Our New Book Is Here!!! Small Treasures From Scrap Quilts: More Simply Charming Quilts

Our latest quilting book is here!  I’m so excited that the finished product is in my hands and ready to share with you!

Dig into those scrap bags of leftover bits and pieces from previous projects! The author of Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear is back with a fresh collection of small quilts to help you make the most of your scraps. From a simple nine-patch classic to star-studded charmers, you will find the perfect project for every skill level in this scrappy medley of 14 quilts reminiscent of days gone by. Quilt designer Tara Lynn Darr again took inspiration from her overflowing scrap bag to bring these little treasures to life with 1800s reproduction fabrics. Most of the blocks can be made with 5″ charm squares of smaller pieces of fabric. To help you achieve the best results when working with these small quilts, Tara has included her time-tested tips. 64 pages, 14 projects

Feel Free to visit our website to view all 14 projects in this book – or look below!

Also we are pleased and excited to share this news!!!

The following Quilt Shops are offering BOM (Block Of The Month) or Quilt Of the Month clubs for this brand new book!  (If you are aware of any other Quilt Shops offering programs from our books  – please let us know!)

These shops offer online shopping, phone orders and of course a personal visit from you is always a delight! (Please click on the Quilt Shops name to be taken away from our website and go directly to their websites!!!)



I’ve been away – but I’ve still been playing!

I took a bit of a blog break which started last year and ended now. I had so many projects going on and commitments and family issues and things.  Plus I was really upset that Google ended the Reader program – I just couldn’t find another blog reader that I really like, I was getting frustrated and I just quit reading blogs all together, I guess I lost my “umph” along the way for my own blog.
Anywho – I’d like to show you the cover of my new book (this was one of the projects keeping me busy!) that will be out in April of this year.  Kansas City Star is my publisher again, and as always they have done a fabulous job!  
Small Treasures From Scraps: More Simply Charming Quilts
What do you think of the cover?
Also – in my stand off from reading blogs because I was so frustrated at the loss of Google Reader, I have found something very similar that I wanted to share with you in case you feel my frustration and have not found this on your own yet.
The Old Reader
(just click the link below when you are ready to visit this page and see what you think!)
I love everything about this reader that I have found and I’ve been happily reading blogs again for about a month now!
Also, I’ve found an app that I like to use on my phone and my IPad now!  I’m such a happy girl!
Feedly is my new friend for reading my favorite blogs on all these new-fangled electronic devices that have bombarded into my life!  LOL  Check them out!
OK. enough for today – I’m off to do a little more editing on this new book, then a new quilt pattern that is in progress is yelling at me from that magical room I call my Sewing Kingdom!
Have an awesome day everyone!
PS.  King Harley, Miss Dalilah and Miss Bella said to tell you hello and that they’ve missed you all and your comments as much as I have!  They are so happy Mom is back to blogging!

Our New Book & Valdani Thread Sets are available for Pre-Order

Our new book – Cozy Quilts: A Charming Blend of Wool Applique and Cotton Patchwork & our new Valdani Perle Cotton Thread Collection – Cozy Quilts by Sew Unique Creations
Are now available for pre-order!
Cozy Quilts and the thread collections should begin to arrive next month – July 2013.
If you pre-order the book and/or the thread collection, the shipping will be free within the USA on each item during the pre-order time.  After the items arrive, normal shipping charges will apply, so go ahead and pre-order and save yourself a few dollars!!
Visit our website!

Our Next Book Reveal….

I was so happy to receive permission yesterday to share the cover of my next upcoming book with you!  This is  
Cozy Quilts: A Charming Blend of Wool Applique and Cotton Patchwork

 I have enjoyed every moment of creating the projects in this book for everyone.  Each project is a smaller quilt, wall quilt, table topper etc.  All projects are cotton patchwork backgrounds with wool applique!  And for those of you that enjoy cotton applique – this book is for you also!  I also am proud to say that I met my personal goal for this book – each of the designs I hand quilted!  Luckily Kansas City Star, my publisher, has one of the most fantastic photographers around!  You can clearly see the detail in each of the projects!
11 projects will be in this book, I cannot share those photos with you just yet – but soon, very soon I can.  For now enjoy the sneak peek on the back cover!
My wonderful, favorite, spectacular editor Kimber of Heirlooms by Ashton House Blog, shared some more info on my book a couple days ago, so be sure to follow the link to her blog!
Also – here’s another big surprise announcement!
Do you like thread?  Well so do we and I’m so pleased and proud to announce that Valdani – the makers of that 100% hand dyed and 100% colorfast thread that we all love has asked me to do a box set of colors for them to coincide with the release of my book.  
I’ve chosen 12 beautiful colors that will work wonderfully with the projects in our book – they are the colors we use!  I will have the box sets of thread and the books available on my website for pre-orders as soon as I can get a more exact date on the release of the book.  We know it’s July for sure.  As long as my last set of final edits go smoothly – I hope for an early July release!  Fingers crossed!
And for those of you that have quilt shops near you that you love – suggest to them that they host our quilts from this book for a trunk show at their store!  I already have a few local quilt shops signed up and cannot wait to hit the trails again here locally for book signings!  Those are always so fun.
Thank you my blogging friends for you support and kind words during the last few months I’ve been working on this book!
And be on the lookout next spring for the follow up to our first book with Kansas City Star – Simply Charming II is in the works!  Yes!!!!!

Simply Charming Monthly Blog Along

I was so surprised and excited a few weeks ago when I discovered there is a group of quilters in blogland that are using my quilt book, 
 and challenging each other to make a quilt a month from the book!  Now how cool is that!
Below is a list of the bloggers that I’m aware of that are involved in this and I invite you to visit each of their blogs and maybe even join in!  It’s not a “formal” group or anything – just plain old fun!
If you don’t own my book Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear – Click on the book image above and it will lead you directly to my website where I have the books for sale!  You can also view each of the twenty quilts that are in the book!!!!

If I missed anyone just leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to add you to this list as well as “follow” and read your blog!  I love quilting blogs!
Thank you to each of the above bloggers!  You make my day each time I see one of my designs from the book pop up in quilt blog land and I love seeing how some of you have really “made them your own” with your own unique touches!

Simply Sixteenths Club

The Simply Sixteenths Club fabric packs are now up and running on the website!  For those that are members of the club, your fabrics will be shipping out tomorrow!  For everyone that doesn’t want to be part of a monthly club, but would like this fabric pack, we cut plenty and they are now available!
and this news flash just in!!!!

Thank you to my buddy Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet for keeping me informed!  Our book is in the Top 20 best seller’s at one of the leading quilt shop distributors – Checker Distributors!

Yeahhhhh!!!  (If you just felt the earth suddenly move – please forgive me – I caused the earthquake from jumping up and down!  LOL)

Thank you Quilt Shops, thank you wonderful quilters and friends, thank you Checkers and all your awesome sales reps and thank you Kansas City Star! This has moved me to tears this afternoon!!!!  I am on cloud nine right now and cannot wait to tell my husband and kids.
And again – for everyone that is “local” please come visit us at “A Touch Of Amish Quilt Shop” in Barrington, Illinois tomorrow at 10am!  We’d love to meet you!  Here’s a little information that a friend sent to me:
Local Author!!!
will be at A Touch of Amish Quilt Shop
130 Applebee Street
Barrington, IL 60010 
on Friday, March 25, 2011
at 10:00 a.m. to
show and sign her new book with a Quilt TRUNK SHOW
the book is:
Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear
A Touch of Amish Sew Small Club invites one and all to attend.
Bring a friend !! 

New Quilt Pattern & New fabrics!

We have uploaded a new quilt pattern to our website.  Above is “Two Piece Puzzle” a quilt pattern designed by us that first appeared in the April 201 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine!  Check your older issues to see if you already own this quilt pattern – if not – we now have it on our website.
From now through the end of March this quilt pattern is on sale and the shipping is free!  You can view this pattern and order here:
I must graciously thank:
Marsha – blogger extraordinaire for blogging about this quilt pattern and sharing her version on her blog below!  Isn’t it pretty!  It just made my day to see her beautifully finished quilt on her blog!!!
You can view Marsha’s Blog here:
In other news, we’ve had an avalanche of fabrics arriving on a daily basis.  Yesterday alone brought the arrival of:

The above 3 photos are of a great new fabric line that we somehow missed seeing last fall at quilt market and we were “lucky” enough to still be able to order it!  Love that cheater cloth fabric!

Prairie Homefront

Above is Shirt Tales!
And above is the long awaited
Civil War Reunion fabric by Barbara Brackman!  We have received almost all the pieces to this collection – we are still waiting on one more bolt to make it’s grand appearance, which will be early next week!  All the other fabrics are available on line!
And for those of you that do not subscribe to our newsletter – below is a copy of what we sent out earlier this week!  So – as usual, if you are already a subscriber – no need to read any further! 
Have a great quilting day!

Shirt Tales
A new 15 piece collection of shirtings and three colorful prints are here!

Shirt Tales bundles and yardage!

Back in stock:

Toasty by Jo Morton

We placed a double order again of Toasty so there are plenty of bundles and yardage available now!


Bonnie Blue Basics III
Now back in stock – all bundles and yardage are available once again!

And also, even though it’s these are not reproduction fabrics either – we still liked these 2 fabrics and received them this week!

Creamery Neutrals IV by Buggy Barn

And more:

Collections For A Cause: Faith
We have 6 different size bundles of fabric to chose from and all are available again!
(and yardage too!)

And in on-going news:

Civil War Reunion

This fabric will start “appearing” on our doorstep this coming Thursday.  I say “start” because for some “unknown” reason, Moda is not shipping all of our fabrics at once – as they have traditionally done in the past.  We have orders for this fabric line coming in starting on Thursday and continueing through next Monday so far (with many more shipments to come!!!)  Mr. UPS will be a busy boy!

We will begin to ship orders as soon as everything arrives!


Alice’s Wash Day Blues


Crossroads To Texas

have been delayed.  This is beyond our control and without going into an extreme discussion about my “pleasant” phone conversations yesterday – believe me when I say – the fabric will be coming.  Blue Hill is moving their entire inventory to a new warehouse location.  This means – a 2 week delay – this news is coming directly from Blue Hill.  I know, I know – why did they not tell us of this move sooner????  Your guess is as good as mine!

On a more positive note – we have ordered more of each fabric line.  Thank you to each of you that have pre-ordered and personally contacted us to inquire about ordering more yardage.  The additional fabric orders have been placed and I will now try to “play the waiting game” in a ladylike fashion (this is very hard for me – I want this gorgeous fabric here as much as you do!) Also – Blue Hill tells me that they are improving their website to make it more user friendly and will also be offering a “freebie” pattern with each fabric line very soon!

Also (hint-hint) you really should check out the new lines of fabric that we will have coming in starting in June!

Dear Jane II
Cotton Club
Sara’s Stash

The following we do not have fabric images for just yet – but trust me – each line is gorgeous!

Crimson Bouquet by Jo Morton
Sweet Emilie by Jo Morton
Carolina by Jo Morton
Manchester by Nancy Gere (maybe – we are waiting to see if this is still available to us!)
Prairie Homefront by Julie Larsen (same thing here – we are waiting to see if the fabric is even still available!)

And in other “local” news – if you are in the Barrington, Illinois area this coming Friday, March 25th from 10 am to around 11 or so – come see me!

I’ll be signing our new book and showing each of the 20 quilts at the following quilt shop:

130 Applebee Street
Barrington, IL 60010

And a special note for our friends “across the pond”  – particularly our customers in Australia!

Please take the time to notice when you place your next order that we have updated our shopping cart to now include the Australian States as a shipping option instead of choosing “outside the US” as your shipping address!  If you do not see your state – do not panic, order as you normally do and email us with the name of your state and we will “update” our system again to include it!

Also – welcome customers from Cyprus!  We have now added your country to our shipping locations!  If ever you cannot “find” your country or state listed in our options on our shopping cart – just email us and we’ll add you!

and finally…..

Paducah Kentucky or bust!

We’ll see you (at least we hope to!) in Paducah, Kentucky at the 27th annual Paducah Quilt Show!

Our booths will once again be located in the mall – so come visit us!  We’ll be bringing everything you see on the website – plus much more!!!!


Book Signing Adventures!

It completely slipped my mind to post pictures of my book signing event this past weekend at my local quilt shop!
Here’s what I saw as I got near the quilt shop:
How cool is that sign?
Then here is where I sat for the morning – I did not have a chance to take a “before” picture – so this is the “after” picture.  The books sold out as well as a ton of other goodies!
Here are the quilts hanging up – such a cool way to hang them!
And here’s me – sitting at that awesome sewing table.  I would love to have one just like it!
If you would like to visit the quilt shops website you can click on this link:

Crying again – but these are good tears!

Life just keeps getting better and better as the minutes of today go by and once again, I’m crying happy tears of joy!  Look what’s in my local newspaper!!!
Here’s a link to the article if you would rather go directly to the newspapers website!

Jolietan to sign copies of new quilt book

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Tara Lynn Darr of Joliet will sign copies of her new book, “Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear.” | Submitted by Tara Lynn Darr
If you go
What: “Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear” book signing
When: 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 26
Where: Roberts Sewing Center, 2011 Weber Road, Crest Hill
Etc: Book signings, demonstrations and a showing of each of the 20 quilts in the new book
For more information: Call 815-729-1600
Simple nine-patch blocks, dazzling stars and basket blocks. 
These are just some of the patterns quilters can make from their leftover fabrics using the just released book, “Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear,” by Tara Lynn Darr of Joliet.
In this book Darr, a nationally-known quilt designer whose designs have been published in “American Patchwork & Quilting” magazine, features 20 little patchwork quilts, all of which have a nostalgic look reminiscent of Civil War patterns.
“I like history, so all of my quilt designs come from old antique quilts,” Darr said. “They’re either a reproduction or a new pattern that used the traditional patterns of antique quilts as inspiration.”
Darr’s favorite pattern is her “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” an old antique pattern Darr has recreated many times. As a child, Darr spent many happy hours watching her grandmother quilt and her mother sew. Darr began sewing when she was a little girl and taught herself quilting 10 years ago. She has since made — and kept — hundreds of quilts.
“It can be hard to learn at first, but if you persevere you can get it down,” Darr said.
Darr had previously self-published two quilting books, now out of print, and an additional book about rug hooking. When Kansas City Star Quilts approached Darr about a third quilting book, Darr decided one featuring fabric remnants would have the greatest appeal.
“People are still going through hard times, so this book shows them how to use up their scraps,” Darr said. “If you want to recycle clothing instead, just make sure it’s 100 percent cotton. It stitches easier and wears longer.”
Even if you have never quilted but can sew a straight seam, Darr’s book may be all you need to get you started. Since beginners may not have leftover material, Darr suggests visiting a quilting shop and asking for good, inexpensive fabric. 
Warning: quilting can become habit-forming.
“It’s cheap therapy,” Darr said. “It’s a relaxing and very soothing way to enjoy yourself.”
Darr’s company, “Sew Unique Creations,” is an online quilt shop specializing in Civil War reproduction patterns and fabrics. For more information, visit http://www.sewuniquecreations.com.