Thank you everyone for your support and very nice comments. After much encouragement and the responses to my stories about whey we make quilts I was finally able to collect my stories behind 85 of my favorite quilt. Every quilt has a story and with the help of my dear friends Judy Friedman and Kayleen Hardy, I have finally put them on paper in my new book, “Reason for Quilts”.
Writing a book feels kind of like having a baby and as I deliver this newest addition to my family and yours, I am letting go of my oldest baby girl. She is spreading her wings and leaving for college, a day I looked forward to with mixed feelings. We raise our children to be independent but it is difficult to let go! This summer we have been engaging in a lot of family activities to make those amazing memories that we will all cherish when the rush of the fall comes back and Delfina leaves for University.
Seems like only yesterday I was holding her hand and putting her on a ride at the County Fair.
Now she is off on a solo walk.
Our family loves the County Fair. Everyone in the family has a favorite food. We buy everyone’s favorite and then we pass it around and share! We are especially fond of Funnel Cakes, corn dogs, and an all time favorite; a huge order of French fries… and let’s not forget the ice cream – YUM! Do you have a favorite? I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!!
For Spring Market this year all the Moda designers made a little project. While I was deciding what to make I was watching my favorite show, Project Runway. I can see myself being one of those crazy designers. I guess you could call that my guilty pleasure right now. Maybe there should be a show like that about quilt designers getting ready for market? An inside peek at how things get done, putting up and taking down the booth, pulling it all together for schoolhouse teaching and making a project. Wouldn’t that be fun? I really like this crazy busy fun Market time.
My project was a handy bag, it looks little but when you turn it inside out, it magically becomes a BIG one. Watch the video below for how useful it can be for fabric shopping trips!
In addition you can download the pattern for the bag on the Laundry Basket Quilts Website.
I find that my everyday life provides a huge amount of inspiration. Human connections are a big part of my inspiration. Nature, music, antiques, and history are all areas that I enjoy and can draw from. Inspiration is always around me and I try to pay attention and incorporate it into my work. I hope my fabrics and designs inspire you in your quilting.
I recently visited Montana to do some teaching. What a beautiful state! I would love to take my entire family back there sometime to visit. I would love to get in the car with the entire family and road trip, there is so much that I haven’t seen in our beautiful country! Definitely on my Bucket List. At one point we were driving through a field of yellow full of cows. I stopped to take a photo of the cows and since no one was around I “moo” at them, they looked at me and “moo” back! So adorable.
What things are on your bucket list? Share your bucket list and there just might be a bucket of goodies heading your way, including my new book, fabrics from my Indian Summer line, fabric pencils, a custom seam ripper, buttons, my favorite Aurifil thread and my calendar (Bucket not included). Leave me a comment telling me what’s on your bucket list and I will use Mr Random Number Generator to choose a winner. I will announce the winners on my October 1st post. Leave a comment on THIS POST anytime before midnight EST, September 30th to be eligible to win our amazing bucket! A special thanks goes out to Moda for helping me put the newest fabric from Indian Summer in this bucket!
All the Moda designers are talking about the County Fair and participating in the blog hop. Here is the schedule of blogs that are in the hop and a link to them on their day. Everyone is doing a giveaway of some sort so be sure and stop by all of them!
September 6 Sandy Gervais Pieces From My Heart
September 7 Anne Sutton Bunny Hill Designs
September 8 Barb and Mary Me and My Sister
September 9 Camille Roskelley Thimbleblossoms
September 10 Edyta Sitar Laundry Basket Quilts
September 11 Jen Williamson Basic Grey
September 12 Polly and Laurie Minnick & Simpson
September 13 Sandy Klop American Jane
September 14 Liesl Gibson Oliver + S
September 15 Joanna Figueroa Fig Tree Quilts
September 16 Lynne Hagmeier Kansas Troubles
September 17 Alma & Barb Blackbird Designs
September 18 Aneela Hoey
September 19 Barbara Brackman Sunflower Pattern Co-Op
September 20 Bonnie Olvason Cotton Way
September 21 Branding Inc Suzie Cabbages and Roses
September 22 Deb Strain
September 23 Jan & LindaBrannock & Patek
September 24 Lauren & Jessi Jung
September 25 Stephanie Carter Lily Ashbury Designs
September 26 Julie Comstock Cosmo Cricket
September 27 Kate Spain Kate Spain Designs
September 28 Karla Eisenach Sweetwater
September 29 Kaari Meng French General
September 30 Lisa Bongean Primitive Gathering
October 1 Kathy SchmitzKathy Schmitz Studios
October 2 Liz Scott Paper Pie