Ready, Set, Sew!

Now that Farmer’s Wife is over with, for the most part, I have been looking at the fabrics in the shop and pondering just what to do with all of them. On the one hand, I love them all and hate it when they leave me completely. On the other hand, I’m getting a little tired of looking at the same fabrics in some areas and the same samples. Now that we have a little, very little actually, time on our hands we are making up new quilt kits for you so you can quickly and easily make up a new quilt for yourself or someone special in your life.

Dizzy Dino


After having worked with Civil War repros, Thimbleberries, and other relatively dark fabrics for the past thirteen months I decided to go in the opposite direction and start with something bright and fun. Dizzy Dino was the result! What you see here is a small version of the full quilt. Why? Because there is just so much room in any shop for displaying quilt projects. Our quilt is done in a 3×4 arrangement. The actual pattern for the quilt that you can purchase a kit for is done in a 5×7 layout. There is enough fabric in the kit to make the larger quilt, or you can make two smaller quilts like ours and have 11 blocks left over. That means that with just a little more fabric you could make three small quilts from one kit. You might have to buy extra for the border(s) but it won’t be much more out of pocket expense for you. The pattern is included along with our own cheat sheet with instructions for a little variation that will make your quilt stand out in a crowd of other quilts. The cost: $50. This purchase alone will qualify you for your FREE monthly charm. How’s that for a deal?! Check back at the end of next week for our next new offering.

Strip Friendly!


Speaking of new offerings, I am pleased to say that we have the latest releases from Martingale now in the shop. Deciding which book to tell you about first is always a difficult task. I think this time I will start with the smallest book which has the smallest person on your “to sew for” list covered. Jelly Babies contains 14 adorable baby quilts designed by the staff at That Patchwork Place. The quilts are made primarily from 2-1/2″ strips. In addition to the quilts there are sweet photos of babies who grew up to work at Martingale. I bet if they’d known what a great job was in their future they would have grown up quicker. One big plus about this book is that it has a full alphabet, in reverse, that can be used as shown in the quilt project or in any manner you choose. We’re often asked for books with alphabets so here you go. I can see these letters used to put the name of a precious little one, and maybe a little bigger one, in the center of or diagonally across a quilt. That would be one quilt that could be taken off to college without the worry of it growing legs and walking off.

Borders with Pizzazz!


The next book, by Sheila Sinclair Snyder, gives you lots of ideas on pieced borders. And not just any pieced borders mind you, but Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders to be exact. There are 12 projects in this book. Each project is sure to stretch your imagination but not your abilities. In truth, the borders on some of these projects don’t look like borders at all, at least not in the sense that we have learned to add borders to our quilts. These borders become a part of the quilt so that by the time you add the binding it might look as though you don’t have borders on your quilt at all. Slick! As an added bonus, there are close-up photos of some of the quilting designs used which will take the guesswork out of how to quilt your finished product.

Country Never Looked so Good


Last, but definitely not least, is Farm Girl Quilts by Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this book and wish I had time to make several of the 12 projects contained within. There is a nice variety of projects including a table runner that uses ric-rac and several projects with applique. I think Midnight Goldenrod just might be my first choice of must-dos in this book. Their blocks are 9-1/8″ square, but I’m thinking about doing the design in my favorite 6″ finished squares. Thanks to Farmer’s Wife Sampler I know how to make both the blocks used in the quilt. Can I do it? I’ll let you know when, or if, I do.

If you haven’t already, go over to Bonnie Hunter’s blog, www.quiltville.blogspot.com, and see what she has for you today. In addition to her blog you will find links to the blogs of four other talented quilters for your enjoyment. I won’t tell you who they are. Suffice it to say you’ll be pleasantly pleased, and who knows just how much, or what, you might learn. I will give you a hint about Bonnie’s blog. You might want to pull out some floral fabric and some yellow fabric before you go there. It never hurts to be prepared.

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