Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New "Garden Quilt" Pattern Give-a-way

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For all you garden lovers this is our brand new pattern "Garden Quilt".  It is fourteen fusible appliqued blocks and four pieced Ohio star corner blocks.  We put prairie points around the edge because I always wanted to do that on a quilt.  This quilt was perfect for them.

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This is the red and blue version of the "Garden Quilt".


I am now working on a third quilt.  I will be repeating the pink version.  We always make three of everything I design.  They are always traveling around with quilt shops for shows and shop hops.  I rarely get to see them the first two years that the pattern is out.

My friend Rosie Mayhew did the bucket of flowers block using striped and plaid fabric that came from old shirts.  She collects all sorts of old shirts that she buys from thrift store and garage sales to cut up and make quilts.  I love every one of the quilts that she has made from the shirts!

Our big quilt market was this last weekend and my daughter Ashley and I stayed home instead of attending.  My son-in-law was in agreement to this.  He would have been really busy with twins and a 5 year old for the five days that it takes to travel and attend quilt market.

Instead my husband and I attended a costume dance to benefit breast cancer awareness here in Lawrence.  My cowboy/veterinarian showed up as a cowboy...how original.  I came up with my costume in 5 minutes so I wasn't much better.  I wish the photo of me showed the red and white polka dot dress that my mom wore in college.  I wore these big red clip on earrings from the eighties.  How did we ever wear clip on earrings?!  My ears still hurt from wearing those darn things.  We want to attend the event next year but I hope we will be a little bit more creative with our costumes.

This pink fire truck was out in front of the dance.  Breast cancer survivors were signing the truck and the firemen were all dressed in pink.

I shot this photo of a pumpkin hay bale in Gridley, Kansas this week.  This is a common decoration for Kansas.  I doubt if you see these in downtown L.A., Las Vegas or New York City.

Leave a comment about your Halloween costume, a favorite decoration or a tradition for a chance to win one of my new "Garden Quilt" patterns.  We will let you know who wins next week.

Have a great Halloween!  Amy

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Purple Pride

The winner of the enamel Quilt Diva Pin is Margaret!

My husband John, I and my mother-in-law Bev
We Bradleys are proud K-Staters and wear an excessive amount of purple.  We love to cheer on the Wildcats and have season football tickets.  It doesn't hurt that our fearless coach Bill Snyder has been a great gift to Kansas State University.  The last game we got to sit in one of the suites in the new press box.  FANCY, FANCY!  I could get used to that kind of treatment but alas we will be back in our usual seats come the next game.  They did a wonderful job designing it inside and out.  I love how it looks like it fits in with the rest of the campus limestone buildings.

I love the terraces.  There is a statue of our coach Bill Snyder in front too.

It's amazing when you have a winning football team how the band gets bigger and better!

I hope you all have a winning week!!!!  Amy

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dollhouses and Quilt Diva Pin Give-away

The winner of one of the baby patterns is Carol.

I love the hunt! One of the things I did on our antiquing trip through Iowa was hunt for dollhouse furniture for my metal dollhouse that my granddaughter Rowan and I play with.  I was having so much fun because I accumulated a whole park for the outside of the house.  Then I found this rec room/garage that I have not seen before.  We are calling it the man cave for the daddy doll.

Back of the house.  I bought it originally for $40.00 at a antique store.  It had a few pieces of furniture with it when I got it.
Front of the house.  I took it to quilt market once and used all the rooms for office supplies.
I have to show you close-ups of some our favorite pieces that I just bought on our trip.

Our dollhouse guard dog!  You push on the chimney and then it makes a barking sound.

Our TV for our man cave.  It's actually a salt and pepper shaker.  You turn the big knob and the shakers come up.

The lid goes on this little washing machine.

The sewing machine folds down just like the big ones. 

The little bowl slides in underneath the little potty chair.

The highchair / rocker in the highchair position.

The highchair / rocker in the rocker position.
I also came across this early cardboard Barbie Dream House and had to take a photo.  My sister Julie and I had one of these.  Ours was all blue instead of brown and blue.  When someone passed it on to us to play with it only had a few pieces of furniture unlike this one.  I can't remember what the price of this one was....but I remember it wasn't cheap.  It was a nice trip down memory lane seeing this one. 

Front of the house all folded out.  It folds up like a suitcase and has a handle for carrying.

The three rooms with all the cardboard furniture.

My Grandma Bess had a metal dollhouse with a few pieces of furniture that I played with when I was little.  I am so enjoying my second childhood playing with Rowan.  I really didn't need an excuse but having Rowan and now Norah her little sister makes it so COMPLETE!  It is so much fun being a grandma!

Make a comment about your second childhood.  It might be buying the Easy-Bake Oven that you always wanted or the sporty car that you couldn't afford in your youth.  We will pick a comment by random for a chance to win a Quilt Diva pin.  We will announce the winner next Monday - October 21st.
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Have a great week!  I  JUST  LOVE  FALL!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

All Things Baby

My daughter Ashley's twins Nate and Norah are now 6 months.  This weekend they will be each getting their own crib to sleep in.  I have enjoyed seeing all their positions when they sleep.

When I was on my antiquing trip in Iowa I took photos of some old baby items.  See how they compare to the new stuff.

Then:  The above walker is made mainly of wood.

 Now:  This is Nate in his baby station.  He is totally surrounded by baby fun!  He loves it.

Norah loves it too!

THEN: This antique potty doesn't look very comfortable.

This is the Safety 1st Smart Reward Potty
Now: This potty greets your child when he or she sits down and plays a song.  When the child makes a deposit it will congratulate the child. Push on the handle and you will hear flushing sounds and a personal reward message.  I can't even imagine what a potty chair will look like in 50 years!

Then: Wood baby swing.

Haba Aircraft Swing
Now:  This swing for future pilots is made in Germany and is all soft materials.

I loved this sign!

Don't forget about our baby patterns if your itching to make a baby quilt.

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 Babies - Two ways to make this pattern.

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Peek a boo

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Tick Tock Clocks

The winner of the Dragonfly Pattern is newsurfiegirl.  Thanks for posting!

Comment about something baby related for a chance of one of the patterns above.  We will let you know who wins next Monday Oct. 14th.

Have a great week!  Amy