Monday, May 18, 2015

Two Words: Quilt Market

Quilt Market is so cool!  Seeing all the new things that are going to be in quilt shops all over the country is exciting -- I've already seen things I want to make!

These are new fabric collections from EBI Fabrics -- once I felt them I wanted to take them all with me.  They are purchasable in several precuts as well as off the bolt.  Their booth is real close to the Mettler thread booth where I am working, so I can just stroll over and fondle the fabric! 

And here is the beautiful Christy.  Thanks for a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fluff & Stuff at Nuttall's!

These are my very enthusiastic students from the second session of Fluff & Stuff at Nuttall's Sewing Center in Riverton, Utah!  It rain, rain, rained all week but we had a fabulous time together inside!

Plus, a big THANK YOU to Mettler from these beautiful ladies for the wonderful goodies!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Northwest Sewing Center, Austin TX

Two years ago, I taught my two day Fluff & Stuff class at Northwest Sewing Center.  When I arrived, I was very sick with an acute bronchitis attack; nothing contagious, but I was coughing a lot and generally pretty miserable.  One of my students, Marion, hopped out during break, went to Whole Foods and bought me a bottle of homeopathic Lung Support.  Helped immensely in my recovery and my doctor said that it probably was the main reason I didn't have any scarring from all of that coughing!

So when I arrived at Northwest to do my lecture tonight, I was very excited to see the person who literally saved my life -- Marion!

Here we are, standing in front of a couple of my quilts.

She deserves a HUGE hug, don't you think??


Then my roving bat eye saw a card embroidered by Joanne, who gets to work and play here -- and she gave it to me!  It is so darn cute!!

Isn't this adorable? With my company name (Batts in the Attic) I can be in a Halloween frame of mind all the time!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Make It Great Sale!

Shop Craftsy’s  Make It Great Sale  through my special link!
You'll receive up to $20 off on all classes of any skill level, so you can find just the right fit for you!
A Craftsy Class would make a wonderful Mother's Day Gift!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Whirlwind of Fun

I've been in New Jersey for meetings the last couple of days and one of the awesome people I reconnected with is Angela Wolf. You may know Angela from "It's Sew Easy" or even from her reality TV series featuring her stellar competition fishing abilities!

I've worked with Angela as a guest on "It's Sew Easy" and she's a fellow Craftsy instructor, so it was great to catch up with her!

I also got to meet Paducah winner Mary Olsen, whose quilts just knocked me out!

I was also excited to meet Anna Aldmon, who does beautifully detailed appliqué in the hoop on an embroidery machine. I was pleased to hear that she is digitizing some of the late Pat Campbell's appliqué designs so they will still be available.

It's been a whirlwind two weeks -- Denton TX, Melbourne FL, Kennesaw GA and Newark NJ. Today I go home for a week and then it's off again for another two weeks of adventures!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rock Paper Scissors

As you know if you've been reading this very long or following me on Facebook, I travel A LOT!!  My husband says that nobody enjoys hurtling through the skies in aluminum tubes as much as I do and he may be of the big perks is getting to see new shops and meet new people.

When I fly, I like to read.  It's perfect downtime -- no phones, no internet, just quiet for a few hours.  So when I was flying from Atlanta to Newark on Sunday, the latest issue of Generation Q Magazine was in my hands.  I was completely engrossed in the story about a shop in Montclair NJ called Rock Paper Scissors.  As I'm reading about Beth's journey from finance person to quilt shop owner, I'm thinking -- Hmmmm....she and I are a lot alike....I think we could be friends.....

This progresses to "OMG, I'm flying to New Jersey right this minute!  I have a free day tomorrow!  How far is Rock Paper Scissors from my hotel?"  So as soon as I land, I plug the info into my phone and see that it is a mere 33 miles and that the store is open on Monday -- SCORE!!!

I Uber'd over to the store and it was so totally worth the trip -- Beth was just as delightful as I had hoped and she and I had even more things in common.  She also has knowledgeable friendly staff with wide ranging interests.  That's important because this store has so many things going for it.

First there is all the quilt and garment fabric -- yes, this store sells both and has people to help with both.  I admit that I am totally ignorant on the garment side of sewing, but everybody in the store was wearing things that they had made and they were really cute!

But that only addresses the "scissors" part of this shop -- here is the "paper"...lots of supplies for scrapbooking and other paper arts.

Stamping, anyone??

And what about the "rock"?  Lots of beads and other jewelry making supplies and a mirror to try things on....

Classes to learn how to make your own!

More class samples!  I love making jewelry -- I like to string beads into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  It's as close to instant creative gratification as you can get  --and if I don't love what I made, I can cut the wires and stick the beads back in my glittery stash!

It seemed like everywhere I looked, there were supplies for another creative opportunity -- here, hand embroidery....

Class schedule on a magnetic board so everyone knows what's going on...

...and a closeup of the blocks and the hand embroidery area.

I'm so happy that this shop was close enough for a visit!  If you'd like to go there, too, Rock Paper Scissors is located at 15 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair NJ (phone: 973-337-6759).  You will have so much fun browsing and visiting with owner Beth Rowan and her awesome staff!  (And Kourtney has the most contagious giggle, beautiful handmade clothes and a totally retro, fun vibe -- thanks for helping me pick fabric, Kourtney!)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

~*~ Wedding Bells ~*~

My goddaughter Destiny and her fiance Nick are getting married June 17, 2016 -- you know where I'll be that weekend... not working!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stitch Fix #11

Wow, does time go by fast!  Started with Stitch Fix last June or July and I’m already at my 11th goodie box from my stylist!  Along with a note from my stylist, here’s what they sent me:

First thing I opened was a bright green purse with zippers all over it!  I really liked the color and it was probably a bargain for the price compared to the Coach bags that I love, but the first thing my husband (who took all these pictures of me) said was, “Another purse?” in THAT tone of voice…..the picture below shows the purse so you can see the color and the size.  I’m also wearing the grey zip shoulder knit top, which I didn’t think I’d like, but once I had it on I not only loved, but wore it to a birthday party on Saturday.

The way the pricing works is that if you keep everything, you get a 25% discount on the whole thing, so it never makes sense price-wise to return only one thing.  So if I am returning the purse, I have to return one more thing to make it work…..or if I can’t find another thing to return, keep the purse!  That’s secretly what I was rooting for!

Next thing was the jersey T-shirt dress;  way too short for me -- that’s also a return.  Loved the boots I was wearing, but Dan told me that they should be worn by somebody in their 20s, not by me.  So I guess I’ll just wear them when I travel!

My favorite piece was the cobalt and black chevron print sleeveless top.  I put a black lace cami under it and put on some leggings – definitely a keeper!

The last piece was the purple blouse; paired it with a pair of black skinny jeans from White House Black Market.  Dan liked this more than I did, so I debated it, but I don’t have anything else this exact color and I do LOVE that color, so it’s a keep!

So the decisions made were to keep the purple blouse, blue/black top and grey zip shoulder sleeveless top and to return the pretty green purse and the jersey dress.

Do you agree?  Would you have decided differently?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Sharon Hawk Pedersen!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sharon, message me your address and phone number and I'll send off your package!!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Goodies Box Giveaway!!!

As I was packing the box up, I saw that there was still room! So now there are four 3000 yard spools of Mettler Silk Finish 100% cotton, 60 wt,, in the four colors I use most for piecing!

Have a fabulous day!!!!!!!