Winners of the On The Run Books


In my last post, I said that I’d announce the winners this week, and I’m just barely making it!  Better late than never, I guess.  The random number generator selected the following people as the winners –

Laura at  (forgot to write down the date and time)

Mary-Kay   – commented on 9-18-09 at 2:58

Molly Cully at – commented on 9-18-09 at 9:45

Ruthie at – commented on 9-17-09 at 7:52

Emily N. – commented on 9-17-09- at 7:19

 If your name is on this list, just drop me an e-mail at  I just need to know where to ship your new book!


Many of you kindly asked where you can get the book  –  We currently don’t offer online ordering on our site.  We really don’t want to compete with the shop owners who support our business, so that’s why we aren’t offering this service.  We suggest going to your local quilt shop or ordering online.  I know it will be available at  I saw the book wasn’t up on their website yet, but their order is its way and should be up on the website shortly.  I know Quilted Treasures in Rogers, MN is also selling the book online here.  I’m sure there are other online shops that will also be happy to send you a copy, I just don’t always know where my books end up.  .  .  .   .   .  Our mailer went out last week and the shops that ordered the book should be getting their shipments.  More will get theirs after they see the book at market next month.  If you absolutely can’t wait that long, have no local shop snear you, etc, you can drop us an e-mail and we can help you out.  One way or the other, we will have you covered!



I thought I would share a few other things that have been going on this week – My SIL came over this week to try her hand at machine quilting.  She had never machine quilted before and I had offered that she could try her hand at it on my quilting machine.  Here she is with her finished quilt.  It’s my Off-Kilter pattern, from the book Livin’ Large.  I loved her fabric selection and the way the soft yellow sets off from the brighter colors.


It was so fun to have someone try machine quilting and take to it so well.  Most people are so scared to try it and they are so hard on themselves if they do try it.    I just told her to be relaxed, breathe, and try to have fun!  To help ease her jitters, we practiced on a white board first.


I always recommend trying it on the white board first.  Drawing with a pen is the closest you can get to stitching with thread and the best thing about it is you can easily erase your mistakes!  It also trains your brain to think like a machine quilter and allows you to practice without ruining your quilt top.  Just draw and erase over and over again, until you feel comfortable enough to move to the machine.  Andrea decided right away she found it easiest to do the loopy design on the board, so that’s what she did on her quilt. 

 She brought her new baby with and the sound of the machine just lulled her to sleep!


I told her she needed the sound of the quilting machine on tape.   That way, anytime she wanted Abi to go to sleep, she could just play the tape!   Abi was so good that Andrea had the quilt done in 3 hours and we had time to go out to lunch. 


Speaking of family matters, I took my first set of senior pictures recently.  This is our niece Courtney.



I was a little unsure about doing these photos, considering I’ve never done this before and I’m not used to posing people.  (I’m more used to “posing” quilts)



I guess I should not have bothered to worry about it.  Courtney is so photogenic, it would be hard to screw these up!



I had to lay in the water to get this one, which by the way, was totally worth it.  I have been trying to get Joel to cut up this log and haul it off our beach for the last 4 months.  I think I may decide to keep it now!



Have I mentioned that I love my camera and Photoshop?  As Pioneer Woman says,  I want to have it’s baby.  For those of you who don’t read Pioneer Woman, that probably sounds quite strange.  For those of you who follow her or also love Photoshop, you get what I’m saying.



I could take pictures of these eyelashes all day.  Have I mentioned great eyelashes run in Joel’s family?


I took another 250 photos of Courtney, but I’ll stop for now.  Have a great rest of the weekend and winners – don’t forget to drop me an e-mail with your shipping address.

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16 Responses to Winners of the On The Run Books

  1. Jocelyn says:

    What a beautiful girl your niece is. Actually both of them 🙂 And yes I follow PW but don’t have photoshop. But it is so fun to see what can be done with pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. rachel says:

    congrats to the winners!!!
    yayyy that your sil tried her hand at machine quilting!!!
    both of your nieces are adorable.

    {i love the pic of courtney sitting among the flowers!!!}

  3. Mary-Kay says:

    Your photos are great but then you had great subjects.

  4. Heather says:

    Congrats to the winners!!
    Thanks for the tip about practicing on a white board first – I hope to take some long arm lessons and really don’t want to mess up – wish me luck!

  5. Mary Flynn says:

    Congrats to your winners…and oh how sweet to see the baby lulled to sleep by the hum of your longarm. Also…your doing some awesome photography…fantastic photos! Loved the log and water one best!

  6. Barbara says:

    Your niece is beautiful, great pictures.

    Congrats to the winners…sad it was’t me…

  7. Laura Tawney says:

    Yea! My day was totally made by winning your book. I’m down at the NW Quilting Expo in Oregon having lots of fun! I also use the white board alot and think it’s the best way to learn new techniques before machine quilting.
    Thanks again!
    Laura T

  8. Tracy says:

    You did great with the photos!
    I would love to try a longarm machine! I did get to try one at the Hershey Quilt show…for just a second but I believe I could get hooked!

  9. Kris says:

    Oh shoot….and I was feeling lucky this time!! Oh well, I will look for it in the quilt shops….tee-hee! Your niece is absolutely gorgeous!!!! And I too love the shot of her on the log. What a fun shoot! And I love the way you display your quilts for pictures. Loved that one on the dock, I think it is on the dock.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Congrats to the lucky winners. Darling sleeping baby and beautiful niece! Obviously good genes run in your family too! Love the quilt your SIL is working on.

  11. AllenQuilts says:

    I will have to check into Photoshop. I love playing around with my digital camera, and my son is a senior this year. He had the basic senior pic taken at school, but does not want to go to a photographer and take all those pictures. About three weeks ago, though, I came up with the idea of taking some of him myself, and he did agree to that idea. You have inspired me to do so even more!

  12. Fabulous photos – your neices are both beautiful! Good on you sil for trying the machine quilting – looks like she did a fabulous job. Congrats to all the winners, too!

  13. sil cash says:

    Great photos…thanks for the books. We missed you.

  14. Becki Baker says:

    Beautiful job on the pictures! I’m sad I missed out on your give away, I was just down to The Pin Cushion in Mitchell, SD and saw your gorgeous trunk show! Love it, love your stuff! Such inspiration!

  15. Kim D. says:

    Congrats to the winners!!!

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