Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pattern testing

I just completed pattern testing for Amy Hamberlin and it was a fun process. I did it because one day I hope to publish some designs and I wanted to know what was involved in the process. Here is the skirt that I made for my daughter Sabra:



Sabra's hair is wet because I had to make her take a bath before she could model for me. She had so much fun! She is quite the tomboy, but she loves her little fru fru skirt!

Don't forget I have a new free mug rug pattern available every Monday for Mug Rug Monday. Click here to see some of those patterns.

 Piece,

Michele Hester

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Walking on Sunshine - link repaired

Some were having problems downloading Walking on Sunshine, so I reloaded the file:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN

Please let me know if there are any more problems.

Michele

Mug Rug - Butterfly reloaded

It seems that this pattern is the one people had most difficulty downloading:
CLICK HERE FOR THE PATTERN


I have reloaded the pattern to google docs and hopefully everyone can get it now. Please let me know if you continue to have problems.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Be Still - A completed Mug Rug

One of my readers completed the Be Still Mug Rug and sent me a photo. I think she did a great job - what about you?



You can visit Wendy's blog here, let her know I sent you.

Michele Hester

Another finish

Another block for one of my swap partners. Her chosen colors were grey and purple, which I was skeptical about at first, but I actually like it! Unfortunately, my photos don't do the richness of the colors justice.

 The grey almost looks lavender in the photo - I have GOT to figure out how to get better photos!

Michele

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A little accomplishment

So, I have finally been able to get back to my sewing machine for a little while and here is what I have accomplished:


These Monkey Wrench or Snail's Trail quilt blocks are for my partners in the 2nd Quarter 3 x 6 Mini Bee on Flickr. While I have done a couple of mug rug swaps, this is my first online bee.

The way this bee works is that there are 6 members to each "hive" and each member makes five blocks using the same pattern, with fabric color preferences of the recipients. There is a Flickr conversation setup so that we can communicate with each other throughout the process. The process can be "secret" or not - it is up to each individual or hive. So far it has been a fun experience! I can't wait to receive my squishies!

Later!
Michele Hester

Friday, May 6, 2011

Puppies!

I am finally starting to catch up a little and one of the things that are top priority on my list is finding a new home for these beautiful puppies!
SOLD Female Black/White Two eye colors SOLD

Chocolate/White Tri Female

Chocolate/White Tri Female

Chocolate/White Tri Merle Female

Chocolate/White Tri Merle Male

Chocolate/White Tri Male

Chocolate/White Tri Merle Male

SOLD Chocolate/White Tri Male SOLD
Chocolate/White Tri Male


Now that you have seen all of the pictures, here are the details:
They are Border Collies registered with the American Border Collie Association. They have been bred for their strong instincts in herding and agility in play. They were born on March 16, have had all of their first shots and are guaranteed against Collie Eye and hip problems. We have acclimated them to all sorts of noises and social situations. They have been around children since birth. If you or anyone you know is interested in adopting one of these, please e-mail me. Be sure to include your return contact information. If you post a comment to this blog and are no-reply, I will not have a way to get back to you.

Here are photos of Mom and Dad:



Meet Skeet - he is the dad of the bunch. He has great tracking instincts and is a great trail companion. He has a low-key personality and we are starting to train him for search and rescue.
Chelsea is the active Mom of the bunch. She has strong herding instincts and has been training her puppies diligently.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Garden planted - and unplanted!

Yesterday I planted onion and shallots set in my garden. Gracie (the cat) watched intently as I planted. Today, my onions and shallots are unplanted - wonder who I have to thank for that?

From my dirty brown thumb,
Michele Hester

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pattern downloads - Are you having problems?

UPDATE: The only problem I can nail down at this point is that Google docs doesn't want to work all of the time. I even got error messages on occasion, with patterns I know worked for me. I will keep researching. In the meantime, if there is a pattern you want and are unable to get, e-mail me and I will e-mail the pattern directly to you.



PLEASE READ: IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE HAVING TROUBLE DOWNLOADING THE PATTERNS.  I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DUPLICATE ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS ON MY HOME COMPUTER. I WILL TRY TO GET TO THE LIBRARY SOON AND DOWNLOAD THE PATTERNS AS AN ANONYMOUS USER. PLEASE BEAR WITH ME, I WILL GET THE PROBLEM RESOLVED. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND BE SPECIFIC AS TO WHAT PATTERN YOU ARE TRYING, WHAT BROWSER YOU ARE USING AND WHETHER YOU ARE ON A MAC OR A PC.

Also, if you have been able to successfully download pattern(s), please let me know. I can only fix things if I have more information about the problem. Thank you for your patience!


Michele

American Beauty - Free Quilt Pattern

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE QUILT PATTERN I really like this quilt pattern. I probably would do something a little different to the o...