Thursday, April 17, 2014

Favorite Things Quilt by Gerri Robinson + Free Pattern

This 68" square star quilt was designed and pieced by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs and machine quilted by Deb Miner.

 The nine 16" star blocks all have blue points sewn with half-square triangle units and scrappy centers made with hourglass units.

The blocks are assembled with vertical sashing strips and two horizontal sashing rows with cornerstones. Gerri's instructions and diagrams for block construction
are clear and easy enough for a confident beginner to follow.

Gerri advises you to save cutting the inner (C.4) and outer border (A.1 & 2) strips until the center unit is complete. Then, measure the center of the quilt vertically and horizontally to determine the correct lengths for your quilt and cut to those measurements. This tip allows for individual variations in piecing with ¼" seam allowances. Sew the border strips to the top, bottom, and sides of the quilt, layer with batting and backing, pin baste, and machine quilt as desired. An allover floral or leaf pattern would suit this pretty quilt perfectly!

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Favorite Things
Approx: 8 1/2 yards fabric for top borers and binding
(Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured and from Favorite Things
(we made no substitutions).

Available here: Favorite Things
Retail Price: $93.00 per yard
Your Savings: $9.00

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hotdogs or Cauliflower Bacon Gratin?

We were all set to put hotdogs on  the grill today but this happened:

 Now Cauliflower Bacon Gratin sounds good!
The recipe is here:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rose Lattice Quilt Kit now in Full Size!

Want to make a full size Rose Lattice quilt?
It uses Two Lap Quilt Kits - we took out the border stripe (2 yards) and included 3 yards instead.
Finished size: 76" x 82"
Fabrics used: Tomorrow's Promise by Marti Michelle

Available here: Rose Lattice Full Size

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Woodland Christmas new quilt kit for Holiday 2014

This beautiful 70" x 70" Woodland Christmas quilt was designed and pieced by Gina Gempesaw and machine quilted by Carole Whiting.

You'll want to be a very confident beginner or beyond to make this quilt. Please be sure to read all the cutting instructions carefully because several pieces are fussy cut, including the outer border, and because of the directionality of some prints. Two convenient, full-size templates are provided for one of the blocks. Label all the pieces and keep them together until you are ready to sew.

Fussy cut the center square and the 4 corner squares from the large poinsettia fabric. Gina featured the motif with a red and a white poinsettia from this print. Her cutting, sewing, and assembly instructions are clear and easy to follow. Fussy cut the outer border at 10½" to include the village vignette, the poinsettias, and the silver mercury glass ornaments, and then miter. She has allowed enough fabric for you to adjust how the poinsettias meet at the miters. An allover holly or poinsettia machine quilting pattern would finish this quilt beautifully, but if you still love to hand quilt, there's plenty of time left for you to do so!

Quilt kit available here: Woodland Christmas
Retail Price: $104.81 Each
Your Savings: $10.48
Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Woodland Christmas
Approx: 9 3/4 yards fabric for top, borders & binding
(Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured
(we made no substitutions).

BONUS: Table runner and placemat instructions included with pattern!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tonga Batik Boysenberry from Timesless Treasures

These luscious batik fabrics are in colors of teal, berry,  gold and velvet in yardage, kits and precuts.
Boyenberry Batiks - 20 prints

The precuts come with free patterns:

Need an idea for how to use these fabrics - how about these kits:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Yum Yum - Lemon Pound Cake

What You Need

2 round white cake layers (9 inch), cooled
2 cups  boiling water
1 pkg.  (6 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin
1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup  cold milk
3 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Make It

PLACE cake layers, top-sides up, in 2 clean 9-inch round pans. Pierce cakes with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Carefully pour over cake layers. Refrigerate 3 hours.
BEAT pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min.; stir in COOL WHIP. Dip 1 cake pan in warm water 10 sec.; unmold onto plate. Spread with about 1 cup pudding mixture. Unmold second cake layer; carefully place on first cake layer. Frost top and side of cake with remaining pudding mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Quilt Kit: Printemps Dresden Plate

Reminiscent of Grandma's beautiful quilts, this Dresden Plate quilt with hexagon centers reveals the true beauty of Printemps by 3 Sisters for Moda. A variety of floral styles, the richness of tone on tones, and coordinating blenders create a comfortable quilt that must become a part of your home.
Finished size: 72" x 72"
Block size: 21 1/2" x 21 1/2"

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Printemps
Approx: 11 1/2 yards fabric for top, borders and binding
(Fabrics used in these quilts
are as pictured (we made no substitutions).
2 packages Paper Pieces 1" Hexagons (qty 200)

1 easy Dresden Ruler

Available here: Printemps Dresden Plate

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Just Arrived: Printemps - pretty fabrics for Spring!

Printemps from Moda by 3 Sisters

There is no place the 3 Sisters love more than Paris in springtime. Leisurely strolls along the Seine and into the many lovely gardens are the inspiration for Printemps. Aptly named after the French word for spring and the sisters' favorite department store in Paris, Printemps is the creme' de la creme in a deliciously soft palette of delicate floral prints that appear as though they were fresh picked from Marie Antoinette's garden at Versailles.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Aaahhhh..... no ice!

Sitting on the beach in the Floriday Keys ...... 
Wish you were all here enjoying the "no snow - no ice" day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Time for a winter break: Black Eyed Susans

This was painted by my friend Penny Smaardyk
You can see more of her paintings at Facebook: Penny

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Block of the Month from BOM Quilts

He Love's Me - He Love's Me Not - 2014 BOM

Free block of the month pattern designed by Tammy Harrison from BOM Quilts Starts March 1st. BOM Quilts will release a new block and the final month how to finish the quilt.
This block of the month quilt is colorful, beautiful and bursting at the seams with quilted love!
Finished Size: 70" x 90"
Skill Level:  beginners with all straight lines!

Included in kit: Free Monthly Block Pattern from BOM Quilts
He Loves Me - He Loves Me Not
Fabrics included for top, borders & binding 18 Fat Quarters
1/2 yard white for squares
1 yard black for squares & binding 2 yards for borers:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter.

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.

Just Arrived: Printemps from 3 Sisters!

Printemps from Moday by 3 Sisters.
There is no place the love more than Paris in springtime. Leisurely strolls along the Seine and into the many lovely gardens are the inspiration for Printemps. 

 Aptly named after the French word for spring and the sisters' favorite department store in Paris, Printemps is the creme' de la creme in a deliciously soft palette of delicate floral prints that appear as though they were fresh picked from Marie Antoinette's garden at Versailles.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Just Arrived: Napa Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures

There are 20 beautiful Napa batiks in this collection and include beautiful colors in purple and creams:

They are available in yardage and precuts

This collection includes a beautiful quilt kit:
Wine Country Sunset
By Cheryl Rose Creations
Finished size: 90" x 90"
Available here: Wine Country Sunset

Retired engineer husband with too much time on his hands:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sarah's Irish Chain Quilt

In 2012 we had an "Abbi May's Exclusive Quilt" Kit Caroline's Chain

This soft and romantic quilt is made with fabrics inspired by Jennifer Chiaverin's.
The original kit used the fabrics: Carolines Collection and these are out of stock
We kitted it with her new fabric collection Sarah's Collection

Sarah's Irish Chain Quilt (we made a sample to show you the new look)

It has the same look and feel with all the pretty pink and green fabrics!
Finished size: 91" x 111"
Blocks are 10" square.
Skill level: Easy
Free Pattern: Carolines Chain
Fabric: approx: 13 7/8 yards for top, borders and binding
Available here: Sarah's Irish Chain

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Meet the fabric designer / Author: Jennifer Chiaverini

Best selling author and quiltmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini, tells us the story behind Sarah‘s Collection. “In the first Elm Creek Quilt novel, Sarah McClure is hired to help master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson prepare her ancestral estate for sale. After quilting lessons become the foundation for a blossoming friendship between the two women, Sarah proposes turning Elm Creek Manor into a retreat for quilters – and Elm Creek Quilt Camp was born. The rose fabrics are reminiscent of the beautiful rose gardens on the estate grounds, where Sarah and Sylvia share many significant moments. The Bachelor's Puzzle print is a nod to one of the blocks from Sarah's first quilt, a sampler she makes under Sylvia‘s guidance. The delicate paisley pattern was inspired by the paisley fabric Sarah chooses as a signature print for her sampler. I associate Sarah‘s Collection with my reader's guide to the series, An Elm Creek Quilts Companion: New Fiction, Traditions, Quilts, and Favorite Moments from the Beloved Series. The new book includes an exclusive short story inspired by questions from real readers of the series.”

In addition to the rose designs in Sarah‘s Collection, there's a border stripe, a windowpane check, and a tiny floral that works perfectly as a texture. This collection is sure to please quilters who love to sew with floral fabrics in pretty pinks and sage greens in traditional quilts, home d├ęcor projects, and apparel. For inspiration, see Jennifer‘s Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts, a treasure trove of traditional blocks. Read more about Jennifer‘s Elm Creek Quilt novels and her new book releases at her website:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Pillowcases for Charity: 4th graders + 5 quilters = 24

Fourth graders from Fruitport MI did with the help of 5 volunteers with sewing machines and pre-pinned fabric.

We each took one student at a time and mentored them on the basics of using a sewing machine:

and how to use an iron:

They were delighted to see what happens when you "birthed" a pillowcase:

Here they are.... all 24 of the students and their finished pillowcases
ready to give to a special organization.

It's never to late for you to do something special for charity. 

This is something you could do with your kids, grandkids or group in an afternoon.
Use our free easy pattern and these fabric requirments:
3/4 yard main body
1/4 yard cuffed edge fabric
(We eliminated the 2" accent strip to make it easier to pin and sew)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Eleanor Burns Free Video - Irish Chain

How to make an Irish Chain Quilt

"No holiday would be complete without a quilt made from strips! Join Eleanor as she stitches strips to form a lovely Irish Holiday Quilt. In the Burns' household, everyone receives a gift, even Eleanor's Grand-Puppies, Tabatha and Peanut. To keep them warm in the cool mountain air, she stitches dog jackets. With her tried and true techniques, Eleanor shows how to embellish her projects with quick and easy applique. Special guest appearance by Peanut Burns, modeling her new jacket." 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy first day of Winter!

The start of winter—the winter solstice—is the darkest day of the year when the Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting "longer," i.e., the amount of daylight begins to increase.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sneak Peek at 2014 - Sarah's Chain

Sneak Peek at a new exclusive quilt Sarah's Chain coming 2014 featuring Sarah's Collection from Red Rooster by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Sneak Peek at a new exclusive quilt Sarah's Chain coming 2014 featuring Sarah's Collection from Red Rooster by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Monday, December 16, 2013