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
FREE 5 YARD PATTERNS
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
Approx:
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!



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marvelous Maze Quilt + Free Pattern

Marvelous Maze is a free pattern from Timeless Treasures and takes on a different persona with a simple change of fabric and orientation of the 10" accented blocks! Included in the kits are all the fabrics for top and binding.


Finished Size: 60 1/2" x 80 1/2"
Approx fabrics: 7 yards
Retail Price: $85.00 each
Your Savings: $8.50
Price: $76.50
Finished Size: 60 1/2" x 70 1/2"
Approx fabrics: 5 1/3 yards
Retail Price: $62.30 each
Your Savings: $6.23
Price: $56.07

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

English Manor Quilt Kit "As Seen In" - BEAUTIFUL!

As Seen In: American Patchwork & Quilting
August 2014 - pg44 Designed by Marti Michell
Visually soften the points of Pineapple blocks by cutting up multicolor fabrics for half of the strips. Frame the classic beauty in a stately floral border.
Included in kit:
Approx: 7 1/2 yards fabrics for top, borders & binding
(Fabrics used in this quilt:  Tomorrows Promise from Maywood Studios
are as pictured (we made no substitutions).
Not included: American Patchwork & Quilting
(email me if you need a copy of this magazine)

Retail Price: $88.80 Each
Your Savings: $9.33
Price: $79.47

Available here: English Manor



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

House Warming Party Quilt Kit by Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek


House Warming Party

This newest "Strip It" quilt features the Home for the Holidays fabric line by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics.

With a focus on rich reds and greens mixed with neutrals, Faye highlights the collection with a beautiful, large red floral, which Vicki uses as wide sashing. This frames and accentuates the sampler-style blocks, making assembly much easier as there are no points to match.
For those quilters who are new to working with Strip-It fabric, this would be a great introduction, yet is suitable for quilters of all skill levels.


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

Included in kit:
Pattern: House Warming Party
Approx: 9 1/2 yards fabrics for top, borders and binding
Fabrics used in these quilts are as pictured (Home for the Holidays).
We made no substitutions.



Retail Price: $134.00 each
Your Savings: $13.40
Price: $120.60
Available Here: House Warming Party

Not included: 4 yards for backing

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hemingway Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures

Hemingway Tonga Batiks feature fantastic hand dyed batiks from Indonesia in a color palette as masculine as their namesake. Premium 44" wide cotton Batik.



Need inspiration for a quilt project? How about these:




Saturday, June 7, 2014

Quilt Joy + Free Pattern from Metropolian Quilt Company

Holiday 2014!

This fun quilt uses the fabric collection Merry Stitches by Cori Dantini from Blend and includes a free pattern!

The panel is featured with Jolly old St. Nick, a frosty snowman and winter words.  Joined by joyful songbirds and little girls all bursting with yuletide spirit make this a fun holiday quilt!
Finished size: 57" x 75"
Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Included in kit:
Free Pattern: Quilt Joy
Approx: 7 1/2 yards fabric for top & binding
Available here: Quilt Joy




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cori Dantini - Merry Stitches


The Merry Stitches Collection is a winter sewing wonderland filled with whimsical depictions of your favorite Christmas carols and holiday traditions. 

Jolly old St. Nick and a frosty snowman are joined by joyful songbirds and little girls all bursting with yuletide spirit. 


Snowy skies add a cheery chill to this collection, and bountiful boughs of holly climb across a beautiful sewing canvas.

Available here: Merry Stitches

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Amy Bradley Designs - newest quilt patterns!

Amy has been quilting for over twenty years. She has a fine arts and graphic design background.

These are her new patterns and are available here: Amy Bradley

  Garden Quilt Pattern contains full size patterns, full size placement sheets, and instructions to make this 14 block quilt. The finished quilt size is 52 1/2" x 64 1/2".


 Dogs & Cats Quilt Pattern includes full-size patterns, placement sheets, and instructions to make both the dog and cat versions of the quilt. Finished size is 46 1/2" x 57 1/2".

Pirates for Boys & Girls Quilt Pattern includes full-size placement sheets, patterns, and instructions to make both the boy and girl versions of this 60" x 86" quilt.

All patterns use fusible applique.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Meet the designer: Gerri Robinson


Gerri is the creative force behind Planted Seed Designs™.  Her quilt designs can be found regularly in both McCall's Quilting and McCall's Quick Quilts Magazines along with other national quilting magazines.

Gerri's fabric designs are inspired by her love of classic home d├ęcor, interior design and color. If you've followed her for any length of time, you've come to realize that her quilt designs primarily incorporate stars and pinwheels. She loves the classic look and movement they give her designs.

When Gerri is not involved with all things Planted Seed Designs™, she's in the garden, designing and expanding her garden beds, or traveling to California visiting her oldest son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Andrea, and/or Phoenix visiting her middle son, Josh, and/or Indianapolis to watch her youngest son, Michael, play football for Butler University.

To stay up to date on the latest happenings with Gerri and Planted Seed Designs™, visit her website at www.plantedseeddesigns.com and follow along through her blog: PSD - Planting Seeds of Design Inspiration.

Gerri Robinson lives in Dublin, OH, with her husband, Eric.

View her fabrics collections and patterns here: Gerri Robinson

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank you.

To all of our sons, daughters, dads, moms, relatives and friends who are currently serving or formerly served in our nation's military, thank you.
And thank you son.....Semper Fi


And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. -Lee Greenwood

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Meet the Designer: Sandy Klop / American Jane

Sandy Klop had her first exposure to the world of colorful patterns while watching Klompen dancers perform. Every year in May her hometown of Holland, Michigan, celebrated tulip time with a vast array of Dutch costumes. She was first exposed to quilting in 1979 at her sister-in-laws when she returned from teaching in Iran. She went on to teach art in Saudi Arabia for the next four years. She loved the rich colors and patterns in the tiles and carpets of the Middle East. Back in California, Sandy began to make pattern samples for a local quilt store. From there she moved to machine quilting. She has worked at a local quilt shop and taught many quilt classes. In 2000 she published a series of quilt books with Jan Patek under the series title Folk Art Favorites before venturing out on her own as American Jane Patterns. In 2003 at Quilt Market Moda approached her to see if she would like to capture her look in fabric. She has been designing for Moda ever since. “Now I have a new fabric range from Moda every six months and I design quilt patterns to feature my new fabrics. I’m truly living my dream.” Her creative designs have appeared in several catalogs and many magazines. She speaks regularly on the topic, “The American Jane Story in Fabric”.

Her newest fabric collection coming in September 2014:
Ala Carte from Moda
This 30 piece collection comes in 5 colorways:




The border stripe is very stunning:






Thursday, May 15, 2014

We're Off!

This weekend is the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh PA.  My team and I will be going to find the newest fabric collections and quilts kits for the 2nd half of 2014!



Hope when I get back it'll be green and sunny!






Sunday, May 11, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Scarlet Galaxy - Classic Quilt - "As Seen In"

Scarlet Galaxy was originally designed in reds and tans and we wanted to change it up a bit and make it in blacks and tans for a more manly quilt!
The fabrics we used are from Fresh Waters Designs - A Quilters Garden


The pattern "As Seen In" from McCall's America Loves Scrap Quilts Winter2013/2014
pg 8-10 and originally looked like this:

We  used a strip sets to make our blocks.

Finished Size: 60 1/2" x 76 1/2"
Skill level: Confident Beginner

Retail Price: $86.00 Each
Your Savings: $8.60
Price: $77.40
Available here: Scarlet Galaxy