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WISQ June 2013

July 17, 2013

       Quilt group was at Adele’s in June;

my favorite night of the month for chatting, laughing and sharing our quilting habits.


Charity quilt from the Nickel quilt patterns.  Love this easy, but fun block.  Looks good scrappy too.

Thanks to Cathy this one is done.



Two more charity quilts for Project Linus from Karen.  Is your stash used up yet, Karen??

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More quilts.  Aren’t these beauties?  I believe the bottom one was a stash buster pattern from Glad Creations in Minneapolis.




Goodies from the MN Quilt Show:  a cute fabric bundle and two patterns from This and That.



I always love a surprise when I look at the back of a quilt, and these from Cathy did not disappoint.

Like having two. . . two. . . two quilts in one.

Happy summer,


Minnesota Quilt Show

June 15, 2013


June is here.  It’s that time of year for sunshine, gardening, outdoor dining, . . . well not quite yet in Minnesota.  Sadly, we’ve had no spring and summer is slow to come.  But one thing we can always count on is the Minnesota Quilt Show.  It’s held during the second week of June, which is very convenient for those of us who are in education — or those of us who are retired (I won’t say any names you lucky ones).


This year the show is being held in Duluth, our favorite location.  We all headed up on Wednesday to spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior.  The first thing we did when we arrived was to eat of course.  We headed to the Duluth Grill (on Guy’s Triple D list).  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  The four of us each ordered a different entree and shared: pasty (a Northern MN favorite), ratatouille, fish tacos and smoked salmon salad.  OMG – top mine off with slightly sweetened raspberry iced tea and it was Nirvana.  If you take a look at our photo, you’ll discover our little secret.  We all bought the Duluth Grill Cookbook.  Those of you who know me know that I really needed a cookbook!!  Hmm, I think I’ll be making a bunch of pasties soon.


We stayed at the Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza.  I know, the outside of the building looks a little scary, but wow was our room great.  We had a complete apartment – two bedrooms, two baths, a main room with a fireplace, full kitchen and dining space, and a whirlpool.  We were over the moon when we saw it.  This place used to be a hardware warehouse but now is totally renovated into a beautiful hotel.

After having our wine and shopping a bit, we spent Wednesday night watching season one of Downton Abbey.  After episode four we all retired while visions of quilts danced in our heads.  More tomorrow on the Show itself.  But here’s a preview.  This was one of my favorite quilts:



Stay tuned,

Jo Morton Fabric Lust

March 31, 2012

Love Jo Morton fabric.  Always have.  But now she has a new line called Bridgeport that I love, love, love!  It’s got to be my favorite to date.  Lots of black with red and tan; my favorite colors.  Oh, and did I tell you there’s a paisley?  Yummy.

Head over to  Andover Fabrics  to check out the whole collection.  I pretty sure I’m going to have to get the whole line this time.  You know, one of those fat quarter stacks that you just have to fondle and play with.

Another bonus is a free pattern from Andover called a Box of Chocolates.  You can get it at the Andover website. There’s lots of other patterns to check out too.

Or download it here: Bridgeport

Luckily I still have a gift certificate to my local quilt shop.  May have to make a visit there today.  I’d have to pick the paisley as my favorite.  Which one do you like best?

The Fifth Day of Christmas in July

July 24, 2011

On the fifth day of Christmas in July, my love of quilting brought to me:


This is another Moda fabric collection designed by Sentimental Studios.  I always love a little black in my Christmas fabric and that’s what I like most about this line.

A quick search didn’t produce any projects today.  What would you make out of this?

I’m heading up to the North Shore of Lake Superior today, my favorite summer destination.    I’ll be doing a little mini shop hop, so I’ll post my treasures when I get back.

The Fourth Day of Christmas in July

July 23, 2011

On the Fourth day of Christmas my love of quilting brought to me:


This is a fresh little line from Moda (of course) designed by Kate Spain.  I think the panel would be interesting to work with.  Although I love, love, love red and green, I also like the option of adding a little blue.

Moda is offering a free pattern.


And . . . I found this quilt kit from Prairie Queens Quilt Shop.

Fa la la la la . . . la la la la,

The Third Day of Christmas in July

July 22, 2011

On the third day of Christmas in July, my love of quilting brought to me:

Grinch Fabric

The Grinch is one of my all time favorite Christmas stories.  Isn’t this fabric great?  I’m going to order the panel and see what I can do with it.

Download a free pattern:

Cozy Grinchmas  by Heidi Pridemore

Merry Grinchmas  by Julie

I also liked this one from Linderella:

May this fabric make your heart grow three sizes today,

The 12 Days of Christmas in July

July 20, 2011

Santa in a swimsuit?  Mistletoe hanging over the deck?  Jingle bells in your wind chime?   Sure, why not?  It’s Christmas in July.

For inspiration I’ve decided to post 12 Christmas quilting ideas for 12 days in July.  Maybe this way I won’t be finishing gifts on Christmas Eve morning.

On the first day of Christmas in July, my true love of quilting brought to me:

Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda. Here’s the designer’s inspiration for the line:

One of my favorite memories of the holidays was the annual advent calendar that my sister, brother and I shared every year. My mom always got it at the Hallmark store and behind each of the 25 doors was a piece of not so delicious, slightly old chocolate. It didn’t matter how it tasted. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world every third day in December when it was my turn to open the door.
That memory was the inspiration of our newest collection, “Countdown to Christmas”. The collection is traditional colors of red, green, ivory and black mixed with numbers, words, stripes and dots. There are a few more whimsical pieces, such as the reindeer print which will make anyone smile. Although it is a “Christmas” collection, many pieces will work in any season. We have already combined several of these pieces with our other collections and love the possibilities.

I especially love the piece with all the names of the reindeer and the “dottie” type fabrics .Check out all the possibilities:


There’s also a great free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop.

What would you make with this line?  Be sure to send us photos of actual projects you do.  We love inspiration.

Ho, ho, ho,

Wedding Quilt Sneak Peek

May 4, 2011

I ordered Bali Pops to make a quick quilt for my friend Kate’s daughter.  Yes, her wedding is in June, so I have a short time line.  So here’s what showed up in my magic mailbox today.

Each package was on sale for $23.99.  So even with a little shipping added I got a good deal.  . . . and no cutting.  Stayed tuned for the transformation from strips to quilt.

Oasis by Three Sisters

February 2, 2011



I love Moda fabrics.  Really love them.  And one of my favorite designers is Three Sisters.  I was just purusing the Moda website to scout out any new fabrics coming up and found the Oasis line.


Check out this PDF for a little virtual field trip:

Oasis PDF

What could I make out of this?

New Year’s Fabric Sale

January 16, 2011

I always try to get down to Glad Creations for their New Year’s Day Sale, and this year was no exception.  Even though it was a bit snowy, I braved the weather for some cheap fabric.

Here’s what I got for half price.  These three are from the line Neutral Territory by Terry Atkinson and Liz Lois for Red Rooster Fabrics.

These next two are from Love by Amy Butler.  I love, love, love paisley.  I think these will find their way into a bag someday.

The rest of the fabric was 20% off.  I got a few pieces from the Moda line Pure.

And then a piece of Kaffe, because I love red and I love dots.

Looks like everything I bought had dots in some way.  Guess I’m just dottie for fabric, especially when it’s on sale.