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Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuesday deal of the Day

Today's deal of the day is the book Bold and Beautiful--Artful quilts from just one fabric.  Whether you are dipping your toes in the world of art quilts, or if you just have a gorgeous piece of fabric that you hate to cut up, this book offers design possibilities that make your quilt a one-of-a-kind design.
Bold and Beautiful - Artful Quilts From Just One Fabric by Judi Dains

Suggested retail is $26.99.  Until midnight Tuesday (central time), we are offering this book for $15.00.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Updates....and deal of the day!

As the remodel of the family room comes to a close, let me just say I am thankful.  Hubs and I always guesstimate how much time we "think" it will take, and it is usually double.  We get into a project and decide to do more....the next thing you know, it's Spring!

While I have still been longarming for customers, not much action in the studio on the personal front.  I did get this finished in time for Valentine's Day.....
Be My Valentine

I hope to get more done soon.....going on vacation with a good friend, and I intend to have a bunch of handwork for the car ride.  It will be great fun catching up and spending some much missed time together.  She is a kindred spirit to me.  I wish we lived next door to each other.  We could get in serious trouble together!  *grin*

Now on to our deal of the day.  We will leave this deal available until Monday at midnight central time.

Suggested retail for this is $30.50.  For our deal of the day, we will be offering it for $17.00  There are 16 projects and over 190 blocks.  Projects included include Greenbriar, Holy Thistle, Mercer Lane, Miss Kim Pinkeeper, Inkberry Pinkeeper, House Pinkeeper, Uniontown Square, Birdsong, Ginger Grove, Acorn Pinkeeper, Elephant Pinkeeper, Milkweed Pinkeeper, Simply delicious Pinkeeper, Dog Days Pinkeeper, Aimee Rabbit Pinkeeper.  I've made a couple of the pinkeeper patterns as blocks.  Limited supply.  No backorders.  Once inventory is depleted, sale is over.

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wool Sale Extended

We had a little "hiccup" with the website.  The Wool link wasn't working on the front page.  Because of this, we will be extending our Wool Sale through January 17.

All wool orders will be 15% off.  If your order is over $50, you will receive either the 15% off or FREE SHIPPING, whichever is greater.  Add a wool pattern, and the pattern will be discounted to 40% off suggested retail price! apologize for our little goof-up, making finding that wool like an Easter Egg Hunt, we will also be offering a Buy 4, get 1 free on soaps and candles.  (The lower priced soap or candle will be the free one.)  So, buy 4 bars of soap, get the 5th free---buy 4 candles, get the 5th free.

Here's a link to our website:

Happy Shopping!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2015's a secret!

Hubs has a birthday coming in the next few weeks.  He is a big Philadelphia Eagles fan.  (Yes, it makes for some interesting football games when they are playing my Chicago Bears....)  So, I ordered a bolt of this fun fabric and have been sewing away making him all kinds of silly stuff for his birthday.

Boxers and a welding cap.  I figured it might be a little much if I made him a case for his tablet, too, or some slippers.  We will see what I end up with....

Here is a sneak peak of a little something else I am working on.  I'm only about halfway done.  Will be loading back onto the longarm today.

Just trying to keep myself busy in this extremely cold weather.  What about you???


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Some Kinda Special....

Some kinda special just left.  He has been here since Tuesday night.  He is quite the little time bandit.  Needless to say, I got two welding caps done, and that is it!  He smiles all the time and definitely knows how to work the least he can work this one!

My pattern came for the Stitch A Long.  I'm excited to pick out my fabrics and start getting everything cut out.  While I was waiting, I did start doodling out a project for Valentine's Day.  I will probably make it before I actually start stitching on the Stitch A Long project.  As a way to celebrate, I will be doing a giveaway.  Comment on this post by midnight Sunday.  You must be a blog follower on my blog.  I will draw the winner Monday morning and you will get this pattern....

It finishes at around 9" square.  These little wool candle mats are great little accents to your holiday table decor.  Hopefully, you will win it and be able to get it done in time for Easter.  Isn't it just darling?

And....just in case you aren't the happy about another shipping special?  I am offering 15% discount on all wool fat quarters through Sunday at midnight as well.  If your order is over $50, I will give you FREE SHIPPING instead.  (US shipping only)

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Oh, Facebook.....

I can get in a lot of trouble of Facebook.  There are so many great sewing/stitching groups to join.  I have met a lot of awesome quilters.  Heck, I've even ended up being friends with quilters who know my family in West Virginia.  It has truly been a ride.

The two stitch-alongs I joined were from Facebook.

Most of us are doing the applique in wool.  

Then, I have another FB friend who says her Hubs came in her sewing room and gave her grief about how messy it was.  I offered her some simple advice--go into his garage and offer to tidy up.  If he keeps it clean, offer to run his tools through the dishwasher.  Hey, I'm just here to help!  (Of course, this is probably why the Hubs and I have agreed to stay out of each others' space...)

I did get to spend some time in the sewing studio yesterday.  I made more surgical caps for Nurse Daughter to take to work.  Since OSU is playing Alabama in the big game on New Year's, it is only appropriate the surgical staff is able to show their spirit.

The other ones are just for fun.

Then, I made the bib for "some kinda special".  Nana shouldn't be the only one with a Challenger!  :)

He needs to be all stylin on Sunday for our Christmas celebration, so I have given him the hook-up.

That's it.  Now, I need to go make some cheesecakes and start marinating and cooking for tomorrow.


Friday, December 26, 2014

It's that time of year....

Everyone starts making New Year's Resolutions.  I've never been a "resolution maker".  However, as I reflect on this past year--I really didn't take enough time for myself.  Hubs and I have worked a LOT.  In the past few months, we have gutted our bedroom, pulled up all the carpeting, installed California shelving in the closets, painted, etc.  We have done the same in the wall of closets going down the hallway....installed a new chandelier in the Living Room.....painted the dining room.....the list just goes on.  My sewing studio is dusty.  How does one get dusty?  LACK OF USE!!!

My longarm special in October had me quilting away for everyone's Christmas presents.  As I went through one quilt after another, I felt a pity party coming on since I will only be giving one quilt this year.  Oh woe is me.  Not really.  My life is filled with so many blessings that I have absolutely nothing to be pitied for.  We are healthy, happy and our kids are all truly blessed.

That being said.....Hubs and I have set some goals for this year.  *NOTE*  I did NOT say resolutions.  I don't resolve to quit smoking, lose weight, make more money....all of those things you hear when a reporter runs around the mall asking....  I do intend to take more time for myself and spend it in that studio that has gotten dusty.  We do intend to get the business jump-started this year.  And, last, but certainly not least....we do intend to get moved.  January will find us gutting the family room.  Once that is completed, the house goes back *groan* *sigh* up on the market.  We hate being so far away from the kids and not getting to spend time with the grandkids.  With another due in February and another "some kinda special" that blessed us right before Thanksgiving, we want to be those grandparents that spoil them all rotten.  We don't know how long we will have "some kinda special", but we want him to feel genuine love and what a family is all about.

So, no resolutions.  Just goals.  Achievable goals.

Enough of the is a pic of the quilt I made for one of the granddaughters.  She has a grey and white bedroom with pink accents....all done up in elephants.  This wholecloth was to hold her over until I got the embroidery work done for the second quilt.  This is also the quilt that attracted the Taco Bell stains the other day.

I don't even like Taco Bell.  I never eat there.  Hubs was being sweet and brought it home to keep me from having to cook lunch.  Now, I have even more reason not to like it.  Good news is, though, my powerful little stainkiller knocked those stains right out!  We have a clean, freshly washed quilt to give to the granddaughter on Sunday.

This is a close-up of the center.  These pics are of a wet quilt.  I just couldn't wait once the washer was done, to make sure those stains were gone.  I did half the binding.  Hubs did the rest.  He wanted to be able to say he helped.  I'm sure there will be something about it the step-diva doesn't like.  I'm not being the Indian culture it is considered bad luck for the trunk of the elephant of the trunk to be down, rather than up.  Suffice it to say, this may end up in a closet.  :)

Well, I'm off to the studio to organize a little and wipe some dust off.  I have signed up for a quilt-a-long for the new year and need to be able to jump in once my patterns arrive.

Don't forget about the shipping special through the rest of the year........


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas all!

It's been a while since I have posted.....but, life has thrown us some awesome curveballs.  From our house to yours....Merry Christmas!

 My little Christmas present.....
This one was from Thanksgiving

This is another one from Thanksgiving.  My half of the Brady Bunch.

We are doing Christmas with our kids on Sunday, so I'm sure you will have to suffer through more pics of the family.  :)

I actually HAVE gotten some stitching done.  Will post pics tomorrow.  I even finished one of the quilts for the granddaughter.  Of course, while binding yesterday, I may have gotten Taco Bell goop all over it.  We are about to try out my favorite stain remover...1 part Dawn blue dish soap to 3 parts white vinegar.  Cross your fingers!

To atone for not having posted for a few months....I will offer a FREE SHIPPING special on the website.  All orders over $50 will receive free shipping. This will run through New Years's Eve.

Have a blessed holiday!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I sound like a football player, don't I?  I know the next thing you expect to hear is "hike".  Well, it is actually my piece count so far on the new wool project I am cutting out.  Can you guess what it is going to be?  The brown is not the background.  I just used it to lay the pieces on.  There are 8 strips of brown, 16 leaves, 32 flower petals and 84 berries.  This is a wool project I have wanted to make for a long time.  I'm going on a mini-vacation and wanted to have the pieces cut out just in case......never fear, those 84 berries are going into a ziploc bag, so I don't have to cut them out again!  It sure doesn't "look" like 84 berries.

And this pic is everything I need for a good time.  I actually have all four sizes of the Karen K. Buckley applique scissors.  The serration on the blades really helps with accurate cutting.  I just love these--so much, in fact, that I keep them well hidden.  I have 'decoy' scissors in my basket on the sewing table for those occasions when the Hubs thinks he will sneak in and borrow them--like yesterday.  The wool applique needles are a "must have".  I've tried the other needles.  I will stick with these.  Carpenters say, "you are only as good as your tools".  Well, I believe the same is true for quilters.  There are just some specialty items that I find essential to getting the desired look.  There are places to scrimp and save, but cutting is not one of them!  There's nothing worse than wonky, jagged uneven cuts.  The little pink-handled scissors actually have a slight curve in the tip of the blade.  These made the little berries a dream.  The berries are approx. 1/2".  If you have ever tried cutting out those little pieces with regular scissors, you will completely understand.  All three scissors were used to cut out this project.

When I ordered Gabbie (longarm #2), I ordered new leaders for Gammie (longarm #1).  The old ones were a bit dirty and I was concerned they were sightly stretched as well.  So, when I took the old leaders off, I gave the canvas to the Hubs aka Fred Sanford.  I knew he would eventually find a use for them.  Yesterday, he sneaks into the sewing studio and grabs scissors from the decoy basket.  They were absconded to the garage, and I haven't seen them since.  I will feign irritation and demand they be returned--that's how I roll.  :)  He used the canvas this weekend to make himself a pouch (can't think of a good word to describe it) to carry wood in for the woodburner without getting dirt/bark/leaves all over the floor.  All I can say here is--FINALLY!  At least the scissors came from the decoy basket.

Last weekend, Bambino got into some briars.  Hubs, again, snuck into the sewing studio and absconded with a small pair of scissors to cut the briars out.  Alas, the decoy basket was effective in securing the safety of my good scissors.  Can you imagine if he had started going through my drawers, etc. to find something?  There could have been trouble.  He might have actually seen that my stash is "slightly" larger than he thought.  Another reason every quilter should have a decoy basket--in plain view--to avoid detection of other novel secrets!

So, there is my tip of the week.  Do with it what you will.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Money is no object to me.....Sweetest Day

Hubs does all of our grocery shopping.  I hate shopping.  I don't care if it is for groceries, clothes, just doesn't matter.  If I need something new, I go in--grab it--and get out!  The agreement is I will cook whatever he brings home.  (As you will recall, that is how I ended up with the duck!!!!!)

So, this morning I have sent him out to the grocery store and told him that "money is no object".  We don't have enough of a 'selection' in the pantry when I stand in front of the door trying to figure out what to fix for dinner.....and it drives me crazy.  I also have a rule--everything has to have at least one backup in the cabinets.  i.e.  If we open a jar of mayo, there needs to be one in the pantry as a backup.  You may think it is a little much to expect, but remember when you were making potato salad/devilled eggs/burgers and ran out of mayo.  Well, there's my point.  What would you do if it was the toilet paper that didn't have a backup????  OK, I'm done proving my point.  Dang, I should have been a lawyer!  LOL

To change the is Sweetest Day.  Don't forget to do a little something for a sweetie in your life.  I got mine some clothes.  (You have never seen anyone who can pick out clothes and get checked out so quickly at the department store.  Again, hate the whole shopping thing.)  Do you need some ideas?  Check out this link...

Yeah, it is probably a holiday made up by candy companies and florists to get us shopping in a lull business time, but it is a good reminder to not take special people in your life for granted.

Our longarm special is still going on all month.  For more details you can go here:

Well, I am off to spend my glamourous day cleaning and then, I think I will play with some wool.  Going to cut out a Christmas project so I have something to do while we watch the football game.  I will have to put my little prim project on hold until I finish this wool table mat for Christmas.  Want to make sure I get it done in time to decorate.

Have a blessed day!

P.S.  I forgot to remind you.  Today and tomorrow are the last days for the Columbus Day (week) sale.

For more info, click here:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Longarm Special!

Christmas is creeping up on us.  Don't be a naysayer--really, we only have TEN more Saturdays until Christmas!  Can you believe it?  I feel like I was just out working in my garden.  (Really, I was!)  Are you making quilts to give this Christmas?

We have a LOT of wide backs in stock.  Why wide backs?  First, there is no labor.  You just cut off your yardage and go.  Second, it is more economical.  Three yards of wide back (108" x 108") will do up to a queen-size quilt.  That is approximately $45-48, depending on the backing you pick.  Nine yards of regular fabric that you would have to piece at $8 per yard.  Well, that is $72!!!!  The quality of wide backing is the same of the regular quilting fabrics.  I choose not to piece whenever possible.  Third, you don't have to worry about squaring up the back.  When you piece, there is always that chance that your backing won't turn out square.  Give them a try.  You won't be disappointed.

To "motivate" you to finish those tops and be ready for Christmas, we are offering a Longarm Special for the month of October.  If you haven't brought a quilt to us in the last three months, we will give you HALF OFF your batting.  (We carry the Quilters Dream products.)  Never fear, if you have brought a quilt to us in the last three months, you will still receive 25% off your batting.  Quilts can be dropped off or mailed in.  We return them via USPS Priority Mail when they are mailed in.  They are automatically tracked and insured by USPS, and we have never had a problem with them getting lost or damaged in the mail.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get those tops finished and get them in.  This offer is good for US customers only.  Turnaround time is usually 1-2 weeks.  We are taking allover quilting designs for this offer only--no custom quilting.

....and don't forget our book/pattern sale going on this week.  See yesterday's post for that.  Maybe you can find a quick Christmas pattern???

Have a blessed day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day Sale!

It's a SALE!  On all pattern orders received Monday through Sunday this week, receive 50% off manufacturers suggested retail price!  We change the price charged before we hit your credit card.

This offer is subject to availability, no backorders and will be given on all books/patterns in the shop.

Have a great Columbus Day week!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Girls day!

So, last weekend "M" and I made some scrubs for her to wear to work.  It was too much fun.  We just kept picking more and more fabrics we wanted to use--I cut--she sewed--and she ended up with five tops and two more that needed finished.  Here's what we accomplished:

 Yeah, so I pretty much snagged this from her FB wall.  I forgot to take pics before she left.  The orange one is bats.  Bottom left is really a light yellow fabric with the cutest paisleys.  Pink one is fabric from Peace Love Joy fabric line....and then there are the pumpkins and of course the OSU one.  Won't she be festive?

Then there is the matter of the prim quilt.  As you can see, I haven't gotten much done on it this week.  Hubs is working me like I am Amish and there has been no time for fun.  Maybe tomorrow.....

Why wait until tomorrow?  Well, today is Girls Day!  Princess Daughter, Daughter-In-Law and "Adopted" daughter are all coming out to make candles.  I have little care packages for them to take home with their candles.  Princess Daughter gets the scrubs caps and they all get some of the latest batches of soaps....Strawberry Shortcake, Red Clay Facial Soap and Black Magic.

After we are done soapmaking, we are going to the big city to go to the Italian Festival.  We will eat our way through the festival and hopefully Stella Bella and her parents are meeting us there.  I must remember to take my camera!  While us girls are having our little day together, Hubs is going with Stella Bella to pick out her own personal pumpkin.

What are YOU doing today?  Hope it is a blessed one!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

How to turn a bad day into a really good one.....

I started to write this post once before, and Hubs thought it made him look like an ogre.  So, I will give it the old girl scout try...again. He wasn't at fault, sorta.  I was having a really bad morning.  Had to fast before getting some medical tests done.  No coffee and had to get up at 5 am to go for the tests.  Forgot my insurance card, so had to drive all the way home, then back to get the blood work done.  It is now noon, and I haven't eaten since 6 pm the night before.  So, I may have been a tad *ouchy*.  After the medical tests were all done, I decided "we" would go fishing.  (Now, that's the nicest way I can put it.)

So, we loaded up the fishing gear and went to Momma's to let her know we were going out to her lake house to do some fishing.  She couldn't join us because she had to pick up our nephew from school.  After she picked him up, they moseyed (is that a word??) out to join us.  He had been fishing before, but had never caught a fish.  I got to be there for his first!

 He is such a little cutie patootie!  He is usually quiet and doesn't say a whole lot.  See how skinny that little dock is?  Well, it was just me and him....talking and fishing.  I don't get to see him much, so for me, this was just the most awesome day.
Did I mention he caught more than one fish?  He was so excited that he kept catching fish.  It was just magical.  There is nothing like a child who feels excited over an accomplishment.

 Then, there was this.  Momma is such a workaholic that she never just does nothing.  By the end of the day, she was even putting her own worms on her hook.  I've been taking her to places she has wanted to go and spending time with her doing just nothing.  With Pops being gone, I worry about her dwelling on being alone.  As you can see.....she is flourishing.  She got to spend time with her grandson doing absolutely nothing....and, of course, her awesome daughter.  My cup runneth over.  :)
 Then, there is this.  We live in a subdivision.  We have been overrun the last few days by wild turkeys!  There is an inside joke with some of my Quilters Hollow quilty friends about these guys, so I have had a great time posting their pics on Facebook.
 They came back this morning....during the SNOW.  They love the red berries growing wild along the fence row.  Between the turkeys, the snow, and the cold, I felt like I should be up making Thanksgiving dinner!  Pumpkin pie anyone??
Today, Prodigal Son and his girlfriend are here.  We will be making candles, sewing scrubs and watching the football game together.  Life is good.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wool....glorious wool!

The pumpkins are out.  The mums are blooming.  The leaves on the trees are starting to transform into beautiful hues of red, daffodil and rust.  Fall is here.  I love the smell of the leaves and walking through piles while they rustle under my feet.  A nice fire in the pit, with a mug of frothy cocoa....the beauty of my favorite time of year.  There is nothing like watching a good football game with some hand-stitching on your lap.

Wool is by far one of the easier mediums to practice applique.  Whether it is by hand or machine, wool is very forgiving.  For me, personally, wool projects seem to go a little quicker.  I dunno why....they just do.  Maybe it is the excitement.  Whether your tastes lean toward the more traditional or modern, there is a wool pattern out there for you.  Wool is also very easy to create your own patterns with.  Just draw out your favorite shapes and cut them out.  Easy peasy!

I've stacked a few of our wool fat quarters to show you just how beautiful they can be.

So many colors and textures to choose from.  So, for this weekend only, I am offering half-price shipping on all of our wools.  Here is the link to wools on the website.  I've left the pictures large, so you can see the actual pattern of each piece.

Don't forget to vote for us on the Chase website using your Facebook account!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Prim Progress

Have you ever heard the expression "Slow and Steady wins the race"?  Well, that's how I am feeling with my hand applique quilt.  It's coming along slowly.....

I had to fold it in half to get the clothespins to hold it to the clothesline.  Don't worry, there isn't anything else done to it, but the stems.  I haven't had the time to hand applique in quite a while.  I really enjoy it, and have forgotten just how much!

New wide backings came in.  I hope to get them uploaded to the website today or tomorrow.  I love it when customers use the wide sure helps a longarmer out.  That's why I carry so many of them.  Much easier for the quilter and the longarmer.  It's a win-win situation!

Aren't they just divine?

I purchased a bunch of new allover designs for "Gabby" (the computerized Statler) a few months ago.  I got bored and wanted to spice up my world.  Customer "K" and I put one on one of her latest quilts.  She was kind enough to e-mail a pic after it was bound.

I love the "flirtiness" of the curves.  I think I am going to have to make a quilt just to show this one off.

I have a customer coming in a bit, so I will have to catch up with you more later.  Wait until you see some of my new wools!!!!  They are great compliments to the ones I already stock.

I hate to beat an old drum, but I will.....PLEASE, OH PLEASE, go to this website and vote for me!  I'm really excited about qualifying and need all the help I can get with the voting.  I'm not even close!!!!  Share with all your friends....offer free whatever you have to a girl out!

Hey.....maybe that's what I will do.....

IF I GET THE 250 VOTES, I WILL POST A CONTEST ON MY BLOG.  I will give a quilt away--pulling the winner from the people who post a comment.  Ready----Set----Go!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sure, I "could" finish another UFO, but.....

I'm really enjoying all this hand work!  I have a basket in the studio that has projects I would like to make someday.  It is getting, well, ummmm, kind shall we say it.....FULL!  I am determined to finish one before I allow myself to put another in.  The new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine came.  I have to leave it on the coffee table, because I am not allowed to put it in that poor basket.  ROFL  So, I pulled out one of the patterns.  I've cut out all of my freezer paper and made the background to which I will be doing all this hand applique.  Here's my start:

As you can see from the needle hanging from one of the stems, I am still a work in progress.  I'm almost done with the one I am stitching right now, and there is one last one basted.  Then, all of the stems will be done.  I sure hope the Hubs wants to watch football Thursday night!  I can sit and stitch right beside him!

Having that For Sale sign in the yard kept me from doing too much decorating.  I pulled out the fall quilts I could find and did a little decorating Monday.  Surely, you have seen them all before.

 Harvest Time is still my all-time favorite quilt.

So, that's it.  I'm pretty boring these days.  I've been longarming like mad.  Speaking of which, if you have quilts in mind for Christmas, get them to me as soon as possible.  I hate disappointing anyone, and there are only 99 days until Christmas....less than 18 Fridays!!!!!!

Also, please don't forget to vote for me on the Chase Bank Mission Main Street site.  I need 250 votes to make it to the next round, and I have the next round already licked!  $150K would put me in that building and I have been waiting way too long to get there!!!  (You do have to vote with your facebook login, but Chase bank will not share the info.)  Also, if you could share the link and encourage your quilty friends to vote for me, too....I will be forever indebted to you!