Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bargello Quilt Top

I’m offering this class, starting February 18th.  The quilt is a nice big lap quilt, sure to grab the attention of anyone who sees it draped over your sofa.

bargello top

I used fabrics from several sources; it’s not a collection. 

Hope you can join us & make one of these show stoppers for yourself!

bargello top1



I am looking forward to getting this one quilted…I think I will quilt in the ditch…NOT

If you are too far away for the class, grab the pattern & take it for a spin!


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Friday, January 27, 2012

Little Pail-the cutest little thing with a handle

This cutie has been on my radar for a couple months, and this week’s avoidance of the State of the Union address was just the hour I needed to get it made!
Little Paillittle pail inside
Yes, that’s a stack of business cards inside -  I told you it was cute!
This pattern is so easy & once you make one, it’s easy to see how to make a bigger one…which is now on my radar!

My project uses:
Little Pail pattern by Sweetwater
Toyland Frogs by Robert Kaufman
Mini Dots in Lime Green

I’m linking up with Sarah.  Go see what others have worked on this week & share some encouragement!

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Grandmas Favorite Table Topper Kit

All this kit needs is you, your needle & thread!



The topper measures 16x21” and whips up in an afternoon.  We include the pattern, batting (warm & white), backing, binding & of course, everything for the top. 

They even come in these cute packages, perfect for gift giving!

Quantities are limited, so be sure to snap yours up today!

We will be offering a different Snap Sack kit like this every month, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Scrap Block Challenge

We are partnering with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict on a Scrappy Block Challenge

Get over there & get the details today!  You have 2 weeks to design your block…I mean it’s just 1 block!


You could win one of 3 prize packs we are donating


Or a copy of Cut the Scraps






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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Basics Charity Challenge 2012

Cara, from Cara Quilts, is hosting another Basics Charity Challenge this year.


Basic Charity Challenge 2012

If you didn’t hear about this last year, the premise is really simple.  Do something to help those in your community.

It doesn’t have to be big, like making a quilt.  Think about the basics.  What basics did it take for you to get out of the house this morning? (yes, assuming you got out & about today)

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • TP
  • Soap
  • Deodorant

These are just ideas.  Cara posted these and many more in her blog post.  Go check that out!

To help inspire others, there is a flickr group where you can post (or email Cara to post anonymously) a pic of your donation.

As a little thank you for doing a good deed, you can enter your name to win some dandy prizes from some very awesome sponsors.

So check your pantry, do you have an extra roll or paper towels or pack of ear swabs that can be dropped off at a local shelter?  An extra bag of canned goods for the food shelter?

A HUGE  THANK YOU  to Cara for being such a great organizer, giving soul & all around great gal!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shop Samples now available!

We are making our shop samples available for purchase.  Each will be for a limited time only.

Check out our selection now!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oreos are not just cookies-Quilting finish

I had a problem.  I can admit it.  Oreo Double Stuffs.

The expiration dates on those packages were always a source of great laughter in our house.   Ya, right, this package is not going to last the week, why are they giving me 6 months?

In the course of ‘eat better, move more, lose some weight’, I have not had an oreo in months.  I don’t crave them anymore, though I can’t say the same thing for chocolate in general terms.

That’s a great story, I know, but what does it have to do with quilting, right?


Last fall, as part of my scrap busting, I took the remaining 1/2 square triangles from a prior project & made this quilt

One Sunday I took my pieces & went to a friend’s to sew for the day.  She named it.  So appropriate; note how the beige sashing is twice the width of the brown that edges it.  And Oreo was it’s name-o.


There is sat, for 2 months, basted & ready for some quilting love.  Since it had a modern twist with the sashing, I was stumped on quilting, so I just kept stewing on it.

Then, it hit me…embroidery machine quilting!  I already had a 4” design (sorry, I don’t remember where I got it), so I put that in each block (100 hoopings, but totally worth it).  Some straight stitching in the sashing & it was done.  Oh happy day!


The beige is not a solid, but you have to get right up on it to see the texture.  It’s from the Aloha Quilt collection, and there is still some left…ON SALE!  The brown is Moda Bella Solid.  As for the other brown & greens, they are a mixture & there may be remaining yardage of some.  Just let me know if you need info on any of those.  I lined the quilt with this bias printed stripe from the Shangri La collection moda/3 Sisters.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Fabrics Tend the Earth–Deb Strain-Moda


Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls are now in!  Yardage will soon follow!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Some Small Finishes

I love this time of year, sewing up class samples & feeling so productive.

I have already shown you the smocked pillow.  This pattern is in the One Yard Wonders, Volume 1 book

smocked pillow 

Well, I made a table topper with more fabrics from Martinique.  This is from the pattern Dainty by Thimbleblossoms.  Great pattern for layer cakes!  Our class for this table topper is February 6th.  I left the appliqued flower off mine as well as the rickrack binding, as it just didn’t fit the mood of the fabric.  Those are great add-ons for a fun runner (I imagine something summery with watermelons).


The quilting in each big block done with the embroidery machine.  Design from emblibrary.com

dainty quilting

What a cute set!

dainty set


Also from the One Yard Wonders book is this cute toddler twirl skirt.  Piping & elastic…new skills you should master!  I will definitely be adding piping to a border of a quilt this year!  I used lime green dots with Duequesa StripeClass February 3rd

twirl skirt


Since I don’t have a li’l girl to put that cute thing on, I made something for the girl I have!  Maggie, the District Manager, is sporting a new coat this winter.  I need to get her name embroidered on it, but she doesn’t want to take it off!  This pattern is also from the One Yard Wonders book!  Our class is February 16th

maggie coatmaggie coat1maggie coat2


I also made this 3.5” paper pieced quilt block for a quilt label.  Talk about using scraps!  strips are 3/4” cut.  Use the great instructions over at quilting.about.com to make yours!  Class January 17th.  Check out our great selection of paper pieced quilt label patterns, like this one!

ppcd quilt label


So, next up for me is my bargello sample and to finish the quilting on this quilt.

I am linking up with Sarah.  Pop over & give a little congrats to those who created a little pretty this week!

New Quilts for the New Year

It’s been a stitchin’-busy time here the last couple of weeks!  We got 3 big quilts back from long arm quilters ready for binding.

Of course the first thing I do when I get the quilts finished is to hang them.  This makes it more difficult sometimes to get good pics to show you on the blog.  When will I learn my lesson?

The King Size monster, Crosswinds, (whew what a big ‘un) is finally finished!  Wow, I first blogged this top November, 2010!

My ceilings are not 110” tall, as you can see in the pic of the top (dragging the floor),


so my finished beauty is folded over the biggest rack I have


Hopefully if you blow this up you can see the background quilting in the damask.

crosswinds closeup

My 2 scrap pinwheels are done.  I bound the larger one with a scrappy binding & pieced the back.  There are some pinwheels on the back too, in the strips of squares.  More on the quilt top here. 

scrappy pinwheels-1scrapy pw bindingscrappy pw backing

I got a little excited sewing all my scraps of 2.5” strips together. I only need about 10 yards but when I got done ironing, I realized I had 30 yards. It’s all rolled up, just waiting for another scrap quilt. I have decided to just add onto it as I finish other binding. An every growing roll, but organized scraps, so that’s a good thing.

scrappy binding

The resounding consensus on the small pinwheel quilt is that it would be great for a baby boy (thanks to all who spoke up).  I bound this one in the deep navy blender.  the backing is this cute fabric that incorporates all the colors from the front.  (again, it’s hanging and falls behind some embroidery supplies, so the pic kinda cuts off the quilt.  You can see the whole quilt top in my earlier post.


primary pinwheels


I have also finished an interesting project for a customer.  I rebound an antique quilt and put a new quilt top (& batting) on the back.  Lots of fun & a new adventure, which I always love!

Didn’t get a picture of this in full after the final wash, but here’s a semi-before & after




That’s it for finished quilts, I think I will do a separate post for the small items!

It’s looks like I have done so much since the first of the year, but most of the work was done last year & just binding done this year.  It’s a quilting illusion Winking smile

I am linking up with Sarah !  Go see what other quilters have been up to!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Quilting from Little Things-Sarah Fielke

quilting from little things W5969

Just added to our online shop! 

Inside you'll find ten pairs of quilts that each provide a lesson in quilt-making. By first constructing a small dolly quilt, you'll gain confidence in the techniques that enable you to make its larger companion quilt.

The projects are beautiful, the illustrations and directions impeccable, and the photos inspiring! 

A definite must for your quilting library!


We also added the first edition of One Yard Wonders.  We are working on our third project from this book & are very impressed at the creative ideas!  Pics to come very soon of our projects!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Fabrics!

Getting ready for a winter (or summer depending on your locale) of stitching?


We have just added….


some more great batiks



A cute collection of quirky birds & flowers-Penny Lane

Penny lane


and 1862 Battle Hymn from Barbara Brackman

1862 Battle Hymn.bmp

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Class Preview

We are ringing in the new year with 4 great classes this January.  Check out the class calendar for more details.


01.2011 class samples


Here’s a close-up of the smocked pillow

smocked pillow

And Valerie’s Purse

Valeries Purse


Class space is limited, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot & get the supplies list!