Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mystery Quilt Blog Hop

I am so pleased to announce that I will be one of the designers included in the Farmhouse Threads Mystery Summer Blog Hop!!!  What a great honor to be among these premier Primitive designers.  Hope you all enjoy!  

MARCH 10 - Rhonda McCray, Farmhouse Threads 
MARCH 17 - Shawn York, Rusty Crow Quilt Shop 
MARCH 24 - Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings 
MARCH 31 - Jeni Gaston, Woolen Willow Designs  jenifromthewillow.blogspot.com
APRIL 7TH - Debbie Busby, Wooden Spool Designs 
APRIL 14 - Joyce Weeks, Geoffs Mom Pattern Co. 
APRIL 21 - Kathi Campbell, Heart to Hand
APRIL 28 - Linda and Donna, My Red Door Designs 
MAY 5 - Joan Grenke, Bits and Pieces by Joan 
MAY 12 - Gloria, Vicky and Heather, Old Green Cupboard Designs 
MAY 19 -  Laural Arestad, Simply Put Plus
MAY 26 - Kathy and Taylor, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms  thecottageatcardifffarms.com/blog
JUNE 2 - FINISHING Farmhouse Threads  


Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Happenings

   Welcome to a new year with many new opportunities on the horizon.  Last year I made the decision to move out of state and open a small retail shop up in Washington.  Unfortunately those plans did not come to fruition.  The ramifications of that was I didn't have many shows booked so it was back to the drawing board, literally, and designing became a huge outlet for me.  2017 I will have 4 designs in two different magazines, Primitive Quilts and Quilt Mania!  woo hoo!
#M396 Kaleidoscope Garden pattern $8.00  
I have designed a line of 6 mini quilt kits which I will sell exclusively at the quilt shows for $14.95.  They include all fabrics, backing, single fold binding and 6" heart wire quilt hanger.
#407 Simply Mini-Halloween 
#408 Simply Mini-Snowmen
I began remaking many of my primitive designs with Modern fabrics in 2015, this continues with my two newest designs "House Warming".
#362 House Warming pattern $7.50   28" x 41"
#M362 Modern House Warming pattern $7.50 
Spending time on the beach and in the mountains are two of my favorite places to retreat.  "Cabin Life" was inspired by one of those visits...
#399 Cabin Life pattern $7.00  pattern/kit  $19.95
This morning my Events page was updated with all of my shows AND the Farmhouse Threads blog hop mystery block which I am so honored to be a part of.   Hope to see you at one of my shows.   For more timely updates follow me on Facebook or Instagram (links in margins of blog).  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New Designs

   Show season is beginning this Labor Day weekend. I never like to vend at a show with the same designs I brought last year. I've developed a line of mini quilts sold as kits that were super fun and quick to make...
               Simply Mini Snowmen
              Simply Mini Baskets
I also have a Haloween mini to round out the group.  Although Primitive is my love I also am quite fond of remaking those designs with a Modern edge. Here's my latest modern design which I will have up in Big Bear this weekend
Hope you all get a chance to visit your local quilt shows and your brick n mortar shops. Happy sewing!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sew Group

   The sewing group times are always a fun time to catch up and to take a peek at what the other ladies are working on. Our resident hooker, Shirley, shared two of her projects...
Love the turquoise background on her pumpkin tree piece.  
And she's almost finished this sports piece for her doctor. 
I am nearly finished with the embroidery on my new mini quilt.  This may just lead to a few more designs that are floating around in my head???

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Working on Projects

   Okay vacation is officially over!  My project basket is empty and therefore it's time to prep more hand sewing.
This little rabbit pattern is by Cheri Payne and has been on my to do list for years. 
I found some Bunny Hill blocks I had hand sewn a while back, so I made a shabby chic table runner out of them. Just needs quilting. 
This little mini quilt took on a life of its own. Soon it will be a kit that I sell at shows.  What a relief to have a few projects prepped to work on again. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A modern type day

Summer vacation is officially over!!  One downside to living in Southern California is the abundance of fun things to do during the summer. Unfortunately that isn't always conducive to getting work done...
So this morning I added the border to this new design that had been on the drawing board for a month now.  
Next to add the fun stuff...applique' and embroidery.  
Went up into the hills to take cover photos of my new piece..."Kaleidoscope Garden". This one is on its way to France to be published in an upcoming QuiltMania edition.  So you see it is a Modern kinda day here at Simply Put. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Market Wrap Up

   Simply Put recently returned from vending at spring quilt market in SLC Utah. For the past 3 years I have been reworking my primitive designs with modern fabrics. 
This decision has led to several successful markets in a row. I'm able to reach a larger market and shops that would normally pass me by...stop and chat awhile. 
I walked away from Market determined to focus on designing this year. My new design Kaleidoscope Garden was picked up by Simply Modern magazine.  
Primitive Quilts and more magazine took 2 other designs (not able to show you those).  Simply Put will be distributed by Petersen-Arne and I did a live interview with a national blogger who was fascinated by my primitive to modern designs!  I will post links when that interview airs. 
Utah was a beautiful state and I left there feeling more inspired than I have been in a really long time, that in itself is priceless.