Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pillowcase Challenge Update

Here at Abbi May's, we have put together pillowcase kits USING KIDS PRINTS with a variety of fabrics from our shop. Each kit inludes pattern and fabrics needed to make one 20 Minute Pillowc
*Included in kit:
Free 20 Minute Pattern
3/4 yard main body
1/4 yard cuffed edge fabric
2" accent strip
Skill Level: VERY EASY

Purchase your kits here for $5.00 each + shipping: Pillowcase Kids

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Benartex Perennials II

Wow! Purple and yellow flowers together from Benartex, Perennials ll make a stunning combination!

I wonder if they were inspired by a garden picture like this:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Quilt Kit: Garden Whimsy + Free Pattern

Fabrics and pattern by Judy Hansen from Paintbrush Studios.
This whimsical, bright, fun quilt would be perfect for any little girl or baby shower gift!

Fabrics used in the quilt are Garden Whimsy

 Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Finished size: 47" x 47
 Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured (no substitutions)
Purchase your kit here for $67.95 + shipping: Garden Whimsy
Included in kit: pattern and 6 1/4 yards fabrics
for top, borders, binding & backing

 Judy Hansen designed this pattern for easy piecing.  Paper piecing templates are included.  Her blocks are made oversize so you can trim them down to the correct size.  And (been there done that).... there's nothing more satisfying then working with accurate size blocks!

 Block size: 7" square

Purchase your kit here for $67.95 + shipping: Garden Whimsy

Included in kit:
Free Pattern
4 1/4 yards for top, borders and binding, and

2 yards for backing (one of these will be included in the kit)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Help on how to reconize SPAM Emails

We all get a lot of spam emails and I want to share with you how I determine if they are real or not. So, from time to time I'll blog about what they look like and what to look for.

Look at this wanna-a-be email from a fake Verizon as an example.

It's one of my favorites (LOL) - notice my name isn't anywhere on the email! Do not click on anything, but send anything like this directly to your spam folder. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Edible Garden Fabric Quilt Patterns

The Edible Garden fabric collection from Frond Studios is going to be fun using these patterns!

Sweet Clover Canyon is a quilt pattern design studio located in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. We are passionate about design and all things quilty!
Quilt pattern #407 Sleeping Arrangements has been sent to the printer! The pattern includes a King Bed Runner, Queen Bed Runner option and two Euro Shams. Fabric by Frond Design Studios. Patterns will be available in a few days . . .

The quilt behind the pattern designer Sarah Whitneyand fabric designer: Stephanie Brandenburg's will be available soon.

Read more about Sweet Clover Canyon on her Facebook page.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Green is good in a garden!

It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden,
and it pleases my garden to make my
 photographs look professional.  ~Robert Brault,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sneak Peek at new Frond Fabrics!

The Edible Garden Collection!
Is a smattering of beautiful edible flowers. There are exciting projects available with this line as well as original recipes, because Frond Design is a lifestyle! 
 102-01 Spring Salad Spring Salad is a 24 x 44 inch disguised panel. You can use it as a panel or keep going if you need more!
102-04 Seed Box Seed Box is the perfect combination of texture for your next project. You'll find barn board, pottery glaze and French seed packet labels from long ago. Bon apetit!

102-02 Nasturtiums and Pansies Nasturtiums and Pansies offer a peppery taste to any salad or dish. Spice up your quilt or home dec project with these beautiful blooms!

102-03 Squash Blossoms and Daylilies This Squash Blossom and Daylily combination is the same size as the Nasturtium Pansy 12 x 12 inch blooms.

Monday, June 11, 2012

New Pattern: Arcadia

Designer by Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations.
 Large 8" squares (cut from fat quarters) offer the perfect place to show off conversation prints.

The pattern has 5 different sizes and I'll add that to the listing so you can choose which one is best.
The finished block size is 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" and the panel has 6 blocks each.
Lap 48 1/2 x 60 1/2 - 3 rows x 4 rows 12 blocks (3 3/4 yards + 2 panels)
Throw 60 1/2 x 71 1/2 - 4 rows x 5 rows - 20 blocks (5 1/2 + 4 panels)
Twin 60 1/2 x 84 1/2 - 4 rows x 6 rows - 24 blocks (approx 5 yards + 4 panels)
Queen  84 1/2 x 108 1/2 - 6 rows x 8 rows - 48 blocks (8 1/4 yards + 8 panels)
King 108 1/2 x 120 1/5 - 8 rows x 9 rows - 72 blocks (12 yards + 12 panels)

Arcadia Garden
 Quilt Kit Top Arcadia Garden using Pretty Paisley Garden FLANNEL

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

The males are some of my favorite birds!

I had to get out the "big lens" to get this close-up.  Check out those colors!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fish Bowl Jello!

Martha Stewart Kids, Summer/Fall 
This is too cute!
  • Yield Fills a 2 1/2-quart fish or glass bowl



  • **1 two-liter bottle lemon-lime soda, flat
  • 4 1/4-ounce packages unflavored gelatin
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 2 ounces gummy fish

 **To make the soda go flat, twist off cap, and let the bottle stand at room temperature overnight.



  1. Place 1 cup soda in a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over soda, and let stand to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Place 2 cups soda in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until just before a boil. Add the softened gelatin, stirring to dissolve the gelatin completely over the heat, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the remaining soda and food coloring, and stir to combine. Pour the liquid into the fish bowl. Using a damp paper towel, carefully remove any bubbles that have formed on the surface. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, use a sharp knife to make vertical slits in the gelatin; insert the fish in a random pattern to make it look as though they are swimming in the bowl. Keep refrigerated until serving. Serve within 6 hours.

Pure Velvet

fabric from Fabric Freedom. The purple prints from the Pure Velvet fabric collection look like flowers from my garden!

I wonder if when the designer designed these fabrics did she have these flowers in her garden?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pretty Paisley Flannel in garden colors

from Robert Kaufman by Lesley Grainger.
  These oh-so-soft double napped (brushed on both sides) flannels combine frilly paisleys, polka dots and nature themes in luscious garden colors.

Quilt kit Aracdia Garden
Finished size: Lap (46 1/2" x 60 1/2")
Skill level: Easy piecing

Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured (no substitutions).

Included in kit:
Pattern - Arcadia from Mountainpeek Creations
4 7/8 yards fabric for top, borders & binding.

Purchase kits here for $56.00 + shipping: Arcadia Garden
The pattern also includes instructions and fabric requirements for
4 additional sizes (throw, twin, queen and king)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pretty flowers in my garden!

Hint: right click and save picture and use as your desk top background!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Read about this quilt here: Gabbi Abbi

"As Seen In" Quilt Kit: Summer Watermelon Sampler

As seen in Fab Shop Hop! Fabrics used in these kits are SPINTASTIC from Marcus Brothers by Laura Berringer.

Summer Watermelon Sampler in two color options!
A Sailboat Excursion and a Picnic Basket full of all your favorite foods on a warm summer day. Sandcastle Play on a nearby beach and Chasing Fireflies as a cooling breeze introduces a star-filled night sky. Summer Watermelon Sampler is our tribute to warm summer days, ice cold watermelon and a lazy-day nap in a Backyard Hammock.
You have two options with this queen-sized quilt. You can use the golden Sunshine block or the alternate Wildflowers block to compliment the sampler blocks. Add sashing, Prairie Points, a golden border and binding. Finished Quilt Size Aprox. 97" x 111"

Included in kits are the pattern and approx: 17 yards of fabric as picture.
Purchased here for $181.00 + shipping: Summer Watermelon Sampler