Friday, May 31, 2013

Blueberry Backroads and...another winner

A darling booth at market was Blueberry Backroads.  

Sara Hardwig is the brains (and beauty) behind this pattern company of adorable whimsical embroidery and applique patterns.  They are done with both cottons 'n wool, so I'm sure you've figured out why I like her so much.  She is the daughter of Emily Hardwig whose pattern company is Red Button Quilt Co (which I will feature tomorrow).   Wow, talk about a talented family.   

Here's today's eye candy.  

The little flower pot pillow is really tiny.  Maybe 4" x 4".   I fell in love with it.

Or, you can do a small wall hanging with 4 different designs.

Wouldn't this little quilt look darling with a tiny Christmas tree sitting on it for the holidays?

Another darling pillow pattern.

I loved these worded signs

But what I loved even more was the detailed stitching around the letters.   How clever.   My brain would have just told me to do a running stitch.  (That's why I'm not a designer.  LOL)

Check out the scale of this cutie using my finger for reference.  

This is Sara

And this is her boyfriend, Tony, who was scoring points right and left with the ladies.    He's a keeper Sara!

Last night I was talking to Emma and Mason and asked them to pick a number for my giveway.   At the exact same time, they both blurted out "ONE".   (original for children, huh?  :)

SO... the winner of Kathy Schmitz's wonderful Simply Red book is..... Colleen.    

Colleen, send me your address and I'll get it in the mail to you!

If you are looking for some new blogs to read, be sure and check out all the comments I got.   I found some wonderful new ones that I've added to my blogroll and will get to all of them that you suggested as soon as I've got a minute or two.   

I still have another giveaway for ya, so stay tuned.   

Hugs, Anne

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We have a winner! And...another giveaway!

Thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway to win Lisa's generous donation.    It was fun to read all your preferences of thread.  Seems like most of us like Valdani but will use most anything to get the look we want.  

Drumroll please!

The winner is........ Moosecraft who said:

"My favorite thread for wool applique is Valdani 3-strand...there isn't any sheen to it...and since I also use a casual whip stitch, the finished piece is very prim.  Lisa's designs are always a fun stitch...  I've been admiring this one since it's release!  Can't go wrong with fresh picked daisies in a glass ball jar!"

So, Moosecraft, email me your address and I'll get the kit in the mail to you.

Now, on to more Quilt Market pictures.  

This is Kathy Schmitz who designs wonderful quilts and embroidery pieces.   If you remember, I showed her trunk show just a few posts ago.


Here she is showing a block that she designed that will be available in September when the Moda designers have their blog hop.   

The crispness of the red and white in her booth was stunning.

And her quilt from her new book, "Simply Red" was a "stop dead in your tracks" kind of quilt.  

Isn't it fabulous?   Well....Kathy is another generous designer who gave me an autographed copy of her book to give to one of you lucky readers.

This time, if you want to enter the giveaway, how about if you tell me what your favorite blog (or blogs) is/are.   Please don't mention mine.  I'm not fishing for complements, (honestly  ;)  I just like finding new blogs to inspire me and I'm sure many of you feel the same.

I'm such a sucker for the heart in hand design.   

I have lots more pictures for you and even another giveaway, so stay with me people!   

Hugs, Anne

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Civil War Sunday #6, Quilt Market, and a giveaway

Sorry I haven't posted Quilt Market pictures sooner know me...always a day late.  But, I'm like the little tortoise that keeps plugging along and in the end I come through for ya.  :)

We're on Block #6 of the Civil War Sampler and this block is called "Port and Starboard".   I love  civil war cheddar fabrics and decided that this block needed them.   Check out Karen's blog and see what she came up with.  

 After Quilt Market was over, Karen came back to Bend with me for a few days.  After some rainy days in Portland, the weather here cooperated and one day we had crystal clear skies.   I took her up to Pilot Butte for the view and nice man snapped this picture of us.   (My old house is in the background.  Can you find it?) Oh, I crack myself up sometimes.  

We had a great visit and I hope she enjoyed a little part of my world.

Now, on to Quilt Market.   One of my favorite booths and designers is Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings.   I feel like I have every pattern and kit she's ever offered, big and little.  She's unbelievably talented and such a smart businesswoman.  You go, Lisa!

Here are her newest designs.  I'll be buying this one for sure.  

And here she has more wonderful new mat designs.

Wouldn't this look cute in your sewing room?

The little quilt on the rack had super tiny pieces.   Lisa loves working with those itty bitty scraps!

Loving that cheddar fabric.

 Check out the crazy stitches on this one.

This is the "freebie" from last Summer's Block of the Week.    Oh, by the way, there's still time to sign up for this summer's one.   It's a stunner, that's for sure.  (and, you'll get freebie blocks too).

 So simple, yet so effective.

When I asked Lisa if I could blog about her booth, (I always make sure to ask the designers), she very generously offered a kit for a giveaway.  So.... the only thing I'm asking for you to do to enter is...

tell me what your favorite thread is for your wool applique.   If you haven't worked with wool yet, then tell me what your favorite thread is for general sewing.  

I'll pick a winner in the next couple days.   (I hate to give you a specific date, because you know me...)   Hehe.


Head on over to Primitive Gatherings and pick up a pattern or kit or two.  

Thanks for stopping by and stick with me because I have a few more giveaways.  

Hugs, Anne

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Civil War Sunday

First of all...Happy Mother's day to all you wonderful mothers out there.    I hope you all are having a fabulous day filled with love!

I can't believe how fast Sunday comes along and once again it's time to share another block from the Civil War Sampler Book by Barbara Brackman.   This one is called "Hovering Hawks".  The description is too long to post and I'd be surprised if anyone even read it.  LOL

Here are the first 5.   Now head on over and see what wonderful colors Karen has put together for hers.

Last week I was at Sew Many Quilts here in Bend and saw the next Block of the Month they are offering.   It's called "Freedom Rings" by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.  It's absolutely stunning and I'm trying really hard to keep from signing up for it.    The colors are so "me" and I'm really drawn to them but am focusing on working with what I currently have going.    If you'd like to sign up, give them a call. They would love to have you in the club.   It starts this month.

Also in the shop is a trunk show from Kathy Schmitz.   It's so fun seeing all her quilts in one place.

The embroidery on her quilts is so rich looking.  

At our embroidery group on Tuesday, Linda showed us her finished background for the Buttermilk Basin little monthly mats.   Check out her crazy stitches.   She's the queen of embroidery, that's for sure.  

Barb just finished a baby quilt for her niece.    The little chenille charm squares just make this quilt.  She got them off of ebay a few years ago but I did a search and you can still get them.   Hmmmm, I have a couple of baby quilts to make soon.

Some closeups.

Aren't they wonderful?

Have a great week everyone!   See you with the next installment.

Hugs, Anne