Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winner Winner!

the random number generator selected comment number seven
Natalie Barnes ,  Angela Walters
remember...the BookBlog Tour will start March 1
the next post will announce the Tour participants
I think you're going to enjoy this!
ps - what are you doing this weekend?
Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations
Palm Desert, California
is hosting a trunk show lecture
this Friday from 4-7pm
if you'd like to get your own signed copy of
A Modern Twist
come by, visit, and I would be thrilled to sign your purchased book
on this Saturday from 10-3
I will be teaching
Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations
most of you know Monica, don't you?
 it should be fun
Natalie Barnes teaching A Modern Twist
we're making a weekend of it!!
won't you come join us?
the Desert is beautiful this time of year
I hear it's going to be 79 degrees...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


it's official.
thanks to everyone who left a comment!
the random number generator chose #7
congratulations to Jodi!
February 10, 2015
"I wrote a book!"
it's such an honor to be selected to write a book
to have the support of everyone at a publishing company
and to have the support from all of you
A Modern Twist
but I have to share with you...
the funniest thing happened...
February 10 came and went without any real fanfare at all

no champagne
no party

just a quiet evening at home
working on a Spring Market quilt
for Windham Fabrics
and a little knitting
while listening to the dog snore
they designed postcards, and when I attended Road to California
everyone received a card
as I sheepishly said,
"I wrote a BOOK!!"
contributed great information on quilting
and quilted all of the quilts in the book just beautifully

we'll be hosting a BookBlogHop beginning March 1
and there will be some great participating designers
so please check back soon!

I am a proud sponsor and a vendor at
and will be signging books in the booth
Booth 523
by the way

 but really.
in the long run, everything is still the same, here
no balloons
no parades
just fabric.
and quilts.
and you.
thank you
to all of you
thank you

ps - I hope you'll like the new website....
please leave a comment below, letting me know what you like best about the new site
to be entered to win a signed copy of 
A Modern Twist 
the random number generator will select a recipient
this Sunday eve

Friday, February 6, 2015

Black & White by Jennifer Sampou!

are really pretty spectacular
and I was really so very happy to be able to work with Jennifer's newest line
Black & White

was a great way to showcase the whole range of neutrals
and the great prints - large and small
Buddy-dog was sure this was just right for him
but this collection of fabrics
is much more than just Buddy-color!
there are lovely stable greys, and beautiful rich taupes and golds
and the patterns - butterflies, and birds, and textures, and ombres
well, it's really a rich collection

Jennifer has arranged two different giveaways
as a part of this

to be entered for the BLOG gift of a fat quarter TOWER of this great fabric
you must comment on Jennifer's opening January 23 blog post (see link below)
by February 8th
about which project you are most inspired by
what you would make with the fabric if you win!!
to be entered for the Taquito Pack (above) and one of Jennifer's new patterns 
you must post on INSTAGRAM with #blackandwhitefabrics and #jennifersampou. 
the winner will be chosen from that feed by the dates listed
(Drawing January 30th and February 6th)
thanks Jennifer!
that makes it easy peasey!! 

January 23, Robert Kaufman Blog
January 24 Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson-Sew Kind of Wonderful blog
January 25 Teresa Coates- Fabric Depot
January 26 Amy Gibson- Stitchery Dickory Dock
January 27 AnneMarie Chany- Gen X Quilters
January 28 Casey York- The Studiolo
January 29 C&T Publishing - Stash Books
January 30 APQ- All People Quilt
January 31 Angela Pingel
February 1 Angela Walters / Janice Zeller Ryan
February 2 Sarah Sharp
February 3 Dritz- Make Something
February 4 Nicole Daksiewicz- Modern Handcraft
February 5 Liesel Gibson- Oliver + S
February 6 Christopher Thompson / Natalie Barnes
February 7 Jennifer Sampou Wrap up
February 9 Jennifer Sampou Announce Winner. 

thank you again, Jennifer, and Robert Kaufman
for including me in this great tour!!

Friday, January 30, 2015



you know the name
you have probably subscribed for years
do you ever look for the special issue magazines
that this great team
puts out during various times of the year?

there is a great special issue on news stands now
beyond the reef Post and Beam
has written a great introduction
and many of her quilts are featured

there are twenty one projects all in one place
and I am pleased to announce that one of the quilts
Post and Beam
was designed and made by me
and quilted by
Post and Beam quilt by Natalie Barnes
what a great idea it is to look at tradition
with a fresh new perspective
I really enjoyed creating this shifty little log cabin type modern!!

two of the projects in the magazine have kits available to purchase
Piece of Cake and Just a Taste
has made this lovely bundle available for a giveaway!!

just leave a comment
and let me know whether you would rather live in a
log cabin
a mid century modern post and beam home
and why

you know how much we all enjoy reading your comments
please become a follower of the blog
and your email addy will show up for me
or leave your email in your comment if you wouldn't mind
you know, I reply to each and every comment!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Thank you Rose Hughes
for the fun book blog tour

the random number generator
so it will be the grand story of a gift exchange
that we will remember most!
thank you for sharing such a lovely story with us

on another note
I am attending

this week - Thursday through Sunday

please come shop with us
we have a new booth location

BOOTH 312/314

we have lots of new goodies for you!
Carolyn Friedlander
Alison Glass

the book quilts will be on display, also
so please
come to the show and have some fun!




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fast-Piece Applique book giveaway - Rose Hughes

Rose Hughes.

if you are lucky enough to have taken one of her classes
or seen any of her exhibited work

you will understand what I mean
when I say that I am thankful to be able to call her
f r i e n d 

what a great time it is to go fabric shopping with rose
or to sketch on paper napkins over breakfast

don't get me started about getting anywhere near

yes, I am a very lucky girl.

 it was difficult to share only a few projects from the book
you all knew this one below would be one of my favorites
 one of the great things that Rose has done
for this book blog tour
is to design a series of blocks
based upon four letter words that her fans suggested

and then she let each of us select our own word from that list

Fast-Piece Applique by Rose Hughes
**addendum:  pattern is available now!

by leaving a comment below
you will be entered in a drawing to win an e-book
from Martingale/TPP
and a pattern for this block
from Rose Hughes!

just leave me a note telling me one

something you've experienced
during the December holidays, or the New Year celebration
you know
some random act of kindness
or something that touched

and on January 20
the random number generator will select a winner
from the comments

remember, tho, you have all of these other blogs to visit
to visit
to enjoy

Jan 5th-  KISS-- Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Jan 6th - SOUL-- Natalie Barnes

Jan 7th - SEXY --Maddie Kertay

Jan 8th - SWAK-- Teri Lucas-Generation Q
Jan 9th - LEAP-- Mandy Leins
Jan 12th- LUST-- Megan Dougherty
Jan 13th - HUGS-- Jenny Wilding Cardon
Jan 14th - FIRE-- Sam Hunter
Jan 15th - SING -- Rachel Biel-TAFA
Jan 16th -- Rose Hughes

thank you, Rose.... 
for always giving more than expected....

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

t h a n k s g i v i n g t h o u g h t s

t h a n k s g i v i n g

we are all a mix of
friends family culture history

we are a scrap bag of goodness

and our blessings come in the same manner

during this holiday week
let's take a breath

be thankful and grateful and thoughtful
this thanksgiving

take a moment and leave a note of thanks, something you are grateful for
not for a giveaway
not for any reason other than
to give that notion "flight"

I am thankful for all of you!
because of all of you, I can do what it is that I do!!
I am grateful for that...

(photo:  aunt Laura's lamp, my mother's vase, shells from a friend, orchid from a neighbor, candlesticks from my aunt, my mother, and me, painting found along the way, dishes from a friend)