Monday, December 30, 2013

Welcome to your new home, my mint green sweetheart

We have a new member of the family.  In all her minty green goodness, meet my new sweetheart:


She is a model 285J, and came with 2 manuals.  Kinda funny to me that one of the manuals is for model 285K, which seems like it would be later than the 285J.  She sews like a dream & came with a box full of what-knots & doo-dads from the prior owner’s sewing room.  Not sure how useable those things will be, but it will be fun to go through that box!

Ever wonder about your old machine?  If it’s a Singer, check out the Model # locator & you can also date your machine using the serial #

Minty here was made in Canada in 1963.

I believe we shall ring in the new year together.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Our Annual On-Sale SALE

We have over 175 fabrics to satisfy your thrifty fiber fantasies! (Ok, that may be pushing it a bit.)

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We know you are bombarded with after Christmas sales this week. It IS a great time to plan your next quilt or just treat yourself.
It would be our honor to serve you this week, as every week.
You'll find over 175 fabrics on sale. We hope you find something for your next masterpiece, pillowcase, gift, or stash treasure.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

More Crumb Blocks

I gave myself some ME sewing time today & played in my scraps a bit.

The crumb blocks are growing! (see where I started here)

crumb blocks


The no rhyme, no reason of these blocks makes me so happy.  I also like thinking about all the projects these bits came from.  Stitchin’ memories over here….

Friday, December 13, 2013

My guilty quilty pleasure-Crumb Blocks

I generate a lot of scraps.  A lot of LITTLE scraps.

crumb basket

Trying to keep them under control, I like to make crumb blocks.  Let there be no mistake, this harvest basket is NOT all encompassing of my little scraps.  I just work a handful in at a time.  I think this keeps the blocks from getting boring & repeating fabrics.  I want a fabric explosion in my blocks.

I even take all the cut offs from making binding & piece them with other fabrics from other bindings making nice scrappy squares (right side of basket above).

This go round, I am cutting them 4.5”  I don’t know exactly what I am going to do with them yet, but that will come to me.  One day.  My thought is that I would insert them into a traditional block where a 4.5” square is used.  We’ll see.

crumb blocks

Do you keep (and USE) your tidbits?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Upcoming- She Who Sews Blog Hop from SewWeQuilt

I found out that Sew We Quilt is hosting a Blog Hop January 27th-Feb6th to showcase the Sew Who Sews fabric.

This fabric is so fun & so inspirational!
If you’ve seen the fabric, and wondered just what to make, the blog hop is sure to inspire you!
You can stock up now, (as this fabric is selling FAST!) right here:

23064 EJ

As I mentioned before, the Handmaids will make future appearances in new fabric lines.  The next is due out in April; stay tuned!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Florabella back in stock!

This beautiful floral collection from Blank is back in stock & ready to become the star in your next creation!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quilt Block Inspiration

Yesterday, Quiltmaker magazine posted a tutorial to this super cute scrappy log cabin block on facebook.

Having a ton of scraps already cut into 2.5” strips, this really appealed to me, but I couldn’t get it out of my head to go even scrappier.  This morning I had to get it out of my head & into EQ so I could focus on other things.

Just 2.5” squares & 2.5” half square triangles.  Make it easy by strip piecing those scraps all you can!

Fabrics N Quilts-Scrappy Cabin Block

Here’s an off the wall setting to ponder.

Fabrics N Quilts-scrappy cabin layout

ok, whew, I feel better now!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

She Who Sews-Beautiful Steampunk influenced fabric

23063 X-001

The Handmaids from Janet Wecker Frisch have arrived!

She Who Sews isa whimsical line full of inspiration and vibrant color.

Even better, the Handmaids will be continued in future collections, so those who stitch for customers can really find a niche with these beautiful designs.

Check out the Handmaids facebook page for more images & inspiration directly from the designer.

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Winner

What a turn out!

  Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Thanks to all of you who visited our blog during the blog hop & left such great comments!  It is so fun to see what every quilter’s wish list includes.  Looks like Long-Arm machines and more time to quilt top the list!  I promise to make it around to each of your blogs & reply to all your comments over the next week!

Congrats to Kat from on being selected as our prize winner!  She is currently hosting a Quilt-as-You-Go QAL



Happy Thanksgiving & the best of the holiday season to each of you!

‘Til next time,


Holiday Weekend Sale


YOU are the reason for our success and YOU give us the ability to live our dream.   We never forget that.  It’s hard to show just how much we appreciate all the support you give us throughout the year. 

We hope you will stop by during our Open House this weekend (info here), or if you are just a bit too far, that you will enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend sale we have put together for you.

November 27-December 2nd

Check out these great web-only deals!
Save 40% on all Christmas fabric; (
click here)
We've added even more items to our
Sale Section

We'll have unadvertised sale items that we’ll add throughout the weekend too; just click here to see them.  They will change daily, so check back each day!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quilter’s Blog Hop Party plus a giveaway

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
Michele over at Quilting Gallery is hosting another HUGE Blog Hop that we are excited to join!  Click the pic above for the list of all the participating blogs (available late afternoon Thursday) and get hoppin’!
It’s the season of giving & thankfulness, and though we try to show you all year, we love having this opportunity to partner with so many bloggers to share in the treasure trove of blogging love.
We are (much) in love with this collection of fabric, Garden of Enchantment by Maywood Studios.  All that’s needed is the time to whip up something – thinking purse for winter.  What do you think?
Garden of Enchantment

We are giving away a fat quarter bundle to see what you come up with!  Our giveaway is open to US & Canadian mailing addresses.
Easy to enter too:
*Leave a comment with your Quilty Christmas wish for Santa
*For an extra entry, follow our blog with Bloglovin’
*For another extra entry, Like us on Facebook
We’ll draw a winner in the morning, Wednesday, November 27th.
Happy Blog Hopping, and good luck!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Another quilt from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8

Last week I showed you the quilt I designed for Quiltmaker that is *actually* in the magazine.

Here is the quilt I designed from my tested blocks that’s just for ME!

(I caught the sun at the wrong time today when I snapped my pic, so it looks a little dark.  Sorry bout that!)

QM Vol 8

The magazine is packed full of all kinds of blocks (pieced, applique, paper pieced) and for all experience levels.  Those I tested were perfect for a seasonal quilt.

I used my word processing program to make the words.  And as usual, I forgot to reverse the image for the fusible applique.  I keep telling myself that if I do that enough times, I will eventually remember in advance.  At least I didn’t fuse the “bad” to fabric before I realized it.

If you’ve never checked out the 100 Blocks issues, grab this one.  I promise you’ll find more blocks to make than you have time to make them (isn’t that always the case?)

Quiltmaker is doing a blog hop this week too!  Check it out here:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Appliqued Yo-Yo Quilt top finished

One day I’ll be able to say I made a quilt entirely by hand. 

Well, I can say that now, but not one I’d show off to anyone.  The first quilt I made was entirely by hand…and I am a self-taught quilter.  Go ahead, let your imagination run on that…yup, that’s what it looks like (eek).  That’s a story for a different day.

Today I can celebrate that the hand piecing is complete on my queen sized appliqued yo-yo quilt. 

yoyo top done

You can see in the pic that the quilt is overlapped on the clothesline a pretty good bit.  I haven’t pressed my piecing yet, and my drop is 4 strips of yo-yo’s on each side of a queen bed & it’s pretty generous top & bottom too. 

Next up is basting, then let the hand quilting begin.  I wonder if it will take 5 years to finish like the last one?  Let’s hope not!  But with that said, I am going to take a break from this project.  It’s been 2 years to get it to this point and I really just want to look at something else for a while.  To see other posts on this project (including pattern, etc.), click here.

I am diving into some wool for the winter.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 8-Check out my quilt

I tested blocks for the 8th edition of 100 Blocks for Quiltmaker (and am testing for Volume 9 too).  It’s a fun process and pushes me to use techniques I sometimes avoid in my projects.

For Volume 8, I also designed a quilt using the blocks I tested.  And my quilt made it into the magazine! 

I just received a couple copies and have to admit I’m floating about 6 miles above the ground right now!


Here are the pics I took of the quilt before I sent it off.  It will hang in the Quiltmaker offices until January, so if you are in Colorado…


I used another block for my label on the back.


The fabric is Robert Kaufman, including yummy Kona Solids.

Reserve your copy by e-mailing me.   Copies of the magazine go on sale November 19.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall Wall Hanging Quilt Kit-Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to Connie!
We’re back with another Snap Sack quilt kit perfect for fall!
leaf peeking
Our Snap Sacks are complete kits.  All fabric (top, back & binding), the pattern and even the batting are all wrapped up in these snazzy bags.  Perfect for gift giving or treating yourself.  The patterns are written by Joan Ford, the author of all the Scrap Therapy books and patterns we all love. 
This kit whips up very quickly; you can complete it in an afternoon.
And just for our readers here on the blog, we are giving away one kit!  When we cut our kit, we always have an extra pattern and kit, so we are going to share the love with you!  The winning kit will ship without the bag, as this is an extra kit.
You must leave a separate comment for each entry. 
Ways to enter:
  • leave a comment telling me your favorite fall activity
  • Follow my blog with Bloglovin  (If you haven’t checked out bloglovin yet, you should!  I love that there is a mobile app where I can catch up on all my fave quilty blogs).
  • share this post using the buttons at the bottom of the post. 
  • Like us on Facebook
  • leave me feedback on your experience shopping at
Entries made through October 28 will be counted.  I will draw a winner on October 29th.
Happy Fall, Y’all!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pink Toile Apron Panel

The easiest apron I’ve ever made.  Serious.

toile apron panel

A little time at the iron & sewing machine & I was DONE!

toile apron

The apron could be easily lined (or pattern saved) by tracing the shapes to freezer paper.  Then press that freezer paper to your lining fabric.

This panel is now in the shop:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bobbins and Bits Batik precuts are here

bobbin bits 43030 grid

Pat Sloan’s beautiful sewing themed batik precuts are here!  Pop over and check out the jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs & fat quarter bundles.

You can see all the Bobbins & Bits prints & batiks we have here:

Let us know if you have a favorite print in the batiks.  We just can’t love only one (but those scissors are adorable).

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

20 Awesome Scrap Quilts

The 3rd Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge has come to an end with 20 awesome quilts completed!

Let’s have a hand for these wonderful finishes


Check out the beautiful creations in the flickr group:


But now the most important part…our winners (drawn at random)

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate  PLUS a prize pack of goodies shipped with their order to SewCookandTravel
  • 2  Winners will receive a $15.00 gift certificate AZAndee and KatAndCatQuilts
  • 2 Winners will receive a $10.00 gift certificate Lindee9002 and QuiltsbyLisa
  • Every qualified entrant will receive a discount coupon to use at or in the shop Check your message in flickr!woo hoo

Thanks to every quilter that participated, whether you finished this year or not.  If you didn’t finish in time for this year’s challenge, just look at it this way:  you have a big head start for the 2014 challenge!

Happy Stitchin’!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scrap Quilt Challenge Deadline is today

Be sure to upload your picture before the end of the day today to be entered for our prize drawing!

We have 18 entries so far, so your chances are pretty good!

Click the pic or this link to see all the challenge details.


Happy Scrappin!

I’m joining up with Bloglovin

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I am late to the party, but I am adding the linky button to my sidebar today so you can easily follow along with my antics in your bloglovin.  If you haven’t checked into Bloglovin yet, it’s pretty cool.  I love the app for my phone, so I can read blogs at night or on the go.

So, if you are lovin my blog, add me to your bloglovin!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

check out the giveaway on our Facebook page

For those that use Facebook, be sure to make sure you’ve liked our page.  One lucky fan will win this 15 fat quarter bundle!

sophie fqbundle

This is Sophie from Skipping Stones Studio for Clothworks.  It’s so pretty!

(This giveaway is on our Facebook page only.  We’ll soon host another giveaway on our blog for those that don’t use Facebook)

Monday, September 30, 2013

5 years in the making–An epic finish

Where were you in 2008?  How many quilts have you finished since then?  How much have you learned about quilting & life since then?

I am blessed to have a very small group of online friends that have been in my life for about 8 years.  It’s hard to believe I’ve “known” them that long & only met 1 in person, but alas, it’s true.  We met when I was very new to quilting (been quilting only about a year), and they’ve watched me grow as a quilter, open my quilt shop, and live my dream.

In 2008 we swapped blocks.  These blocks, just like all these women, meant a lot to me.  As a result, I decided that the quilt from our swapped blocks deserved to be hand quilted.  5 years later, I am finally finished.



yes, oops, I hung it upside down (note the heart block)

I can’t tell you how much I learned about hand quilting, and quilting in general, since I started this quilt. This quilt was cast aside for other projects for months & years at a time. It’s been with me through many trials & triumphs in my life, just as the friends that contributed to it have been right there with & for me.


So, I dedicate this quilt to all my QCG peeps, whether you swapped a block or not.

Not many quilts I make are decidedly MINE, but there is no question about this one.  It will be on display in the shop, so come on by and take a looky-loo!

Some shots from the back:


I’ve been asked if I was un-motivated by the hand quilting-if that’s why it took so long & so many breaks.  No.  That’s not it at all.  I only dedicate evening TV time to hand work.  In that same 5 years, as the hand quilting was cast aside, I have worked on other hand work, including those yo-yo’s.  And I am so jazzed over this finish, I am chomping at the bit to get back to those yo-yo’s!  I have been marking the yo-yo strips for hand piecing & then the hand quilting will begin on that one.  More on that project as it progresses!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blended Nines-a quilting adventure

This past July I took a great class from a super teacher, Peggy Barkle.  I blogged it all here ( 

I found the time this week to get 2 things off my to-do list: finish a UFO & install the Micro Handles on my long arm.

Ok, the handle installation took 5 minutes, but they’ve been sitting around for 2 months.  My bottom-of-the-line set up is kinda herky jerky in the handles, so these handles give better control over micro designs. 


Curt & Leslie make these for various machines; check them out here.

So, of course, I needed to take the new toy for a cruise.

Blended9 finishblended9closeupblended9 back

I quilted wavy lines to mimic the curves of the blocks & did micro pebbles in waves in the purple/green wave. (click on that close-up picture to see it a little better.)

The curvy technique used on the nine patch blocks is usable with other patchwork blocks & looks awesome with a Jacob’s Ladder block (my fave). Check out the book at

We used these fabrics in our quilt:

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cowgirl Up Twin Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt

I learned the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern from Rachel over at p.s. I quilt.  She still has the tutorial available, so while you are there, check out all her free goodies & sew-a-longs.

There are so many design options with this pattern.  I set my nine patch up like this:

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Teal: boot print

Black: stitching print

Gray:  Cowgirl Up

In planning, you know that the corner squares will remain whole, the center square will be cut into quarters (small squares), and the middle squares (those that make the tips of the +) will become rectangles).  It takes some pre planning to get just the effect you want, but totally worth the time.

Cowgirl Up

I used 6.5” squares in my nine patch, so this quilt is only 20 blocks.

I quilted in big loopy’s to mimic a lasso.

cowgirl up backing

This great Cowgirl Up fabric is designed by Simon & Kabuki for Quilting Treasures & is available at Fabrics N Quilts (right here).

The beautiful backing (great for an ocean quilt too) is from Blank Quilting and available here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Scrappy Trip Around the World

The Sew Sweet Quilters had a very productive sewing day earlier this summer and made scrappy trip around the world blocks.

I had the honor of adding borders & finishing it off from there.


TAW label

I believe this quilt will be donated this fall to our local nursing home for use as a fundraiser for resident activities.

Since I was not able to make the block sew-in, I am not sure the pattern they used, BUT I can hook you up with a free pattern!  Go over to Bonnie Hunter’s site, & check out all her free patterns.  You’ll find a scrappy trip around the world there.

On a side note, our group’s Quilt Show is October 11-12.  Hop over to for all the details!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Moda Candy on Sale all week

Our whole stock of Moda Candy, those cute 2.5” precut square packs, are on sale in this week’s special.

Just $2.50 each!  (that’s over 37% off!)

Pop over quickly, we’ve already sold out of some collections!