studio open house

Our studio open house on Saturday couldn't have gone better! On Friday mom and I ripped apart the studio and did some painting, furniture re-organizing and hung lots and lots of quilts.

At just before 10am, we had a line of 20 women waiting to enter the studio and it didn't slow down until our closing time at 2pm. At one point we had 68 women in the studio!

We were so busy that I only had a change to take one picture lol.

We meet so many women who were new to us; and all three of our winners are all new clients to us as well. 3 months of planning really paid off. And we can't wait to have our next one!

quilt monday

I snuck some time last week and got this finished.

I love this quilt so much!! I went with a fun diamond pattern for the quilting and a vivid purple thread to punch it up a notch.

quilted with Diamond Plaid

I have to admit that I rushed the quilting and it's not nearly as good as what I would have liked but I'm going to learn to live with it.

one of my favorite clients

Is Carole. She starting coming to us about 3 years ago and always does the funniest quilts. This time Carole brought 3 identical quilts all made from shirts from her passed away husband for their children.

Two quilts were quilted with Dazzle and one with Contempo.

Carole taught her granddaughter how to quilt and here is her first quilt.

quilted with Timeless Hearts

And Carole made this super fun Halloween quilt; her first time ever using precuts.

Carole picked a Spider Web pattern and went with a fun variegated purple thread. Doesn't it look neat on the backing?

Can't wait to see what Carole brings in next.

quilt monday

I made another version of this quilt back in 2012(you can read about it here). I think this one might be my favorite.

quilted with Angel Wings

Isn't it lovely?? 
I kept the quilting simple but went with a pastel variegated thread.

I pieced a fun baby print flannel for the backing

And now I need to deliver it to baby!

snack saturday

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Espresso Mud Pie

30 chocolate cookie wafers, such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted and cooled
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 quart coffee ice cream or gelato
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
Place cookies in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and process until the pieces are about the size of peas. Stop the motor, add the melted butter, and continue to process until the crumbs are fine, about the size of coarsely ground coffee (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). Alternatively, place the cookies in a resealable plastic bag, press out the air, and seal. Using a rolling pin, smash into fine crumbs until uniform. Transfer to a medium bowl, add melted butter, and mix until evenly combined.
Pour crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and, using the bottom of a cup or your fingers, press firmly and evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Bake until fragrant, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.

Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl; set aside.
Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and let stand until chocolate has softened, about 5 minutes.
Add butter and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly before using.

Place gelato in the refrigerator until slightly softened, about 30 minutes. Place cookie crust in the freezer until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Remove softened gelato from the container and transfer to a large bowl. Stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until it is spreadable but not liquidy. Working quickly, spread the softened gelato into the crust in an even layer (leaving any melted gelato in the bowl). If the gelato in the pie looks like it’s melting, place the pie in the freezer until solid before proceeding.
Pour the warm ganache over the gelato and tilt the pie plate to evenly coat. Immediately transfer the pie to a flat surface in the freezer until completely frozen, at least 3 hours.

Let the pie sit at room temperature until the ganache just begins to soften, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine cream, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks have formed (they should droop over like soft-serve ice cream), about 3 minutes; serve atop pie slices. If not serving immediately, tightly wrap the frozen pie in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 1 week.

stained glass

What do you think? Finally got Boy3's quilt done and it looks just like stained glass.

I had so much fun with this pattern that I made it again right away.

I got some FQs from a friend; there were just enough for this pattern. I love how different it looks with the white sashings.
I don't have any border fabric so I am debating adding a white border or just leaving it as is.
What do you think?

double trouble

Faith and Delinda are quilting buddies. As a result, they usually piece the same quilt. Here is there most recent one.

Faith brought her's in first. It was a wedding gift.

I hadn't seen this fabric line until this quilt. And somehow I have resisted scooping it up.
I love this quilt pattern. Such a beautiful quilt!

Delinda brought in her version that afternoon. Neither knew the other was coming in. And I didn't know the quilts were the same. 
I love how by just using different fabrics, the quilt looks so different.

Doesn't it look different?
They both picked the same pantograph, Daisy#3.

Delinda also made another quilt with her leftovers.
And yup, had it quilted with Daisy#3 lol.

Looking forward to what they make next.

save the date

Come join us
Saturday September 27th from 10-2pm
for a studio open house!

You can test drive either one of our longarm quilting machines; yes, we have two! 
There will be door prizes, gift bags and a very special draw; you just might win having a queen size quilt quilted for free!

See you there!!

quilt monday

It might be Tuesday, let's all pretend it's Monday ;)

I signed up again this fall for the Fresh Mini Quilt Club. If you haven't signed up, you still can. 

I was going to say that this was the August mini; nope, it's July!! Guess I have August AND September to catch up on now lol.

I wasn't paying attention to the cutting instructions and I hadn't planned on the colours ending up the way they are but I still like how it turned out.

I usually straight line quilt my minis, this time I did a pattern.

quilted with Orange Peel

This one is easily one of my favorites. I'm even debating making a baby quilt with it.

But first I better get August and September done!


The past few weeks my sewing mojo has come back. And I was very happy to have it! I still didn't get nearly as many things pieced off my summer quilting list but something is better than nothing.

I started with these charm squares way back in April or May. I had bought them about 3yrs ago and they sat in my stash.

I love the softness of this quilt. It took a while for me to find an appropriate border fabric. You can't see it in the picture but the yellow has pastel dots that go perfectly with the quilt.

I bought a FQ stack from a local quilt show with a very modern pattern. That too sat for too long in my stash. I saw this pattern in a magazine and inspiration struck.

yes it needs a good ironing!

I absolutely love this quilt. The pop of red was an addition on my part. After quilting, I am either going to bind the quilt in red or add a flange in the red. And the fabrics?? Love them!

I started on Boy3s new quilt. 

The blocks are going together really quick and I know it won't be long before he has his new quilt finished.

And that's a good thing since I got a little carried away at the fabric store the other day.

quilt monday

With today being the unofficial last day of summer, I thought it was the perfect day to blog my summer quilt. My summer 2012 quilt that is lol.

I bought the fabric for this back in summer of 2012. I pieced the quilt summer of 2013 and finally this summer, I got it quilted.

I couldn't even begin to describe how much I love this quilt. The fabric is AdornIt by Robert Kaufman. I used the entire line in the quilt and saved the stripes for the binding which couldn't have been more perfect.

I scored the pebbled backing fabric for $5/m; score!

The pattern is Off Track by CluckCluckSew and quilted with Halcyon. I debated for the longest time on how to quilt this; so glad I went with the feathers!

Yup, it makes me happy, happy, happy!!

PS-Anon from my post on August 23rd(quilt show), I answered your question in the comments

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