Saturday, July 31, 2010

And the Winners Are: have to wait a sec.

I chose the winners using the website, and I guess it was fair, in a sorta not fair kind of way. The winners were not the most correct entrants.
But...since we are grading on a curve, I had to allow it.

I hope those of you who got the right answers but didn't win won't be too upset! Next contest will be MUCH easier! So come back next time to enter.

Here are the pictures with the designer's names.

Dress front:

Dress Back:

Oooops...Sandi's last name is spelled Henderson. Sorry Sandi!

OK. Now for the winners:

Grand Prize: entrant#59: Becky S.
First Prize: entrant#56: Stacy
Second Prize: entrant #18: Barb Elder


Grand Prize: A pieced dress similar to the one shown above, handmade by myself, PLUS a grab bag of fabric cuts from my new "Spirit" line from Moda, not yet available in stores, AND three free patterns of your choice!!

First Place: 3 free patterns of your choice, and a fat quarter of 6 prints of my Eden fabric line.
Second Place: 2 free patterns of your choice.

Now winners, I will need your Mailing addresses. Please email me with that information, and I will see to it that you receive your prizes!!

Thanks for playing...
Love to all!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Contest That Not Too Many Folks Cared About

CONTEST CLOSES TONIGHT ( Tuesday the 27th) AT MIDNIGHT (mountain standard time)

OK...I am about to close the "Slowest Contest on Record" if you were thinking about participating, you should do it now.

I call it that because I don't think I've ever seen a contest with so few entries! Was it the "guess the designer" part that had everyone scared?? I'm just trying to figure it all out...I think it was just too hard, and I shouldn't have assumed that everyone would know the answers! I'm so embarrassed!! Don't tell any of my celebrity designer friends...they will laugh me out of the industry!

It kinda reminds me of when I was in school, and the teacher would give out a test that was really 97% of the class was totally stumped and failed miserably. The only ones that did OK were the genius students who knew more than the teacher did to begin with. And the teacher had been so engrossed in the subject matter for so many years, he just assumed that the rest of the class was as obsessed and over-informed as he was.

So anyway, I appreciate all of you who took the challenge and played! Some of you (geniuses) were spot- on! Many of you (high achievers) were almost correct...just skipping one or two, or getting one or two wrong. Then there was the bulk of you...who didn't even attempt to comment, let alone enter. (You know who you are!)

Don't worry...I promise to be gentle, I'll grade on a curve, so to speak, and give all of you who entered the benefit of the doubt. (You always hated that curve thing didn't you?)

...Then I'll let the "randomizer" pick the winner for me!

Hey, did I tell you I was just in California at Disneyland with all my kids except one, and my two little grand daughters?
So much fun!! (But REALLY hot)

Here's a little picture of us on the "It's a Small World" ride. (Why does my nose have to look really HUGE??)

Halle HATED just about all of the rides...this one she wasn't sure about, Was it scary? Not scary? It was hard to tell. She had that kind of "I think I might cry, but maybe not" face on all the way through.

(Lola thought it was pretty boring after the first country of little people dancing around was over. Not one bit scared. The bottom of the boat was lovely too.)

She (Halle) really hated the Pinocchio ride, (all those freaky puppets dancing around, and that spooky Stromboli guy). She screamed bloody murder the whole way through.

And she definitely did not want to get up close to any Disney characters. Weird. Not even Cinderella or Mickey Mouse.

You think you know a kid...I thought she'd LOVE Disneyland. We were all a little thrown off by her. Maybe in a couple more years??

Remind me to tell you the story about how Troy (my 7 year-old) disappeared at the beach. I still get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Introducing: Isabella! And...a little contest!

Hello friends, I am really excited to introduce some of what I've been working on for the last few months! It's my new line of fabric for Riley Blake that will be shown at quilt market this fall!! This line is called Isabella, and it is available in 3 colorways. (I'm only going to show you one for now.) This one is the brightest of the three, so if you go for softer, there's a colorway for you too.

Granted these are just clips, so you can't really get the whole picture here. can get an idea of how much fun these prints will be to sew with!

Isabella is a rich, dynamic collection with lots of color and contrast. I am really excited about this line, and I can't wait to have it on fabric so I can play with it for reals! Hopefully you will like it too! The collection will be shipping to stores early November, if all goes well. You can pre-order this line for your shop now, by contacting Riley Blake Designs. (You can set up an account with them, if you don't have one yet.) They are relatively new, and they have some really cute stuff! Check it out!

I am busy designing patterns to go with this line, which I will share with you as soon as I have something firm.

Just for your information...SPIRIT pre-cuts are available at the Fat Quarter Shop NOW!
This line is my last line with Moda. It will be available by the yard in August, but you can get pre-cuts now, so run on over to Fat Quarter Shop
a grab yourself some!!!


I wanted you to see the little top I made for Halle Rose (my 2-year-old granddaughter):

I just pieced the skirt and attached it to an Old Navy top with some elastic thread. The added ruffles are made from some of the new knits that Michael Miller carries. I just cut 1" strips with my zig-zag edge rotary cutter, and gathered them down the middle. The flower is just a folded strip of fabric that was gathered, rolled and stitched on for a little added cuteness!
This is something even a beginner can do with a store bought top or onesie, and some fabric scraps! (Which we all have if we sew, right?)
(You may want to check out my tutorial on how to make a dress from a store-bought onesie on the right sidebar of my blog. Scroll down a ways.)

So...About that contest I mentioned: Here we go.
See if you can identify the designers of the fabrics in this top I made for Halle. If you can get them all, I will enter your name in a drawing to win a little top like this one for someone you love!

The front of the top is above...
The back of the top is below.

Leave me a comment with your guesses, and your email address or blog address if you have one. If you link to this contest on your blog, you will get three extra entries!!
PS: you don't have to identify the designer of the knit. It's just a Michael Miller studio design.

CONTEST UPDATE: I have decided to amp things up a bit. I'd like to throw in a couple more prizes...
Grand Prize: A pieced dress similar to the one shown above, handmade by myself, PLUS a grab bag of fabric cuts from my new "Spirit" line from Moda, not yet available in stores, AND three free patterns of your choice!!
First Place: 3 free patterns of your choice, and a fat quarter of 6 prints of my Eden fabric line.
Second Place: 2 free patterns of your choice.

Good luck, and have fun!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Gramma's been busy.

It's true, I've been a slothful blogger.
But when you have your family all around, and your grandbabies are's really hard to do anything else! (That's me with little Lola on my lap.)

Halle and Lola

That's my daughter Natalie with Halle Rose.

I'll be back soon with the giveaway, I promise.

Gotta change a dirty diaper...