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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Back Porch Quilts book has arrived!!

My first One Sister appliqué book, Back Porch Quilts, is finally here!  This book is in the same style of two my previous Buggy Barn books, "Farm Fresh" and "Crazy for Applique" since it has a garden theme, and as my son Zack says, "It's just like looking out the window"!

"On My Back Porch" is made mostly with my current fabric line "Better at the Lake" with sprinklings of my other fabric lines thrown in!  It is written block of the month style, and the kits are packaged in ten blocks.  The kit is available as a whole kit, getting all ten blocks at once, or as a block of the month, one block at a time.  If you want to participate in the block of the month, just email me and I will email you back an invoice to get started! 

I made this wool piece to show the alternate flag design!  But please note, my kits are made with fabric for the American flag as shown above.

Also in the book is  my "Celebrate" quilt.  As with many good scrap quilts, this one started with a need to reduce the size of my scrap basket (that was wishful thinking!).  It was the beginning of the new year, the completion of my first year in business as One Sister, and I wanted something to commemorate my quilting adventure thus far! And so, using the hexagons from my first One Sister fabric line, “Note to Self” and scraps from all of the quilts I’d made that first year, I began to celebrate!  The hexagon note fabric (2 yards required) and the tan check (3/4 yard required) for the centers behind the flowers are both available on my site.

There are two smaller projects, Patchwork Posies and a 3 ring binder cover that are perfect class projects for those wanting to learn to appliqué!

And now it's off to international quilt market in Houston Tom and I go this week! It's going to be in the 80's in Houston!!  It'll be like vacation! If not for the work!  Friday is schoolhouse, a series of informational presentations that's always a must do: it's like a preview to market!  It's great for shop owners and those of us who just want to be in the know about the latest and greatest! I will be with the Henry Glass folks at 12:10 in room 381B and with the Martingale folks at 3:45 in room 351B.  Below is a poster that Martingale made showing the times for my book signings for my Crazy at the Cabin book- you really don't want to miss one of these! And guess who will be in my booth while I'm out and about-that's right!  Tom will be holding down the fort!

Writing this blog post has been very helpful for me, helping to get myself organized and figuring out where I'm suppose to be when, instead of scrambling around the morning of, which makes Tom crazy, and we need to keep my helper happy!

At the schoolhouses, I'll be sharing this  scrappy version of "Wish Upon a Star" from the Crazy at the Cabin book that Gloria made up last week out of my brand new "Cherry Blossoms" fabric!  I love how this line turned out!  

Here's a peek at the production samples.  There are fabulous plaids also- not sure why I forgot to put them in the photo, but they are all cut up and in a quilt now!  The fabric should be arriving in December!

You'll also be seeing my new line "Autumn Song" that has a great crazy quilt panel with swag border (to use on Tom Turkey!!) and lovely fall colors.

And "Sunshine and Shadows", a lovely teal-blue, taupe, and yellow line. Remember playing shadow tag on a sunny day? There's one more new line that we just finished working on, but not sure if you'll get to see it this time, but we just keep those fabric lines coming!  You can never have too much fabric!

As soon as I get home, I'll be headed to Molson, WA to teach!  That class is full, but be sure to check on my site and see where else I'll be teaching and maybe I'll see you soon!  It was so much fun catching up with friends this month at both the Prickly Pear in Helena, MT and at Ed and Jean's Quilt Shop in Deer Park, WA.  
Long-time friends Connie and Nicki surprised me in Deer Park!  It was wonderful to see them and to meet and make new friends!  

And in Helena, Gena shared this fabulous Crazy Cow quilt.  I hate to even share it with you since you can NO LONGER GET THE BOOK- IT'S OUT OF PRINT! But Gena did such a great job, I just had to share!  I love teaching and seeing all of you!  Miss you all, but hope to see you again soon! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Back Porch Quilts

Today is a good day!  I'm binding "My Back Porch", and it's a beautiful fall day so I'm going to enjoy a bit of it stitching on the porch since my new book is off to the printer!  

The bush maples in our wind break are stunning this time of year!  I so enjoy all of the fall color in the trees!  

I'm headed to Helena, Montana to Prickly Pear Quilts to teach this weekend, so I will have a beautiful drive!  The tamaracks are gorgeous, shown here from my trip last year!  I'm looking forward to seeing Connie and everyone again this year! 

Crazy Moose Messages from the book Crazy at the Cabin
Although I love summer, I also enjoy the fall!  I've been waiting for the moose to travel through to head back north: they are pretty dependable, June and September they go by!  Use to be, we'd know they'd been here since they'd usually go right through the electric fence.  One morning I thought I had an extra horse out in the pasture but it was a moose!  Now, without Gus, there's no fence to let me know they've been by...if only they'd send a Moose Message!  I'm fairly certain they went by after dark a few days ago. Murphy was encouraging something to move along and it sure sounded larger than a deer as it galloped away!   

What a Hoot from the book Crazy at the Cabin
Murphy is such a goof ball, he even chases the owl that swoops across the pasture from the big tree by the Barn down to the big tree at the end of the lane-like he's ever gonna get lucky! But it seems like everyone is on the move this time of year, finishing things up, tending to the yard, and getting ready for winter -but not quite yet, thankfully!

Scot is done harvesting for us, 

and Tom is done harvesting the hops for our son, Ross 

And we've been to a couple fall festivals; one was a brew fest with the boys up at Schweitzer Ski Resort, and we hit Funky Junk, too.  Lucky for me, they were the same weekend!  

I found some treasures, of course!   I just love that blue and white ice cream bucket!  

 and I just had to get a picture of this guy with his mannequin!  This picture still makes me laugh!  Hope you all are finding the time to enjoy the season, too!  As with everything, these moments are gone too soon!  Enjoy!  

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Home Again!

I've been working on my fall book, "Porch Time" and got another block prepared in time to travel with me to the quilt show in Molson, WA this past weekend.  And to answer you question, yes I will be offering this as a block of the month on my website!  

I picked up the U-haul and packed up on Thursday, with WAY too much, but I'm sort of an all or nothing kind of girl!  

I left bright and early Friday morning and on the way up, I stopped to stretch my legs at Grand Coulee and snapped these pictures of the dam, one above and one from down below.  (sorry about the sun glare!) This dam is pretty spectacular:  I've toured it during school field trips and more recently, taken the boys to the laser light & firework show that they have on the face of the dam all summer long.  Here are some facts from their webpage:

Grand Coulee Dam is truly magnificent to behold. Built from 1933 to 1975, it is 550 feet tall, from the 500 foot wide polished granite base, to the 30 foot wide crest which supports a paved two lane road. When you include the third power house, Grand Coulee Dam is almost 1 mile long.  

The base of the Grand Coulee Dam is almost four times as large as the Great Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops). It stands 550 feet in height, from the bedrock to the blacktop! Like the Pyramid, the Grand Coulee Dam has its galleries. They serve for gate inspections and control, drainage, regrouting, cooling, and other purposes. There are over eight and a half miles of corridors throughout the inside of the Grand Coulee Dam.
    In size, it is the second structure created by man to exceed that of the Great Pyramid [c. 2680 B.C.E.] The first structure built after Khufu's pyramid would be the Great Wall of China [c. 215 B.C.E.], which is 1400 miles long and varies between 18 and 30 feet in height.

Grand Coulee Dam is truly The Eighth Wonder of the World!
    The Grand Coulee Dam sits deep in the Columbia River Gorge of central Washington. It is located about 90 miles west of Spokane, 105 miles South of Canada's boarder, and about 250 miles east of Seattle.

So, if you're ever in the vicinity, it's worth a visit! Then is was back on the road for me so I could get my booth set up before 4:00 Friday.

Kits for many of the projects in my books!
Of course I didn't finish setting up in time and was there early Saturday to tidy up and put the finishing touches on the booth!  I think it turned out pretty cute, and it was nice to see all of my fabric lines together in color groups, just like I've always done at the Buggy Barn!  Almost all of the quilts from my One Sister books were on display, either in my booth or in the show!  It was the first time that the quilts from "Crazy at the Cabin" have been on display- they arrived back to me right before I left and it was great to see them again after they've been gone for the past year!  

I still love that owl quilt and the wool flowers are a favorite also. 

I met lots of new friends, as well as catching up with old ones!  This is Lisa Chapman with her "Farewell to Buggy Barn" quilt which was very fun to see! Now I'm home again, the U-haul is unpacked and returned, and things are mostly put away, which means my work space is still trashed but I'm trying to ignore the mess and get back to work! Take care until next time!  


Friday, August 5, 2016

It's finally here!

My Martingale book, Crazy at the Cabin, has arrived!  Today I'm blogging on the Martingale site:

So hop on over there and check it out!  Comment to win a free book!  Will talk to you here again soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Come Shop in my Linen Closet!

My newest fabric line, One Sister's Linen Closet has arrived and is ready to ship! I'm so excited- it's turned out great and there are some truly wonderful background fabrics!  

So if you ready to start "My Home Town

or "Smiling at Me

or "Lazy Stars" and need those scrappy backgrounds, just grab a fat quarter pack and you'll be half way there! And don't forget the plaids! Be sure to add in the "Hip to be Square" yarn dyes!

I'm busy working on my next book, and finishing up a project for Primitive Quilts & Projects, and it's so much fun to be able to work with my new fabrics!  I'm even getting to use the new "Better at the Lake" line (available later this month!!) since my production samples have arrived.  Henry Glass and I've worked hard to make sure each fabric line works with previous and/or future lines so go ahead and start collecting now!     

Here's a sneak peek of the view from my back porch....
This new quilt will have the look and feel of "Farm Fresh" and "Garden Party".   My son Zack has already claimed both of these quilts because he says "it's just like looking out of one of our windows!".   

I often get inspiration from things around me..... here's my honeysuckle vine that has been just beautiful this year, but it's the wheel hub that supports it that was the inspiration for the "Bachelor Buttons" quilt!  

Guess it's time to get back to gazing out my window and calling it work!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ahhhh, Summer!

Summer is one of my favorite times! It's definitely time for the lake.....

It's time to be mowing the hay, and while Igne is busy cutting kits for me, her husband and boys are busy cutting and baling the hay.  It sure looks great once it's all mowed!

It's time for star gazing...Zack has taken some awesome pictures of the milky way,

but you might also see the Northern Lights 

or the Big Dipper

and most assuredly, you'll see those flags waving come Independence Day!  

But mostly, I look forward to time at the Lake!  Here are Tom and Scot helping me hang the quilt made from the project sheet for my upcoming fabric line, "Better at the Lake".  I just love this quilt, and it's quick to make since it uses the cheater fabric from the line in the center of the churn dash blocks and to make the pillow seen in the first picture.  If you're interested in a kit, just email me at to reserve yours!  The fabric will be in and available for purchase later this month!!

And we're all so disappointed that Scot didn't make the "Men behind the Quilts" calendar!  I think it was a HUGE oversight, don't you? teehee!

Last year at this time, I was working on my "Crazy at the Cabin" book, and guess what just arrived?  My advanced copy!  I'm so excited!!  The team at Martingale did an awesome job!  There are 96 fabulous pages featuring 10 different quilts!  Here is a quick preview:

Crazy Sandollars

Crazy Hot

Cabin in the Pines

What a Hoot

Crazy Moose Messages

Last weekend,  I made mom's 3 bean salad to take to the Lake for Sister's Weekend!  It's delicious and actually has 4 beans in it and is perfect to take to the Lake!  We always put in garbanzo beans too!

Kathy, Sue, & I had a great time!  You might recognize Sue's's the model for the House Boat in Crazy Regatta.  I sketched it during last summer's sister's weekend! So be watching my website so you can order you newest One Sister book, "Crazy at the Cabin" available in August!  

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! Be sage and enjoy the fireworks!
Lady Liberty