Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy National Popcorn Day!

Popcorn is perhaps the most versatile of all snack foods, popcorn has been an American staple for decades.
Despite being most commonly associated with cinemas and sporting events, over 70 percent of popcorn is consumed at home, and the United States leads the world in both production and consumption.
Since Thursday is National Popcorn Day, here are some fun facts about the popular snack!
Did you know? Popcorn comes in two distinct shapes: the mushroom and snowflake?
352,028,160: The minimum number of popped kernels needed to make a popcorn trail from New York City to Los Angeles.
Orville Redenbacher, perhaps the most famous popcorn popper of all time, began growing his own popcorn in 1944.
Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually.
Long-lasting: According to Groupon, exploration of ancient Peruvian tombs turned up kernels that are still poppable, proving that popcorn can last for millennia.
 Popcorn comes in many flavors, from classic butter and kettle-cooked to gourmet flavors including caramel and chocolate. 
Copyright 2016 WCNC

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Row X Row Studio "Taste of Home Quilt"

Wow - I still can't believe Row X Row Studio chose Abbi Mays Row!
Here is the finished Row X Row 2016 "A Taste of Home Quilt". 

Isn't it fun!! The pattern is free here:…/a-taste-of-home-sweet-home-qui…/>
We still have a few kits left and you can either call us (231.563.6861) or order on line:…/a-taste-of-home-sweet-home-qui…/

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On the Horizon Quilt

On the Horizon is designed by Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs.
This 108" x108" is stunning!

This was intended to be a Block of the Month, but we kitted it and is available here for $220 + shipping: On the Horizon.

Get this quilt quilted (edge to edge) at Abbi Mays for $233.28

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Taste of Home Sweet Home Quilt

Wow - that's us ~ Abbi's Fairy Garden Quilt!!! Thanks Janet Lutz of Row by Row Studio for choosing our row and thanks to my fantastic team for helping to design it! 

Since opening our new retail shop last year, we feel like we are living in a fairyland everyday, surrounded by beautiful fabrics, and making such wonderful new friends! What could be better?
We have a few kits, patterns and licesence plate left and are available here:

Friday, December 23, 2016

From Christmas at Bear's Paw Ranch, follow Eleanor Burns as she guides us through the creation of this wonderful Irish Holiday quilt using strips.  She also crafts a 'jolly jacket' for her dog, Peanut, and presents it all in her wonderful, entertaining style.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy first day of Winter!

The start of winter—the winter solstice—is the darkest day of the year when the Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting "longer," i.e., the amount of daylight begins to increase.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Riverdale "BUTTON" Collection is a beautiful series of pillows, wall hangings and tote patterns!

Each has a unique and gorgeous design featuring vintage sewing machines, scissors, and little quilt shops.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sneak Peek at what's coming in 2017 from Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson from Benartex did it again with this beautiful new Christmas fabric collection coming April 2017:

A Festive Season

Festive cardinals, delicately outlined in gold metallic, holly leaves, sprinkled with gold - Jackie’s A Festive Season is a truly rich celebration of the season. Exquisite printing and vibrant colors are the hallmarks of this collection. With two panels to choose from: cardinals or ornaments, and a sumptuous assortment of coordinating textures, A Festive Season is sure to become a classic choice for holiday quilting and decorating.

Will be available here in 2017: A Festive Season

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Well, it's started.....

Here at North Lake, when the lake starts to freeze over you know winter is starting.....

and get the boots out....

Monday, October 31, 2016

We had a lots of fun at 2016 Quilt Market this year! There were lots of great familiar faces!

Gerri Robinson

Valori Wells

Kaffe Fassett

Patrick Lose


Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Ideas at 2017 Fall Quilt Market

Chocolatier from RJR designed by Gen X Quilters is soooo delicious!

Star Design Studios: Tall Pines Tree featuring hand dyed cottons!

Nancy Rink new Block of the Month:
Getting to Know You:

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

2016 Fall Quilt Market

This George Brown Convention Hall is BIG - really big!
We walked over 10,000 steps today!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Slow Cooker Chex Mix!

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Did you know that your favorite homemade Chex Mix recipe can be made in the slow cooker? Give it a try!
Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hours Total: 3 hours 10 mins

    9 cups Chex cereal (I used equal parts corn, rice, and wheat Chex)
    2 cups pretzels
    1 cup Cheerios
    1 cup peanuts
    1/3 cup (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
    1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)


Add cereal, pretzels, cheerios and peanuts to the bowl of a slow cooker.

In a separate bowl, whisk together butter and seasoned salt until the salt is dissolved.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce until combined.

Drizzle the sauce evenly over the top of the cereal mixture.  Toss for about 1 minute, or until the mixture is evenly combined.

Cover and slow cook on low for 3 hours,  stirring at the 1 hour, 2 hour and 2.5 hour marks so that the mixture does not burn.  Then spread the mixture out onto a few baking sheets or parchment paper in an even layer until it cools to room temperature.  Serve, or store in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

*If your slow cooker does not have a tiny hole in it to let air escape, it may collect too much condensation which could make the Chex Mix get too soggy.  If that is the case, I recommend placing a towel underneath the lid of the slow cooker to collect the condensation.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Quilt Shop in a Month!

Long, long 30 days in taking a really nice empty building and making it in to a completely functional and beautiful Abbimay's Quilt Shop.

Linda wanted to take her internet business to another level with a retail outlet. She made a decision on what she feels is the perfect location to serve West Michigan and said "GO".
Off we went 30 days 7 days a week 10, 12 and 14 hours a day, lots and lots of help from her posse (thank you, thank you, thank you) and here it is. First day Saturday with the doors open was a HUGE success, Still a lot of small details to work out and that will come and go. 
Future plans are to add to the inventory, plenty of new fabric and kits with a unique fabric line you will ONLY find at AbbiMays. We also have some other ideas for the store we'll share as they develop. 

Thank You again everyone who braved the snow to come in and made the first day the huge success it was.

THANK YOU ~ Bruce Hazekamp!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Grand Opening today!

There were cars in the parking lot before 10am!
The doors opened and we had a full house until closing at 5pm!  

Thank you everyone for stopping by and enjoying our Grand Opening!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Grand Opening tomorrow!

The night before the grand opening the team decorated the shop for Christmas!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Update - We've started to make our cases and flooring!

Here's my husband - Bruce - building cases.
and with son putting down the floor:
My team and I have been working all month to get the show ready.
Here's part of my teaming helping me move from my double stall garage to our new shop:

Abbi and I are loading cases (she does quilt)

Here's a fun fact: MAYS is named for the 3 surviving Mays in our middle name:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

New Retail Shop ~ Coming Soon!

Me and Abbi May

Yup - we are going to do it  ~ we are not only a web store but have grown in to a retail store too!
After 13 years as a webstore only we decided open up a retail store.

Why? Because - there's nothing more fun then hanging out with quilters (and we ran out of room to put our fabrics)!!

Webstore Customers - we're not going anywhere - we'll still be there for you with our great customer service (call us anytime)!.
Our new shop is located at:2357 Holton RdMuskegon, MI 49457

Here's the outside (yes, it was snowing last week)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Arbor Hill Fabric Collection "Shabby"

The Arbor Hill collection from Benartex is pretty "shabby" fabrics in whisper soft florals, elegant paisleys and a lovely wallpater stripe.
$9.90 yard

The florals are delicately painted, and the entire palette is soft blues or pinks, with gentle touches of ivory. A wonderful choice for a relaxing bedroom or for little girl dresses for special occasion.

Need some inspiration?
Garden of Sheridan House 
designed by Janet Page Kessler + Free Pattern

Finished Size: 42" x 54"
Skill Level: Beginner

We made one substitution from within the collection
 we changed the outside border to keep is soft and shabby.

Included in Kit:
Free Pattern Arbor Hill
Fabric: Approx 4.25 yards for top, borders and binding

Available here for $45 + shipping:
Garden of Sheridan House

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Yum - Cheesy Potato Soup

Serves 6-8
1 (30 oz.) bag frozen shredded hash browns
1 (10 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated, plus more for serving
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
croutons, garnish
crumbled bacon, garnish, optional
This time a year doesn't potato soup sound really good!

Combine chicken broth and hash browns in a large pot or Dutch oven over high heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium and stir in chicken soup, cheddar cheese and onion powder.
Season generously with salt and pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Stir in sour cream and cream cheese and cook until completely incorporated, then blend everything together (or leave as is).
Transfer to serving bowls and serve topped with oregano, croutons and more cheese.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Serenity - Quilt Kit!

Serenity designed by Jan Douglas Designs.

This elegant heirloom quilt showcases the beautiful border in the center blocks with mirror image fussy cutting and hand or machine applique for the curves.  Detailed instructions and paper templates included in pattern.  No special rulers needed. 

The fabrics featured are 11 prints from the Graceful Moments collection from Maywood Studios.

 Finished size: Queen 90" x 102"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Included in kit:
Pattern: Serenity
Fabric: Approx 16 3/4 yards for top, border and binding.

Available here for $180 + shipping:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Yum! Slow Cook Chicken and Dumpling


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
2 cups baby-cut carrots
2 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups biscuit baking mix
2/3 cup milk


Stir the chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Stir the soup, water, thyme and black pepper in a medium bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.
Stir the baking mix and milk in a medium bowl. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the chicken mixture. Increase the heat to HIGH. Tilt the lid to vent and cook for 30 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked in the center.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Eureka Quilt Kit!

This beautiful quilt was designed by Jackie Robinson of Animas Quilting for Benartex.

Eureka features the fabric collection A Mum for a Mum also designed by Jackie. Get the illusion of curves with straight piecing. The color stories are also carefully thought out for maximum impact with rich plum/burgundy with leaf greens and beautiful creams/tans.

Finished size:  LAP 70" x 87"
twin $223, queen $241 and king $266
 kits are available too - email:
Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern has Jackie Robinson's directions for four quilt sizes including the lap/twin shown.
Lap - 70" x 87"
Twin - 70" x 105"
Queen - 87" x 105"
King - 105" x 105

Included in kit:
Pattern:  Eureka
Fabric: Approx 15.5 yards
Fabrics are as pictured and include all yardage for top, borders and binding. We have not made any substitutions (and gets Mr. Buster's approval)

We've also included: The Binding Miter Tool designed by Jackie Robinson. This tool makes it possible for you to create PERFECT mitered corners on your quilt bindings.

Available here for $179 + shipping: Eureka