Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy 2009!

I know it's been awhile since I've posted but the holiday preparations and celebrations took up way more of my time than I had planned to allow. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, as I did, and are taking the time to relax and "recover" as I am.

I'm actually working on some new designs and some of them are even holiday designs for next year! The new pattern I'm finishing up today, though, is bright and tropical and makes me wish for an island vacation. I'm anxious to show it to you so I'll be hurrying to get the samples made.

In the meantime, if I don't get back to you before then, have a wonderful New Year's Eve/Day and I wish you only the very best in 2009! Be safe.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let it Snow!

I had the pleasure of going to Cleveland as a representative of The Warm Company last week to tape a segment on America Sews with Sue Hausmann and it was a great time. This was my second appearance on the show and even more fun than the first. We displayed a lot of my quilt projects and newest patterns using their products and talked about them in Sue’s sewing studio. Then I demonstrated how to make a placemat project geared toward children. Sue and the entire crew were great hosts and made the entire experience completely painless.

But I have to say that my favorite part of the trip was that I got to see snow! Everyone on the crew thought I was crazy when they saw how happy I was when the snow started falling but I truly miss it (see the disclaimer below). I’m from Des Moines, IA, originally, and have lived in the Phoenix area for the past 8 years so I don’t get to see it too often. I especially miss it at this time of year and it wasn’t easy putting up my Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago in 80 degree temps. I’m sure many of you think I’m nuts, too, but Christmastime always seemed to be snowy when I was a kid in Iowa. Memories of sledding and snowball fights and building snowmen and snow forts are what I try to bring to mind when I’m designing for the holidays and winter. Of course, snow has its ugly, dark side, and I’ve been witness to that also. I simply choose to repress those memories.

Whether you’re working on a wintertime or holiday project or not, this is the perfect time of year to shift your quilting into high gear. If your world is snowy and cold right now, use it as your inspiration to catch up on all of your quilting projects in the works! And, this is the perfect time to resolve to make more time for quilting in 2009.

Disclaimer: Snowfall must be in small, aesthetically pleasing amounts, during the holiday season, not accompanied by bitter cold, and gone, for the rest of the season, by the time I wake up in the morning on January 2nd.

Monday, December 1, 2008

My house looks like Santa Claus threw up all over it....

Well, Thanksgiving was great but it's never long enough. I would have taken more time away from work but I'm off to Cleveland for a taping of America Sews and Quilts on Wednesday so I had to get all of the details and project preps ready for that. On top of it all, I have a new book manuscript due in a couple of weeks so it's a little "tense" around here.

But I did manage to get some more time in with the grandkids this weekend. They spent the night with me on Saturday and we put up lots of Christmas decorations inside and out! (Can I tell you how much sheer willpower that takes when temps are in the 70's?) I love this photo I took of Lauryn helping to decorate the tree.

Lily wasn't quite as much help. But I think she's developing a creative streak. When she came across some gift containers with rope handles in the many boxes of Christmas stuff, the first thing she said was "purse". She picked up Pooh and slung a "purse" over her arm and headed for the door saying "bye-bye". She knows the drill. Here are a couple of pics of her with her Christmas purse collection. Of course, the Christmas footies were a must to complete the ensemble!

I hope you're all having fun, too! Thanks for looking in on me :)
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