Another branch of New Leaf Stitches

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

 Zoom, zoom, zoom goes my sewing machine.  My January manuscript deadline has been slowly creeping up on me…but when I think about throwing in all the Christmas activities my stress level goes thru the roof.  Yikes, there’s so much to get done.   So, here’s a peek into what I’ve been doing.


First of all, check out the January/February issue of” Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting” magazine.  I have a fun quilt, called “Pansy Patch“,  featured in the SEW Easy section.  Riley Blake Designs  generously provided the fabric for this project.  Thanks!




Talking about fabric, I am so impressed with this flannel fabric from Maywood.  The line is called “Woolies” and looks like, well… wool.  I had the hardest time deciding which color way I wanted use.  The book project is called, “Dear Sir:”, so I ended up going with creams, blues and grays.  I can’t wait to do this one.





The quilts I just finished piecing today use the yummy fabric from Blue Hill Fabrics I showed you in another post.  I’m really pleased with the projects.  I’m only showing a snippet…you’ll have to wait for the book to come out to see everything!



I discovered that you can work and play at the same time.  Okay, truthfully, this was more play than work, but I had really good intentions.   Eight designers got together here in Minnesota for our very own retreat.  This is a group shot one night when we went out for dinner.


From left to right: Celine (Perkins Dry Goods), Lori (Allison Designs), Terri (Whimsicals), Gudrun (GE Designs), Susan K.(The Quilt Branch)  , Susan N. (Prairie Sky Quilting), me, and Susan M. (Suzn Quilts).


Gudrun is famous for her Chocolate Martinis.  Let’s just say they were too good and what goes on at retreat stays at retreat. Sounds pretty salacious, doesn’t it?  Really though….a bunch of quilt designers don’t get too wild and crazy   🙂
 Here are couple candid shots.  Susan M. and Celine always smiling.

My silly roommates, Terri and Gudrun.  What a hoot!


Here’s more fun sewing news… I say “news” because this is my daughter-in-law cutting and sewing her very first dress.  She did a great job and it was fun having her show interest in sewing.  Maybe someday even a quilt?!?!?


And of course, a person can always use a little extra help….

Kendall helping me


and Grandpa.



My sewing machine has cooled and the iron is heated…back to work…zoom, zoom!



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