Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beagle wins!

A 15-inch beagle named Miss P won the top honor at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 competitors.
Miss P, a bouncy 4-year-old, was awarded the Best In Show prize at the 139th Westminster show, the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Color Love project update!

Sue has finished all the pieced blocks:

I've finished all 8 appliqued blocks!
Hint: When sewing the fuseable applique down, I start with a new Sharp Needle, nylon thread on the top and polyester on the bottom.  My stitch length and width is the same, very small. It helps to have a sewing machine with a knee left.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Phil saw his shadow!

The Groundhog Day verdict is in! Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter! 7:23 AM - 2 Feb 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Country Crossroads Quilt Kit new from Nancy Rink Designs

Country Crossroads
Finished size: 100"

Nancy Rink designed this beautiful quilt featuring the fabric
 Pointe Pleasant from Marcus Brothers.

There are two sizes available:
82" or 100" square (pictured)

Skill level: Advanced (your choice of applique)

Included in kit:
Pattern: Country Crossroads
Fabrics for top, borders & binding
82" approx 15 yards
100" approx 18 1/2 yards
Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured. 
We made no substitutions.

Available here (82" Square) for $166.50 + shipping:
Country Crossroads

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Favorite Things Quilt by Gerri Robinson + Free Pattern

This 68" square star quilt was designed and pieced by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs and machine quilted by Deb Miner.

 The nine 16" star blocks all have blue points sewn with half-square triangle units and scrappy centers made with hourglass units.

The blocks are assembled with vertical sashing strips and two horizontal sashing rows with cornerstones. Gerri's instructions and diagrams for block construction
are clear and easy enough for a confident beginner to follow.

Gerri advises you to save cutting the inner (C.4) and outer border (A.1 & 2) strips until the center unit is complete. Then, measure the center of the quilt vertically and horizontally to determine the correct lengths for your quilt and cut to those measurements. This tip allows for individual variations in piecing with ¼" seam allowances. Sew the border strips to the top, bottom, and sides of the quilt, layer with batting and backing, pin baste, and machine quilt as desired. An allover floral or leaf pattern would suit this pretty quilt perfectly!

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Favorite Things
Approx: 8 1/2 yards fabric for top, borders and binding
(Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured and from Favorite Things
(we made no substitutions).

Available here: Favorite Things
Retail Price: $93.00 each
Your Savings: $9.00
Price: $84.00

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sneak Peek at what's coming in 2015

Can you believe it's 2015 already! Where does the time go....
This year at Abbi Mays it's going to be fun.

We'll have lots of new fabrics coming from our favorite designers including: 3 Sisters, Marti Michelle, Jackie Robinson, Debbie Beaves and Lynette Anderson.

Here's a few of my favorites:
Sophia coming in January:

Catalina from Marti coming in February:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bob Seger was awesome!

We went to his concert the Tuesday night and it was awesome!  There were more silver head people there then kids and Bob Seger was one of them!
 Here is the headline from the Grand Rapids Press:

Bob Seger rocks the house, reveals his favorite 'guitar hero moment,' in Grand Rapids show. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Yum yum:Chocolate-Coated Pretzels Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing MAKES: 20-24 servings

  1 to 1-1/4 pounds white and/or milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  1 package (8 ounces) miniature pretzels
  Nonpariels, colored jimmies and colored sugar, optional

In a microwave, melt half of candy coating at a time; stir until smooth. Dip pretzels in candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until almost set. Garnish as desired; let stand until set.
Yield: 5-6 dozen.

Originally published as Chocolate-Coated Pretzels in Sweet and Scrumptious Chocolate

Read more:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Color Love Quilt update #1

The pattern was designed to be a 5 month block of the month, but if you're like us, we can't wait that long to make a quilt!  Abbi Mays sells this as a kit.

Color Love is Nancy Rink's new fashion palette of mid-bright textures and geometric motifs, anchored by a deep blue ground Jacobean inspired floral.

With subtle print motifs like plaids, fireworks, chubby flowers and various textures, the collections is geared to quilters who want something fresh and flexible.  The fabrics used are from the collection Color Love designed by Nancy Rink for Marcus Brothers.

First thing to do is decide which one to do: traditional or appliqued center:

We are going to do the fusible laser cut appliqued one.

Our sewer Sue, will be making the block and I'll do the applique.

Sue's thoughts:
Skill level:
Fabrics: there 18 fun and pretty cotton prints
and approx 17 1/2 yards of fabric for top, borders, hand applique and binding.

Lets get started!
Blocks One is 18 1/2":

Monday, November 24, 2014

Yum - yum! Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

U.S.MetricConversion chart
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 15 ounce(s) canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon(s) powdered gelatin
  • 3 ounce(s) shaved dark chocolate

  1. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water and set aside.
  2. Whisk the yolks, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup cream together in a medium saucepan. Heat while stirring continuously with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon over medium-low heat, until thickened and the mixture coats the spatula -- about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set over the ice bath. Stir to cool.
  3. Add pumpkin, vanilla, spices, and salt to the egg mixture. Stir 1 tablespoon rum and 1 teaspoon gelatin together in a small bowl. Heat the remaining tablespoon rum, and stir in to the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Gently whisk into the pumpkin mixture. Beat 1/2 cup cream to stiff peaks, and fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour into a shallow dish, cover and chill until cold and thick enough to fall from a spoon in heavy dollops -- about 8 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Beat the remaining cream and sugar to stiff peaks. Alternately layer the pumpkin mousse and whipped cream in a glass serving dish. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings between top two layers. Serve chilled.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Make a Pillowcase and donate it we did!

Turn your love of quilting and sewing into messages of comfort,hope and love for a foster child, a cancer patient,  victims of domestic violence, and others.

Our quilt bee Sew Fun Quilters got together last night and made 76 flannel pillowcases! These will be donated of our local charities to use this Christmas as gifts.

This also would be to do with your grandson or granddaughter! All you need is pins, scissors, iron and sewing machine.

This is how we did it: we organized ourselfs into groups of assemblers, piners, sewers and pressers!

Abbi Mays has cotton and flannel pillowcase kits for you to use that are already precut with 27" case, 2" strip and 9" cuff for adults and kids!

Kits available here for $5.50 each: 
FLANNEL Pillowcases(2" stripe not used)

Free Pattern here: Pillowcase

We challenge your quilt club or bee to do the same for your local charities this Christmas Season!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

36 Days til Christmas....

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas, everywhere you go.....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Sneak Peek" at fabrics coming 2015:

Whitewashed Cottage Linen by 3 Sisters for Moda

Sweet Escape from PB Textiles

Firestorm Batiks by Judy Niemeyer for Timeless Treasures

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All That Jazz Quilt By Ann Lauer

All That Jazz by Grizzly Gulch Gallery
designed by: Ann Lauer
Finished size: Queen size 87" x 107"

This is a fun quilt because there are lots of half square triangles in two fabric combinations and making all of them at once is faster and makes better use of the fabric.
There is a color key with fabric swatches so its easy for fabric placement.

Finished size: 87" x 107"
Skill Level: Intermediate

Included in kit:
Pattern: All That Jazz
Approx: 14 1/4 yards fabrics for top, borders and binding.
Fabrics used are  Poppy Panache from Benartex (Fabrics used in this quilt are as pictured.
We made no substitutions.)
Available here for $151 + shipping: All That Jazz
Retail Price: $168.00 Each
Instant Savings: $17.00
Price: $151.00

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You!

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem. 
Ronald Reagan 
And  thank you to my son.......

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Yum - Yum Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie!
8-count biscuits 
1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced (any leftover chicken works)
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
2/3 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. frozen veggies, thawed (I used 1 c. corn, peas and carrots & 1/2 c. broccoli)
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon of minced onion
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook the chicken however you like, then cut into small pieces

Separate biscuits and place each biscuit in a cup of a lightly greased 12-hole muffin pan, pressing dough up sides to edge of cup.

In a medium bowl, combine chicken, chicken soup, veggies, cheddar cheese, parsley flakes, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.

Evenly spoon chicken mixture into prepared biscuit cups.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven. Place muffin pan on a wire rack and let set for 2-3 minutes. Serve at once.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just Arrived: Good Company by Cori Dantini for Blen

You're in Good Company with this new collection by Cori Dantini.
A cheerful wonderland of woodland creatures frolicking in a field of flowers.

 Friendly foxes and happy hedgehogs play amidst a forest of whimsical woodgrain textures, little acorns and darling dot designs.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

5 Yard Bundles are now $30 each!

Shop our 5 yard bundles, featuring 5 different fabrics in 1 yard pieces. We have a large selection of bundles with coordinating fabrics and colors that complement each other nicely. 

Buy one, two or three bundles and get them for $30 each! Buy 4 or more and get them for $25 each! Discounts will show in shopping cart . Save more when you buy more! Order a few bundles for your DIY projects today! 
These five coordinated yard great with our easy and fun FREE 5 YARD PATTERNS or your own creativity

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yum - yum Cheesy Jack-o'-Lantern

Cheesy Jack-o'-Lantern
3  green onions, divided
2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/4 cup  finely chopped red peppers
2 slices  OSCAR MAYER Pepperoni
 RITZ Crackers
make it

CUT 4-inch length from green end of 1 onion; slice remaining onions. Beat cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups cheddar with mixer until blended. Stir in sliced onions and peppers. Refrigerate 1 hour.

SHAPE into ball; roll in remaining cheddar. Cut pepperoni into shapes for the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose and mouth; press into cheese ball to make face. Insert green onion piece into top for stem.

SERVE with crackers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Daisy Chain Cottage Quilt Kits are here!

When Sue (right) and I first saw this quilt at Spring Quilt Market we knew we couldn't wait to make this one together! She's makes the piecing blocks and I do the appliqueing blocks.

The kit includes 19 1/2  and features 26 different fabrics from the Pocket Full of Daisies collection designed by Lynette Anderson for RJR.
Finished size: 77" x 89"
Skill level: Intermediate (applique)

Included in kit:
Pattern: Daisy Chain Cottage
Approx: 19 3/8 yards fabric for top,borders and binding
Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured.
We made no substitutions.

Retail Price: $280.00 Each
Instant Savings: $30.00
Price: $250.00

Available here: Daisy Chain Cottage

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yum yum! Caarmel Apple Jello Shots

The recipe is actually for creating caramel apple jello shots, since the addition of gelatin helps the caramel sauce hold its shape when the cored-out apple's been sliced up. But if you intend to serve it to kids, you can just leave out the vodka or the bourbon. Sadly, the process does require you to refrigerate the apples for a few hours until the caramel core solidifies, but if you make them before you head to bed tonight you're guaranteed one amazing and appropriately-themed breakfast come Halloween morning. 

See video here: Caramel Apple Jello shots

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yum Yum - Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies

Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies - Clean out the cabinets with these Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies – filled with Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate chips, toffee and a caramel layer.
2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of cloves
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1 cup Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, roughly chopped (about 28)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup toffee pieces
1 bag (11 oz) caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup evaporated milk


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In another bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.

Stir in the egg and vanilla, then add in the pumpkin. Add in the dry ingredients and stir just until 
combined. Add in the chopped Hershey’s Kisses, white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and toffee pieces. 
Pour about 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared pan. The mixture will be fairly thick – use a spatula to spread the mixture to the 

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

While the blondies are baking, combine the caramels and evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the caramels are melted and the mixture is smooth.

After the blondies have baked for 10 minutes, remove and carefully pour the caramel over the top. Take the remaining dough 
and drop by spoonfuls over the top of the caramel.

Return the pan to the oven and let bake an additional 30 minutes, or until 
cooked through.

Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

North by Northwest Quilt update: quilting the quilt!

We just got our quilt back from the quilter: Judy Kraker Quilting!
What do you think?

Judy did a lovely job quilting this because
every block was quilted differently!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quilt Kit: Santa's Sleigh + Free Pattern!

The fabrics used in this quilt are Starry Night by Lynette Anderson for RJR 

The was piecing blocks were designed by Wendy Shepard

and applique and embroidery blocks by Lynette Anderson

Finished size: 91" x 91"
Skill level: Advanced
There are 18 yards of 25 different fabrics in this kit!

Retail Price: $216.00 Each
Instant Savings: $18.00
Price: $198.00
Available here: Santa's Sleigh