Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Words to Live By Block 9


If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  A beautiful Heirloom Quilt.   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!  This is a great project if you have never done embroidery with wool.   We are beginners too!
We have tagged all of our blocks under the Block of the Month tab if you need to catch up.

Block 9 appliques are each separate pieces - no two are the same.  So you will need to trace each one.  Good news - they are all good size pieces except one.    Lisa has all ready grouped them together for you in the pattern.  If you are not sure which pieces to group together, notice in your instructions how the pattern piece numbers are grouped together by the color of wool. 

Notice all of the beautiful texture in the wools.  I love the batik looking these red wool flowers. 
 Remember to use light strokes and then go over what you need to without letting the marker "sit" on the fabric - it will bleed.   I had just a smidgeon of  marker bleeding on my "C" - the end dot. 
This block will be fun to embroidery!

How are you coming on the embroidery?  I am waiting for some pictures!  Please send me some.
I am a little behind.  But - I did finish the Loyalty Block last month.  
I had hoped to have one block embroidered before I applique another block.  Oh well.  I am a little more than half way.  The stems and leaves all get a very light olive green Valdini thread.  It looks a little gold in the picture.  Loving these birds.

This has been a fun project for me.  I am learning so much.  Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Remember to send us some pictures of your finished projects!  Did you see last weeks sharing day?  It was awesome.

Happy Sewing 
Kristin and Sandra

Friday, October 10, 2014

Customer Sharing Days Are My Favorite - With Halloween Ideas!

This wonderful Mr Chillingsworth Quilt was designed by Polly of blog Pieces by Polly. These fun Halloween fabrics were designed by Echo Park Paper Co for Andover. The pattern and instructions are free,on Pollys's blog. This is a fast and easy Halloween Project. We have the kits ready to ship.CLICK HERE

Laura Williams created this wonderful table topper - perfect for the first of Autumn through Thanksgiving.  The pattern is The Pumpkin Patch by Kimberbell Designs.  Laura added some tendrils at the stems of each of her pumpkins.  Love this!  Thank you Laura for sending this picture of your finished project.  We always like to see how our kits turned out.  Beautiful work.

We have 3 more of these kits available.  We are sold out of the Black and Tan Leaf border print but we have another Jo Morton Andover print that will be just as wonderful.  It is black with a gold leaf.  If you click on the link you can see the picture of the new border print.  Click Here to get your kit.

More Halloween Ideas Below..

 Kris Allen's Modern Plus Quilt features the fabrics Simply Style designed by V and Co.  Such a fresh palette! Kris pieces and quilts her quilts.  We love this modern Plus Quilt.  Thanks Kris for sharing this with us.  Very inspirational!  Kris has some great quilt ideas that she shares on her blog.  Here is the link

Kris Allen also created this fun Giraffe and Circus Zoo theme quilt.  What you are seeing is the front and the back of the same quilt.  Kris found two quilt ideas that she loved and made one for each side!   Amazing!  We love this idea Kris.  Great color palette again.  Thank you for send us these pictures.

Ainslie Brunt hand pieced her Hearts, Hearts, Hearts Quilt using the English Paper Piecing Method.   I had to ready that twice - yes hand pieced.  "450-odd triangles, and 10 months of work! I must be crazy" says Ainslie.  No not crazy - this is gorgeous work.  And lots of it.   Perhaps we could all  use a class in Paper Piecing.  Those triangles making up the hearts are only about 4".   Simply Amazing!

  A close up of the fun prints that Ainslie used.  This pattern was created by Sandra Farnsworth.  We have seen this made up in a few colors other than Valentines - Love it.  Ainslie made this quilt for a wedding gift.  Thank you Ainslie for sharing your amazing talents with us!

Alison Shilinsky made this lovely Sweet Sweet Emma Quilt.  Such perfect piecing!  It was made with the Emma fabric collection by Cathy Heck (Which by the way is out of print and Alison had to do some tracking to find the fabrics).   Isn't this a sweet little girl quilt!  We love the bright pink and green mix.  The pattern was designed by Kristin Andersen.  Thank you Alison for sharing this quilt with us.  A perfect quilt for that fun striped wall!

Ilze created this wonderful jacket with the Urban Zoologie lining.  Ilze is a very creative seamstress and has some great childrens clothing items for sale in her Etsy Shop called yellOkids.  You will definitely want to visit her shop and see all of her creations!  Thank you Ilze for sharing your project with us.  It is fabulous! 
One of my favorite items in her shop is a darling striped T-shirt with a fox applique.   Link to yellOkids

Amanda Blythe made sweet cheery quilt called Love Letters - a Missouri Star pattern from their magazine with Fons and Porter- Quilting Quickly.  I love all those cute envelopes.  This would be so darling as a table topper.  Thank you Amanda!  We love it!

Amanda Jo designed and created this T-Shirt Quilt.  All those fun memorable t-shirts are joined together in a random pattern with the Cherry Red Pins print from Pat Sloan's Bobbins and Bits collection.  Amanda is Sandra's daughter.

Here is a close up of some of her fun Tees.  You can also see the swirl quilting pattern done by her sister Leisha Farnsworth of Quilting It.  Great job ladies!  or should I say Sisters!  We love you both!

Leisha has been sewing  some wonderful quilt projects this summer.  This Mod Olives pattern is so striking in the Botanique fabrics by Joel Dewberry.  Isn't this gorgeous?  It was made using the Quick Curve Ruler.  The Quick Curve Ruler and fabrics can be found at Sisters & Quilters! The tutorial is on sewkindofwonderful's blog under Mod Olives.   We will post or link more of this quilt when it is quilted.  Thanks again Leisha!

Sandra finished her beautiful Home is Where the Haunt Is Halloween wall hanging.  This pattern was designed by Kimberbell Designs.  We love all the fund sayings and different textures in this quilt.  Notice the fun broom and mummy.  This quilt makes me happy.  Sandra - we love your choice of colors and fabric prints.  Great combination!

Here is the close up of Leisha's creative quilting.  You can click on the picture for a close up look at all the fun patterns in each block.  Beautiful quilting Leisha!  You can find more of Leisha's work on her facebook page Quilting It.

Scrappy Halloween table toppers are some of our favorites.  We love the mix of patterns and textures. This pattern Pumpkin Patches was a free quilt pattern designed by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics.  Click Here to see the full quilt pattern.
This quilt is just 9 patch blocks but sew 9 of them together - 3 x 3 to form a larger block.  The smaller squares are just 2 1/2"  - could be made from jelly roll strips.  This quilt is made with just 4 large blocks. I love this quilt on my dining table.  So bright and fun!

And if you have even more scraps - here is another easy Halloween Table Runner idea using scraps with black. I used a fun print on the back - so I can use either side.  The printes are charm pack squares cut in half I believe.  Notice the fun spider webs quilted in the black areas by Leisha. Original charm pack friendly pattern by Sweetwater fabrics.  

Remember the Color Block Pouches from the pattern V and Co?  Well we finally made up some kits with the Pattern, Linen, and pellon.  You just need to provide the 10" fabric squares.  These little bags would be awesome for Holiday or Wedding gifts.  Click Here to see the kits

Kristin made this fun little scrappy navy Hugs quilt for Baby Charlotte.   She made just 20 blocks - 4 blocks x 5 rows for a baby size quilt (and one block was the kiss block) .   This quilt is Layer Cake friendly so it is a great way to use up those left over 10" squares.  The Hugs Quilt Pattern was designed by Fig Tree and Company. Click Here
And of course this was quilted by the amazing Leisha Farnsworth. Don't you love the little flower in the kiss block - it mimic's the larger flower in the Hugs block.

What are you sewing for Halloween?  Please send us some of your pictures!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Announcing More New Fabric Collections

Our next Bakers Dozen is ready to ship...

This month is Moose Tracks - rich caramel browns, chocolate, and cream...with a little purple. If you are new to our Bakers Dozen - this is 13 fat quarters for the price of 12!  
Our Moose Tracks Bundle was selected from the Buggy Barn Down to Earth and Harvest Home fabrics and the Kansas Troubles Quilters Pheasant Hill Fabrics.   This is a great collection for those Thanksgiving sewing projects!

Moda's Modern Building Blocks Quilt Kits.  Get the kit or just the pattern fan cards.
Just 5 kits left...get yours now before they are gone! And only 1 set of pattern cards are left.  

Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 from the Brambleberry Ridge Collection by Violet Craft for Michael Miller. Metallic Gold accents these beautiful corals and aqua.  

 Emma's Garden Fat Quarter Bundle of 10 by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller.  This popular bundle is already flying out the door.  

Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 from the modern Brigitte Collection by Contempo Fabrics of Benartex.  We love this lime and grey combination.

Safari Playground Fat Quarter Bundle of 6 by Kanvas for Benartex.  A great baby boy collection  with Hippos, Giraffes, Elephants, Monkeys, Turtles, Zebras, and Crocs.

 Rustique Fat Quarter Bundle of 13 by Crazy Old Ladies for Michael Miller

Up Parasol Entire Collection Fat Quarter Bundle by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit.  Yes, all 24 

Lexington Fat Quarter Bundle of 13 in gorgeous Blues, Tans, and Creams by Minick & Simpson for Moda.   Minick & Simpson always come up with wonderful traditional collections.

Snowbird Fat Quarter Bundle of 11 by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.  This soft blue bundle is perfect for those winter or holiday quilts.  We love this blend of Batiks and Floral.  

   Pine Fresh Fat Quarter Bundle of 10 by Sandy Gervais for Moda.  Another beautiful Christmas collection by Sandy.

This Fat Quarter Bundle of Native Sun by Abi Hall is also flying out the door.   Wonderful fabrics for all of your sewing projects.  We have seen some really fun projects out of these prints on instagram.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Words to Live By Block 8


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!  We have tagged all of our blocks - yours may look better by the way - under the Block of the Month tab.

This month we get to add more gold.  As you know, I love the textures in the wool.  The difference in the green leaves is so pretty.  And as you can see, I made an error.  NOTE - Cut 3 more flowers.  I was thrilled to have extra red wool for another project and then thought, "hmmmm maybe I should make sure I cut enough leaves".  It was the flowers I was short on. Cut 8 of #5 flowers (not 5).   

Also save some of the tan background fabric for one of the corner blocks.  If you are making triangles as you go, save at least a 9" square for one corner block background.

You can click on the pictures to see a larger version or see some of the prints up close.  You will love these soft textured wools.  

And I have been trying to keep up on my embroidery.  I am almost finished with the Loyalty Block.  One more flower and then the centers. I love it!  Sorry if you get a little glare - phone shot.
How are you liking the Valdini Threads?  The red keeps knotting and breaking :(.  I have found that it helps to cut shorter lengths than I usually do with the dark red.  Also, any helps on the thin stems?  I try to make the stitches even and match them up the best I can.  I love the simplicity of this block.

Send me pictures of your blocks.  I know we have sold several kits and I want to see your blocks.  Please remember this is my first wool project.  If you can offer some advise or helps - please do so!

Happy Sewing!
Sandra and Kristin

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