Friday, December 27, 2013

Eleanor Burns Free Video - Irish Chain

How to make an Irish Chain Quilt

"No holiday would be complete without a quilt made from strips! Join Eleanor as she stitches strips to form a lovely Irish Holiday Quilt. In the Burns' household, everyone receives a gift, even Eleanor's Grand-Puppies, Tabatha and Peanut. To keep them warm in the cool mountain air, she stitches dog jackets. With her tried and true techniques, Eleanor shows how to embellish her projects with quick and easy applique. Special guest appearance by Peanut Burns, modeling her new jacket." 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sneak Peek at 2014 - Sarah's Chain

Sneak Peek at a new exclusive quilt Sarah's Chain coming 2014 featuring Sarah's Collection from Red Rooster by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Sneak Peek at a new exclusive quilt Sarah's Chain coming 2014 featuring Sarah's Collection from Red Rooster by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Yum Yum - Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip

Just when you thought you had tried the best dip out there YUMMMM Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 
1 cup sour cream 
2 cans (16 ounces, each) refried beans 
 1 packet taco seasoning 
 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded 
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded 

 DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in refried beans until combined. Stir in taco seasoning. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese in melted and slightly browned. Serve with tortilla chips.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Can you believe it's Dec 1st?


 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Abbi May' s Exclusive Quilt Kit: Sue's Flannel Patchwork

Now in two colorways: Green or Blue!
We love flannel quilts and thought you might too!  This easy patchwork quilt uses one our 5 Yard Quickie Patterns : PATCHWORK.  These quilts use 5 yards of fabrics and are very easy and fast to make.

If you want a really cuddly quilt use light poly batting or flannel and flannel on the back like we did!
Finished size: 64" x 90"

Sue (our quilt pattern tester) wanted a more patchy look and choose nine 1/2 yards of flannel fabric from Moda's Wool & Needles Flannel by Primitive Gatherings and Maywood Wollies and added a little texture by using 1/2 yard of dark green chenille.
She cut strips 6" strips instead of 6 1/2" to maximize the  yardage.

This kit top sells for $75.00 + shipping for top and binding (includes 4 1/2 yard flannel and 1/2 chenille)
Purchase here:  Patchwork Flannel Quilt

Monday, November 18, 2013

Yum Yum - Hamburger Pie

Here’s what you do: This will serve 6.
1. For each person thinly slice (about 1/8 inch) 2 red potatoes and place in pie pan or on a big piece of foil.
2. To make 6 Meat Patties- mix 1.5 pounds 85% lean ground beef, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon, 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper, and 1/2 cup finely chopped onions. Divide into 6 one inch thick patties.
3. Top each pan of potatoes with a meat patty and sprinkle the potatoes generously with seasoned salt or garlic salt and pepper, then drizzle with a olive oil, especially over the potatoes.
4. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
5. Serve with BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, or HP Sauce.

Hello simple, and no DISHES!!! Looks like I know what is for dinner tomorrow!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Coming in 2014: Pixie Party from RJR

Pixie Party is the ultimate monthly program that features 2 1/2" strips from RJR. There is no other program like this! All the fabric elements from strips to borders and binding are pre-cut. Geared toward confident beginners, the projects are offered in a variety of sizes and feature RJR's newest collections.

Coming soon: RJR Pixie Party

Friday, November 15, 2013

What's New: Emma from Timeless Treasures

What's New?
Emmafrom Timeless Treasures
This sweet little fabric collection would make into a beautiful quilt
or would also be perfect for apparel and home decor! 
Included in the Emma Fabric collection:

Jacobean floral print in coral:

Border stripe:

Five companion fabrics:

Three solids:

Vintage floral look with a modern edge and crisp detail,
this collection is destined to be a classic!

Quilt kit: Queen Bee
by Sewn into the Fabric

Finished size: 56" x 70"
Skill level: Advanced beginner

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sneak Peek: Stratford Park from Northcott

Coming in January:

Stratford Park by Deborah Edwards offers elegant basics for everyday in a comprehensive story that includes prints, solids and embroideries in six best-selling color palettes: Ebony, Chocolate, Fawn, Ivory, Pearl and Snow.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Yum Yum - Strawberry Angel Food Trifle

YUMMY! Strawberry Angel Food Trifle

(1) angel food cake
24 oz. container frozen strawberries, sliced with sugar added, thawed
3 cups sugar free vanilla pudding 16 oz. container of whipped cream,
slightly less than the whole container Fresh strawberries for garnish

Tear angel food cake into medium pieces.

Begin layering cake, strawberries, pudding and whip cream in a large clear glass bowl.

Continue irregular layers, filling the bowl.

Top entire dessert with a solid layer of whip cream.
Slice a few fresh strawberries for garnish Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours before serving.

To me it tastes like all the flavors of strawberry shortcake in one big yummy bite!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Houston Quilt Market "Sneak Peek" - Mood Swings

This is going to be fun, thanks to Wing and a Prayer Design - wait to you see their new quilt projects for next year!
You make a neutral quilt (it's a duvet cover) and change it up to your "Mood Swings".  All the fabrics are from Timeless Treasures.

Depending on the way your "Mood" you can change the look of your room by changing quilt, pillows and other accessories.

I can't wait to get all the fabric collection "Mood Swings".
 They will be coming in January 2014!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quilt Market 2013

We found lots of new fabrics, kits and patterns at the annual Quilt Market in Houston, Tx. I can hardly wait to show you these.

If you never been to the convention center - it is BIG: 

One of the 10 largest convention centers in America, the George R. Brown was recently expanded to nearly 2 million square feet and that's a lot! The first day we walked almost 10,000 steps!

Here's a view at the center looking down the row - it's only half of the convention floor:

I went up to the 2nd floor to get a birds eye view of it and could only see a quarter of the market:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Meet Marsha McCloskey fabric designer

Marsha McCloskey is one of the quilting world's best-known authors and teachers. She has written or co-authored over twenty-five books on quiltmaking since 1981. Specializing in the Feathered Star and other traditional pieced designs, she has taught drafting, rotary cutting and machine piecing to quilters all over the United States and in nine foreign countries. 
Each year she travels about once a month to teach and lecture. She has her own small publishing company, Feathered Star Productions, Inc., a website, and has designed fabric for quilters since 1996 when her first Staples line was introduced by Fabric Sales Company.

Her newest fabric line is Everything Blue from Clothworks

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sneak Peek coming in November: PERRYMINT

Perrymint from Dear Stella

"We’ve been loving mint this season, especially when paired with pretty pinks and corals, and our near-obsession is pretty evident if you’ve seen our previews of the upcoming Perrymint collection. Today we’re finally able to show you all of the images in the full collection, and we couldn’t be more excited!"
First, take a look at some of the inspiration behind the group:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Yum Yum - Slow Cooker Chicken

Sounds like my Mom's Chicken 'n Dumplings - can't wait to try it, bet the flour is the key!

***Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings***

2 Tablespoons Butter
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast (or 6 skinless chicken thighs)
1 Onion, finely diced
2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
2 small packages Grands Jr biscuits (10 biscuits)

1. Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a greased slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover.

2. Secure lid and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, roll each torn biscuit piece in flour (to prevent them from sticking together), then drop into the slow cooker. Replace lid and cook remaining 30 minutes.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quilt Kit: Jewel Blossoms - Wander Blossoms quilt fabric

Jewel Blossoms by Nancy Mahoney

 Finished size: 51" x 62"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Free Pattern here: Jewel Blossoms
This quilt showcases the 4 main fabrics from: Wander Blossoms
There are two blocks that connect the main 8 1/2 squares:

Approx 7 yards fabric for top, borders & binding

Retail Price: $82.60 per yard
Your Savings: $7.92
Purchase your kits here: Jewel Blossoms
Not included 3 1/2 yards for backing

Monday, October 14, 2013

Coming soon: Dear Stella fabrics!

Dear Stella is a unique fabric brand with modern style. The collection evokes an edgy freshness, combining the best of old traditions with modern influences. These beautiful fabrics will inspire both a traditional quilter and a contemporary “sewist” to reinvent their sewing style.

STELLA is an inspiring, independent spirit. She is creative, adventurous, and hopelessly romantic. She loves beautiful paper and a perfectly wrapped gift, and always sends handwritten thank you notes. Cookbooks sit pretty on her shelves for more than just cooking, and she always plates her dinner, even if it’s just for one. You may find her spending lazy days savoring coffee while poring over her favorite magazines and blogs, dreaming about the ultimate craft room. She has a strong work ethic, and feels so much pride in making things herself. She loves flip flops and painted toes, furry friends of all shapes and sizes, making a to-do list with her favorite pen, the smell of freshly cut flowers, and the sound of a crackling fire (especially when melting s’mores). She believes brunch makes Sunday the best day of the week, and is never too full for dessert.
And she always holds the door.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wander Blossoms - Digital Printed Fabrics

Wander Blossoms by Danielle Donaldson

PB Textiles first digitally printed fabric collection has amazing detail in the finely rendered paintings by Danielle Donaldson. 

The fantasy floral collection has beautifully crafted artwork and nuanced colors in every piece.  

The main print, a whimsical flower garden,

is supported by three tossed-motif selections, a mosaic tile, a stripe, plaids, dots and an oh-so-subtle texture.  It is a marvel of printing capabilities! 

 Available here: Wander Blossoms

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New from PB Textiles - Digital Printed Fabrics

Welcome to the digital age!  At P & B they are embracing the most cutting-edge printing technology and creating a new brand called NEXT GENERATION.

Digital printing has no boundaries - why? It is printed from a computer onto a wide format print bed. Traditional printing required the use of screens that were cut for each color; generally the maximum was 18 colors per print. Digital printing has no screens, and allows for more detail and endless colors. In addition, the screens had a maximum width for the repeat – generally 24.” Digital printing means there are no size restrictions – one bolt of fabric could potentially have an endless pattern with no repeat!; Whatever we can design can be printed digitally.

Other advantages to the process include:
 No color and quality change from print lot to print lot
 No running or bleeding

Will the fabric feel different? The hand of a fabric depends on the base (greige) goods, and the finish that is added after printing. All digitally printed fabrics are printed with the same dyes we print with traditionally, and finished through heat, steam or both. The type of printing will not affect how the fabric feels.

Is digital printing going to be used all the time in the future? Probably not. It is a more costly process, so it isn’t warranted for simple designs and patterns. The main advantages will impact complicated and detailed patterns, large repeats, and prints with dozens of colors. Traditional printing will most likely be around for a long time, but digital printing opens up a whole new creative world of possibilities.


View PB Textiles first Digital Fabric Collection here: WANDER BLOSSOMS

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's a grey and rainy day - -

What's a girl to do...... sleep?

or she could quilt something......

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

As Seen In: Quilt Trend Summer 2013 - BREEZEWAY

As Seen In: Quilt Trends 2013 Summer pg 58

by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar
Breezeway is the perfect design for a simple summer project and an ideal quilt to wrap yourself up in on cool nights. The large block center highlights lavish Jacobean-style fabrics, which are surrounded by colors of nature—cool blue, lush green, and warm brown. 
 Although it’s a beginner-friendly quilt, the versatility and
simplicity of this design will appeal to all skill levels.

Finished size:  58" x 74 1/2"
Skill Level: EASY
Finished Block size: 15" sq

Included in kit:
Approx: 7 1/4 yards fabric for top, borders & binding
(Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured (we made no substitutions).