Archive for April, 2008

Breast Health Awareness Project, Block 4

April 30, 2008

graphic.bmpCrystal from Wilderness Quilter brings us our 4th block. April showers do indeed bring May flowers but until then, grab your umbrella! Download the PDF file here – wildernessquilter_inaprilremember.pdf


So, which is your favorite block so far?

How Can YOU participate in the Breast Health Awareness Project?

April 26, 2008

graphic.bmpJust as this issue affects all of us, so to, can all of us participate. Our project coordinator, Kathryn Ramirez, who, incidentally has done a bang up job putting this altogether, has outlined the project on her new blog. Stop by and visit her blog, it’s really awesome! She’s getting read to make a big move in her life – to China! Be sure to follow her new adventures, they are bound to be exciting!

So… back to the subject ๐Ÿ™‚ You can read all the nitty gritty details on Kathryn’s blog but basically here it is in a nutshell. As we post the blocks that have been designed especially for this project, note which one you like best and would like to make yourself!

Make blocks and send them to our quiltmakers. Quilts will be made and auctioned off with proceeds going to someone’s favorite Breast Health/Research charity.

Everyone who makes a block and sends it in will be featured here on my blog. We’ll include a link back to your blog or site, and we invite everyone to share their own personal story about survival and/or prevention.

This blog gets about 20,000 visitors a month. That’s a lot of people to reach on this important subject.

Please join us.

Breast Health Awareness Project, Block 3

April 23, 2008

graphic.bmpButtonhole Quilt Design – the home of Tomorrow’s Heirlooms Today has designed todays block. Pam has some really fun quilt patterns on her site – tulips, fish…turtles…. what’s not fun about them? ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, some very sweet ballet slippers and a fun log cabin-like umbrella quilt. Well, you just better go check them out yourself.

Pam has also taken the time out of her busy schedule to design a wonderful block for our Breast Health Awareness Project – maybe this one is your favorite? ๐Ÿ™‚ Download her PDF file here –buttonholequiltdesign_tulipsofpromise.pdf


Have a wonderful day!

Breast Health Awareness Project, Block 2

April 18, 2008

graphic.bmpAnita Eaton Salvatori is our next designer. She is starting her website here Stop by and support her as she starts sharing her awesome designs with us. Anita is a talented artist and does more than quilt! Download Anita’s block here radiationgown.pdf Stay tuned for details on how YOU can be involved in this project. I’ll leave you with a little clue – start keeping track of your favorite blocks….


Breast Health Awareness Block #1 – Kathy Mack

April 14, 2008

graphic.bmpHave you visited Pink Chalk Studio? This is one of my favorite blogs/sites. Kathy always has something fun and interesting going on there. The link to her blog has been in my list of links since the beginning. Kathy is a talented designer and I know you’ll enjoy her design for our Breast Health Awareness Month of April. kathy-mack-block.jpg

Download the PDF file pinkchalkstudio_squarefenceblock-2.pdf You will need Adobe Reader, which is free and can be gotten HERE! It only takes a minute to download and install, and then you’re on your way.

Visit Kathy’s blog and thank her for contributing such a great design.

Have a wonderful day!

Edited 4-15-08: I don’t want to interrupt the project, but if you hop on over to Cottage Quilt Designs, owner Rochelle Martin has published her interview with me. If you ever wanted a little of the back story on Cotton Spice, she got it out of me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Welcome to Breast Health Awareness Month

April 10, 2008

graphic.bmphere at Cotton Spice! All month long we’ll be sharing stories of survival and some very talented quilt designers will be sharing original quilt block designs. The first one – Monday, April 14.

Please feel free to take our graphic and display it on your own blog. Link to this blog (

If you have stories of your own, please feel free to share them here or on the designer of the day’s blog.

Breast Health is not something we keep in October. We need to focus on Breast Health, and Women’s Health in general, all year long.

See you Monday!

WIP Wednesday

April 9, 2008

pink-lily.jpgRemember the yarn I dyed? Yesterday I started knitting it. I Have to say it’s absolutely beautiful.


I’m mshawl_lg.jpgaking Tasha Tudor’s shawl which I’ve loved from the first time I saw it I started it once with brown wool, but ripped it out. It just wasn’t ‘right’. But this hand dyed yarn… Perfect!

Some Blatant Self Promotion

April 4, 2008

pink-lily.jpgYes, I’m going to do some blatant self promotion here! I’m not sure how many of you know about all the different Cotton Spice things you can do.

Have you participated in a BOM Challenge? We have a blog devoted to the BOM Challenges currently going on, get the latest news and blocks here

Have you read the new issue of Cotton Spice? If you’re registered on our site, log-in and you’ll be taken to a Menu page. From there click on Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine Downloads and you’ll be able to download ANY issue of Cotton Spice, from the newest March 2008 issue to the first issue in June 2006. If you’re not registered, it only takes a minute. All we ask for is your email address and a password, That’s it!

Have you visited our Cafe Press store? We’re still stocking it, but you can find some cool Cotton Spice coffee cups, some fun Note Cards and Magnets.

Have you visited the Cotton Spice Etsy store recently? It’s badly in need of restocking, but I’ve got some fabric for sale, nice packages of Lights, Reds and Primitive Packs.

We are looking for some volunteers. We could use someone to do Marketing, and a Project Finisher! I’m good at coming up with ideas for project, but I rarely have time to see them through to completion. Right now, the Round Robin project started LAST June, really needs a finisher! Just email me if you’re interested.

After much thought and prayer, we’ve added a donation button to our home page menu.ย  When we started this magazine, we made a decision Not to go into debt. Cash flow is fickle, as most of you know and of course, we don’t have any big corporation backing us like the biggie quilt magazines and quite frankly, we could use some help financially. We don’t want anyone to feel pressured to donate, so please don’t! But if you’d like to help, we’d be so grateful.

I think we have some of the Best talent in the quilting business working for Cotton Spice. Visit the websites of some our designers –

Cottage Quilt Designs – Rochelle Martinย  is a frequent designer for us, and you can find her Orchid Garden quilt in the March 2008 issue of Cotton Spice

Stone Cottage Quilts – Barbara Douglas has shared some great designs with us, and she’s also the talented writer behind Quiltology. If you missed her last article on Quilters Stash, you better go read it. It was great! And the pictures that quilters shared of their stashes, oh my goodness!!!! One generous quilter sent us a picture that took 2 pages. I couldn’t bear to cut any of it out.

Larkspur Lane Designs – Sue Cook has designed some really fun quilts for us, and she frequently designs for the BOM Challenge.

Eva Paige Quilt Designs –ย  Beth Helfter is a talented quilt designer on her way UP! Check out her website and the September 2007 issue for her Sunflower Quilt.

Our writers –

Beth Brubaker is the force behind The Q Files – the back story of the Quilt Police. Her adventures as a double agent will have you in stitches!

Laura Day – (Rochelle Martins daughter) doesn’t have a website, but she is the one who got us hooked on the Aunt Isabelle and Tara Mystery stories. Every issue she supplies us with a new chapter in their lives, each mystery revolving around a quilt. When you visit Rochelle’s website – Cottage Quilt Designs – click on Story Quilts. Laura and her mom are developing a fun project – Quilt designs that come with their own stories! Very cool!

And, Laura Kong, the quilting diva – she creates a quick, fun project for every issue.ย  And her blog is always colorful and informative.

And last but not at all Least, is Quilt Therapy – Tammy Harrison, our quilting web guru.ย  She does all the techy stuff needed to make the whole shebang work seamlessly. Without her, I don’t know what we’d do, she’s an angel. You ever meet someone online and just know you’ll be friends? Well, over the past 2 years, we’ve become good friends.

All of these people and more have made Cotton Spice what it has become. This is not the work of just one person – but many. They are all important to us, and without them, Cotton Spice wouldn’t be what it is today. Visit their websites and blogs, read their articles and make their quilts and projects. Show them how much you appreciate their work and dedication to helping us do a difficult thing – start a new magazine.

End of commercial ๐Ÿ™‚ AND… all you wonderful ladies (as far as I know) who visit here and comment – you just don’t know what that means to me. Good things, really good things. Blogs are such an amazing thing, they are great for bringing together kindred spirits.

How I would love to have an Afternoon Tea for all of you – all together in one lovely place. Becky, Amy, Karen, Crystal, Kristin, Kat, Stephanie, PariSarah, Cory, Kristi Van Os, Leah, Janice and Jeanne and everyone else. What a fun time that would be!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Life is Good!

April 1, 2008

baseball.jpgBaseball has begun ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, sort of.

We had horrible storms all day yesterday.ย  The weather map showed us in red most of the day. The tornado sirens went off, we lost power, the wind was ferocious, the thunder was huge and roaring… get the picture? Well, the storm track went right along Hwy 44 (i think that’s the right road) which goes thru Joplin and up to St. Louis.

The first baseball game was a home game, played at 3pm. An hour or so into the game, the storms had reached St. Louis and the game was called because of weather. Bottom of the 3rd, 5-1 Cardinals, and they’re going to start the game over tonight. Not fair!!!! Pujols got his first home run of the season, and now it’s not going to count, plus, we were winning! None of it counts. What can you do?

No matter what… BASEBALL has started!!!!! YAY!!!!!