Just so you know...

There is a big old sale going on over at QuiltSoup..... Have a great week!

Merry Christmas to All

On behalf of QuiltSoup, I would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.
We hope you eat what you love, laugh as much as is legally allowed and spend time with the ones you want. That's what we're gonna do!

Ever Hopeful

You may have heard that we had a winner at the Henry Glass Holiday Project Parade. Congratulations on the big win to Erica in Montana. Santa will be stopping at her place this year!

Now on to the last minute things....I am not sure why it is considered last minute shopping yet. It seems to me I still have a few more days to go to gather up, wrap and ship Christmas Gifts. I always joke that when the commercials for jewelry come on TV, it is the last minute. They are on! I like to make something by hand for my granddaughters each year and haven't even thought about it yet. Last night I had a free project download delivered to mailbox. I knew these were the right things for me to make but I am not quite sure I can make the deadline.

These are jewelry hangars that are crocheted. You crochet or knit a little swatch and then mount it into a frame and there you have it! The free download is available at Stitch Diva Studios. Let's see...I have to make 3 of these and ship by Monday.....gotta go!!!

The QuiltSoup winner is.....

As far as I am concerned, you are all winners! Wouldn't it be nice if I could just wave my wand, or wiggle my nose and make this come true. But there is only one Santa Claus and I think of him looking like this. He sings "I'd like to buy the world a coke and".......

The name I drew from the hat was that of MommaRock who commented on December 4, 2010 7:50 AM. Congratulations! Please email your info and I will send your prize right out.

This is it!

Today is the last day of Holiday Project Parade. The designers for today are Kim Diehl who does bee-u-tee-ful machine applique and piecing. She will post her project on the Henry Glass blog. She doesn't live too far from me but we have never met in person. We need to change that!

Here are Pam and Janet from the Buggy Barn. I hardly think they need an introduction! I had the opportunity to visit the Buggy Barn one year during the outdoor Quilt Show they hold each autumn. If you ever get the chance...go!!! It is a sight I will never forget! Can hardly wait to see what the projects are today.

And now, a little housekeeping.
1. My word was "present"
2. If you tried to download my project Saturday afternoon, you need to try again. I had made a mistake and it took until later that evening to get everything right. I had to re-do the templates for the download. If you got no templates, you need to get them.
3. QuiltSoup will announce the winner of our giveaway on December 8th (tomorrow).
4. The grand prize: After you have visited everyone and collected all the key words you can visit the Henry Glass blog on December 8th and comment with the list of words and your name. Please be specific about who you are. There might be more than one Nancy in Florida, for example. When you post the key words, your comment will not be visible but it will be recorded. We have to keep everyone honest you know. Please enter only once.

The grand prize is all the stuff you see in this picture.

Carrie at Miss Rosie's put the whole thing together for you. Henry Glass furnished the fabric (about 40 yards or so)! You will see a rotary cutter, ruler, some books, and a calendar in addition to the fabric. I would say that Santa is definitely visiting someone and I hope it is you!

I also hope you have had a good time and found projects that will help you throughout the holiday season. Stop back whenever you have the chance.

Flying by

I can't believe how fast the week is flying by. Today is the the sixth day in the Henry Glass Holiday Project Parade. The designers for today are LeAnn Anderson and Dana Brooks.

LeAnn does the most charming projects. Her business is called the Whole Country Caboodle. Her family helps her at market and I have met her mother and her daughter. They are all very lovely people.

Dana hails from Utah as I do. She lives in St. George where the sun shines just about all of the time. She owns the Lazy Daisy Quilt Shop which was featured as one of the top shops by Quilt Sampler a few years ago. She has a knack for merchandising and she has boundless energy.

You will have fun at both places today. See you back here tomorrow for an intro to the last designers and the details about entering to win the grand prize.

Holiday Project Parade- More Freebies for you??

Thanks to all who left such nice notes yesterday! If you are half as nice to today's designers, they will be thrilled.

I haven't met either one of these women but I can tell you that I am looking forward to it. I'm going to visit both with my morning coffee. Hope you do too! Don't forget about those key words...

Today's designers are Chelsea Anderson (she has music at her place)

and Brenda Pinnick (she has a darling baby at her place). Both have tons of talent! Have fun making the rounds today! I will be out mingling with the shoppers.

Christmas Present

Today's designers are Laurie Bird, LizzieBCre8tive and Me! I am excited to have you here and have lots to tell you about. Hope you have a cup of hot cocoa!

Laurie Bird owns Rose Cottage Quilts and she does some really cute patterns. She and her sister are from my area and were in business before I was. I have made several of their patterns and love every one of the quilts.

LizzieBCre8tive is headed up by 2 ladies that are sisters-in-law. They married brothers. Beth (left) lives in the west and Liz (right) lives in the east. Somehow they work it all out. They have authored two books that I know about and have a new online venture in the works I think.

For those who don't know me, I am Barbara Jones and I design patterns for QuiltSoup which specializes in applique patterns for rookies and intermediates.

I have written a few books for Kansas City Star, published a few patterns in quilt magazines (Quilts and More, Australian Homepsun, Quiltmania and others) and designed a few fabric lines for Henry Glass & Co. The latest and greatest ones are Summertime, Doll Babies and Cherry Fizz. My husband Mark (aka Souperman) helps me with orders and Quilt Market. He is fired and rehired on a regular basis! I have one son and daughter-in-law and five grandchildren. I put the Christmas Tree up on Dec 23rd and take it down on Dec 26th!

Our family shares a meal and exchanges presents (key word) on Christmas Eve every year. It is my favorite day of the year. We find that as our kids have gotten older it is harder to get everyone together at the same time.

I also find that I am giving more gift cards and money than ever before. What I like about gift cards is that the recipient always gets what they want. What I don't like about gift cards is that they are less than personalized. I was trying to find a way to make my peace with this kind of gift giving. The gift card wallet was my solution.

There is a present (key word) on the front of the case so I thought it could be used for any occasion where gifts were called for.

If you have a child in college, it is fun to fill the wallet with gift cards to the restaurants near campus, a local mall, a local theater and some iTunes cards (of course). For my quilting buddies, I might fill the wallets with packets of our favorite pins and needles, gift cards to local tea and coffee houses, bakeries and chocolate shops...you know...the essentials. I made one from Summertime, one from Heather's Christmas line, and one from Hip Holidays.

If you are watching your nickels this year (and who isn't?), the actual gift cards could be homemade. For example I might make my husband gift cards that he would think are sexy throughout the year. Things like "You are entitled to one home cooked meal that you didn't have to make yourself" or how about "Take the week off...I will mow the lawn" or "Relax...I had the oil changed and you don't have to do it". You will probably want to ration these kind of cards carefully!

The gift wallet coordinates with our Hip Holidays quilt. There is just barely enough time left to make one. I think they still have some kits available at QuiltSoup. The pattern is a free download and you can find both of the patterns here.

We are gving away a copy of our latest book Picnic Park and a few fat quarters to get you started on the quilt. Just leave a comment.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

On third day of Christmas....

The designers today are Jacquelynne Steves and Jill Finley.

Jacquelynne is a New Jersey girl now and owns and operates The Noble Wife. She was my neighbor at the last quilt market and it was the first time I had met her. She had a cute booth and lots of enthusiasm.

Jill Finley is a Utah girl and has worked very hard helping to put the project parade together for you. She designed the cover for the project book and I think she and Linda Lum DeBono collaborated on the blog hop icon. Jill's company, Jilily Studio is the source for "Appli-glue", an applique basting glue that is acid free and won't harm your fabric. She has authored a book about quilting retreats for Kansas City Star. She will lend a helping hand if you are in jam...I know because I was and she did! That's all I'm saying about that!

Remember to collect the key words and check back tomorrow for the schedule. I hear it is my turn in the barrel!

Some more fun for you

Who's designing for day 2? Kati Cupcake, Miss Rosie and Fresh Cut Quilts.

That would be Amy Hamberlin aka Kati Cupcake who lives in a little town in Idaho. Can you believe she is the mother of teenagers? I could not. Her trusty sidekick is Miss Melda Dean and both are too much fun.

The one who is not Miss Rosie is Carrie Nelson. I have only recently become acquainted with Carrie but I can tell you that she is one of those people with whom you feel an immediate rapport. She is self-effacing, way talented and can gab with the best of them. She is like the world's best cheerleader and her enthusiasm is contagious.

Fresh Cut Quilts is owned by Kari Ramsey. Kari hails from my neck of the woods and I remember when Fresh Cut Quilts was just a dream for her. Hats off to her for making her dream come true. Kari also had a good idea for a Holiday gift for all your quilterly friends that she posted yesterday. Be sure to check that out too!

I know they will have all cooked up something interesting and fun for you! Don't forget to collect the key words and stop back for Friday's batting order.

Kick off! Yahoo!

Today is the day! That's right. Its the first day of the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade. Each designer has a holiday key word that she will use in her blog post. You collect the key words (keep a list). At the end of the parade you list all the key words in your comment on the Henry Glass website and if you get them all, your name goes into the hat for the drawing.

Today's designers are that cute Linda Lum DeBono of Dzyning Things, Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures and the gals of Little Quilts. They are all authors, designers, and quilters. I have been to their sites and want to make everything I have seen. Here is what I know about each of them...

Linda is a techo-savy genius and funny. She goes a mile a minute and you need to fasten your seat belt if you are going to run with her. She is one of brains behind this project and it wouldn't have been possible to get it all together without her.

You will never meet a nicer person than Heather Mulder Peterson. She works incredibly hard and is one of the most humble and modest people I have met in the quilt business. I love both those attributes not to mention the quilts and fabrics she creates.
I don't know the ladies from Little Quilts very well but am hoping to. I do know that I love the rich coloration in their fabric lines and always look forward to what they have coming off the drawing board.

Have fun visiting everyone's blog and collecting free projects today. Don't forget about the key words. Stop back tomorrow to see who's up next.

Late Breaking News!!!!!

My travelogue has just been interrupted by some exciting news! The designers at Henry Glass are doing a Holiday Project Parade especially for all of you (I wish I were you right now!).

How does this work?????

Dates of the Parade: Dec 1-7, 2010. That's this week. Yay!

How many projects will be offered each day? Three, uno, dos, tres!

How do I find the projects? You can visit your favorite Henry Glass Designer's blog to get pointed in the right direction or you can visit Henry Glass each day for a referral to each blog. You then visit each of the blogs listed for the day to see the free projects. Love the project? Download the file. FREE, FREE, FREE!

How do I enter to win the grand prize? Collect the clue words from each site you visit. You must visit all 21 sites and collect all 21 clue words. At the end of the parade, visit the Henry Glass website and enter to win the grand prize giveaway.

Do I need to comment on each designer's blog? Not to be eligible for the grand prize but you may if that designer is offering an extra little giveaway on her blog.

What is the grand prize? The winner will receive a prize from each and every one of the designers in addition to a prize that Henry Glass will give. That means you will get 22 presents in the mail! (I told you I wished I were you!).

Next up, Santa Barbara

From the Getty Villa, we traveled up the PCH (pacific Coast Highway for you easterners) to Santa Barbara where we did a little site seeing.

Here is the view from my hotel balcony at sunrise.

Walked across the street for breakfast at the Each Beach Grill. I think this was the best meal I ate while on the trip. It may have had something to do with dining on the sand with the ocean breeze drying my hair!

We toured the historic but active Santa Barbara mission. This mission was originally constructed around 1830 or so. Fourth graders in California study mission history so lots of them tour the missions. Lucky for us (and you!), we had a young girl in our group who knew the answers to all of the questions! The 3 statues on the top of the mission are Faith, Hope and Charity. Faith has a cross, Hope has a ???? (where is that little girl when I need her?) and Charity has a baby.

The chapel altar is breath taking as are the ancient statues and religious icons.

I visited Knit and Pearl, one of the local yarn shops and found some yarn I have been looking for awhile. I had a to-die-for pumpkin strip pastry at Andersen's, a local Danish bakery before leaving town. Next-up, grand-kids and the civil war....

Working vacation

When I got home from market, I had just enough time to wash a couple of loads of laundry and then it was off to Southern California to present trunk shows and teach workshops. So far, the trip has been wonderful. Here are a few places we visited.

Our own private hotel in St. George (one of my brother's homes which he generously opens up to us when we are traveling to and from California).

Orange County Quilt Guild Trunk Show. The attendance was good and our welcome was spectacular!

The students are all in their places with bright shiny faces! The Orange Bee Quilt Shop hosted us and it was a wonderful location as you can see from all the windows and the huge classroom!

Then it was on to Santa Monica where we stayed almost across the street from the ocean and dined at the Ivy (think Jenifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, etc). We saw none of them (it was a school night as my mother would say!) but what a lovely view to start the day off with.

We checked out Santa Monica and Venice and I am just certain that one of these towns was meant to be my home! Laid back, eclectic and interesting.

Then it was on to the Getty Villa in Malibu where Roman antiquities are housed. Lots of statues, even more pottery all in a spectacular building and garden that overlooks the pacific. To be continued....

this poor old blog

Mimi would say that this is a sad, sad, sad blog. She would be right! I am going to try to keep up with this thing one more time. Why? Something turbo cool is headed your way. We will be making an announcement in a day or two.

In the meantime, here are a couple of market photos.

Our booth when we arrive...stunning, no?

Our booth after we hang a few things. Photo is taken from aisleway in front of booth.

After-right hand wall. Roses courtesy of the folks at Lecein. Beautiful aren't they? Same goes for the roses!

Our table of wares at Sample Spree

And we're off!

Our friends, Glenna and Bill Hailey. If it wasn't for them, we would have never left the hotel. We had dinner with them and the company couldn't have been any better. Food was pretty good too.

The nicest people

You meet the nicest people in quiltmaking. Joyce Keller sent me a touching note and she said I could share her note with all of you. I have never met Joyce (at least that I remember) but would definitely like to!

"I am the fourth girl or five girls in our family. It was my youngest sister who died on Aug 30 of pancreatic cancer at age 53. She leaves behind 2 daughters, a son and three grandchildren. I was invited to one of the grand children's birthday party this year in February and wondered what I was going to give her. As I told you previously, I had made the Spring Loaded quilt (purchased as a kit from Nadine at Material Girls) a couple of years ago. It has been sitting in the cupboard (since I have no grandchildren of my own . . yet) and thought it was a perfect gift. Then I thought about the mystery quilt I was in the middle of and wondered what I was going to do with it. Ah hah! The 9 yr old's birthday was in June -- perfect gift. Then that left me with what to give to 6 year old boy -- thus, I found Bad Dad on your website! My niece told me that she had to take Austin to the doctor on the hottest day we've had this year and he wanted to be cuddled in his quilt."

Thank you Joyce for sharing your story with us and your beautiful quilts with your surrogate grandchildren.

Impatiently waiting...

I have been waiting and waiting to show you something I am really excited about. It is our very newest fabric collection for Henry Glass.

My sister is expecting her first grandchild and the baby is a girl. I LOVE happy and fun fabrics for babies, toddlers and little kids so decided to do a line for our new baby and, I hope, your new babies too. The collection is called Doll Babies and features those little girls from our pattern of the same name.

We have a really cute floral in black, pink and watermelon. I made bottles and rattles inside the paisley shapes, and did diaper pins for those of us who remember them!

Here are those cute babies in their buggies and we thought they wouldn't go far without their binkies!

I don't want to operate without a polka dot or two so we did our signature "double dots", a stripe and a windowpane to round out the line. I can just see the nursery, the diaper bag, the crib, the baby and her blanket, her clothes, etc all done from this line. The list is never-ending! Bet you have some great ideas for this too!