Friday, November 27, 2009

Blessed Thanksgiving and a HUGE sale!

We all had such a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Thank God for all He does for us! So, in response, I decided to bless others with a HUGE sale at my Etsy store. Save 25% to 50% off on all Holiday Pattern Gift Sets.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Stone Garden has bloomed!

The new pattern is finished and I really enjoyed this one! For starters, the center, border and binding are all from 5" strips! And while you can buy the pre-cut packs. I just used half-yard cuts of 12 fabrics from the same line. If you go the pre-cut route, consider buying a set from several different collections to give yourself some variety.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Business Time.

Good afternoon! I'm looking for new quilt stores this weekend to sell my and/or brick and mortar. I'm offering a 10% discount on first time orders! Just contact me for details.

I finished up the top of pattern #8 yesterday. I'm very slow and the whole thing from cutting to piecing to pressing took me 5. 8 hours. This is my fastest and easiest pattern to date! I hope to release it next week, so keep an eye out.

On a side note, I'm already feeling the Christmas spirit and made this adorable ornament this weekend! I'm sure I'll have to make a few more before the season is over.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Creative wheels are turning...

It's too bad that there are so many road blocks. My machine is sick again. The kids keep getting sick, which means I keep getting sick. And even though I have my next pattern completely designed and written up, the fabric that I MUST have isn't available in the stores yet. I also have another pattern spinning round and round, but I really want to do the other one first.

Now, in my hurry to post the Autumn Dance pattern, I completely forgot to mention that at least half of the amazing fabrics used in the cover quilt were loving hand-dyed by Jill Eugena of Color Me Wyrd. All of her fabrics are one-of-a-kind works of art!

While I am anxious to get moving on those other patterns, I do have plenty going on to keep myself busy. I'm participating in a mystery quilt at my guild...15 light FQs and 15 med to dark half-yards. I just now have my fabrics picked out. It was especially difficult for me, as I was determined to only use stuff from my stash. Now, I'm a bit behind as I haven't cut the fabrics yet and we are already into the first stage of sewing.

Shelby Sue, the new puppy, is also keeping me on my toes. Yes, she has a middle name. She is into so much mischief that a middle name was warranted.

I also haven't posted my center block from my Ostrich Challenge, so here it is. I have an idea of what I want to do for the first round, but it is going to be difficult. So, I'm procrastinating on it. The thing is, if I make a mistake, there will be not be any way to fix it.

Need to go now...the Halloween decorations are calling my name...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Pattern...Autumn Dance

Just in time for the fall season...

Available at my Etsy store. :)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Road block and Ostrich

I've hit a bit of a road machine is sick. We took it in for servicing this weekend and hope they aren't too backed up to get it done soon. I am really striving to have the new pattern available on September 21st, but that might not happen. I do have another machine, but it is really best to use only one machine on a project as they sew differently and the scant quarter inch measurement might not be precisely the same. So, this is just another opportunity for me to work on my patience level. LOL!

Regarding the Ostrich Challenge...I've decided on 6 rounds, 2 months between each round. We all have busy lives and I don't want this to take up a lot of time for anyone. If you are planning on participating, please sign up under the discussion board on the FB Fan page. The deadline to choose and submit a picture of your orphan block (or a block that you make if you don't have an orphan) is September 15th. The first round will be announced on the 21st and I'm excited about the theme! I think it will be an easy one, so you will have to be responsible for making it challenging. Oh, and I've decided to not to wait until the end for a giveaway! I'll hold a drawing for each deadline, including the one to submit a pic of your orphan block. And for this first one, if you can talk a friend into taking the challenge with you, I'll submit your name twice. Just be sure to let me know who they are so I can give you the credit. ;)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Working hard and feeling the creative spirit!

288 of 336 seams for 24 blocks are done! My sweet little boy loves putting the pieces back up on the design board for me after I've pieced and pressed parts together. I must say it is a huge help!

I've decided on hosting an Ostrich Challenge! Don't know what an Ostrich Challenge is??? Well, it is similar to a Round Robin, except that like an Ostrich, it doesn't take flight...meaning you do all the rounds yourself. Also, you may choose to "stick your head in the sand" by not doing one round.You will start with an orphan block. There will be between 6 to 12 rounds, with a month or two between each round. I haven't decided yet, so this would be the time to voice a preference.The idea here is to really challenge yourself. This is a time to try techniques, color choices, etc. that you would normally feel uncomfortable with. Step outside your comfort zone. Since you are doing all the rounds yourself, who cares what anyone else might think, it isn't their quilt...No quilt police allowed with this project!I participated in an Ostrich Challenge some time ago. I really loved the finished top! I learned a lot and found I was capable of more than I knew. Now, I know that the experience itself might be enough of a reward. But, I think I might be offering some surprise gifts at the end. I mean, who doesn't like winning something, especially when it is well deserved???

I'm going to be hosting this challenge on my FB Fan Page (there is a link to join on the top right hand column), so you'll need to go there and you can share your thoughts on the discussion board.

Monday, August 31, 2009

A new addition...

We have a new addition to our family...Shelby. We aquired her when we were on a family trip celebrating Gentry's birthday. Some friends of ours had found her abandoned on the side of the highway and had taken her in, hoping to find her a good home.

Well, she has found one and we are becoming quite attached. Did I mention that I'm allergic to dogs? Well, I am and I've been under the influence of Benadryl since about an hour after we got her in the car. She is such a good puppy though, I think she is definitely worth it.

She is also a rather lazy puppy, which makes her even more adorable.

In spite of all the new excitement, I have still managed to work on my upcoming pattern. It is perfect for Autumn, my favorite season. Think clear blue skies and wonderful warm tones.
Oh, and before I forget, we have a new addition to the stores on the right. Blackberry Patch Quilt Shop in MS is now carrying Divine Inspirations patterns. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Cathy, this weekend and she is a real sweetheart. She is having an amazing sale at the moment, you won't want to miss out!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Gentry's Birthday Quilt & Sale Ending

I finished Gentry's quilt! Thank heaven! It was a real bear, for so many reasons. I'd never do it again, but am glad to have done it this once as I think he'll love it.

We are taking him to the aquarium in Chattanooga, TN for his birthday. I've been before, a long time ago, and loved it. I'm sure he'll have a wonderful time.
Our Back-t0-School sale on the patterns is coming to an end. This is the last day to get your savings. Today I finally get to start working on the next pattern. :) Which reminds me....I've been doing a bit of brainstorming and have a few thoughts roaming around in my head about doing something just a bit different. I'm toying with the idea of making some patterns for some wall-hangings, maybe calendar related...and/or doing a BOM...and/or doing an online mystery...and/or having some patterns available for PDF download. Do any of these ideas sound interesting to you? Let me know, I'd love the feedback.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Back-to-School Sale!

I am having a Back-to-School sale on Divine Inspirations patterns.

5% off ALL orders and FREE SHIPPING on orders of 25 or more patterns!

Sale ends on Monday. If you are a retail store, I'll adjust the price in the invoice prior to payment. If you are an individual buying from my Etsy store, I'll send a refund.

Enough "shop talk" for now. I've been working on Gentry's birthday quilt and I'm about to pull my hair out. I'm having issues with it and I don't know how I'll get it done in time. Please send prayers and good wishes!!!! The things we deal with for the ones we love!

The kids start school next week. It seems earlier and earlier all the time. It took me a good few weeks to adjust to having them back at home and underfoot all the time when summer came. Now, I can't imagine them gone each morning and afternoon at school. It will be so quiet... which is great for work, but I'll miss them dearly.

In addition to Gentry's quilt, I'm working on a placemat to go with a tablerunner I made earlier this summer. I am also finally getting back to working on the Underground Railroad quilt. But I only get the tiniest amount done on these each day as a bit of a break from Gentry's.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Pattern is finally available...

It took a week after my birthday, but that's okay.

"Lady Catherine" is finally finished. The top is made from one layer cake and one honey bun. If you like the simplicity of the Sassy Sixteen and The Jelly Maker's Cabin, this is along the same line.

Would love to stay and chat...but I have to start on Gentry's birthday quilt!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Back from Kansas City...

I had a wonderful time! I even visited a couple of quilt stores, which is always a bonus.

The quilt top for the next pattern is completed and I hope to have it basted by tomorrow night. I love the fabric line I used for it, so very romantic. I would really love to have this one ready for release by my birthday. So, don't be surprised if I'm absent a lot.

I'll be posting pictures next time around.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Guilty as charged...

I's been forever since I last posted. Shame on me! Let's see if I can catch up a bit today.

I finished Hailey's quilt top. I know the picture isn't very clear, but I probably won't bother taking another one until the entire thing is done. I have it basted and partially quilted. I had planned on quilting around the potion blocks this morning but I have been blessed by several orders the last couple of weeks and today had two to fill. Perhaps I'll find the time and energy after church tonight.

I shamefully didn't do the BOM at the guild this month. I did manage to make a block for a member's quilt that we are all working on. I've been nominated to be in charge of the BOM next year. Not sure how I feel about that. I was thinking of taking a year off. At least this position will be a bit more creative than the other two I've held.

We had a wonderful Spring Break with the kids. A few activities and outings...some great family time. We even took Flat Stanley along...those of you that have kids and/or read the book probably know what I'm talking about. :)

I have also worked on a few other quilty things: a baby quilt, the leaders and enders coffee quilt, etc. Each of them have their own sad stories that I will tell sometime when I've gotten over them. :/. In the meantime, I've developed a probably unhealthy addiction to a FB game called PackRat. Hubby used to tease me until he decided to give it a he's hooked too. LOL!

I hope everyone has been having a wonderfully blessed month!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Potions and Snow

What a glorious weekend!

I finished up two more blocks for Hailey's Quilt... Potion blocks. Now, I need to spend more time today cutting fabric and if time allows working on two more star blocks.

The weather this weekend was incredible. We received some heavenly snow fall both Saturday and Sunday. I wish it snowed more often like that in this area...maybe three or four times a year.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Quick post...

I finished another block on Monday for Hailey's quilt, the 2nd of the book blocks. Yesterday I started working on the potions block. It is taking a little longer than I had hoped so I'll post a picture when it's done. But, I'm pleased with it so far.

Had guild last night, so much fun. I even won a door prize. Isn't it cute? It is originally from a quilt shop in Victoria, BC called Satin Moon Quilt Shop. The "bar" contains 8 Fat 8ths.

Pat at The Stitchin' Station/The Quilting Barn in Arlington has asked me to teach a class on "Sunday Brunch". We haven't decided on a day of the week or a time yet, so if you are interested give her a call.

Time to get back to my potions....

Monday, February 23, 2009

Allergies and Migraines

The weather here is driving me crazy....cold, hot,'s having a terrible effect on me. I woke up with swollen eyes and the third migraine in three days! Okay, well, that's enough complaining. I have a very busy week ahead and so much I want to accomplish, no time for negativity.

The fabric for the new pattern arrived and is begging me to "play" with it. But I can't. I have to be loyal and dedicated to my daughter's birthday quilt for now. I finished three of 12 blocks this weekend and would love to keep up the pace of 1 block a day. It's so hard though when the whole thing is supposed to be kept a secret. I have to put everything away and only work on it when she's out of the house or sleeping. I am really excited about this one though and think she's going to love it. I showed you the focus fabric before that's going into the border. The center of the quilt is going to be a book shelf with cubbie like sections. Some will have panels with stars, some will have books and the others will have potions. I have two star panels finished and 1 book section. I hope to get another book section completed tonight.

Last summer, I bought a kit online...something about a Coffee Lovers Mystery International Quilt something or other. Well, it's one of those I want to do for myself. Those always get put on the back burner as I need to do for the kids and the business and the guild, which is fine, just makes it harder to do for fun alone. So, this year I'm determined to do more of the "just for fun" stuff, which was why I was able to do the Thomas in Paris top. On a side note, I now have several tops for myself that really need to be quilted, so that will be something else to focus on at a later time. Back to the Coffee Whatever It Was, I cut up the majority of the pieces and am going to sew this one together using them ONLY as leaders and enders. I've done the L&E before, but eventually switched over to sewing the projects as normal. Not this time around! This is going to be like an experiment to see how long it takes and if I actually can do it. I've already started, as I wanted to start at the same time as I was doing Hailey's quilt. So far I'm pleased with what I've accomplished and it will be interesting to see how much is completed when Hailey's top is completed. Wouldn't it be something if it was completed first? I'll post pics as time goes by...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

I had planned on posting yesterday, but was too busy and too wonderfully exhausted from the previous quilt night and a great Valentine's Day the day before. The rest of my week will be busy as well, so today's the day!

Let's see...oh yes, the new pattern is doing well and I've added to new locations where it can be purchased...Over The Rainbow and Fat Quarter Shop. I just love both of these stores! And on Saturday, in the middle of lunch, I came up with the idea for the next pattern and jotted it down on a paper bag while I ate. I'm going for a softer, sweeter look this time around so I'm using Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda. The last two I've designed were a bit more work than the first three, which is what was requested. However, so many love the simple and quick patterns that I hope this one will find itself in that category. It requires 1 layer cake and 1 honey bun, which I have already ordered. But it may take awhile before I get to it, as I have to do Hailey's birthday quilt (which I still don't have the rest of the fabric)!

Valentine's Day was wonderful! The kids made me feel so loved and I hope I did the same for them. Hubby got me the usual card and lots of candy, but he also got me furniture for my quilt studio! He got the oak colored set which is a perfect match to the oak shelves I have in there! He is such a sweetheart! Sadly, I ordered his gift near the beginning of the month and it still hasn't arrived. Good thing he isn't as sentimental about things as I am. I'm hoping it will be here by tomorrow! As you can see though, the banquette is perfect for the kids to do their homework and stuff while Mommy is at the machine. It will also be great for pizza and/or dessert breaks during the quilt nights!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I did manage to turn over and photograph the topper on the credenza. While I prefer the dark blue, this is a nice change.

Sunday night the Advent PUPs ladies came over for another quilt night and we all had a great time. Earlier in the weekend I had finished making some placemats for the upcoming Farm & Gin show, the tops were already done, I just had to birth and quilt them.

I also made the guild's BOM, which I have to confess I had not made one in a couple of months...shame on me!

While the ladies were here, I was able to finish up the Thomas in Paris top. Now, I'm in the middle of cutting pieces for another coffee related quilt/wallhanging. I'm going to stack up the pieces and sew it together as leaders and enders while I do Hailey's quilt.

The kids were off from school yesterday and also today. Yesterday, was a whirlwind of a day. My dear friend brought over her granddaughter and my kids loved that! They played while my friend and I were in the quilt for all. Then my daughter comes inside in tears complaining that someone threw a brick at her and it hit her face. Well, there was definitely a horrible mark there, but I couldn't imagine either of the other kids throwing a brick at her. Well, after numerous questions the true story finally came out...Hailey and the other girl put bricks up in a tree (I mean seriously...where was her brain?!?), which she proceeded to stand under (again...brain completely absent?!?) and my son had tugged on a limb which of course made the brick fall. God was so looking out for her as it landed on her cheekbone...could have been so very much worse! She is completely fine and, I pray to God, a bit wiser. After the whole fiasco though, she decided she wanted to work on making a cute is she!

Okay, that's enough babbling for today. I have to finish reading for the bookclub on Thursday and I won't have any time tomorrow as I'll be at church nearly all day.

I hope everyone is having a truly blessed week!