Wednesday, January 27, 2016

All In A Row Winner

The winner of the All In a Row book is...

SUZANNE

Thank you everyone!

Laurie

Saturday, January 23, 2016

All In A Row

Good Morning! Welcome to my day of the All In A Row Blog Hop!  I'm sharing this day with Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs. This is how Anne looked the last time I saw her.

Anne is a Snow Bunny. Very topical for today.  This is her row.....

My mission, which I chose to accept, was to recreate this row in my fabrics.  

It probably isn't a surprise that when I made this - we were having a big of a snow storm too.  

That's icy sleet coming down, if you were wondering.

My row had a bit of a different feeling......I can't wait to see what Anne does with it!

 Thank you Martingale, Moda, and Lissa Alexander for asking me to participate.  We know you'll love this book.  Remember, all proceeds from this book goes to No Kid Hungry


I would love to give one away to a lucky commenter.  Just make a comment about All In A Row, No Kid Hungry, Snow Bunny Anne, the snowstorm, the beach, sandpails, heck - whatever you want to comment about - and I pick a winner for the book Tuesday, January 26th.

Laters,

Laurie

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sew-cation - Week 2

There are no tales of glamorous spa visits of beach side meals, but it's been a good week.  The first finish of 2016 in the washing machine right now.  It's been quilted and bound and now it's being tidied up a bit.  Unfortunately there won't be a photo on the laundry line because we are having a mini blizzard at the moment.  I don't think the snow will amount to much, but it doesn't make for good photos.  This is the quilt that now in the "finished" pile.

This was taken, oh about a year ago.(Notice the snow) It's just the top here.  The pattern is by Blackberry Design (Love Letters) and the fabric is from long ago. My next top in the hoop will be the All Blue Austin Bluebird


I will be starting it just as soon as I'm done with this blog post.  We'll see how much I get done by the end of the month - that's when I'll be making 4 new quilts from new patterns.

While I was quilting on Love Letters, I listened to the latest Cormoran Strike novel - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.
Oh, I'm a fan.  This is the 3rd book in the series and J. K. Rowling (who uses the pen name Robert Galbraith for these books) says there will be at least 8 books in this series. I hope there are more.  Yes, that J. K. Rowling. If anyone likes audio books - these are very well done.  2 thimbles up!!!

Did you know that a Moda Blog Hop is starting this week?


January 18: Brenda Riddle & Carrie Nelson
January 19: Corey Yoder & Janet Clare
January 20: Me & My Sister (aka Barb & Mary) & Barbara Brackman
January 21: Pat Sloan & Edyta Sitar
January 23: Sweetwater (Karla, Lisa & ) & Blackbird Designs (Alma & Barb)
January 24:  Anne Sutton & Laurie Simpson
January 25: Lisa Bongean & Joanna Figueroa
January 26: Betsy Chutchian & Jen Kingwell
January 27: Kate Spain & Sandy Gervais
January 28: Kaari Meng & Lynne Hagemeier

Come back here Thursday for My day!

If that isn't enough.... There is the Splendid Sampler quilt a-long that starts on Valentine's Day

You can go to the Facebook page set up for it HERE



The washer just dinged and the quilt needs to be put in the dryer.

Laters,

Laurie

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Starts

Happy New Year (belatedly)!!

I'm psyched for a new year of quilty projects.  This arrived today.....
11 spools of Aurifil thread.  These are in anticipation of new fabric that will arrive at the end of the month.  There will be much sewing going on after that.  I have these 4 new colors in 3 different weights - 50wt, 28 wt, and 12 wt.  Every need will be covered.  Machine piecing, hand appliqué (50wt) hand quilting and hand piecing (28wt), and embroidery and big stitch hand quilting (12wt).  

Thanks for you help in my inventory request.  We sold out of many items and that sure made counting the inventory easy peasy.  Now we have needles, turntable cutting boards, and quilting hoops back in stock.  

Pinch me! I finished my paperwork in regard to taxes.  Everything is counted and added up and ready to hand over to the professionals.  It doesn't look pretty, but it makes sense to me - and it's OVER.

We also got these 3 lovelies in our Etsy store.  They are kitchen toweling from Moda Fabrics.  The blue and white ones are 16" wide and are hemmed on both the top and bottom.  They are a cotton/linen blend.  Perfect for kitchen towels and other stitchery.

Blue Stripe on White Cotton/Linen blend
Blue Windowpane on White Cotton/Linen Blend
Red and Natural Plaid 100% Linen
This red plaid toweling had a wonderful drape.  It is 100% linen and is 23" wide.  It also is hemmed on both the top and bottom.  Not only is this linen great for kitchen towels - it's lovely for any kind of   sewing. It also looks like this red plaid toweling is now sold out and it will not be re-stocked. You have been warned.   

What to do now that my new year chores have been accomplished?  Well, I call it my sew-cation.  Yep, I am now free to sew until the new fabric arrives.  Does that sound crazy? So be it.  It means I can sew at my leisure and sew what I want.  It means I am finishing up projects that have been pushed aside.  Hours of hand quilting and video streaming await me.   

Laters,

Laurie

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holiday Week Wind-Down

Are you still a bit woozy from wrapping paper explosions and cookie eating?  Things have simmered down here quickly and I plan on spending the next few days stitching and video watching.  Santa delivered here a few days early and I've been playing with this the last couple of days.
Yep - a new sewing machine - a JUKI TL2010Q.  I used it a bit on a quilt retreat this summer and I liked it.  Since my Featherweight is looking like it might not last much longer - this is the 21st century version of a simple, straight stitching machine.  I'm very happy.

I also found out my most favorited photos of 2015.  Yep, that pretty much sums up the year.

Besides taking a few slow days of stitching - I know that 2016 is quickly here and that means taxes, paperwork, and the dreaded "inventory."  Do you want to help me with the last item?  I certainly would rather send an item to you than have it hang around for the "counting".  So, between now and midnight of New Year's Eve - everything in our Etsy store is 30% off.  All you need to do is use this coupon code when you check out -

COUNT

Happy Holidays and have a great 2016!

Laters,

Laurie

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Colors of the Year - 2016

Have you seen all the hubbub about Pantone's™ pick for color of the year?  First of all - they picked 2 colors instead of 1.

There was much love AND hate spewed over the choices.  What do I think? I Think that it was certainly a better choice than last year, and I happen to love me some blue and pink -  But hey, who cares what I think.  I do know that these 2 colors will feature in one of our upcoming projects this year - mixed all in with our red, whites, and blues.  While working on this top secret project (to be unveiled this spring) - we have a bit of fabric left over to share.

I have cut a few fat quarter bundles of the Serenity/Bliss color combo.  You can find them here in our etsy store!  And as you probably know - it's all Moda - all the time.

Laters,

Laurie


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