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We’re finally back from Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA., introducing the Edgit to California quilters was a huge success! We sold out of 3 of our hemstitched books and sold out of all the Edgit sets we brought to the show!
Ammee's at Quilt Festival Long Beach CA

Quilters loved our books, the Edgit, and more books!

Ammee at Quilt Festival Long Beach, CA.

Our booth bursting with buyers! A bit crowded but we managed to help everyone.

Ammee at Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA.


As we prepare over the next two months for Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, we can’t help but to feel so happy that so many quilters found the Edgit as an answer to their needs; believe it or not, some quilters are still punching holes on fabric with awls one by one!  Now they don’t need to. 

And the winner of our July giveaway is…..!
Joyan Mehring of Moore, OK!  Please contact us to claim your prize, a stack of Riley Blake Designs Fat Quarters, a $34.95 value!  Show us what you can do with a stack of fat quarters and the Edgit and win!

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Here we are, May is almost over; we had a wonderful time in Portland at the CGOA consumer show, we met lots of crocheters, green trees all over, perfect 70 degree weather, not a cloud in the blue skies, breathing that wonderful clean air.  Our new idea book was a hit, we sold one with every order!  We’re so glad that we now have a book specifically for our blankets;  So this is it, we’re already working on #2, should be available by the end of July along with a few more new products.  We’ll keep you posted.
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Ammee’s Idea Book #1 – fancy crochet edges for baby blankets, learn more.

TNNA show in San Diego, more new products coming February: Car Seat Canopy & Embellishments!
Of course we had to have an excuse to take my new natural gas car to San Diego, yeap, TNNA.  The National NeedleArts Association trade show was taking place in SD over the weekend.  We were able to stop and shop for a few hours, check to see what’s new and exciting in the yarn and thread industry and pick up a few goodies.  Make sure to check back to see what’s new; we will be posting pictures of the new products soon
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Our new product for February is an awesome Baby Car Seat Canopy.  This useful baby shield will keep your baby protected from the cold winter winds and snow and will protect him/her from the sun on those hot sunny days.  We suggest you try finishing the edge our traditional way, with a crochet edging, or you may finish the edge with satin or any other way you might want, let your creativity guide you!  We picked up a couple of embellishment at TNNA to finish your canopy; make it fun and playful with our new big, round, colorful, eye candy buttons or make it fancy with a touch of ribbon.  Enjoy!

California here we come!
For those of you wondering if you can drive to San Diego from SLC in a natural gas car, here’s some helpful information.  So, I finally got my green Honda NGV, and I’m ready to try it out and push it to its limits.  I get on www.cngchat.com and start searching for gas stations along I-15 from Provo to San Diego, I actually live in Highland, but the first gas station is in Orem, which is right next to Provo
J; I found great info at www.cleancarmaps.com, for stations in Nevada and California, I print the list of gas stations that sell natural gas in Utah, Nevada and California and we are on our way!  We leave Orem with a full tank; Orem has a great gas station with very easy freeway access, open 24/7 and takes VisaJ. Next we stop in Fillmore, UT, this was a bit scary, the pump actually smelled like gas and we were a little intimidated by how old it was; you have to pay inside, it doesn’t take a credit card and we are told they close at 10:00 pm M-S, this means, on the way back we have to make sure we make it by 10:00 to that gas station, or we will be stranded for the nightL.  Our next stop is in St. George, UT, we find that the gas station there is a Shell location right off the freeway, it takes Visa and it’s open 24/7, I’m so excited we’ve made it to St. George!  We make a stop in Vegas, the station there is off Cheyenne exit, new and well kept, the pressure is great, off we go to the next stop in Barstow, we got off the wrong exit, so we actually had to drive the length of Main street to find the city’s refill station on the other end of town, the pressure was great, we did get off the right exit on our way back, and found the gas stations just off the 58 freeway, the station was clean and well kept.  We have plenty of fuel to get us to San Diego, where we arrive with a quarter of a tank; we filled up at the Shell gas station by the airport, also a regular gas station with a great pump.  We make our way back stopping at the same locations, total fuel cost, $56.50 for the round trip, my NGV Honda performed great with a total of 34 miles per gallon!  All in all, our trip was uneventful and fun, even if the prices for regular gas were about the same as natural gas, zero emissions is definitely a plusJ.  

Your NGV car is here, would you like to come and pick it up?
After six months on a waiting list, I finally received a call from the dealer.  My Tea Leaf Green Honda Civic has arrived!  It’s a bit scary to think about how limited my choices will be of places to gas up, one station in Orem, about 15 minutes south from my home and a few more around the SL area, and that’s it!  I ask the salesman, can I drive it to San Diego?  “Sure”, he says, “I’ve heard of customers making the trip down there, you’ll have to research where the gas stations are along the way”.  I pick up my new car with anticipation; I hope it will be as nice as I remember it, the color mostly, I’ve always had a thing for black cars, and now I’m buying a tea leaf green one???

I’m delighted with the color and we drive it home, my excitement grows as I tell my husband, let’s go to San Diego next weekend!  I really want to know if it’s possible to drive my new natural gas car to SD, I want to know how much it will cost me and I want to test the possibilities.  So, last week we decided we would go to San Diego and do a thing or two while we’re there.

My commitment to go green. . .Go Prius!
After I was introduced to the many possibilities on how to be a better citizen of the world, and with the desire to make my life simpler, and greener, I don’t know if this had to do with being in my late forties, but regardless, I felt the need for a change; first, I started to read more about our environmental issues, then I hooked up with www.treehugger.com, where I learned many tips on how to be green!  I was also tired of my gas-guzzler, black, Land Rover, I was ready for a greener car.  I researched for months, surfing the internet and checking out chat rooms, where green people go, you know; that’s were I found out about the Prius.  I decided I was ready for a green change and I finally went for it, I traded in my Land Rover for a Prius.  Needless to say, I’ve had my Prius for over two and a half years, with over 69K miles and still performing to my pleasing, I have to say that I loved and still love it.  Is it bad to love a car??? I don’t know, but I love this one!  Of course, since I was getting 43 miles per gallon, yeah, I know, I was never able to go above 43, even though some people claim above 50s, mine just didn’t want to do that
L, however, 43 has been great for meJ, my boys always wanted to borrow it for long trips, specially last summer when gas prices hit over 4 bucks per gallon.  I have to say that, if you ever want to make the move, I can tell you that my Prius has been a great little green car, we took it to San Diego, several times, it has been every where!!!  AND still does, AND, I have never had a problem with it, it has a lot of torque, speed, with aggressive tires, it performs well when we have tons of snow, yeah, if you don’t invest into a good set of snow tires, you will be sliding all over the road, and for some reason, the Prius just stops as soon as it senses it’s slippingL, my husband hated it when it did that, that’s why he took off one day and went and got new tires for itJ.

Well, my little Prius is ready to be traded in for an even greener car, I have done a lot of research on NGVs, (natural gas vehicles), and the idea of having a car that has zero emissions was very inviting.  After weeks and weeks of research on the internet and talking to people that owned one, I decided to go for it; I went to Larry H. Miller, in SLC, put my $500 deposit on it, and went on their waiting list; I was proudly number 390 on their waiting list!  It would take six months to get my Honda Civic NGV, Tea Leaf Green, and basic model.  I have no problem waiting, I’m not in a hurry, I still have my Prius and it should be go through the gas price craze.  So I wait, for six months, hoping that some one would drop off the list and by some miracle I get moved up to the front, but, no such luck.  

Stitches. . .just back from the Quilt show in Houston!
For those of you that love fabric like I do, I have great news!  I attended the National Quilt show in Houston, Texas this past weekend and found products that we will be adding to our site, please look for them coming soon to our website.  There were so many beautiful fabrics it was hard to choose my top ten picks.  We will have a new section on our site called “top ten picks”.  We will make sure to bring you the latest products from the different shows we have to attend at the best prices.  I
n addition to crocheting, sewing is one of my passions!  I sewed for my kids since they were babies; I did this to help with our budget, having five children can be tough on any one’s pocket, so I sewed for all five of them!  I sewed summer clothes, party dresses, decorated their rooms, made bedding, pillow cases, etc., etc., that’s why I was thrilled to meet some of the new designers in the industry.  Here’s my list, among my favorites, Amy Butler, her style is amazing, Ana Maria Horner I love the deep colors in her fabrics, Heather Bailey, if you have not visited her site you need to do it now!  Her fabrics are amazing!  And I also met the author of the book French General, all these four women are so talented, as a designer myself, I have huge respect for their individual style.  We will carry each one of their books, so look out and keep checking back on our site.

I know I’m posting this quite late, TNNA has been over for a couple of months now, but I have been swamped by to do listsL.  In short, we were able to introduce our blanket kits and they were a total hit!  On the first day we gave away 200 t-shirts, the catch was that customers were supposed to wear them at the show, David, our VP of marketing would walk the floor and find customers wearing the t-shirt, which by the way, was hot pink with a cute design in the back that read “Hemstitching. . . Ready to Frost” with a row of cupcakes as a graphic, I’ll put a picture up just in case any one would like to order one, what? I think they’re cute! I would want one, maybe we can do a contest and people can win one, or something, any way, all the ladies at the show had fun wearing the shirt and a lot more fun when they won one of Ammee’s blanket kits.   


Here are a few photos, I know we messed up, because we took the pictures and then forgot to ask all the winners for their name!  So, I’m sorry if your name is not under the photos, you can email me and then I can put it in
J.  TNNA was great, if you’re a yarn lover, I found the most amazing Australian yarn, I bought some for Christmas gifts I’m planning on making, not cheap, it cost me $120 for 4 skeins, barely enough to make two to three hats and scarves, but it was worth it!

What’s happening in the crochet world. . .
Well, we finally did it!  We had our debut at Winter CHA (Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show), last month, in Anaheim, CA., we learned a lot, met with great prospects, sold a little and came back with tons of new ideas!  Check out these photos we took there, good thing Marcie remembered to take them! 
 
Winter CHA in Anaheim, CA.