good morning! i’m working away at my star-a-day and couldn’t resist putting together a couple 9-patches. oh goodness…i’m in love with them and want to spend every waking moment whipping up these tiny darling stars.
i’ve spent a few days chain-basting diamonds…look at that overflowing tin…(and that cottage hearts pillow…i’m all heart-eyes!)
3 inch squares are the alternating squares…
my goal is to use lots of different prints…if each star uses 2 darks and a shirting…it’s about 720ish different darks and 360ish shirtings. take a look at my first 2 9-patches…loving those stars and scrappy backgrounds! also…my new coffee cup…
to help get you started on your own star-a-day you can grab our pattern/papers/acrylic pack here. grab that set of rose gold stork scissors here cuz you can NEVER have too many sets of scissors.
i’ve also put together some fat 8th civil war color bundles…top row from left… tomato soup, mint julep, cheddar cheese puffs, blueberry grits and salsa. bottom row from left…bubblegum, grapes, burnt brown, peanut brittle, and espresso…you can grab them here.
my back was acting up last week…therefore i didn’t get a lot of bundles cut…but it seems to have calmed down over the last day or so, so hopefully come monday i can get back to bundle cutting and serious machine quilting in between printing and packing orders.
next week…shirting fat 16th bundles are on the agenda along with pattern writing and some kitting.
Mom and i came to work monday…it was a long weekend and mom is still feeling a bit under the weather so we did some planning, she did some sewing, and i did some online work.
well, yesterday early morning i came down with a stomach bug…which kept me in bed all day long. what a waste of a day! mom and dad came down with the same thing. tina, luckily enough, had the day off and felt great, so she brought gabby to the shop yesterday.
we are all on the mend. i’m back to work, dad is back on the computer as his arm heals, and mom is trying to take it easy so she can get over the combination flu and stomach bug.
needless to say…the window is still semi-valentine’s day. not quite changed over to easter. we did start a new project using Brenda Riddle’s Bramble Cottage collection. remember Bliss? basic strips and piping…it is one of our favorites. we are so excited to see it made up again!
i’ve finished piecing my Pastel Primrose Garden…it is so sweet and pretty. just have to get to work on the quilting part after i get the backing pieced.
i’m currently working the pattern and will be putting together paper packs and kits of both the pastel and civil war color ways.
a few things are simmering but i can’t get started until i have all the pieces…so frustrating! i either don’t have the fabric, or the right paper pieces, or have to do a ton of math to make sure i have enough fabric…goodness…maybe i’ll just walk around the shop and plan the window display. that doesn’t really require any math.
i’m just about to package up our online orders, have lunch, and crack open our newest arrival…Bramble Cottage and thought i would pop in for a quick check-in.
i’m sure before i’m done writing this post i will have done all 3 of those things above….
a few 2020 things…i’ve updated our events page. you can check out our shows and shop hops there. also…most show dates we will be closed.
the bookstore and gallery have changed their hours…they will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with normal hours the rest of the week. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT OUR SHOP HOURS. we will still have the same hours as before…just closed if we are at a show since Monica will not be around to keep an eye on things.
however, our day off during the week will now be different. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday both of us will be working the shoppe. Mom’s day off will now be Wednesday and my day off will now be Thursday. It will take me awhile to get used to this.
we’ve done a little rearranging…and honestly, aren’t we always doing a little rearranging? well, we got rid of our “office” cuz it was more of a catchall…we tossed things we’ve had since we moved to this location which was like 11 years ago.
we are doing a little painting…adding a few new pieces of furniture…once our rearrange is complete…then a little (or a lot) of vacuuming and maybe a coffee break and dare i say a new quilty project!
(i’m back from the post office and just finished lunch…)
we have a few of those quilty projects i mentioned above in the queue and hopefully once we get all the painting, moving around, and re-displaying out of the way we can get a project done.
looks like i won’t get Bramble Cottage unpacked before i finish up this post…however, i do have some bundles to share.
Valentine’s Day is coming up quick…(we have a wedding the 15th so the shop will be closed)…in celebration we have a couple bundles and my Cottage Hearts pillow kitted up again…
Cottage Hearts…i, as a rule, am not a big fan of hearts which i’m sure i mention every time this pillow pops up somehwere…however, i LOVE this pillow, and when i see it around the shoppe i begin to think of making a quilt. not sure if i would do 16 heart patches with sashing, or just 16 heart patches straight set without sashing. i debate and debate then decide to focus on the projects i have started or already have ready to start or that project i drool over online (ahem…Stonefields) and put it to the back of my mind. but alas, it creeps back in.
is a Cottage Hearts quilt something that you would want? are you looking for a heart quilt to add to your life? feel free to let me know.
either way…the pillow is done, kitted, on the bed in the window…nab the kit here if you missed our last year.
a few bundles to lighten your stash and perfect for that Valentine’s Day project you’ve been wanting to start.
low volume valentine would be perfect for a red/pink version of Melany Square…you can find that post here. just add in several more prints and get started! low volume valentine is available here.
My Redwork Garden…classic, creamy vanilla, and Bunny Hill…truly delightful. so pretty i chose a picture of these bundles to be my header for the Valentine season this year. so crisp and pretty.
This bundle…Red Velvet Blondies is a pantry pack (4–1/2 yards)…perfect for stash building, civil war projects, Christmas/Valentine’s Day, or mix in with other low volume prints for a fun low volume project. Grab your Red Velvet Blondies here.
now on to Bramble Cottage and some more rearranging.
when i saw this little hexie bag, i knew we needed to have it as part of our collection of EPP projects that we offer. so i messaged her down in Australia and she sent them right up…(you can follow her over on instagram @treehousetextiles)
we set to work on one quite awhile ago and i realized i never posted info on it here on the blog…
i would like to introduce the Sweet Sunday Dilly Bag. we used the delightful prints from Lella Boutique’s Garden Variety and Lollipop Garden along with a few embroidered hexies.
this little bag is wonderful if you would like to dip a toe in the EPP pool without doing a cannonball. Some 40ish hexies…totally doable even if EPP isn’t your thing.
we have have it kitted too! squares of Garden Variety and Lollipop Garden, along with backing, lining, pink stripe for the casing, cording, papers, Dilly Bag pattern which includes an acrylic if you want to do a little fussycutting.
if you do the FlossTube thing…you can see this kit over on Suzy’s page…watch it here.
now…to get started on setting up a newsletter/email list/mail chimp thing…don’t know that i have enough time left today for something like that…maybe i’ll just sit back and fold our Memoirs custom bundles…
happy thursday and happy stitching!
ps…more yarn is on the way…just received the shipping notification!
these books are a feast for the eyes…they definitely have the inspiration to get anyone out of a quilty slump. the gallery of vintage quilts at the beginning of each book makes these both informative and inspiring. i mean honestly, who doesn’t love looking at quilts made 100+ years ago…seeing their craft, their tiny stitches, their colors and palette and possibly favorite print living on today…still inspiring and possibly even keeping someone cozy warm on cold evenings.
i know, for a fact, that in 100 years…if my quilts are still together as one big collection transported by hovercraft or across the galaxy at light speed or possibly across town in a buggy…that my favorite green will have lived longer and touched more quilters than i could have ever imagined.
it is this thought that resonates…that keeps me going back to these 4 books…obviously i love Ms. Sitar’s palette…soft florals, civil war style projects, and a little applique and EPP. However, the gallery of inspiring antique quilts is something that draws awe and wonder and makes me want to pull out my scraps and get to work creating a masterpiece that will live on (with my favorite green making an appearance).
Depending upon your palette…blue, stars, or scrappy…
these are all available now…just pop over to the website here and grab a little inspiration…
i’m heading over to post some Sarah’s Story yardage and hard-to-find Diamond Textiles charm packs of both 5 inch and 3 inch squares…
good afternoon! our precuts for urban farmhouse gatherings have arrived…all grey and black and white…and of course we are loving it. it is full of not just any greys…pretty, soft, luscious greys…sweater weather greys, farmyard greys, down feather greys, patina-ed silver greys, country skies greys…perfect for a studio apartment, dorm room, farmhouse, lake house, or loft…
small prints keep the collection sweet, classic, simple, and focal-point worthy…
we couldn’t resist these precuts…look how scrumptious they are…those gorgeous milk ones on top…yummy!
i’ve actually gotten everything online today along with the yardage that is expected to arrive on Thursday. trying to stay caught up with the new stuff so i can get caught up on old stuff.
also…if you are looking for a scrummy background to pair with this collection…Bella Solid Feather is a winner in my book…
i love epp (i’m sure you had no idea!) and i really love Karen Styles of Someret. Her projects, her fabrics, her instagram feed…all glorious!
her newest project…The Honeycomb Quilt…is also darn adorable! get a load of those longer hexies…(yes, these are similar to Yellow Creek, but different…i checked to see if they are interchangeable…they aren’t.)
i love hexies and kinda love this one a lot. the round the world looks like it would be lots of fun and perfect for using LOTS of different prints.
if you’d like to get started on a The Honeycomb Quilt…be sure to nab the pattern and papers…here. we also have fat 16th bundles of civil war fabrics if you are looking to jazz up your civil war collection…here.
i am working on a few older projects right now…i’ll be back with more info on them.
todays almost over…so i best figure out the pathways on my vintage hexie quilt so i can get the yardage cut.
summer seems to have come to a close. the crisp autumn winds have started pushing out the sunny summer heat and the leaves have started to show their color. we’ve been cozy-ing up the shoppe as well–we’ve fluffed it up with some autumn pastels. pale pumpkins, pale colors, and some pastel fabrics.
love this jelly roll for any updated jelly garden…we have the kits including the Finnegan jelly roll…here.
i am in love with this newest project mom whipped up…inspired by the feel of a long past primitives shop…this project is cozy, classic, and a perfect addition to any autumn home. featuring a mixture of Shelbyville and Diamond Textiles, this project has all the autumn feels! Backroads measures approximately 48 x 60 inches and is perfect with cream linens and antique crocheted shams and a platter of fabric pumpkins. we have kits available here.
lastly…i’m feeling the cheery, 30’s repo love…(even though i relish the idea of cozy sweaters, farmer’s market chili-i spent all day sunday simmering a stock pot of it-, and crackling leaves)…i couldn’t resist pulling some of my favorite 30’s and whipping up one of these blocks. Missouri Daisy block measures 10 inches and the paper pack includes 4 acrylics and papers for 12 blocks…we have it available here.
we’ll be in Madison starting Wednesday (for set up) thru Saturday…so Monica will be in charge of the shop…Gabby will have the rest of the week off. Normal hours will resume on Monday…new collections will be arriving while we are gone so we are super excited for Monday following the show!
Now i’d better get the orders shipped so we can get packing…if you are planning on being in Madison–please stop by and say hi, we are in the same spot as last year!
good afternoon! we are nearing the end of the day over here…hopefully i can squeeze in enough time to finish up some machine quilting…we’ll see what happens with that.
if you have not already heard…or seen over on instagram or facebook…Lucy’s Summer Cottage is officially finished. I quilted, bound, and washed her…had her all ready for a photo shoot outside, but it has been raining. So we’ve put her up in the shoppe and maybe in late July we’ll get a chance to take some pictures.
i do have a few for you though…this was fresh out of the dryer. it shrank up to be simply cozy…truly perfect for a summer cottage!
She is up in the shoppe if you are in the area…she’s always up for a visit…as is her civil war sister!
Both Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses are on display in the shoppe…we do also have some of the block kits still available…but they are selling out fast.
i have other projects in the works…and about 15 minutes ago…thought of another project that i’m going to add to the list…never a dull moment…however, the next few i think will be framed pieces….far more doable and who doesn’t love a little quilty piece framed?
so…this will be the final Lucy Tuesday post…if you would like to start from the beginner 100+ posts ago…they have their own category…be sure to check it out below.
otherwise, i’ll be back later this week with my frothy yoyos…(they are so scrumptious…i just LOVE ’em!)…it is framed (of course!) and uses shirtings (of course!) and each shirting is different (of course! cuz you know i love low volume!) and i’ll have it kitted so you can frame it or stuff it or whatever…
(i also finally got my birthday present at the MN Quilt Show…a CRAZY QUILT! and you guessed it…it is here at the shoppe…to inspire you to get started on your own. it has the perfect-est feather stitching along with some ribbon embroidery, basic embroidery, and fun motifs. i’m hoping to put together crazy quilt packs with some fancy fabrics, threads, ribbons, lace, buttons, embellishments, beads, and other little fun things…all in good time. we do have a selection of the most amazing stitch books…like, literally, WOW!)
okay…i’d better get back to my machine quilting. hope you have a wonderful afternoon! i’ll be back with some pictures of Minnie (the crazy quilt has the name “Minnie” stitched on it) along with in-progress shots of a few of my on-going projects.
Now before i say good-bye to Lucy Tuesdays, i would like to thank everyone who has been following along…it has been so much fun seeing the progress made from week to week (or month to month depending upon life) and chatting with you when you’ve popped into the shoppe or seen us at a show. We’ll be sure she comes along with us this fall…so if you can’t get into the shoppe…you can catch us at a show.
happy stitching…i’ll be back soon with some new goodies!
we are back from Omaha and are changing gears to get ready for Quilt Minnesota and our fall shows…(how is 2019 about half over…and how is it already the end of june?)
Quilt Minnesota fabric is in-store and ready for your preorders…just pop in and we’ll get you set up! mom and i haven’t had a chance to even untape some of the bolts…too much going on…and now mom and dad are going on a mini vacation starting tomorrow thru sunday! i’ll be around though…whipping up some kits, machine quilting, posting online and placing orders for fun, new things!
lucy’s summer cottage is nearing the finish line! i have 7+ rows on…(can you believe it!) the pic below shows 7 and Lola-Bear.
i think i only have 4-5 blocks left to stitch on row 8 then i’m all done…hopefully tonight…if i hunker down and stitch till the wee hours! i’m seeing lots of coffee in my evening!
i’d better get stitching! have a wonderful evening!
i know it is a little late today for my weekly blog post…lots happened since last tuesday.
we vendored at the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in rochester. we had a blast…catching up with faraway friends, meeting new friends, and sharing our love of quilting. (a quick shout-out to all the lovely quilters that stopped by, said hi, and made it a very wonderful show! we’ll see you in st. cloud in june 2020.)
Then on Sunday, June 16 at 10:47pm, Braxton Xavier Zimmer-Hoff joined the family. 7lbs 11oz, 20 1/2 inches long…blue eyes and blond hair.
Lastly…lucy update…i have all the sashing and cornerstone pieces stitched on…just have to have a spare few hours to get some stitching done. I have row 7 block 1 stitched on…and am currently in the middle of row 7 block 2…but remembered that i had not gotten the blog post out yet.
hopefully next week i’ll be able to show you a pic of lucy rows 1-7…fingers crossed!
have a wonderful evening! mom and i are packing for Omaha tomorrow then back on the road again on Thursday…then we can settle in for a couple months…work on some projects, fluff the website and the shop!
————-sweet christmas kits featuring the vintage style frosty have arrived…and is first on mom’s list! we have some kits that are available here.——-
i’d better get back to my coffee, perry mason, and row 7…