Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Shiver Me Timbers Quilt Fabric

Shiver Me Timbers from Clothworks by Jamie Woods.  
Jamie likes boy-friendly designs as with our new fabric collection Shiver Me Timbers is a this fun-filled pirate collection. 
 From treasure maps to pirate ships, sharks, skulls and pirate speak, your little Mateys will love it! She has  two little guys that are pretty impressed with their Mom over this one. The soon-to-be 7 year old has been speaking pirate since the sample yardage arrived. 

Wake up Susie (Jamie Woods) fabric and pattern designer:
"Wife, mother of two rambunctious boys, love to sew and love to create. I am also a fabric designer. I like comments so please let me know you were here by leaving me a word or ten."
Not only did she design the fabrics but 3 fun patterns too!
 Visit her blog here:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trails End Batiks from Moda

Trail's End by Holly Taylor

Discover the best nature has to offer while traveling by trail along the Canadian border.

At the Trail's End, deepest into the forest, you may spot a moose or a bear and the sounds and color are as if no human being has been there before you.

It is a feast for the eyes, colors so rich you can reach out and touch them.

That thought was Holly Tayor's inspiration for Trails End, bringing you those rich colors in warm brown and rich walnut with the clay and carmel accents for the beautiful fall leaves and of course all the wonderful greens from nature's palette.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tree of Life coming in 2013

from Timeless Treasures by Chong-a Hwang.

Tree of Like fabrics are black background with jewel tone colors. The gold metallic make them absolutely stunning!

The panel is 24" x 44" and the picture does not show how beautiful this really is. 

The main companion fabric matches the large floral in the panel:

And.... look at the other companion fabrics and border stripe:

Thess quilt kits will be available in 2013 -

Stop back in 2013 and see all our new fabrics:

Friday, November 23, 2012

2013 BOM Contessa from Wing and a Prayer Design

The stunning Contessa 2013 Block of the Month quilt program by Wing and a Prayer Design features the Contessa collection by Timeless Treasures. 
 King size above finishes at 104" square.

 Ten prints were used on the front of the quilt.

These blocks are the components of the center portion of the
quilt which is completed in the first 4 months of the program.

You will construct these pieced borders during the month 5.
Pieced Borders

There are approx 17 yards of fabric used in this kit
Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured (we've made no substitutions).

**Each month (around the 20th of the month) you'll receive kits that include fabric and patterns to make your blocks.  Instructions for this quilt are written using basic quilting tools and skills.

We also have a Quilt Insurance Package: 10 fat 1/8's for $12.50 plus shipping. This gives you a little added security in case you make a wrong cut.

**You will be put on automatic shipment with the blocks being mailed the third week of each month. Your credit card will be invoiced monthly at the time of shipment. This is a six month commitment with no cancellations.

Or.. You can purchase you kit for a one time cost: $199.95 plus shipping
(includes pattern; fabric for top, border & binding).

**Price for each month is $35.00 + shipping. 
Click here to reserve yours now: CONTESSA BOM

Quilt kits will be available in December for $199.95 + shipping. Click here to order and reserve yours now: CONTESSA KIT (pattern and fabric for top, borders, and binding)
Purchase the PATTERN here for $30.00 +shipping  CONTESSA PATTERN
includes instructions for king (104" sq.), queen (96" x 104") & throw (65" sq.) sizes plus two bonus pillows.
 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate call us at 231.828.5002 
or email us at

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Funny Quotes and jokes about Thanksgiving!

When I was a kid in Indiana, we thought it would be fun to get a turkey a year ahead of time and feed it and so on for the following Thanksgiving.  But by the time Thanksgiving came around, we sort of thought of the turkey as a pet, so we ate the dog.  Only kidding.  It was the catDavid Letterman 

Erma Bombeck: No One Diets on Thanksgiving. 
What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

The Secret of Stuffing a Turkey
How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?  Only one, but you REALLY have to squeeze to get him in.  Anon

"I love Thanksgiving turkey; it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger 

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs! 

  Ten Historical Thanksgiving Facts

  1. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the USA.
  2. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  3. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
  4. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621.
  5. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
  6. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.
  7. The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.
  8. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.
  9. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the USA. Turkey wattles
  10. By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to hold a Thanksgiving feast.

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing. 45 years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about?!" the son yells.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone, "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts. "I'll take care of this!"
She calls her father immediately. "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?"
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "OK," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way. What are we going to do for Christmas?"

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sneak Peek: Interlude from Benartex

Coming to Abbi Mays Fabric Shop in 2013 yardage and projects:

This unique floral collection has a beautiful hand-painted look, from the exquisite floral panel to the delicate coordinates and stripe. Interlude was designed for multiple end-uses. Use the elegant patchwork print for backings, table top or on its own as a lovely patchwork quilt top. Furthermore embellish the panel with embroidery, decorative stitches or beading for a one-of-a-kind wall hanging. Or mix the Interlude fabrics to create trendy bags, apparel and accessories. Another winning collection from Michele D’Amore.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just Arrived: Magical Memories Quilt Fabric Collection

from Clothworks by Lydia Quigley.

This folk artsy collection has 14 prints in purples and wines, creams and greens, and pinks.

Quilt Designed by Toby Lischko of the Rabbit Factory
Finished size: 51" x 51"
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Free Pattern here: Magical Memories

Included in kit:

Free Pattern
4 3/4 yards fabric

Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured (we've made no substitutions).
Purchase this kit here for $50 + shipping: Magical Memories

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


There's still time to make a quilt for your grandkids!

Use one of our free "Quickie Patterns" and 5 yards of Grinch Flannel and make a twin size or 2 throw quilts!

Make the smaller quilt and add the story book panel with the left over yardage for the back!

Or, you can purchase our Flannel quit kit: Whoville Forest

Shop at Abbi Mays Fabric Shop for more fabrics like this in our Christmas 2012 department!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Yum Yum - Crustless Cranberry Pie


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 inch pie pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the cranberries and the walnuts, and toss to coat. Stir in the butter, beaten eggs, and almond extract. If you are using frozen cranberries, the mixture will be very thick. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

BASICS to help: ASAP basics needed - Virgina Findlay Wolfe Blog

Read Virgina Findlay Wolfe blog here:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fat Quarter Bundles 20 for $25

Back in stock with all new prints!

(This picture shows just a small portion of the fat quarters we have for this offer!)

Here at Abbi May's, we have put together Fat Quarter Bundles with a variety of fabrics from our shop,  including fabrics from 
Moda, Benartex, Clothworks, Marcus, In the Beginning, Robert Kaufman and more

Each bundle will be an assortment of 20 different prints, colors, and patterns.

The bundles are not returnable or refundable.
Purchase yours here + shipping: 20 for $25

Monday, November 5, 2012

Just Arrived: Pristine 3 from Robert Kaufman

by Studio RT.
Pristine 3 has two colorways: Pewter and Antique

  Whisper soft vintage florals make up the Pristine 3 collection by Robert Kaufman. A perennial favorite, the roses bouquet look to be antique textiles.

Quilt kit Garden Stars in two colorways: 
Pewter                                    Antique
Free Pattern: Garden Stars
Finished size: 72" x 90"
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

We like using this pattern with easy to follow cutting instructions:

The quilt blocks has easy to read instructions and pictures:

Included in  kit are all the fabrics shown in the quilt (we didn't subsitute any)

Approx: 10 yards of fabrics for top, borders and binding
Free Pattern (Before starting this project you should reprint this pattern in case the designer made any updates to it)

Purchase your kits here for $98 + shipping: Garden Stars