Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quick Update

Finally......I've just finished the pattern for the last Loose Feather in the Abecedarian Series. Wanted to give you a peek of them all together. The pattern will be shipped out to the distributors on May 12th, and should be in shops the following week.

Until later!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Moda Blog Hop

Can you find me? I'm the queen of this hive. (The small blue dot on my head can help you locate me.) Alma and Barb have left me in charge of the blog today, and I'm just your "take charge" kind of gal. 

My workers have been busy coming and going from the hive. There has been plenty of nectar this spring for my workers to bring back to the hive and make into honey.

No quilts for us over the winter! My workers form a cluster around me and the brood, keeping us warm. As it gets colder, my workers begin to shiver. They vibrate their flight muscles to raise their body temperatures. The center of all this activity can get pretty warm....about 93 degrees F. When a worker gets cold she just moves into the center of the group to warm up.

 No wonder when spring comes we are all a buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. 

Spring quilt market is rapidly approaching (May 15-17) and while my workers and I are busy with our "Garden Party," Alma and Barb have been planning a small party of their own. Since their new line of fabric "Hyde Park" will be shown to shop owners in July, they are going to take a working break.....and wouldn't I like one too! (After laying 2,000 eggs each day, believe you me, I'm ready to kick back a bit.)

 Barb and Alma are going to the beach the first week of May. (Above you can see the only beach we get to go to. As if the bird bath is even close to the same thing. Sometimes life just isn't fair!) They are going to have a "Plum Sweet" time. Alma says she will be posting from the beach letting everyone know what they are up to be sure to check back next week.

Hope you all have a "honey" of a time checking out our Moda friends today!

April Rosenthal 
Me & My Sister
AcornQuilt & Gift Company
Kate Spain

 Until later dear friends.....buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The queen

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Yellow Submarine

Guess what will be sailing your way? We now have an agreement with Sony ATV and can release this pattern. I'd have to say, the process of negotiating with Startling Music Ltd. and Sony ATV was very easy. I'm grateful to say the least. Dave and I were able to keep our house and car. (Just kidding!)
     Paul McCartney wrote this song and he made it a point to use short words and phrases when he wrote it. It was intended to be a fun children’s song with lyrics that kids could easily pick up. I think this piece would be very sweet in a child's room. Barb's vine along the top is perfect for ocean waves.

     I got the flu for Christmas. I wanted to post this earlier, but really, I could hardly drag myself out of bed. Luckily, I'm recovered and none of my kids got it from me! Although I wasn't much fun this year. Lots of hand washing and not much kissing during the holidays. Even though these pictures are late, I'm still sharing them with you. I took this platter to my friend's house for a luncheon and wanted to add a bit of color and thought, "Why not add ornaments for a bit of sparkle and panache." I washed the bulbs a bit (had to be careful as they are vintage) and added them randomly among the cookies.

     All of the recipes are from Sweet Paul - Winter 2014.

     Click the Magazine tab on his top menu, and it will take you to this issue. You can view it on-line for free....but I always purchase my copy from Anthropologie. His cookies were very tasty and looked spectacular. This issue seemed "all about making me look talented and creative." And I'm all about supporting anyone who makes me look good!  Thanks Paul!!!!

     Hope you are all staying well and warm. It's cold here today.

Until later dear friends,


Friday, December 12, 2014

Brand New

Since the very beginning of Blackbird Designs, Barb’s mother, Leona, has been there to help with our projects and make sure we meet our deadlines. She probably feels like she’s  sewn on a million yards of binding in the middle of the night!

From applique to pincushions and more, she’s done it all with good humor and kind reassuring words.

Barb used the wooden box by Stephanie Elmer of Lone Elm Lane to frame the piece celebrating her mother. The Queen Crown Box has a design area of 6" x 6".

 Inside the box is a wooden insert, just right to hold these two pinkeeps.

The pattern has just been printed and I'm picking it up today. It wiill ship out to our distributors on Monday and will be in your local cross stitch shop soon!

I've been terrible about posting to this site. Barb and I are just busy... busy... busy! We are finalizing everything for a new quilt book which will be out this spring. My studio room is torn up. I decided to remodel right before Christmas and trying to get ready for the holidays. The fun never ends here.

Will post more soon!!!

Until later,


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We just received final approval for the release of Octopus's Garden from Startling Music, Ltd. This pattern is the fourth of six celebrating the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ first televised performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Although not the last to be released, Abbey Road was the last album the Beatles recorded as a group. Octopus’s Garden is one of the most charming songs included in the album. It was the second song that Ringo Starr had written with the Beatles and some critics say it was his best.

I'm going to be humming this song all day! I'm shipping this pattern out to the distributors. Look for it soon.

Barb and I are wrapping up here. We leave tomorrow for quilt market. We don't have our own booth this time, we will be in the designer's line-up in the Moda booth. Come by and see us!

Hope you are all have a chance to get out and enjoy this lovely autumn weather!

Until later!


Sunday, September 14, 2014


I'm sorry for the delay in posting the winner! Barb and I are traveling and our connection to the web has been limited. Without further ado here are the winners...

#85 GloriaSeptember 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Love those baskets. I have aset of12 I've pieced but not appliqued yet. Must do it soon...

Favourite precut is the layercake.

I enjoy the layer cakes as well, simply because of their versatility. Autumn Lily is very pretty indeed. Love the soft colors.

Please e-mail me at and I will send your prize.

Congratulations to the two winners! Many thanks to all of you who participated in the contest.
Will post again soon after we return.

Until later,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Moda Love

      It's our day to share a bit of Moda Love! Thank you for stopping by to visit us on the blog tour, and letting us share some things we love with you! (Click on the link for all of the details.)

     We love our newest fabric line, Autumn Lily, which arrived in the quilt shops last month. The color palette feels calm with a pop of sky blue. Below is Autumn Bouquet our newest quilt pattern made using the fabric line. It's an easy and quick one to make.

      Where do I love to spend my summer days? My vegetable garden in my backyard is one of my favorite spots. Weeding cucumbers, squash, peppers and tomatoes consumed a lot of my time this year. All of the work was worth it. Our weather was perfect and the harvest was abundant.

     My collections always bring a smile. This sweet tape measure is one of my favorites. Birds images capture my attention.

     This puppy tape measure is a close second. Isn't his face just the sweetest?

     I love old quilt blocks. Their faded colors and whimsical use of prints are always interesting to me. I fell in love with quilting while in nursing school. I took a quilt class, and forever after, the colors, textures and patterns of quilt blocks have been a passion. I think the best part of the design process is picking out the fabric. Putting prints and colors together always are a source of new ideas. So many fabrics and so little time.

     At spring quilt market, the Moda designers all made the same pattern with their fabric. Click on the link for the pattern. Barb and I didn't attend the market, but still wanted to participate in the blog hop. This design is calling my name and I think I will begin it this weekend. The quilt looks so easy and quick to make. Charm packs and layer cakes work great for this project. Click on the link to get your free pattern.

Of course there is a contest too. Sept. 13 is the end of the blog hop and we are drawing two names to win some fabric. We have a Jelly Roll and a Fat quarter pack in our Autumn Lily fabric just waiting for you. Leave a comment and let us know what is your favorite Moda precut....Layer cake, Charm Pack or Mini charms. 

 Today is the day to visit three more design groups in the Moda Love hop. Their links are below.
Malka Dubrawski –
Lauren + Jessi Jung –
Lella Boutique –

All of the designers are giving away fabric. Hope you are a winner!!!

Until later,