didn't take long once I finally got going on it, but geesh - I do not like sewing with this stuff!  It's really puckery looking around the lamb.  UGH!!  Just not happy with it at all. Hopefully she will overlook the shoddy workmanship and enjoy the softness of it!  I need to make her a real quilt sometime to show her that I can!

 We have had some beautiful weather lately and I was trying to enjoy my lunch out on the deck, but look how that worked out!  Bailey always needs attention!

 For Christmas, my brother and his family gave my mom tickets to go to a Celtic Women concert, and they included me as well.  It was one of our girl trips.  The concert was in Peoria, IL, so it was just a day trip for us.  We stopped at the Landmark Cafe & Creperie, in Galesburg, for lunch - Mom loves this place.  Lunch was great, but look what is hanging on the wall!  I would love to know the story behind this quilt - but no one working that day seemed to know.  Isn't it a beauty?

And speaking of beauty - not sure if this is beauty or the beast!  She was "helping" me again!  She has a thing with these plastic boxes that I keep my quilt jewelry in.  It's funny, my CC kitty (who is no longer with us) had a major love for plastic.  We had a cupboard that had some plastic totes in it, and when she heard the door of that cupboard open, she would come running to lick the plastic - so weird!

I better go get busy, as always this post has gone on too long!  But now you're all caught up.  Let me know which patriotic pendant you like best!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 23, 2017


 Did you have a good Easter?  We had a great day - the weather was beautiful, my husband cooked BBQ ribs and chicken, we had a few extra people - it just made for a great day!  The kids went fishing, took the paddle boat for a spin and drove the Gator around (until they ran out of gas - lol!).

Before Easter, I was reading one of my favorite blogs - Pots and Pins - are you familiar with it?  She posts about quilting and about food - she has some really great recipes.  She got really brave (in my opinion!) and made sugared eggs.  Now I don't know if you've ever heard of these, or seen them before, but I remember when I was really young, my brother and I each got one of these for Easter.  I wonder what ever happened to them. (Just talked to my mom - she thinks they eventually fell apart!) I remember being very intrigued by them, and didn't understand how in the heck they got all of that stuff inside! So when Nan posted about her crazy day of sugar eggs, it really took me down memory lane.  You will have to go and read the post - it's a great story - and if any of you are crazy enough to make them, she gives some good tips.  So...I commented on her blog about how her post brought back memories of my childhood (and I really wonder where that egg is!), and that I loved her eggs.  And guess what?  SHE SENT ME ONE!!!!  The package said it was from the Easter Bunny - made me chuckle.  Look how cute this is!
 Lots of little fun things inside...
 This is the top...

 The back...

 Does it bring any memories back for you?  Did/do you have one?  Have you ever made them?  I don't think it's something I would ever do (not enough patience!), but I sure am excited to have one!

Back to Easter!  I didn't take very many pictures but will show you the few that I have. And, I'm stealing some from my step-daughter's Facebook page - hopefully they will show up ok.

I had a good helper on Saturday - we made 25 parfaits!  I thought he took a picture of them all finished with my phone, but  he must have just posted it on Snapchat, so then of course, the picture disappears.  Boo!  But, here they are in the works.  Isaac was such great help, and we really had fun with it.  DH didn't have near as much fun, because he ran to town to pick up a few things and ended up having to go to WalMart THREE times!  Luckily, he was still in town every time we ran out of something (we got a little carried away!), but still - I would not have been happy if I had to go to WalMart three times in a week, let alone in one day!

Here's half the crew - doesn't this look like it could end in disaster?  That's a lot of crazy kids on one dock.  But all is well, Greg got them all set with the fishing poles and paddle boat, and they all had a good time.
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Cute little fisher girl 
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This makes me laugh - tons of Easter candy, and she's munching on raw asparagus!
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I stole this picture too - it was the Friday before Easter when they were getting ready to go to school!
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 This is my dad and Alaina.  She carries Jessica's dogs around everywhere she goes!

 This is after the party was over!  Yep...Alaina is still holding Jada!

And this is after the potty (haha - I crack myself up) is really over!  We never leave the lid up, but someone did, and obviously Ozzie felt the need to check it out.  I'm just glad he walked on the seat and didn't fall in!

Oh, and here is one finish.  You've seen it before, but it's got the binding on now and is the completely finished category!  The pattern and fabric are by Betsy Chutchian.  The pattern was in a magazine last year, and I ordered the kit from Betsy.  Love it!

Now I'm off to try to finish a baby quilt that should have been done 2 months ago!!  Have a great day!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

On the road again!

I had to title this "On the road again" because my mom always sings that when we are on a trip!  

Last week I took a little trip to Oklahoma to present to the Pioneer Area Quilter's Guild.  I also did a quick demo on paper piecing, which was fun.  It seems to me that people either love or hate paper piecing - there's not a lot of in-between.  Hopefully a few more people will give it a try after my demo.  It really isn't hard!  After my presentation and trunk show, we had plenty of time, so we (my mom was with me) headed to Pawhuska to visit the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile.  If you aren't familiar with her, follow the link and take a look at her blog.  She also has a book that is a fun read, and has published several cookbooks, and most recently, a child's book.  You can read all about The Mercantile there.  She also has a cooking show, which is kind of fun to watch.  Her recipes are all hearty, and not too difficult.  
These tiny little hexagon tiles made me think of quilting...

 Love the door - the whole building is so neat.  They did a beautiful job restoring it.
This picture was taken from the coffee/restaurant side, looking in to the shopping area.  When we got there, we sat down and had a latte.  It was perfect, and nice to just sit and look at the beautiful building.  We were really lucky - it was a Monday afternoon and it wasn't crazy busy, like I had heard it usually is!  All of the employees there were really friendly and nice - one of them told us that people sometimes wait in line 5 to 6 hours just to have supper there!  I can't imagine!  But, again - we were lucky and it was a slow day.
This was discovered when they renovated the building - National Biscuit Co (Nabisco) - I love that they preserved it.  I'm not sure what the story is on the flowers carved into the wall, but it was really neat.
I took this picture and sent it to my husband - he loves pineapple upside down cake!
This is upstairs in the bakery.  They had lots of yummy things to choose from and I love this big open room and those windows!
If you ever have the chance to go, I would recommend it - we really had a fun visit!  I did buy a few things, but guess I didn't take any pictures.  I found a huge stainless steel bowl  - we have several sizes, but I thought this big one will be perfect for gathering things from the garden.  Will have to take pictures of the other things to share with you later. 

When we left The Mercantile we drove around Pawhuska a little bit, but there is really nothing else there, at least not that we found.  I did hear that a quilt shop will be opening soon - so that's good news!  

The next day we were off to Emporia, KS.  We poked around a little in town before we went to our Bed & Breakfast, then back to town to set up and give my presentation that night to the quilt guild there - another fun group!  It's always fun to be able to see Show & Tell when I visit these groups.  So much talent!

I woke up several times in the night and heard it raining and it rained on us the whole way home.  It was super windy and not a very fun drive!

We had a good trip, but as always, I'm happy to be home and back to work!  I recently stitched these little 3/4" earrings - this is the first time I've ever made the kitty earrings. The hand stitching was a little challenging at first - kind of tiny!

 These bees have been so popular - I seem to sell them faster than I can make them.  This is the latest batch.  A few of them have sold - I know there is one on my website, but if you are interested in one that you see here, just send me an e-mail.
 We've sold a lot of these little binding boxes too.  They are 4" x 5" and include the hand made pin cushion (made by Aunt Nancy!) and Clover binding clips.  We initially made these for my Surprise program last year, and they went over so well, we kept making them.  They are now available on my website - with the goodies, and also just the empty box.

Speaking of Surprise - I'm working on shipping out the newest box.  It is a lot of work!  And they are getting very spoiled this time - I went overboard, but I couldn't help myself.  I will tell you more about that next time, after they have received their goodies (don't want to spoil the surprise here!).  If you aren't familiar with Surprise - it is a 6 month program, and you get a Surprise box every other month.  I choose things that I love and use, and things that we make.  I try to make something special that you won't already have. It's been really fun!  When I was at the show in Dallas, I had several people tell me that they were in the program and loved everything that they received.  That made me feel good - because I truly do put a lot of thought into it and want you to love the things that I send.

Isn't this stack of fabric pretty?  I have some designs running around in my head that will include most of these fabrics.  I probably won't have time to work on it until this summer, but until then I will just enjoy looking at them!

 Here is Ozzie - he usually comes to get me when he thinks it's bedtime!  Doesn't he look sleepy?
 Ahhhh...that's better - a little catnap on my quilt!  I need to finish the binding on this one, then I'll show you a picture of the whole thing.  It's definitely Ozzie approved!
 I have way too much going on here - it's about 4 different projects, and you can see that Callie likes to be right in the middle of it all!
 And this is what happens to good kitties gone bad.  Jail time!

Now I better get back to the shipping department (haha - oh how I wish I had a designated room for shipping - and someone to do it all!) and get more of those Surprise boxes out the door!

Hope you have a great day!