October 27, 2010

First EVER...Home for the Holidays Quilt Designer Blog Hop & Cookie Swap



SURPRISE!  It's time to let the cat out of the bag!  
Everyone... get ready for the 
First Annual 
Quilt Designer Home for the Holidays Blog Hop & Cookie Swap

Starting next week, I have lined up some of our industry's TOP designers to share with each of you...
(you are not going to believe this.... DRUM roll please......)  

12 Exclusive Holiday Projects
12 Yummy Cookie Swap Recipes 
12 Inspiring & Creative Holiday Ideas


Each of the 12 designers will be posting on each Tuesday & Friday starting Nov 2nd!  Please help us spread the word & share with your friends that you are hopping with us by posting the logo on your blogs, Face book or websites etc....  You can even email them the link!  Be sure to leave plenty of super sweet comments as each of the designers have taken time out of their hectic schedules to share a little Holiday Spirit with each of us!  I hope you whip up a new project to deck the halls, bake up a batch of yummy cookies for your annual cookie swap & most importantly, take time to celebrate the upcoming Holiday Season!  

From our blogs to you.... Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

Stacy and the {FABulous} Designers...
Brenda, Cheri, Debbie F., Kathy, Renee, Tracy, Lisa, Lynda, Jan, Tara & Debbie B.

Home for the Holidays 
Quilt Designer Blog Hop Line Up!

Nov 2nd * Brenda Gervais from 
Nov 5th * Debbie Field from 
Nov 12th * Kathy Schmitz from 
www.kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com
Nov 16th * Renee Plains from 
Nov 19th * Tracy from 
Nov 23rd * Lisa Bongean from 
Nov 26th * Lynda Hall from 
Nov 30th * Jan Patek from 
www.janpatek.blogspot.com 
Dec 3rd * Tara Darr from 
www.sewuniquecreationsblog.com
Dec 7th * Debbie Busby from 
Dec 10th * Stacy West from 



October 26, 2010

Check this out!

Hey!

Tonight's post comes to you courtesy of Katherine from Kachary, LA! 


Not too long ago she started working on one of our patterns.  This wall hanging was created and donated to a silent auction.  Check out what she did!  I love the way she had the snowmen heads going up and down rather than across.  Her color choices are awesome!  Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!  Here is a little note with the picture.....  (FYI - I would have bought it back too!!!!! :-)

Dear Stacy,
Here is my wallhanging. I used wool for the faces and holly/berries. My wide border is an old Christmas print by Bonnie Sullivan. The quilt was machine quilted on a long arm by a friend, plus I tied it in places on the face (didn't want machine quilting everywhere), and hand quilted around the facial features and the holly and berries. Fortunately, I was able to buy it back at the auction and hope my daughter won't try to keep it at her house. I wouldn't mind making another, but want to do the large snowman, next.


Thanks,
Katherine
Zachary, LA



October 23, 2010

Autumn Valley Hook-In

Hey!

Recently I was fortunate to be invited to vend at the Autumn Valley Hook-In.  It is a smaller show, but filled with some of the areas finest talents not to mention some amazing hookers!


My oldest daughter loves to come with and help me at this show.  She is up bright eyed and ready to leave at 6am.  It might be because she loves to cash people out... but I am leaning more towards the amazing spread of food this group spoils us with!  First of all, a cart comes around with breakfast rolls, cider and coffee while we are setting up.  Then there is a breakfast/brunch with everything you could imagine.  Shortly following that, comes another big spread for lunch!  (Did I mention this show is from 9-2 only)?  So - if you are looking for a great place to shop, hook and relax while nibblin on yummy food ALL day long.... then swing on over to the hook in!  You will not be disappointed!!!

Thanks to all the locals for coming out and supporting the event.  It was great seeing you all again and catching up!  Hope to see you at the shop!

Happy Saturday!
Stacy


My two table display!


More Halloween Goodies!


Gals relaxing, Hoookin and Chattin!

The never ending YUMMY food line!

October 19, 2010

Holiday Happenings.. DON"T MISS OUT!

Here it is!  The info you all have been waiting for!  Check it out and call or email us to register for any of the workshops and/or Holiday Party!  You can drop in (unless it is a group) for the Make it Take its anytime!  

This year, I have teamed up with Karen from Farmhouse Woolens!  She will be bringing part of her store to my store!  What more do you need girls!  You gotta come out and see us!  Plus... there are a couple of fun handouts you need too!  
Ho Ho Ho!!!!  Stacy & Karen!!!!


October 17, 2010

Iowa or BUST!

Oh my gosh!  How much fun can one show be once you arrive safe and sound!  I thought the WI show was a blast....but this time around was even more fun! 

Loaded... waiting for Jodi's stuff and then we are off!

First of all, I am soooo not kidding when I tell you if you arrive safe and sound!  My poor pumpkin now has a broken mirror.  A semi truck decided to "try" to run us off the road - trailer and all in a single lane!  Let's just say I was very pleased when all that was damaged was the mirror.  (For more in on this story - just ask Jodi the next time you see her at a show....!!!)  Then we decided to try a "NEW" hotel.... OMG!!  Needless to say, we were able to cancel our reservation and get the heck out of dodge in no time at all~!  Thanks to the Holiday Inn for hooking us up with a grand hotel room!!!!



Booth before it is set up! - Yikes!


Next was set up - well that went pretty well!  It seemed like we were dragging a little bit but.... some of us don't have "Warehouse Nick" or a booth on wheels!!!! BUT we learn quick from example!!!  And yes - I got busted again by them (Nick and Lisa) for not having purchased my own set of poles YET!  (That's what happens when we are by each other at shows... the grief I put up with!!!!)  However, I have good news!  I am now a proud owner of my own set of poles and will no longer be razzed for not owning a pair!  AND I even remembered my own set of drapes this show!!!!  (That comment is for all you who were sooo gracious and commented about LB's drapes me at the WI show ~ It was all good!!!!!  She always comes through for me!) 

The show was GREAT!  The customers were amazing and just super kind!  I LOVED seeing and visiting with each one of you!  My neighbor's sister even drove 5 hours to see me!  How cool was that!!  We also had some "local-ish" gals swing by our booth including Mrs. Farmhouse herself!  She is simply delightful!  Man are we trouble when we get together.  I hated to see her come and go so quickly - I hope you are all getting ready for her and I teaming up at the shop in a couple of weeks!  YOU WON"T WANT TO MISS OUT!  It is going to be goooooood!

My wonderful customers!!!
The Lovely Mrs. Farmhouse!!!


This show we went out with Lisa, Carol and Jess from Primitive Gatherings, Delores and Debbie (aka "Ginger") from Granola Girl and the sweet Tara from Sew Unique Creations one night to a Spaghetti place - good food and as always a good time was had by all.  From that, we only got crazier ~ I think!  The last night we ended up adding Ginger's editor Kitty (love that gal!) and her husband along with another gal whom I don't think I caught her name and Nick.  I was soooo not looking forward to going to this 70's bar with shag carpet for supper but I knew I had to suck it up because Nick went to the Melting Pot with us while in town for a show.  So - off we went and I have to say.... I had the best pot roast meal ever!!!!  It melted in my mouth!  Yum!  That night was a blast...  a bunch of us headed back to the hotel for a night cap and laughed our asses off the entire night!  I just love hanging out with all of them!  Miss you all already!!!!


My bud... Lisa!  Primitive Gatherings
Carol's buddy, Mr. Chicken!!!

Then there was this darn chicken.  Next thing I know.... I see Carol stretching her neck as far as she can looking back in to my booth from afar.  I go over to her and say what the heck - Well, she asks me if I see anything different in my booth.  I say no -  So she tells me to look over here and darn that Carol.... She hung this BEAUTIFUL (NOT!!) chicken in my booth in the am and a few hours had went by and neither Jodi nor myself had seen it!  OMG - We laughed so flippin hard when we seen it - I thought I was going to croak!  All I can say is watch your booth girlies.... I am on the look out for a little somethin somethin to get you back with!  It was awesome though!!!!  Carol's husband ended up surprising Carol with it.  He packed it in her suitcase and she had no clue!!!!  He is so funny!  That poor chicken!!!!!


Ok  - Lots more to share including a little something that I have planned for all of you starting in November!  You are going to LOVE IT! 

Stacy

Whew! Last trade show for the year!

Hey Everyone!

First of all - I want to THANK EACH OF YOU for coming out to the shows and meeting/shopping with us!  I CAN NOT believe how many people support my little company!

Getting out in the public and seeing and talking with all of you has been the best part of my year so far!  It amazes me how many of you tell me you have been fans for years and have made almost every project I have designed!  (I am actually thinking there might be some new model makers out there!!!!)  I am so thrilled and humbled.....  I TRULY appreciate each and every one of you!  I am so very thankful that I am able to do something I love every day (and be able to stay home & watch my little girls grow up) and share my talents with each of you!  I could not ask for anything more!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
Stacy
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