Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1 1/4" pendants.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Home from Texas

 I have lots of pictures, and will try to keep the words short & sweet!

The show in Dallas is my favorite show of the year - it is busy, busy - which is fun, and my niece goes with me (also fun) and we get to stay with my cousin Phillip and his family - which is the best part of all.  I love and miss them all so much!  And this year, Aunt Nancy (Phillip's mom!) flew to Dallas and helped us at the show.  Another wonderful part of this show is how many people that I know from Facebook, Instagram and blogging, that I get to meet in person.  Thanks to everyone who came and said hi - I love being able to put a face to the name.

Here we are in the process of setting up the booth.  Johnna is such great help - she moves stuff around until she's happy with how it looks, jumps up on the tables to hang quilts, etc!  The window frames you see below are what we display our jewelry on.
 Lots of boxes and socks
 See that cute cart in the front of the picture?  That is friend Su Bunch from Piecekeepers brought it to the show for me.

 I love our vintage Wrigley's gum stand that we use for patterns, scissors, misc. notions and ruler stars.

And this is what happens when I leave Johnna and Aunt Nancy alone for 2 minutes!  They had a visit from the local police department. And you thought that the quilt police weren't real!

We had sooo many new things this year - don't these balls of Valdani look good in the little ruler box?  LOVE!  We also have Aurifil in a cute little box.
 Two of my new patterns (you've seen them before), but see the yardsticks that they are displayed on?  We sold kits for those as well.  They include everything you need to make your own little display.

 These binding boxes - first introduced in our Surprise program - were a big hit and are now on the website.

 The first (and maybe the last - these were kind of tough to stitch) time I have made kitty earrings - they are 3/4".
 Lots of 1 1/2" star pendants...
 And a 1 1/4" kitty with bling - love that charm...

 I had to wear this on St. Patrick's Day!

 I never did make it all the way through the quilts at the show, but here are just a few that I saw.  Beautiful!

My cousin's daughter loves horses, so I had to take this picture for her!

 We stayed an extra day to play! You can't be that close to Waco, TX and not go to Magnolia.  Do you watch Fixer Uppers?  Here are my cousin's daughter, Leah, and Johnna.  It was chilly in Texas!

 The crowds were crazy - it was spring break week and evidently everyone on the planet was here!

 Johnna's favorite place to shop is Goodwill!  Here she is in her glory - lol!

 I think my kitties (and maybe hubby too!) missed me.  Here is adorable Ozzie - he came to tell me it was time to go to bed!  He looks sleepy.  Isn't he looking good?  He had gotten super skinny, and we found out he has an overactive thyroid.  Now he gets his medicine twice a day (not fun for any of us!) and is gaining weight and looking like a pretty boy again.  He's back to wrestling with Callie, so I know he is feeling better!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

We will have new patterns at the show in Dallas!

Visit our website for the details on my new patterns, or come and see them in person at our next show - in Dallas, TX!

This is a picture of our booth in Dallas last year.  I'm beginning to wonder where in the heck we are going to put all of our new stuff!

I have three new patterns - all small, wall-hanging size.  The first one is called So Many Nines, So Little Time.  Nine patch blocks keep showing up in my quilt designs - they are just fun to make!

The next little quilt is called Friendly Stars - love this background fabric! This is the first time that I've published a pattern with wool applique. I made up some little wool kits too - fun!

The third newbie is called Falling Stars.  I actually made one of these a year or two ago, but I wasn't happy with my quilting, so I didn't ever publish it.  I found a new source for wool (Tracy Trevethan Designs) and love her orange pieces, so I decided to make it again and leave the quilting to the professionals (Kym Ward from Reds Threads)!  All three new patterns are available on my website - 

As for all of the other new "stuff" that I mentioned - we have the Valdani pearl cotton (size 12) that coordinates with these 2 new wool designs. They are so pretty - just like candy, only without the calories!  And while I was at it, I decided to keep some of my favorite things in stock, so I bought some Aurifil thread (packaged in a cute little ruler box!), and Clover binding clips.  Oh...and I discovered some needles for wool applique that I just love - they are made by Bohin and are my new favorite! All of these will be for sale at shows - they aren't currently on my website, because I have a limited number of spaces, and I just can't put everything on there.  If you see anything in this post that you would like, just e-mail me.

We also have many new shapes and sizes of ruler boxes.  This one is awesome - it will hold  your whole project; blocks, pattern, pearl cotton, scissors, needles - and about anything else you might need!  It's about
10" x 12".  These are only going to be available at shows for now because shipping costs on this are almost as much as the box!

And of course, we will have lots of new jewelry.  I spent several days making bling - tons of little bead sets and charms - lots of flags, bees, hearts - just something for everyone!

We have so many other new items that I want to share, but this post is getting too long, so you will just have to come to a show and see for yourself!  Here is the info for the show in Dallas:

Dallas Market Hall
NW Corner of I35E and Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX

Friday, March 10 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 12 - Noon - 5:00 pm  

You will find us in booths 210-212

This is a really great show - tons of beautiful quilts and lots of great vendors.  Hope to see you there!!

You would think I was sick if I didn't show you a picture of my fluffies - you can see that they are working really hard to get ready for the show!

Don't forget to take a peek at my website - I added a lot of new jewelry last week.

Have a great week!