Happy Mail!


I love getting pics in the mail from quilters and crafters who have made projects using my kits.  They seem to be mushrooming up all over the country, and internationally as well!

Kathy and Doris  from Aurora, MO. sent me this pic of their pincushions.  LOVE that they are so totally different from each other!  Notice they don’t have feet, not sure if they will be added later, or if this is the final outcome.  Congrats on your fabric choices and finishing elements–as well and your FINISHING! Thanks for sharing!

If you want to dream a little bit about making your own Color Wheel Pincushion or footstool, check my Shop Page!

Added Bonus, the Next Generation!

I had a wonderful bonus earlier this week to invite my neighbor into my studio to work on a quilt.  You might think that isn’t so unusual, until you find out that Shiawna is a senior——IN HIGH SCHOOL!  She has made a few quilts, and quilted projects for one of her classes, and now has completed her first queen-size quilt!  I suggested she might like to try my longarm, and the next thing I knew we were looking at our schedules to see when it could happen! She used a version of my Topographic design from my last book, “Get addicted to Free Motion Quilting” by C&T Publishing.  The design complimented her fabric choice of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. With just a quick how-to demo, she was off to the races, and finished the whole quilt in about 90 minutes!  I’m guessing she’ll get a “A” for this one!

Raining Footstools!

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It is so fun to see my footstool kits getting shipped off all over the country, and internationally as well!  I recently had the great pleasure of working with Vanessa Christensen of V & Co., to put together a footstool for her booth at Fall Market!  We used a jelly roll of her SPECTACULAR Ombre fabric for a footstool and a companion pincushion. She’s located in the Moda–Show Me The Moda– booth!  I hope you’ll swing by to visit with her and see the footstool, and pincushion I made for her!  Check my SHOP page if you want to order one for yourself!

I also just have to brag about one of my very generouscustomers who purchased a footstool kit for her dear friend in England.  Kathy, what a wonderful friend you are, and Elizabeth, you are going to get such a surprise!  Now, it WAS shipped to England, and her name IS Elizabeth–could it be?  Yes??!!  Maybe!!??  I think the Queen would look so cute with her feet up on one of my footstools, but I’ll have to let you all know later if it was her or not!

Make It Yourself–For Real!

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The latest issue of MIY or Make It Yourself magazine is available NOW!  It is filled with fun projects from several great designers.  A few of mine are included and I collaborated with my buddy Lisa Bee-Wilson to top it off!  We always have a blast working together.  This time we put together several coiled projects that you can finish in an afternoon or less!

One fun brainstorm lead to hand dyeing cotton cord with an ombre’ effect, and then coiling it into a little sunglass case.  You’ll never loose them in your purse again!

Run out and pick up a copy!  I love to relax with just this kind of magazine, and I try to always pick out a project or two to make as a gift, or maybe even for myself–think of that! LOL!

Footstool Upcycle!

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How much do you LOVE this footstool made by my friend Pam!!!!  I can’t get over the sophisticated look she got out of some recycled sweaters!  Here’s what happened: A VERY talented group of women in Seattle found a wonderful way to support Green Eileen, by participating in the Chop Challenge!  The challenge is to create an auction  piece by using materials which have been provided from donated clothing.  Please go to the Green Eileen website to find out more, and to see the events coming up soon in the Seattle area, including the “Chop Challenge” on October 3rd from 5-8pm.

In the meantime, let me explain that Pam used her creativity, imagination, and one of my footstool kits to make this piece for the auction!  I don’t know how she will be able to give it up! Seriously!!  I may have to copy her idea! You can too, by ordering a kit from my “Shop” page, and adding your own collection of recycled materials!

Just added a Craftsy Pattern!

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Hey! It’s always fun to add a new pattern out there!  I’ve just added a fun table runner to my Craftsy Pattern Store!  Can’t wait to see your version of the Barber Pole Table Runner!

If you haven’t tried Craftsy yet, it’s a great location to check out some great classes–that’s what they’re known for best.  But there are also TONS of designers who put their patterns out there!  Most are at great prices, and all immediately downloadable.  Some are free, and there is such variety, it’s just plain fun to see!  Click over to see what’s new and happening!

In a Pinch!

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Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend.  I love have some ready for a last minute gift!  But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people.  Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn.  Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality.  I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page!  When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!

Road Warrior!

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Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend was a blast!  I did get to catch up with a few favorites, and teach a few classes, as well as spend plenty of time in my booth.  It is also a great time to look at the new gadgets, accessories and machines that are “Hot Off The Press” so to speak!  Sandy my host/driver made sure I had everything I could ever want, and kept me on time for lunch and my classes!  I’m already missing her!

The last night I got to have a fun diner with Pam Damour and Judy Kessinger, both sewing experts.  It just so happened that “Love Shack” was on the radio when our driver picked us up for the ride back to the hotel, so we opened the windows, turned up the music and belted it out with the best of them!  Super-fun, hope we meet up again soon!

Nancy’s Notions Sew Expo

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I’m excited to be headed out to Nancy’s Notions Sew Expo tomorrow!  I have to go a day early to be able to set up a booth and see the “lay of the land” in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin!  It feels good to be headed back to the Mid-West!  I’ll be giving lectures each day on Perfect Fit Pieced Borders for quilts, Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting, and Fabulous Gifts from Up-cycled Materials!  Hope you’ll be able to join in the fun.  Here’s a peak of a few things I’ve sent ahead for my lectures.  I’ll be joined by some fun people from the industry, you’ll recognize their names I’m sure:  of course there’s Nancy (herself with a capital Z!) Zeiman Mark (the comedian) Lipinski, Jenny (most patient and talented teacher) Doan, and Wendy (my old roomie from A Quilter’s Affair) Butler Burns, to name just a few.

International shipping for Footstool Kits!

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I have finally been able to find a reasonable price for international shipping, at least for Canada, the UK and Australia–where I’ve had inquiries.  I will be able to add these into the shop buy buttons soon, but in the meantime, if you want to shoot me an email I’d be happy to answer any questions!  There is a SIGNIFICANT price break for shipping two kits, so hopefully you will have a friend who’s interested too!

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