Saturday, October 18, 2014

Makin' It Cute Winner

The "Makin it Cute winner is…. JANET.

Janet has already been contacted.  Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Makin' It Cute

Our friends over at The Fat Quarter Shop and our friends Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister have asked to join them for Makin' It Cute!

This arrived last week in the mail….

This little pattern is to make a Makin' It Cute heart!  Let me tell you how easy it is.  First of all - I made this - I am the Poster Child for easy.    2nd of all - Barb and Mary had the booth next to us at Quilt Market where they demonstrated this.  I watched them Makin' It Cute about 1000 times.  I could do it in my sleep.  Take my word for it - this is quick, easy, and will adorn just about anything you want.
First I made a quilt sandwich.  Then I traced the heart templates onto the top fabric.  Look! I actually used scraps of fabric and batting - and here's the proof.

Next I stitched inside the drawn line on my trusty little Featherweight.  Notice these are curved quilting lines.  That's a first, folks.  The only other machine quilting I have done is straight lines on a small quilt.

Then I cut out the hearts with pinking shears about 1/4" away from the stitches.
Then I went for a search of a button from my button tin.  I sewed the button on, through all the layers and it was done.  Now, what shall I adorn??

Gibby needed a little spiffing up.  If you look very close, on the right side of his nose, he has lots of stitches. (NOT from my featherweight).  He had a run in with a wire fence last week.  He's doing great.  

I would love to send this Makin' It Cute pattern, another pattern, and a Crazy For Red Layer Cake™to someone. Just comment on what you would adorn.  I'll pick a winner Saturday October 18th.  Thanks!


P.S. The winner of the Crazy For Red Fat Quarter Bundle™ from the previous post is…….. DKay.  DKay, email me HERE and I'll get it right out to you.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Most Unexciting Blog Post Ever

It's been too long since I've posted.  Way too long.  It was because I didn't have much to say.  I still don't.  You know what that means…. You get to see the last pictures taken on my iPhone.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Sewing on a binding for a little something we'll be showing at Houston in 10 days….A few eagle-eyed people who saw this photo on Instagram noticed I'm hand sewing the binding to the front.  That's because there is a little surprise on the back. 
 Because I don't have enough Red, White and Blue fabric… I had to buy some more.  This was just too sweet to pass up.  It's called Swim Team from Windham Fabrics.  Don't ask me what I'm going to do with it.  For at least a year or two, it will be just for looking at.  I know you understand this concept.  I also bought some of this……

This is also for a project that is way down the line - but I had to buy it now while it was available.  I know you understand this concept too.
 Gibby cannot believe I bought more fabric.
 This is another little project I'm working on.  Come back Wednesday to see!

 As usual, my evenings are spent putting in a few stitches into Mrs. Billings.  I'm in the home stretch.  For all of you who asked - we will have more Mrs. Billings kits when I get back from Quilt Market in Houston.  Check out our Etsy store in November - and they will be there.
These fall mornings have just been beautiful.  Bill, Gibby and I took a long walk this morning.  We walked past the Farmer's Market.  Even without vendors, it's quite inspiring.

Thank you for putting up with all my uneventful minutiae.  As a Thank You for being THERE for me… if you comment on this post you could win a Fat Quarter Bundle™ of Crazy For Red!!!!!!
Thanks!  I'll pick a winner on our next post on Wednesday!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


We've been away too long haven't we?  The calendar has been nagging me to post, but what to do when your life is uneventful, boring, and redundant?  What could I possibly rant on about?

First of all, Today is Polly's birthday.  Everyone say Happy Birthday to Polly!  It's also the UNOFFICIAL start to Fall.  The real start was a week or so ago, but you see October on the calendar and you know it's autumn.  Polly tells a story about her birthday when she was a kid.  She is a fan of pumpkin pie and her "Birthday Cake" every year was more often a "Birthday Pumpkin Pie."
I listen to this story in horror as I would never choose a pumpkin pie over cake.  Some people who know me (and some who read this blog) know that I have ranted the past several years regarding the over-pumpkinization of our fair land. It's a ridiculous thing to get worked up over, but someone has to do it.  This is what I found at the grocery store 2 days ago…..
Dear God, no.  And looked what was keeping it company….
I have learned to avoid coffee shops this time of year because of this…...
I'm now getting horrible things like this sent to me via instagram from other like minded folk.  Thanks.  I think.

I stole this wonderful picture from the internet, but It spoke to me……..

October is also a few other things…. It's Halloween season, it's Getting Ready For Quilt Market Season , (and the reason some of your favorite quilt blogs are a bit spotty lately) and it's also Post Season Baseball.  Forgive me while I try not to have a nervous breakdown.  Go Tigers !


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It's finally Fall here in Michigan.  The calendar says it won't be here until next week, but believe me, it's here.  The windows are mostly closed and someone has even threatened to turn on the furnace. Bah, humbug to that. They were told just to grab another quilt.  It's way too early to start that nonsense.
 The market has been bursting with beautiful things…. These peppers were roasted….
 And then turned into this melange of roasted peppers, olives, parsley and other goodness.
 Leigh Ann stopped by and added some new pillow covers to my collection! These are made with the Paris Flea Market Linens by Moda Fabrics. They are lovely! Thanks Leigh Ann!
 Lori and Dan came to town and we experienced the quintessential Ann Arbor Fall experience.

 What can I say about the game? Well we won, but it wasn't electrifying.  Matter of fact, the halftime show was the highlight of the afternoon.

Today I have been tied to the computer putting out virtual electronic fires.  Hopefully I'll have something quilty to show you soon. (While spending the day on the computer I've been trying to avoid all the "pumpkin" madness infiltrating social networking sites like Pinterest and Instagram.  Just so you know - I prefer my morning cup of coffee pumpkin-free.)


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Moda Love Blog Tour Winners!

Thanks for stopping by our blog - and all of our colleague's blogs to comment out Moda Love!

I'll tell you who won the the Lexington Jelly Roll™ and the Lexington Layer Cake™, but first, let's see what I made with Lexington…..
 All lined up on the clothes line are Biddy's Quilt, Great Lakes Patchwork, Blue Garden, and Morning Walk.
 Morning Walk (top center) was inspired by morning walks with Gibby and his search for rabbits and squirrels.  True Blue (center bottom) was a little quilt using the dark blues and golds.  Great Lakes Patchwork is on the right.  
 Blue Garden is a mix of piecing and appliqué (on the left). Biddy's Quilt is on the right.
Our popular pattern Nantucket usually shown in red and cream, but it's a grand 2 color quilt that works just as well in blues and creams.  

The winner of the Lexington Jelly Roll™ is Debra Kay Neiman

The winner of the Lexington Layer Cake™ is Beanstalk

Please email me HERE and I'll get them out to you as quick as a rabbit on one of Gibby's morning walks.

(For some hinky reason - I cannot get Biddy's quilt to download in our Etsy store.  We have tried.  Sigh. If anyone is interested in it - email me here and I'll mail you an actual paper copy of Biddy's Quilt)


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Moda Love Blog Tour

 Today is our day on the Moda Love Blog Tour…..

Can you stand it?  You folks don't know how close you came to missing this stop along the tour.  We had a storm Friday and we lost power.  The prediction was we wouldn't get power back until Tuesday or Wednesday.  Fate intervened and power returned Sunday.  We did what everyone does when they have been without power for 2 days, we cleaned out the fridge. Then we cleaned some more.  Once the Simpson clean train starts - there is no stopping it. I'm not kidding. Here are 6 of the many windows we washed.
In keeping with the theme of this Blog Hop - I HATE washing windows, but I LOVE a clean house. 

Do you remember way back in June when we showed you this? The quilt we made with a Lexington Layer Cake™?
This is the free pattern to make your own quilt out of a Layer Cake™

Moda asked us to answer some questions on this Blog Tour……

When did you start quilting? Tell us about your first quilt.

I made my first quilt at the age of 14 - over 42 years ago.  

Let that sink in a bit.

I saw a quilt in a magazine.  It was a Woman's Day that was picked up at the grocery store.  There was a picture of an antique quilt thrown over a chair.  This is for you, Barb and Mary!   (Barb and Mary, of Me and My Sister Designs, have an infamous Instagram project where they post a lot of quilts on chairs) 

It was a pieced quilt (I didn't even know what that meant yet) of indeterminate design.  All I remember was that it was beautiful, it was made of fabric, and I LOVED it. I NEEDED to make one.  This wasn't as clear cut as it would seem. Nobody I knew made quilts. Nobody I knew even owned one. I started my research at the library and checked out the 2 or 3 quilt books that were known to exist at the time.  I skimmed the pages.  I even read some of the text. Mostly I looked at the pictures.

With no fabric stash, I had to start collecting.  I begged, borrowed, but did not steal fabric scraps from all who would cooperate.  Soon, I started to buy fabric.  The only fabric store that I knew of at that time was Kresge's Department store.  The saleswomen soon learned of my project - and scattered when I walked to the cutting table.  I asked for an 1/8th of a yard of just about anything that didn't look too slippery.  This was 1972.  Polyester was king.  The fact that I even found cotton or cotton blends is a miracle.

The easiest looking diagram in the book was a one-patch.  There was no such thing a rotary cutter or cutting board yet.  With scissors in hand I cut out hundreds of patches "by eye".  Rulers, pencils and such just seemed a little too much like math class.  I forged ahead.  With the aid of a neighbors sewing machine it was pieced.  It was sort of rectangular-ish. 

Next, I looked at those diagrams of a quilt top in some contraption called a quilt frame.  "Did anyone have a quilt frame?" I asked. You could have heard a quilting needle drop. 

There had to be another way.  Another neighbor said ALL quilts were tied. She sounded like an expert and I took her advice.  The quilt was tied in an afternoon with a bed sheet for the back, a thick polyester batt, and some acrylic yarn.  The quilt fit my bed and lasted my High School years, my college years and a few years after that.  It became a favorite cat bed. Eventually the un-natural fiber disaster started to disintegrate and I threw it away. When my husband Bill took out the trash that evening he spotted it and saved it. My first quilt now lives in a bag at the top of the closet. Thanks Bill.

Did making a quilt this way - at this age - make any sense at all? No it didn't.  

It was meant to be because it was true LOVE.

If you comment here about this quilt, your first quilt, your last quilt, or something that you LOVE - you can win this….

A Lexington Layer Cake™ or a Lexington Jelly Roll™ - designed by Polly and I for Moda Fabrics. (A company we LOVE)

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