Monday, September 29, 2008

October Newsletter

A Bit About Life:

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Hmmmm let's see.... October, November, December!! Can you believe it's only that long until Christmas? It seems that I procrastinate until the last minute in getting ready for the BIG day! It seems that the INSPIRATION comes at the last minute because of my PROCRASTINATION! But at any rate... it turns to DESPERATION! LOL!! I hope you are more prepared than I am!

Here in Southeast Idaho we have "Spud" harvest. For those of you who don't know what a spud is, it is a potato. The kids get out for 2 weeks in order to help in the potato harvest. It has been the age old story of whether the kids really need to be out, especially the grade school kids. Machinery has taken over the harvest jobs for the most part. I remember as a kid in junior high school and high school being able to earn quite a bit of money (in those days) working on the potato combine. It was very dirty work, but we seemed to have fun and the extra money was GREAT! Here in Shelly, we celebrate Spud Day every year. Our Spud day was last weekend. It rained CATS and DOGS!!! Here is a link about
Spud Day . What I was getting to about kids and Spud Harvest is.... I have 3 grandchildren at home from school to entertain! Do you have any ideas?


Just in time for October and November! Make these wall hangings for a FUN wall decor! Click on each one for details and enlargement!


Speaking of Christmas. The orders have been coming in for Christmas Stocking. I admire people who think ahead, unlike myself! I have 2 new designs available. The little Christmas Mice are a popular design for your favorite CAT friends! The Christmas Bouquet is a new design for a favorite lady in your life. CLICK on the pictures to see MORE Christmas Stocking designs.


All of my clocks can be personalized. If you have someone that you don't know what to get them for Christmas, consider a personalized clock. The quilt block clocks are fun for those who sew or quilt. I have clocks for your favorite Teacher and many other designs. There is even a Fish Clock for the fisher person in your life. Don't forget that I also have Photo clocks made from YOUR favorite photo. Below are a few samples of some of these FUN clocks. Click on each one to to take you to more designs. When you click on each clock on the Clock Page, you will be able to view a large view of the clock.


If you are into "mysteries" I have a Mystery Table Runner available. Click on the big ? mark to take you to the mysteries. The "Mad Quilter" is busily working on the next mystery. Click on the Mystery Quilter to take you to the clues. The clues for the table runner become available every Tuesday. Have fun as you solve this mystery!!


I will keep posting quilt patches for anyone who would like to remember loved ones who have suffered or are suffering from this terrible disease! My own dear mother was one such person. She was finally laid to rest on January 30, 2008. I made the Crocheted Clock below in her honor. She loved to crochet and quilt! The families of these dear people suffer right along with them and usually even more! Follow the instructions

HERE to create your own quilt patch.


Here are some wonderful tips from Quilter's Around the World. Hope you will use some of these!!

I made a design board from a 4'x8' sheet of foam insulation (the kind you use under siding for your house) for my sewing room. I cut it down to the size I needed, then I covered it with a flannel- backed tablecloth (flannel side up). I stapled the edges of the tablecloth along the back. You can also use glue. Just lay your quilting blocks on the board…no need to pin! - Barbara in West Virginia

If you want an unusual heart shape or a square shape check out the local Scrapbooking shop. They have some interesting shapes that would be great for quilting. - Ernestine in Colwell

I ask for a empty cardboard from a fabric store (the one fabric is wrapped around) and I pad it with batting, cover with muslin. I use it to iron my pieces right next to my machine. It saves me a lot of getting up and down to do that and it sure saves time. I can also pin my pattern to it, a small design wall. - Arlene in New York


The BOM for October is available! if you haven't received the October BOM already, you need to stop by and sign my guestbook! Click on the link at the top right corner of this page to sign up for the FREE BOM pattern. This will also put you on the list to receive future BOM patterns. Here is what the October BOM looks like. CLICK on it to take you to the page with the previous BOM patterns. Below that is what the project will look like when all the BOM patterns are complete and sewn together.

Have a great 2 weeks! Until then, browse through my website for MORE great finds!

Keeping you all in stitches!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mid September Newsletter

A Bit About Life:

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It is becoming one of my favorite times of the year, but a busy time! The garden is winding down somewhat. I do have a BUMPER crop of fresh tomatoes. Does anyone want some? :o)

We were able to attend our Southeast Idaho State Fair. We indulged in our usual corn on the cob, Tiger Ears (a large piece of fry bread sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar), Funnel Cakes, a Chicken and Rice bowl, and a smoked turkey leg. All topped off with Lemonade Slush! We had my husband’s brother, wife and daughter from California go with us. We walked until we could hardly take another step!

I love visiting the craft building and see all of the beautiful quilts that were entered! There are definitely some VERY talented people in SE Idaho! I hope that you were able to attend a fair in your own state!

This Saturday, I had my 3 grandkids over. My grandson is a Cub Scout and needed a woodworking project for one of his requirements. I told him I would help him build a birdhouse. Well, there were 3 eager kids that wanted to make one as well, so I got out my Shopsmith Saw and helped them build THREE birdhouses! It was a lot of work, but we had a fun time!


This has been SO much fun!! I have a Mystery Table Runner for you! The first clue is available! Click on the “Question Mark” to find the 1st CLUE!! The next clue will be available on Tuesday. You may want to bookmark the Mystery Quilt page for the next clue. Have FUN with this!!
Oh, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign my guestbook so you won’t miss another FREE BOM pattern!
Alzheimer's Awareness Quilt Patch
I would like to post as many quilt patches as I can for World Alzheimer's Day on the 21st of September. Anyone who wishes to post a quilt patch in honor of a loved one who has suffered from or is suffering from Alzheimer's can do so. Just follow the instructions on this webpage.
Alzheimer's Quilt . My own dear mother endured over 10 years of this terrible disease. I just want people to be aware! Thank you so much!!


Here are more great quilting tips. I hope you find them useful. These all have to do with “marking”. Can you guess what I am doing? Yup, marking a quilt!

Slivers of soap are great for marking quilting lines. - Barbara in Tennessee

I keep a mug in my sewing room, along with a tooth brush. I put water in the cup use the brush to dab & remove blue marker marks on my fabric. Works much better than spraying water, and you can put the water just where you want it. - Charlene in Oregon

When sharpening a quilt marking pencil, use the larger hole on a two hole manual sharpener. This will give you a very short but extremely sharp point. The point won't break off easily as with the "normal" size and your pencil will last longer. - Rhonda in Washington

Christmas is coming!

By my calculations, there is only a little over 3 months until Christmas!! Don’t delay in getting your Christmas Stockings ordered! Here are a few of my favorite ones. I really enjoy making these and personalizing them! Click on the stocking pictures to see MORE!
Annual Clock Sale!

I am reminding you that EVERY clock is on sale for the month of September. Here are some of my favorites. These make wonderful personalized gifts, especially for someone you have trouble knowing what to get them. Click on them to see MORE!

Scroll Down to the “September” Newsletter to see what other great values I have on SALE for September!

Featured Shop

Tina at Rocky Mountain Quiltworks has a wonderful shop with lots of NICE stuff! Click on her logo to visit her shop!

That’s it until October 1st! I would love hearing from you! Email me at or leave a comment below.

Keeping you in stitches!