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February 2008

We have a winner & then some!

Sorry about the week long absence. I know I promised some Valentine winners by this last weekend...
On Friday night we received some really bad news about the health of one of our parents and we have been juggling work and family with hospital visits and making meals, etc. We would really love to take a really long nap right about now....

But I'm back again. I have to tell you that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED reading every single one of your Valentine stories. They were sweet, heartfelt and poignant and I felt priviledged to be reading them. Thanks so much for your willingness to share...

Winners are:

Post #7 Deb C. on Feb 14
Post #13 Blop on Feb 14
Post #22 Annie on Feb 16

If you gals will email me, we can get that free pattern out to you right away.

On the design front... I wanted to share another wonderful article with you. I finally got my hands on the pdf of this story and thought it would be nice to post and share with you. It is in the 2008 Annual issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting still on newstands now...I think...

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talk to you soon.


Happy Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day Ladies & Gents...
My husband brought me the most beautiful apricot French Tulips this morning... possibly my favorite special occasion flower ever! Accompanying those was a little box of dark chocolate covered orange peels... possibly my favorite special occasion chocolate ever! Accompanying that he cleaned up the house while I slept in a bit this morning... most certainly my favorite special occasion activity EVER! My day is looking sweet, how about yours?
Comment on one of your sweetest valentine's memories current or past and I will send out a few of the above Valentine's patterns to 3 commentators this weekend. You can work on it for next year... let's face it that 's about how long it takes most of us to do applique projects, even little ones!


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On the studio front, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our newest Fresh Vintage #7 issue. It should be arriving from the printers any day now and for those of you on auto ship, you should be getting your issue by the end of next week or right after next weekend. If you want to be added to auto ship, email us. I'm loving the vintage feel of this quilt right now. It is a direct reproduction of an antique quilt I saw from the 1800's. It just feels like it came from a little house on the prairie somewhere, doesn't it?
It uses a fat quarter bundle so dig those bundles out and get started...

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Talk to you soon.


photo oops

I've tried again but I don't think they are much better the second time around... something went wrong with the colors on the shots on the last post but I am travelling teaching and can't access my original files to fix it much.
Sorry...

Talk to you soon.


Creme Fraiche & Figgy Pudding

Well ladies-
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Thank you so much for all the "bloggy love". I count myself blessed to be able to work at a job that I love so much which in turn inspires others to more creativity. It really is the best kind of work & time after time you all add to my inspiration. Thanks for that.

Pattern Naming

I never expected the amount of input and creativity that you all have sent direction by way of pattern names- over 300 and still counting [if you feel so inspired feel free to keep sending them as you like... I love reading them & seeing where they might take me]!

If I wanted to use all the names I love, I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have to think up another pattern title for years to come! Thanks so much to each one of you who took the time out to think of something and submit it. A special thanks goes out to those of you who submitted numerous names... way to be over achievers! I chuckled at some of those little lists becuase I could tell how your mind was working- from one name to the next, how they related... its exactly how I do my own naming. I start with one potential name or concept and then start changing out the names, kind of stream of consciousness down the page with each name being somehow related to the one before it... and eventually a name speaks to me & a name is born.

As I ponder the list tonite, I have narrowed it down to the following that I think would work really nicely. Of course I might have to add some more tomorrow...

Figgy Pudding Fresh Cream Mayberry Morning
Creme Fraiche Dandelion Wine April in Paris
Shortbread Milk & Honey Cream & Crumpets
Vintage Soire Lazy Days Daisy Chain
Hopskotch Charms French Bistro Madeleines
Creamery Dreams Petit Fours Lemonbutter Ladies
Butterchurn Biscuits Milky Way Sugar Coated Figs
Milk & Cookies Fig Tartlett Fresh Laundry
Fresh Breeze Fresh & Fancy Sugar & Cream Pie

Of these, I know I will surely use the following:
1. Figgy Pudding
2. Creme Fraiche
3. Fresh Laundry
4. Petit Fours
If you were the first to suggest any of the 4 mentioned here above, please email me & we will make pattern arrangements. Thanks for the names!

And as my patterns for this Spring develop more I will come back to this list again. For those of you who belong to the rest of the names listed above, please give me some time to make final name decisions. For those names that were suggested more than once, I will credit the name to the first person to suggest it.

Dandelion Kit Drawing
In terms of the drawing for the "Dandelion Wishes" kit, we have done a name drawing & the name chosen was Dawn who posted a comment on February 5 at 12:42. Dawn, please email me and we will arrange to have the kit sent to you when they arrive.
Thanks everybody for entering.

As to what else I've been doing besides filling APQ related orders... here are a few shots of a few other magazine & book projects that have been sent on their merry way recently or are in the midst of production... more on those later.... Dsc_0020138300071
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Thank you's & Giveaways

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to thank you for all of your gracious and generous comments & the unbelievable amounts of emails we have been getting from you since the APQ article came out [for those of you who are hearing about this for the first time, see post below for more info]. Thank you so much for all the well wishes. I am daily humbled & blessed by your stories, your inspirations and your encouragements. I can say with all honesty that I am a designer because of wonderful women [& a few good men :-)] like you. Thank you.

I would also like to ask that if you have placed an order with us this week, that you give us a bit of "leeway" as we have been a bit understaffed to meet all of the demand these days....

In honor of all of this wonderful "hubbub" we are going to have a "Dandelion Wishes" kit giveaway!! One kit will be given away at the end of this week to one lucky winner. If you have already ordered one and you are the winner, we will refund your money.
If you would like to add into your comment, a possible name for one of our new quilts.... something that sounds "fresh" and "vintage"; it will be a scrappy quilt made from Dandelion Girl fabric, cream & alot of little patches... If I use your name for the quilt pattern, I will send you the pattern for free. I know its kind of hard without seeing the quilt... but that's all I can give you at the moment.

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