Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Birthday Week! Coupon and Surprise Sale!!

It's my birthday this week, and now that the week is half over.... oops, let's get this party started! ;)

If you signed up to receive my newsletter, you should have already received this info! But I want to be sure that no one misses out!

We just spent two weeks being sick, and now it's spring break, and I decided that a nice relaxing birthday week is in order this year. So I'm starting the week off with a coupon!

I'm turning 34 this year, and it feels pretty good! I don't feel young anymore, but I don't feel old either. I feel a greater sense of maturity as I emerge from some of life's trials, and although I feel a little bruised and banged up, it feels to have my feet underneath me and my head on my shoulders, and to feel in control of my future.

I actually had a really strange dream last night, that really doesn't have anything to do with anything, but I just have to share it. I dreamt that our house was right on the beach, so the back door opened up to the ocean. I came downstairs and the tide had risen so high that the waves and the ocean level were halfway up the windows and rising. I ran and told my hubby, and then I woke up in my dream. Like I dreamt it inside my dream. It was weird. So then I went and looked out the back door, and this was at night time, and the tide really was rising!! We had a bunch of towels that were starting to get washed away so I called for my hubby again to come help me, and I scrambled to pick up all the towels and shoes and things that were getting moved around by the waves. The tide was rising fast though, so I finally had to stop. Then I just watched as the water rose. Magically it didn't break the windows as the water rolled against the house. And magically there was only a very small leak in the door, and only a drip of water was coming in. (This was definitely not the house we live in now!!! It would have been flooded in seconds! lol) Anyway, So then I watched as the water rose above the windows and I could see things swimming around in the water. (And then for a moment there was a man that was getting pushed up again our house and all I could see were his red swimsuit and his legs. Weird!) So then I told my hubby that we all had to sleep upstairs because if the windows broke under the pressure I didn't want anyone to drown. So next scene, it was morning, and our house had broken away from the land and we were floating out in the ocean. We floated calmly for a while and then we were floating up a river with lots of buildings all around us. I wondered how in the world our house wasn't scraping along the bottom of the river! lol. It was so weird.

Anyway, if anyone is a dream interpreter, feel free to interpret! ;)

Alright, so since I'm turning 34, how about a 34% off coupon?! That's a pretty good deal!

Save 34% OFF everything in my shop!!

Use code: "BIRTHDAY34"
expires Friday March 18th at midnight

Code also works in my Etsy shop!

This is a great time to purchase some of the larger patterns, or a few different patterns, that you've had your eye on! Just saying! ;)

But the fun doesn't end there!

From March 19th to the 21st (Saturday to Monday) I am doing a surprise sale!

For this one time ONLY you can purchase each of the first three Zodiac BOM patterns individually! I've had a few requests for the individual patterns, and while they won't officially be available individually until December, here's your chance to get them without waiting! So if you don't want to buy the entire set (which is actually a mega steal!! Especially with the birthday coupon!) Be sure to mark your calendar!!

I started plugging my blocks into the Sampler Quilt Layout. I am really excited to finish filling it in!


My Aquarius mini, using 4 - 9 inch blocks


 I would really LOVE to make this Pisces quilt! I need a little extra time for my birthday! ;)

and Aries:

 The Aries block won't be released until the 20th, so if you grab it this weekend, you'll actually be the first to get it! ;)

 The patterns will be available in my shop ONLY! You can find them HERE! Though they will only show up on March 19th, 20th, and 21st. Or you can find them by searching "sale" on my website.

ALSO, if anyone is interested, I'm having a BUY 3 get 1 FREE in my instagram destash account! For a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Just tag what you want, and I will mark every fourth item (of equal or lesser value) for FREE when I send your invoice! If you buy 8 items, you'll get 2 for free, and so on!

Thanks for helping me clear out my stash! :)

Alright, that's it! Now it's time to go relax... ;)
I hope you are all having a wonderful week!!


Thursday, February 25, 2016

My Shop is MOVING!

Due to some recent frustrations with my Bigcartel shop, as well as some added benefits with Shopify, I have decided to move my shop!!! It is a big, and I mean HUGE, undertaking, but it will be well worth it! And I'm REALLY excited!!

My NEW shop site is:

There are a lot of features I want to implement and use on Shopify, which will take some time to get it all up and running. I'm hoping to get it finished by the summer, crossing my fingers. I have put a lot of time in to moving all of my patterns over, and they are all now available in my new shop. But I'm still working on getting my own domain, so I hesitate to plaster it all over the interwebs before it's official.
BUT I do want to close down my Bigcartel shop as soon as I can, so I'm going to go ahead an announce this so you can download your patterns before I close up shop!!   

Updated to add: If you purchased patterns through Craftsy or Etsy, this does not affect you! You don't need to worry about downloading your patterns. They will always be available to you.

So... If you still have active patterns on Bigcartel, I invite you now to go download them and save them on your computer! I do have record of all purchases, so if you don't get them saved before I close shop, you can contact me and I will help you out. But PLEASE don't read that and think, "ok, then I'm not going to bother downloading my pattern!" It takes a lot of time away from my family to send out patterns individually, so I think if I get overrun by the masses, I might just ignore my inbox - not that I will, but I hope you will help me out and be responsible for your purchases and the money you have spent.

I sure do appreciate your support, for purchasing my patterns, for your friendships and encouragement! What started out as a small side project to help my family while my husband was going through school has turned into a growing business!! I find myself pinching myself at times, thinking "I'm just little ol' me! How did this even happen?!" I'm completely overwhelmed and grateful!

I feel like this change, and the changes to come, are a huge move for me in my life. I've been sitting on the fence for the last year or two trying to decide if I'm an official business, if I actually do *work* from home, or if it's still just a *hobby*. I've been contemplating if I'm really a *quilter*, or if this is just a phase I'm going through in life and wondering if I'll move on to some other hobby in a few years from now.

But what I see in the near future definitely seems to cement my place in this great quilting community! I want to shout to the interwebs, "I'm OFFICIAL!" lol. "I'm also a huge dork!" ;) But I'm really excited! And it feels good to have a set direction, and to no longer be teetering back and forth.

Some changes I'm hoping to implement sooner rather than later are
  • Offering my patterns in printed form
  • which leads to offering wholesale patterns to quit shops
  • more quilt patterns, rather than just paper piecing patterns
  • more sewing patterns for projects and patterns I've already written up but haven't published
  • redo my older patterns and bring them up to par with my improved pattern writing style
  • remake all my patterns to provide better examples and better photos (though that doesn't really affect anyone so much as it's just something I really need to do).
  • I'd love to get into embroidery and hand stitching patterns
  • and more
Anyway, those are just some of the things I'm looking into and working on. The first two are definitely top on my list! And I'm hoping to squeeze in time for everything else. My planner is going to become my best friend! (I'm so much more productive with a written plan!) ;)

Anyway, so if you want to check out my NEW SHOP and let me know what you think so far, I'd love your opinions! As well as let me know if you see any problems that I missed.

I'd love to move my blog over  there too... so much to do. Anyway, I'll still be selling my patterns on Etsy as well as Craftsy, but this will be my big link to site from now on. :)

and that's it!
Thanks again!
and don't forget to download your patterns! I'm going to close my bigcartel shop by next week so I don't have to pay for another month. So don't delay!


If you're interested in setting up a shop on Shopify, be sure to check it out!

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Zodiac BOM: Pisces Block

Today is the first day of Pisces, and I just sent out the emails including the Pisces pattern! I'm so excited and can't believe it's already time to release the second pattern of the Zodiac Block of the Month club! Where has this year gone already?! Anyway...

I'm excited to share with you my Pisces block that will go in my sampler quilt.

I had originally planned for different fabrics in the center, but it was way too busy. I'm really liking the combination of solids and prints, as well as the white. I wasn't planning on using so much white, but I think this will be nice. :)

Here are my two blocks so far. I need to crop them so I can see how they look right next to each other, but this is gives a quick idea. I'm liking it so far! :)

I have absolutely LOVE seeing everyone's blocks popping up on Instagram! Thanks for sharing!! and keep 'em coming!!

If you haven't joined in, but would like to, I am doing a

 on the Zodiac BOM pattern!

The price is already reduced, so no coupon necessary.
You can purchase the pattern on Craftsy, Etsy or from my shop
(I've been having trouble with adjusting prices on Bigcartel, so you will need to use a coupon code to save $5, use code: PISCES5)

Don't delay, the price will go back up tomorrow night (Saturday night 1/20/16 PST).

If you purchased the Zodiac BOM pattern, but haven't been receiving the emails, please contact me so I can make sure I have you on my mailing list. Thanks!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Zodiac BOM: Aquarius Block

It has been a lot of fun to see people's progress for the Zodiac BOM show up on Instagram and Flickr! I'm loving the coloring pages and the Aquarius blocks that I've seen so far!!

I wanted to quickly share my Aquarius blocks with you! I made my block for my final sampler quilt, and decided to also make a mini quilt with 4 blocks. I love playing around with this pattern!!!

Here is my 18 inch block for my sampler quilt:

I am using my Sandi Henderson stash and I'm really excited to get all my blocks put together!!

I also decided to play around with a secondary design and am working on a mini quilt. I made 4 - 9 inch blocks to create an 18 inch mini. I am in LOVE with this!! These Cotton + Steel prints are dreamy. These basic prints are some of my favorite to use!

I had fussy cut all the light green squares that are in the corners of the blocks, and didn't realize until I was basting it last night that I had not put them in the right place! Not a huge deal, but I'm kind of bummed. If you look in the center, see how the two bottom squares have 5 of those "+" in them? I was planning on making all four of those like that, put the single "+" squares in the corner, and the rest were to go around the outside. Anyway... just a small detail that I think would have been awesome, but oh well. Next time I'll pay more attention to that! I do love the fussy cut pink prints though! Those stars in the center of the blocks, and it's hard to se in the picture, but the medium fabric has letters, and they are all oriented correctly! wahoo! Just one of the reasons I love using the cutting templates!!!

We had our small group quilt group last night so I got this all prepped and started hand stitching it! I am using some metallic silver thread for the low volume/off white sections and so far it's looking pretty awesome! ;) I'll share some more pictures soon.

In other aspects of the Zodiac BOM, I am still working hard on the videos. We've had some family stuff come up that has definitely side tracked me mentally, as well as sick kiddos. I decided to actually make good videos instead of quick persicope videos (so that is taking a lot longer) but I promise I'll get them up as soon as possible on the Zodiac Blog!!! (I have sent blog invites to everyone, if you haven't been able to get on please let me know! WordPress is proving to be difficult, which is a bummer, but hopefully things will improve.) And then there are the sneak peeks of the Pisces block coming too!! I can't wait! And how is it almost valentine's day already???? How is it even February already? Life needs to SLOW DOWN! uhhh. ;) lol. Maybe one day I'll get used to this crazy thing called life.

Anyway, how is your year going???  Hopefully things are going great! and not so crazy...

If you would like to join in, the Zodiac BOM pattern is available on Craftsy (which is actually my recommended platform for this simply because whenever I update the pattern with the new pattern each month, or with corrections, etc. you will always have instant access to it! Otherwise you get to wait until I email them out. which is fine too. But I just want to point that out for your benefit, it doesn't really make a difference to me.) ;)

The pattern is also available in my shop and on Etsy.

You can read more about the Zodiac Pattern HERE. You can purchase the pattern any time between now and December 22 and receive all 12 patterns for one great price (each pattern comes in 3 sizes: 9, 12, and 18 inch finished block sizes).


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Introducing the Zodiac Block of the Month Pattern!

Alright everyone. Here it is! I said that those who signed up for my newsletter would be the first to see the full design, so I wanted to give them a chance to see it first! ;) But I really can't wait any longer to share this with you!! I'm so excited!!

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I am so grateful for all the enthusiasm I've already received for this pattern! Thank you so much!! I'm glad you like the design! I can't wait to see what you all make!

I have spent so much time working on this in the past week, that I think my brain is getting a little overwhelmed. I will do my best to explain this as simply as I can, so you know exactly what to expect. :)

What is the Zodiac BOM?

The Zodiac BOM is a Block of the Month pattern that includes 12 different patterns. Each named after a sign of the Zodiac. Together the blocks will create a sampler quilt. The blocks can also be used individually to create a beautiful repeat pattern all on their own. To tie the blocks together, there is a "lattice" design that runs through all the blocks to make them more uniform in the overall design.

Each of the 12 patterns will come in 3 different sizes: 9 inch, 12 inch and 18 inch. By the end of the year, that is essentially a total of 36 different patterns. I love having options, as the different sizes lend themselves to different projects (quilts, mini quilts, placemats, bags, pillows, etc.) It's kind of become my motto, that anything I would want when using my pattern, I include for everyone else as well! No skimping here.

Each month the pattern will be updated to include the new block for that month. The patterns will be released on the first day of the corresponding sign. Here are the release dates for each pattern:
January 20: Aquarius
February 19: Pisces
March 21: Aries
April 20: Taurus
May 21: Gemini
June 21: Cancer
July 23: Leo
August 23: Virgo
September 22: Libra
October 24: Scorpio
November 22: Sagittarius
December 22: Capricorn

If you purchase the pattern from Craftsy. You can download the updated pattern (in a .zip file) directly from Craftsy after the release date. Simply go to your account, go to your purchased patterns, and redownload the pattern.

If you purchase the pattern from Etsy or my Bigcartel shop, I will email the updated pattern to the email you used to purchase the pattern with (this is the email connected to your Etsy account, or your paypal account if buying from Bigcartel). If you need me to send the pattern to a different email you MUST give me your new email at the time of purchase. I cannot send the pattern to multiple email addresses once the first update has been sent out. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What is included in the pattern?

All blocks are paper pieced. Like all of my paper pieced patterns, this pattern includes all the standard things like:
  • Pattern templates - the foundation patterns that you will print out and sew your fabric to. Templates include for each of three sizes: 9 inch, 12 inch, and 18 inch. Patterns are numbered for piecing order. Each section is also labeled for color coding. Seam allowances are included on every pattern template. The pattern templates are also trimmed on the corners to help improve accuracy when joining sections together.
  • Cutting templates - used to cut out your fabric. I LOVE using cutting templates and don't paper piece without them. They eliminate fabric waste, speed up the piecing process, increase accuracy in fabric placement, and if you cut out the center they make for perfect fussy cutting!
  • Coloring pages - I will include a coloring page of the overall quilt with each block, as well as individual blocks and each block on repeat. Coloring pages are great for planning your quilt before you begin.
  • Assembly instructions,including diagrams, for joining your pattern templates after they have been pieced. 
  • General instructions. Pattern does NOT include basic paper piecing instructions.

Other resources and helps.

In addition to the pattern, I have set up a Zodiac Blog for all of those who have purchased the pattern. It is a private blog, and invites will be sent to the email attached to your purchase. If you need me to  use a different address, please let me know!

On the blog I will share tutorials for using the cutting templates, assembling pattern sections, etc. I will share my tips and techniques, and any other information that I think will be useful for helping you complete your quilt.

If you have questions or need help with something, I will post answers and help on the blog so everyone can have access to the information.  I would love to share what everyone is working on. I think it'll be fun to do this together!

I have also set up a flickr group where you can post your pictures and discuss the pattern with others who are working on it. Right now it is by invite only. So if you purchase the pattern and would like to join, please let me know! I have opened the group for everyone to join, for now. I don't get on flickr much anymore, so I don't plan on being very active there for the entire year. But I think the groups are still a good place to share pictures and host discussions - so I might be on there more than I realize.  I am Diane {from blank pages...} on flickr.

First Block: Aquarius

When you purchase the pattern before Jan 20, 2016, you will receive access to a intro PDF that will give a basic overview of the pattern, including coloring pages for the entire quilt as well as the first block.

On January 20th, I will update the pattern to include the first block, Aquarius. If you purchase the pattern on Craftsy, you can download the pattern directly from the site. Otherwise I will email the updated pattern to your email. If you purchase the pattern after the 20th, you will be able to download all of the already released patterns.

The first block is:

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Aquarius on repeat

Fabric Requirements:

I will include fabric requirements ONLY for the lattice design that runs through the entire quilt, so that you can be sure to have enough fabric to complete the entire design.

Other than that, I will not be including specific amounts. I will do my best to give estimates for each block, as the blocks come out. There are SO many different factors that make this task next to impossible: different block sizes, different techniques for paper piecing, some people use much larger amounts of fabric to piece with, fussy cutting requires more fabric, your specific color scheme or fabric placement changes the amount completely!

I hope you understand why I will not being doing this. (Please don't send me hate mail!) I understand that this makes it difficult for you in planning your quilt, and purchasing your fabric in advance. I apologize for the inconvenience. And I hope this won't deter you from joining me in this BOM.

Are you ready to join in?!!

The Zodiac BOM is currently on Presale and is on SALE!!

You can purchase the pattern right now, until Jan 20th 
for 50% OFF!!!!
Price is already discounted, no coupon required.

This is a deal you don't want to miss! For all that you're getting, this is a steal! The price will definitely never be this low again.

You can purchase the pattern on Craftsy, Etsy, or from my shop!

Thank yo so much for all of your excitement! I can't wait to see what you make!!

If you have any questions, please let me know and I will answer them the best I can. :)