Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Are YOU Taking our RedWork Challenge???

We just had a call from the folks at
Road To California Quilt Show.

They want to list Your Names
for the show book about
our Special RedWork Challenge Exhibit.

Email your name to me today so we can send soon! 

Still time to start stitching and send by January 10!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Visit our Cyber Monday SALE

Thanksgiving is over and we are getting ready for Christmas.  Today ONLY save 15% off on all of the good stuff in our Christmas Category. 

Lots of great holiday decorating designs plus welcome gifts to make for family and friends.

Remember ONE day only so hop on over and see….

Christmas at BBD

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Designing by Candle Light

Here is my new mode of designing – by candle light!

A power outage for many hours in the middle of the night to late morning.  I gathered some nice brass candle sticks and got to work…..I’m an early bird!  When the sun began to rise over Clear Lake I was able to snap a picture.

Not recommended for long sessions of thinking and drawing but OK at the time!   Got a couple of ideas down on paper to finalize and get stitching for the arrival of our new fabrics….they are due to arrive in December some time – YAY.

Oh, by the way….remember our RedWork SALE continues today and is over tomorrow.

Visit the RedWork Category and pick your BBD Pattern and make your RedWork Challenge design.  Enjoy some quality Embroidery time!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

SALE on ALL RedWork is Continues

15% Off on all things in the RedWork Category until next Sunday, the 24th.

Cash in and pick something new to Embroider!

Create a new decoration for your home, how about a great gift for someone special……and select your RedWork Challenge Design and get stitching!!

A Christmas design would be great….. twice. Once for your Holiday Home and then send to us in January (before 1/10/14) for the Challenge…..efficiency is everything.

Happy Stitching today!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Are You Working on Your RedWork Challenge??

Our RedWork Challenge Special Exhibit is coming in January at Road to California Quilt Show.

Have you selected your Bird Brain Design Pattern yet?

Today a 15% off Sale Begins on
Every RedWork Pattern

Visit the RedWork Category and pick your pattern……Click Here!

Our stitching galfriend, Wanda, has sent a “work in progress” photo of her RedWork Garden.

Can hardly wait to see an update!!

Redwork chal-Wanda

Email me to tell me others of you are out there enjoying your Embroidery in Red. 
I don’t want to have only a couple people come to our Challenge Party… hats are ready!
Photos for sharing are wanted, too.

RedWork Challenge

emails to:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Back Home in Kelseyville

We had a loooong 3 weeks away at Houston’s Market and Festival and are quite happy to be back tiny
Kelseyville and our cute little store.
Back to “normal”!

I found a lovely BIG box of 2 yards each of
A Quilter’s Garden…..our NEW Fabric Line from
Fresh Water Designs at E. E. Schenck.

A Quilter's Garden label

Of course I piled all 57 up in color families…so really fabulous to see and touch!!

Reds, Neutrals, Blues and Blacks Plus 4 shades of
“Aged to Perfection” fabrics for us to use for wonderful
Embroideries and Quilts…..can’t wait for our REAL shipment to arrive.  Will keep you posted!

Plan for some Exciting NEW things coming Soon.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

At Last We are Home

It took 5 days to drive back to Kelseyville from Houston. 
We did make a detour from I-10 to I-8 and visited San Diego for part of a day.

Such a beautiful place!!  Absolutely fabulous weather and views all over the place….enjoyed a walk to La Jolla beach near Robin’s daughter’s house, a walk in La Jolla Village to lunch overlooking the seal beach in La Jolla Cove.

Lucy parked at Kate Sessions Park – we don’t fit in many other places in San Diego where every square inch of land is too valuable for large parking lots!

View from Lucy looking at the bay and Pacific Ocean.  Breathtaking! 

Smiling Jennifer and Milo coming to get us to have a quick tour of their new home and yummy lunch.

I snapped a photo of Jennifer, Milo and Tina just before heading back to I-5 and home.  Tina and I are SO HAPPY to be home again.  Back to fun designing to finish with our new A Quilter’s Garden fabric when it comes soon!

Happy Weekend All!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Festival in Houston is over until 2014

We had a great show seeing so many great shoppers.  Met lots of new people who had heard of Bird Brain Designs but had not see us “in person”. 

Heading west to California.  Anxious to put up photos of
A Quilter’s Garden, our new fabric coming soon. 
I check in with E. E. Schenck frequently to see if
“our ship has come in” yet.  Then through customs and into the warehouse to be put on rolls for us……YAY!

Back to I-10 heading west.  Honk if you see us!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Houston is FUN

Seeing lots of Old friends from other shows and
Lots of new folks too….very nice.

Last night was opening Preview and we were TIRED at 10 pm.  Dragged out to Lucy parked under the freeway.  This morning pouring rain but the temps have gone down and not as much humidity….that is a real killer.  We Californians are not used to that for sure!

Ready to head into the show for the first full day of FUN.  Make a plan to come to Festival some day….we would love to meet you.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Having a great Quilt Market in Houston

We are at the Wholesale Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.  Great show with lots of people coming by the booth.

Set up was its usually crazy scene with people scurrying to and fro.   Things stay messy for nearly the whole day.

Then it comes together very nicely…..this isn’t the best photo so I will take another when we get in today. 
Yesterday was SO BUSY….very FUN!

More news later today.  Going in early to shoot a video with Checker U, one of our great distributors.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Long Time No Chat!

No great excuse for not chatting with all of you nice friends……other than crazy busy around here!!

Quilt Market and Festival is SO SOON – only 8 days until we leave Kelseyville and head southeast.  It takes us
4 days (1 1/2 days across Texas along!) to get there.

We will introduce our lovely new and BIG line of fabric with E. E. Schenck in Portland, Oregon.
In January we will be able to ship our new beauties!

A Quilter's Garden label

The Design Studio (my 3rd floor) is strewn with drawings, embroidery “under the needle” and stitched pieces waiting to be finished into models…..did I mention only 8 days until we leave?

Still having FUN!

Friday, September 27, 2013

SAVE on our Wool Christmas Pillow & Magazine

Christmas stuff is already appearing in stores!

Enjoy our getting ready for Christmas and Winter too……save $3.00 when you buy our Holiday Pair – Santa and FrostyPLUS the Holiday Crafts 2013 Magazine together.

A great decorating value – PLUS our Pillow – this year in the 2013 issue.  86 festive things to
make for friends and family.

Have some early FUN and be ready before the Holiday Crazies take over our lives!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bird Brain is a Sponsor for a Blog Hop

We are sponsors for a Pin Cushion Blog Hop!

One can not have too many Pin Cushions…..right?

Check out all the fun the gals are having with their very special Pin Cushions.
Each day you can visit the most interesting Blogs from folks just like you and me.

Madame Samm is one of the most energetic
and clever women I have met. 
You will enjoy everything about the Blogs!

We hope to add to the fun of the next Blog Hop too…Wicked!!
Perfect for Halloween coming soon.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Finishing Machine Embroidered Pumpkins

Deciding what fabrics I will use to make up a model of our Machine Embroidered Pumpkins!

I want to take them to Northwest Quilting Expo Next week in Portland.  It looks as good as the model stitched by hand!!

Check out our other Machine Embroidered Witches Hooray Table Runner for Halloween too.  You get the entire runner to be stitched in 2 hoopings plus 5 individual motifs too.

Happy Halloween Folks!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

YooHoo! Today is the LAST SALE DAY

Shop on our Website today

SAVE 10% $$$

on Everything and Anything!


Select the Pattern you want to make for our neat

RedWork Challenge! 

Find all the goodies to make your Challenge Quilt
and SAVE today.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Last 2 Days of our Website SALE

To entice you into stitching up an entry quilt into our RedWork Challenge…..Save 10% on
EVERYTHING on our Website!

The RedWork Challenge is easy and fun.
Pick any Bird Brain Design – red, black, blue, multi-color – and embroidery in RED.

Get Creative and finish your quilt in your own clever way – big or small.

Show off “YOUR” Bird Brain Design
at a Special RedWork Exhibit
at the Road to California Quilt Show
in January, 2014!

Get more details…Take the Challenge!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NEW! A Fun RedWork Challenge

Take our RedWork Challenge!

Select your favorite Bird Brain Pattern and stitch in Red on Muslin……even if the original pattern shows the design in lots of Perle Cotton colors!

Make up your “quilt” with your own clever ideas to show off.  Add extra blocks, sashing, even buttons, beads and whatever you like to make it your own.

We have a Special Exhibit Space to display ALL of YOUR quilts at the BIG Road to California Quilt Show
January 23 – 26, 2014


Get going and pick your pattern!


on the Website.
Save 10%
this week to get you stitching!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Beautiful Weather for Stitching!

We are enjoying absolutely elegant summer weather here at the lake.  Warm and sunny but not HOT.

Nice day on the lake

My plans today are to take some Embroidery and sit
on the deck and Stitch…peaceful and relaxing. 
Kind of like living and working at a lovely resort!!

Still working on more designs for a NEW RedWork pattern to finish with the pretty red fabrics in the stack.  Two embroidered and another (out of the picture) ready to stitch today.  Then figure out how to finish them!

More designing this morning to get ready for stitching this weekend.  Busy, busy, busy!

Check out our RedWork Designs on the web and find a Summer Stitching Pattern for you to relax with.

Happy Summer to ALL.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Special Prices Ends Today Towels & Patterns!

Visit our Tea Towel Category on the Website Today.

Enjoy the Special Prices on Towels and Patterns to Embroidery them…..we still have plenty in our HUGE stash in the garage!

Smile on Halloween when you have a set of
Happy Halloween Towels in your kitchen.
How about wrapping a bunch of Trick or Treat goodies in a towel for a very special hostess gift….SPOOKY!


Stitch all the designs in Black Perle on a Towel with Black Stripes or Black Border….even quicker to Stitch and have a great Halloween Towel or Six!

Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Special Prices for Tea Towels and Towel Patterns

Redecorate your kitchen with a set of NEW Embroidered Tea Towels.  We just received a HUGE shipment of towels and our store’s garage is full!

Enjoy a Special Sale for just a couple more days – ends when Wednesday ends!

Pick from our cotton towels with a bright White Background and bold colored borders.

Or you can spark your kitchen with these colorful
up-to-date stripe colors for some FUN!


Our tried and true collection of colorful striped Cotton Tea Towels with the creamy background may be just what you need…ALL look great with our Patterns.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Long Beach Show Opened Last Night

We had some fun meeting lots of our “Old” show going friends last night at Preview.

The booth looks good and we have our NEW Holiday Crafts Pillow plus Magazines and Wool Kits here and look festive.

Back to more fun at the show in a couple of hours.

Keep you posted on what goes on!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

We Are At The Beach!!

We are in Long Beach waiting to set up tomorrow for the International Quilt Festival.

We took a relaxing walk along the Marina next to the Convention Center.  Lots of expensive boat “toys” plus the beach at the end of the Marina.

Even in the late afternoon lots of kids and their families were enjoying the water with the small waves with the warm sand. 

There are many small islands dotting the harbor.  We asked a fisherman what they were.  They are owned by the oil companies – maybe very nice oil wells!?

Along side of the Convention Center is an interesting round arena for concerts and other stuff.  Paintings of whales, fish and birds decorate the sides like an aquarium.

We are comfortable in Lucy in the parking lot in front of the “aquarium” enjoying some nice dinner and a good book on tape. 

This is the last year the Quilt Show is in Long Beach.  If you are near by come by and see all the great quilts and shop with the super vendors.  We will watch for you!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Holiday Crafts Magazine 2013 Arrived

Our shipment of magazines for the 2013 issue of Holiday Crafts Magazine has arrived…early!!!

We are not on the cover this year but show up page 38 with our Christmas Buddies in Wool Applique.

Better Homes and Gardens keeps the original pillow so I am finishing our pillow to show off in the store and for Long Beach next week.

More photos as I get back to my applique.
Fun stuff for the holidays…still love what I do!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Special FUN Stuff on Facebook

Visit our Facebook page and see some Special Stitching Offers we have for you Summer.

Enjoy your Summer with a NEW project and see if you can fit in some “Stitching Therapy”  Every Day!

Check us out and give us a “like” – we are having fun.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Last Day of our 15% Off Christmas in July Sale

OK, a week of lovely Summer weather has past and it is the last day of our Christmas in July Sale.

Order a Christmas Design today and begin on your Christmas decorations or Holiday Gifts and SAVE 15% too…a nice Christmas gift to you now!

Lots of RedWork, Wool Applique, Counted Cross Stitch Patterns and Fabric Packs are ready to mail.

Enjoy stitching in “Stress Free” Summertime and be ready for festivities coming in not too many months!  Happy Stitching.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jingle Bell Christmas in July

It is the middle of a nice hot July but remember! 
Christmas is coming whether we are ready or NOT.

Enjoy a relaxing time making some new stuff to decorate with or give as holiday gifts.

Take 15% OFF all our Christmas Patterns and Fabric Packs for LOTS of goodies.  
Quilts, Pillows, Table Covers, Tea Towels and Stockings to stuff on Christmas Eve. 

Have fun this entire week making your selections and SAVE 15% at the same time!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

We are at the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo

The NEW Quilt Expo Vendor Mall is open and filled with 70 plus excellent vendors!!

A “Bird Brains Eye” view of the show.  The Fairgrounds Event Center is big, clean and easy to shop.

Shuttle buses are running today from the Events Center in Redmond to Sisters 10 minutes away to visit all the beautiful quilts hanging all over town.

A Win-Win event for Quilters, Shoppers and Everyone!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hot as a Fire Cracker Here!

We are having our (at least) once a summer “hot spell” this week.  Everyday is 100 or 100+.  But we don’t have humidity to really cook everyone!

All the July 4th parties will be fun in spite of the heat. 
enjoy some of your holiday with a little embroidery time.  Always something you should fit in on your “time off”.

Get Patriotic with our Americana Celebration Tea Towels.  Embroider on nice towels like we did or add the Red, White and Blue motifs on anything you want.
Just right to celebrate all the Americana Holidays.


Have a great day, Everyone.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

We Also Have More ‘Little Birds’ Books

A new stock of the Little Birds Book came with our Stitch Zakka.  We have another RedWork Pillow in this book from a couple of years ago.

Garden of Birds

ALL about birds – how perfect to have Robin at Bird Brain Designs as one of the designers.
26 fun designs from artistic to folksy to whimsical goodies to create.  26 Hand-made projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt and LOVE….Happy Summer Stuff.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our New Book Arrived with our Designs in It!

The new Stitch Zakka book arrived! 
C and T Publishing asked me to contribute and I had a good time thinking up a RedWork design to add to the 21 other projects in the book.  FUN to be ‘published’!

My project is two 5” x 7” RedWork Embroideries
that I made “patches” of to finish and button onto
some   nice floral Red and White cotton pillows.

The thoughtful words are floating in a garden of flowers with friendly buzzing bugs enjoying the sweet scent.

A completely relaxing project for some summer stitching!Enjoy!  Robin