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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Off to Portland

I am leaving for Portland, OR for the upcoming Trends show that E. E. Schenck hosts for quilt shop owners and teachers.  I will be demoing my Fit to be Geese ruler and have a class on the Fit to be Square quilt.  Here is a picture of Fit to be Square in Olde World Style with blacks, greens and creams.  Striking!  Gail Brown, my friend in Michigan, pieced it for me. 


So, I'm looking through the brochure for Trends and above my class description is a beautiful bag using Olde World Style.  Wow, is it pretty!  I looked at the name and the teacher is Penny Sturges from Quilts Illustrated.  Penny designs wonderful bags and I was so excited to that she actually used my fabric fo a bag!  My mom is a huge Penny Sturges fan.  I don't make bags.  I purchase lots of patterns for bags but don't make any.  I send them to my mom and she makes them for me.  Anyway, the bag expert, my mom, told me how wonderful her patterns are.  After I discovered that Penny was going to be at Trends, I called my mom up and asked her if she could make Penny's Mini Bow Tucks pattern out of my fabric so I could take it and show her.  Well, she did and it is pictured below.  Love it!!


My mom also designs bag patterns.  The bag pictured below is her pattern called The Olde World Bag.  My friend Sandy, who also happens to be my next door neighbor, made it using the stripe in Olde World Style and the black. 


Maple is not too excited with me leaving.  Ever since Glory has been gone, she has really been hanging out with me.  I love it but now I feel guilty for leaving.  Luckily, Bill will be her to "babysit" the big baby!  Here she is right by bag, guarding it.  If she wasn't so spooky (falling leaves spook her!) she would be in the bag to go with me...and if she wasn't so big!!  Maple is 100 pounds of pure sheepdog!


Well, don't have new pictures of Tillie but as soon as I get some, will post them.  I got an email from the breeder and she is growing quickly.  Can't wait to have her here!

Remember when I told you that I didn't have Lisa's blog from our dinner Saturday night?  Well, she commented on the last blog and her blog is:  Stashmaster  Check out her blog!  And, yes Lisa, I wish we could have had a better chance to talk.  Next time for sure!


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Monday, September 27, 2010

New - New - New!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of going out for dinner with some new friends and some old friends.  Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Cowas in town and 3 of her friends, who she met while blogging, also joined us.  Nicole from Sister's Choice, Thelma from Cupcakes 'n' Daisiesand Lisa from Seattle.  (I don't know her blog but will get that to you, sorry Lisa!)  All three were wonderful and I felt like I made three new friends!  Lots of discussion on quilting, fabric, travel, dogs...!  Sue, Joyce and LeAnne also joined us and it was an excellent time.  Nicole, Thelma and Lisa were taking all of Carrie's classes while she was in the midwest.  All 4 of them are busy ladies!  Check out their blogs to see what they are up to.

What's new, hmm...did you receive your latest copy of American Patchwork & Quilting?  Well, if you have, I have a quilt in there.  It's called Half & Half and the photography is beautiful!  I love the red and white wall with the quilt folded artfully in front of it.  No, I didn't photograph it, APQ did and they always do a fantastic job!  Here is a flat photo of it and we also have kits on bundlesandbolts.com


So, yesterday I was folding kits for Half & Half and this morning, I looked at the kits on my chair and I though "They look like Christmas presents!"  Don't you think so? 


Also, newis a re-do of one of my first patterns.  I took Wine & Cheese and used the blacks and creams from Olde World Style to make this quilt.  I love the way the positive/negative blocks make this quilt stand out.  It must be one of my husband's favorite's because when I showed it to him, he said: How are you going to top that?  Gotta love them.


While I was working on this quilt, I changed a few of the center blocks.  Here are pictures of some rejects.  We laid the quilt out on the floor with the light background blocks surrounding the black background blocks, like the pattern.  Because the black background blocks weren't really standing out, we switched to a more solid black instead of the busier blacks.  The effect is beautiful.

Talk to you soon!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sad News
A few weeks ago, we had to let go of Glory.  She had bone cancer in her elbow and she wasn't doing well.  It has been a very sad, rough summer.  For those who know me, Glory was my baby.  She was one of the best dogs that I have ever had.  Both my husband, Bill and I miss her terribly.

There is good news.  We are getting a puppy!  She is 16 days old and we are calling her Tillie.  We will pick her up at the end of October.  She is the cutest little thing right now, well judge for yourself:


Will keep you up with new pictures of our little guinea pig (doesn't she look like one!?)  She is actually an Old English Sheepdog.  My husband was teasing me the other day and asked if we were getting a Golden Retriever.  Of course, I love Golden Retrievers but as you know, I am an Old English Sheepdog lover through and through.  So, that's what we are getting. 

Let's see, quilting-wise, I have been working on new patterns for Market and October is a busy month for me.  I will be in Portland, Oregon, New Hampton, IA, and Morris, IL.  Will keep you up on my trips.

Thanks for dropping in!


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Proud as Punch

My brother called me the other day and told me to look up a website.  Now, you have to know my brother, he is anti technology (except for the tv so he can watch sports!)  So, I said to him, jokingly, are you on the web?  Well, he is!  He is an artist and creates pastels of sports figures and blues artists.  The website is www.birchwoodartgallery.com.  His name is Mike Ayotte.  Check it out, I am so proud of him!  He is an awesome artist and as his sister, I can say that and besides, it's true! 


Mike and I in Phoenix on our way to a Suns game.

Last Thursday, I lectured at the Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild in Naperville, IL.  Thanks to all the ladies who came out to see me!  It is a great guild and everyone was wonderful.  I have to thank the guild for all their help!  Susan and Kim from Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe in Oswego, IL were there and were so helpful too! We met for dinner before-hand.  It is so nice to see them and I really enjoy their company! 

Kim, Susan and me (from right to left) in their booth at Quilt Festival in Rosemont, IL

My next stop will be in Portland, OR to teach and demo at Trends for E. E. Schenck Co.  It is designed for shop owners and teachers to see the new products.  I will be teaching Fit to be Square and demoing Fit to be Geese.  Remember, if you forgot how to use my Fit to be Geese, I have a demo on my website.  Check it out.

Hope all is well with everyone and more postings later this week!


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

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News from Open Gate
Hi - Finally, news from Open Gate.

Fall is such a beautiful time and the perfect time to be outdoors! It's cool but not cold and the colors in the midwest are beautiful! The tree in front of my house turns to wonderful shades of orange, yellows and golds. When it turns, I will post a picture.

Exciting things have been happening for me. I launched my first fabric line, Olde World Style, with Maywood Studio. Fabric is available on our website www.bundlesandbolts.com.  It has been well received and I have made over 15 quilts using my line...no, I'm not excessive! :) The one below is called Prairie Stitches.  I designed this quilt for one of my favorite quilt stores, Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe, in Oswego, IL.  They organize triangle-exchanges and asked if I would design some quilts for them.  This is one that I named after their shop.

Next week, one of my favorite people is coming to visit!  Carrie, from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co, is coming to Rockford!  If you have never met Carrie, next time that you have the opportunity, do!  She is funny and a great lady!  She has been a great friend to me and always helpful!  (even after I threw up in (or beside) her car!  I will tell you that story another time.  She is a wonderful designer and now has several books and fabric!  She deserves all the success.  Look for her in your area.
My goal is to keep posting and to let you know all the new things that are happening with me.  Let me know if you are interested in something in particular.  Also, I will be teaching and lecturing in the midwest and would love to come to your local quilt shop or guild. 

Talk to you soon!

Open Gate

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