Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last day of December special

Today is the last day to get the December special on my website. With every $30 order you receive a free 1/2 yard of gorgeous hand dyed fabric. You get to choose the color. Don't miss out on this great opportunity and year end savings!

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

From my house to yours MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Wonderland

Even though we have lots of snow and the temperature gets below 0, George and I still go out everyday. You know it is cold, though, when the dog only wants to go around the path once. When he heads home, it must really be nippy.

We still love to go out!
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

2009 Calendar is Here

The 2009 calendar is here! This is a great gift for your quilting bee buddies, or just to brighten up your studio or office space. The price is the same as last year. $5 includes the shipping and handling. Treat yourself and your friends. Happy New Year 2009

Greeting Cards

Last year I made these greeting cards using left over fused fabric right on purchased blank cards. It was so fun and fast and addictive!! It is a great way to use up your fused scrap fabric and adds a special touch to those holiday cards.
I ran this one through the printer first to getting the printing on the side of the card. I had to practice first to make sure it was positioned in the right place.
And what would a holiday be without a few special trees.
It is cold and grey here in the Midwest so some bright colors are always appreciated. Yes these cards are lime green! I got them at Target. I don't know if they still carry them.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Cheer

Yesterday Laura W. hosted the "Chicago School of Fusing Christmas Party". Those in attendance were Jane Sassaman, Judy Perez, Emily Parson, me, Laura and Anne Lullie. We had a great time. We talked about the following, but not in this order - Finances, the weather, travel, work, our kids, our husbands, body parts, new toys, blogging, facebook, knitting, yarn, food, recipes, weight, books, ideas, clothes, and advertising.
Fun, laughter and love was had by all.

Emily made these tiny Advent socks for her family and we played with them at the table after lunch. Aren't they just the cutest? Don't you want to make them? She said they took about an hour and half each. I'll get right on it, Em.
Thanks Laura
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Boy

My Baby Boy is graduating from college today. What a great feeling it is to see three beautiful chicldren grow up and do well in life. Erik the Barbarian boy, my baby boy, or just "the boy" is the moving on in life. I couldn't be more proud.
My mom and Brett and I are off to Bloomington, Normal to watch him receive his diploma. It is cold and clear and a great day to end one chapter of your life and move into a new realm.

He is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful man.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


'Tis the season to be jolly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

As a special treat to all of you this holiday season, I will include a 1/2 yard of gradated fabric as my gift with every order over $30. Couldn't you use an extra 1/2 yard of fabric to give to that special quilting friend, or to keep for your own holiday gift. Simply email me after you place your order and let me know what color you would like.

Sing we joyous, all together.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

heedless of the wind and weather. (you bettcha, better to sew inside)
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Sunday, December 7, 2008

One of a Kind show

These are just some of the things that caught my eye at the One of a Kind Show on Friday. Mary Lynn O'shea Studio makes these gorgeous pieces.
Of course we ran in to Mimi, of Mimi designs, and her fabulous framed quilted pieces. She has had one of her designs picked up by Crate and Barrel and they made into a rug!! it is in the current catalog. Way cool.
Susan Hedin is a fiber artist from Stillwater MN who's work just took our breath away. It is all done in silk shantung. Just lovely
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Friday, December 5, 2008

One of a Kind Show in Chicago

Laura and Judy and I will be attending the One of a Kind show in Chicago today. It is about 27degrees outside right now. Hopefully we will be inside the whole time and enjoying all the art and Christmas "STUFF"
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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mother of the Groom

Lars and Megan
OK here we go, I am starting to look for Mother of the Groom dresses. I sure could use some advice. I live in the Chicago land area, anyone out there who knows of a great shop to look for dresses please email me and let me know the name. I am going to the mall today with my mother to start the process. I just want to find something that I like and will feel comfortable in. So send me your suggestions if you have done this before.
Brides maid dresses
Cute sister brides maids.
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Trees

Christmas morning
Tiny Duluth Trees

Sunset Pines
If you didn't know it already I love trees. These are just some of the images of Pine Trees that I have made over the years. They all seem appropriate for this time of year, celebrating with "The Christmas Tree." And of course they are all so fast to make. Those tiny Duluth Trees can be whipped up in 1/2 a day, start to finish.
I'm definitely beginning to feel the Christmas spirit. When Zac and Amelia where here we put out my Santa's on the mantel and I think this week I will hang all my angels. It's so fun to enjoy them for a month or so.
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Quilting Arts TV

The new season for Quilting Arts TV will air soon. I will be featured twice, however you will only see me once. I was sick for my TV appearance and I had to mail it in. However my good friend Laura Wasilowski was able to present my project. I hope you get a chance to view it in your area. Give your PBS station a call if you can't see it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

From my family to yours:

Thanksgiving For each new morning with its
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Brett

After 31 years together you're still the one. Happy Birthday Brett. Love Frieda
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Old Fat Naked Women for Peace

Some one I love just sent me the link to this site. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Righteous Mothers

Monday, November 17, 2008

Megan and Lars' shower

Two weekends ago I flew to Scranton PA to attend a bridal shower for my son Lars and my soon to be daughter in law Megan. I had a fabulous time visiting with them in their new home and being part of the celebration. I got to see where they live and work, visiting both of their jobs and even meeting the judge Lars is clerking for. As a mother I am so happy to see my son settling into a life he has worked so hard to achieve. As a new mother in law I couldn't be more blessed with my new "daughter". Life is good for all of us right now.
Here are a few pictures from the weekend. My niece Gretchen was also able to join us, so it really felt like family.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Autumn Mums

OOPS, it has come to my attention that the fabric kit for Autumn Mums may be short on fabric. If you purchased this pattern and DVD with the FABRIC KIT in the last month or so, it may have been packed with a width of fabric that is narrower than the one that I demo with on the DVD. Please contact me privately with your name and address along with where you bought it and I will send you an additional 1/4 yard of fabric.
Those darn workers of mine :(
Sorry for the inconvience this may have caused anyone.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quilts I liked

I thought you would enjoy seeing some of the quilts at the show in Schaumburg. I just take pictures of quilts that catch my eye, for color or designs or whatever. I hope you enjoy seeing them.
The first one is a set of quilts from my exhibit at the show, Walks in the Woods with George.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Check out Laura and I on this website Where the Quilting Stars Shine. Go down to the browse video list and hit on Chicago School of Fusing.
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