Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I thought I'd better post something while I had the chance.  Like someone else around here, "I'm going into a submarine for a few weeks and won't available".  (that's a sports reference for all of you who don't know what the heck I'm talking about. For those of you who do know what I'm talking about - it still doesn't make much sense, does it?)

What it means is that 74 lbs. of fabric is being delivered by UPS tomorrow and, with a little help from some friends - we'll turn it into 4 new quilts for International Quilt Market.  We don't have much time.  I predict lots of streaming video and steaming espresso will be consumed here while I stitch.  There should still be leftover fabric after the 4 quilts - and I can't wait to show it to you, but you will just have to be patient.

What has happened around here since that last time?
 I had some time to work on my Star A Day quilt.  I hemmed and hawed about what color the  alternate blocks should be.  I tried red, blue, yellow, gold, and orange.  Then I wondered why I would consider getting 8 more yards of anything when I have tubs and tubs of scraps here.  The decision was made - shirting scraps to the rescue. It seemed only fitting since the stars were pieced from my scrap bins too.
 This is 1/9th of the top.  The directions wisely tell you to piece these together along the way - so when you are done with your last star - you will have only 9 blocks to piece together to make your quilt top instead of a bajillion stars.
 This is what I made from scraps on a recent project that will be in American Patchwork & Quilting next year.  The fabric is Bread and Butter by American Jane. I liked it so much, I used all the scraps to make this sewing machine cover.  SEE!  The new studio space is making me more productive!
 I even attempted clothing.  This is NOT in my wheelhouse.  I don't sew things that are 3 dimensional,  but I was intrigued by all the dress making going on in my Instagram feed.  I succumbed. The final product? Uh, it's quite functional, but how can I put it........not very flattering.  I'm glad I made it though.  The only thing that could remedy this is to take a pattern making/fitting class.  Maybe someday.
What else? This came in the mail - a surprise gift from Down Under.  Jen Kingwell knows I LOVE hand piecing and she sent me the pattern AND templates to hand piece Steam Punk and Glitter!  I wish I could dive right in - but I have some quilty projects ahead of them.  I have linked to Jen's Shop in Australia - Amitie Quilts. The pattern and templates are available in the US, but the few places I've checked are sold out.  I'm sure lots of quilt shops will be re-stocking soon if you don't want to deal with international shipping.  I know it never stops me :/

Think of me often in the next couple of weeks, won't you?



Friday, September 4, 2015

Polka Dots and Paisleys Has Arrived!

I got most of my shipment in today and all of you who pre-ordered Polka Dot and Paisley kits during our American Summer sale will get them very soon.
While cutting the kits, I discovered I could eke out a few more kits.  I have updated our Etsy store to reflect this.  As of right now..... I have 3 of the Polka Dot Garden kits.
Polka Dot Garden is the quilt in the middle

We have 2 more of the Harbor Springs Kit....

You can find it HERE
Also 2 more of Sweet William......

You can find them HERE

I also have some backing fabrics for your Polka Dots and Paisley quilts......

These colors are just perfect for our upcoming Holiday weekend, aren't they?  I hope you and your family have a grand last fling of summer.  If you want a great recipe - I can recommend this one.  We had it for dinner as all the ingredients came from the Farmer's Market yesterday.  I guess I would describe it as sort of a mix between a German potato salad and corn chowder.  Weird, I know, but it was delicious.  Just about anything from SmittenKitchen is!



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Frivol - ity

Frivols are here!!
A little bird has told me our Month 2 - the Minick and Simpson Polka Dot and Paisley Frivol - is shipping to me as I type this......

What that means is that I can offer them to you - our loyal readers - in our Etsy store.  

If you aren't familiar with the Frivol yet, it's a super duper sweet little lithographed tin (each numbered and collectible) that contains a Moda Fabrics quilt kit.  Month 2 is the Minick and Simpson  Polka Dot and Paisley quilt kit.
Here she is.  She measures 26" x 26" and everything you need is included.  Each Frivol also contains a little something special too.  I'm not telling.

We hope you love them as much as we do.

I'm just back from a long trip (long trip for me) and I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row.  I'm telling ya - the ducks get in order much more quickly now that "everything has a place" in the new studio.  

I'm a happy gal.



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Slowdown Sunday

The remodel is done (except for painting the door and replacing glass in the window).  The final inspection is in a few days.  I've actually been working in my new space this week and it's functioning very, very well.

 I'm getting back into the swing of things.  The drafting table is ready to go and the 6ft cutting table is working very well - with a top secret project in progress.  That mess on the bottom right is Gibby's bed.  He's very good company throughout the creative process.
 The fabric is all stacked neatly - with room to spare.  I've been working with this stash all week and it's still tidy.  Shall we take bets on how long it stays that way?
 The neatness moves over onto the other wall.  I'm a happy gal.
The new shower is pretty nifty too.

I even managed to install Roku on the tv.  That means Netflix and Acorn tv is alive and well in the studio.  British murder mysteries 24/7.

I now have a design wall.  Never had one before and I'm pinching myself.  Here it is holding ALL of the Log Cabin Swap blocks.  If I buckle down, I might get these all pieced together before my next trip later this week.

My Star A Day blocks are starting to add up too.

I made a spectacular peach upside-down cake last night.  The recipe makes a small 8" x 8" cake and the fresh peaches at the Farmer's Market were wonderful.  Here is the recipe.



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WIP Wednesday

This is a late post for a Work In Progress Wednesday - and it's not the usual WIP

You would think a simple remodel wouldn't take up 6 months of our lives - but you would be wrong.  The new studio is not finished, but ALMOST.

I'm typing this right now in the studio and the new tv is sort of hooked up.  I can get cable, and it says it's hooked up to wi-fi but I can't connect to streaming tv.

The more modern conveniences we have the more complicated life becomes.  The cable guy is stopping by tomorrow for the 3rd time this week.  We're becoming pals.

This was a few days ago and I actually cut some quilt kits on my new cutting table.  Ignore the rest of the chaos in the background.

This cutie (who was rescued from a local flea market) is guarding my thread cabinet.  All my threads in one place.  I get kind of choked up just thinking about it.

This sits just to the right of my computer and holds ice cold bottled water and Coke Life and possibly 1 bottle of Coca Cola in the tiny glass bottle.  Swoon.

This is the desk that Bill built for me.  The bare spot in the middle will hold my sewing machine and underneath the remote controls is my ironing board.  I'm trying to ignore all the electrical cords that are messing up my pristine, orange, view.

So, that's my WIP this week.  My goal is to actually have a quilty project to show you next week.  Fingers crossed.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Going In The Right Direction

Is the studio finished? No, but it's starting to shape up.

Gibby approves of the new quilt storage shelves.  Bill converted the bedroom closet to hold lots of quilts.  
My new stitching chair is calling out to me.
New white metal shelves from ikea will hold fabric.  This back wall of the studio is basement level, while the front of the studio is 1st floor level.  We are built into the side of a hill.
Oh look!  It didn't take me long to start putting things away!
Bill is putting together my cutting table.  I'm thrilled that I'll be able to have a huge cutting mat to fit.

In other news.......We have just gotten these into our Etsy store!! These template grips are invaluable for small acrylic templates (like Star A Day and Mrs. Billings Coverlet).  You can find them HERE in our store.

This is how I apply them on my Star A Day templates.  I cut them in half to fit on the small edge.  This makes a HUGE difference.  I'm sorry we didn't have them in stock before, but it's not too late.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday At The Market and Other Stuff

Oy!  So glad to be finally able to post here.  It took 2 hours to get these photos from my phone onto this blog post.  Never fear...... the glitchy Mac won't be making the trip to the new studio.  A new Mac is being built, as we speak, to fulfill it's quilty destiny.  If all goes to plan.... I'll start moving in fabric and books a week from now.  The only thing that might hold us up is some light fixtures are on order and I guess we can't get the final inspection until all light fixtures are in place.

So, this was my haul from the Farmer's Market this morning.  In about an hour I will start the pasta salad with heirloom tomatoes and bake a cherry clafoutis.  I saw this recipe a day or so ago and will try it.  Looks super simple.

Timing is everything.  I don't have the new fabric yet so all my time is spent getting the future studio in place.  That means basically I watch guys do sweaty stuff and  I order new stuff online.  I'm pretty good at the ordering stuff.  In the evenings I'm finishing up old projects and starting new ones.  I started this last night - the Star A Day quilt designed by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork.
  It's called Star A Day because you make one 3" star block a day for a year (that's correct - 3")  It takes 365 star blocks to make this 81" square beauty.  A slow stitching project that needs nothing but scraps?!?!?  Count me in!
I made my first one last night.  I don't have the background squares and triangles in yet.

I even made a few more.  A perfect quiet, peaceful project that lends itself quite well for travel

Just mark and cut a few ahead and you have lots of stitching to do on the road, on your commute, or on vacation.  We have the pattern and the accompanying templates HERE in our etsy store.

Now, it's time to check on Bill in the garage.  He's making shelves and there are a lot of power tools involved.



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