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








Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oregon, Airports, and Quilt Planning



 


 
Polly and I were on the Oregon coast last week for a little relaxation and some intensive sewing.
A great time was had by all (we stitched with some Moda colleagues) and we lucked out on the January weather.  We actually had a few clear days of watching the surf.  Just don't ask about the flights home.  Can you say "Delta Computer Outage"?
I worked on a couple of projects. I am sliding into home on the Star A Day quilt.  I am on my last block and I need to only make about 20 more stars.  


This wasn't my project - it was Jennifer's.  We applaud her choice of fabric!


These blocks were on my design wall for a few days and I quickly stitched them into a top.  This is a homage (brazen copy) of an antique Amish quilt from 140 years ago.  I used Bella solids, 2 Grunges, and 1 cross weave to "texture up" the traditional Amish look.  Why did I make it? Just because.  I had a picture of the original on my bulletin board for years.  It was time to seal the deal.  I sent it off yesterday to Kari to baste.  I will hand quilt this one - at my leisure.  

I've had a few good productive days getting ready for new fabric to land on my doorstop (new quilts to make!!) and planning for our trip to France in April.

We're wishing you some happy, productive days in this short, yet sun challenged month.  To help you achieve that - we have a sale in our Etsy shop until this weekend (February 6th) for 30% off.  Just use the coupon code WINTER to get your discount.

Laters,

Laurie





Saturday, January 14, 2017

Upcoming Adventures

While we hope you are cozied up stitching on something - maybe you want to plan a trip when the weather turns to spring (at least in our hemisphere).

Polly and I are thrilled to be going back to Nantes France for the Pour l'Amour du Fil Show put on by Quiltmania Magazine.  We will teach a couple of classes, sign books (yeah!) and meet and talk with all who attend.  We LOVE this show and you will too.  The ink will barely be dry on these books when we are in Nantes.  If you can't make it to the show - know we will be putting up pre-sales of the book in late February or early March in our Etsy shop.

What else has been going on?....... I have had my nose to the grindstone getting my "chores" done.  Tax papers are in order, Inventory has been taken, quilts have been sketched, and the quilting on the red and green Irish Chain is almost done.  I'll show the finished, bound, and washed quilt to you next week.



There is something pretty exciting about having all your chores done and being able to make something new.

Laters,

Laurie

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Irish Chain Variation


The Irish Chain Variation is basted and in my hoop.  The pattern is also finished and in our Etsy Shop


The directions let you make a 2 color version (blue and white) or a 3 color version (red, green, and white).  If you like strip piecing....... this is for you!



Now that I have this pattern finished and offering it to you, that means I get to tackle the next thing on my list.  That would be designing another quilt - and taxes.  Wish me luck.  See you in a week or two.

Laters,

Laurie

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