Friday, February 27, 2015

Currently Reading...



I'm really enjoying reading ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr. I love the characters and the WWII setting. I am not even half way finished, so please don't leave any spoilers in the comments! If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. You can read more reviews or purchase it directly by clicking on the link.

Enjoy every page!
Diane

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

10 Minute Tip




Did you know that your quilt rulers are good for more than just rotary cutting? Of course you can use them as a straight edge for drawing lines, but you can also use the side of them for cleaning up your cutting mat! Drag it along the mat to pick up even the tiniest bits of lint and thread and scoop them all into a waiting trash bin! Yep, I do it all the time!


Also, use those rulers for carrying lots of cut pieces to your sewing machine. They will stay in order and neatly lined up for you. It is much quicker than picking up each set individually. What else do you use your rulers for? I would love to hear more tips and tricks if you want to share them in the comments.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Monday, February 23, 2015

The 1718 Coverlet Quilt Along



Have you seen what Sarah is doing over here?  She and her friend will be taking turns hosting this fun quilt along. There is also a facebook page about the book found here. I'm not sure which fabrics I'm going to use, but I do think I want them to be bright and happy! Are you going to sew along? If you don't have the book, you can purchase it by clicking on the link below. It will take you directly to Amazon. Or check your local quilt shop, they might have it in stock!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ice + Snow + Rain = Cold Mud



So the weather has been less than delightful this past week. And by that I mean, we are freezing our tushies off and we are SO OVER IT.
But rather than complain, I will say that I ventured out to my Bee Group on Friday and had a delightful time hand stitching and visiting with my sweet friends. Yesterday, I delivered four teenage boys to the movie theater and then settled into a comfy chair at a nearby bookstore and did some hand quilting.  And today, my girl and I are getting manicures and then I'll be back home for more hand quilting! As long as I need to be snuggled under a quilt, I might as well be productive don't you agree?

Stay warm and keep stitching!
Diane

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Southern Ice Storms


No school. Yay!
No internet. Boo!

But we are warm and safe and hand stitching. Hope you are too!
Diane 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Mardi Gras Y'all!

(Of course I made a quilt called Mardi Gras Memories, pattern found HERE.) 


Did you know that I grew up near New Orleans? Did you know that Mardi Gras is a way of life if you live in south Louisina? You can't 'go' to Mardi Gras, it surrounds you!


We had King Cake parties every friday at school. The person who got the 'baby' brought the cake the next friday. We all dreamed of getting the baby!



We went to the parades as a family and came home with no voices from yelling "Throw me something mister!" so many times.


We saw the decorations everywhere we turned. The music, the lights, the beads, the parades, the king cakes...I miss every single thing about it. One day I will return to experience it again.


Laissez le bon temps rouler!
(let the good times roll)

Diane

Monday, February 16, 2015

A huge, sincere thank you...

(Do you think my packaging is a bit much?) 


Every Monday morning when I drive off to the post office with a little bundle of packages filled with templates and patterns to mail, I am so thankful that I get to share my passion for quilting. I am so thankful for each and every person who places an order.

Each time I get an email notice (usually several times a day!) that another digital pattern has been purchased. I am so sincerely grateful that someone found my quilt design worthy of purchase.

I know I send email thank yous, and I send thank you notes with the packages, but my heart is truly full. I am quilting every day, or teaching, or filling orders, or designing...how lucky can a girl get?

I don't take one second of this wonderful experience for granted. So to each and every person who even bothers to read this silly little blog of mine...thank you, from my heart!

Diane
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