Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Almost Ready

I haven't been doing much except getting my patterns ready to sell.  Yesterday I folded until I was going nuts!  (And I'm only doing 100 to start.  LOL)  All that's left is to stick them in the clear hanging bags (once I get them) and then they're ready to go.  Anyone want to be on the list?  If so, e-mail me at and we can discuss the particulars. I already have 3 retail shops waiting and 1 online place and I am THRILLED!  The retail price is $12 and for all of you, my online friends, I will pay the shipping no matter where you live.  I'm hoping to get a direct link to a Paypal account in the future, but for now, we'll have to do this with snail mail and checks.  Sorry about that!

Waiting for the hanging bags

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's so exciting....

I just couldn't wait to show you........

My Pattern

Isn't the cover of my new pattern soooo cool? I just love it! I hope to have it for sale real soon and will let you know as soon as that happens. My graphic artist did such a good job, I could just kiss him! Next, he's going to re-do my blog header. That will be exciting too! And.......he's for hire, if anyone wants to know. :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Quilts

With my hubby out of town all weekend, and it being "National Quilting Day", guess what I did both Saturday and Sunday?  Yup, you guessed it.....sewed!  And made a huge mess!  I finished a huge project, (which you will see in three weeks) did a fantastic block (which I'm going to expand into a quilt by adding more), and you'll see that soon too, probably, but this is what I finished.

Charm Squares Baby Quilts

Yup, two identical (except for the backs and I forgot to take pics of those) baby quilts made with "Birdie" by Moda. So sweet, and so easy! I tried the straight line quilting which I had never done before and loved it.....although it did make the quilts stiffer because the quilting was so close together. BUT... I solved that too by washing and drying them and now they're all soft and crinkly like they're supposed to be. One will be sent out this week. I have a friend who just had a new granddaughter. Welcome to the world, Samanda Reese!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I must be a good girl

I feel so blessed lately.  First I get that darling mini quilt from Lori and then my pretty doll quilt from Julie, and then......and this was a BIG surprise, I get these two awesome bags from my dear friend, LauraJ.  I had told her once that I never made a bag (surprisingly enough) and had some real colorful fabric that would be perfect and she offered to make them for me.  I never thought she'd finish them so fast, but she did and I LOVE THEM!!!  Check out the lining too with the generous pockets!  Am I going to have fun at the farmers market this summer or what?  For sure, people are going to see me coming, huh?  Aren't they just the coolest???

Shopping Bags

Inside of the bags

Thank you LauraJ! Big huge smooches to you!!! They're great!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guess What?

Yup!  You guessed it!  Yeah.....I got my doll quilt today and it's so so wonderful!  I almost didn't want to open it though, it was wrapped so pretty.  (Too bad I didn't get a picture of that.....shame on me!)  But I can't wait to show you my quilt.  What a lot of work it was for my partner to make it special for me.  The design is awesome and just wait until you see her hand quilting.  It is amazing!  Wow!  Thank you so much, Julie (fairbanksfancygoods), I just love it and can't wait to hang it in our guest room.

DQS8 Received

Monday, March 15, 2010

Orange & Snowman?

Yup, that's what my Potholder Pass swap partner and snowmen, so who am I to deny her?  I wondered how I could incorporate both into a potholder, so I just got out my snowman mini pattern from early January, made it a titch bigger, and used an orange background.  And ta-da!!!  An orange snowman:

The Last Snowman

Well, then I had to make something to at least match a little and what to do? Why not make teeny tiny squares in oranges, with fancy cut owls? I figured if I bound them the same, they might pass for a set. And so they did:

Potholder Pass 2

Well, I mailed them on Friday and she got them today and she loves them! I'm so happy! (Now, if I'd only get my doll quilt, I'd be a happy too! Sigh.........I'm still waiting!!!!)

Friday, March 12, 2010


Yahoo....I finally can post something I didn't make....can you believe it?  Yippee!  No, it's not my long lost, late, doll swap quilt, but it's really neat none the less.  I joined a few swaps recently as you know and my last post showed a pic of  "9 Carrots" which is the one I sent my partner, Lori "lollydo" for the 6-12" mini swap depicting "spring fling".  I thought of bunnies, but she thought of something a whole lot better (although at my age, it never crosses my mind anymore).  Wait until you see all the work she put into this beauty!  And she never even repeated one single fabric!  Check it out:


And the really cool details........

6-12" mini received

Close-up of tree

Did you see that fancy thread painting? Amazing! Well, today has been a fun day! I mailed out my finished potholders to my partner.......and I'll show you those another day....they're really no big deal.......and I got this fantastic quilt in the mail from Lori. Happy Friday to me!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

9 Carrots

No doll quilt yet!  BUT.....I did hear from my swap mama that it would be late, so there is hope!
Until then, I wanted to show you the 6-12" mini that I did send to my partner for that swap.  I like this one so much better.
"9 Carrots"
I don't think I'm spoiling the surprise because I'm pretty sure she doesn't read my blog. Besides, her bunny is outlined in black and looks just a wee bit different.
On another note, I have heard from my graphic artist (and he is really GOOD, ladies) and the tree skirt pattern is coming along wonderfully! I'm thinking that it should be done and ready at least by the end of the month. I can't wait to show you!! It is so cool if I do say so myself!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

No Doll Quilt Yet

Boo-hoo, I still haven't received my doll quilt from my partner.  I thought I'd be posting a pic before now, but not yet.  (I sure hope it's good!  I'm going nuts with anticipation!  I was thinking.....wouldn't it be funny if my partner was a flaker and I'd have to send an angel quilt to myself?  LOL  That would "fix" me, huh?)  Oh well!

In the meantime, I'll give you peek of what I've been doing.  I joined another swap called the 6"-12" mini swap and this month the theme is "spring fling".  I was dumbfounded on what to do until I saw a napkin at the grocery store and came home and drew my rendition of it.  I must admit that at first I thought it was spectacular and due to that I made 6 of them.......yes, 6.  Why?  Who knows?  I must have thought I would be blessing the neighborhood with my creative wonder.....???  Or, maybe I just needed to stay busy.  In any event, I'm not loving them anymore and have created a different one.  That one though is still a secret until my partner receives it.  (I sent it out today, so it shouldn't be long.  In the meantime, here is the first which I have already given to several of my friends.  Of course, I have to show the work in progress first, you know:


And the result. It's about 7 inches square. (And I only have 2 left, thank heaven.)

The end result


Monday, March 1, 2010

Mindless Monday

Maybe it's too long of a winter, or maybe it's because a dear friend of mine died last week, but I have nothing to show you, I'm afraid.  My friend, although up in years, was one of my best critics and I will miss her terribly.  I took everything I made to show to her because she insisted that I was sewing through her since she couldn't anymore.  It's almost like I lost my mother twice.  She only had sons, so we were close. I'm hoping this passes because I am bored to death and I know she wouldn't want me to stop sewing out of grief.   I am forming a plan, but it's quite mindless. Hopefully, it will put me in the sewing mood again.  So, my friends, if I am gone for a few weeks, please bear with me.  I'll be back......with stuff for some swaps I joined.