Monday, December 26, 2011

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!

The photo was taken by me and is a picture of an ornament that hung on my mother's tree for many years and now hangs on my tree. It's one of those cherished ornaments that reminds me of my mother and the many wonderful Christmas memories from my childhood.

May you have peace and joy in the New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Front Cover News

Many of my quilting and blogging friends have been receiving their February 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and noticed that my quilt is on the FRONT COVER. I was hoping to do this post before it hit the stands but heck, that's been my life of late. I seem to be several steps behind in a lot of things.

First, I want to tell you how much I appreciate the sweet notes I've been getting. It's like receiving a SWEET GIFT each time a little note pops up in my mailbox. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! It really brightens my day : )

Every time I look at the magazine I think. . . WOW!!! I really made that!! WOW!!!

It's been a hard secret to keep and I'm super excited to finally be able to talk about it.

It all started when I took a few quilts to Spring Market earlier this year and I had the opportunity to talk to a few Magazine Editors. I was really nervous but they were delightful and easy to talk to. It was fun sharing some of the things I'd been working on and they actually bought two of my quilts right then and there. Wow! Super exciting!! I could hardly believe it!

Anyway. . .

I love making scrappy quilts so I decided to design a quilt that would use a lot of the fabric I have in my stash of 30's reproduction fabrics. It's borderline hoarding, probably, maybe. . . but, don't quote me on that. I also love all of the new fabrics that are always coming out so, I decided that I would mix the OLD with the NEW and make a very SCRAPPY quilt.

If you look closely at the quilt in the magazine and the pictures of the fabrics I used you will see some pretty old fabric. I've been collecting Aunt Gracie fabrics and other reproduction prints for many years. You will also see a lot of newer fabrics from some of my favorite designers like. . . Sandy Klop from American Jane, Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet, Monica from Happy Zombie, Flower Sugar Fabrics by Lecien, Amanda Herring from Quilted Fish, Denise Schmidt's recent collections, and lots of other designer's too.

I really wanted to give the quilter the ability to use their stash but also allow them to go shopping. Who wouldn't want to have some of the newest cutest fabrics in their scrap quilt? It was VERY HARD for me to STOP buying fabric. I kept telling myself, “Ooooh! Wouldnʼt this be cute? I have to have a bit of this!” I actually used over 150+ fabrics in this quilt. I hope you have fun playing with your stash and adding the newest cutest fabrics to your quilt.

Here's a picture of some of the fabrics I used.

Here's a view of the multiple HST's I made for the quilt.

Just so you know I did make about (8) 15" x 15" design boards to layout and plan each and every quilt block for this quilt. I like to call it "Organized Chaos" because I wanted the quilt to look esthetically pleasing yet have a totally random look I laid out 8 blocks at a time and would then sew them together. I also wanted all of the colors to be represented in each block.

Go HERE for Lori Holt's tutorial on how to make your own Mini Design Boards. I do need to let you know that I changed a few things. . . First I made my boards bigger and instead of using hot glue to adhere the batting I used spray adhesive on the back of the batting to adhere it to the foam board and lastly, I didn't make any binding for the 15" x 15" boards since that would be 60" of binding for just one design board and at that point I really didn't want take the time to make that much binding. I loved using the smaller and portable design boards to construct these and other blocks that I've made and I know you'll love them too.

Little Flooding Update:
We spent the weekend moving stuff out of one bedroom to the next so that we could paint. Now we have to move things out of the last bedroom so it can be painted before Thursday. That's when the last of the carpet is being put in. Yeah! Then the Christmas decorating and clean up can begin. I'm hoping by the end of the week I can get the tree decorated, the bedrooms put back together, and the curtains hung. My daughter and her BF come on the 21st. We are excited for the festivities to begin.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

I've had this thought that's been constantly running through my head ever since I heard it. I'm sorry I can't remember exactly where I heard it or saw it but I do remember how it affected me.

"Blessings Come to Those that NOTICE!"

It caused me to be more mindful and reflective about my life and how blessed I feel to have a sweet and dear husband whom I love with a love that knows no end, a family that means everything to me, Children and Grandchildren who are priceless, Freedom that is a gift I cherish, a Faith that guides me, a Heavenly Father that Loves me, and a Savior that has Atoned for my sins.

I wanted to take a moment tonight to express my gratitude for each of you and for the blessings I see all around me. I have so much to be grateful for even when I feel overwhelmed by the challenges that are mine. Lately, I can't keep up with all that needs doing and I'm practicing patience and a positive attitude and trying to ignore the things that I can't get done at the moment I just want it done. I have little piles everywhere and I can't seem to take care of all of them. So, I have to remind myself. . . Just a pile at a time. It will eventually get done!

We recently had a little flood in the basement and that has set off a chain of events that requires a lot of cleaning, organizing, fixing, and painting. But out of that effort has come blessings. Like new carpet, new paint, and a fresh clean sewing/craft room.

We're still in a HUGE mess and it's just 2 days before my daughter comes home for Thanksgiving Break. I guess I better hurry and clear a space in her room since that's where I put everything from my sewing/craft room so we could paint and put in new flooring.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let you know that I'm still alive and doing well despite my little and big messes. I also, have some fun big news coming up that I'll be able to share the first part of December. I have been able to do a bit of sewing and designing this past fall while I wasn't blogging. I can't wait to share some of it with you.

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving Week with your LOVED ONES! I know I will.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tea Party

On Friday afternoon after a very busy first week of school that was also extremely HOT (with temps in the high 90's because of a broken AC Unit at school), I decided to take the grandkids to the park for a tea party. They needed to get out of the house and I needed to relax so I grabbed the tea set, a quilt, the grandkids, a few goodies and some very cold water to keep us cool.

The kids brought along their stuffed pets to join in the fun.

The grandkids really had fun eating snacks
and drinking water from our tea cups.

Animal Cookies at Number One!!!

Don't you just love the head tilt?
I just adore this little sweetie pie!

Don't you just love the miniature bridge?
It's actually my favorite part of our neighborhood park!

I don't know how I captured this picture.
My grandchildren are in perpetual motion.
They never seem to sit still!

I love the precious look on his face.
He starts kindergarten on Tuesday and we are all super excited!!!

Have a great week!!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

First & Last

It's hard for me to believe that it's the FIRST day of 7th grade for my LAST child and it's the LAST day of Summer before my FIRST day of School tomorrow.

Where we live the 7th graders have a day all to themselves before joining with the 8th and 9th graders on Wednesday. I think it's a great idea so they can all get started without the pressure of the older kids. They get to find their lockers, their classes and have lunch with their old friends and their new friends.

As you can see from the pictures Kenna is a bit nervous and anxious. I was happy that she went to sleep before midnight and seemed to keep it together. This morning she was pretty nervous but did a great job getting ready early and off to school on time.

She wanted me to hurry and take pictures before she left
but, I only got a few because she was so nervous.

It was sweet walking with her up our hill to the light by the corner.
I will miss walking into school each day holding her hand.
That thought made me cry inside.
I was staying strong myself!

She's my babe!

I stood at the corner watching her run off to school.

Tears started welling up in my eyes. . .
but, I was felling extremely happy because. . .

This is a Monumental, BIG HUGE Step for Kenna!
Makes me PROUD!

Well, I'm headed downstairs to get in some sewing on my LAST DAY of SUMMER!!

By the way. . .
Where did all the time go?????

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quilt Lover's Heart Winner

And the Winner is. . .

Anne from Anne Writes Here said:

"What wonderful women they were. My late mother was much like yours. She was always helping people. She loved children and the elderly. My mom died in 1995 at the age of 63. I miss her every day.

I phoned my sister and my dear mother-in-law and told them how much they mean to me!

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway."

Anne just send me an email and let me know your mailing address. Congrats!!!!

I want to THANK everyone for entering the giveaway and tell you how much I enjoyed reading all of the comments about your mothers, your sisters, your aunts, your friends, and those that you love. It especially touched my heart how many of you who have lost your mother's and how much you miss your mother's. They will always have a place in our hearts and I'm grateful for the women in my life who provide a shoulder to cry on, a kind word, and a comforting hug whenever I need it. They are always there!

We as women have the privilege and capability of comforting and lifting and blessing each other's lives through serving our families and those in the circle of our day to day lives.

Since every day is Mother's Day I wanted to share this heart warming video of young people talking about their mother's and wishing them a Happy Mother's Day.

Here's another video on Marriage called:

"Expressions of Love"
I really enjoyed watching this video!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

One Day • Two Days

In ONE DAY we are welcoming HOME, our daughter, Ariel from New Zealand for the 2nd time. She loved it so much when she went last year that she saved her money and went again, although, this time was different!! I can't say much because I'll get in trouble but, I will say that I'm sure she'll be going back soon! Very soon!!!

I can hardly wait to see her and we are all SUPER EXCITED to pick her up at the airport tomorrow night!!!! Yippee!!!

We will have her home for 8 days before she heads off to graduate school in Washington state. I will be crazy busy these next 8 days spending time with family and getting ready for school and helping Ariel pack her car with the things she'll need for the next 2 years of school. I really miss my kids when they are gone!!! Don't you? At least she will be closer than New Zealand. lol.

Now, Just a REMINDER that in TWO DAYS I will be picking the winner of the QUILT LOVER's HEART so, you'll want to make sure and leave a comment on my last blog post.

Go HERE to leave a comment.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Quilt Lover's Heart Giveaway

Today we are going to have a very Special Giveaway and as part of the Giveaway David and I will "PAY TRIBUTE" to our Mother's and CELEBRATE their LIVES by sharing bits and pieces from Dorothy and Adelaide's lives.

This is a long post but it will be worth it in the end. Thanks for reading!

(Left) Dorothy Mary Repia McKenzie Buss (February 1935-September 1992)

My mother was born in Maromaku, New Zealand in February of 1935 (North Island) born to Murdoch McKenzie and Isabella Heperi. She was the 2nd girl and 3rd child in their family. She followed in her older sister's footsteps and graduated with honor's from Nursing School. My mother met my father while he was serving an LDS mission for our church there in New Zealand. After his return to America he kept in contact with her and eventually proposed. Six months later she moved to America and eventually naturalized and became a citizen of the United States of America.

In December of 1957 my parents were married in Salt Lake City, Utah. Less than 2 years later they had to move back to Wisconsin to help his father on the farm because he had taken ill. During the 10 years they lived there my mother worked as a nurse and added 2 girls and 2 boys to their family.

In 1970 my mother received news that she had breast cancer at which time our family moved back to Utah where she received further treatment for cancer. During this time my mother continued working as a Registered Nurse at Utah Valley Hospital. It was amazing to me how many cancer patients she counseled and helped deal with their own mastectomies. My mother had a zest for life and loved people. One of my favorite memories from my childhood is remembering how she would bring people home that she had just met, either at work, the store, or the laundry mat. She didn't even know them but she soon learned that they needed help in some way and would bring them home for dinner. I was shy as a kid and remember being a bit embarrassed that she would openly approach people at the laundry mat. Our washing machine often broke which meant we'd have to go to the laundry mat. I think my mother loved it there because she loved helping people. I grew to admire this particular attribute that my mother possessed and have since tried to follow her example in my own life.

In September 1992 my mother's life on this earth ended after 3 weeks in intensive care resulting in complications from a routine surgery due to her intense medical history. It was her time to go and as a family we needed that time to figure it out and to let her move on. What a tender mercy from a loving Heavenly Father to feel such love and comfort at the time of her death and to reflect and to remember her life and how she lived it. Thanks Mom! I love you with all of my HEART!!!! She was very happy to be a grandmother and loved and adored each of her 8 grandchildren. We have since added 8 more grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren to her posterity.

(Right) Adelaide J. McNutt (Excerpt from David's mother's life history)


January 15, 1999 -- My Birthday Party at David’s and Rosie’s Lovely Home

Now I am here 90 years old -- what has my journey of life been? My family has wanted me to write something about my past. After my parents died in the early ’30’s, I wished that I had asked them about their past.
When you are young, you don’t think about that -- so here I’ve written some highlights to share with you.
As I was thinking, it occurred to me that the number “9” appeared to be significant -- I was born 1909, I came to California in 1929, my husband Ronald died May 9th and my room number is 109, and now it is 1999.
I was born in a log house in Manitoba Canada. It was so cold that the bed linen froze to the wall, my Mother told me. 1903 my parents immigrated from Iceland with 5 children: 2 boys - 3 girls - one is my sister Thora here now 102 years. They home steaded in a farming community 12 miles from Lundar town and not too far from Lake Manitoba where they could fish. My Dad’s sister and family had come a few years before and helped my parents get started with mixed farming -- it was a period of hardship for a while getting settled, but later things got better and 3 more children were added now 4 girls and 4 boys, now 3 of us are left.
Mother was a busy lady. She baked bread in a wood stove, sewed clothes, knitted from the wool of the sheep -- socks, mitts and even long johns. She taught us sisters all facets of homemaking and how to knit and sew for the cold winters.
Sadly, we all had a limited education as finances were not available to send us away to school. My Dad was a carpenter and cabinet maker, so after a few years, with the help of sons and neighbors, a new frame house was built. All of us children had farm chores to do according to age -- I had to milk 1 cow before walking 3 miles to school and when the weather was bad and Mother didn’t let us go to school, I cried. We all helped with the gardening and during haying season.
Mother was a Lutheran and Dad a Unitarian. When I was small, they had church services in our home and when they sang hymns, I cried, it must have been too somber!
At the age of 13 I was confirmed in Icelandic in a Lutheran Church 3 miles from home and I have remained faithful, now over 50 years in 1st Lutheran in Glendale.
We left the farm in 1927. Mother and Dad moved to town. At the age of 16, I went to work as a house maid in a grain growing district and after 6 months I left and went to Winnipeg to learn hairdressing. In 1929 my sister Thora and I came to L.A. to visit our sister Kristine who had lived here with her husband for 5 years. We intended to return to Canada, but got work and stayed on.
I got my California license and worked in a beauty shop for 35 cents an hour. Later I got part-time work in a restaurant where I met Ronald my husband. I used to take the street car to work, but one night it was raining and Ron took me home in an old Maxwell car, I was so grateful I kissed him on the cheek!! That did it!!
Ron came from Nebraska, had been working in different coffee shops and I told him I couldn’t marry him til he had a secure job. So he rented a small lunch counter and we were married in 1933. He earned enough to prepay the house we were renting - a small rear house that cost $15 a month. We furnished it with second-hand furniture that cost $75. Then the big earthquake hit and we watched the front house lose its chimney.
However the counter failed -- it was depression time. Then he found a job as manager in a hamburger counter where he fried hamburgers in the front window where passers-by could watch. That was right in downtown L.A. at Broadway and 42nd street. There he made enough money to prepay the Doctor bill of $75.00 as I was expecting our first child - our daughter Gloria, who had curly dark hair and weighed 10 lb. Two years later, son Kenneth came, not quite that big -- then some tough years followed until ’43 we acquired the Martha Washington Restaurant without any down payment -- these were the war years, then our “bonus” baby-boy David was born. So now we were blessed with three beautiful children and business was good and now we were finally secure financially.
We sold the restaurant after 15 years of hard work -- soon Ron got a job with the IRS. It was ’58 when we drove to Annapolis to attend Kenneth’s graduation from the Naval Academy. We also enjoyed seeing Gloria graduate from Redlands University and David from Cal State L.A. So I’m proud of them and 7 grandchildren and extended family. And grateful to God for 58 years together with Ron.
I feel blessed in many ways and each day is a gift from God to be treasured from here on and at the present I am satisfied and happy among many friends at Windsor Manor.
So here I am by the grace of God and I am very thankful to HIM.


Now it's TIME for the GIVEAWAY
I was super excited when David told me he wanted to send me a Quilt Lover's Heart and I knew just what I wanted to do with it. So, I asked him if he wouldn't mind if I had a giveaway for all of my reader's. I really appreciate your wonderful comments and for checking in with me from time to time. Keep the comments coming. . . I love hearing from you!

Here's the Grand PRIZE
(1) Quilt Lover's Heart

Because this is a really really special giveaway I'm going to have to make everyone work a little bit but, remember that entering the giveaway is totally optional and you can do (1) request or all (5) requests for a maximum of (10) chances to win.

Here's what you need to do. . .

FIRST: I want you to write, call, or email your Mother and tell her how much you love and appreciate her. This counts for (1) entry. Now if she's passed on like our mom's then maybe you could call, write, or email your sister, your aunt, your grandmother, or even your best friend and then tell them how much you love them. This would be a SWEET way to spread the love.

SECOND: I want you to go to David's Website, look around, and then come back and leave me a separate comment telling me which heart is your favorite for another (1) entry. Click HERE and then once you're there click on the bottom bar of hearts that says Lover's Hearts.

THIRD: You can Blog, facebook, or twitter about the give away for another (1) entry. Just remember to come back and leave me another separate comment. Thanks for your help in spreading the news.

FOURTH: If you ARE or you BECOME a Follower of my blog leave another separate comment for another (1) entry.

FIFTH: Now, here's your BIG CHANCE. . . if you decide to make a purchase on David's Website you will be entered an additional (6) times. Just leave me (6) separate comments telling me you purchased any of his Lover's Hearts. I will then verify with David on purchases made. Think of this as your bonus chance to win a second heart that you could keep or give to a friend.

The Giveaway will be open until the 16th of August at midnight. I will then pick the winner through the next day and post about it soon after.


Now go out and SPREAD the LOVE!!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Quilt Lover's Heart

While I was on facebook recently my eye caught an ADVERTISEMENT for a Silver Heart. I LOVE Silver and I LOVE Hearts so when I saw the AD I had hit a button on my computer that would move my screen to the next page. When I finally got to the next page I hit the back arrow on the browser, hoping to still see the AD and sure enough, there it was! I was relieved!!!

I clicked on the AD and it took me to the website where I started looking at all of the wonderful SILVER HEARTS. I was SUPER EXCITED and even took the time to contact the artist by email hoping to get permission to share a few pictures from his website and to look into buying my own HEART. I told him that I wanted to do a blog post about his work and tell all of my Quilting Friends about the Quilt Lover's Heart. He happily gave me permission.

So, Let me introduce you. . .

David McNutt is an emeritus professor, graphic designer, painter, book author, jewelry designer and babysitting grandfather.

In 2003 his passion for art led him to create the Art Lover’s Heart® a sterling silver pendant that sells nationally in museum stores. This success led to his design of hearts containing words that reflect the passions of David’s family, friends and people around the world. The Family Lover’s Heart, Hope, Friends, Nature, Music, Peace, Dance and many other Lover’s Hearts. The perfect and unique gift or your lifetime personal treasure. (Bio taken from his Website).

It's been fun conversing back and forth through email (and now by phone) with David about his work and giving him lots of ideas for getting his designs out there to the thousands of women that quilt. I also learned that the Quilt Lover's Heart was inspired by the LOVE he has for his Mother and her passion for Quilting. His mother recently passed away at the age of 102 years old and I know how much he loves her. It's been fun sharing stories about our mothers.

We are joining hands in his first step into the quilt blogging world. So, please join me in welcoming David to my Blog. This is a trial run for David in checking out other avenues of advertising and selling his designs. I will also be keeping a permanent link on my sidebar so you will be able to come back and link to his website whenever you want.

For your information: Each heart has been designed by David using Sterling Silver that has been cast and hand-finished in the United States. The HEARTS come with either an 18" Sterling Silver Chain or a 7" Sterling Silver Bracelet in a black jewelry box and includes free shipping. I've provided links in this post or just click on the picture of the Quilt Heart above to go to his website, then click on the lower bar of pictures (on his website) to see the rest of his designs.

Get this. . . He also does custom work. That means I could get a silver heart with each of my grandchildren's names designed into a Silver Heart. How cool is that?

I hope you will take the time to visit his website and look at all of his wonderful works of art.

I will be posting a very special giveaway in the next few days.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Craft Channel

I am super excited to clue you in on a new (to me) website and internet TV show called "My Craft Channel" and they have a great line up of Fall Shows with Hosts like Kim & Kris from DIY Dish (of Utah fame) and one of their newest Hosts are Amy Locurto of Living Locurto and Angie Arthur of The Arthur Clan.

Amy and Angie are the creators of I Heart Faces. If you love photography. . .you're going to want to visit their website and watch their new show in the Fall on My Craft Channel.

Quote from "I Heart Faces" about "My Craft Channel":

"It goes beyond the simple web “how-to” home video and delivers broadcast quality programming. With over 20 different new shows there is something for everyone.

Top experts, bloggers and craft celebrities in various niches from sewing, painting, scrapbooking, DIY projects, photography, mixed media and more have joined together to bring entertaining education to the web with TV formatted shows. Not only do the shows provide amazing inspiration, each day there is an opportunity for the “daily deal”, which gives viewers an opportunity to try out fresh new craft items at discounted prices."

You can read more about it HERE. (picture courtesy of "I Heart Faces")

Also they are giving away another Cricut in their 20 Cricuts in 20 Days campaign. Go join in the fun. . .

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I'm excited to tell you that today my oldest daughter and I went to Barnes and Nobel to purchase her best friend, Kiersten's, book SUPERNATURALLY. It's a great read and I know that the Young Adult in you is gonna LOVE it. PARANORMALCY (Kiersten's 1st book) was the first book that my youngest daughter has ever read from BEGINNING to END and she loved every minute of it. Kenna's been waiting patiently for Kiersten's book to come out along with all of her friends that she told to read the book the first book.

Description from Amazon:
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be... kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

Some places you might like to visit:
To go to Kiersten's "Good Reads" page click HERE!
To go to Kiersten's "BLOG" click HERE!
To purchase Kiersten's book "SUPERNATURALLY" on Amazon click HERE!

We are excited to take our books to Kierstens' Book signing at the Provo Library in a week from today.

Here's the information on the book signing. You will need a ticket but they are free and can be picked up prior to August 2nd

If you can't make the first book signing there's another book signing on. . .

August 6th King's English located in Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m.

Kiersten White will read and sign Supernaturally, the second volume in her debut trilogy for young adult readers.

In Supernaturally, a lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her and things get pretty complicated...

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy. Born and raised in Utah, White graduated from BYU. She has one tall husband and two small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. This abundance of normal led her to a fascination with all things paranormal, including but not limited to vampires, faeries, and pop culture.

See you in Provo on August 2nd!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Secret Revealed. . .

Announcing. . .

Modern Blocks by C & T Publishing!

I'm excited to tell you that I have ONE (out of 99) Quilt blocks in this book.

I've only seen my block and the blocks that you can see on the cover.

I can't wait to see all of the blocks!

The book is scheduled to be out in October 2011.

But, you can pre-order it NOW at Amazon.

It won't be long before I can show you my block!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

OH Happy Day!!!

It's a HAPPY HAPPY DAY at our HOUSE!!!!!!

I can finally shout the NEWS from the house tops!

My oldest daughter, Natalie Whipple of Between Fact & Fiction has signed a book deal for her debut Novel entitled, "TRANSPARENT" with Editor, Erica Sussman of Harper Teen!

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to her previous Literary Agent turned Author, Nathan Bransford (Jabob Wonderbar-and the Cosmic Space Kapow) for seeing and believing in my daughter's talent and to her current AWESOME Literary Agent, Anna Webman of Curtis Brown, Ltd. who has been ever supportive and encouraging.

I especially want to THANK ALL of her writer friends who have given her support and encouragement along the difficult road to publication. I've been there in the trenches throughout Natalie's writing and publication pursuits witnessing the power of friendship, seeing the ups and the downs, the ins and the outs, the HIGHS and the lows, the joys and the tears, the confidence and fears of not only Natalie but her writing friends. You are ALL AWESOME!!!

I've also spent many many hours with my grandkids so she could she could write, re-write and finish edits in peace and quiet. Let me just tell you that the TIME and the POLISHING that's required to write a book and get it to an actual book, the kind you actually hold in your hands is really really INTENSE!!! I never realized or understood the time, the commitment, and the effort that is required to be a published author! Shout out to AUTHORS!!! I LOVE READING so keep on WRITING!!!

So, with that said, I want to send my love and my best wishes and all my bottled up happiness out to my daughter, Natalie!

You worked HARD for IT and YOU NEVER gave UP!!!
I'm so VERY PROUD of YOU!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Magnetic Button Ring Winners

I'm sorry it's taken me a couple days to pick the winners of the Magnetic Button Ring Giveaway but, I have some really great excuses!

Excuse #1
It's been a crazy few days with our Air Conditioning Unit breaking down on SUNDAY which happened to be the HOTTEST day of the year and a 3 day weekend, YIKES! I am one CRANKY mama when I'm hot. My oldest daughter tweeted. . . "The fastest way to get my family to turn on each other is to break the air conditioning. We all get angry when it's hot." It was difficult at Sunday dinner to not get on each other's nerves. The grandkids were cranky, too! It was over 80 degrees in my house (but it felt like 95) and I can barely tolerate 73 degrees. lol. I mostly hid in my basement during the day and had two fans in my room going at night to keep me cool. Of course, I had to wear earplugs to reduce the noise enough so I could fall asleep.

Excuse #2
Last minute guest arriving from California for EFY at BYU. We picked him up at the airport after dinner. It was wonderful turning on the COLD air in the car as we drove up to SLC.

Excuse #3
Yesterday, was a holiday and filled to the BRIM with family activities and fireworks. Plus I was extra HOT and CRANKY, still!

Excuse #4
This morning while my husband was finishing a conference call our internet, phone, and cable services went down for over 3 hours and it's only in the last 15 minutes that I've been able to get online and pick the winners. The temp in my house was 79 degrees and as of 11am the repairman has come and gone leaving a $500 bill for fixing the air-conditioning. Yikes again!!! Totally worth it, though!!!

SOOOO, I finally was able to pick 2 winners. One winner from Stash Manicure and One winner from my blog. Congratulations to the winners of the Magnetic Button Rings!

Stash Manicure Winner
Jen W. (no blog)

Bitty Bits Winner
Candice from Sunshine, Handmade

Thanks Everyone for your sweet comments and Thanks again to Madame Samm for inviting me to post on Stash Manicure. Hopefully, I will be back again soon with another tutorial. I better get to work. . .

Have a great day and go sew something fun!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Magnetic Button Ring Tutorial

I was recently invited by Madame Samm to do a guest post at Stash Manicure. So, I decided it was time to make another tutorial for everyone. Make sure to visit Stash Manicure to see the tutorial, learn how to make a Magnetic Button Ring, and to leave a comment because I will be picking a winner from those who leave a comment @ Stash Manicure. I'm also going to pick a second winner from those that leave a comment here on my blog.

The PRIZE will be ONE Magnetic Button Ring (for each blogs winner) You may pick either red or black.

You will have until Midnight on Saturday, July 2nd to leave your comments.

Update Information:
Several people have asked where to buy the products. I want to remind you to click on the links that I've provided in the tutorial and it will take you to i-Tops Website where you can click on the STORE LOCATOR button that will take you to a map. Then Click on the STATE that you live in and it will take you to a list of places in your STATE that sell the i-Top products. Also I did a search on google and here are a few other links where to can buy the product onlineHERE and HERE. You will also want to watch the Imaginesce video HERE.

You will also see that there are videos on the IMAGINESCE (i-Top) website. Also, one other thing- When I taught how to use their products at a quilt retreat my local quilt shop contacted Imaginesce directly (maker of i-top products) and purchased them at wholesale for the retreat.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Winner is. . .

First off I want to thank everyone who entered, left comments here and on Annie's blog. I especially want to thank everyone for listening to the podcast. I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out but I was delighted. You know how it is to listen to your own voice. lol. Anyway, I enjoyed meeting Annie and doing the interview was a whole lot of fun.

I also want to welcome the 29 new followers who pushed the FOLLOW button. I can't promise a daily or even a weekly post but when I do post I try to make it a good one. Keep your eyes open for a fun tutorial coming this week. I think you will enjoy it!

So. . . Now on to the Winner!!!

CONGRATS. . . to comment #68 from LEE!

I will be sending you the "Fresh Fabric Treats" Book in the mail.
Just send me your mailing address and I'll get that in the mail this week.

Lee left four comments on my blog...
  • I love your tote bag! cool book! thanks!
  • I follow your blog.
  • I left a comment over on Annies blog! thank you!
  • I downloaded the podcast and I'm listening now! thank you!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Giveaways & a Podcast

Hello Everyone!
How are you all doing? I hope your summer is going well!

It's been a very busy summer thus far for me with lots of Quilting, Cleaning, Organizing, and Playing. I recently got back on Friday from Church Girl's Camp and have spent the weekend recovering. I'm not quite as limber as I used to be. lol.

Well, It's time for a
Fresh Fabric Treat Book Giveaway and Podcast.

Here are a few pictures I took of the Fresh Fabric Treat Book that was displayed at the C&T Publishing Booth at Quilt Market. It was my first look at the book and it was so fun to finally see it for REALS!!!

About the Book Signing:
To celebrate the debut of Fresh Fabric treats we had a book signing event on Sunday afternoon on the last day of Quilt Market where Stash Books gave away 3 1/2 boxes full of books. It was really fun gathering with a few of the Moda Bake Shop Designers who were able to make the trip to Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this year. Here we are posing for a few pictures while laughing and entertaining the crowd that gathered to get a free signed copy for their stores.

Here's the actual book I'm giving away that I had signed by a few of the designers. I'm sorry that I couldn't get more of the designers to sign it but, not everyone was there at market and some had to leave early before the book signing on Sunday.

Here's a peek at my 1st project in the book.

Here's a look at my 2nd project.

About Podcast #207:
I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Smith from Annie's Quilting Stash at Quilt Market.

Here's how it all happened. I was sitting in the dining area after the book signing just enjoying a Ham and Swiss Cheese Panini with my friend Lori Holt. We were talking about the last few days of quilt market and she was telling me that she was just relaxing and waiting for her next interview with Annie Smith. I thought that was really exciting for Lori to be doing an interview.

It wasn't long before Annie joined our little group that had gathered in the dining area. It was so fun to meet her and to talk with her. One thing led to another and before I knew it she was inviting me to talk with her after Lori and do an interview to promote the new book I'm in called "Fresh Fabric Treats" (make sure to check with your local quilt shoppes to purchase the book).

Annie is delightful! She's a wonderful quilter, appliquer, and designer along with being an amazing blogger and podcaster. You will definitely want to visit her blog often. Her most recent podcast is an interview she did with my friend Lori Holt. It's podcast #206.

The podcast about me and the book is #207. You can link to it here.

Go Check it out!

About the Projects:
I took a few pictures of my projects before packing them up in a box and shipping them off to the publishers for almost a years time. I just got them back a few months before Quilt Market.

I made the "Pack N' Go Tote" with the Quilter in mind. Fill it up with your current projects and take it with you on a road trip or with you to your quilt classes, quilt retreats, or even your monthly quilt meetings.

The "Pack N' Go Tote" holds the following items:

View of Smaller outside pocket with sewing kit in pocket.

View of 8.75" x 11.75" Omnigrid Foldaway
Portable Cutting & Pressing Mat seen in outside pocket

Close-up of Make Life Sewing Kit

About the FFT Giveaway:
  • One book will be given away here on My Blog
  • Another book will be given away on Annie's Blog, click here
  • I will pick the winner using Random Number Generator.

Here's what you need to do to enter the Giveaway:
  • Leave me a comment on my blog for one entry
  • Be or Become a follower on my blog then tell me in a separate comment for another entry
  • Visit Annie's Blog and then tell me in a separate comment for another entry
  • Listen to the Podcast #207 and then tell me in a separate comment for another entry

Giveaway Deadline:
  • Giveaway will end on Saturday, June 25th at midnight.
  • The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 26th (sometime during the day).

Other Book Buzz and Links:
Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot Post on Stash Books
FFT Book Signing Link at Moda Bake Shop
Pictures from Book Signing at Pine Needles on Natalia's Blog (she's also in the FFT Book)
Check out the Sewing Kit my Friend Vickie E. made on her Blog (she's also in the FFT Book)