Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy Holidays!

From our house ...

to yours.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Look what just landed on my doorstep.
Santa came early and brought me one of my favorite gifts of all,
Our new fabric line is called Vintage Modern.
I can't wait to start cutting and stitching.
It wouldn't be Christmas without an overdose of sewing going on around here.

As I mentioned in my last post, JOY is my favorite Christmas word this year.  We will have all of our children and grandchildren home for Christmas Eve this year. 
We haven't all been together for Christmas for 8 years. 
That will be pure joy! Crazy with all 23 of us, but the joyful kind of crazy.

It was so heartwarming to read your favorite Christmas words, expressions of love and gratitude you have for the Savior and for your family and friends.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it really got me into the Christmas spirit. 

I wish I could send each of you your very own Christmas gift, but unfortunately I have to pick one winner for the Spring Fling Bed Runner kit.

The winner is:

thedodds:  "My word is LOVE: hoping everyone feels loved this Christmas. 
And a very happy Christmas to you and your loved ones, Bonnie x".

Congratulations, e-mail me your address and I will send your kit right out.

I hope you all enjoyed the Moda Blog Hop and got lots of fun quilting ideas and yummy recipes  to make for the Holiday Festivities.

Merry Christmas.
 May this be a season of JOY for all of you,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Welcome Moda Blog Hoppers!

Today is my day to share my quilt block and recipe for the Moda Blog Hop, but before I do, I want to show you a picture of my new Bed Runner that is appearing in Quilt Magazine this month! 

I wasn't going to blog about it until next week, because the magazine won't be available until then, but I got permission to give you a sneek peek.  (This is only part of the article)  They did a fabulous job on the feature and I just couldn't resist sharing.  

The Bed Runner is called Spring Fling and is made with RUBY charm squares.

I rarely do kits, but we do have the kit for Spring Fling available now on our web site.  We have also just added Ruby Charm Squares!

Now down to business, this Moda Blog Hop is our way of saying "Thank you" to all of you and to give each of you a gift from each of us. 

Just let me say, from the bottom of my heart, I so APPRECIATE the wonderful words of encouragement and kindness you give.  They really mean a lot!

My block is called Raspberry Jelly and is very simple.  You can download the instructions and the recipe here.  It would be quick and easy to stitch a few blocks together to make a hand made gift for someone you love this Christmas. 

My recipe is one of my favorite cakes.  It is called Very Fat Fudge Cake and is worth every calorie, besides we don't count calories at our house in December.  It's just not allowed.

I love it with pecans, but if you would rather, you can sprinkle it with mini choclate chips, coconut or toffee bits.  They are ALL good!

And last of all, one more gift for a lucky winner.
A kit for the Spring Fling Bed Runner!

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas word is this year. 
Mine is Joy.

I will announce the winner on December 13th.
Don't forget to hop on over and visit these lovely ladies today...

                   French General        Oliver + S        Sweetwater        Ellen Luckett Baker

I hope each of you enjoy this special time of year with family and friends and take a minute to celebrate the real reason for the season.
Find Joy in your lives,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Sale!

Even though you are laying on the couch in a semi-coma, digesting all that turkey and pie leftovers, trying to catch up on the sleep you missed on Black Friday, it's time to celebrate Cyber Monday!  Don't worry about getting dressed, you can shop in your Pajamas! 

Hop on over to our website for 40% off PATTERNS with code CYBERSALE!  Perfect gift for all your quilting friends!  Also available are RUBY charm packs.  

You can never have enough RUBY!

Happy Shopping,

Monday, November 21, 2011


I have a plate hanging on my kitchen that says " We are Blessed beyond measure".  As I think about how blessed I am, there are many things on my list, but somewhere near the very top are my precious grand children. 

Last Sunday we were blessed again with a new grand daughter, Lyla.  She is so small and so sweet.  As my family will tell you, newborn babies are my very favorite!  We are so grateful to have this new little one in our family.  She is our 11th grandchild, born in the 11th month of 2011.  She is so much fun to snuggle!

Britton, our oldest grandchild, turns 10 this December. Wow, time sure flies!

Then comes Bailey

and then Aiden,








and now

Her very talented Mom made her this beautiful quilt!

Being a Grandma is the best!

We found out a few weeks ago that we are having our 12th grandchild, a boy, in March of 2012.

So, as you can see, WE are BLESSED beyond measure!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all,

PS - Family photos by Camille, thanks Camille!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's Ruby Tuesday!

Spread the word... It's RUBY Tuesday!

Hop on over to the Create blog and check out the fun celebration on the arrival of RUBY fabric. 
You won't want to miss it!

I have been stitching up a little RUBY myself and I have to say, it is definitely my favorite fabric line so far. (sneak peek of our new line VM coming soon!)

Have you checked your mail for your new Quilt Festival magazine?

I just got mine and was happy to find my new Bed Runner...

What have you been making out of Ruby?  If you haven't started a project yet, you will want to check out the amazing deal on Ruby Fat Quarters over at Create.
Hurry quick before it's gone!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Check this out

Ruby and her friend Betty

Hop on over to the Jolly Jabber.  They are having a great give a way for a RUBY Designer Select Fat Quarter bundle!
Ruby is in stores now.  Don't forget we have new patterns using our RUBY fabric on our web site. 

They are all available as a PDF dowloadable pattern as well.
Have a great day,

Monday, September 26, 2011

Winners & More Celebrating

It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here.  Last week we went to Las Vegas to visit Camille and her family. The boys are growing up way to fast.

 It was a whirlwind 2 days. So much fun,so much work and not much sleeping.  And did I mention, we worked on our new fabric proposal (that was the working and not much sleeping part).  Monday our proposal was submitted and we are pretty excited!

As you all know, Tuesday was my day for the Moda Country Fair Blog Hop...

...and then on Saturday we had my Mom's 85th Birthday Party in my yard.  Thank goodness the weather was good because there were 79 of us to cook burgers for and we got to enjoy a wonderful BBQ outside! 

My Mom is an amazing woman and I hope to be like her someday! 
She has aged with such grace and is a great example to all of us.

THANKS to all of you for your kind and creative comments! 
And THANKS for taking the time to stop in for the Moda Blog Hop. 

I am not sure what color was the winner for favorite, but
For the Ruby Fabric and Moda goodies...
...Our Winners are...

Erma Reed  who said "I really love gray lately, mixes well with so many colors!  Especially the red and aqua in Ruby, which happens to be one of my favorite lines!"
and Tamara who said " I loved all of your fair pictures, especially when you were a little girl on the cow, it was great. Next time I'm at the fair I'll have to try the funnel cake, they looked yummy. The colors of fabric I'm usually looking for lately are the fall colors, orange, greens, and browns, but I love all the bright fun colors that look so happy. I especially loved your christmas quilts. The colors were fantastic and the quilts turned out beautiful. I loved seeing all your pictures, thanks for sharing them with everyone. I also loved your ruby slippers, cute idea.

I am also giving three more winners my 4 new patterns and some RUBY mini charm packs! 
They go to:
Sharon, who said: "I love your push pin tutorial! I'll have to make some of these! Thank you, also, for a chance to win Ruby! Red is one of my favorites that I like to have on hand and is what my eyes tend to search for. Red is such a happy and cheerful color! Although, I love all colors."
lesliequilt who said:  "RED!!!! I have been wanting to do a red quilt for my bed and just haven't found the collection that makes my heart beat faster - RUBY is it! I can't wait to get me some... "

GWEN who said : "Usually, the color that I tend to buy is blue-- but I also LOVE crimson red! And I would LOVE to be the winner of your Ruby prize!! My Grandmother's name was Ruby, so that would make winning even MORE special! :-) Thanks for sharing-- those slippers are adorable and would make the perfect Christmas "extra"! :-) "

Congratulations to the winners!  Please e-mail me your addresses so I can send out your goodies.

Make sure you check out  Julie from Cosmo Crickets  blog today and keep on hoppin.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Moda Country Fair Blog Hop 2011

(photo shamelessly stolen from my daughter Camille)

Welcome to my day on the Moda Country Fair Blog Hop!
This is totally giving my age away, but oh well. When Lissa told us we were doing a blog hop with a Country Fair theme, this is the first picture I thought of.

  I grew up on a farm and my two older brothers always had 4-H cows they entered in the fair. 
This was my lucky day, I got to be in the newspaper AND it was actually published on my birthday!

NO, I don't have cows now!
Milking cows growing up was not all that fun, although I do appreciate learning the value of hard work. 
Yes, we do have two horses we ride occasionally.

My husband also grew up on a farm and they raise horses.  They have big draft horses.  So once a year I dress up in my cowgirl duds and go to our State Fair to help his family show their horses.  
My job is to take pictures. 

Sunny and Sam

My niece got a blue ribbon for competing in the wagon driving.

Another niece and nephew also got ribbons for driving the horses. 

We had a great day looking at all the animals and displays, but the best part is always the food.

That brings me to the first question Lissa asked us to answer...

What is your favorite fair food?

Mine is Funnel Cake.  Sooooo gooood!  Wish I had one right now.

Next question:  What is your guilty pleasure?
M and M's, fudge, chocolate cream pie, brownies, chocolate pecan carmel apples...

...anything CHOCOLATE!

I could have had a Caramel Apple at the fair too, it was a tough choice,
but the funnel cake was plenty of sugar for one day.

Next question:  What is on your bucket list?

I have never been on a cruise before, so when I was asked to teach a class on the Moda Cruise, of course I had to say yes!  I wasn't sure a cruise would ever be crossed off my bucket list.

Come join us, it's not to late!

I have two Country Fair projects.  This is the project that I talked about on the video.  It is a pattern you can purchase on our website
 These rice bags are what every quilter needs.  You can heat them in the microwave or put them in the freezer to sooth all those aching neck muscles you get from sitting at the sewing machine to long. 
Great gift for all your quilting friends.


For my free project, I made Yo-Yo Push Pins.
They are so fast and easy.

You will need:
3 1/4" fabric circle
1 1/4" circle of cardboard
thumb tack - large or small
needle and thread
button for center
hot glue

 Mark center of fabric circle with a pen. 
Fold raw edge of circle under 1/4" to wrong side.  Hand gather around the edge.

 Hot glue thumb tack to center of cardboard as photo shows above.  Poke tack point into wrong side of fabric at center dot.  Pull gathering thread tight pulling fabric over cardboard circle. Knot.

Hot glue a button in the center of your yo-yo.

Make some yo-yo push pins for all your friends!

You could also use them on hand bags, on hair bows, as magnets, on gift tags,
on handmade cards, as a pin on your sweater or even glued on a frame (minus the tack in some instances). 
The possibilities are endless. 
You might even want to use them to embellish some

This is one of our new patterns hot off the press!
Check out all of our NEW Patterns here or on our website.  We also have them as PDF downloads here.
They are all available as of today.

Oh, and I have some RUBY fabric and Moda goodies to give a way!   
(Thank you Moda)
Ruby will be coming to a store near you any day now. 

To enter, leave a comment telling me what color of fabric you can't leave the store without.
As you might already know, I am a little partial to RED, Ruby Red.
I will announce the winners on September 26th.

Hope you are having a great time on the MODA Cowwwnty Fair Blog Hop!
(Cheesy I know, but I couldn't resist using this picture)

This is my husband at the Fair - now that is a big cow, I'll bet her name is Princess.

Don't forget to hop on over to  Cabagges and Roses tomorrow to see what goodies they have in store! 

Happy Country Fair to you all.