Saturday, February 13, 2010

Moving Day
We have loaded up, and we are moving out!
One of the MANY projects that we have been working on behind the scenes is a new blog. So thanks to our hard working elf ('s Karen) we now have the new site up and running. The new blog will give us more options, and you will find some of our past projects listed up on the new pages. So, please make the trip over to the new site, book mark it, and come and visit us often. You will find all of our new postings at
Hope to see you there!
Cori & Myra

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Is it spring yet?? Around here there is still several feet of soft, fluffy snow...which my husband, my son, and their snowmobiles love. But we are already looking ahead to spring.
We got a sneak peek (actually we were proof reading) our latest magazine project. We legally can not show you the project, however, in my studio was this little pillow that Cori made up to reflect the quilt. We have always called our project 'Twitter' but since I am sure that is a copywrited name, the magazine has given it a new name. So this is just a tease, but you can see the real project, with the new name in American Patchwork & Quilting on newsstands March 2...but those of you who have subscriptions will get to see it 2 weeks earlier. There will be a limited number of kits available for the baby quilt, so don't wait too long in placing your order!
We also worked on editing another project that will be featured in a calendar. (yippee, we're calendar girls, and we can keep our cloths on!) One of our quilts will be featured in American Patchwork & Quilting's 2011 calendar. I can't wait to see it, but I hope 2011 won't come too quickly.
see you soon.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Well, it looks like Cori beat me to posting today! We are both busy on our computers, working in different area's, and trying to keep our paperwork from taking over our design life. I will be working in the Etsy shop, listing new products, as well as putting up some of our projects for sale. We debate ALL THE TIME about what to do with our enormous collection. Well, some of our fun sample projects need to find a new place to call they will start being listed in Etsy.

Cori is busy with the 1 & 1 shop, listing all of our blueprints and elements. This is a new area for us, and we LOVE IT! The possibilitys of creating in this new format are endless. I posted a picture of one pillow that Cori whipped up over the summer. It uses an element, and a very simple pillow layout (yes Cori...I will get you those instructions...)

And on my final note, according to the informal poll results, (and from people stopping us on the streets) we will keep the name '37 kisses' as the name for the quilt we posted last week. Thanks for the amazing suggestions. (yes Marcy, I always want to know what you think) And Sheila - I reserve the right to use the name 'Hot Lips' in the future.

see you soon.
It is time to share what we have been up to.
I hope you all have time to go to the shop today. Why? Because there is a whole bunch of new stuff!! There are some new patterns, blueprints and elements. What are blueprints and elements you ask? Oh, I can't wait to tell you.

Let's start with the blueprints. The blueprints are a simple pattern with basic instructions. The blueprints are only e-mailable!! No shipping. You pick a layout and then pick the elements of your choice to "embelish" your project.

How about the elements? The elements are shapes that you can applique onto the quilt or pillow you choose. This is a great way to customize your project. We even have alphabet sets, so you can add a name. The elements will be mailed to you, as they are all full size shapes to make it easy for you to use.

We will be re-leasing new blueprints and elements monthly! Not to mention the new patterns too.

The other new patterns are Country Lane & Astoria for only $9.99!

So come to and take a look at the new releases!

~c & m

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another wonderful surprise!!
Remember when we picked a winner for fabric,? But they had to make quilts to donate to there charity of choice? Well Diane was the winner and this is the letter she wrote to the organization. Here is her story.

"Please find enclosed two more quilts that I have completed for Quilts for Kids, Inc.

As with many quilts, these come to you with a story. Back in November, I won a unique contest on the Blue Meadow Designs website ( They offered to give free fabric to a few lucky winners who in turn would make and donate a quilt to charity. Cori Derksen and Myra Harder are quilt designers and have also designed several fabric lines for RJR Fabrics. The patterns I chose are also from Blue Meadow Designs. It is with many thanks for their generous donation of fabric that I was able to complete this project.

In October, I lost two dear friends to cancer. One young lady was a relative that was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17. She battled that as well as other cancers for 11 years. Denean gave her life to God and served her community as a special needs teacher in the public schools. She was just 28 years old.

My other friend, Betty, was a young lady I met 10 years ago in my sewing club. Every month we’d get together to share ideas about our embroidery/sewing machines and, once a year, our group would take on a charitable project, i.e. sewing mastectomy pillows, blankets for the neonatal ward, etc. Betty, too, succumbed to cancer in October.

I thought it was only fitting to choose Quilts for Kids for my charitable organization since one friend touched the lives of so many children and the other shared my love of sewing. It is in their memory that these quilts were made and with much prayer for the two young ones that will receive them. Thank you for your continued work for such a worthy cause. "

Warm regards,
Diane Van Ryn
The other thing that Diane wrote in her email to us was that she took inspiration from Karen's guest posting on quilting ideas - great to hear.
It sincerely brings tears to my eyes, that we could be apart of Diane's mission, a very generous and touching one. Thanks Diane for making us so proud and creating such beautiful quilts! I think they are gorgeous!! I hope Diane's story has inspired you as it has us.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Where our quilt designs land up?

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This was a wonderful email that we received this week. (I asked for permission to post these pictures and share her story)

"I would like to say thank you for the beautiful quilt donation that my daughter Kayley received during her four day stay at the Children's Hospital on the May long weekend. After being diagnosed with a very sudden case of pneumonia, Kayley was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital for 4 days in order to receive IV antibiotics. Having a special blanket (in her favorite green color) was very comforting for her. The picture of her with the quilt was taken on her third day. To this day she still enjoys sleeping and playing with the quilt. " grandma Leona.

So I had to email her back, and she went on to tell me that another special friend of ours Barb Hayward had made this quilt for the hospital to donate. What a small world and THANKS Barb for being SO generous!! (this is the turtle twirl pattern and it looks like she enlarged the pattern to be twin size) And the other good news is that Kayley recovered and is doing GREAT!

It is so fabulous when we hear that our designs have touched someone else.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

What's in a name?

Tonight, Cori is away from her computer, so what do I do when I need her to answer a question for me? I have decided to take my plight public.
This is the computer generated copy of our latest quilt design. From the day it was on the drawing board, I called it "hugs & a smooch". Then, our insightful friend Judy pointed out that the X is a kiss, and not a hug. Thanks Judy - so we changed the name to 37 kisses.
I have spent the last few weeks, piecing this quilt together for my daughter. Well, while piecing 37 kisses, I made at least 37 piecing errors! I told Cori that I was happy when it was done! Today I finished it, layed it out for the last final look, and realized that one section of blocks was pieced wrong. Grrrrr. Well, I fixed it, and tonight I sat down to finish the project, and write the instructions. Grrrr, I found another error! Did you find it? There are only 36 kisses on the quilt!
So, tonight I threw out the name, and asked my daughter, what should I name it? Her suggestion - 'the kisses quilt'.
And now I am asking all of you. What would you name this quilt? Once it has a name, this project can finally be edited, photographed, and set to print. So for the next week, (until next Sunday night) leave your favorite name for this project.
see you again soon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

It's been uber busy, but I dropped in to share one new photo with you. We gave a pile of quilts to our friend Marcy, and told her to go out and have some fun. And she did! You will be seeing more of her great photography popping up in the future.

It's only January, but we are already starting to move into high speed, so that we will be ready for Market in May. A lot of projects have been underway, so keep checking back to see what is coming and going through the studio.

see you soon.
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