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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

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.

Cherry Blossoms Doll in Sunday Ride Dress

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?

Cherry Blossoms Sunday Ride Fat Quarter Giveaway - Doll

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

The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour

I’m so excited to tell you about a fabulous book, The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, written by my friend Amanda, an accomplished quilter and spokesperson for the Bernina longarm.

If you’ve ever finished a quilt top and wondered how to quilt it, this book gives you 155 Mix & Match Designs, broken down by allover designs, blocks, sashing, borders, and individual motifs, beautifully illustrated with step by step samples of how to quilt 30 traditional blocks.

The book is filled with quilting tips

plus a fun table runner with several quilting versions to get you started.FMQIdeaBook_08_compact

And to top it off, there’s an index of designs by block

and by design family, making it super easy to mix and match designs.FMQIdeaBook_07b_compactLove, love the spiral binding!

The free-motion ideas can be easily quilted on both a domestic machine or a longarm, and for great practice and inspiration, you can download the companion Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler epattern made with the blocks in the book.

I joined the The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, Sampler, and App Facebook group and have started making the sampler using my Soul Blossoms fabric.FMQ Cherry-Soul Blossoms

I am a bit behind, but have cut everything and sewn my first row blocks……so, so easy to make!

 And guess what, you can win a copy of Amanda’s great book! Leave a comment and tell me what inspires you to quilt. I’ll chose a winner at midnight this Monday, 11/16

For more inspiration, visit the other blogs in the tour…

Coming soon…

…Wake Up to Kona Blog Hop

…all about Kona Cottons,
and an awesome new book…
a favorite of mine!
and you know it’s going to be good!
Check out all the participants
that will be showing off their Kona creations:
January 7
January 8
January 9
January 10
January 13
January 14
January 15
January 16
January 17
January 20
January 21

Christmas in July and a giveaway!

Welcome to my day in the Modern Holiday Blog Tour!

Modern Holiday is a gorgeous book
filled with beautiful projects!
From cover to cover,
this book will inspire you!
Not only are the quilts, pillows, stockings,
the advent calendar, the tree skirt, and many more, amazing,
but the book itself is one of the pretties quilting books ever!
plus, Amanda’s instructions are clear and easy to follow.

These are some of my favorites…

 …love the appliqued snowflakes…

Don’t you just love these?
…so fresh and modern!
 I already know what fabric I’ll use for my advent calendar…
Yeah, those are little Yo-Yos… love, love!

 …the tree skirt is soooooo pretty… gotta have one too!

When I saw Amanda’s quilts at Market,
I knew I had to make the cover girl, Holiday Forest…
 … you know how much I like trees!
and I had some happy fabric in my stash
that was perfect for this quilt…
The easy to follow, step by step instructions,
made this a fun, easy, and super quick project.

I love it! And have enough leftover fabric 
to make the matching pillows!

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Would you like to decorate your home this Christmas
with some of these beautiful projects?
Amanda Murphy and Stash Books have a copy
of Modern Holiday for one of you!
(a hard copy if you are in the US
or a digital for international)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me
about your favorite Christmas tradition!
You have until Friday, July 26 to enter… good luck!


And don’t forget to visit the other participants in
the Modern Holiday Blog Tour:

Tuesday, July 9th – Sew We Quilt 
Wednesday, July 10th – Sew Sweetness 
Thursday, July 11th – Me and My Sister Design 
Friday, July 12th – Fat Quarterly 
Monday, July 15th – Bernina (We All Sew) 
Wednesday, July 17th – Diary of a Quilter 
Thursday, July 18th – Ellison Lane Quilts 
Friday, July 19th – A Quilting Life 
Monday, July 22nd – Aurifil Threads 
Wednesday, July 24th – Amanda Murphy Design

Hugs,