Monday, September 15, 2014


Hi there!  Happy Monday! It's Little Quilts day here again, this time I'm here to announce the winner of the book.  It's Cynthia who said "Here's my advice....all you need to do, is make a cute vintage mini out of your gorgeous fabric and your swap partner will be overcome with joy!!! " Cynthia, email me and let me know your address so that Cico can send your book!
I sure appreciate all your advice, and I enjoyed all your comments.  I hope you'll all head over to see Nedra today, it's her turn on the Little Quilts hop!

Little Quilts
What did you do this weekend?  We had a nice busy weekend, those are always fun. It's hot here still, high 90's both days, yikes.  Man mother nature sure is sending me mixed messages with the heat and the amount of fall leaves in my backyard. I don't know what to make  of it.
I have my little quilt mostly cut out, I can start assembling it today. I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday, September 12, 2014


Hi there Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week.  I had a good one myself, although its gotten pretty warm again and I'm feeling a bit of a whine come on.  Good thing it's Friday! 

Green Giant
One of the fun things Linda and Mark had planned for me was a trip out to Blue Earth Minnesota.  It's about two and half hours out from the Twin Cities, but we broke up the time by stopping at the crazy yellow barn. That alone is a trip on it's own, but we like to cram a lot into a day. Here's a link to a news story on the yellow barn, or rather Jim's Apple Farm, and I hope if you have time you'll head over and watch the little video.  It's pretty interesting and won't take up a lot of your time!
Fueled by a trip through the candy shop and then a stop for coffee we headed south towards Blue Earth.  Holy cow, this guys head sticks up way above the surroundings, so they're no missing this from the freeway! Look at his shoes, I'm 5'4" and I'm barely taller than those points!
Green Giant
Green Giant
Here are some Giant Facts.  I like that the sign says "What are some cool facts I can tell my friends about?".. it's like they knew I was coming!

Green Giant
I was disappointed that the museum was closed.  Can you imagine the wonderful souvenirs inside?  Someday maybe I'll travel back through there and then they'll be mine.  I hope there's a snow globe. How awesome would that be? Not to mention probably pretty realistic for winter.

Green Giant
Well it's the weekend, any big plans?  I hope to get some sewing in.  Have a happy one peoples! xo

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rose Mille, Stillwater Minnesota

One of the fun things we did on my vacation in Minnesota  was head over to Stillwater and visit Rose Mille Studio.  Linda is very good to me on my visits, and she indulges me  in all kinds of delightful trips out and about.  

It was fun to talk to Michelle, the owner of Rose Mille, it all seemed so familiar and it turns out she was here in California down in Willow Glen for a while. We had a great time talking about the area and old placed that we loved to go. 

There are so many treasures here, I can't even begin to list them off. 


This bowl! All the sweet little stamens you could need.  I would have loved to sit and make some pretty paper flowers while I was there.  There was so much beautiful crepe paper there just waiting!


I managed to clear out a lot of those little posies on the top tier.  I have a soft spot for those little colorful bouquets, and while I've had them in many colors, they just make me feel happy when I see them.

I came home with a little bag of goodies of course.  I'll get a picture of those soon, but they're wrapped so sweetly I just can't bear to open it all up.
For people attending Quilt Market, I think Michelle said she was having a booth there.. and of course for spring.. you can head over to the shop, just follow along with Michele on Facebook, her website or blog and get the real scoop.
Ok peoples! I'm headed over to Holly's today. Should be a fun day at the studio and maybe even an outing! See ya later! xo

Monday, September 08, 2014

Little Quilts Monday!

Good Monday Morning! How are things with you?  I'm back in business with coffee and coughing, but I feel so darn good compared to last week I'm calling this cold over!  Take that germs! 
Anyway, lucky for me and you because today is my day on the Little Quilts blog tour.  Just to bring you up to speed, my pals Amy and Sarah wrote this super cute book, Little Quilts!  I love that it celebrates their friendship quilt style, since so many of us are friends through quilting. You can read on  Sarah 's  and Amy 's blog about the book and how they came around to writing it.

So onto the super fun super scary to me part! They've devised a secret swap between some friends and over the course of the next month or so, we'll be making a little quilt to send to our swap partner.   Of course I know who my TOP SECRET SUPER SWELL swap partner is, but choosing something to make for them? Yikes! Do I choose something that says 'swap partner' do I choose something that says 'me' to my partner, and don't even get me started on what quilt to make.  I've had my eye on that basket quilt since I first saw it on Amy's blog.  And that bee... Could I even embroider well enough for that? I love it so much.  You'll see, the people on the list are some pretty amazing quilters, so there's pressure all over the place!  Well honestly, not really, won't a swap partner love anything?  I THINK SO.    

Amy's photo from Little Quilts
this photo blatently stolen from Amy's blog by me
Anyway wanna see the list?  Duh, of course you do! 
September 1: Amy and Sarah

September 8: Pam Vieira-McGinnis

September 15: Nedra Sorenson

September 22: Lynne Goldsworthy and Krista Hennebury

September 29: John Adams

October 6: Katy Jones

To spice things up a bit more, Cico books is giving away a copy of Little Quilts at each stop along the way, so leave me a comment giving me some advice on the swap, and I'll announce the winner next Monday. Don't worry, even if you don't win, you'll have some more chances coming up to try again along this blog hop!
Thanks Amy and Sarah for including me in on this fun secret swap, and thanks to Cico books for sending me a copy of it to use!
Ok everyone! Have a great week! xop

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Hi there.. I know, it's been so long since I checked in here with you!  I managed to pick up a bug while in Minnesota and I've been fighting a summer cold ever since.  Still not 100% but feeling better.

I am back to announce the winner of the Fat Quarter Style Book.   Our lucky winner is Vintage-Cecelia who said "I would love love love one of these books! Thank you!"  So Vintage-Cecelia, email me your mailing address and I'll send the book to you this week!
I'll be back soon to catch up!  Until then I'll be sitting in my chair looking at instagram! xo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Good morning! Today is my last full day in Minnesota.  The weather has cooled way down and is absolutely perfect.  We are headed out to the Minnesota State Fair today, and this cool weather will make the day a lot more fun. Can't wait to see some quilts and animals and best thing ever, my friend Roseann.

Tomorrow I head back home to my sweet little family but I am sad to leave Linda behind. Happily,  I will see her again in May when I am back for Quilt Market.
Hope you are all doing well. You can find ridiculous pictures of my Minnesota vacation on instagam. Mark has been entertaining us with shark adventures, which are cracking me up. We've seen some pretty fun things on this trip. Its been a super fun time.
Ok miss you peeps. Xo

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fat Quarter Style

Hi there! Happy Monday! I thought I'd spice up this week with a giveaway!  I was very lucky to receive a copy of the new Fat Quarter Style by the Fat Quarter Shop!  What a great new book. There's plenty of inspiration in these pages, 12 great quilts from baby to queen size  to make.

The Fat Quarter Shop very generously sent along an extra copy for me to give away on my blog, so if you'd like a chance to win, leave a comment! I'll be home soon and then I will pick a winner.  While you wait, head on over to the Jolly Jabber and look at all the pretty quilts in this book.
Hope things are going well with all of you! xo

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Modern Prairie Sewing Blog Hop!

Good morning! Lets have a  coffee and talk about how cute this Modern Prairie Sewing book is.  You might remember the first time we met Abi, her sisters and her mom Kristie way back in Kansas City for Spring Quilt Market.  Today I'm excited to be sharing Abi's book with you. 

Modern Prairie Sewing  is filled with lots of adorable projects and a lot of great sewing information for  novice and experienced seamstresses.   Little "Sew Clever" tips are sprinkled through for additional fun ideas. 

The photography is lovely through out the book, but how could it not be with so many beautiful young girls  modeling the projects?  I couldn't wait to get working on my project, the Leeway Apron. 

I used  a home decorator weight cotton fabric that I prewashed, and some coordinating PKM blue fabric for the ties, bias tape, and my Recipe for Success for the pocket, because it makes perfect sense here! Of course Frankie isn't a prairie girl having grown up here in California, but she can look the part, ready for a potluck.

I shortened the pattern 3 inches for Frankie as she's petite! I think it's the perfect length for her. 

Here's a list of who else is on the hop, so you can see more fun sewing projects.

Jenny at Sew Pretty Dresses August 20th
Jona at Stop Staring and Start Sewing August 22
Melissa at 100 Billion Stars August 23
Caroline at Sew Caroline August 25
Melissa at Lilac Lane August 26
April at April Rhodes August 27
Abiah at Marie-Madeline Studio August 28

On August 29th hop on over to The Modern Prairie Girl blog for an opportunity to win a signed copy of Modern Prairie Sewing !

Thanks for joining me on this blog hop! xo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ha! I'm back.. on the blog anyway!

I just had to set this up to post after I left so no shark sitings happened in Minnesota before their time.  Over the weekend Fat Quarter Shop posted an instagram photo of a couple of cute sharks and I just about died when I saw them. 

I knew I had to make one for my cousin Mark.  He indulged in some Sharknado with me on my last trip there and I thought this pouch would be a funny gift.  Ok, I admit it, the zipper was quite a challenge for me, so it looks a little rough around the mouth, and his head is a little crooked, but still, hilarious right? 

Doesn't every man eating shark need a man inside of it?  This fellow started out as a key chain, he's a pop star, but I don't recognize him.  Anyway, he's fish food for now!
Of course as soon as I had no time left, I was wishing I'd made him into a walleye.  Oh well, next time.
You can make you own man eating shark with the tutorial from The Patchwork Posse!! It's super cute and super easy!
Ok, back to my vacation! xo

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If it's Tuesday it must be Minnesota

Hi there peoples!  This morning I'm off on my vacation to Minnesota.  I'm all packed and the suitcase is at the door, I just wanted to stop by, say HI and tell you that I'll be checking in on and off over the vacation, so you haven't heard the last from me for 10 days!
Now if you want to see something fun, hop on over the Quilt Now! blog and you can get a sneak peek at a project I made for the second issue!! I'm super excited about it.. just CLICK HERE!  

Last but not least I'll be on Instagram for sure.. it's so easy to check in there! Who knows what I'll see in my travels!

Monday, August 18, 2014


Hi there good morning! How was your weekend?  Chaos here, isn't that always the way before a trip? I'm trying to get all the things done and then adding new things as I go along because I'm nuts like that.  Something I worry about when I go on vacation is how I could handle blogging while I'm gone.  I use my phone but lets be honest, it's less than great results. 

galaxy tab s case
Enter my new Galaxy Tab S. I'm the last person in my household to embrace a tablet. "I have my phone" is my normal response when Bret has asked about a tablet.  And then I borrow his i-pad.  Anyway, now I can download my photos from my camera to the tablet. Not sure how much I'll actually do it but hey, the technology is there!
galaxy tab s case
I made the case exactly like I made my camera case.  I used the little foam case it came in as a guide for size.   I had some binding already made that was the perfect fit and the whole thing took less than a hour including hand sewing  the binding.   Not super fancy, I didn't even quilt it,  but it will protect it when it's in my purse traveling.  Now I won't miss a thing!
Hope your week is good! xo

P. S. That cute image is from the very first  LakeHouse Pam Kitty Morning collection sales booklet! Holly designs the cutest  booklets ever.

Friday, August 15, 2014


Well it's the end of another week!  Big plans for the weekend?  Not much going on here for sure.  Yesterday I had some plans fall through, so I  used the time for a leisurely coffee morning followed by some sewing. The mornings have been cool which has been delightful. 

This month was Nanette's turn to request a Sweet Bee Block.  She chose a courthouse steps block with a fussy cut floral center.  I finally printed out the instructions and got my fabrics cut.  I selected a piece of  my favorite floral for the center and carefully cut out a little bouquet of flowers. 

Sweet Bee Block

Once cut the block goes together in just a few minutes.  Like under 10 minutes and that's with some dawdling in between. Now I need to pack up the block and send it away to Nanette.

Nanette's Sweet Bee Block
My turn is next month, and I'm working on my block so I'm ready with instructions! It's hard to choose what to make, but I'm closing in on my decision!  Hope you have a good weekend everyone !!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday you say?

Morning! How are things with you? I've been busy doing something, but who knows what. Not sure I was even in my sewing room yesterday, but have  been photoshop sewing, so that counts, right? 

The week is perking along nicely.  It seems cooler, but it could be my imagination.  My brain could be playing tricks on me because of the signs of early fall showing up in my yard. I have so many leaves already.  The whole patio is covered. 

fall in August
Anything exciting on your end?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Show off Monday

Hi there, how was your weekend!  Mine was pretty great. Didn't end up getting to Holly's till Saturday, but it was well worth the wait! The Pam Kitty Garden strike offs look great! There were just a few corrections that needed to be made, then it's time to print!  For shops, this is the perfect time to see what it looks like on fabric and order if you didn't already! I think this is our best line so far, Holly did such a fantastic job. So, without much more yammering, here you go!

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs

Pam Kitty Garden Strikeoffs
It was a gloomy day in Sausalito, but you can see that even the lack of sun can't stop these fabrics from being bright and cheerful.  I can't wait to get sewing!!! Thanks to all of you for being a great support to me!  xoxo