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Civilized Eatin’

I have just released my latest pattern, Civilized Eatin’. You can create a custom travel kit (mess kit if you’re a former scout) for all the fisherman, boaters, hunters or anyone who travels. It truly is the eco-friendly eat-on-the-go solution. The best part? You can whip these up in no time! So, how did this …

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Winter Wonderland Mystery Sew-A-Long – Block 1

Have you been waiting to start the Winter Wonderland Mystery Sew-A-Long? Well, wait no more! I’m happy to say that I am the designer for block #1, Winter Selfie, and here it is: Meet Snowball Adams, second cousin twice removed on his father’s side to the well known photographer, Ansel Adams. Unlike his famous cousin, …

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Are you a Halloween fanatic?

I’m very excited to have been chosen as one of twelve designers for the upcoming Spellbound Mystery Sew-A-Long. Each designer will create a 9″ (finished) block with a Halloween theme and there will also be finishing instructions to put them all together. The block patterns will be FREE until 11-25-20. Each designer will also have …

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Do You Craftsy?


If you haven’t discovered Craftsy yet…what are you waiting for? It doesn’t cost anything to get a Craftsy account and once you have one you can download patterns (both free and for a cost). You can also take online classes and buy fabric and other items too. Although I can’t see why you would want to buy any “stuff” there when we have such cool things in our store (grin…) One of my buddies has recently offered a new class on Craftsy – Sandi Blackwell of Square-agonals fame. Sandi has come up with a way to make quilts with a diagonal or on-point setting without all that fussy math. The class includes almost 2 hours of instruction broken into small sections that you can go through at your leisure. During the course you can complete a quick, on-point table runner, a medallion style quilt with a vibrant secondary design and...

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Cutting Mat Cleaning


There are so many other things I would rather do than clean – shovel snow, weed the garden, hide in the closet and cry… I’m sure some of you can relate. Sometimes though a quick clean-up can make your whole project go much smoother. Here’s a tasty little tid-bit on cleaning your rotary cutting mat. When your cutting mat get fibers stuck in the cuts it can be very annoying. Your fabric won’t lie flat or slide across easily and the older your mat, the worse it gets. If you have been slicing and dicing batting or flannel your mat can look like a fluffy bunny. I buy these el-cheapo scrubbers at the dollar store, bargain bins, wherever. Oddly, Staples has always been a good spot to find them cheap. Oh no, I just gave away a cool bargain hunting ground… Anyhoo, they come 2 or 3 to a package and...

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Purrfect Spots


Did ya see my guest blog? Check it out… Thank you, thank you to Nan Baker at Purrfect Spots for having me as a guest blogger. It was fun. Nan and I first “met” in an online class that we both took to figure out Facebook. We stayed neck and neck building our “likes” numbers but she has pulled ahead recently. Not that it’s a competition…or that anyone is keeping track…or that she’s more popular than me (sniff..) It has been fun watching our businesses grow along side each other since then. Nan is a talented quilt designer who has a passion for our four-footed friends. I look forward to doing things with Nan again in the future. Maybe I’ll even get to meet her in person one of these days!

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Need Glasses?


Just wanted to share a testimonial. I have no affiliation with this company aside from being a very happy customer. I wear glasses. The older I get, the stronger they get…sigh… I have always been a good girl and bought my glasses from the eye doctor. Silly me. Our insurance guy recently told us about the company that he gets his glasses from online. Hubby and I were dubious but we forged ahead. Normally we spend $400-$500 a pair at the eye doctor thanks to all the extras we need (progressive, bi-focal, tri-focal…sigh…) This high cost left me with the pair of glasses that I wore every day and no backups. I was envious whenever I saw someone with a wild color or funky glasses. So I decided that the pair I ordered would be my backup pair and I would choose a funky color. I was sure they couldn’t...

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Chocolate Eclair Pie


Oh my poor neglected blog… I got behind in regular posts last fall then decided my next post needed to be spectacular to make up for it. Well, now it has been far too long and no post, spectacular or otherwise, can make up for such an absence. It’s time to just jump back into it and move on. Every quilt show “season” I have a recipe available for anyone who wants one. I try to make them easy so we can eat well and have more time for quilting. Once the new recipe comes out the older one goes on the blog for everyone. If you visit any of my scheduled events in 2014 you will have the chance to grab a recipe for homemade Tater Tots. In the mean time, here is last years recipe… Chocolate Eclair Pie This is one of the easiest recipes there is. The...

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Out With The Old…In With The New


Out With The Old… It’s a sad day for lovers of Seralene thread. Mettler has decided to no longer make this wonderful thread. All the spools I have in stock are all I’m going to get – ‘taint no mo! It has been marked down to $4.95 per spool (from $6.95). There is still a decent amount of white, off-white and black but the colors are getting to be slim pickens. Get it while ya still can. You can find it here, in the Seralene Thread section. In With The New… I have gotten so many requests the last few months for small rotary rulers. Never being one to want to dissappoint the masses – we now have a full selection of Omnigrip/Omnigrid rulers in stock. 2.5″, 3.5″, 5″, 5.5″, 6″ & 6.5″. You can find them here in our Rotary Supplies section.   Perfect Ovals, Perfect Circles, Perfect Bigger...

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Sunrise At The Cabin

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The baby news out of England is all over the airwaves…we have baby news too! No, not the human kind…I have just given birth to my latest pattern! Sunrise At The Cabin is a paper pieced center medallion surrounded by traditionally pieced log cabin blocks. The pattern offers sizes from lap to king. The process to create a quilting pattern is not unlike the human pregnancy experience. When you first get the idea you are very excited and can’t wait to tell everyone. Then the morning sickness and weight gain begin as you realize all the editing and sample making that are in your future. Towards the end of the gestation period you only scream that you just want it to be all over…and RIGHT NOW!  Unlike humans, the gestation period for patterns varies greatly. This particular pattern is in the elephant category. I have been fighting with…err…working with this...

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Needle Storage


We all know that we should use different needles for different sewing tasks. (blatant commercial…if you don’t know this then you should have your guild let me stop in and tell you all about why…I love to travel…end of commercial). How do you store those needles in between uses? You don’t really want to put them back into their original containers because then you can’t tell which ones are new and which ones are used…and which needle is currently in the machine anyway???? Are these the questions that keep you awake at night? If so, you really need to get some fabric fondling therapy…but we can offer a solution in the meantime. We have a new product available called My Pad. It’s a foam pad imprinted with the various styles and sizes of needles. Every needle has a spot. There is even a flowerhead pin to mark which needle is currently in the machine....

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Fabric Give Aways – The Winners


It’s time to announce the winners of our fabric give aways. If you don’t see your name listed – don’t despair quite yet. If, for some reason, the person doesn’t offer up their mailing info to me then I will be going back to the lists to pick another winner. If you do see your name listed you should be receiving an email from me shortly. So I gathered my random number generators (Moosette and Hubby) and had them pick numbers for each day. They had no idea whose name was associated with each number so it really was quite random. They managed to pick all different people so there was no need to re-do anything. I love it when a plan comes together… Side note: if you are looking for some cheap entertainment, have your family pick numbers for winners. It’s very entertaining. Of course, we have had much new...

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Fabric Give Away – Day 6


Up for grabs today we have a batch that is really beige and greens. Leave a comment below for your chance to win FREE FABRIC. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2013 at noon (EST). Be sure to comment on the previous entries. There are six in total. Good luck!

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