Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Two new books from Kansas City Star have arrived:
A Bountiful Life presents the author's version of the over 150-year old folk art quilt masterpiece, Bird of Paradise, on display at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Click Here for a link to a picture of this incredible quilt on the American Folk Art Museum's web site.
A Year of Cozy Comforts celebrates the four seasons with eight handmade projects for your home. Quilts, cross-stitch, wool applique - even some of the author's family recipes.
I'm expecting Polly Minick's new book, American Summer any day now. I keep checking Kansas City Star's web site, but it's still listed as a Pre-Order from them. Once they change their status I'll know I'll be seeing my shipment soon! This book can still be pre-ordered from me, and you'll get free shipping when I begin sending them out.
Snowed all day here in midcoast Maine while my hometown in Massachusetts was enjoying mid-40s and sunshine. Oh well - it is Maine, after all!
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Yesterday was the annual Eliot (Maine) rug hook-in. It's been going on for I believe 28 years now and no doubt grown from a smaller event to what it is today, over 100 participants, vendors, a lovely, well-lit venue with great food and of course, loads of great hooked rugs. I was one of the five vendors. Here are a couple of pictures taken by Lauri Troutman, (Miz T), who worked hard to make the event a fun day for everyone:
Primitive Pastimes) booth at the hook-in. She's an amazing altered artist and rug hooker.
Future vending engagements so far this year will include quilt shows in March and August as well as two rug hook-ins in April. These events are great fun, a lot of work, but it's always nice to meet new friends, reacquaint with old friends and come away with loads of inspiration.
Hope you had a great weekend too!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Also available are a few of the Fall and Winter issues - first come, first served!
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Have a great day!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about shipping an order. Thank you in advance for your understanding!
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
More snow today, just lazy flakes drifting down. I'm in my "studio", continuing my reorganization project, as I got to the point where I couldn't find anything, and the clutter was killing any traces of creativity! I'm notorious for not putting things back where they belong, and after a while the disjointed piles of "stuff" are just too much! Lots of things have been tossed, which feels really good, and my big industrial shelf and little bookcase are starting to look much neater. So, off to sort my favorite books and magazines, deciding what to recycle or store. My tastes and interests have changed over the years, and it's time for a good reassessment of all things paper. A lot of my older quilt books may be headed to eBay soon.
Have a cozy weekend!
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Friday, January 20, 2012
Led Zeppelin - I had to look up the spelling! I came across a couple of other love-inspired patterns that missed the inventory count last time: Love and Be Loved, the popular Cupid Fraktur (3 available) and heart-shaped Sewing Bird Pinkeep (only one) cross-stitch designs, both by With Thy Needle & Thread/Country Stitches.
A Whole Lotta Love for all on a snowy Friday morning!
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
This beautiful quilt, called Folk Art Pleasures: A Celebration in Applique was designed by Lori Smith of From My Heart to Your Hands. I've just updated my web site with this and three other patterns that I've had in inventory but for whatever reason, never made it to the site before now. They're 25% off too - this pattern, previously $16.00, is now $12.00. The quilt is 54" x 54". Practice your applique skills on this or one of Lori's other quilted masterpieces. And, since the weather has finally turned winter-like, working under a quilt sounds like a very cozy way to spend a chilly night!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Beatles sang that song, remember? I just realized that Valentine's Day is less than a month away. Seems like it was just Christmas! Time has been flying by, maybe it's because of the flurry of excitement around a new baby in the family. My head is spinning! Anyway, back to Valentine's Day - I thought I'd look around for love-inspired projects and found a few:
From top to bottom:
Saint Valentine Fraktur needlepunch by With Thy Needle & Thread/Country Stitches
Key to My Heart Sampler by Pineberry Lane
True Love Sampler Bag & Pinkeep - Stacy Nash Primitives
A little love for a Tuesday night! If you're on my email list I added a few other "love"ly suggestions, some on sale.
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Monday, January 16, 2012
Back in stock - Buttermilk Basin's neat Penny Mats Thru the Year.
Shown, appropriately enough, is January's snowman mat. All twelve months' worth of patterns are available. October's sold out very quickly when I first got them - everyone loves pumpkins, right? It's such fun to work with wool during the colder months. I'd rather make a snowman out of wool than out of snow right now. We're only in the mid-twenties today with a wind chill. Brrr! Hoping to make up some kits for these patterns soon.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012
I get to see my little Pats fan next weekend! The long-range weather forecast doesn't look like it will keep me from her. My younger brother, author Jeffrey Thomas (Punktown and many other short story collections) and 2-year old niece will be arriving back home from a long trip to Vietnam mid-week and we'll see them too. It'll be Christmas for them as they've been gone since before Thanksgiving. Looking forward to a very fun reunion with family!
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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Have a warm and wooly weekend!
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Snowing here this morning, finally a measurable snow for this crazy winter. We're expecting between 6"-10". I won't be going anywhere today!
Have a great day,
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Have a great day!
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Hope you all had safe and happy New Year celebrations. Bring it on, 2012!
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