Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Scrumptious New Patterns

It's that time of year, yes, Quilt Market is just around the corner!  
So that means it's time for
 NEW patterns and a 
NEW fabric collection to show.

In between all the craziness going on over here... (and let me say thank you, thank you, thank you again for the amazingly nice and thoughtful comments and things that keep 
appearing in my mailbox.  
I am so humbled.  You will never know how much it means!)

...I have been able to fit some stitching in.

Our new fabric line is called "Scrumptious". 

  We, as in my daughter Camille and I, have been working on our new patterns using our "Scrumptious" fabric collection.  We will be introducing our new fabric and patterns at the International Quilt Market, May 17, in Portland, Oregon.
The fabric will ship to quilt stores in September.  

I wish I could snap my fingers and it would be here now, 
its much to hard to wait...

all of my new patterns are available NOW on my website as paper patterns or PDF's.

So here they are...

 My first New Pattern is called 

We have six yummy solids in this line, 

so the lime green block really pops.

A shout out to Andrea, who did a beautiful job quilting this quilt.
Thank you so much Andrea!

Moda will be offering this quilt as a kit and I couldn't be more excited about that! 
Make sure you ask your local shops to order them for you!

I have always loved Dresden blocks.

These are made with Charm Squares, so they are super easy to cut. 

 I combined the lime green lattice block with the Dresden block to make Sweet.  74" x 86".

This signature print is one of my favorite pieces in the line, so I used it for the back.

When I hear the word scrumptious, I immediately think of something yummy you might find in a 
bakery or candy store, 
so I knew right away I wanted to make something with 
cupcakes on it.

 Next up is  "Cupcakes".  

A table runner 22" x 40" and some coasters to match.

 I used the Moda pre-cut Honeycombs and it made this project super simple.

I used the stripes for the swirly frosting...

...and buttons for the cherry on top!
A great party runner.

This "Poppies" quilt was so much fun to make, the courtyard steps are so simple with a 

jelly roll and the solid red centers really pop. 

The poppy blocks are easy too, don't be afraid of the curved edge petal.  
The pieces are large and curve easily.  

The flower blocks have a 16-patch scrappy center cut from the jelly roll as well. 

It is a nice size - 74" x 90"

I will have some close-ups of this quilt next week, so be sure to check back.

and last but not least,  "Baby Love".

The dots in this line are so much fun, I decided to make this quilt using all 
five of the polka-dot fat eighths and
 one solid aqua Fat Eighth.

Use all the solids to do the same thing with one print block or mix and match the prints.  
They each give a different look.  

I love putting Snuggles on the back of my baby quilts to make them extra soft and cozy.

The quilting shows up so well on the Snuggles.

Thanks to LeAnn for the beautiful quilting on this quilt!

You could also use this pattern for a fun table topper.  
Size - 42" x 42".

You may have noticed I have a change to my logo on my pattern covers. 
 I have to give a special thank you to Camille who made it look so fresh and fun.  

Check out her blog, she has lots going on over there.  
Don't miss her new book. 
 It's pretty great!

 With my new patterns ready, we must have a give a way to Celebrate...soooo

tell me which new pattern is the most Scrumptious to you and I will send the winner my

4 NEW patterns...

 and of course, some yummy fabric to play with.

 And to all of you out there exhibiting or attending Quilt Market,

Best of Luck!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Mail Box Flooded...my tears overflowing...

...I do not even know how to start or what to say to express my surprise, gratitude and love to everyone who made the effort to flood my mail box with cards and packages to show your support... It was a pretty teary day after we arrived home from the cabin later on Sunday where I had a relaxing weekend of recovery.  

We stopped at the mail box to gather the mail and my husband said "Wow, what is all this?"  We were both so amazed! 

There are almost 100 packages and letters...

...not to mention all the e-mails and sweet comments I have received on line!

I sat in my comfy chair in my studio and sobbed as I read each and every note you wrote and opened every package you so thoughtfully mailed. 

You have NO idea how much that love and support gives me the strength to do what I have been facing and what is ahead  for me... My days are very overwhelming at times and all I have to do is look at the beautiful cards of encouragement and my courage comes back!

I was so overwhelmed  with love and kindness and it doesn't seem nearly adequate enough to say 

Thank You SOOO Much!!!! 

but I don't know what else to say. I am so humbled and blessed to be among such great, wonderful and thoughtful people.  I know what this time of year means to most of you who are already up into the wee hours of the night trying to get ready for Market and I know every spare minute counts.  
You took the time! Thank you!

Even though some of you I don't even know and some of you I know very well, I felt the loving spirit of encouragement from each of you. I think I may have an idea who put this all together and she is one amazing girl!  You know who you are and I can't thank you enough! 

Your kindness, love, thoughtfulness, sincerity and prayers will get me through some tough days ahead, you have already lightened my heart so much.
and may God bless each and every one of you,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bright Spot

Words cannot express how grateful I am for each one of you that left me such heartfelt thoughts, prayers and encouragement.  Yes, it's me blogging today.  I am feeling really good and have much more strength than I thought I would at this point.
I know it is because of all of you, my friends and family.  

Thank you so much!  

Each day seems to have some bright spots. 

My happy-go-lucky charm squares arrived and 
that really brightened my day. 
Bright Spot.
The pre-cuts are in stores, 
but in case you can't seem to find any, I have a few in my shop.

Moda Lissa sent me this Stitch magazine and this add is on the back.  Another bright spot. 
Camille did the beautiful photography. Bright spot.

My mom brought me these yesterday, bright spot.

This blog post would be really long if I listed all the bright spots, so I won't, but I feel so blessed!

Hope you find a bright spot in your day,
and thanks again,

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quilt Therapy

I don't know about all of you quilters out there, but throughout my life when things get a little tough or crazy there are days when I need some quilt therapy. Whether its chain stitching 243 half square triangles, making a baby quilt for my new grand baby, cutting lots and lots of pieces for a new quilt, its all very helpful to get my mind calm and back in perspective again.  Some of you know exactly what I am talking about.  

Well, my last post was March 1st and that was the day our new Scrumptious fabric arrived! So as you can guess I have been stitching away on my new projects, which will be finished and ready to go in a couple of weeks.  Wish I could show you now, but they still have to be bound and photographed.  It will be soon I promise. This line is so cheerful!

But speaking of life and how things get a little tough and crazy sometimes, just when you least expect it, that's exactly what happened to me 3 weeks ago.  I went in for my yearly mammogram, you know, just so I could cross it off the list of things to do before life got really, really crazy with all the Quilt Market stuff.  (Market is May 17-19).  Well, long story short (this 3 weeks has seemed pretty long) I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and am going in for surgery in the morning.  Wow!  I know, it kind of takes your breath away, I know it did mine.  It took some time to wrap my mind around it, take in all the information and make decisions that will affect the rest of my life. 

Yes,we have cried and laughed this past few weeks. Its been a bit of a roller coaster ride so far and its just beginning. I am a pretty private person and would not necessarily share this, but felt I should.  My reason for even blogging about this is, first of all, I just want to say thanks to so many of you that have already heard and  have been so thoughtful and kind. There hasn't been a day go by since, that someone hasn't called or visited or sent something. Words cannot express how grateful I am for so many friends and family that have given me the strength and courage to take this head on and that's exactly what I am going to do.  I am not quitting my business, I am not putting my sewing machine away, I am still going to eat chocolate and dream up new designs.  Yes, according to my doctors, I will have a year of chemotherapy, I will loose my hair, my eyelashes and eyebrows, I will be sick at times and good sometimes, but the kind I have is very curable. So, when I can, I will sew and if that's not on the energy scale that day I will just go in my sunny sewing room and sit in my comfy chair and smile because I am so blessed and grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is so aware of my needs and things that are important to me and has given me so much.!

 A beautiful life, with a wonderful husband who will stand beside me every step of the way.

Strong children with supportive and loving spouses, 
sweet grandchildren that can hug my blues away...

...and thoughtful, kind, neighbors and friends who I know will do anything to 
make this journey easier. 

I am so humbled already.  Last Friday this box of beautiful tulips arrived on my doorstep with the sweetest note from The Moda Family...

... it meant so much!  I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of creative people. 

Thank you to all of you!  The bouquet is sitting on my desk in my studio and has brightened some very difficult days.

I wanted to let you know, no I will not be at Quilt Market this year.  Yes, I have new patterns, 4 of them, because some fabric angels knew I needed to get my fabric extra early this time and my quilts were almost done before I even knew, and yes, you can order them retail on my website or wholesale from United Notions, Checker and lots of other places when they are ready.  Yes, my office staff (my girls, Tracy and Emily) will send out your orders while I rest. I promised them I would, but it will be super hard for me to do!!! 

Yes, Camille will still be at Quilt Market, she will be showing all of our quilts and projects stitched out of Scrumptious and she will be signing copies of her new book Simply Retro. I saw her advanced copy last night on Skype and its absolutely beautiful! Great Job Camille!!!  

Yes, I will be following blogs, Instagram and Facebook with all that's happening and hope all goes well for everyone.  I thought about making a life size cut out of myself to put in the booth... but that sounds a little creepy and I am pretty sure that's not going to happen at this point. Just know I am there in spirit.  Its been years since I have missed Spring Quilt Market, but it seems I have a different path this year.

I started a Quilt Therapy project awhile ago that I love to work on when I travel or sit at appointments and such.  I think I have shown it before, but added some new pieces of Scrumptious and am planning on including pieces from all of our fabric lines so far. 

These little paper pieced hexagons are so addictive. This may be huge by the time I get done with doctor appointments and chemo.  I will keep you posted.  I can't decide how to stitch them together yet ,so if you have any ideas, send them my way.

Well, just want to say that I may not be blogging as often, but will keep you updated here and there.  My girls will post occasionally if I can't.  We are planning to have a Fat Quarter Cutting Party (no, I won't be the one cutting for a while) just so I can see something happy and fun going on in my sewing room, so watch for that soon.  

Thank goodness for beautiful fabric! It can be very healing... 

Hope you all have some fun Quilt Therapy today and thanks again to all of you quilting friends out there!