Picking Favorites

I know its not nice to pick favorites when you have multiple "kids", but these days this one is definitely my favorite. Shhh... don't tell the other ones!

It was so beautiful the other day that I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap a few shots.



Things that I am loving about it right now:

My Favorite California Girl prints

Giant Blocks

Simple Piecing

No Matching Points!

Light Ivory Background.

Fabulous Quliting

Did I mention Giant Blocks?

Okay, that's it I guess.










Click here for more info if you are interested.

Hope you all had a great weekend. 

Sit Upons for Summer

Today we have bundled up some wonderful little Sit Upon kits. Available with and without the amazing I-TOP button maker [I really recommend the I-TOP for easy as pie button making. See this post].

Kits include all the fabric and buttons you need for one Sit Upon- perfect for your office chair, to take to soccer games this summer or as many of customers have pointed out, perfect to take to quilt class with you.

Personally we will be whipping up a few more of these bad boys for summer porch lounging!

You can of course stretch your charm pack and use it only on the front of the pillow and get two out of one charm pack! You would however need some more buttons for that.





We will have these while the charm packs last.

Click here for more info.


Here's to summer!



Monday, monday....

Happy Monday everyone! Although I realize that for all those of you who subscribe, you might not be reading this till Tuesday but just know that I had Monday on the brain when I posted this. 

Its one of those Monday mornings where I have so much swirling around in my tired little brain that I'm having a hard time focusing on anything. I guess that is what Mondays are supposed to be like anyway. Since I wasn't accomplishing anything work related this morning I actually sat outside on my porch, got the munchkins off to school....


... in case you were wondering what on earth, its CRAZY HAIR day at school today!


And just sat there afterwards. Just sat. Waited for the hub to bring home the most wonderful chocolate croissants west of Paris, looked at what was blooming in my front yard




and watched a daredevil squirrel jump from the wire to the branch of a birch tree- I swear I don't know how those things survive all of those jumps!

Can I just share with you how sad it is that I can't remember the last time I did this? I love my porch and deciding right now to spend more time on it. You keep me to it!

One of the things that is making me a little crazy this morning is that my dad is in surgery- as we speak. Hopefully all will be well and since he is a private person, I won't share more than that. But you can certainly keep him in your thoughts or your prayers if you are a praying person. We had a little fam prayer time before everyone went to school this morning. It helped my soul feel lighter. 

Speaking of lighter, on a lighter note.....

Did you see my tutorial on Sew Mama Sew? For those of you scared of that big "A" word..... give it a try! I can almost promise you good results!

Also, pattern debuts are long overdue!! I have already shared about the Daisy Girl backpack but what about the others. Here goes the first one:

My Log Cabin

As I was working on patterns for this season I realized that although I am mostly a traditional quilter at heart, I had never made the most traditional of all quilts- the Log Cabin. Well, to be completely truthful, my very first quilt was a Log Cabin but since that quilt will never see the light of day LOL, this one will have to count as the first!


... tucked on my favorite quilt ladder.


... closeup to see Diana's wonderful quilting. Love that woman!


... obviously didn't finish the binding before taking the shots!




... I think this just might be my favorite shot of the quilt.



... I love that although this is one of the oldest quilt patterns out there, it has such a graphic almost modern feel to it. I find that that is often true of the classic quilts.

I would love to see this in fresh modern colors too... anyone up for the challenge?

.... Thank you to Cheryl for testing out this block, to the amazing Sherri for piecing this lovely in lickety split time and to Diana for quilting it! You ladies rock!



Name: My Log Cabin

Fabric Collection: Made with a charm pack and a honeybun of BUTTERSCOTCH & ROSE [fabric due out in October 2011]. Of course, just as easily doable from your stash. In fact, it would make a fabulous stash quilt. All those 1 1/2" strips that many of us have as a part of our scrap bucket would be perfect for this.

Size: 71" x 71" with 3 different setting options

Click here for pattern.

From Market, from Market

You know, as opposed to "To Market, to Market..." :-) You gotta cut me some slack as I am just a bit slap happy today! So glad to be home after our trip to Salt Lake City and then New York, more on that later.

But for now, I thought I would start to share some of the pics of my booth. Starting with a bundle of the new collection, Butterscotch & Rose. It is a warmer, fall line inspired by a trip to Sonoma Valley in the wine country. Its a bit more of a traditional line with a good mix of florals, little prints and my favorite geranium print that I can't wait to use on something for our home. Don't know what yet! I'll let you know as soon as I figure it out.

Our booth theme was Country Fair, along with the MODA booths [stay tuned for some great shots of the MODA booths tomorrow] and we decorated it with signs and fruit and crates and baskets to look like a stand at your local country fair. I don't know about you, but the outcome for me is that I am dieing to go to an actual country fair this summer. Planning it already. Any suggestions for Northern California? We're willing to travel a bit to get there, not too much though.....




... I'll have to share some of the funniest "Best Livestock" comments from market. Although the hub might not quite appreciate those being broadcast on the blog :-)...



.... these is our newest series of postage stamp inspired wall hangings. For those of you applique lovers out there, these are a perfect combo of applique and a little embroidery. More on those later this week.

I have a million more photos so stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter if you aren't already cuz we are going to have a fun giveaway there later this week!

xoxoxo Joanna


I want to live inside my camera bag. Seriously.

Yes, you read that right. I want to live inside my camera bag right now. I'm in love. If you can be in love with a camera bag that is. It came in the mail today and I knew right away what it was! My kids thought I had lost my marbles just a little when I yelled "get out of my way unless you know where the scissors are!"

Of course, the weeks leading up to Market, they pretty much assume that I have already lost my mind, so I guess, if I think about it a bit more, they might not even have noticed my odd behavior!


I have to tell you that one of my very favorite things about working in the industry that I do is the people I have met along the way and those that I would now call friends. Kay is one of them. It just happens to be a nice perk that she is the most amazing and talented seamstress that there ever was. And she is so little and cute you just want to eat her up! Or in this case, her camera bag. O.M.G.



Made out of my favorite 3 fabrics right now. And I mean my absolute favorite, this bag is a new home for my DSLR that faithfully travels with me everywhere to chronicle my life and my work. I don't really know what I would do without it. Its never really had a proper home, just one hand me down bag after another. But now, its home is where I want to live. Inside every little outside and inside pocket.


... did you notice that the inside has a little shelf for the camera to sit on so the lens goes in the little space that is left. Are you freaking kidding me??

Thank you Kay, from the bottom of my heart. 

Okay, I'm done now. I know one of my friends will email me soon to tell me that I have lost it for good now. But then again, what do they expect. It is the week before Market after all.



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Just in case you were hoping for other information other than my desire to live in my new camera bag, I wanted to show you my first sneak peek of an upcoming quilt pattern. STEMS is currently my favorite and you will be seeing many more pics of it coming up and at Market. But for now I thought I would show you the version the lovely Sherri made from the goodies I showed a couple of posts ago.




Remember that little rainbow of fabrics spread out on the ground? Well that was for this. Its making me really happy right now. One of those patterns that has been in my head since I became infatuated with Orla Kiely [which has been for a really long time!] I've always wanted to create a pieced version of her signature stem look. Well, this is it. More on the pattern front soon.

And..... drumroll.... I have been cleared to share that I have signed a new contract with Wiley Books! I am so happy to share a new book home with some of my favorite friends and designers, Sandi, Patty & Paula. Here's to the journey ladies!

I am so excited for this project and will share more as I can. Working on the first portion of this book is the real reason that I have been MIA lately. My Market patterns have been written, edited, photo shot, press checked and sent off to the printer what seems like an eternity ago [probably just a couple of days ago but it sure feels like a long time at this point].

They are starting to arrive back at the studio, palette by palette, as we speak. Usually we stagger them a bit more, but to have them all arrive at once is a bit overwhelming for our fabulous office ladies and the man behind the fig! At least he sure is getting a work out!

But it is the book project I have been cranking away on for the last couple of weeks. Because of course, my first deadline is just right about the same time as Market.


Did we mention something about insanity. Okay, just checking. Thanks for listening to all my exciting news. More to come soon.

Talk to you soon my friends.

"Kiss Me"

I am quite certain that I have said this before and I will surely say it again, but almost every time we release a new set of patterns, I have a favorite. I feel like I shouldn't have one, but I do.

Almost from the instant we start sewing the blocks together or the pieces get cut out for the bag, I just know. This will be my favorite this time around. A lot of the times its about the color choices in a particular project but sometimes its about the design or the way that I am feeling when I design it.

This was one of those quilts. From the moment I started playing with those reds and greys, and hints of yellow, green and pink in the florals, somehow I knew it would be one of my all-time favorites. And it is. So far.

 .... here it is with one of my favorite flowers in the world. French Tulips. These my hub happened to get for me for our 16th wedding anniversary last week. So glad I managed to catch a shot of them with the quilt.

... a little closeup to show Diana's beautiful quilting.

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... a front flat shot of the quilt.

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... the simple applique flowers along the bottom just me smile. Simple but lovely.


And so you guessed it, I just couldn't resist and we have kitted it for you. I think that maybe might be one of your all time favorites too!


To pre-order and reserve your spot today  click here.


Talk to you soon.

Spring & some "Chintz"

I had a chance to go visit my parents in Southern California for a day last week and I was again reminded about the difference in seasons between Northern and Southern California. Its like a different world down there!

They have an amazing home and garden and their vegetable beds were already overflowing! I had serious garden envy. Thinking of flying my dad up here just so he can help me garden for the weekend! I might just do it too! Although the kids would probably steel him go play miniature golf and take them to movies and I would be gardening by myself. Oh, well, so much for that plan.... Maybe I'll fly him up anyway!

... I guess these self seeded from last year!

... he seemed to have every kind of little green imaginable.

... we clipped and clipped and clipped.


... and I brought home at least 8 different bunches of yummies that completely filled up my carryon! I felt a little silly since I felt like everyone on the plane could smell the fresh greens in my carryon. But I doubt they could. It was all in imagination.

When I came home, I wondered what was blooming in our own Northern California garden and was quickly reminded again of the unbelievable magnolias which bloom every year and mark spring around here.

... so I guess that means that I can't complain.... about much of anything, really.



Even though this fabric won't be in stores for a bit yet, the accompanying patterns for our Strawberry Fields collection have been shipping for a few weeks now and the last 2 are set to return from the printer literally any minute! So I will definitely be showing them off in the next few days to come.

For now, I thought I would share some pictures of the Chintz quilt that was a part of a recent photo shoot so I finally have some pretty pics so you can see it up close.

... I love that this is a Layer Cake project and can also be done with goodies from your stash.

Yes, it has a heart. Can you believe it? If you know me, you'll remember that I am not much of a heart kind of gal. Just not my thing, personally, but this quilt was directly inspired by one of my favorite greeting cards that had a heart in it. So I thought I would give it a try and see what happened. I think it works in the quilt pretty well and it is easily left out if you, like me, are not much of a heart person LOL!

Chintzcloseup usual, Diana did a fabulous job quilting.


... I am loving how the colors all "play well together". Especially with the grey mixed in. Making me happy.

NAME: Chintz

SIZE: 62 1/2" x 72"

FABRIC: Made from a Layer Cake and a little bit of additional yardage, some grey additions for the posts and inner border and the large red floral for the outer border. Of course you could add almost anything to that border and it would work with this scrappy inside.

Click here to view.


Talk to you soon.


Sneak Peek #2


Another one of our "mini" patterns or "Threads" as we refer to them was inspired by a flea market pin that we found a while back. It felt timeless to us then and seemed to beg to be updated with some fresh fabrics. So we listened to her.


... 2 sizes, this one is the multi version on a standard white shirt, made with 11 charm squares. I  love it on a white or cream shirt, although my daughter keeps swiping it for her hair or her backpack!


... both versions on my favorite leather purse. Works great as a purse accessory on pretty much any style.


... all 3 versions accessorizing a fabric purse. This is the cover image of the pattern as well.


... this might just be my favorite one right now. I have been wearing it on sweaters, bags, jean jacket... you name it, its been there!

Name:  Blooms

Size: 2" and 3" finished

Fabric: All bloom parts can be made from charm squares so a charm pack is perfect to make several. Multi version made from a mix of Breakfast at Tiffany's & Buttercup collections. Cream dot from Mill House Inn. 

Available here now. 

 Talk to you soon.


Some Strawberry Peeks...

As a mom of 2 older boys and a little girl, many of the "girl" things out there are a bit unknown to me. My daughter was just as likely to play with a Power Ranger as she was a doll when she was a toddler. As she grows up, however, we quickly become familiar with all of those little girl milestones. This year we have joined the ranks of the Girl Scouts and are looking forward to joining the infamous cookie sales that I'm sure we are all aware of! In fact my husband keeps suggesting that we should sell them on our website LOL!!

Recently we have been working on some sewing activities with our little "Daisies" and it came to my attention that apparently one of the classic Girl Scout sewing projects is to make little newspaper stuffed "Sit Upons" to use during the weekly meetings.

When it came time to make our own little box cushions below, the topic de jour at our house was our "Sit Upon" projects and thus quickly became the name of this new pattern. 

Just thought you might want to know that this wasn't my attempt at high brow English but rather a Girl Scout reference suggested by my daughter!


Pillow comes in 2 different sizes and is a perfect charm pack project for a Saturday afternoon...







Name: Sit Upon

Size: 14" and 17"

Fabric Used: Strawberry Fields in the foreground, Buttercup in the background.

Available here.


Talk to you soon.


Pattern Showcase #5

I'm sure you have heard me talk about my love of Christmas quilts over the years and this is the latest in the series of those classic red, green and cream lovelies that I will happily add to my stack of holiday quilts when we decorate our home next week.

Now I know that it doesn't have to be for Christmas only, this combination is a timeless classic all year around but somehow it is just a bit more perfect this time of the year for me.


... we sure had fun cutting kits in this wonderful little color combo for our recent sale. If you aren't on our newsletter list, be sure to get on it before our next holiday sale email at the end of this week! Go here to be added to our newsletter.


So here is Petite Fours ["little fours" in French because the baskets are little and they come arranged in fours... I know, not the most creative name in the world but what can I tell you? I'm a sucker for French, little baskets and a sucker for a good pastry reference!]



... little red baskets in several different prints set with both red and green nine patches in the sashing. Fabrics are from a variety of our recent lines including, Fresh Cottons, Mill House Inn, Whimsy and Patisserie.


.... little closeup to show the quilting.


... same quilt done out of our Buttercup collection [fabric due out in February 2011]. This one is a much more scrappy look since we made it from one of those mini-bundles of 1/8 yds. 


Both samples were made by the super talented, amazing quilter, Sherri. Thanks Sherri

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Pattern Cover shown here above.

Pattern: Petite Fours

Size: 68" x 68"

Fabrics Used: variety of reds and greens from past several lines [see above] for the background styled version. A mini bundle of Buttercup for the inset version. Cream solid for either is always available on our site under "A Few of Our Favorite Things"

Click here for the pattern.


Talk to you soon.