Quilting

Our Next Book Reveal….

I was so happy to receive permission yesterday to share the cover of my next upcoming book with you!  This is  
Cozy Quilts: A Charming Blend of Wool Applique and Cotton Patchwork

 I have enjoyed every moment of creating the projects in this book for everyone.  Each project is a smaller quilt, wall quilt, table topper etc.  All projects are cotton patchwork backgrounds with wool applique!  And for those of you that enjoy cotton applique – this book is for you also!  I also am proud to say that I met my personal goal for this book – each of the designs I hand quilted!  Luckily Kansas City Star, my publisher, has one of the most fantastic photographers around!  You can clearly see the detail in each of the projects!
11 projects will be in this book, I cannot share those photos with you just yet – but soon, very soon I can.  For now enjoy the sneak peek on the back cover!
My wonderful, favorite, spectacular editor Kimber of Heirlooms by Ashton House Blog, shared some more info on my book a couple days ago, so be sure to follow the link to her blog!
Also – here’s another big surprise announcement!
Do you like thread?  Well so do we and I’m so pleased and proud to announce that Valdani – the makers of that 100% hand dyed and 100% colorfast thread that we all love has asked me to do a box set of colors for them to coincide with the release of my book.  
I’ve chosen 12 beautiful colors that will work wonderfully with the projects in our book – they are the colors we use!  I will have the box sets of thread and the books available on my website for pre-orders as soon as I can get a more exact date on the release of the book.  We know it’s July for sure.  As long as my last set of final edits go smoothly – I hope for an early July release!  Fingers crossed!
And for those of you that have quilt shops near you that you love – suggest to them that they host our quilts from this book for a trunk show at their store!  I already have a few local quilt shops signed up and cannot wait to hit the trails again here locally for book signings!  Those are always so fun.
Thank you my blogging friends for you support and kind words during the last few months I’ve been working on this book!
And be on the lookout next spring for the follow up to our first book with Kansas City Star – Simply Charming II is in the works!  Yes!!!!!
Quilting

Ali Strebel Designs Blog Hop Day!

Wow – Wow!  I love this designers hooked rugs!  Her designs and talent make my fingers itch to get back into rug hooking!  Oh I cannot wait to see what ornament pattern she has come up with!!!!!
Enjoy!

Here’s the line up for this spectacular “A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop”  All the links and dates are provided for each of the blogs you will just have to visit to join in on all this fun and excitement!
Quilting

JAM – Wool Crazy Blog Hop Day

Today is the day on our blog hop for my sweet friend JoAnn Mullaly.  She is such a joy to be around and I only get to see her once a year at Quilt Market! And wow – what a talented designer! She loves to work with wool and the projects she turns out are completely amazing!
Let’s see what she has in store for us today!
Here’s the line up for this spectacular “A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop”  All the links and dates are provided for each of the blogs you will just have to visit to join in on all this fun and excitement!

Quilting

Wooden Spool Designs Blog Hop Day

We are in for a treat for sure today with Wooden Spool Designs being 2nd up on the list for our Primitive Christmas Blog Hop!  Anyone that loves working with wool rates right up there with me!  LOL\
I cannot wait to see their ornament pattern!!!!
Here’s the line up for this spectacular “A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop”  All the links and dates are provided for each of the blogs you will just have to visit to join in on all this fun and excitement!

Quilting

A Little Teaser of a post

Some of you know that I’m working on my next book for The Kansas City Star.  Here’s a few teaser shots for ya!
The border I’m hand stitching on one of the little quilts.
 My basket full of wool goodies I’m working from with one of the new projects peeking out from under the basket!
One  of the quilting motifs I chose for one other new quilt design!
 Here is that quilting motif all done!  I love it!
 I love circles!!!
 Another hand quilted border!  Love this design!
 Another very easy hand quilted border design.
 A simple flower – the entire quilt is so cute!
Gotta love hexies!!!!

And coming soon….

Here’s the line up for this spectacular “A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop”  All the links and dates are provided for each of the blogs you will just have to visit to join in on all this fun and excitement!

Quilting

It’s finished! Now I need a name!

Well – It’s all finished and ready to be shipped to the long arm quilter tomorrow!  I need a name though!  Any suggestions?  I thought about calling it Pieceful Gatherings in honor of the quilt shop that asked me to design a project and teach for their retreat!!!
What fun this has been.  I’m ready to start another project I’m so pumped and excited right now!
Here’s a close up:
This design will be ready and in pattern form for ordering later this month. Pieceful Gatherings Quilt Shop will sell the patterns and kits exclusively through May 2012.  After that, you will find the pattern on our website and in your local quilt shops (and probably kits too)!!!!
Have a great day everyone!!!!!
Quilting

Sneak Peak Time!

I have been quietly working on a very special project for a retreat I will be teaching at next month.  Well, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak now, as the quilt shop that is sponsoring this retreat has recently released their most current newsletter with a photo of the center of my project.
So here it is:
This is the wool applique center of the “yet to be named” project for the retreat sponsored by Pieceful Gatherings Quilt Shop in Fox River Grove, Illinois.  Feel free to visit their website for further information on the retreat.  Call them today if you are in our area and sign up to join us on this fun weekend in March!
I’m in the final stages of stitching this center wool applique.  The outer borders will be assorted scraps of fabric that will highlight the colors in the center.
This pattern will be available exclusively through Pieceful Gatherings Quilt Shop from mid March through May 2012 only.  After that, the pattern will be available in your local quilt shops and on our website.  We wanted to make this a very special project for Pieceful Gatherings and that is why we have chosen not to introduce this design to the mass quilt market until it’s grand “second” debut at Quilt Market in Kansas City, Missouri this year!
Here is an excerpt from the newsletter:
“Doesn’t it look great so far? I love it! Tara will be teaching this small project at our retreat on Saturday. This is a picture of the center before it was stitched down. It will also have a pieced border around it. Tara did her center with wool appliqué and we will have kits like hers, but regular appliqué would also be a lovely option for this beautiful wall hanging, and we can probably substitute a pieced center for the appliqaphobes. There are still a couple of spots left if you want to join us for the retreat in March. It’s sure to be a fun time.” 

Pieceful Retreat Repeat
March 9-11, 2012
Loyola Retreat Center in Woodstock
Guest Teacher:
Tara Lynn Darr of Sew Unique Creations
Register Now! 
$280 Double Occupancy or $320 for a Single.  Includes all Meals, Room, Instructor and FUN!
$50.00 Non-Refundable Deposit required to hold your spot.  Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign up!
Balance Due January 31


Enjoy your day!  My dear husband has jury duty this week and it appears to be wrecking havoc on my normal “quiet time” and schedule!  He has to call in daily to find out what to do – I’m a bit flustered with this because now he has to miss a full weeks worth of work to be “on call”.  This just stinks – a week of vacation pay is really going to mess with our family budget – and yes I’m thankful we at least get vacation pay – but come on – I cannot believe that our lives have to be put on hold for an entire week of calling in for jury duty???  Somethings wrong with our system, how do people survive?  Anyhow – that’s a whole other can of beans I just do not wish to open right now!

I may not post as much this week – but I’ll be happily stitching away and finishing up this wool project!