Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 48

We are at week 48, people! Almost to the finish line.  I have assembled my top and it is being quilted by Maggi right now.  I'll be able to show you my finished quilt when we show the last block!

Oh, I have a lot to show you this week.  This is my block for Blockheads 2 - Ann Arbor and you can find the directions HERE.  How this block came about was from a trip to Cranbook last spring.  They had a superb exhibit of Alexander Girard, who was once on staff there.  It was the most inspiring show I have ever seen.  This is my version of his graphic style.  He designed furniture, architecture, textiles, and was incredibly prolific.  What I remember most is his personal notebooks and drawings from childhood. When he was at boarding school in England right after the first World War, he invented and designed his own country. He drew maps, buildings, and designed military uniforms, postage stamps, money, flags, and much, much more.  It was amazing. 

The brilliant sales staff of Moda Fabrics is showing our next collection to shops!  Crystal Lake has just landed in shops and this one......... Northport will be there in September.

We're pretty excited about it! 40 amazing prints and 29 wovens!

I started making my quilts with it and I'll have more to show you in the next couple of weeks.
This is the Leo quilt in progress on my wall.

I received some more exciting news.......

And last, but not least.....everything in our Etsy shop is 17% off if you use the coupon code PATRICK this week. :)



Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 47

It's week 47 of Blockheads 2 and this block is brought to you by Jan Patek and you can find the directions HERE.

What is going on here is..... lots of top secret sewing.  You know what that means - we're getting ready to introduce a new fabric collection at the end of the month. 

In the meantime... I saw these lovely creations on Instagram using our patterns and fabrics.

This one by Karen Rantis uses the basket block pattern from Portage Lake Block of the Month.  She just kept making baskets and now I want to too. Lovely, Karen!

Kate made Hurrah! with lots of Minick and Simpson fabrics and now I want to make it again.  I've already made this quilt twice and a third time wouldn't be too much, would it?

Now, I must get back to cutting and pressing fabric - so I'll be ready for the big reveal



Tuesday, February 26, 2019


This week's block is brought to you by Stacy Iest Hsu and the directions are  HERE

As you can guess, this block is now sewn into the complete top.  I worked ahead just a bit and I couldn't wait.  I'll have it back from the quilter and ready to show you once we get through to week 52.

What else is going on?
Lots of top secret sewing that I won't be able to show you until next month.  

Crystal Lake has shipped to all your favorite quilt shops!

We still have a few Our Best Friends kits available....

You can find them HERE



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 45

This week's block is brought to you by Betsy Chutchian and it's a winner!  You can get the directions HERE. I hope to start putting all these blocks together this weekend. Hope to, because things here just got real with finalizing new patterns and getting new fabric shipped from the mill.  It is all hands on deck getting the new quilts ready for our next fabric group from Moda Fabrics.  Expect some sneak peeks next month!

In other news....... I finished my scrap quilt this week.  I made this using scraps entirely.  You would think that the scrap loss would be noticeable, but you would be wrong.  It's starting to get concerning. Do you think I've tapped into some scrap parallel universe? Some neverending scrap worm hole?  The laws of physics do not seem to apply.
 It doesn't have a name yet.  This was the best picture we could get.  The clothesline in the backyard was unapproachable due to ice.
I can't wait to get it back from being basted so I can work on this in the evenings.



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 44

Sorry about last week's non-post. I just did an iOS update and the photos were not cooperating.  I think everything is fine now.  Here is Blockhead 2 - block number 44
Here she is before she got her haircut.  This week's block is brought to you by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique - and here are the directions .

And just to make sure I really did do block 43 - here it is.....

What else has been going on.... I've been working on that long term scrap project. My days have been filled with lots of cutting, pressing, and stitching.

I've heard that Crystal Lake is shipping this month!!! I am taking pre-orders on some of the kits.
The kits for Our Best Friends can be found here and the kit will have the directions and fabric to make both mini quilts.

Rolling Stars kit is HERE.

The Cobblestone kit can be found HERE



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 42

It's week 42 and this block is brought to you by Carrie Nelson. You can find the directions HERE.

The countdown has begun..... only 10 more blocks!

I'm writing this post Tuesday evening and I will post it early Wednesday morning.  I have to go out and about today - and I will be dressed accordingly.  The vortex is coming. If you are somewhere in the middle of America and you don't have to go out - don't.  Many local businesses are already planning on being closed.  When I do get back home this afternoon - homemade chicken noodle soup is planned.  The stock is being made now.

Speaking of recipes.... here is one for a winter salad.  I love salads, but the traditional green salad doesn't sound very good to me in cold weather.  Learning from good cooks, I make a salad on what is in season - even in winter.
This is my favorite - made from heirloom navel oranges (1 to 1 1/2 orange per person), avocado ( 1/3 to 1/2 avocado per person), pickled red onion (1 slice of red onion per person), and toasted pine nuts (1 tablespoon per person)

I plate the orange, avocado and pine nuts and prepare the onion and dressing: Simmer 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt until the salt and sugar dissolve.  Remove from heat.

Segment the red onion slices into rings and boil in water for 4 minutes until soft.  Remove the red onion rings from the water and marinate the onions in the vinegar mixture for 10 minutes.  Layer the red onions on the salad.  Mix the vinegar mixture with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of water, and 2 teaspoons of whole grain mustard.  Add pepper to taste and dress your salad. 

A little birdie from Moda told me that I can expect new, top secret fabric soon.  When it arrives it will be a bit manic here - making all the quilts......  In the meantime I've started another quilt from my bins of scraps.....

This is it - in progress - on my design wall.  This is about 1/4 done.  Maybe I'll have half of it done before I have to put it away for awhile.  

I posted this photo on Instagram and we had a little surge in sales of the 99's
Yes, it's 2 lbs of Minick and Simpson 9" x 9" squares - 99 total.  We sold so many I had to cut some more.  You can find them HERE
Here are the 99 different fabrics that are in the current bundle. There are a few left and then.... I'll have to cut some more.  :)



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BLOCKHEADS 2 - Week 41

This week's block is brought to you courtesy of Me And My Sister.  You can find the instructions HERE 

Like quite a bit of the country, we got snow this weekend. And frigid temperatures too.  Sadly, today we are getting rain.  Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'd rather have snow than mud.

There are lots of creative vibes happening here, but you can't see quite yet.  Actually you probably wouldn't want to see quite yet as it's just bin, after overturned bin, of fabric being shifted around the studio. Creating is messy.

Hibernating with some relaxing hand stitching seems to be of the moment right now.  Our Somerset Patchwork/patterns/templates have been selling like proverbial hotcakes.  We are now restocked and have them in our Etsy shop.

 We also have some helpful notions for hand piecing - these are especially nice for long winter evenings....
We also have these new patterns back from the printer..... Tapestry quilt patterns



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