Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Please join me in welcoming our newest pattern to the family! These 4 Garden Bunnies are out in Jeanne's zinnia bed enjoying the last days of our glorious Indian Summer weather. Aren't they sweet? These bunnies can be quickly made from left over fabric and a bit of embroidery floss. The ears are tied with big knots at the head so they flop over and make the perfect "hanging on" point for any toddler. We've made these in several types of fabric-100% cotton, chenille, flannel, and wool. No matter the fabriac-they are sweet. This pattern will be featured on our web site and introduced at the Houston International Quilt Market in late October. We hope you find these bunnies as whimsical as we do.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Scrappy Christmas Tree

Jeanne took a photo today of our newest Christmas pattern. This is the ideal way to use up those scraps from Christmas presents past. You can make this small wall-hanging just as scrappy as you want-or you can focus on 3 basic fabrics and bring a bit more symmetry into the design. Best of all, we made the tree entirely out of yo yo's and buttons for a great country look. This small wall-hanging will make a quick gift to make or you could have it hanging on your front door in no time flat.

Let us know what you think about it...we're pretty excited to have it ready to show you!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Christmas Madness-

The Wisconsin weather is perfect Indian Summer and I am up to my neck in Christmas fabrics! What a problem to have.... It seems like nothing charms me more than a vintage Santa. Check out our website for some great Christmas patterns that are simple enough to still get stitched by the time you need to put them under a tree.

The gift bag pictured here is a quickly stitched piece that is based on a 1920's Christmas card that Jeanne found at an antique store. We love dating old cards and pictures and discovering the story of their first life. But more than that, hard to believe, we love to give this type of charming design a new life through one of our patterns. This bag is so simple to make. When a gift is placed inside and you use raffia or twine to tie it shut, it makes a great presentation under the tree.

Try it out-we guarantee you'll fall in love with this Christmas gift bag.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pear Harvest Maybe this Week?

Seems like Fall more and more as we have spent time trying to figure out if we should pick the pears. It looks like it is going to be a great year for them-both of our trees are so covered with big pears that the branches are almost touching the ground. We went out yesterday to start the "harvest" but decided to wait just another day or so. While we do usually pick them green and then let them finish ripening, it's still going to be an awful lot of pears just sitting in the garage. So maybe Wednesday???

There has been much happiness in our family as my brother-in-law has just come through an aortic valve replacement with flying colors. He is doing so well that today he will be released from the hospital-just 4 days after surgery. Yeah Terry!

I have been knitting socks lately-they are mindless and good to throw in a bag when going from ICU waiting room to ICU bedside. But I really need to get back to the sittching-Christmas is just around the corner!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Christmas Projects!

Well-it has begun. The mad dash to make sure that we have started the Christmas projects that just HAVE to be finished before Santa arrives. We went through our pile of Christmas designs and old favorites and are starting to throw Christmas fabrics around the studio. In honor of this madness, Jeanne updated our web site with some of our favorite patterns. Be sure to take a look-there is something for everyone.

And, don't forget to get the great FREE pattern design at the same time. It's perfect for a quick Fall or Thanksgiving gift.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Free Pattern up on web site!

Be sure to check out our Free Pattern on our web site today. Jeanne uploaded a great Fall design that you could easily and quickly put on a towel or placemat for Fall. It comes from our Autumn Harvest Wall-hanging pattern and is one of our favorite whimsical designs perfecting hinting at Fall. Enjoy!

Buttons, buttons, whose got the buttons?

We have been going back and forth trying to figure out what buttons to put on our latest Care Quilt. We stitched butterflies and hearts on 9 squares and it was easy to put buttons on the body of the butterflies. But we are not sure what to do on the hearts. Jeanne found some great little bitty white buttons and we think we are going to spread them out in each heart. I started putting the back together last night. We hope to get this to the machine quilter on Saturday. Then on to the next new design!

And school has begun here in Wisconsin. Jeanne's twin 5 year old grandsons are now in all-day kindergarten. So far I haven't heard any bad news about that. And my little 4 year old grandson, Winston, started pre-school yesterday. Where did those years go??? Chase, 12, is now in middle school and Bree, 10, is now in 4th grade. We had a wonderful 3 day weekend with great weather and lots of family and friends relaxing together. What fun!