Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Congratulations to Paula Di Mattei!!!!

(Please email me your shipping address Paula)

Paula is the winner of my new book Sew Many Notions!! 
Thank you to all who took time to enter!! 
Happy August and Happy Stitching!!! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We are having a busy summer around here!!
 We got our daughter and her family all moved to Idaho the end of May. 
They have been back a few times for various activities
 they had planned here and we have made a couple of trips there.
 It's a 6 hour drive so that's not too bad 
but we are still adjusting to having those sweet granddaughters 
further away from us!! 

Maybe I have been playing too much this summer!!! But it feels good to goof off a little.
We have been to two weddings, welcomed a new grand nephew, celebrated Hazel's Golden 5th Birthday, and have have been able to take several day trips over to the beautiful
 Oregon Coast with a couple of my sisters and other family members!!
 I LOVE going to the beach!! 

We have has some beautiful weather which makes it even more fun!! 
I am planning on finding more days I can get over there soon!! 

But the big new of the summer I want to share with you is that my book is out!!
It's available now!! 

Sew Many Notions
Wonderful Wool Appliques, Simple Stitcheries, and More

 The book includes 80 pages of wool and cotton sewing themed designs that are fun and easy!! 

It was so much fun designing and writing the projects 
for this book and Martingale did such a great job helping it all come together!! 

SEW.....today through the end of the month 
 if you leave a comment here on my blog 
I am going to draw one name and give away an autographed copy!!! 

So spread the word and leave your comment HERE on the BLOG!!  
I will announce the winner August 1st!!  

Look for it now in your local quilt shops!!! 

Happy Stitching!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It's Flag Day

Here is a fun little scrappy flag to use as a bowl filler or pincushion
 and its great to whip up with your scraps!!

It's a free pattern just for you!! 

Our summer has been slow to come!! 
We have had cool and wet weather so far and  I guess
 since I have a cold staying inside and stitching isn't such a bad way to wait for the sun to shine!! 

I am busy digging out the flags in anticipation for July and WARM summer fun!! 

I hope the sun is shining on you!! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Welcome to week #5 
of the
 Summer Farmhouse Threads
 Mystery Quilt Blog Hop!!

Here is week #5
Baskets, Flowers, and Stars
Don't forget that these blocks are set on point!! 

Kits for this have sold out and are no longer available.

I hope you have been following along and enjoying the  mystery blocks!
It's not too late to get started!! 

All you have to do it visit each designer's blog on their designated Friday......
click on the link that they have set up for you and print out the pattern!! 
Kits are available from their sites. 

Here is the line up:

We are just starting to get some spring weather around here 
and are so happy to see the flowers
 coming up and the trees starting to bloom!! 

Summer won't be far off and it will be fun to have this 
project going when it gets here!! 

Happy Stitching!! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy March!!! 
Spring is on it's way and with the winter we have had it just can't come soon enough!!

The birds are busy outside these days and I have been busy inside working on new designs that will be coming out later this spring. 

Here are a few other things to watch 
for in the mean time!! !!


First off I am so excited to tell you about my
 new book coming out this July!! 
I have been working with Martingale/That Patchwork Place putting together a wool applique book filled with great sewing themed projects!! 

Pre-orders are now available on my website 


Summer Mystery Quilt Blog Hop
Farmhouse Threads and Friends

Starting March 10 for 13 weeks a group of designers
 will share with you a free pattern to
 complete a Summer Mystery Quilt. 

Each week, one designer will post their pattern
 to make a patriotic themed quilt block using
 wool applique on cotton fabric. 

The patterns are free for you to download and print.
 Check the schedule below.

 Each pattern will be available at the website or blog
 provided on the date scheduled.

All of the designers will offer kits for sale
 on their website and there 
will also be a finishing kit for sale at the end of the hop.

Please share our blog hop with your friends and have them follow along!! 

March 10 - Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads

March 17 - Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

March 24 - Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

March 31 - Geni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs

April 7 - Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs

April 14 - Joyce Weeks, Geoff's Mom Pattern Co.

April 21 - Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand

April 28 - Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs

May 5 - Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan

May 12 - Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Olde Green Cupboard Designs

May 19 - Laurall Arestad, Simply Put Plus

May 26 - Kathi and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms

June 2 - Finishing Instructions from Farmhouse Threads

Lots to look forward to so get ready to start stitching some great wool applique designs!! 
Happy Stitching!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day to you all!! 
I stitched up some little love notes for you!! 
 It's been a long winter here with lots of cold, windy,
 icy, and snowy weather.
 I always look forward to the middle of February as a sign that 
Spring is right around the corner!!
 I actually saw some green daffodil stems
 starting to poke out of the ground.
I LOVE that!!! 
 Also.... I want to say Thank You to all of you for the continued
 LOVE and support you send my way!! 
 Each of you are so special! 
It's fun to share our love for stitching together!! 

 Share a little love with someone
 let them know you care!! 
Happy Stitching!! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Home for the Holidays Blog Hop is underway....
It's always  fun to be involved in the Blog Hops that 
Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin plans and organizes!!


If you are new to blog hops WELCOME!!! 

Today is day 6 of the blog hop
 and I do hope that you are enjoying each day reading the FUN Christmas facts and vintage pictures
 that Stacy is sharing on her blog ......then hopping over to  that days featured designer to read what they have to share, checking out their special recipe,and downloading each project for some fun Christmas stitching!!! 

Here's a cookie recipe that you can get your
"hands" right into!!!
Growing up my family moved almost every summer and my mom tried to keep things to a minimum    so there was not an abundance of stuff to move all the time. She was not a collector of knickknacks and clutter. But one thing I remember seeing each year come out of the boxes
 at Christmas time was a silly little elf.

I am not sure what ever happened to the old thing after the passing of my parents but the tradition seems to be carrying on....

I don't know if you have heard the story of the Elf on the Shelf but it is quite the story....
Each December 1st the Elves comes back from the North Pole to live with a family and watch over them for Santa....The children give the elves names and each morning the elves have moved to a different locations during the night. The kids have so much fun finding their elf and seeing what mischief they might have gotten into......
Our kids have named their elves "Mistletoe" and "Percy".
Here is a picture of Percy hanging out with my old spools!! 
Hope he doesn't tangle my threads!! 

 Last year when I was invited to go to Australia to teach with Gail Pan at her workshops I designed a little elf for the ladies to stitch. I have been saving it to share sometime here in the US and have decided this is the perfect opportunity. The ladies in Australia where so lovely and I have such fun memories with them!! We had approx 140 ladies in two different workshops making elves!! 
That's a lot of elves.....and elf parts.....

This little guy has the option of putting wire in his arms
 so he can wrap his arms around anything he wants!!
 Give him a name and let him watch over your family this Christmas Season!!

You better be good.....He might tell Santa on you.....

Click for pattern
I loved reading about Stacy and her Grandmas Gumdrop Tree....here are a couple of patterns that might be just what you're looking for is you love GUMDROPS!! 

Happy Stitching!!!