good morning! i thought i better pop in and give everyone an update.
Tilda’s Pie in the Sky and Cloudpie has landed! we have all 28 prints along with precuts, buttons, and coordinating basics…
we had some advance fabrics, so i stitched up these big hexies.
introducing…Avalon…a magical mix of big hexies, Tilda fabrics, and Aubergine. A cozy quick (in terms of EPP it took a week to stitch it up) stitch that measures about 60 inches square. The super-sized hexies are perfect for showcasing wonderful Tilda prints…the outer edge of hexagons and pentagons are perfect for your favorite solid…
you can grab an Avalon kit here…kit includes: Pie in the Sky, Cloudpie, Hometown, and Aubergine prints, Avalon pattern and papers…if you’d like acrylics…grab the 2nd option.
now back to a little shop rearrange for Valentine’s Day.
good afternoon! thought i would pop in between machine quilting and bundle cutting to give you a quick springtime recap. we have several pastel projects that are sure to get you excited for summer.
Sweetbriar…if you are looking for a project that has some English Paper Piecing and a little appliqué…then this is a project for you. Featuring Bramble Patch by Hannah Dale…this sweet and serene collection is perfect for the squatty Dresden petals that surround a super-sized center. we have it kitted up with fabric for front and binding, pattern, and the Dresden papers and acrylics…you can find the kits here.
if you are looking for a smaller English Paper Piecing project…check out the Sweet Sunday Dilly Bag…small, quick, easy…perfect for a beginner or someone well-versed but looking for a quick EPP project…kits are available here.
if you prefer to use your machine…then we have…
Flapjacks…this project is a favorite! i love the collection (Spring Brook) and the color palette and the block. The white background really lets the prints shine…this collection by Corey Yoder is older so kits are limited…you can grab yours here.
Summer Weekends…classic roses, 4-patches, dots and stripes and florals…all combine to make Barefoot Roses. it brings to mind hot summer days in the garden, crisp evenings, and weekends spent lounging on the porch. this quilt is beginner level…so a good option for anyone looking for a first project or an advanced quilter looking for a quick project. you can check out the kits here.
as we gear up for spring…it seems like it always takes SO long to get back in the dirt…we are always IMpatiently waiting for the greenhouses to open up. i will never forget the smell of fresh flowers in the greenhouse in February…truly wonderful! we no longer have the greenhouse…but our Wildflower Hill project does bring to mind the smell of summer in the winter! the sweet little houses, an old country church, and a barn. A project that truly is sweet as can be! you can grab your kit here.
Sassafrass…a pastel star project featuring Grace by Brenda Riddle and lots of our favorite white solid. The stars dance and the pinwheels twirl. Perfect for your spare bed over Easter, folded over the back of the couch, or on your quilt ladder. Brenda’s color palette is a breath of fresh air…shades of sprout, pink, raspberry, sunshine, bluebell, cobblestone, and linen. Definitely a summery palette. Kitted with the white solid and fat 8ths…this little beauty is ready to go. kits are available here.
we have a few more pastel lovelies on the way…still trying to get Swatch ready and our Cotton Beach project is nearly finished up.
lastly…i’ve finally gotten our first grouping of Cloud Nine by Laundry Basket online. these prints are spectacular! Soft ivory, luscious cream, yummy chantilly…these perfectly glorious low volume prints are perfect for that scrappy background project you are working on or add to your stash…(i did!) Aren’t these just the BEST? these bundles are available here.
cloud nine set 2 will be shipping monday/tuesday…can’t wait!!
also…Barefoot Roses Classics will be shipping sometime early week (monday/tuesday) as well…here is a look at a couple of our favorite prints…think summery florals, stripes, dots in shades of cream, pink, aqua, green and dark pink.
total of 17 prints in this collection and it should be dropping into the ship within a week or so…i’ll keep you updated! we’ve already got a project planned…lots of white, rectangles, and possibly a ruffle! we can hardly wait!
talk soon…we are heading out the door, so we’ll be in the shop tomorrow as usual…hopefully the weather cooperates!
good afternoon! we are all cozy in the shop today…gabby-goo is snoozing after her mid-day walk, mom is working on our new project featuring Sister Bay, and i’ve been listing a few pinky bundles online.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it…so i thought i would drop in and introduce a few pinky bundles.
Pennelope Pink…named after my niece…this bundle is just the prettiest, i love these dusky tones of pink, vanilla, and pops of glittery gold.
low volume valentine…cream with hints of pink. pretty and the perfect backgrounds for your next project.
when i finally start the Fleur quilt by Susan Smith…i want to use Pennelope Pink and Low Volume Valentine as a jumping off point.
lastly…Be Mine Shirtings…we pulled 18 different prints and whipped up these bundles of quarter yard cuts. Perfect red on cream bundles for mixing with your civil war stash or pair with your reds and make a 2 color quilt.
these valentine bundles are available…they are limited and exclusive…you can grab them below…
we hope you are enjoying this wonderfully brisk saturday!
we’ve been working on finishing up several projects and have a couple more ready and waiting, but thought today we would introduce Sweetbriar.
Sweetbriar was dreamed up a few months ago…when the Bramble Patch collection by Hannah Dale arrived. It had the most lovely large dot and each dot featured a little critter or bird. Of course, a dot like that is unusual…though not unusable…just a different kind of print, not really one you see a lot. it would make the cutest backing…then you could have used it has a pastel version of a child’s game of Twister, which would have been the coolest thing!
After mulling over it for a day or so, we brainstormed that it would make the cutest center for a Dresden plate quilt. We have a Dresden plate quilt in the shop, mind you, but it was made of vintage blocks and is really just a quilt for inspiration. We didn’t have a Dresden that was kitted and ready to go. So we ordered in Dresden plate papers that had a center big enough to use the sweet critter dot, and i set to work.
i LOVED making these plates. the gentle palette of mint green, soft blue, peachy pink, washed yellow, white and stormy grey were such a joy to work with as winter set in and the temperatures dropped. i have envisioned it as the bed quilt in the window for Easter even though it is just 65 x 78 inches…but we’ll see. Those little bunnies and chicks and the duck are just perfect for Easter…
i appliquéd the plates to a white square and we chose a simple, vintage style straight setting with no border which brings your focus back to the plates and their unique centers.
i love that fox…on the pink background…um…the cutest and she reminds me of the Gabby-Goo!
we chose a diamond quilting pattern…to give the look of a crosshatch…it really works with the soft edges of the plates.
couldn’t resist a close-up of this darling little guinea pig with flowers in her hair.
we do have a limited number of kits available…kits include all the fabric for the front including binding and background along with the Sweetbriar pattern, paper pack for 30 Dresden plates and 2 windowed acrylics to help with any fussy cutting.
good afternoon! summer seems to have arrived and along with the heat the flowers are starting to bloom…mom’s garden is full of purple Lupines, Shasta Daisies, and gorgeous Peonies!
with the arrival of summer…i thought i would introduce you to our Feedsack repro bundles and a new/old Grandmother’s Flower Garden that i am working on.
first off…our Feedsack bundles…each is color coordinated and includes 8 prints and 2 solids.
These bundles are perfectly summery…i’ve named each color bundle after a flower…it just seemed appropriate…top row from left…Shasta Daisy, Hosta, Tulip, Black Eyed Susan and bottom row from left…Bluebells, Buttercup, Lupine, Hollyhock.
This is the new/old quilt…
This originally was 2 separate quilts…1 had a layout as shown with the green corner “leaves” and the other was a traditional layout with a yellow center, ring of a print, ring of cream, and path of green. Well, the solids have long been gone from the shop…we’ve switched over to Bellas and i know i’m not going to make 2 feedsack repo quilts using the same exact green and cream even if i could find the fabrics again…(i have enough green for a 7 x 8 layout). So i took apart the traditional flower garden and folded the flowers into the straight set garden. Then i put it in a rope basket and put it on a shelf.
after putting together the bundles above…i spied my neglected flower garden on the shelf and knew i needed to add on the flowers, cut up all the cream, track down a yard or 2 of the cream…since i’m sure 2 fat quarters worth isn’t going to be enough to finish this…cut out all the centers, rings of print and rings of solids and figure out where i stand.
i worked till 3am this morning to get it 7 across by 5 down…just 3 more rows…21 more flowers…which means…i’m over half down. i’ve organized, i’ve found more 1 inch papers that aren’t totally trashed from use and will be grabbing a spool of cream before i leave today.
i always forget how much i love working with a certain type of fabric or doing a certain kind of needlework until i’m doing it again. i am LOVING working with these feedsack repro prints.
i’m planning on 1 row of cream around all the outside flowers…then filling in with random hexies i have left…both print and solids…to create a border that i can fold and stitch to the back…can’t wait! Some of these prints are from the first 30’s collections we got in the shoppe…17 years ago (sweetwater’s birthday was June 4th). i try not to let projects go that long…so i’m going to be working like a mad woman to get these last 3 rows on and the border done.
you can find our feedsack repo bundles…here. if you’d like a kit or pattern for the grandmother’s cottage garden…i can figure that out and get a price on it.
that’s all for today…i’d better get back to finding a spot for Kitty Corn (a Moda Halloween collection) and Sweet Beginnings…Jera Brandvig’s premiere collection with Maywood Studios.
our sanctuary precuts have arrived…finally! we are definitely in the mood for some pastel florals!
newest precut…the new Honey Comb…240–fabric hexagons that fit a 1 inch hexagon paper
new floral bundles…Flower Journal #1 and Flower Journal #2 …each bundle is a collection of fabrics from multiple collections. All the fabrics are from Brenda Riddle and there are no doubles between the bundles if you are looking for a larger grouping.
flower journal #1 fabrics are from Amberley, Ambleside, Good Tidings, Bespoke Blooms
Flower Journal #2 includes prints from Guernsey, Windemere, Fleurs, and Caroline.
lots of summery-pastel bundles that are just perfect for your Easter/spring/summer projects.
happy 2021! i never got online to show pictures of the trees. when i have a moment, i’ll pop over and put them on facebook.
i’ve decided it’s time to get this pastel Smitten all finished up. it has been sitting in the sewing room since 2017 with a couple blocks done…i came to a screeching halt when i couldn’t find one of the pieces. Generally speaking it shouldn’t have been a big deal. Just grab a similar looking dot or small print with the same overall look and go with it, but for some reason i couldn’t move past it.
well, i came upon the bag of papers, acrylics, pattern and 2 1/2 blocks and decided it was time to untie (crazy…am i right?!) the bundles and dig out those favorite scraps…all of which i’ve been saving for some unknown project. Well, that project is a pastel smitten. Since untying the liberty bundles and fanning out the piles of scraps and pulling current luscious bundles from the shop i’ve been tracing, cutting, basting, and stitching like a crazy person.
each block is a new adventure…putting together combinations that are just a little outside the box but still within the color palette that we love so much.
the fabrics are a mixture…French General Lawns, 3 Sisters, Liberty, Tilda, Janet Clare, Quilting in the Rain, Fig Tree Quilts, Brenda Riddle, Jane Austen, and Pretty By Hand are just a few that i can think of.
Right now we do not have any bundles of the fabrics used…however, to get a start…
the following are bundles that i am pulling from and are still available in the shoppe.
Tres Jolie Lawns by French General
Daybreak by 3 Sisters
Winter Flower Show by Liberty Fabrics,
Jane Austen At Home
Maple Farm by Tilda
Figs and Shirtings by Fig Tree Quilts
Guest Room by Pretty By Hand
you can find tilda bundles here. Remaining bundles can be found here.
if you have the fabrics and just need the paper/acrylic/pattern pack. we have those available here.
the pastel Smitten will be the 2nd Smitten i’ve made. The first was made using Moving On Lawns by Jen Kingwell. Definitely outside of our box…but a lovely palette to work with.
well…i’d best get back to unpacking the notions.
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