Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3 Programs, 3 workshops, 3 hotels...1 week

Antique quilts on display at Kingwood Guild



Dinner after a great workshop for Baytown Area guild. 


What a week! Fun meeting new friends...quilters at Baytown, Bay Area, and Kingwood Area Quilt Guilds. 

Workshops on Half Star and Licorice Whip


Pile o' quilts for programs. 

Came home mid February and have been sick ever since. 


3rd trip to doctor today. Different set of meds. Keeping fingers crossed. But tissues handy. Worst part has been the cough, thank you bronchitis!

And can't forget 3 rounds of snow and ice...
The view one morning from my front door..March in Texas!!!

Another reaching trip soon, so must be better. And much to do before Quilt Market!

Secret projects are in the works. Watch for clues. Do you follow me on Instagram, or Facebook or Pinterest? Postings are easy on Instagram, and very quick to do. 
So be watching !

Until next time~
Betsy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas



Busy, busy in the kitchen. Preparation for Christmas seems endless. Hope there is not a crisis like last year's burned hand, saved by soy sauce!!! (See last year's post for December, or was it it on Facebook???) oh well, just remember if you have a burn, douse with soy sauce...and save Christmas!
Rachel brought madison to make cookies yesterday. Maddie is just a bit young at 13 months to participate other than slamming cabinet doors. But I really enjoyed the day with Rachel. And got a lot done when they napped!
Sweet, right?
We had more planned, but I think we did well to get 3 batches made. 
Maddies ready to go see Frosty the Snowman at the Gaylord resort. Kitchen is trashed, by the way. 
They issued heavy parkas. 9 degrees inside to keep the ice display frozen for Frosty. Maddie enjoyed it. Was a fun night. DH Steve froze. Lol. He likes good ol' Texas heat! It was 60 degrees outside, at 8:00 pm.  
Nice shot of Frosty's rear...better of the ice slide, which son in law slid down. 
The last exhibit in ICE! Was the nativity carved in ice. Prettier in person. 
I'm cold, but Steve miserable. Note serious selfie. 

If you are in the area, the Gaylord is in Grapevine, Texas, a huge resort. Beautifully decorated for the season complete with a Riverwalk! And trains! But didn't get a good photo of the trains. 

And HUGE gingerbread house...
And another set of trains. 

Back at casa Chutchian...
Molly and the rest of us, wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings this holiday season. 

Until next time~
Betsy

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving

Hope you all have had a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

My contribution to the feast this year ... Cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce that didn't unmold pretty from its pretty mold :-(  chocolate pie and champagne. 

The champagne, in the fridge for a while awaiting a good reason to celebrate...thanksgiving at Steve's brother's home, perfect time to toast my sister in law's remission...cancer free. She and I clinked our glasses over bubbling gravy. Sweet words to celebrate, cancer free. 

Good day, even though the Cowboys disappointed the family football fanatics. 
My chocolate pie was the best I've made in ages. Not a crum to take home. ��

Thanks to all this day. For health, for friends, for family, celebrate life's blessings everyday. 

Until next time ~
Betsy







Friday, October 24, 2014

Headed to Houston

I can't believe it is quilt market time. Time flies, quick as a wink. Besides remodeling the master bath, I stripped wallpaper and a good friend painted the dining room. Two more dear friends helped me reorganize and clean up my sewing room. Amazing. With a one week notice, a special visitor arrived for an interview and some photos. Stay tuned for details. :-)


Exhausted kitties!

My other exciting news is that I will be designing for Moda. I'm very excited. My line will be shown in April and delivery, of course a few months after that. Stay tuned!

I kept Madison for a week before the wallpaper stripping. One tired grandmother, but SO worth it. Loved every minute. 

If you are attending Market, I'm giving aSchoolhouse  presentation Today and book signings for Just Treats, No Tricks and signing copies on Saturday At KC Star booth and for United Notions on Sunday. Market is for shop owners and industry folks, not open to the public. 

Better run! Until I next time~
My best, 
Betsy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Surprised by a random act of kindness

This fabric arrived at my door this week, a gift to love or pass along. A pay it forward with fabric...great concept. Thank you Nancy! She kindly sent this knowing I love Halloween. She however does not. I will add this to my collection, a part of, and then share. I think it will make a good addition to my collection for an eye spy quilt for Madison. In my spare time, of course. Laughter ensues... Well who knows how long I will collect, right?


Alexander Henry fabric, from 1997 with great artwork and whimsical characters.  Love the cat!

Another classic Alexander Henry fabric I've hoarded, dated 1995. 

And a great vintage piece from Indygo Junction for Moda. Not dated, 2000 something I think. 
All so cool and perfect for an eye spy quilt!
I like vintage and fun, not gory images. 


So here are 3 quilts from Just Treats, No Tricks. Will see if I can rotate photo or, you can just stand on your head! The colors of the season. 

My trip to Nebraska was wonderful, in spite of Texas heat the day I arrived. Wasn't that special ??? Minglewood Lodge is beautiful. A wonderful place to retreat, I think. 
This living room transforms into an auditorium, as for my trunk show, or the classroom. 
Spacious bedrooms. 
My class projects on the trestle dining table that the day before set a lovely fall table scape. 

Did you see Kimber's blog post? she is my editor for Just Treats, No Tricks. Kimber attended the trunk show and took lots of pictures. Check it out at Heirlooms by Ashton House.

Can you believe summer is over??? Where have the long days of summer gone? I had planned to take advantage of the hot days to stay home and get things done. oh well the bath remodel is still in progress. and I'm in as big a mess as ever.
Today, at last, a little cool front arrived. Only 101 yesterday! Time to think of decorating the house for fall and Halloween. Better hurry, Christmas is tomorrow! No joke, blink!  And you'll miss trick or treaters! And turkey dinner!
In the meantime, think about the fabrics in your stash your are no longer in love with, yes we all have them. Someone else would be pleased to receive a random gift, so pass along. You will make someone's day and it will make you smile. 

Until next time~
Betsy

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Coming Soon



So happy to finally say the book is printing NOW. Available in September. So thankful to the many hands that work together to make my books possible. It truly does take a village!!!
You all know how much I love Halloween, from coordinating quilts and collectibles into the perfect vignettes throughout my home, to dressing up for the annual party, every bit make me happy.
I hope you sense my joy as you flip through the pages of JUST TREATS, NO TRICKS.
Featured quilts are antique and new, big and little, with extra treats and projects totaling 18 in all, 
for Fall and Halloween decorating.
Winston enjoyed his starring role...Molly has a photo too, but this is Winston's season! 
Congrats, pretty boy...even though you got cat hair on my quilt.

Things at home are never quiet for long, a remodel of the master bath is taking place, was to be a simple redo of the shower and floor, but down to the studs it went, and full scale remodel we go. What a mess remodeling makes, throughout the whole house! 

Teaching trips are back on the schedule after a long break since losing mom. 
In an exciting spur of the moment decision, I'll be going to Nebraska , to the Quilted Moose to teach from Just Treats, No Tricks in September (I'm on their blog) and in October, before Quilt Market, I'll be in east Texas teaching a 'blended' quilt workshop. If you are interested in either event, email me for details.

Stay tuned for more exciting news.

Until next time...
~Betsy





Sunday, June 8, 2014

Up for a Cruise??? and other news



Yes, I've been asked to teach again for Stitchin' Heaven on their Civil War Cruise in 2015!
I can't wait. I enjoy cruising anyway, but combining it with quilting...what could be better???
Three great teachers are joining me...Connie Tesene of Country Threads and 
Sarah Maxwell and Delores Smith of Homestead Hearth.
Please read all about our cruise here and all about the teachers and our classes.
3 port of call....Falmouth, Jamaica...George Town, Grand Cayman...Cozumel.
Sewing time, great teachers, great food, the OCEAN, excursions, shows, and more!
Would you like to join me!
If you would, please mention my name when you register...I'll get a little bonus when you do.

Ok, been a while since returning from quilt market...the report is good...still seeing lots of reproduction fabrics for my style of quilting. Moda's newest Collection for a Cause is awesome.
This is part of the antique quilt they used as inspiration.

Edyta's newest collection, Heart's Content, was another standout for me.
Look ant the polka dots!  love them.

And, my dear friends from The Quilted Crow in Australia are designing
cotton prints and gorgeous WOOL for Marcus Fabrics!!! 
Way to go CROWS!
 Just look at their cute booth!

Jo Morton's Haberdashery and Melodies, will be coming soon. Saw Caswell County too for November...really pretty. Check them out on Andover's website...I forgot to take photos.

Had one day (Wednesday) of fun shop hopping near Pittsburgh, thanks Laura Kay for an awesome day with you, Wendy and Penny.

Penny at the Drive thru at Kimberley's Quilt Shop, yes, a former bank...you can place an order 
and drive thru to pick it up! SWEET!


another shop....home of Pineapple Papers.

And then Fun with friends...
 Leonie (Crow)  on the right, teaching instragram to to Wendy and Laura Kay.
  Deirdre (Crow) and I, playing with selfies. I think my eyes are closed.

Schoolhouse was informative as always. Learned about this awesome book, similar to Nearly Insane, could be called Might as Well go Nuts, but wisely went with Making the Lancaster Diamond Sampler.
I scored a signed copy.



Visited with Jo and Cathy Cardiff. Cathy has a new pincushion book coming...
looking forward to that!

And, yes I did work on the book while in Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon, before Market started Thursday.
The book is in the hands of the tech editor right now.

Until next time....think Cruise!
My best to you!
Betsy