Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Believe it or not, this is the best picture I got of my three kids sitting together in their new Grandma jammies. They went nuts when they opened their jammies, Mom - you did awesome! I just wanted to wish everyone out there in blog world "Merry Christmas!" I hope your day is special and you get to cherish your time with the ones you love! Now, the kids are in bed and Santa is fast approaching, so I better get wrapping!

Take care!

Oh, and Jonah is still on the binki! Aggh! We had to give it to him to get him to hold still for two seconds for a picture. I will let him have it until the New Year and then it's out!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I had fun with this one!

I just loved quilting this quilt for Beth. On this quilt I had fun with the applique, I have always stayed away from quilting inside appliques, but I am getting more comfortable with it now and it really adds to the quilt. One quilt done, one to go, or maybe I could give myself a break? I would feel completely guilty.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Almost ready for my Christmas break..........

Don't you just love these quilt colors? I do, but pink and green is my absolute favorite color combination. I did some flower swirls on this one. It's fun and it's a lot faster than custom work.

More pink and green! I love it. Oh, Brenda- your quilt is done, sorry I haven't called!

Here's some custom quilting for Kathy - I tried to call - twice! But I will hopefully see you Monday? Anyway, I love how this quilt turned out. This was a fun one to quilt because it was custom, but not overwhelmingly custom - does that make sense?

Another shot of this quilt! I love it. So, I was hoping to take the week off for Christmas, but I still have two quilts that I need to get done before we make a trip to see the family. Wish me luck on that!

Oh, my darling friend Emily has a blog, she just started one and you need to check it out. She's doing a cute giveaway, so go tell her I sent you over. You might recognize some of her quilts because I have quilted them for her.

Friday, December 18, 2009

My samples are now bedspreads!

I have had a lot of my samples sitting in my closet waiting for the next show and I am trying hard not get them dirty. So, when I looked at my samples and realized I have enough new stuff, I let the kids pick out the quilts they wanted for their beds. What good are quilts if they are never used, right? Lili has had my "Country Garden" on her bed for a while, but she was so excited when she was able to pick out a new one. She chose "Carrots and Peas." I had to clear out a lot of her stuffed animals to just show the quilt, but she loves her Mickey and Minnie and Raggedy Ann and Andy best, so I left them in the shot.

Grandma made Raggedy Ann and Andy for Lili, she just loves these. My mom (totally incredible) has made a set of these dolls for all of her granddaughters, all 15 of them, not to mention making Andy for her grandsons, 7 of them. She amazes me, and the kids are anxiously awaiting their Christmas jammies they get to open on Christmas Eve!

Micah chose "Sail Away" for his bed, he was so excited as we made the bed together. It's really fun to have my kids be excited about the quilts I have made. I hope they truly appreciate the love that has gone into making each quilt.

Here's Micah, I figured you might want to see his scar.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Drum Roll Please................

This last giveaway was awesome! So many comments, and sweet ones! Thank you everyone.

The winner is, and I assure you it was random...............

Punkie Pie

Congratulations! Email me your address at and I will get out your package right away.

Thanks to everyone that participated, I had fun reading all your comments. Sorry I couldn't write back to everyone, my inbox was overloaded! So, here's the deal, I am going to give just my blog readers a code for Free Shipping off my website. The deal is you MUST buy at least one pattern with your order and the code is only good for the next 48 hours. Oh, and sorry, the code is only good for the continental US.

Anyway, here it is: freeship48

Thanks again everyone and have a great night!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Time for another giveaway!!

In between quilting I have been able to put together two new patterns. It's all about flowers with these two new quilts and if I do say so myself, these two new patterns are my absolute favorite patterns so far! I love the quilts, they were so fun to put together and I am sure all of you will have just as much fun as I did putting them together.

"Garden Party" is so fun, I used fabric from "Bloom and Grow" by Riley Blake designs for this quilt. The orange, teals, and browns go perfect together. But I can see this quilt in a lot of color combinations.

"Flower Patch" is a super fun quilt. I used one jelly roll and one layer cake from the moda line "OZ" for this quilt, plus some background fabric. That makes it easy for picking out fabric for this quilt.

So, under my Christmas tree I have 1 layer cake, 1 jelly roll from the Hello Betty Retro line, along with my pattern "Flower Patch" and it is going to be a wonderful Christmas present to one lucky person. Giveaway time! All you have to do to enter my giveaway is leave a comment. That gives you one entry, blog about my giveaway and you will get five entries. I will draw a random winner on Tuesday night.

A couple things, for my blog friends I am offering my patterns at buy 1 get 1 free, which means you can get my two new patterns for the cost of one, or get four for the price of two and so on... you get the idea. You just have to mention it during checkout in the "additional info" box! And, a Christmas gift to you, get a free "the caroler" charm pack with any purchase over $10 on my website. Make sure you mention that you want it! Hurry fast because these offers are only good until Tuesday when I announce the winner of the layer cake, jelly roll and pattern! Good luck everyone!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas comes early....

Today when I was making a smoothie for the family my blender was bleeding out the back and bottom and most of the shake ended up on the counter, I wish I got a picture of it. Totally pathetic, I was cursing the thing of course! Walmart $25 special about 2 years ago and it has had it. I have been wanting a new blender for a while now, and Clint has known it, but I made it perfectly clear that I didn't want a kitchen appliance for Christmas because that's totally lame! At least I am not a fan of getting kitchen appliances for Christmas because they usually remind me of the fact that I don't cook and everyone wants me to (well, Clint does). Anyway, my darling Clint surprised me with this "holy cow" incredible blender today. We tried out ice cream shakes tonight and the magical thing about this blender is that I just put in all the ingredients and pushed a button, 30 seconds later we had the perfect ice cream shake. I didn't even have to beat it and use a spoon to shove everything down to the blades! Ah ha! I am so happy, so Clint gave me this blender for Christmas, except not for Christmas because I gave him that clue! Finding out what he spent on this thing makes me not expect anything else for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I don't have to tell you that there is a lot going on with this quilt. It's a super fun quilt done by Emily and I had a lot of fun quilting it. I feel bad I haven't blogged about it until now, but you know, life is crazy and I am trying to get a lot done before Christmas so I can have a little bit of a holiday break.

There is so much going on and these picture only show a portion of the quilting involved in this quilt. It was really fun. Emily called it Muertos and the whole time I stood at the quilt and looked at it the movie "Undercover Blues" played in my head because Stanley Tucci plays a crazy criminal called "Muerte" and he insist on everyone knowing that "Muerte" means death. It's a really funny movie, so you should watch it! Anyway, there you go, I have been busy, but just slacking on the pictures. Sorry!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Some fun new items...

We just received the Blush Layer Cake and Jelly Roll by Basic Grey, the Eden Charm Pack, Layer Cake, and Jelly Roll by Lila Tueller, and the Spring Fever Jelly Roll and Charm Pack by Me & My Sister. Be sure to check them out.

Also, if you liked our Honey Bun sale over the Thanksgiving weekend, we still have some of them at $9.95 on our Christmas Fabric Sale page.

Hope you all stay warm!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Drawing a blank.....

Life's good and crazy, don't have much to post right now. The boys are doing better, scars are going to be permanent, but at least it wasn't any worse that it was. We got the ER bill for Micah and I figure I am in the wrong profession because at $140.00 per stitch I would be sitting real pretty if I charged that much for my "stitching." But then again, I am quite sure no one would want to pay $2100.00 per 15 stitch run, that would be one pricey quilt.
I have been working on a super cool quilt done by Emily called Muertos, I will finish sometime tomorrow and will have pictures soon. I also have two new patterns in the works, can't wait to show you them. Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, November 30, 2009

My tree is ready, but I am not...............

I love my Christmas tree, about six years ago my sister Jen took me to Taiwan Imports and we got everything I needed for my Christmas tree, she decorated it to perfection. Each year I add a couple more things to it and try to make it look good compared to the original one Jen designed. I had to let go of some of my control and let the kids decorate with me, Lili really enjoyed it and she helped me put everything on. We had a great time, now we are just spending all day telling the boys not to touch the tree, (how many more days til Christmas again??)

So, the tree is up, I haven't even thought about what to get Clint yet, the kids, well, we will come up with something I am sure. Did I ever tell you that I hate shopping? Well, I hate shopping for anything other than fabric. Thankfully Clint does all the grocery shopping, anyway, point is I wait until the last week to finish shopping for Christmas and each year I plan on being better and being finished before the week of Christmas. But, once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator right?
Oh, and I have to apologize for the valance hanging above my window (it's horrible). Clint took some would be bags from years ago and pinned them to a 2 x 2 and stuck them above the window to motivate me to make something for the window. That's been months now, and who has time to do their own projects? I wish I did.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Life Happens part 2

So, Micah decided to slam the door on Jonah's finger and nearly took off the tip of his finger. It was sliced all the way through the nail bed and the finger was barely attached in the back. Did I panic? Yes, and I am a little bit paranoid now. Two ER visit's for two different kids in 8 days is a little much for me. These kids are going to put me through the ringer. I don't know what I am going to do. So the picture above is the aftermath of stitches, five to be exact and this time Clint had to watch our other kids so I had to be brave and listen to Jonah scream the entire time, it was horrible. I love being a mom, but come on! I need some break in between these tragedies.

I just had my phone, so I got a couple pictures from that. Jonah was extra cuddly and let me just hold him.

So, big ole bandage for a small little finger, let's hope he keeps this bandage on for two days they told me to leave it on. Two weeks we get the stitches out. He may end up having a funny finger nail, but at least he has his finger. To sum it up our boys are going to cost us a fortune and now all our money is going to go to the ER, so if you are feeling up to it go and check out our store and buy some stuff!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What I am thankful for............

I have had a moment to think about what I am grateful for and I would like to share them with you. First I am thankful for a loving God who has blessed me with my husband, my children, and my talents. My life has been a wonderful (crazy) journey and each new day is an adventure and at times I don't always realize how much I have, but at this Thanksgiving time it has given me the time to reflect on what is truly important and how being thankful for what I have changes my life for the better. So, here's a small list of some things I am thankful for, the four most important things already mentioned.

*Milk - I love it and I couldn't live without it!
*Judge Judy - she makes me laugh, can't help it.
*The toddler diaper sound - the sound the diaper makes when your baby runs ( I love it!)
*Homemade smoothies - it's the only way to sneak spinach in all my kids meals :)
*Running - it helps get rid of anxiety, at least for the duration of the run!
*Fabric - do I have to explain why?
*Discovery Health
*Quiet moments - really rare around our house.
*My Sewing Machine
*My parents

My list could go on and on, but that might get boring! What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 23, 2009

A favorite!

Amongst all the hubbub of last week, (thanks for the well wishes, Micah is doing fine) I did manage to get a couple quilts done. This particular quilt is by far my favorite quilt. I had a really hard time giving this one up today. I just love it. I did small pebbling in the main focus blocks and on the edges I did the shadowing. Great effect I think and it did save some time, I normally would pebble all the blocks, but I really like this look

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Life Happens........

Today was like any other day, except Micah decided to trip on a shoe while running to turn off the dvd player and gashed his head into the corner of the tv cabinet. I took a picture of the wound, but it makes me a little queasy, so I won't be showing you. It was about an inch across and about 1/4 inch deep, all the way to the bone. I failed in the reaction area, I was freaking out telling Clint we need to get Micah to the hospital. Crying was involved as well, not so much Micah, but me.
Thankfully I have an awesome friend Janae who was over here at our house in minutes so Clint and I could take Micah to the hospital.

This stitching is an amazing technique, I figure I am good at stitching but I would never trust myself to do this. I tell you, it was really hard watching my little guy go through this.

Micah really did well, he screamed when they gave him numbing shots, but then he just relaxed and held Clint's hand (I couldn't watch, up close at least) and fell asleep. He didn't move at all during the stitching and we were so proud. The doctor's and nurses were amazed because they didn't have to sedate him.

The final product, 3 stitches inside and 8 on the outside. What an event, please let's not do that again. I am not the calm parent at all. Clint was remarkably calm and just enjoyed watching the whole thing, must be a Dad thing.

All better, Micah got some string cheese and he was great. Slap a band-aid on and there you go. I really don't want to have to do anything like this again, but I figure since we have kids, odds are something else will happen in the future, just not the near future I hope.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Another quilt..................

I simply loved this quilt. I did a lot of quilting, but it isn't tight quilting. I put this quilt, made by Dawn, on my bed and just looked at it all day. I really wanted to keep this one. I plan on having a new quilt for my bed someday, but you know, so little time with so many things to do. I never seemed to be caught up.