Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lucette Quilt - Quilting and Kits

I am so excited to be offering this fun, cute quilt kits for this new pattern Jodi from Pleasant Home just released! 

She made this version out of a mix of April Showers by Bonnie and Camille and Country Girls by Riley Blake.  Two of my most favorite lines right now!  I love how they mixed!

Jodi used the cute scene print from Country Girls and fussy cut each center block.  This quilt couldn't have been any better!  I quilted it up using my current "go to" pattern Clamshells and backed it in this aqua and navy backing. 

The fun part is I've put together some bundles - so if you're interesting in making the same quilt - the work is all done!  I have these bundles in my shop for $34 - this includes 12 fat quarters and 1/2 yard cut of the cute print used to fussy cut the centers.  You can also get a scrappy binding out of the bundle.

If interested I would be happy to make it a full kit with the white background and backing as well - just let me know. 

I've seen Jodi make this pattern 3 times now and it looks cute each and every time!  Run and buy the pattern now! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cable Quilting - and Camille's Quilts

So the last few months I have been lucky enough to quilt some amazing quilts.  I have to say - I try not to play favorites - but I think I found a favorite quilt.

The #APQquiltalong that was going around on Instagram is one of the cutest patterns I've seen in awhile.  It has been so much fun following people and see how different the quilts have turned out.  We are all huge fans of Bonnie and Camille fabric - so leave it to Camille to combine a good amount of their lines into this AMAZING quilt.  This is seriously probably my most favorite quilt to ever cross my door.  I love how its scrappy and blends - it was so much fun to work on!

These are a few of my favorite blocks - 

Camille took a poll on Instagram of which pattern to have quilted and Orange Peel won out - so that is what the quilt got - and it turned out perfectly!  See more of her amazing pics here.

In March I was lucky enough to work on a few more quilts for Camille. One of which was one of her new patterns Red Letter Day - made with Miss Kate.  I have to say - this is one of my most favorite patterns Camille has designed.  Rates up there with Swoon!

I'm a sucker for anything stars and I love this version!  

So a few people have asked about this cable design.  This design was Camille's great idea!  She was looking through my pattern boards and found this one in borders - and asked what it would look like in rows.  This is why Camille is so amazing - she thinks outside the box.  Maybe that doesn't seem outside the box, but I had never thought of throwing this cable design on as an edge to edge - and it turned out great! 

Originally we discussed altering the rows so that the bumps kind of nested - I played around with it a bit and set it up both ways.  When you lay this out in rows and bud them up to each other you get this diamond design between the rows that was pretty cool - So I sent Camille both looks and we went with the design in rows.  

It was so fun seeing a new design come together - and this may be one of my new favorites!  I've done it on another quilt (a Vintage from Camille's Simply Retro book) and it turned out SOOOOO amazing!  I'll be back later this week to show you that one.  

That same week I quilted up a Piece of Cake quilt for her using simple Clamshells.  I've said this before - but you can't go wrong with a simple clamshell.  Looks great on every quilt I've done - and this is my current go to for my own quilts - when I have time to throw them on.  

I love how this has a border at just the top and bottom. 

And this backing - Marmalade floral - one of my all time favorite fabrics - I just ordered it in red with orange flowers - 6 yards of it.  I told you it's one of my favorites! 

Come back tomorrow for a peek at a great pattern and the cutest kit I'll be offering in April Showers/Country Girls combo!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Mondays

Another week - another menu - getting ready to start my casserole - this has been on my list for awhile and I somehow always end up missing it.  Not tonight!

Monday - Meatball Sub Casserole w/watermelon
Tuesday - Steak, baked potatoes, homemade Cesar salad
Wednesday - Game night - probably eat out
Thursday - Sour Cream chicken Enchiladas
Friday - Tacos w/watermelon

I'm getting the grill out this week - LOVE GRILLING season.  On the look out for new recipes to try!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Christmas ... already???

Quilt made by Lora Ann

So I've done a few Christmas quilts this week and it started me thinking back to this last Christmas - and next Christmas.

Flurry designed used

Every year I think I'm going to be good and start a quilt or topper or something early and try to get one done every few months.  I'm always scrambling in December to get my projects done - yet I usually have hoards of quilts to quilt for others leaving me limited time!

Dawn made these CUTE CUTE runners!

Glacee used for quilt pattern

This last year - I had a list of 20 things I wanted to do with my kids during the Christmas season - and I got to 2 of them.  All of December was spent quilting and quilting and quilting!  Which don't get me wrong - I love - but this year I need to find a better balance.  I hated the holiday because I was always in a rush, and didn't enjoy much of it at all. 

Dawn also made this topper - which I need to make myself!

My point of all this - to help you all - and to help me - (personally and professionally) I've decided to give you a heads up on a special I'll be offering.  You always hear about Christmas in July sales?  Well I'm going to have a Christmas Quilting in July sale.  Christmas patterns are usually more dense and take much longer to quilt out - which is why they are higher up on the price scale of patterns.  In July I will put them all on sale.  On top of that - any quilt in Christmas fabrics even if you don't want a Christmas pattern - will be on sale.  I haven't figured out all the details - but I wanted to give you time to start/finish a project or two so you can take advantage when this sell will happen.  It will be on only for the month of July.  So start sewing!!!!


To help you out even more - I'm getting shipments of Christmas precuts.  I received a few preorder cuts a few months back and they flew out the door - well I just got word my second order of Kate Spain's Solstice shipped!  I will have oodles of precuts at discounted prices waiting for you to take home!  I have some fun ideas for it as well.  I want to start sewing up a storm myself! 

Solstice - by Kate Spain

I'm thinking Jelly Filled would be a fun quick project!  Or what about Fresh from Camille's Simply Retro book?  I'm thinking even a smaller version of only 4 blocks.  How cute!  What about Round and Round - did you miss out on that quiltalong? Or what about Sherri's Summer Star quilt in her new book Fresh Family Traditions?  (Stay tuned I'm starting this one!)  I've been wanting to make a Lollipop Christmas quilt....ummmm  I just need to tie myself to my machine and sew and sew and sew! 

I know sometimes its hard to get into the swing of Christmas in April or July - but just wanted to start off the year right so we can all enjoy the season a little more.  What better way then some pretty eye candy and a sale to motivate! 

Love Glacee quilted on Brenda's Cute quilt

This year I'll be cutting off my "guaranteed for Christmas" deadline earlier than I did last year (I don't think I ever cut anything off last year which was maybe part of the problem!) so I hope you take advantage of the sale! 
Doesn't this backing kill you?  Love it!

Start sewing and make sure you share your progress!  I need ideas!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Client Quilts

Wanted to share a few client quilts today - not a lot of time -so more pictures then talking!
She chose 30's Flower - doesn't it look so cool on the solid backing!

Neesha sent this ginormous Fig Tree quilt that was to die for!

She chose Chantilly Lace - perfect for this simply elegant quilt!

Look at the solid backing again!

How'd this picture get here?  haha - when I take pictures of quilts - some days Sam decides to lay out his own quilts and do his own photo shoot.  So sad that he picks the ugly lego fluffy blanket instead of one I made him!  He also changed up his pj attire this day and went for Superman instead of his daily spiderman jammies.

Next up is a Scrappy Trip quilt - I never tire of seeing these!  I LOVE looking at all the pieces of fabric and tell myself I need to get going on my own.  Its like a scrapbook of fabrics - each one telling a story or bringing back a memory. 

Scrappy Trips are always busy and hard to see any kind of quilting.  Just want with a simple loops and swirls on this one and it turned out great!  Every time I quilt loops I wonder why I don't more often.  Did you know before I had my own longarm this is the pattern I picked 95% of the time?  I just love the simplicity of it. 
Neesha's other quilt was this Milky Way quilt out of Avalon both by Fig Tree (pattern and fabric) I.LOVE.THIS.QUILT - it has been on my to do list since the moment the pattern was released.  I love it.  BUT - after quilting it - I fear I will never actually make it.  So many little pieces! 

She chose Starlight - perfect for this quilt!

And the backing -
I have a few more I'll share later this week - come on back to see!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Menu Mondays

Monday - we call it al la carte at my house - everyone eats what they want - we have leftover Spaghetti, chef salad, and mini bagel sandwiches (mini bagels, cream cheese, turkey and cheese - so yummy!)

Tuesday - Balsamic Honey Chicken w/salad and fruit
Wednesday - Shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches w/pretzel jello
Thursday - Ham and Cheese Hot Wheels w/fruit
Friday - Cashew Chicken w/rice
Saturday - Meatball Sub Casserole w/salad

This week I'll also be trying a Scrambled Omelet and Eggs in a whole for breakfast. And these easy pizza's for lunch with the kids

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Patterns - and a $50 Giveaway towards Quilting - WINNER ANNOUNCED

***** Thanks everyone who left me comments and feedback on how to organize my boards.  I really appreciate it!  The winner of the $50 credit towards quilting is Aimee Marshall who said "Oh my goodness, I love them all so it was hard to pick just one! I really love the sea scape though!!"
Congrats Aimee - email me ( with your information and I'll send you the details!
Thanks everyone for playing along!  *****************

I've had a list of new patterns for the last few months that I've been slow about adding to my pinterest page. 

I spent some time getting things updated and I've added over 100 new designs!  I've add all shapes and sizes, from flowers, to feathers, to baby, to modern.  All price ranges too - added a whole bunch to the lower range of $.0125 per inch.  Always looking for fun new patterns that are more affordable for everyone. 
Here are a few of my favorite new ones! 



Now for the giveaway part. Go take a look at my pattern page - come back here and leave a comment telling me what your favorite pattern is.  And/or if you'd like the patterns separated by category.  Currently I have them all on 1 board - plus on price per inch boards.  Been thinking about adding categories (as in Christmas, Feathers, Flowers, Modern etc).  Let me know what you think.  I'll choose a winner on Sunday March 23rd - for a $50 gift card towards quilting services from Latimer Lane Quilting.  If you aren't following me on Instagram start following me and let me know and you'll get a 2nd entry.  Good luck!