Tuesday, May 26, 2009


REMEMBER yesterday when I said Miss Ruby Sue was soooooo GREAT? Here is the kind of thing she does.......and here is the one she did for me!!!

I am going to wear it to my photo shoot!

This is the new quilt I designed for Quick Quilts called Grow a Summer Garden.

Look for the magazine in your local stores!

Monday, May 25, 2009


You know that I LOVE the Crafty Crow site...there are a lot of very talented people in the world. I asked Stacy if I could show you her zipper jewelry....she is a quilter and seamstress ....and also a crafter...These are INCREDIBLE!!! Check out her flicker and click on the zipper jewelry at the side, she also shows the wonderful things she does for children!!

Then check out www.missrubysue.com Lori makes some INCREDIBLE, AND I MEAN INCREDIBLE jewelry....she lives in my city....when she was young, she used to live in my neighborhood!!! Her jewelry was worn on the VIEW!!! She has had an interview with Good Morning America....I have called her several times and she is always gone...I will just have to go by her house!!! I want a piece of her jewelry!

Friday, May 22, 2009


I saw a woman knitting at market. I thought to myself, "I haven't knitted in a long time." I learned how to knit as a young girl in Primary class at church. One year we learned how to embroider, the next year knit; and the next year we learned how to crochet. I am so glad we did. My daughter knits...she taught herself from this Internet site. So, for a change of scenery I am knitting a few wash cloths, and crocheting a few hot pads..... happy knitting to those who knit! If you want to start, invest in bamboo needles....they make all the difference!


Everyone keeps asking me what I bought at market? Here is what I bought....
Okay, I didn't actually buy this book by Penny Haren, it was a give away at her book signing in the Checker booth...(Checker is a HUGE distributing company)...this is the GREATEST book about applique without doing all those curved seams........if you ever wanted to try applique....you MUST get this book!

These next two books are by Edie McGinnis who publishes for Kansas City Star... and writes on their blog. She has a lot of really interesting information in her book which makes for good reading......along with great pictures...(I have a lot of her books...don't tell!)
This one by Edie is just about the most darling book about quilting I have ever seen....I think this cover is so ingenious!!!! I just LOVE it! You can get all of Kansas City Star books on their blog site, Pickledish!
This is Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts new BEAUTIFUL book.....(I didn't have to buy this one either) United Notions.....a division of MODA ....another HUGE distributing company has their author signing as well.....so I happened over when Joanna was signing and now I have an autographed copy!!! I thought I took a photo of her, but I can't find it....(I probably deleted it accidentally!) Check out her blog....it is beautiful too!
I already told you about Dawn Heese's new book.... but you must hear about it again...I saw the feature quilt hanging up in the Kansas City Star booth.....I meant to take a picture, but I forgot to go back and do it....so you need to get the book....the quilt was SO VERY PRETTY!!!
These ladies, Tammy and Avis...aka: Joined at the Hip are SO HIP!!! I have many of their patterns and books! OOPS, I didn't buy this one either..another United Notions signing...I didn't realize how many signings I went to!! I felt a kinship to the quilt on the front of this book as I have a new pattern coming out soon that has a similar shape!They were very nice and each signed my book personally!! Thanks ladies!
I mentioned Lizze B Cre8tive's new book when it came out a few months ago and it is still SO GREAT! Get yours from Kansas City Star!!! Oh, and check out their blog....their booth won MOST CREATIVE AGAIN! Two years in a row!!! Good going you girls! It really was a darling booth!
I really love to work with wool. I love the texture. This is a new book by Marilyn Gash put out by Indygo Junction. If you like to do small wool projects, you will like to do these! I can hardly wait to start!
You MUST get this calendar! Mrs. Bobbins is so hilarious!!! She does some pretty funny things with her sewing!!! Order it from Kansas City Star! Click the Mrs. Bobbins on the site and see what she is up to! I love her at the beach!
Camille Roskelley GAVE me her new patterns! You can have them too....go to her blog, Simplify!
And my dear friend Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way GAVE me her new patterns! Boy do I have great friends! The Baking Day part two is a GREAT way to do a fast little quilt...then use it as hot pads in your kitchen.....So FUN!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Pittsburgh is a very clean city. It does not have the steel mills like you would think. Years ago, especially during WWI they produced more steel than Germany and Japan combined. The air was bad, the buildings all had black soot and many people died of bad lung diesases....but today there are A LOT of trees, the air is good and it is quite a charming place. This is the city line from across the river.
With 100's of bridges....yes, 496 bridges as Pittsburgh is surrounded by three rivers. The Allegheny, the Mononagahela and the Ohio. It is where the French and Indian war was fought....(just thought you might like to know.)
Yes, this is our hotel....the William Penn, Omni Hotel....the Omni Corp. now owns it. It was built in the early 1900's. It was one of the first to have private baths and toilets in each room....VERY LUSH! The ceilings and columns are all carved or plaster. This first picture is the main lobby....when you walk in you feel like you entered a castle!
This ceiling was in the mezzanine and is all carved wood....very impressive...too bad the chandelier didn't turn out better, it was TO DIE FOR BEAUTIFUL! Just like you would see in a fairy tale movie...Phantom of the Opera kind of beautiful.
These are the carved arches in the main lobby. I just LOVE the attention to detail work. That kind of craftsmanship has always impressed me!
More of the lobby!
These next photos are from the 17th floor, looking out one window onto the hotel walls....this kind of plaster work isn't done anymore. These people were real artisans!
Looking out the same window, up higher on the building.
More from the window......the reason we were on the 17th floor is because the Grand Ballroom was there. We went to have a look....IT WAS LIKE YOU WOULD IMAGINE....GRAND and beautiful, all kinds of carvings, a balcony that went all the way around; an orchestra stand at the one end of the balcony.....They were setting up for a high school prom that night. The prom committee works for 4 years on fund raisers to have this Senior Prom at the Omni William Penn. It was AMAZING the setting of the tables, the centerpieces.....two knives, three forks, and two spoons at every setting...the butter on the bread plates were from a mold of the William Penn coat of arms.......pretty impressive for a Senior Prom...............RAMBELING....sorry...but I was pretty impressed!
Then the next night there was another prom............and the next day, Sunday in that same ballroom was a College graduation.................a VERY busy hotel, and not that expensive for rooms....if you split the cost! Our last day there, we had lemonade in the lobby while waiting for our taxi....$3.00 per glass in crystal goblets..........but worth every penny.....(we are not drinkers...so lemonade was the drink of choice.) Boy did we feel like we had lived the week in the lap of luxury! Oh, and of course there were many bell boys (men) dressed in their white tunics etc...very Hollywood!
Now perhaps many of you stay in hotels like that all the time when you travel....I have stayed in one like that before, but it wasn't old...this had CHARM----CHARM----CHARM oozing out at every corner.............OKAY, enough drooling already! Let's all get back to work! Thanks for listening, wish you all could be there!
One last photo of an old 1881 building...where have all the craftsman gone?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Okay people, here are a few pictures from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh....this is the night we went to the Moda appreciation dinner on a river boat cruise....notice my hair doesn't look too bad here.
Me on left, Angela Yosten--Moda Marketing, Christine (Moda's Spain representative) Joanna Figueora--Fig Tree Quilts, Bonnie Olaveson--Cotton Way, Camille Roskelley--Simplify (Thimble Blossom)

I don't know what we were looking at, but the photos just kept getting better and better...and Joanna is a humorous and delightful person.
Me and Sandy Henderson....she didn't have a booth but her new line of fabric will be out soon....don't notice my bad hair...it was raining and the humidity was WILD!
Amy Hamberlin--Kati Cupcake designs.....first time at market with her patterns! Check out her blog, she has some great pics from market...and a new fabric line with Henry Glass coming soon!
This is my new friend Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel studios...he is a quilt designer...hoping soon to be a fabric designer.........look for his quilts in Fons and Porters and up coming magazines....he is a very interesting person.
This was Andover Fabric's booth, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this apron display....I am not one of those that goes around and takes a picture of everyone and everything....so when this caught my eye I had to take a picture!! More later!

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Here is my friend Bonnie Olaveson's booth from Cotton Way..... we are trying to convince her to have a blog...we shall see!

This is the side of the booth of Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms also known for her blog, Simplify.
Bonnie, this is their new line of fabric for MODA called, Simple Abundance. Due out in stores in September....sorry, but it is cute! Look for it then!!!
Me and Anne Sutton from Bunny Tales. She is really funny! Well, there you go for now....more later!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


This is an interesting dome building that we can see out of our hotel window. We are staying in a COOL old hotel, the William Penn that was built in the early 1900's. It was one of the finest hotels between New York and Chicago and had "in room" baths.....very fun!
We are on the 12th floor, this is a roof top terrace on the next building. I have been to plenty of big cities, but it is always fun to see the cities from way up high!Of course, there is a lot of old brick buildings, I LOVE the old brick and brick work.
More later!

Monday, May 11, 2009


Triple Irish Chain baby quilt?
Or, Triple Irish Chain summer table cloth?
You will find this pattern on Moda Bake Shop soon! I am off to quilt market tomorrow!!!! I will keep you posted with WONDERFUL pictures!! Thank you everyone for your comments and support!
p.s. My camera is a Nikon Coolpix L20.....not a terribly expensive camera, but one that is just about fool proof....which I need!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


I got a new camera for Mother's Day/Anniversary that I have been trying out all over the house. It has some pretty nifty settings... like super close up for taking pictures of bugs, or the center of this flower.
I tried the food setting on this shot to see how gold I could get the border....you can change the color to more red/orange or blue/green...depending on how green you want your broccoli to be I guess...
This was taken with full sun streaming in the window, so that back lighting setting is pretty cool.
My cute doll had to have her portrait taken!
And here is my darling husband...he is the boy I loved in high school....he was a senior and I a lowly sophomore....We've been married 30 years tomorrow. He is impeccably kind, and generous to a fault, even as a teenager his kindness is what made me love him. Wow, where did that time go? We have three great children, and 5 wonderful grandchildren, my life has been richly blessed because of him!