Monday, November 29, 2010

new patterns!

Based on all the orders I've received, some of you have already discovered that the website has been updated with all the new patterns featuring Red Rose Farm.

I've also added a few bag handles that work with Pam's Tammy Tote pattern as well as her Frilly Farm bag pattern. More handles are on their way and will be added as soon as I receive them.

I've also decided to offer free shipping thru Christmas--and if you order 2 or more items, you'll also receive a fat quarter of Red Rose Farm.

I can't wait to show close up photos of all the new designs--but currently they're all at Wooden Gate Quilts--my favorite shop!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Quilt Market, magazine winner, and so on...

OK, so I said a winner would be picked on Friday. And she was. I did not, however, promise to announce it that day, right? Right.
If farmhousequilter8 would email me at, I'll get the magazine and pattern book out right away.

It's probably crazy to even be posting about Market...I know everyone on Twitter has moved on to talking about Salt Lake City, but I've got a few rather blurry pics to share so why not just do it.

Like last Houston, Pam and I had a mostly really great time. You've heard about her fall...and I'd like to clear up a persistent rumor once and for, I did not push her. She missed quite a bit, and lots of people missed seeing her as well.

Remember the speeding ticket in New Mexico last year? Well, we were feeling pretty smug, determined to not let that happen again. And it didn't. Something else happened instead. And I really need to say that getting a flat tire in the middle of New Mexico is not as much fun as you'd imagine...luckily we were close to a mechanic, but I don't think he'd ever seen a metric tool before and there were some tension-filled moments. I prefer having my son Eric do all work on my car, but he seemed to feel that coming to New Mexico was a little bit out of the question.

Obviously it all worked out alright...and it's a whole different experience setting up a booth using your own fabric...

I'd surprised Pam with a custom footstool to go with her "throne" (the slipcovered chair) but of course had no idea it would actually be needed...

We had lots of visitors, and here are the least blurry of them...I'm sure you recognize everyone--Sandi Henderson, Natalie Lymer, and the queen of Parisville, Tula Pink.

I was also lucky to have help getting Red Rose Farm projects made for my booth as well as for the P&B Textiles booth...

My good friend Becky made 2 beautiful bags using her new pattern, Monica made a whole bunch of her super-cute gift bags, and Jona outdid herself with adorable little girls' outfits from two of her new patterns. As if I wasn't giddy enough with the little-girl cuteness, Mary made an outfit from her book and gave me a photo of her beautiful daughter wearing it. I had to frame it and place it front and center--where it captivated everyone.

So that's a brief Market report--the new patterns are this close to being loaded onto my website...and soon they'll be appearing all over the place. Yes, that means both new bag patterns and some handles as well.

I'm also figuring out some new teatowels for kits--and yes, this time there should be plenty for everyone.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

where'd the Red Rose Farm go?

It went with me. To Houston...but now it's back and so am I. Well, sort of. Market was wonderful, as I'm sure you already know since most people have managed to post about it already...I'm still editing photos and trying to get things back to normal. I consider myself lucky--the house is still standing, and as far as I can tell, nothing was broken.

So what's all this that I'm showing today? Pam and I were so lucky (again) to have wonderful neighbors across the aisle. That definitely helps when you're in a booth for three straight days! We got to know Carolee and her beautiful daughters--they've started a new fabric company, but if their designs look familiar it's because they've been in the scrapbooking industry for many years. Carolee gave me this piece of canvas--can't wait to play with it. Their fabrics are fresh and bright--you'll want to be looking for them.

What's that on top? Oh, no big deal...really...just what I think is the best issue of "The Quilt Life" ever. The fact that my house is featured? And a new quilt design? Purely a coincidence.

It just so happens that I've been given an extra copy of the magazine. So you know what that means. Leave a comment and on Friday I'll send it on its way. Carolee also gave me a copy of one of her pattern books so I'll throw that in as well.

Hopefully you're already subscribing to "The Quilt Life" but if not, it's available at many independent quilt shops or at Barnes&Noble.

I need to get back to shoveling a path to my studio...

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