Barb Sackel – Rose Cottage Quilting

Musings of a quilting enthusiast

The Froggles are loose!

November23

The frogs are jumping in Sackel Park. It is official. My Froggle fabric line for Blank Quilting is out and hopping off the shelves. There are quilts, placemats and bags that are letting the little critters play on them. It has been so much fun to watch all the excitement.

Froggles

Froggles

The Froggles were even showcased in Quilt Magazine.

Quilt Magazine - Dec 2010/Jan 2011

Quilt Magazine - Dec 2010/Jan 2011

The Froggles were featured on Page 64 as one of the “12 New Collections Designed just for you.” Just follow the red arrow!

Inside Quilt Magazine - See the Froggles!

Inside Quilt Magazine - See the Froggles!

The Froggles has been so well received that I have created a second line called, “Summer in FroggleLand.” It has a panel that has the little guys building sand castles, playing with beach balls, sleeping under mushrooms and even playing golf. I can’t show it to you yet, but take my work, it is just adorable.

Here is a quilt that I made using the Froggles and a pattern from Blank. I enlarged the pattern into a quilt that is 55” x 67”. The kit to make this great quilt is available on my website so you too can live in the land of the Froggles!

Froggles Quilt Kit

Froggles Quilt Kit

Have a Hoppy Thanksgiving everyone! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!).

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It was a good day!

October21

Yesterday was a good day for me. Well, they are all good days, but this was a really good day.

I started the day out by making spaghetti sauce in my crock pot while pondering how to get that blasted woodpecker to stop pecking at the house. Rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat!! Maybe he was asking to be invited to dinner?

Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Then my web goddess came over to brainstorm some changes to my website. During the visit, we heard the UPS truck arriving. Murphy the Wonder Dog is my UPS alert system. Note that he has his own quilt at his look-out post!

Murphy on guard!

Murphy on guard!

I received not one, but two packages!!! Yippee! My web goddess grabbed my camera and we headed outside.

The UPS Dude was here!

The UPS Dude was here!

The first package was from my son, Chris. He and his wife are expecting a baby in a month, but they are currently living overseas. Since holding a shower for them here was impossible, I arranged for a “Shower in a Box”.  We packed up some easy to ship items and send them over the ocean.
Chris and Susan were very surprised, delighted, overwhelmed, etc. Mission accomplished! Chris, being the thoughtful son that he is, sent me a thank you gift. And here it is! A great gift basket full of all sort of goodies. Thanks Chris!

Then it was on to the next box. I had a pretty good idea of what was in this one. I am sure the neighbors heard my squeals of delight as I unboxed my shipment of Froggles, my new fabric line for Blank Quilting. YES!!! I had been waiting for this to show up!

The Froggles are here!

The Froggles are here!

So now I have to find room to store these bolts. They will join the bolts of my other fabric lines (and a few bolts of blenders) in this cabinet in my dining room. Hey, doesn’t everyone keep fabric in their dining room? If you are quilter you do!

My fabric...a lovely sight.

My fabric...a lovely sight.

The day ended with spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Unfortunately, my dear husband Grant will argue with the “Good Day” assessment. During dinner….CRACK! My husband’s front tooth completely broke in half under the gum line. He had a root canal when he was young because of a sports injury. So now he’s off to the dentist. I swear it was not my meatballs!!!

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Froggles!

October5

Things are happening in Barb-land these days. I can’t reveal all I’ve got going on just yet. Patience! (Mostly on my part.) But I will share this with you!

I do enjoy painting. There is something so soothing and relaxing about it. The house is quiet…mostly quiet anyway, until Murphy the Wonder Dog imagines he sees something outside that I need protecting from. I sit at my painting table right under a west facing window and I create. I enjoy it even more when there is the promise of it turning into a fabric line!
I don’t know if you frequent the Blank Quilting website. I do…and I am pleased to say that my latest contribution to their line of fabrics is right there on their home page under “Newest Collections”. May I introduce you to Froggles!

Meet the Froggles!

Meet the Froggles!

I spent last Fall working on these little guys. It was a lot of fun creating each one and giving them some personality.

Picking up on all the flowers surrounding my new BFF’s, I created this floral.

Floral Print for Froggles

Floral Print for Froggles

Next was the stripe. My mind was racing with possibilities for using this stripe. Fortunately, it is NOT named “Racing Stripe.” (Sorry…couldn’t resist the pun.)

Froggles Stripe

Froggles Stripe

Finally, I have four muted solids. I just love them!

This fabric line will be in stores the summer of 2010.  And, of course, I’ll have some patterns coming that will highlight this fabric!

On that note, it’s back to my home office. I just spent 8 hours working on some projects in EQ7. That length of time on a computer is insane for me! But it’s a hint of what’s coming……

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