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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


First I want to thank all of you that participated in the blog tour. I know that Quilter's Newsletter is happy about the number of people who were reading the blogs. Remember, there are more blogs each day this week so be sure to go to them to get extra chances to have your name drawn.

I also want to thank those who signed up for my newsletter. They will be getting a copy of the most recent newsletter that went out. It includes free patterns of mine on the web and other neat stuff.

For those of you that wished me luck on my surgery, it went well. Of course I didn't watch it (it was done in the dr's office so there was just a local anesthetic given). I'm very squeemish about seeing my skin cut into! The wrapping has to stay on until Saturday and the stitches will come out on May 12.

Now to the winners! My husband had the honor of drawing names.

Cecilia said: "Your quilt is beautiful! I want to make a red and cream and a blue and white quilt, so this pattern would be perfect." She wins the fabric bundle from Quilter's Newsletter. I will be forwarding her information to them and they will contact her to get her mailing address.

The winner of my Cutting Corners template set is Kathy Stewart. She said "I would love to try this!" She did not leave her email address so if she doesn't respond by tomorrow and send that information to me, I will draw another name.

For everyone that participated, I am offering a $5.00 gift certificate to my website if you spend at least $20.00. All you have to do is put in the comment section that you participated in the blog tour and I will refund your account $5.00. There are lots of fabric that are only $8.00 a yard so you will be able to find some great bargains. I also have some kits on sale.

As far as my kittens go, their eyes are open today! I will post more photos in my next blog.

Again, congrats to the winners. Have to give my hand a rest, so as always, do what you love and love what you do. Toby

Monday, April 28, 2014


The day before I left for Paducah, my cat Caramel had a litter of kittens! I told her that she had to have them before I left so I could see them born. She had them so quickly that I never did get to see them born. But I did get to see all six kittens before I left. She is a great mother. Four of the kittens were born without a tail. We have a male cat without a tail so I guess he is the daddy to at least four of them!

Sunday I returned from Paducah, Kentucky. It is my favorite international quilt show. People come from all over the world to enter and see this show. I taught four wonderful workshops, gave a well received lecture and got a chance to demonstrate my newest template set "Cutting Corners". (See the last post for information on how to use it.)

One of the classes I taught was Yin and Yang. I love to have everyone put their blocks on the floor at the end of class and create a scrappy quilt with all the different fabrics. Doesn't it look neat!

I was lucky enough to have one of my quilt designs chosen to be featured in Quilter's Newsletter special Best Scrap 2014 edition. My quilt is called "Peppermint Patty". It is a red and white strip pieced block. Very simple design and easy to piece.

Quilter's Newsletter is having a scrap bag drawing for anyone participating in this blog tour. All you have to do is leave a comment below on what you think of my quilt and what colors you would like to do it in. You do have to post it before midnight tonight (April 29). I will draw a name tomorrow and send it to Quilter's Newsletter. Here is their blog Inside Quilter's Newsletter. There will be a couple different bloggers all week so be sure to enter each one for a better chance at winning.

I will also be having a drawing for my Cutting Corners template set. All you have to do is read my previous blog on how to use the set and leave a comment on that page (not this page) as to what you think you might use it for.

Please, please, please either check back in a couple days or leave your email address in your message. I will be announcing the winners and I won't be able to mail your prize if I can not contact you. (I can't tell you how many times this has happened.)

Well, tomorrow I will be having carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand. I have heard great things about my doctor so I'm looking forward to being able to use my left hand without it getting numb on me. (Well, not really looking forward to the surgery but how my hand will be afterwards.)

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As always, do what you love and love what you do. 'Til next time. Toby