Monday, March 6, 2023

Sunrise Side Quilts

I've had great fun making the quilts for the Sunrise Side collection (and thank you Leigh Ann for making one too!)  Here they are....

Eccentricity is in 2 different sizes. You can choose between the small at 69" x 69" or the large - at 88" x 88". 


This is GRAPHIC and it comes in 2 colorways - navy or cream. It's a very easily pieced pattern.

This is Hawthorne and is pieced and appliqued. It's quite a celebration of blue and orange.

 And last, but not least - is BOUNTY made with Sunrise Side

All of these are Pre-Orders and can be found here....


Friday, March 3, 2023

Sunrise Side

 Good Afternoon!  I'm delighted to show you our next fabric group that is right now being shown to shop owners - Sunrise Side.

In Michigan you are never far away from a Great Lake. It is one of the wonderful things about living here. The eastern coast of the state is considered the Sunrise Side as you can see the sunrise every morning over Lake Huron and Lake Erie. My collection is reminiscent of blue waters and sky and the warm colors of sunrise.


It is lots and lots of Minick and Simpson blues with some spicy orange.  Sunrise Side will be available in October in your local shop.  I'll be posting the quilts I made with this in a couple of days. 


Thursday, February 23, 2023

Al Kaline and Me

 I received a surprising email a few weeks ago. A Hall of Fame Museum wanted to show some of my quilts!!

No, not the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Marion Indiana. (although if Cooperstown ever needs a quilt about baseball players in my family - I have JUST the quilt and rug for them to use). 

The Moda Designer quilt exhibit was set up this week. It runs from February 21 through May 6th of this year. I am honored. The following quilts - along with quilts with my fellow designers Betsy Chutchian, Corey Yoder, Sherri McConnell, and Chelsi Stratton will be in the exhibit. I hope to get down there sometime in April or May. Maybe I'll see you there!


Friday, December 23, 2022

Annual Inventory Sale

 The Annual Inventory Sale starts now

Everything in the Minick and Simpson store is 35% off with the coupon code - COUNTING

Just use the coupon code when you check out. Keep safe and warm everyone


Thursday, December 15, 2022



I baked Christmas cookies this year. It's been quite a few years since I've done that. Decorating will be minimal. Very minimal. It's time I started to think about the many, many bins of decorations that are being stored and not used.

Hoping you and everyone you love is happy and safe this Holiday season.  

AND.... I wanted to remind you that the annual Minick and Simpson Inventory sale will be starting on December 24th and runs to January 1st.   All you need to do is add the coupon code COUNTING when you check out and EVERYTHING will be 35% off. 


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Tiny Duffle Sew-Along

 Hello Everyone!

In the next week or so I'm going to show you the process of making Tiny Duffels.  It's a fast and simple bag to hold whatever is dear to you. It's great for travel items, sewing projects or even gift bags.

You can of course make the patterns above from the Tiny Duffels pattern. All are using Isabella prints and Isabella wovens.  Also, since the large bag takes 2 - 15" x 15" blocks and the small takes 2 - 11" x 11" blocks - you can use all the bits and bobs that you have on hand. Tiny Duffels is a great way to use those leftover blocks that you have.  

I am not a bag maker usually. I don't have different types of interfacings and such things on hand. I do have fabric and leftover batting scraps. That is all that is needed to make a Tiny Duffle. I think a Tiny Duffel made in holiday type fabric can make gift giving extra special. Not only will your recipient get a gift - they'll get a great wrapping that can be used for all sorts of things afterwards.

So - let's get started! First off, pick 2 15" x 15" pieces of fabric (or blocks or.......) for the outside of your bag.  I had leftover square-in-square pieces left over from my Adelaide quilt.  I used the extra square-in-squares to make my outside pieces.
I bet you have leftover bits like this hanging around too and I'll be back tomorrow for what's next.

The fabrics above are Isabella fabrics and are in your favorite quilt shop right now.  You'll need a Tiny Duffel pattern - and you can find both at minickandsimpson. com

Oh, and another interesting thing - it seems that the spelling of duffle or duffel are both accepted. I've gone back and forth in the spelling,  I apologize.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Union Square


I have heard through the grapevine that the Moda Sales Team is showing our next collection - Union Square to quilt shops all over the world right now. Union Square will be available to you in April 2023.

Union Square is fun! It has all the usual suspects - red, white and blue prints, but has the added golds and greens so you can plan your next holiday quilt.

I have designed several quilts using it - Christmas Past (an oldie but a goodie)

Christmas Past will finish at 58" x 48" and the pattern will be written with fusible applique methods. You can of course do hand applique instead, but for some - fusible will make this available for the holidays all the sooner.

And this is Ferry Crossing - in 2 choices of colors. Ferry Crossing is an easily pieced quilt that finishes at 66" x 66".  All three of these kits and a half yard bundle are available for pre-order on 


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