Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Northport is HERE!

Northport fabric is in shops now - or in my case...... will be here on Friday.  I hope to spend all weekend cutting into it.

There will be a few kits of Leo to send out...... we have them here if you are interested.

Leo is actually quite easily pieced. The 4 pieced blocks are strip pieced and go together quite quickly.  The applique border is made with a bias maker for the vine and Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circle templates for the flowers.  All your edges are automatically turned under so the applique is quick too.

Per usual, I am one or two fabric collections ahead of you.  The Mackinac Island quilts ( Honor and the Derby House Block of the Month) will be back from Maggi this weekend and I'll be sewing on bindings.  And...... I'm starting to think about quilts after that........... My husband Bill is helping with some challenging drafting.  He is a retired cabinet maker and he still has a ruler, tape measure, and pencil within hands reach - at all times.



Friday, August 30, 2019

Taking RESERVATIONS for the Derby House Block of the Month

Starting today - we are taking RESERVATIONS for the Derby House Block of the Month

Derby House is a 10 month block of the month that will start in December of 2019 and run for 10 months until September 2020.

Derby House is made with Mackinac Island prints and Northport woven fabrics designed by Minick and Simpson for Moda fabrics. The BOM kit will make the 80" x 90" top and binding and have the complete instructions.  The quilt has 5 large applique blocks and easily pieced blocks.

The RESERVATION is HERE in our Etsy shop

Once you make your reservation (and leave your phone number in the "message to seller" part of the order) - You will be invoiced monthly through Square.  The invoice will be emailed to you can pay by credit card, debit card, or paypal. 

The monthly kits will be sent in a Priority Mail envelope - and shipping is included in your fee.

Thanks everyone



Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Peak at Our New Collection - Mackinac Island

It's been too long, folks.  I'm sorry for being tardy.  Things have happened and I'll show you all the news.  

First of all, my pal Leigh Ann and I collaborated on making a purse.  I was admiring boro bags online and thought (with the help of Leigh Ann) we could make one.  We did!  Don't ask about a pattern - since we completely WINGED IT.  Like I said - I made the 2 panels and they are sewn to an oval bottom and Leigh Ann added the lining, pockets and hardware.  The bag construction part is all above my pay grade :)  I'm sure there are many bag patterns that could be adapted to this technique.

The outside panels were hand quilted by me (basically mini quilts) and then handed over to Leigh Ann to turn into a purse.  I used antique fabric scraps and Minick and Simpson scraps.

She does beautiful work and I'm over the moon with it.  It is my summer purse and I love it!

In other WHOO-HOO news..... our next fabric collection has started to be shown to shop owners.  I received some sample yardage to make ALL the quilts.  I am over the moon with this too. This group is called Mackinac Island.

 Here are the actual fabrics...........

 You will notice it is the usual Red, White, and Blue of Minick and Simpson with some added pink.  Do you like it as much as I do?

As for the quilts........ I have designed a quilt that fits all the requirements for a Quilt of Valor. I was so happy to participate in this project.  This will be a boxed kit offered through Moda Fabrics and it - and all the yardage will be in your favorite quilt shops in January 2020.

 Last, but not least is a new BOM.  This is Derby House.  Derby House has 5 applique blocks and the rest is easy piecing.  Yes, easy.  It looks complicated, but it isn't.  The piecing is all 4 patches, 9 patches, HST's, log cabin blocks, and such. Easy peasy.  Granted, it is a lot of piecing - but it's simple.  Once you get all the blocks made - they are then sewn together in 9 vertical rows.  SIMPLE.

This will be a 10 month Block Of The Month and I hope to start it in December/January.  There will be lots of warning for the sign ups.  I will be able to do a few here in my Etsy shop.  Many other shops will offer it also. 

Whew!  I think that's it for now.....



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Charm Swap - Me and My Sister

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister designed this great little quilt using Northport!  I love it!  Thanks, gals.

Make sure to head on over to their blog for the free download pattern

What other things are happening over here........... a small vacation is planned (very small - 3 days).  Beach towels and sunscreen has been obtained!

Oh....... just to get your attention....... A new Minick and Simpson Block Of The Month has been finalized!  I will post pictures next month and we will get the process going for subscriptions.  You can expect this quilt to start around the end of the year - so get your quilting schedules in order !



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Charm Swap Day

Today is Charm Swap Day here at Minick and Simpson.  A while ago a few Moda Fabric designers swapped Charm Packs™ and made a mini quilt.  The challenge was to use fabric that is a bit different than we usually use - and add up to 1 1/2 yards to complete a quilt.  I used a Charm Pack™ from Sherri and Chelsi - a Walkabout charm.  Here is the quilt.....

You can get the pattern HERE

Remember to visit all the other Charm Swap quilts....

Kansas Troubles

Me and My Sister 

Sherri McConnell

Primitive Gatherings

Lella Boutique



Monday, July 1, 2019

4th of July Celebration

Hope you all have a great summer spectacular celebration.  We will be laying low as I travel the next day.  I'm going to celebrate by showing my gratitude.

This quilt is quilted now - by Maggi Honeyman.  I have offered this quilt for auction on my Instagram page. (if you cannot get there by the link - go to the instagram icon over on the left to get you there),  

If you want to bid on the quilt just comment and "@" the previous high bidder to let them know they have been outbid.

In celebration of this American holiday - ALL proceeds of this auction will go to 2 charities.  Our long time charity - Semper Fi - and The International Rescue Committee.  Semper Fi benefits wounded veterans and the International Rescue Committee helps family seeking safety. Both of these charities have the highest ratings from

The auction is open until noon on July 4th.  The winner will get an invoice from me and receipts from the charities for their records.   

The quilt...... it has been English paper pieced by me using Northport prints and wovens.  It is beautifully quilted by Maggi.

Thank you



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Charm Swap

There has been a plan brewing between myself and 5 other Moda Designers.

We have some fun planned.  Every wednesday for the next 6 weeks.  What is it, you ask?  Well, we all swapped charm packs and made quilts using each others fabrics. 

Today, we start it off with Lynne at Kansas Troubles 

Here is her quilt and go to her website to get the free pattern.

Isn't it adorable?  

Here is the schedule for the blog hop.......

Here’s the Schedule …
June 26 ~ Kansas Troubles
July 3 ~ Sherri McConnell   
July 10 ~ Laurie Simpson
July 17 ~ Me and My Sister Designs
July 24 ~ Primitive Gatherings
July 31 ~ Lella Boutique



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