Pattern Showcase #2

This is one of those patterns that I seem to come back to again and again. It was directly inspired by a vintage version that fell in love with at first sight. I first introduced it as one of the feature patterns in our Fresh Vintage series several years ago. That issue sold out so quickly that we made it into a stand alone Fig Tree pattern soon after., 

Then recently I thought it was time to revise it once again, make it out of all new fabrics, new directions and diagrams and add a little something. So Prairie Sweets Revisited was born.



.... this brand new version made from a combination of Fresh Cottons and Breakfast at Tiffany's collections.


.... I just love how these blocks are so simple, so graphic and so basic to construct.


... a few subtle cream backgrounds add another dimension to the pieced blocks.


... my favorite part of this new version of the pattern is that we have added a new size, Baby Sweets with a miniature version of the block and the quilt. These little blocks are just the cutest things I have seen in a long time. We get so many requests these days for baby quilts, we thought this would be the perfects solution, as appropriate for girls as for boys, all depending on what colors you choose.


... Baby Sweets model made with a nice mix of some of our latest lines- Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fresh Cottons, Mill House Inn and even a little bit of Patisserie mixed in. I just love the combination!!


... another Baby Sweets version shown here, made entirely out of our new Buttercup collection that we just showed in Houston a few weeks back. Buttercup will be in stores in February, 2011.


... pattern cover shown here above.

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Pattern Name: Prairie Sweets Revisited

Collections Used: a variety of current collections named above

Sizes: 63" x 73" and 46" x 52" for Baby Sweets

Fabric Cuts Used: Baby Sweets version can be made by starting with a charm pack. Prairie Sweets can be made from fat quarters or standard 1/4 yds.

Available Here.

Talk to you soon.





Its all about the Pumpkin around here...

Many of you inquired and asked about those kits we mentioned in the last post so I thought I would send out some quick info on a few of our fun Halloween products....

Of course you probably remember our Sugar Pumpkin pattern. How could you not? It was splashed all over a full page ad in a Holiday Betters Homes Publication last year... along with a certain someone's somewhat sheepish face behind it. At least the face part was blurry!


We have kits for it. They are $23 with the pattern [shipping included].


Next up, the new All Hallow's Eve Wall Hanging from Fresh Vintage #17 mentioned last week.

All Hallows Eve Wallhangingblog

We have limited kits for it. They are $32 with the pattern [shipping included]. 

From some of our older paper patterns before we went to our new full color pattern layout, we have the fall patterns from the Vintage Postcard Collection. Easily 2 of my favorites from that collection of 12 seasonal wall hangings. Perhaps a bit more country than I am these days, but I still LOVE these little quilts!


Acorn Blossoms Pattern.

Unfortunately we no longer have kits for these. Just lovely little patterns.


And the original All Hallow's Eve pattern.

And lets not forget one of my all time favorite fall quilts, Goosetracks in the Pumpkins.


Pattern here.

Now where is that one these days? I might have to go search the depths of the quilt closet this afternoon. If you don't hear from me for a while, I am in there somewhere!


Talk to you soon.

Fresh Vintage is here again!



I'm popping out of my little hole [sounds kinda like GroundHog day, doesn't it?] to let you know that our latest Fresh Vintage issue has started to ship out! Finally. Its a great issue chalk full of fun stuff. All auto shipments have gone out already [along with your free pattern!] so expect yours anytime. 

The main project is such a great, simple quilt and although I know my friend Camille makes fun of me every time I say that something is simple, this really is! All you need is 2 charm packs of your favorite collection [hint, hint: Breakfast at Tiffany's has just hit the stores and is available everywhere right not!], some cream background and an alternate fabric.... That's it! Now how can you go wrong I ask you?


October Ties


And if that doesn't suit your fancy, we have added in this fun, quick Halloween Wall Hanging or in our case, a door hanger. AT 18" x 18", you can finish it in an afternoon and have something for the rest of the fall. Over the last couple of years I have completely fallen in love with silhouette art, in every form. I have jewelry with it, small artwork, I collect vintage pieces of it, love the children's silhouettes, cutouts.... you name it, I love it! I think it is especially appropriate in October as the black silhouette stands out so strongly and makes you think of Halloween and fall decorating. Don't you think? 

All Hallows Eve Wallhangingblog

If you are local and joining us for PIQF next week, we have kitting this little guy up so you can come and get your own exactly like this one. Oh, we also have October Ties kitted, along with a hundred other things. But that's for another post that I will get done this weekend. 

If you want your own copy of this Fresh Vintage #17, go here.

Hope you are all enjoying your fall. I am trying to finish up all of my design deadlines so I can start sharing all the newest lovelies with you all. Stay tuned as I am nearing the finish line!


Talk to you soon.



Fresh Vintage #16 has hit the stores!

Our latest edition of Fresh Vintage went out last week! Halleluiah! Why halleluiah you might ask? Well, because its a quarterly pattern series that we do and this one was supposed to be the "MAY/JUNE" edition and it went out in the middle of July instead.... 

I can come up with some good excuses, I really can. One of them starts with Paris and ends with the Russian River, another one of them starts with Ben and ends with Ella, another one starts with my latest fabric collection designs and ends with a few new patterns in the works...

Dresden Fancy

Anyway, this issue is chalk full of goodies, starting with a Dresden Plate quilt, "DRESDEN FANCY". For those of you who are not seasoned or traditional quilters, a Dresden Plate block is one of those old traditional blocks that every quilter wants to make or at least own a vintage version of. They are beautiful and graphic and delicate all at once and over the years my desire to make one has grown until it finally dawned on me one day that I could make one without using any sewing templates! That's all I needed to get started...


In a method similiar to our Papillion pattern, the block comes together like a beauty!


or maybe this version... told you we are in love with this block!! 


The single applique block was added in for fun and interest but of course you can leave it out entirely if you prefer!

Le Figs

In this same issue of Fresh Vintage, we made these fun little pincushions for you... we thought it was time to add a new fig into the pincushion family. A long skinny greenish fig made with some of our snuggly soft Snuggle™ fabrics by MODA included in our Whimsy fabric collection. If you are interested in a simple kit of these little Le Fig figlets, email us at [the kit will have the Snuggle fabric, leaf & stem fabric and a couple of buttons along with the Fresh Vintage #16 issue for $15 plus standard shipping]. 




The issue also has one of my favorite summer salads/meals and something we make around these parts often in the summer months. Its basically our version of the Greek Tabouli salad but with all of our favorite summer veggies and a ton of great flavor including feta, pinenuts, peppers, tomatoes and more!


Click here if you want to purchase your copy.

Click here if you are interested in an auto subscription to this quarterly pattern series.

Talk to you soon. More Paris tomorrow!


Introduction #8

Bessie. Clover. Butch.

It seems the name options were endless as were the options of what kind of animal this really was. Designed as a baby cow. Thought by many to be a pig. Voted to be a baby bear by more than several. Termed "breakfast meats" by my hub... I know, not so funny to me but hysterical to most of the guys he says it to!!

 ...this is Bessie. Made out of the butter yellow Snuggle™ fabric by MODA. All of colors of Snuggles™ used here were new fresh colors released with our Whimsy collection of fabric. 

These are the newest 3 additions to our family. Bessie has been completely co- opted by my daughter. The other two, well... the boys would never admit it out loud or in public, but secretly they keep asking me when they are coming back from shows so they can have one each.

 I know, I know, both of them are too old but they have a soft spot for little stuffed animals in bed. Especially ones that I've made. It still makes me smile. I wonder if it will be the same when they are older. My husband still has an old teddy bear that he refuses to part with. He sits, a bit dusty, in the corner of our bedroom. I guess he probably wouldn't want you to know that. Too late for that I guess.


 ... this was the cover shot we used. A little stack of cuteness.


... this is Clover. I love this shot of him hanging out the window. Sometimes you have to have a little fun at a photo shoot.

... almost wistful, wouldn't you say?  

The fabrics are MODA's version of a soft, cuddly microfleece fabric that is so soft and wonderful to work with that I have started adding it as the back of many of my quilts, especially all of those that I know will end up in my children's hands!

You did hear me right, they are wonderful as backs! My faithful long arm quilter Diana who has vowed before to never again use the "other" unmentioned microfleece products on the market, LOVES, LOVES this one! She says it has much less stretch than those others, making it wonderful to work with.

... Now this here's what I call a cow pile! Ha, ha! On top is our latest addition, the polka dot cow. Made from Breakfast at Tiffany's polka dot! She doesn't have a name yet. Any ideas?


Name: Snuggle Softies

Made by: Cheryl Hadley & Joanna Figueroa

Size: app. 13" from snout to toe

Fabric Collection: Snuggle™ fabrics from our Whimsy collection

Fabric Used: 3/8 yds is all you need for the main body color. Like mentioned above, Snuggles or other microfleece are the best to use but standard cottons can be used as well. Pattern has many tips on working with both types of fabrics.

To look at precise yardage requirements look here under VIEW LARGER IMAGE.

Talk to you soon but not for a couple of days. Going on a little adventure. If all goes well, I might blog from my favorite little island in the world!


Introduction #7

Back to Introductions today... are you tired of these yet? Sometime I wish you could talk right back to me so i knew what you were thinking... but I guess that's what twitter is for. By the way, are you on twitter? Its kinda fun, on the days when you have time to play with it. Just saying.

Anyway,  this is my favorite jelly roll pattern in a long time. Something about it. Its simple. Its classic and so far, I love it in any color combination I have seen it in. 

Actually it doesn't even use the whole jelly roll, can you believe that? Just 30 strips if I am remembering my math correctly....


... this is the cover shot of Jelly Parfait. Made from Fresh Cottons with a cream background and a very light sashing strip. Almost completely blends with the background but just adds a tiny bit of sparkle or something.


... a flat shot of the Fresh Cottons version showing the whole layout. We chose green as the bottom triangles but you could completely change the look of the quilt by going lighter or darker here.


... the same Fresh Cottons quilt, closer up. Love those little diamonds.


... a closeup showing a good shot of the quilting.


... same quilt made with Breakfast at Tiffany's. Might look a bit different since we changed it up a bit and alternated cream and green background strips. Same quilt. Totally different look.


... in this Breakfast at Tiffany's version we chose one of the dark chocolate florals for the bottom triangles. Between that and the alternating green backgrounds, the quilt has a much more solid, and strong graphic feel.


... here's what it looks like flat. Love the green tone on tone and the green dot together.


... Last close-up shot of the Breakfast at Tiffany's version.


Name: Jelly Parfait

Pieced By: Sherri McConnell

In this link she actually talks about her love of this pattern and  how she is working on it for the THIRD TIME. Can you believe it?

Size: 63 1/2" X 86" [if you added a wider border this would make a perfectly sized twin bed quilt]

Fabric Collection: Fresh Cottons and Breakfast at Tiffany's respectively. 

Fabric Used: This quilt uses less than one jelly roll for all of the diamonds except the bottom ones which need another 5/8 yd.

To look at precise yardage requirements look here under VIEW LARGER IMAGE.

Talk to you soon.

Introduction #6

Strawberry Cafe

Remember a couple of posts back when I said I was having a serious fruit thing going on? 

Well here is more evidence for that theory. These are my favorites right now. Now, I will admit that these little curtains are a bit more "cute sweet" as I call it, than my house is normally. I am more of a plain vintage girl and not so much cutesy as far as the house goes. But.... I broke down with these little cuties, especially since its summer right now and they are perfect for the season! 

So far we have auditioned them in the laundry room, the kitchen and even the bathroom. Yes, you heard me right, the bathroom.  Even a bathroom can use a little re-fresher once in a while, right? It looks like perhaps we might be sewing more than one set, perhaps with different fruit!


... 2 curtain panels fit just right in our vintage windows. You could of course make one long panel instead or 2 longer or shorter panels depending on the width of your own windows.



... you could of course eliminate the strawberries altogether. But really, why would you want to?


... this was the cover shot we used for the pattern I think. Curtains joined by a simple table topper.


... the topper is just as simple as the cafe curtains. Simple charm blocks with a few berries and a delicate sawtooth border inbetween.


... love them curtains the most in the breeze. Just feels like summer.


Name: Strawberry Cafe

Pieced by: Cheryl Hadley & Joanna Figueroa

Size: Each panel is 29" x 38" but can easily be adjusted. Table Topper is 41" square.

Fabric Collection:  Made entirely from Fresh Cottons

Fabric Used: One Charm Pack makes 2 panels or one table topper. Other than that you need a main fabric and an accent fabric or 2! The cafe curtains use simple cafe clips available at most home stores. I have bought mine at IKEA and Target.

To look at precise yardage requirements look here under VIEW LARGER IMAGE

Talk to you soon.


Introduction #5


Somehow I have managed to miss 2 days of introductions! How did that happen? I had such good intentions....

Let's just blame it on the end of school schedules of 3 munchkins & the gradution ceremonies of 1 of them. Okay, back to previously scheduled programming as my hub would say....

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For several of the past seasons, we have not done specific projects with charm packs. I don't know why really. We were in love with the jelly rolls and mostly the layer cakes because you could do so much interesting stuff with those "cakes"... pretty much four charm packs worth. But the last couple of releases, we have rediscovered the charm pack I guess. Quick 5" squares already cut for you, what's not to love I ask you? 

And so this pattern was born. You know me, classic quilt blocks, made to look fresh with our yummy fabrics, yada, yada. This block is traditionally called a Card Trick. I am sure we can all see why, but then again when did we ever name something the name it was supposed to be called ?!

Our Clover block is made with 3 simple sections. So find those charm packs...


... Clover made using the Fresh Cottons collection with a tone on tone red outer border. 


... flat shot of the same quilt but made with the red roses & polka dots fabric from Fresh Cottons.


... here made from the Breakfast at Tiffany's collection. Love that coral red floral outer border. Really makes the quilt for me.


... flat shot of the same quilt. Notice we didn't use any of the dark browns from the Breakfast collection in this version. It was a bit too strong in this quilt and didn't "play so nicely" with the others.


... more of the same quilt. Love the yellows and blues in there.


... same Breakfast blocks, made with different posts, inner and outer border for a softer, more mellow version of the same quilt. Always amazes me how much the borders will alter any quilt.


... closeup to show the lovely quilting.


Name: Clover

Pieced by: Valerie Marsh and Sherri McConnell

Size: app. 58" x 66"

Fabric Collections: Fresh Cottons or Breakfast at Tiffany's used here.

Fabric Used: (3) Charm Packs [or you could use 1 Layer Cake and have a charm pack of leftovers for another fun project] is what you need to start off. Add some cream background an 3 of your favorites from the line and you are set to go.

To look at precise yardage requirements look here under VIEW LARGER IMAGE.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Introduction #4

Sweet Berry Bag

I really seam to be having a serious strawberry thing going on lately. Actually a fruit thing if I think about it. Between the Cherry Delight project I did for Quilts&More, this strawberry bag and the strawberry cafe curtains & table topper that I have yet to "introduce" to you [and I am working on something with pears...], I am all about the fruit these day. Really don't know what that is all about... maybe one of those "trends" I was just talking about except that this one is mostly all in my own head I think!

Anyway, we designed this as a purse for girls of all sizes but we have been amazed by all the women who have are making one for themselves! So I guess its a purse for anyone who is young at heart!


...Purses can be made either with a shoulder strap or with 2 short handles instead. Can be made either quilted [like the red polka dot version], or plain cotton with thick interfacing such as fleece, [ like the small cream floral version]. 


... this is the Fresh Cottons version with one green fabric for the top leaves.


...Purses can be easily embellished with little flowers such as shown close up here. Directions given in the pattern for these simple wool flowers.


... not sure which one will be going on trunk shows and which one will be staying with Ella!


... the Breakfast at Tiffany's version with two different greens for leaves, no embellishment & 2 short handles. 


Name: Berry Sweet Bag

Pieced by: Cheryl Hadley, Pam Kitty Morning & Joanna Figueroa

Size: app. 9" square for the body.

Fabrics Collections: Either Fresh Cottons used for the shoulder length purse or Breakfast at Tiffany's for the hand purse with 2 short handles

Fabrics Used: Fat quarters will work for the purse pieces or 3/8 yd. cuts. You do need 1 long piece for if making the shoulder strap. If wanting to make the quilted variety, just quilt a larger square of fabric and cut your purse pieces from that.

To look at precise yardage requirements look here under "VIEW LARGER IMAGE".

Talk to you soon.

A Little Tour

Its always so embarassing for me to watch myself on film or even hear my voice recorded. Isn't it funny how we hear and see ourselves so differently than we actually are?

Anyway, even though I personally have to cringe and look away :-), for those of you who haven't had enough of Market yet, I thought you might like a live view of the booth...

Back to introductions later.

Talk to you soon.