my happy place…

A little fabric, some thread, 70’s music playing in the background, sweet Emmie at my feet, and my favorite BERNINA 880 makes for a very happy place!

Welcome to my day in the BERNINA Ambassador Blog Tour! A huge thanks to fellow Ambassador, Teri Lucas for organizing this hop.

My beautiful, and oh so talented mother, introduced me to sewing at age 4, and even though I’ve enjoyed a few arts and crafts over the years, quilting has been the most fun and relaxing of all. At age six I inherited mom’s “brown” sewing machine and eventually her “good” scissors, and always asked for “fabric” treats when my parents went out, so you can just imagine how exiting it was to become a fabric designer with Benartex fabrics and a BERNINA Ambassador!I took my first quilting class summer of 2004 and wanted to learn to applique, but my sewing machine didn’t feature the right stitches suggested for the technique, so I needed a new sewing machine! I bought one that didn’t work as hoped, so on my way back from returning it, spotted the BERNINA dealer and you can just imagine what happened next… I brought home a sweet Activa 220… well, today I am so blessed to sew with the awesome B880… …and my assistant approves!

Yes, it has the perfect stitch for applique, many beautiful stitch options, stadium lighting, a huge throat space that makes quilting a pleasure, plus many more incredible features!

Fast forward a few years, and now I get to spend my days designing fabric, quilt patterns, embroidery collections, traveling to teach my favorite quilting techniques, and sharing my love of quilting with my wonderful students.

So glad you stopped by today!

And don’t forget to visit my fellow BERNINA Ambassadors participating in the tour:

Monday March 20
Lynn Carson Harris harrislc@gmail.com
Kelly Ashton kelly@kellyquilter.com
Diane Doran info@dianedoran.com
Melody Crust melody@melodycrust.com

Tuesday March 21
Kathy Delaney kathy@kathydelaney.com
Christa Watson christa@christaquilts.com
Mandy Leins mandalei@gmail.com

Wednesday March 22
Sandy Fitzpatrick hissyfitz@earthlink.net
Beth Ferrier beth@applewd.com
Cheryl Sleboda cherylsleboda@gmail.com

Thursday March 23
Annie Smith annie@anniesmith.net
Lori Kennedy lckennedy@hotmail.com
Kari Carr kari@newleafstitches.com
Catherine Redford catherine@catherineredford.com

Friday March 24
Joann Sharpe jzsharpe@yahoo.com
Cherry Guidry cherry@cherryblossomsquilting.com
Jenelle Montilone jenelle@trashn2tees.com

Fall Market 2016

It’s hard to believe Fall Market 2016 has come and gone!

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Many years ago, we lived in a charming small town with a street that was always beautifully decorated for the holidays.

I have many warm memories from our time there and it is what inspired me to design my new Contempo fabric line for Benartex,

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filled with little houses…

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cars, bikes…

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sweet little snowmen, and lots of snowflakes!

The collection includes a panel with a happy skating snowman.

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I will be releasing several new Mulberry Lane patterns and a coordinating embroidery collection with OESD early next year.

One of the fun things to happen at this Market, was that our Benartex Contempo booth, shared by my friend Amanda Murphy and I, won 2nd place!

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 Thanks so much for visiting!

Doll Days! Blog Tour

I’m so excited to tell you about my friend Erin Hentzel‘s wonderful new book, Doll Days!

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It’s a fabulous book about vintage inspired doll clothes with a modern flair. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs, easy to follow instructions, and loads of inspiration for making beautiful outfits for 18″ dolls, plus suggestions for modifying or adding embellishments.

I started sewing doll clothes at the age of four and felt like a kid again making a dress for my American Doll. I used a favorite print from my Sunday Ride fabric collection with Benartex, added a little touch of aqua, and trimmed it with little flowers.

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I really enjoyed making this quick project and can’t wait to make the little shorts, shirts, and the cutest sun dress in the book!

How about you, have you ever sewn doll clothes? Would you like to make some of Erin’s cute dresses? C&T is giving away a copy of Doll Days! (eBook for international winners) And how about sewing the little outfits with some of my fabric?

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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about your favorite childhood doll or toy. Giveaway closes this Sunday, July 3rd, at midnight.

And for more Doll Days! inspiration visit the other participants in the blog tour:

June 13 Kickoff! Erin on the  C&T blog

June 14 Amanda on  Jedi Craft Girl

June 15 Erin on  Dear Stella

June 16 Karen on  Karen Mom of Three

June 17 Erin on  Sew Mama Sew

June 20 Lindsay on  Lindsay Sews

June 21 Jane on  Janie Carroll Designs

June 22 Bonnie on  Fishsticks Designs Blog

June 23 Tracy on  Generation Q Magazine

June 24 Rachael on  RJR Blog

June 27 Cherry on  Cherry Blossoms Studio you’re here 🙂

June 28 Final stop! Erin on  Avery Lane Sewing

Hugs,         Sunday Ride Signature

Spring Market 2016

Well, I’m a bit late telling you about Spring Market, but better late than never, right!

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My new fabric collection for Benartex’s Contempo is called Kitchen Love and is all about the heart of the home, the kitchen, inspired by vintage appliances and delicious confections. You’ll find little aprons, delicious words, tea cups and tea pots, mixers, bowls, sweet cupcakes, cherries… in vibrant teals, aquas, greens, a touch of orange and pink, and a black that make for an awesome background print in one of the quilts. There’s even a fun and quick apron panel great for Christmas gifts this year! I created several applique patterns for this collection: Kitchen Love, the quilt in the center of the image above, is a “sweet” quilt with delicious treats, a vintage mixer, scale and clock, cherries and cupcakes, and is embellished with a small amount of hand embroidery and tiny buttons made to coordinate with the fabric. The quilt to the left is one of the quilts in the “Live Simply” pattern pack and includes the “Eat” wall hanging below and four placemats; the wall sign “Home”, the tea pots and tea cups runner, and the little aprons quilt below are part of the “Tea Time” pattern pack. All patterns are now available in my shop.

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These are a few samples for my Kitchen Love Embroidery collection, digitized by OESD; projects will be available at your local BERNINA dealer this summer (I’ll have more info soon).

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This is the free pattern I created for Kitchen Love, available this summer.

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On the left, you can see my friend Amanda’s beautiful booth… I want to make all of her new patterns!M4

Kitchen Love will ship to your local quilt shop this August/September.

Stay tuned for a Kitchen Love Giveaway next week!

Modern Elegance Coloring Book Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I’ve been having so much fun! Felt like a kid again coloring on Amanda’s beautiful Modern Elegance Coloring Book!

The book is filled with over 45 beautiful and fun designs, printed on heavy paper suitable for coloring pencils, markers, and even watercolors.

I played with my coloring pencils and fine tip markers…

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And colored these pages… it was so relaxing!

These are a few favorites I will be coloring next:

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Did you enjoy coloring when you were a child? Would you like a copy of Modern Elegance? Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite color was as a child. I will chose a winner this Sunday, 12/13/15 by midnight. Winners in the US will receive a hard copy of the book, if you reside outside the US, you’ll win an ebook.

And don’t forget to visit the other participant in the Modern Elegance Blog Hop:

Monday, November 30 – C&T Publishing
 Tuesday, December 1st – Benartex
Wednesday, December 2nd – The Little Red Hen
Thursday, December 3rd – American Patchwork & Quilting
Friday, December 4th – Sarah Vedeler Designs
Monday, December 7th – Brewer Sewing
Tuesday, December 8th – Generation Q Magazine
Wednesday, December 9th – Quiltmaker
Thursday, December 10th – Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio you’re here
Friday, December 11th – Amanda Murphy Design
                                                                                       Hugs,
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