Time flies when you’re busy sewing…

Yikes! It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a minute to sit down and write you all a little something.  After our 10 weeks of Moda Sampler Shuffle I had quite a bit of catching up to do with all of my other sewing, housework, and general work.  I did put my quilt top together almost right away, and I thought I was going to post about it when I had it quilted.  Let’s just say my quilter has other paying customers that he’d rather quilt for at the moment so my top is still a quilt top. Who knows when it will ever get quilted- I’m banking on sometime in the next 3 years! The hazards of having your husband be a successful machine quilter.

So without further ado, here is a look at my Moda Sampler Shuffle quilt top.  I decided after making a bunch of the flying geese units that I didn’t want to put them all the way around the quilt as an inner border.  Instead I used what I had to feature them in the corner and filled in the rest with the gray Stellar fabric from Andover that I also used as my setting squares.

5891C1E0-9340-4024-B9BC-5B2F8298ED53I do love how it turned out and I am excited to see what it will look like when it’s quilted.  But, on to bigger and better things.  In the past couple months I have been a busy little bee quilting up a storm with the fabrics in my new line of fabric for Andover called The House That Jack Built.  First there was a secret project that I created for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  I am so excited that I will have a project in one of their upcoming magazines, and I will tell you all about it when the time comes.

Then I started planning what I would make when the sample yardage of my line came in for Quilt Market.  Those fabrics arrived about 2 weeks ago and I have been sewing ever since.

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My mom and I will be flying to Salt Lake City, UT for International Quilt Market in a couple weeks and I will be presenting a Schoolhouse Session for Andover to quilt shop owners on how to sell my line in their shop.  I am really excited to show off the quilts, free patterns, and event ideas that I have for this line.  Also sometime in the next month or so I will be the guest blogger for Andover.  When the time comes I will be sure to send you the link so you can see the quilts from this line and hear all about my inspiration for The House That Jack Built!

Now to just get these quilts quilted in time for Market.

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No worries, they are on the schedule for today. Thanks Mr. StrongArm Quilting!!

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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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: katie@baywindowquiltshop.com  I will draw the winning names on May 1st.  Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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. http://www.baywindowquiltshop.com

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- katie@baywindowquiltshop.com

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.

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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.

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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)!