Oct 192009
 

I started to compile a detailed list of what I ordered.  Then I got bored.   So instead let’s just do these giveaways.  You’ll want to win them ALL!  They are so great.

1. Craft Apple Patterns: (estimated retail value $36)

Craft Apple Patterns

I really enjoy spending time with Linda  – but more importanly – I love her patterns.  They are so well written.  Every detail is covered.  You don’t have to guess or wonder what you’re supposed to do next.

 

2. Sidewinder and other goodies from Quilt Market: (estimated retail value $30) 

Bobbin Winder and other goodies

The bobbin winder is super handy – I’m told.  It doesn’t work with Viking bobbins tho.   :-(    Also included are a Moda quilt puzzle, a ModKid tape measure, free pattern and picture brochure from Amy Butler, notepad and more pretty things from Anna Maria Horner, Jenean Morrison’s postcards with her California Dreamin’ designs, and a cute little token from Sweetwater.

 

3. Pink Fig Patterns: (estimated retail value $72.50) 

Pink Fig Patterns

5 patterns from Pink Fig (including her new Nie Nie skirt) and her embelishment book!  Super fun patterns for little girls.  I use them often!

 

And the GRAND FINALE!  

These aren’t even available in the store yet! But you can get a fat quarter set of Sandi Henderson‘s newest collection right now!  Right here! 

4. Fat Quarter set of Meadowsweet – Peach Colorway (estimated retail value $42.50)

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach Collection  The peach colorway has 17 prints.  Henna Garden appears again in new colors.  Other prints include Vintage Paisley, Poppy Parade, Chain Flower and more.  Here are a couple more pictures.

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach CollectionMeadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Fat Quarter set of Meadowsweet – Pear Colorway (estimated retail value $32.50)

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear Collection

The Pear colorway has 13 prints.  Peony Plaid, Splashy Rose, Daisy Path, Paper Snowflake and more.  Yummy!

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear CollectionMeadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO HOW DO YOU WIN?

Leave a comment.  Easy peasy.
There will be 3 winners from my blog.

AND I will choose 2 lucky winners from my Facebook Fan Page.
So become a Fan and have another couple chances to win.

 

The first name I pick with get to choose which gift they want, and so on and so forth. I’m making a lot of work for myself. The entries will close on FRIDAY OCTOBER 23rd and announced shortly after that!  Okay!  I’ve closed the comments – Will draw the winners soon!

 

 

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Oct 122009
 

I don’t know how I should organize the posts.  So it might be mishmash craziness that will span over a couple days.

Here we go!

First – the Michael Miller booths!

Camp Michael Miller

Camp Michael Miller pretty much sets the tone.  The prints I love are fun and playful, just like their booth.

The Michael Miller girls – Patty Young, Sandi Henderson, Paula Prass and Pillow & Maxfield.  It’s hard for me to point out every little detail.  These women have made sure every little detail is perfect.  It is amazing!  Hopefully you’ll be able to see a little bit of that in the pictures. (Check out my quilt market flickr album to see even more pictures!)  

Sandi Henderson's booth

The wonderful Kyoko

Paula and her daughter Jennifer

Whimsy in the new colorway

In addition to new fabric lines, they all have new patterns too!  I have Patty’s newest patterns in the store now.  Sandi is expecting hers to be ready in November and Paula says around the new year. Also Valerie Pillow and Anne Maxfield said their website, blog and such should be up before too long!

I have some goodies for you guys… you’ll definately want to check back. But right now I am falling alseep on my computer desk – so it’s time for me to get some much needed sleep!

See you again soon with more quilt market fun!

Oct 062009
 

That’s what I should be doing.
It’s funny because I KNOW people that were planning outfits back in August.
AUGUST.
I have about 24 hours remaining before I leave.
And I say to myself.
“Maybe you should do laundry.”

Alright so clearly I won’t be the hippest cat in town.
But I’ll have mostly clean clothes.
And I’ll be there.
Bags under eyes and all.

I remember the first year I was planning to go.
I was emailing Sandi Henderson and I told her something like
‘I’m gonna need cases of deodorant.”
She LOL’d at that.
Maybe I can find the email.
I might even have a label “Cool emails from designers” in my gmail
Or if I don’t, maybe I should make one.

Anyway back to my first time – a Quilt Market virgin.
I sweat a lot.
And I was so nervous to meet all the designers.
Like these are all the COOLEST people in the world!
Will I even be able to say “Hi”?

I said ‘Hi’ to most of them.
Except Patty Young.
But I talked to Jon. (her husband)
He didn’t know who I was.
Heather Bailey gave me photography advice.
Anna Maria Horner gave me a hug.

It was nice.
Now I’m still super excited to go to Quilt Market.
After all – I get to spend a little bit of time with the world’s coolest people.
Some of them even know who I am.
And I’m not so afraid to go and say Hi any more.

After that first market I realized that I was right.
But my emphasis was wrong.
These are all the coolest PEOPLE in the world.

 

For updates from many people attending quilt market – check this out

And also I’ll be tweeting, as usual.

 

Jul 212009
 

Q:  Does Haley need a new skirt?

A:  No, but I made her one anyway.


Notice her wand

And actually – she could use some new school clothes – so maybe the answer should be yes.  Plus, as Renee pointed out, at some point this little girl of mine is not going to want to wear mama-made clothes – so I should take advantage of it while I can!

I am in love with the prints from Picnic Parade by Jenean Morrison. They are cheery and bright – and the scale is perfect too! The pattern is the Analise patchwork skirt by Sandi Henderson. It is a perfect twirl skirt, wouldn’t you say? (Haley didn’t want me to add the bottom ruffle. That is the only change I made as far as the pattern is concerned.)  I love that some of the rectangles that make up the tiers of the skirt are sewn horizontally while others are placed vertically – and they vary size.  That sounds more complicated than it is.   :-)    After the pieces were cut out, it went together very quickly.

Next on the list is a pair (or two) of Pajama pants – they were supposed to be finished for Christmas last year…..

Apr 142009
 

Bokeh: A photography term, derived from Japanese, that refers to the out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.

In English: When the backgrounds of a photograph are all blurry but the subject is in focus.  ;-)

Examples:  Visit here.   Yep, that Bakerella has bokeh down.  There are tons of examples out there, her stuff was just fresh on my mind because I’m experimenting with her cake pops (but that story is for another day!)

Bakerella Cupcake PhotographBakerella Cupcake Photograph

This week in my photography class we are experimenting with  depth of field.  Well, I’ve learned a few things.  I have a point & shoot camera but it has a manual setting. (I can adjust the f-stop and aperture.)  So I thought getting a shallow depth of field would be manageable.  After a gazillion photographs, not one with a blurry background, I  went to the web for help.  (I had already read my manual and it was no help.)

This is what I learned from Sam.  “…If you WANT to defocus the background, you are going to have to work pretty hard at it. You would have to zoom to the longer end of the lens and set the aperture open as wide as it will go… and get pretty close to your main subject while having the background a fair distance away.”

So I set up my tripod, picked a subject matter (pincushion on fabric stack), put it far away from the background matter (bolts of fabric), zoomed in and managed to get a little bokeh. (Other issues of this photograph I won’t address here!)

Yep, honey.  I’m gonna need a digital SLR sometime.

PS That little contest is still comin’ up.  I’ve just been obsessed with cinnamon rolls and bokeh lately.  I’ll get on that post soon!

Apr 102009
 

After making the kitchen set for the school auction, I thought to myself

“Wo – man, you need some new kitchen stuff too.”

And so I made myself some new kitchen towels!

Target supplied the organic kitchen towels, I just added the cute fabric along one side.

Super Fast!

Super Fun!

Super Fabulous!






The fabrics are (from front to back):

Aqua Playful Paisley from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
Navy Deco Rose from Daisy Chain by Amy Butler
Cookies and Cream by Timeless Treasures
Pink Medallion Bloom from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
Spring Pomegranate Seeds from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson


One may say, if they were speculating such things, that I like Sandi Henderson’s fabric.

I do.  It’s true. :o

You see the Cookies and Cream fabric?

It’s adorable, don’t you think?

Start thinking of projects to use this Cookies and Cream fabric

Don’t share your ideas quite yet…

Check back soon though for a sweet little contest!

Jan 172009
 

Today marks the one year date for my business!!!!  (Or I really should say one year ago today, I had my first sale.  :-)  )  It has been quite the year.  I could go on and on about how much I have learned.  How things are so different than I had thought they would be, the ups, the down, etc. etc.  But really I think most would find that a bit on the boring side.  So then, we’ll skip the boring and go straight to the exciting!!!! A bit of  free always excites people – right?

4 gifts – 4 chances to win!!!!

(I had a hard time deciding!)

$50 Gift Certificate to buy wonderful glorious fabrics, patterns and kits in my shop!!!

Fat Quarters of the Earth colorway of Andalucia (my fall favorite) by Patty Young!!!

Adorable Scrumptious Sandi Henderson pattern – Ruffle Pants!!!

Whimsical Fun Woodland Bloom charm pack and pattern from Lila Tueller!!!

Now, is this fun?  or is this fun?!?!?!

How do you enter?

1. Leave a comment on this post to say hello or congratulations or how much you love me.  Ya know, in general, flattery is good!

There are 4 gifts – so I’ll give you 4 chances to increase your odds!

1. Blog about this contest and receive 5 extra entries. (Be sure to let me know!)

2. Add some pictures to my flickr group for 3 extra entries! (not per picture, pictures already there do not count)

3. All purchases between today and Jan 31, 2009 to receive 5 extra entries.

4. Place my button on your blog or website and receive 5 extra entries.

I can help with the html :-)

Above All Fabric

The drawing will be on February 1st, 2009.  That gives you 2 full weeks to get out there and have some fun and Above All (win some) Fabric!!!!

Thanks for a wonderful first year!