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I haven’t been this excited about a fabric line in quite some time, except of course all of the Christmas fabrics we got in the shop. Lilly Belle is by Bari J. for Art Gallery fabrics. It’s her first design for them and I’d have to say she did a great job. I’m in love!

If I have to narrow it down, here’s some of my fave’s.

Also arriving was Vintage Summer by Little Yellow Bicycle for Blend fabrics.

We plan on using this line to make and kit up some from the pattern ‘Rome‘, which I showed y’all in a post from Market.

This would make a great summer quilt. We also have the Arbre de Noel quilt pattern which will soon be kitted with the Tinsel fabrics from Blend also.

Two more Christmas fabrics arrived yesterday. I just couldn’t help myself when I saw theses two available from Riley Blake. They would make great bidings and fillers that could be used with just about any Christmas line. They are part of the Santa’s Workshop line.

All of these fabrics can be found in the Etsy shop. Enjoy all of the beautiful weather everyone. Have a great weekend!

I spent some time this week working on a new project. Our order for Kona Ash Gray was finally filled so I figured I would take advantage of a couple of yards. I decided on this quilt pattern from Cluck.Cluck.Sew called Chain Reaction.

I’m using all of the Art Gallery fabrics that we have in stock for a modern, scrappy feel. I like it so far!

Not only did the Kona Ash arrive, but also several new patterns, including Who’s Place Owl Place Mats.

And On A Whim by Thimble Blossoms.

The Riley Blake Chevron‘s arrived in the shop but have literally flown off the shelf! We have a couple of the 1/2 yard bundles left until the new bolts arrive.

It’s supposed to be nice here this weekend, so I’m betting my patio will be calling my name for a couple of days. Hopefully, more progress next week on the Chain Reaction. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Where have I been? On my patio of course! It’s been in the 80’s in Chicago and I’m certainly taking advantage. I’m being very lazy! It’s hard to focus on working in the studio right now. The birds are singing, flowers are blooming. I’ve had my air on for about a week now. Is that crazy or what? It’s March!

I do already have unwanted guests though…mosquitoes. I have 5 bite marks on my feet from eating dinner outside the other evening. I kept swatting at bugs thinking they must be gnats because there’s no way mosquitoes would be out this early. Boy, was I wrong. They even got me through my socks! I’m afraid they’re going to be so big this year, they’ll be able to carry us away.

We did start a new quilt this past Sunday called Sassafras by Thimble Blossoms. It’s a new pattern we got into the shop last week. It takes a jelly roll but we decided to use some scraps and fat quarters with a lot of Kaffe fabrics. I’m very excited to see how this one turns out.

We also have this spring cutie called Wonky Little Houses Pillow Pattern.

And some new bolts from Art Gallery.

Delicate Duet Plum & Rhythmic Lilac from the Poetica Line.

And a couple of fun prints called Retro Harmony in Sugar & Cocoa.

BackYard Baby Kit is also available now. Kit includes everything needed to complete the entire quilt except your batting, including a FREE pattern. Quilt measures 40″ x 40″ and is only $32.99.

All of these are available on Etsy. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Pride of the Prairie Quilt Show this weekend. It was a huge success and Paige and I had a great time! They have a wonderful guild and were very welcoming. We met a lot of new people.

We set up in a small classroom. I was really proud of us for getting everything loaded in an Altima, setting up 2 hours before the show and doing such a great job of displaying everything without pipe and drape this time.

It’s fun to work quilt shows especially since we are an online shop . It gives us a chance to meet new people and even see returning customers. We get a feeling for what excites and inspires them. We enjoy helping people with color choices and bringing ideas to life. Here’s a grouping we helped one of the ladies put together.Very cheerful!

We revealed Paige’s new design called Cannon Beach, named after a trip she took there a couple of years ago. We hung it outside the door in the hallway. It definitely was an eye catcher and brought in traffic to the shop.

The quilt was made using the Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt. The line is out of production but we came up with another one so that we could kit it for the show. We used mostly Midnight Garden by Sandi Henderson. Here’s a little peek of it in the corner. I’ll get around to showing y’all more pics when we get it quilted and bound.

We sold all the kits we had made for this. It’s very exciting when people love what you’ve worked hard at designing and creating! We will have the pattern available on Etsy & SewModDesigns as soon as we put the PDF together.

Here’s a few of the other quilts that were on display.

Now I’ve gotta get back to putting the studio back together and deciding what my next project will be. I’m thinking houses….

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That’s what little boys are made of! At least mine was. I think I’ve mentioned before that Russell had a tub of toy snakes, worms, beetles, and critters. He would take them outside, play with them in the dirt or arrange them in the house.

This new line from Michael Miller reminds me of those times long ago when the creepy critters, which he called “buggas”, kept him entertained. Now it’s girls, hanging with friends and video games…oh, the teenage years. It was so much easier when he brought bugs home:)

The bug jars are my fave from this line.

I’m also loving this cute ant maze. We tried that once. Didn’t end well for the ants.

This one is backordered and I can’t wait to get it in. Look for it to come in a couple of weeks, called Windy Day.

Patterns also arrived this week. Several from Bee In My Bonnet, Lori Holt.

And these from Cluck, Cluck Sew.

All of these and much more are on SewModDesigns & Etsy. More pics and patterns are available on FaceBook if you’d like a peek. And don’t forget, today is the last day to sign up for the giveaway. Tell all your friends!

Have a great weekend!

New SewMod Stacks! Everyone really seems to like the stacks, so I got busy yesterday building this one. Besides, what else was I going to do now that our weather went from nice to naughty, 55 degrees one minute and snowing all day the next…bummer. I really didn’t think we’d make it through a January without snow did I?

I was in a blue and plum mood yesterday:) A little mix of Secret Garden, Artful Home and Joel Dewberry.

This 1/2 yard bundle of 7 is available in the Etsy shop & SewModDesigns.com. 15% off regular prices, $31.26, $26.57.

New patterns arrived in the shop too! A super cute Wonky series from Pine Mountain Quilts. Boy, do I have plans for these.

Wonky Love. Isn’t that cute! Perfect for the upcoming holiday…Valentine’s Day.

Wonky Wildflowers

Wonky Fall

Wonky Winter.

Each $9.00 and they are small enough to finish up in no time, 23″x32″.

A new featured product this week is L’Amour De La Vie White Bicycles by Timeless Treasures.

Bicycle Love.

On sale 1/13/12-1/19/12 for $7.25. Patterns and fabric available at Etsy & SewModDesigns.

Have a great weekend everyone:)

Looking for an easy Hostess gift to impress your neighbors and friends with at your next Holiday party? How about Christmas Tree Hot Pads! Whip these up in no time, then add your favorite recipe to go along with them.

Finished size: 9″ x 9″ Download the pattern here, or find it in our Tutorials at the top of the page.

This is a great stash project – combine festive fabrics for the trees with contrasting backgrounds and tree trunks. Use easy paper pieced blocks and finish with binding, quilting and simple embroidery.

Add some wooden spoons, mixing bowl, and your favorite cookie recipe with these hot pads for a great gift!

And they even look great as mini quilts for my hutch decorations!

Here’s one of my favorite cookie recipes. I found this in the Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 9. Sooo yummy!! Enjoy!

Vanilla Dipped Gingersnaps
2-1/2 C. Sugar-divided
1-1/2 C. Oil
2 Eggs
½ C. Molasses
4 C. All-Purpose Flour
4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 TBSP Ground Ginger
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
2 11-oz Pkgs. White Chocolate Chips
¼ C. Shortening

Combine 2 cups sugar and oil in a mixing bowl; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses.

Combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl; gradually blend into molasses mixture. Shape dough into 1” balls and roll in remaining sugar; place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cookie springs back when lightly touched. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Melt white chocolate chips and shortening together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into mixture; allow excess to drip off. Place cookies on wax paper to harden. Makes about 7 dozen.

I just had to share these 4 new patterns we have in the shop, found here. It’s a seasonal series from Shabby Fabrics.

Winter…. Cute rick rack holly garland, embellished Christmas tree with presents, and a picket fence.

Spring… 3-D pinwheels in the sky, yo-yo flowers, bright and cheery!

Summer…Stars coming from the chimney, a cute scallop border, a flag and a kite in the sky. A patriotic home.

Fall…Giant sunflower, leaves falling, smoke in the chimney, pumkins on the porch, and a crow on the fence. Can you feel the chill in the air?

Of course these arrived just after I broke my arm, so naturally it’s all I think about making. These would fit perfectly on my porch. Definitely on my to-do’s!

Speaking of my arm, I go in Tuesday to see if my cast comes off. Keep your fingers crossed!

It’s official. Her name is Rose, and she’s all dressed up because I just had to see what my new clutch looks like with some fancy clothes.

Paige and I worked on this pattern by Heather Bailey.

With this fabric combo

Added a  finishing touch, a jeweled pin instead of a flower and now I have, or should I say, Rose has, a perfect clutch for her outfit!

We purchased a few dress forms a couple of months ago and I’ve been jonesing to fancy her up a bit. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and use…a Honey Child ensemble of p.j.’s, slippers, eye mask, and a cute tee, and I wanted it to be very Girly!

The slippers are made from the pattern Pigs In A Blanket. They have a Minky inner lining and leather patches for the sole. I attached a couple of the crocheted flowers my mom made with a tiny purple ribbon for extra cuteness. This was a pretty easy pattern. These would make really cute Christmas presents.

I couldn’t leave her topless, so I bought a tank top at Old navy for $7 and appliqued the word Girly to the top. I also used one of the crochet flowers to dot the “i”. An eye mask completes her look.

I’m thinking  my inspiration word worked. It’s very girly. Now my girly girl needs a name…hmmm. I’ll have to think about that one. Any ideas?

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