I’m in Keepsake Quilting – January 2013

27th January, 2013 - Posted by cmwhitten - No Comments

My Ruffle Apron was picked up by Keepsake Quilting for their January 2013 catalogue.

When I got the email last November, my heart skipped a beat – I felt like I was finally starting to make an impression.  So when the little brown envelope arrived in the mail 2 weeks ago with the catalogue I screamed in delight and ran to show it to my husband.

The apron is featured with the new Batik fabric line from Stephanie Prescott  of A Quilters Dream, I had made Stephanie two samples that she showcased during Fall Quilt Market, both her fabrics and my pattern were a hit!

Ruffle Apron - Keepsake Quilting Catalogue, Jan. 2013

Many thanks to Stephanie for her kind words of encouragement and for supplying the fabric strike off’s for sample making.

I can’t wait to get my hands on her next line that will preview @ Trends in March.

Keep checking back to my blog for the latest in my quilting/designing adventure.

School is back in Session!

2nd October, 2012 - Posted by cmwhitten - No Comments

When I started this little blog 2 years ago – I told myself I would publish “meaningful” stuff, and then life got very busy with my two kids and here I am two years later with only a few entries.  I have been sewing, quilting and baking like crazy but I have not shared it with anyone.  I have also been remodeling my kitchen – almost finished, just need to find the tile, backsplash and new handles for the cabinets.  Below is one of latest sewing projects  – what do you think? 

New apron pattern – “Ruffle Apron” this will make its debut at Pacific Internation Quilt Festival next week – preview sample pic’s below.  Love how they have come out – Little Black Dress by Moda and a collection of Brights from Michael Miller.

Miss Modern

Little Black Dress

 

Come and visit me in Santa Clara @ Pacific International Quilt Festival – Oct. 10 – 14, 2012 –  Booth 313.  I will have kits and patterns of these adorable new ruffle aprons.

Little saying of the day

“I’m only as strong as the cocktails I drink, the hairspray I use, and the girlfriends I have.” 

A big shout out to my BFF that takes such good care of me and always make me feel so special!

Charity Work

6th May, 2012 - Posted by cmwhitten - No Comments

My daughter and I have joined the National Charity League – we have made a 6 year commitment to supporting 30+ charities here in Southern California.  We started on Saturday by volunteering our time to Furnishing Hope   www.furnishinghope.org.  As our wounded soldiers come home and are treated they need a place to stay while undergoing rehabilitation.  Furnishing Hope provides furniture and supplies for these warriors creating a much needed nurturing environment in which they can recover and begin their new lives.  I was honored to help out this very much needed organization.  Rachel is beginning to see how so many people are in need in our community and for this I’m also very grateful.  She shared her day with my mom and it brought tears to my eyes.

I would love to enlist my fellow quilters to donate whatever you can – anything and everything makes a difference.

Do any of you have similar story you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you!

What have you done lately?

9th March, 2011 - Posted by cmwhitten - No Comments

As I travel across the United States, working and showing my designs, I have experienced many recent changes to our way of life – some good and some not.  As I’m sure most people will agree, Americans have had to come to terms with an ever-changing economic landscape – the loss of jobs, plummeting home values, and education cuts, to name a few – that have either affected us directly or have impacted people we know.

But in the midst of all these changes, I have also seen individuals rise up to help address the needs of others — less fortunate people that are just simply trying to survive.
 
One person I know in particular is trying to make a difference: Susan Stern, founder of “My Very Own Dreams.” www.myveryowndreams.com  Susan’s non-profit corporation makes pillowcases for foster and at-risk children and teens. In 2010 she produced more than 2,300 pillowcases and distributed them throughout the United States. When I was speaking to Susan about what she does, it was easy to see what it means to her to provide some modicum of comfort to children in need.  And her particular philanthropy efforts are truly a labor of love.
 
My kids recently had a contest at school – it was called “Pennies for Patients” – during which they collected loose change over a three week period.  They took the money into school each day and added it to the jar. It was a collection program that benefited www.schoolandyouth.org – an organization that raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds life-saving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
 
My daughter’s 5th Grade Class won the contest by collecting over $400 in spare change! The total for the entire school was considerably higher.  Both of my kids were not only excited to participate in this fun and worthy challenge but they also learned what it means to care about others.
 
Susan Stern’s enthusiasm to help others is very infectious.  I plan to do more to help my community wherever I can.  In fact, let’s all start paying it forward!  And please remember: no act of kindness is ever too small. 
 
Do any of you have similar stories you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas!

6th December, 2010 - Posted by cmwhitten - No Comments

This past weekend marked the beginning of the festive season in our household. We decorated our Christmas tree and and decided upon a picture for this year’s card.     

 Let the holiday baking begin!  We will make three different types of cookie this year – gingersnaps, pressed sugar cookies, and my Grandma Kane’s famous iced cookie, the “Jumble Jubilee.”  I will be posting recipes and pictures within the next two weeks so watch this space.

Christmas Tree @ Fashion Island, Newport Beach CA

 What else is going on…

 I attended Quilt Market in Houston last month and the spring lines are now just beginning to trickle in.  So many cute new fabrics!  I have lots of new designs planned – quilts, table cloths and wall hangings – and I’m very excited about all of the possibilities.  I will of course post pictures of any new offerings in the weeks ahead.  

 My kids gave me a wonderful book for my birthday: “The Art & Soul of Baking“,  I especially like its textbook-style format and that each new chapter begins with a “how to” section, explaining in detail some great techniques as well as providing guidance on refining your baking skills.  I highly recommend this book to all you bakers out there.  Definitely one to put on your Christmas list. 

  Our daughter, Rachel, has her latest piano recital next week!  She dedicates time to practice every day and her hard work really shows.  We are naturally very proud of her and can’t wait for next week’s performance.  I know she’ll do great!

Thunder, lightning and lots of rain this evening.  I’m off to warm by the fireplace with my new baking book!

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