Countdown to Christmas – Day 5 (Giveaway)

December 5, 2009

Welcome to Day 5, and yes, the Giveaway is still open!


This set of Printables includes –
• a 6? Christmas card front with Merry Christmas and verses from Luke 2 on the front
• a 6? Christmas card front that is blank
• a 4? Thank You notecard
• a 4? You’re Invited notecard
• a 4? Blank notecard
• a page of (4) slightly smaller than the notecard, blank

Enjoy! (discount shows up in shopping cart)


Countdown to Christmas – Day 4 (Giveaway)

December 4, 2009

Today we feature a pattern by Kathy Adams of KoolKat Quilting –


What a beautiful quilt pattern, don’t you just love the color combinations?

(discounts show up in shopping cart) And yes, it’s still Giveaway Day…. comments on this post count toward the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day, down below….

Countdown to Christmas – Day 3 (Giveaway)

December 3, 2009

We continue our Countdown to Christmas with this fabulous Christmas  pattern from Margaret Bucklew – this is a quick make, you still have plenty of time to make 2 or 3!


Designed to hang from your mantle, it will also work on shelves, window sills, or even hung on the wall! Pattern includes instructions for two sizes: 22.5″ x 10″ and 37.5″ x 10″

Don’t forget, comments made on this post still count toward the Giveaway. Details just below….scroll down… a little more… yup, there it is. I’ll wait while you read it….

Countdown to Christmas – Day 2 (Giveaway!)

December 2, 2009

So many things going on today! First of all…. the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!


We (me, Susan and Melissa) are giving away this gorgeous, hand knit shawl. How can you be entered into our drawing? Well, there are a number of ways –

  • Leave a comment on this post for 1 entry
  • Make a purchase from the Cotton Spice ePattern Shop for 5 entries
  • Put our graphic on your blog for another 5 entries (email me with the location) Graphic found at end of post.
  • Our Giveaway will be open until Dec 6! There will be a new post everyday with the new ePattern on sale that day. If you comment on each days post…. You’ll receive another 25 entries! Awesome!
  • And…if you purchase the PDF Pattern featured each day…. are you ready? 100 entries! (Dec 2-6)
  • Be sure to leave your name and email address when you comment. The email address isn’t shown to the public, but if I have no way of contacting you when you win, I have to go to the next person and that would be really sad for you- I don’t like sad people here at Cotton Spice, especially when I’m the one who made them sad!
  • And finally, for another 5 entries, subscribe to the Cotton Spice Blog – over there on the right at the top where it says Subscribe to the Cotton Spice blog….

So, what about this shawl? It’s made from 100% merino wool, lace wt yarn. It’s super soft and cuddly. It may not look like it has lots of warmth… but it does. The wool is warm and the little holes in the lace trap the warm air and keep it so that you can be warm! I made this shawl during the Summer Squares Suite featured on BadCatDesigns blog this last summer. It’s just about 32″ square.

And here is the pattern that is on sale today….


A beautiful lace shawl from Bridgett at Rambling Designs. Gorgeous!


Here is our graphic, please take it! 🙂 Then link to

Countdown to Christmas Sale!

December 1, 2009


It’s Day One of the Countdown to Christmas sale!

Holly Cascade by Rochelle Martin is on sale today ONLY for 20% off. This is an ePattern, instant download! You want it now, you have it now! Click on the picture to go directly to it – discount will show up in your shopping cart.

Tomorrow will bring a new pattern on sale, AND a Giveaway! Don’t forget to stop by!


Cyber Monday sale!

November 28, 2009


25% off Select Designers! Starts at 8am CST and runs till 8am CST on Dec. 1 (oops…I meant 12 midnight)


Starts at 8am on Dec 1 and runs till Dec 24….

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

Karen, Susan and Melissa

Cotton Spice e-Pattern Shop

November 13, 2009

When the Cotton Spice website was still just a twinkle in my eye, I wanted to sell e-patterns on the site. But putting Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine took all my time, and I wasn’t able to do it. Well, now that has changed and we are open for business!

I’ve joined up with Melissa Warren and Susan Peterman and the 3 of us are combining forces to bring you the best e-pattern site. Now, we’ve just been open a week, so we are still adding designers and their patterns. We are gearing up for 2 sales –

  • Cyber Monday! 20% select designers patterns. You’ll be shopping anyway, drop by!
  • Countdown to Christmas – starting Dec 1, we’ll have a different pattern on sale everyday till the 24th. 20% off the ‘Pattern of the Day’ as we Countdown to Christmas! More on that later!

Book Review – The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

October 18, 2009

I got this book from Amazon several weeks ago. Have you seen this book?

The quilt is beautiful, made up in gorgeous fall colors. And it’s very easy to do, there is a CD included with the book, so you can print out your templates. What I really love is reading the letters.


In 1922 The Farmers Wife magazine asked their readers, “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in the light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?”

It seems city people had a perception of farmers wives as being work horses, dowdy, downtrodden, desperately seeking escape from her dungeon of a life! The response proved nothing was farther from the truth! Over 7000 of the magazine’s readers responded to the question, from their 750,000 subscribers and the tally said 94% of the women would indeed… want their daughter to marry a farmer!

In reading the letters, the farmers wives pitied the city women! 🙂 Cooped up in hot/cold city apartment, no money of her own except what her husband gave her, no fresh air, and lots of entertainment, but few ‘real’ things to do.

The farmers wives had the chicken and egg money, it was their own to keep. They did the work of taking care of the chickens and selling the eggs, that belonged to them. They spent their days doing ‘real’ things that directly impacted their family – cooking, gardening, planting, sewing, canning, preserving, and they worked hard. At the end of the day they were tired, but it was a good tired.

(I’m not saying anything against city women, I’m just reporting the point of view in the book) 🙂

Every letter is filled with joy and pride in her work and life. She worked alongside her husband, together they ran the farm, their business. The letters are full of pride in their children and how they are growing up. She wholeheartedly wished her daughter the same kind of life.

Add to that, the templates and directions for 111 quilt blocks…it’s a fascinating book. I hope you have the opportunity to get the book and that you enjoy it as much as I did.

Fabric Giveaway on the Ruby Blog!

October 17, 2009

Come on over the Ruby blog! I’m giving away 2 yards of Vintage Cherries from Farmers Market in exchange for your favorite Christmas memory!


My new eBook is out!

September 30, 2009

I’ve written a new book! I’m sharing everything I know about how to write quilt patterns with anyone who wants to read it. And buy it! 🙂 Soon it will be for sale in the Cotton Spice Pattern Shop, but for now, it’s available at


It’s got a really fancy cover doesn’t it? 🙂 This book is all business. 28 pages of information straight up, no filler. I get to the point at the beginning and take it to very end. If you’re a quilt designer, you have precious little time to be reading fluff, so I made sure I didn’t waste your time! I hope, if you purchase it ($15) that it will be a big help to you in many ways.

Margaret was an invaluable help to me, and you should see the patterns she designs!!!! Visit her site AND blog – both are fabulous!