Monday, May 8, 2017

New Patterns are Here



 We now have our new patterns featuring the Ann's Arbor fabric collection in our Etsy shop.  This one is Lady of Lake Superior (you know, Lady of the Lake pattern with the added "Superior" because we like to use Michigan names).  It makes a happy quilt.  These Ann's Arbor quilts will be heading to International Quilt Market next week in St. Louis.
This is Four Flags (well, because it's 4 flags....) and it also uses Ann's Arbor.  It could use any red, white or blue M & S fabrics you have on hand.  This is an especially fast and easy quilt and if you make Quilts of Valor or Quilts of Honor.
We have also used Ann's Arbor with great effect in one of our tried and true patterns - Chippewa Nine Patch.  We could go on and on about this favorite pattern (I've made it 6 times in different fabric groups). It always looks great - and it looks different every time.

The key to the Chippewa Nine Patch is 25 fat quarters.  5 groups of 5 fat quarters.  Once you get those picked out - its easy peasy.  The one on the left I used these 5 groups: dark blue, light blue, yellow, blue on cream shirtings, cream on cream shirtings. (The groups are arbitrary, but once you cut your strips - keep your strips in the correct pile - and magic happens) The one on the right used these 5 groupings: medium blue, light blue, red, blue on cream shirtings, cream on cream shirtings.  Different background colors set them off and while they have much the same fabrics - they look complimentary, but completely different.


Laters,

Laurie

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Snowfall in April




Yes, it's April and the flowering trees are showing their stuff.  This is a dogwood that we planted last summer when it had a few green leaves.  We were pleasantly surprised to see the pink blossoms emerge.  I'm hoping that the sparseness on the bottom is just because it's a brand new tree and it will eventually fill out.  So, the snowfall we are mentioning isn't white stuff from the sky - but Snowfall - from Moda Fabrics!
These are some of the prints.....
 And these are some of the yummy wovens.  If you aren't familiar with our wovens - they are not flannel.  They are not brushed cottons, but they are silky, thin, lovely stripes and plaids that work beautifully with the prints. We love them.  These mini Fat Quarter bundles are listed in our Etsy shop.
We have some limited supplies of a couple kits - this is the Snow Goose quilt kit designed by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.
 
This is Lake Effect and it comes with all the fabric, pattern, acrylic templates, and 700+ paper templates.


If you hadn't heard, Polly and I were in France! We had a few travel hiccups, but we had a great time.  A few days in Paris, then on to Nantes for the Pour l'amour du Fil show put on by Quiltmania.  Everyone involved with Quiltmania are such pro's and the show was wonderful.
Here is Polly in our booth giving a rug hooking lesson to Lynette Anderson.

Our last night in Nantes, we had dinner at La Cigale. We had been there before, but made a real effort to get back. It is one of the loveliest restaurants we have ever seen - and the food is pretty special too.  The Beaux Arts decor has to be seen to be believed.

While travel is exhilarating, it's nice to be home and back in the quilty groove.  

Laters,

Laurie



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Winners of The Blue and White Book Raffle!

We have heard that the books are on their way from the warehouse to here, and other book loving places.  If you have purchased a Pre-Order - you were entered into a raffle for a quilt or a hooked rug.  Well, the winner of the quilt is....

Leslie Bergeson

The winner of the hooked rug is....

Joan Strauss

 Leslie and Joan - your book and your quilt or rug will ship this weekend.  Congratulations!  Thank you all for having faith in what we do here.  We are grateful.

And for all of you who may be in south Florida on Monday....


Polly and I will be showing photos of the book, real rugs and quilts in person - and we will be book signing.  To RSVP, call Miromar Design Center at 239-390-5111or go online to MiromarDesignCenter.com.

Hope to see you there!

Laters,

Laurie


Monday, March 27, 2017

Winner of Lucky Charm Quilts

The winner of the Lucky Charm Quilts book by the Moda All-Stars is...

Lori from Notforgotten Farm

Lori, I'll get this out to you asap.

Thank you all for participating.

Laters,

Laurie


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lucky Charm Quilts

 

I was honored to be selected to be one of the Moda All-Stars to participate in this new book.    Inside you will find 17 different quilts that use either 1 Charm Pack™, 2 Charm Packs™, or 3 Charm Packs™.  Because I always look for the easy way out - my quilt uses 1 Charm Pack™ and some added bits and pieces you all have in your fabric stash.
This Tea Time quilt used 1 red and white Charm Pack™, 2/3 yards red for piecing and binding and 1/4" yard of linen.  

There is much to choose from

I was particularly enchanted with Carrie and Tammy's quilt.
It used  Grand Traverse Bay Charms with a red Moda cross weave.  On the strength of this quilt I just ordered a bolt of that cross weave.  Expect to see it in future quilts.

Make a comment about Martingale, Moda All-Stars, Charm Packs, luscious woven fabrics, or anything at all and you will win a copy of this book - and a few Charm Packs™.  Just comment before midnight Sunday March 26th.

Also go to the Martingale Blog to enter their give-away for lots of Charm Packs™.  

Laters,

Laurie

Monday, March 20, 2017

Winners of Ann's Arbor Fabric Scraps


The weather didn't cooperate too much for my traditional "clothesline" shot of the new quilts.


 I have 2 boxes of Ann's Arbor scraps to go out to winners -

Michelle and Vicky

(yes, Vicky - who I believe has entered every contest I have ever offered and has finally won)

Michelle - email me at lauriesimpson92@gmail.com and I will get your winnings off to you.


 In other news, I have put some quilt backings up in our Etsy shop.  They are fabric from the Portage Lake Block of the Month.  These are 5 yard cuts and they are big enough for Portage Lake, and many other quilts you need to back.






 And we received the last 6 boxes of Portage Lake thread from Aurifil last week.  While it is a perfect match for the Portage Lake quilt - it goes with just about all our fabric as it is red, white, blue, and neutral.  These last 6 thread boxes are on sale.  Once this quilt kit and thread boxes are gone - they're gone.

Happy first day of Spring!

Laurie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ann's Arbor

Our new fabric collection, Ann's Arbor is being shown to shop owners right now and will be delivered to your favorite Quilt Shop in August 2017.  Here is my stash to make lots of new quilts!
It is our expected Red, White and Blue with an added sunny yellow.  It is crisp and summery and feels like a relaxing weekend at the family cottage.



If your like me - you will need lots of these sweet shirtings. 
The collections features a large vintage cottage stripe that is fabulous for borders and backings. This stripe is also in yellow and in medium blue.  I'm using them for borders.  Two quilts are finished and getting the bindings sewn on right now.  I have another quilt that I'll be piecing next week.  Keep checking for pictures.

Some of you remember how this works...... besides these pieces to make my quilts, I also got a box of scraps left over when Moda made the cap sets for the salesmen.  I have enough here to fill 2 large Priority Mail boxes.  Comment here about Ann's Arbor, Ann Arbor, red white and blue, yellow, summer, cottages, or anything at all......and you could win these scraps. I bet there is room in those boxes for other goodies too.

Comment here before midnight Sunday March 19th and you could be 1 of 2 winners.

Later,

Laurie

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Florida Book Signing


The book launch is getting closer.  You can order the book pre-sale in out Etsy shop.  The book will be autographed and each pre-purchase will be eligible for a raffle ticket for a quilt or a rug made by Polly and I.

If by chance you are in South Florida (or want to be), Polly and I are announcing our first joint book signing.  It will be April 10th in Florida. It is a few miles north of Naples at the Ralph Lauren Showroom - just across the highway from the Outlet Mall.

Meet sisters and artists acclaimed rug hooker Polly Minick and expert quilt maker Laurie Simpson at this special event hosted by Mark Fanta, MP Interiors, at the Ralph Lauren showroom, Miromar Design Center, Estero.
Polly and Laurie will display their rugs and quilts and discuss their crafts and their latest book, Blue & White: Living with Textiles You Love. 
Rugs, quilts and books will be available for purchase.
The event starts at 1pm.  We will each show quilts and rugs featured in the book.

2 days later we fly to France and our 2nd book signing will be in Nantes at the Pour l'Amour du Fil show.

Laters,

Laurie

Sunday, February 26, 2017

While still pretty excited about Blue and White, which will be shipping in 1 month, I have been busy with secret sewing.
I will be able to show you our new collection very soon.  It's happy and cheerful and just what everyone needs right now.

Since most of my secret sewing is finished, we now are getting everything ready for this adventure.  If you plan to be in Nantes and want to take some classes with Polly or I you can sign up here

I received a nice note recently that the Olde Kent Quilters Guild from Chestertown Maryland has a raffle quilt made using our Coastal Lily pattern.  
The raffle supports  Deborah's Angels charity quilting program, which has donated more than 2400 quilts to sick and in-crisis children since 2004.  Brava Ole Kent, well done!

Laters,

Laurie





Thursday, February 9, 2017

Blue and White Book - Pre-sale - With SUPRISE!!!

The time is getting closer! Just a few short weeks away from this book coming out.  We are pretty excited here and we hope to get you a bit excited too.

I have posted the book in our Etsy store for Pre-sale.  Why do you ask would you want to buy it a few weeks before it's published?? Here's why..... every pre-sale order of this book will be entered into a raffle to win a blue and white quilt made by me or a blue and white rug made by Polly.  That's why.... Here is the link to the pre-sale.  This book will also be autographed.



Polly is at the Miromar Design Center today at the Ralph Lauren Home Center with some of her rugs.



This is the quilt you could win - the Antique Duvet quilt...


And this is the rug...


Laters,

Laurie








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