Classes at the Creative Connection

17 Sep 2011

The first class I took at the Creative Connection was "Romancing the Wristlet"  taught by Debbie Murray, Shea Fragoso and Heather Ales. Fantastic Class ladies! Debbie and Shea are a Mother and Daughter team that own the Gilded Life.

We started with a metal bracelet.  We used a decoupage method by ripping scrap book paper into strips and covering the bracelet.  Add netting over the dried paper...... Add your trims, laces,  and jewels (notice the vintage buttons I bought on Wednesday). And you too can create this beautiful bracelet.   Emma Burke and Kathleen Maibauer were sitting at our table. Here ... more

Where Women Create 2011

16 Sep 2011

Here is the three of us from RBD,  Lyea, Me and Jina.   What a day connecting with so many talented women.

It was nice to end with a Dinner with new friends.... These are the ladies at our table...Chris Anne, Megan's Mom, Shannon. Below:Shannon, Megan and Emma of Princess Lasertron. Get inspired by new reading material.... It was a pleasure listening to the life story of Cristina Ferrare, first keynote speaker of the evening. She currently has her own cooking show on OWN and is featured on the magazine cover of Where Women Cook.  Her new book ... more


15 Sep 2011

Jina and I headed out of town for The Creative Connection Event in Minnesota which starts today.  Here is a picture of the Mississippi river out our hotel window.  I had forgotten that the Mississippi river begins in Minnesota.

We came a day early so we could visit with Jon and Kim, the owners of October Afternoon.  Great things coming your way from them!  But we were able to stop by a fabric store in Historic St. Paul, just a few minutes from our hotel.  Yes, they carry Riley Blake fabric plus finished goods available for purchase.  I had to ... more

~ Setting * Sashing * Borders

13 Sep 2011

Deonn teaches another great concept on Cutting Corners.   Setting, Sashing and Borders which includes tips on ways to grow your quilt.

  With her easy steps you can create the quilt size you want using basic blocks. Deonn is also is hosting a give-away of Riley Blake fabric on her blog.  The link to her blog is on her tutorial..... Finishing School I ~  Setting * Sashing * Borders on Cutting Corners College. Thanks Deonn for another great basic quilting tutorial! more

A day to Remember

12 Sep 2011

I wanted to write a little about 9.11.  It was a somber day of remembrance yesterday.  Our family lived in upstate New York when the tragedy happened. I did not know anyone personally that died, but my next door neighbor did.  My neighbor's friend had a son that worked at the world trade center. He was above where the plane hit and knew that he would not get out.  He was able to talk with his Mom before the collapse and say his goodbyes.  It still makes my heart ache to recall the events.

My kids were in ... more

Home Decor

09 Sep 2011

It is time to get to work on your Home Decor item for our last Cruisin with Riley Blake- beach cruiser bike give-away. Contest starts today.

You have from now and until November 11 to make a home decor item with Riley Blake fabric. The home decor item must include one or more sew together product(s) (choose between pom poms, ribbons, buttons and more).  Remember  every single entry is automatically entered into our Cruise give-away at the end of the year.  Get started......We can't wait to see what you create. (Notice the new contest dates) more

Say Hello to Eric Dowdle

07 Sep 2011


Eric Dowdle has established himself as a preeminent contemporary folk artist. His unique style and approach to art are a reflection of his past, his beliefs, and a love for his family and country.  Eric fills his images with a great amount of detail. Each painting contains many different stories full of action, adventure, and humor. His unique depictions of large cities and  small towns feature the people who give them heart and flavor. After all, everyone has a story to tell, and Eric’s paintings tell the best stories.  Eric's artwork can be found in galleries across North ... more

Farm Fresh Picnic Quilt

06 Sep 2011

There is still time to squeeze in an end of summer picnic.  Visit Cutting Corners College to learn how to make your own Farm Fresh Picnic Quilt designed by Sara Lawson. more

Quilt Contest Winners

02 Sep 2011

After several thousand votes, the quilt with the most votes in our Riley Blake Quilting Contest is: No Place Like Home  By Xenia Stirland

Second Place: Trick or Treat & Boo to You Swoon By Amanda Jennings Third Place:  Trick or Treat Witch Boot   By Kim McAllister Congratulations winners! Spectacular Quilts. A big thanks to everyone who took the time to create a quilt for our contest. Remember you are all entered into our cruise give-away at the end of the year.   *A special thanks to Julia and Wildfire for managing our online contests and to everyone that voted. Get ready ... more

Vintage cupcake Co.

31 Aug 2011

 I was invited to a get-together with a whole bunch of creative women from Utah. It was held at the Vintage Cupcake shop in Ogden, Utah   Yes, they had me at vintage. ...Here is Michelle, the owner of Vintage Cupcake Co.

Look at one of her beautiful cakes. But the real star of the event were these yummy cupcakes.  I had to try the two cupcakes below, lemon cream and red velvet.  I loved the cream cheese frosting best of all. Paige Wayment-Hill, planned the event (with help), Paige is one of the nicest people I know and brought all ... more

Last Chance

31 Aug 2011

Take a moment to look over all of our entries in our quilt contest. Last chance to vote for your favorite.  Good Job to all of the finalists. We love the details! We close the voting tomorrow at noon (I had to recheck my facts), we will announce the winner on Friday. more

New Zoo Dwellers Quilt Tutorial

30 Aug 2011

 Check out our Zoo Dwellers Quilt Tutorial on Cutting Corners College. 

   This quilt uses Alphabet Soup Boy fabric, but you could easily use a few prints from Alphabet Soup Girl and have a new quilt.  We made the coordinating prints to each line interchangeable.  Thanks for the great tutorial Andy!   *Don't forget to vote for your favorite quilt in our Cruisin with Riley Blake Contest, last day to vote is tomorrow!  Only the quilt with the highest votes will win the Beach Cruiser bike. more
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