Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cotton Works Winner!

The winner of the Cotton Works Fat Quarter Bundle is.....

I'll be sending you this asap!

Thank you all for saying such nice things about Cotton Works - and my shoes.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Arrivals

This new Moda/Martingale collaboration is now available! I was lucky enough to be included.

This is my Stars and Stars quilt. I used foundation paper piecing.  It's not my usual go-to construction, but in small doses (just like this quilt) it really packs a punch. Perfect, sharp pointed stars.  

Look what else will be showing up in your local quilt shops in the next few days.... Cotton Works!  This is our 100% cotton fabric that looks and feels like wool.  It's perfect to use in traditional wool stitchery - by itself - or in combo with your wool scraps.

This is one of our patterns using it - the Flower Day Table Topper.

Our friend Carrie made this super pillow with Cotton Works.  (This may or may not have been claimed by a member of the Simpson family who uses it in his favorite leather chair)  (thanks to Moda for letting me steal these photos from the Cutting Table blog)

In other news....... I have to get rid of 2 boxes of shoes.  Beautiful, barely worn shoes.  Stylish sandals and still pristine dress shoes. Poor me.  It seems I now need orthotics.  The new orthotics are working grand, but they take up quite a bit of space in my shoes.  I now need to buy new shoes a half - to a full size bigger than usual.  So in other news.... Lucky me! Shoe shopping!! (can we all say a special thank you to the annual Nordstrom shoe sale)

In better news.... How about a Cotton Works giveaway to celebrate these new arrivals!

Comment on this post about Cotton Works, mini quilts, shoe shopping, or anything at all and you could win this.

Comment before midnight Friday October 7th to be eligible.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016


How can there be only 2 more days of September?

I'm writing this on a cool, windy, rainy night. I'm wearing sweat pants, sweatshirt, and socks. Socks, people! It's been a few months since I've worn those.  Someone in the neighborhood is burning logs in their fireplace and the whole neighborhood smells wonderful. The neighborhood is also quite noisy.  There are many, many black walnut trees in this block and today seems to be the day they are all dropping. If you aren't used to the noise every fall you might think artillery is hitting the roof.

Fall is definitely here.  I made this a couple of days ago and the recipe is going into the permanent file.

This is what is commonly called the New York Times Plum Torte.  You can find the very easy recipe HERE.

The weather is particularly nice since I'm busy sewing a quilt for Quilt Market next month.  I can't show you much, but I'll give you a couple of hints.
Some red berries might be involved.  And our color palette is being tweaked just a bit.

I'm feeling quite jolly about it.

Since I'm in the holiday mood - how about a little sale?  As a thank you to our Block of The Month customers, we but some quilt backings in our Etsy shop.  We gave a special coupon code to the Portage Lake BOM members - BACK40 - and they could purchase their backs at 40% off.  The sale is good for the whole month of September.  We have just a few quilt backs left - and we have 2 days left in September.

Let me give you another hint - as long as the total of your "shopping cart" is $56.00 or more (the cost of the quilt backs) - everything you put in your shopping cart would be 40% off if you use the coupon code BACK40.

For all of you Block of The Month people - you can get another back, or anything in the shop that is at least $56.00 in value to take advantage of the sale again, there is only a few more hours left in September.  Thank you all - we sold a ton of quilt backs.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Football, Books, and Shoes

Hello again.  I'll tell you about the last couple of weeks by going through my photos on my phone. Polly, myself, Jennifer and Steve Keltner  had a nice treat 2 weeks ago. We watched a University of Michigan football game together.  We had spiffy seats. I'll probably never get to watch a game in that kind of comfort again.  A good time was had by all.  What you see here is the halftime show paying homage to Veterans.

I put several works in progress up on my design wall to see how they are getting along.  I haven't shown this one before on the blog.  It's a BOM from Australia called the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt.  It's kind of eccentric and very, very fun.  I went off in a totally different color palette (trying to channel my inner Australian).  There are 3 more big blocks to go - plus an appliqué border. It's excess on top of excess. 

This is the progress so far on my Star A Day quilt.  Only 2 more blocks to go.  It's all made with Minick and Simpson scraps and despite using hundreds of different fabrics - it is quite cohesive.  Just a reminder that all Minick and Simpson fabrics will work together.   For those of you looking for the pattern - we are currently sold out - but I will be stocking up on more next month at Quilt Market.  The next time I post an in-progress photo of this quilt - we will have the patterns back in stock.

 I have added to my personal library with these 4 beauties. The top 2 are artist studios and home decor and then the new Kaffe Fassett book and the new Gwen Marston book from Martingale.  There is so much inspiration in all of them.
 Speaking of books....... we can now announce that we will have a new one out in April of 2017.  It will be published by Martingale and will be a coffee table type book - tons of pictures! We know you want it and need it, right?  More info when publication gets closer.  So that sort of solves the mystery of why my fabric shelves are so neat.  Picture taking!

Jennifer Keltner and Brent Kane took tons of gorgeous photos.  Don't let these pics taken on my iPhone prejudice you on the beauty.  

This is my Mrs. Billings Coverlet looking spiffy on a great bed.

This is one of Polly's new rugs looking spectacular over a cupboard.  These are just a small drop in the bucket of pictures.  We can't wait to see it all put together.

 In other news..... I'm breaking in my new pair of Quilt Market shoes.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Early Fall

 I'm ashamed to see how infrequently I have put up a blog post.  Things get in front of it on my daily "to-do" list.  It was summer when I last blogged and now it's early fall.  You know that of course by the kazillion football games that were broadcast this past holiday weekend.  It is football season here in the Midwest.  RAH!  If you are a football fan (or live among them) maybe our Gridiron! table topper is for you.  The color could be altered to fit your favorite team. 

Grand Haven Table topper is here too! We think of it as summery, but if the nautical look rocks your boat all year long - here it is.
Now that Grand Traverse Bay fabric collection has shipped to shops - we love seeing what you are making with it.  Instagram has been great for that.  This is my Miller Avenue - hanging our in the studio on Miller Avenue.  

Our friends at Moda in Dallas found the very last ever kit of Austin Bluebird hidden in the warehouse.  It is now here - waiting to be claimed.  It's in our Etsy shop.

Speaking of football season, we are anxiously awaiting cool evenings so we can cuddle up with this Ironwood quilt made with our Cotton Works fabric collection.  It's soft and squishy and feels like  wool, but it 100% cotton. 

And if snuggling up under a warm quilt sounds good - you might want to have this too.  This new book by Martingale is a wonder.  Gwen Marston and her quilts.  Gwen's genius is evident. You will want to pick this book up again and again for the inspiration.

Me? I'm plugging along on a new quilt for our top secret fabric group that will be unveiled next month.  It might have a lot of appliqué.  It also might have a lot of English Paper Piecing. I think this might be enough thread.  We hope you love it.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Technology is King

This is our great grandmother Polly. She epitomizes my mood.  It isn't a good mood.  There have been some challenges that I haven't quite taken in stride.  We had our 7th power outage of the summer yesterday.  Right now it is working (hence the blog post).  These power outages are not the result of weather.  They are because of equipment failure.  All I'm going to say is I'm waiting patiently for the power company to make things right.  If they don't I will have to channel my inner "grandma Polly" and let them know how I really feel.  Which begs the question.....what do you do when your power goes out?  You can go shopping.... Shopping somewhere air-conditioned and with working light bulbs.  You can clean (ugh) and straighten your fabric shelves.
What you can't do is do any work on the computer. You can't cook, sew, iron, or read a book after dark.  I survived. Other people have much greater challenges, but it is aggravating when it seems absolutely unnecessary.  

Ok, end of rant.

I had a great weekend at Elk Grove Wisconsin at Patched Works Quilt Shop.  I would love to show you pictures, but it seems any photo I took and put on Instagram - I cannot access right now. Except this one - Julie is going to have a Portage Lake Block of the Month club starting in October at Patched Works!

The great news is that Grand Traverse Bay fabric from Moda has shipped/or is being shipped right now to your local quilt shops.

This quilt is Martin Place - made with a Fat Quarter bundle and background fabric.  It makes a king size quilt (or smaller if you prefer)

I'm going to take advantage of our electricity and try to get some work done today.  Keep your fingers crossed.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Latest News

We've had a bit of drama here.....
That is mail burning. Probably some of mine.  Whoops.  Hope the electric company doesn't turn off the power because the bill is late.

We had some fun....
Gibby had oodles of fun meeting and playing with his French cousins - William, Sophie, and Julia.

I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row because this weekend I will start cutting, and shipping the Portage Lake BOM!  Yep, all you anxious people won't have too long to wait!

We've just had 1 cancellation - so if you want to get in.......... let me know.  I have room for 1 more.


The new patterns for Cotton Works have landed too so they are in stock ready to ship

And in other news, for those people of Illinois and Wisconsin - I will be at Patched Works in Elm Grove Wisconsin on August 6th for several trunks shows!  Whee!  It's a great reason to ride the fast ferry across Lake Michigan as the shop is quite close to the dock.  Zooming across Lake Michigan in August - to visit quilters - sounds dreamy



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