Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Alternate winners

A week after announcing winners for the Frivols tin, Molly has selected two new winners. Sorry, only Lauren came forward! 
So new winners are Wendy Reed Caton and Victorian Girl. 
Please email me your addresses so I can get the tins in the mail to you!

Thanks for ALL the comments. I enjoyed reading each and every one. 

Last week I taught a Blended Quilt retreat, should call it Low Volume and yummy!
Creative takes on early 1800's chintz quilts. Smooshy was the goal and they all did great! Hope you can see in the photo the beautiful work they all did! 

Just look at this awesome inspiration board. Yummy. 

Ok hope to hear from the two new winners. 
Thanks so much for following me!

Until next time~

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


If you are Lauren H, Cindy H or Holly Field, you have won a Frivol. Please email me with your addresses. 
Molly  sends her congrats!

Please remember when commenting that you need to have an email address so I can reply or reach you. Many have non-reply when  I tried to contact. So if I can't reach, or hear from you I'll be picking new winners. 

Until next time~Betsy

Friday, April 8, 2016

Frivolous Friday

Back in August Moda started a year long Frivol program. Surely you have heard of them by now. There are 3 months left. Still plenty of time to collect!
 I was honored to have my first line, Eliza's Indigo, selected for Frivol 3. A super cute tin, which holds fabric, two patterns, a pocket notebook and a quote. 
Different Frivols have different goodies inside, a good reason to collect! I have now opened 2, One I keep pristine and the other I'll be packing with little sewing necessities,
This is the cute extra 'maker' block.
The pattern for it is on the other side of the card.  The card that says...

I love quotes. This one has spoken to me since May of 2000. Why then? My daughter Rachel, quoted these words in her salutatorian speech. Along with a few other quotes, she eloquently spoke that evening, held our attention and left all the moms in the stadium without a dry eye. Of course her focus was on leaving the familiarity of high school and going away to college, starting a journey toward adulthood and a career. 
Just two years later, those words came back to mind as I was diagnosed with breast cancer. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Since then I've applied it to everything and certainly my journeys...treatment, quilting, caring for my parents and more.
Whether a physical journey, or a spiritual journey, there is always a first step. Without that step, we stand still. When we stand still we don't grow, we don't experience, and we don't have fun. So we need more frivolity! More antique quilts to buy! More fabric, more brown transferware or blue or wooden boxes and carriers or TINS,,, Collecting make me happy.

 Need to start a journey, or are you one one? So my advice: take a deep breath and take that step. There is always something  to be learned. And maybe have some fun along the way. Journeys take different paths and don't have a time limit either. Nor, a set course. 

This was in the doctors office yesterday. Routine bloodwork. They have a nice inspiration board... full of quotes! 

Be inspired. Be brave. Try something new. There is always a new quilt make!!! and fabric to collect!!!

My friend Annette posted this on Instagram, and I reposted. She made the little quilt pattern in my tin. So cute!

Most everything I do has a purpose.  A reason. 

There is frivolity in playing with my granddaughter. 

Madison and Minnie Mouse, and boxes from United Notions in the background. LOL. In our pajamas, most of the day. Totally Frivolous!

When was the last time you did something just for fun?  Tell me a frivolity of yours in a comment, or simply a comment on this post and I'll send a Frivol to a lucky winner, or two, or three. Chances to win end at midnight Monday April 11 Texas time. 

Visit other Moda designers, Minick and Simpson, Brenda Riddle, American Jane, just to name a few,  as we celebrate Frivols. You will see postings on Instagram and Facebook too. Look for hastags. #modafrivolousfriday and #modafrivols

Until next time~

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Classic and Heirloom day

Fat Quarter Shop and It's Sew Emma have been having a sew along with the patterns in my book, Classic and Heirloom so I had to join in the fun. 

I've seen some great projects made from my designs, but in different fabrics on Instagram. 
Often we see a quilt in a particular color scheme and either want to make our own just like it, or are turned off because it's not 'our' color. 

Classic designs never go out of style. Sometimes I think we should only have patterns in greyscale so we can be imaginative. LOL Have I just dated myself?  Isn't that the way some of the really old patterns were, black and white?

But oh my goodness, I do love color. I love the fabric choices we have. I love the creative process. I'd love to see what you make!

So the little quilt you see above, has Mary Ann's Baskets made in my new Bramblewood fabric that will be in shops in May. Yes, you read correctly, May. 

I read a great and appropriate sewing area description earlier today-room of doom. If you saw mine now with all the prep for Spring Quilt Market, that what you would think-room of doom!  But there in THAT messy room ideas bloom. I just forget where I put them. ;-)

Until next time~

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter greetings

Happy Easter to you all. 
My grandmother saved postcards and my mom saved what she saved. Now I'm saving them for My daughter and granddaughter. This card is either 100 years old or will be in a couple of years. 

What are you all working on these days? Me? Oh a number of projects. Lol. Lots. So many things I'd like to show. So much of Quilt Market  sewing is secret. Andso is sewing for books. I'm also busy with a new club. On the secret side too! Hmm. 

So. Just what can I show? A couple of quits...
Trail Drive from Classic and Heirloom. Fabric is Lizzie's Legacy. My newest Moda line. I LOVE THIS LINE. I love all my fabrics. 

Mary Ann's Baskets
Who was Mary Ann? She was Lizzie's sister in law and best friend. Mary Ann and Lizzie's brother Ben were already in Texas When she and Robert left Kentucky for Texas in 1852. 
Together, Mary Ann and Lizzie shared the pioneer experience. They would welcome children, make quilts, dye wool and cotton, work the loom, sew all the family garments. Mary Ann knew all the dye recipes. She was also a prolific gardener of flowers and was often bringing them to Lizzie. Lizzie grew vegetables, but didn't have the patience for flowers...took too much time away from her quilting and garment making. Lizzies brother passed away not too long before Lizzie died. Lizzie worried about Mary Ann, alone without Ben.  I worry about Mary Ann without Lizzie. The bond between women who shared so much is a strong one. Lizzie was almost 50. 

Celebrate their friendship and your friendships by making Mary Ann's Baskets. Fat Quarter shop is having a sew along on any Classic and Heirloom project celebrating my book and  Lizzie's Legacy fabrics which will be arriving any day. The blog hop sew along Starts April 7, I think. 

Until next time~

Enjoy this day. 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

And the winner is...


I piled the names by Molly who was asleep, then left the room. When I returned, she had rolled around and picked Jacque's name. No joke.  Out of 45 names. She managed to pull one piece of paper aside. I was amazed. 
I'm so tickled so many of you left a comment. Thank you all. 

Sandra and Lisa were right about Jen and I loving to choose fabric for our projects. I LOVE the hunt for the right fabrics for each project. And of course, more is better. 

Jacque, please send me your mailing address so i can send you a book.  Bchutchian@hotmail.com

A question came up yesterday about how to enter the big All in a Row quilt along contest if you aren't on Facebook. Here is what I found out...

Martingale has created a way for you to enter without having to be on Facebook. Yes, email photos will be fine. E-mail submissions to service@shopmartingale.com The subject line should say All In A Row Quilt-along so they know to enter the pictures in the drawings. 

I have also learned that designers may choose to offer additional prizes. This is by their choice, totally optional. 
So, in keeping with that option, If you make my Bitty Basket row
 you will need to take a photo of it and tag me on either Facebook or Instagram. Or send me a photo that I can post on the blog. If more than one if you make my row, then my assistant will decide the winner. 
What would you win? A surprise, of course.  Winner will be chosen when the contest ends. 

Several of you were interested in my sugar bowl and cream pitcher. Susie Q called them the Harlequin pattern, thanks! I did not know that. They were my mom's. She had some Fiesta and Hall dishes too. She loved dishes and had a huge collection. Now I have hers and my big collection. 

The salt and pepper shakers are pretty cute. 

Thanks for visiting and your comments. 

Until next time~

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Moda All Stars All in a Row

Today's my day!
I hope you all have been following our Moda all Stars All in a Row blog hop and quilt along. Each designer has been paired with another, with a different style and asked to make each other's row in our own fabrics. Great idea, don't you think?  My partner is Jen Kingwell. Be sure to visit Jen to see how she made my row. http://jenkingwelldesigns.blogspot.com
And Jen is a 'cover girl'. Her row is at the bottom of the cover. 

The designers...I'm 4th and 6th is Jen, kind of hidden. 

Here is a better photo of Jen, as she walked the runway. 

And this is Meadow Rose. Jen Kingwell's beautiful row...
Hope her photo and her row show on your screen. In the draft of this post they don't on the laptop but they do on the iPhone. So this is from the book...

Here is my version of the row.  I combined Eliza's Indigo and Lizzie's Legacy which will be in shops in March. 

The palette...

I had so much fun making the blocks and made one too many! Found out I have some good prints for fussy cutting!
...an it's sew cute Meadow Rose bag! I love it! Note the braided strap - haven't braided in years, Back when Rachel was in high school. I do get carried away. 

Love Jen's design on my kitchen island...

Thank you Moda and Martingale! A beautiful book, talented designers, super fun projects, and for a good cause too!

All designer proceeds are being donated to No Kid Hungry. The learn more about this non profit organization, the link is at the end of this post.

Now, before I say until next time...
please read all about the #allinarowquiltalong CONTEST. Yes, a contest. A contest with great prizes. Grab a book. Pick a row, or several, sew and enter!

Amazing designers-amazing rows-amazing contest with amazing prizes!

And if you will leave me a comment, my faithful assistant will pick a follower at random and send you a book. Do you know what Jen and I have in common? It's in "the Skinny", a little column of Q&A for  each designer.

About the contest...

Newcomers, start HERE to learn the #allinarowquiltalong QAL and contest rules!
It’s a Beauty of a Contest! runs February 1 - March 15, 2016
1. Buy the book “Moda All-Stars All in a Row”: http://www.shopmartingale.com/moda-all-stars-all-in-a-row.html
2. Make your favorite row(s) from the book
One row = one entry
Two rows = two entries, etc.
3. Join the Facebook group #allinarowquiltalong: https://www.facebook.com/allinarowquiltalong/
Post a picture with your quilt top of rows joined together on the Facebook group page and tag your photo with #allinarowquiltalong. Your Facebook name is the name that will be entered into the contest. (Contest open to residents of the US and Canada only.)
For EVERY row in your entry, you get an entry into the It’s a Beauty of a Contest. There will be five prizes—like the five finalists in a pageant—plus weekly random drawings for related “beauty” prizes. All winners will be drawn from the entries above.
Receive a Moda fat-quarter bundle every month for 9 months (April to December 2016) PLUS two Martingale new-release books of the month for 9 months (April to December 2016). (Companies to determine which fabrics/books to award, but the May book will be “Moda All-Stars Scraps Made Simple” for anyone winning that month’s prize!)
Receive a Moda fat-eighth bundle every month for 6 months (April to August 2016) PLUS two Martingale new-release books of the month for 6 months (April to August 2016). (Companies to determine which fabrics/books to award.)
Receive a Moda Layer Cake every month for 4 months (April to July 2016) PLUS one Martingale new-release book of the month for 4 months (April to July 2016). (Companies to determine which fabrics/books to award.)
Receive a Moda Layer Cake each month for 2 months (April and May 2016) PLUS one Martingale new-release book of the month for 2 months (April and May 2016). (Companies to determine which fabrics/books to award.)
Receive one Moda Layer Cake pack (April 2016) PLUS one Martingale new-release book of the month (April 2016). (Companies to determine which fabric/book to award.)
You’re automatically entered into WEEKLY RANDOM-DRAWING PRIZES!
3 MISS CONGENIALITY WINNERS (wait for it): win 2 Moda charm packs and a copy of Moda All-Stars All in a Row
4 TALENT WINNERS (hidden or otherwise): win 2 Moda mini-charm packs and 2 Martingale books: Moda All-Stars All in a Row and Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles
2 STASH-ACCUMULATION WINNERS: win 1 Moda mini-charm pack, 1 Moda charm pack, 1 Moda Layer Cake and 3 Martingale books: Moda All-Stars All in a Row, Jo’s Little Favorites, and Blockbuster Quilts: I Love Log Cabins
1 SOCIAL-MEDIA BUTTERFLY AWARD: win Carrie Nelson’s “Row Houses” row from the book! 
DID YOU KNOW? Your book purchase will provide tons of quilting fun, and your dollars will support a good cause too. All royalties from the sale of Moda All-Stars All in a Row are being donated to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. Learn more about No Kid Hungry here: https://www.nokidhungry.org
Time to start your row, row, row… good luck all!

Until next time~