December 21, 2015

A Heartwarming Congratulations

Reading all of your comments over the course of the week has brought me such deeply felt happiness. Thank you for sharing your loving acts of kindness and charity for people who need a little extra this holiday season. You are making such a difference in other people's lives, including my own. I hope you'll take a little time to read through all the comments, to encourage others to read them as well, and to share a feeling of gratitude for being alive at the same time as so many wonderful, creative, thoughtful people.
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!
Much love,

December 15, 2015

Holiday Giveaway

'Twas the night before Catmas and all through the house, not a kitty was stirring...

...oh, you know the rest! We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and
a very happy, healthy 2016.

Thank you for spending some time with me in 2015, here on my blog and elsewhere. I've so enjoyed your comments, kindness, enthusiasm, creativity and encouragement. I've also enjoyed getting to meet some of you in person this year. As a small token of my thanks, let's have a holiday giveaway!
Up for grabs is a new Little Jewels quilt kit – including the pattern by Jessica Darling of VillaRosaDesigns and all of the fabrics (over 7 yards!) to make it, with free shipping to you, wherever you are.
© Marc Litvinoff Photography
To me, this time of year is so much more about giving than anything. It's a time to stretch ourselves and our hearts to those who could use a little extra love, a kind word or gesture, some warm mittens, a bowl of soup, or a simple smile. Something magical happens when we give simple things selflessly and the gifts we receive in return are wrapped in love and tied with happiness. Our world could surely benefit from an abundance of small, positive gestures of compassion and kindness. Whenever possible, i love hearing about what kinds of things people are doing for others. It helps to sustain my hope that we are here for each other, and gives me many more good ideas to enact in my own life. So... enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below briefly sharing one thing you’ll be doing for someone else this holiday season. Please just enter once. Be sure to leave an e-mail address, so that I can reach you if you win. That’s it.

A winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced here on Monday December 21st. If you would prefer we send this kit off to someone you think could use it, we would be happy to do that as well. If you tell me what to write, I will include a special note from you!

The lovely kit was put together by our friend Christie of Christie’s Quilting Boutique in Norwalk, Connecticut. I picked it up when i visited the shop last weekend to celebrate their 2nd anniversary. Christie, Edgar, and their family have created a very special place, well worth a detour if you're passing through the area!

If you're looking for colored threads to coordinate with this kit, here are a few Aurifil threads
that would work perfectly:
Good luck, everyone! Keep being your wonderful selves.

December 3, 2015

Pantone's 2016 Colors of the Year

Sweet serendipity! Pantone just announced its 2016 Colors of the Year. It's the first time ever that there are two: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. Looks like someone *eh hem, wink wink, toot toot* saw these colors coming!
(Aria ships in February)
And then, to my surprise, i pulled out my elements thread collection for Aurifil and noticed that two of the thread colors matched too (2410, 2710)! Here are some additional coordinating Moda Bella Solids and Aurifil embroidery floss colors if you're looking to do some trend-on sewing in 2016! (Sisters Pink is also a Bella option for rose quartz).
Your color-loving friend,