Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Living in Limbo

it's been a long summer.
To recap,
sold our house in a day,
moved out in a month.
In April, we moved into a rental house
 out in the country on a farm.
Looks like we're growing corn here. 
Corn as far as the eye can see.
Our landlord asked me, if I was a city girl.
I didn't think I was,
but maybe so. :)
We moved in, and they
had put in a new well,
but the well takes time to clear out the sand and such.
So we had brown water for 4 weeks
and on top of that we didn't have internet.
So it was back to basics.
Kind of humbling.
Water is big deal.
Drinking and washing your clothes is important.
And no internet for weeks is a little trying,
when you're running an online business
 and your husband's job is online.
Those things have worked themselves out.
Very grateful. 
And then my sweet husband decided to have
a knee replacement in July. 
And my little guy had pneumonia.
We have had some long days
here on the prairie.
But finally after 4 months,
we actually started building
our house!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lonestar Love

Kathy, our guest instructor
at our Retreat this year,
was making up some models for the Lonestar class
and made this one for me!
I've always loved the Kona Sunrise solids
and couldn't think
of a prettier Lonestar.
(Paired it with Kona's Ash grey for the background.)
Kathy, it's stunning! 
Thank you so much.
(And thanks for sending me photos.
I can't wait to see it in person!)
And she bound it! 
I about fell off my chair
when I realized that.
She used some of the leftover jelly roll
strips for the binding.
Just look at the quilting in the diamonds
and how pretty the swirls
 look on the flannel back.
Kathy has a long arm quilting business. 
She's a master at it.
Miss Kathy is going to teach the retreat gals to
make their own stars
It's coming right up! 


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jingle All the Way & Little Joys

Ann Kelle's
latest fabric collection!

Photo from Ann Kelle blog
Photo from Ann Kelle blog
Red, Green, Aqua, Blue -
all the colors of the holidays.

These Jingle folks are dressed up
 and ready to celebrate.
Photo from Ann Kelle blog

Fun and festive
Christmas collection from
Robert Kaufman Fabric.
The Jingle Precuts are in the shop!

Another fun little reindeer is in the shop too...
Little Joys by Elea Lutz from Penny Rose Fabrics.
If you had to choose,
which reindeer do you prefer?


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patience is Not my Virtue

What does summer bring?
-Bored Kids-
-Kids who want to run a sewing machine.-
It sounded like such a good idea in February -
"Yes, we'll make a Pokémon quilt this summer. Yes."
I sort of sold all the Pokémon fabric,
thinking of course,
I can get more.
  I can't get more :(.
We settled on Playball by Riley Blake.
I cut 6" squares for him.
It's not that I don't love kids sewing.
I just don't love teaching my own kids sewing.
You've been here, right?
The project is ready. 
The child is attentive for an hour
and then it gets too hard.
And then the project sits.
But... today was different.
This boy has perseverance.
He just sewed ALL of these rows
in a looong afternoon.
He didn't want to stop.
I've never had it go like this before.
He really can sew by himself.
He learned all about unpicking
and ironing. 
I did the pinning, babying the machine
and cheering him on.
And just like that, the top is done.
I'm still impressed.
We can check this off
the summer list!
I'm off to machine quilt this
which I've never done.
And will probably be whining and
saying "this is too hard" after an hour. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Starry Sewing

Working on our Craft Taffy
Retreat stuff today.
Can't show much,
I do like surprises.
We'd love to have you join us,
there is still room in the first session
which is September 20-23rd.
Registration is closing mid-month, so if
you are interested, please contact me soon.
Here's a little sneak peek. 
All the details are at:
Grab a friend and come along!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'll Keep It Real

So…my husband was in NYC on business,
in meetings with 
 Do you think he could snap a picture,
steal a coaster,
a business card,
anything for me? 
He was just telling me about the bunting
in the Etsy Museum and
how one of the conference rooms is named
Oreo Speedwagon and
another one is named Buns and Roses. 
 Oh wait, he remembered he got an Etsy temp tattoo. 
It says, "Keep It Real". 
Thanks honey.
www.quilttaffy.com  :)