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!

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!

I’m back…

Hello there, I’ve been gone for a long time
and have been missing ya’ll so much!
2014 was an incredible, but crazy, busy year for me…
So many awesome things happened
and I want to share some of the fun things
I worked on over the next few days…
It all started with Celebrate the Seasons with C&T
The book includes patterns for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter,
all with full size layouts & reversed templates!
I had a great time working on each of these projects,
and if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be
Thankful… or maybe Merry & Bright?…
Humm, I don’t know…
the little chicks in Happy Easter turned out so sweet, plus …
well, then there’s the map, love maps and travel! … lol…
Okay, how can a mom have a favorite child, right?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hugs,

It’s my day in the…

See you in September Blog Hop
A huge thanks to Shari of Living With Purpose
and to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt for hosting another incredible hop.

This summer has just flown by,
and I’ve had so much fun working
on a few projects to show ya’ll.
Of course, when I signed up for this hop
I came up with so many projects,
it would’ve taken until See you in September 2015…
perhaps 2016 to have them finished, lol! 
so here’s what I was able to make for 2014:

First, I want to show you my gingham project…
I thought about many thinks to make
with the layer cakes and jelly roll I purchased,
but then, I spotted my American Doll bed just sitting there,
patiently waiting for a cute quilt,
so I decided it was the perfect opportunity
to get going on a mini for it, and boy was it fun!

I drew the little dresses,

cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo,
and then embroidered them on my new Bernina…
which I love, love, love…
The little dresses are so tiny,
I was able to hoop 8 of them in one large hoop!
Then it was a matter of adding a little sashing,
a few borders, some quilting and binding,
and I had a cute little mini!
The little bed comes with a mattress and pillow,
so I made a quick little pillow sham to match the quilt,
now I just need a to get one of those cute dolls, don’t you think?

Project number two was for my hubby’s office,
sorry about the poor photo quality…
all the taupe triangles have koi quilted on them…
Hubby loved how it turned out!

The third project was part of a challenge with my Monday guild.
We were to create a cow inspired by the book “Out of the Box”
by Mary Lou Weidman & Melanie Bautista McFarland.
I was a personal trainer for many years,
so decided to make a “fitness” cow…
goodness, I had so many things I wanted to add,
but ran out of time… I still had so much fun with this one,
especially coming up with her list of exercises…
Would love to make a few more quilts
with Mary Lou’s techniques.

My Lagniappe project
was this super fast Twister quilt
I used Quilter’s Dream Request cotton batting,
a very thin bat perfect for a summer quilt.

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So… I loved playing with my gingham
and want to share the fabric I didn’t use…
I’d like to give away these two RB Layer Cakes to one of ya’ll…
to enter, leave me a comment and tell me:
what makes a quilt “modern” to you?
A winner will be chosen on Sunday, September 14.
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Visit today’s hop participants
for lot’s of wonderful inspiration.

Monday, September 8
Thanks for visiting on my day!




My Perfect Picnic

Welcome to my day in the Perfect Picnic Blog Hop!
Thanks to Mdm. Samm of Sew We Quilt
for the wonderful Picnic idea and to
Mary of I Piece 2-Mary for organizing this awesome hop!
A special thanks goes to Riley Blake Designs
for the beautiful laminate they provided,
for the awesome inspiration,
and our hop sponsor, Peterboro Baskets

For my Perfect Picnic,
I made this fun quilt
using Allison Designs’s Patch-No-Work! pattern
in black & white with a little touch of red!
Of course, I had to have a little applique!
So I used my favorite tool,
the Silhouette Cameo,
and cut out our initials
to make these little pillows for our picnic…
I loved working with the beautiful
red & white polka dot laminate Riley Blake provided
and created a liner to go under my quilt
to keep it clean and dry!
Sewing the laminate was made easier with
my Bernina Teflon foot!  
These great tarp/canopy clips with tent pegs
held the four corners of the liner down.

Hubby and I had a wonderful picnic on the grounds
of Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, LA…

…even the local wild life came out to greet us!


There were several antique quilts
on display at the house
and a sewing machine from the 1800s

The flowers were beautiful…

…a few favorites.

For our picnic,
I made a Crawfish Casserole,
Mexican Cornbread,
and a Broccoli Salad…
…we finished off our meal with
watermelon and Three-Story Dream Pie…
… with a cherry on top,
played Mancala,
and read Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook
We had a wonderful time!


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I’m so glad you stopped by!
How about a little giveaway?
I had three new patterns at Market this Spring…
…I’d like to give away a pattern to three winners!
Three chances to win: leave a comment,
follow my blog, and/or like Cherry Blossoms on Facebook
Giveaway closes on Friday, June 13… good luck!

… and the winners are …

                   drum roll, please…

                                   Congrats ladies!


And for more Perfect Picnics, visit these ladies:
Monday June 9
Hugs,