Winner and cleaning

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I know I was to post the winner on Monday. But I got delayed!!!  First, I thought I would read all of the comments. That was a lot of fun. All of your are lovely! Barb and I are very lucky to belong to this stitching community. We couldn't find nicer people anywhere! I didn't think to use the huswif for my jewelry. I'm always trying to figure out where to put my earrings when I travel. Thank you for the idea! 

 I tried to master the disaster in my studio over the weekend. That task spilled over into Monday.  Sorting and organizing can take me quite a bit of time. No party here...believe me!
To top it off I get distracted. Stacks of magazines can be bad. Major time can be spent on deciding what to do with them. Should I give them to Goodwill or keep them? Do you have that problem too? Hopefully I'm not the only one. The pictures are so nice....and what if I get rid of just the one that has the idea I might need? Finally, I had to quit looking at them and just boxed them up for Goodwill. I just couldn't deal with it anymore.

Next I ran into some of my journals while dusting. I used to keep one every year. I wrote about projects, family, nature and recipes. So I had to sit down again and read about what I did years ago.  I found some pressed flowers, a picture of the Kansas City Quilt Guild's raffle quilt I helped design years ago. It was fun to see it again after all of these years. I wonder who purchased it?

Found a picture of Barb and I at our first quilt market in Houston, TX. We looked so young! The picture was taken in 1999. Do we look nervous? We sure were at first!!! We didn't know how our book would do. We did win a prize for the booth..."Best New Exhibitor." That helped ease our fears!

 This clipping from a magazine gave me the idea of how to label the container gardens in our quilt book, Quilting the Garden. The food shot was saved because those cut-out stars in the soup were just too cute. (I might have to take a look at that picture again!)

I saved some copies of drawings we worked on for our fabric line Sweet Romance for Moda fabrics.


I'd made a color copy of one of my favorite pictures of my two oldest boys at the can begin to see that cleaning a studio can be tricky business.Once you go down memory lane it's hard to find your way back!


Saved in the journal was a color copy of the sampler I stitched in memory of my grandmother. I make color copies of each sampler when completed. I then use the images in my journals to record  when they were completed ....but I digress. I've got to get back on task.....We need to find out the winner of the contest!

The winner is:
quilt cookie said...
Blueberry crumb cake is beautiful.

E-mail me at
September 17, 2011 8:54 PM

Don't forget to continue your visit to Moda's Country Fair

Yesterday....September 19th Barbara Brackman
Today...........September 20th Bonnie Olaveson
September 21st Cabbages and Roses
September 22nd Deb Strain
September 23rd Brannock and Patek
September 24th Lauren and Jessi Jung
September 25th Lily Ashbury
September 26th Cosmo Cricket
September 27th Kate Spain
September 28th Sweetwater
September 29th French General
September 30th Primitive Gatherings
October 1st Kathy Schmitz 
October 2nd Liz Scott
Until later dear friends!


  1. Congratulations to the winner! Enjoy!

  2. So happy to hear I'm not the only A.D.D. sufferer...hits me hard when I'm "cleaning/organizing"! Guess that's why I always enjoyed reading "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" to my daughter when she was litte...I could SO relate!!!!

  3. I have been thinking about cleaning, lots and lots of thinking, lol. Congratulations to Quilt cookie!


  4. Congrats to the winner ... I'm green with envy!

  5. Congratulations to the winner!!! I know what you what you mean about cleaning....I too get distracted and look over everything....but it is so much fun going down memory lane!!!!!!

  6. Those memories are so sweet... the memory sampler for your grandmother is so special and pretty!

  7. Why do you call the project a huswif? What does that mean? I've never heard of that before. Thanks -

  8. It's good to know I'm not the only one who gets distracted by cleaning my craft space! :)

    Alma, you asked me to tell you when the contest ended (people were using your Sweet Home Alabama pattern as a jumping off point). The contestants are up on my blog now. You can see them here

  9. Congrats to the winner I know she will enjoy those lovely fabrics.

    Alma it looks like you had a great weekend down memory lane. That time was well spent. Love to see a peek of it.

  10. Congrats to quilt cookie!

    Fun looking at some of your memories. By the way, you need to update your blog sidebar to read 12 years instead of 10! Congrats to the two of you, too.

    Any word on when we might see Loose Feathers, Part 2?
    I have had Part 1 finished for what seems like forever, and my Woodland Berries is framed! I should send you a photo.


  11. Thank you for sharing your journals with us. I'm so interested in how people use them other than just writing in them. I've saved the article on Blackbird Designs in APQ for years, mostly to keep looking at the pictures of your journals. I should clean my sewing room, but it's too pretty outside to settle in....

  12. I love the pic of you and Barb at your first market. The journals are so much fun too! You always make everything so that it's amazing. Congrats to the winner!

  13. Alma, I remember those young gals...neither of you have changed a bit!! I so wish I could be brave and box up my treasures for the Goodwill. Maybe some day I will have your courage.

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  15. I have say that 'Sweet Romance' has been, no is my all time favourite fabric ... just love it and have a huge stash!!
    Happy stithcing, P

  16. Dear Alma,

    Congratulations to the winner! I loved hearing about the cleaning out of your studio! I tend to get sidetracked too. I recently donated a lot of magazines. It is hard to let them go, but too overwhelming to keep them all! I always think, someone else will get to enjoy these too! I also enjoyed seeing your lovely journal pages! I love the sampler you stitched for your grandmother. The photo of you and Barb is so lovely!

    Take care and have a good rest of the week! Love, Paula

  17. oooo sounds like you have been having fun going back through time your idea of colour photos of your samplers in a journal :) congratulations to the winner too mouse xxxx

  18. I have the same problem with magazines! They can take over if you're not careful.
    Lovely sampler in memory of your grandma, too.

  19. I think I would have been stuck at the magazines and journals too!
    Congrats to the winner.

  20. Was your first book Nuts and Berries? I'm hoping I have all of your publications and will not send them to Goodwill! What was your first fabric line? Love, love, love all things Blackbird. I'm still working on Anniversaries, but have taken a side road to Halloween projects.

  21. Hi Emma,

    Nuts and Berries was our first book and Higdon Camp was our first fabric line with Moda Fabrics!

  22. OMG look at that picture of you girls...your first Market and mine...we were so excited and so much younger...How fun!

  23. congrats to the winner.

    What fun for you to go thru all your past journals. And, they (by your photos)look like what journals and scrapbooks SHOULD be ... Bits and pieces of ideas, what you may or may not do in the future, photos of outcomes ...

    thx for sharing!

  24. Congratulations to quilt cookie - and thanks to you gals for such another great giveaway!

  25. hello
    when can we have the summer 2011 part two ? thanks
    marie from france

  26. i am pretty sure we had the same first market year... fall right?

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