Friday, December 30, 2011

Waiting for snow..........

Living in West Michigan I would have expected to have at least 10" of snow on the ground and we don't have any. 
So, here is a picture just to remind us that winter is still right around the corner!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Exclusive Quilt Kit: Wild Goose Chase

tWe used a pattern from Painted Pony'n Quilts and gave it a fresh look!

Sue, our quilt pattern tester, really like this pattern and thought it was a lot of fun! She choose the these fabrics because of the rich corals and polka dots. The instructions were very good and she didn't have any problems with them.  This pattern is for a confident beginner because the blocks are large and easy to piece.

Included in kit:
14 fat quarters
2 1/2 yards ecru for backgrounds
2 1/2 yards outer border
Purchase your kits here for $75.95 + shipping: Wild Goose Chase

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In line for breakfast

The Cardinal always gets in first place at the feeder and the smaller birds have to wait for their turn.

Friday, December 16, 2011



 Now and until the end of the year Bundles are $25 each or 2 for $40  (**use coupon codes: 2for40 or 4for80)

Each Bundle includes a FREE PATTERN which was especially designed for use with these coordinated bundles!

The patterns were written to create a quilt of optimum size and fabric usage.  Sizes range from lap to twin (52 - 70" x  72 - 86")

Be creative! You can make more/less blocks and change the size and shape of your quilt.


 One  $5.10  $12.45  $14.95
2 or more  $11.10   $27.95 (max 4 )
$29.95 (max 3)
 4 or more $46.95

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Idle Thoughts Of A Retiree's Wandering Mind

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up.  Now I don't know what to feed it
I had amnesia once---or twice

I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart. Now what?
Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy
If the world  were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride  horses sidesaddle.
What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.
My weight is perfect for my height--which varies.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
How can there be self-help "groups"?
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off
Is it me --or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stocking Stuffer Idea # 1: PILLOWCASE

How about a pillowcase! You can stitch one up in 15 minutes!
These pillowcases come in Cotton, Flannel, adults and Kids fabrics!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2012 BOM NORTHERN STAR: Month 1 Review

Our quilt kit tester Sue's thoughts about the Northern Star BOM fabric, quilt and pattern:

About the fabric: The colors are so much richer then the photograph.  

About the pattern: Sue loves the patterns from Wing & a Prayer Designs!  The directions are soooo easy with lots of visual diagrams.   The blocks are very accurate because you trim them down to the correct size, and having exact size of blocks makes the quilt go together better!

About the first blocks: Even though 4 segments of these blocks are paper pieced (and Sue's not a paper-piecer) once she got into the rhythm of doing it that this way - it was easy.

See our first beautiful blocks:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Toys for Tots at PALS 2011

Here's another good reason to join a quilt guild in your area:
Tonight our quilt guild PALS (Patchers at the Lakeshore) had our annual Christmas Potluck.

The primary focus of our December meeting is always a toy drive for the US Marines  "Toys for Tots".  It was a huge success and lots of toys were donated!

Three Marines came to accept these toys and we were treated to a special time of hugs and thank yous!

Semper Fi Marines!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Quilt & Pattern Review: CARDINAL in the PINES

We finished our quilt  Cardinal in the Pines  from Wing and a Prayer Designs and we love it!

 Finished size: 67" x 78"

Fabric: is from Timeless Treasures Cardinal Season. We loved working the these rich colors and the fabric has a very nice hand to it. 

Pattern: This was the 4th quilt we've made using their patterns and it was easy to read with lots of pictures. It includes easy instructions on how to fussy cut the center cardinal.

There was one big change we made and that was making two half squares at a time instead of using the grid included in the pattern.

Purchase your kits here for $99.95 + shipping Cardinal in the Pines (kit includes pattern and all fabrics for top, borders and binding)
It's off to the quilter now.  We are going to have it quilted edge to edge.

Friday, December 2, 2011



Free patterns to use with our 5 Yard Bundles
Bundles are $25 for one or $40 for two + shipping!

Be creative! You can make more/less blocks and change the size!

These patterns were written to create a quilt of optimum size ranging from a lap size to twin size quilt
(52 - 70" X 72 - 86") using only 5 yards of fabric.

Skill level: Beginner

Copyright 2009 Abbi May’s Fabric Shop

No part of this pattern may be copied or
reproduced in any manner!