Friday, April 15, 2011

Let Me Introduce, My Friend Diana & Her Pattern Company

Today I am blogging about my personal friend, Diana.  She has a pattern company and she has developed some really neat patterns. Her patterns are simple but look difficult and on most of them she has several sizes, from which to chose. Her directions are written very clear and easy to follow. The pattern that I have shown is Emma's Star Quilt pattern, and I think it is so bright and cheerful and she has directions for 4 different sizes. The best part is that most of her patterns have an e-download so you can get the pattern and start sewing today!! You can't beat that plus, for a limited time, she is offering free shipping on a hard copy of her patterns.  Her website is and I know you will be pleased if you check it out. Not only does she have great patterns but Diana is an awesome long-arm quilter. She has posted a lot of her machine quilted quilts on Webshots and that link is under her Machine Quilting Services on her website. I guess from my descriptions that you know, I think Diana is a remarkable person to do what she does and do it so well. I hope you will take the time to look at her site and see for yourself..Sew, my wish for you and myself, is to have a "Stitches" kind of day...until next time.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nothing to Brag About!

I truly have nothing to brag about, last week I made a big deal out of starting the Civil War block of the week by Barbara Brackman.  It's really no big deal on my part, I got a whole sum of ONE block done, whoopee!!  I guess life and other things have gotten in the way a little. And then there are simply a few times that I just had to sit and rest and not do a darn thing.  I don't like those moments very well really, as I don't like to waste my time but my 70+ body just says "it's time to rest". Okay then, I believe it. After the hail storm, it's been one thing after another. Talking to adjuster's, roof and siding "experts", and trying to decide what to do. My yard is a mess with tons of sticks and I'm trying still trying to clean up the fall/winter debris too. The spring flowers are coming up through the leaves and old flower parts and need to come off..I've been trying to work a few hours every day on that. And now I have 3 quilts to bind, one is the T-shirt quilt that Granddaughter Abby and I worked on together, another the one I am making her for graduation and the other is one  to finish for the PhD Challenge. Well, I have put in my 2 1/2 hours in the yard today so I'm headed for the shower and then will get some binding sewn on one of the quilts so I can sew it on tonight while watching TV. GD Abby is really anxious for me to get her T-shirt quilt done so she can show it off. I will post it as soon as I can so you can see it.  It came out very nice. The block in this post is the first Civil War block that I have made, I know it is going to take sometime for me to catch up but if there is a will, there is a way...and I hope to find the will and the way very soon.
Catch Me If You Can
Sew until next time, have a "Stitches" kind of day...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I've Done It Again!

Photo from the Civil War blogspot
I broke a promise and that is not good. The promise was to myself though so does that make it okay? I had told myself ( a "telling" is really different than a promise, I think, isn't it?) that I would not start any new projects until I finished one (or a few) but dang! this Civil War Sesquicentennial Quilt that Barbara Brackman is doing for FREE every week, just kept pulling my apron strings until I couldn't stand it any longer..And some of you know that Barbara Brackman is one of my all time favorite people/designers. And Civil War stuff, fabric, books and stories are a favorite also. Barbara is posting a new block every week for a year (yes, that's 52 blocks to make) and there is a story or history lesson to go with each and every one of the blocks. It's really, really interesting.I have a button on the left side on my blog that will take you right too the CW blogspot. I'm excited but also a little fearful about committing to this at this time of year but it will be okay, it will be okay and I repeat, IT WILL BE OKAY. Whew!! I really like starting new projects, hmmm, I think I might have said that once or twice before too.  Well, I am not telling any of my family or friends that I am doing this so they will only know if they read my blog, that will be a good test for them. Well, I best get busy and see about this first block..I'm on my way to having a "Stitches" kind of until next time. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Check out My New Books!

Here are my new hardback books that I won on The Raspberry Rabbits blog. They are wonderful books with lots of  "eye-candy" in them. So many beautiful pictures, colors and ideas, enough to last for a long, long time. I just want to say a bit THANK YOU to Michelle for drawing my name and sending me the books. She is a delightful gal and has a delightful blog to visit..please drop by her blog and see what she is has been up to. She has the cutest rabbits and they are always getting in trouble and she has great ideas too!  And I know she would appreciate if you would leave a comment, we all love to read our comments. Sew, I hope you will have a "Stitches" kind of day..until next time.