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Monday, April 30, 2012

This Little Piggy


 So we have a new animal on the farm. Mmm hmm. Pigs. I have fought this one long and hard and yet, here they are. Actually kind of cute, but I do not like the smell!

 My miniature lilacs are blooming but the smell is gigantic. I'm so happy they were later than the bigger ones because I get to enjoy them longer that way.

 We also have strawberries setting on.

Does this look familiar? We tend to get rainbows right over our house. So pretty. And I'm referring to the book cover.

 Although these clouds looks ominous, it was really just a steady rain, not a big storm. Aren't they something?


The first peony bloomed yesterday. My goodness everything is early this year!

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15 NIV

xoxo,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Marie Bostwick's Ties That Bind Book Tour

Run, don't walk, to buy Ties That Bind!

I'm so excited to be part of this blog tour today! Before reading this book, I had never read any of Marie Bostwick's books. I was a little leery of jumping into the middle of a series, but it was as if this book stood alone. This is one of those great books where the characters become your close friends. I would love to call up the main characters and see what they're up to now. Do you know what I mean?

Here's a synopsis:
Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews' friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she's made in New Bern; she just never thought she'd still be single on her fortieth birthday.

It's a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople's burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot's family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life's fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…

I truly loved this book! Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Simply leave a comment here on my blog. The winners will be drawn on May 2.

For other chances to win, stop at all the other blogs on the hop:

Tuesday, April 24
Michele - Quilting Gallery - http://quiltinggallery.com/
Jackie - Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Wendy - Ivory Spring - http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, April 25
Jennifer - SewHooked - http://sewhooked.com/
Erin - One Piece at a Time - http://erinrussek.typepad.com/

Thursday, April 26
Victoria - Bumble Beans Inc. - http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Sandi - A Legacy of Stitches - http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 27
Michele - With Heart and Hands - http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/
Melissa - Lilac Lane - http://www.blog.melissastramel.com/ That's Me!

Saturday, April 28
Melissa - Sew Bitter Sweet Designs - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/
Kim - Crafty Apple - http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much to Michele at the Quilting Gallery for putting this hop together! And don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win.
Love,
xoxo

Thursday, April 26, 2012

See Me in the Fat Quarterly!

Well, I'm so excited to tell you all that I have a little project in the new issue of the Fat Quarterly! Available tomorrow to subscribers and Tuesday to those buying off the "rack", here's a glimpse of my fun pattern.

Issue 9 is all about sewing for kids. In addition to a review of my All Dolled Up Tote, I have a little doll sleeping bag and pillow pattern. It uses a zipper, but you could substitute Velcro and be finished in under an hour. I looked over the whole issue and it's so cute! Get yours today.

Love,
xoxo

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beloved Behind the Scenes

I never shared some of the pictures from our Beloved photo shoot. Thought you would enjoy!











Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ties That Bind Book Tour

I get to be a part of Marie Bostwick's new book tour. Her book, Ties That Bind, was just beautiful. You get to hear my review on Friday. Until then, enjoy all these other reviews as well.

Tuesday, April 24
Michele - Quilting Gallery - http://quiltinggallery.com/
Jackie - Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Wendy - Ivory Spring - http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, April 25
Jennifer - SewHooked - http://sewhooked.com/
Erin - One Piece at a Time - http://erinrussek.typepad.com/

Thursday, April 26
Victoria - Bumble Beans Inc. - http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Sandi - A Legacy of Stitches - http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 27
Michele - With Heart and Hands - http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/
Melissa - Lilac Lane - http://www.blog.melissastramel.com/ That's Me!

Saturday, April 28
Melissa - Sew Bitter Sweet Designs - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/
Kim - Crafty Apple - http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/

Love,
xoxo

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Embroidery Pattern: Pastime Pillows

I've finally reached the end of the new patterns to show before market. Here is my second embroidery pattern, Pastime Pillows.
 As you can see from the pictures, there are instructions to create the 16" bird pillow and the 18" flower pillow. These were so much fun to create! In fact, I will have kits available at Sample Spree. The birds were stitched by Teresa Taramasso, who also stitched a project for my book. The flowers were stitched by Shelly Paglai. She made a quilt in my book! Make sure you visit Shelly's blog to see her take on this project. So these two sweet ladies are high on my good list.
I'm not sure if you can see the flowers, but I added yellow beads to the centers for a little sparkle. Rhinestones would be pretty too.

Hope you love this pattern! Market is coming up so soon.

Love,
xoxo

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Goateriffic

First of all, thanks for all the sweet comments and love on both the book and the new pattern. Visit Hollie's blog for lots on the Picnic in the Park Quilt. And don't forget Kat's giveaway!

It's been so busy here with news and whatnot to tell you that I haven't even had time to show you our new babies.
 Here is Anna's bottle calf Rosie. She is very tame and takes her bottles really well twice a day.
 Emilie's calf Flowers is finally getting used to the bottle but she uses a little goat nipple instead of a calf nipple.
 Nathan named his calf Bucker. He took a little while to learn but is doing much better.
And Nathan also has two baby goats, which he has named Goater and Goateriffic. Hee hee. Little boys and their names.

Love,
xoxo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Picnic in the Park Pattern

Update: Visit Lisa Sipes and Kat Gillespie to hear about their experiences in helping with this quilt. Kat even has a giveaway!

Say that three times fast! I'm so excited to introduce to you to my first embroidery pattern! This is Picnic in the Park and isn't she beautiful?
The bicycles can be stitched on 28 count linen or 14 count Aida. If you use linen, which we did, you simply stitch over two strands in the cloth.

 So many people to thank on this. First of all the stitchers: Mary of Needled Mom, Kat of Flopsy Kitten Stitchin, Hollie of Undercover Crafter, Rebeckah of Handmade by Rebeckah, and also Lisa. Forgive me Lisa, but I can't find your blog! I couldn't have finished this quilt without the dedicated work of these 5 stitchers. I hope you will visit their blogs as they will also be showing the quilt! Thank you all so much!
 Secondly, Lisa of That Crazy Quilty Girl did the quilting on this. It really became a work of art after she was through with it. My goodness, I've never seen such intricate quilting! She and a few other people have been real life savers on my book as well.

I hope you all love it. Not only that, but I hope you'll invest the time to create your own. The cross stitch is straight forward and quite simple -- no half or fourth stitches. And only cross stitch and back stitch to make the entire block. I think it would also make a gorgeous pillow.

For now, it's only available as an e-pattern, but of course I'll let you know when it's available on paper as well!

Love,
xoxo

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

So There's a Book

Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably caught pieces of this from time to time, mostly as I was pulling my hair out trying to get all my patterns and this gigantic project done, all in one spring.

I'm so excited to introduce you to my book, A Year of Making Life Beautiful. It will be available starting at spring market.

The idea was to develop the book as months, each complete with their own sets of month-appropriate projects. The book contains twelve quilting projects, fourteen recipes, ten crafts, four embroidery projects, several other sewing projects as well as something for the garden each month. I'll tease you with the cover and of course, lots more info will be coming out soon!


Love,
xoxo

Monday, April 16, 2012

Beloved for Dolls

I bet you knew this was coming! Here it is -- Beloved for Dolls. And oh so cute too.
 This little pattern matches the girls version of Beloved. Instead of being Intermediate skill level though, it's advanced beginner. I have a few shortcuts that make it just right for dolls.
 My mom, Debbie Robinson, was my pattern tester this time. She was really nervous, but I think she did a great job. Instead of making ruffles, she used eyelet, a really cute choice.
To purchase Beloved for Dolls as an e-pattern, please visit my website. To purchase it as a paper pattern, stay tuned! I'll let you know.
Love,
xoxo

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's Saturday!

From my crew to yours, happy weekend!

Love,
xoxo

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beloved is Here!

The Beloved dress has been released! So this is your official introduction to this sweet pattern.

This dress is for the girliest of girls on the most special of occasions. It can be ordered from QuiltWoman.com, very soon through my store, and also as an e-pattern at my store now.

Happy weekend!

Love,
xoxo
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