I lost my mom. It's been more than half my life. This year, I actually oullived her. It's hitting me a little harder this year. I will be back later in the week with Fancy Flowers Lesson 4. Wishing my US readers a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
First off, October was a very good month for fund-raising around here. My sincere thanks to all of you who bought patterns. Because of this I am able to contribute to Meara's family to help offset some of her medical expenses, which have been considerable the last few years. Meara's family has been very special to our family for several years. Her mom, Megan, was my daughter's viola teacher. Even after Hannah stopped playing, Megan has been one of the most kind and supportive friends a person could ever want. And a wonderful roll model as well. If you are able, I hope you can join me in supporting this family through yet another expensive brain surgery. The surgery is tomorrow...but the recovery and rehabilitations is still to come.
I hope you all enjoyed the first of Fancy Flowers quilt along. These videos will be going up weekly so if you follow along you will be applique experts by the end of the year! Which is a good thing because then you will be ready for my next Block of the Month...which I am getting ready as we speak. These pictures are sneak peaks. This will be a bit of a departure for me color wise...but with lot's of what I love too...like flowers and birds.
Now, I know some of you will say...
"Hey, that's not like the sneak peak from back in August"
And you are right, but don't worry, if you loved that one just consider it a sneak peak for another surprise I have up my sleeve for 2014.
Anyway...back to the design board. Be sure to check out Judy's blog for your weekly dose of design inspiration.
And don't forget to tune in Friday for Lesson 2 of Fancy Flowers!
Come and join me for an applique Quilt Along. These FREE video lessons are designed to help you learn applique while making the Fancy Flowers quilt. All the information you need, including downloads, can be found here:
Starting this Friday, as in tomorrow, McCall's Quilting Quilt Along 3 will be starting. This FREE set of video lessons features the Fancy Flowers quilt (shown above)that I designed for teaching applique. Valerie Uland, web editor at McCall's Quilting, and I will show you the whole process for both hand and machine applique. There will be downloads of this free pattern and lessons so you can quilt along with us. I will have the videos here each week with links to the site where you can download all your materials. I sure hope you join us for this very special Quilt Along.