Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wedding Bells

Our engagement photo18 years ago...He still keeps this in his wallet.
18 years ago today to be exact.  The wedding bells rang for my beloved and I.  I am pretty lucky, he's really good to me and to our daughters.  He puts up with me, my fabric and vintage 40's era stuff obsession, my moody days, my bad days and my silliness.  We have a lot of fun together, and we laugh a lot, mostly at ourselves!  I put up with him, his obsession with super-heroes, Gi-Joe, action figures, sports, his moody days that I like to call MAN-O-PAUSE, his stupid humor, and he complains a lot sometimes.  It could be worse for both of us.  

This all begs the question--- how do our children put up with us???  hmmm there is one to ponder.  I guess they have no choice really, so we all laugh at each other a lot.
 Our little girls- 8 years ago, also in his wallet

Marriage-- definitely not the easiest thing I have done in my life, but well worth the trouble, the trials and the benefits are limitless.

Many of our older friends, say we are nothing but babies still--- oh brother!  Gimme a break already.  After 20 years together, we are now the same age his parent's were when we met.  We have been together longer than we lived before we met.  We were 18 and met in college, became friends, then he pursued me, I caved and we fell for each other.  Many of our younger friends cannot believe we are this old--Hahahaha!  It's not old unless you believe it's old.  Fortunately they think we are younger-- but still think it is weird we have been married for so long.  I guess I think it is a bit weird too-- seems like a pretty long time 18 years.  Sure doesn't feel that long-- I think that is a good sign!

I am blessed, I am grateful, I am humbled daily, thank you Lord.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Help for the people of Joplin Missouri

My heart goes out to the people of Joplin Missouri as they sort through what is left of their city.
I received an email from Ackfield Manufacturing today and have added it to the end of this post.  They are based in Missouri, and are asking their quilting friends and business associates to send the call out for help for the people of Joplin.
Ackfield makes many wire hangers and stands for quilts, mini quilts and stitchery pieces.  
If you have a quilt you can part with, they are asking for it to be shipped to them.  As you can see these people are left with nothing.  Bad weather and tornadoes continue to batter the area.  If you can, please consider their request.  Consider also how many children are left with nothing, baby and children's quilts would be greatly helpful as well.

This man is at what used to be his mother-in-laws home sorting through the rubble.  Her entire neighborhood was leveled.

Ackfeld Manufacturing is collecting Quilts for the victims in Joplin...... If you have a quilt that you don't have anyone in mind for please donate to the victims of the tornado in Joplin Missouri..... If you would be so kind as to send them to us we will get them into the hands of the Red Cross. Please sign these quilts and let them know where they are coming from so that they can feel the love of the world surrounding them.... thank you all so much Skip and Peggy Ackfeld, Ackfeld Manufacturing, 360 Emerson Road, Reeds Spring, MO 65737

If your company has a facebook, web site, twitter whatever please post.  Our friends are hurting and we feel your generosity would be so appreciated.  What warmer feeling than being wrapped in a Hand Made Quilt

Thank you All
This used to be a subdivision of homes, all have been leveled.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

All Dolled Up in SLC

I was a part of All Dolled UP in SLC which included many of our local and very talented quilt designers.

We all had to make up a doll block and dress the doll in whatever fashion we chose.  We had a very simple template to use as the basis.

Here is my block that went into the quilt that showed at Quilt Market in the Riley Blake Booth.  My block was in the quilt with the blue borders.

Good Golly Miss Molly here is my Dolly!

She's my 50's girl who belongs at a Sock Hop!  I love her and still have to finish my other block that I will keep in Daisy Dance Fabrics.
If you go to All Dolled Up there are posts about many of the designers who participated.

And here are the instructions for my Miss Molly
Here are the templates for Miss Molly

All the instructions for all the blocks should be up on the All Dolled Up site very soon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quilt market Recap coming soon...

Whew!  Been so busy that I nearly forgot!  
I am getting the posts ready and will have my recap soon!

This is the Grand America Hotel with the Mountains in the distance-- I snagged these photos from my The Fat Quarter Shop- They are more on top of  their blog than I am!

This is Kimberly Jolly from The Fat Quarter Shop with her Freda-- One of my new patterns for market.  I sold some shop samples at Sample Spree and this one is in Daisy Dance my newest fabric line!  She just loved Freddie and Freda!
APQ was at the end of my row-- I was closer to the back of the row with the Henry Glass crew-- we had loads of fun and I did not get many pictures.  My camera was acting up.  So this photo I took from my wonderful friend, Pat Sloan's Blog
I did manage to get a few shots at market and will give the recap soon!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

100 Blocks Giveaway and my block!

The lucky WINNERS of the brand new issue of 100 Blocks are.........
Sallie Quiltin' Sandy and YummYummz by Patticakes
(Sallie just emailed me and she already won an issue on another blog so we had to choose again.)
I will be contacting you both by email to get your addresses.  Thank you to everyone who participated!
PS: My kids choose the random numbers-- I tell them the range and they each choose a random number-- they never choose the same numbers as the time before either!  I figure it is the most random way to pick numbers because they don't even know why I ask!

This is my block that is in the 100 Blocks Volume 3 issue, it is on page 49.  It is made from my Tidbits line of fabric and is paper pieced.  I rarely paper piece anything, because it is not my favorite method of sew a quilt block.  This was different though.  It was fun to step out of my comfort zone and try something different.  That is one of my favorite things about submitting a block to the 100 Blocks magazine.  It allows me to do something I wouldn't normally do and still get to share it with everyone.

Though I did add that little yo-yo in the center, because it just looks so cute and that is something I would normally do!

This issue of 100 Blocks has some really wonderful and fun blocks in it.  I would love to giveaway TWO of these coveted magazines.  But I want to know something about you as a quilter.....

Leave me a comment answering this question and you will be entered in the drawing.  

"How do you step out of the box in your quilting art?"

For me it's paper piecing-- but it could be something else entirely for you and I would love to hear about it!
You can enter the giveaway through Saturday May 7th at 9 PM MST 

Monday, May 2, 2011

100 Blocks Blog tour!

It is time for the new issue of 100 Blocks to be out!  It should be on newsstands on May 10th-- I will have some copies available for purchase and if you missed Volume 2 I still have a couple of those as well.

I am honored and humbled to see my name on the cover of the Volume 3 100 Blocks magazine.  
What a joy it is to be a part of this great magazine, but to be listed on the cover as one of "Today's Top Designers"  is just phenomenal.

Stay tuned I will be showing my block on Thursday May 5th!