Sunday, August 24, 2014

Words to Live By Block 7


Hope.  I love this block because of the word Hope in the center.  Something spiritual happens when I ponder this word.  Certainly more than a wish, it is faith.  And I would say love. Hope that we can be healed, joined again with loved ones, that wrongs will be righted, that the future will be brighter, and that what we do in this life matters.  I always hope that my children will find faith, hope, charity, and love.

If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit.  It is not too late to join.  We still have a few kits just waiting for you!

You will love the textures - again, sigh - in this block.   I placed the little wings on the diagonal so that the plaid could be seen.  When I placed the wings straight it looked more like black lines on red.  I liked the effect on the diagonal.  Sorry this image is a little blurry.

Remember to save those remnants!

 Another close up of the Hope Block.  Don't you love the textures in those leaves?  This will be a fun block to hand stitch the appliques.

 Speaking of hand stitching.... I have finished my JOY block.  I hope you are way ahead of me.  I am currently stitching the Loyalty block.    Just a quick note - the light red is stitched with Sulky 12 wt thread. I found the reds in the Sulky but not the olive greens needed for this project.  We did not have any shops that carry the Valdani 12 wt threads so I ordered some online and used those for the greens.  As you can see the Valdani threads are thicker and more like a crochet cotton thread.   Remember you can also use DMC embroidery threads.  I believe you will need 2-3 strands.  I am not sure it really matters which thread you use - as long as you love it.

The guys in my family both said, "Wow that is cool" when they saw this Joy block.  I am a beginner with wool applique but still thrilled with the finished blocks.

I hope you have had a wonderful summer.  As fall draws nearer perhaps I can find a little more time to catch up on my handwork.

On another note...

The Moda Modern Building Blocks kits will be arriving this week.  We were able to get 10 more, so we have them available if you want to order yours today.  They will probably ship on Tues - Thurs.  We are so excited about this quilt.   A great skill builder!  CLICK HERE

Yes! That is 13 Fat Quarters for the price of 12.  Join the Bakers Dozen Club.  This month is Licorice - a great collection of black and whites.  Each month will be a themed colorway bundle. The prints are a mystery!  Purchase and join in anytime.  By joining in the club, we will email/invoice you when the next Bakers Dozen Bundle is available. All fabrics are high quality designer quilting cottons.
Bundles will be shipped on the 3rd Tuesday. 

Happy Sewing for the rest of your summer!
Kristin and Sandra

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Just scroll down through all the wonderful new collections we have for you.

First Up... Our 2nd Bakers Dozen Club Bundle is ready to ship.  Yes you receive 13 fat quarters for the price of 12.  This bundle is Candy Corn.  Beautiful yellows and oranges.  We still have a couple left with all of the prints that you see here.  We are short on one print but we will replace it with a similar print if we sell out.  Overall look will be the same.

This Citrus Sunrise Fat Quarter Bundle of 7 by RJR Fabrics matches our Candy Corn Bundle perfectly!

We love this take on Native American prints.  Arizona Fat Quarter Bundle of 9 by April Rhodes for Art Gallery.  Did you see the Pouches we made from this collection?  Make sure to connect with us on instagram for up-to-date projects.
Pattern is Color Block Pouches from V and Co 

 Drift by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics was in our first Bakers Dozen Collection.  We love these fresh ice blues!

And introducing the Chillingsworth Collection by Echo Park Paper Co for Andover. Purchase Fat Quarter Bundles in purples or in oranges.  The Skeleton panels come in the tan and orange.  We love this collection.  A perfect quilt for your entryway or door!

Moonlight Manor Fat Quarter Bundle of 6 by Deb Strain for Moda.  We have several new Halloween Bundles for you.  Click Here for our fabulous Halloween Bundles and yardage.

 Up Parasol Collection by Heather Bailey is fabulous.  Beautiful aquas, turqoise blues and greens.  It is gorgeous.  I am seeing a lot of Green and Blue combinations.  Love them.

25th and Pine is from Basic Grey.  We love this Holiday Collection.  

 Simply Christmas bundle of 8 was designed by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs for Henry Glass.  Another favorite Christmas Collection.

Collections Circa Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 by Howard Marcus for Moda.   A gorgeous collection that could be used for those Christmas quilt projects.  Moda donates the proceeds of these Collections for a Cause prints.  So beautiful.

 Sweet As Honey Fat Quarter Bundle of 5 by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  The bright orange beehive print is so so fun.  And perfect with the Grey Floral.  

Fat Quarter Bundle of 10 from the Emmy Grace Collection by Bari J. Ackerman for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This one is selling fast already.  Great prints for little girl's dresses...and skirts....and blouses....ets

Folklore Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 by Lily Ashbury for Moda.  As you can see above some of theses prints are in the Candy Corn collection.  Bright fun oranges that are fresh - we love these too!

We also have several pre-cuts that are new to our shop.  Make sure to check them out.   We are going to be carrying Jenny Doans pattern books for pre-cuts.  10 of her pre-cut patterns in each issue.  No advertisments!  Just patterns.  You will love these books.

Happy Sewing!
Kristin and Sandra 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Words to Live By Block 6


First Happy Birthday to Sandra on the 28th!  We hope you had a wonderful celebration!  Sandra and I are taking turns blogging this BOM.  But since it was her birthday and she was in charge of her husbands family reunion AND this next weekend is a holiday, I decided to surprise her and post the next block for her. Happy Birthday Sandra!   I had this already to go yesterday but had a picture issue with my camera, and had to have my husband help me when he was available.  This won't hit Sandra's email until the day after her birthday, but I think she will still be surprised.

Block 6 is Trust.  Can you believe we are on block 6?   Again we love the felted wool chosen for this project.  They are all soft nice weight wool and the edges do not fray easily - if at all.   You will love how easy they are to applique.  I think I will be wanting a green houndstooth wool skirt for Fall to match.  I love this green houndstooth for the leaves.

This time I very lightly traced the shape of the wool on my fusible web paper side and then fit all of the small pieces inside.  As you can see, I was able to save a little extra wool.  Also, I did notice that the instructions say to cut out 12 of the Flower Bottoms (Receptacle) but only 10 are used in the block.   See below.

Notice the 2 bottom flowers at the beginning of the stems.  They do not have the bottom part of the flower.  On this block, I did the lettering first.  I did this because I needed to use a light box to mark the stem placements.  I also marked where the flowers ended and where the birds were to be positioned.  I think my bird wings are a little higher that the pattern.  I didn't mark every applique.  You may want to if you are worried about placement.  The great thing about this applique project is that you do have a little leeway in positioning some of the pieces.  I ran into a little problem with the leaves that are closest to the wings.   But I am still happy with the result.  If you want to see how Lisa Bongean's block looked CLICK HERE and scroll down through the blocks.  Linda of The Quilted Pineapple did an amazing quilting job on this quilt.

This is how the block is when you are working on it.  As you can see, there are little pressed center markings still in my block.  Since taking this picture, I have gone back and traced on the embroidery lines.  Now I just need to learn a feather stitch (for the wings).

How is your hand work coming along.  I have almost finished with block one and I plan to do an easy one next.  I will post pictures as soon as I have finished.  Please please send me pictures of your blocks so we can post them too!

Happy Sewing
Kristin and Sandra

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Words to Live By Block 5


 Loyalty is another favorite block of mine.  I have to say that I am always surprised when I press on the wool appliques.  I love the texture, the colors, and the patterns in the dyed wool.  A big Shout Out to Lisa Bongean.  She has selected all of the wool for the kits and I love them.   I even received a "Wow" from my son!

 If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit.  It is not too late to join.  We still have some kits just waiting for you!

 Remember for block 5 to trace all those small images together to save you time and reduce waste.  As you can see I needed to cut out a few separately.  You may want to trace a rectangle the size of your wool and then fit in all of the small heart flower petals.   Watch out the red wool pieces are similar in size.   Although it probably wouldn't really matter if they were mixed up. SAVE those left over wools pieces for another project - they are gold. 
 The background for this block is one of my favorite Primitive Gathering prints.  The only thing with the little black flowers and vines is that they seemed to appear as part of the lettering.
To find the center of my block, I lightly press each way in half as you can see.  This helps with the wool placement as well.

 This picture with my phone might give you better detail.  I went over the Loyalty word twice to make it darker.  BE CAREFUL though and do that only when it has dried from the first inking.  Remember light strokes with the pen. Otherwise you might get some ink bleeding.

I really love this block.  I am going to make some additional half-square triangles today.  As soon as our Sisters & Quilters work is finished.

I hope you are enjoying these blocks as much as I am.

You can find kits available on  If you don't want to adventure into the big quilt, try some single blocks for beautiful pillows or table runners.  And you can really write in any word that you want.  A family name would be perfect. Send us a message if you are interested in purchasing any of the blocks separate.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Join our Bakers Dozen Club!

Yes! That is 13 Fat Quarters for the price of 12.   
This month is Blue Ice.  Gorgeous prints from Art Gallery's Drift by Angela Walters, Floressence by Pat Bravo, and Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker.   All of the prints and colors will be beautiful together is a project.

Each month will be a themed colorway bundle. The prints are a mystery! Purchase and join in anytime. Space is limited. By joining in the club, we will email/invoice you when the next Bakers Dozen Bundle is available. All fabrics are high quality designer quilting cottons.

Bundles will be shipped on the 3rd Tuesday. You will be notified of ship date. First ship date is June17th.

Below is our colorway schedule. Some groups coincide with holidays. Holiday Bundles will be shipped 2 months before the holiday. For example, Black Licorice will be shipped in August and Candy Corn will be shipped in July. Plenty of time for your coming holiday projects.

Bakers Dozen Schedule:
June - Blue Ice 
July - Candy Corn
August - Licorice
September - Moose Tracks
October - Silver Bells
November - Pina Colada
December - Red Hot (Valentines reds)
January - Green Apple
February - Lemonade
March - Raspberry Sherbet
April - Grape Juice
May - Blueberry Parfaits (you asked for more navy)

Link to Details Click Here

New Kits

"O Canada"  For our Canadian customers!  This kit includes all the fabrics you need to make the outside cover of this bright fun bench pillow cover designed by KimberBell.  Kits are $32.50 and sold here

"America.... Land That I Love"  Just in time for July.  Wouldn't this be a fun entry bench pillow to greet your guests !  These covers are interchangeable.  Kim of KimberBell has designed a different pillow cover for each month.  The instructions for the pillow form are included.  To purchase this kit, click here.

Happy Sewing!  
Kristin and Sandra

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Words of Live By Block 4 BOM



I'm a few weeks late on posting this but I am working on it!! :) I love how the wool is so easy to work with and how the patterned wool creates more added interest to the block. I have my first one almost done and quite enjoy the hand work. I wonder how easy it would be to do a buttonhole stitch on a sewing machine. If you have done it, leave a comment and tell us if it's any different with the wool and send pictures, we want to see!

 If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit.

As Kristin mentioned this is NEW for both of us but we are really enjoying this beautiful pattern and fabric designed by Lisa. I have yet to try out the triangle pieces for the quilt. How are you coming on yours?


Here is a close up of my "Hospitality" after I embroidered it on my Bernina. I love doing this. This is one reason I bought my machine two years ago. I love to create!!


Here are all my pieces laid out on the wool. I had to lay all of the red flower buds pretty snug to get them all to fit on the red plaid, but there is enough. There is a little extra of the green that I saved for future use. YES, I am guilty of saving scraps!! Maybe not such a good thing, but you never know when you will need a scrap right??

One thing I really love about this process is that you don't have to be perfect on the placement. As long as you have enough for the seams going around the block you are good. I cut my fabric 13" so I can allow for any shift when I do my embroidery work. My block isn't perfect but these blocks are turning out beautiful! It's fun to pick up and work on.

You can find kits available on We thought the single blocks would also make beautiful pillows for those that don't want to adventure in making the full quilt. Send us a message if you are interested in purchasing any of the blocks separate.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Another favorite Customer Sharing Day!

Karly Nelson "I made my daughters dress out of the Nordika Whimsicol that I bought from your shop! Love it!!! We love it too Karly.  And your sweet daughter!  The skirt on this dress is a border print from Art Gallery Fabrics Nordika Collection designed by Jeni Baker.   CLICK HERE to visit the Paisley Roots blog.  You can purchase Karly's cute dress pattern.  Thank you Karly!

 Pearl Bracelets by Andover is another favorite basic from our shop.  Lynnette from redpajamas  shared this darling dress she created from the gold Pearl Bracelets print.  Lynnette and Vanessa have several sweet dresses to choose from in their shop.  We especially love the Glitz toddler dresses - perfect for weddings.  Thank you Lynnette - we love your clothing line!  You will want to visit their Etsy shop.

Jan Balls creates awesome quilts - and they are often for her loved ones!  Jan used a combination of several Art Gallery Fabrics for this fabulous star quilt.  Isn't this simply beautiful? Jan used the Flying Geese directions from our Apple Pie In the Sky Quilt Along to make the points on these stars.  Jan we just love this quilt!  Absolutely gorgeous!  The beautiful quilting was by Leisha Farnsworth of Quilting It.  

Pam Larsen made this darling baby quilt using the MINI Charms from the Ticklish Collection from Me and My Sisters.  These bright fun prints pop on this quilt.  Look close and you can see that you just line the 2 1/2" Mini Charms up on a background fabric and stitch them one.  Raw edges are part of the charm!  Thank Pam!  We love this bright quilt!

 Remember our Friendship Strips and Scraps swap?  1 1/2" strips of fabric.  Leisha created rectangle blocks with her strips.  This gorgeous quilt is definitely an heirloom.  Leisha provided a Quick Video Tutorial for this quilt.  You will want to watch it.  Don't blink!  Leisha posted this video on Jan 2nd.  CLICK HERE and scroll down to the 2nd of Jan.  So fun to watch this come together.  Thanks again Leisha for sharing your creative talents.

We just love this patriotic wall hanging designed by Carolyn Zilinski with the Freedom Stars fabric collection from Color Principle for Henry Glass Fabrics.   The pattern for the stars is from Carol Doak's Fifty Fabulous paper pieced stars.  Those star points are amazing!  Beautiful sewing Carolyn!  Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

 Lana of Lanners Quilts and Designs created this stunning Cat in the Hat Quilt.  These quilts are so popular for children - especially for Dr. Seuss reading days if your school has them.  We love the Character Stripe with Horton.  Fun Fun Fun quilt Lana.  Thanks for sharing with us!  By the way, Lana has another quilt and pillowcase for sale in her Etsy shop.

 Amanda Blythe created this darling little boys quilt from Tim Beck's Bungle Jungle.  These fun prints are perfect for your little ones.  Amanda this is such a sweet quilt!  We love the color/block pattern you created.  And....

Amanda created this sweet quilt with a variety of fabrics and white.  Don't you love this pattern - Love Letters.  Look at the little envelopes.  So Cute.  Surrounded by Love pink Fireworks print is the border.
Thank you Amanda!  We love these quilts.  Keep sending us pictures!

Remember Apple Pie in the Sky Quilt Along?  Some more pics are coming in...

 LaReen Zollinger is always creating beautiful quilts.   She added to our Apple Pie in the Sky Quilt Along Blocks to make this sampler quilt for her daughter.  So so wonderful!  We are in awe.  She used the fabric line Midwinter Reds by Minick & Simpson.

To see more pictures of LaReen's heirloom quilt CLICK HERE to go to Leisha's quilting facebook page.  Scroll down to April 12th and see many of the blocks individually.  You will fall in love with this quilt. As always, great quilting designs Leisha!

And Leisha also added a few blocks to her Apple Pie in the Sky quilt.   Leisha combined Indigo and Independence Trails, both designed by Minick and Simpson.  We love these soft blues and tans combined.  Beautiful quilt!  We will post more pictures when Leisha quilt it.  Thanks again Leisha!

And to finish with inspiration......
Julia Snider Malone along with Susane Snider Smith created this amazing quilt from our Apple Pie in the Sky Quilt Along.  Don't you just love the value words embroidered on each block?  Great idea! This quilt inspires me.
I thought I would share with you her touching story....

"Dear Sisters and Quilters,

I would like to share with you the story of "The Values of Medicine" quilt. I was asked by my niece, Susanne Snider Smith, to make a quilt, a birthday gift for her boss, Dr. Lawrence M. Lesser, a cardiologist in Snellville, GA from all the ladies in the office. The words on the quilt represent the things Dr. Lesser has taught them.

 Suz knew she would need nine blocks for the words, and somehow find a way to add 4 pictures to the quilt. We searched the internet for ideas and had just about decided to give up and just make a nine block quilt with pictures for 4 of the cornerstones. I had never made an "on point" quilt before and when I first saw the pics of "Apple Pie in the Sky", I was mesmerized! It's beautiful! And the perfect number of blocks for our quilt! Susanne was thrilled with the design... we would just embroider the words across each block rather than our original plan of applique. Perfect, since I do machine embroidery professionally. We picked our fabric colors and I started the quilt using your blog as a guide. I chose the blocks that seemed to work well with our plan, put lighter colors to the center of the blocks and embroidered the words in crimson to represent blood and the heart. My boss (I work for a sporting goods store) sublimated the pictures to polyester fabric that I used to create the picture squares. I made the strips and cornerstones and put it together. I added 3 embroidered inscriptions to the back of the quilt. One with Dr. Lesser's name and birth date, one from the girls in the office, and a "made by" from me and my Suzie Q.  I quilted it using an industrial embroidery machine. 

This has absolutely been one of the best projects I have ever been involved in, and I am so proud of this quilt!"

Julia - we love this quilt!  What a wonderful gift!  Thank you for sharing your talents and kind heart!

Thank you everyone for sharing your talents with us!  You amaze us with your creativity and love for your art.


Today is Fat Quarter Friday!   Join us each Friday as we post a surprise fat quarter for you to add to your order at significant savings. Offer good while supply lasts. 

This week's fat quarter is C4504 Daydream Tomato Trellis designed by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake. Fat Quarters are 18" x 20/22". A great coral red print.  CLICK HERE  to get your FQ.

Previous weeks Fat Quarter Friday picks - we still have a few left!  The Luna II white/brown geometric print would be great for your low volume stash.