Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's All In The Packaging


I know I'm a sucker for cute packaging. I can't resist. Do I need these small lace coasters? No...but just the fact that Claudia from Peacock Collection Antiques added this cute button to the package made it irresistable. (I'm sure there is a 12 step program for me somewhere...but I just can't make myself go!)


I can hear you almost whispering, "My God, how many did she buy and do we have to view each one of them?" Well....dear reader....I will spare you. But I will confess I did buy quite a few of these cute creations.

I love the combinations that Claudia chose for each package. You can e-mail her at peacockcollection@juno.com if you have to have some of these too!

Today I've been going through some of my mom's letters. I'm sorting and scanning them so all in the family can have copies. I found one letter that my Grandfather sent to my Mom and Dad when I was about 7 months old.

Just to have a copy of his handwriting and to hear his humor again was wonderful. He still makes me laugh out loud again all of these years later! I miss him and wish I was back in his garden watching him dig potatoes.

I told you that we would be posting a quilt pattern this week....Well here is the picture.

Barb gave me the quilt last night and sent the instructions via e-mail....I just have to get them into the right format and post them here. This quilt takes 2 jelly rolls of your favorite fabric (We used Beach House by Blackbird Designs for Moda fabrics.) and 10 yds. of a light print or solid. This quilt was shown in Houston Quilt Market last fall. We have delayed our quilt book but we thought this pattern should be released now. The ruffle Barb used for the binding is a sweet finish to this quilt. Look for the quilt pattern here in a couple of days.

Until later!

Alma

28 comments:

  1. I'm a sucker for packaging too, Alma, so I totally understand! I love seeing your purchases and what attracts you to buy! :D I need to dig out my mother's letters sometime -- it's nice that you're taking the time to scan such precious things. And I LOVE THE QUILT!!! I have to go buy me some jelly rolls of Beach House. :D I have a fat quarter pack that I'm saving for something good -- I hope!

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  2. You have treasure in those letters - good thing you're looking at them again and distributing copies to family. He's sharing his thoughts and experiences and taking the time to hand write them on paper - that's special.
    Thank you and to Barb also for sharing your talents with us.
    BB's beautiful designs have brought me alot of happiness! :)

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  3. Hello Alma,

    I'm a french quilter and admirer!! (I couldn't come to Nantes last spring and I'm still sad about it...)

    I'm starting a quilt a long on my blog ( http://lesouvragesdenat.canalblog.com) for the cute little appliqué baskets from your last book. I hope you don't mind?
    If you dont' mind, I would appreciate having other fans of yours joigning me!

    Please do let me know!
    Happy quilting,

    Nat, France
    http://lesouvragesdenat.canalblog.com

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  4. thanks for sharing your finds .. i love how they are packaged and never tire of seeing them .. the new quilt look great and i happen to have two jelly rolls of harvest home ... so i feel a new project coming on ... looking forward to it .. ps .. love the new loose feathers .. i have it on order to pick up at the LNS soon ... karen ca

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  5. My husband says I need a 12-step program for frames. Haha! Thanks for the interesting blogs. I too am a sucker for packaging.

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  6. I know what you mean about packaging...a few years ago I bought several cards with mixed antique buttons on them at the Lowell show. They now sit on a shelf in my quilting room on those cards - doubtful they will ever be "used!"

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  7. I love your blog....it is so great to see what delights you and I'm so anxious for the pattern of that quilt!! Keep up the great work!!

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  8. This quilt is so nice !!! Congrats to you both ! And thank you ;-)
    Anne - Tempus fugit

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  9. I love the quilt, especially the ruffled edging!

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  10. Love the old buttons and lace .
    Great for pin-cushions.
    Also received the new Loose Feathers.
    It's lovely.

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  11. I don't want to know if there is a 12 step program, I love the packaging too and don't want to quit. But I do want that pattern, cute ruffle, it really looks like an old quilt, so charming.
    Enjoy your reminiscing, sounds wonderful.

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  12. I love your photos. You can never post too many! The quilt is so sweet. I really love it with the ruffle. The way you set the letter on the beautiful dish and with the flowers at the bottom ... exquisite! Packaging makes such a difference - just like the way you set up your photos makes them so special.

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  13. The quilt is amazing! Can't wait for the pattern! And all of your photos are so lovely today (as always)!

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  14. I think those lace creations with a button look very addicting!

    The quilt is beautiful!

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  15. Oh yes on the packaging....it gets me every time!! Love the quilt. The ruffled edging is something else. You and Barb are always 'OVER THE TOP' with your creations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  16. I love how those pretty buttons are packaged too, Alma! I'd have to have purchased a few of those myself.

    I love the old letters. My mom and dad had large stacks of letters they had written back and forth when my dad was in Vietnam. Unfortunately, they divorced in the late 70's and no longer thought them romantic or worth saving so they pitched them. 4 years later they decided they couldn't live without each other and re-married - unfortunately, those letters were long gone.
    Yours are a treasure!

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  17. What an incredible quilt! And, those letters are truly something to treasure.

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  18. I have never made a quilt before, but this one is so pretty that it may be my first! I just LOVE the ruffled edge.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  19. Kindred spirits are we, Alma! I would have snatched up a bunch of those too! Love the quilt too!!! Have a great week!

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  20. Aww, I wish you had gone ahead and shown all your purchases-I would have been buying right along with you!!!

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  21. Yippie! That is a beautiful quilt!! You are so lucky to have those letters! I wish I had family letters to peruse once in a while!

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  22. Such a darling quilt, can't wait for the pattern!
    Yes, there must be a 12 step program for us somewhere! I should join it with you...but this sickness keeps me sane.

    Have a great day!

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  23. Oh, I soooo love that quilt! I will be checking back for that pattern. By the way, I totally love your fabric designs. I have a picture of the Cheslea Boutique quilt top all done on my blog http://sewgoodsewfar.wordpress.com I hope to get it quilted some day! I also love jelly rolls! Neat lace!

    Anna

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  24. The quilt is beautiful - so vintage - love the ruffle - I'm not a quilter but I could be sucked in by this pattern - hummm - maybe I could do a small lap quilt - letters from the past are such sweet reminders of how much we loved those that have passed on - I have some of my beloved grandmothers letters and they are such a treasure. Mel

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  25. Yes, packaging has a way a making us buy things for sure. Love all your goodies and the quilt is beautiful.

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  26. the quilt is wonderful. I thought it was an antique quilt. But 10 yards of light fabric is alot.

    Kim

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  27. i want to make that quilt!... it looks so pretty the way you photographed it... and we are all suckers for packaging... its why we leave things wrapped up all cute sometimes and just stare at them!

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  28. I'm a sucker for lovely packaging too :)
    I landed on your blog because I am desperately looking for your 'Front Porch' from the Beach House fabric line and cannot find it.Any tips?

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