Friday, August 15, 2008

It's Here!

After an fun afternoon of registering Wade for college and then taking him to lunch at TGIFridays, we went to Target and look what I found!!!

Quilts and More, a little sister magazine of American Patchwork and Quilting. I quickly came home, grabbed a diet coke, went outside, and spent the rest of the afternoon on my little couch outside ooing and ahhing.

They've done it again, that Pat Sloan and Monica (Happy Zombie). Pat has an adorable table runner using stripes. She teaches how to make the stripes go all one way! Monica has two bags: one to use as a handbag with an easier way to find our cell phones/glasses/and keys and one to use for carrying groceries. Maybe this will make it easier for us to "Go Green" if we have bags that are fashionable and help us to use fabric that we might already have (another way to recycle!).

I love everything Maybeth Oxenrider designs. She has been a designer for American Patchwork and Quilting for a long time. I've been a fan of hers since I started quilting over 12 years ago.
Posted by PicasaI'm thinking this fabric that I won from Sharon would look great either in Maybeths quilt design or here, "Ease into Autumn".

There's nothing like a great quilting magazine to get those creative juices flowing.
It makes me all happy inside.


Another thing that makes me happy are the little suprises I find in my garden.

A sunflower holding it's head up high even though some sort of bug has made breakfast, lunch, and dinner out of her leaves,

one playing a cute game of "pee pie",

and one peeking at me over the fence.

My biggest surprise were these little cuties:

Call me a "city girl" but I didn't realize birds had babies during the summer. I saw their mama sitting in the nest the other day, but I thought maybe she was resting and looking at her favorite quilting magazine. I guess her creative juices were flowing, too!

Have a great weekend!



  1. oh how fun!!!
    don't you LOVE getting a new stack of fat quarters???

    can't wait to see your progression on this.

  2. what a wonderful day full of those little joys that make life great! Loved your post!

  3. I can NOT believe you can buy that magazine at Target!! I have to order it in from the newsagency.

    Can't wait to see Monica's table runner, I am a big fan of hers.

  4. Thanks for checking out my blog. I know I've loved visiting yours. I sure have enjoyed the inspiration of your site and others that I frequent. Isn't it so much fun?

    I especially love all the quilts and recipes! Thanks again for all of the fun comments especially father's day!

    I've not been blogging for a long time on my quilt blog so I don't have a huge readership but it's been fun watching my map and the visits that come from all over.

  5. Ohh a new magazine! I'll have to get out and find that this weekend! Have fun!

  6. GREAT sunflowers....and what's with the leaves being the salad bar for bugs? Geesh!
    Your pile of fabrics are wonderful..I'll have to pull out my magazine and re-browse!
    I can't believe school started already by you, I don't go back till 9/3!!!
    Peggy in NJ

  7. I like the new blog look! I just got my copy of Quilts and More too! Love that magazine. I've already forgotten what I saw in there though because as I was reading what you wrote I'm thinking hmmm I need to go look through that again. Your sunflowers are so pretty, I didn't plant any this year and I'm missing them.

  8. I've gotta get that magazine. I almost didn't recognize your blog when I clicked it. Seems lots of girls are updating. I may have to think about that.

  9. I wrote an almost identical post last week after buying a new magazine shopping and the joy with reading each page - bliss!!

  10. I found a copy of the magazine a few days ago too. I love Monica's bag and would like to make one using her design.

  11. It is a joy to have a new quilting magazine AND the time to read it throughly, without anyone interrupting! Might be even better to read it together with someone as enthusiastic as you are, to share the aahs and oohs.

  12. Sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon! Your sunflowers are very darling!

  13. Oh yes, if you can't quilt you might as well be looking at a new quilt magazine! I love 'em!


  15. amanda,
    Thanks for the e-mail. I am so glad you found our blog. We are in the process of having a new web-site built so be sure and check it out.
    the Material Girls Quilts

  16. Oh, your butterfly quilt is just lovely!! I am thinking of starting some butterfly blocks but I have so many projects in progress that I am not sure I should add another one! Too many quilts and fun things too make and just not enough hours in the day!!!


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