Friday, November 26, 2021

Shopping Season

 Today is Black Friday.... any shopping I do today will be online. I bet you'll do a bit of online shopping too.  

There are a few specials at - all remaining kits are 20% off and all remaining yardage and bundles are 25% off.  

Regent Street kit
Grand Union kit
A is For Apple
Donwell Abbey Kit

Belle Isle and Roselyn fabric is on sale today - some are almost gone

There are even a couple of 99 bundles left in stock.

Do you want to give the gift that keeps on giving? There are still openings for the Blue Pear Block of the Month that will start in early 2022 - The Blue Pear will be 10 months long and will be sent to you each month in a Priority Mail envelope. Subscription is limited to those in the US.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Stocked Up

 Thank you to all who pre-ordered kits for Belle Isle fabrics. All kits have been shipped.  Unpacking boxes and boxes of fabrics has allowed me to re-stock some other kits also....

There are very limited numbers of the following kits....

as of right now - there are 2 Grand Union kits in stock.

There are 2 Cherry Wreath kits in stock

1 Regent Street in stock

This also let me get some more scrappy kits in stock...

There are 4 Good Boy quilt kits in stock...

and 2 Hartfield kits left.

There are some Half Yard bundles, Fat Quarter Bundles, and Fat 8th bundles and assorted yardage. All these can be found at  

Thank you for all your support and understanding about global shipping issues. 


Monday, September 27, 2021

Belle Isle Is On The Way!!

 It's been a long wait but I have officially heard that Belle Isle is on the way to shops - including yours truly!

If you have pre-ordered a kit...... 

expect the invoice today or tomorrow. I'm getting rotary cutters and shipping boxes ready.

Yardage is now listed on - along with a 1/2 yard bundle. Whee!


Friday, September 17, 2021

We Have A New Website!

 We now have a new website for you to purchase all things Minick and Simpson - - of course!  The Etsy shop is still there, but it will only have the pdf - download patterns on it.  Eventually they will all be moved to the new website.  Why move from Etsy? Well, new rules from Etsy do not let me offer pre-sales on fabric and kits and take orders/reservations for Blocks of the Months so this will be much better.  If you have ordered pre-sales or Blocks of the Months from me before you will have been invoiced through Square. The new online shop is a Square shop and all invoices/sales/ect. will be linked and more convenient for all involved. 

In other news.... due to the still unprecedented delays in international shipping - Belle Isle won't be here for a few more weeks.  I'm sorry for all of you waiting on kits and fabric, but it just can't be helped. Just know that as soon as it arrives I will be working 24/7 to get those kits out to you. 

I'm taking advantage of the new features on the website and am taking pre-orders on these following kits:  

In The Garden


All of these kits can be found in the PRE-SALES AND BLOCK OF THE MONTH page on the new website.
And for the BIG news....... The Blue Pear Block of the Month is now available for reservations!  The Blue Pear Block of the Month will start in early 2022 and run for 10 months. All the details are on the new website.


Sunday, August 29, 2021

It's Been Awhile

 Sorry for the radio silence. Everything here is A-ok, just a little busy - which is good.

Belle Isle Fabric is on it's way the the US even though it's a bit delayed. Just like almost everything that depends on international shipping - it is late. Late but not forgotten.  Belle Isle and the kits made from it will be going out in September

This is Dunhill Abbey

Cherry Wreath
Regent Street

Grand Union

There are sill openings for the Regent Street and Cherry Wreath quilt kits in the Etsy shop.

In the meantime, I'm making room for all the Belle Isle fabric that will be here soon. I'm cutting 99's and scrap bundles. I've sold out several times, but I'm still cutting and there are both right now in the shop. 

These scrap bundles are 1 Lb. of assorted scraps. They vary in size, but you will have dozens and dozens of different fabrics in your bundle. If you are a hand piecer, a hand appliquer or enjoy English Paper Piecing - these are great to add to your stash.  Most are Minick and Simpson fabrics, but all are quilt shop quality. Most are from my personal stash and some might be starched.

This is a 99 - which means it is 99 different Minick and Simpson fabrics - all 9" x 9". This is another way to strengthen your scrap game.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Fabric Shame

 You know how we wise old ones mentor our young ones and say things like "don't put anything online that you don't want to see forever"? It is wise advice. Maybe I should listen to it more. Oh, what the heck..... here is my fabric shame.  

My bins of scraps. My bins of unorganized scraps. The "just throw them in there and you'll deal with it whenever" scraps. It seems that whenever is finally here.

This is one of my "just throw it in" scrap bins. It is the 66 quart size.  

Let's preface this with some of my fabric history. I have been making quilts for 48 years. It began when fabric stores were scarce and the fabric they offered was not ideal for making quilts. The first quilt was a mixture of every synthetic textile known to man. Sadly, it will never fully decompose. When I came across a winner fabric that had calico like images and was all cotton - it was revered. Every scrap was saved. This habit is a useful habit for quiltmakers. That long saved teeny piece of royal blue is now just perfect for that applique quilt I am currently working on. Also, never overlook the obnoxious self satisfaction of knowing that you NEVER THROW AWAY FABRIC SCRAPS. Sigh. Early habits are tough to break.

Fast forward to 48 years later and hundreds of quilts later. I have scraps. Lots of them. A couple of weeks ago I was contemplating the reduced storage space in the studio. Studio space filled with scrap bins. It seemed I had 3 options: 1 - throw them away (uh, no!) 2 - rent a storage unit (uh, NO!) or deal with them.  Clearly these scraps were taking up too much space as most were wadded up in the bins. Notice they are not sorted by color. (I do make several quilts a year JUST using scraps and I tend to graze through the top layer).  All this needed to be remedied. Last week I started dealing with it. One bin at a time was upended and each scrap was pressed and sorted by color and type. I thought this chore might take 2 weeks. We are in week 2 and I have been through 9 bins. There are 23 more to go. Sigh.

June will be less productive as I have cataract surgery scheduled - both eyes. 2 surgeries that require 9 medical appointments (pre-surgical exam, covid test, surgery, post op appointment, get the idea) Not much sewing will get done. Hopefully my eyesight will be good enough to sort and iron fabric. 

There is good news. I can see that the number of bins will be greatly reduced and finding JUST the right fabric for that leaf will be a bit easier. 

Some of you are wondering WHY? Why indeed.  First of all, like I said earlier, early habits are hard to break. Also, I am a hand piecer, a hand appliquer, and I have been known to dabble in English Paper Piecing. All of these make use of small pieces of fabric. Small pieces that less obsessive people wouldn't have a problem throwing away. (Just typing that is difficult).

There is more good news..... some of these can be yours. I have put up 1 Lb. bundles of scraps in the Etsy shop.  If you also are a hand piecer, or appliquer, or dabble in English Paper Piecing and your scrap situation is not as flush as mine - you are in luck.

Full Disclosure - these are scraps. Some might be as big as a fat 8th and some might be much smaller. There will be a few tiny pieces in your bundle, but most will be more than 6 inches square and some much bigger. These are from my personal scrap collection. Most will be Minick and Simpson scraps, but not all. All will be quilt shop quality fabrics. Some may even be starched.

I put up some last week and they surprisingly sold out within minutes. There are a few more bundles today. The goal is to keep putting up bundles for several weeks - about 20 bundles at a time.

So, that's everything. The burden is literally lightened now that I've shared to you about it. 


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Belle Isle

 I know... I know........  Roselyn JUST got here, but I'd like to give you a peak of the next collection - which the sales team has been showing to shop owners for a couple of weeks now.   It is Belle Isle!

Belle Isle is Red, White and Blue, Summer, Americana, all things Minick and Simpson! It's been great fun making things with it. 

This is Regent Street! I used Diary Of A Quilter's pattern and made mine bigger. Guess what? Amy Smart (Diary of A Quilter) re-wrote the pattern to accomodate my LARGE Union Jack blocks. This pattern will be in the Etsy shop next week.  I loved making this so much - I made 2 of them. This one using Belle Isle and another using red, white and blue scraps.  It goes together so easy thanks to Amy's pattern and you will have a king size quilt after making 12 blocks.  

This is Galway - an Ohio Star quilt that is a reproduction of an antique quilt I saw and it used big, outrageous prints in the alternate blocks.

Donwell Abbey is a 4-patch/9-patch variation and has measurements for 3 sizes.  This is the twin size. It is Honeybun™friendly.

This is Grand Union. Grand Union. It is a fast, easy quilt and has the size requirements for a Quilt of Valor quilt if you choose to make one.

 Last, but not least is Cherry Wreath.  Cherry Wreath is a new fave! It presses all my Minick and Simpson buttons - Red, white and blue; applique and piecing, and cherries!! I took this picture this morning and it will get basted shortly. I will be hand quilting Cherry Wreath. It is a very doable - 52" x 52". 

Cherry Wreath, Regent Street, and Grand Union will be kits in the Etsy shop. I will be putting them up asap and I'm taking pre-orders on them so I can be sure to order enough fabric.  Belle Isle fabric ships to quilt shops in August 2021. Thank you for looking!


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