Some of you know I’ve been in this industry for many years, almost 2 decades now! I’ve always done my best to be inspired by other quilters and ideas, and to ensure that my designs were uniquely mine, mine alone, and that there was no possibility that I had copied someone else’s design, especially in publishing.
To my surprise I have been alerted to a copycat of my Color Wheel Pincushion Kit. What to do–what to do!? I certainly can’t allow this to ruin the business I have worked to develop over the years, and so looking into it is what I will do. I have contacted the other party, with no response. My next step is to contact the group where the copycat pattern is being marketed. Next, I need to make my distributors aware, maybe they have an avenue to help in this situation. I want to reassure my customers that I am doing everything I can to protect them and their investment of my kits for their shops. Hang in there with me, and we will get this figured out!
I am very honored to have been chosen Featured Quilter for the Umpqua Valley Quilters’ Guild 33rd Annual Quilt Show, called Stars Over Oregon! It is in conjunction with a huge shop hop, “A Quilter’s Safari“, and runs April 22, 23, and 24. That’s THIS Friday, Saturday, and YES we will be there on Sunday too. They will have some great exhibits, cash prizes, door prizes, Make & Take, workshops, and if that’s not enough a great group of vendors! Come see for yourself at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, exit #123 in Roseburg, Oregon. You won’t be disappointed! There will also be an Antique Quilt Exhibit at the Douglas County Museum, something for everyone!
I have lots of Color Wheel Pincushion Kits and Color Wheel Footstool Kits ready to ship out for those of you who love to give handmade gifts as much as I do! I can usually ship the same day, or the next day at the latest. There’s still time to finish either (or both) of these projects, and wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise for your special someone! Order from my SHOP page, and it’s all yours!
I’ve been working on several Christmas projects; crayon holders with a little doodle sketch book included for the little ones, zipper pouches for the medium ones and some embroidery, pincushions and footstools for the big ones! I think I have just enough time to finish them without staying up ’til 1am too many nights!
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!
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!
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!
Lots of you have asked about getting more than one pincushion kit at a time, and bundling them together to save shipping! YES! That’s exactly what I do! Send me an email: (see my contact info at left) with your request, I’ll ship them out in bundles and can easily bill you through PayPal.
These are a fast and fun project, make great gifts, and there’s still PLENTY of time before Christmas to make a few for your quilting buddies!
Just an update on Pincushion orders! Yes, Virginia was at the front of the race, but holding steady wasn’t enough and New Jersey has taken the lead! Oklahoma, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are showing well! Thanks to my recent article in Quilts and More, I appreciate all of you checking out my site, and my shop page. Be sure to contact me directly if you need more, as I can save you some shipping costs by bundling multiples together!
In the meantime, I felt like I just HAD to finish something and didn’t have a project even close, but LOTS needing more hands-on time than is possible with my regular job, home responsibilities and a holiday looming LARGE. So! Since I needed to test the pattern for a Christmas project, I was able to put together a fun 24″ x 42″ table runner on Sunday. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not quilted yet, but I’m looking forward to that since there is a lot of background negative space where the quilting will show nicely. More later when I get to that! This is a project I’m preparing for P&B Textiles, one of the many fun patterns they give away on their web site!
If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More! Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review. It includes a fun pic of some of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit. It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more! These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves! You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!
Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!
I have a pretty big extended family, and we love to get together. The problem is, we all live so far away from each other! When we can get together, we love to play music, play games, cook and eat together, and work on projects! Of course I try to steer them all to working with textiles–like me! So today I’m going to highlight one particular great-niece!
Beret lives in Minnesota, she’s sweet, smart, funny, and SHE’S THE ONE who’s interested in projects, textiles, crafts and learning something new! I got to see her last month, and we had SO much fun together. I went with a plan to teach her some embroidery stitches and we did some weaving too. She made a pincushion with me last year when she was only 7! We have a plan for next year. Beret wants to learn to sew, after that crochet and maybe knitting! Of course in between all the crafty things, we played some baseball, played in the sand box, and worked in the garden. Fun times with the fam, that’s what it’s all about!