Monday, June 18, 2007


Was it really my birthday yesterday or did I just imagine it? My parents forgot it was my birthday, imagine their surprise when my 5 year old, Gentry informed them. I also did not receive even one telephone call from anyone in my family or my husband's. Thank God for my wonderful quilty friends that still make me feel loved.

I do have good productive news though! I finished the Challenge blocks and they are on their way to the wonderful host to be sorted and sent out. The challenge was based on women's issues and each person picked their own issue, a block that could be associated with that issue and then a preferred fabric that would be used in all blocks that would come back to you. So, my issue was "Woman in Christ" and I picked a cross block. I picked a beige print to send out to everyone for them to make my blocks. As you can see from the picture, the fabrics I received from all the other ladies led to very different results. Which one do you like best???

A few more updates on my pattern... It is now in the Product Spotlight at the QuiltIndex, thanks to the "Always Open Quilt Shop" and can also be found listed in their newsletter. I hear the kits for it are flying off the shelves at the "Lazy Mazy Quilt Shop" and the variety of options is growing. Several other stores have purchased it as well and I'll be sure to provide a link as soon as the patterns are posted.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Do you like kits???

Well, if you do, you will love the Lazy Mazy Quilt Shop! They are the newest carrier of Sassy Sixteen and she has taken all of the guess work out for you by providing the FQs, binding fabric and pattern all together! Oh, and she also has the most amazing Kaleidoscope kits! They do all the fussy cutting for you!!! You must check it out!

On a personal note... still haven't finished those last three challenge blocks... shame on me. :(

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My Little Grad...

Gentry graduated from Kindergarten last month. He was very proud of himself. Being that we homeschool, we took him to an outdoor stage in a park for the little celebration. Then he got to choose where to go for dinner... IHOP. LOL!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Hello, Monday

I am hopeful for another great week. Last week was wonderful on all counts. I cannot believe how much I was able to accomplish while my children were at VBS. It was amazing! Their end program was so adorable. I wish I had pictures! The theme was Sonforce Agents, so they became very secret agent like with thumbprints taken for imaginary scans, dark sunglasses, etc. They had a great time! They might go to another church for VBS this week. So, maybe I'll be really productive again!

I have 8 of those WI Challenge blocks done! I really hope to finish the remaining 3 tonight and then I can stop thinking about them and really focus on Gentry's birthday quilt. It is a penguin quilt for my happy footed child.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the online stores that currently have my pattern available. I have started a list on the sidebar, but want to take a moment to tell you about each place. First of all, Always Open Quilt Shop, is so precious! If you haven't been there, be sure to visit. The owner, Denise, is such a dear sweet lady! Next, on the list is C & G Crafts. A great place to shop for all sorts of crafts, from needlework to painting to scrapbooking. Oh, and "C" is for my sister, Cathie. She has just opened a "brick and mortar" store in addition to her web store. I'm so proud of her! Take a moment to visit these sites whether you are interested in my pattern or not, you won't regret it!

I wish you all a glorious start to your week! God bless!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

When it rains, it POURS!

No, I'm not talking about actual rain. God knows we really need that! I am talking about my pattern! Everyday since Saturday a store has purchased my pattern. I'm going to work on a list of the online carriers to have here on the sidebar. What has surprised me the most is that all three LQS wanted it! My hope was one, but three, talk about blessed!

My initial draft of my second pattern should be finished by the end of the weekend. Then it off to the pattern testers. My goal is for it to be available by the end of the Summer, but it could be much sooner. It is a great pattern for the Fall season though.

I worked on my UR block last night. We are doing the Crossroads block this time. Simple but nice. I also worked on a Challenge block. I can't wait until those are all done so I can post a picture.

I've decided I need a new machine. Mine was used when I got it and that was nearly 12 years ago. I had it serviced, but didn't seem to help much, it at all. I want another Pfaff, went to the store, checked out prices. I don't know how I'll ever be able to get one! But, I am definitely going to start saving my pennies now. If I sell about 475 patterns and there are no family emergencies, I might just be able to get one. LOL!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

More Good News

Got a call yesterday afternoon from a different LQS. They bought 10 patterns right away. This has all gone amazingly well. I give praise to God for blessing me so far. There is one more LQS to check with this next week and then I'll focus on the online stores.

However, if any of you want a pattern in the meantime, just send me your email address. I'll send you an invoice from Paypal for $10.50 ($8.00 for the pattern and $2.50 S&H). And here is another picture of my "Sassy Sixteen". I call it "Midnight in the Garden."

Well, I have completed 4 out of 11 of my challenge blocks. I have until the end of the month to finish them. Once I have them all done, I'll get a picture for you so you can see how different they all are using the same pattern.

I have finally started working on Gentry's quilt... cutting lots of 2 1/2" squares.

I have also spent a great deal of time working on my new pattern! Found one little bump in the road, but I think I have it all ironed out. Stayed up late last night working on graphics for it. I hope to start sewing on it this week, but I really want the written pattern done first so I can check it as I go.

And finally, at some point today, I'll have to work on my Underground Railroad blocks. The class meets next Saturday and I haven't started on it yet.