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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pictures from the International Quilt Market

 I'll label these where I'm able. Christy got to do a little booth window shopping and took pictures of her favorites. This is the Liberty of London booth.

 Here's Riley Blake.


 Marie-Madeline. Some of my favorite girls in the whole world.

 There's minky out for Cat in the Hat.

 Valori Wells with Free Spirit Fabrics.

 Sarah Jane with Michael Miller fabrics.

 Olive Ann Designs. Really cute.

 Vanilla House.

 Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics.

 Pat Sloan and Vanessa Christensen (V and Co) are new designers for Moda.

 Anna Griffin has fabrics to die for.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pattern Kits

I just wanted to show you all my pattern kits, now available on etsy!  I've kitted 6 of my patterns and they contain what you need to create beautiful projects.

Kits include: the Joy bag, Be Mine Tote, It's All Roses Headband (full sized pattern and only $5!), the Family Tree Quilt, Pastime Pillows and All Dolled Up Tote. Take a look at them! You have fabric choices and truly what you need to make the project.
Here's a peek at the Joy bag kit.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sample Spree!

Well, if you've heard of the International Quilt Market, you've probably heard of Sample Spree. It's where all the vendors have a small table before the market opens and offer their things for super cheap prices so that the shops will go home and make up a sample (and thus sell the product). Here's a little peek of the one that just happened.
 They're all waiting to come on up! But this isn't even close to the amount waiting -- the line went down the hall for a mile.
 My sister Julie and my cousin Marie helped me.
 Here come the first ones! Everyone was taking pictures of the masses coming up.
 Time for power shopping.

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Booth at Quilt Market

I'm so happy to finally tell you all about my Quilt Market experience. The above photo is from Lisa (thank you!)
 When you have a booth, it starts like this. Just poles and all your stuff. Yikes! Luckily, we had a whole entire day to get it looking good. Thank you so much to Marie for all of her help. And please excuse the ever so stylish outfit.

 Here we are partway set up. I LOVE my ruffly curtains. I'm sure you can hardly believe that!

 Getting closer, but there's still a mountain of things to go in there. The people in the booth across from me said I would never get it all in.

 Finishing touches . . .
And it's market time. Here I'm telling someone all about Lilac Lane.
Thank you to Marie, Christy and Julie for helping me work the booth and Wyatt, Lisa and Thomas for pitching in with unloading. Next time I'll tell you all about Sample Spree and also pictures of cute booths that Christy took pictures of.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In Memory

My father-in-law passed away Monday night. Thank you for your understanding as I spend some time with family. Your prayers for our family are greatly appreciated.

Awaiting the time when we will see him again.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kansas City Here I Come

There are good things and bad things about being so close to such a big show. In the good column, my sister lives there and I can DRIVE there. Also lots of local people will be attending -- we have two local quilt stores.

Unfortunately being so close also means my helpers will be moving in and out throughout the show. Well that can be good too. Thank you in advance to people who have volunteered to help me: Marie, Christy, Julie, Wyatt and Lisa.

See you in KC! I would love your prayers for a successful "start" to my business.


Monday, May 14, 2012

A Million Thanks

In making a book, there is no going it alone. I have so MANY people to thank, without whom the book would not have been possible.

I'll probably miss some of you, but here goes:
To Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, thank you for this ministry. I am so blessed.
To my family, whose loving kindness saw me through. Thank you Todd, Nathan, Anna and Emilie.
To Nancy Dill, owner of and her staff, specifically Corinne and Dolores. Thank you for publishing this book and for all of your encouragement.
To Jenny Fish, my editor, thank you for your late nights and many hours on this project.
To those who sewed projects:
Mary Schuberg
Jenny Rekeweg
Teresa Taramasso
Hollie Lobosky
Christy Acheson
Marie Skolout
Shelly Pagliai

To my quilters, Lisa Marie Sipes and Jeanne Schroeder. Jeanne, you still haven't billed me!
To my extra models, nieces Samantha Skolout and Sophia Stramel and nephew Trey Stramel.
And to my all around great models who will always pose for a picture, Nathan, Anna and Emilie.

Oh and also to my Sony alpha 300 for taking such great pictures and to my old Dell computer that I work on without internet for publishing and design projects -- thank you both so much for not breaking down!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Butterfly Days

 Happy Saturday from me and my butterfly garden.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Rose Cupcakes

This is the cutest idea. It came from my sister and I'm not sure where she saw it.
You take those Fruit Rollup products called Fruit by the Foot. There are some available right now that have a design going down the middle so that it tears easily into long waves or other designs. Separate them and then just roll them up! Aren't they pretty?

 Emilie just turned 5 and as you can see, the cupcakes were a big hit at the party.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How Sweet It Is

Our days have been so beautiful here. Yesterday it was 75 degrees. I have been walking in the evenings. From our house, it's only about 3/4 mile to town, so it's a short walk to be in town and then walk on some paved streets. The air is so heavenly. I think it kind of creeps up on you. First tulips bloom and then on through the flowers and you don't even notice how wonderful it is. Well yesterday evening, as I was looking at the clear blue sky and thinking about how lucky I am to live here, I took some deep breaths and noticed. Even along the road is the most gorgeous smell. Something in the pastures must be blooming. Clover? I don't know, but it's just sweet.

When I came back home, our honeysuckle bushes are in full bloom and I noticed they were covered with the kind of moth that looks like a hummingbird. We don't have hummingbirds here and these have antennas, otherwise I would think they were. They don't stay still, so I had an awful time photographing them but I hope you are blessed by these pictures of God's creation today.

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