Archive for January 6, 2013

Greeting 2013


I love pillowcases.  I don’t think I ever met a fabric that I didn’t think would make a good pillowcase!  LOL

Here are two sets of pillowcases I made just before Christmas.  We put together and you can still buy kits for these.  It is pretty efficient to make a 12 x 16 inch Tidy Travel pillow case if you are going to make a full size one.  You just need a bit more fabric!

The Mahalo girls arrived just a week before Christmas!  And I needed something for my 20 year old nephew! :)

Getting Christmas gifts made & mailed is always a challenge for me.  I got things done and in the mail the last possible day, Dec. 19th, and the adrenaline rush was great!  Then the deflated feeling, “what do I do now?”, which was temporary!  Isn’t that a funny feeling?  Kinda like when someone puts resistance on your arms while you try to raise them, and then when they stop your arms seem to “float” effortlessly!  Oh well, that lasted only a few hours. :)

Anyway, Fluffy was so happy to find the box of Cuddle Fur Scraps!  I mean HAPPY!  When Meiko challenged, she stood her ground, I mean box!  LOL

Can you find Fluffy in the box above?  She is on her back, with her head to the right of her body. 

Those are the scraps from the neatest Tidy Travel Pillow for my sister out of that Cuddle.   It is like a stuffed animal for an adult.  Only without personality!  I forgot to take a picture of it!  I also made one for the store, so I’ll have to photograph that and include it here later.

In addition to the usual Christmas decoration, I decided to put a quilt on the dining room table.  I loved it!  When a quilt is on the bed, you don’t get to study the quilting.  And this quilting is fabulous.  Jan Hutchison quilted it back in 2007 for me for the Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop.  I have really enjoyed studying it up close!






Since Christmas, I’ve written 12 email newsletter!  I usually joke that I send out my weekly newsletter once a month!  But since I got the brilliant idea to offer a gift a day for the Twelve Days of Christmas, I had my work cut out for me!  It went over well and now I’ve got some more ideas perculating, so 2013 looks promising!

Our group of Central Kansas quilt shop owners met in mid-December.  That’s me far back to the left of center.  We’ve already started working on the 2013 Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop.  This October there will be 12 shops, and the group is having fun working on a theme, custom fabric & prizes!  Stay posted, but mark October 4, 5 & 6 and plan to bring some friends!  Check the website: and Marie, left front, is blogging about it, which should be interesting, since she’s our newest member!


I have been working on a new quilt, CONTESSA, by the Kansas design team, Toni & Jenny of Wing and A Prayer Designs.  It seemed to be going well, til I shot this photo, and noticed that I had turned two squares.  I’ve already ripped and re-stitched.  Better to catch it before it is quilted!  You do have to look pretty close to see it!

This class will probably start in April.  It looks like CONTESSA is going to meet evenings, the 2nd Thursday of the month.  We’re exploring the possibilities of meeting from 6:30 to 7:30.  Let me know if you’re interested. 

Oh yea!  Just remembered we’re also participating in VISIT YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP DAY.  That is coming up in just a couple of weeks. 

All day Thursday January 24th we’re going to be showing & demonstrating all different types of fusible products.  Touching & feeling is something you just can’t do here on the internet!  We’ll demo & discuss paper-backed fusible web, batting, stabilizers for t-shirts, purses, bowls, vinyl Slicker Glossy & more!  The demonstrations will go on all day, so stop in anytime, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. January 24th. 

There is currently a PHOTO CONTEST being sponsored by FabShopHop.  For details on how you might win $500, go to!/QuiltShopDay and then come take your picture at Charlotte’s Sew Natural in Historic Downtown Newton!!

Anyway, 2013 will be another busy & fun year.  We’re off to a great start.  Hope you are too!