McCall's Quick Quilts, Feb/Mar 2011

Once again our collections are being featured in the McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. Be sure to check out the current issue, February/March 2011. The first one is a quilt designed by Anita Peluso of the Bloomin’ Workshop using the Josephine collection by Skipping Stones Studio.
Kits are available from The Quilt Corner and details on ordering can be found here. You can download a free table runner pattern based off of this quilt design on the McCall’s Quilting website by clicking here.

The second one is a quilt designed by Stephanie Sims using the Savannah collection by Christine Graf. Kits are available from Island Quilter and details on ordering can be found here.

What lovely quilts! McCall’s Quick Quilts is a great magazine to subscribe to if you haven’t already. It is always filled will quick and easy quilting projects that are sure to inspire and fulfill your creative soul!

Dolly Claire by Karie Patch Designs

I have been meaning to share the Dolly Claire pattern by Karen DuMont of Karie Patch Designs. It was one of our cross-promotional patterns for the Hydrangeas collection by Sue Zipkin. Isn’t it simply darling?
Karen is a wildly talented and energetic designer with loads of gorgeous and creative designs. Be sure and check out the rest of her fabulous patterns on her website at

Happy Quilting!

Holiday Gift Project #13

Ok, here is one I promise you can do last minute in a jiff! This project is a nice and easy 1 hour project depending on how many you are making. I made 8 in just under an hour. They are dinner napkins that are constructed simply of two contrasting half circles of fabric which are sewn together, turned, pressed, topstitched, and ironed into little trees…that’s it! I told you they were easy! And how clever! Click here to get the free pattern from Craftsanity. Thanks to Craftsanity for an AWESOME pattern!
I used our Birds and Berries fabric by Barb Tourtillotte.
Now, I must admit I did modify the pattern a bit. All I did was cut out two 18″ circles, cut them in half to make semicircles (thanks to Pam in Spokane, WA for the tip!), sew right sides together, turn, press, topstitch, and iron into tree shape. All you need are semicircles to do the trick and it saves on fabric. I was able to make 8 napkins out of just two yards of fabric (one yard of the green fabric and one yard of the cream).

Thanks for looking and have fun with this one!

Holiday Gift Project #12

Ok, I know we’re getting down to the wire here, but if you are a super prepared kind of person that got all of your projects done way ahead of time, then you have time to try some of these last minute gifts! These pretty little lovelies were made by Lettis Hooten in Deary, ID. The pattern used is from Abbey Lane Quilts and it’s called The Abbey Bag
I love the description on the Abbey Lane website about this pattern, “A pin cushion and a scrap bag all together in an adorable flower. Cute was never this practical. It even has a pocket to store your snippers. Take 3 fat quarters, a charm pack and a couple of hours and you will have an ABBEY BAG.”

I’m sold! CUTE! Thanks for sharing Lettis–they are DARLING!

Holiday Gift Project #11

It’s pajama time! Shirl, our Accounting Assistant, made these adorable pajamas using the Jungle Soul Flannel by Laurel Burch. Don’t they look cozy? She used McCall’s Pattern 5990, and according to Shirl these are pretty darn easy to make.
Shirl told me, “I took sewing in 7th, 8th and 9th grade and have never sewn since (30+ years). I wanted to do something cool this year for Christmas so I decided to sew everyone’s Christmas pajamas instead of buying them. I am making pajamas for my three daughters, two granddaughters, two sisters, one niece and the set you see for my girlfriend.”

What lucky gals–what fabulous gifts these make! Thanks Shirl, and Happy Sewing!

New collections…April & May 2011!

Fun and festive new collections abound! Check out the latest and let us know what you think below for a chance to win free fat quarters of your favorite collection!

Why not start off with a collection that’s sure to get you giggling…Muffintops by Barb Tourtillotte. Hilarious!
If Muffintops made you blush, then perhaps this next one is more up your alley…Night and Day by Skipping Stones Studio.
I loooove this one…Mayfly Buddies by Tony Fernandes. Isn’t this just too sweet for baby?
Here’s the latest European Taupe V by Kinkame…so lovely!
Lastly, here are next year’s holiday collections to look forward to! The first one is Christmas Spirit by Diane Knott…don’t you love these fancy Santas?
…and last but not least, Holiday Celebrations by Laurel Burch… gorgeous colors and mystical creatures!
Thanks for looking, and don’t forget to leave you comment for a chance to win free fat quarters! Winner announced this Friday at 4pm. Happy Sewing!

Holiday Gift Project #10

Check out this fun apron and potholder set made by our brilliant Accounting Assistant, Shirl Nelson! The fabric is from the Milly collection by Erin Ries.
These aprons are fun and easy to make, and as an added bonus you can download the free pattern now by clicking here. You can also make these cute potholders out of the leftover scraps!
Great job, Shirl–what a great holiday gift!

Holiday Gift Project #9

It’s SUPER QUICK and EASY holiday gift project time…the perfect project for an excellent last-minute gift! These are key chains made by our friend Jean Seamster. Thanks, Jean, for an excellent gift and an excellent last minute gift idea!
Jean says these are a snap to put together. You just get the key chain fob and webbing from, and some scrap fabric, and you’re half way there! Cut the webbing into about 10″ strips, sew on some scrap fabric, attach the key chain fob, and you’re in business! What a great project and gift–yeah!

Holiday Gift Project #8

Ok, so there probably aren’t enough days left to finish this holiday gift project, but this quilt kit could make a great gift for a special quilting friend! This is the European Feathered Star quilt from the November/December issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting. Isn’t it gorgeous? The fabrics are from the European Taupe IV collection by Kinkame.
This quilt is being featured as a free pattern on the Fons and Porter website here. The designer and quiltmaker is the ever-so-talented Bev Getschel.