Friday, May 29, 2009

Winter Friendships

Winter Friendships by Teresa Kogut for Marcus Brothers In the wonderful world of quilting, it’s never too early to begin thinking about Christmas!

Teresa Kogut has designed an adorable new collection for Marcus Brothers called “Winter Friendships.”  Featuring lovable snowmen, the panel, border stripe and coordinating prints combine to create colorful and fun-filled quilts, crafts and home decor accents for your winter celebrations.

Winter Friendships - Panel 1727-120

Winter Friendships - Border Stripe #1728-120 Winter Friendships - Snowman Toss 1729-120
Winter Friendships - Snowflakes -1730-120 Winter Friendships - Hearts Red 1731-0111
Winter Friendships - Stripe 1732-120 Winter Friendships - Stars Blue 1733-110

Thursday, May 28, 2009

“Tea Time” Block-of-the-Season

Tea Time Block of the Season

Won’t you join us for a cup of tea?

Nancy Davis-Murty of Bee Creative Studio, has designed another block-of-the-season program in warm, gentle colors of sage, pink, plum, tan, and rust.

Program runs for 6 months beginning in August 2009.  Each month you will receive the pattern and fabric to complete one part of the quilt.  The quilt is built in rounds, so by the time you get to the last month, there is no additional assembly.  Binding fabric is also included.

Throughout the program you will also receive bonus patterns for additional projects, as well as much-loved Tea Time recipes.

Finished size of the quilt is 90” x 90”.

Program Dates:  August 2009 through January 2010 (will ship the 20th of each month)

Reservation Fee:  $9.49

Monthly Cost (beginning in August):  $25.99/month + shipping (non-cancelable)

Shipping costs …
US:  $5.35 / month
Canada & Mexico:  $10.75/month
All Other International:  $12.75/month
*** International customers:  if you would like for us to ship bi-monthly beginning in September, please indicate this on  your reservation.

Membership & Monthly Program Fees are non-cancelable and non-refundable.

Tea Time Backing Kit


A Backing Kit is also available.

“A Vintage Christmas” Block-of-the-Month

A Vintage Christmas BOM

Decorate your home in vintage style with "A Vintage Christmas." This applique quilt is fun and the look is soft and vintage. Hang it on your wall and fill the room with glitter houses, vintage sheep, and vintage ornaments for the perfect holiday look!

This ten month block-of-the-month program is one you'll enjoy every year and treasure for years to come. Reindeer, stockings, ornaments, holly, and a partridge in a pear tree, are featured in this stunning quilt designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.

Feature fabrics:

"Stone Cottage" (Renee Nanneman)
"Glace" (3 Sisters)
"Figgy Pudding" (Basic Grey)

Months 1 through 9 you will receive the pattern and fabric to complete one square and on month 10 you will receive the fabric for the borders and binding.

BONUS: Embellishment Kit and Embroidery Floss are included!

Pattern includes full color photos of each of the blocks and full-size patterns and general instructions. All blocks are made using applique and traditional piecing. We are expecting to use all the fabrics in the original quilt, however, we reserve the right to substitute if necessary. Substitutions will be as close to the original as possible. Finished quilt size is 53" x 55".  Backing is not included, however a backing kit is available.

Program Dates:  August 2009 to May 2010 (will ship the 15th of each month)

Monthly Cost (beginning in August): $24.95/month + shipping (non-cancelable)

Shipping costs ...
US: $5.35 / month
Canada &  Mexico: $10.75 / month
All Other International: $12.75 / month

***International customers: if you would like for us to ship bi-monthly beginning in September please indicate this on your reservation.

Membership & Monthly Program Fees are non-cancelable and non-refundable.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It’s all in fun …

A little over three years ago, I received a phone call from my sister-in-law Darla, telling me that she had just purchased an APQS Millenium long-arm.  Of course the first question anyone asks someone who’s just bought one of these gigantic treasures is, “Where are you going to put it?”  Quickly followed by, “and what are you going to do with it?”

“In the garage, of course,” and “quilt!”

“Congratulations!  Now I have somewhere to send all my quilts :)

About a year later I called Darla and said, “You’ll never guess what I just did – and, no, it does not include a long-arm.”  She was more shocked than I when I told her The Quilt Shoppe had been born.  She was ecstatic because now she had a place to purchase more fabric. 

Last Spring I invited her to go to Spring Market with us.  She didn’t see the need to go, but I convinced her it would be a lot of fun.  She had a great time (what quilter wouldn’t) and even made a few new acquaintances.

Keep in mind that up to this point, I have the upper hand in knowing what’s coming out 6 months from now ….. Fast forward to October 2008, and I receive another phone call …

”You’ll never guess what’s on my machine.” 

“A quilt?” 

“Yes!  And, it’s with fabric that you’ve never seen before because it’s a quilt for Fall Market for Elizabeth Scott from Late Bloomer Quilts.  And, oh, by the way, I can’t send you pictures, cuz you can’t see it yet!”

Ah – she got me!  Now we tease each other every time market comes around.  As soon as emails start coming out with new fabrics I quickly call her to tell her, “Ha, ha.”  It usually doesn’t take long before I get the phone call, “Have you seen the new fabric from …. it’s to die for, but, oh, I’m sorry, you won’t see it ‘till market.”  It’s a new tradition that’s a whole bunch of family fun.

Here are a couple of pictures she sent me of quilts she did for Elizabeth for Spring Market.  First, Elizabeth is an incredible designer.  Second, my sister-in-law really puts the icing on the cake.  I know you’ll all agree, they are beautiful.


These two are from the Cottage Rose pattern from Late Bloomer, featuring fabrics from Robyn Pandolph’s new collection, Somerset Cottage.


These are from the Hopscotch pattern from Late Bloomer featuring fabrics from the Aster Manor collection by 3 Sisters for Moda.

We’ve ordered both of these patterns as well as the other new patterns just released from Late Bloomer Quilts.

Thank you Elizabeth and my dear sister-in-law, Darla, for sharing your amazing talents.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Drum Roll, Please!

We received this sweet little email this morning …

“What happened to Day Four?”

Day four, day four … hmmmm … OMGosh! DAY FOUR!

So terribly sorry :-( We’ve been grabbing every spare minute we can putting together new BOMS (which you’ll be seeing in the next 24 hours, scouts honor!) and looking at all the brochures and fliers and pamphlets will all the coolest new patterns trying to pick which ones we think you’ll love the best (do you have any idea how hard that is!)

First, I must congratulate you all. Your creativity reaches much farther than just your quilting expertise. I did, in fact, have a very easy phrase in mind …

Quilting, Pittsburgh Style!”

and several of you wrote just that, or “Pittsburgh Style Quilting.”

But we got some really creative and fun ones, too!

“Stepping out in style to see all the magnificent quilting going on in Pittsburgh!”

“I found my quilting style in Pittsburgh!”

“Pittsburgh ladies are quilting in style.”

Quilting fans had lots of style in Pittsburgh!”

“Whatever your style of quilting entails, Pittsburgh is your destination!”

“Quilting with Fig Tree fabrics is really in style when you’re from Pittsburgh!”

Okay – so here they are! The four lucky winners, each receiving 10 fat quarters from the new Mill House Inn collection from Fig Tree.

Betty Meyer

Sandy Bovee

Kaye Prince


Congratulations! and thank you all so much for playing with us. We’ve had a blast!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Day 3 Quilt Market Giveaway Winner

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to get your emails with your “word” and all your nice comments.  We are having a lot of fun with this!

Okay, we have a Day 3 Winner!


Penelope Tucker

You’ve won the Rouenneries Jelly Roll!


Oh, but we’re not done quite yet!  We still have one more part to finish.

For our final installment of our game, we’re going to take this:

Mill  House Inn FQ Bundle

and break it into four 10-piece bundles for four lucky winners.  It’s all from the new Mill House Inn collection from Fig Tree Quilts.  Visit Fig Tree’s Blog to see all the new patterns that Joanna has created for this divine collection.

For a chance to be one of the four lucky winners, simply send another email to putting all three words from days 1, 2 & 3 together in a phrase.  Subject:  Day 4 Word.

Anyone can play – you don’t need to have guessed the first 3 days.

On your mark, get set, GO!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Day Two Blog Giveaway Winner

Was I really tired yesterday morning, or what?  I forgot to post the info of where to send your answer and even worse – I forgot to tell what the prize was!  So Thank You to the 71 customers who had enough confidence in me to still play the game and know that the prize would be a good one!

Yesterday’s  word was indeed QUILTING and the prize is a Jelly Roll from the new Aster Manor collection from 3 Sisters.

Aster Manor

And the winner is:

Deb Girotti


Ready for our final word?  Here you go!

Day 3 Word This one might not seem as obvious, so I’ll give you a hint:  It’s a place that recently had something to do with quilting.

Directions:  Email your guess to  Subject Line:  Day 3 Word.

Prize:  Oooh, let’s see, I’ve got so many good things here!  And since we seem to be on a Moda kick, how about another jelly roll – this time from the new Rouenneries collection from French General …

Send in your guesses and invite your friends to join us!

Hope you’re having fun :)

I’ll have a final Market blog update a little later today, once I get the camera charged back up.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Spring Market Day One Winner & Day 2 Word

Good morning!

We have a winner of the Petit Four’s! 

Congratulations to

Cecilia Young


Here’s today’s wordimageDon’t forget, you can play everyday!  Tell you friends to come on over and join the fun too.

We’re off to the Convention Center for our last day of shopping.

Happy Sunday :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Spring Quilt Market – Saturday

Okay!  Where did we leave off?  Oh, yes, lunch break on Friday.  We spent the whole afternoon looking at more BOMs and patterns, and patterns, and patterns (did I mention patterns?), fabric and some different types of items that incorporate quilting in a fun way.  After all that work, it was time to have some fun.

Moda’s theme for this market is:

DSC03198 We already know they do fabric, and notions, and home goods, but they can throw a very impressive dinner party too!


DSC03136 There were actually 3 of these river boats ready to take us on a 3 hour river cruise up an down the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers.  What a blast!  Thank you, Moda, for a wonderful time!  Here’s some random pictures from our dinner.

 DSC03125DSC03118  Downtown skyline (left); Heinz stadium (right)
More skyline (left); Sam, me and Carol, our Moda/Clothworks rep
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Julia, our Andover/P&B/Wilmington/Benartex rep (left);
Marsha & Rhonda from Morningstar Quilts in Paradise, CA
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The boat at night (left); the walkway from the dock – the sidewalls of the walkway are a huge waterfall – absolutely beautiful!

Today, Saturday, we decided to walk from our hotel to the convention center.  It’s only a 15-minute walk.  Keep in mind we’re from California.  Yesterday, the weather here was gorgeous, perfectly sunny, warm, beautiful!  So what should today be like?  Warm and sunny, of course!  When we walked out of our hotel I noticed the ground was a little wet.  Ooooh, a nice spring rain!  If you look at the pictures below you’ll notice I was dressed for another beautiful warm day, complete with sandals!  NOT!  About half way through our walk it started pouring, with no place to hide till it passed.  By the time I walked into the convention center I was soaked.  My nicely styled hair was now wet and curly.  Oh well, when life throws you raindrops, you just gotta smile and be thankful it wasn’t your only shower that morning :)

The rest of the day was spent fine-tuning more ideas and ordering more fabric.

Tomorrow will be much of the same.  Keep commenting and let us know your likes and gotta haves.

Here’s more pics from today.

 WillowBerry Lane Bunny Hill Designs
Left:  Vicki Lynn Oehlke from WillowBerry Lane (behind us is a Calendar Quilt BOM that we are thinking of offering …)
Right:  Our dear friend, Anne from Bunny Hill Designs

Me & My Sister Lynette Anderson
Left:  Mary & Barb from Me & My Sister Designs
Right:  Lynette Anderson
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Left:  Jodi Barrows from Square-in-a-Square
Right:  Tammy Carlson, Happy Hollow Designs
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Left:  Lenny Hencoop, the Dutch Quilter
Right:  Joanna Figueroa, Fig Tree Quilts and Camille Roskelley, ThimbleBlossoms
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Left:  Alex Anderson, Alex Anderson Quilts
Right:  Patty Young, ModKid & Patty Young Designs

Okie dokie!  That’s it for tonight.  Gotta’  finish packing for our trip home tomorrow evening.

Tomorrow morning I’ll announce the 1st day’s Blog Giveaway winner and give you the next scrambled word.  You don’t have to participate all three days.  So if you missed Day One, that’s okay – join us for day two & three.

Depending on time, I may not get a chance to post pics tomorrow night.  If not, you’ll get them first thing Monday morning.

Have a wonderful rest of your evening and a very Happy Sunday!

Quilt Market Giveaway – Part One

Ready to have some fun?  We’re going to do a four-part giveaway.

For three days we’re going to post a scrambled word.  Email us at with your guess at what the word is and if you have it right, we’ll put your name in a drawing to win a prize.  On the fourth day, put all three words together in the right order and we’ll send out another prize, maybe even two!

You can enter each day.

Today’s word:


L      S      E    Y    T

Today’s prize is:

Moda Bake Shop Petit FourOne box of the new  Moda Bake Shop Petit Fours.

Unscramble the word and email us at!

Have fun and we’ll see you tonight with more pictures :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Spring Quilt Market – Part Two

Wow!  It has been an incredibly busy day.   WARNING:  Lots of pictures ahead!

The Doors opened at 9:30 a.m.

Quilt Market Welcome

Our first stop was the Bunny Hill booth to see Anne’s new “A Vintage Christmas” block-of-the-month.  We’ll definitely be adding this to our BOM programs.  It features fabrics from Stone Cottage & Itsy Bits by Renee Nanneman, Glace by 3 Sisters, and Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey.

A Vintage Christmas

Other new patterns we’ll be kitting up are:

Simply Hearts     Uptown Baby

Simply Hearts (left) and Uptown Baby (right) featuring Chelsea Manor fabrics.

Cocoa & Cinnamon
Cinnamon & Cocoa Table Runners
Madison Table Runner

Next stop was the Quilting Treasures booth.  Our shelves will soon be stocked with these wonderful new collections:

Pink Ribbons of Hope DSC03091
Pink Ribbons of Hope by Karen Neuburger (left) and Poky Little Puppy, a Golden Books collection.

Angels Among Us   Tidings of Great Joy
Angels Among Us by Jim Shore (left) and Tidings of Great Joy (right).

We had a wonderful time meeting Janet Wecker-Frisch.  She is the designer of the new Tidings of Great Joy (shown above.)

Next stop was the booth featuring Moda’s new block-of-the-month, Green Piece, featuring fabrics from these just released collections:
    Aster Manor, 3  Sisters
    Alliance – Collection for a Cause, Howard Marcus
    Vine Creek, Kansas Troubles Quilters
    Blessings, Brannock & Patek
    Close to My Heart, Laundry Basket Quilts

Green Piece

Traveling a short way to spend some time poring over all the new Moda fabrics with our Moda Rep, Carol.

DSC03096DSC03097That “mountain’ of fabric represents 19 new collections to choose from!  Oh how hard it is to choose …

Okay – time for a lunch break, and a blog break, and maybe a sleep break too.

I’ll come back in the morning and post our market giveaway game info.

Merry Quilt Market to all, and to all a good night!