Friday, May 1, 2015

And Kitty Makes 3

Hi, My name is Dueces - I'm Pep's cat.  


And this is my sister Wednesday (or Wendy), Jan's cat.


Mom saved the best until last!  :)

Did you see Me and My Sister's post earlier this week - the one with the lady with 8 arms, all moving at once?

That's what it's like around here before Market.  Like today.  On top of blogging (and doing the regular choring) she has to get dinner ready and in the fridge before she leaves to go to Kansas City for two days to help Brian move.  And of course she has to get her sewing ready to take with her.  Then tonight Jake will meet Cullen and Quinn's mom in Liberty and pick them up to bring them home for the weekend (it's their dads week to have them but he had surgery this week) and Jake will pop dinner in the oven.  Mom doesn't like the little kids schedule disrupted any more than usual and  Market will already do that.  Yada, yada, yada.  Sometimes we need a flow chart just to keep track of everything.
  
At least the quilts are safely at the quilters so she just has to get ready for schoolhouse.  And she always has something to sew.

I sleep at the end of the bed.  Every time Mom uses the facilities she just has to stop and give me a rub.  Petting a kitty slows her down and helps her focus on calm things.
Wendy spends a lot of time on the quilt on the back of Mom's chair - same thing.

You may have noticed a thread in all of our posts - keeping Mom calm and somewhat relaxed before Market!

And we all do our darndest to do a good job.

Mom designed this little quilt for the hop


 It's called "And Kitty Makes 3".  
You can get a free download of the pattern until Monday night by clicking here.
Or you can buy a kit to make it by clicking here
After Monday you can buy the pattern on the website if you missed it.

Now - for the other free part - the fabric part.
We have 3 Lilies of the Field precuts to give away courtesy of Moda.


Make a comment telling us how you manage to de-stress when big deadlines are looming.
Monday morning we'll have the random number generator pick one.

And now, don't forget to hop on over to see

Have fun!

Now I'd better get back to work.  A kitty's work is never done.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dobby's Day

Hi, my name is Dobby (when I was a puppy, I liked socks -- a lot) 
and I'm a Welsh Corgi.
Welsh Corgis, for those of you who don't know, are herding dogs.


And I want to tell you - herding this bunch is quite a challenge - especially around Market.


But Market or no Market, I take Mom for a walk late every afternoon - it's good for her - helps relieve stress.



We walk to the treeline at the bottom of the hill and then back up.  
 Spike starts out with us but usually sits down about halfway there.  
We used to walk on the gravel road down to the creek but bulldogs have a tendency to stand in front of cars and try to stop them.
After a couple of rather big vet bills Dad mowed us a path to the treeline behind the barn.
Looks like it could stand mowing right now.
Corgis are medium sized dogs with very short legs that can corner on a dime but shorter grass makes our job easier.


Back inside, I always help Mom with binding the quilts.
This is one of my favorites, the Moda Love quilt from the Castlewood line.  I helped with it.  
And Mom did a tutorial on it too.  You can watch the tutorial by clicking here.


Mom said we got to chose our quilt to have a special on and this is mine.  You can buy a pattern or kit by clicking here.

Oops, gotta go.  Mom's up and moving and better make sure she goes the right way.

Meanwhile you can go see what's up with some of the other Moda designers and their blogs.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To Market, To Market

Hi - My name is Bopper and I live at my grandma's house 


out in the farm yard with my friends Robin and Violet White.


We have a pretty neat bunny life except Grandma gets upset when I get out and go to the garden.
Every animal on the farm has it's job.  Usually our job is to be cute and cuddly but since everyone is in high gear getting ready for Market we thought we'd help out.


Since we're big bunnies and have big heads and bigger brains than most bunnies (which is why we're good at getting into the garden), we get to help with the computer.


The quilt Grandma let us pick to be on special today is "To Market, To Market".  
To get a pattern or a kit you can click here.

That's me in the cart.  Why hop when you can ride.

And speaking of hop, you can hop on over to these Moda designers and see what's up with them.  #designersIRL.  
Be sure and come back Friday for Grandma's post day to download a free pattern and for a chance to win free fabric .

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shenanigans!, Shenanigans

Hi, my name is Spike and I'm Jan & Pep's trusty English Bulldog.

Right now I'm helping get ready for Market by being a "calming influence" while Jan appliques the last bird on a quilt due to leave for the quilters this afternoon.

I'm also helping guard the choring footwear that just happens to be in this sunbeam.  :)



This is "O My Stars" one of Jan's Lilies of the Field fabric line patterns.
"O My Stars" is pretty well what its about around here and the pattern is on special today only just for the blog hop.


And the "O My Stars"  quilt below is made up out of the Front Porch fabric line.  We have a very limited number of kits for it left and they are on sale today only.

You can get a pattern or a kit by clicking here.


Well, Mom's bustling so I'd better get back to being calming again.

Meanwhile you can visit the other designers at ............


April 27th –
April 28th –
April 29th –
April 30th –
May 1st –
Have fun!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Latest Tutorial and It's never to early or too late :)



(not including Dueces, Pep's cat) - a great quilt for the 4th of July,



and this is the Bunny and Rooster from


Birds & Bunnies, Herbs and Honeys, an awesome spring quilt.


To watch the tutorial on doing the inside and outside curves on both quilts click here.
The kits and patterns for both quilts are on sale today and tomorrow only.   You can get to the store to buy them by clicking here or on the name of the quilt. 
You get tomorrow too because we didn't get things out until late this morning.

Here are two (or really 3) reasons why.


Grandson Jake had Senior Prom Saturday (I cannot believe he's 18 already - it makes a grandma's eyes leak) and his tux had to be returned today.  He's in school of course.


And Quinn and Cullen didn't have school today so they're at Grandma's.

Grandma is meeting herself coming and going - especially with Market looming.
But all too soon they will be 18 too.
Best enjoy these years while I can.
Meanwhile, I've Blogged, Facebooked, Instagramed and fixed them lunch.

Now to sit and stitch for a minute.

Monday, April 13, 2015

And we hope its stopped raining.................

This is Block #3 of Winter Solstice


the Mystery Quilt for 2015 and it's due to ship Wednesday the 15th - God willing and the creek don't rise.

And it had better not rise  :).

Meanwhile,  Market looms so this will be very short. 

We did stop to film a tutorial last Friday on the calendar quilt so that should be up soon.
 
Back to applique.

Keep quilting ladies.  I certainly am  :)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Oh My! It Never Rains But ................

This is the first block of Winter Solstice, our Mystery Quilt for 2015.
Most of you making it know that the new girl (who is no longer with us) we had cutting kits  didn't see that she was supposed to cut two pieces for the snow, one for the roof and one for the ground,


What we didn't realize is that apparently she wasn't very good at reading either.  The background sky piece as supposed to be cut 27"x22", it says 27x22 plainly on the cutting sheet.  She seems to have cut most of them at 22x22 - which won't work.
We're mailing the correct size out to you today. Meanwhile, you can at least applique windows, shutters, etc to the house. 
Be sure to keep the 22x22 piece - you'll use it for the background in Block #4.

This is one reason we didn't catch it.



This is our very, very close friend - pretty well family member - Dave Warner.
Dave was regional manager of an local farm and construction implement company.  He was an avid gardner, hunter and all around outdoorsman who taught Jake to hunt and who helped us keep our farm in tip-top shape while providing everyone with game and vegetables.    He and his wife Kim have been part of our extended family since they were teenagers.
He was cutting wood on our back 80 one minute and was gone the next.
His loss is devastating - he will be sorely missed.  
And as Pep said, at least he spent his last day outdoors in beautiful weather, doing one of the things he loved most.
Time will slowly heal the pain - and we are so much richer for having known him.


This is April Showers Table Stand Quilt and


Parasol Princess (58"x58")

Kelly will be sending an email next week with a coupon code for 15% off of both sets of kits and patterns.
April Showers and needing an umbrella seem appropriate at the time and of course, stitching always helps.

I thought I'd do something nice for my Blog people to say I'm sorry for the Mystery Quilt mess.
If you go to the store now - through April 4th and use the promo code SORRY you can buy them for 25% off by clicking here.  :)
And if the applique seems a little intimidating, you can get a few tips by watching the tutorial when you click here.

My Lord, I hope life settles down for awhile.  
At least I have the quilts for the next fabric line, Hawthorn Ridge to work on.  
Stitching does always help.