Challenge kick-off a success

The 9-patch summer challenge appears to be a success.    What a great way to spend the summer, making 9-patches.  If you haven’t taken the challenge, it isn’t to late. 

Thursday evening was the kick-off and we had such a nice group show up with interest in the summer challenge.  Charlcie had many variations of the 9-patch to show and tell about and lots of great ideas for quilts.  The internet is a great place to also look for ideas for 9-patch quilts.  Maybe you will even come up with your own design.  Of course we do not want to leave out the online participants.  We would love to receive pictures of your blocks and a short blurb on what you might do with your 9-patches.

Christmas in July

Are you seeing visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, snowflakes softly falling outside your window, the smell of gingerbread cookies and warm cinnamon?  Yes, it does seem a little bit early to be thinking of Christmas; but it will be here in know time.  So now is a great time to start thinking about quilts, gifts and more!  Thursday morning we will kick off Christmas in July.  Of course there will be punch, snacks, take and make demos and door prizes!  

 We have lots of new Christmas fabrics to choose from.  One of my favorites, of course, is Basic Grey’s Fruitcake!  I love Basic Grey.  The pattern I picked is Verlinda Magby’s “Simply Sensational”, which showcases the large ornaments in a 12½-inch square-in-a-square block.   The quilt alternates the square in a squre block with a 9-patch, rail-fence and smaller square in square blocks.  For the most part you can make this quilt using fat-quarters…but you will need 5/8 yd of four or five focal fabrics, inner and outer borders.  




Moda offers a new take on a a Dresdan Plate, I beleive it looks like Christmas Wreaths.  The quilt size is 72″ x 90″.    Download the pattern from Moda








If traditional fabric is your choice, Hoffman is always a great choice.  Poinsetta’s and Holly, silvers, golds, bright reds and creamy whites. 


As always, you can be assured that Robyn Pandolph will give us a romantic fabric line for Christmas –  “Fancy Hill Farm”.  Prim Roses in Cherry Reds, Christmas Greens and Frosted Beiges. 


On the first day of Christmas my Ture Love Gave to Me – Love that song! From Moda download a free pattern from the bake shop “Christmas Packages”   











Another choice might be the actual panel used in a 12 Days of Christmas quilt with coordinating fabrics.   Each block focuses on a different verse from the song the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Available for purchase @www:/  You can also download the pattern from Moda



From Clothworks – Birds and Berries by Barb Tourtillotte – Download this free pattern from     








Happy 4th of July

One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July.  It always takes me back to my grandmothers’ farm and my childhood memories.  Cook-outs, watermelon, her secret homemade vanilla ice cream and of course, fireworks.  Hopefully, we can entice you with some ideas to make your Fourth of July a memorable one. 

Who can resist this cute little apron featuring Uncle Sam decked out in red, white and blue?  Make a table runner of stars and flags to hang from a table or stitch a wall hanging.  From Art•to•Heart “Easy Does It Patriotic”.  

Relax on your backporch and enjoy a stitchery project from Blueberry Backroads,  “I Love America”.

Clothworks offers “America”.  Find a free pattern on their website. .  We have the fabrics available on our website @

Several of us fell in love with the Minick and Simpson’s fabric line, Bar Harbor from Moda.  The fabric feels soft, almost as if freshly dried on an outdoor clothesline, the colors definetly sing red, white and blue.  We fell in love with the quilt “Cabin on the Shore” and simply could not wait to make the model for the shop.  Kits will be available for purchase.

Nine Patch Summer Challenge

 Why focus on a Nine Patch Block?    It is one of the easiest and most versatile blocks that a quilter can make.  You can make just one at a time or several at a time.  Summer brings many things to fill our time; gardening, grandchildren, vacations, and spending time with family and friends enjoying what the summer has to offer us.  We generally do not sew as much during the summer months.  The purpose of the challenge is to get quilters to focus on making one nine patch block a day, and before long you have made enough to make a quilt without really working at it.     

This quilt is a traditional  9-patch with sashing and cornerstones.   The pattern can be found in the book “Feedsacks”  from Humble Beginnings by Edie McGinnis.     

 You ask yourself why would I want to participate in a Challenge.  Here are some great reasons…It’s free, it’s easy.  Make one a day (you get to decide what size .   Nothing to purchase you can use your stash.  You end up with lots of blocks by the end of summer.  We will provide you ideas on how to put the blocks together.     

 The challenge begins July 1st and ends Augst 30th.  We will have a Nine Patch Gala on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm, July 8th.  Finger foods and drinks will be provided.  A short demonstration will be given on how to make a Two-For-One Nine Patch and ideas will be given for some quilts.  For those of you who will participate online, we would love to see what you have completed each week.  Just send us your pictures and will post on the blog.   

The 9-patch and hourglass  featured below looks great in 30’s fabrics.  It combines a 9-patch with an hourglass block.  The floral applique might remind you of something found in your grandmother’s antique trunk.   The pattern can be found in the book Quilts from the Heart II by Karin Renaud. 

Nine Patch and Hour Glass