Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sooooo..... "Let It Snow!"

And it did  :)

Pep got home safely but the schools as well as the office are closed.


The chickens and bunnies are fed and watered and the heat turned on in the loft.
And I get to spend my day sewing the last block and borders on Fall Festival, last years Mystery Quilt BOM.
After all the trouble we had this last few months I was considering having Fall Festival be the last one we did as a kit.
And they truly are my favorite quilts I make.
They're always a sampler quilt (my favorite) made up of blocks I get to take my time on - one a month isn't a deadline compared to Market
and I'm not restricted to one fabric line.

I do love my Market quilts but the BOM's I kit are special for me.

So I decided to do another one this year but limit the amount we do to make it easier  - I just keep getting older every year :)
We're sending the borders for Fall Festival out in January this time to make it easier on the budget for people so Let It Snow won't start until February.


This is a picture of Let It Snow (the 2015 BOM) in progress.  The fabrics just got here yesterday.
I am - however - being disciplined - and finishing last years quilt first.
And that's not easy except I'm excited to see Fall Festival sewn together and off to Lori for quilting  :)


Here's what the first block will look line - only on that navy background in the upper right corner.

Anyway, I love the snow and birds and houses - and of course snowmen.

If you want to join us, let us know as soon as possible because it's filling up already - people have been emailing already.

Have a good one ladies, I'm putting on my boots and going to the loft.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I give up..........

It really is almost Christmas!


This is Eagles and Roses and I designed it for my bed at Christmas.  
Its so neat to get ready for Christmas by putting the quilts in place.
There's a tutorial on tips for doing the large center block.  You can watch it by clicking here



We only have 2 kits left 
but we do still have the BOM available. And this week we've got it for half price.  This is one of the last BOM's I did with color pictures of each block as well as of the whole quilt.  It costs so much more to print them in color individually - the ink and the labor.  Anyway, this week the pattern is half price.  You can get the kit or the pattern by clicking here.

And while it's certainly way too late for this year, Christmas comes every year and this one could take you until next Christmas if you start right now.  :)

Have a good week ladies.

Monday, December 1, 2014

On His Way -

This is my grandson Cullen (really Justin Cullen Riley Patek - but we just call him Cullen)


and this is the Santa he made for us a couple of years ago.


And this is the Santa's Tree Farm Quilt I made this year.


  It's 44" x 68" and just fits on the back of my chair.


This is "On His Way", our latest Table Stand Mini Quilt.  
I know we're pushing two together but we're trying to catch up and he is "On His Way".
Whew - it's almost upon us.


To back up just a little, this is Traditional Turkey and we have a tutorial that covers both it and Flock Party below.
You can see the tutorial by clicking here
and buy any of the kits or patterns by clicking here


Usually we give 15% off the patterns and kits the day we release the tutorial.
BUT we have gotten behind a bit and it is Cyber Monday so we'll catch up and even jump a little ahead by having 15% off all of these kits and patterns today only.

And we'll throw in a set of my Angel cards with each order today.

Have a great week ladies.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy After Turkey Day!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving - full of family and food and maybe somewhere in there a little stitching.  :)

I've kept trying to get to the computer to at least blog "Happy Thanksgiving" but I thought I'd show you why that just hasn't happened.


This is Cullen Patek and 


this is Quinn Patek.

 They've been here - pretty well in this spot - since Thursday afternoon.

The only time the computer is free each day is for about 3/4 an hour each afternoon when I go for my walk with the dogs and make them come with me or when we're eating.  
And of course - I can't blog then.


I have gotten a little stitching time in but


by far the majority of my time since I got back from Market has been spent in the office working with the girls to sort through the Mess (with a capitol M) that Tori left.
We're still not sure we've gotten all the missed order and blocks sent so if you haven't gotten something you should have, please email us at janpatekquilts@centurylink.net and let us know.


November's Mystery Quilt Block is finally ready to ship.  Everytime we would start we would get phone calls and emails about missed Aug-Sept blocks and we'd have to back up and cut them.  We have a few more to cut even now.

But we're catching up.

For awhile I had about decided not to do a Mystery Quilt BOM next year but things are smoothing out and we've had so many nice emails that I probably will. I think it's going to be called "Let It Snow".  It will be very limited though - we won't do anywhere as many as we used too.

Hope you had a good Black Friday.
For obvious reasons, we didn't jump in.

However - we are going to do something for Cyber Monday.  Kelly will be sending out an email so I hope you're on our list.  If not, just watch the blog Monday.  The boys will be back in school Monday so I get my computer back.  :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you Veterans

Thanks to all the men and women who serve to keep the rest of us free.


My father was career Army and Pep's father was career Navy.



We honor them and all who keep us safe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We're in a Quandry

We recently parted ways with our last office manager and were stunned, absolutely mortified to realize that our customers were NOT being treated fairly and that many, many shipments we were told had shipped, actually had not.

Block #10 of Mystery Quilt

We apologize - as my daughter Kelly says - deep down in our bellybuttons!  I have been designing quilts for 25 years and this is not how we run a business or treat our friends and customers.


Just one of the little problems we're running into is a lack of a list of our club members.  If you belong to the Mystery Quilt Club, Featured Fabric Club or any of the other clubs we have, could you please email me at janpatekquilts@centurylink.net and let me know which club or clubs.  If you would give me your name and either phone # or email address we can get in touch with you if we don't have  mailing information, etc.  We hope to be invoicing and mailing the Mystery Club blocks today or tomorrow.  If you pay through PayPal, please watch for the invoice.

October Featured Fabric block

Tara and Kelly and I are sorting and organizing a magnificent mess and are quite regrettably behind on shipping.

During this transition things will take a lot longer.  
Half the time we have to not only go cut the kits that were supposed to have been shipped but also go back and enter customers and items into Quickbooks.  Yada, yada, yada.
Aargh!!!!!
Thanks for sticking with us.
:)
Jan 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Market gone by - Almost

Here we all (Moda designers) were last night just after closing. 
A motley crew if I ever saw one.  :)  
No - really, a bunch of very nice people


as well as great designers.

We'll tell you about Laurie's black eye later.  She really did slip in the shower and hit her head on the counter.  (All sorts of ribbing has been going her way - and my husband has been a major contributor.  - Of course, I did tell her to have Polly stop hitting her so hard :).)
Anyway she did go to the hospital and a CT showed things to be in working order which relieved us all.

And not to forget our fearless leaders, Cheryl Freydberg and Mark Dunn.
Of course Mark is a designer himself.  He even came to the schoolhouse wearing jammies from his latest line.


This is the Collections for a Cause quilt kit for this Market.  It benefits the Texas Quilt Museum.  The original quilt the fabrics come from is the kind of blurry one with the 8 pointed stars.  
We all highly agreed that the 5 pointed stars are much more Texas-like, if that's a word.  :)

Gotta run - last day and take down.

Pep took the pictures with his I-Pad and I can't figure out how to get them on Instagram.  I am so challenged.