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Two Applique Pattern Books

As mentioned yesterday, I am seriously behind  in blogging, and have some catching up to do. One of the things on my to-do list was finding the winner of my virtual book tour.

For those of you who may not realize, I offered two (2!) of Darcy Ashton’s applique books to one of the readers of the blogs who hosted me. All they had to do was leave a post on one of the blogs.

So today I have the winner. Are you ready? It’s (drum roll please), Pam of CreativDawn Dolz. Pam commented on the  Why Knot Kwilt blog. Pam is one busy blogger. In addition to her CreativDawnDolz blog she can be found at,  Versana, and Fabrik Dea.

Thank you Pam for reading the blog post and leaving a comment. Your Darcy Ashton books will be arriving on your doorstep soon. 

Thanks also to everyone who read one or more of the blogs hosting me, and a special thank you to the bloggers who hosted me. In addition to Why Knot Kwilt , there were S.E.W. Butterfly, Tall House Quilts, and Dilly Dally Days.  When you get a chance check them out, they are all wonderful people with fun interesting blogs.

By the way, Why Knot Kwilt  is looking for simple tasty casserole type dishes she can make for a family member who needs a little extra help right now. I’m sure most of you can cook better than I do, so stop by read her story and offer your suggestions. She’ll appreciate all the assistance. 

Since I had such fun on my blog tour, I’m now seeing it from the other side. Tomorrow I will be hosting author, Vivian Zabel  on her tour. The book is not a quilting book, or sewing book, or craft book of any type. It is not a traditional inspirational type book, however, the story itself is inspirational. It is a heartwarming,  book of  tragedy and love. One your sure to enjoy.

Come back tomorrow, meet Vivian  and read about her and her book.

In addition to my blogging catch-up, I’m working on Christmas projects for my family. Currently I have on the to-do list:

 12 stocking

 6 quilts

 2 pillow covers

 1 wall hanging

 1 table-cloth

4 placemats 

 Then there are the six vests, but they may wait until after Christmas to be finished (or even started).

Actually, since I worked on the stockings yesterday I only have four of them to go. See? I’m making progress.

Ok, back to the sewing room. See ya”ll next time.:)

A Quilting Holiday Season Begins

Ok,  I know the holiday season actually began last month. But, in my mind, we started the Holiday season yeasterday, December 1. Which means we are all busy decorating our homes, ourselves, our friends’ mailboxes (with Christmas cards) and  our kitchens (with the smells of baking). We are busy making, buying, and wrapping gifts.  Some of us are busy posting holiday cheer in our blogs. That is where I’m terribly behind, but hopefully will catch up this week.

First off last month I had a fun, adventure going on my first ever virtual  book tour. Yes, I have stories to tell, which I will in the coming days. Sorry, no vacation pictures to share. I know, sad isn’t it? But, a virtual tour did not put me physically in the towns I visited so I couldn’t photograph them. However, as I write this I’m hit with a brilliant idea, which means next tour will include photos. Yay!

Also, on the blog tour I offered two books from the Darcy Ashton collection. Although, not too many people wrote comments for the drawing, a few did and I’ll be drawing the name this afternoon and posting the winner tomorrow.

Something new I’m trying this month is to dedicate one day a week to books, or writing. I am after all an author too. This week I’m part of a virtual tour for fellow Oklahoma author, and friend, Vivian Zabel with her book, STOLEN.  Her first stop on the blog tour, yesterday, was at the blog of Arkansas author Velda Brotherton.  You can see what Velda had to say, and get a small glimpse into the book at Velda’s blog.

Next up will be an inspirational post. It is the Christmas season after all, why not post an inspirational blog? Haven’t decided what that will be yet, stay tuned.

And finally there is the quilting. title of the blog (and my book) is after all DEVOTED TO QUILTING. Since I’ve been visiting some quilting blogs, both on my tour and just because, I have some ideas of different types of quilting posts to write. Posts about actual quilting, possibly what I’m working on or have finished (ha!).

However, the quilting stories will stay,  I like them and they are fun to share. Plus, the publisher wants another volume (DEVOTED TO QUILTING Vo. 2) Yikes! That means not only am I looking for quilting stories to post here, I’m looking for stories to add to the next book. If you have a quilt story you’re willing to share, please let me know. I don’t have to use your name if you’d rather not, and if you can just give me the basics of the story I can write it up for  you.

There it is, the hopeful plan for this blog this month, some vacation stories, a winner announcement, inspirational stories, quilting projects or ideas, and quilting stories. Whew! Sounds like a lot. Since having directions of some type make sewing a quilt top easier,  I’m hoping this “guide” will keep me on track and posting.

Meet Darcy Ashton

Today I want to introduce you to Darcy Ashton of Ashton Publications.  Darcy is a quilter, artist, and author.  She designs,  and sews quilts and writes instructions for the quilts. She then photographs the finished quilts, to add to her words creating quilt design books.

Darcy, like many quilters is full of support for others, and super nice. Since she sells most of her books wholesale to quilt and fabric stores, she didn’t have a booth at the Oklahoma Winter Quilt Show. However, she was there all three days, visiting with vendors selling her book, signing copies of her books for the vendors.

She took time out from walking the show floor checking on her books to visit with me, offer her encouragement, and helped me brainstorm for more selling ideas for my book, Devoted to Quilting.

In addition to her website, Darcy keeps a blog, appropriately called Darcy’s Blog.  Darcy’s newest project,  Horsing Around, is shown on her blog. I may have to buy that pattern book when it becomes available!

While I wasn’t quick enough to think and take a picture of Darcy, she did stop while someone was signing up for the free quilt and took a quick photo of me.

Thanks Darcy.