Wednesday, May 29, 2013

~ The Real Deal ~

After being consumed with fabric sea life over the last few weeks, I took some time off for a visit to my daughter who lives in the Bay Area.

On Monday we took a little day trip down to Monterey to go to the Aquarium.

I love aquariums.

They had a new expanded exhibit with umpteen kinds of jelly fish.

I love jelly fish.

It's back to the fabric kind of sea life for some time to come.

But let me just say that my file of inspiration has grown significantly.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

~ NOT reinventing the Whale ~

It's back to business, people.

I am honored and excited to take part as a vendor at an event here in Orange County on Saturday, June 8th.  It's called the Joy Expo.

I am working fast and furiously to add some mid-priced items to go along with my patterns and my quilts.

Because of the quick pace I must work at, I have chosen not to design new motifs, but to open my own patterns and use the applique patterns from them.
(That's perfectly legal, I believe.)

Hence ... the whales you see above.

These are my next three piles of fabric goodness.

And this is the pattern I'll be using (more or less.)

I have said it before and I'll say it again ... I am NOT a fast sewer.

Wish me luck.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

~ Winners AND Discounts ~

I was touched and even overwhelmed at the large and happy response to my sailboat block and quilt in Volume 7 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.

As promised, I have two (count 'em 2!) winners to announce ...
drum roll please

The winner of a copy of the magazine is ...

Congratulations Laura! 

The winner of the pattern from my Sea Quilts Etsy Shop is

Congratulations Sandi T!!
who picked my Anchored in Happy pillow slipcover pattern.

I will be sending those out as soon as I receive your mailing information.

However, because everyone was SO nice, I am offering ... for the following 2 weeks only ... a special discount code on my patterns in my Etsy shop to enable you to buy them at
20% off.

(The discount is only for the patterns.  The Mermaids, Seahorse, Octopus and Sea Turtle are on sale as quilts ... there are no patterns for those.)

Just type in 
to receive the discount.

It will expire on May 22nd.

Thank you again for your enthusiastic support.  I apolologize if that Jaws theme is still stuck in your head.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

~ Ships Ahoy: Welcome to my Blog Tour! ~

I am absolutely giddy over the fact that my block has been included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7!
This new issue will hit the newsstands this week and although the Blog Tour is coming to a close, please look back at The Quiltmaker Blog, Quilty Pleasures for inspiration, fun and those ever popular GiveAways!

  Since all of the quilts I make are coastal related ... so is my block. You'll find it on page 43.

After I placed my ship on the water, I decided to add the fish.  Once I had done that, I immediately knew that I had a story and that my story had a theme song ... specifically ... the theme from Jaws.

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So, I set about making a quilt with my block.  The story starts in the bottom right hand corner and moves through the day and into the evening. (Or... it starts in the top right ... however you want to see it/place it.)

As the sky changes, the fish gets closer ... and bigger.
(Or smaller and deeper.)

I'm thrilled to have my quilt also featured in the Designer's Gallery.

Now, I would really love to hear your story.

Be sure to leave a comment on this post and you will be entered in a drawing to win one of two great prizes.  First visit my Etsy Shop and pick out your favorite pattern and let me know which one that is, in your comment.
You will than be entered to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks volume 7 or your favorite Sea Quilts pattern. I will post both of the winners next Friday!

Thank you Quiltmakers!
And ... quilt makers.

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