Tuesday, September 16, 2014

North by Northwest Quilt update: appliqueing the blocks!

The blocks with precut fusible pieces are now ready for me to machine applique.
I said out loud "oh my - this is going to be a challenge!"
There were 20 blocks + the chain link borders! 
Here are few blocks with long, pointy and narrow pieces and those little 1/2" circles...yikes!

It was a good thing I just took a class this summer from Kim Diehl on machine applique because her method made it very easy! I used nylon thread and did a tiny zig zag stitch.

This was fun and easy (as long as I didn't get distracted).  The blocks are now finished and ready to be assembled with the other pieced blocks for a finished quilt top (95" x 112").

This quilt kit is available here: North By Northwest

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2001 Houston Chronicle: Quilters express patriotism by the stitch

Here is an snippet from this local paper from 2001 about the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Tx.

MADELEINE McDERMOTT HAMM, Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle Home Design Editor | October 27, 2001

While we each react differently to tragedy, after Sept. 11 an unrelated army of passionate quilters focused their emotions on what they do best. They began making quilts.
They expressed their shock, their horror, their grief, their hope and their love for this country in pieces of cloth. They stitched their personal interpretations of the Stars and Stripes, the American eagle, the Statue of Liberty, even the collapsing World Trade Center towers.

Within a few days after the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., Houston quilting impresario Karey Bresenhan was online encouraging quilters wanting to piece together a response to the tragedy. Bresenhan promised a special exhibit of the works at the upcoming International Quilt Festival.

A new exhibit called America: From the Heart was quickly organized for the already jam-packed quilt festival that opens Wednesday night at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Bresenhan, who is president of Quilts Inc. and director of the festival -- which she originated in her Great Expectations Quilt Shop in the 1970s -- expected about 100 quilts to be submitted for the spontaneous exhibit. That was early October.

"We have more than 250 quilts that will make a wall of images and messages down the middle of the show, from one end of George R. Brown to the other. They have come from all kinds of people, from well-known artists to a fourth-grade class. It's going to be a very therapeutic exhibit," Bresenhan said. 

 "These quilters have poured out their feelings in these pieces," Ritter said, explaining that when setting up the display , earlier this week, "it was hard to keep from crying as we opened up each quilt."

"But," she added, "many express so much hope. Quilters tend to be very hopeful. Women have always used needles and cloth to express themselves." Ritter's quilt, New Tears, will be shown.

You can read more about this here: Houston Chronicle

Monday, September 8, 2014

American Glory Quilt Kit features fabrics from Robyn Pandolph!

We saw this quilt at Spring Quilt Market - and "oh my" it was beautiful!

The fabrics featured are Faded Glory by Robin Pandolph from RJR and was designed by Diane Nagle of Peddlecar Quilts.

Kit includes
Pattern: American Glory by Peddlecar Quilts
Fabrics: Approx 8 3/4 yards fabrics for top, borders and binding
Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured (Faded Splendor from RJR by Robin Pandolph) We made no substitutions

Outside border:

Retail Price: $129.99 Each
Your Savings: $13.00
Price: $116.99
Shipping cost: $5.95
Available here: American Glory

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Abbi Mays Exclusive" All for One by Quilt Moments

All for One was designed by Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments.
Simply rotate the block for many layout options.

Easy piecing with half square triangles.
Includes several techniques so you can choose your favorite method.

We chose the Modern Version and used Posies 3 Batiks pink, red & orange from Robert Kaufman's

It was quilted by Judy Kraker Quilting
 Finished size: 71" x 89"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Retail Price: $135.00 Each
Your Savings: $15.00
Price: $120.00
Available here: All For One

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AQS - Grand Rapids, MI

Will you be attending?

AQS QuiltWeek - Grand Rapids

Wednesday, August 20 through Saturday, August 23, 2014

DeVos Place Convention Center

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yum Yum - One Bowl Apple Cake!

One Bowl Apple Cake - This cake is so moist and rich and just perfect for this time of year. (and easy to make!)

2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Fuji or Honey Crisp apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9x13 or two 9″ round pans. Bake for approximately 55 minutes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pixie Party Month 7 - Chain Letter

Pixie Party

This terrific  program is brought to you by Cozy
Quilt Designs and RJR Fabrics and is a first-of-a-kind strip program. Each month we will release a new spectacular quilt and kit that features pre-cut fabrics. And I mean Pre-CUT! From strips to borders and binding, as well as setting and corner triangles, it's all been pre-cut! What's even better... the border and binding strips are cut length of fabric.
Best of all, the quilts are wonderful. 
llow me to present Month 7:
Looking to make a classic bedcover for your room? Then Chain Letter is the perfect project for you. Designed by Daniela Stout, this romantic classic features fabrics from Quilter’s Garden by Lynette Anderson. The focal fabric shows Lynette’s charming illustrations of home, garden and furry friends. The use of contrasting colors provides wonderful depth and dimension. The project comes together lickety-split because it’s all pre-cut, from strips and setting triangles to borders and binding. Chain Letter is queen size finishing at 84 by 101 inches

Retail Price: $160.00 each
Your Savings: $16.00
Price: $144.00

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Just Arrived: Calypso Goldfish from Ro Gregg!

from Paintbrush Studio
Brightly colored and rainbow goldfish swim to and fro, showing off their magnificent tails.

There are 19 prints in this collection.

Available here: Calypso Goldfish

Friday, August 1, 2014

Quilt Kit TOP: "As Seen In" Gifts of the Season

As Seen In: Quilters World, Autumn 2014 pg14

Designed & Quilted by Gina Gempesaw

Celebrate the season with this fabulous quilt. With straightforward piecing, this project will be a great addition to a wall, your favorite holiday table decoration or a wonderful gift.
Finished size: 29" x 29"
Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
Block Size: 17" x 17" finished

Included in kit:
Approx: 3 yards fabric, for top,
 border and binding
Fabrics used: Woodland Christmas

Available here: Gifts of the Season

Saturday, July 26, 2014


from Northcott by Cheri Strole
Bugaboo is buzzing with whimsical insects and frogs in a rainbow of bright colors.

Featured stripes and all-over bug prints

are complemented by a host of colorful coordinates and textural blenders that provide infinite project possibilities that will delight nature enthusiasts both young and old!

Bugaboo Blaze
by The Quilted Button

The only thing complicated in the quilt
are the Prairie Points! 

Finished size: 55 1/2" x 65 1/2"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Retail Price: $75.00 each
Your Savings: $7.50
Price: $67.50

by Ribbon Candy Quilt Company

The block is a Snowball and the handle is appliqued on!
Finished size: 40" x 50"
Block size: 7 1/2" square

Retail Price: $55.00 each
Your Savings: $5.50
Price: $49.50

Bug Hunt
"As Seen In" McCall's Quilting
designed by Heidi Pridemore

Finished Size: 59" x 76"
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Retail Price: $80.00 each
Your Savings: $8.00
Price: $72.00

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lemon Tree Quilt Center Re-design

We love the fabrics in the Lemon Tree Kit and wanted to do a center that wasn't appliqued.
The orginal quilt had a lemon tree in the center:
So.... we changed it up to a piece Labyrinth block:

We made all the outside blocks, corners and cut the borders first. 
With the left over fabrics we made the center Labyrinth block.
Here is a close-up of the center:

The blocks are 3" finished.  Here is the layout:

Our quilt was quilted by Judy Kraker of Kraker Quilting.

The quilt kit can be purchased here: Lemon Tree

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Congratulations Grand Haven Michigan Beach!

Grand Haven, MI made The Huffington Post! Check them out on their list of "10 Beaches That Will Make You Want To Plan A Trip To The Great Lakes Immediately"

Congrats to Bob Peskorse of Grand Haven Photos on having his photo featured in the article! — with Dawn Lind Vrablic and Nancy Schroedter-Hoffmeyer.
Click here to read the artical: 10 Beaches

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Snowbird fabrics from Laundry Basket Quilts

Just Arrived:

Snowbird Cottons
by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda!

This collection has only 15 pieces, 3 prints in 5 colorways.
Way To Go Edyta,
for creating something so simple and elegant!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Yard Bundles are back!

5 Yard Bundles

***Buy one bundle get additional $5.00 off
(use code: 5yb5 )
  ***Buy two or more bundles and get $10.00 off each
(use code: 5yb10 )

These five coordinated fabrics......
one yard each......
work great with our easy and fun
or your own creativity!

Check back often....we will continue to add bundles in the weeks to come!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Christmas in July - Quilt Kits!

 House Warming Party
by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek
Fabrics used: Home for the Holidays
by Faye Burgos from Marcus Brothers

Finished size: 64" x 74"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Included in kit:
Pattern: House Warming Party
Approx: 9 1/2 yards fabrics

Retail Price: $134.00 each
Your Savings: $13.40
Price: $120.60

Merry Stars
by Nancy Mahoney
Fabrics used: Merriment
by Paper D'Art from PB Textiles.
Finished size: 77 1/2' x 93 1/2"
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Merry Stars
10 1/2 yards fabrics for top,
border & binding

Retail Price: $110.00 Each
Your Savings: $11.00
Price: $99.00

Woodland Christmas

By Gina Gempesaw
Fabrics used: Woodland Christmas
from Red Rooster

Finished size: 70" sq
Skill Level: Very Confident Beginner
Read about this quilt here:
Gabbi Abbi May

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Woodland Christmas
Approx: 9 3/4 yards

Retail Price: $104.81 Each
Your Savings: $10.48
Price: $94.33

 Quilt Joy
by Metropolitan Quilt + Free Pattern
Fabrics Used: Merry Stitches from 
by Cori Dantini from Blend

Finished size: 57" x 75"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Quilt Joy
Approx: 7 1/2 yards
Retail Price: $85.95 per yard
Your Savings: $9.45
Price: $76.50

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America!

The Fourth of July 2014 Fun Facts!

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked with red, white and blue flags, fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues across the country.

R.I.P Founding Fathers
In a bizarre, though perhaps apt, twist of fate, both Thomas Jefferson (left) and John Adams (right) died on July 4, 1826.

"The publication of the Declaration of Independence may have accidentally made the Fourth of July the official day of independence for America, but the deaths of two of its founders cemented its creation of the date's designation," wrote the FW's Danny Gallagher in a post.

Happy Filipino, Rwandan Independence Day too!
July 4 marks a day of liberation in both the Philippines and Rwanda. In the Southeast Asian nation, July 4, known as "Republic Day," marks the date when the United States officially recognized the Philippines as an independent state in 1946. (However, though the day is still significant to Filipino history, June 12 has beenthe country's official Independence Day since 1962.)

Rwandans, on the other hand, celebrate "Liberation Day" on July 4. According to a 2008 post for the New York Times by blogger Josh Ruxin, the date marks the 1994 "end of the Rwandan Genocide, and the birth of the new government that rose from the ashes." (Video from Rwanda's 2009 Liberation Day celebration was captured by NTV Kenya.)

Holiday, Shmoliday
"Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level -- like Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day," according to TIME magazine

Birthday Celebrations Abound!
Calvin Coolidge, the country's 30th president, was born on Independence Day. Others celebrating birthdays on July Fourth include, Nobel laureate and economist Gerard Debreu, Olympic gold medalist and tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver, "Ugly Betty" actress Becki Newton and current first daughter Malia Obama .

Hot Dogs Galore
July Fourth is the "biggest hot dog holiday of the year," according to TIME magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone.

But despite a nationwide love for the salty snack, no one really knows where the hot dog came from. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, it is "likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities." The meaty treat's origin story remains murky, however.
American Bald... Turkey?
In a letter to his daughter Sarah Bache in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote that he was displeased that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation.

"He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly," he wrote. "You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk." A turkey, Franklin went on to argue, is a far "more respectable" bird. "Turk'y… [is a] true original Native of America," Franklin wrote. "He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

Tap, Tap, Tap
Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wow - - it's July already!

Can you believe it - it seems like we just got out of winter and now it's July!

Happy July!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stonehenge Precuts!

Have you seen our Stonehenge Precuts!  WOW - we love them!
They come in either strips or fat quarters.
There are quilt kits too that use these and some yardage!

Here are a few of what we have in stock:
Stripes come in 40 @ 2 1/2" x 44"

Fat Quarter Bundles have 12 @ 18" x 22

Quilt kit Woodland Trees comes in two sizes!