Saturday, October 20, 2012

Busy, busy, busy

First of all, congratulations to picketsews - you're the winner of the brand-new-nobody-else-will-have-it-for-months-Pheasant Hill charm pack. To everyone else, don't despair, there will be more opportunities to win strips, precuts and patterns for this collection throughout the winter, so keep checking in.

The week evaporated right before my eyes. Lois and I have been sewing like mad women to piece quilts to send to Lori Kukuk, machine quilter extraordinaire - at the last minute - before market. She's shipping the last one back next day air to hit the studio Monday - then binding, pictures and a brochure before leaving for Houston on Wed.  Whew! This weekend will be spent putting a few finishing touches on props and projects, assembling displays, making backdrops, and cleaning out my car (there was a minor sweet/sour sauce mishap last weekend in the back seat). Then I still need to figure out what to wear!

Here's a first look at the charm pattern for Pheasant Hill. Still need a name - by Monday - any suggestions?

I still have the Harvest Moon scrap strip bundle and charm/mini charm packs from the Moda Blog Hop. No one has claimed those prizes, so let's try again. Submit a name for this quilt and win! Thanks for your help.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hello ladies! I would like to invite you to the 2nd Great Girlfriend Getaway in September 2013 for a cruise up the New England coast into Canada. What a treat! Pam Buda, of Heartspun Quilts, and I have partnered up for quilting adventures all over the country. This last August, our first cruise to Alaska was a splendid success and confirmed to us that this is the most fun way to see everything we want to see - hang out with quilters! With the leaves changing, it promises to be a delightful way to welcome fall. We'll have workshops and trunk shows on board with lots of surprises, so join us! Contact Bunny at the number below to reserve your space now!

Monday, October 8, 2012

A definite cool down

The weather here in Kansas has definitely taken a turn for fall this weekend. We had our first hard freeze Saturday night. A good thing to get rid of bugs, a not so good thing where my plants are concerned. We covered what we could and hoped for the best. So far, not much damage. I just hope fall hangs on for a while and we don't rush into a cold, dry winter. The crisp, cool days are so invigorating!

Now, down to business. Congratulations to comment #5, Sallie. You've won the Starry Moon pattern/fabric. Please email your shipping address and we'll get your package together later this week.

As for today, I'm headed to Kansas City to speak at the Greater Kansas City and Olathe Quilt Guilds tomorrow - a program in the morning, a workshop all afternoon and another program Tuesday evening. Whew! I better take some extra vitamins for lunch! Looking forward to visiting some "local" guilds again even though they're about 3 hours away for me. It's always a good excuse to go to the big city and shop. Maybe something new for market....

Speaking of market, UPS delivered the new Pheasant Hill fabric on Friday. Lois went home with the first project but we have lots to do after I return home. Here's another peek at a couple of the prints in the line:

 I love the trumpet vine floral - it's a great size for borders and comes in a yummy purple. The Puddles fabric is a delish tone-on-tone in every color in the collection that is also going to be available in 108" wide backing fabric - perfect! The diagonal stripe is fun in several colors and adds great movement in blocks. Can't wait to show you all the finished projects right after market.

For now, comment here about a favorite fall recipe for a crowd (we're having the annual Oct/Nov Birthday Bash here on Saturday) and you could be the first on your block to win some Pheasant Hill fabric!

See you next week, Lynne