Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just Toasty part 2

It's the end of August! Can Fall be far away??? Time to think of warm, not hot days and cooler nights. Football games and quilts. 
I'm not a football fan, but loved going to high school games when the kids were in school. Crisp evenings....snuggling under a quilt. 
Aren't they a cute couple? I have NO idea who they are! But they are cute! 

Just Toasty. Love it. I still have a few kits. 

Dear Unknown , please tell me who you are. I can't reach you. 

Here is what you do to reach me...go to About Me, then click on complete profile then click Email and my email is right there.  Once I receive an email by which I can reply, we are good to go!
Kits are $123.00, including shipping.  For Texas residents $132.00 including sales tax and shipping. 
So Unknown, I'd love to send you kit, please try again to reach me. Thank you!

This little mini Bramblewood is also available in a kit. Bramblewood fabrics are wonderful for Fall in any design. Do you Think I'm a little partial!?! Lol. 

Secret sewing for Quilt Market started this past week. Sorry I can't show anything yet. 

Hope's Journey, my next line will arrive in October. 
A few quilts from the line. 

And the antique inspiration. At Moda's Open House. 

Looking Forward to the arrival of Hope's Journey. Fall really will be here then!!!

Until next time~

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Do you have a favorite pincushion? Or several favorites? I like to make them. They make nice gifts, not just useful, but decorative too. 

This is my most used pincushion. It's attached to a vice that is attached to my sewing table. It's a pear. My sewing table is small and it fits perfectly, and perfectly stays put!

 Pincushions have progressed since the tomato I started using in junior high Home Economics. That thing spent more time on the floor. Too light weight to stay put. So it also made the perfect cat toy. 

Now they are decorative, whimsical, functional and collectible. 
Some of these I made, others were gifts. 

This assortment are all wool. Some I've made and some were gifts. Wool offers pins a needles a fabulous resting place, gliding in and out. I like to stuff with wool, but it makes the pincushion really light and cat toy. So they need to be decorative ... See the heart, or contained, see the star. OR make 'make do' stuffed figures that are attached to candlesticks, or as the case with antique make do, attached to a broken goblet or an empty spool. 
My dear friend Betty made the crow and the dove. I made the lamb and Batilda, the bat. They are folk art creations.

This is my second favorite and it travels with me, also made by Betty. Wool. Stuffed with crushed walnut shells. Stays put in it out if a wooden tray. 

Below, are pincushions made by two sweet retreat hostesses, affectionately known as the Barbara's. I've taught for these ladies for several years, umm, 6.  I have 6 pincushions. For each workshop I teach, they take the block, reduce it and make everyone attending a pincushion favor. Truly awesome!  

This wraps up my ever growing collection 
of pincushions. Do you use them?  Collect them? Make them? 
Walnut shells, crushed, make good stuffing when you need weight. Sewing a button through the center, adds a little weight, and is a cute touch. 
Have fun making and collecting. 
And how about favorite pins?  I like Clover Patchwork pins, very thin. Great for machine piecing. Speaking of piecing...time to get back to it!

~Until next time, 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Just Toasty

Why yes I am, quite Toasty in Texas!!! Lol. 
After all it is the middle of summer, hot fill in the blank. So what do Texans do if we can't escape to the mountains for a cool break? We dream of crisp cool October air!!! 
So get ready for fall with a vintage inspired quilt in colors of persimmon, bittersweet, sable and parchment. Dream of Snuggle time with a good book or the love in your life. 
I'm making kits. Please let me know if you would like one. 

What are you doing this summer? I had great plans after Spring Market for all sorts of things: clean up and organize the sewing room, sew for the next book, study more women's stories for my club and keep up with sewing for the club, be more interactive and post more on social media, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. LOL. The results of my great plan? Mixed, but in good shape with club! 
LIFE happens. Stuff gets in the way of plans. One of these days I'll stop complaining about what isn't getting done. Just watch for it-it's going to happen- I'm going to get caught up!
Some days I think I'm just like a dog who sees a squirrel, drops the bone, and chase ensues. IDEAS!!! They are like that. When they come you drop everything else. I've done a lot of that lately.  Of course there are other real distractions that take up time and space. Like waiting in a doctor's office for 2 hours! And then waiting weeks for results, only to find you have to go to another doctor, wait 2 more hours and more weeks for results. UGH. TIME EATERS! 

I was able to go on a wonderful retreat with friends. Made some sewing progress while visiting. So nice. Another retreat is coming up. Can't wait. 

Spent some fun time last week with Madison. She 'cooked' dinner for me. She has the cutest red kitchen. Pretend cooking is so funny. In her world everything is better with ketchup...but not in Mimi's coffee! Just try to say 'yum' to that! I dare you. ;-)

I'll close with a few more of my quilts from Bramblewood ... I have the patterns too, if you like. One of these days, I get an Etsy shop going. It was on the to do list this summer too. But for now just email me. 

Until next time, you dream of cooler weather, toasty, cozy, and cuddle worthy quilts. I'll dream of cooler weather, new quilts, an organized sewing room, playing with Madison, and Doctor results! Lol. 

~ Betsy 

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~