Wildwood Quilt Photo Op

Hello Everyone! I want to take a moment and welcome all the new readers/subscribers to my site. Many of you have found me through the projects I have posted on my Craftsy page. I am glad you found me! A few blog posts back, I told you about the Wildwood throw quilt I designed and made. You can find the full PDF instructions for this quilt on this blog, just use this link: Wildwood Throw Quilt Project or use the images links on the right side bar. Well, anyway, what you may not have known was that quilt was going to be a Christmas gift for my daughter who is in graduate school. I could not write about it being a gift for her because she reads my blog! Boy was she surprised when she opened up her gift!

When she was home for Christmas (along with her boyfriend) we all had an opportunity to go to an arboretum and do a photo shoot with her and her Wildwood quilt. We had a beautiful day for January in the Midwest and had a ton of fun photographing. Here are my favorite pictures of our day.

This quilt project is a great one for a beginner, new to quilting, it is quick and easy with great results, give it a try!

P.S. Love you Anna, wish you were still here. When you use your quilt, think of it as a big hug from me.

Happy New Year

Another year has come and gone. 2011 was a very good year for me that included three fabric collections and lots of projects and quilts. Time flies when you are busy! Looking ahead into 2012, I don't have to turn the calendar pages very far to see my "to do" list already growing. I expect to see fabrics from my Dilly Day collection arriving on my doorstep in the next couple of weeks. I will be jumping right in and making two quilts right away. I have one quilt lined up for Quilt Magazine and one quilt lined up for Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine using the new collection fabrics. You will see the fruits of that labor later this year in both their summer or early fall issues.

Look for this ad in your favorite quilting magazines.

Concurrently, I am working on a new fabric collection. This new collection is only in the design stage and has a long way to go before being turned into fabric, so this project will be on going for a bit, but you have to start sometime to finish so, I started working on designs right before Christmas.

I have been enjoying having my three kids, my father-in-law and my daughter's boy friend here at our house since before Christmas. We have had a lot of laughs, eaten way too much and just enjoyed being together which is hard to do anymore with everyone spread out across four states.

My eldest son is a computer engineer. With his help, we jazzed up the side bar on my site today. If you are returning to my site, you may have already noticed the snazzy new look to the right side bar. I have chosen some of the most popular projects posted on this site and now have an easy navigation tool of project images for quick links to the individual projects. Or use the quick link image to the Projects page for all the projects posted on this site.

Another neat side bar addition is the tag cloud called Topics. Here you will find another quick access link to key search phrases found in my blog. If you wanted to search for posts that included projects, for instance, these posts have been tagged and will show in the link results using the tag cloud Topics that are found in the side bar.

I do have several more New Years "things I want do" lists. I can see already that this year may go just as quick as last year did!

Best wishes to all in the New Year - Cheers!