Bow Tie Quilt

Just sharing a little progress on my Bow Tie Quilt this morning.  Actually, this quilt is called Gentlemen Caller and it’s a pattern from the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle: Journey #1
It’s fun and super easy to make!  I just wish it was “super easy” to find more time in the day to sit and finish it!  I’m almost there though!
We’ll have kits available for this one.  We just about have them cut and ready.  As soon as we get them assembled, I’ll upload them to the website!
See this cute quilt on the pattern cover?  It’s the one in the lower right hand corner!

A Few Little Bow Tie Blocks!

Yesterday I was able to have a little fun in the sewing room:

I have several more to finish, but I am really having fun with these little blocks!  I’ll be using a red fabric for the setting squares on this little quilt!!!

Have a great weekend everybody!

And below is our current newsletter which we just sent out.  If you are on our Newsletter mailing list – read no further, you’ve already seen this!!!!

This Newsletter is a “biggie” so grab a cup of coffee, tea or your choice of beverage and enjoy!  (When I get on a roll, I can really roll!)

The Following Books are now back in stock!
This fabric line should arrive this month!
Barbara Brackman’s new line Civil War Reunion!

Civil War Reunion Fabric Collection

Coming In March and Now available for Pre-Order
There will be a lot of fabric arriving in March – look below to see what I mean!!!

Crossroads To Texas by Betsy Chuctchian

Civil War Ladies II by Pat Nickols

Collections For A Cause: Faith by Howard Marcus
(we actually have three 42-piece Fat Quarter Bundles of Faith in stock now!)

Luminarias by Jo Morton

Toasty by Jo Morton

Cedar Chest Memories by Faye Burgos

Greystone by Paula Barnes

Bancroft by Judie Rothermel

Alices Wash Day Blues by Carrie Quinn

Centennial Treasures by Judie Rothermel

All of the above mentioned fabrics can now be pre-ordered.  We have been informed they all should be arriving in March 2011.  Sometimes there are delays in shipments, but so far we are on track to receive them all next month!

Please remember – as always – with all pre-orders placed, your credit card will not be charged until your order is ready to ship.  If you are using PayPal – we receive payment instantly on these transactions, even if you use a credit card – Paypal will charge your card immediately and it is beyond our control.

Also – on all pre-orders – if you order in stock fabrics as well as pre-order fabrics on one order – all fabrics will be held until everything is in stock.  All fabrics and fabric pages will tell you if the fabric is a pre-order item!

Upcoming Quilt Shows

Our Quilt Show season will also begin next month. This means our inventory will start changing as we start cutting fabric to fold into fat quarters and more bundles!  If you need yardage of something that we are getting low on – you are better off ordering it now, before we cut it into fat quarters and other cuts!

Our first show will be:

Marcy 18-19, 2011
Just Imagine Quilt Show
Friday 5-9
Saturday 9-4
21st Annual Gathering Of Quilters
The Patrician Banquet Center
Schererville, IN

Feel free to click on the links above to visit their website for more information!

After this show in April – it’s Paducah time!!!!


A Few Little Finishes!!!

Last night I was in one of my “moods”.  I had to get something accomplished.  I had to sit down at the sewing machine.  I had to get – something – anything finished!
Well, I’m happy to say, I’ve finished 3 little quilts that have been “almost” finished for a year now.  The poor little dears have been hanging on one of my design walls screaming for attention now.  They seemed to reach out and smack me in the face every time I walked into my sewing room, yet I never could seem to carve out enough time to pay attention to them.  Well, last night I just could not take it anymore!  I was able to get all 3 of these quilts bound and finished!  That’s all – that’s all they needed, yet they hung on the wall for a year or more actually – that’s sad – that’s really, really sad.  Here they are!
First up is this little darling.  The quilt top was gifted to my by Miss Kathie of the Inspired by Antique Quilts blog.  I hand quilted this one last year while vending at a show in Valparaiso Indiana.  Isn’t it a cutie!
This is Cheddar Cheese and Crackers – a quilt I made last year during a “Quilt Along” with Lori of Humble Quilts who so generously gave the instructions step by step on her blog. Love the cheddar!
And this one was actually the first version of this quilt:
Which was one of our pattern releases last year.  I made the first version and then went back and did it again, made it smaller and added fun corner borders for the pattern version which you see above that is called Star City!
I’m off to play for a little while today.  I’m pulling fabrics to work on a quilt model for our quilt show booths this year. I’m working on one of the quilts from the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle Club!  More specifically the quilt in the lower right hand corner on the cover below!

But first, I’m going to put these 3 little finishes of mine in the washer and get them going.  I love that slightly puckered antique look on my quilts! Then they’ll be ready to find a spot on one of our walls here at home!  It feels good to have finished something!

My Heart Is All A Flutter today!

My heart is pounding ever so fast today…. I just received confirmation that our book is shipping out today!  If you have not been to our website to view all 20 projects that are in this book, feel free to visit the following link and scroll down where you will see a picture of each quilt!
It should be hitting your local quilt shops shelves any day now!  We should have our order this week also and I’ll be shipping these out as soon as they arrive! (And just a little FYI for my local friends and fellow quilters – Roberts Sewing Center here in Joliet, Illinois, will for have their copies of our book by Monday January 31st – if not sooner!  We’ll be dropping all 20 models off at the quilt shop also, if you would like to stop in and take a look at each of them!  Also – don’t forget out book signing at Roberts Sewing Center on February 26th, from 10 am to Noon!)
And as always, we will ship all pre-orders in the order they were received.  It will probably take me a few days to get all the orders for these caught up, so just be patient with me!  I have enough ordered to cover all pre-orders plus some extras.  Feel free to place your order for your copy today!
Also – a little birdie told me that this has arrived also:
Oh and I cannot wait to get started on these quilts!  They are all breathtaking and I’m having a hard time deciding which one to start on first.  Plus, we’ve ordered more fabric to make up kits for a few of these too!
And another little birdie told me that this is arriving today:
We will begin shipping the Club kits for Jo’s Little Women Club #10 out tomorrow as long as my faithful UPS man delivers these as scheduled today!  Only a few of the pre-orders will ship at this time because we have not received all of Jo’s fabric yet, but we will ship them as soon as all the pre-ordered fabrics have arrived also.  We started receiving some of the fabrics from Jo’s various lines last week and I’m assuming more will be appearing this week also!

Redware & Harvest Quilt & Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle Updates!

Here is a little of what I tinkered around with last night and this morning.  This is Redware & Harvest and is one of the projects in the Jo’s Little Women Club #10 that we are doing as an online group.  Today after I pack orders, answer a few emails and check on fabric orders, I’ll be quilting this one.  I wish I had time to hand quilt it, but I do not believe that is going to happen this time!
If you are thinking about joining the Jo’s Little Women Club – it’s still not to late.  I’m going to be ordering the pattern sets today and I’ll be sure to order a few extras.  Send me an email if you are thinking about joining in the future so we can get a good idea of how many participants we may have. You can join at any time and just jump right in on the fun!
The above quilt will be offered as a kit.  I’m still figuring out the yardage and double checking everything and we will put the kit on the website as soon as possible.

In other exciting news – Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle: Journey #2 is now available on our website!  I’ll be receiving these pattern packets this weekend and will begin to ship those the first part of next week. This little club is sure to be a fun one also!  I’ll begin working on kits as soon as I have our shop packet in hand! I need more time – I want to make everything in this club!
In other news, we are sold out of Spool Block Templates (again!) for the Spoolin’ Around Club.  I placed another order yesterday, so hopefully we will see those very soon also! Also – I’ve ordered more stamp pads and re-inkers.  The stamp pad’s that come with the spool templates generally last throughout the making of a good large sized quilt, but I know several people have joined in on the fun and are sharing the template stamps and have been using other stamp templates by Cindy Blackberg, so we will now also have the Chocolate, White and the Black stamp pads and the re-inkers if you choose just to re-ink your current stamp pads!  Those should be in next week and I’ll list them to the site soon!
Plus – for all you Road To California show go’ers – have fun!  I wish I could visit this show someday – take lots of pictures and post to your blogs!  We love seeing how much fun everyone has at the shows! And good luck to all my “show roadies” friends – I’ll miss not seeing you at this show and vending with you and wish you the best of luck!  (Lucky people – they are enjoying 80 degree weather right now and I’m sitting here in 18 degrees and ice on the roads!  I’m jealous, pure and simple!)
OK, enough jibber, jabber, I must get on with the day!  Have a great day everyone! 
(oh – and if you have not signed up for our newsletter – please do so!  I don’t like to fill my blog constantly with “business” stuff – I want my blog to be fun, but I’m always afraid I’ll miss a few of my quilting friends if I don’t mention things on this blog!  Sign up for the newsletter – I always mention things there that I just do not talk about here! I’ll probably be sending out another issue this Friday or next Monday!)

Today’s adventure

Well, today finds me having a little more fun on this quilt.  I achieved my personal mini goal yesterday and was able to complete all the log cabin blocks!  Yeah me!
Last night I arranged the upper left corner of the quilt.  I fussy cut a particular stripe fabric I had in my stash to go around the medallion lonestar center and I’m really loving that.  Now, here’s the funny part.  I did not like how that outer border was looking at all to my naked eye. I started thinking, OK Tara – that’s just not going to cut it.  Darn – guess I’ll use it as a backing!
Well, live and learn – how many times have I heard of people taking photos of their quilts and then changing their minds about certain things once they see the digital image??  Tons – now that I’ve taken this photo and looked at it all from a different angle – I’m liking the border fabric again.  Live and learn I guess!
Today, my goal is to complete this section of the quilt.  Then I hope to pull some fabrics to get started on making a sample of one of the Jo’s Little Women Club #10 quilts.  Also, I want to pull some fabrics for one of the quilts from the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle Journey #1 club quilts!  Sounds like a pretty busy day to me!  Oh yeah, some hand piecing on those spool blocks again this evening sounds quite enticing with a nice hot cup of tea!