Monday, April 29, 2013

I have also finished up my version of the Regimental Stars by Red Crinoline Quilts (formerly Bonnie Blue Quilts).  I love all their patterns.

I used  Cotton Club by Marcus Fabrics for the Set - in triangles.  And I used solid Navy Moda Bella for the sashing. 

When quilting I have a hard time deciding what to do in the set-in triangles on all quilts on point.  But with my Christmas money from my parents I got some new rulers and I had be waiting for the right quilt to try using the Curved Crosshatch ruler.  Not all my arches are perfect.  But I was excited to be able to play with my new ruler.   

I also didn't like to see the cream thread cross over my sashing, so I decided to change to navy for quilting my sashing.  That was a lot a thread changes.  But it was worth it in the end. 
Thanks for letting me share my quilt today. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Another one of the patterns that is my go to pattern is the Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Design.  I have made several of them.  Honestly I have lost count.  I have two hanging at the shop right now and many people don't even realize they are the same pattern.  It just looks different with different fabrics.

First is the Annabella Fabrics by Marcus in the Yellow Brick Road.  We used the Large Brown Floral as the border and binding. 
Every time  I look at it is see a different color stand out.
Each block fits perfectly.  My hardest decision is which block to put next. 
It is easy to quilt too.  I am always happy with a meander or simple quilting pattern.

I also have the Yellow Brick Road hanging at the shop from a Lecien fabric line called Christmas Fun by Lynette Anderson. 
 It is really cozy with the chocolate browns, a burgundy-ish red, and shades of cream. The quilt does not scream Christmas.  It has soothing tonal snowflakes, soft stars and little ginger breadmen.  I think it will look perfect in my family room next winter.
With the stars in the fabrics.  I quilted the quilt with wandering stars and loops. 
We have a few of these kits online.  There is also some new fabrics posted at the shop this week as well.  Like Aunt Grace- First Place and the beautiful Heart of the Prairie by Pam Buda.

Hope something inspires you,

Monday, April 22, 2013

I would like to start with say that I am the real winner with all the kind comments and warm welcome I have from BlogLand.  My heart is just overflowing.  Thank you everyone for your loving words.  And it was nice to hear what patterns everyone was working on or loving. 

The winner of the $25.00 gift certificate is:

Sue who wrote:

SueApril 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM
There are so many quilt block patterns that I love, but right now I am slowly working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt by hand piecing. I am using some 1930s fabrics to go with it. Hopefully I'll have it done before I'm ready for the nursing home! L, 2013 at 3:30 P

Sue I have emailed you through your blog.  Please email me back ( and I will send you the Gift Certificate information.  Thanks again.
I was wanting to post the winner this morning, but after reading her comment.  I wanted to share a few pictures of My Grandmother's Flower Garden.  Not one that I pieced, but pieced by my Memaw Lola Mae several years ago.  My Memaw was the one who first taught me to sew.  She helped give me all my sewing love, from quilting to embroidery.  However, I have not embraced the love of hand quilting like she did, she had more patience.  So I had to wait until this afternoon, when I could get the quilt from my Mom to share with you.
This is the overall picture:  Lots of little flowers.

 This is the most amazing part to me.  The binding.  Each piece of binding is individually cut sewn on to keep the edges perfectly shaped.  The piece for the binding was cut 1 inch long.  There is a lot of little pieces all the way around the quilt. 
The individual flower pieces measure about 1 inch.  Remember I said patience.  There is 195 flowers, not counting the half flowers on the top and bottom. 
This is a close up.  Mom and I look at this quilt and see many of our scraps from our projects.  Left over pieces from my first quilt, pieces of clothing that we had made for my niece when she was a baby.  We always see something different and a new memory comes back. 
My Memaw passed away this year and it was nice to think of her a little extra today.
Hope everyone has a great Monday.   Congratulations to Sue again.
Thanks again for your warm welcome.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hello again friends and Welcome to our Blog.

A lot of people think that because I run a fabric shop that I have a crazy love for fabric.  I will not lie there is a very strong relationship we have.  I love the way fabric feels, the ability to put colors together, the way a piece of fabric can alter into something so beautiful and different.  But for me it all starts with a pattern.  I love patterns (and books).  There is something special about watching a piece of fabric become a block, block turn into a row, rows adding together and framing everything with borders.  Oh what a feeling.... This weeks pattern love is the Tag Sale by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

It has the simplicity of a nine patch, with the added wonder of a star scattered just here and there.  The pattern makes an 80" x 80" quilt top. 
I had been holding on to this pattern in my bag for a long time, just waiting for the fabric that would really make it sing to me.  I finally found it with a collection of Leicen Fabrics.  The soft cool creams and tans combined with grey, green, blues and enough rose to just pop.  Finally.  Here is what it looks like:
 The over all picture of it hanging.

I quilted it with a flower and swirly leaf design.
I love how the three star blocks just stand off the quilt.  It really makes a visual when the quilt is spread out across the bed.
I love the pieced border that just frames the quilt, but doesn't stop the flow.
We have the pattern available and a few of the kits packaged on our website for sale. So check them out.  They are under the tab BLOGGED about It!!!

We are also celebrating our Blog today with a $25.00 (twenty-five USDollar) gift certificate to Whittles Fabrics giveaway. 
 Please post the name of your current favorite quilt pattern in the comments section between now and Saturday April 20th.  We will use to generate our winning number and post about it on Monday April 22, 2013.
I am really excited to hear what pattern you are currently loving.
Hope you are inspired,


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Where the Blog Starts

Have you ever wanted to do something, but kept putting it off for a better time?  Well that is my case with a blog.  I have wanted to do a blog for several years about what happens at the shop and in my sewing room.  But just keep making excuses on why it was not a good time.  I really think that it was the dread of learning something total out of my comfort zone.  But no more putting it off!!!

I think it will be a lot like learning to sew.  Lots of trial and error, before it really feels like second nature.  So hopefully I will not drive you too crazy as I try to learn about blogging.

So please come visit us at our website for a little shopping at Whittles Fabrics .(my first link)

Okay, how about a first picture:

Okay, that wasn't so bad.

Thanks again,
Cathy - Whittle Girl in case you were wondering.