Sunday, July 19, 2009

Projects

I'm sorry for the lack of posting. It's project time around here though. When Barb and I get in this mode everything else comes to a screeching halt. No home cooked meals or niceties around here. We just have to hope there are some kind of left overs in the frig.

What's in the works around here? Here goes.....

Our current projects:

1. The new loose feather project has been completed...I'm doing the pattern layout now. They will go to the printer this week and ship out to the shops on August 1st. The picture below is a photograph of all the bonus sewing accessories provided in the Loose Feather patterns this year. Each Loose Feather pattern provides one of the sewing accessory patterns. The house design on the floss ring is the latest design to be added. It's a quick stitch!



2. A new Reward of Merit pattern, Summer Iris has been in the works and will be released with the next Loose Feather pattern. It will be in the shops the first week in August. This pattern also has a small strawberry pattern too. It's made from a bit of wool.













3. Barb has just completed a new Halloween quilt. Dave is going to mow the lawn today so I can get out and do photography for the quilt pattern. (He will start the mowing, just as soon as his weeding is done! I know how to torture a husband....just ask Dave!) This pattern will be out as soon as I photograph it, write the pattern and get it back from the printers. This will mean about 2-3 weeks. I know you will love this one.



4. Barb is working on a Halloween cross stitch book. I mentioned this in the blog earlier. Three projects have been stitched....but we need 10 more. They are being stitched now and won't take too much longer. Look for the book in August.

5. We are finalizing our next fabric line for Moda fabrics that will be shown at fall market. We have approved the second round of colors and did some work on the large scale print. Usually that means that more proofs will be coming soon as fall Quilt Market will be here in about 15 minutes. We are beginning our line of fabric for spring market now too.

6. Several teaching projects are in the works. Our first teaching event will be at Virginia Beach, VA. Dyeing to Stitch is hosting the retreat October 2 - 4, 2009. Click on the shop name for their site and retreat information. Should be lots of fun! Lots of teachers and projects.

Our second event is hosted by Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI. The Boxwood and Berries annual event is held Nov. 11-14. We will be teaching a small quilted project. Maggie Bonanomi and Stacy Nash will be there too. Country Sampler will be decorated for Christmas and this will be the first time we've seen it for the holiday. Not to be missed.

I might have to go and take a nap! Not really.....I've got a couple more things to tell you and then back to work.



I've been tagged by Veronique in Paris to let you know three things that make me happy.
So here goes!

1. My family. They keep me in laughter, joy, worry, tears and love. Don't families provide the best and worst in life? How can we forget the first time our kids drive down the drive-way and into the world by themselves for the first time? The agony of it all.....and the ecstasy when they make it safely back.
2. My friends....where would I be without them?
3. My stitching. Much joy comes from making quilts and samplers. I love when everything seems to come together just right.

Click on Veronique's name and check her blog out. I know you will want to see her basket of pin keeps! Wow! You can tell what makes her happy.

Thank you for all of the kind comments about the dining room. Pictures of the family room will follow ....but cleaning is called for first!

I set up all of the stockings that have been stitched so far this year on my silvered tree. This cross stitch stocking series by Barb is really sweet. I need to do this where the light is better! You can tell I took the picture in the dining room.

Until later dear friends!

Alma

27 comments:

  1. You all sure are busy.
    I just ordered 2 of the stocking patterns. Do you know of a good internet site to purchase cross stitch fabric? I do not have any place that sells all the different kinds that you have listed in the patterns.

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  2. Beautiful! I so enjoy your comments and cannot wait for the new releases! Faye

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  3. OOOOHHHHH!!!! Did I see/hear Halloween in August? I can't wait!!! Looking forward to the new cross stitch goodies! Will we get to see a sneak peek in the near future?

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  4. Beautiful stuff. I love all the different designs. They are just great. Thank you for all you do. I am looking forward to the latest designs to come.

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  5. I am looking forward to the new package of the lose feather club. Love the bonus.

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  6. It is so wonderful to find out all the new and exciting things ahead! I love everything coming and look forward to taking another class from you guys!!!

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  7. As usual, everything is lovely. Looking forward to the new line of quilt fabrics.

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  8. Love your peeks! I am cross stitching Willow House. Is there anyplace I can check for an error in the pattern? I believe that there is no number for the small dot. It is in the heart in the bottom left corner. Also is there another color that is stitched around the heart. I am sorry this is not the place for questions but I love that pattern and I have already checked you website. Thanks for any help you may have.

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  9. Hi Pat,

    I have to get to the warehouse to take a look at the pattern. Will get back to you on Monday or Tuesday. It's one of the patterns that was done before my computer crash so I can't look it up in my files either. Very sorry!
    Look for a reply to your e-mail the first of the week.

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  10. You and Barb are two very busy ladies and very creative--love your work--i keep seeing the little stockings so I have to look into them--they may be a nice winter project???? Remember to "breathe" now and then!!!! Hugs, just, Di

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  11. So many goodies! I love Summer Iris, and the tree with all the stockings is so, so pretty. Makes me want to get out the patterns and stitch all of them right now! Looking forward to the Halloween stockings!

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  12. Looking forward to all the goodies coming our way. Your stocking tree is wonderful...hugs, Linda

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  13. I love the new designs! Thanks for showing them!

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  15. Oh wow! What a lot of things to keep you busy! I know what I need to do -- go order the next Reward of Merit! The Loose Feathers is already taken care of. lol! Can't wait for all the new stuff! And I do wish I were taking those classes! :(

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  16. ohhhh, what a beautiful patterns...
    i love your tree ;)))))))
    ciao Maria

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  17. Wow - I'm out of breath just reading about all the stuff you guys have to do!

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  18. With that sort of list I think everyone can understand a delay in posting! Can't wait to see the Halloween projects!

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  19. My friend and I just signed up for the Boxwood and Berries event - sounds fabulous! I love your blog, can't wait for the Halloween quilt, and oh, by the way, am very excited to meet you two in person!

    Becky

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  20. Another wonderful chat with you this morning and your projects are just great - more time please.
    Wow - Veronique is something - her work just took my breath away. Thank you for telling us about these wonderful people. Cathie from Oz

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  21. Poor Dave! First you torture him with yard work and then it sounds like he doesn't get meals cooked for all his hard work!! lol!

    I am looking forward to August and the great designs coming our way. And your silver tree is beautiful!

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  22. I'm excited about the new projects. Especially the Halloween book, but everything you all do is fabulous. I have mentioned you on my blog, www.Rebeccasteahouse.blogspot.com, so please stop by and visit. You will see a lot of very familiar designs!

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  23. Love the stocking tree! Looking forward to the new Loose Feathers and Halloween patterns.

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  24. I love this post! Can't wait for all the new releases .. I'm drooling .. and and and sooo excited about a Halloween book!!!

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  25. WOW...Just heard about your Halloween book...500 already ordered from a certain distributor...I'm wondering...is the Blog helping your sales?????? I know I read certain blogs from my MODA ladies...and I can't wait till the new stuff comes out. Like this new book...I already signed up for it!

    WOW...who'd have thought what a blog can do for the needlework world!

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  26. Alma, Those stockings are gorgeous. I love the designs with the birds. You are tempting me to start cross stitching again.

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