Saturday, December 31, 2011

Deal of the Day kicks it up a notch in 2012

We love offering our Deal of the Day and know that so many of you do too.

In 2012, you can love it even more!


Currently, we offer a several products each day at a 25-50% discount. 

Effective immediately, we will offer 1 great deal every day at 50-80% off.

We know that the Deal of the Day isn’t the only reason you visit with us & make us your quilt shop, but we love giving you a little bonus each time you shop.  As always, the Deal is while supplies last, so you have to be decisive!


Happy New Year!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Shop Display for panels

The week before Christmas it hit me to re-merchandise all my panels.  So I just dropped my current project to “finish it in a day or so.” 

Fast forward to a  week later….

It’s still a work in process but I think my hunch was right!  If you can’t see the fabric, you can’t love the fabric!  Panels are so hard to see when wrapped on the bolt…so we got them off the bolt & where you can actually see them. 

I totally understimated the number of panels I had on hand.  I still have more to “bag & tag” but I really like this.  I need to score a couple more unloved metal ironing boards.  They make awesome pegboards!  (think how many rulers you could organize!)

panels display

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but you still need to pop in & see this one for yourself!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

And the Winners are…



Prize Pack #1 goes to comment # 175

Deb said...

I'm signed up already for the newsletter.

Prize Pack #2 goes to comment #29

Blogger KatieQ said...

Thank you for offering the lovely giveaway items. I already receive your newsletter.

Congrats to both our winners!

Merry Christmas to all!

notions tree

Friday, December 16, 2011

Primary Pinwheel Quilt

I am really loving these pinwheels!  Don’t they just feel happy?

This is #2 out of 3 pinwheel quilts from my scraps.  Just like the last one, I had to supplement the scraps for setting & borders, but I can live with that.

scrappy baby pinwheels

Is this too flowery to be used for a baby boy quilt?  What do you think?

Measures 57x57

Used this red micro dot for the 1st border & this Aunt Grace fabric.

Great table topper or lap quilt size…or for a baby ????

I am linking up with Sarah; go see what others have been up to this week!


Classes Through April 2012

It’s settled.


No doubt about it.


It’s going to be one crafty winter & spring at Fabrics N Quilts!

We have set the class schedule through April & we are going to busy little quilters!

You can view & download the class calendars from the website or click here.





For me…I better get stitchin’!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Scrappy Pinwheel Quilt Top

It’s been another whirl-wind week, hasn’t it?  I escaped for the guild’s Christmas party-a cookie party at that-on Monday.  So nice to just hang out for an hour or so.  But then the gotta-get-busy-guilt hit & away I rushed. 

But with the rushing comes some finishes & time for pondering the next finishes on my horizon.

I was able to finish up the other half of my Orca Bay string blocks yesterday; that feels good.  It’s amazing how much scraps you can burn through with those oh so fun (and oh so forgiving) strings!

I am wrapping up my scrap busting fall with 3 quilts from my stack-o-pinwheels

Here’s the first one in flimsy form:

scrappy pinwheels

I am going to send this to the long-armer as soon as my Warm & White batting comes in.  That gives me time to decide on/piece a scrappy backing & get the binding made too.  The pinwheels are all scraps, but the setting is off the bolt.  That’s always the way…to use the scraps you have to dig into new fabric.  But it feels good to empty that bin of 3.5” half square triangles.

My other 2 pinwheel quilts will be more themed.  I let this one take the “leftovers” from the other 2 quilts, but I really like it.  Reminds me of antique scrappy quilts.  There are pigs, horses, flags, flowers, bees, race cars, and even some Sugar Pop in there.

Next up for me is to plan the first quarter of class calendars.  Thinking cap time…

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Orca Bay Progress-Part 4

Last week was a week to focus on quilting projects instead of piecing for me, but I was able to get almost half of step 4 and all of step 3 finished!  Huge accomplishment for me to give myself this much ME time with looming deadlines, but I did it!


So if you are keeping up with my Orca Bay, you’ll see that I am using purple for Bonnie’s blue, blue for the black & pink for the red.  I am trying to keep the colors bright, though the purple has gravitated dark.

I hope to squeeze the rest of the pink string blocks in today or tomorrow.  Then I am only “behind” for step 1…until Friday anyway.

I’m linking up with Bonnie’s linky party…go see how everyone else is coming along…


Friday, December 9, 2011

New and sure to go fast! Beautiful Blessings Christian fabric from Moda

New from Mona Bochart Designs and Moda, it’s Beautiful Blessings.  These 2 panels are so beautiful and inspiring.  Perfect for the man or woman on your quilt list.


24000-11 Beautiful Blessings Jewel

24001-11 Beautiful Blessings Earth


Christian fabric is very hard to find and even harder from a top tier manufacturer like Moda.  I expect these panels to go quickly, so don’t miss your opportunity!

It’s a Party and a giveaway!


As I was pondering what to do for an end of the year giveaway, Michele over at Quilting Gallery emails me about her 4th anniversary Blog Hop Party.  This was just the spark I needed.
There are over 250 bloggers hosting giveaways this week in conjunction with the Blog Hop Party!  Click the button here to see the list & blow an hour or ??? entering for all kinds of wonderful goodies!
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
We will draw for our winners sometime Sunday, December 18th, so don’t dally entering!
Up for grabs we have a couple prize packs!
First, our handcrafted prizes!
  • This awesome quilted message board, complete with pen & pad of paper
  • The yo-yo embellished wristlet (my great camera skills cut off the wristlet loop-you’ll have to trust me)
  • The Prints Charming card wallet-great for keeping all your store reward cards or business cards in one place!
  • Embroidered present ornie for your tree
Second, a DIY handcrafted prize pack (also known as fabric & notions)!
  • Curio Charm Pack by Basic Grey
  • 1/2 Yard coordinating yellow (to me) by Blank Quilting
  • Cute Moda tote
  • Spool 50 wt Aurifil thread
  • 2 patterns
  • 2 ornies for your tree

How to enter:
Put each entry in a separate comment.  If you leave all your entries in 1 comment, I am going to count that as one entry.  I know it’s a little extra work, but isn’t winning worth it?! Smile  Enter as many or as few times as you wish.
Contest runs through December 17th.  I will pick winners sometime on the 18th.  Be sure your email is attached to your comment, or I will move on to another winner.  If you are a no reply blogger, leave your email in your comment!
Good Luck, Merry Christmas & thank you for a great year!  2012 is shaping up to be even more awesome!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Are you part of Hexi-mania?

Hexagons have really surged this year.  All over the net you see folks discussing their hexi projects.  Have you resisted thinking it’s just too much hand work?

Well, this is the kit for you!

hexi TR kit

A nice sized (15x35”) table runner, all matched up in beautiful 30’s fabrics from Robert Kaufman’s Clothesline Club.  All designed by Darlene Zimmerman, so you know they are spot on matches to the grandmother’s flower garden quilts of old.

The kit contains the fabrics for the runner top & binding.

Great gift idea too!  Pair it with the Hexi ruler, also by Darlene Zimmerman, and you have a great gift for your Quilting Secret Sister, or best bud.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Orca Bay Progress

Yes, I am still woefully behind those who are keeping up with the Orca Bay Mystery, but I decided that I wanted to play, not race when I started.  So each Friday, I save the clues, think about the fabric I’ll use for that part of the challenge & maybe get it cut.

This Sunday, I actually stitched!  Since I adore string blocks, I skipped right to them.  I finished 60 out of the 72 I need.  I would have finished, but the Packers were on, and hey, a girl has to have priorities!  Update:  I finished off the blocks this morning.  woohoo!

Here’s a sample of my strings


I broke down & ordered the 1.5” triangle die for my GO too, so step 3 is on hold at least until it comes in.

At least I feel like I am playing along in the mystery now with some finished blocks!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Quilts, Table Runners & pieces, Oh my!

I enjoyed my long Thanksgiving weekend by finishing up some projects! 

Finally some quilting going on in the quilt shop this week though it was out of necessity; I ran out of basting pins.  I had 2 choices; open more or quilt the projects already basted.  I decided to buckle down & quilt instead of take the easy way out.

I made this top over the summer.  Very quick & easy fat quarter pattern, Happy Daze.  I used fabrics from Buttercup Lane.  I finally basted it a month ago when I  basted this quilt.  The scrap batting was the perfect size, so I put it to immediate use….just not immediate quilting.  (and no, that other quilt isn’t quilted yet.)


In my quest to use up what’s laying around, I made these 2 table runners from leftover Mary Engelbreit turnover pieces.  The backing & batting are also cast-offs from other projects, so these were very good for scrap management.


I finished piecing my commissioned tumbler quilt top.  It will become a new backing to an old quilt.  The pic shows it just resting on top of the scalloped edge top.  Last night I started removing the old binding, which will just be replaced with the red marble used in the tumblers.


While piecing the tumblers & the 2012 BOM top (big reveal very soon), I worked in pinwheel piecing.  I have over 100 done.  more to go, all scraps, even the white!


So, that’s my update for the week (actually 2, I didn’t update you last week).  What did you work on?  I’m linking up with Sarah; pop over there & see what folks have been up to & give them a little Whoop Whoop of encouragement!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Orca Bay Mystery at Quiltville

I am finally starting to make some progress on my Quiltville Orca Bay quilt.  No, it’s not much, but pieces being cut is a definite commitment to the project!  (Check back tomorrow to see what has been keeping me so busy this week & last!)

I decided to use up a big piece of scrap for my Step 1 .  My neutral color is also going to be mostly natural muslin, because I have so many scraps.  So my step 1 is not going to be very scrappy, a little, but not much.  I am hoping this works out ok.


My step 2, however, will be pretty scrappy.  I was glad to have the GO! cutter to cut my foundation squares.  3 turns of the crank & that bit was finished!  I have my purple strips all pressed & at the ready.


So there is my progress on the first 2 steps of the mystery…and eeek, the next clue comes out tomorrow!

It’s not to late to play along!  Pop over to Bonnie Hunter’s blog (click here) and print the directions.  You won’t be that far behind me!  Besides this is a project for you to use up your scraps.  Is there ever a deadline for that?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

A note of thanks to all of you who continue to read along here even though I don’t post often.  I’m thankful to have this medium to share my projects, business, charities, and inspiration with you, but most importantly, I am thankful FOR YOU!

You are our biggest inspiration.  I am inspired by your creativity, friendship, and motivated by what would appeal to you.  We attempt to show you every day that we are thankful for not only your business, but your online chats, comments and encouragement.  On this ceremonial day of Thanksgiving, we are overtly sending wishes of a Happy Thanksgiving.

If you would like me to revert back to my usual lighthearted side of the holiday, well then,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Call out for help from all the crafters

I’m Christmas decorating at the shop this afternoon. Pulled out the ornaments my Grandmother made when I was a kid for the first time in at least 6 years. It's like a warm hug to see them.


My grandma's ornies are made from something like this:

I say "like", because hers were made 40 some odd years ago. (ooh telling my age a bit there, huh?)

Many are now dented (after decades of moves & storage). Any idea how to "pop" those dents out? (I have this wicked mental image of a toothpick-sized dent suction thing, akin to what a body shop uses on your fender)

Any and all ideas are welcome. Please share if you know anyone that could have a possible solution to make these beauties perfect again. My family appreciates your help! We have dozens that could use the TLC fix.

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Quilts and Stockings

This week saw some big finishes in my little quilting world. 

You may have seen periodic updates on this quilt on our Facebook Fan wall.  I was commissioned to create just the top from fabric from early 2000’s & a pattern from the 1980’s.  To say that it was a challenge to interpret into the rotary cutting world I live in is an understatement.  But I am so very pleased with the result.  Just for the record, that 2nd border has 832 pieces in it & it is a mitered corner…snoopy dance!

Seven Sisters Medallion:



As part of my Use It Up Fall – Scrappy Fall pledge, I created this rag quilt.  She’s a biggun (as we say ‘round here).  The quilt is draped over a 6 foot table & is hitting the floor on the back side as well.  The denim & fleece lining were in my sewing room taking up a ton of space.  The eggplant fleece was a perfect match to the Sugar Pop pinks, so a quilt was born & a shelf was cleared!

sugar pop rag quiltsugar pop rag quilt1

Last, I finished my stockings order for my customer who is using these as her gift wrap this holiday season.  Each family has a specific theme.

stockings 1stockings 2


I also finished my “winter warm & ugly” quilt.  Nah, I’m not showing it, but it is also part of my Use It Up Fall – Scrappy Fall pledge.  I had an old hand pieced quilt top that I got I don’t know where that’s made from strips of old clothing.  Wool, poly, corduroy, twill, you name it, it’s in there.  So, using up what I had, I crazy/crumb patched blue denim for a center 30” wide strip & then bordered that with some pretty blue & yellow home dec weight fabric that was also laying around.  It’s batted with high loft poly batting, tacked, washed & on my bed.  I slept under it last night for the first time & it is so heavy & warm; Heaven on Earth for sure.  And look at all the stuff out of my way in the process!

So, this week, I did the Snoopy Dance a few times.  If you remember, last week I told you I’d have lots to share this week!


I’m linking up with Sarah:


Saturday, November 12, 2011

A little organization goes a long way

In my continuing quest to use what I have stashed away, this morning I whipped up this message board for the projects on the list.  Maybe if I get them out of my head I can rest easier.  No I didn’t put them in an order on the board.  I have that in my head just to keep folks guessing.

the 3 projects that are close to completion didn’t make the board, since I hope to wrap them up in the next week.

message board

This is a simple no sew project. 

  1. Cover the front of a corkboard with poly batting (I like the loft) & staple gun (no power tool necessary) it in place. 
  2. Lay your fabric right side down on the table, center the board batting side down over your fabric. 
  3. Wrap fabric to wrong side of board & staple gun in place. 
  4. I had a nice length of ribbon remnant to use for the hanger…yeah, I staple gunned it too (too sections & tied a bow) . 

You can go all out & do the cross ribbons so you don’t have to use pins on your messages & to make it prettier.  I wanted quick & done.  I finished it in under 30 minutes, ironing time included.

That means that this piddly

should hopefully be followed with a big whoopin’ entry next week!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day thoughts

Today is a day to remind the US citizens of the sacrifice our friends, neighbors and family have made.


It’s not a day to commercialize; it’s a day to remember, fly your flag, hug a vet and say Thank You.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

My first scrappy quilt of the fall

Fall is scrappy time for me.  Every year I try to make all my projects from the bins & bins of scraps that have taken over my life during the year.

A couple weeks ago, my 2011 odyssey began…

For over a year I have been staring at a basket of pressed Half Square triangles.  All pressed, ready to square up and BECOME something.  They were left over from this quilt:




My scrappy quilts are rarely planned in advance.  I just start sewing & let it “become” something of some size.  It’s risky, but it always has a way of working out.

I squared up my pieces with the Go! cutter so that took like 5 minutes.  (Miss that tute?  Check it out here!)  Then cut some 2.5” squares of the creamy almost solid. and made 4 patches.  Ended up with right at 100.  Nice number, easily divisible Smile  WOO HOO.

Now the layout.  I knew I wanted to go with the solid brown, which is why I turned the brown side of the triangles to the center.  I didn’t want them to fight if they were next to each other.

Played around with it several times and settled on this one.  Aptly named by my friend, Rhonda, oreo (I am a recovering double stuff addict)


I have Oreo all basted, now to squirrel away some time to get her quilted!