Sunday, January 12, 2014

And the Winner is!!!!

what a fun few days hearing from all of you --
thanks ever so much for sharing your word for the year
and also some of your plans to make it all happen in 2014....


I will be contacting her and getting her info for Megan.
Remember all...laughter is the best medicine, so bring more of it into your new year & every year.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

TOURING NOW: Quilting Isn't Funny by Megan Dougherty

Do you know during that first conversation when you met a kindred spirit?
I stumbled into finding Megan Dougherty’s blog quite innocently –
I ignored all the warnings so prominently displayed…
for I thought I had heard it all…
Wrong!!! As always there was some controversial topic that had the world of quilting turning up burners with their ‘kerfuffles’ (Megan’s word), and I had been sent to the Bitchy Stitcher, to read all about it by a mutual friend….

Her wonderful plan-- not linking to those embroiled quilty blogs because it would just encourage them…

I knew I was in a zaney-wonderful-zone, and one I would never want to leave.

Megan tells it like it is with intelligence and humor that should not be missed out on her Bitchy Stitcher blog.

Since reading and chuckling that day over the current ‘quilty kerfuffles’ probably back in 2009 I have enjoyed reading Megan’s words, and feel lucky to have met her in person – got to hang out – and even go off exploring some very interest stores while in Houston.

Now, I am totally excited to be a stop on the blog tour to introduce Megan’s new book….

Quilting Isn’t Funny

Megan, always up to a challenge, compiled an incredible self-published book of her creative & inspiring words. Totally not inspiring in a pull the fabric out way, but in a laugh out loud ‘til it hurts kind of way. She recognizes the crazy in all of us and never lets us live any of it down.

I encourage you to click on over – check out Megan’s blog & purchase a signed copy of her new book…

Then, when you have to a few minutes to kick back and laugh loudly,
ignore all the warnings, and dive in head first! You’ll enjoy every word!

As part of the tour, I can give one of a copy of Megan’s book to one lucky reader….will it be YOU?!?

Since we’ve just kicked off the new year –
choose one ‘resolution’ or ‘revolution’
leave your 1 word comment here to be entered.
get an extra chance by sharing why.

I’ll be picking a winner on Sunday!

The blog tour is in its final round, but you’ll find a list of all the participants below – click through and check these sites out too to meet some of Megan’s fans & friends.

Dec. 2 - Maddie Kertay  - Bad Ass Quilter’s Society

Dec. 3 - Sam Hunter – Hunter’s Design Studio

Dec. 4 - Carla Crim – Scientific Seamstress

Dec. 5 - Scarlett Burroughs – Craft Gossip

Dec. 6 – Jill Dorsey – That Moxie Girl
Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc
Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen

Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams

Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles

Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys

Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl
Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity

Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations

Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sloboda –

Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff

Jan. 6 – Generation Q

Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist

Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty

Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie

Jan. 14 – Meg Hilko – Without A Stitch On

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Piles Growing into PILES

It's happened.... the new year sneaked in and the calendar has spun to 2014.
The seeds that were planted wayyyy back at the beginning of 2013 are requiring watering and tending. It started with a seed of an idea for a book, which lead to working through submissions and contracts....through designing and fabric selection.... through thread choices and working with some amazing longarm quilters --- each quilt for the book is a seed planted --- each concept another seed....

No wonder with the due date in February for the manuscript my focus has been 'book'. Soon the manuscript created from those seeds planted last year will be ready to send off to my publisher --- harvest time!

OK, enough of the planting metaphor...

As the winter chill moved in this weekend I settled in with creating the last quilt top for the book. The wind picked up, though the temp remained balmy and the pile of scraps began to gather.
 Then came the rain --- lots, and lots of rain.
The pile grew larger...
Then the temps dropped, but the dusting of snow we got here in Paducah was luckily nothing like promised. The amazing low temps though brought me more weather lessons, and the the scrap pile reached its height!
The piles are all I can share at this point, but I have to admit that working with these colors while holed up due to 'cold' has been an absolute pleasure.
Really what comes out of a harvest is more seeds... the wonder and promise of new seeds, new plantings.... every big idea requires lots of little seeds planted with anticipation and tended with care.

Do you have some new plantings
you are working on?

Wishing for you all a new year of wonderful new seeds to plant, the joy of giving tender care for your special plantings, and a life affirming harvest!

OK, now I am really done with the metaphor.