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! mom and i have been winding down after the Hometown Holiday Road Trip. We had a marvelous time and loved catching up with hoppers as they came and enjoyed the lights, snacked on christmas cutouts and picked up projects to keep them busy this autumn/winter.
we have finally ordered in some yarn! our first order should be arriving within the next week or so. some yummy sock yarn to start along with needles and crochet hooks to get you started. i don’t knit but i love crochet so it only made sense to have both…Tina is over the moon that we’ve finally dove in to yarn and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first order so she can start whipping up the first project on the agenda…A Market Bag…i’ll get more deets on it once it arrives. As far as the needles…they are wooden and amazing! unfortunately we didn’t take a single picture of anything so i have nothing to show you in the yarn department.
a far as embroidery…there is always something new…our embroidery sampler kits have arrived…scrummy printed linen and Cosmo embroidery threads along with a stitch guide. 4 different embroidery sampler kits…each with its own palette of threads.
lastly my favorite…it features all of my favorite things…Sampler (check), threads (check), pretty tones of dusky pinks, blush, bruised peach, and greige (check)…and i’m thinking one of these kits may or may not accidentally (on purpose) come home with me.
grab you chafarcani embroidery kit…here. each kit includes the preprinted linen, 6 Cosmo embroidery flosses, stabilizer, color and stitch guide…linen measures 15 x 12 inches.
happy stitching! time for me to start wrapping up the day…
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.
good afternoon! the day is winding down around here and as usual i wanted to do about 500 hours of work in just 7 hours.
we’ve been kicking it into high gear to try and get some projects made out of the collections that have been arriving.
Mom finished up Autumn Daydream using the Wonder collection and Bella solid coordinates…a classic palette of breeze, bubblegum, linen, cloud, and oatmeal. Pair with some peach and neutral hued pumpkins for instant autumn love.
it works so well with my new favorite peachy pumpkin…
Autumn Daydream is available now…online here and in-store.
we’ve also whipped up a stepping stones featuring the Merry Merry Snow Days. Merry Merry Snow Days is a collection of small prints designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs…she has filled this collection with sweetest tiny prints. Snowmen in coffee cups, stockings, ice skates, stars, trees, dots, stripes…it is safe to say that i LOVE it and i love the quilt mom whipped up (and quilted with lifesize stocking hats–which i also love)! Gabby does too…cuz the second i unfolded it to take a picture…she had Frankensqueak on it and was rolling around…officially Gabby-approved!
i’ve even gotten this kitted and ready to go…you can grab the kit online Here or in the store.
it’s nearing the end of the day…i’ve gotten exactly 7 things done today which is better than i thought i would. now for a last minute tidy up of the cutting table and then home…so we can try and finish up one more project before we load up for Sioux Falls on Friday (we are packing up tomorrow).
Our order of TILDA (yes TILDA!!!!!) will be arriving on Friday when we are in south dakota…so it won’t hit the floor until monday! i’ll be back with some piccys of the lovely Tilda, fingers crossed…early next week. we will be heading to the Evenings Star Quilt Show next Thursday so that doesn’t leave a lot of time for sewing, cutting, and bundling…good thing i ordered lots of precuts!
Just these 2 shows left along with our Hometown Holiday Road Trip then we are shop bound until February!
it is now 5…hmmm…
happy stitching! hopefully you’ve finished at least 7 of the 500 things you wanted to finish today.
is anyone else shocked at the number of blog posts recently? well, i’ve decided to make blogging a priority…we get so stuck in the quick world of technology and pictures that i tend to spend my time on instagram. But lately i’ve noticed i’ve been shying away from it…looking more at blogs and magazines (i know, crazy right!). i love this time of year, when the daylight starts creeping in earlier, leaves change to brilliant hues, and when the rain is no longer warm but chills you to the bone. Out come the cozy quilts, slippers, my October coffee cup, and the holiday season.
today i thought i would give you a quick look at a several of my halloween favorites that we still have available…however, we can no longer kit them up so what we have is all we have.
Schoolhouse Pumpkin…a small project features classic Fig Tree apricot and butterscotch and paired with a classic black. We embroidered a white pumpkin to give it a chalkboard look. This little wall hanging is one of our favorites! I love how that embroidery really pops on the black.
October Bats & Cats…this little wool project is classic Halloween without being too scary. How can you not love a sweet little kitty?
Spooky Spools…a little peach and orange mixed with a little grey and black. This mini measures just 6 x 6 and is a quick make for a hostess gift, use as mug rug, table topper, tack to your bulletin board, or clothespin to a basket.
Halloween in the Country…features the Eerily Elegant panel by Deb Strain along with a mixture of grunge and prints. Classic and neutral, this throw measures 50 x 58 and gives you all the the Halloween vibes. Shakespeare and Poe inspired the collection…you can see their words on the panel itself and the grey accent rectangles. A wonderful throw…perfect for cozying up with a good story (A Telltale Heart is a good one) or arrange on your porch with some heirloom pumpkins and a witch hat.
mom and i love pillows…nothing can change a room like a good pillow. This Trick or Treat pillow is perfect to do just that. it is classic, neutral, and just the right amount of halloween, plus you get to do a little bit of embroidery…score!
we have all these available over on our website…i’ve linked them below…these are all project you can get done in time for Halloween…promise!
blue is my favorite color…even though i love my pink coffee cups and that autumny coral color, and the lavender of lilacs…i can’t pass up a nice blue.
this was evident when our Northport order arrived last week. We chose just 9 prints…all white, cream, or tan backgrounds…to mix in with our remaining Portsmouth and civil war. Well, of those 9…5 are blue the remaining are a mixture of tan, red, and a red that looks pink.
the non blues have been mixed in with French General and 3 Sisters to make a larger version of our Spring Romance…more on that later.
the blues have been pulled and bundled with an essential multi dot and the ideas are coming…do we design a new project with snowballs and some Portsmouth or do we look through our pattern folder and find something to remake in this palette…hmmm…decisions.
i have, however, bundled up the fat quarters…so you can add them to your stash of blues, your collection of Minick and Simpson, or add it to your favorite patriotic prints. we have them in the shop and online.
if we get a few of these new projects finished up…i’ll be back with those later this week.
good morning! mom and i are just about to start packing up to vendor over in Willmar and i thought i would pop in and give you a peak at the our newest collection, Sugarcreek.
Sugarcreek reminds me of Willy Wonka (the Gene Wilder version) where they are in the garden and everything looks so yummy. This collection is definitely a must if you have a sweet tooth…can’t you just envision beach sand like brown sugar!
we knew this collection was a must when we came upon it so we decided on just 12 bolts to add to our palette…to tame that sweet tooth! Mostly grey, blue and white with a splash of goldenrod and slate to really make everything pop. we (of course) couldn’t resist whipping up some 12FQ bundles…which we will have with us this weekend in Willmar, in the shoppe, and i’ve got them listed online…for you out-of-towners…you can nab yours…here.
now…i’d better start packing! We’ll see you in Willmar tomorrow and sunday!
–april&mickey&gabby (gabby gets to spend the weekend with dad…lucky girl!)
good afternoon! morning thunderstorms and a muggy afternoon…we’ve been inside cutting and bundling and reorganizing after our last 2 shows, pulling out pastel pumpkins, pulling out the autumn music and trying to get all the autumn feels. a couple of collections have arrived with more on the way.
Today we have Wonder by katie & birdie paper co…the brown really adds a lot and the combination is scrumptious when paired with some white pumpkins…or spring for an heirloom pumpkin to really complete the autumn pastel look.
Wonder features the prettiest mixture of oatmeal, bubblegum, linen, and breeze with a soft white background. We have cherry-picked our 2 favorite prints…the all-over small leaf and the sort-of dot and mixed them with the coordinating Bella Solids. Packs of 10 prints are available…both fat quarters and half yards along with yardage…check out the wonder collection here.
And…My Redwork Garden…i don’t think there is a shirting print i don’t like. i fell in love with these delightful red-on-cream shirtings when i spied them in the moda book and i knew we needed a few to add to our civil war collection. these are so versatile though they would work with almost any bunny hill collection…or mix in with Christmas prints, French General, 3 Sisters, or your low volume collection. i’m thinking it’s about time i put together a couple more low volume bundles…for sure a Low Volume Christmas.
My Redwork Garden is a collection of red, white, and cream designed by Bunny Hill for Moda. I chose just 4 prints to add to the shop. 4 shirting prints…red on cream. i’ve packaged them up into Pantry Packs: Red Velvet Blondies. We have the pantry packs along with yardage available here.
oh…and a picture of gabby goo who can now get on the furniture all by herself…this is her on the daybed in the living room.