From Minnesota With Love!

Have you ever stopped to think about how many quilt designers are from Minnesota? I guess if you’re not from Minnesota maybe you haven’t but honestly the list is pretty impressive.  I won’t start naming names- because I would definitely miss someone- but I am excited to tell you about two fellow Minnesotans who just so happened to make quilts with my new line of fabric for Andover Fabrics, Giggle & Grow.

First off Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs created an adorable quilt titled Kisses & Hugs.  I love this quilt! It is a great size- 51″ x 59″, perfect for laying on the floor for baby to play on or for cuddling up on the couch with my 4 year old.  Her use of yellow is great- it really makes the rest of the prints in my line stand out.  I also love the angled corners.


It’s pretty perfect considering one of the prints in my line has the text: Love, Be Loved, etc…


If you need a few Kisses and Hugs be sure to pick up her pattern either at our shop or a quilt shop near you.  We also have a kit available for sale on our website.


Bay Window Quilt Shop

And visit Chris’s website to see all of her fantastic patterns:

Whirligig Designs

The second designer is Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts. Debbie was just in Perham as our featured teacher for Schoolhouse 2014.  She was launching a brand new pattern called Grand Reopening and we just had to make it up in my line!


Isn’t this cute? Once again we made up kits for this adorable little quilt- it’s only 26″ x 40″ perfect for the car seat or stroller!  And you can find the kits and pattern on our website.

Bay Window Quilt Shop

And check out Debbie’s designs on her site: Maple Island Quilts

grand reopen patternNow for the fun part- lets give away some patterns!! I have 6 Kisses & Hugs patterns and 3 Grand Reopening patterns to giveaway thanks to the designers. Register to win one by commenting on this post or sending me an email:  I will draw the winning names on May 1st.  Happy sewing!




Schoolhouse 2014!

First of all congratulations to Kathy Berry- she is the lucky winner of the fat quarter bundle of Giggle & Grow fabrics!

The next big thing that we are getting ready for here at the shop is our 11th annual Schoolhouse Series on Saturday April 5th.  Every year we bring in a nationally known quilt pattern designer and this year we are excited to have Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts joining us to teach and present a trunk show.  I am so impressed by Debbie’s classes and trunk show lecture, and I can’t wait for you all to meet her.  We also have Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods pattern company teaching and our local teachers who have been busy preparing their great classes as well.

If you are interested in what will be taught, click on the link below to read through each session’s offerings.  If you are new to Schoolhouse- here are the details: Cost: $55 which includes breakfast, lunch, a trunk show presentation, 6 sessions, a goodie bag filled with products, and a discount in our shop for the day. On the day of the event you just go to whichever classes you want- you don’t have to tell us which ones you picked. To register for the event visit our website: or give us a call at 218-346-7272 or toll free in the US 1-888-346-7275.

Schoolhouse Classes 2014

See you there!

Quick & Easy Pillows- plus another chance to win!

First of all, congratulations to Sherry Fram- she is the winner of the Izzy’s Quilt kit and pattern! Ready for another fun give-away? This time I’m publishing a new free pattern featuring my Giggle & Grow line of fabric.  Quick & Easy Pillows are just that and really fun to make.


I loved making the bolster pillow- it features one of my favorite fabrics from the line.  And, who doesn’t love rick-rac?  Click on the link below to download the pattern for all three pillows.

quick and easy pillows

Then, leave me a comment or send an email to to be entered in a new drawing. This time we are giving away a mini fat quarter bundle of 6 fabrics in the line! You can register now through Friday February 28th, 2014!


Give A Little Giggle!

It’s time to give a little “Giggle” away! “Giggle & Grow” fabric that is.  As my latest fabric collection for Andover Fabrics hits stores nationwide I’m excited to share pictures of what I’m making with it.  Here’s a look at my Izzy’s Quilt pattern featuring the tree print.  I think it’s a great kid’s quilt- and would grow with baby into toddler-hood.

izzy-webThe pattern is available on our website as well as a quilt kit.

Or maybe you’d like to win one?!! For this giveaway leave a comment or send me an email to be registered in the drawing for an Izzy’s Quilt pattern and kit in the Giggle & Grow fabrics (valued at $55)!  The winner will be drawn at random from all entries on February 8th, 2014. Limit one chance to win per person.  Email-

Then get ready for the next drawing which will begin on February 9th, 2014.  I’ll also be posting a new free pattern for the line- Quick & Easy Pillows at that time.

Want a reminder for the next giveaway?  Just sign up to follow my blog and you’ll get a nice little email when I add something new!

Introducing “Giggle & Grow” my latest fabric line!

With a new year comes new arrivals! We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of my latest line of fabric, “Giggle & Grow”, from Andover Fabrics.  My first cuts of yardage arrived about a month ago and we got busy sewing up models for the shop.  Here is a look at the panel quilt that I designed for the line.

giggle panel quiltThe line was inspired by the wishes I have for my kids: to dream, love, sing, grow, and giggle.

grow up closeThe quilting was done by my husband, Jace, who owns StrongArm Quilting (located in the basement of the shop). I love the detail in the tree- making it look like bark.

love up closesing up closeThe pattern uses a 2/3 yard piece for the center which gives you lots of possibilities.  Here is a version we made up using a line called Sapphire by Classic Cottons.

blue panel quilt versionTo download the pattern click on the link below.

Giggle and Grow pattern

Stay tuned for additional projects that will feature the line including the Izzy’s Quilt pattern, pillows, and maybe even a toad stool (I haven’t quite figured out how that’s going to work)!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! As we get closer and closer to Christmas I wanted to share one of my family’s favorite appetizer recipes with you.  It is perfect for holiday parties because it goes together quickly. Enjoy!

Dried Beef Dip

Combine: 8 oz softened cream cheese, 8 oz sour cream, 1 jar of dried beef- chopped small, 2 Tablespoons minced onions, 2 Tablespoons milk.  Spread mixture in an oven safe dish- like a pie plate. Cover with 1 small bag of slivered almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Serve with crackers- our favorite is Wheat Thins.

Looking forward to 2014 I will have lots to share with you. Stay tuned for a couple of new arrivals- first the birth of a new baby and second the arrival of my new fabric line Giggle & Grow from Andover Fabrics.  I will be sharing pictures of quilts, free patterns, and decorating ideas as the line starts to ship to shops worldwide!! You can download the free panel quilt pattern now here on my blog under Fabric Line Free Patterns or at