Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Year, New Magazine

Recently, I received a package in the mail from Fons and Porter. In it, was a complimentary copy of Easy Quilts, the Spring 2013 issue, which contains one of my quilts. So, make sure you get your copy of Easy Quilts and check out my quilt, Strips and Squares!
__________________________________________________________________________________________________ BOOK UPDATE I am so happy to report that all fifteen quilts are finally completed for my upcoming book! Now I am concentrating on the other stuff -- instructions, photos, etc. We are also in the midst of planning a photo shoot here in Meadville, PA. I am so very excited about this -- it will add so much to my book as well as promote this area. Stay tuned..........

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Happy New Year to Everyone! It's so hard for me to believe that we have begun another new year. It's scary that every year seems to go faster and faster. It's a little like being on a tilt-a-whirl. As hard as I've been working on wrapping up my fifteen quilts for my book project, I somehow managed to make some fun little Christams gifts for family and friends. To me, it's not really Christmas without handmade gifts. I even managed to make cookies and candy too. Honestly, I'm not sure how, but I did. Here are pics of my handmade holiday gifts:
The little owls are pin cushions using felt and vintage buttons -- so cute! I found the pattern through Pinterest (of course!). The three scarves were for my oldest niece Meghan -- she requested a scarf for Christmas so I made three of them, all out of purple silky fabrics. This project game me the opportunity to teach myself how to do a narrow hem with my narrow hem foot attachement. It took me a few tries, but I did figure it out by the time I completed the last scarf. The mittens were made for my dear friend Isaac. I upcycled wool from a sweater with holes in it! He really loved them, too! I personally loved the orangey color of the wool! The reversible tablerunner was a gift for my boss at the library where I work. She seemed to really like it. Oh, and I can't forget the snap bags. They are so addictive to make -- I think I made more than 20 of them in total! LOL! These were great little gifts for all of the females that I know. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ BOOK UPDATE Well, deadlines are really approaching now. I am seriously almost done with all fifteen quilts. I've really worked hard in the last few weeks to finish up binding, etc. I even managed to bind the 90" x 108" GIANT quilt in a little over three movies. I have about twelve inches of binding and hanging sleeve to hand sew and then I'm done. Shocking, I know, but my project deadline is literally right around the corner so I am right on target. Now I'm trying to get the patterns written and then I have to wrap up the rest of the written stuff. Writing a book, sure has a lot of work to it, but it's all good, of course! Right now we're looking ahead to the upcoming photoshoot. If all goes well, we'll be doing some of the photography here in my area. I am so excited!