Drum Roll, please…….March 2, 2010 in Creativity, Quilting
And the winner is……..
Irene Homenuik (85 years young!) is the winner of the drawing for participants who sent of photos of their DM 2009 Natural Wonders Block of the Month quilt.
She also sent bonus photos of Christmas Wishes. Congratulation to Irene!
Your prize is a Crafter’s Organizer that is filled with gifts galore including 4 Debbie Mumm quilt books, two packets of "Thank you" and "Happy Birthday" cards, a 2010 engagement calendar, two beaded cross-stitch kits and an assortment of Debbie Mumm fabrics. Thank you to everyone who participated.
For our latest continuity Quilt project, please check out “Around the Block”. This project started in February and is posted on the website under FREE PROJECTS. There will be a total of 6 installments for the series and new updates will be posted in February, March, May, July, September and November. Enjoy!
Decorative StorageJanuary 15, 2010 in Crafts, Home, Quilting
It’s something about the combination of New Years resolutions and putting away my Christmas decorations, that puts me in the mood to get more organized. And why not make it look cute at the same time? Here are some fun ideas for accomplishing both in your sewing or craft area. Recycle the Christmas tins that you received full of fudge and peanut brittle and turn them into decorative storage containers.
Heart of a HeroDecember 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Current Affairs, Family, Friendship, Quilting, Quotes
Sometimes we don’t think about some of the agony that volunteers and people who serve others can feel. However, a letter I received from the founder of American Hero Quilts reminded me of that. We featured this organization in our newest book “I Care with Quilts” and as a thank you to Sue Nebeker, the founder I sent her a couple autographed copies of the book. Here is an excerpt from the letter she sent to me.
“I wanted to tell you a little bit about the arrival of your unexpected package and what a gift it was on a very difficult day. The day started with a phone call letting me know that a young Marine I had come to know had succumbed during a facial reconstructive surgery. I then sent off three quilts to a family where their daddy had been killed. We packed the car with 100 quilt to go to Madigan (Army Medical Center ) and another 25 to be mailed to our wounded service men and women getting care in other states. In truth I arrived home quite depressed and once again wondering how I could continue this. My friend and volunteer greeted me at the door with a huge smile and your book. This was just the medicine I needed.”
The message was clear – the volunteers who give their heart and soul to look out for others, need us to look out for them too. It really can make a difference.
ALL-SEW DAYNovember 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking Take it easy on your feet and make it Fabric Friday instead of Black Friday. With an assortment of panel prints you can whip out a fun selection of gifts and décor.
We have some darling soft books that your favorite little ones will enjoy. Coordinating Christmas tree skirts in your favorite family themes of Penguins and snowmen are available for your quick-sew pleasure.
New this year, we developed a couple panel prints to make gift bags and tags for the ultimate custom gift. (plus, you’ll love knowing that for years to come people will really enjoy re-gifting these special fabric bags.)
Set your goals and make it a SEW DAY, all day long. Happy Fabric Friday!November 19, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Home, Quilting
Veteran’s DayNovember 11, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Today we honor our Veteran’s and we have the perfect quilt to make for a special Veteran in your life. It is actually called “Veteran’s Lap Quilt” and can be found in our newest book called “I Care with Quilts.” This book was created because the most giving and caring people on the planet are quilt makers. Quilters are always looking for opportunities through their craft to support people who are in need or lend a hand to support a cause that is near and dear to their heart.
Harvest Table DecorNovember 4, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Quilts for SaleOctober 12, 2009 in Decorating, Quilting, Web/Tech
In between getting your Halloween decorations and costumes together, it’s also time to start some planning for the upcoming Christmas Holiday and I’ve decided to offer some quilts and projects for sale.
These are all one of a kind, beautifully handcrafted in the Debbie Mumm Studio for our quilt books. To make it even more enticing, the prices are extremely reasonable. Here’s a preview of what we’re offering and a link that will take you directly to my listings on eBay. Why make it yourself, when I’ve already made it for you!
Mad Hatter Vintage Flea MarketOctober 9, 2009 in Creativity, Decorating, Friendship, Quilting
I got to attend my friends Flea Market Sale this last weekend and it was so magical! Gladys and Celia (mother and daughter) are both so cute and have such a magic touch when it comes to turning their flea market finds into true vintage treasures.
Even though it was their first event they had an enormous turnout to the Five Mile Grange which was decked from top to bottom with antique linens, jewelry, furnishings, seasonal decorations, mirrors, vases, pillows, signs and so much more. Everywhere you looked your eyes were delighted by sparkles and glitter and twinkling lights.
Fright Night is Near!October 1, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Only 31 days until Halloween! Fright Night has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the cast of characters that includes jack-o’-lanterns, playful ghosts, haunted houses, cats and bats. The spooky frights and fun-loving delights of the holiday make decorating for Halloween especially fun and with my new Spooky Town Fabric Collection for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, you’ll be able to scare up some great decorations and costumes in just a few hours.
The collection includes pillow, apron, placemat, and treat bag panels as well as a great collection of glittery and ghostly coordinates. The panels make for fast sewing and we turned one of the pillow panels into a great door banner. So, sew up some fun before the bewitching time is here!
Sunny, the big fluffy PuppySeptember 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Pets, Quilting, Staff
Carolyn and her husband recently adopted a darling apricot-colored Labradoodle. While leafing through a magazine one day, Carolyn came across a photo of a woman sitting on the steps and a fluffy, soulful, floppy-eared dog had his head in her lap.
That’s all it took, she was hooked. Once they determined that the dog was a labradoodle, Carolyn’s husband, Nick, went on the hunt for their new puppy and they had the joy of being involved with their puppy from birth.
All their dogs of the past have been named after bears—Grizzly, Kodiak, Bear—so keeping with tradition Sunny is a nickname for Sun Bear.
He sure has the sunny disposition that goes along with his name. So sunny in fact, he charms himself out of being in trouble every time he unrolls the toilet paper or sticks his head in a trash can looking for goodies to chew.
Carolyn loves him to death, and when he’s done some kind of dirty deed, she laughs and says, “It’s a good thing he’s so cute!” I used to say that about my son when he was a toddler too!
Sunny has been an inspiration for all of us so we designed a dog bed, blankie, and even a pillow with his name on it featuring one of my new fabric collections for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores---appropriately named “Junkyard Dogs!”
Red Barn SaleSeptember 10, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Quilting, Staff
It's that fun time of year, when all the local artisans are coming together to sell their creations and flea market treasures. Carolyn, Jackie and Lori have all been buzzing over the last few weeks about plans to display their wares for the Labor Day Sale. Of course, there were several late nights, pulling it all together and getting everything done in time.
Jackie and Carolyn teamed up under the name Glass Garden and made beautiful glass bricks with seasonal mosaic designs. They also covered garden pots, windows, birdhouses and even a wine keeper with colored glass. Lori is quite the jewelry maker and set up her table showcasing her lovely necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Despite a couple of storms threatening to blow them away, the event was a success for all.
Coming Oct 2 & 3, another good friend is putting on the Mad Hatter Flea Market at the File Mile Grange in Spokane. What fun!
Can I get your Recipe?August 30, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting, Recipes
Whenever I make my (almost) Homemade Salsa, I get yummy responses and inquiries about my recipe. I almost prefer they don’t ask me, because then I have to reveal my shortcut, cheater secret and they realize it’s not exactly homemade.
Chop up and add fresh avocado, tomatoes and cilantro. (In my opinion, all that chopping qualifies this recipe as almost homemade) Squeeze the juice from a fresh lime and stir. Lime is the secret ingredient that makes it taste fresh and tangy and keeps the avocado from turning brown. Now don’t let anyone spill on your new Salsa Tablecloth!
Back to the LakeAugust 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
This is the time of year when they are shoving Back to School down our throats and all we want to do is spend more time at the lake! So instead of filling a back pack full of school supplies, I think I’ll fill my Nap Sack with sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle, a juicy novel, and a comfy quilt to sit on and head out to the lake one more time.
Perfect Picnic ClothAugust 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Around here if you want to have a picnic, you’ll need to do it before noon or after dark or you and your meal may melt from the heat. But maybe it’s perfect conditions if the air conditioning is cranked to stitch up this beautiful tablecloth. A simple plaid in the center that is bordered with strip pieced squares set on point is a classic look that will dress up any gathering whether you’re inside or out.
Garden Fabrics GaloreJune 7, 2009 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
“How’s it Growin” is printed in lovely soft shades of sky blue, fresh greens and a very sunny yellow palette. In addition to Garden Labels and a Word layout with lots of fun garden phrases like “Bless this Dirt, Planted with Love, Happy Thoughts Bloom in my Garden, Everything’s Coming up Daisies, you’ll also find a fun vine pattern along with coordinating flower and garden tool tosses.
“Teatime in the Garden” combines two favorite pastimes ~ Tea and Gardening. The periwinkle, yellow, orange and green color story adds to the serenity and sense of well-being that these two themes bring together. Inspect the fine quality of the printing in the close up of the frog sipping his tea while propped up to a pot that reads “Not Easy Being Green Tea.”
If you see something that tickles your fancy, please make your way over to JoAnn Fabric Stores to add these to your fabric collection.
A True Fabric FanJune 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
I recently received photos of a quilt made by Julie McGee that has been in the works for many, many years. She has been a longtime collector of Debbie Mumm fabrics and decided to display her collection in the form of a quilt. Even though there were no fabric stores near her, when she traveled she made it her mission to search out fabrics to add to her stash. And thank goodness for the internet where she rounded out her collection before she started piecing this beautiful Star Quilt. There are 108 stars in the quilt (each made out of a different fabric) and when you include the background and cornerstone fabrics her total count was 110 FABRICS! When Julia attached her photo to her email, she stated "I thought someone out there might appreciate seeing what lengths Debbie Mumm fans will go to." I think it's just FABULOUS!
Birthdays are the BestMay 27, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Scrapbooking
My super creative team at the office surprised me with a super creative birthday gift this week. Each of them made a wool flower that somehow reflected their own style. The colors and techniques were a personal stamp. Jackie included a ring of wired beads, Kris used scrapbooking supplies and staples to attach her layers together, Nancy used her favorite color of purple, Gil- Jin showcased her exquisite blanket stitching, Kathy used feminine colors with a pretty flowered button, Monica whipped out a glue stick and tie-dye, Mandie’s was decorated with Margarita glasses, Carolyn used her favorite orange and a big stitch edge and Tom’s was funky with cool stipple stitching. Then they each inserted a (color coordinating!) gift card to one of my favorite places. You know like Nordstrom, Starbucks, AMC, iTunes, Macy’s, Pier One Imports, Mel’s Nursery, Target and the coveted Punch Card for 10 dozen organic eggs from Kathy’s hens. I am set! Thank you for the fantastic gift!!
Baby Contest ReminderMay 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
We’d love to see your baby-themed projects that use Debbie Mumm® scrapbook products.
it’s an announcement, shower invitation, decorations, scrapbooking
pages or any Paper Craft, please send us photos of your projects and
for every project entered, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize
package of scrapbook supplies. Three winners will be drawn.
By entering this contest, you are granting Debbie Mumm, Inc., permission to use submitted photos on this website for future articles.
New Book!May 12, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Quilting
Creating Memorable Year-Round Celebrations with Quilts and Crafts
I am so excited about my brand new book, HomeComings! We had such a good time designing and creating the projects and then planning and taking all the photos outdoors. Our theme is “creating memorable year-round celebrations with quilts and crafts,” and this 96 page, soft cover, book features more than forty quilt and craft projects to set the scene for seasonal celebrations. I hope you will love this new book as much as we do!
One of the most satisfying things in life for most women is gathering family and friends for a holiday or special occasion celebration. Those events when people come together from far and near are the most memorable and joyous of occasions. Preparing for these events is a big part of the fun and this book is loaded with projects and ideas for setting the scene for joy-filled reunions and homecomings.
We followed the seasons in this book and springtime projects include a beautiful basket quilt and colorful flower-filled lap quilt as well as a selection of pillows, a door banner, and Earth Day Wall Quilt.
A 4th of July celebration is the focus of the summertime section and includes festive patriotic décor including a lap quilt, Americana Wall Quilt, a door banner, and variety of pillows for charming indoor or outdoor décor.
Quilters and crafters will reap a bounty of projects in the Harvest Celebrations section. An eye-catching appliquéd wall quilt, Harvest Lap Quilt, table quilts, dimensional pumpkins, and a beautiful welcome banner set the scene for autumn activities.
A joyful celebration of projects is included in the Holiday Traditions chapter including bird banners, a log cabin lap quilt, snowman door banner and holiday décor projects. See all the chapter introductions by clicking on this link, then clicking on each photo. I think you’ll find many fun projects that you’ll want to make for your next family celebration!
Baby on the Way ContestMay 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
Our CPA, Mandie, is expecting a little boy at the end of the month so we are looking for scrapbooking ideas.
We’d love to see your baby-themed projects that use Debbie Mumm® scrapbook products.
Whether it’s an announcement, shower invitation, decorations, scrapbooking pages or any Paper Craft, please send us photos of your projects and for every project entered, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize package of scrapbook supplies. Three winners will be drawn.
Contest (and Mandie’s) Due Date: May 28, 2009
Send photos of projects to email@example.com
By entering this contest, you are granting Debbie Mumm, Inc., permission to use submitted photos on this website for future articles.
Ahhhh......Signs of SpringApril 2, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
We love creating coordinating looks and this group really sings! Birds are such a welcome sign that Spring is in the air and so does this sophisticated collection. We created these simple-to-make appliquéd wall hangings for the Website this month.
And, they coordinate with our new Desktop backgrounds and a lovely “Thinking of You” card that you can send Just Because. Just in case you missed it, take a peek at the Songbirds fabric. It was so popular that it will be reprinted with additional coordinating prints too. (coming out in a couple months) Tweet~Tweet :-)
Hug, Love, Save, WIN!March 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Quilting, Well-Being
HUG LOVE SAVE is selling raffle tickets at two upcoming events. Just in case you’re in the area, see them in Booth 326 at the Northwest Women's Expo in Seattle, WA on March 27th-29th. Or if you're in Spokane on April 19th for Race for the Cure you can also purchase $1 tickets in their booth at the Spokane Women's Show. Nancy who doesn't let a scrap go to waste made four tote bags for Hug Love Save team to carry to all their events. The winner will be notified April 20th. All money raised will be donated Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Eastern Washington Affiliate. Isn't it great to know that savvy and talented girls like Nancy and Monica are getting together to make great things happen!
What are your plans?March 19, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Home, Quilting
March is National Craft Month. I was curious to know how it was being celebrated. We checked out JoAnn Fabric Stores Facebook page and learned the plans of fellow crafters - Pretty impressive.
Great idea Jennifer – you can create your own customized bag that you’ll be proud to carry.
Melody 'Chaffin' Coehoorn "Work on Christmas gifts"
You’ll be way ahead of the rest of us!
Brenda L Thomas "I'm trying a new craft and picking up an old craft again. Making my first no sew fleece throw and going back to cross stitching!"
Once you make your first fleece throw, you’ll be hooked.
Time to come out of the closet!
Sandi Alcantara "I actually want to sew some spring and summer outfits for me! i am also working on some layette and receiving blankets for our local pregnancy center and I am working on some other items for a few nursing homes in the area.
Sandi – You’ve got great plans to build the spirits of others along with your own all in one month – more than most of us can say.
Sonya Young Quertermous "I'm taking the Sewing 101 class this Saturday! I'm really excited and I have my eye on a machine already :)"
You’ll never regret learning the basics.
Jenny Fendt "I would love to try the one stroke painting class, always wanted to never had the time."
There’s no better time than now.
Kudos to your hubby.
Jen Fox-Williams "Online patterns!"
I hope you check ours out – we’ve got lots and they’re all FREE.
Amy Sumner Sessions "By making homemade items for our brave men and women overseas in the Armed Forces!" www.hats4heroes.org
I commend you. Your efforts will be so appreciated.
It’s National Craft Month, what are your plans?
Get Organized!March 9, 2009 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking
It’s snowing like the dickens out there today – but I’m still thinking about Spring, Songbirds and National Craft Month! In honor, I wanted to share some new Craft Storage items available at JoAnn’s. A couple of the items include this Carry-All tote with a subtle Robin’s Egg blue paisley with a scattering of sweet little orange flowers and a great little Organizer with a lovely bird pattern in coordinating colors. Get ready for a class, a crop or just to tote your projects from one room to the next with these great new products. Happy (almost) Spring!
Put a Little "Spring" in your Step!February 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting, Well-Being
At this time of year, those intermittent sunny days are a welcome reminder that spring has to come eventually. On days when the sun doesn't shine, here are some ways to put a little "Spring" into your step.
1. Wear some flashy jewelry. The other day I wore chandelier earrings to work—even though my ears drooped, my spirits lifted.
2. Make cupcakes and share with co-workers. Before last week, the last time I made cupcakes my son was in grade school. Besides having goodies to share at the office, I had a fun trip down memory lane.
3. Buy yourself flowers. Mandie brought in a beautiful bouquet of Gerbera daisies and tulips for our monthly luncheon today. I vowed to buy myself some flowers on the way home.
4. Visit a greenhouse or conservatory. We have a beautiful free conservatory at one of our parks here in Spokane. What a great way to get your fill of blooming greenery and oxygen-rich air.
5. Rearrange accessories in your house. I love to move vases, pictures, pillows, and other accessories around. I've had my post-Christmas décor for six weeks now—time for a change!
6. Make a dangler to hang outdoors. This fast little project gives me the chance to combine beading, painting, and some scrapbooking on a project that I can complete in an hour or two. I love to make danglers for friends in their favorite colors and themes.
7. Watch a lively and warm movie! A couple of fun ones are Under the Tuscan Sun or Mama Mia with all its great music and sunny Greek scenery. This is definitely not the time to watch Dr. Zhivago!
8. Feed the birds. You may not get immediate payoff, but in a few days, when the birds are enjoying your generosity, you'll get a great dose of chirping!
9. Work on a spring quilt. Combining all those pretty colors and spending time sewing is a sure-fire way to lift the spirits.
10. On the warmest part of Saturday, get outside and go for a walk. Invite a friend to join you and discuss all your ideas for sunny vacations. Send me ways that you put a little "spring" in your step and I'll pass them along.
Buttons, Bows & Boobs!February 23, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting, Well-Being
Look what we discovered - Members of Quilters of South Carolina have created one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness. The exhibit consists of 49 original works of art which are unique, entertaining, humorous, and beautiful to make the public aware of breast cancer, to memorialize those lost to the disease, and to honor survivors those lost to the disease, and to honor . What an impressive and light-hearted way to bring attention to raising awareness! Click on this link to see all the bras.
Block of the Month GalleryFebruary 12, 2009 in Quilting
I really appreciate the chance to see your Block of the Month Quilts! Even though we’re all using the same pattern, it's the fabrics you put together that create a unique and custom look. Bonnie used a fun Paisley as her inspiration fabric to build her color story and Diana from Italy (who also showed us her pretty face) made good use of her stash of Mumm fabrics. But the prize goes to Vickie (of Australia) for not only finishing her piecing, but getting it all quilted too. She made me just a little jealous of her summer time weather by hanging her quilt out on the line. Thanks to Carla & Leona for sharing too.
POOCHIE PARLORJanuary 22, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
That’s the cute name of one our new fabric collections (available at Jo-Ann’s and www.joann.com.) All breeds enjoy a day out at the Doggie Spa to have her nails filed, a shampoo and fluffing or just a little TLC! (wait a minute – that’s sounds pretty good to me too) This cotton assortment comes in pink or blue combined with chocolate brown and tans. You’ll find a few cozy flannels in the pink color story too. If you need a little project inspiration – consider a new sofa blankie for the family pooch or it may be time to recover the dog bed cushion. But, doggone it, this fabric isn’t just for canines! These fabrics would be darling in a baby quilt, as laundry room curtains or a patchwork totebag. And don’t forget how scrumptiously soft a pair of jammie pants would feel made out of one of the flannels. (by the way, they wash up beautifully)
Wouldn't it be just the coolest if the official White House Seamstress could get her hands on this line and made something special for Sasha and Malia's new pup?!
New Book!January 7, 2009 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
I'm so excited about my latest project book, Cuddle Quilts for Little Girls and Boys! Babies and little ones certainly have a way of making hearts melt and it was so much fun to design a collection of quilts and projects for those precious little ones. Cuddle Quilts has just been released and it should now be on the shelves of your favorite quilt shop or Jo-Ann Store or you can find it in my online shop.
We all know that little girls go crazy for hearts, butterflies, and flowers and our chapter for toddler girls provides lots of inspiration for cute quilts and accessories.
Cars and trucks, turtles and frogs will spark the imagination of your favorite little boy and our quilts, organizer, pillows, and wall art designs will give you plenty of sewing fun.
I was especially pleased to work with my friend Crystal from Dream Catcher Photography to add photos of cute kids to the pages of this book.
I hope you enjoy this extra peak into the pages of this book and hope all you “Nanas” & “Aunties” find just the inspiration your looking for to surprise your favorite little one.
NEW Block of the Month QuiltDecember 28, 2008 in Decorating, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
The Natural Wonders BOM celebrates the beauty of nature with twelve different blocks highlighted by a colorful sashing. Select your own fabric colors or duplicate ours with a kit. Each month we'll present a new block and at the end of the year, you'll have a quilt to treasure. Watch for yardage, cutting instructions, and the first block in just a few days! Enjoy!
Last Minute GiftsDecember 11, 2008 in Christmas, Creativity, Quilting
Still looking for some quick ideas to finish up your list with some real Christmas creativity? Anyone would appreciate keeping the chill off their neck with a colorful fleece scarf. And if you’re budgeting your time and dollars (who isn’t!?) – you can make four scarves out of one yard of fleece! (we wear them in the office whenever the temperature drops) And if you’re in the mood to work with fleece, try our new twist on a fleece throw. Keep peace in the family by making everyone their own personal cozy blankie. (No fighting over the fleece!) Gift baskets are always a favorite, and just to change it up a little we put a colorful collection of winter goodies in a bright, shiny bucket embellished with scrapbooking letters. And, don’t forget your favorite quilter. Our new book, “Cuddle Quilts for Little Girls and Boys” is now available. Good luck pulling it all together. Please click on photos to view the instructions.
Cardinal OrnamentsDecember 1, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
When winter days are cold, snuggle up by the fire and hand-stitch a batch of colorful cardinal ornaments. Hang several on the tree, group them for a rustic wreath, or branch out with an eye-catching garland. The cardinal ornaments are especially cute when grouped with this cute plaque from my holiday collection for Jo-Ann Stores.
- Make template of cardinal pattern. Draw around template on one 4” x 6” piece of felt.
- Pin felt with traced shape to second 4” x 6” felt piece. Cut out cardinal on drawn line, cutting through both layers.
- Refer to Quick Fuse Applique. Trace and quick-fuse beak to cardinal. To make cardinal face opposite direction, fuse beak to back side of ornament.
- Use two strands of black embroidery floss to buttonhole stitch around edges of cardinal, referring to diagram below. Leave a small opening for stuffing. Lightly stuff cardinal and continue buttonhole stitch to close opening.
- Thread 6” length of black crochet thread through needle. Pull through top of cardinal and knot ends.
Since we’re neighbors, let’s be friends!October 29, 2008 in Crafts, Friendship, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
What a friendly and attentive bunch they were. It was fun to show them the art for the Christmas product that is currently in boxes in their back rooms right now. Insiders tell us that the product will “set” on Saturday. Between touring and talking, we served them up my homemade Pumpkin Bread which is a recipe I’ve had for 40 years now! (Luckily they didn’t eat it all and we’ve been nibbling on it all afternoon – I’ll jot down the recipe for you) It certainly is more fun when you get a chance to know the people you are working with and the JoAnn team members were a delight!
Quick & Cute Halloween PillowsOctober 1, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
We create lots of fun fabrics that we call "Sampler" and "Repeating Stripe" layouts. It's a great way to feature all the art we create and give the sewer lots of options for usage. We just made up a couple of Halloween pillows utilizing designs from these layouts. Don't be scared ~ these are so quick and easy ~ you can whip them up with plenty of time to enjoy them this Halloween.
Babies are so Adorable!September 17, 2008 in Books, Friendship, Quilting
One of our “own” recently had a baby. Bill who works with our agency in NY became a first time father. To offer our congratulations to him and his wife, we sent him one of our baby quilts, Cuddles Crib Quilt from our book Memories & Milestones. He tells me that baby August is bonding well with his “blankie” and the proof is in this photo. Since babies make us all melt and even though toddlers give us the occasional melt-down, we have dedicated our next book called “Cuddle Quilts” to that very subject. The book will launch in late October and I’ll be sharing a sneak preview with you very soon. In the meantime, enjoy little “August.” Isn’t that an adorable name for an adorable little boy!?
Cuttin' into the StashJune 17, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
It's always fun to see what our network of quilters and crafters from around the world are up to. Here's another fun project and story. Heather from Australia designs projects for an Australian magazine called "Patchwork & Stitching." She said it's sometimes hard for her to cut into the fabrics in her beloved stash, but in this case it was definitely worth it. One of our collections (or "range" as they call it in Australia) from the past (Lavender Tea Garden) was inspiration for Heather to come up with this absolutely darling creation. This design was such a winner that it was chosen to be featured on the cover of the magazine. Heather dreams that one day that she would be able to have a book of her own designs published. Based on this example, I can see that she has the talent for it! I still remember having that same dream and many other dreams that have actually come true for me. Heather, and anyone else out there with dreams ~with a dream, desire and drive - you can make it happen!
Quilts at Work!June 4, 2008 in Creativity, Friendship, Quilting
WOW! Here's a great story about how our 2007 BOM design helped raise funds (and a lot of funds, I might add!) to help improve the lives of many young children. Jane, one of our quilters from Brazil shared the following story about how a Quilt made a difference for so many.
Jane works as a volunteer at a Day Care Center that cares for needy children with many poor families. In this rural community many of the children have a hard time attending school; and the Center tries to make sure kids won't be used as farm hands. The Center provides a safe place for young children to stay while their families are working. They provide a number of services including education, meals, dental and medical care plus other activities such as sports, music and handcrafts for 400 children. Jane teaches English and crafts there and helps organize bazaars and other fund raising events.
Just three short months ago Jane contacted us about permission to raffle a quilt based on our 2007 BOM project "Garden Sampler." She just let us know that the raffle was conducted last Saturday, and that the profit from it was about R$ 5,800 - or two thousand nine hundred dollars! Jane is naturally thrilled to put her quilt to such great use and help out so many kids. She plans to stitch projects to be raffled at least twice a year.
Jane provided photos of some of the girls in the sewing room. She said they are all absolutely in love with patchwork and we are all very glad to be offering them the chance to learn and produce beautiful things. Their piecing abilities is quite impressive!
This is such a wonderful, inspirational story about how one person and one quilt can bring service to so many. Thank you Jane for sharing this with us.
It’s in the Bag!May 27, 2008 in Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
Cute Crafter, Diane, from Royal Oak, MI sent me photos of her cute tote bag projects that she created using our Machine Embroidery Designs. Diane used the coordinating lining fabric on the inside of her summertime Uncle Sam bag. She quilted her Snowman winter bag with blue metallic thread. Thanks for sharing your projects with us!
Spring Quilt MarketMay 23, 2008 in Crafts, Quilting
Just returned from the Spring International Quilt Market in Portland, OR. The weather was hot, sunny, and lovely, and so was the Market. The trends of the quilt and craft industry remain diverse as they have been for the last many years. (Quilters like lots of looks!) I saw quite a mix of Traditional and Modern quilts, fabrics and projects throughout. What stood out the most was the enormous amount of aprons and bag designs. Aprons are pretty fun to make because it is a great chance to use all those retro, modern and large scale prints that are so trendy. (Vanilla House Designs) It’s also a quick and easy project to inspire beginning sewers. I think we may need to consider having an Apron making party after seeing all the different patterns and ideas.
Cute little girls clothes (Indigo Junction) were also scattered throughout the Market along with retro Children’s story themes made into fabrics and projects – Little Red Riding Hood (and that big, bad wolf too!) was popping up everywhere. Wide, woven ribbons with patterns were strong for decor fashion and project embellishment. In addition to all the large scale decorator friendly prints there are still LOTS of DOTS which mix in well with quilt or accessory creation. On the more traditional side I still saw lots of pieced quilts, primitive designs, hand embroidery and WOOL! Wool Applique projects for Halloween and Christmas were in abundance and often included embroidered embellishments. Home decorating projects for every season and holiday were also popular.
You always see a fun assortment of products that help make being creative quicker and easier. We saw a lady demo a clever device for making fast yo-yo’s (oops-can't find the company that makes it) and some easy to use and apply Chenille Ribbon trims (Chenille-It Blooming Bias) that you can use on quilts. For the more artsy quilter there were products for customizing your own fabrics with hand painting, color pencils and stencils. Jackie, Carolyn and I got to sit down and color our own little fun booby buttons using soft color pencils. As always Quilt Market was fun and inspiring and we're brimming with ideas for future projects.
Oh – How could I forget to mention Cupcakes – lots of Cupcakes!
Presenting “Colors from Nature”May 15, 2008 in Books, Crafts, Creativity, Quilting
With pride, I present to you some photos from our brand new book, “Colors from Nature.” The concept of the book is using color and design from nature to inspire quilts, crafts and even decorating projects. We selected some beautiful photos as our starting inspiration. With some analysis of each landscape photo we tried to interpret the overall feeling with fabrics and projects. It was very fun and challenging. Paring down and simplifying a design can often be more challenging than making it complex and representational. My goal with our quilt designs is to make them interesting and pleasing while still being easy to make.
Rocky Revelations may be one of my favorites. Courthouse steps is a classic traditional block and with the fabric we used I feel we captured a look that can as easily be considered modern as it is vintage. I love how the shapes resemble the stones with the snippets of orange represent the leaves scattered among the rocks.
The rows of warm colors in Desert Dimensions mimic layers of clay in the stone canyon walls of the Southwest desert. The green brush and blue skies bring in interesting color contrasts. I think the rows of simple triangles accomplish this representation well and would be stunning displayed on the wall or as a bed topper.
Red poppies along with yellow and white daisies frolic across the quilt top of Meadow Melodies. This cheery color story represents my favorite hues of high summer. When I look at this I can breathe in the fragrances of the meadow and even feel a little breeze across my face.
We also cover other wonders from Mother Nature in River Reflections, Seaside Serenity, Mountain Masterpiece, Forest Foliage and Floral Flamboyance. Colors from Nature also includes a couple of appliqué quilts and a unique and clever assortment of decorating and crafting accessories. Please enjoy this glimpse into the pages of the book and I hope you find lots of inspiration to create!
Behind the Seams – New Book!April 17, 2008 in Books, Quilting
I thought you might be curious to see what behind the scenes on our most recent book photo shoot looked like…….In the book you see our finished product and a perfectly positioned project and props. But all around the focus of the photo is usually a fair amount of chaos. There are lights, camera, cords and usually an unusual (sometimes bizarre) assortment of props and backdrops that we audition for the photo. More times than not, there is a lot of trial and error for props. OK, let’s try this; look in the camera; and then move it a quarter inch to the left, and this goes on for hours! Our photo team is Tom (awesome photographer!), Carolyn (amazing book editor!), and Monica (dazzling book designer!) and Myself (main responsibility is being picky).
Our photo shoot was actually done in October of last year. It takes us 9 months for us to give birth to a book, from conception to delivery. I can’t wait for you to see the real thing. It’s called “COLORS from NATURE” and is being released (born!) on May 15. I’ll keep you posted and give you a sneak peak before the release. I think you’ll love it.
Online Fabric Sale!April 14, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
Check it out – Order online and save 50% off of DM Baby & Everyday Quilting Fabrics through April 20. Take advantage for your fun spring projects. If you don’t have a project in mind – here’s one for ya!
Love Grows Lap Quilt
Oldie But GoodieMarch 31, 2008 in Quilting
Wow! I love what this quilter did with one of my older patterns. This was one of my favorite quilt designs from back then. I remember it was a little ahead of it’s time – before the big “Celestial” theme was really hot. Remember all the Moons, stars and suns? Are we ready for more of that kind of art again? Let me know your opinion on that. You know whatever goes around, seems to come around again. Need I say, Bellbottoms!
I purchased your pattern Moon Struck some time ago. Here is the finished top. I added a different pattern to the outside because it looked like shooting stars or maybe meteors. The top is for a group I am part of, Quilts from Caring Hands, in Corvallis Oregon. We make quilts for children in crisis that are distributed through several local agencies.
Your fabrics and patterns are my favorite. I have many of your books and enjoy reading them over and over, like a good novel. Thank you.
NEW Fabrics in store!March 14, 2008 in Crafts, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting
I’m excited to say that piles of new fabric are arriving and in store for you at Jo-Ann Stores. There are wonderfully springy blues, greens and ivory in both cotton and flannels in “Love Letters” Collection. In fact we whipped up a quick quilt idea for Mother’s Day using these fabrics! (This quilt will be available on our web site on April 1)
For all you pet lovers, you’ll find fun turquoise, orange and browns in “Cat’s Meow” (kitties), and red, gold, and brown on Ivory in “Furry Friends.” (dogs). You can create great Nursery décor and baby friendly projects with two new Juvenile groups called “Kids Talk” (hot, fun colored animals) and “Bumbling Bees” has a great assortment of fresh, cheery greens, blues and pinks in sweet little bees and bugs. You’ll find some great number patterns in this collection too.
We also created a darling baby quilt design using these fabrics that you can download for FREE! I’m starting to see a smattering of some of our Summer Collections trickling in as well. I’ll keep you informed. I’m just so excited about these new fabrics and I’m thrilled with the quality of the color and printing. Hope you love ‘em too!
BOM’s are rolling in!January 22, 2008 in Quilting
I’ve been very excited to see photos of your Finished Works. Sometimes it’s kind of nice to have an appreciative audience to showcase your efforts off to when you finish a project – especially one that lasts a whole year. So, I’m pleased to showcase photos of our Block of the Month quilts that we’ve received so far. Going the extra step of photographing your quilt and sending it to me is also appreciated. We (my team) get a lot of satisfaction out of knowing that so many of you keep up over the year. Our BOM quilt kits for 2008 flew out the door – so I’m thrilled that you’re ready to start again on a new quilt. Keep those photos coming in!
ps. Don't worry, there's still time to create the The 2007 BOM Quilt. Find it here on our website.
BOM's from around the world!January 1, 2008 in Quilting
I recently received a few photos of finished quilts of our 2007 Block of the Month Project from quilting friends from around the world. Enjoy their work and accompanying messages:
I am Jane from MG, Brazil. I am so proud I have finished you 2008 BOM project that I couldn't help sending you the photograph; I still have to add the border, quilt it and bind it; but anyway, I already feel a great, blissful sense of accomplishment! For quite some time I have had several mini-Debbies around my home; but now I have a big-Debbie!!!
Thank you very much for this and other projects you provide in your site; I'm sure they are a blessing for many people around the world: not everyone lives in a country where patchwork and quilting materials are easily available. Here in Brazil, for instance, there is no patchwork book available in Portuguese. Hopefully, this will change soon; we are beginning to have more and more people interested in learning quilting, the first magazines are beginning to thrive and we already have some festivals around the year. AND, every quilter here knows and admires Debbie Mumm!
I am looking forward to sewing the next Debbie Mumm BOM; and I have also decided to sew the 2006 project, which I have downloaded, too. It's very kind of you to offer so many projects and so much interesting information in your site.
Here is my BOM 2007 a very nice work this year.
I’m from Germany and I work this wall hanging.
Thank you for your nice idea. I´m very interested, what can I do and sew in 2008?
I wish you and your famaly a Merry Christmas and a happy new year and many good things from you to sew at home.
With the best greetings
2007 Block of the Month Project...in Miniature!December 2, 2007 in Quilting
Thank you Jaqueline of Porto Alegre-rs, Brasil for showing us the progress on your Miniature version of our 2007 Block of the Month Project. I see you are ready for the final December Block! Nice work and thank you for sharing.
My Vacation Inspiration!November 20, 2007 in Quilting
What an incredible opportunity I just had on my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the Museum of International Folk Art, I saw a film called "Gee's Bend Quilts and Beyond." I imagine a lot of you are familiar with with this story - but this was my first real exposure to the story. The women of this community who had survived a life of poverty told stories of their lives and how quilting together was an outlet for them to bond in joy, support, song and expression. What came across so powerfully in the film and their interviews was that even though struggle and extreme poverty had been a dominant force in their lives - their community of support and strength got them through. The quilts they made were created exclusively of scraps from old clothing. The ladies delightful humor and gratitude came across as they shared their stories. Over and over they emphasized how important quilting had been to them and how crucial it was to surviving with their spirits intact. After the movie their was a panel discussion about the film. The panel included Jane Fonda (yes, the famous movie actress!), her daughter, Vanessa Vadim and Matt Arnett who filmed and edited the movie. Because the crew was comprised of only the later two, they achieved great intimacy and trust from the ladies and the rest of the community. After the film and the discussion from the panel, we viewed the exhibit of quilts. Jane Fonda was extremely articulate, humorous and interesting. (she brought her dog with her!) All of us that attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
2006 BOM Drawing Winner AnnouncementMarch 23, 2007 in Quilting
Thank you to everyone who participated by making our 2006 Block of the Month Quilt project. And a big Thank You to the 84 people who sent us a photo of their quilt and entered our Drawing! Not everyone indicated where they live, but 25 of the entrants who did are part of our International Family of Quilters. The quilts were all wonderful - it was inspiring to see all the different color and fabric combinations.
We did the fun deed today - We put all your names in a basket and I drew the name of the lucky winner. Drum roll, please......."and the winner is Marisa from Brazil!!!! Congratulations Marisa! Marisa used a classic combination of Red, Green and Tan with lovely results. She let me know that she is currently working on our 2007 BOM Garden quilt and signed off her correspondence with "Kiss, Marisa." How charming! She will receive her prize of DM Goodies on her doorstep soon.
I wanted to share a few of the stories with you that some of our participants shared with me....
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....While spending 42 days in the hospital (yikes!), Kim couldn't wait to get out (can you blame her!), buy her fabric and work on her quilt. She reached her goal and hopefully we provided a little distraction.
....Several quilt clubs made the quilt as a group, including Jeri, June and Jacquie of the Tuesday night, "Stitch-n-Bitch" club. Their next project.....our 2007 BOM quilt, of course!
<–- ....Three sisters, Jill, Pam and Polly (who live in different cities) stayed "connected" to each other by all making the quilt. They each made extra blocks and presented a quilt to their other sister, Dianne, for her 50th birthday!
....Annette pieced her quilt entirely by HAND! Wow!
Thanks again for your participation and congratulations to all for your accomplishments! Can't wait to see what you're working on now.
Keep up the great work. Debbie