Monday, December 27, 2010

New Cross-Stitch kits for 2011

You can find my new cross-stitch kits for 2011 in stores now!  Each month for 2011 I will be releasing 3 cross-stitch designs, a Rick Rack Row kit, a small pillow kit, and a frame up kit.  I hope you like!

Last night I stitched the new February small pillow and am working on the Rick Rack Row kit as I write this.  I have got to get it in gear because I teach at a HQNA Winterfest, a quilt retreat, in 3 weeks and there is much to do to prepare the class project.  I am really excited about this years retreat because one of my favorite quilt designers Carrie Nelson (aka Miss Rosies Quilts) will be teaching as well.  She is so much fun!

Monday, November 15, 2010

December Cross Stitch & Embroidery is in the stores

Friday we finished shipping my new cross stitch, embroidery and punch needle designs to the stores across the country.  I'm kind of sad to see that with December I have wrapped up another year of designs.  Now it's time to put my thinking cap, or design cap, on and decide what to plan for next year. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm Back

Preparing for Quilt Market is always such a hectic time, but once I am there and the booth is set up it is time to just enjoy the experience......

Well, almost time....first there is time spent in the hotel room packaging kits for sample spree. My sweet mom sewed all the pinwheels for theSample Spree  Slice of Style pin cushion kits.  If you have never had the pleasure of experiecing sample spree, just picture Walmart at 5am the day after Thanksgiving. 
Slice of Style pin cushion
My seasonal pin cushions have been so popular but I wanted to do one that could be sit in my sewing studio all year long.  That was the inspiration for Slice of Style. Embroidered dress forms and cheery fabrics would surely brighten your creative space as well.
Deck The Walls
The inspiration for the color pallet of Deck The Walls is Dr. Seuss' Whooville.  I love the lime greens, cheery reds, pinks and turquoise.  It was so fun to create that I also sewed a more traditional version.

Candy Bar Pinwheels
Have you seen the wonderful Moda Candy Bars?   Similar to a Charm pack they are a cute stack of 2 1/2" x 5" prints from Moda fabric lines.  I used one to create my Blissful Birds (shown in an early post) and then used the City Weekend candy bar to create Candy Bar Pinwheels.  One candy bar, a little bit of orange and a little bit of white and wahla' you're done!

In My Pretty Garden

Last but not least is my newest applique quilt In My Pretty Garden.  This design was inspired by a song my mother sang to me as a child, and in turn I sang to my darling Kaylee when she was small.  Do you know the song? 

My quilting companion Holly (my sister on the right) and I
 Well, that is enough for now, I am heading back to the sewing machine. Nothing makes me want to sew more than a trip through Quilt market. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

To Market.... To Market.....

I am in the MAD RUSH to get myself off to market Quilt Market in Houston on Thursday.  Anyone who knows me knows that pushing it until the last minute is just the way I roll.  I picked up the last of my new quilts from the Chelsea today and as usual she worked her magic, making my applique look great!  Here is  a sneak peak at the quilt, In My Pretty Garden.

So, today I have sewn the binding on two quilts, my cute Sis Holly is finishing the binding on a 3rd and now to work finishing my latest pin cushion, A Slice of Style.  My mom is busy this very minute sewing the pin cushion kits for sample spree, and I am sure that my fabulous Bro-in-law, Clark, will be happy to be done with me for a while too. He does the typesetting of my books and the design of all my pattern covers and let's just say that waiting until the last minute is NOT the way he rolls.  He's the best though and always comes through. Don't know what I would do without my family, I certainly would not be ready for market, that's for sure!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Cross-stitch and punch needle kits are now ready to ship and this month I have designed an Autumn collection including November Expressions (379), Autumn Rick Rack Row (584), Falling for You (960) and November Blocks (PK23).

I am also including two new Christmas designs, Christmas Rick Rack Row (585) and Due to the popularity of the Good Witch or Bad Witch Side-By-Side pillow kit I am releasing another set titled Naughty or Nice (311)

The Rick Rack Row kits are a new style in my cross-stitch lineup.  Each kit contains pre-sewn pillow sham made of beautiful fabrics and jumbo rick rack trim.  Also included are DMC floss, tapestry needle and pattern of seasonal motifs and rick rack stitches.

I am now busy getting ready for Quilt market at the end of this month as well as my next cross-stitch release. Here is a preview of my new quilt pattern Fuzzy Caterpillar and there will be more designs as market approaches. 

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blissfull Birds

I am among the crowd that simply LOVES turquoise and red so obviously I am a HUGE fan of Moda's Bliss line.  Before the fabric arrived in the shop I snagged a Moda Candy Bar (2 1/2" x 5") and created Blissfull Birds.  I hope you like :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's that time again.....

It is hard to believe that the past month has flown by and I am releasing more designs already. My daughter is back in school and so it just follows that Halloween is just around the corner.
Good Witch-Bad Witch is a first for me, a SIDE-BY-SIDE set of two pillows in one kit. And I can really relate to both of them, just ask my family - sometimes I'm the good witch and sometimes I'm bad.
Randy (my darling Husband) made the statement after I finished the new punch needle "this month it's all about the shoes huh?"  He's right, every good witch, or bad witch just needs the right pair of shoes!
I decided to get out of the shoe rut and stitch up something wicked for October Expressions.  This pillow design is really LOOKING spooky don't you think?

That's all for today.  Tomorrow I get two quilts back from the quilter and I will be giving her another new one to quilt. LOOOVE my quilter - she's like Santa Claus, delivering the most wonderful goodies!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

September Release

Checking my blog you would think I had nothing in the works for the past month. Not so.... September's new product release just shipped out to stores this past week.

Of course we always think of back to school........
and apples..... So, I got that out of my system and decided I wanted something different for my small pillow release
And I decided to focus on GIRLFRIENDS! I have a group of girlfriends I coud not survive without. The 2nd Friday of each month is set aside for GIRLS NIGHT OUT and it is filled with FUN and LAUGHTER. We have to select a restaurant that won't kick us out, as our meal usually drags on to last 3 or more hours. I am known return home at the end of the night with such terrible heartburn from laughing so much. Good Times!

In addition to my regular monthly release I added two new Halloween designs. After all, you can never have too much Halloween decorations, right.

Now on to quilting. I completed two new quilts that I cannot wait to get back from the quilter! Oh the anticipation......waiting for the call from Chelsea, telling me the quilting is finished, is like a child waiting for Christmas morning.

This is just a little teaser.....I can't wait to show the complete finished product. They are just what I love, FUNKY, FUN AND FAST!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

August Designs

Well, here they are. Finally finished and beginning their trip to your local shop.....

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Dresden Plate Projects

Today I am sending off the models of my two new Dresden Plate projects that I created using charm packs provided to me by Nancy's Notions. The above pillow, Cherish Moments, uses Moda's Park Avenue by 3 Sisters, and has a floral embroidered center with the phrase Chrish Moments.
Deck The Halls dresden candle mat was made using Moda's Adoring by Sandy Gervais and has an embroidered Deck The Halls center.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Another Dresden Plate project in the works

I have been working today on a new Dresden Plate embroidery project for a catalog company. They sent me this beautiful Moda charm pack to use as a base for the embroidery design. There were so many beautiful prints left after making the dresden plate that I decided to include a table runner along with the project. So, my morning project turned into my morning, noon, and night project.
Hopefully tomorrow I can finish pu the pillow, send the runner off to the quilter and check this off my list. I do love making those check marks on my list :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Big Block Baby Quilts

Here are some pictures of a few more of the Big Block Baby Quilts I designed based on traditional quilt blocks from the Wasatch Front Shop Hop. Each quilt is made of a 36" center block and was sewn by a different Pine Needles employee who added their own flare.

Brie added fun ric-rack around this darling pink & brown quilt we call French Village
Wendy sewed this little Wheels quilt using Riley Blake's fun boy line.

Cecilia created 16 Squares & Counting using Martinique by Moda including the FABULOUS pin tuck aqua fabric that adds the perfect touch of texture.

Wendy also worked up a fun quilt from Moda's Tweet Tweet by Keiki and added jumbo ric-rack sewn in the binding.

Cowboy Star was made by Cecilia and is a must for any little buckaroo!
Check back tomorrow for more pictures of these great EASY big block quilts!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Fans

Tomorrow is the beginnning of the Wasatch Front Shop Hop and I have been going CRAZY getting ready. I just finished piecing, quilting, binding, & writing instructions for this fun little quilt, Summer Fans. Riley Blake was SUPER kind and donated an entire line of Summer Song to the assocation. We cut the entire line up into charm squares and each store has designed a quilt using the set of charms. Summer Fans was my design for Pine Needles. Anyone that finishes the entire shop hop will receive a free Summer Song Charm Pack, plus they will have seen 15 different projects done using this set!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Big Block Baby Quilts #1

I am busy writing instructions for 15 new Big Block Baby Quilts. Still unsure of a name for this one.....any suggestions? Oh and all 15 patterns need to be complete by next Wednesday! You see, the Wasatch front Shop Hop begins then and the quilts will be on display at Pine Needles. Each store participating in the Shop Hop is focusing on a different reason to CELEBRATE and we are throwing a Baby Shower. So, I am going craaazy trying to get ready. That is no surprise for anyone who knows me well. I work best under pressure. I work best that way but drive everyone around me nuts. It's amazing though what I can accomplish with a bag of M&M's by my side and a couple of excedrin.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I'm back!

I cannot believe that it has been over a week since I returned from Quilt Market. It has taken me that long to catch my breath and get back in the swing of things. What a fun time we had! Holly, my sister, was busy buying for our store and returning to me with news of all the fabulous finds! I spent my days in the booth with my mom, sharing my quilts.Laundry Day my biggest debut for this market and I was so happy that so many liked it. It's scary to put yourself out there not knowing how people will react. I sold out of the books at Sample Spree and had 3 times as many printed when we got home to fill orders. It was such a fun quilt to make. I could finally say that I looked forward to doing my laundry.

So this was a market to Celebrate. That brings me to my latest table runner, CELEBRATE. The center diamonds and ice-cream cones are made using the folded faric technique that I used in my Hats off to Santa, and Hats off to Halloween runners. Easy Peasy!

This is my new Little Square Dance charm pack quilt. Blocks are made using an easy stack, slash & shuffle method. I used the new Kate Spain christmas charm pack because I simply don't love anything more than red and turquoise!

What do you think of this Funky quilt? Funky Flowers is made of stacked flowers of all the best Funky fabrics from Amy Butler and so many others. Raw edge applique makes it easy, jumbo ric-rac makes it fun, and funky fabrics make it pop!

Now of course I did not neglect my love for embroidery and I added to my line of pastry pin cushions with American Pie.
Well, that is it for now. Whew, what a blast, my mind is turning about what to work on next......