A Little "Miss Rosie’s" Love to share

I’ve been brought to tears this morning – but in a good way!
Go see what my sweet friend Carrie – AKA – Miss Rosie’s is talking about today.  She’s having a really sweet give away on her blog just by answering a really fun question!  Look what she’s giving away!
My Book and this
Or this awesome book (which I bought and love and want to make every single quilt in this darn cute book!!!)
and this fabric
Yes my friends, it tickled me to death this morning to read her blog post.  I cried – very happy tears though!  I just cannot tell you how absolutely cool it is to see our book popping up on blogs.  I’m amazed and delighted and humbled.  It’s going to be a good day.
And just in case you missed the link above to read Miss Rosie’s Blog, here it is again:
Love and Hugs to each of you!

Give A Way Winner Announcement!

Wow – I am really impressed with all the comments on our Give A Way post!  Each of them are wonderful tips for quilters! If you get a chance, go back and read through the comments on that blog post which you can find here:
This morning, my fun loving daughter had the honor of picking today’s winning name out of the basket.  She was so tickled to be a part of this.  My little Ashley has nicknamed me the “Quilt Fabric Hoarder” and she asked me “Mom, do you know this person?  Does she hoard fabric like you?”  I had to laugh!  Well….
Miss Lori – Do you hoard fabric also?
You can view her awesome blog here and leave her a comment congratulating her on her win today.  Lori, if you will contact me at sewunique7@aol.com  I will ship a copy of our new book and both charm packs out to you!
Have a great weekend everyone.  I’m going to pack up a few orders this morning, tinker around in the kitchen this afternoon and then sit in my favorite recliner, relax, watch a rented movie and enjoy a little hand piecing this evening!

Simply Charming Book Give Away!

To celebrate the release of our new book
Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear
We are going to have a give away!  By answering one little question for us, we will put your name in the drawing for one copy of the book (and if you have already purchased the book through us – we will either refund the cost of the book to you and also send you the other two goodies or you have the choice of receiving another book and passing it on to a friend etc. – so join in!) and also one each of the following:
A 42 – piece charm pack of Primitive Muslin designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and
and this 48 piece charm pack that we have assembled.  There are 24 different fabrics – 2 of each print.
So – what I am curious to find out —– what is the biggest or best tip you would give another quilter?  Think of something valuable that you have learned along the way and would like to pass on to other quilters – new or advance!
We will do the drawing this coming Saturday morning, January 29th, 2011.  (and don’t worry or think we are ignoring you if we do not respond to each comment – it’s kind of crazy around here right now packing the book orders up!)
Enjoy and good luck!
Also – we are including our newsletter below that we sent out earlier today.  If you are not on our email newsletter list, please feel free to join either here on our blog in the upper right hand corner of the screen or on our opening page of our website – just scroll down the page a little bit.  www.sewuniquecreations.com
Here is today’s newsletter – read no further if you already received it!
our new book – has arrived! We are ever so in love with it and happy to share it with you!  This book has 20 scrappy style projects included for your quilting pleasure.

All 20 projects can be viewed on our website!  Come see!

We also welcome the following new fabric lines:

The Cocheco Mills II collection by Judie Rothermel

This pretty collection is full of the most amazing blues and reds in the perfect shades for your reproduction projects!

Bonnie Blue Basics III by Paula Barnes of Bonnie Blue Quilts

Great group of fabrics to use as “blenders” and “stash enhancement” pieces.  Lovely small prints.

Devon Shirtings by Nancy Gere

Great small prints on these fabrics and excellent shirtings!

Also just in:

Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle: Journey #2

Friendship Strips & Scraps by Edyta Sitar

Jo’s Little Women Club #10
(we currently have 4 more club member packs in stock – we will order more if their is interest! – Just let us know!)

We also have re-stocked our shelves with the following fabric collections:

Ember Reds & Evergreens
Attic Shirtings
Spice Chest
Indigo Berries
Cocoa Express
Toast II
Stafford County
Cinnamon & Spice
Fairfax County
Crimson & Clover
Jo’s Chintz
(some of the above mentioned fabric lines we have the entire collection of – other’s we ordered certain pieces!)

And last but not least, Barbara Brackman’s new line due to be released next month is now available for Pre-Order!

Civil War Reunion Fabric Collection

Now, it’s back to work for us!  We have two extra sets of hands on board today – helping us to pack up all the pre-orders for our book!  If you have already placed your order for our new book, we will have every order packed and shipped by February 1st!  We promise!

Also, if you are “in the area” all the quilt models from our new book, Simply Charming will be delivered to Robert’s Sewing Center in Joliet/Crest Hill, Illinois, this coming Friday (January 28th, 2011) plus the books (we will be dropping them off Friday afternoon)!  So stop by there and see the models and pick up your copy of the book soon!  They are taking phone reservations for the books also! You may call them at 1-815-729-1600

The models for the book will be on display there at Roberts Sewing Center for the entire month of February! Feel free to stop in and browse!

We will also be having a book signing event with demos on:

February 26th from 10 am to Noon at Roberts Sewing Center in Joliet/Crest Hill, Illinois


Family Quilts

I woke up this morning with my great Aunt on my mind.  She recently has been stumbling and falling a little and had to be taken to the doctor last week for a cut on her leg from one of those falls.  She put quite the scare into all of us!  My great Aunt Columbia is my oldest living relative in our immediate family.  She is such a gem and still lives on her own and quilts on a daily basis.  She has this wonderful old quilt frame in her bedroom that is hung from the ceiling and “let down” when it’s time to quilt.  She has not been doing a lot of hand quilting lately as it’s hard for her now.  But she still peddles away on her treadle sewing machine!
Above are 2 photographs that she gave to me this past November when we went down for a visit.  I treasure these photos.  Both of these quilts were sold some years ago and I would so love to stumble upon them one day, but what are the chances of that.  I would also like to find out the names of the quilt patterns – so if you have any idea what the blocks are called – leave me a comment!
You might remember me speaking of my great Aunt in the past here on the blog and on FaceBook.  Here’s a photo of her:
In this photo is my Aunt Teresa on the left, great Aunt Columbia in the middle helping to hold up one of her beautiful creations and then on the right is my Aunt Julie.  All three of these women are quilters in my family and each of them are special to me.  They also have a quilt named after them in my new book
which my favorite boy in brown lovingly known as Mr. UPS will be delivering today.  He better have that hand dolly ready to haul all those boxes of books up the driveway!  Knowing me – I’ll probably run down the driveway and give him a huge hug when he pulls up.  I just cannot put into words how utterly excited I am about this book.  To think – it’s somewhere on a truck in my town right now – so close, yet just not here yet – I wish he had a GPS tracking system where I could stalk his every move (just kidding, I am not a stalker!)!
Here’s another pretty creation my great Aunt made.  I will make a quilt just like this one day – colors and all – just like this one!  I so love this quilt!

My Heart Is All A Flutter today!

My heart is pounding ever so fast today…. I just received confirmation that our book is shipping out today!  If you have not been to our website to view all 20 projects that are in this book, feel free to visit the following link and scroll down where you will see a picture of each quilt!
It should be hitting your local quilt shops shelves any day now!  We should have our order this week also and I’ll be shipping these out as soon as they arrive! (And just a little FYI for my local friends and fellow quilters – Roberts Sewing Center here in Joliet, Illinois, will for have their copies of our book by Monday January 31st – if not sooner!  We’ll be dropping all 20 models off at the quilt shop also, if you would like to stop in and take a look at each of them!  Also – don’t forget out book signing at Roberts Sewing Center on February 26th, from 10 am to Noon!)
And as always, we will ship all pre-orders in the order they were received.  It will probably take me a few days to get all the orders for these caught up, so just be patient with me!  I have enough ordered to cover all pre-orders plus some extras.  Feel free to place your order for your copy today!
Also – a little birdie told me that this has arrived also:
Oh and I cannot wait to get started on these quilts!  They are all breathtaking and I’m having a hard time deciding which one to start on first.  Plus, we’ve ordered more fabric to make up kits for a few of these too!
And another little birdie told me that this is arriving today:
We will begin shipping the Club kits for Jo’s Little Women Club #10 out tomorrow as long as my faithful UPS man delivers these as scheduled today!  Only a few of the pre-orders will ship at this time because we have not received all of Jo’s fabric yet, but we will ship them as soon as all the pre-ordered fabrics have arrived also.  We started receiving some of the fabrics from Jo’s various lines last week and I’m assuming more will be appearing this week also!

Well, this day just keeps getting better – pinch me!

Look what the boy in brown, driving that big fancy UPS truck just brought me:
Oh my, what’s this???  Nope – not a box from Moda – yes, I know it has Moda tape on it – but I “recycled” this box many months ago when I sent something to a very special place called “Kansas City Star”.
Hmmmm, let’s see what’s inside, could it be…..
Oh…. my heart is pounding and I’m shaking from the adrenaline rush!
Yep, it’s my little jewels come back home to me.  All 20 little pretties are safely back home and awaiting their guest appearance at their first book signing in a few weeks!  Right now they are being printed into this:
And I couldn’t be happier.
Thank you Kansas City Star – you rock!

So Excited – Here is my new book cover image!!!

I simply cannot take the suspense of waiting for my new book to arrive.  I think of this little gem everyday.
Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear
by: Me
Published by: Kansas City Star
Due to arrive: in February!
Pre-Orders: Starting soon – oh so soon!
20 scrappy style quilts – all which can be made from leftover charm squares or scraps
Here’s a little info from he back cover:
Scraps—we all have those bits and pieces
left over from other quilting projects.
Put them to use in these little patchwork
quilts reminiscent of bygone days. You
don’t need a lot of fabric to create these
tiny treasures. Using her own overflowing
scrap bag, quilt designer Tara Lynn Darr
has created 20 classic projects inspired
by patterns of the past. From simple
one-patch and nine-patch blocks to
dazzling stars and pieced basket blocks,
she shows you how to make the most
of your leftovers. All the projects can be
made with 5” charm squares or smaller.
Tara also shares her time-tested tips for
working with small quilts. With these
projects and a little imagination, you’ll
whittle down that scrap stash in no time!
I am trying to calm my excitement down here a little bit!  I must get back to work!  I am trying to work up so little kits to go with the projects in the book that will be offered on our website!!!