Monday, January 31, 2011

A little nervous.............

Okay - so I have never really been in a front of a huge group of people before - and when I have been in front of a small group of people I turn cherry red as soon as I start talking. So, when I was asked to do a trunk show at the Panguitch Quilt Walk I thought, no big deal, I just have to have my quilts out for everyone to see. I could handle that - but then I learned that I actually have to get up in front of everyone and talk about myself and my quilts - CRAZY! Wish me luck - and if you happen to show up to see me turn cherry red - come and say Hi!! I will be doing the trunk show on Friday June 10, 2011.
I will be teaching two classes as well - so sign up! It's going to be so much fun!

This is my first class - Carry All Tote - and I will be teaching it Friday night during the quilt walk.

This is my Memory Table Runner and I will be teaching that Saturday morning during the Quilt Walk.
So, come on over to Panguitch, Utah in June and have a wonderful time. It's going to be way fun. And - follow Claudia's blog because she will have updates and highlights until the show in June.

Friday, January 28, 2011

March Pre-cuts are here!!!

Just in case any of you were impatiently waiting for the March Pre-cuts to arrive, here is what has arrived with more to come soon -

Collection for a Cause - Faith by Howard Marcus
Dragonfly Summer by Holly Taylor
Le Petit Poulet by American Jane
Lilac Hill by Brannock & Patek
Lily & Will II by Bunny Hill Designs
Pom Pom de Paris by French General

It's all on sale, so hurry before it's all gone!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pictures and my Giveaway over at Sherri's.............

First off - click on over to my giveaway over at Sherri's - you'll be glad you did. Then come on back to look at this quilt.

Sometimes backs are just the best. I love the back of this quilt so much that I decided to just post the pictures of the back - and I will save the front pictures for another post sometime.

This quilt was a simpler custom job - not as much detail - but I think it turned out great.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tools of Sanity..............

I don't know why I haven't purchased these cool tools until now -

but HOLY COW! (Yeah - I'm from Utah) I love them! I have always figured out my thread tension by just feeling the pull on the bobbin case, but lately that hasn't been working. I don't know if it is because of my new rotary hook or not, but now I won't live without a TOWA bobbin tension gauge. I got mine at Superior Threads for $67.95, pretty good deal - plus I live close to Superior - so I didn't have to wait for it to be shipped to me. There are two styles - so make sure you get the right one. For my A-1 it's a M-style gauge.

Okay - I-pod shuffle - totally necessary to block out the noise and distractions (I create my own distractions) during my few hours of quilting while the kids are sleeping. I also use the I-pod to go running.

So - now I am totally committed to these tools - won't live without them - and I am also committed to running this. I have registered and everything - 20 weeks to become strong enough to do it. Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sherri's fun and fast quilt................

***Update*** This pattern is called Paper Roses by Fig Tree Quilts. You can get it here.

So, this is Sherri's quilt - excellent piecing job as always! :) I had a great time with this because I was able to do a quicker quilting design on it.

I didn't mark any of this quilt - it's all free motion - so that's why everything isn't exactly the same.

I wanted to create flowers in between the blocks and this was what I came up with.

In the triangles I did some swirl feathering - that was fun - I love feathers as you know. I can't get enough of them.

Swirls in the border.

I think this quilt is really fun and I am glad to have it finished for Sherri. Sorry it took so long!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Pattern and my Giveaway over at Jaybird!

"Carry All Tote"

Okay - I love my new pattern. I have been working on these cute totes in between all the rest of the stuff I have to do and I finally have the pattern all ready to go! This tote is soooooooooo cute! I love it! It's a great scrap tote or you can use a honey bun or a jelly roll that you would cut down, plus some yardage. You can get it here - oh and I will be teaching a class on it at Quilted Works in Saint George on March 10. I will be also teaching it at the Panguitch Quilt Walk in June - more details to come later.

So, go get my pattern - you'll be glad you did because it's so fun! And - go over her to Jaybirds and enter my giveaway there! I giving away a Dilly Dally fat quarter bundle!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Marlene's Christmas Quilt


Okay - since you all want to know the pattern - here it is in Marlene's own words:

"I started off with the pattern Anita's Christmas by Pearl Periera but
made numerous changes. The basic look of the quilt is the same but I
reduced it to 75% and changed half the blocks. Instead of the 6 angel
blocks in the pattern, I used some images from a panel by Nancy
Halvorsen and pictures I found in a magazine."

Sorry everyone, I didn't get a shot of the whole quilt - wish I did now because so many of you wanted to see the whole quilt.

Marlene from Canada did a beautiful job putting this quilt together. I am lucky to be the one to quilt it. She gave me the go ahead to do what I would like on the quilt, but did request holly and berry in the border.

This is what I came up with for the holly and berry. I totally love it. This quilt is on the smaller size and just this border took me over 5 hours. I traced in the holly and berries individually connecting each one with a couple loops. Then I filled it in with swirls and echoing.

I seriously can't get enough of this border! I love it!

This is the sash treatment - I wanted to echo the wavy gold frame in the blocks.

It feels so good to get a quilt done in 1 week - not 1 quilt done in 12 weeks like the last one. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011


Okay - so it's done! Thankfully. I thought this day would never come. Seriously! I have had this quilt in the works since the end of October. I did have a few little distractions - so I beg your pardon for the lack of quilting pictures in the recent months. Thank you Joe and Nan for your patience with me!

I knew when I started this quilt that it would take me a long time to quilt. Too long, but it's worth the effort as soon as I pull the finished quilt off the frames.

I used wool and hobbs batting together and I used Highlights thread by Superior Threads.

Funny thing about thread - sometimes it can be a problem. Like - you know my problem with my machine? Turns out I had a bad batch of thread - no kidding. I ruined a perfectly good rotary hook, replaced it and re-timed my machine for no reason.
Wish I could have figured that out before spending over $100 on a new part.
Good news though - I know my machine in and out and I am not intimidated by it anymore!

I don't want you to think I don't like the Highlight thread because I do, I haven't had a problem like that before and I am sure I won't have one again.

How do you like my blocks? I love them - way too fun and I don't ever want to quilt them again! Well - give me a little while to recover from this one.

Here's the back - I love it! It is it's own quilt for sure. I can't stop looking at it.

So - this is what I used to quilt this quilt. My own made up template - I traced it with a disappearing purple ink marker, I used the ruler for stitch-in-the-ditch and I used the cd cover to trace a circle for the feather circle blocks. Everything else was free-motion quilting - that is why no block will be exactly the same, but they are consistent.
It feels so good to get this quilt done!

Hey - hop on over to my sister's blog and enter to win this dress and head band - Lili just loves hers!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Our top 20 products of 2010 - 30% off!!!

Hey everyone, we went through our 2010 sales and picked out the top 20 products, and decided to put those 20 items on sale for 30% off!! This includes Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes at $24.50, Charm Packs at $6.30 and much more!! Click the link below to be taken to our 30% off sale -

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Snow, goals and giveaway winners!

First things first - Snow in Saint George! Yahoo! We woke up to some snow this morning, crazy I know. The kids were more than excited to go outside this morning, good thing they did because it has already melted. Jonah looks like Ralphy's brother in "A Christmas Story." Love it!

Goals - 2011! I have a huge list, I wouldn't want to bore you with all my goals because the list keeps getting bigger. But one thing I want to do this year is to train for a half marathon, then run a half marathon with my sister Jessie.
I have the outfit and shoes already to go - now to just run off this baby weight!!!
Wish me luck - I was going to start today, but I told myself I didn't need to start because it snowed - not a good start. :(

So -- winners! Thanks so much for the entries for my giveaway! What a great response. So glad I got new followers and lots of you signed up for the newsletter - you won't regret it. We have awesome deals for our newsletter subscribers.

The winner of the Dilly Dally Jelly Roll is Terri! Congrats - I contacted you, so you should know who you are.

The winner of the Layer Cake is Dee! Congrats! Please contact me with your address!

For those of you who didn't win, we have put our Quilt Kits 30% off until Wednesday. Hurray, hop on over and get yours!