Monday, October 5, 2015

Scrap Quilt Secrets

See the book description here.

I promise not to talk about this book every day for the next six months (when it is finally published) but I might have to mention it occasionally. *wink*

I started birthing this baby over a year ago! It has been fun and painful, and exciting and scary and almost every emotion you can imagine. I've never worked so hard on anything in my life, and I will gladly tell you that making the 16 quilts was the EASY part. Now I understand why more folks don't write books. They take a very long time and many many hours of work stretched out over months and even years. This is my first book, so I will know what to expect with the next one. That's right, I've already got three more books dancing in my head because I'm nuts creative like that.

It actually has nothing to do with being creative. I do consider myself about average on the creativity scale, but for me it's more about teaching and sharing. I love to share my process, and my way of doing steps as well as the tips and tricks that I've discovered over the years. I think we each approach this lovely thing we call quilting with a different brain, different set of eyes, and our hearts speak to us in their own language. I think that's why quilting is so very special. We are not all making the same thing all the time. We are all making our version of something with our personality and our soul stitched into each piece.

My passion for teaching lets me see things that I think are important and organize them in a way that I hope is very easy for other people to understand and apply to their own projects. I am never more flattered than when someone takes my patterns and changes them in a way that I would not have considered or even thought of. To me, that is the magic of quilting.

I am not the authoritative expert in anything by any means. but having made hundreds of quilts over the past two decades has given me some experience and insight into what I think works. I organized my ideas and then made quilts to demonstrate those ideas. I chose the acronym S.C.R.A.P.S. to represent those ideas because it helps people remember...okay, it helps me, so hopefully it helps others!

You can read more about the details of the book in the links above and below (click on the link below the photo or the amazon links at the end of the won't have to purchase the book if you do, but by all means go ahead and preorder it if you like!) LOL

I'm also super excited that two of my designs were chosen to adorn these super cool eco pouches. I know what I'm giving everyone for Christmas next year!! I think they are going to be very useful and I know they make me smile just looking at them.

At some point, I will share more about the steps of actually writing the book and putting it all together. I do promise, that this blog will NOT just become one long informercial until March though. I still love sharing all the things about quilting every week, with a few recipes and adventures thrown in for good measure.

Most importantly, I must say that the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received from family and friends has been so uplifting and amazing! I am so deeply thankful for each and every person in my life (and on line) who has shared their love and kindness and cheered me on during this crazy process. Each and every one of you means more to me than I can ever express.

I can't wait to hear what you think about this baby of mine...


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Order my book on PreSale NOW...

Book for pre-sale HERE.

So I wrote a book. I'm kind of over-the-moon excited about it. It doesn't come out for another SIX months, but you can pre-order it now at C&T. Go take a peek by clicking HERE and then come back and tell me what you think.

Enjoy every stitch,

Friday, October 2, 2015

Craftsy Block for October!!

Click HERE for your free Pumpkin Block tutorial.

This might be my favorite so far!
Enjoy every stitch,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New York City (family style)

(view from our room)

We took the kids to NYC for fall break. We stayed at the Hyatt Times Squares, which must have been designed by a quilter because the hallways were painted like this...

And the carpet looked like this...

I feel a quilt bubbling in my brain, but I digress.

The kids in Grand Central Station.

Oh yes...New York! We started the first day with the boys going for a run in Central Park, while the girls window shopped on Park Ave. Then we went to the Apple Store, Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building and then to a play. We had great seats at "Wicked" and I loved it and Kelly thought it was good but I'm pretty sure both boys fell asleep. Oh well, can't win them all. LOL

On top of the Empire State Building with One World Center in the background.

The next day we went to the 911 Memorial, the top of One World Center, the Statue of Liberty and back to the hotel for a nap. The boys went to see a movie while the girls snoozed. Then we had quite the cultural experience in Times Square and let's just say the boys now know what a woman looks like wearing nothing but body paint. (I'll let you google that one yourself!) Yep. That happened, along with the singing naked cowboy. Like I said, it was quite the cultural experience.

At the memorial in front of One World Center.

From the boat on the way out to Ellis Island.

The next day we went to the Nintendo World Store where the kids had out-of-body experiences and completed their Christmas wish list. Then we took the subway to the American Museum of Natural History and were able to see all of the special presentations except for the butterflies. I think I was the only one who was sad about that. No worries, I'll visit it next time. Then we went to see 'The Lion King' which the kids LOVED. Bill and I enjoyed it but were not as impressed as the kids. We had a hard time understanding several of the characters, and luckily know the story so we could follow along, but it was frustrating at times.

In front of the Natural History Museum which had lots of quilt patterns 
hidden amongst the science displays.

That was all we could stand, so we took a flight home the next morning and now are all being loved on by doggies that missed us very much. Luckily, they have nothing to complain about because our house/pet sitter is a super nice guy who gives them lots of love and treats. I feel so much better knowing I'm coming home to a house full of happy pets, collected mail, and that things have been supervised properly while we are away. 

Oh, and we just happened to see the president while he was in town. 
See him waving? 

Now I just need a nap to recover from my little vacation!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Have you seen this?

I have a post over on the Craftsy blog about the whole pickle dish versus wedding ring pattern conundrum. Any thoughts or feedback would be welcome.

Enjoy every stitch!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Potato Soup (vegetarian version)

(I forgot to take a photo of my soup, so here's a nice sunset from the other night.)

Did you know most potato soup recipes call for chicken stock? Well, that doesn't work around here since we've got a vegetarian in the family. She hasn't eaten meat since she was 12 and we respect her decision. I don't cook every meal vegetarian, but I do make sure we have options for her. When I can adapt a recipe to a vegetarian version (especially soups, because she loves soup) I will. This recipe started out as a Paula Deen recipe, and I altered it with vegetarian ingredients. I served it to my bee group recently and they seemed to like it. The kids have asked for it again so it must not be too bad!

Crock Pot Potato Soup 

One 30 oz. bag of frozen chopped potatoes
One large box of vegetable broth
One can of cream of onion soup
fresh ground pepper
8 oz. of cream cheese
fresh chives, chopped for garnish

Put the potatoes, broth, soup, and ground pepper in the crock pot, and cook on high for 1-2 hours, then turn to low for an additional 2-4 hours. Add the cream cheese 30 minutes before serving. Stir until smooth.  Garnish with fresh chopped chives.


PS. this is one of the crock pots I have and I like it!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

2016 Calendar from AP&Q

(used with permission from Meredith Corp,)

Have you ordered your calendar for next year yet? They make great gifts, and not only is it a calendar, but there is a booklet enclosed with all twelve patterns! The booklet is 8.5 x 11 and fits nicely on your bookshelf with your other quilt books. Go check out the gorgeous quilts featured HERE but I am pretty sure APRIL is going to be your favorite. *wink*

Enjoy every stitch!

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