Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Update

Good Morning! Summer has started here quickly and we will experience steamy weather this week.  We hope your fridge is stocked with popsicles and you are keeping cool. Our local farmer's market is in full swing and we will be eating lots of salads for the next few months.  This was a big hit this week.
This pepper and mozzarella salad from SmittenKitchen will be repeated frequently.

What else has been happening?


Polly has listed some rug hooking kits in our Etsy shop.  These are kits left over from teaching in Nantes, France.  Once they're gone, they're gone. I think there are 2 left of the patriotic pin cushion and the circle rug.  There are about 8 star rugs left.  You can find them here

I've been plugging along on a new quilt pattern ..... this will give you an idea



In other news.... there will be an exhibition of some quilts and rugs from our new book

From July 5th through September 10th there will be a quilt and rug display of our blue and white work at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum (The Beavers Terrace Room) in Lincoln Nebraska.  If you are out and about on a summer road trip - be sure to stop by.

Laters,

Laurie

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day and More

 In honor of Memorial Day I put some of my flag quilts out on the line to photograph.  This isn't all of them, but it's what I could get my hands on today.  This is Victory Girls - a Baltimore Album folk style quilt in honor of American women during World War II.
This is Pieceful Journey and is featured in our Quilts and Rugs book. It is a huge Americana Christmas extravaganza.



This is Liberty Road which is an homage to a similar quilt in the V & A  of Union Jacks made up in Liberty of London florals. Mine has Minick and Simpson florals and a folky American flag.
This quilt is out on a trunk show - but it is my newest flag pattern - Four Flags.  Give a thanks to those who serve and enjoy your holiday.




I have also added some mini fat quarter bundles in our Etsy shop of Snowfall.  (we even have 2 Lake Effect kits left if you need a great summer travel/handwork project).  We had some yardage listed too.

Another one of my favorite flag quilts is going on an adventure.  SpazzyCat is doing a Quilt A-Long to make the Spirit of Sacagawea.  You can get more info on his blog post today.  If you need the Spirit of Sacagawea book - we are offering it at 30% off if you use the coupon code SPIRIT when you place your order.  I can't wait to see what you all will do with this quilt.

Laters,

Laurie

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

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