Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quilt Market Photos Day 1 Part 1

Hello Everyone,

Well, my friend Pam and I had a fantastic time at Quilt Market in Houston. We came back with a bit of a surprise... we'll reveal at a later date. But first, I am sure that you will all want to see pictures. Well, I have them and I have to break them down into several posts so make sure you check back often.

Our first picture is of Pam and my feet. They were weary after Schoolhouse. Can you tell we like the same socks. They are Sol-Mate Socks, mismatched on purpose and you can get them from the sock lady, just click here.

The next photo is of Laura and Michelle, the owners of Quilting by The Yard. They are friends of ours and they are patiently waiting with us to get into the ever popular Sample Spree. Note all the people. We were lined up here at 5:30 for an 8:00 opening!!

Here are the people 1st in line....

Here is a peek inside at the Moda table. I affectionately dubbed this the Moda Menagerie. Look how fast everyone is moving!!

Here we are the next morning waiting for the Market floor to open. The lobby was packed and people were coming down the escalators in droves.

Here is my friend Pam and I patiently waiting.... 

One of our first stops was at the Melly and Me booth. Here is Rosalie and Melanie. So nice!! Their booth was fantastic. Lots of flossies and beautiful quilts.

Here you can see Holly Holderman at her Lakehouse booth. What a pleasure it was to speak with her. She has a fantastic fabric company and wonderful designers doing wonderful things for her. Her booth was, as always beautiful.

If you have been following her blog, here is the pretty dresses quilt. Really sweet in person!!

This last picture for this post is of me and Glenna Hailey of Holly Hock Quilts. What a sweet heart! She was doing a demo of fusing rick rack. Fantastic and a terrific idea! Thanks Glenna!

Check back soon for lots more photos! I promise you will not be disappointed. These were just the tip of the iceberg!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!


Friday, October 17, 2008

Thought You Might Like to See...

Hello Everyone,

Well, I am also on the countdown to Quilt Market! I usually go to Houston every year. I have not gone to spring market yet. It usually is out on the west coast, but this spring it will be in Pittsburgh, so I may go. But anyway, I am looking forward to next week it is always fun. This year it will be more fun, because...

Since last year, I started blogging right after Quilt Market, I have met lots of great people in blog land and am hoping to meet them at Market this year. That also means my blogiversary is coming up... hint be on the look out! 

But I have been busy and will continue to be busy up until Market. I have posted my October Newsletter. Go take a look!   I also uploaded some new pictures of customer quilts too, right here.

Now to the heart of my post. Last weekend, we went to my niece's 4th birthday party. Yes, I gave her a quilt, of course! But while we were there we stayed at my Mom and Dad's. I had the opportunity to take pictures of some of the 1st quilts that I had made. These quilts were of course given to them.  When you see them, you will notice there is not much quilting on them. They were before I became a long arm quilter. I quilted them mostly in the ditch.

Here goes...

This one was for Mom, it was a Quilt In A Day pattern, Winning Hand. Fun to piece.

This one was a golf theme quilt for dad. I actually think I did this one after I got my long arm. The pattern is Yellow Brick Road by Terri Atkinson. It is a great quick quilt to make as a gift.

This one was for my parents. Also a Quilt In A Day, Courthouse Steps. Very similar to a log cabin. This was truly one of my first. It was a king size. I quilted it on my little home machine therefore it truly lacks quilting. I suppose I could add more to it now.

I had one more picture, but for some reason it did not come out on my camera, sorry! 

Next time, I will show you some wonderful fabrics Mom and Dad brought back from China for me. Really beautiful silks! Thanks Mom and Dad.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Quilt Show Slide Show

Edit:  I just wanted to make sure that everyone is knows to press the play button for the slideshow. It is a short one with some wonderful quilts! So go ahead take a peek.


Every 2 years the quilt guild that I belong to has a quilt show. Last weekend was the show and I wanted to share with you some pictures that I took. I think you will agree that these quilts are beautiful! 

Some of the quilts were invitational quilts from Judy Niemeyer and Barbara McKie. Others are from our guild members. This is my second attempt at a slide show and I added SOUND again, so turn on your volume, sit back and enjoy! Oh and don't forget to click the play button.

I also have added some new pictures here in the gallery of my website. I think you will find the quilting on these really nice. They are from a wonderful customer who always brings me lovely quilts.

I promise to work on my newsletter this weekend and get it sent out via e-mail. If you haven't subscribed and would like to just go here to do so. You can read the current one online.

Please let me know how you like the slide show. I would love to hear your thoughts. I am using our new Mac to make them and it is really easy, but I am just curious what you think.

Until next time, happy quilting,


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Book Finds


Just a short post to show you some great book finds. With winter slowly approaching, I surely could use some new reading. I found two short novels, I assume they will be quick reads leaving me plenty of time to quilt. Anyway, check them out on Amazon or your favorite book store.

The first is for the cat or just plain animal lover. The story is about Dewey. Dewey is a cat who was abandoned as a kitten at a library in their book drop. He was subsequently found by the librarian the next morning with frostbitten paws. He was nursed back to health and lived in the library as a resident filling people with tons of happiness. Isn't Dewey cute?  I can't wait to start reading this one.

The next one is a "to do" book. This is Glenna Hailey's new book. She has some spectacular projects in this book to start on during the winter. Great eye candy too! Thanks, Glenna for writing a wonderful book.

Last but not least, for those of you who follow Sylvia Compton and the Elm Creek Quilters, here is the latest installment. It is a short book (seasonal). It even has recipes in it! But we can see what Sylvia and the gang is up to in the kitchen. I hope that apple strudel recipe is included!!

Now I need to see which I will conquer first. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!!


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Great Mail and a Wonderful Quilting Class


What a busy week I have had! I have posted new pictures here of beautiful customer quilts. Busily working to get them back to customers for the upcoming holidays. Also, I have been sewing the rows together on my mystery quilt, not quite there yet only 3 more rows then I will have a picture for you. I have also been slow in getting my October newsletter out, I promise this week.

Also, I received some lovely mail this week. I received this lovely package from Renee at Liberty Star. Thank you Renee. I just love it! It came wrapped just like this:

Then I opened it to find this wonderful sewing kit. Great to take with you to class or retreat or just to keep at home.

This is some of the inside. Lovely... thanks again Renee.

I also received this wonderful new pattern and 1/2 yard of fabric from Pat Sloan for participating in her virtual retreat. I love the pattern and the fabric.  Thanks so much Pat!

My friend Pam and I took a wonderful class from Laurie Shifrin, the Batik Beauty herself!! What a fabulous teacher!! Lots of tips and techniques. The class we took was one of her new patterns Mango Tango. Great Fun! Although, I don't have pictures of what I was working on (batteries were low), I was able to get pictures of her showing her quilts from her newest book to be released November 1!!! It is called Batik Gems. The quilts are absolutely gorgeous. 

Unfortunately, her 1st 2 books Batik Beauties and Batiks and Beyond are out of print. If you can find them somewhere scoop them up! If not you can e-mail Laurie directly as she has some and can autograph them for you. But her newest book, from C & T Publishing is going to be a sure hit. 

Without further ado, I put together a slide show... my first so I would love feed back. This slideshow presents all the quilts included in Laurie's new book. Please let me know if you like the slideshow and if you have any problems viewing. Turn your volume on, I actually put it to music.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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