Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 November BOM: Pumpkin!



November means Thanksgiving here in the states, and we like to enjoy a big slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream after our big meal.


I love this time of year!

This early BOM is my gift to you while I'm gone to the International Quilt Festival. I won't be home until Sunday evening. You'll find me on Facebook though, posting photos when I can.

Hubby's holding down the fort here, keeping the dogs out of trouble (I hope).
Hexie love until next week,
Julia

Monday, October 27, 2014

Introducing…Happy Days!


Happy Days is another quilt pattern in MORE Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts. (That's my orange and white Ikea rug under it.) I love, love, LOVED making this one - it made me happy, hence the name.


Lots on hand quilting with Perle Cotton everywhere!


And the center circles are surrounded with some lovely gathered rick rack. I love the various gray backgrounds - a background fabric doesn't have to be white!!!

Here are some shots of our weekend:


Hubby and I took Cooper for a LONG walk around campus Saturday morning. He was pretty good, but he just about did us in when the tried to join in a pick up football game with some young boys. We somehow managed to keep him in control.


The day was beautiful and the sky was a brilliant blue.


In the evening we were back on campus (without Cooper) for the football game. Beautiful sunset!

I spent Sunday suffering from allergies from being outside all day the day before. Bummer! Back on track today, working on the November BOM. Where has October gone?!!!!

I'll be leaving REALLY early on Wednesday for the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Yippee! I'll be searching for everything HEXIE while there - quilts, products, patterns - stay tuned!!!!!

Hmmm…I'll still be gone on Nov. 1….how about I post the November BOM a bit early? That okay with everyone?

Friday, October 24, 2014

More of Toomer's Oaks!


Wow! What a response! You wanted to see more of this quilt! Lucky for me it was in the first box I opened.

This quilt is dedicated to the massive oaks trees on the campus of Auburn University which were poisoned, died, and had to be removed. Miss those trees!

I dug into my stash for this quilt - don't you love a stash buster?


I did my own quilting. Click on this picture to see some of my hand quilting with Perle Cotton on each tree.

Toomer's Oaks and MORE New Fabric



Here's one of the quilts from MORE Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts! This is called Toomer's Oaks - can you see that each block is a tree? This is an old photo I took at the lake - one of the doxies had to get in on the act. I love the scrappiness of this quilt. Those hexies are 4" on each side - big ones!



Do you know that I STILL have not opened the boxes of quilts that were delivered Wednesday! I promise I'll do that today so that I can continue to share photos!


Here's more fabric that came in the mail this week. See the hexies? Love, love this! You may remember that in my previous career I was an engineer, so this really speaks to me! The fabric is a bit lighter in person. I bought enough for a backing.


And because I know you're going to ask me, here's the selvage so you can find some if you so desire!
It's by Robert Kaufman.



By the way, Cooper says, "Good Morning!"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today Will be Better!

Yesterday. Is. Over. Yay! It started out with a call to the plumber's office. The phone answerer was extremely rude. I'm still not sure why. But she was. I even asked her why she was being so rude to me. "I don't mean to be," she said. Well, she was. She told me lies, accused me of lying, etc. And she kept interrupting me. She actually made me cry while on the phone. Plumbing company is now fired.  

The good news- hubby called the manufacturer of our French faucet. Turns out it has a lifetime warranty (despite plumber telling us it was out of warranty). They are sending the needed part to us at no charge and hubby will fix it himself. And they told him how to cap off the geyser so I can actually use my sink until the part comes in. 

Enough of that - on to fabric!


Hancock's of Paducah had a big sale. And free shipping. That's my excuse! I got this lovely bundle in the mail yesterday. Won't this make a pretty quilt? I'm planning to add white to it, also. I'm setting this aside in case I decide to do Bonnie Hunter's new mystery. (Yes, I'm changing up the colors she picked.) I really don't have time for it. But I'll print out the instructions for somewhere down the line.


After my day started so poorly, I needed some "me" time. So, with Bonnie Hunter on my mind, I spent about 30 minutes in my studio working on last year's mystery. Yes, I'm behind. I've been a bit busy this year starting a magazine….

Almost all the parts and pieces are ready to sew into blocks. So I put together 4 blocks. It's a start and cheered me up!

My boxes of quilts arrived yesterday! Today I'll open them up and will start sharing these book quilts with you.

Today's list includes opening my business bank account, filing for my city business license, and making LOTS of hexies!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Making Progress!


My meeting with my accountant went very well. Turns out I'm doing most things correctly. She's preparing some forms to file with the IRS. And she gave me a few assignments which I'll try to accomplish today. Ready to get down to the nitty gritty!

I spent the evening last night working on the first issue - putting in photos and text. This is my favorite part of the process! I love being creative with how the pages are laid out. Fun stuff!


Here's a cool photo I took yesterday while Mickey and Cooper were playing at my feet. Don't feel sorry for Cooper because his ear is in Mickey's mouth - I assure you that Mickey doesn't bite hard - this is the way they play.

Today's list includes doing my homework assigned by my accountant, waiting at home for THREE boxes of my quilts to be delivered from AQS (I have to be here to sign for them), make hexies for November BOM, make hexies for the special progressive quilt for Hexie Love, vacuum the house (lowest priority).

I still don't have a working kitchen sink…maybe today I'll hear options from the plumber. I guess I need to add that issue to my list!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Book is OUT!


Today my new book - MORE Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts - is out! Yippee! Over the next several days I'll be sharing projects that are within those pages - lots of FUN quilts!!!

Want one? You can get one over on the right sidebar! See the button to click?

Today starts out bright and early with a plumber who will (hopefully) fix the geyser at my kitchen sink. Then on to my accountant meeting for Hexie Love. And then off to daughter's house to supervise the installers of shower doors.