Friday, September 30, 2011





Thursday, September 29, 2011

2012 BOM Sneak Peek!

Today I wondered into the Sue Spargo Block of the Month Yahoo group... 
I really don't know quite what to say... 
I haven't laughed like this in a long, long time!
The definition of 'Spargosis' is priceless!  
If you have not ventured onto this site, you must!  It's a wonderful group, mostly made up of 2011 Block of the Month participants who discuss techniques and 'Spargoisms', post questions, pictures... and much, much more!  The group is open to anyone, you do not have to be a BOM participant.  They invite you to join at

October is almost here, which means Block of the Month 2012 sign ups will be open to all!  I have one final sneak peek at a few wool colors mom has selected to use in 2012's BOM. 

I must thank the members of the Yahoo group for the many laughs today!  What a great group!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

October Sneak Peek

I can't believe that October is just around the corner!  I thought to myself today, that I had better get my act together and give you a sneak peek of a few new things you will find coming in October, at

Mom has designed a few Christmas Ornaments for American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.  The pattern will be available in December's issue of American Patchwork and Quilting which is due to hit newsstands October 4th; and the kits will be available at, in October.

Fun new cotton fabrics!

New Heishi bead pack.

New, limited, Watermelon Rick-Rack Pack.

Mom and Wendy's second collection of ribbons for Renaissance Ribbons.

New color additions of Silken Chenille and Sea Grass.

And of course, sign ups for BOM 2012 will be posted, October 1st, at  I think I may have one or two BOM 2012 sneak peeks before then!  Stay tuned...


Monday, September 26, 2011

BOM 2012

We are counting down the days until the 2012 BOM is posted on the website; and sign ups are open to all!  If you are not a participant of the 2011 BOM program, you may sign up on the website,,  October 1st.  Sign ups have opened early for the current 2011 BOM participants; and the available spaces are filling quickly!  

Here are a few more wool colors that have been chosen for the 2012 BOM! 


Friday, September 23, 2011

BOM 2012

For all those Block of the Month fanatics who need to start planning a place to display next years project; for those of you who need to choose new paint colors for your walls; and those who need to start shopping for coordinating furniture... this ones for you!

A sneak peek at some of the backgrounds mom has selected for BOM 2012!

Happy Weekend to all!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meals on Wheels

Our dear friend Sheri has not had the chance to see my mom for months.  She decided the best way to catch up was to nourish the troops and showed up on our doorstep last night with an amazing dinner!  We joked that Sheri was providing us with 'Meals on Wheels', since none of us have had a decent meal in what seems like weeks.  Sheri came with Italian chicken, angel hair pasta and a fresh tomato and mozzarella salad.  We had wonderful food, great wine and lots of laughs!  Thank you so much Sheri!  

Today the doorbell rang, I ran upstairs and was shocked to find this beautiful arrangement being delivered to us!  The card, which is not signed, reads: 'In case no one told you today, you guys are the best!  Keep up the good work!  Here is to the BOM for 2012!'  To whomever sent these, it truly made our day!  So much so, that we are thinking we may start a sign up list for bribes...

The kindness and generosity that has shown up on our doorstep over the last 24 hours has really touched us all.  Again, I just want to thank Sheri and whomever sent the flowers!  What a great day!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Block of the Month 2012

Ready... set... signups are almost here!  Just when I thought it would be near impossible to top this years Block of the Month, Imperial Blooms, my mom began gathering and drawing ideas for the 2012 BOM.   Over the past few weeks we have all been in a frenzy trying to choose, order and coordinate all parts of next years BOM.  Wendy has been dyeing dozens of vibrant, new wool colors; mom has been sketching, selecting hand dyed wool and cotton colors, embellishment threads and matching wool and cotton threads.  Mary and I have been spending hours at the computer working on signup sheets and the October web update to - hopefully- cross our fingers- have signups posted October 1st, on the website,
Remember that spaces are limited and have filled in the past within days!  Watch the website to ensure your spot in next years program!  The only way to sign up is online, there is no secret sign up list, pre-sign up list- or any kind of list!
So, without giving too much away, I thought a peek of pieces and parts of 2012's BOM, over the next few weeks, might be fun!  So, here we go...

A few selected wool thread colors for BOM 2012.

Keep watching for more sneak peeks of 2012's BOM!


Friday, September 16, 2011

New Ribbon Preview

Sue and Wendy's second collection of ribbons, for Renaissance Ribbons, is due to hit the website in October.  You are in for a real treat!  Below is a preview of one of these fabulous ribbons!  

Happy weekend to all!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

16 Patch Frosty Flurries

16 Patch Frosty Flurries, Sue Spargo
Don't miss out on this simply fabulous new kit, from mom's new book, Crimson Tweed.  This large, textural pillow kit, includes all the hand-dyed wools, cottons, backing, label, closure and a spool of Genziana wool thread for snowflake appliqué.  Only a few kits remain!  Follow this link to get yours today!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Sneak Peek!

Oh, it has been a busy week for Cathy, Peggy and I.  We have been cutting hundreds of yards of wool, cottons and velvets to prepare for my mom's next teaching trip.  She will be flying in for a few days, we'll load her up, then ship her out, to teach 5 or 6 back to back workshops... we'll then see her in November.  Honestly, I don't know how she does it.  Well, towards the end of today, the dogs were really starting to feel neglected.  Somehow, Marley, ended up on the cutting table... Cathy... for a little extra TLC. 

I thought a sneak peek was well in order to kick off the weekend!  Pictured below, is a preview, of 1 of 4 upcoming Christmas Ornaments.  The pattern will be available in December's issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, which is due to hit newsstands October 4th.  The kit will be available in October at

Wishing everyone a happy weekend!


Thursday, September 8, 2011


There is something really spectacular about incorporating velvets into your designs.  I am not quite sure if it's the luscious feel, vibrant colors or change of texture... but somehow your eyes are just immediately drawn to it.


Monday, September 5, 2011


September's web update is now posted!
The availability of striped wools are limited and very hard to come by.  Wendy was able to get her hands on a few pieces, and has treated us to this rich, textural, wool stripes bundle.

Stripes Bundle
 We also have a few yards of this vibrant, one of a kind Orchid bundle.

Orchid Bundle

We have limited quantities of these one time, one of a kind wool bundles.
Don't miss out, be sure to snatch your wool stash bundle today!