Black Friday Alert!

Ah!  It’s Black Friday and I’m busy cleaning up from a packed house yesterday, dragging out the Christmas decorations…..aaaand snagging some amazing online sales from the comfort of my pajamas.  There are a ton of bargains going on today, but I really want to highlight that Craftsy’s sale right now is AWESOME!  Through Sunday, it’s only $19.99 or less for every single class they offer!  Holy cow!  If you’ve had your eye on any of their classes, now is absolutely the time to snag them!


This includes my Twisted Irish Chain by the way….only $19.99 through Sunday!

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I’m also running a sale on everything in my shop, including 2013 and 2014 Sugar Block Club samplers!

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I hope you’re staying safe and warm and having fun getting your holiday on!  Deck those halls, and go snag some deals!



November WIPs, McCalls, and A New Family Member!

I think this long, jumbled title pretty much sums me up right now!  Seriously, I kind of feel like a jumbled mess at the moment.  I keep waiting to finish some fabulous projects to share about…a fun tutorial, a cute new holiday pattern…every day I want to post, and every day they continue to sit in a heap on my sewing table, half finished, meanwhile, the house gets messier and messier, the laundry is piling up, and I can’t seem to find the time to change out of these stretch pants or get a much needed haircut.  I guess that’s life (or at least mine).  Messy, jumbled, and always an endless parade of WIPs.

Oooh, but I do actually have one finished project to share today!  EEEEK!  I have an article out in the latest McCall’s Quilting Magazine!  My first magazine publication!  What a thrill to write for a company that I’ve looked to for sewing inspiration nearly all my life.  The folks over at McCalls are so lovely and it was such an amazing experience to be able to write and share my thoughts on the modern-day mini quilt movement.  The issue is January/February 2015, which is already available and out on newsstands now.

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So many happy bright projects included in the article too!  Most of these are either precious handmade gifts I’ve received from friends, or little treasures I’ve made to brighten up my space.

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I hope you’ll pick up a copy when you stop by your local book store or quilt shop- it’s a lovely issue!

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Hmmm, what else.  Ah yes, I’m working on an advent calendar!  Really hoping to get this done before next week’s Thanksgiving whirlwind of cleaning and cooking arrives, and then Dec 1st is right around the corner and it will be time to launch the Christmas countdown.  It’s a bit of an improved endeavor, but I am documenting my steps with photos so I can share about my process, just in case you get inspired to stitch up one of your own.  Can’t wait to share more about this next week!

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Aaaand I’ve got a couple of baby quilts in the making.  Trying to get one done for a shower this weekend, but it might end up just being a Christmas gift instead (hey, who doesn’t want a big box of diapers instead??).  I’m having fun playing around with a jelly roll and some strip-pieced half square triangles, and am excited to be sharing more about these quilts in the coming weeks too.

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Oh, and I can’t forget!  We had a little addition to our family yesterday!  And she is quite little.  This is Adelaide.  Or Miss Adelaide to be perfectly accurate.  We actually rescued this sweet little lady about 10 years ago, and she’s been living with my parents for years, but circumstances have brought her back and we are so very glad.  Ranger and Adelaide….well, they haven’t met yet.  He’s been outside, she’s been inside, eyeing each other and trying to look tough through the sliding glass door.  We’re researching just how to make this relationship work, but I’m sure they’ll warm up to each other sooner or later (we hope).

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Well that’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods!  I hope you’re staying warm and having fun preparing for a feast of gratitude and love next week (and maybe, just maybe busting out some early Christmas music like I am…just don’t tell my husband).


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