Monday, March 28, 2011

New Block of the Month "Chestnut & Vine"

Fabric Chestnut & Vines from Marcus Brothers and Faye Burgos and pattern from Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek.

Finished Size 82" x 82".

This newest block-of-the-month from Bloom Creek uses a brand new Strip-It fabric (preprinted 2 1/2 strips) from the Chestnut and Vine fabric collection by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics. Pattern includes directions for both stitched and fusible beginner-level applique.

This BOM pattern is designed a little different. Each month, blocks or a border will be added to the previous month, so that at the end of the sixth month, the quilt top is completely finished!

Chestnut & Vine is a stunning 6-month program that will amaze you with it's Strip-It fabric! If you've used Strip-It before, you know that it makes your quilts look intricate, without you having to do all that piecing. Plus, the simple applique adds an elegant touch.

This Block of the Month (BOM) starts in April. (SOLD OUT)
Price for each month (1 through 6) is $24.95 plus shipping. You will receive generous cuts of fabric to make the block sections each month.

Purchase Quilt Kit TOP here for $134.50 + shipping: Chestnut & Vine

Friday, March 25, 2011

SewCalGal's Golden Quilter Awards 2011 Nominee!

Abbi Mays has been recognized for your contributions in making our world of quilting so wonderful, having been nominated by quilters throughout the world for the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards. Like the Oscars, we are honored to be nominated as we are truly appreciated for our talents and contributions.

The specific category you were nominated for is: Best Quilt Store (online)

click here to go directly to where you can vote
click here to go directly to the giveaway

Fellow nominees for Best Quilt Store (online) include:
Abby Mays
Burgundy Buttons
Canton Village Quilt Works
Cotton Charm Quilts
Cozy Quilt Shop
Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop
Delta Patchwork
Fabric Buffet
Fashionable Fabrics
Fat Quarter Shop
Green Fairy Quilts
Hawthorne Threads
I Have a Notion
Missouri Star Quilt Company
Old Country Store Fabrics
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Prairie Moon Quilts
Quilt Home
Quilt In A Day
Quilt Taffy
Sew Fresh Fabrics
Sew, Mama, Sew! in Canada
Sew Fun Quilts
Sew Unique Creations
Shabby Fabrics
Stitch in the Ditch in Canada
The Quilted Kitty
Venezie Designs

Voting is now open for WW quilters to vote for their favorites nominees in each category, thru March 31st. Early April announcements will be made as to who the ultimate winners ae of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards. But all nominees are recognized for their contributions too! If you would like more information on all the nominees, for all the categories, you can find that information here:

The 2011 Golden Quilter Awards is currently going on. Nominations are now closed and voting for your favorite nominee will be held March 18th - 31st. Anyone can vote for their favorite nominee for any or all of the following categories:
1) Best Designer,
2) Best Teacher/Instructor,
3) Best Author,
4) Best Quilt Store (physical)
5) Best Quilt Store (online)
6) Best long-arm quilter
7) Best Quilt Retreat (new category for 2011 Golden Quilter Awards)
8) Most Innovative new product (physical item)
9) Most Innovative new product (software item)
10) Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka "Lifetime Achievement":

Winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards will be announced on April 2nd.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quilts of Valor

Abbi Mays Fabric Shop is pleased to participate in the industry-wide American Quilts of Valor program.

We will have special fabric collections and free patterns from Marcus Fabrics, Moda and Clothworks for making your own personalized and special projects.

The American Valor Fabric Collections and further information on the upcoming programs will be released shortly.

Stay tuned for details.

Read more about participating in this project at:

QOV Foundation

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring 2011


Plain and pieced strips star in this sun-kissed bed size quilt!

Finished Size: 81" x 108"
Block Size: 12: x 18"
Skill Level: Confident Beginner

"A Rows Garden" is a bed-sized quilt that is simple to put together. The blocks are quite big and the fabric does most of the work for you. It features prairie points on the top and bottom. If you at all skittish about trying them, they really aren't hard. Fabrics used in this quilt: Ambrosia from Robert Kaufman by Amanda Murphy

Purchase kits here: A Row Garden
Included in kit approx: 9 1/2 yards fabrics from Ambrosia

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"As Seen In" The Quilter Magazine April / May: Paisley Park

seen on pages: 24 - 26

Simple square-in-a-square units make the blocks of this 64" x 75" lap quilt.

Soft springtime colors take on the look of watercolors in the muted fabrics.

Purchase your kits here: Paisley Park out of stock

Friday, March 4, 2011

"As Seen In" Quilt Mag. April/May 2011 ~ Mariner's Watch

We saw this quilt at International Quilt Market last October. At that time, they weren't sure if there would be a pattern available for sale. Fortunately, they went one better and published the pattern in Quilt Magazine April/May 2011!
Here is our photo from market:

Mariner's Watch is on pg 44 - 47

Have you always admired the Mariner's Compass but were afraid to try it? Well, if so, here's an easier way to make all those tiny points meets with a paper-pieced medallion. Strategic use of Marcus Fabrics' "Strip It" fabric allows you to get the look of additional piecing in this medallion quilt without the additional work! The central compass is paper pieced, while the remainder of the quilt features traditional piecing. Fabrics are from Marcus Fabrics' Metropolis collection designed by Faye Burgos.

Quilt Dimensions: 67 1/2" x 67 1/2"
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Quilt Kits can be purchased here for $76.95 + shipping: Mariners Watch out of stock