Monday, April 27, 2009

Giveaway! You're going to like this one.

So, I thought it would be fun to try something new for a giveaway. I have great products on my website and I think it would be fun to let one lucky person choose what they would like on my website with a $30.00 gift certificate! You can choose a quilt project.

You can choose a quilt pattern, or a few. "Checkered Flowers" is one of my all time favorite designs. It's perfect for strip piecing and machine applique, fast and easy is the best kind of piecing.

You can choose a fat quarter bundle, we have a great selection of fat quarter bundles on our site.

We also have jelly rolls, perfect for our "Strippin' Time" pattern.

So, here's the deal. Leave a comment telling me your name, where you are from and tell me what you would get and why you deserve a $30.00 gift certificate to my website. Be creative and make me laugh. Oh, and before you think it would increase your chances of winning by not telling any of your blogging friends, I am giving something special to the person that sends the most referrals to my blog for this giveaway. Share the news, blog about it, tell your friends to mention your name and good luck, you have until Friday night! Be sure to follow me if you haven't been already to keep up to date with my giveaways, promotions and new patterns.

One more thing, we are offering free shipping to anyone that purchases a pattern with their order from our website, just enter the code "pattern4me" during checkout.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Late Night Snack!

Yummy! I saw these Oreo's at Wal Mart and I couldn't help myself. They are so good! My husband has bet me that they will be gone by Saturday night. He's probably right. I have to keep the mouth chomping while I am piecing late at night. Love that Soiree fabric! Can't wait to show you my new pattern when it's finished. I am having a giveaway starting Monday so be sure to check back. Goodnight!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Time for a Tutorial: Bow-Tie Style.

Choose two colors for your bow tie quilt block. One square of each color will make two finished blocks. We are going to make a 4 1/2 inch bow tie block.

Step 1: Cut out a 5 1/2 inch square of each color.
Step 2: Draw an X from corner to corner on the wrong side of one color of the squares.

Step 3: Place the green and pink 5 1/2 inch squares right sides
together and sew a 1/4 inch seam along both sides of one line.
Step 4: Press the seams! This is very important, don't forget to press.

Step 5: Cut along both lines.

You will get four sections.
Step 6: Press seams to pink side of fabric.

They will look like this.

Step 7: Match up seam allowances and pin sections right sides together.


Step 8: Sew along edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (I don't recommend sewing over the needles like shown, but you know your own machine! Sew across them at your own risk:)

Step 9: Open up the seam intersection and press seams to green fabric.
Click here for my flat seams tutorial.

Use some starch, it's great because it flattens the block and makes it easier for trimming.

Step 10: Use your ruler and match up the diagonal line to the 45 degree
angle, then trim the block to 4 1/2 inches.

Here you go! A fun and easy way to make the bow tie block. Was this helpful? I hope so.

We have added a new project page on our website. Check it out here.

Have a simply marvelous day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I've been quilting like crazy!

This is a customer quilt that I finished over the weekend and I think it turned out nice.
I have the custom quilts lining up and it's fun because I get to make each quilt different.

I had forgotten how fun straight lines are, but they really are time consuming since there is so much stopping and starting.

I love the end product and it was a joy to work on. Terri at Scrap Apple Quilts put it together and she is an awesome piecer! The quilt was so straight and every Long-Arm quilter knows how important that is.

Make sure to check out this weeks "Deal of the Week!!"

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Randomness is the best!

So, even though I have a smile on my face I feel like my head is going to explode most of the time. There are so many things that I want to do, but all those things have to be put aside and wait until the things that I get to do and have to do get done! Does that make sense?

I get to machine quilt for other people and I love it. I have the swirls down, but I am scared of feathers. Any hints on that part? I know I know, practice Judi, just practice!

I have feet thankfully and I get to use them each day to chase my little kids around the house.
Can you see the butterflies on my big toes? My husband gave me a gift certificate for a pedicure, I think I am hooked!

Peek a Boo! Here's a "Get to!" I get to take care of this sweet baby boy!

I get to enjoy older quilts, the ones where you put them together without a sewing machine. I am thankful for these quilts, but even more grateful for my sewing machine and my long-arm.

I get to enjoy beautiful flowers. I love the hyacinth, it is by far my favorite flower. The smell alone makes me so happy.

I get to put together wonderful fabrics into fat quarter bundles.

I have to ship off your orders from my website. I don't mind, but the postman might because he has to pick them up at my house each day.

In the end I am happy and grateful for all the things that I have to do and get to do. I am hoping that one day I will get to all the "want tos". The list keeps getting bigger!

Monday, April 13, 2009

New page on our site. . . .

Well as you know, we finished our quilt show and had a great time. All Saturday evening, I was nice enough to let my husband start unpacking everything and begin going through our inventory. He's good at stuff like that. When I saw him working hard enough, I'd even share my Easter chocolate with him. I'm sure he appreciated it. Anyway, when he had everything situated again, he decided he wanted to add a "Clearance" page to our website, for some of the items we have. There are two of my designs that we made too many quilt kits for, a few bolts of fabric that I'd like to discount, and a handful of projects bundled up ready to go. We have put all these items on our new page, and priced them to sell!! So if you'd like, dance on over to our new page and see if anything matches your taste! "Check it out here."

Also, we have a new Deal of the Week, where we have slashed the prices on our patriotic line of fabric. All for only $4.95 a yard. You can see those "here."

Thanks everybody! Have a great week.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What a fun Show!

Here's my booth at the Dixie Quilt Guild Show, my mom came down from Salt Lake to help out with the booth. Here she is hiding behind my patterns. I couldn't get her to come out for a picture. I love my Mom and she was so fun to have around.

Here I am in my booth. This was a great show and I got to meet a lot of fun people. It was nice that the show was here in St. George and I could go home at night. I am beat, two days standing for eight hours, more than that on Friday, was so tiring. I say that because I am falling asleep as I am typing this. I just didn't want you all to think that I had dropped off the face of the earth. I have just been busy with the quilt show and having a great time with my family and my Mom.

Happy Easter! I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Don't you just love..........

the pile of fabric that bunches up at the back of your sewing machine when you strip piece?

You do have a 1/4 inch presser foot right? If you don't, get one. Your piecing will be a lot easier.

I love swirls, better yet, swirls with flowers.

I think I am addicted to stippling and small quilting. Anything that takes a long time and makes my back hurt. In the end it's worth all the work because it looks amazing.

Check out the back of the quilt. It's almost more fun, almost.

This can't be safe right? What am I going to do? My little guy is a climber and now I can't even put him down for a nap for fear he will find something to climb on. Say goodbye to the changing table in his room. What a kid.

Monday, April 6, 2009

As promised. the winner is.................

I never thought that my little giveaway would reach across every continent across the globe, well almost... Antarctica didn't have any quilters (not yet anyway). But reaching 6 continents and over 30 countries has made it fun to realize that the quilting world is so much bigger than I ever imagined. It's so fun to stay connected around the world through the quilting community by blogging.

I had 177 comments with 1086 eligible entries due to the value of each entry. The winner was chosen through a random number system. The winner is #354 also known as comment #51.

Congratulations to Robin from Florida! You have won the Jelly Roll and my new pattern "Strippin' Time." Please email me your address so I can send them to you.

Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned for more giveaways, tips, tutorials, random quilt info, quilts, patterns, thread, scissors, needles, sewing machines.............j/k (you get the idea).

By the way, be sure to check out this weeks "Deal of the week."