Sunday, March 11, 2018

Our Own Special Pre-Cut

There are a few people out there like me - the ones that like LOTS of different fabrics in their quilts.  I've made quite a few scrap quilts here that I've shown you.  I have lots of scraps because I cut into lots of yardage during the year.  It's all good.

I also know quite a few of you have purchased the Star A Day pattern from me, the Hexagon Star A Day pattern, the Mrs. Billings Coverlet, and the Rowdy Flat Library quilt pattern.  What all of these need is many, many fabrics.
Let us introduce our new pre-cut (cut by yours truly) - the 99!

Each bundle consists of 99 different Minick and Simpson fabrics by Moda Fabrics.  Each piece measures 9" x 9".  The perfect size for English Paper Piecing, hand piecing, or any scraptastic project you might have in mind.... You can find the 99's and these patterns in our Etsy Shop.

Have you seen this book by Lissa Alexander?! IT'S GREAT! Wonderful quilts made with Moda Fabrics! More inspiration to use up your scraps.  You know why it's great to use your scraps? First of all, you like the fabrics - you've already used them at least once. Second, if you use all your scraps - you can buy more fabric.  Win/win.

After I cut all those 99's..... I had scraps left. Obviously.  I packaged up those scraps into gift bags.  If you purchase any kit from our KIT section in our Etsy shop - a scrap bag will be included for free.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mini-Charm Book Winners!

Thank you everyone!  Sorry for the delay, my Mac was in the shop, but we're good to go now.

The winners are

Karen N

Dahja Jan

Yorkie Mom

Email me at and I'll get your books and charms out to you.



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mini-Charm Quilts Blog Hop

It's time for another Moda All-Star book - this one uses those adorable Mini-Charms we all love so much.  We love them, but what exactly can we do with them. Now you know!  You can mix them up, and add yardage to make small quilts or doll quilts.  You can mix them up and keep adding to them to make a bed size quilt.  You can even take 1 Mini-Charm pack and make a English Paper Pieced pincushion.....

That's what I did! I used 1 Mini-Charm of Snowfall (and nothing else) and made this.  Are quilts more to your liking?

Or even a quilt that you can play games on!  

This book will give you lots of options.  It will also do some good.  All proceeds will go to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. 

Tell us how you feel about Mini-Charms, or about small quilts, or pincushions, or dogs, and leave a comment here before midnight March 4th.  I will pick out 3 winners of books and charms!



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Farmhouse Reds

 It's not everyday you get a staged/halfway decent photo from me and my quickly failing iphone.  Today's the day!  The light was right and the scenery almost perfect.   Nothing like red and white quilts on a cold, snowy day.  Perfect for winter and an upcoming holiday.

I got some emails yesterday that Farmhouse Reds are shipped and on the way to me and to your local quilt shop.  My boxes will land on Thursday morning and that means some kits can be out to you as soon as Friday.  There will be limited kits.  It looks like it will be impossible to re-order :(.    But - I do plan on having a few of each of these kits.   This first one is called Mrs. Rose's Best and I love it's stunning, yet simple geometry.  You can find the kits HERE.

This is my On The Plus Side made with Minick and Simpson red and cream scraps.  Your kit will be all Farmhouse Red fabrics and you can find the kit HERE.

 This happy little wall quilt or table topper is called Good Morning is has easily pieced blocks and redwork.  You can find it HERE.

Last, but not least is Bird Hills Lane.  I don't have the quilt right now as it is touring the continent :) - but I have a photo from this summer.
This was so much fun to make - a snappy little checkerboard and lots of over-the-top applique.  It's on the small side - so a very doable project. You can find it HERE.

Keep warm everyone (and keep cool those of you down under). 



Saturday, January 20, 2018


Are you hibernating like me?  Because of the weather? Because you are feeling under the weather?
(I hope you're feeling great).  This time of year emphasizes my natural inclination to snuggle in and do hand work.  If it's by a roaring fire - all the better.  I will have to get by with Netflix and Acorn tv.

If you follow me on Instagram you saw that one on my long running projects (there are several, of course) was finished up recently.  The Rowdy Flat Library Quilt designed by Susan Smith.

It was great fun to work in a completely different color palette.  Picking up Fat Quarters over a year of traveling was inspirational in itself. I always get inspired in quilt shops. If you would like to take this journey - we now have the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt pattern in our Etsy store.

Of course, when one journey ends, another begins.  A whole new attempt to whittle down my Minick and Simpson scraps started this week - the Hexagon Star A Day quilt by Somerset Patchwork.

We also have this pattern in stock too.  

And this is another in-process quilt...... Thimbleblossoms Scrappy Stars quilt. You can get this pattern directly from Thimbleblossoms or your local quilt shop.  This was made entirely from my scrap bin. You'd think it would be depleted, but you would be wrong.

We're off to Texas in a few days where I hear it's a bit warmer.  Right now I'm trying to strategize how to sterilize the entire airport and airplane before I travel. I'm feeling pretty good right now and I'd like to keep it that way.

When I get back, I'll show you quilts I made that I actually designed :)   

The Farmhouse Red fabrics will be in stores soon and I'll show you what I made with them.



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday Prep

This winter solstice probably finds you knee deep in Holiday preparations.  Things here have been hectic (you can relate, I know) and decorating is at a minimum this year.  Since I have a collection of Christmas quilts - that is how we are decorating this year.  I have 5 Christmas quilts hung up and the tree and ornaments are taking a break this year.  I posted this above photo for my weekly #handquiltingwednesday posts on Instagram.  Nightengale isn't necessarily a Christmas quilt, but it sure works.  Red and white quilts in abundance have a holiday feel.

This is it right after we hung it and the creases haven't completely fallen out yet.  It's a good reminder to rotate the hanging quilts and refold the quilts in storage so those folds don't become permanent.

This one is hanging on the large brick wall.  It needs a large wall as it is 101" wide.  It's kind of a beast, but it sure is festive.  This large pattern was in McCall's magazine many, many years ago and it is also in our book Quilts and Rugs by Quiltmania.    If you want the look and feel of this quilt - you can get it with this pattern.

This pattern is a smaller version at 58" x 48" and the download pattern is available HERE.

I was planning on doing some baking tomorrow once I finished a quilt top today.  Well, since I spent all morning ripping apart the quilt top (HEY, fun fact - did you know seam rippers can dull and you need to replace them?), I need to  re-design and remake the quilt top.  I think I need some fresh air first. 

If your seam rippers are nice and sharp and you are refreshed - maybe you need a small bundle of Ann Arbor fabrics.  I have a BLUE Fat Quarter Bundle and a YELLOW and RED Fat quarter bundle.  

May you and your family and friends have a great holiday!



Saturday, November 25, 2017

All In A Row Winner and More!

Thank you for following along on our little blog hop!

We had great fun and I'm happy to announce the winner of the All In A Row Again book AND my flower row

The winner is GLENDA MCCARTHY.  Email me here at, Glenda and I will get your gifts right out to you.

In other good news....... my Lake Effect quilt made with Snowfall by Moda Fabrics is in the current
Quiltmania magazine.

I currently have 1 template and papers kit in our Etsy shop. will have them on their website shortly (I assume after this turkey holiday is over).  We are honored again to have a quilt chosen by Quiltmania - our favorite quilty indulgence.

There is even more holiday news........ now until the end of the month - all kits in our Etsy shop are 25% off with the coupon code - SMALLBUSINESS.  Right now our kits are with our Ann's Arbor fabric collection.  Let's all try to our holiday shopping with an emphasis on our hometown - small businesses.  



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