Friday, December 31, 2010

Sensational Patchwork Bags Book Giveaway winner!

And the winner is....

Patty D of  A Stitch In Time blog!

Patty - email me at

with your shipping address and I'll get this book out to you as soon as I can!

Sorry I was a little late announcing the winner this morning!  I started baking some goodies for the kids and almost forgot!  Ooops!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Clubs and Fabrics are coming!

The End of 2010 is near....
Thank you for making this the best year yet!  We've enjoyed meeting many of you at the quilt shows and have been blessed enough to create new friendships with you online.

This will be our last newsletter of the year.  Just a little reminder that only a few days remain for our annual Year End Website sale.  The sale will be over at midnight on January 1st, 2011.

New On Our Website Now!

Hurrah by Jo Morton is up for Pre-Ordering now and should arrive in January of 2011!

Prairie's Women's Sewing Circle, Journey #1 is now available and Journey #2 will be coming soon!  These projects are gorgeous, don't you agree!

Journey #1

Journey #2

Jo's Little Women Club #10 is coming very soon!  We have a few more minor details to work out and then we'll let you know all about it!  You can sign up for the Jo's Little Women Newsletter on our website for updates on how the club will be run and when it begins!

Also here are a few other monthly clubs that may tickle your fancy....

Spoolin' Around Club

Simply Charming Club

Simply Strips Club

Simply Sixteenths Club

Plus, we've also updated our Fat Sixteenth's Bundle page...

Assorted Fat Sixteenth Bundles

And our Charm Square page....

Assorted Charm Squares Packs

We have a few more things up our sleeves for 2011, but now it's time to rest a bit and reflect on the many wonderful things this life has brought to us.  A bit of hand piecing and quilting is calling our name and that is how we will be spending our New Year's Eve - with family, quilting and watching our favorite movies. Thank you to everyone that has pre-ordered our book.  We are scanning in photos and creating kits to offer you to go along with the projects in the book.  As soon as everything is ready, we will let you have a peek at the projects!

Also, we welcome your comments and suggestions at any time. This time in particular I am asking a favor of you.  We are re-ordering several of Jo Morton's fabric lines that were introduced this past year and hopefully we will begin to see that fabric arriving at the end of January.  If there is any particular Jo line you are interested in, please be so kind to drop us an email at  or simply leave a comment!!  We are looking into ordering pieces from her older lines also!

Just a reminder that we will be closed December 31st, 2010 through January 2nd, 2011.  All orders received during this time will begin to ship on January 3rd, in the order they were received. I will be back tomorrow posting the winner here on our blog to the give away we talked about yesterday!

We wish you a very safe and Happy New Year.  May all your dreams, wishes and hopes come true.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One last Give Away for the year.

I had a bit of a funny moment today.  The mail arrive and a package came for me - I'm waiting on a fun new quilting book and I thought to myself, awesome my new books here - wow, that was fast!  I open the package and out comes a book I had no clue why I was receiving.  I really thought I was losing "it".  Here I am thinking I ordered this book and forgot I did it!  LOL

Long story short - it was sent to me by mistake. I have no desire to keep this book and the seller on has graciously told me to keep it.  So this will be the last give away for 2010.  It has some really neat purses and bag projects, but in all honesty - it's something I will probably never put to good use.

21 Sensational Patchwork Bags by Susan Briscoe

Let's keep this give away kind of fun too.  To be entered for the drawing (which by the way, I'll pull a name on New Year's Eve morning around 9 am central time!)  just leave me a comment telling me what your absolute most favorite, can't live without it quilting notion is.  

Oh - and since the seller on Amazon was so quick in responding to my email and so kind in shipping me the book I ordered out so fast (like today - they answered my email and has shipped it within moments!!!)  and because they told me to just keep this one and enjoy it - I want to share their page with you!  They really have a lot of great books!  Here's the link:

And in other news, I've got a couple more new goodies to add to the website and then I'll be sending out the last newsletter for 2010.  It's really been a fun year and I hope for the same in 2011.

Don't forget, there are only a couple day's left of our annual year end Sale-A-Bration!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
We hope you have the Merriest of Christmas's and the Happiest of New Years!

Quilter's Night Before
by Author Unknown

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was Quilter's dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
"Just a few stitches left," our sweet quilter repeated,

"Then I can hang them and head off to finish
the pillows I'm making, fulfilling Mom's wish
For something 'quilty' to put on her couch",
as she pricked her poor finger, our quilter yelled, "Ouch!"
When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.

Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she could blame.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs Claus and her bag of quilt-gear....
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.

"Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and Viking,
the Andover and Blue Hill should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room - there, it's just back of the hall,
now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"

"My Dear," said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
"There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
I'm terribly sorry we gave you a fright.
Sit down. Have some tea. It's relaxing, you'll see.
My friends and I've come a long way to help Thee."

She thought she was dreaming, our Dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she'd near flipped her lid!
But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread
soon gave her to know she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way of knowing.

The stitches, how tiny! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman's talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started a quilt.
Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!..

Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they'd need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, "Just move over, dear,
I've brought my own needle. We'll get done, never fear.
I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.

So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillow's done. Now this is the last."
They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilters six cats from their laps.

They left behind gingerbread (just to be nice)
and the whole house smelled sweetly of Christmas and spice.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.

"Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!
Relax and enjoy. Happy Quilting to all!"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Little Pink Stars Fabric Collection

This collection is now in stock!  Designed by Margo Krager - the prints are taken directly from an old quilt with a really neat story behind it.  The quilt belongs to a friend of Margo's and we are so glad she was able to use it!

Just look at the lovely bubble gum and double pinks, deep saturated blues, the lovely "lights" and the awesome brown! We have fat eighth, fat quarter and 1/2 yard bundles and of course individual fat quarters and yardage!

Little Pink Stars Fabric Collection
In other exciting news around here:

Pre-Orders for the book are now available and for the first 50 people that order the book - we're tossing in a free package of 20 assorted charm squares to get you on your way and say Thank you!

Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear
New surprises in store for 2011!

We are really busy working on some new fun and exciting programs for next year. New clubs, kits and fabric bundles by other designers - and more are on their way!  We are working out the final details and hope to bring you all the information in just a few short weeks!

Primitive Muslins Fat Quarter Bundle Winner!

The winner of the Primitive Muslin Fat Quarter Bundle is....

drum roll please...

Ok Karen - send me your snail mail address and I'll send the bundle right to you right away! Here's the email addy:

Everyone else - please go and visit Karen's blog - she has so many great photos and such talent!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Free Pattern Friday #2

As promised - here's your freebie pattern for today!

Just click on the link above to download the PDF file or you can visit our website and download it there!  Here's the link:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

So Excited - Here is my new book cover image!!!

I simply cannot take the suspense of waiting for my new book to arrive.  I think of this little gem everyday.


Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear
by: Me
Published by: Kansas City Star
Due to arrive: in February!
Pre-Orders: Starting soon - oh so soon!

20 scrappy style quilts - all which can be made from leftover charm squares or scraps

Here's a little info from he back cover:

Scraps—we all have those bits and pieces
left over from other quilting projects.
Put them to use in these little patchwork
quilts reminiscent of bygone days. You
don’t need a lot of fabric to create these
tiny treasures. Using her own overflowing
scrap bag, quilt designer Tara Lynn Darr
has created 20 classic projects inspired
by patterns of the past. From simple
one-patch and nine-patch blocks to
dazzling stars and pieced basket blocks,
she shows you how to make the most
of your leftovers. All the projects can be
made with 5” charm squares or smaller.
Tara also shares her time-tested tips for
working with small quilts. With these
projects and a little imagination, you’ll
whittle down that scrap stash in no time!
I am trying to calm my excitement down here a little bit!  I must get back to work!  I am trying to work up so little kits to go with the projects in the book that will be offered on our website!!!

Primitive Muslin Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

Tis the season to be giving..... Fa La La La

Today we are having another little giveaway that is sure to delight!

I love - Love this new line of fabric designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings that is due to arrive any day now - I am so patiently waiting to get my hands on this primitive muslin grouping.  There are 5 fabrics in this line and here are there names:

Tallow, Pie Crust, Time Worn, Paper Bag, & Treenware

We have a 10 piece fat quarter bundle of the primitive muslin to giveaway - the bundle includes 2 fat quarters of each shade of fabric!

So, to join this little giveaway - I want you to leave a comment telling us who your favorite fabric designer is and if you can remember - what was his or her fabric line that you enjoyed the most!

We'll have this drawing for the Primitive Muslin fat quarter bundle this Saturday December 18th, 2010 - in the morning sometime!

Shelburne Calico Fabric Winner!

Congratulations goes out to:

Thank you Paulette and everyone else for joining in on the fun of our giveaway of the Shelburne Calico Garden Fat Quarter Bundle!

Paulette - just email me at

with your snail mail address and I'll ship your pretties right out to you!

Stay tuned for our next give away - we'll post about it in a few minutes!

If you would like to add to your own personal stash of fabrics - we still have some Shelburne Calico Garden fabrics available and we've uploaded the free pattern that is provided by Windham Fabrics for you also to print out!  Go here:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Putzing the day away

I got a little sewing time in today on these:

Cleaned up the fabric noodles laying all over so it's a little tidier - see

All for this quilt that will soon grow into a pretty new quilt for my bed!

Now, I must return to reality and get back to work.  UPS should be here soon delivering this:

Little Pink Stars
designed by Margo Krager for Blue Hill Fabrics

I think I'm in heaven - double pinks, gorgeous blues and lovely browns - it's gonna be a good day!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Barn Quilts Calendar Winner!

Linda - if you could contact me at

with your mailing address, I'll ship your Barn Quilts Calendar right out for you!

and of course Thank you to Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail for donating this wonderful calendar for our blog giveaway!  Be sure and visit them to order your copy today if you have not already!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shelburne Calico Garden Fabric Has Arrived!

We just received the entire collection of this gorgeous reproduction fabric line today!!  And since it has arrived during our Annual End Of The Year sale - it has been listed at 10% off also!

Shelburne Calico Garden
And look at this lovely cheater cloth!

This unique collection is based on a quilt by the same name from accomplished quilt maker Florence Peto.  Florence described the quilt in a letter to the museum in 1951, "It has always been my desire to preserve fascinating old fabrics."


We now offer Gift Certificates!

Aged Muslin
Back In Stock Now!

Colonial Poison Green & Cheddar

We have sold out of 5 different gorgeous pieces from this collection, but I received confirmation today that they are re-orderable and we should have them by the end of December!  Pre-Orders are open on the pieces we are completely out of.  (So here's a little tip - if you pre-order those pieces that are currently out of stock now - including the bundles - you will still save 10% during our sale - everything on the website is on sale until January 1st, 2011!)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Super Fun Give-A-Way!

Well here's something really cool I recently discovered!

It's the American Quilt Trail 2011 Calendar!  I received mine this past week and a couple I ordered for Christmas Gifts!  And Suzette was such a sweetie to include an extra calendar for us to use as a give away here on our blog!  Thanks Suzzette!

Here's a peek at a few of the barns with quilt blocks that are included in the calendar:

Love this one for this month with all that snow flying around!

This ones a beauty too! Look at all those gorgeous mountains in the background! (I'm such a mountain woman!)

Love this quilt block too!

So here's what you gotta do to be included in the drawing to win one of these calendars!  It's simple - just leave me a little comment here on our blog telling me the name of your favorite quilt block and and why it is you favorite - if there even is a specific reason or just because it's gorgeous!!!  How easy is that! The give away starts today and will run through midnight this coming Monday December 13th, 2010.  I'll draw the winner's name on Tuesday morning and announce the winner!  Good Luck!

Now, be sure to check out The American Quilt Trails wesite also here:

You can view all the pages of the calendar here:

If you would like to order these great calendars you can do that right on the first link I provided above or go here:

I think they will make excellent Christmas gifts - what quilter would not love this!  The photography is gorgeous! Suzette ships them out extremely fast so you have plenty of time to receive them for Christmas!

Good Luck and Happy Stitchin'!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ahhh, look at this!

Just look at what Little Miss Karen from:

Awesome job Karen!

Colonial Poison Green & Cheddar Has Arrived!

Colonies Poison Green & Cheddar Fabrics have arrived!
It feels like we've waited forever for this gorgeous collection of 1830's reproduction fabrics to come!

And to top this off - we have placed this fabric on sale also - along with everything else on our website!
(remember we are having a website wide sale right now!)

All pre-orders for this fabric have shipped!  The website is updated to reflect the remaining inventory of fabric we have on hand!

Also - be sure and check back here tomorrow!  We are going to be having a really fun give-a-way!  It's easy and free, all ya have to do is place a comment on the give-a-way day and answer the question I ask tomorrow!!

Whew - I'm tired!  I didn't get any sewing machine time in today, we were busy all day filling the pre-orders for this fabric line!  There's always hope for tomorrow!  Have a great weekend!

Freebie Pattern Friday!

As promised - here's your freebie pattern for today!

Just click on the link above to download the PDF file or you can visit our website and download it there!  Here's the link:

I hope you didn't think we forgot about posting the free pattern today!  It's just been a little crazy around here!  You'll see why in my next blog post in a few minutes!

Home For The Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone to the Final Day of our
Quilt Designer Holiday Blog Hop!  

Our Twelfth Designer is 

It's sad to see this end, but do go and check out the grand finale - a super cute wool pattern and a yumm-i-licious cookie recipe!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

In Heaven - I got to sew yesterday!

Yesterday's highlight around here - I actually got to sit and sew!

And to start off the fun - had to blow the dust off the sewing machine cover,  I had a temporary memory lapse - forgot how to thread my sewing machine.  Then a few minutes later - forgot where my thread cutter button was.  But all is well now and my memory has kicked into high gear again.  Thank goodness!

This is what I accomplished yesterday afternoon.

This will eventually be my border fabric if everything works out the way I have planned. I chose the colors for my quilt directly from this awesome stripe fabric!  It's from the Bread & Butter line by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints.

These 2 photos are the ones I am pulling inspiration from.  This quilt is for sale at  - a great website for sure!

This is the book I am using for the pattern.  The pattern is called Lonestar Log Cabin.  The book is Tried and True, Renewed published by Leisure Arts.

This is the actual quilt shown in the book.  Mine is going to be more similar to the one on the Amish Country Lanes website.  A few minor adjustments, but I think I can do it!

Now, I'm off to work on the 68 log cabin blocks this quilt needs!  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Shelburne Calico Garden Fabric Bundle Give A Way / Contest

Let's have a little Give-A-Way - Contest!

Above is a photo of each of the fabrics in this 28 piece bundle of fat quarters (that's 7 yards of fabric!) from the Shelburne Calico Garden fabric collection that we were lucky enough to purchase at this past October's Quilt Market in Houston, Texas! To view more "up-close" pictures of the fabric visit the following link on our website:

To play along in our fat quarter bundle Give-A-Way/Contest here's what ya gotta do!

1. Post a link to our blog on your blog, our link is as follows:


Post on your blog about our current sale on our website and place a link directly to our website. Here's the link:


Post a little something on your blog showing something you have made from one of our pattern designs - either paper patterns you have purchased or any of the designs we have had published in magazines or anything from the books we have written in the past!  Also post a link on your blog to our website!

2. For everyday that you post on your blog and mention our sale or anything to do with our patterns and a link to our website or blog - you will get one entry into the drawing. (One entry per day from now until December 16, 2010)

3. Once you have posted on your blog - email me or post a comment on my blog - any comment on any blog post will do - but you have to tell me you posted on your blog and make sure I have a link to it so I can visit your blog too!  I love to blog hop!

4. On December 16th, 2010 I will draw one name from everyone that qualifies for this Contest/Give-A-Way.

5. Shipping of the fat quarter bundle is free - yes even if you live outside of the USA

6. The contest begins right now and will run until  December 16th, 2010 at 9 am Central Time.  At that time I will draw a name from all the entries and post on our blog the winner and a link back to your blog also!!!!!

Stay tuned - we have another Give Away coming soon of something really, really cool!

Annual Website Sale Going On Now until New Year's Day 2011!

Visit us today!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Snow Pennyrug Update

I've been getting a lot of emails about which colors of wool's to purchase for the free Snow Pennyrug pattern we had on our Home For The Holidays blog post.  Here's the picture of the pennyrug again for you:

Here is a list of the wools by color name that you can order from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop

(don't forget to order a plaid wool in this color also!)

(don't forget to order a plaid wool in this color also!)

(for the snowman and lettering)
St. Nick
(for the hat band)

(for the nose)

Dark Chocolate
(this is for the hat - a black wool would also work!

These colors are extremely similar to the ones I used in my pennyrug shown above!  They also carry all the Valdani Threads!  Enjoy!
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