Saturday, May 28, 2011

Riley Blake Designs...

So I mentioned in my last post that we now carry Riley Blake Designs Precuts, but wanted to formally introduce you to some of the products. We are expanding and will now carry 100% of all the new Riley Blake Precuts coming out each month in addition to our 100% of all the Moda Precuts (which you can pre-purchase through October by the way!) Anyway, Riley Blake has some really fun fabrics they've just released, like Lola's Posies -Christmas Candy -Hoo's in the Forest -
Trick or Treat -and Holly Jolly -

We have these lines available in Fat Quarter Bundles, Rolls, Cakes and Charms - so come check 'em out!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ribbons... aka Quilt Bling and some news!!!

I was so happy to receive my "Serenity" quilt back in perfect condition (I have been a little paranoid about quilts since the fiasco with my last quilt) - by the way, thanks for all the helps and tidbits on how to fix my quilt - I will let you know which method I chose when I get to fixing it.

Ribbons - Aren't these fun? I want to submit my quilt into more shows - but I am not sure which shows I should enter - any suggestions would be great! I already know what my next show quilt will be (it's designed in my head), but it's going to be a long time before I can get to that.

Anyway - news, I am sorry for the overload of older quilts and the lack of new quilting pictures in my past posts, but I have been working like crazy on a project! A BOOK, if you can believe it! I am knee deep in piecing and quilting, but I can't show you anything and I can't give you any more details than that. So, forgive me in advance for not being able to post what I am working on.

PS -- We just got some Riley Blake precuts in - so check them out here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A little bothered......

I love my "Frame This II" quilt - the sample is made out of the perfect fabric and I was so excited to get it back from a trunk show. Every single quilt I make is a part of me and I take the time to make them just right, you know?

So - when my quilt came home with a 1 inch slit through each layer, I was upset. I am trying to figure out how someone can rotary through a quilt? Or is it a rotary? I just don't get it.

Anyway - I am a little bothered. I know I can get some stabilizer and zig zag the slit, but it just won't be the same. I am not upset at the store owners because I love them dearly and that is why I haven't said who they are. But - if you are a store owner and are doing a trunk show for a designer, make sure you take care of their quilts! Well - I said my piece.

On a happier note, I sent my quilt "Serenity" to the MQS Quilt Show and I was happy to find out that I received an "honorable mention." It was the first time I sent out my quilt to a national show and was happy that someone wanted to "mention" it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Okay - since this was my first time going to Market I have to say that I was completely overwhelmed - seriously - so much so that I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I wanted. But - I managed to snap the craziness of Sample Spree on my phone. Just imagine a million woman (I saw a few men) running like crazy to snatch up new fabric fast, it was like Disneyland at its worst with wall to wall people times ten! Seriously - 15 minutes - $500 later and I was like - get me out of here!

Moda had a free photo booth and my partner in crime, aka Mom was there with me to take it all in. We had so much fun!

We ran into Susie - a long time friend and punch needle expert - she always makes us laugh - got to love her scissor head! Ha!

I met Angela in Julie's booth. Angela is an incredible long arm quilter, so it was great to talk to her!

Amber is a doll! I have gotten to know Amber a little bit over blogging, so it was great to meet her. She is as nice as can be! Her pattern line is Gigi's Thimble and she has some adorable patterns.

Here I am with my doll block for the Riley Blake "All Dolled Up" quilt. These quilts were adorable!

Here is a close up of the block - I am not sure who quilted this, but they did a fabulous job!

I couldn't go to Market without meeting Camille - she is so AMAZING - she is as genuine as I imagined her to be and it was so great to finally meet her.

Just for laughs!

Camille's booth was beautiful and her new patterns and new fabric Ruby are gorgeous. I happened to get a couple of FQB's of Ruby during Sample Spree and I am going to use one for a new design. YAY!! I can't wait to cut into it.

And for all you that want to know - we have ordered a ton of Ruby precuts and they are available for pre-purchase. Get them while you can! We have also ordered all of the new Moda lines that are coming out through October!

Market was so fun - I had a great time, but the truth is there was so much to see that I just didn't see it all - I was a little overwhelmed with how much there was. Row after row of amazing booths and talented people. I really wish I would have gotten more pictures, maybe next time?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stepping Stones on some cute Terrain!

Fun little title there. That's the pattern name (Stepping Stones) and some super cute, got to have it fabric "Terrain" by Kate Spain. Hey that rhymes!

So - here's the deal! Sherri contacted me for a quick project that would be hanging up in Moda's Booth at Market - Yes, was all I could say - of course, the quick project it could have been turned into a ten hour 58 x 58 quilt. Detail quilting, the works! I absolutely love it, and the fact that I had "Terrain" by Kate Spain (I just love saying that) in my hands before Market? Well, that's just cool! Sherri did her amazing piecing and handed the quilt off to me to add my touch to it - I sure hope Kate likes it -

I am totally crazy about solids - oh the quilting possibilities in solids. Seriously - my new love.

Borders - love, love, love it!

I could just go on about every picture, but I don't know what to say other than, it was a pleasure quilting this quilt and I loved every minute of it.

Me and Sherri at Market with the quilt hanging so proudly in the Moda Booth. I had a great time and I will be posting more about Market next week.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Almost Straight Pins........

I must confess - I have been using the same pins for a long time. I hate to buy straight pins - they happen to be in the same "I hate to buy" category as toilet paper, laundry soap, tissue.............etc. In fact, I don't think I even bought these - most of these pins are taken from my Mom's stash, and I got some from my Grandma when she gave me her sewing machine. Anyway - I have finally cleaned up the not so straight pins and they are in the garbage - Mom would be proud!

Here's my fresh new batch of straight pins, but I am not sure how long they will last as "straight pins" since I like to sew through them on my quilt projects. It's a very bad habit of mine and I maybe should consider changing that...........ummmm....... I probably won't.

I love these roses my honey gave me - they are sitting so nicely on my cutting table and they scream happiness!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bring it On! The BIG 3-0

So - I was searching all over for a "good" picture of me, can't find it. Anyway - I am 30 today - I am saying goodbye to the 20's. Those years were so great, but I know the future will be even better.

Do I feel different? No - but I am scared that what my Mom told me about my metabolism might be coming true - "It's going to catch up to you one day," she has lovingly said to me several times. It could just be that I just can't control my love of sugar - anyway, I have some love handles that would have definitely been gone by now if I were......... say 24!

Thinking back - the 20's were the best of my life. I married my sweetheart, had four beautiful children and we managed to create a beautiful life together. We have had our ups and downs like everyone else, but I wouldn't change my life one bit because I feel so blessed. So, getting older doesn't scare me at all because I know that with each new stage in life brings more possibilities of love and laughter.

What's great about my birthday is that it is always right around Mother's Day - so Clint has to prepare for double! Ha Ha - but on that subject - I love my Mom and I hope that I can grow up to be half the woman she is - she's amazing - she can always lift my spirits and she encourages me to be the best I can be. She has been my #1 fan since the start of my quilting - although she tells people that she is 95% proud and 5% jealous - ha, ha! I love you Mom!

So - here's to all you Mother's out there and to me turning 30 - seriously - I never thought the day would come, but it's here and I will embrace it!

Since it's my 30th birthday and I will only be 30 once - we have placed a huge selection of our inventory on Clearance for 30% off! It will only be good for the 24 hours of my birthday. May 7th, 12 - 12 MST! Enjoy!