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Thursday, February 25, 2016

If at first you don't succeed...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

I've had very little time recently to sew with my machine. I'm busy with a few bathroom remodels (why did I decide to have 2 bathroom remodels at the same time, anyway???), customer orders, a quilt show to get ready for, a guild meeting that I'm teaching at, and a business conference. Oh, yeah, and my oldest son's 9th birthday party.

whew.  I'm exhausted just thinking about all that...

Head over to my website to finish reading...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A big announcement...and I need your help!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you about a business trip I took to Charlotte, NC yesterday!

I have had my eye on a laser cutting system for several years for my business. They are expensive. I also have 2 children that I was scared to have such equipment around (I can see Mo putting Chi in the machine, closing the lid and pressing the power button...)

Epilog is the brand that I like most. There are other terrific brands out there, but this one is close (well, Charlotte, NC is 2.5 hours away) and the customer service is top notch.  

My machine should arrive sometime next month.  I'm SO excited...can you hear my excitement? I literally couldn't sleep last night. This machine will allow me to cut ALL applique patterns.  It will allow me to do so much more! I will be able to cut plastic (think templates, rulers, quilt stencils) glass (I plan to etch quilt patterns on wine glasses, coffee mugs and YETI cups!). I will also be able to etch your logo onto cups, mugs, etc. What an awesome gift for your favorite customer! I can also engrave wood and cork.  I see some quilt themed cork coasters in my future. On display in the showroom the rep had etched the marble floor in the doorway. My fireplace in my studio remodel is going to have some etched granite on the hearth...

Oh, the ideas are endless...

But I need your help!

I would LOVE to start a block of the month (or every other week, if that is what the group decides), but I need some suggestions. Remember, I will be able to cut ANY pattern. I will not be limited to the dies I own or can have created (custom dies are SO expensive!) I will have to get permission from the pattern designer, but that usually isn't a problem. Suggestions need to be patterns that I can still order--either from a distributor or from the designer directly.


Post comments WITH links to patterns that you would like to see offered as a BOM.  Also, can I ask another favor???? Can you send a shout out to all your quilty friends on FB, Instgram, Pinterest, quilt guilds, etc. and ask for their input? They can also sign up for my newsletter on my website by clicking here, that way we stay in touch!

Thank you for all your help and support as I start down this new path!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's a Blog POP!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcome everyone!

I am excited to be participating in the Blog POP that Jo of the Fat Quarter Gypsy has organized!  Have you been to the other blogs?  I have really enjoyed the other blog posts, I hope you have too!

Have you seen a Pop Up in action? Click here to see it on the Fat Quarter Gypsy FB page. (and while you are there, "like" the page, too!)

I couldn't wait to get my hands on a Pop-up pattern and kit!  I knew just what I wanted to make with it!  A baby themed Pop-up! Nurseries decorated in a jungle theme or Noah's Ark are classic.

I used several animals for my Pop-up.  The dies I used for the appliques were purchased from Accucut Education.  Visit there site here. I used the "Zoo Friends" set of dies. Mine is an older set that includes a hippo as well. (For GO! owners--Studio dies do NOT work in your machine. Sorry)

As you can see, I filled it with all sorts of goodies. Just perfect for a baby shower gift.  The new mom can then use it to store all sorts of goodies within arms reach of where ever she needs it! I think it would be great to store some cotton balls, wipes and diaper creme in. Another idea is to fill it with small baby toys such as rattles and teething rings. The ideas are endless!

I do my applique by hand, but the appliques are able to be applied by machine as well. Where I have used a back stitch, the appliques are perforated to make this easier. All my appliques come with paper backed fusible already applied. I like Heat N Bond featherlight. It does not "gunk up" a machine and is very easy to sew by hand. If you prefer needle turn applique the shape is cut out with freezer paper and ironed onto fabric for you to cut around.

Have you been to my website to see all the applique shapes I have available?  You can visit it here. You can send me your fabric to cut into specific shapes or you can order shapes in a certain color and I will use fabric I have on hand. I am a "pre-washer", so any fabric I use of mine will be pre-washed.  I have better success with the fusible adhering to the fabric if all the chemicals have been washed out. I also treat the fabric with Retayne, so I know that bleeding will not be an issue.

I also pre-cut pieced quilts. I have hundreds of dies and can cut most patterns. I do require, however, that you OWN the pattern. Copyright is very important. 

Email me today to get started on your pre-cut kit!

To enter the Blog Pop contest--all I need is for you to comment below on how you would decorate your pop up. Would you use appliques? A pattern?  What colors would you decorate with?

Also, if you can't find the Pop up spring and pattern at your LQS, you can order from Jo's website. This project was quick and easy and I highly recommend you give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!  Good luck!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

a sneak peek...

Wednesday, February 2, 2016


I have been feverishly working on a sample for a blog hop I'm participating in next week.  My post next week is coming out on Friday--stay tuned to my newsletter!

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There will be daily prizes...a GRAND prize...tons of don't want to miss a single day!

click on the picture for more info...

Keep quilting, everyone!