Well, it's been a long year. We're headed to the quilt show in Chicago next month. I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping to have my new pattern complete and ready to go. It's a bed runner and some are using it as a wall hanging. It's called Poppies in Bloom. I've been wanting to do poppies for a long time so I finally took the plunge. I expect it back from the longarmer (Pat Barry at By Design Quilting) any day now. I'll have a couple of weeks to finish the binding, get the pictures and complete the cover for the pattern.
I feel as though I've been a little absent here but like I said, it's been a long year. Those of you that know me personally know that I'm now divorced and if you've ever been through that, you know it takes it toll on you. I'm working every day to feel creative again and hope to be drawing and designing again soon. In the meantime, please note the name has changed. I'm Cyndi Beaudry again.
Hope to see you in Chicago. Take care and Happy Quilting!
It's been relatively quiet on the website lately but that doesn't mean it's been quiet on the home-front -- or should I say design-front. I've been busy trying to finish the BOM 2013 program, some other unfinished or requested designs, as well as create some completely new designs. I don't know what it is about most of us quilters, or at least me. I just can't stick to one thing. I'm here, there, and everywhere. I guess that's just so I don't get bored. Plus sometimes you just get an idea you just simply cannot wait to start on. No wonder someone coined the term "UFO". We absolutely needed it. Well, at least, I did. Still I did just finish a couple of patterns - Rudy comes Calling (a table runner, placemat, and rug mug) and Bessie Takes a Stroll (a wall hanging or square table topper). I simply couldn't resist one day. Got the vision of a cow stuck in my head and just had to put it down.
Meantime, I'm planning and preparing to go to Houston in October for Market and Festival. Not an easy chore especially when you're not sure what to expect. So, I plan for the worst, hope for the best and keep moving forward one day at a time. Hope to see you all there.
I wish I'd known how much frustration I'd have when I woke up at 2:30 in the morning a couple of weeks ago with a vision for an applique banner that I'd like to do for my quilt booth at Houston in October/Novemer.
Agghh....My applique version of myself turned out pretty well, it was fun. I'm really enjoying using more thread to add to the design. I'd like to say I'm enjoying designing the letters to spell out Amber Fenton Designs. Boy, if I had it to do over again, I'd come up with a much shorter name.
Anyway, I'm hung up on the lettering. I think I have it but I'm not completely satisfied. Must finish this so I can get back to finishing the 2013 BOM program.
Also, I packed my first box for Houston last night. Oh, to be at the beginning of preparation -- must think one day at a time. Hope you're all enjoying the warm weather. Take care and Happy Quilting! Cyndi
I really needed a break from the usual so I decided to design a couple of pin cushions. A cat and a dog. I'm calling them crazy cat cushion and bow wow cushion. I think they turned out cute. So, I did four of them in different colorways to use as samples to take to the Quilt Festival in Cincinnati in April. I have them nearly documented but, of course, they'll have to go to the printer before I can show them online to make sure I have them ready to deliver. I hope you like them. I'm also waiting for the the Rooster table runner to get printed. Initially, I was going to call it Red on a Runner since I call my rooster "Red". But, after I finished quilting it, I decided it was so cheery and gold that I needed to call it Mornin' Sunshine. I also did a mug rug to match. Can't wait to get these new designs up on the website. Watch for them, they'll be here soon. Happy Quilting!
I've been working hard this week on a table runner requested by one of the quilt shops who supply my patterns. She asked me to put Red the Rooster on a table runner and I thought it was a great idea months ago when I designed it. I ran into the design the other day and my interest was revived. I love roosters and Red is my favorit one. I decided to try something different this time. Since my least favorite part of this venture is to document the pattern and it's always the last thing done, I decided to heed my own advice about "eating the frog first". I think I've mentioned this before but for those of you who may not have been around or those of you like me, who may just not remember - eating the frog first means to do the one thing that is your least favorite thing to do and get it over with. I hoped by documenting the pattern first, I could pre-test it this time as I'm sewing it instead of doing it twice after the fact. More importantly, since my favorite part is putting it together and sewing it, if I couldn't sew it until I had a rough draft of the pattern, it would motivate to get the pattern done faster. It's been tough, but the rough draft is done and I'm ready to start cutting the applique and sewing. I can't wait, it's going to be a great weekend! I hope you all do something fun too! Cyndi
Some of my customers in Texas wanted another option for the BOM program they're doing because Texas of course gets Spring much sooner than those of us in the Northern states like Michigan. My "Waitin' on Spring" block for April has been very popular here in Michigan and Wisconsin, but Texas is long past thinking about snow in March. So, I designed "Luck o' the Irish" and am offering it now as an alternate block to the "Waitin' on Spring" for those of who would prefer a little touch of the green. Hope you like it.
to improve your health, your life, your attitude -- what would you do. That's what I asked myself today. The answer was, I will take two short walks (10 minutes each). No more, no less. And, I will drink water. I know, that sounds pretty simple, but I did say simple. I'm upset with myself because I rarely drink water. I drink coffee and I drink diet pop. Not water. Sure, I know. I've been trying to tell myself that there's water in coffee and pop. But, the human body needs water. I need water. I will drink water today.
And, there it is. Like always, I can't just do one thing. I have to do more. Ok, so I'll let that go. They are both very simple and they are both something I'm capable of. So, that's it, that's what I'll do today. How about you?
A new year can be fairly scarey. But, it can also be very exciting. I have lots of plans for this year. I'm already hard at work on my second Block of the Month series. Nearly have pattern #4 complete. These will be a little different than the last BOM series. Instead of small wall hangings, I'm trying something new. I don't want to give out any sneak peeks until they're nearly done. Would hate to spoil the surprise.
I accomplished quite a bit last year. Put out some new patterns that are doing pretty well. A couple specifically that are turning out to be pretty popular like The Beauty of Winter. Can't wait to try a few more like it but first things first.
I asked a question a couple of weeks ago about what inspires you? Today, I feel like I should think of it or ask it another way. What makes your heart sing? I know for me it's creativity. That's what makes it all worthwhile. The satisfaction I receive from finishing a project that turns out well is better than just about anything. Well, except of course for the wonderful rewards we receive from family.
I bet you thought I was so busy with marketing my BOM program for 2012 that I hadn't gotten around to even thinking about a new program for 2013. NOT. I've been hard at work with images and thoughts going through my mind. I just finished sewing the second project and now I'm working on finishing the documentation. Documenting the pattern is always much harder than designing and sewing it. But, it's like they say, no job is finished until the paperwork's done.
I wish I could share the two pictures of the finished projects for feedback but I better just keep them to myself for now or they won't be a surprise. They won't be your traditional block of the month - that's all I'll say. Well, I will also say that they are turning out nicely. Don't forget to check back in the coming months for a sneak peek preview.
Have a great holiday season. Best wishes