Archive for June, 2008

First Quilt Arrived for Macuwita Sni project!

June 30, 2008

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Our first quilt has arrived and is it a beauty! Rochelle Martin is the quiltmaker. I’ve spoken to all the other quiltmakers and their quilts are ‘in-progress’. I have two tops ready to go, I just need to purchase batting.

Are you interested in providing some warm quilts for the elders in our Macuwita sni project? We’d love to have you… the more the better!

The CS Designers Club

June 25, 2008

Hi all….

If you’ve tried to access the Designers Club from the link in the magazine, you’ve found out it didn’t work! Here is the correct link:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSDesignersClub/

I am amazed!!!!

June 23, 2008

The goal is always to get more traffic for the Cotton Spice website/magazine to get and keep advertisers in order that we can continue. Without advertisers or winning the lottery, we won’t be able to keep going. Last week I got some stats together for Nicole (our salesperson) and I AM AMAZED!!!!

Look how far we’ve come –

March 1-13, 2007: 1199 unique visitors

March 1-13, 2008: 4800 unique visitors

…from the end of March until June 21, 08… are you ready? 37, 764 unique visitors …. THUD!!!!

Since we don’t advertise anywhere (can’t afford it) the growth is due to word of mouth. You guys are telling your friends, and family, passing along the news that a new issue of Cotton Spice is out and it’s just spreading like wildfire!!!! Thank you. Thank you.

I take all your comments very seriously. When I uploaded the June 08 issue, it was about 22 MB. For some reason, it didn’t penetrate into my mind this was a pretty large file. I got an email from Gloria at CyberQuilters saying some of her list members wouldn’t be able to download the magazine due to it’s size. Well, duh! I quickly remedied the situation and uploaded a file that was about 3 MB. Hopefully there were some happy CyberQuilters!

The point is – if you email me about something, I will do what I can to fix it, write it, delete it or whatever needs to be done.

So.. thank you again…

What’s in store for our next issue in Sept 08? For one, a Sunflower Festival. Several patterns for making your own Sunflower project, from punchneedle to quilting. There will be links to awesome Sunflower patterns for sale. Even an Idea’s section to ignite your creativity in designing your own Sunflower project.

A very cool Christmas Tree skirt made from Poodle Noel fabric designed by Yolanda Fundora.

Along with our regular columns, plus even more! Stay tuned.

What’s coming up on this blog? The Summer Workshop! Remember the Last Minute Gift Countdown we did last November? We’re doing another one. July 21 – Aug 3 The Summer Workshop. Designers of quilts, usables, knit items, paper crafts, stitchery will be gathering here to share a free project with you. Quick, fun projects you can do inbetween running to the ball park with the kids, and going to the library and taking the whole gang to the pool, you need some creative time. This is it!

Have a lovely week 🙂

The Spring Meadow Shawl

June 20, 2008

My friend Robin, who I introduced in the last post, designed and made a beautiful shawl she named Spring Meadow. She combined 2 unlikely yarns and produced an incredibly wonderful shawl.

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She’s great to wear this on the hot day that it was – this shawl is wool!

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it’s kind of hard to tell on these pictures, but she knit beads into the center of every flower

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and the leaf border, thereby completing the Meadow

WWKIP

June 16, 2008

Uh…. ok… I won’t make you guess what it stands for any longer than that! World Wide Knitting in Public Day! Last week was the first I’d ever heard of it. Turns out Saturday was the day! It was also the day for my Fiber Guild Meeting. We were meeting at the Powers Museum in Carthage, Mo. I think we were supposed to be doing some kind of demonstration, because the other 2 ladies that were at the meeting (a total of 3 when you count me) brought their spinning wheels. I don’t have one, but I got a great first row seat watching them spin. It was just incredible and I see myself learning this in the near or far future. I rode to Carthage with Robin, my friend who I met on the internet (ravelry.com) and it turns out we live about 3 blocks from each other! We have a wonderful time together and Saturday was no exception. After the meeting, we decided to go get something to eat and then find a shady place in the park and spend the afternoon visiting and knitting. (in public) 🙂

We took a little tour of the museum before we left and it was quite a fascinating place. There were several displays of dresses and lace. We studied those dresses and took in all the intricate details – just fabulous dresses. I wish I’d had my camera.

They had one quilt hanging up and it was beautiful. It was an appliquéd whole cloth quilt, hand quilted and gorgeous.  I couldn’t find a picture of it on the website, but this page tells a very interesting story of 2 other quilts she made.

I got quite a bit done on my Summer Sampler Scarf, and some progress made on the current PIF project I’m making. (That progress had to be ripped out the next day as I found many mistakes) 😦

Visit our Quilt Along!  And have a wonderful day 🙂

June Cotton Spice is online

June 10, 2008

Is on the website! Go to www.cottonspice.com and click on the picture of the cover and that will take you to the download page. Click on June 2008 and viola… in a few minutes you’ll have it!

http://www.cottonspice.com/WebMagazine/cover.htm We are also considering doing a web-version of the magazine, you can see a sample at this link. There would be no PDF file to download. If this is something you’d want on a regular basis, I need to hear it from you. 🙂 Email me!

Enjoy… tell your friends 🙂

Knitting: Pattern 1 of Summer Sampler Study Going to start Pattern 2 right now!

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What a relief! The June issue is finished :)

June 6, 2008

Last night, I finished the June issue of Cotton Spice. I sent it to the proofreaders for one last go-over and as soon as I get it back, it’ll be posted on the website. Stay tuned!

This last weekend, I made a ‘toybox’ for our little granddaughter. It’s simply a basket, and Jack used to keep his toys in it, but I thought it needed to be spruced up a little for girl toys 🙂

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I also finished the scarf I was making for my sisters birthday, which is today. Happy Birthday Kris! (she is blogless, or I’d share that with you cause she is one talented lady!)

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I used Elann Baby Cashmere and it is just luscious!  And the pattern is named Sinuate and best of all – it’s Free!

Today, I’ll be working on the Summer Sampler Study I’m doing with Bad Cat Designs.  I just love her designs. Have I shown you pictures of my Isis shawl – in progress? This is also her design – beautiful!

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I’m using up odds and ends of sock yarn, and it’s bigger now, but this is the latest picture I have of it. I haven’t had any time to work on it lately, and I miss it. I’ll be getting back to it.

I also made 3 quilt designs for the magazine – here’s a preview of one of them….

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Well, have a lovely weekend, and June 2008 Cotton Spice will available later today – check back!