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 


Sunday, July 24, 2022


 I don't know about you, but we have been getting most of our groceries lately from the farmer's market. Blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, beans, lettuces of all varieties and much much more. It's a great time of year. Bounty indeed!

Bounty is also on my mind because of a quilt top I just finished.

Bounty is an appliqued top with a pieced border. I used many Minick and Simpson fabrics along with a few chosen Ruby Star Society wovens. Bounty finishes at 75" x 75".  I am taking Pre-Orders right now at - HERE

Bounty will ship at the end of 2022/beginning of 2023. The kit will have the same fabrics as pictured here. There will be international orders - but read the disclaimer on the item listing for shipping information.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Memorial Day Sale

 Today starts our annual Memorial Day Sale!

Everything that is Red, White, or blue (so basically EVERYTHING - except pre-orders) is on sale for 25% off until the end of May. That means yardage, patterns, notions, and kits.  And remember that some of these kits are really getting scarce. Here is a sample of what you'll find.

In the Garden kit

Holiday Kit

Minick and Simpson 108" wide backings

Hartfield Kit

The Good Boy kit

Regent Street Kit

Polka Dot Garden kit

La Playa kit
Regent Street

There is much more - until supplies last.


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Blockheads4 - Week 3 - You're At The Right Place!

 Yes, all you blog-hopping blockheads - this is THE place to be this week!!

This is my block - Kouign Amann.

Why is it named Kouign Amann? Well, it looks kind of "crown" like and it reminded me of Polly's and my favorite treat when we are in New York City - the Kouign Amann pastries from Dominique Ansel Bakery. 

Whenever we are in the city we try to stop by the bakery for Kouign Ammans and coffee before we start our day. 

Before we get to the link for the directions to Kouign Amann........ I have some things to show you.  Isabella fabric is being shown to shop owners right NOW and here are the quilts - which you can pre-order right now.

Isabella Half Yard Bundle - WOVENS - Pre-Order

Thank you for following Blockheads 4 and all of us at Moda - here is the link to the Kouign Amann directions


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Blockheads 4 - Week 2


 Jenelle Kent has designed this block for us - called Cooee. You'll have to ask Jenelle what that means - and go to her blog to get the directions HERE.

My block is from a large pile of scraps I've accumulated this year and it is all Newport fabrics.

While all you folks are cutting and stitching your block - know that I am in Florida visiting Polly. I've rarely left the house in 2 years. And. I. Mean. Rarely. I believe I'll need a sunblock #2000 if I'm out in the Florida sun for more than 15 minutes.

Also, while you're stitching and blockheading away.... here are some pictures of the upcoming Isabella collection that will be in shops in September.  The new quilt patterns should be here next month.

Summer Roses



I made Summer Roses with the blue plaid sashing and the backing is particularly lovely. Thank you to Mary Andra Holmes with help on the applique and to Maggi Honeyman for the quilting.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

It's Back

 Blockheads 4 starts today!! That's right, every wednesday for 28 weeks you will be given a new block pattern to make a wonderful quilt.  

This is the first block - by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Trouble.  You can find the pattern HERE on her blog.

My quilt will be made using scraps. These scraps are from Harbor Springs, Mackinac Island, Belle Isle, Newport, and the brand new to me (and will be to you in September) - Isabella. There will be other red, white and blue scraps thrown in too. Once you go scrappy it's hard to limit yourself.

All Blockheads 4 news will be on our individual blogs and IG posts and of course - the Moda Blockheads Facebook group HERE. 

Pick your fabrics, grab scraps, start starching and cutting and away we go!

In other Minick and Simpson news, with the arrival of Newport fabric here in the studio I have stocked up on kits on the website. 

Also - here is a new sneak peak at Isabella, which will be in shops in September.

Next week I'll show the new patterns we have using Isabella



Monday, March 14, 2022

Kits, Kits, and more Kits

 I (we) have all been waiting patiently for Newport to ship. It is here!  Not only do I have lots of Newport kits in stock - all the shirting fabrics in Newport means I can kit many other quilts that need lots of cream backgrounds......

Here is what is now currently in stock:

Polka Dot Garden Quilt

Check out all of our kits.....


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