October BOM

Finally! Right?  Both of October’s Free BOM blocks are now available for download!  Yay!  November will be the finishing instructions.  Again – thank you for your patience! Barb  


Hello everyone!  I’ve discovered that I love having the time to put my feet up and focus on some hand applique – which I love doing!  I’m a participating blog shop for Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home “Sew Sweet Simplicity” Blog Hop and am taking my time creating the blocks for her pattern !  The blog hop with its free beautiful quilt pattern doesn’t start until October 27 so there is still plenty of time to join.  Click on the link in the right border of this front page, or click here  http://jacquelynnesteves.com/sewing-quilting/sew-sweet-simplicity-free-block-of-the-month/ to sign up and for more information.

I’m quite tickled over the line of fabric that I chose to create the pattern in.  It’s totally “not me” but once I saw it I fell in love with it!  You’ll just have to wait and see the blocks as I post them!   This is where my hand applique is coming in while I’m relaxing.  You have the option of doing the applique any way you’d like to – or do embroidery instead, or just plain piecing!

I’ve been a quilter for around 23 years!  I owned a quilt shop in our small town for thirteen years where I taught loads of classes, designed the yearly Block of the Month programs, and became fast friends with many of my customers.  I just loved owning a quilt store.  I became ill so now that part of my life is behind me, and when I wondered exactly what I was going to do with myself I discovered that I really enjoyed my quilt pattern making and that is where my heart is now.  I sell my patterns through Craftsy and Etsy.  I really love getting online and perusing my favorite quilt websites and quilt blogs.  A favorite of mine has always been Jacquelynne Steves!  So this blog hop is going to be great fun for me!

And talk about fun!  Who doesn’t like winning giveaways!  There will be lots of giveaways of books, fabric and thread!  AND the first giveaway starts today!  Leave a comment to this post telling me which is your favorite way of doing applique (and why!), and I’ll put your name into a drawing to be held on October 23.   The gift is a surprise from Jacquelynne that retails for over $40!

Hello everyone – I want to thank you for your patience these past couple of weeks.  I’ll mention this only this one time on this blog as I try to keep my personal life seperate from my quilt blog, but some explanation is needed here.

My Stage 4 Colon Cancer has recently recurred.  The surgery to remove the tumor went well last week and I’m now simply relaxing – hoping that healing runs smooth.  I’ll begin radiation in a couple of weeks which will last somewhere around five to seven weeks.  I’ll continue to work on my quilt patterns, hosting my mystery block, and participating in the Sew Sweet Simplicity Blog Hop coming the end of this month.

I plan to be back at working on this blog next week, and will have the Mystery Block of the Month patterns ready.  Enjoy the fall weather!  Barb

Sorry For The Delay…

To all BOM Participants:

This is Mike, Barb’s husband (for those who don’t yet know).  I’d like to appologize for the delay this month with getting the BOM’s posted.  Barb had her surgery on Tuesday, September 30th and I haven’t had the time to finish getting them ready.  She’ll be coming home soon and I should be able to have them done by next weekend.

I was recently asked to post this information about a great source of backing fabric.  If I can’t get what I need locally (always try your local quilt stores first!) then I check out a favorite quilt backing fabric site “Backside Fabrics” – www.backsidefabrics.com.  They have backing fabric available in lots of different price points and colors.  Locate the fabric you want by price, or by color!  Even by style.  If you’re not sure of the brand or actual color you can get a small sample piece of the fabric too.  I’ve been very happy with all of the backing fabric that I’ve purchased from Backside Fabrics.  And shipping prices are very reasonable.

Also – I have a link to the “Fat Quarter Shop” at the right side of this page.  When I need to go hunting for errant fabric pieces, or even whole collections, this is where I hit first.  This online company carries a lot of everything!  Shop by color, design, or designer!  And, they too, have great shipping rates.

My “Go To” shopping list then is:  Connecting Threads, local quilt shops, then Fat Quarter Shop!

BackSide Fabrics

While out in Cascade, Michigan last week at a doctor’s visit I came across a new cute quilt store!  It is called “Stitched Studio”!  They are located at 1144 East Paris Ave, Grand Rapids.  Their fabric is bright and fun – lots of Moda designers.  I fell in love with the basic solids collection they carry called “Bella Solids”.  What a scrumptious line of colors!

They are having a Grand Opening this coming Saturday.  Sounds like fun!  Check out their website for more information and to sign up for a newsletter.  www.stitched-studio.com.  We need to support a new quilt store, and help them to continue to grow and succeed!


I’m sorry I haven’t posted recently but I’ve not felt well.  Finally feeling better today!

Whenever I go into local quilt shops to look around I always see the beautiful Tonga Treat strip packages designed by Timeless Treasures.  I never know quite what to make with them.  Then I found this great quilt book also put out by Timeless Treasures called “Pick Up A 6-Pack”!  All of the patterns are designed for the 6″ Tonga Treat strips.  There are 24 pages, full Color, and using Harvest, Boysenberry, Reef, Punch, & Cabana packs.  The Tonga Treat bundle shown below is called “Boysenberry”.


My Room

Hmmm, you’d think I’ve been sewing these past two days!  What a mess!  I can’t believe I actually know where things are.  Move something and I’m done for.









And while I’m trying to get a bunch of projects done – I go and purchase these three EQ7 Quilt Designing Lesson Books!  I’ll work with these on my downtime.  Ha!   I like using my EQ7 program to design my quilt patterns, but there is still a lot within the program that I don’t know.


Hello everyone! I’m excited to be able to share this news with you!  One of my favorite quilts artists, Jacquelynne Steves of The Art of Home,  is holding a Block of the Month Blog Hop starting October 27, 2014.  She has designed a beautiful quilt with six blocks that she has named “Sew Sweet Simplicity”.  I love it!  My exciting new is that Jacquelynne Steves has asked me to participate in her Blog Hop!

For more information and to sign up for this Block of the Month Blog Hop – click on the button at the right of this page.  “Sew Sweet Simplicity”.  Fun prizes and giveaways too!


Jacquelynne Steves Free Block of the Month