Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dolly Dresses Blog Event, Day 17

Well, the Dolly Dresses Blog Event is almost history. Today's quilt comes from Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated--very charming. To see her quilt go to Holly Holderman's Holly Blog for the link.

I've been remiss in picking the winners of the Texture Magic. I'll try to get that done over the weekend and I'll let you know the winners here on the blog. I'll be around the house because my 21 year old son is having his tonsills removed tomorrow.

Talk to you tomorrow,


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dolly Dresses Blog Event


Day 15 and 16 of the Dolly Dresses Blog Event brings two more wonderful quilts. Day 15's reveal was Tricia Cribbs of FriendFolks. Today, Day 16's quilt is a real cutie that is being auctioned off to help raise money for the Irish people who were involved in the epic flooding. The quilt was made by Elizabeth Scott of The Late Bloomer.

To see these quilts, go to Holly Holderman's Holly Blog and click on the links. Enjoy!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dolly Dresses Blog Event

Today is day 14 of the Dolly Dresses Blog Event created by Holly Holderman of LakeHouse fabrics. What fun it has been and what creativity. Today's reveal is Sheri Bignell from Freckleberry Farm--cute, cute, cute! See Sheri's quilt by clicking the link on Holly's Blog.

For now, I'm leaving for the snow and cold up at Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Back tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dolly Dresses Blog continues...

Hello again,

I don't have much to say today because I'm getting ready for our store party and for a short 2-day trip to the mountains to hear my favorite all female Irish group--Cherish the Ladies. But, I had to let you know that the Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues for a few more days. Today features Rachel Griffith of PS I Quilt--very cute quilt and an added storyline. To see Rachel's quilt, go to Holly Holderman's Blog and click on the link.



Saturday, December 12, 2009

On the 12th Day of Christmas...

Need one last quick project? This is the cutest kit from a pattern by Patrick Lose. What a nice gift for a special friend or for newlyweds that are decorating for their first Christmas.

Fusible web applique will have this cutie finished by Christmas. Kit includes pattern and all fabrics for top and binding, and the buttons. Just $35.99 and if you order it today (Customer Appreciation Day) it will be 20% off. Click here to order.

The Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues. Here are the last two dresses that were treated with Texture Magic. This first one features a little loose apron stitched to the dress with a rickrack trimmed waistband. There's no batting and the apron fabric was stitched with a meander. The apron was zig-zag stitched all around and a little trim was added to the bottom.

This next apron has batting sandwiched between the layers and was stitched in straight vertical rows, about every 3/8 to 1/2". After it was zig-zag stitched to the dress, a little trim was added for a waistband and rickrack was added to the bottom edge.

To see the quilt and to read more about Texture Magic, go to the blog of 12/6. Please leave a comment for a chance to win a package of TM so that you can share in the MAGIC!

The Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues. Today's reveal is from Jenny McLean of Tula Pink. Go to Holly Holderman's blog to find the link. I hope you are hopping along and leaving comments, because there are PRIZES to be had!

Six more quilts to be revealed,


Friday, December 11, 2009

On the 11th Day of Christmas...

Why not start the New Year with a present for yourself? Maybe you would like a kit to make this delightful quilt--it's a favorite of mine. Let's Build a Snowman is one of our newest patterns. It's very colorful and cheery and measures 48 x 58". To see a larger picture or to place your order, click here . And, if you order this Saturday, Customer Appreciation Day, you will get 20% off. Don't forget, we also have gift certificates on sale through Dec. 31st as well.

Now, back to the Dolly Dresses Blog Event. It has been fun sharing with you the different dresses and how the Texture Magic was used. The ruffle treatment on this little dress was sandwiched with batting and stitched with straight rows of a decorative stitch.

This next little dress has a vest and an apron texturized. The pink fabric was sandwiched with batting and quilted with a small feather. The apron was not sandwiched with batting and was stitched with a small meander.

For a chance to win a package of Texture Magic, leave a comment here on the blog by Dec. 12. Winners will be chosed at random.

The Dolly Dress Blog Event continues with the next quilt revealed (or maybe not) by Monica Solorio-Snow of the Happy Zombie. You can see this quilt by hopping to Holly Holderman's blog and clicking on the link. I hope you can take the time to go see the other quilt--they are all so different.

Happy stitching,


Sunday, December 6, 2009

On the 10th Day of Christmas...

Need a stocking stuffer idea? How about a Sewline Fabric Pencil or two with a refill of lead in all of the available colors. The Sewline Pencils have specially formulated ceramic leads that make a very clean and clear line. I prefer having 5 pencils, one of each color (the cap is colored to let you know what lead is in the pencil) but some people don't mind changing the lead as a new color is needed. The colors are black, white, yellow, pink, and green. The lines can be removed with water or the eraser that is on the pen. Package them up in a pretty little pencil box and tie on a cute bow. To see available colors as well as other Sewline products, click here.

Now, for two more Dolly Dresses treated with Texture Magic. The little apron on this first dress was has no batting sandwiched between the layers. The fabric stitched with different stitches (a tight little cross stitch and a much looser cross stitch) in each color stripe. To attach to the dress, a small piece of fusible was fused to the wrong side of the dolly dress, along the bottom edges of the jacket. The corners of the jacket were cut so that the apron could be tucked under. The apron was tucked under the jacket and the jacket was fused back into place. The apron was zig-zag stitched to the dress and the jacket was also zig-zag stitched.

The fabric used for this pretty little red apron was also not layered with batting. It was straight stitched to the Texture Magic with every row stitched vertically and every other row stitched horizontally. The edges of the apron were zig-zag stitched and lace was stitched to the bottom edge. The apron was tucked under the jacket using the method above, but left loose. Very cute!

For a chance to win a package of Texture Magic, leave a comment here on the blog by Dec. 12. Winners will be chosed at random.

The Dolly Dress Blog Event continues with the next quilt revealed by Julie Herman of Jay Bird Quilts. It's a cutie! You can see this quilt by hopping to Holly Holderman's blog and clicking on the link.

Happy stitching,


On the 9th Day of Christmas...

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Here are the next two dresses using Texture Magic. On this first one, a little lace trimmed apron with a waistband was added to the dress. The fabric was layered on the texture magic with no batting inbetween. The stitching was a small feather stitch. The edge was zig-zag stitched and the trim was added covering the zig-zag. The apron was tucked under the waistband and left loose and the waistband was zig-zag stitched in place.

The next dress has a little red jacket. The quilt sandwich included batting and was stitched in straight rows about 1/2" apart. Before it was stitched to the dress, a new blouse in a different color was added as well .

For a chance to win a package of Texture Magic, leave a comment here by Dec. 12th. Three winners will be chosen at random.

The Dolly Dresses Blog continues. Today's reveal is Gina Halladay from Quilter's Buzz. It is another darling quilt. Go to Holly Holderman's blog to get the link.
It's freezing cold here, stay warm,

On the 8th Day of Christmas...

The Gypsy Sit Upon Comfort Cushion would be a great gift for almost anyone.

This is what the package has to say-"Sit comfortably for hours while quilting, sewing, reading, and more." (I think I left out driving-yikes, balancing and driving at the same time) "Softly inflated disc prevents fatigue and reduces pressure on the tailbone. Helps relieve lower back pain, strengthens core muscles, and improves posture. Nubby texture allows cooling air flow and promotes improved blood circulation. Durable purple rubberized material remains soft and pliable. One size fits all. " It takes a bit to get used to, but it really helped me with my posture at the sewing machine. We've recently cut the price and it now retails for $29.99 Click here to order.

Now, back to the Dolly Dresses Blog Event. Our quilt was revealed on the 6th and I promised to show you more ways that we used Texture Magic. Here are two more dresses. The vest was made from one of my favorite LakeHouse fabrics that has shiny dots on it. Check yesterday's blog to read about making a template and sandwiching the fabrics together. A feather stitch was stitched between the dots and then it was appliqued in place with a zig-zag stitch.

For the second dress another dotted fabric was used and it was layered to the Texture Magic with no batting. Straight lines were stitched between the dots, creating a vertical grid which is really emphasized after it shrank. I hope you are enjoying seeing the possibilities that Texture Magic creates!

We carry Texture Magic in a 47 x 36" sheet and in a 47 x 18" sheet . Click here for more information. For a chance to win 1 of 3 packages of the 47 x 18" sheet, please leave a comment by December 12th. The winners will be chosen at random on Dec. 13th.

Today's quilt reveal on the Dolly Dresses Blog Event is Taffy McLaughlin from Intown Quilters. Everyone really brought their 'A' game to this project and what a fun way to see blogs you might not have known of. To find the link to Intown Quilters, go to Holly Holderman's blog.
Have fun hopping,


On the 7th Day of Christmas...

For the first time ever, Great American Quilt Factory is having a Gift Certificate Sale. What a great choice for holiday giving for a quilting or sewing friend or maybe just for yourself. We always have beautiful kits, great notions, gorgeous fabric, and the newest in books and patterns. Come in to shop, or buy your Gift Certificate online.

Now, on to the Dolly Dresses Blog Event. Our quilt was revealed yesterday and I promised that I would tell a little more about our use of Texture Magic. Here is the block with the pink bunny jacket.

A plastic template pattern was made of the jacket. Batting was sandwiched between a piece of the pink bunny fabric and a piece of the Texture Magic. It was stitched with a small meander making sure to not stitch over the bunnies. The fabric sandwich was heated with a steam iron and shrank to reveal this darling fabric that emphasizes the bunnies. The template pattern was traced around on the TM side, the jacket cut out, and zig-zag stitched back into place. Here is a close-up that shows how darling it is.

The second dress has a new apron attached to the dress. The template plastic was laid on top the the dress and an apron was drawn. A quilt sandwich was made with the TM, a layer of batting, and the red checkered fabric.

The fabric was straight stitched diagonally between the colors. Heat was applied and the fabric shrunk to look like a little biscuit quilt. The pattern for the apron was drawn on the TM side and the piece cut out. It was zig-zag stitched into place and a small waistband was added. I wish you could see this in person--it is may favorite block! Here is the closeup.

Alrighty then--I will share two more blocks tomorrow, so please check back. To order Texture Magic, click here. For a chance to win a packet of 47 x 18" Texture Magic be sure to leave a comment by Dec. 13th. Three winners will be chosen at random.

The Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues. To read more about it, check out my Nov. 30th blog. Today's quilt is from Jere McDade of Quilted Quickies. Her "calendar girl" quilt is precious. Pop over to Holly's Blog for the link.

Have fun,


Saturday, December 5, 2009

On the 6th Day of Christmas...

It's all about the magic...

Yippee! Today is our day to reveal our Dolly Dresses Quilt. Holly Holderman of LakeHouse fabrics asked me at Quilt Market if we would like to design a project using her two Dolly Dresses panels and be part of this blog event. I pondered for a minute, asked a few questions, and said YES! What an honor to be chosen as a featured designer. Thanks Holly!

We wanted to design something colorful, dimensional, and fun. I think we succeeded! This quilt is definitely colorful, thanks to beautiful LakeHouse fabrics.

We added a pinwheel border to add lots of dimension. (We designed a dimensional pinwheel quilt years ago in our PS I Love You, Two Book). The feather border and the outline quilting done by Ann Petersen adds even more dimension. And...

we added a little magic to the dresses for the fun!

Texture Magic! Each Dolly Dress has been treated to a Texture Magic make-over. Check out the pink bunny jacket and the red checkered apron.

Texture Magic is a material that when stitched to a fabric, and heated with a steam iron, results in the fabric shrinking approx. 30% in all directions creating a textured fabric. Over the next few days I will show you some of the textures that were created with different stitch patterns--so please check back. Many projects can be magically made-over with Texture Magic. Let your imagination soar--the 'possibilities' are endless!

We carry Texture Magic in a 47 x 36" sheet and will be getting in a 47 x 18" sheet soon. Click here for more information. For a chance to win 1 of 3 packages of the 47 x 18" sheet, please leave a comment by December 12th. The winners will be chosen at random on Dec. 13th.

The next Dolly Dresses Blog Event project will be revealed tomorrow. Go to Holly's blog to find the link.

Enjoy the creativity!

P.S. If you would be interested in purchasing the two Dolly Dress Panels and the pattern for this quilt (not available until Spring 2010), please email Ashley at

On the 5th Day of Christmas...

Brand spanking new to the market is Alex Anderson's 4-in-1 Essential Sewing Tool for quilting, applique, papercrafts, dollmaking, and more. The tool includes a super-sharp Bernina seam ripper, extra-long stiletto, flat-ended presser, and a pointed wood end cap for turning and stuffing. Because it is so new it might make the perfect present for your quilting and sewing friends and for you, too! $19.95 Click here to order.

The Dolly Dresses Blog Event continues with Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics. Jennifer designed a darling tablerunner. Very, very, cute! For more info on this event, check out our blog from November 30. The event is the brain child of Holly Holderman from LakeHouse fabrics. Check out Holly's blog to get the link to Shabby Fabrics quilt. Our turn is tomorrow and I can't wait for you to see our quilt.

The days, hours, minutes, and seconds are counting away--happy stitching,


Friday, December 4, 2009

On the 4th Day of Christmas...

Because the holidays are such a great time to make personalized gifts, I'd like to introduce you to TAP. TAP is Transfer Artist Paper and was invented by Lesley Riley. TAP allows you to make iron-on transfers for almost any surface--fabric, lutradur, wood, polymer, canvas, glass, and more. Check out our story board to see transfers on some of our favorite surfaces. We also show transfers done with paintstix and magic markers. It's easy and fun--just add your imagination! A package contains five 8 1/2 x 11" sheets and retails for $11.99. Click here to order.

The Dolly Dresses Blog Event is in full swing. The first quilt to be revealed is from Debbie Taylor at Fat Quarter Shop. It's a delightful quilt! Check out Holly's blog to find a link to the Jolly Jabber blog. Remember, our day to reveal our quilt is this Sunday. Don't forget to check it out.

Happy stitching,


P.S. Just for fun I added the Hallmark Christmas Calendar on the sidebar--don't let it make you nervous or stressed. ; )

Thursday, December 3, 2009

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

One of my favorite notions is the Bendable Bright Light that attaches to the side of your sewing machine. You can aim the bright LED light right were you need to and it doesn't get hot. A low voltage 8' power cord, a power pack, and a mounting bracket are included for the price of $49.99--I think it is worth every penny and it can be used for other crafts, not just for sewing. For another photo of me using it click here. To order click here.

Tomorrow is the start of the Dolly Dresses Blog Event. I think there are 15 designers altogether, so it should be great fun to see all of the quilts and hear what the designers have to say. I'm pretty sure that there will be some prizes given for comments. Our day is Sunday December 6th. I hope to see you then. For more information, go to Holly Holderman's blog.

See you tomorrow with another one of my favorite quilty things.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

On the 2nd Day of Christmas...

Hello quilting friends,

We design fabric for Quilting Treasures and our newest line is Petals and Paisley and it will be delivered to stores this month. Petals and Paisley consists of prints with an Old World wood block character in rich tones of denim, aqua, browns, and teals that will work well in traditional as well as contemporary projects.

Check out the Quilting Treasures website to download a wonderful quilt that we designed to showcase this delightful fabric. This quilt would be so easy to make for a special Christmas present for a special person. I'll let you know when we receive the fabric in the backdoor.

Only two more days until the Dolly Dresses Blog Event starts. We have designed a special quilt using Holly Holderman's (LakeHouse Fabrics) Dolly Dresses panels. The Blog Event starts this Friday. Check out Holly's Blog for more information and to get a sneak preview of Dolly Dresses 2 and 3 fabrics--they are lovely.

See you tomorrow,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On the 1st Day of Christmas...

Oh my goodness!

December is here and Christmas is a few short weeks away. Over the next few days, I would like to share some of my favorite things for Christmas giving or receiving. Here is the 1st one on the 1st day of December.

Today, I'm happy to tell you that Patchwork Party, Fall 2009 has been extended until the end of December. We had an incredible Spring Patchwork Party and the fun continued through the Fall and we were not quite ready for the fun to end. So, need a wonderful Christmas gift for yourself or for a quilting friend? Collect a sampler block ($7.00 each, postage included) from each of the participating 12 stores and then choose your favorite finishing kit. WOW! Each quilt looks soooo different and they are all beautiful--it would be a hard choice, although I like ours the best.

See some closeups here. The fabric line is Samsara from Benartex--gorgeous focus fabrics and great coordinates. Don't wait, Patchwork Party Fall 2009 ends December 31st.

Also, only 4 more days until the Dolly Dresses Blog Event starts. I can't wait until you see our quilt.

Talk to you tomorrow,