Flower Garden Gatherings has arrived just in time to bring a little color back into our lives during our Fall (leaves are all gone so its starting to look like the white stuff will be coming soon) and Winter months here in Wisconsin. And lets be honest, no matter where you are, who can’t use a bit of color in their life during any month of the year? The NEWEST collection of fabrics from Lisa and Moda are probably one of my favorites! Reds, Burgundies, Pinks, Oranges, Burnt Oranges, Yellows, Greens, Blues and Purples have been paired with Flower Garden Gatherings Background Tans, Creams and Shirtings…..80 different colors and patterns; what more could a quilter ask for? We have quilts, wall hangings, and banners with wool appliqué on them, enough to satisfy any craving you may have.
We have wool appliqué banners for every season! Guess what the best part of these banners are? The wool appliqués are pre-cut with fusible on the back of them! Yes, you heard me right pre-cut and with fusible on them, and they are only $38.00 for kit and pattern. The banners are available for pre-order and will be available to ship next week, we are just putting the finishing touches on these beauties.
Our Cotton Pre-Cuts have not arrived yet, but that is in your favor! If you have not ordered your Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charms, Fat Quarter or Fat Eighths, we have them up on our website for 20% off until they roll into the warehouse! I am told they should be here soon, so make sure you take advantage of those prices!
The Queen size quilt comes in a great box to house all your blocks in as they are finished. The complete box has your triangle papers, background, fabrics and pattern in it for only $157.99.
Jacob’s Ladder 27 1/2″ x 31. Wouldn’t this look darling hanging on a wall in your house? Crisp and Clean, Jacob’s Ladder screams fresh new look! I love it! Kind of want to make it 6x bigger, don’t you?
Kit and pattern $51.00.
We hope you enjoy these projects as much as we did making them! We love to be able to offer you the highest quality of service, wools and fabrics that you can find! We are busy running around trying to get ready for Houston Market and Festival! Lisa and I leave tomorrow for Market, so the studio looks like a bomb went off in it and is pretty much a walking mess! Oh and of course we are also getting ready for our Primitive Christmas Event starting November 15-19!
No rest for the weary right now. If you are going to Houston Festival make sure you stop by our Booth at 522 to see these projects in person!
Are you coming to our Warehouse Sale??? Our Warehouse Sale is this Friday 8/10 from 9-4pm and Saturday 8/11 9-2pm! We are going to have wool, patterns, books, wool kits, fabric kits and so much more for you to choose from at CLOSE OUT prices! We are reducing inventory on some of OUR patterns and offering them to you at half price!
If you can not attend our Warehouse Sale we will have offerings for you ONLINE. Please go under the SALE category and then go to WAREHOUSE SALE to see all of the great products ON SALE! Warehouse Sale will not show up Online until Friday Morning. If shopping Online you can are able to shop through Sunday night at midnight. Make sure to take advantage of these great deals and steals.
Yep! You read that right! I made Cinnamon Cucumber Bread, and it actually turned out amazingly delicious. I know, I know, I know, you are thinking that there is no way that that can be good, but 14 out of 15 people who were my guinea pigs liked it! That HAS to be considered a success! I did not tell anyone what the secret ingredient was before they tasted it, because I will be honest, I am the 1 person who did not like it, and I think it is because I can’t get over a cucumber being in my bread. I’m a picky eater so I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it to begin with, but my fiancé and neighbors will try anything so I thought I would give it a whirl, what did I have to loose? I knew someone was going to like it! Out of those 15 people only 1 person was able to guess what the secret ingredient was, only after you tell them that it is cucumber do they all go “oh, yeah, I can taste it now.” lol Lisa’s grandson Jace even had some of it and liked it!
How did this recipe come about you wonder? I had several large cucumbers in my garden that did not get picked in time to be good to eat and I did not want to throw them away, the only other recipe that I had was for refrigerator pickles and my fiancé and I do not like sweet pickles, so I crossed that recipe off my list to make. Now what? I jumped on to trusty ol’ Pintrest to see if they had anything that might appeal to us. Lo and behold I found a Cinnamon Cucumber Bread Recipe from Been There Baked That Recipe Blog and I thought “well, if you can use zucchini why wouldn’t you be able to use cucumber?” I had all the ingredients needed which was a plus, so I got everything out and started mixing! I know I know I know, you are thinking there So lets get started! You will be able to print the recipe by clicking on the recipe name below.
Cinnamon Cucumber Bread Ingredients:
2 cups grated, seeded and peeled cucumbers*
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil (I used Wesson)
2 tsp vanilla (my second batch I accidently put in tbsps. and liked people liked it better)
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour **
1-1/2 cups flour**
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt (I only used about a ½ tsp)
1/4 tsp baking powder
*When you grate your cucumbers there will be a lot of water that comes out, you will use that in your bread as well. DO NOT throw out that part, it keeps the bread moist.
**If you do not like wheat flour you can just use the regular flour and put 3 total cups in.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients including cucumbers, with sugar and mix.
Once that is mixed, add in the rest of the ingredients gradually. Pour into greased pans, bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. The amount of time in the oven will depend on the pans and stove you have them in. It took my mini-mini loaves only 20 minutes to bake, my large loaf pans it took almost and hour and 15 minutes to bake. Take a clean knife and poke it thru the middle of the loaf, if it comes out clean it is ready to remove from the oven, if not let it sit in the oven for a while longer, checking with clean knife ever so often. Remove from oven and let cool in pans for at least 15 minutes before removing, and ENJOY.
I hope you all like this recipe, it was something different and definitely a surprise! I never would have thought that cucumber bread would be such a hit with everyone.
Ever have one of those days where you know after the first mistake you made stitching you should have stopped, but you thought there is no way possible you are going to screw up again? I had one of those days yesterday. Started stitching, went to press and as soon as I did that I KNEW I had stitched them all wrong. So I went about using my handy, dandy seam ripper and ripped it all out and started all over again. I can never have too many seam rippers, I always seem to use one, put it down and then it is gone again. So I have several of these seam rippers in my sewing drawer, it is called a Seam Fix. The Seam Fix has a precision sharp cutters and a rubber end cap; the rubber on the end of the cap allows you to erase away the left over thread that is always still stuck in the holes after you have ripped the seam apart. Its always so dang hard to get all those pieces of thread off of the fabric.
Once I got those blocks all said and done and fixed! I moved on to my next set of blocks, (remember I am making 2 of the Moda Blockhead 2 quilts). I got all the way to making the last seam and noticed I did it AGAIN! ugh! Somedays I don’t think I should be sewing. So I took out my trusty sidekick, the Seam Ripper, and got that seam ripped and fixed.
My initial post for today was going to be about how I used our Triangle Paper to create block #6 of the Moda Blockheads. I have troubles sometimes when I am trying to make the half square triangles the traditional way, so I thought if I used the 1 1/2″ Triangle Paper the block would come out much better than if I pieced it the traditional way. And guess what? It came out accurate!
So I think anytime we have half square triangles I am going to be using the Triangle Paper from us! If you have never used Triangle Paper before you need to give it a whirl! It is the best thing since sliced bread to making half square triangle accurate and fast! We have 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2 1/2″, pick a size any size and try it out! We also have Variety Packs and Triangle Papers made for 5″ Charms!
Isn’t it amazing how by just moving the pieces around and the colors that you get a whole different look to your block. I did my 2 blocks differently just to change things up a bit.
One last little tidbit. I know that Block #8 is an appliqué block, I’m guessing there will be more than one of them in this quilt…..and I am not so good at doing cotton hand appliqué work. So I am going to change it to a pieced block, to do this I grab out my trusty copy of the 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks book. This book has everything imaginable in it! They give you a block and then they have the cutting instructions for 6-different sizes of block, you can see an example below on how it is all laid out. This is a great book to have in your bookshelf as a great reference point even if you are not doing the Moda Blockheads quilt! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE though if you are not doing one of the blocks and want to replace one of them, please still go to the Designers website and see their post and wonder around their website, they have awesome advice and great things to look at!
The year is over half way done, and Christmas is only 154 days away! I don’t know about you but I don’t have any of my Christmas Gifts made yet! YIKES! If you are like me and struggling, we have some great ideas for you….and they are on SALE! Yeap, I said SALE. It is our annual Christmas in July Sale, which runs until July 29th.
We have quilts: Chalet, Merrily, Lost Mittens, Mr. Snowman, Middle Child and More.
Books too! These books will offer a sampling of several different projects for you to star. Primarily Quilts 2, Plan to Quilt, Flannel Gatherings and Christmas Gatherings are all on sale for great low prices.
Scoop up all these great deals and MORE! But hurry, some of these items we only have a few left! All Sale Prices will be reflected once you put them into the Shopping Cart.
How many of you are doing the Moda Blockhead Challenge this year? This year they are changing it up with the sizes, which I personally absolutely LOVE! Sometimes I get bored doing the same size blocks over and over again. I know that they are all DIFFERENT, but sometime when you do different sizes too, it adds a little excitement….like each Tuesday night I think….”What size are we making THIS time, and what design and who is the designer?” and then Wednesday morning I pop onto the Facebook site to see the block and to find out which designer is doing it! I also LOVE all the variation the some of the blocks are getting and people turning it into their own block! The creativity out there is absolutely AMAZING!
I did mine out of the NEW Wool and Needle VI line that is coming out at the end of the month. I had access to some of the yardage that Lisa had available to her for making our sample quilts and wanted to do a nice neutral and taupe colored quilt. Ok, I’ll be honest, I am 2 sets of these blocks and one of them is out of another one of Lisa’s lines that comes out in October called Flower Gatherings, it has backgrounds and color prints!
Incase you are looking for a way to store your blocks I am using a large zippered Primitive Gatherings project bag. We have several different sizes available but the 20″x20″ I think is going to be the easiest for me to store all the blocks in. Even if you have to fold the a block in half; like the large one we just made in Block 5 (shh…don’t tell anyone but I am 2 weeks behind). It is okay to fold them, it will all be in one spot for me to grab and put away my blocks. I’ll have it all in one spot and ready to go when it comes time to putting them all together.
I have LOTs of little scraps left as I am using pieces and parts and scraps from quilts we have made and need a place to put them all. I know with all the different sizes that I will be able to use most of them in some of the smaller blocks, so I am using these awesome totes from MODA. They are all canvas totes and store easily on the floor or on my cutting table. I have few at home as well that I have put certain projects in, which allows me to just pick up the tote and take it where I need to go; whether I travel with it some where or just take it to the living room to work on while I am watching tv.
Happy Sewing this weekend! Would LOVE to see what you are doing with your Moda Blockheads!
With the passing of July 4th yesterday, today marks that dreaded day of Summer being half way over? Can you believe it? I’m still waiting to have my first piece of fresh corn on the cob, and to get veggies out of my garden, and you are telling me Summer is half way gone!! I don’t know about you but that does NOT make me happy! I hope all of you are enjoying your Summer to the fullest! I’ll post more pictures about what I have been doing later, but I wanted to give you all one last chance who are not participating in one of our Summer Block of the Week programs it hop on board with all the fun!
We are just rolling out our Week 4 this week of our SBOWs, which means there is about 1 more week for you to join in on the fun and sign up TODAY to receive awesome little packages each week!
We have 3 fun filled Blocks of the Week going on! We have our Wool Appliqué on Flannel-Twilight Garden, our Pieced Star Studded Affair, and our EPP My Fussy Cut Fantasy. When you sign up for the groups, we also have amazing Facebook Groups that allow you to follow along with everyone else, receive encouragement and also to learn new skills and how to do new things!
Our wool Summer Block of the Week is done on Flannel with cream, white and taupe colored wool to give it a fresh, up to date look. This quilt will truly be an heirloom once it is finished! Here is a small snippet of what the SBOW is all about with the Wool. Please take a peak at our website for full details.
This year you are going to need 8 yards of background flannel to complete the quilt. Our quilt we figure is going to measure around 90″x 90″. This year, it is in my opinion probably one of the most stunning SBOWs that we have done yet! You will have your choice of 3 different backgrounds; Lisa will be doing hers on the Midnight Navy flannel, we also have a Blue/Grey .
Since we have 8 yards of background flannel that is needed for this project you are going to receive all of that upfront in your first weeks shipment. Like most of our SBOWS this will be a 12-week commitment from all of you, we will start shipping the SBOW June 5. The 8 yards of flannel is going to be considered your “Essentials”, when signing up for this you will need to choose which color you would like for your Essentials (background fabric) to be, your background fabric will be charged at the time of the purchase and will be $114.00, which includes shipping. Next you will need to ask yourself if you would like to pay monthly or pay in full. If you would like to pay in full, you will be charged at the time of purchase $220.00, this is all of your wool blocks and shipping+ Essentials. If you are paying in full, you will receive a FREE week as our “Thank You” for only having to run your credit card one time!
Our Star Studded Event is the Pieced Summer Block of the Week. Tackle those little stars and you will be a pro by week 3! LOL! You will have such a great time with these little blocks, completed blocks will finish at 6″!
Last and certainly not least we have an English Paper Piecing Block of the Week for those of you who love to paper piece. This is an exciting quilt where each week you will be doing something different!
Each week you will receive a different row to complete, each row will allow you to perfect your fussy cutting skills and learn the charming little shapes that you can create by fussy cutting. You will be charged at the time of purchase $198.00, this is all of the blocks and shipping, by paying in full, you will receive a FREE week as our “Thank You” for only having to run your credit card one time! Please take a peak at our website for more information about our program.
We hope you all have a safe and happy rest of your Summer, please join us for some fun with our Summer Blocks of the Week. But do not hesitate, before you know it they will be gone!
The 4th of July is right around the corner! Where did our summer go? And with July comes the realization that the Holidays are just 6 months away! If I want to make my Gifts this year I really need to get going on them! Have you started on your Holiday gifts? or are you looking for some NEW decorating pieces? If you are we have a great Block of the Month that will get you stitching and ready for the Holidays!
Our Block of the Month called Christmas Past will start to ship in August, and will only last for 4 month, which means it will be done just in time for the Holidays! Christmas Past is only $21.00 each month for 4 months (which includes shipping), and will start to be billed in July; that way when August 1 rolls around we can start to ship with no delays! Pattern is sold SEPARATELY and must be purchased if you need the pattern, if you already have the pattern then you are half way there!
Christmas Past is a wool on wool BOM with easy stitching and will make a great gift for a family member or friend or BOTH! Each month you will receive a collection of wools to start making each “patch” on your wool background.
The last month you will receive your wool background, binding and backing to complete the wall hanging. Once finished Christmas Past is a wonderful size at just 18”x24”. There will be a Thread Kit available for those of you would like to purchase one, or you can check your Valdani stash and order only the ones that you will need. REMEMBER: IF ordering the full kit, you will get a discount price on the FULL collection of threads, Thread Kit with shipping is only $70.00 THREADS USED:#12: 1, 5, 0775, JP12, 812, 0196, 8111, 822, 882, 122, 0503, 178/0178, 0154, 0575
In your first packet you will find a swatch chart that will inform you on what is needed in each month, and what you will need to cut out of that piece of wool, as you will be using them in multiple months. This is a great starter project as well if you are just getting into wool applique. Sign up TODAY and get started on your Holiday Stitching!
This week we are CELEBRATING our 14th Anniversary of doing what we LOVE! We love bring you all great products, designs and customer service. If you have been with us for the last 14 years you know that there has been a lot of changes since we were the little Quilt Shop on the corner of 9th and Racine. We still are the little Quilt Shop on the corner, with the same great products, designs and customer service that you know and love…..we have just expanded to a Warehouse to do our Wholesaling, Lisa is designing for MODA now, and we have our wonderful shop in California. With your continued support, which we are eternally grateful for, we will continue to bring you everything you love for several years to come.
We would like to THANK YOU again from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us as you have done for the past 14 years, we are looking forward to being able to bring you all the things that you love for the next 14 years!
If you are coming into the Shop this week, we have a few EXCLUSIVE sales for you all. We were unable to do them Online due to the limited availability of the items we have on sale. Thank you for understanding.
Like most of our SBOWS this will be a 12-week commitment from all of you, we will start shipping the SBOW June 5. You will need to ask yourself if you would like to pay monthly or pay in full. If you are paying monthly you will be charged $76.00 for 3 months. If you are paying monthly we are going to be doing something a little different this year, we are going to be charging you in May for your first set of blocks, this allows us to start shipping your blocks on the first of every month instead of having to wait until the 6th of every month when our billing cycle completes. If you would like to pay in full, you will be charged at the time of purchase $209.00, this is all of the blocks and shipping. If you are paying in full, you will receive a FREE week as our “Thank You” for only having to run your credit card one time!
Our Star Studded Event will be the star of the show once you have completed it. We decided to go easy on you this year with the blocks that you will be making each week. Each week you will receive 60 lights and 60 darks that will allow you to create 10-6 1/2” square blocks, 6” finished. While we will need to reuse some of our fabrics more than once, you have the potential of getting more than 1,200 different fabrics! Once completed Star Studded Event will measure approximately 90”x96”. There will be NO Finishing kit needed for this quilt; you will have everything you need to finish this quilt minus that Backing, as that is optional.
Our Supply Kits are helpful things that you might need along your quilting journey in our Summer Block of the Week. This year your Supply kit if you choose to purchase it will include: Aurifil 2310 and 2370, 3”x7” Itty Bitty Ruler, 13”x13” zipper bag. There isn’t much that you need for this project, but we thought everyone could use some thread, a ruler and a place to put your finished blocks. You will need the 2310 for the light blocks, and 2370 for the dark blacks. Regular price for these items is $56.69 plus shipping. We are offering it to you at a discounted price of $45.00, which includes shipping.
You are going to need 7 yards of backing fabric to complete your quilt. If you would like to purchase it from us we are extending a 30% discount on your backing fabric. Which means that instead of paying $84.00 plus shipping, you will only be charged $66.80 and that includes shipping! Just let us know in the comment section what color you would like, and we will pick out an amazing one for you!
As you can see by the picture of our EPP SBOW, it is different than anything we have ever done before. Each week you will receive a different sized background strip and along with having a different shaped paper piece to create. Like the name suggests, most of your fabric you are going to be doing Fussy Cutting. If you do not want to do that you do not have to, but the patterns that were chosen are ones will work great with Fussy Cutting.
How the Summer Block of the Week will work this year?
Like most of our SBOWS this will be a 12-week commitment from all of you, we will start shipping the SBOW June 5. You will need to ask yourself if you would like to pay monthly or pay in full. If you are paying monthly you will be charged $72.00 for 3 months. If you are paying monthly we are going to be doing something a little different this year, we are going to be charging you in May for your first set of blocks, this allows us to start shipping your blocks on the first of every month instead of having to wait until the 6th of every month when our billing cycle completes. If you would like to pay in full, you will be charged at the time of purchase $198.00, this is all of the blocks and shipping. If you are paying in full, you will receive a FREE week as our “Thank You” for only having to run your credit card one time!
Per Week: $18.00 ($15.00 + $3.00 Shipping)
Paying Monthly: $72.00 (3 months)
Pay In Full: $198 (1 week FREE)
Color of border: Red, Blue, Brown, Black, Pink, Purple
In Week 1 you will be receiving the general instructions on how to create each row along with your Background fabric for Row 1 and fabrics to make your EPPs. Weeks 2-11 you will receive your Background Fabrics and fabrics for your EPPs along with a note state which row you will be making. You will refer back to your general instructions sheet each week to know what EPP configuration you will be making. In your last week we you will receive your Border and Binding Fabric. We have made a space for you in the ordering section for you to put down which color you would like for your border fabric, and Joanne and I will pick out an amazing Border Fabric for your quilt. Joanne used a lighter brown from our Miniature Gatherings Line for her quilt. Your quilt will measure approximately 66”x73” when it is finished. There will be NO finishing kit needed for this SBOW, you will have everything you need to complete this quilt, minus the Backing as that is optional.
This year our Supply Kit is going to be put into one of our 13”x13” Zipper bags. This allows you to travel easy with your EPPs and work on them where ever you are. The Supply Kit will also include your Paper Pieces Pack for the entire quilt, a Sewline Glue pen, Fray Check and a package of #11 Straw needles. The Supply Kit should retail for $59.85, and we are putting them on Sale for $47, which includes shipping.
Used for both basting your EPPs and also for piecing them together, we have a small spool 8-piece 50 wt. Aurifil Thread Kit for you. The Aurifil Thread kit should retail for $43.35, however we are giving you a discount, which is equivalent to 2-FREE spools. For $32.50 the Aurifil Thread Kit will include: 1-large spool of 2370, small spools of 2260, 1246, 2520, 2905, 1140, and 2785.
One of the things you might want to consider, and what we think is very important is the 5-piece Window Acrylic Set for $23.00 (shipping included). This Acrylic Set will allow you to skillfully place your papers to get all those amazing Fussy Cuts accurate. We cannot stress how important this Set is!
If you are purchasing the Supply kit, you DO NOT need to purchase this pack; this is already included in the kit. If you are not purchasing the Supply Kit this is something you might want to consider purchasing, this pack will have ALL of the papers in it that you will need to complete the quilt. You will not have to reuse any of the papers, and will even have just few extra just in case.
Do you use the Sewline Glue Pen for basting all of your EPPs? If so, we have put together a Glue Refill Set, which includes 5-2 piece refill set for you. Which means that you receive a total of 10 refills for your Sewline Glue Pen for only $15.00 (includes shipping) this is like getting 4 refills for FREE!
We are offering 30% off of your backing fabric if you purchase it with us! You will receive 4 yards of Backing Fabric for only $38.60 includes shipping! Just let us know what color you would like for your backing fabric in the Comment Section and we will pick you out something amazing!
Please remember that due to the constraints of fabrics and how they are fussy cut, there will be substitutions made of fabrics. All fabrics will have the same “personality” and will be made for fussy cutting.
International and Canadian Orders
In order to keep your shipping costs down when doing the SBOW, we have to do your shipping a little different. We will ship your first block and Essentials out the first week of the program. After that we will hold your blocks for a 4-week time period, and ship on that fourth week. This allows us to have just enough money in postage for you to cover our cost to ship it to you. If you would like to receive yours weekly please call the Shop and we would be happy to help you, but please know that it costs us about $9.00 to ship you a package each week. Which means an additional $24.00 would be needed from you each month to get your SBOW out to you weekly.
Will there be a Freebie this year?
Of course there is going to be a Freebie this year! We are planning that one out while I am typing this email to you. This year if you are participating in one of our SBOWs, you will automatically be getting one of our Freebies. Please note that if you are participating in more than 1 SBOW you will only receive 1 Freebie.
If you are not participating in our SBOW this year but still would like to receive the Freebie, you will need to make a purchase of $25.00 or more, each week that the SBOW is running. If you miss one they can be purchased for $5.00 a piece.
We will be having a Facebook Group again this year. This group is absolutely amazing to keep you motivated, to learn new tricks and to see exclusive teachings from Lisa. This year we are planning a few Facebook Live posts for everyone to learn from, which will be a lot of fun! PLEASE make sure that you first are friends with ME, Jessica Holz on Facebook; from there you will need to send me a message to let me know that you are in the SBOW and would like to be added into the group. I will then add you into the Group and you are ready to start participating and asking questions if you have them. You NEED to be friends with me as it is a CLOSED/PRIVATE group, I am only able to add you if you are my friend.
Want to know when you package ships?
UPSP Informed Delivery By USPS is available for you. You just need to sign up online with the USPS if you would like to be informed as to when your packages will be arriving. Once we put it into USPS you will be informed of it journey to you and when you can expect it in your mailbox. This will be for all letters and packages that you have coming to you; this is not a service through us. This is just an option for you if you want to get notifications about your package, if you do not want this service you DO NOT have to have it.
Please remember that you MUST BE in the SBOW in order to receive any of our Supply Kits, Paper Pieces, and templates. Thank you for understanding.