Happy Giveaway Day!

Its the most wonderful time of the year!  Its Giveaway Day!!!

I love all the wonderful blogs you can discover on Giveaway Day, so welcome to mine if you are new!  I had a great and fabulous year this year with the release of my DVD, “Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter”.  So to that end, I’m going to giveaway one copy to one lucky commenter!

MY DVDcoverSo here’s the deal.  Leave me a comment about what your big quilting accomplishment was for 2014. It can be anything!   Comments will be open until Decenber 12th.  I’ll pick one winner at random and contact them to ship their DVD!  Good luck, and Happy Giveaway Day!!!


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New (Old) Work – The DVD Sampler!


I made this quilt to go along with my DVD.  I even thought it might be the cover of the DVD. What it is, though, is a sampler of every technique on the DVD.  There’s a few not on the quilt that you can make too!

Check out the chapter list below to see what piece is made in each DVD chapter!

UltimateSampler with Text


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Blog Hop Stop #10 – The Buck Stops Here (with a GIVEAWAY)!

Welcome to the last stop on the blog hop tour for my DVD “Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter“!  I’m so incredibly grateful to the fine folks on the blog tour so far.  They are all friends of mine that I have come to appreciate over the years. So here’s one last shout out to them, so go on and visit them.  It’s ok, I’ll wait.

June 9 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
June 10 – Maddie Kertay – http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
June 11 – Faith Jones – http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
June 12 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
June 13 – Julie Creus – http://www.latodera.com/blog
June 16 – Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/
June 17 – Megan Dougherty – http://thebitchystitcher.com/
June 18 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/
June 19 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/

Ok, now that you have seen how awesome my friends are, I’m happy you’re back for the giveaway.  The thing about making a DVD is that you work real hard making the samples, get all gussied up and do the taping, and then…. well you wait. And when it comes out, you have no idea if people like it.  So, if you have already gotten the DVD (or instant digital download), and you want to let others know what you thought, pop on over to the Interweave shop and leave a review! I really hope you love the DVD as much as I do, and I am happy to hear your thoughts.

And I also want to thank you all, my readers and friends, who have encouraged me to share my art with the world.

14QM15StoreImage_SmTmp_LandingSo, onto the giveaway!  I’m giving away a copy of the DVD!  WAHOO!  And Also one of my Heirloom Smocking Templates too!!  Now you will be all set to do many of the techniques on the video.

Here’s how to win it:

1.  Please only enter one time.  Multiple entries will be disqualified. (Comments are moderated, so you won’t see your entry online right away)
2. International entries are welcome!
3. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your valid email address when leaving a comment.
4. The drawing will be open until Friday June 27th at 5:00 PM CST.
5. The winner will be chosen randomly the evening of June 27th.  Check back to see if you are the winner!  GOOD LUCK

COMMENTS ARE CLOSED, the winner will be posted shortly!

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Announcing the Blog Hop for my DVD!

I admit that I don’t like to watch myself on TV. I’ve acted in productions throughout high school and college, and have lots of public speaking experience through my day job in the comic book industry. But when I’m recorded, I just can’t bring myself to watch it. I am my own worst critic. I see everything that’s wrong with my own work, and a recording of me speaking is no different.
We had a little fun when I sat down to watch my DVD. I thought it would be neat to record myself, watching myself. Then my dear husband edited it down to just the “good parts”. If you want a little laugh, take a look here:

I’m happy to announce my blog hop for my DVD starts TODAY! WAHOO!

First up is Susan Brubaker Knapp. I’m a huge fan of her work. Her painted surface quilts and gorgeous stitching are a real treat. I think what I like best about Susan is that she’s one of those folks who shares her knowledge with others. When I met her finally on the set of Quilting Arts this past March, she was just the person I expected her to be: kind, helpful, interesting, and extremely talented! Please check out her blog over at http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/ and take look at her artwork. While you are there, comment on her blog post to win some cool prizes!

Each day of the hop, I’ll post here, but here’s the list so you can follow along. Check them all out, they are all super fabulous folks who I’m proud to call my friends!

June 9 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
June 10 – Maddie Kertay – http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
June 11 – Faith Jones – http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
June 12 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
June 13 – Julie Creus – http://www.latodera.com/blog
June 16 – Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/
June 17 – Megan Dougherty – http://thebitchystitcher.com/
June 18 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/
June 19 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
June 20 – Cheryl Sleboda – https://muppin.com/blog/

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My DVD is here!

Well, this special day has arrived… the one where my DVDs showed up and I got to hold one in my hot little hands.


I wasn’t really expecting them, so I wasn’t dressed for the occasion! ha ha Anyway, I had been sent proofs of the cover and back covers already, so I knew what it would look like mostly. But it was pretty cool to finally get them and crack one open to see what the insides looked like.

InsidespicI have to say I like how pretty the cover looks and seeing my name screened onto the DVD itself was a special thrill.

If you are interested in getting one directly from me, these are now available in my shop. I can include a signed card for you to insert inside your DVD cover.

face with dvdIt’s been an exciting ride to have something so “real” with your name on it. It was a lot of hard work, practice, and fretting. Having a product with my name on it was a big “bucket list” goal of mine for my quilt business, and it’s finally here.

So much is going on lately, and I have big news and fun stuff planned for the next two weeks. Stay tuned, everyone!

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