Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A little bit of astrology

Two weeks ago I taught a class on tote bags at Sages Creek Quilt Co., in Pocatello, Idaho.  Terrie, the shop owner, provided a wonderful space for our class and treated us to a delicious lunch.  Students chose their project from my March Hare, Teri Traveler and Butterfly Journey patterns.  Since my original March Hare was given to a friend, I made a new version for the class.  The bunny is the same but the bag and applique are much brighter than the original.

Would you be surprised to learn that my astrological sign is Gemini, the twins?  A major trait of Geminis is two sides to your personality.  Perhaps that explains why there is a City Bucket and a Country Bucket, an Acorn's Promise in dark and light, and two versions of the March Hare.

I'm a firm believer that "more is more" and different colors makes it even more fun.


Do you ever have days where you don't think you will ever have another creative thought?  Me too!  I stopped into Sweet Lavender, a wonderful quilt shop in Roy, Utah a few weeks ago, thinking I would buy some fabric.  But then, on the table, were some wonderful books.  I started to browse through them and thoughts of fabric disappeared.  I had to have these books.

The books are published by Quilt Mania with instructions in French and English.  They are filled with incredible images and wonderful ideas.  I was intrigued by the fish purse for April Fool's Day in France.  The use of ribbon and simple embroidery stitches sparked my creativity and I can't wait to try some new techniques.  This sounds crazy, since I don't speak French, but, I like to read the French directions too.

Back many years ago, when I attended school, we didn't learn the metric system here in the US.  Both of these books have instructions for seam allowances and cutting in centimeters.  Luckily, my phone has a calculator that will convert inches to centimeters to give me an idea of finished sizes.  You can purchase metric quilting  rulers which would take out the guess work.

If you're looking for inspiration or just a relaxing afternoon with a beautiful book, I recommend both.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Give-A-Way Winners

Thank you for your nice comments about my new blog.  I couldn't decide who should win so you are all winners!  Jill, Baukje, Judy, Joanna, Lizzie, Mindi, K, and Quilts, please send your address to me at so I can send your prize.  No, I'm not forgetting Lynda (my sister) and Amalie (my niece).  I know where you live and will send your gifts too.

The new logo took more time than I thought it would - of course.  I finally have all my patterns updated with the new look and will be able to get back into my sewing room.  There are some new designs in my head and I hope to get them made up soon.

Again, thank you for your comments and following. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Welcome To My New Blog Give-Away

Don't these beautiful threads and embellishments make your heart sing?  Some of them can be yours because I plan to give them away.  Here's how to enter my Welcome Give Away:

See that little "Followers" button on the right side of the blog?  Click on it and sign up to follow this blog and leave a comment about my new name and logo.  It only takes a minute and means that you will receive immediate notice each time I post.  I will send a gift of threads to the first person that registers to follow and comments and I will select 3 other lucky followers that include a comment about why they would love these threads.

It's time to quit being an anonymous blog-stalker and let me know who you are.  You just might receive a nice gift.

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