:: Hoot-N-Nanny Quilt ::

A quick show and tell…Stacie made this adorable version of the Hoot N Nanny Quilt a few months ago for her new nephew.  She just sent me photos of it in the nursery and it is so adorable!  Thanks for sharing Stacie!  You did a fabulous job and I think this was Stacies very first quilt ever!  Love it!!




: : sneak peek behind the scenes : :

I have been super super busy so far in June.  Busy time for me at my day job.  Busy time with Two Peas.  Busy.  Busy.  Busy.  Summer should be for relaxing.  And I am…I mean, I’m typing this poolside for goodness sakes.  Can’t beat that for an on the go office location, can ya?

Once I finish filming an upcoming commercial next week…I’ll be able to breath again.  But just a little.  It’s a good kind of busy.  A fun kind of busy.  The kind where I’ve been designing a million new projects for Two Peas patterns and external corporate clients.  Drawing and thinking.  Taking classes again at Columbus College of Art and Design this summer (this time in the fashion program – we watched the documentary about Valentino this week – who knew haute couture was so fascinating?!).  Working up proposals for new products.  And all by my itty bitty self…I styled our last photo shoot.

It was much more urban and edgy than the last shoot we did and it was really fun to try something new and a little out of my comfort zone.  Although you may think my sewing is modern…to me, its uber conservative and I’m really an old fashioned girl at heart.  Love antiques and old things.  The dustier, rustier, and worn out the better!

Britt Lakin Photography, my commercial photographer, is amazing.  Have I said that before?  Only like a million times, right?  I can write up the story line behind each photo that I want and let her run with it.  She nails it every time.  I heart her.  A lot.  A lot.

So here it is…a sneaky peek behind the scenes of our latest shoot.  {you can click on each image to see it enlarged}  {yes they are grainy…all were taken on my iphone with the exception of the one watermarked by Britt}  {And no, that adorable Westie dog is not ours…Murray happened to be walking down the street and his “Dad” was gracious enough to let him be in one of our shots.  Is he the cutest or what?  Looks just like Coconut from American Girl!}

Whooo Won?

Thanks everyone for playing along with our giveaway offered by yours truly and Anna Luna from Crafty Girls Workshop.

The winner who will get fabric from Anna and the Hoot -N – Nanny tote pattern from Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs is…

ELIZABETH – “Love that bag!  Not sure I’d give it away either…might have to keep that one!”.  Thanks Elizabeth!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday!  I’m working on at least one more holiday gift tutorial to add to the list over there to the right to give you one more idea for your handmade Christmas!



Quilt Market {queue theme song from Rocky}

Dun-na-na…dun-na-na…dun..dun..dun…dun-na-na….(arms in air doing the little Rocky dance up top of the stairs!)  Whoo-wee!  I did it!

I don’t know how (actually I do – it’s called Carla, The Gardener, Barb and Kristin) but we did it and best of all, we lived to tell about it.  I’ve got a lot to share and I’m doing it all in one post so get ready…it’s a long one!


The Two Peas booth

My debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX.  So the story goes like this…once upon a time, I got a crazy idea that I could actually design fabrics and write a book and create sewing patterns…and I was gonna start this little company called, Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs.  And how hard could it really be?  Right?


Well, I’ve found out what it takes and I love it and I’m not going back.  Our family is full on committed to seeing this dream all the way through and I gotta tell ya, right now…I am sitting on Cloud 9 (which coincidentally is a really awesome organic fabric line I saw at QM).

I had a great experience.  The reception to my patterns and my designs and my brand were very well received.  I think 2011 is going to be an exciting adventure for us and I can’t wait to slowly share with you all the new things that our family will be involved in.

Let me start at the beginning…


Up at 3:30am and the first view of my booth around 9:30am. I took a photo of Barb who took a photo of me taking a photo of her. LOL!

Carla - the mastermind of the business operations. I would never have made it without her. I married into a great family!

Sample Spree Friday Night - people line up 4 hours before the doors open, waiting to come in and buy fat quarters and other goodies at a special price and before they hit stores. It's insane!!

My first customer! I had been up almost 24 hours at this point so I was a bit slap happy!



My sister in law is a sculptor and made this awesome whimsical cake for me...

Britt Lakin Photography did all of our photographs for the booth and the pattern covers. I love her!!!

Barb, my fabulous friend and neighbor who came with me.


I loved the outfits that Cyndi, one of my sample sewers, created for me.  They fit beautifully!  What?  You thought I had time to make all those samples, write the patterns, plan the booth AND sew my own outfits.  The secret is out…I have help!!  The jacket I’m wearing here is made from a print from Amy Butler’s LOVE home dec collection and her Liverpool shirt pattern.  I added sparkly buttons to it and wore it as a jacket.


This was one of the highlights of my market experience, meeting Anna!


Anna is the former editor of Sew Hip magazine.  Anna took a chance and invited me to write a series for the magazine early this year.  I ended up and was published in Sew Hip 4 times this year – thanks to Anna.  It was so exciting to meet her in person – she flew in all the way from the UK!


The uber talented Marisa Haedike and Lizzy House


It was my first time meeting Marisa of Creative Thursday.  You must go and check out her website because it is chock full of inspiration and beautiful images.  I love her  style!

Lizzy House is the talented designer behind Castle Peeps.  Lizzy is a generous and giving person who shares her time and experience and talents.  It was such a pleasure to meet her in person after sharing several conversations with her via email.  Lizzy has a wonderful pattern line as well that you can find here.

Bari J. Ackerman - she is such a lovely person and kind.

Bari J. is the creative force behind beautiful fabrics, patterns and a new book coming out soon called Inspired to Sew.  Her booth was so bright and warm…her wall hanging quilt is the cutest darn thing ever!!  Bari has been so kind in offering me loads of advice and encouragement and I’m so grateful to count her as a friend.

Jan DiCintio, hands down, a pioneer.

Jan DiCintio has created a brand of fabrics by the name of Daisy Janie.  Hands down, Jan is a pioneer.  She has designed and self produced this line of fabric, insuring minimal waste in every facet of production to shipping.  Green doesn’t get much better than this. And Jan, my hats off – I don’t know how you do it but you are amazing!

Patty Young - and yes, that IS a Halloween costume!

Patty, bless her soul, is so sweet I could kiss her!  I honestly would not have been able to make some decisions and get where I am had it not been for Patty’s wonderful mentoring.  She is too kind and Patty, thank you so much for helping me.  I promise, I will do the same for someone else someday.  Patty has a mouth watering new fabric line from Michael Miller called Sanctuary and an amazing array of sewing patterns to match.  You’ll love them!  She and her hubby John dressed up for Halloween and they were hilarious!!

Do I look like a stalker in this photo? Cuz' I totally am...

I heart Anna Maria Horner.  Her new line is called Innocent Crush and I have a serious girl crush on her.  I adore her use of color and I think she is hugely talented.  She has velveteens out this time and I’m anxious to get some sample yardage and sew something up for my Sprout.  I’ve not previously met her before so this was a highlight for me.

I was exhausted beyond measure.  Overwhelmed maybe a bit.  But so excited for what the future will bring.  Thank you so much for all of your support.  My wonderful testers (and yes, I know…I have patterns coming to you very soon!), Sarah B for all of your help in editing, Barb for being my friend and coming along to help for the big weekend – that means SO much to me, love ya, Kristin – my super awesome girlfriend excel wiz who sews with me when I’m freaking out until 3 am – love ya, “Aunt Carla” – you are a super star and such a blessing to our family, and my husband and kids – we are in this together and I love this adventure we are on and love you to the moon and back.  I’m very blessed with supportive friends and family who lift me up in prayer and cheer us on – thanks you guys.  To God be the glory…





My Top 10 List o’ the day…

Quilt Market has been an amazing experience for me so far.  I don’t think I can hardly put it all into words just yet because my feet are so tired and when my feet are tired, my brain fails to work very well.  Here’s a few things I’ve noted so far:

  1.  Quilters are amazing artists.  Some of the quilts on display here look like photographs.  Done in fabric and some painting.  Truly amazing.
  2. A smile goes a long way.  So many people just come into the booth and light up and smile.  That totally makes my heart happy.  I love happy smiling people.
  3. Starbucks is not the same everywhere.  My Peppermint White Mocha from one Starbucks was great.  From another, not so great.  If you know me well, you know that I was deeply disappointed to go without my coffee today.  My Starbucks is my one luxury item I afford myself as a reward on hard working days.  I went without today.  (Cue the tiny violins.)
  4. Barb (my neighbor) and I are pretty handy with power tools.  Just sayin’. 
  5. Country girls get it done.  Afraid of nothing.  Can do attitude.  Resourceful.  Hard working.  Refer to #4. 
  6. Family is the best foundation.  My family has been the most supportive outstanding amazing team.  From helping with kids, the business and EVERY LITTLE THING we ask or don’t ask for, they have been there so willingly.  I am so blessed.
  7. Friends are priceless.  From Barb who came with us and cried when we arrived to our empty booth – I love her for being so excited for me.  She made me cry.  To Patty Young, who has been a mentor to me and I’m ever so grateful for all of her help and advice.  And all of the support I’ve gotten from my twins club Mom friends, and friends from church, and friends from all over…Friends are priceless.
  8. Room service so you can eat chocolate cake in bed at almost midnight is sometimes necessary.  Getting it for free – even sweeter!
  9. To the lady who brought me a tiara today for a photo op with her…you’re crazy and I totally love people like you.  I swear to be normal is just too boring. 
  10. Finally, the world seems so big and then also so small sometimes.  I know it’s called the INTERNATIONAL Quilt Market but I guess I just assumed it would still be mostly folks from this side of the pond.  I’ve met people from the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Spain, Brazil…I guess that would qualify the title of the show, “International”, huh?  Very cool. 

When my feet quit hurting and my brain is fully functional, I’ll be back with more about my Quilt Market experience.  If only the blog had sound…if there was any doubt we are really “working” here…I could verify with the sounds of my bunk mate snoring.  While I type.  With every light in the room on.  And the TV blaring.  That kind of working hard all day sleep is so nice.  I have that “kid on Christmas Eve can’t fall asleep because I’m hoping Santa just brought me that awesome new sewing machine I really wanted and a case of new thread” syndrome.   Suppose I should try closing more than one eye and get some rest.  More soon…



Farmhouse Funk

Our booth is on the UPS truck, our bags are almost fully packed and we leave for Quilt Market in just a few days.  :>)  Yea!!

So, probably the last post I’ll have up until we get back.

{a closer look at another one of my new patterns} a trio of pillows including fun applique, scrappy patchwork, fun stitching, bows and lots of buttons.  Farmhouse Funk.



Carol Jane Dresses…

Thanks so much for all the positive feedback so far on the patterns…I’ve been working on these for a very long time and I really appreciate all the kind words!

I wanted to give you just a little bit more of what some of the patterns include.

Today, a closer look at the Carol Jane dresses.  This pattern actually includes instructions for 6 versions of this dress!  SIX!  Check it out!

A tunic version with sash

With a center contrasting panel and triple wrap tie

With an adorable center contrasting band and hem, waist ruffle

and a polka dot embellishment

Applique that includes an owl, caterpillar and watermelon

Patchwork (my favorite!)

Knit version with ruffle detail at the neckline.

So many choices – your girls will adore this simple classic dress with so many new twists!  I’ll share more details on the other patterns soon!




I’m talking sewing patterns here…just in case you thought things were about to get “X” rated around here!

The Sprouts Fall 2010 Collection has arrived and will be available for wholesale beginning at Quilt Market October 30th.  Retail sales will begin early to mid November and be available in my etsy shop.  There is a little something for everyone I think.  New sewers, advanced sewers and everyone in between.  Those who like to sew for kids, themselves or friends…I hope you’ll find something you can’t wait to make!  I certainly enjoyed putting them all together for you.

Patterns include illustrations plus “real life” process photos to help guide you through each project.

May I introduce to you…SPROUTS, Fall 2010 Collection from Trish Preston, Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs.

Can’t wait to see what you all make with them!  I’ll have my Flickr page updated with each pattern so you can share your projects!



Fallen off the face of the earth…or whatever

Did you think I had fallen off the face of the earth?  No?  Ok, no really…it’s about to get pretty quiet around here.  See this face?

This is the face of a girl who has had very little sleep.  Whose butt has gone numb long ago.  Fingers in permanent bent position on the keyboard of her computer.  Coffee cups, tea cups and an empty bag of pretzel crisps surround her.  Children pawing at the office door wondering when will she be done.  A husband lurking about woefully neglected and underpaid for he is keeping all the plates of our family spinning at the moment.  Pages and pages of text, edits, revisions, double check, color checks…and on and on and on.  But it’s short lived…and soon, it will be go time, time to get on that jet plane for Houston and head off to Quilt Market.

I think that working a trade show for 3 days with 2 days to set up and tear down will seem like a giant vacation compared to the last few weeks.

So it might get a bit quiet around here while we rush about in a flurry with finishing touches in preparation of our Sprouts Sewing Pattern debut but I promise…I’ll be back soon enough with a big fat reveal of all 14 new patterns.  ALL OF THEM…Even the Hazel Hipster got a facelift and new revisions!  I’m exhausted beyond measure but God is good – I know this journey He has led our entire family on is one with purpose and I won’t let a little sleep deprivation stop me from being the best I can be and honor Him.

Wish me luck with all the preparations won’t you?  I could use a hug…




Serious randomness…

Honestly, I feel like I have ADD really bad lately.  Far too many things going on at once.  Getting ready for Quilt Market, dealing with the demands at my “day job” as we enter into our busy season (heck, when AREN’T we busy?), loads of kids stuff and “issues” with school.

Hard to keep focus on any one thing for very long.  Ya know, like hard to blog about just one thing because I write a sentence and soon enough my mind is already thinking about what else needs to be done next…

So here’s to all kinds of randomness…I got back all of our fab photos from our shoot from a few weeks ago…today I’m touching up the Madison pattern text and couldn’t wait to share with you the cute and adorable Cait who is gracing the cover!  Isn’t she a doll?!  And a future teacher too…just as sweet on the inside as she is on the outside.  Love her!

And then Uncle Mel, love him too.  He’s been working on some “manly things” for our Quilt Market booth.

And I had to finish up one of the Madison bags because I wanted some new photos for the pattern…just wasn’t feeling the ones I had.  So…now I have a design sample of the Madison.  Probably gonna list it in my etsy shop soon unless anyone wants first dibs at it!



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