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I was lucky enough to have my grand-daughter Alyssa here for a few hours last week, and the two of us made all these hexies using some of the fabrics I’m using for The Splendid Sampler blocks.  We had such great fun, we laughed and giggled the whole time.


Alyssa was able to cut hundreds of these hexagons using the Sizzix Big Shot machine and the hexagon die I bought.  It was the first time I’ve tried it, so we watched a YouTube video first and then she started cutting.


In very little time, she had a charm pack cut into hexagons.  Then I taught her how to prepare them using hexagon templates.  The only thing we couldn’t do was to fussy cut.  I’ll still have to do those by hand.

Alyssa wanted to try cutting wool, so we pulled some scraps and ran it through the machine.  It worked great and I had a hard time getting her to quit.

wool hexies

 wool colorsI have no idea what I’ll use all these wool hexagons for, but they sure look pretty in the jars.  I know these made some great memories.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Escape from the daily madness and join me for our 25% off sale today through Sunday.  It’s my annual 4th of July sale and I’m having it early so I can celebrate the 4th in relative quiet. Everything on our website is 25% off and earlier this morning I saw this crazed mouse trying to find Bunny Hill!  I tried to tell him to go to our website, not to my house.

Mad Mouse Driver

If you haven’t purchased this Spooky Halloween pattern yet, now’s the time to do it.  If you feel like you can’t take on the entire quilt, there are 30 wonderful 6″ blocks that you can use for individual projects. By the time we have our next sale it will be January, another Halloween will be over, and you’ll be sorry you didn’t buy it now.  Remember these little framed pictures I made with a few of the pieced blocks?  You can get these made before Halloween 2016, and everyone will think you’re so creative with your Halloween decorating.  :>)

spooky block

Log cabin block

There are many of other things on our website that just might be calling your name at 25% off.  If it were me I’d buy Dovo scissors.  I love them more than any other scissor I’ve tried.  It’s not just because they’re from Germany and I have family living there.  It’s because they are really good quality scissors, made by a family owned German company that’s been in business for ages.  You’ll find them on our notions page.

I’m excited about having this sale early because it means I get the ENTIRE week of July 4th off!  I’ll be in my studio, but just not thinking about phones or orders.  I hope to work on a few of those things I have up my sleeve for October of this year.  The week of Halloween, 2016 I’ll be at Quilt Market showing what I have designed for 2017.  I can hardly keep up with myself.

Have fun shopping this weekend on our website!


I live just two hours away from the artichoke capital of the world, Castroville, California.  If you visit northern California and you drive to Monterey, you’ll probably drive right through that little town.  During the summer months you can buy deep-fried artichoke hearts from stands that spring up for the visitors passing through. I doubt I’ll drive through there without thinking about the funny comments left by so many of you in my last post!

Chelsea’s been waiting all weekend to help me to pick the winners of the Cosmo floss.  This wasn’t an easy thing to do because I noticed my comments are no longer numbering.  I had to do it the old fashioned way and draw from slips of paper I cut up and put in a basket.  Chelsea watched me cut while we watched the movie “Joy” this weekend.

Chelsea Artichoke

The winners of the Cosmo Floss bags are:


JANETOk, Liz’s joke is a tough act to follow!

I’ve loved artichokes since childhood and the pic you took is probably the most perfectly round one I’ve seen! Thank you for the opportunity to win the floss … hope you pick me!

And welcome back!


JUDY LOCKEOne of my favorite dips is made with artichokes. Thanks for a great giveaway!


BECKYDo you like artichoke pizza? My friend has the best recipe, shared with her friends at quilt camp last year!


Cosmo Collection

Janet, Judy and Becky each one of you is going to get a bag of Cosmo embroidery floss!  Send me an email through our contact form with your address, and I’ll get your prize in the mail.  Congratulations to all three of you!

Because so many of you had great comments, Chelsea talked me into adding three little bags of artichoke floss to the mix. Then she picked three of you to win these bags.  She’s such a smart dog and she loves sweet comments and a joke or two.

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The winners of the artichoke bags of Cosmo floss are:


JENNIFERMany years ago when I was quite small, my mother had a beautiful evening gown with the skirt made of many petals of sage green satin, hence we called it the artichoke dress.


DONNA – Q: Where did the artichoke go to have a few drinks? A: The Salad Bar!


LINDA CEJNAR – Tired of being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife and arranging to have her killed.A “friend of a friend” put him in touch with a nefarious underworld figure, who went by the name of “Arti.” Arti explained to the husband that his going price for snuffing out a spouse was $5,000. The husband said he was willing to pay that amount, but that he wouldn’t have any cash on hand until he could collect his wife’s insurance money. Arti insisted on being paid in part up front. The man opened up his wallet and displayed the single dollar bill that rested inside. Arti sighed, rolled his eyes, and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as down payment for the dirty deed.A few days later, Arti followed the man’s wife to the local Safeway grocery store. There, he surprised her in the produce department and proceeded to strangle her with his gloved hands. As the poor unsuspecting woman drew her last breath and slumped to the floor, the manager of the produce department stumbled unexpectedly onto the scene. Unwilling to leave any witnesses behind, Arti had no choice but to strangle the produce manager as well. Unknown to Arti, the entire proceedings were captured by hidden cameras and observed by the store’s security guard, who immediately called the police. Arti was caught and arrested before he could leave the store. Under intense questioning at the police station, Arti revealed the sordid plan, including his financial arrangements with the hapless husband. And that is why, the next day in the newspaper, the headline declared: “Arti chokes two for a dollar at Safeway.”

Linda, this happens to be my husbands favorite artichoke joke!

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you all for so many creative comments!  You are the best!  Email me your addresses!



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