Monday, August 17, 2009

Bar Harbor!

Hey, look what was on my front porch a couple of days ago. A few pre-cuts of our new collection called Bar Harbor. It seems kind of crazy to have this fabric so quick, as Wiscasset isn't even in stores yet. (It will be very soon!). I spent the weekend cutting and piecing, getting our quilts ready for Fall Market and our new collection of patterns. Despite NOT being a floral kind of gal -
I am CRAZY about this collection and this huge, over-the-top floral fabric. That is a Layer Cake, people, not a charm pack. That is how big the floral is. Well, it is very Bar Harbor. Beachy. Cottagey. I think you know what I mean.

Which brings me to the point of this post. How is your vacation going this summer? Are you by the water? The mountains? Are you having a staycation? It is kind of a staycation situation here. All my travel this summer and fall is for work. I always have a grand time though, so don't fret about me. Frankly, I can barely call it work, can I? Fabric this, quilt that, another airport, another town, etc.

Make a comment about your summer vacation before midnight Wednesday and you can be one of 3 winners picked by the good old random generator. You can win this Layer Cake and some Scraps...
A charm pack and some Scraps, or a pattern and some scraps. Who can forget how popular the last scrap give-away was? Good Luck!

Laurie

181 comments:

Kathy said...

No one ever wants to be the first to comment if there is a drawing!!! Well, I will tell you about our vacation!

Our son from Maine and our son from Vermont met us in Northern Quebec for vacation just this past week. we had beautiful weather...warm days for swimming and cool nights for sleeping and sitting around the fire chatting and watching the skies. What a tremendous view of the night sky when there are absolutely NO LIGHTS! It was awesome.

I didn't get too much quilting or needlework done, although I did take it in case of not so good weather. But, I did plan a few things in my head!

We got home last night, and I'm already unpacked, laundry done and groceries bought. Now it's back to work tomorrow. We are waiting for our neighbor to come home for lunch so we can get our mail. He was kind enough to collect it all for us. I have a few 'quilt-y' packages in the stack (I hope!).

We had a restful, fun and wonderful vacation spent with our sons and our friends in Quebec. Another year has passed and new we wait another year to do it all again!

Elaine S. said...

We took our vacation the week of Memorial Day. I pieced a quilt I donated to a silent auction and we kept our grandson the rest of the week. Very enjoyable.

Lizzie said...

My summer staycation has been nice. I have sewn, meet my new grandson and just done whatever I wanted. Beats going away sometimes. Thanks for your giveaway

Tina C. said...

Love the new fabric! We just got back from 10 hot days in Texas, visiting friends and family. We live in Montana so the humid, hot temps were a challenge. I took a couple of applique projects along and got about 45 minutes of work done over the entire 10 days...

Now we are in back to school mode. Whew!c

Anonymous said...

Love your fabs! I have spent a couple long weekends away on quilting retreats - one the Sisters quilt show and another one coming up this weekend in central Oregon at Sunriver and had some quiet time at home... suits me just fine! Linda at rgranch@pioneer.net

Cindi D said...

We took a short family holiday from Seattle to Whistler BC. Enjoyed all the outdoor activities, and believe me we did them all.... Took in the sites and previewed the Winter Olympic game locations. It was really hard to head back home, now I need a vacation from the vacation!!!

Stina said...

Oh my gosh.. that is some very lovely fabrics...and I love FLOWERS!!!! Living in Sweden.. the North part.. you just have to add every flower you can!!!! Summer goes by too quickly... and pheeww... I dont know where my vacation went.... I spent it home and took it really really slow and relaxed a lot.. and enjoyed the SUN the most I could... Still some days left ... and on Monday... it will be all over... hopefully I have gained all energy to "survive" the winter!!! :o))

Ruth B said...

My summer vacation was very short but wonderful. We flew to Philadelphia from Minnesota to attend my son's wedding. It was held in the bride's parents back yard and it was so beautiful of course I cried. They are so happy together and the whole ceremony and day was about family and love. The bride and groom even played kickball with some family members which included all the kids. The bride played too with her veil flying back as she ran the bases. A wonderful son and a wonderful trip.

Meghann said...

What a great and generous giveaway. Our summer has been a busy one with several trips up to PA to spend time with my parents and then of course lots of camping on the weekends. We are definitely making memories this summer. So sad to know that we are half way through August and summer is coming to a close:( Thanks again for such a great giveaway.

Mary said...

First of all, you must understand that I live in AZ where our July this year was the hottest MONTH (not just the hottest July) in recorded history. Unfortunately my time away from AZ consisted of a week in NYC in June (all lovely and spectacular) and some time at the very end of July in Chicago to help with a new grandbaby. All good, but could have been better with more time away in July.

Now that I have your sympathy, please let me win your fabulous giveaway. 'Cause it's still hotter than heck here right now.

Anonymous said...

Bar Harbor is perfect and I cannot wait until it comes out!
Our summer was spent hosting family....kids and grandkids from out of state and MIL came and my sister. Its nearly the end of Aug and my husband and I are just now able to get away by ourselves....so our summer has been a staycation for sure.
Bev/mo

Karen S. said...

My vacation was going to visit the grandkids in LA and seeing other family that live there. Had a great time spoiling them. I have planned another vacation with girlfriends in TN. This will be a sewing and sightsee trip. Love the flowers on Bar Harbor

Aileen R said...

Bar Harbor is terrific and I can't wait to see the new patterns.
I live in San Francisco and have a summer home in Santa Fe, NM. Spent the time buying furniture, relaxing and waiting for deliveries. We were there in early July (very warm) and will go again in September (wonderful fall weather) and December (snow, but hopefully no too much).

Liz said...

We are camping out in our new house!
We have to wait until everything is installed and the wood floors are done until we can officially move in.
Love your new fabric!

Janna said...

We bought a house this summer, so our "vacation" consisted of drywall and plumbing and refinishing and replacing and ...

(Thanks for the chance at such a fun giveaway!)

PamKittyMorning said...

I'm only by the computer but ohmygosh that is a wonderful huge floral. I LOVE IT. Seriously swooning love.

Becky said...

Love the floral fabric in Bar Harbour! In my part of the world, Georgia, vacation is over. We are back at school already. We had a staycation this Summer because of our child beginning college and all the $$$ that went with him. Lovely days of sewing at home and lots of reading. Thanks for the chance to win!

junglewife said...

too fun! We haven't gone anywhere this summer but hope to take a vacation in October (our kids aren't in school yet...)

Lorraine said...

I'd love your scraps!

butfromheretoo@sbcglobal.net

Carol said...

I enjoyed vacationing at home and let the grandkids come to me!

LyndaG said...

Have been taking a day here and there to visit family and see some of the sights in Maine - have lived here for 3 years but always too busy - and given the amount of folks 'from away' who are in Maine for vacation, figured I should find out something about the state... Wiscasset calls itself the prettiest little town in Maine - and hosts Red's - for the best lobster roll ever - either cold with mayo or warmed with melted butter. During the visit to Bar Harbor two years ago, had fog so thick I couldn't find the water... Love the fabric and will be looking for both lines

Kim said...

My summer vacation? At home. In the air conditioning. My own sleep number bed. No traffic jams. My Nirvana. ;-)

Martha said...

We had our 30th anniversary in a secluded cabin in Cosby, TN. Beautiful uninterruped views of the Smokies in every direction. The hot tub was right off our room in a screened in porch. Golf and great quilt stores within minutes. PERFECT vaction with a perfect-for-me husband (most days...). A bit of stitching, a bit of knitting, a bit of embroidery, a lot of lazy down time.

Vickie E said...

I am really pining for this...hmm what could I make??
We went on an Alaskan Cruise with QUiltcruises...and VIkki Pignatelli and Margaret Miller. It was an awesome cruise.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

You are chaneling me with these fabric collections! I live in NH but we have a cottage on the ocean on mid coast Maine. We have to go through Wiscasset to get to the cottage and if we drive a bit more north we can visit Bar Harbor, which we have done many times. So that's what we have done several times this summer-drive to our cottage in Maine. I plan on making quilts out of both collections for the cottage. They NEED to be there.

Izzy said...

Hello Ladies I really like your fabrics and that is where we vacationed , near Bar Harbor in a little place called Camden at the Hartstone Inn , what a treat , it was from my mom to my habby and I..I hope I win !!!

Anonymous said...

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Izzy said...

Hello Ladies I really like your fabrics and that is where we vacationed , near Bar Harbor in a little place called Camden at the Hartstone Inn , what a treat , it was from my mom to my habby and I..I hope I win !!!

SueBee said...

I am going to the beach in October. I like to go after the crowds have come and gone. And of course the cooler temps.

Becky said...

I spent my summer vacation taking my 6 year old granddaughter to the lake several days a week. I also got 4 quilts finished and sewed up some samples for my local quilt shop.

Patty said...

Vacations this summer have been spent in our pop-up camper, and we have one more scheduled 'up north' in Michigan for some golfing. Our youngest graduated high school in May, and this is the first time we haven't had a kid in a Fall sport!
L-O-V-E the new fabric line!

Robin said...

I have had what you call a 'staycation'. I live in Salt Lake City area and the vacationers have come to me. So the unofficial B & B that I call home has been busy. I've got a lot of quilting done though, finished some UFO's and looking forward to fall when things will quiet down a little. Thanks for the sneak peak of Bar Harbor.

Patchwork Penguin said...

We aren't by the water..... but I love, love, love the colors in the Bar Harbor fabrics. I love Maine..... so green.

Hugs from PA,

Nancy

Janet said...

I love your new fabric line - I'd be thrilled to win some!!!
We went on a road trip to Seattle. We enjoyed a beautiful day at Mt St Helen's and we could have stayed much longer in Seattle - there are so many fun things to do there. It was a great holiday and my 4 kids did just great with all the driving.

MARCIE said...

Can't wait to see your new fabric line! My "vacation" this summer consisted of two weeks in Arizona helping my kids move. 115 degrees. Other than that I have been happily finishing UFOs. Plus, I am making a baby boy quilt with my stashed Prairie Paisley! How is that for kissing up?

Gayle said...

Hubby & I had a chance to visit the Azores Islands of Portugal this summer - the trip of a lifetime! But you know what? My favorite part is always coming home again and sleeping in my own bed! LOL

Camille and Luke said...

We have just been hitting up some local hot spots! It's been so much fun! But our "real" summer vacation will be in September when we head to Las Vegas! I'm hoping it'll be WARM because we're in Idaho and it's already starting to cool down! I don't think it's even hit a hundred yet! Boo! Anyway, it'll be so nice to get on a plane and leave everything behind for awhile! Thanks for the give away!

Camille

mamabug said...

Our only trip this summer was short but sweet to Santa Cruz. The weather was wonderful and we were there to a "couples shower" for our oldest daughter :) Other than that the beginning of the summer we had our younger daughter her 2 dogs and their 4 puppies at our house(they're gone now so I'm enjoying the quiet time before school starts again) Thank you for a chance at some BEAUTIFUL fabric. Kathie k.bugbee@att.net

Dianne said...

I have also had a "staycation" this summer. I have two boys, 3 and 10 months. I work for one of the local school districts as a secretary, so I'm off in the summer. Even though I've had off every summer since my first son was born, this is the first one where I was the only one home with the kids. Previous summers my husband was laid off (YIKES!). Now, thankfully, he is gainfully employed, LOVES his job, and I {heart}ed being a full-time at home mommy this summer! Wednesday I go back to work, and I'm very very sad!

Dawn Heese said...

My vacation consisted of 9 days in a row off work with no schedule. One day at a time for sewing, reading, kids and girl's days. Very restful and very needed!

Anonymous said...

I love all your hard work,just so us quilter can enjoy all of your designs. As for my summer vacations,we have a lake house in georgia.The family goes boating and hanging out on the island. For me I take lots of sticheries and B.O.M's to catch up on. Now I am getting ready for our annual fall retreat.

lizzie said...

Love The RED!!! I haven't had my vacation..that happens in Late Sept early Oct...Ocean here I come..I will sew when I go...Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have spent the summer working and making 3 quilts for some teens from my church that are going away to college! One more to go, in 2 weeks. Why do I do this to myself???

Becky, Michigan

Sherri said...

Bar Harbor is beautiful. With three kids in college this fall... I've been pretty close to home this summer...one trip up to see my Mom and Grandmother...and another to spend a few days in the mountains! I have done a lot of quilting...so that is vacation enough for me! I would love to win the layer cake or charm pack or scraps!

scottylover said...

Well, I just got back from a quick weekend trip to Chicago to meet up with some Quilting friends. Does that count as a summer vacation? We all belong to a Yahoo group and put together 10 quilt tops while I was there. (The other ladies all live there.) AND we got some fabric shopping done too!

Love the fabrics you have shown!

Sandy A in St. Louis

beeinstitches said...

So far this summer I've been to the races in Daytona, taken a few quilting classes, and been to a rug hooking retreat with friends. I hope to get a few days vacation away with my husband in September - somewhere cooler than 88 degrees!
Love the new floral and can't wait to see the rest of the line and for Wiscasset to come out.

Sharon said...

Not much time off this summer. Planning a good fall trip, though.

Sharon

Cathy said...

This summer we vacationed in a couple of very Minick & Simpson Americana-type places: Chatham, MA (on Cape Cod) and Cooperstown, NY. Go there some day if you haven't been already.

Sharon said...

We are not summer vacationers - we stay pretty close to home. We do have a three week fall vacation planned. We hope to get our fill of lobsters and leaves.

Sharon

Margaret said...

I can't believe your next collection is really going to be Bar Harbor! What are you doing, following me to all my favorite places in Maine? lol! We usually go to Maine for our vacation, but it was a staycation for me this summer unfortunately. Next year is definitely going to be Maine again though. :D Thank you for the giveaway! It's nice to dream that I'll win. And thanks for following me to Wiscasset and Bar Harbor!

Lori in Florida said...

I am a high school librarian so I am fortunate to have the entire summer off. What better vacation than to stay home and sew and read!
Your fabric is beautiful and reminds me of last summer's vacation to Maine--visiting both Bar Harbor and Wiscasset. Spent a particularly beautiful summer day of antiquing and eating lobster in Wiscasset--your fabric embodies that day perfectly!

Maryjo said...

I am on permanent vacation since I retired from my fun job of teaching second grade. Loved that and love this...and love your fabric...so hoping I am a winner!

Mary Jo in Iowa

Deb Silva said...

No Summer vacation for me. I have a November Fall vacation that is spent at a Quilt Retreat. A week of quilting heaven and spending some wonderful days with good friends.

kjb139 said...

My vacation was a surprise of sorts. This year is our 34th wedding anniversary and my husband made reservations at a wonderful B&B on Nantucket. I love both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and we had such a great time! I think I should be appointed ambassador to the islands!
Kathy in Massachusetts who is so lucky she can see across the bay to MVY!

Kaye Prince said...

I have also spent my summer quilting and sewing! I also just returned from two weeks at the cottage where basically all I did was read; it was lovely!

Kathie said...

our summer vacation has been visiting college campuses! I did get to spend a day visiting musuems and the MHS quilt exhibits in Baltimore
Seeing the Baltimore Albums up close like that was amazing!
Hoping to get up to Maine to see 2 colleges there in Sept, oh yes and having a lobster in Portland is a must!
Kathie

Rebecca said...

Oh, how I wish we could do a vacation! The kids go back to school in 10 days, and no, a vacation is not going to happen. With our animals, it's pretty hard for us to leave, without a lot help. I hope MAYBE to do one day where we go somewhere fun, but local. Perhaps to the beach... the kids would enjoy that at least! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

Dawn said...

Our summer vacation was a staycation, but did have family come and visit us. Getting lots of work done around our house, and I'm doing a lot of designing and quilting too ~ I did two magazine quilts this month! I probably won't get away for more than a weekend until Market in October. Just not enough hours in the day to get to everything! Thanks for offering the give away :)

Connie said...

Stay at home vacation - gardening, quilting, being with my girls and my four legged family has been just great this summer.
Your fabrics are always the best!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

Love the fabric, thanks for the chance! Had a snow vacation in February - pieced up a storm while the family skied. Going to the NE this fall for a few days to see family, taking hand piecing and seeing the leaves change.
Deb in Ohio

Anonymous said...

My vacation begins this Wednesday as I join 20 of my friends in Ohio for a quilting retreat. Fun cant wait. Love the Bar Harbor fabric cant wait to buy some Thanks Sharon
Shomestead@aol.com

Mimi said...

No true summer vacation, but a quilt retreat to St. Louis, a long weekend at a friend's cottage and another quilt retreat in East Tawas. All very enjoyable for sure.

Anonymous said...

We have had many trips to the 'cottage' up north but mostly for repairs from the flooding this winter. No matter, it's always a relaxing place to go. My husband calls it his 'valium'. :) No other big trips this summer. We are waiting for another grandchild to be born any day!
~Joyce in MI

Mariel said...

We are doing the staycation here in MI. The weather here has been absolutely wonderful temperature wise. (for my taste anyway) Took a trip to Mackinaw Island and Frankenmuth earlier this summer. I am using this time to finish up a quilt for our quilt show in Oct.

We went to Bar Harbor, MA many years ago when our girls were young. From what I remember it was a very pretty place.(wonderful lobster) Thanks for the give away ...hope I win!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Just last week, I was off with my dh on a trip. He had meetings, and I was going to check out new quilt shops and antique malls. Well the first morning I missed the curb and turned my foot. Went down in the street, and had to stay in the hotel with an ice pack on my foot. It sure put a damper on our little getaway :-( Thanks for your generous giveaway. I love your fabric lines.

Anonymous said...

Several short little trips but pretty much just sticking around home this summer. I love red/white and blue florals!!!!!
Jill

Infinity Quilter said...

We spent out vacation in a cabin by the lake with my SIL and her family. It was a blast watching my nieces and nephew skiing and tubing while I caught some rays. Of course I had to check out a couple quilt shops too! ;0)

Betsy said...

Enjoying my staycation here in the Endless Mountains of PA. I'm near a lake and it has finally stopped raining every day...well at least for a couple of days.. more rain due this week. Would love some of your scraps, or a pattern, or a pattern and some scraps. It's all good!!!!!!!!

dotti white said...

I love your fabric lines and cannot wait for Wicasset! Bar Harbor looks beautiful! I would love scraps and/or anything!!! For summer, I have been staycationing ALOT! Did go to a lavendar festival that I have not been to yet and spent some quality time with granddaughters and my mom! What can be better than that?!

Sue said...

That is scrumptious fabric!
As far as vacation goes, we've just stayed home. It's been such a nice summer, and we've had quite a bounty from our garden, so we've kept busy.

Anonymous said...

Summer vacation - what summer vacation - the week we did have was spend running around choosing things for the new house we are building. Maybe summer vacation will be next year.

Karen - Ingersoll, Ont.

blueberrylane said...

I am not just crazy about that floral ontop of that yummy looking layer cake pack, I am IN LOOOOVVVVEEE....
No sumer on this side of the world yet :)

Taiya said...

My summer vacation has been A. MAAAAY. Zing! I have harvested fruits and veggies, canned, froze, baked a number of things. Played in orchards, played on the beach. Gone to parks with my daughter, walked about my small town. I've visited friends, and held one of my best friend's newborn(today!). And all of it has been simply amazing and wonderful! I can't remember a summer that has been as full and fulfilling as this one, and that is pretty amazing as I have never had a bad summer! I am not looking forward to it ending already, but I don't hold any ill will for fall, because summer has been so great!

The Winn's said...

We have had a fun summer. We spent a lot of time at our friends pool and the kids learned how to swim. I went to our church youth camp as a cabin mom and had a great time. The next week we drove the 14 hours from Phoenix to Denver in one day with four kiddos in the the van. It was nice and cool there compared to here and it's always fun to see family. We had been playing and letting the kids veg out before school started, which was way to soon (Aug3rd). So that's about it. Lots family fun and not much in the way of a routine.

Susie said...

Two staycations for us. The first one in July, all our kids and grand kids came to visit. Fun. This week is the second and we are planning day trips with tomorrow being a trip to Ohio Amish country for good food and fabric shopping.

Brenis said...

Laurie, love the new fabric!! We have definitely had a staycation this year. Fine by me :) Time spent with the kids, backyard barbeques, and swimming, gardening and quilting! It was wonderful!
Oh.. and our awesome swamp cooler that keeps our house so reasonably cool... sigh... i love it so much i want to marry it, when it's 102 outside, and 72* inside!! :D

Sandy said...

Yum, Yum, While "Prairie Paisley" has been my favorite collection, it might be displaced by "Bar Harbor".

I took a short vacation with my sister. We went on the shop hop in Western Washington. We had a ball.

I gave her my old Janome and she has started quilting too! I don't think that she will be quite as obsessive as I have been. LOL!

basketsofcheer said...

My BEST summer vacation ... EVER! Got to visit my FIRST grandson in Jacksonville, Florida. It was horrible to leave the little guy behind and head home to Texas, but believe you me -- before I could get too sad, I booked my next trip back in September.

I took my daughter my first sewing machine and gave her a few lessons. Who knows -- she may become a quilter yet! Just when I thought she would never take up cross stitch, she asked for help picking a pattern to surprise a girlfriend with a birthday gift.

MJinMichigan said...

My summer vacation was spent at Primitives of the Midwest at Quilter's Station in Missouri. It was great fun.

pdudgeon said...

Oh i love the softness and sheen of your new line! The flowers are so beautiful and the chambray blues just so like Summer.
I did a stay-cation at home too. Had fun watching the mallard ducks at the lake with 16 ducklings this year. they are so tame they will come right up to me for their bread treats. We've had lots of rainy nights, which makes for good sleeping weather. Thank you for all the beautiful fabric that you design for us.

WoolenSails said...

Speaking of Bar Harbor, I wish I were there right now, much cooler than in RI. That is our favorite place in Maine, the best of everything in one place. We rode our mountain bikes through the trails and stood on the mountains with a view of the entire ocean and islands and paddling in the Fjord was amazing. Not to mention the great antique stores.

Debbie

Lisa S. said...

We've mostly stayed home. The kids have had baseball, soccer and football activities. Oh, and we got a puppy that has been taking up WAY too much of my sewing time!

Cara said...

The only vacation I'm getting is taking out my fabrics and going with them.
I can't wait to get my hands on the new fabrics. : )

Di said...

The only vacation I've had this summer was staying home for a week and painting my bedroom! We had fun though and we got it done!

Jenne said...

I was able to go to Vegas for a week back in May. :)

Karin said...

Staycation for me right now. But quilt camp is coming up next month and that is 3 glorious days playing and socializing. Then 2 mor quilt escapes in the next few months.

Jo said...

Bar Harbor is lovely!

We have mostly been vacationing in our backyard - we have a pool, and what's better then being with family so close to home, surrounded with our own garden.

Megan said...

Those big florals are great! I've been hoarding my vacation days this summer, 'cause I'm going on my honeymoon in a little over a month, and appropriately we're going on a cruise that stops up in Bar Harbor. We are way excited!!

kjquilts said...

Oh, how I love your fabrics! This batch will be another good one...my husband and I are homebodies so I guess you could call ours a staycation or maybe a nocation, either way is fine by me!

di said...

Bar Harbor is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing it in person! This summer has been spent working at my local quilt shop. It's been a good summer! This fall hubby and I will attend a neice's wedding and vist our daughter who just moved to Boston. After that - Fall Market - can't wait!!!

Kwiltsfl said...

I live in a coastal town in FL so our vacation was up to the mid-west. We were in Indiana, Tennessee, and Illinois. I had a wonderful time, but as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home!"

Karen

Diana said...

I love, love, love your fabric! This past Saturday I found a single bolt from the Prairie Paisley left at my LQS and just had to get some more.

We had a staycation here this year. I've worked a lot on some quilting projects and my husband has been building a kayak.

Beth said...

We went to spend a few days in Galveston, TX. The town looks great - they've done a fantastic job cleaning up after Hurricane Ike. They are open and would LOVE your business so stop in if you are in the area! We had a great time and it wasn't very crowded at all.

Mary said...

wow that is stunning fabric.. this has been a busy summer. we've moved our daughter to PA, married her off and are going back to PA for a 2nd reception Labor day weekend. SO the summer has flown. But we are taking some time for ourselves after and playing in New York State. Not much sewing done, but summer did include a 3 day quilt retreat.

Bonnie Nyquist said...

I have spent all my time sewing for the Holidays! It is like a vacation everyday! Loving the colorways of the new Bar Hrbor,beautiful! Thanks for a chance in the giveaway!

passingdowncrazy said...

We're hanging out in Colorado this week with no kids!!!! I'm doing some stitching on a Moda wool quilt that I started probably seven years ago. I'ts gorgeous and I must finish it. We're just sitting around by the pool every afternoon. Perfect stitching weather1

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

No traveling for me this summer, but my two cousins spent a weekend with me; and that was pure bliss.

Karen said...

We had a wild and crazy summer because our son got married. Trying to squeeze a few trips to the north woods for R&R.

Love your fabric collections--my very favorites!

dee said...

It's so beautiful!!!
We spend two weeks every Sept. in Bar Harbor. It's so lovely in between seasons.
Big fat flowers just like the ones you show here. I would love to have these. All of your designs are so wonderful and always inspirational.

rebecca said...

Vacations in the summer for a painter do not happen. But, St Marteen in December is sure sounding fun!!

wendysquilting said...

We spent a few days at Wisconsin Dells where I discovered water slides...I can't wait to go again!! I can't believe I missed out all these years because I was afraid!! moral of the story conquer those fears!!
The rest of the summer has been around home, getting out fishing abit and the highlight of course my eldest daughters wedding :)

Sandy said...

I a farm wife and it is usually too busy to leave in the summer so- mostly day trips on rainy
days.
Weekend trip to Nascar race in Newton, IA.
2 day Quilt trip with 2 friends to see the quilt museum in Lincoln NE and 7 shops between here and there.
Family 4th of July weekend.
Life is good.

Libby said...

Vacation this year is really just the start of a whole new life's journey. Hubby and I have relocated to Massachusetts from San Diego.
While the move itself was brought about by a job, we are looking at it as a chance for an 'extended' vacation.
First was the drive from sea-to-shining-sea with a few stops at points of interest in the heartland.
As we prepare to settle into a new home, we are anxious to begin exploring all that New England has to offer starting with many historical landmarks and points of interest right in our neighborhood.
Soon we will begin to widen our area of travel from home, visiting important places related to the birth of our nation all around the state and beyond to each of the New England states.
Of course beyond all that is historical there will be the stunning beauty of fall. We expect to have lots of west coast visitors during peak color. And then there will be winter - and S*N*O*W. I am hopeful that my excitement over snow will continue as long as the snow lasts . . . . it just seems so magical.
When I was a teen, the popular movie to see was called 'Endless Summer' about surfers who traveled the world in pursuit of perfect waves. I feel a little like those surfers now in pursuit of an endless vacation right here in my new home.

Kim H said...

My summer vacation was totally about my 2 children this year. My son got married in June and since it was an out-of town wedding there was alot of planning. My daughter was awaiting the birth of her second child, so I wanted to stay close to home since she has many pregnancy related health problems. The wedding was beautiful and fun, and grandson Dalton was born on 7/22/09 weighing in at 3lbs 7oz.(he was 6 weeks early) Dalton and his Mom are home and doing fine. I have already told DH that next March we are taking a "beach" vacation. Nothing planned other than bringing a few good books for relaxing.

Melody said...

My Summer vacation this year is the first one in twelve years. I took my Son to Southern California where we met up with all my Family. It was the first time he ever met my Mom. It was wonderful and a good time was had by all. There really is nothing like being by the ocean.

MizHardy said...

My little family has gotten a couple of trips this summer. We met up with the in-laws in Branson for a week, and stayed with other family members on the way home. Then the kiddoes got to go to a "cousin party" in Idaho for a couple of days. We just got back from the last adventure of the year: my brother's college graduation in Lincoln, NE. We're so proud!

Emma said...

I am having a staycation....inside, dreaming of Maine, Montana, or any place cool. The temps here are off the chart with 50+ days of over 100 degrees. No water, no whining.

Anonymous said...

I am going to Stitches Midwest in September, which is a big knitting convention near Chicago. I am so excited---I am taking two classes and my teacher is from Sweden. We will also be close to Woodfield Mall.

Lisa D. said...

Summer vacation? What's that? None for me this year, but I'd love the chance to win some of your fabric. Bar Harbor is making me swoon!!!

Anonymous said...

I have had to stay home this year as I went back to work. No fun but then DH got us a jet ski so we have spent time on the lake. I love Bar Harbor it would look great in my home by the lake!
Patti O'Donnell
odonnell@cimtel.net

Silent Company said...

Actually, I am just getting mini-vacations on the weekends this year.
Went for a weekend to Stratford, there is a Shakespeare Theatre Festival. And this weekend I am off to a cottage for 4 days.
So no grand vacations over here, but still finding time to get away!

Anne D said...

This is our last summer after 3 years in the US before we head back to Australia so we went to Alaska. It was amazing and everything people say!!

LK said...

We've had several mini vacations...flying home to celebrate our anniversary....Nashville to attend our son's wedding...Chicago meeting up with old friends...Cleveland to spoil our grandson and back to Nashville to meet the family. Busy but wonderful! Love the fabric and can't wait to see it all!!

Ginny Worden said...

Our summer holidays have been a couple of weekends to see some of the northern United States that are close to us here in Alberta, Canada. It has been fun. Our holidays will actually be in the fall.I hope everyone else has a good summer.

badlandsquilts said...

This has been a strange year, but I think we always say that and never get in all the activities we'd like.

For the 4th of July, we traveled to my parents farm in SW North Dakota. Both of my sisters were there from out of state so everyone was there. We did fireworks every night (it is SOOO dark in the middle of no where!), grilled, saw a parade, looked at cows, my kids planted with Grandma and we even brought home some old barn wood... Just a wondertime and a perfect holiday for my boys.

sndy1 said...

Not much of a summer vacation this year for my family--2009 has not been so great for us. I have been busy around home tho and keeping busy with sewing projects.

Lindy said...

Well....I am having a stay vacation/not really vacation since I work too. Maybe next year?

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

I managed a little trip to Sea World in San Diego, with some fabric shopping. That was it for the summer. Here in AZ the kids are back in school for the second week, and I'm babysitting granddaughters (toddlers). Hopefully I'll get to Houston in October! I'm crossing my fingers!!
Oh, and I AM a floral person! :)

Melissa C said...

No vacation yet for me. I am looking forward to a trip in November to Pigeon Forge, TN with some of my stitching buddies.

Love the floral.

Gretchen said...

No big vacation for me this summer. I did go to Michigan to see my family and visited some of my favorite quilt shops up there (Mabelena's and of course, Lake St. Mercantile!) Did not make it to Zingermann's in Ann Arbor though. The rest of the summer is sewing and working and reading and gardening. I would LOVE to win some fabulous Bar Harbor fabric!!!

Becky S. said...

I went to Las Vegas to visit my sister and neices before they moved to Dubai. The rest of the summer has been a quiet one at home in Colorado.
The new Bar Harbor fabrics are beautiful. I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks

Dandelion Quilts said...

I am from Michigan, too. We did go camping up in Onaway...loved it, it is so beautiful up there.

Ann said...

All our travel this summer was for business and included Denver and Brazil! With all the work that went into those trips, we're truly treasuring the quiet weekends at home now.
I love your new Bar Harbor line. Its fantastic!
Ann

Robin C said...

My summer has been a staycation. Actually I'm waiting for the schools to start and then going away for a few days of rest. But have to say 2 cats decided they wanted to live with us, come in at night to sleep and go out to play during the day. I'm afraid I don't want to leave them because they are so sweet!

nancyz said...

Its been a staycation for me this summer. But I am looking forward to two quilting retreats with my quilting buddies in October and November. Can't wait to see the Bar Harbor line! My husband and I went to Bar Harbor for our honeymoon and just loved it there!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love Bar Harbor! My vacation consisted of a one day trip to Lake Okoboji in northern Iowa but it was a great day. I'd love to win your giveaway. Thanks for all the fun fabric & patterns! Terry in Iowa

Linda Caldwell said...

Wow, Bar Harbor, red fabric and flowers what more could a Texas girl want - can't wait for it to be in the stores!

Lola said...

Bar Harbor looks like a beautiful line. I love florals! I have taken a couple of long weekends to do some vacation kind of things. Mainly stop at quilt shops and yarn shops. There are some great ones in Minnesota and North Dakota. We've had a very cool summer this year. Only a couple of days in the 90's and most of the time in the 60's and 70's. Has been feeling alot like fall already.

Lola in Minnesota

Bowbailey said...

What beautiful fabric! I will have to combine the Wiscasset & Bar Harbor together to creat a quilt to remind me of one of the best family vacations we ever took. It was a Windjammer cruise in the Penobscot Bay! Being from sunny So California it was such a dramatic change of pace. I can't wait to visit Maine again. This year has been a staycation.
Love your Blog!

julia said...

Summer? Yes, definitely, it's the warmest summer since 2006. Vacation? Of course - not...it's so typical: we have a summer that lives up to its name, but I haven't any time to enjoy it. Instead I have to work. In a hot, hot lab. In the city. Sigh...

If I could (and in my imagination I can!) I would spend the summer by the sea. Enjoying the fresh breeze, hot sun, waves, collecting sea shells and odd shaped stones, cycling along the banks, reading, stitching, planning new quilts...oh, it would be great!

Thanks for this fun contest...I already feel better because of the daydreaming ;O).

Oh, and of course I'm hooked on your new collection...it is promising to be gorgeous...and yes, I'd be thrilled if the trusty random generator picked me {btw, can you bribe a r.g.?? Maybe with some digits??}

Have fun working this summer!
Greetings from Germany,
Julia

Marge said...

Oh my gosh! I just saw the samples of this collection when I was on my vacation visiting my son in San Diego. I spent my time with him kayaking, walking along the beach, bicycling, cooking for him, and talking, talking, talking. It was wonderful...Sigh! This fabric would be a wonderful reminder that even though he's far away, we have a wonderful time whenever we're together.

Diane Gill said...

We haven't had any vacation yet! My husband has been busy at work. We hope to go to Sonoma, California in September or early October for some much needed r and r. Going to a winery and sitting in a beautiful garden sipping wine and eating something delicious is what I am dreaming about.

I am a quilter said...

I keep entering your give aways and hope and hope and hope that I will win... Love Emily Gail

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I am so lucky to have a summer staycation because I live on a lake and every day is like a vacation. When I saw the title "Bar Harbor" I was reminded of TWO wonderful vacations that included Bar Harbor. I think I like that fabric even better than those two vacations, and that's saying a lot!!

kristie said...

What vacation??? The time spent away from opening a new school and going for my EdS over the summer I did manage to go on a "stay-cation". I stayed in town and sewed for a whole week from 9am-9pm with a group of ladies for a whole week! We are the "Thimbles" and it was our summer retreat and my vacation....what fun it was. Kristie M.

Debi in YL,CA said...

I would love to be included in your latest drawing. Thank you. Bar Harbor looks great.
Debi in YL,CA

HollyC said...

We just went to grandma's for summer vacation. Been doing alot of sewing, swimming and gardening. We have been enjoying the summer and soon the kids will start back to school. The fabric is beautiful and thanks for a chance to win it.

Sally said...

We had a vacation that we had been planning for years. We took 1 month and drove 7500 miles from Ohio to California and back.
We went to most of all of the National Parks. Also Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Sedona and too many places to mention. It was the trip of our lifetime and it was wonderful. I managed to sneak in a few quilt stores too.
Love your fabrics!!

Michelle said...

Love the fabric - great giveaway!

We always take a week every summer and go to the Black Hills in SD. It's where I grew up and I love being in the Hills listening to the wind going through the pines, thunderstorms echoing in the canyon, clear lakes, and good people. At night you can hear coyotes howl. If you have never been there - you should go! I'll even give you hints of where to go and great places to eat!

Carol Sc said...

I can tell already --- I'm gonna love this fabric line --- and, I'm looking forward to seeing the Wiccaset in the stores! I just turned on the Tiger game --- maybe we can root them on to a victory. My vacations have been in Michigan (lovely Michigan!), but I did spend a week traveling with my sisters to Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois.

lilsis said...

Just got back from a week up in the Adirondacks on the Hudson and Lake George. It was fabulous and over MUCH too quickly.

That new floral is FABULOUS! And I'm not a floral type of gal either.

I can not wait to see what you come up with for Market.

Anonymous said...

Walk on the beach, play with grandbaby, pick up veggies at the farmer's market, read books, drink vodka tonics (extra lime) repeat. :)

Amy R said...

We haven't officially had a vacation this year, but I did get to go with hubby to MerleFest in North Carolina in April (bluegrass music festival), to Boston for a wedding in May, and out to Nebraska City, Nebraska to a quilt retreat with another of my favorite fabric/quilt designers. (backbasting applique and hand piecing. Yes, I had taken a class with your Laurie at LSM on hand piecing, but I just had to go!) Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful fabrics with us and so glad things are improving for your brother!

Anonymous said...

Thank God we vacationed in May because my husband fractured his upper arm bone in 15 places in June. We haven't gone anywhere since that happened - well yes, out to eat , shopping. The up side of all of this is that I have accomplished a lot of sewing. So enter me in your drawing, I am running out of fabric - only kidding!!!

Charlotte No Blog
kurts111@msn.com

Robyn *Ü* said...

We spent summer vacation at the beach, Okaloosa Island, Florida. It was wonderful. As soon as we came back my oldest son left for college. It was bittersweet. We had a wonderful relaxing vacation but him leaving for school.

Wanda Sotkowy said...

Wow! what a vibrant collection. I think it would be lovely as a cozy quilt to have for the chilly fall nights to come. As for my summer, I have not been away but then I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Victoria, BC Canada. There is always something to do and see downtown or along the causeway of the harbor or at the museum. So we have kept close to home and been reminded once again of how lucy we are.

All the best!

Sue in MI said...

Most of my summer has been spent right here at home in MI. Went to visit my son and his family in MN inn late June In July my sons and their families came home from MN & TX. It was wonderful to have them and my grandkids altogether again. School will begin in a couple of weeks and it will be back to work for me. Summer went by much to quickly!

Audrey said...

No vacation this summer - we are all too busy at work, spring time is more our vacation time. But I did get to spend a wonderful long weekend with my two favorite cousins/quilters for a fabulous time sewing our little hearts out! I love your fabrics and would be thrilled to win!!!

Mama Spark said...

My summer vacation was short but fun. I got to go and visit a friend in Florida and celebrate my 50th birthday for a week. Thanks for the chance to win!

k b said...

have been doing lots of quilting this summer here in wi. spent a week in june visiting with family in ct and maine. didn't visit bar harbor but sure would love to be the recipient of the fabric!!

Cynthia said...

The Outdoor Quilt show in Sisters, OR was one of our mini vacations we took this summer....weather was perfect, town was quaint, & the quilts were georgeous! What more could one ask for?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful fabric!
Our plans for a vacation to Florida changed to buying a new tractor instead. We joked about that new country song about taking a ride in my big green tractor being our summer theme song!
Mary in MO
mcdurham@hotmail.com

Christy said...

Too fast...just way too fast! My daughter starts school tomorrow! I can't believe the summer is over. It never is long enough and I never complete everything I want to do! We camped, vacationed, lazied around, did lots of swimming, some quilting, a little organizing and cleaning up...I would just love a few more weeks of it all! Oh well, here comes reality again whether I like it or not! Bar Harbor looks fabulous, by the way, and I can't wait to get my Wiscasset!

Michele said...

That fabric is stunning, love the reds you use.
I'm guessing that it would be pronounced "baw hawbuh"? Out here in Napa Valley I enjoy listening to Mass. accents of transplants.

However, my vacation was a week in Sisters Oregon for classes, home again and then off to a 4 day swim meet with my son. In the heat. No parents allowed in the pool. Olympic sized pool just sitting there. Cruel.
Two weeks later another 3 day swim meet, not as hot but again no toesies in the pool. sigh.

Now watching backhoes, men working in my backyard digging out for a new kitchen, master bath and doubling size of sewing room. Lest you all out there say oh poor you, my closet currently is the depth,width of a door. And I share one bath with 2 males, and two greyhounds who must observe. One bathroom, no tub just a shower stall.
I have been waiting 18 years for this renovation and the backhoe operator can't figure out why I enjoy watching them digging.

Sherrill said...

Ooo, so glad I found this and JUST IN TIME to comment. It's beautiful and I'd LOVE to win it! Thanks for the giveaway!

kshackabq said...

Bar Harbor looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the other pieces! We had a restful week with friends at a cabin near Donner Lake in California. It was unusually hot, though, for being in the mountains!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I did not do much traveling since I have a 15 month old under foot (-; We did however do some day trips...the Sonoma County vintage miniature train park...the hands on Discovery Park, and of course the San Francisco Zoo. Thanks for the give awy opportunity.
cindy
cbnovick@hotmail.com

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

My vaca is great! Turns out aI am taking a kinda break from so much sewing and trying new ideas and things! dipping a toe in retail...
It's all exciting.

SheilaS said...

O-o-o-h, how pretty! Hope I win! How is summer going and what are we doing? Well-not much. A very good friend had a serious cancer operation and has no family available to help and so hubby & I are helping with treatment, decisions, hospital, rehabilitation facility, etc. We know this is the right thing to do and more important then fun right now. Summer is mostly gone but next year hopefully we will have our fun! However, I am getting lots of appliqueing done. Waiting rooms, hospitals & nursing homes are a great venue for that!
Hope your brother is doing well.

Anonymous said...

We are in the process of downsizing, moving to be closer to our son and building a new house. Our vacation has been weekly trips to new location to review plans, visit vendors, etc. It hss been quite an adventure. New sewing room has large window and there will be an amazing flower garden. Inside there will be LARGE design wall. All extra fabric and scraps will be welcome!

Sharon said...

It's a staycation for our Michigan family this year. We're enjoying time spent together by the pool, working in our garden and harvesting awesome tomatos, and spending a few days at The Armada Fair. I have been able to find plenty of time to fit in work on my applique projects. Your new fabrics might just work their way into my next project!

Lori said...

The line is really beautiful!! Our big vacation this year was in March. My 2 unmarried grown children, husband and myself made a memorable trip to DC. It was amazing!

Vicky said...

My "summer" vacation is happening at the end of September. I'm going home to South Louisiana! Can't wait to get some really good food, listen to folks to talk right, and where everyone is nice and polite! It's worth the price of the plane fare just to hear everyone call me "ma'am"!!

Anonymous said...

I had a lovely vacation in Colorado. Just me and hubby. sightseeing, hiking, shopping. Lots of sewing time, too. Love that fabric!
Susan

tunnicliffe said...

My summer vacation won't happen until mid Septmeber. Recently retired husband has discovered he enjoys living life between M - F, 9 - 5, when the rest of the world is at work. So he thought we should try our holiday "after summer" when things won't be so busy. I said I'd give it a go once, if the weather isn't cooperative - that's it. We shall see. So while I haven't been holidaying, I've done more sewing than I usually do during the summer. I do love the fabric and can think of lots of uses for the scraps. Thanks for another give away. Karen.

Lynn said...

Just got back from our vacation in Union Pier & New Buffalo, MI. Got to relax, go to the beach, read, finish up the binding on two quilts, cross stitched, grilled brats, drank wine, and had a very nice time. Now we're back to work {sigh}, but very excited about your new line. Love that top print. Scrumptious colors. Thanks for the chance in the scrappy giveaway.

madrekarin said...

Our summer has been spent at home, tending the garden and chickens and waiting for fall so we can take our yearly trip to Helen, GA. My sister has come up from Florida twice- one time to learn to quilt and the other to run a 5K with me. Nothing better than having family come to visit. It is my favorite thing of all:)

Gwendie said...

I'm staying put and having a great time quilting.

Debra said...

It was a staycation for me and I had a wonderful time. I had plenty of time in my sewing room with swimming and reading in between. So Relaxing!

Anonymous said...

My vacation was great. We drove from Florida to Iowa so my DH could ride in RAGBRAI. (Riding his bicycle across Iowa with 10,000 others) We then drove to Indiana to be with my family. DH flew home and my sister,my kids, new puppy and I drove back to Florida. We ate a lot of McDonald's (my sister's favorite!) and laughed a lot.

Michelle F. in Florida

maryw said...

I had an absoulutely wonderful vacation!! I spent ten days in Oregon---most of which were spent in Sisters! I enjoyed quilting classes, the outdoor quilt show, shopping, and spending time with friends!! It was great!

Barb M. said...

My summer has been full of quilting, visiting with kids and grandchildren, and waiting for our backyard pool to be finished so we can swim before the cool weather comes. Love the chance to win your giveaway!

Rita Shelton said...

My husband, Explorer Bill, and I just returned from 2 weeks in Australia. My second trip, his third. A whirlwind trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains(just west of Sydney) to Port Douglas in the northeast. I was able to do some stitching while keeping one eye on the beautiful scenery. It was refreshing to leave the mid 90 temps in Arkansas to the 40s to 70s in Australia. A wonderful time together.

dokiquilts said...

i actually wrote about my vacation on my blog (boooring!) but i figure it's for my (and my kids') own history. for the last few years, we've been renting a house at a local-ish (35 min away) beach for a few days--so it's a mix of a vacation and stay-cation. regardlesss, it's lovely to get out of the house! btw, the new fabric is lovely! i like your other lines of course, but this one really speaks to me :-)

Marilyn said...

We have a staycation so far this summer because of numerous medical problems.
However we hope to go to Nova Scotia,
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island this fall.We will be going and coming back through the States and may even take the ferry from Nova Scotia to Bar Harbour, Maine.
I really like the patterns and colours in this the new collection.
You have such a great artistic eye for producing material.
By the way I look at your blog everyday.

Carol said...

For our summer vacation my husband and I went on an Alaskan Cruise. Beautiful scenery and we had a great time on the ship. Took lots of pictures and even saw a bear.

Stacey in Seguin, TX said...

I've had a great summer here in Texas, despite the heat and the drought. I've been on two quilting retreats to Rockport and spent at week with my husband in Port Isabel/South Padre Island. It's all good!! Love that big floral in the New Bar Harbor line -can't wait to see the rest.

Sharon S said...

We went on vacation in May, does that count? A nice trip to Fremont Ca to see my daughter & her family. They are here now, yahoo! A big family get together on Sunday!

Louise said...

I know that I don't have much chance of winning, but here's hoping. This summer has been a hard one. My sister is in the hospital waiting for a liver transplant and we are hoping a liver gets here soon. But I really want to make a quilt for her to wrap up in. If I were to get these beautiful pieces of fabric, I know she would love the quilt I would make for her.

Here's hoping.

Louise
lprice@simpson-co.com

P.S. Last summer I lost my daughter to cancer. It's been a very rough year for our family. I did get a quilt made for my daughter that she wrapped up in constantly.

CJ said...

LOVE the new line, oh the colors and those FLOWERS!! I am thinking some big cushy pillows and a throw for my deck chairs.
We have had a STAY HOME summer for the most part - both kids are working, we go out on the boat in the evenings if it is hot enough and there are no thunderstorms threatening. The kids and hubby went on a backpack and a river raft trip. We did have a very quick trip to CA for a wedding, there on Friday, wedding on Sat, home on Sunday. Bring on fall already ;)

joan said...

Summer in Northern Wisconsin this year was a perfect vacation. I so enjoyed the warm days and cool nights while watching my children and grandchildren splash, sail, build sandcastles, ski and sun. Life at the lake slows waaaaay down. We can't eat enough smores or chase enough fireflies. Life is good at the Lake!!

joanna said...

Oh my.... I want that fabric! And the floral, well I may be infiltrating your booth when you are not watching in Houston. You've been warned.

Really love it girls!
See you soon,

Joanna

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