Sunday, November 27, 2011

Free Shipping on My Etsy!

From now (probablySunday as you are reading this) through “Cyber Monday”, which is November 28,  and Tuesday November 29, the cost of shipping in my Etsy store is FREE.  Just use the coupon code

as you check out and the shipping charges will be deleted.  If you cannot figure it out or have a problem, just let me know in your order notes and I will refund your shipping costs through Paypal.  This offer is only being posted on my blog, not on my Etsy site - it is just for my Etsy readers in appreciation of your support throughout the year.

Oh, and I have lots of Christmas appliques:  wreaths, angels, wings, and NOEL.  The link to my Etsy store is in the sidebar.

Check out some of my new listings, and I will be back in a couple days with some stitching updates!


Newly in: stunning Venice lace trim

Cute French-themed shabby wall hanging

Vintage metal lace

Vintage jacquard trim

Daylily lace.  I also have irises and roses ...

Boho bags, priced to sell

Dyed beading lace for inserting ribbon trim

Vintage teatime-themed trim

A COW!  Only 1 or 2 left 

Vintage velvet/velveteen trim

Cathy maroon

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

This is a great time of the year to pause and give thanks for the people and things that are important to us. So the purpose of this post is just to thank YOU, dear readers, for your support, friendships, comments and other kindnesses.  The internet has made it so easy for women to connect and forge friendships, and it has been a true blessing for me to get to know so many of you.  Thank you.

I hope you will enjoy these vintage images. They are copyright-free, so feel free to copy and save them for yourselves for future use.

And I just noticed that all the pictures I selected (I have dozens of Thanksgiving images) were all of live turkeys, not cooked and served on a table.  Having dealt with live turkeys on the Farm and cooked ones in the kitchen, I can say that I do prefer them cooked (they are so dumb!), but the images of the live birds are so charming. I wish they were that “cute” in person, hehehe!

Enjoy your family, friends and your blessings.

Cathy maroon

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Few Links for you to Check out

I have been battling a cold for a few days and have not felt up to getting much done in the way of stitching or working on my Etsy shop.  But I think the worst is over, so I will spend some time photographing things I want to show you this weekend.  :-)

In the meantime, I thought it might be fun to show you a few things.

This video was made by UTCX (Utah CycloCross) - it was a cycling race held at Wheeler Farm three times during October, right in the middle of our busiest month.  But it was fun to watch, and even if you don`t dig the soundtrack, the footage has a lot of wonderful scenes of Historic Wheeler Farm, where I worked for 3.5 years as a bookkeeper (I just retired).  The Farm is literally a one-block walk from my home.

Secondly, DH Bruce is now volunteering at The Leonardo, a newly-opened arts, sciences, technology and culture museum.  In fact, he is not only on their home page, but was a featured interviewee on Veterans Day.  See that article here.   Later today (Friday) he is volunteering and will get to meet the first US Adaptive Bobsled Team. Each of the members wears a prosthetic limb.

So, that`s my short, picture-less post for today. But I`ll be back to talk to you soon.

Cathy maroon

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012

Crazy Quilters, Please Join Us!!

The Crazy Quilt Journal Project is an annual challenge issued to all needle-artists to produce a major crazy quilt project within the established twelve month period.

The overall goals of the Project are:

-- To increase awareness of crazy quilting at the local, national, and international levels.

-- To challenge crazy quilter's to continually expand their creativity and improve their individual technical skills.

-- To inspire, and encourage crazy quilter's through publication of our individual works in a consolidated and inter-active web-based format.

-- To provide a central location for the public to view examples of crazy quilt projects in progress and completed.

Visit the CQJP Blog and register today!!

Our Honorary Chairman is none other than J. Marsha Michler, well known crazy quilter and author of many CQ and other books.  Visit her website here.

We hope you will join us in this, the largest CQ project for 2012!  Let’s work together to show the world our beautiful art!

Cathy maroon

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Victorian Stitchery Retreat - Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I told you about my classes and teachers, as well as showing you some pictures of our top-notch venue.  Today I would like to share with you some pictures of the incredible and creative eye candy which abounded. And of course, it was the sharing of both the teachers, organizers and participants that made it extra special.

I wish I had had the time, resources and necessary talent to capture everyone in a picture, but these will have to suffice. I am hoping that other ladies will share their pictures in their blogs as well.  So, without further ado, here come the pictures.

Show and Share, Tuesday Evening

Mae Vernon and her CQ
Detail of Mae`s clever sheep with hooks and eyes
Barbara Warner’s CQ with Grandmother’s vintage lace
Val Bothell and her CQ
Merrie Kay Roberts and her Boho Purse
Gerry Krueger with her Grandmother to Granddaughter CQ Block
Rhonda Perry with her CQ Teddy Bear 
Marsha Hines with her Fireplace Mantel Cover
Bonnie Hargrove, below, modeled her vest which was not only a hit at Show and Share, but also won First Place in the CQ Contest.  The theme this year was Wearables.  I have included some detail pictures for you. Alert: drool cloths are necessary!!

The Incomparable Bonnie Hargrove
Vest Back
Vest Left Front
Vest Right Front
Jane Teeter’s Kansas Tribute Collage
De Crow’s colorful CQ
Back side of GORGEOUS purse made by Andrea Hainkens
Marci Hainkel showed us a quilt that she made from Blocks of the Month she got from Anne’s Glory Box in Australia.  After completing the blocks, she chose a novel placement for them in the quilt.


More detail
Victoria Foley of KC shows “Buttons and Bows and Kiddos"
Pam Peugh and her incredible silk ribbon and CQ’ed landscape
Friends from The Old Days in Omaha - Cindy Gibson and Lydia Tolton
I tried hard to get pictures and names of everyone and everything, but fell short. It was particularly difficult to photograph things as they were passed around (sometimes the only way you could see something) and keep up with the action. My apologies to those I missed, for these pictures are only a small sampling of the incredible talent that was displayed.

Allie’s Class - Curved Piecing

Ingrid Gardiol and Pam Peugh work hard 
Marci Hainkel lit the class with her neon colors - and her sense of humor
Not photographed:  Jane Ann Slaine and Jackie Kiernan-Hale, both of KC, MO.  Sorry ladies, the pictures were blurry beyond recognition!

Merri Kay Roberts brought her Featherweight 
Gerry Krueger got lots of piecing done
Toni Jordan from Sacramento was working in reds and greens
Here is Suzanne Moore from Texas, oblivious to the camera!
Two of my favorite ladies, Bonnie Hargrove and Barbara Warner
Pam Woolbright is intent on her piecing
This is sweet Dorothy Densmoor
Lonna Hammond’s shirt is so cute!!
Meet Liz Rudder and her beautiful work. Would you believe she hates to piece? 

Miss Carole’s Class

Showing a template holder made for her
The outer box for the template holder
lovely stitching and an inscription
More lovely stitching
Correction:  The hearts below were DESIGNED by Miss Carole and beautifully stitched by the one and only Marci Hainkel.  My apologies for that missssssssnake!

One of Miss Carole`s hearts 
More of Miss Carole’s and Marci Hainkel`s work

Gerry’s Button Painting Class

Gerry had two button painting classes, one on Monday night and one on Thursday night.  Here are some of the ladies from the Thursday night class, hard at work:

L-R: Nark (Nancy Royer from Arkansas), Jennepher, Cindy and Freema
Gerry helps Barbara, while Susie Jarosz,  ? , Jane and Annie paint

Miss Carole’s Talk on Crazy Quilt Piecing

Candace Kling waves
Allie always has a cute smile!
Miss Carole gave a great talk with lots of visuals
Volunteers held up large boards
Each Block Style was shown and discussed
There was so much to learn!
Miss Carole has certainly done an incredible amount of research

What a fun time!  It was over way too soon.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures.


Cathy maroon