Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Holiday!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!  For those in Canada, Happy Canada Day!  For those in the USA, Happy Independence Day!  For the rest of the world, enjoy the weekend!  I am fortunate to have both the 1st of July and the 4th of July off.  Friday is my day off from my day job and Monday is a holiday here.  I am going to spend the time with Bill, Tillie and Maple.  I'm sure that most of it will be with Tillie!  She has been very restless because I have been gone so much.  Like Bill says, I'm her playmate.  She waits for me to come home and entertain her.  The weather has been fairly decent the past few days so I've been able to take her for a walk at night and throw the ball for her.  She is thrilled with all the exercise!
Her hair is starting to grow a bit.  She doesn't look as much like a drowned rat or does she?!  Here she is:
Remember when I told you that I was going to sew on my red and cream quilt this past weekend?  Well, actually, I didn't.  I cut it out but didn't piece it.  I did get this wonderful purse done.  It's called Margo Handbag from Lazy Girl Designs and it has the best pockets inside.  I really like it too because it has a zipper to keep everything inside. 


I also worked on my project for the blog hop next week.  I just love it!  Here is a sneak peak at what
I'm doing. 
Are they the cutest little things?  They are 2" unfinished and I trimmed them using my Fit to be Quarter ruler. 
I think I'm going to try and quilt it myself.  I'd love to give it to any one of my quilters but it's small enough that I can do it myself.

Don't forget to come back Monday to start our blog tour.  It promises to be lots of fun with great giveaways, projects and some other surprises! 

See you Monday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Are you ready for another blog tour?

This is my first blog tour that I'm actually running.  I've been involved in several blog tours but I decided that I would like to organize one of my own.  So, I asked several different people to blog with me and here are the blog participants:

Denise from Quilter's Window
Sherri from This & That
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Sweetwater makelifesweet
Thelma from Cupcakes 'n Daisies
Lisa from Stashmaster
and Yours Truly

We will be posting on our given day and providing you with some great projects, give-aways and specials.  Make sure you stop by and post a comment!

4th of July Fireworks bog hop starts July 4th, 2011.  Hope to see you then!

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Project

I've decided that I'm going to start a new project.  I have been traveling and working and have neglected my poor sewing machine.  I had one more weekend lecture/class this weekend and this coming weekend I get to go on a personal retreat.  I'm so excited to go, hang out with some friends and sew! 

I need to have some projects to work on so I've come up with a few.  First, as you know, I have a new ruler out.  It's called the Fit to be Quarter and there is a free pattern included with the ruler.  The quilt that is featured in the ruler is currently on "tour" and I haven't seen it since Market.  That means that I don't have a sample to bring with me when I lecture.  I decided to make another version.  This time in my favorite color, RED!  Here is what I have chosen so far. 



Now, you would think that I would have oodles of red to use and wouldn't need to add to them...wrong!  I am missing 2 and will need to hunt for some more fabric.  Darn!  Fortunately, we will be doing a bit of shop hopping when we go for our retreat.  I'm sure that I will be able to find some wonderful reds to add, don't you think?  Aren't they yummy?!

As most quilters do, when I go for a weekend retreat, I bring more projects than I could possibly get done in a weekend.  I am trying to figure out what else I want to do.  Sometimes when we go on these retreats, we make little projects.  Zippy Strippy bags, pin cushions...the list goes on.  I'm thinking that I might work on some new projects that I will be using in an upcoming blog hop that I'm hosting.  Keep tuned to see what I come up with. 

Hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the warmer weather and also fit in a bit of sewing!

Monday, June 13, 2011

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

Today I had my interview with American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.  Pat is such a sweetheart and was so easy to talk to.  I felt like it went really well and hope that you all got a chance to listen to it.  If not, here is the link: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html.  You can listen to it at any time.

I'm off this weekend to Appletree Quilting and Viking Center in Columbia, MO.  I will be lecturing on Friday night and teaching Ballyseede on Saturday.  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing a new shop.  Love to visit new shops!  I will remember to bring my camera so I can take pictures. 
We still have kits available for Ballyseede on www.Bundlesandbolts.com so make sure you check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Drama Queen or Old English Sheepdog?

As I told you earlier this week, Tillie was getting shaved.  Thelma had commented on Old English Sheepdogs being low maintenance.  Actually, they are high maintenance and require a lot of brushing.  Because Tillie is so jumpy, she is impossible to brush.  So, we have to get her shaved.  Their hair is very thick and mats up instantly.  I'm sure that if we had her groomed every 3-4 weeks, she would be fine but with Tillie it is almost impossible. 

We have a mobile groomer that comes to the house.  She is an angel and we love her!  Before we found her, it was so traumatic to take the dogs to the groomer and it was an all day affair.  I would drop them off in the morning and pick them up late in the day.  Bill and I would be anxiously waiting to pick them up and by the time we got there to pick them up, we would all be stressed.  With Maple getting older, it was so hard on her to be there all day so when we found our mobile groomer, we were so happy!

This was Tillie's first time getting groomed.  She went in just perfectly, like a little lady.  Then around a half hour later, we get a knock on the door.  The groomer has Tillie with her and says, she started to freak out and would not let me finish her head.  Bill and I tried to get the muzzle on her so she could finish her up but no luck.  She cried, screamed, bucked, bit, whatever she could to get us away from her.  The groomer patiently waited outside while we worked with her.  Finally, Bill went outside with her and was talking to the groomer.  We decided not to do the muzzle and put the leash back on her.  I literally pinned her down, grabbed her muzzle and put the collar on her...can you believe this sweet, innocent dog would do that?
Well, she did!  Anyway, the groomer finally got her back into the trailer and finished trimming her.  After another 15 minutes, she returned with this dog...Tillie, you say?  Well, yes, this is her. 
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Can you believe that this is the same dog?!  I generally like the dogs when they have more hair but she does look cute and you can really see her expressions more. 

I just keep telling myself, she will grow out of this, right?!  We love her but she sure is a drama queen!  Thank goodness she is so cute!

Have a great weekend and see you Monday for the Pat Sloan interview.

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

I am so excited to be chosen to be interviewed by Pat Sloan for her radio show!  Please tune in on Monday, June 13th at 4:00 Eastern, 1:00 Pacific.  Click on this link and you can get connected: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html  You can click live or hear a recording after the show.

Pat will be asking me some questions on my quilts that have been in the magazines, ruler design and fabric design plus some surprises! So, make sure you tune in!

Have a good weekend and hope to see you Monday!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gail Brown's Retreat


Sue and I just got back from a retreat that I teach at every year.  It is in Pigeon, Michigan which is in the "thumb", north of Detroit.  We have so much fun with Gail and her friends.  This was the 4th time that I have taught up there and we are planning for our 5th.  It's the first week in June every year and I look forward to seeing everyone and catching up.  I met Gail through another retreat that I teach at in January.  She asked if I wanted to come to Michigan to teach and you know me, I love to travel so I readily agreed.  I usually teach two different quilts so they have a couple to choose from.  This year I taught Crazy Eights from Fat Quarter Winners and Half & Half from American Patchwork & Quilting, December, 2010 issue.

Crazy Eights
 Half & Half

The retreat is Friday all day and Saturday until around 2:00.  This year on Friday night I gave a lecture on fabric, book and ruler designing.  Gail had opened the lecture up to the public and we had a wonderful turn-out.  Here are some pictures of my lecture.

Gail introducing me at the lecture

 Black Pearl

Sue and I holding Prairie Stitches

If you are interested in joining us for the retreat next year, the dates are June 1st & 2nd, 2012.  You can contact me at info@opengatequilts.com and I will connect you with Gail. 

Off to another lecture tonight in Valparaiso, IN.  Talk to you soon!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tillie Update

It's been a while since I talked about Tillie.  She is now 9 months old.  A week and a half ago she got spayed and it doing well.  The first night and the next morning, she was drowsy.  By the time I got home from work the next day, she was back to the old Tillie.  She is a pistol!  I have been traveling a lot this past month and I think she saves her energy just for me.  I'm like her personal playmate!  Here she is checking me out.


Thursday is grooming day.  This will be a first for her and will prove to be very interesting.  We used to bring the dogs to a groomer but I found a wonderful mobile groomer.  She comes to the house, plugs in and takes the dogs into her trailer.  It's so nice because these is little stress for both the dog and me.  She is very gentle with the dogs and is done in about 1 hour.  Love it!  Tillie is very energetic so I'm not sure how she will do with the groomer.  She doesn't sit still so the groomer is in for a challenge.  Wish her luck!

Maple and Tillie

Last week, Tillie had a tick in her ear.  Okay, so remember when I said I was a girly girl?  Well, ticks are at the top of my most disliked bugs.  They creep me out.  I am always checking the dogs to make sure that they don't have any bugs or anything on them and I found this nasty little bug.  Bill and I had to hold Tillie down and put some nail polish on it to suffocate it.  Then, forget trying to pick it off.  She wouldn't let me get near her ear.  Every time I reached for her, she would run away or wiggle when I got her.  Frustrating!  So, we had to make a trip to the vet.  Bill wasn't too thrilled but we had to get it out!  Now you can see what the poor groomer is going to go through!  She is not a mean dog, just very jumpy and she doesn't like what she doesn't like!  (Kind of like her mom!  :)

Maple
I will post some "after" pictures of her when she gets shaved and let you know how it goes.  Will post more later this week on my travels the last few weeks. Before:


Thanks for stopping by!