Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring is Here!

No there are no lilacs blooming yet, but it won't be long.  One day it was winter and the next day it was spring.  No easing into the next season gradually around here.  Until they do bloom, I will get in the spring frame of mind with my lilac candle - a souvenir from Paris last year.  

It is heavenly.  Polly is getting ready to go back to France next week.  Let's hope she remembers to take lots of pictures! (hint. hint)  Polly will be in Nantes for the Pour l'Amour du fil.  She'll be vending and teaching a couple of rug hooking classes.  

I was at the Michigan Rug Artists Show yesterday and had a great time.  I do have some wool left.  So if any of you penny rug people or rug hookers are interested….

Blue Herringbone
Blue and Cream herringbone

Red Plaid

Cream and blue windowpane

They are all in out Etsy shop.

On Tuesday I will be in Holland Illinois at the Heritage Quilters Guild of South Suburbia 
to do a lecture and trunk show.  

So you can see… spring is quite busy here. It's so busy that Bill is doing a bit of the Spring Cleaning (without me).  Let's all give Bill a big hand for being such a good sport, shall we?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In Between

It seems I have a little bit of time before the next project starts.  About 2 days I'm guessing.  I'm awaiting some fabric to be delivered and I'm starting a new big project that you should see in about a month or so.  We just got done with the Lexington quilt tops and most are at the long arm quilter and one is being basted for me to hand quilt. But I have 2 days. I could of course, clean the house but I'm not.  What is needed after a frenzy of activity here is some calming hand work.

Mrs. Billings to the rescue!

It's time to appliqué the border onto Mrs. Billings Coverlet!  Here I am trying out different hexies for placement.  There are some late night West Coast baseball games this week and I have my late night entertainment/anxiety therapy all ready to go.

If any of you are in the area…. I'll be at the Michigan Rug Artists 2014 Hook-In and Rug Show this Saturday, April 12 at Washtenaw Community College - (Morris Lawrence building) from 10am until 4pm.  I'll have some Minick and Simpson wool, books, rug patterns, quilt patterns, and maybe even a few quilt kits.  Come see me!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Yoo-Hoo!  Remember us?  We use to post on this blog once in awhile.

Sorry it's been so long.  Things got in the way.  Life got in the way.  Today got in the way.  I would tell you more about today, but my vocabulary isn't that rich.  The only way to explain today would be to use blue language.

Is there anything more frustrating than computer problems when you're not sure what the problem is - yet alone how to remedy it? Nope. Nothing. You know, trying to find that exact nuance in a language in which you are illiterate?

Anyway, enough of that.  I do have some good news.  I have some new patterns to show you!  Here, without any more delay, are the new patterns that feature Lexington.
Shop owners are being show Lexington right now.  You should be able to buy it in August.  But - it's never too early to pick up some patterns.  Here are our patterns that feature Lexington.

Great Lakes Patchwork

Morning Walk

Blue Garden

True Blue  
They should all be in our Etsy Store.  Just click on the name of the patterns to take you there.

Hey, you know what happened today that wasn't frustrating? Baseball games were played and a certain team had a walk-off win in the 10th inning.  That was wonderful.

I hope to put up another pattern in the Etsy store just as soon as I understand my computer.  I'll let you know….


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rug Show at the Miromar Design Center

Polly will be back at the Miromar Design Center talking about - and showing her rugs.  If you are in the area, mark the date on your calendar.

Polly will be giving the talk in the Ralph Lauren showroom.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fat Quarter Bundle Winner!

Thanks everyone for saying such nice things.  Really.

The winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle of Lexington (and won't you be the lucky one getting it before anyone else!) is …


 Debbie said...
Love your story about Lissa. It's nice to see someone give recognition to those who really make a difference in our lives. Love your fabrics, I have a passion for these colors. I see a quilt created and given to an elderly person, to remind them they are loved and to keep them warm. I believe in passing it on.

We believe in passing it on too…

Email us here, Debbie and it will go right out to you.  

More later...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Our Brilliant Star

Today is our turn on the 2014 Designer Mystery Blog Hop hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  We designed one of the stars for this dreamy quilt all done with the Snowbird collection by Laundry Basket for Moda Fabrics.  Aren't they lovely?

Ours is in there somewhere…….  We named it Brilliant Lissa.  

Ok, here's where it gets tricky…...  How do we portray our admiration for someone who does so many, many things for the quilting community and NOT sound like we are sucking up to the boss?  And how do we do it without coming off as a smarmy toad? (I know it's too late for the toad thing). Oh the heck with it - here is our brilliant star……..

Lissa Alexander

Moda Lissa's Blog
Everyone on the Moda team is exceptional. We get asked about that and we say it over and over - but it's really true.  From the owner Mr. Dunn on down.  They do everything possible to champion us, but Lissa takes it to another level.  What do we need to make and design our quilts using Moda fabric? - Lissa will make it available to us.  Need a mannequin in your booth for Quilt Market?  She's on it.  Need a favor? Done.  

And you all know about how we all put up a united effort for Moda Fabrics at Quilt Market and blog hops? She is the brainiac behind it all.  Pre-cuts? She made them happen for Moda and now pre-cuts are a phenomenon all their own.   

And what does she do in her spare time (after taking care of her family) - she makes quilts.  Lots of them.  Really nice ones too.

Thanks Lissa - for all you do.

Whew, ok that's done.  (sorry Lissa.  The cat is out of the bag.  Now everyone knows about you)

Make sure to stop over at Kate Spain's and V & Co's blogs for their stars.

Make sure to go over to the Fat Quarter Shop's blog and comment.  You could win lots of goodies!

Of course, you can comment here too and we will pass along a Fat Quarter Bundle of Lexington - our newest collection that shop owners will see in a week or so….. comment here before Tuesday March 18th at midnight and it can be yours.

Laurie and Polly

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's Melting!

After a wonderful weekend in Texas I'm back home in Michigan.  There was family, Moda, and the Dallas Quilt Show. It was grand and a good time was had by all.

The sun is shining all over the Polar Vortex ravaged midwest.  The dozen snowstorms we had are starting to melt.  I would try to describe the state of our backyard, but some of you may be eating.  All I will say is this: A dozen snowstorms, most of the winter was below zero, everything froze solid, and a healthy dog.

Enough of that.  I'm frantically back at work making quilts with our Lexington fabric.

To celebrate all this Spring Fever…. we are having a sale in our Etsy shop.  All of our kits are on sale 20%off.  Just enter the code KITS20 when you check out.  

The sale will last until the first day of Spring!! - March 20, 2014 at midnight.  Here are the 4 kits that we have….
Play It Again Kit

Zinnia Pillow Kit


1868 Quilt