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December 29, 2010

2011 Color of the year,Something I have been working on,Where has time gone?,Using my leftover fusible bias tape,Cool Quil ty Kind of Things,Your Color Fix for Today,Happy Birthday Mom and Zoie

Three powerful words when you really think about it.
Do you "believe you can" do the things you have always wanted to do? Every beginning of the New Year, I sit quietly and write my intentions in a new notebook. Call it "goals" if you like, but I find the physical writing with a pen in hand makes it more real for me. I have put my written mark down on a clean page, a new slate of awesome, magical intentions that I do "believe" I can and will do. How about you?

The TOP 10 2011 Spring Colors 

2011's Top Color Trend
“People are looking for something that gives them a lift. Everyone has been feeling a bit lethargic from the economy, the mood or whatever this is. Honeysuckle is a feel-good color,” Eiseman said. “It’s flirtatious and has more of a playful attitude.”
Click on the word "honeysuckle" to read more about each color.

I am liking these colors alot, but always have.
Russet and Beeswax reminds me of appliance colors of the past!
Something I have been working on...

Everything I see or do "inspires" me. I cannot go anyplace without seeing something that makes me want to create. It's part of my genetics. I have been working on a series of motivational and/or inspiring pieces of art. This piece is one of the 3 I have completed and printed for my office. When done, the 12 pieces of art will be made into cards. I thought it would be nice to send these to someone just randomly to perhaps inspire them.
( name is hidden in each piece)

Where has the time gone?
Grand baby Gabriella is now 18 months old.She is her own little person. 
A personality is developing and we know she will be able to stand her own in the future. 
She is a leader,we can tell that already..first words...Dada, mamma and STOP (with that talk to the hand gesture)...hmmm

Using my left overs..
This is one of the many things I do with all my leftover fusible bias tape....I weave them and make little applique pieces. This one is on the back pocket of my jeans where I tore a hole in it. I stitched it well and it washes just fine

Cool Quilty Kinda Things....

What a fantastic way to preserve a memory!
 My hats off to this gal. Courage is the word that comes to mind. I am thinking that "sewing" will be a life long passion in her life to get this tattoo!
 Ok...I will admit I have ironed on one these ironing boards. My friend Charlotte brought this to retreat and we giggled alot....let's just say that little towel disappears with steam or heat. Lot's of ironing going on that day!
 Wow! Now that's one big pieced/quilted clock!
 Bet you see a quilt...
but it's not. These are amazing pieces created by cutting pieces of pictures/magazines. Go take a peak at Cheryl Sorg's site and look at her work.

You brave girl..
(The last fixes of the year....)
Sondra King, Mosaic Artist
Happy Socks

A Little bit of Zoie....
Zoie with her new Christmas toys....

 ...and her Santa hat she would rather chew on than wear!

Happy Birthday Mom
December 19th my mom had a milestone birthday of 75, but let me just say,if turning 75 is anything like my mom, it is the new 55.Really. My mom is a little fireball. Those who know my mom will say that when she laughs, it's from the heart and belly. She is the most organized woman I know, full of that wanderlust for travel which always makes her a perfect companion to travel the world with. She loves potato chips. Yes, when I was little and had to go to bed, I could hear her go to the snack closet and open that bag of chips. No fair Mom! She taught me to sew on her jazzy Singer sewing machine, she dressed my sister and I in identical outfits that she sewed, taught us good manners (or else!),and the list goes on. She is the best mother I could ever have. I love you Mom and Happy don't go skating circles around me!!! :-)

My Favorite Color Pic EVER!

As the year winds down, I want to thank you all for another year of visiting me on my blog. I hope in some way I inspired you or made you think about something that sparked a creative force inside of you. As all blog writers, we love to hear your comments and nothing would make me happier to hear from you. So if you choose, please leave a comment! Until next year, which I blindly forecast as an awesome, creative, thought provoking and colorful year to how's that for optimism!!!

 Visit me in the new year for my "first of the year" sale on fat quarters from the collections I have designed.
A little peak of what I did this morning...
and that's only 200 fat 1/4's cut so far!

Be creative and then stay that way!

December 8, 2010

Fly By Quilts? Running...Corduroy Bear...Holiday Cyber Deal...Your Color Fix for Today

Every November, I get together with some of my best quilting buddies where we Eat, Laugh, Quilt and EAT more! I am sure you have heard of Ricky Tim's Drive By Quilts? Our friend Mike Clark from Virginia Beach is a pilot and a photographer. For fun we thought it would be great to have a FLY BY Quilting Sighting. We all stood on the beach house deck while Mike did air stunts for us and took photos of us holding quilts we were working on. 
Thank you Mike for this MEMORABLE DAY!

Barb Vlack,Sally Schneider,Pat Speth,Linda M Poole,Charlotte Angotti and Kaye England,not shown Debbie Caffrey and Beth Ferrier

I Feel Like I am Always Running.....
 My days are filled to the brim to the point I feel like I am always on the run. I should remember that saying "be careful what you wish for" for that was one of my New Year Goals I made. I am getting better at organizing my days and my calendar, but one of my goals for the coming new year will be to slow down, think and prioritize. This past autumn,when planning my classes for the coming year, I decided to make 3-4 of the 6 new ones a much easier pattern while still learning alot of the fundamentals like "perfect circles, accomplishing sharp points easily and making your own designer bias tape for stems"
 So yes, these 3 new classes may look easy (which is GOOD), but they teach you the techniques that makes this achievable, which makes a "happy you".I teach the freezer paper glue stick method which is what has always worked best for me when appliqueing.

This class is machine or hand applique
The tail is embroidered with some fun variegated threads!
They are available as patterns if your not in the area to take a class with me. They include the pattern printed on freezer paper with photographic tutorials

And YES!!! These are patterns that you can pre-order and will be shipping out the last week of December or earlier. Makes for a nice winter project to keep you dreaming of Spring!

Swirly Bird - Butterfly Garden - Simple Joy

My friend Debbie Caffrey was making two handmade teddy bears for her grand daughters . Debbie made these same bears for her children when younger and there were books to go with the bear.The book series is called "Corduroy Bear" and Debbie had a couple to see. Knowing I have a 16 mo. old grand baby, Debbie asked if I would like to make one with her as she had extra materials for me to use. My quick answer..."YES!"
Here are the 3 bears and the one for Gabriella is the first one on the left

This will be Gabby's bear to love
I did get Gabriella a ton of books to go with her handmade Corduroy Bear, but there will be more added as time goes by!

15 Fat Quarters of my "Seahorse" fabric collection 
was $32.00  
Holiday price till Dec. 31, 2010
$25.00 (now that's a deal)

The Sea Horse Panel

 And this is what I ordered through Zazzle using the blue monotone fabric from my Seahorse Collection....I can't wait till it gets here!

Thanks so much for stopping by and always always, I do love reading your comments....till my next blog healthy, find peace within, spread your positive energies and make sure to find a way to create something that brings you joy!
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