Friday, July 26, 2013

Best Laid Plans...

Well, as you can see it's been a while since I've blogged last.  I have been to Missouri, through Illinois and then to Indiana in the last week.  I left last Thursday to teach at a retreat in Brunswick, MO at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop.  This was their second annual Sew Sweet Event.  This year they had 3 teachers teaching and asked if I would join them.  I did and I had an awesome time!  I taught two different classes, Victoria Rose and Marquis from my latest book, Diamond Traditions.  All my students were so much fun and seemed to enjoy the class.
Marquis class showing their blocks

Saturday night, I did a talk/trunk show for the group.  I brought a bunch of different quilts to show and then did some demos of my rulers. 

Jessica and Jeanette, who ran the retreat did an awesome job.  They had great food, lots of fun giveaways and had some photo ops for us.  Here is a picture of me with two of my new friends getting into the tropical theme!
After I left Missouri, I traveled through Illinois to teach my next class at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.  It was the first annual sewing event and I taught a class on Monday and Tuesday morning.  The university has a new sewing lab and we got to use it for the retreat.  Fun!  I taught Quilter's Window
So, are you wondering about the "Best Laid Plans..."  I had mentioned that I am going to start a sew along on August 1st?  Well, I am not quite sorry!  It has been a busy month and although I have quite a bit of the quilt done, it's not complete and the instructions are in the beginning stages.  So, I have decided to wait until September 1st to begin.  I plan on showing you the quilt and giving the fabric requirements by the 15th of August.  Here is a sneak peak of the the fabric that I'm using:
Don't forget that I will be taking off the Blogger Girls Block of the Month instructions on August 1st.  Once they are off, it is done.  So, make sure that you download them and print them before then.

One more thing.  C&T Publishing sent Minick and Simpson some of the Diamond Traditions Playing Cards because I used their fabric for the cover quilt for the book and cards.  They are having a giveaway of a pack of cards until tomorrow.  There blog is: so head on over and enter for the drawing. 

Have a great weekend and will see you next week!

Friday, July 12, 2013

String of Trees Skirt and Tablerunner

I know that it's a bit warm to be thinking about Christmas but I recently designed a pattern that has instructions for both a Christmas Tree Skirt and Tablerunner.  It is called String of Trees Skirt and Tablerunner.  I designed it using a new line from Maywood Studio, All Wrapped Up.  I fell in love with this line because it is so fun and festive.  The stripe is like a candy cane and when you cut it on the bias and use it for the binding, it wraps around the quilt and is so CUTE! 

Sue and I were talking and she is making the tree skirt for herself.  She suggested that we offer kits for the skirt.  I readily agreed and we are offering you an awesome deal!  From now until August 1st, we are offering the kit for the skirt, the pattern and the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler for $70.00.  If you already have the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler, the price for the kit and pattern is $62.00. Both prices include free shipping!  We are not putting it on either website or website yet.  If you want to order, please either call Sue at 815-568-6081 or email her at  After August 1st, it will go on our website but you will be charged shipping.  So, you have a few weeks to get your order in!

The tree skirt is 50" square and the fabric is exactly as shown. 

Hope you all have a good day!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Diamond Traditions Playing Cards

Hi Everyone!

I have had several comments on both my Facebook page and on my blog about where you can buy the playing cards.  There are a couple of places that they are for sale.  First, on my website under gifts, Diamond Traditions Playing Cards.  Also, C&T Publishing has them for sale but it looks like they are not available until the 15th of July.  Here is the link:  C&T Publishing Diamond Traditions Playing Cards. 

Thanks for the wonderful comments about the cards...needless to say, I'm pretty excited about them!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cards, anyone?

Happy 4th of July!  I hope everyone is enjoying their day!  I am looking forward to all the yummy barbequed food that is on deck for today.  

As you many know, the quilts in my first books, Fat Quarter Winners and Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts, through C&T Publishing, are named after card games.  My third book Diamond Traditions has a diamond theme to it.  So, C&T decided to create playing cards with my quilts on them.  The front of the cards is the quilt that is featured on the front of Diamond Traditions.

The Ace, King, Queen and Jack each have different quilts from my various books.  And, guess who is the joker?!  You guessed it - me!  I think that is so fun.  My friends and family have requested that I get them a deck of cards even with me as the joker.  :)

Yesterday, I received my boxes of cards.  I was so excited to see them and wanted to share with you. 

It's super cool to have your quilts made into playing cards! 

Hope everyone enjoys their day, gets to eat some great food and maybe enjoy a card game or two!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Quilt Parade

Happy July 1st and to the Canadians, Happy Canada Day! 

Today is the day for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month Quilt Parade.  I am so excited and thrilled to see everyone's quilts.  Make sure that you go to the other participating bloggers to see their quilts.  Here is a list:

Sherri from A Quilting Life -
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~
Nicole from Sister’s Choice ~
Lisa from Stashmaster ~

My friend, Kathy, and I have been working on our Chocolat Deux quilts.  We both did a block a month and then made our own quilts.  Here is Kathy's version:

 We both made scrappy sashing and scrappy backgrounds for our blocks.  We both also used the same borders.  Here is mine:

They look quite a bit alike. 

Another of my friends, Peggy, made the block of the month using batiks.  Here is her version:

If you have your quilt top finished or pieced, post a picture on the Blogger Girls BOM flickr group.  If you are not sure how to do that, send me a picture of your quilt and I will post it for you.  A few speedy quilters already have their quilts cool!  Some used the setting that I provided and some came up with their own.  I love every one of them!  You guys are so great!!

I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Thelma, Nicole, Lisa, Denise, Sherri and Lissa for participating in the Blogger Girls Block of the Month.  They are all talented and wonderful quilters and I am very proud to have had them join me.

One more thing, I'm cooking up something starting August 1st.  I really enjoyed running the BOM so wanted to do something else each month.  It's not a block of the month but it will have monthly installments, like the BOM.  I am planning on creating another block of the month in January so hopefully you will join us for that as well.

Also, I wanted to thank you for joining us and hope you continue to follow my blog.