Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What Do You Love?

My sister is making a list of things she loves.  Sounds like an easy thing to do, right?  But she set her goal rather high - at least 100 things - so I thought I'd ask you to post what you love. 

Things are very busy around here.  I just finished picking out fabrics for 2 new designs I will preview at Quilt Market in Houston in Oct.  One is Happy Halloween and the other is Celebrate Christmas.  They are both appliqued and pieced designs.  I spent over 20 hours picking out fabrics.  The fabric selection is the most difficult thing because I send the block designs and the fabrics off to Nancy so she can applique and embroider them for me.  It is so different from when I do it myself because if I don't like the fabric choices as I go along with the applique I can change it.  But when it is all sent off at once  I always have to have a little faith (and hold my breath some) until the blocks come back to me.  So far I've been very happy with the results, except one time, and on that one I am going to remake the design with new fabrics.  I guess that is pretty good odds considering I've sent 25 designs off so far!!

And the big news is ...... my youngest daughter, Allison, is getting married here at our house on Sept. 1st.  There is much to be done so I have my work cut out for me between now and then.  This Sat. is the shower so that should be fun and I'm going to do a little cooking for it on Friday.  I'm going to try and find a recipe for a flourless cake because Allison has some dietary restrictions.  Anyone know a good recipe?  I figured I'd try online and see what I find. 

Well it's time to get back to work.  Enjoy your day and if you entered the pattern giveaway on the Henry Glass website, please check your email because there are still 4 winners that haven't gotten back to us.  Mary Jane

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thanks for everyone who participated in the Henry Glass Beach Party!  Henry Glass will be giving away 12 of my Melon Patch patterns and I'm going to give away another 6 right here.  I just got back from the show on Cape Cod earlier  today so I had a chance to take a look at all of your comments.  Thanks to all who wrote back. 

Here's the winners I've chosen and I'm giving you a little look into why I picked them:  #1.  Judy1522 - Judy is my sister's name and so that name is very dear to my heart since she is the greatest sister in the world, #2. Cecelia - her son-in-law just won a gold medal at the Olympics, #3. Carla G - I liked the fact that she is sewing summer clothes, #4. Deb - she wrote me 2 times since I didn't get the comments posted right away.  It was next to impossible to do it from my cellphone!, #5. Sandy D. - with the beef cows and the drought I thought she could use some good luck!, and last, but not least, # 6. Sherry - her husband just had heart surgery.  If you ladies could email me back with your names and addresses, then I will get your patterns out right away. 

My new fabric line, Ninth & Vine, should be arriving any day now.  Once it arrives I'm going to be doing some more giveaways ..... so stay tuned!  Mary Jane

Friday, August 3, 2012

Good Morning Everyone!  It's a beautiful day here on Cape Cod.  No, I'm not on vacation - we are here vending at a quilt show.  If you are looking for something to do today, why not stop by Bayberry Quilt Guild's show in Harwich, MA.  Henry Glass Fabrics is having a Summer Beach Party and today is my day.  I am giving away 6 copies of my pattern, Melon Patch.  Just leave me a comment about your summer so far and I will randomly pick 6 winners.  Make sure to check back to see if you are a winner so I can get your name and address. 

Now it's off to the show ..... Mary Jane

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I've Been Gone A Long Time

Okay, so I never said posting on my blog was my strong point.  Every day I feel a "little" guilty that I haven't posted something.  But I guess not guilty enough to actually do it.  There are so many things that need to get done each day that posting here just goes to the bottom of the list.

Here's what's been happening lately around Holly Hill Quilt Designs - I am in the final rush to get all the projects done for the book I'm doing with Leisure Arts.  It is a Christmas book with 7 projects and my deadline to have all the projects and the directions to them is June 1st (I sure wish it was June 1, 2013, rather than 2012).  This is a HUGE undertaking and I won't even tell you how many hours are into it so far and I don't have one quilt 100% done and there are no directions written for any of them.  

My fabric line with Henry Glass, called Ninth and Vine, came out mid-March.  You can follow some of the goings on at Henry Glass by clicking this link to their facebook account .  You can view Ninth and Vine by going to .  I just received the strike offs (strike offs are very tiny pieces of fabric that allow you to see the colors and designs and make any adjustments you think are necessary).  Now I'm going to try and put together a few little projects that use these strike offs.  I went to "town" the other day after the fabric arrived and found some adorable little pieces of trim.  I think I'm going to try and make a couple of little pillows, but who knows!  Sometimes what you think you are going to make turns into something else when you start sewing.  I could never understand how someone makes a quilt on the computer.  Maybe that's because I grew up in the time long ago when there were no computers (not even electric typewriters - gasp!) and we used crayons, colored pencils, etc. to draw and create.  I suppose I'll have to join this new world some day.  But I guess I'm somewhat modern because I can blog, right???

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I'm still alive and well and if you are coming to Spring Market in Kansas City look for me.  I'll be in Booth #2700.  Or if you aren't coming, ask your local quilt shop to stop by and see me.   Mary Jane