In situations like these, sometimes I feel that I want to get a bit "speachy". I want to talk about how much we have and how much others are in need. I want to talk about the specifics of the great need in Haiti. I want to be convincing and emotional and I want to affect change. But as I was thinking about what I wanted to say to motivate you, I thought that the words my daughter said this afternoon were really more than adequate right now....
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To do that , we have partnered with the good folks over atThe Fat Quarter Shop to work with them on their wonderful idea of an Auction for Haiti. Thank you so much ladies!
We thought we would match their initial donation of $1000 and we have donated this quilt here below, Dandelion Wishes to the auction. When we thought about which quilt would be appropriate, we thought it needed to be something special. It needed to be something that meant something to us.
This quilt was the featured project for our first big magazine profile. Back in April 2008, the wonderful folks at American Patchwork & Quilting did an amazing profile of our business. We were honored and glad to work with them then & are now so happy to see the quilt earn money for this need. Appropriate, don't you think?
As soon as we decided to use this quilt for the auction, we knew that somehow they would want to be involved. So we got in touch and American Patchwork & Quilting will be advertising this auction on their website and other social media networks in the upcoming days in order to increase the visibility and hopefully the final donation amounts on a lot of the quilts donated! Thank you so much ladies!
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[click on any of the quilt shots or names to access the auction for that particular quilt]
In the meantime, many generous folks have added some of their wonderful work to the cause. It seems that our fabrics and patterns are popular among the auction choices so we thought we would share a few of them with you here in case you were interested in bidding on one of these goodies...
For me the start of a new year is always a slow roll, or at least that's how I look at it. By the time I am done de-Christmasing the house, the munchkins are safely back at school and I have started thinking about the year ahead.... well as you can tell, its easily the second week of the new year.
Over the years I have tried to fight it, I have felt bad and behind, and all that "first of the year funk" that many of us feel, but there's just no way to change it! I am not a start off the year on January 1st kind of girl...
So Happy New Year to all of you out there, or better still, Happy New Year's week, or month. It's still the beginning as far as I am concerned and just like the "birthday week" that we seem to celebrate in our family more and more these days, I am celebrating the "New Year's month" and giving myself to the end of the month to, I don't know, feel like its the beginning of the year I guess!
As of now I am still in major cleaning out mode. The vintage Santa collection just made it off the mantel and the Christmas tree was just cleaned up and dragged out to the curb [I can never believe how many ornaments we manage to hang off of those beautifully smelling boughs]. There are still sparkly glass jars filled with my favorite Christmas balls in the bay window... but I think I might just leave those up until the end of the month. They add such a festive feel to the dining room.
We have also managed to replace a few appliances in the last week, 2 out of pure necessity, 1 out of opportunity. Many things have gotten cleaned up, cleaned out and put away. Some are still waiting. Remember, I have until the end of the month :-)!
Something cathartic about the process of organizing don't you think? Believe it or not, but it helps me to feel the creative juices flowing and fresh ideas coming.
Speaking of new things, I know many of you have already seen and heard here and there that we will have a summer collectionout this year. Although I haven't had the opportunity for a photo shoot of the fabrics yet [coming soon], I do have a few upcoming projects to share with you.
Cherry Blossom [5" charm square pincushions]
....these have just been so much fun to make in both the single and double bloom sizes. I get a little addicted to these pincushions when we make them. Its a good thing I have a pincushion collection to justify them all!
Spring Cleaning [jelly roll waist apron] & Satchel for Two [fully reversible fat quarter soft bag]
...this apron was first designed & created for a French book that I have been working on this last year but when our new collection arrived on my doorstep, we knew another prototype had to be made up with these juicey, summer flavored fabrics. Can't wait to wear that this Spring.
...and this satchel. What a great word by the way, satchel, as soon as someone suggested it for this bag, I knew there was no other name I could use with it. It just looks like a satchel, doesn't it? This quick pieced lightweight tote is fully reversible with an inside and outside pocket, made entirely out of fat quarters! What could be better?
Much more info coming on these soon... but for now thought we would share these few with you from our initial photo shoot.
They are all upcoming patterns and will be joined by several quilt patterns that we are busily working on in the studio right now. Photos to come soon.
We have so much to share and show you this month so stay tuned to see what we have dreamed up next!
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