Monday, March 26, 2012

Wool Give Away

About a month ago, my sister, Lynda, told me she would like to dye some wool, thinking she could sell it at the upcoming farmer's markets.  I tried to talk her out of it as my one and only experience of dying was a disaster.  I explained how hard it was and the colors never worked, etc., etc.  Luckily she ignored my good advice.  Lynda researched various companies offering vibrant dyes and found a good source for wool.  Now she has about 30 beautiful colors!

Lynda has set up an Etsy shop and to get started, is offering a give away.  This packet contains 15 different colors in 3" x 3" squares.  These pieces are perfect for small applique and offer a good color range.  They are tied together with one of Lynda's hand-made beads.  Would you like to add these to your stash?  Here's how:

Click on over to Lynda's Blog and leave a comment.  She will choose the winner on Friday.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fabric Frustration!

Yesterday I received a very nice email from Bev, asking about my patterns that she saw on Etsy.  After sending a quick response, Bev called and asked if I would be interested in having my patterns carried by her online fabric store, 44th Street Fabrics.  It didn't take me long to say yes!

 

Of course, quilters can always find many subjects to talk about and I had a good time chatting with Bev about quilting, fabrics, and even our dogs!

The next time you need a special fabric for your project check out 44th Street Fabrics for a good selection and great prices.  Don't forget to take a peek at Bev's blog too.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

When 3 Bags Full Isn't Enough

Do you remember, "Baa, baa, back sheep have you any wool?  Yes sir, yes sir, 3 bags full."?  When I'm digging through my scrap bags and bins, I expect to find just the right color.  But then, sometimes the bins and bags just aren't enough.  My sister, Lynda, has been dying beautiful colors for me and can now offer them to you in her Etsy Shop.

It seems quite easy to find wool in darker shades, so Lynda has started out with brights and pastels. This photo shows her light and bright package of 20 different colors in 6" x 6" squares and each pack is tied together with one of Lynda's hand-made buttons.

"Click" on over to her Etsy Shop often as more colors will be available soon.  If you would like a larger cut, I'm certain she can handle your email request.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Potty Talk - a quilt story

A few weeks ago I presented a trunk show at the Winter Quilt Retreat, sharing my creative journey in quilting.  There were a few laughs at my early quilts and I enjoyed showing how my skills and preferences have changed over the many years.  I started the show with my very first project, a tricot (believe it or not) baby quilt I made for my son who is now 37!

Arriving home, it was time to hang some quilts on the walls and switch them around a bit.  I hung my bright Acorn's Promise in the hallway - just opposite my bathroom.  So here's my secret:  when I'm home alone, I leave the bathroom door open so I can admire my quilt while I'm "taking my little break".  It makes the experience so much more enjoyable.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Needles and Friends

We have had a very mild winter here - so of course, it snowed Monday evening, just in time for me to make the trip to Logan, Utah, for my class with Needles and Friends Quilt Guild.  Logan is about 2 hours from my home and luckily, my full-time assistant (husband), was willing to be my driver.  There was snow, wind, and a bit of ice over the mountain summit, but we arrived safely.  Coincidentally, the last time I drove in snow was also to attend a Needles and Friends event.

Class was well attended with 25 students working on my Blossom Sewing Tuck.  I had a great time and once again, got so involved with the stitching that I forgot to take photos.  Take my word for it, this is a great group of stitchers and they make me feel right at home.  We had a tasty lunch delivered and just kept right on working between bites.



I love to use  Genziana 50% wool/50% acrylic threads for all my wool applique.  The colors and textures hide perfectly in the wool, letting my embellishment stitches be the stars.  Of course, it is quite expensive to accumulate a good palette of colors and the spools take up a lot of space in your sewing kit (which I hope is a City or Country Bucket).  I was excited to preview a new product at class that I've been working on with a friend.  We are offering a case of 32 bobbins, each bobbin holding approximately 10 yards of the Genziana threads in an amazing range of colors,  including black and white.  The bobbin case is convenient to carry and will provide a matching thread for almost every project (colors will vary slightly from those shown above).  And,...... drum roll....... when you empty a bobbin, you can easily reorder, as each bobbin is marked with a special number.  We had such a good response at class that we are temporarily back-ordered but I am hoping we can give full details here and on my Etsy site next week.

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