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May flowers...

I've been spending some time digging out flower beds and doing a little planting. Although I love flowers and would like to have a beautifully landscaped yard and garden, I'm not a big fan of actually working with dirt and yard tools. After planting a bunch of flowers and a few vegetables this past weekend (with my father's help - he's a fabulous gardener!), I'm enjoying the view of my backyard from the window next to my sewing machine! 

Now that the dreaded yardwork is done, for the most part anyway, I'm getting back to finishing up the instructions for a new design so I can get it to the printer this afternoon. I will be releasing two new designs next week on May 15th. I've sent all the info to the shops and just put them up on my website on my Coming Soon page. 

First up is Colorblocks.  This design uses a similar palette to my Colorwaves design. I love working with this bright color scheme using all the colors of the rainbow. I used Watercolours, DMC Pearl…
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New Releases for Nashville Market

February is one of the craziest months as the Nashville wholesale market is the first weekend in March. For the first time ever, I had completed stitching all of my designs by the end of December and managed to eke out a new Holiday Delights in January! I felt great being ahead of the game but after finishing the stitching, there's the instruction writing, printing, stuffing thousands of patterns into plastic bags (I do have help, thank goodness!), communicating with my shops and distributor, packing the models and patterns to travel to market, and more boring but oh so necessary administrative details. 
Did I say I love this time off year?! I really do as I look forward to market like a fabulous dessert - I get to see all my shopowner friends and other designers. We all generally work our fingers to the bone while having a fabulous time with some belly laughs and the promise of delightful sales.
At this point, you're thinking, enough, show us the new designs - here they are! Yo…

After Christmas Sale

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. I finished a big project just before midnight and look forward to showing you soon. In the meantime, Tis the season for a sale! As we approach the new year, to thank you for a fabulous 2017, I'm offering an After Christmas Sale. To bring in 2018, all kits in stock are 18% off until January 1, 2018. Enter the Coupon Code "2018NDO" in the checkout section of the website's Catalog. Orders will be shipped in the order they are placed. Click here to get to the Catalog
To shopowners: email me if you'd like to place an order for charts at 20% off until January 1st.

Cranberry Star

It has been a busy fall. I finished up this year's teaching in October, went to Shipshewana for my annual quilting retreat in November, and started a remodel of my master bathroom which also included replacing the flooring and painting the master bedroom. It has been quite disruptive to say the least but I know I will be thrilled with the end result and am hoping it might be done by Christmas. 
My brother is a contractor and is doing the work for me. He lives three hours away so he brings a helper and comes down for four or five days every other week and stays at my house while I go stay somewhere else! I've been living mostly out of my suitcase for about six weeks now. Staying away from home for big chunks of time has allowed me to get quite a bit of stitching done. I'm working on new designs to release at the Nashville market - I wish I could show you some but it's a bit early for that! I'm most excited about the larger design I'm currently designing and stitc…

Happy Fall Y'all!

It's the first day of Autumn - yippee!! Although my air conditioning is still blasting, there's the promise of cooler weather coming soon. I wait for it every year with great anticipation. This is one of my favorite times of the year - football season has started and baseball season is winding down. I'm hoping the Cubs repeat in the World Series!!
The holidays approach and I have finished two new "Holiday Delights" for Halloween and Christmas. I had been thinking about these designs for a long time and I'm pleased with how they turned out. Since 99.9% of my designs are "just geometrics", it was quite interesting to do Witch Hats - I had to draw something "real", not something I typically do. The trees were easier! Using Leaf Stitch for a tree makes it quite simple and you know how much I like stars if you know me at all!
These will be released on September 26th - pick them up at your local needlework shop or here.Both Holiday Delights finish…

Amethyst Garden

I haven't blogged in months! It feels like only weeks as time flies so quickly. I've been traveling and teaching and generally, keeping too busy. I've created a new design to teach through Shining Needle Society. This is Amethyst Garden and finishes about 7.5x7.5. I put it into a Sudberry box - what an easy way to finish a piece of needlepoint. As much as I love my framer, it was nice to skip the trip for this time. It's also easy to take this piece out and pop in another, making it a great option to display a holiday design. I created some holiday colorways for just this purpose and will show them lower in this post.
Here's the finished piece in the box!
In addition to the Garden design, a bonus design finishing at 4x4 is included with the class. I used components of the Garden to create this "Bluebonnet Star" which will fit in a 4x4 box. The center diamond shape of this is the perfect size for an ornament - I need to stitch one!
Here are the colorways - it…

Back from Nashville & New Mailing List

I'm back from Nashville - had a great time at market. It's always fun to see everybody - it's like a family reunion! I love seeing all the new things, putting my hands on new threads, and most important, visiting with the shopowners who carry my designs. As a former shopowner, I know how hard they work at market - before, during, and after!

Tomorrow's Heirlooms, the shop who offered my Elements patterns first, framed all of the Four Elements together in the same frame. They graciously offered to let me use it in in my display and gave me permission to share it - I love the way it came out!


Now that market is finished, I'm doing the last of the mailing of my Mystery kits and preparing to teach several classes in person over the next couple of months as well as the online class. One of my goals this year is to update/revise my website. It is showing its age and needs some work. In the meantime, I am going to immediately change the way I send out my newsletters. To do…