Wednesday, September 28, 2016


How can there be only 2 more days of September?

I'm writing this on a cool, windy, rainy night. I'm wearing sweat pants, sweatshirt, and socks. Socks, people! It's been a few months since I've worn those.  Someone in the neighborhood is burning logs in their fireplace and the whole neighborhood smells wonderful. The neighborhood is also quite noisy.  There are many, many black walnut trees in this block and today seems to be the day they are all dropping. If you aren't used to the noise every fall you might think artillery is hitting the roof.

Fall is definitely here.  I made this a couple of days ago and the recipe is going into the permanent file.

This is what is commonly called the New York Times Plum Torte.  You can find the very easy recipe HERE.

The weather is particularly nice since I'm busy sewing a quilt for Quilt Market next month.  I can't show you much, but I'll give you a couple of hints.
Some red berries might be involved.  And our color palette is being tweaked just a bit.

I'm feeling quite jolly about it.

Since I'm in the holiday mood - how about a little sale?  As a thank you to our Block of The Month customers, we but some quilt backings in our Etsy shop.  We gave a special coupon code to the Portage Lake BOM members - BACK40 - and they could purchase their backs at 40% off.  The sale is good for the whole month of September.  We have just a few quilt backs left - and we have 2 days left in September.

Let me give you another hint - as long as the total of your "shopping cart" is $56.00 or more (the cost of the quilt backs) - everything you put in your shopping cart would be 40% off if you use the coupon code BACK40.

For all of you Block of The Month people - you can get another back, or anything in the shop that is at least $56.00 in value to take advantage of the sale again, there is only a few more hours left in September.  Thank you all - we sold a ton of quilt backs.




farmhousequilter8 said...

Is the fabric showing and the Etsy header a new line? If so, I missed it. What is it called and I need to order. Paula in KY

Laurie said...


The fabrics in our Etsy header are the fabrics used in the Portage Lake Block of The Month. The reds are from our Miss Scarlet collection and the blues are from Grand Traverse Bay.



farmhousequilter8 said...

Oh, ok thanks for letting me know Paula in KY

Anonymous said...

Hi! I would like to ask your permission for me to enter your quilt design into the Paducah show for next spring. I have made two versions of your Chippewa Nine Patch: red and yellow. I would prefer to enter the red version this year. I will be happy to send pictures. I will be sure to give you appropriate credit for your design as well. I have had 8 quilts in the show over the past 5 years so I know how this works. Would you please give me the permission to do so! Thank you! Caryl Brix at

Cheryl said...

Looking forward to seeing the new quilt. I'm having a great time on Portage Lake. I am currently sewing down red circle flowers on my Month 3 block. I didn't see the larger 'Perfect Circles' in your shop. Will you be getting more in? If so, I'll check back to find them, if not, I'll shop around.


Vicky said...

I'm intrigued! I can't wait to see what the quilt that has you feeling jolly! :) I feel another M&S project on my to-do list!

Anonymous said...

Happy Fall Laurie, We have had nothing but rain here in New Jersey , cold and windy absolutely Fall.. A major accomplishment here is to have finished a quilt totally hand made for my mom !! She loved it .You can see it here

Cheryl said...

thanks for taking such good care of your fans, Laurie. Got my backing and the notice that it is shipping within an hour of order placement. Now that's service!!! Happy stitching.

Nancy T said...

Laurie, I was at Patched Works when you visited us with your trunck show. I've been waiting to see how to join your Portage bom (Julie's is on a day of the month I can't make). Is there still a slot available?
Nancy Thone

Laurie said...


I'm sorry, but the BOM is filled - BUT - I have a complete kit in our Etsy store. You can purchase all at once instead of monthly installments.

Here is the link

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

When is your new line of fabric called "Cotton Woven Works" coming to the shops?

Michelle Smith said...

I have been trying to add the flannels that look like wool to my stash, but they sell out so fast. This bundle would make me so happy

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