Giveaway | Birthday Celebration!

It’s my birthday! WooHoo! I’ve been having a great year, so many exciting things going on, that I thought a fun thing to do to celebrate would be to have a giveaway, and share some color with both a newsletter subscriber and a blog reader!

What’s the prize?

Well, the winners will choose either one of my hand dyed habotai scarves, in the color palette of your choice:


or a half yard of hand-dyed fabric, in one those scarf palettes (or my favorite color palette, Autumn Splendor, which is only available on cotton).


How do you enter?

Next Friday, November 21st, I’ll use good old to choose two names:

  1. One from my newsletter subscribers (use the form in the sidebar if you’ve not already subscribed)
  2. Another from people who comment on this blog post: let me know if you won, would you rather have the scarf or the fabric? (If you can pick a favorite color palette, share that too!)

I’ll have to moderate comments, so don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Thanks for following along on my colorful journey!

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Random Thursday!

I had a couple of things to share with you!

First, this awesome picture of Logan holding my birthday cake last week:

happy birthday to me

It’s so hard to take pix of lit candles + dark, and this was just a quick snap with my phone as they were singing happy birthday to me, I had to share! Logan helped with the cake (which is a Boston Cream Pie!) he was quite proud.

Also, my brother dug up this old picture of me, my brother is on the left (with hair!) and hubby is on the right. I have no idea when this was taken, but I’m thinking not too long after we were married so….20 years ago???

OMG! My brother, me, and my hubby from like 20 years ago!  repost via  @allanbritton1 Happy Belated Birthday!  @candiedfabrics #instarepost20

Also, the pictures of snow all over Facebook make me appreciate the roses and gardenias in my garden:

The roses are happier now it's not 90 every day!

November in Redlands part 2, this gardenia smells incredible! #fbp

Finally, the last day to enter my Birthday Giveaway is tomorrow, go comment here!





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Show Report | Red Dirt Art Festival Fall 2014


Another Red Dirt is “in the can”! For an outdoor show this late in the year, we had amazingly good weather! It was overcast most of the day, but I never needed a jacket, and I was just wearing a 3/4 length linen shirt and heavy linen pants. Hah, while the rest of the country…

A New Batch of Sateen Zip Clutches Complete!


Well, I managed to make 8 new zip clutches this week, stitching away in little pockets of time. I didn’t take and share any in-process photos like I usually do, because I really didn’t know if I’d get these done, so wanted to use every second I could for sewing. These were very popular at…

Proud Mom Moment | Liam’s in the Newspaper Again

Liam pe

Liam has been home from the NAfME All National Honors Orchestra for 10 days. He was contacted by Penny Schwartz, a reporter for the Riverside Press Enterprise when he got home, she and David Bauman, (a photographer) came by the house last Tuesday. This morning we found this awesome article with a really stunning picture…

A Fun End to an Eventful Week!

liam and pals

Last week was so busy! First, Liam had a great time playing trombone in the NAfME All National Honors Orchestra in Nashville. He got to meet up with some friends he made at the ASTA All National Orchestra last Winter. Although these other 2 guys were in the band this time, they still could meet up…

Meetup | November Goals


November! Such an awesome month! The weather cools down, it even rained today, we get an extra hour of sleep, my birthday is 10 days a way, and at the end of the month is the Festival of Pie! October Goals Sateen clutches for Fall Shows October 15 100% Mail out giveaway Prizes October 15 100%…

Another Successful Class


Last Tuesday was the last of 3 sessions of the Free Motion Machine Sketching class I taught at the Redlands Sewing Center. I had 7 students, all of whom had taken at least one of my Free Motion Quilting classes previously. All of these women were confident quilters and it was truly a pleasure to…

One Moment | Liam’s Off to NAfME


I’ve been recording my older son Liam’s journey as he grows as a musician here on the blog, mostly for me to help remember these occasions, but also I know that at least of few readers find this interesting…not everybody raises a classical trombonist, it is an interesting road for sure! He is a Senior…

Show Report | Art for Heaven’s Sake 2014

AFHS 2014 02

Well, I’ve been busy!!! Writing a book, teaching full time at the University of Redlands, and teaching a Free Motion Machine Sketching class every Tuesday night has had me hopping! I most definitely didn’t have time to make as much new stuff to sell at my booth, and I decided that it was OK, that…

New E-book | 8 Spooky and Sweet Halloween Projects


I got an email the other day from Vivika DeNegre, the Editorial Director of the quilting group of F&W Media the other day that my Treat Buckets pattern from last year’s Quilting Arts Gifts magazine was included in a fun e-book they’ve put together with 8 Spooky and Sweet Halloween Projects: I’m in good company here,…

Art for Heaven’s Sake is This Weekend


I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather for the past couple weeks. We’ve had some super hot, over 100 days in the past couple weeks, but it looks like we’re in for some gorgeous weather this weekend! Fingers crossed, offerings made to the weather gods, etc… etc…!!! Here’s the info on the show. They…

October Goals Check-in


Ok, lets see where the goals are: October Goals Sateen clutches for Fall Shows October 15 100% Mail out giveaway Prizes October 15 100% Work on Book February 20! 25% Art for Heaven’s Sake! October 17-19 0% Teach FMMS at Redalnds Sewing Center October 21 66% calendar email to students October 31 0% Custom Tablet cover for…

5 more Hand Dyed Cotton Sateen Zip Clutches Complete!


I finished another 5 Hand Dyed Cotton Sateen Zip Clutches for my upcoming show! Now I’ve got to switch into show prep: printing off labels, pricing, etc… Stirling was a great help with the picture taking!

Studio Snapshot | A Need for More Zip Clutches

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The zip clutches I made last week have proved very popular with my local friends – I sold three and have orders for two more. I took this as a sign that these may be popular at the show this weekend. I had enough of my hand dyed cotton sateen to cut out 5 more…

8 Zip Clutches from Hand Dyed Cotton Sateen DONE!


Yipee! I got the clutches I was working on last week done Saturday morning! 3 of them were made with fabric I dyed in this lovely green/blue color palette: This one is for Mary the harpist, who loves blue and hydrangeas (I made her an ipad sleeve last spring with the same motif). This one…

Meetup | October Goals

clutch outsides

Oh October! You are so hot here in So Cal, it in no way feels like Fall here, but it is! OK, this list, where are we on it? September Goals Sateen clutches for Fall Shows October 15 50% Work on Book February 20! 14% Run Handmade Gifts Blog Hop Sept 30 100% New iPad cover for…

Studio Snapshot | Free Motion Machine Sketches on my Zip Clutches


It’s such a treat to be making something that isn’t for the book so I can share it here! I had some time yesterday to free motion machine sketch some fun botanical motifs on the fronts of the Zip Clutches I’m making. Here’s an Agapanthus: Some Blueberries: A short, plump Black-capped Chickadee with attitude: Here’s…

Studio Snapshots | Working on Some Zip Clutches

clutch pieces

I dyed some luscious cotton sateen last weekend, and now I’m making a bunch of zippered clutches for my upcoming show. (Plus a few commissions, 3 folks who saw the fabrics on Facebook and asked me to make them one in a color that had caught their eye). The toughest part is cutting out all…

Winners from My Handmade Gifts E-book Blog Hop


Well my goodness, it’s time to announce the winners from my Handmade Gifts E-book Blog Hop! First up is the commenter on my stop to win the Quilting Arts Gifts 2013: Congrats to Kathy! And then the commenter entered in the grand prize drawing: Congratulations to Laine! Then I listed all the folks  sent to me…