There’s nothing like a good book!

Recently I found a lovely little surprise waiting for me on my desk in my stack of mail.  It was a new children’s book called, “Gabby Quilts for Friends” and a letter explaining that is was from a new publishing company in Eugene, OR called Bambini Book Club.  I thought the cover looked cute, but I set it aside and didn’t really look at it again until later that day when I decided to take it home and read it with my kids.  Honestly, we’re sent stuff all of the time in the hope that we will order it to sell in the shop.  And most of the time we end up donating whatever was sent because it really isn’t the right fit for us.  I knew my kids would be a good indicator of whether or not it was a good book!

gabby quiltsLet’s just say that the first time through Jack and Izzy (6 and 4) both sat silently and listened intently to the story.  It has a lovely rhyming quality that makes it easy to listen to and fun to read.  Izzy demanded a repeat performance right away and then it was whisked away to her room to be one of her bedtime stories for the night.

As a quilter, I love this story about a little girl who decides to make a quilt for herself to keep warm for the winter.  What I love even more is the fact that she includes her three friends’ requests in her quilt.  It teaches a great lesson to kids that we make things for others as well as ourselves.

izzy and lolaIzzy has already requested making her own “Gabby Quilt” for her bed for the winter.  I can’t wait to see what colors and patterns she picks out and which of her bedtime friends will get to have a say in her design! (Lola just likes to be doing whatever Izzy is doing).

The folks at Bambini Book Club have a quick and easy downloadable quilt pattern for you to get started making your own quilt.  Visit their website, for more information and to learn more about Gabby! And, you can purchase your own copy of “Gabby Quilts For Friends” here at the shop or on our website:

I think it would make a great Christmas gift for all those kids who love to be creative!

A night to remember~

Wow- what a wonderful night was had by all at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday September, 12th, 2014.  We couldn’t have been more delighted with the evening- great friends (240 of you!), fabulous food, wonderful prizes, and a few “Oprah moments” to round out the night! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us reach 25 years in business!

25th photos

Ready, Set, Quilt- Quilt Minnesota starts Friday!

Are you ready for the biggest quilting event in Minnesota?  It’s time for our state-wide shop hop, Quilt Minnesota!! Starting this Friday, August 1st, 2014 quilters from across the state will head out on a quilting adventure.  We can’t wait to see all of the familiar faces and new ones too as you visit us here at Bay Window Quilt Shop.  We’re ready with lots of projects featuring this year’s exclusive Quilt Minnesota fabric.  Check out the picture below to see what we have in store.

bay window quilt mn

We used two of my patterns: The Three Yard Throw and also The Easy Row Quilt.

Then we made up the “Change Your Mind tote” for a little something different.  And you can also see our featured quilt block for this year, a wonky log cabin.

On top of that, I decided I wanted to design a new quilt pattern that would use the mini jelly roll.  Here is Ribbon Candy, my latest quilt pattern, in the Quilt Minnesota fabrics as well as a cool new Ombre Dots group from Quilting Treasures.

ribbon candy ribbon candy quilt mnHappy Shop Hopping!! For more information visit

And then there were 3~

Decorating a nursery has always been one of my favorite things to do.  Mainly because there are no rules- you can use whatever inspires you for your new little one.  In the case of my new daughter, Lola, I was inspired by a piece of Kokka fabric that we had in our shop.  I knew even before I was pregnant that I wanted to use it in my next nursery- so when we built our house I made sure to paint the walls of our “nursery” a beige/taupe color that matched.

The obvious choice for the fabric was bumper pads and a valance.  But, when I found out I was having a girl I wanted to figure out a way to make the fabric a bit more girlie!


I decided to make a tissue pom pom/lantern cluster above her crib so that I could combine the turquoise, ivory, red, and pink shades that I wanted to incorporate throughout the room.

nurseryThe tiny polka dot fabric that I found for the piping on the bumper pads became my signature print that I used throughout the nursery to tie all of the colors together. I used it as a pillow on the glider, dust ruffle, and trim on my valance.

Then, to really pull the room together I designed a new quilt pattern called “Banner Day” that I used to highlight Lola’s name and birth day.  With this quilt I was able to use my color palette in the pennant banner and also the quilt that is hanging on the crib.  It is the perfect size for rolling around on the floor.  bannerlola-on-quiltI was also excited to hang up a quilt I had made a couple years ago in my Izzy’s Quilt pattern that features another Kokka fabric.  It fit perfectly in one side of her closet above a refinished dresser.

lola's-izzysAnd the last thing that I completed was a cute felt ball mobile that I placed above her changing table.  I simply thread Handbehg Felt’s premade balls onto perle cotton and then strung them on a wood hoop.  She loves looking at it when it’s changing time.  All I have to do is give it a little push and she watches the balls move about.  The framed embroidery was made by a friend and matches the quilt perfectly!

mobileAnd that’s it, for now.  I guess I never really feel done decorating a room in my house.  It always evolves as my family grows.

Let’s do Lunch -or- Take a Tour!

It’s time to welcome spring- and what better way is there to do that than with a delightful luncheon? Join us for our annual Spring Luncheon at ITOW Museum on Friday May 16th, 2014, from 11:30-1:30.  Tickets are only $25 for this fun event which includes lunch, a trunk show of new quilts, the chance to win door prizes, and a gift.

This year we’ve put together a kit for this table runner featuring a great seed packet fabric.


Everyone who attends the luncheon will be going home with a kit and pattern! Yippee! Tickets are available on our website or by calling us here at the shop!

Did you know there’s the “Fab Four” in Quilt Shops?  We may have given the name to ourselves but we’re still gonna have a lot of fun with this.

April30FabFourBusTourWe’ll be doing a little riff on some Beatles songs as you ride from shop to shop.  You can register on our website or by calling the store at 1-888-346-7275 (toll free in the US). And…. just to give you a little more incentive to sign up we will be awarding everyone who registers before June 2nd a $10 gift certificate to our shop.  So what are you waiting for- call your friends and lets go on fabulous bus trip! Too bad we don’t have a yellow submarine for you all to ride on!

And finally, congrats to my 9 pattern winners from last month’s giveaway: Kathy T, Barb M, Nancy H, Lisa M, Katie Q, Vicki H, Chris, Ellen R, and Connie K. Happy sewing!


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!