Thursday, May 31, 2012

farmer's wife - meet kaffe

Tomorrow (Friday, June 1) is our second meeting for the Farmer's Wife BOM.  It has been such a popular class that we have added another date to our schedule.  I'll give you that later.

I wanted to share with you this little bit of the class that I am excited about.  One of our new students, Jarina, is going to do her quilt in Kaffe Fasset fabrics.  She brought in a bunch of her fabrics today and let me oooh and ahhh over all of them.

I am so in love with these fabrics that I spent too much time (as usual) on Pinterest, looking up Kaffe fabrics and quilts and pinning them to my Kaffe board.  I think you will fall in love with them too!

And here is the quilt that I want to make of my own Kaffe collection.  This class is being held on June 9, called Diamond Jubilee.

And here is the quilt hanging in the shop with my own Kaffe fabrics for sale.  What do you think?  Do you love him now too?

Monday, May 28, 2012

pincushion tutorial

It's time for you to go over to the Riley Blake blog, Cutting Corners to check out my pincushion tutorial!  I had such fun making it with this gorgeous fabric from Amanda of The Quilted Fish.

I made a Log Cabin pincushion, using this cute apple print for the traditional red center.  It is filled with crushed nut shells.  It's the first time that I have used them, and I really like the feel of the cushion with them in there.

Thanks for looking at my newest tutorial!  Let me know if you're inspired to make one.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

welcome spring

Spring Promise just arrived this week in the shop.  It is gorgeous, soft, and has all of my favorite colors in it!  I will be starting on a new quilt right away.  So you will see it up in the shop and ready for class sign ups very soon!

And you can read more about fabric designer Ana Davis here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

free motion

Now you have a chance to try it -  you've always wanted to.
Free Motion Quilting taught by Melody Lake
Saturday, May 19
10:00 am - 12:00 pm / $25.00

Just bring your sewing machine and any large piece of muslin or scrap fabric.  It's just a fun play time!
Call {916} 209-3930 to register.

Monday, May 14, 2012


 My first bits of Christmas fabric is now arriving in the shop!  This is Blitzen by Basic Grey from Moda.  Very modern.  I will love to see what you do with it!

Might I suggest this quilt, using the 10" Layer Cake.  Love it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


In my shop you will see two of the Sidelights quilts.  The top picture features fabric called Sweet Shoppe. The Asian panel below, is from the Sew Katie Jean teacher, Kathy Hilton, her own stash. Don't you love how the fabric selection makes both quilts look so very different, but equally beautiful.

That's just one reason why this pattern is so popular.  It makes a versatile quilt and you can make it again and again and again, once you learn how.

Class space is still available:
Thursday, May 10
10:00 am - 3:00 pm / $30.00
Teacher: Kathy Hilton

Sunday, May 6, 2012

contrary wife

Calico Puzzle #16

 Contrary Wife #21

Prairie Queen #70 

Railroad #72

So yes, I am having a blast sewing these up!  I would love to take this class twice a month.  I dug through my own stash today and found even more American Jane from collections past.  This is an ongoing class and we would love for more quilters to join in the fun.  Stop by the shop or call to sign up!

Friday, May 4, 2012

farmer's wife

The first Farmer's Wife class was today!  All day sewing - was sew great!

Plus, the night before I finally picked out what fabrics that I want to use. The lovely American Jane from Sandy Klopp and Moda.  I have been collecting some of her fabrics for awhile and now I get to dig them out and start cutting them up.

I was really proud of my work too! I did a little dance every time I finished a block. I finished four of them.  Now I just have 107 blocks left to go.

Plus these Marti Michel templates really did the trick.  I used my tiny 18 mm rotary cutter and it made my blocks so much more precise.  And less stressful for me!  I'll show you my 4 finished blocks next...