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Want to name a quilt pattern?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Naming patterns is not always an easy task. Sometimes I know the name before the pattern has fully become clear. Other times (like now…) I struggle with it.

I have two new pre-cut, pre-fused kits that will be making their debut next week at Pinwheels & Friends quilt show in Sturbridge MA. All the cutting is done, fusing is done, instructions are almost done…all they need are names! Leave a comment with your name suggestions. If I end up using the one you suggest then you will receive a complete kit of that runner.



First up is this table runner with a rooster and hen and all their eggs on a barn red background. I don’t want to use the word basket in the name since there is no basket on the runner. One of the ladies in my guild suggested Laying Around which is growing on me…



Second we have this table runner with a couple of clusters of grapes. I’m drawing a complete blank on this one… I don’t really want to have a “wine” name since they’re just grapes, not wine. Unless it could somehow be a “pre-wine” name…sigh…still nothing comes to me…


Can ya help a gal out? Leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions.


I Made A Little Lovely!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

I am so excited to be a guest designer this month for Susan Emory of  Swirly Girl Design. Each month Susan asks someone to create a block for her Little Lovely project. This month it’s me (squeal!) and here’s my block…

Little Lovely Louise

I named it Louise after my grandmother. It’s not all that difficult to construct, it’s just half square triangles. If you are afraid of them, not to worry. I walk you through the easy method of sew-big-and-trim-to-size.  I find this method is easiest for me because the units will all come out the perfect size.  No stretching of the bias edges or cutting odd 7/8″measurements.


After creating the block I discovered a cool secondary design. I am currently writing this from a hotel room with sketchy wifi and without my big computer, I really wish I could show you that here today…sigh…its first on my to-do list when I get home on Sunday. It’s a sad state of affairs when I can’t do what I want in the hotel…or should have done before I left home…


I’m back home and can now properly finish this post!!!

When I put several of the blocks together I saw some secondary designs. Here is what several blocks look like together:


Can you see the extra pinwheels? Here they are in orange:


There are some diamonds in there too. Here they are in yellow:


And if I change the half pinwheels on the edge to orange too…


We have now eliminated all the background color and added some yellow and orange. Isn’t it cool how some color changes make it a completely different quilt? Here is the block with all the background eliminated:


Head on over to Susan’s website so you can get the full instructions for the block. I will also be offering up a gift to a lucky quilter so when you’re over at Susan’s leave a comment and get your name in the running for the prize of a 6.5″ ruler, a seam guide and a couple of fun pins. You can also check out the other Little Lovelies too, there’s some great patterns!


Thank you for letting me guest design for you Susan. If I ever get the chance to collaborate with you again I promise to follow the rules and not be so lame…






Drop And Give Me Twenty

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

For several years now my friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs has run a little program during the month of February called Drop And Give Me Twenty. You pledge to quilt for a mere 20 minutes per day during February in an effort to reduce your UFO pile. Each participant posts pictures of their accomplishments, winners are chosen and prizes are given. This year I sponsored the Best Use Of Purple category. This morning I had the pleasure (or agony…) of choosing said winner. Alas, I couldn’t do it. I enlisted the help of Moosette and we narrowed it down to two. Neither of us could choose between them…what’s a poor judge to do….wait a minute…I’m the Head Moose. Who’s going to say I can’t let them both be winners? Ha! The royal decree has been declared! Here they are in no particular order…

The lovely was made by Carleen Daly

This beauty was made by Tina Van Roggen


Each of these ladies will receive a $20.00 Purple Moose gift certificate. Thanks to all the participants this past month. While I did not participate myself this year I enjoyed watching all that you guys accomplished…and felt totally inadequate while doing it. I highly recommend this program (and have for several years now…) to everyone. It’s really amazing what you can accomplish in a mere 20 minutes per day. If you want to join in the hoopla next year look for Drop And Give Me Twenty on Facebook. Beth will welcome you in the club!

We have a winner!

Friday, December 18th, 2015

We have a winner for our book give-away. We shook the magic number generator and…ta da…Charlotte Dunn, your number came up. I asked everyone to comment with what your favorite color(s) are to work with. It was very entertaining reading if you want to go back and take a peak. The answers were all over the place. Quilt shops do not need to go heavy on any one color way anytime soon! Here is what Charlotte had to say…

“I love adding mustard to all quilts. I made the cutest green moose quilt. I kept working and working and it was so not coming together. So, low and. Behold I added mustard!!! WOW, IT WAS WHAT IT NEEDED. It’s one of my favorites now. I’d be honored to win your book. The purple moose is the emails I always look for. Everything needs a moose attached. Merry Merry Christmas. Thank you for a great year.”

And just to be clear…this was a totally random above board choice of the winner. The fact that Charlotte sucked up to me only strokes my ego…nothing to do with her winning! Congratulations Charlotte, can’t wait to see what you do with Sandi’s designs.

Book Review & Giveaway

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

One of the perks of knowing so many talented quilt artists is that they will occasionally ask me to review their book. It’s always a treat – and sometimes I get to see the book before the rest of the world! I feel so special. (Send in my hand maidens with fans, I’m feeling flushed.) Today that honor comes from my friend Sandi Blackwell.


Sandi has made a name for herself by coming up with a technique to create quilts with on-point blocks without all that messy math to figure out the setting triangles. She calls this technique Square-agonals. This is her fourth (yes, 4th!) book using this technique. There is a little blurb in the book that explains the precise math involved to make this technique work but I skipped it. It’s not for the faint of heart to read and is ABSOLUTELY not required to know in order to make these designs. That’s the beauty of Sandi’s methods. I luv people like her!

Basically, you sew some squares and pieced blocks together, do a little slice and dice, give ’em a spin and sew the pieces back together. Then…viola…you have blocks on point. It’s magic. Depending on exactly where you put your initial blocks creates different finished projects. Sandi expertly explains (in both wording and pictures) where to place those blocks, how to make those slices and what the final outcome will be. This book has 6 different projects and each has 3 different design options. That’s 18 different possibilities in one book. There are 2 runners and 4 quilts (lap to queen size). I’m torn between the Babbaloo Quilt which has a modern flair and is in one of my favorite color combos teal/lime green or the Lightning Quilt which is pictured on the cover…or maybe I’ll start with the Legacy For Patti Runner which would be stunning in fall colors, oh but there’s one with stars too…sigh…guess I have to make them all…

You can check out Sandi’s website Stitched Buy to get more info. She also has a couple of free patterns there so you can try the technique and see how easy it is.  How cool is that, you can try before you buy! You can also check out Sandi’s Craftsy classes, hear her podcast with Pat Sloan and more.

Sandi will also be a guest teacher at our April 2017 retreat. We don’t have details yet (it’s over a year away!) but we are taking pre-registration names if you want to be the first to know. Just drop us an email and let us know you want on the list. Retreat Info

You can also get the book for FREE right here. Yup, I’m giving one away! Simply leave a comment here on the blog telling me what your favorite color combo is for quilting. I will randomly pick one on Thursday December 17th at midnight. OK, ok…so I probably won’t pick it at midnight…more like first thing Friday morning but you know what I mean!

Ready, set….comment!

Feeling the Love Give-Away!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

It has been far too long since we have had a give-away.  Hmmm…what to do, what to do….

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Moose Shipping List

I started my business in 1999. I have no idea why but I started keeping track of where orders were sent. This little slip of paper has hung on the bulletin board in 3 different houses. Every time I shipped something to a new state, it was dutifully checked off. As you can see I even made note of the “M” state abbreviations that always trip me up. As international orders started coming in I wrote the countries down as well. There is only one state that has no check mark. I am not feeling the love from South Carolina (whimper, snivel, whimper…) Have I done something to offend the good people of South Carolina? Are there no quilters in South Carolina who yearn for quality tools? I don’t know… I have even shipped to Canada, England, Australia, Norway, Germany, Singapore and just this week, Spain. But no South Carolina.

So, here’s our give-away. It has two parts:

Part 1: If you are in South Carolina, the first person to place an order will get an extra special gift in their package. It’s a surprise but will be well worth the effort of navigating the cart. You will also earn my undying appreciation to complete my list of states. That, of course, is priceless.

Part 2: For everyone else in the world (ok, South Carolinians too…) simple leave a comment below and answer the following question. We will give away these four packs of fabric samples. Each pack contains 10-14 8″X10″ samples of fabrics from the latest fabric lines.

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Purple Moose Give-Away

Here’s the question…

You are stranded on a magical quilting island. There is an unending supply of fabric and thread. There is also a machine and basic supplies for every person. You can only bring 3 items with you. What 3 quilting items could you not live without?

That’s it, answer away. You have until Sunday 6/15/14 at 4pm EST to answer. You may answer as many times as you wish. Each answer will be one entry. We will randomly pick four winners on Sunday evening. And if you’re thinking this is just our sneaky way of seeing what tools and gadgets are popular that we need to look into…you would be right!

Have fun!

Fabric Give Aways – The Winners

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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 snow recently and everything is very white so I may be suffering from snow blindness or cabin fever…or perhaps it’s because I’m a really cheap date…

Anywhoo, here are the winners:


Day 1 – We were supposed to have 4 different winners but I found a couple more chunks of fabric so we have 7 winners!

~anna~(fall, brown), Allison Bayer (blue), Cindy T. (blue), Heather (blue), Jerry (brown), Trina (rust), Debbie (swatches)


Day 2 – the brights

Sandra Timmons


Day 3 – beige and maroon

Terry D.


Day 4 – mint green, blue and geometric

Leonore Neumann


Day 5 – batiks

Elaine Morin


Day 6 – beige and greens


Thank you to everyone who participated. It’s really fun to give stuff away. We’ll be doing it again for sure!

Fabric Give Away – Day 6

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


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!

Fabric Give Away – Day 5

Monday, February 25th, 2013


Up for grabs today we have a batch of batiks. 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 entry and come back for the upcoming entries too. There will be six in total.

Good luck!

Fabric Give Away – Day 4

Sunday, February 24th, 2013


Up for grabs today we have a batch that is minty green, blue and a geometric print. 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 entry and come back for the upcoming entries too. There will be six in total.

Good luck!