Friday, March 27, 2015

Oh My! It Never Rains But ................

This is the first block of Winter Solstice, our Mystery Quilt for 2015.
Most of you making it know that the new girl (who is no longer with us) we had cutting kits  didn't see that she was supposed to cut two pieces for the snow, one for the roof and one for the ground,

What we didn't realize is that apparently she wasn't very good at reading either.  The background sky piece as supposed to be cut 27"x22", it says 27x22 plainly on the cutting sheet.  She seems to have cut most of them at 22x22 - which won't work.
We're mailing the correct size out to you today. Meanwhile, you can at least applique windows, shutters, etc to the house. 
Be sure to keep the 22x22 piece - you'll use it for the background in Block #4.

This is one reason we didn't catch it.

This is our very, very close friend - pretty well family member - Dave Warner.
Dave was regional manager of an local farm and construction implement company.  He was an avid gardner, hunter and all around outdoorsman who taught Jake to hunt and who helped us keep our farm in tip-top shape while providing everyone with game and vegetables.    He and his wife Kim have been part of our extended family since they were teenagers.
He was cutting wood on our back 80 one minute and was gone the next.
His loss is devastating - he will be sorely missed.  
And as Pep said, at least he spent his last day outdoors in beautiful weather, doing one of the things he loved most.
Time will slowly heal the pain - and we are so much richer for having known him.

This is April Showers Table Stand Quilt and

Parasol Princess (58"x58")

Kelly will be sending an email next week with a coupon code for 15% off of both sets of kits and patterns.
April Showers and needing an umbrella seem appropriate at the time and of course, stitching always helps.

I thought I'd do something nice for my Blog people to say I'm sorry for the Mystery Quilt mess.
If you go to the store now - through April 4th and use the promo code SORRY you can buy them for 25% off by clicking here.  :)
And if the applique seems a little intimidating, you can get a few tips by watching the tutorial when you click here.

My Lord, I hope life settles down for awhile.  
At least I have the quilts for the next fabric line, Hawthorn Ridge to work on.  
Stitching does always help.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Better late than never.......

........... Or maybe we're just getting a jump on next year.
We do have Santa every year, you know.

Anyway, we finally got the tutorial up on Santa and how to do his small tree with it's layers and curves.
To watch the video click here
and to buy a kit or a pattern click here.

We hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


My daughter Kelly tells me not to say "oops" - it doesn't sound professional.
The thing is - sometimes life gives you an oops.

This is the center block for Spring Break - my quilt that's featured in the Spring issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  We've made up fabric packs for the quilt and have run into a "challenge" on this block.  
The magazine changed my instructions - which is no problem - there are as many different ways to do appliqué as there are quilters.  The problem is that I didn’t know it. I have always just cut the block pieces to size and sewed them together, then put on the applique.  In 30 years of doing applique I’ve never had one shrink up.  Apparently some people do so they cut the backgrounds larger and then trim the block down to the correct size after the applique is on.  And apparently that’s how the wonderful ladies at Primitive Quilts do it and that’s the directions they gave.  And I'm sorry to say I didn't read the directions in the magazine when it came because I thought I knew what they said.
And since I wrote the original directions and sent them, I assumed they were going to use mine so we cut the fabric for the Fabric Packs last summer doing it my way.   The top piece should be cut 21.5x17.5 and the bottom piece should be cut 21.5 x 3.5.  Sew them together and you have a 21.5 square.  Then put your applique on - Unless your stitches are mega tight or your background wasn’t lying flat, it shouldn’t shrink.
So, if you've gotten a Fabric Pack from us, you'll probably need to cut it this way.
Communication - communication - communication.

I hope everyone who got a fabric pack reads this.  
And if the background in any pattern or kit doesn't go together right, try to get it corrected before you start the appliqué.
If you need to get in touch with us our email is

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuesday came a little late this week.......

Actually it came way too early.

I'm doing the layout for the patterns that will show with the fabric line (Hawthorn Ridge) that will show at Spring Market.
And when I'm doing fabric and quilts my brain just doesn't do hardly anything else.

That said I apologize for not posting the winner of the patterns.
The random number generator picked #18 and the 18th comments was M.A. Barb.  If you would send your shipping address, etc. to Tammie at, we'll get you patterns out to you asap.

This is "Lilies of the Field" and you can get the pattern for this quilt by clicking here.

Back to work.  (I do still have time to appliqué at night but that's about it.)  :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lilies of the Field and Go Figure!

Lilies of the Field, my latest fabric line for Moda is shipping to stores this week.

my latest Block of the Month pattern made out of  "Lilies of the Field".  It's 62" x 76"

And these are two 14" x 14" Circle/Star Candlemats.

And last but not least is "Let Freedom Ring"
my latest patriotic wallhanging.

There are 3 more patterns - you can go to the store to see them now or I'll post them on my blog next week

Today is Friday the 13th but it's felt like it was Friday the 13th for more than a week.
We're switching systems, from Quickbooks to Quickbooks online.
I'm sure we're going to love it once we get all of the kinks out or rather, once they do.
At the moment when we try to enter a customer s information to charge and ship an item, it works for about 3 - 4 entries a day and then starts giving us "error" messages.
Tammie has been on the phone with customer service for 4-5 days and nothing has shipped out.
Finally today we went back to the old system of plain Quickbooks and we got a lot of items entered and invoiced.  Hopefully we'll be able to import them into Quickbooks online when they figure things out.
The first installment of Spring Break and the Finishing Kit for the 2014 Mystery Quilt should finally be shipping next week.
I mean it never rains but what it pours.  Actually it will be snow, not rain, on Monday but you know what I mean.

Anyway, to celebrate the fabric, I decided to do a pattern Give Away.  To win a copy of all of these 3 of my patterns + a Charm bundle, make a comment, any old comment and I'll have a drawing Tuesday morning.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Football & Snow, snow, snow

This is Brian Jr, our oldest son Brian's oldest son.

Brian Jr. has been an avid Patriots fan for years.  His dad tries to take him to at least one Patriots game each year and quite often they have to travel a ways to see it since we all live in Mo.

This is one block of a full-sized quilt I made for him using a pattern from Barbara Brackman's Sports book.
It really turned out well with sashing and corner blocks of the appropriate colors.  I can't find the picture of the whole quilt but you get the idea. 
And while Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs is our favorite Quarterback, Tom Brady is a close second.
We were quite happy with the outcome of the Superbowl. :)

That was on Sunday.  
This is what we awakened to Monday morning.  School was closed and the girls couldn't get here.  

And then it happened again Wednesday.  - No school - snow covered country roads.
Needless to say we're two days behind on shipping out orders.
And I'm going to have to buy a new answering machine for the office - one that we'll have a manual for.  We can't figure out how to change the message.  Kelly did it once lately but can't remember how again.

I much prefer snow in quilts by now.

This is "Starry Night" our latest wallhanging kit and you can buy it by clicking here or on the name.

And, speaking of snow, this is the first block of Winter Solstice, this years Mystery Quilt.  You can sign up for it by calling Tammie at 816-632-7632.  Each block will be $28.50 and that includes shipping.   I kind of like the snow here.  
I think the camera was so cold that it fogged over when I went into the loft to take the picture.  The block isn't foggy. :)

As soon as I finish the binding on Fall Festival, we'll post a picture of the finished quilt. 

Meanwhile, stay warm ladies and keep quilting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mystery Quilts - Winter Solstice (2015) and Fall Festival (2014)

          This is Block 1 and the layout (both in progress) for the 2015 Mystery Quilt "Winter Solstice". 
Block #1 will ship in February. 

I was going to call it "Let It Snow" but someone pointed out I already have a pattern called by that name so we changed it to Winter Solstice.

Anyway, while I'm not quite retiring yet like Country Threads and Buggy Barn, I'm cutting way back after last year.  Therefore we will have only a limited number of kits.

To sign up call Tammie at 816-632-7632 or email her at  
We will accept credit cards but invoicing through Paypal is just too confusing as our store does Paypal and payments for the Mystery Quilt get pushed way down on the pages and are difficult to find.

The Finishing Kit for the borders for Fall Festival is ready to ship now.  If you don't get an invoice soon, please let us know.  The cost is $28.50 but we do charge shipping on the borders.

Tara is no longer with us for health reasons, so once again we're kind of in a muddle.  We miss her :(
If you're missing any of the blocks please let us know and we'll get them out to you.

As soon as I get Fall Festival back from the quilter, I'll post a picture of it.