Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bye bye August --

hello September!

Click here for our newest fabrics for your fall projects: What's New

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Brrr.... the temps are going to be in the 60's this week....

It's time for comfort food:

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy

2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
14 ½ oz can chicken broth
\2 packets of chicken gravy mix
1. Place chicken breasts in the crockpot. Pour in the chicken broth, cover and cook on high for about 3 – 4 hours or until chicken easily pulls apart.
2. Pour 2 cups of the chicken broth/juices out of the crockpot and into a saucepan. Discard any remaining liquids. Add the two gravy packets into the saucepan and whisk well. Simmer on low until gravy thickens.
3. While the gravy simmers, remove the chicken breasts from the crockpot and shred into larger pieces. That’s it! Serve with the gravy over the chicken. Yum!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bertie's Spring Wall Hanging!

Finished size: 28" x 34"
Bertie's Spring was intended to be a Block of the Month, but are we offering as a kit instead!
Wouldn't you rather have all the fabrics now then have to wait 4 months!?
Say Springtime in Flannels with this adorable wall size quilt. 
Bertie's Spring is designed by Bonnie Sullivan and feature Woolies flannels from Maywood. Woolie flannels are 100% cotton printed flannels that look like wool. Choose our favorite method of hand or machine applique. 

Kit includes:
Patterns: Bertie's Spring Wall Hanging Four main blocks: 
Bertie's Spring Part 1 "For Me?"  8in x 20in
Bertie's Spring Part 2 "Hitchin' A Ride" 8in x 14in 
Bertie's Spring Part 3 "Breakfast Time" 10in x 14in
Bertie's Spring Part 4 "Bloom": 8in x 24in

Fabric:  Approx 4 1/8 yards including:
             20 @ fat eighths + 2 1/8 yards
For top, borders and binding. We have not made any substitutions and are as pictured.
(I'm pretty sure you'll have enough left over fabrics for a scrappy backing)

Not included:
1 yard for backing

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fabric Review: Farmhouse Blooms from Marcus Brothers

designed by Designed by Gloria Parson of Olde Green Cupboard Designs.  
Farmhouse Blooms takes it's inspiration from "living on the farm" when Gloria was a kid in the 50's and 60's. Her mom grew the flowers she remembered that were growing in the yard. She added some fun colors to give it a fresh summer feel.

The computer generated pictures are not as pretty as the the actual prints.
Yardage is $9.67 yard available here: Farmhouse Blooms

Need some inspiration?
This quilt features these fabrics Farmhouse Blooms, designed by Heidi Pridemore and includes a  Free Pattern
The quilt has a fun picnic feel to it that would be neat to use as a table cloth at a "pot-luck"!
Finished size: 76 1/2" x 76 1/2"
You can see by the actual fabric picture that this quilt is a lot prettier then the computer generated one!
Kit includes Free Pattern and 10 1/2 yards fabric for top, borders and binding
Avialable here for $103 + shipping: Farmhouse Blooms

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thank you.

To all of our sons, daughters, dads, moms, relatives and friends who are currently serving or formerly served in our nation's military, thank you.
And thank you son.....Semper Fi

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. -Lee Greenwood

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Sneak Peek" at an old favorite quilt: Lovely In Lavender

If you loved Lovely in Lavender then you'll really love this one redone in Fresh Lilacs designed be Deb Beaves for Maywood:
Fresh Lilacs Color Play!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Update #2 Moonlight Sonata

Our sewer Sue has all the blocks done.
 Notice how she keeps them together with the pattern until they are ready to assemble.

Next - assemble the quilt!

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: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-coated-pretzels#ixzz3LJjhuDjn

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":