Friday, February 27, 2009

March Newsletter

A Bit About Life:

Can you believe that March is here? Holy smokes! The months are flying by! I just returned from spending a few days with some of my grandkids. They were fun and were very good! My four year old Paden is so funny. He wears glasses and of course looks so cute. Some lady at the store told him that he was the cutest boy she had ever seen. His comment was, and I quote, "Yeah, and I am smart, too!" These grandkids are so fun! Here are the grandkids in Boise. (Okay, their parents are here too...)

I am so excited to tell you about this! I have started a quilting forum. I love my quilt group that I go to once a month, but I thought how fun it would be to have one online that I could go to anytime I wanted. I have started a group for our next Mystery. You will be able to post pictures of your progression of the mystery and share comments. Click HERE for the Quilt Forum. I hope you will join in the FUN!! There will be more details for the NEW Mystery posted there.

Quilting Views and Tips:

Have you checked out this site? I just happened upon it. You are probably saying, "Where have you been?" What a neat site to help you in every aspect of quilting. It's called Go check it out if you haven't already. Plan to spend a little time there and by all means, BOOKMARK it!! Click HERE to go there. Have fun!

New Patterns:

The last Mystery has been solved and the pattern is available for sale. It is called Bear's Paw in the Cabin. A picture diagram is below. If you collected the clues, make sure that you make 16 blocks for the first clue instead of 12! The purchased pattern has been corrected. BOY OH BOY!! Those little typos get ya every time!

Bear's Paw in the Cabin

Since St. Patrick's Day is upon us, don't forget these cute patterns. "I'm Irish" and "Luck of the Irish" Click HERE to purchase the patterns.

I'm Irish

Luck of the Irish

Block of the Month:

We are in the 3rd month of the Beautiful in Black BOM patterns and almost finished with the Quilt in Pastels for 2008. If you signed up for the BOM patterns you should have received them at your email address. If you would like them, just stop by and sign the guestbook and you will receive them automatically each month. I started a group to discuss and share your blocks. Make it fun for you and everyone by sharing how yours turned out, or if you have questions, let's discuss and get your answers. Click HERE to join the group.

March BOM "Beautiful in Black"

Quilt in Pastels Block #17

Mystery Quilt Patterns:

A NEW mystery will start on Tuesday. Click HERE and follow the big ? for the clues. If you would like to join the group in making this fun tote, click HERE. You will see the fabrics that I have chosen for mine. Look through your stash and pick out some fun colors. Hope you will join in the fun!

Clocks and Socks:

Do you need a unique gift for a birthday or wedding? Or do you need a new clock for your sewing room? Check out the fun clocks by clicking HERE. Below are just a few. It is NEVER too early to order Christmas Stockings. Beat the Christmas rush! Order HERE

Until next time!

Wishing you a "Pieceful" Day!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mid February Newsletter

A Bit About Life

First of all I want to wish everyone a HAPPY VALENTIEN'S DAY! I am writing this post from my daughter's home. Four of my nine grandchildren are here. My sweet granddaughter, Shandeigh, just brought us a handmade valentine. She is so inventive. She should get a job with Hallmark! I told her that I would take her shopping for fabric for her pump pack. She is diabetic and I designed a pattern to carry her pump in. I have chosen cute fabrics for her before, but thought it would be fun to let her choose. She is excited! Me too! This will be fun. I'll post a picture of the pump packs when I get them done. If there is interest, I could share the pattern.

These last two week have been pretty productive for me! I am starting on a new quilt which I am calling "Barn Raising". I am in the process of making chicken blocks for part of it. I have this great desire to make a quilt with chickens. My great grandmother's maiden name is Chicken. When anyone calls me Chicken, I am honored! LOL! Anyway, here is one of the chicken blocks. I will keep you updated on the progression of this quilt.

I have also been cutting out I Spy blocks to make a quilt to have for the grandkids. I have two other quilting friends who are sharing their cute fabric as well. We have around 150 blocks each of 3 1/2 inch blocks cut. We are thinking up all kinds of games to play with this quilt. Do you have any ideas?

Quilting Views and Tips

I have been PUBLISHED again! I was asked to reprint one of my articles in the Collector's Journal of Vinton, Iowa. I appreciate them asking. You can view the article at ehow HERE. This is really a fun way to choose colors for your next quilting project.

Here is another article you may find interesting about making your own fabric palette. I use this palette so often. CLICK HERE

New Patterns

I have another element for the Month After Month wall hanging. This one I call "Butterflies Meet". I have been trying different techniques of applique. This one I did the needle turn method. The Chicken block I did my own version of the freezer paper applique. Both methods are fun, but I think I like my freezer paper version the best. This picture really doesn't do this wall hanging justice, but I hope you get the idea! You can find the pattern HERE

Block of the Month

For those of you who have signed my guestbook, I hope you are enjoying this year's BOM. It will be a beautiful quilt when finished. Get in on the fun by signing my guestbook to receive the BOM patterns each month. If you have already signed, it is not necessary to sign again, but I love all of your comments! This is what the Beautiful in Black Quilt will look like when finished.

Mystery Quilt Patterns

There is only ONE more clue left for this Mystery Quilt. After all the clues are published, the pattern will go on sale for just $3.95. This one, in my humble opionion, is gorgeous! Hope you go and collect the clues. Go HERE and follow the big "?" mark for the clues.
Clocks and Socks

I have a NEW clock available. The 1930's fabric inspired this clock along with the May Month After Month wall hanging. The "established" quote, makes a perfect combination for this print of the 1930's fabrics. I hope you like it! CLICK HERE to find this clock and MANY others!

As always, the Christmas Stockings are a unique gift for those spring weddings that will be happening. What a great tradition for a new couple. Help them start this tradition. CLICK HERE for a view of all the Christmas Stocking designs, thus far.... I have some new ideas in mind for some new designs.

That's it for this two week period. Again, I hope your day is filled with LOVE for mankind this Valentine's Day!