Monday, November 22, 2010

{ work in progress }

I've been wanting to make a quilt out of solid fabrics for quite some time now. But I have to say that my desire increased ten-fold after admiring all of the beauties in Cherri House's new book City Quilts. And again after attending Cherri's school house at Quilt Market in Houston {more on that in another post}. So, I finally have started one and here are a few sneak peeks.

I drew up this pattern after seeing a grid in a parking lot. But not just any parking lot. Wal-mart's parking lot, no less. I'm not a big fan of that place, but I'm sure glad I happened to have my sketch book handy that day a couple of months ago.

I'm hoping to have the quilt finished soon, so I'll share pictures as soon as it's done!

{ Guess who was featured on Pat Sloan's Blog? }

Me! Can you believe it?! I'm so excited to share with you that I was recently featured on Quilter Pat Sloan's blog. What an honor! I was so thrilled when Pat asked to interview me for her blog, and honestly, I had to give myself a little pinch when she did. Pat is so incredibly talented, and her enthusiasm for the art of quilting is so exciting. In addition to her awesome blog and website, Pat also has a weekly internet talk show where she discusses all things creative. Plus she's a phenomenal quilter, teacher, author, and designer. See, I told you she is amazing!

Pat did a great job with the interview, which you can read here. I also had the opportunity to meet Pat at Quilt Market in Houston last month, and I'm so honored to call her my friend. She's such an inspiration. Thanks again, Pat!

Forgive me for playing catch up, but I'm really behind on my blogging. You might see a few posts a day from me over the next few weeks while I try to cover all that I want to share!

{ Happy Thanksgiving week }

Wow, I cannot believe that this is Thanksgiving week, for those of us in America. Where has time gone? This year has seriously flown by, at least for me. I just realized that I hadn't shown you my Thanksgiving shirt designs yet, so here they are! This is the second year that I've offered them in my shop for sale, and they were a big hit.

This is the girl version, with lots of pink feathers!

And the boy version, with more green and blue feathers.

I used narrow wale corduroy for the body of both designs, in a butterscotch color, which I think works well as a neutral with all of the different prints I used for the feathers. The eyes are a mottled black fabric and the beak is a solid orange cotton. I think they're pretty fun!

And speaking of fun, guess what I'm doing this week? Cooking Thanksgiving dinner on my own, for the first time. I'm sure Aidan and Olivia will help, as will Jeff and my mom, but it's the first time we're having a full Thanksgiving dinner at our house since the kids have been born. It's so hard to run around during the holidays, and Jeff and I thought it was time to start making some traditions of our own since our little family has grown. I'm planning on making turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, Parker House rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie,and pecan pie. All from scratch. Yummy! I'll keep you posted on the progress and how everything turns out.

What are your plans for the holiday? I'd love to hear so please leave me a comment. Whatever they are, I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
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