Thursday, January 22, 2015

Congratulations to our giveaway winner! Rulers are back in stock!

So, a big thank you to all of you who entered our giveaway.  I am so happy to see the excitement with all the new lines of fabric added to our shop.  But really, who doesn't love fabric? So, I will just get to it - the winner, chosen by - was JanAngel55 - congratulations!  You have won a Fresh Air fat quarter bundle. I will get that sent out asap.  Thanks so much!  Enjoy!

Okay, so you know my favorite longarm ruler by A1?  Well, it is back in stock and I was happily surprised to see my name on the ruler with some extra reference lines to help with marking my quilts.  I can not tell you how much I love this ruler and it really is a bonus for me to see my name on it.  I know you will love this ruler too - get yours in the shop here!  

As you can see I am quilting again - be sure to stay up with all my progress through Facebook and Instagram and I will be sharing the final results of this fabulous quilt as soon as I finish quilting it here on the blog.

Have a fabulous weekend!  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Time For A GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

So its been a while since Moda released a bunch of new fabric lines, but we finally received 14 new lines, all full of beautiful fun precuts!  We want to give one away to you.  This will be pretty simple, here's how it will work -

1 - visit our homepage then leave a comment here telling us which Precut out of the 14 lines is your favorite.

2 - visit our Future Precuts page showing fabrics thru June 2015, then leave a comment here telling us which line you're most needing to get your hands on.

That's it!  One of you will win your favorite precut!  This giveaway will end January 21st.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

That time I fell in my rollerblades. Goals.

So, I had major plans for the new year as far as getting healthy again.  Seriously. Last year I lost 15 pounds in the first month of running - then I let myself go and gain 20 pounds back on.  I think it was a combination of my first year of teaching and the lack of time I felt I had.  Priorities though, right? Oh, also - I like food. 

So, for Christmas Clint bought me rollerblades.  I was a kid again and exercise sounded fun.  I took my kids down to the running path and we had a fabulous time.  Me on my rollerblades, and the kids on their bikes.  There is a hill down to the running path and the first time I went down I felt like I was going to fall, but I didn't.  The road is not smooth and I was hauling down pretty darn fast.  Fast forward to a few days later - the actual day of my new life with exercise involved and we were going as a family down to the running path.  I was afraid to go down, so I asked Clint to help me.  He was trying to get me down by having me hold onto his bike, but my daughter Lili was also in rollerblades and she needed help too.  So, stubborn me - I decided to just go for it.  

That was pretty much the worst decision I could have made.  I knew I would fall - I was scared of the hill and it was a dumb decision to do it on my own.  But, the ironic thing is that the butt that I am trying to trim down is the thing that saved me during the fall.  I hit down hard, I am still wearing a bruise and it was a week and a half ago. I can laugh about it now, but it was a lesson that I guess I needed to learn.  So, I will be running.  I am happy to say that I will rollerblade, but I will drive down the hill and put my rollerblades on when I am there.  Also, I have gone running two days in a row.  I couldn't feel better. 

So, my goals this year are simple enough.  They are the goals that I make for myself every year, but I am hoping I will do better.  I want to exercise.  I want to eat healthy.  I want to read more. I want to spend each moment I can with my husband and children.  I want to quilt better. I want to choose to be happy and optimistic. It's funny how easy it is to let yourself be drug down by all negative crap in the world - so, to help with that - I took my news apps off my phone.  When I need words of encouragement (like everyday), I will read scripture.

I realize that 2014 was an amazing year, but I am hoping that 2015 will be even better and I will be a healthier me. I wish you all the best as you are making your goals for the new year.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Eclipse!! Finish from last year.

Picture from Sharon McConnell - Color Girl Quilts
I worked on this beautiful quilt called "Eclipse" by Sharon McConnell last July.  I wasn't able to share it because it was being published in a magazine in the UK called Quilt Now. It is always fun to work on beautiful quilts, especially this one.  I had a lot of fun with it.  Sharon asked me to keep the quilting simple and I did.  The quilt design is just beautiful and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.

Since I love straight lines, I had a lot of fun with the straight lines within the curved pieces.  I think it gives the quilt texture of fun look.


It's been so long, I can't remember what thread I used.  But, I think it looks fabulous. I hope you like it as much as I do.  

I am keeping busy and I am almost finished with my second project for my next book.  I have this year to finish my projects, then we have to go through the editing process.  I will be a while until my next book comes out, but I think the designs will be worth the wait.  I am really excited to share it with you.  Stay tuned!
Also, it looks like the class descriptions are up for Paducah - not sure if registration is working, but you can see the classes I will be offering on this page.  I look forward to seeing you there!