Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Tour

Well, it's been a week since I received my copy of the book and it still feels awesome to have it!  I never knew how much I would like it.  I was teasing my brother, who always brings me back to earth - like brothers tend to do, about my "manuscript" and that I wrote a non-fiction book.  He put me right back in my place!  Thanks, Mike!!  He also calls me a "Mathlete".  I will take that as a compliment!

Meanwhile, my wonderful friends, Nicole, Thelma and Lisa are doing a blog book tour for Fat Quarter Winners!  Yeah!!  How it will work is that it will start next week and each of us has a day to show our progress, work on different techniques and blog about the tour.  We are all doing different quilts for the tour so you can see how the original looks compared to the new quilts that we make.  There will also be drawings for give-aways so make sure you check out each blog.  I have been auditioning fabrics for my quilt and think I have it narrowed down.  Will have the decision for you next week.

This is one of the quilts in Fat Quarter Winners.  The books should arrive very soon.  To pre-order, click here

Hearts from Fat Quarter Winners

Tillie is doing great!  She is growing like crazy and has a wonderful personality!  I was a bit worried when we got her but she has really grown into a great puppy.  Her latest thing is she likes to run beside the fence chasing after cars as they go down the street.  It's okay in the yard but I'm a little worried when we go for walks.  We are working on her not doing that.  Maple has been walking a short bit with us and I'm trying to have Tillie follow Maple's good walking behavior.  So far, no go.  Tillie is much better by herself because it's easier to control her.  Two big dogs is a riot to walk.  The neighbors must be very entertained!!

Can't wait to show you the quilts that we are working on.  Tune in next week for the tour to start.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fat Quarter Winners!

Today, I finally received my copy in the mail!  I am so excited.  I have been waiting for almost 2 years to see this come together.  C&T Publishing sent me a copy along with a disc of the quilts in the book.  Here are some that I haven't posted yet.  Hope you like them as much as I do. 

I should be receiving the copies to sell by the end of March, they tell me.  So, if you want to pre-order a book, I have it on my website.  I will even sign it, if you want.  Here is the link: Fat Quarter Winners

Also, C&T sent me a beautiful basket of flowers as a congratulations on my book!  It really makes me feel like an author and very special that they did that!  Thanks, C&T!!  Aren't they beautiful?

Talk to you later this week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Star Puppy

That's what they call a puppy who passes the puppy kindergarten class.  Guess what!?!  We passed!!  I was so proud of her last night!  She did everything that she was supposed to and made me proud.  I was more nervous than she was but she showed how much she had learned and how great she can be!  We had a celebration after and each puppy got a certificate, treats and a toy.  The instructor put the toys in a pile in the middle of the ring and each puppy got to pick which one they wanted.  So, she would announce the owner and the puppy and everyone would clap and they would go get there certificate and get to pick their toy.  It was the cutest thing, each puppy went up, picked their toy and walked away.  They just knew which one they wanted.  Puppies are the best!  Here are some pictures of Tillie during her test.  

Tillie giving her instructor some love.

Also, Molly, the Bernese Mountain dog.  She is the cutest dog and SO friendly!

Here is Ginger, a Doberman Pincher going through her paces.  How fun is this?!

If you noticed, there are some new things at Open Gate.  I am updating my website so it's a bit different but it needed a face lift.  I have a new blog.  I have this wonderful lady, Kassie Garlock who has updated my blog and made it easier for everyone to use.  There is a subscription button and it will automatically update my blog on Facebook.  It is fresh and fun and I hope you like it!

I am also going to be doing some blog hops coming up in April and May.  I will be posting those soon!  

Only a few more weeks and Fat Quarter Winners will be out!  I'm pretty patient in general but it has been hard to wait to see it!  I haven't even gotten my advance copy yet and check the mail anxiously every day.  

Sorry that it has been so long since I did my last post but I was down with Strep throat and have been behind because of it.  I'm much better and trying to catch up. 

Talk to you soon!