Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chickadee Window Quilt designed by Jackie Robinson!

This quilt will add a touch of winter charm to any room. We saw this quilt at the fall quilt market and immediately fell in love with it! The fabrics are teals, rich reds, gold tonals and greens all with gold metallics.

Look at the flying geese how the fly around the quilt in formation:

The outside border isn't that complicated but looks like it is:
The center looks  is and the quilting make it come alive:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coming in March: Mirabelle by Santoro!

SANTORO’S Mirabelle collection is a portfolio of beautiful, enchanting art; elegant and sophisticated.
 The delicate, wistful illustrations of graceful female figures are exquisitely detailed, embellished with stylised floral motifs, vibrant butterflies, brilliant birds and other intriguing imagery, and layered with ornate patterns and decorative borders to create these romantic and fascinating artworks.

Available here: Mirabelle

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Dog's Life Quilt Kit

designed by Lynette Anderson.

She combined fusible appliqué, simple embroidery, piecing and of course some of her favorite yo-yo's. All blocks are either Jet (the black dog) who belongs to one of her sons, Beau the brown Labrador belongs to her mum and dad and Rosie, a very much loved poodle from her past.
She is so excited about how this quilt looks, designed with animal lovers in mind and she has used subtle dirty colors which would also make it ideal for a boy. 

Four blocks make up this quilt:

Flower Power block 1 of 4 Block of the Month.

Friends At Play block 2 of 4 Block of the Month.

Dog's Favorite Tree block 3 of 4 Block of the Month.
Park Meeting block 4 of 4 Block of the Month.

Included in kit:
All 4 blocks patterns (Retail $14 each)

Fabrics for background, applique, borders and binding
Fabrics used in the quilt are Time for Friends by Lynette Anderson for RJR
We have not made any substitutions.

7 different DMC flosses for embroidery

Available here for $135 + shipping

A Dog's Life

Monday, March 2, 2015

March is going to be fun!

Here now:
Chickadees and Berries designed by Jackie Robinson for Benartex

Catalina designed by Marti Michell for Maywood Studios

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March came in like a lion!

Our March came in like a lion with its cold temps, wind and snow.

Where did that saying come from? I found this on the www....


by Lorie Hill
March roars in like a lion
So fierce,
The wind so cold,
It seems to pierce.

The month rolls on
And Spring draws near,
And March goes out
Like a lamb so dear.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Update #1: Moonlight Sonata Quilt

designed by Jenny Foltz & Toni Kay Steere of Wing and a Prayer Design.

It's time to test the pattern and make the quilt!

Moonlight Sonata is the 5th pattern from Wing & Prayer Designs our quilt sewer Sue has tested!
The quilt featurers a popular gray to navy color palette with highlights of pink and green. The finished quilt measures 103" square.
The pattern includes:
Eight 12 1/2" blocks
A 24" center block
Sashing sections
Setting triangles
Pieced corner-quadrants and borders

Sue loves to make quits from these designers because the patterns are are easy to follow with lots of instructions and pictures.  Fabrics are numbered, and each illustrated block shows the numbered fabrics in their positions.

The first thing Sue does is cut up all 10 fabrics for all the blocks, settings etc....
and layers them in a sequential pile with the first block on top.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beagle wins!

A 15-inch beagle named Miss P won the top honor at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 competitors.
Miss P, a bouncy 4-year-old, was awarded the Best In Show prize at the 139th Westminster show, the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Color Love project update!

Sue has finished all the pieced blocks:

I've finished all 8 appliqued blocks!
Hint: When sewing the fuseable applique down, I start with a new Sharp Needle, nylon thread on the top and polyester on the bottom.  My stitch length and width is the same, very small. It helps to have a sewing machine with a knee left.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Phil saw his shadow!

The Groundhog Day verdict is in! Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter! 7:23 AM - 2 Feb 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Country Crossroads Quilt Kit new from Nancy Rink Designs

Country Crossroads
Finished size: 100"

Nancy Rink designed this beautiful quilt featuring the fabric
 Pointe Pleasant from Marcus Brothers.

There are two sizes available:
82" or 100" square (pictured)

Skill level: Advanced (your choice of applique)

Included in kit:
Pattern: Country Crossroads
Fabrics for top, borders & binding
82" approx 15 yards
100" approx 18 1/2 yards
Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured. 
We made no substitutions.

Available here (82" Square) for $166.50 + shipping:
Country Crossroads

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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, borders 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 each
Your Savings: $9.00
Price: $84.00

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sneak Peek at what's coming in 2015

Can you believe it's 2015 already! Where does the time go....
This year at Abbi Mays it's going to be fun.

We'll have lots of new fabrics coming from our favorite designers including: 3 Sisters, Marti Michelle, Jackie Robinson, Debbie Beaves and Lynette Anderson.

Here's a few of my favorites:
Sophia coming in January:

Catalina from Marti coming in February:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bob Seger was awesome!

We went to his concert the Tuesday night and it was awesome!  There were more silver head people there then kids and Bob Seger was one of them!
 Here is the headline from the Grand Rapids Press:

Bob Seger rocks the house, reveals his favorite 'guitar hero moment,' in Grand Rapids show. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Yum yum:Chocolate-Coated Pretzels Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing MAKES: 20-24 servings

  1 to 1-1/4 pounds white and/or milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  1 package (8 ounces) miniature pretzels
  Nonpariels, colored jimmies and colored sugar, optional

In a microwave, melt half of candy coating at a time; stir until smooth. Dip pretzels in candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until almost set. Garnish as desired; let stand until set.
Yield: 5-6 dozen.

Originally published as Chocolate-Coated Pretzels in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate

Read more:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Color Love Quilt update #1

The pattern was designed to be a 5 month block of the month, but if you're like us, we can't wait that long to make a quilt!  Abbi Mays sells this as a kit.

Color Love is Nancy Rink's new fashion palette of mid-bright textures and geometric motifs, anchored by a deep blue ground Jacobean inspired floral.

With subtle print motifs like plaids, fireworks, chubby flowers and various textures, the collections is geared to quilters who want something fresh and flexible.  The fabrics used are from the collection Color Love designed by Nancy Rink for Marcus Brothers.

First thing to do is decide which one to do: traditional or appliqued center:

We are going to do the fusible laser cut appliqued one.

Our sewer Sue, will be making the block and I'll do the applique.

Sue's thoughts:
Skill level:
Fabrics: there 18 fun and pretty cotton prints
and approx 17 1/2 yards of fabric for top, borders, hand applique and binding.

Lets get started!
Blocks One is 18 1/2":

Monday, November 24, 2014

Yum - yum! Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

U.S.MetricConversion chart
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 15 ounce(s) canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon(s) powdered gelatin
  • 3 ounce(s) shaved dark chocolate

  1. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water and set aside.
  2. Whisk the yolks, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup cream together in a medium saucepan. Heat while stirring continuously with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon over medium-low heat, until thickened and the mixture coats the spatula -- about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set over the ice bath. Stir to cool.
  3. Add pumpkin, vanilla, spices, and salt to the egg mixture. Stir 1 tablespoon rum and 1 teaspoon gelatin together in a small bowl. Heat the remaining tablespoon rum, and stir in to the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Gently whisk into the pumpkin mixture. Beat 1/2 cup cream to stiff peaks, and fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour into a shallow dish, cover and chill until cold and thick enough to fall from a spoon in heavy dollops -- about 8 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Beat the remaining cream and sugar to stiff peaks. Alternately layer the pumpkin mousse and whipped cream in a glass serving dish. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings between top two layers. Serve chilled.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Make a Pillowcase and donate it we did!

Turn your love of quilting and sewing into messages of comfort,hope and love for a foster child, a cancer patient,  victims of domestic violence, and others.

Our quilt bee Sew Fun Quilters got together last night and made 76 flannel pillowcases! These will be donated of our local charities to use this Christmas as gifts.

This also would be to do with your grandson or granddaughter! All you need is pins, scissors, iron and sewing machine.

This is how we did it: we organized ourselfs into groups of assemblers, piners, sewers and pressers!

Abbi Mays has cotton and flannel pillowcase kits for you to use that are already precut with 27" case, 2" strip and 9" cuff for adults and kids!

Kits available here for $5.50 each: 
FLANNEL Pillowcases(2" stripe not used)

Free Pattern here: Pillowcase

We challenge your quilt club or bee to do the same for your local charities this Christmas Season!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

36 Days til Christmas....

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas, everywhere you go.....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Sneak Peek" at fabrics coming 2015:

Whitewashed Cottage Linen by 3 Sisters for Moda

Sweet Escape from PB Textiles

Firestorm Batiks by Judy Niemeyer for Timeless Treasures

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All That Jazz Quilt By Ann Lauer

All That Jazz by Grizzly Gulch Gallery
designed by: Ann Lauer
Finished size: Queen size 87" x 107"

This is a fun quilt because there are lots of half square triangles in two fabric combinations and making all of them at once is faster and makes better use of the fabric.
There is a color key with fabric swatches so its easy for fabric placement.

Finished size: 87" x 107"
Skill Level: Intermediate

Included in kit:
Pattern: All That Jazz
Approx: 14 1/4 yards fabrics for top, borders and binding.
Fabrics used are  Poppy Panache from Benartex (Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured.
We made no substitutions.)
Available here for $151 + shipping: All That Jazz
Retail Price: $168.00 Each
Instant Savings: $17.00
Price: $151.00