Sunday, August 31, 2008

My Birdie Sling!

I worked all day yesterday to make the Birdie Sling with my Dandelion Blowing Seeds fabric and black solid. I did a workshop at a wonderful shop Home Ec in Iowa City. This is a great little store and what a sewing refuge! Thanks to Cody and Elise at Home Ec (I hope I spelled the names right). I feel so liberated, after years of hand sewing it was nice to conquer the machine.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thank you Aledo!

Good Morning-
I just got back from a wonderful quilt guild meeting in Aledo, Illinois. I want to thank Ruth Ann for inviting me and thank the guild for being so interested in my work and my chaotic creative process! It is always fun to see what quilters are creating out there and to meet new people. I will be finishing my last piece in the Irish Lace collection to submit for next Spring's line today so after I down the Starbuck's I think I'll be ready. Come in and see what everyone is talking about at Fern Hill!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I have just returned from a successful show in Rochester, MN. With a little help from my husband and my little guy we made it happen. Here are some photos of the booth. Enjoy! Thanks to everyone who supported Fern Hill at the booth! Please come in and see the store!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Creative Chaos

It is so exciting to share my experiences with everyone. I wanted to find a way to let people know that with creativity comes real chaos. I think to be open to creativity one has to be open to chaos, and that can be pretty daunting. My latest creative endeavors are the gorgeous cupola fountain, ornament and tool caddy on display at the Iowa State fair right now!
With the vision of Country Gardens Magazine I was able to complete a project I have had rolling around in my mind for over two years! This will be on display in the Discovery Gardens at the Fair until August 17th.
When the issue is released next year I will let you know about the chaos I got to experience in bringing the concept to reality.

In my personal life we are cleaning today and going school shopping. I would rather be painting!

The latest fabric line Hollyhock Dolls and Garden Garments is due out in about two weeks so I am very excited! It is always so great to see the line develop from my canvas to the fabric. The follow up line to that is Irish Lace. It will still incorporates Daylilies, Hollyhocks and throws some shamrocks in there and a flower surprise! never seen before in fabric!
I am so excited I can hardly wait for it to print- patience... something I don't have but sense I will need today as we shop!

Remember go to the Iowa State Fair!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Quiet Moments of Innovation

Got any rivers they say are uncrossable?