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Trip To Keepsake and Cute Baskets

This week we took our sort of annual trip to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. I say sort of because my mother and I try to get there once a year but we missed it last year. It takes about 2.5 hours to get the Center Harbor from where I live in Massachusetts and it’s always well worth the ride! This year we had Amanda and Leah along with us. They kept themselves busy in the book shop next to the quilt store and also in the very inviting Adirondack chairs on the big front porch. They also chose fabric for small projects they’d like me to make them.










As always, I was pretty overwhelmed when I first entered the store. There’s just so.much.fabric. And it’s all beautiful and high quality. I had to calm myself down a bit by making a plan to just walk around the entire store once and then circle back again a second time to decide on purchases. One thing I really enjoyed in the past was all the quilty gift type items they carried but to my surprise, there wasn’t much of that this year. I also think the notions were not as many in number either. I know that Fons & Porter bought the shop so I’m thinking it must have to do with that. I’m sure the inventory has been streamlined a bit more than if it was still independently owned. I also noticed that a lot of the patterns/kits were from their magazines. That being said, I still found PLENTY to oogle over and purchase!

Leah was enthralled with the Halloween display at the front door and she quickly picked out fabric for a Halloween pillowcase. We then got the idea that it would be fun to have a Halloween jelly roll race quilt in the living room the month of October.

Here is what Leah chose for the pillowcase, the skeletons will be the main pillowcase and bats will be the band that goes on the end of it.









This Moda Hocus Pocus jelly roll fit the bill for our jelly roll race quilt idea…









Amanda wanted to pick fabric for a draw string backpack. I have made Lindsey a few of them and they are much more durable than the cheap nylon ones that kids collect at different events. First she saw this pretty fabric on the right but later in the sale room, she was enticed by the aqua blue on the left. We bought both and she’ll get two!








I couldn’t take my eyes off this adorable puppy quilt kit and so it came home too…I can’t wait to make it-it’s so stinkin’ cute!!









I was also in love with this blue swirly fabric and my mom purchased two yards for me to use in a future project. I love it!









The night before we went up to Keepsake, we made a few of these adorable baskets…









These are from a super easy tutorial from Shabby Fabric that was in a newsletter recently. While we were in Keepsake, I picked up this fabric to make another one.










They work up so quickly and now I’m a bit addicted to making them. I have the cherry one on my long arm table holding scissors and clamps. They can be made in any size. The sides can also be a bit lower if you like.

It’s been a fun week of sewing and shopping! Do you have a favorite quilt shop that is considered a treat when you get to go there?


Quilty Christmas Loot

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I enjoyed every minute of mine and now I’m lazing around for a day or so while it all sinks in. It was a busy week with several events to attend and host. It was all fun and now I’m looking at the awesome quilty loot I was lucky enough to acquire over Christmas. I have looked at the loot but not started working on anything….yet. Here goes….









My mom gave me this wonderful book on Redwork Embroidery. I’m excited to try something from this book. I’ll have to look through my stash and see what I have for Perle Cotton to begin with.









My sister in law completely surprised my mom and I both with layer cakes and charm packs of Keepsake Quilting’s 1930’s Collection. We spent some serious time petting these. I was hoping my mom would ‘forget’ hers here at the house but she didn’t. LOL!









I also received this red and white Nordic pattern and all the fabric to make it! I kept eyeing it in the Connecting Threads catalog and I’m thrilled to start this soon. I’ll be washing fabric today.









My mom also gave me the Accuquilt GOQube for 8″ squares along with the companion Eleanor Burns book on how to make the most of it and a bunch of patterns and blocks to make. So with this set of dies, I can make all of these blocks:









So cool.

Santa also dropped a few fat quarters in my stocking…


It was a pretty quilty Christmas around here! Next week I’ll be back with regular blogging.

Have you all thought of your word for 2016? I’m leaning toward ‘Faith’.


Keepsake Quilting Trip

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Yesterday we (my mom and 3 daughters) took our annual pilgrimage to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. I didn’t take any pictures of the inside of the shop because I blogged in detail about it in a 3 part series last year. You can read that first post HERE. Part 2 of that is HERE. And part 3 of that is HERE.

Normally, part of this trip is keeping the girls occupied long enough for my mother and I to look at and touch every square inch of the store. This year, the girls are older and they…well, they ditched us! In the same plaza as Keepsake is a book store, a pet shop and grocery store. The girls went to all three, picked themselves up books and coffee drinks and sat on the front porch of Keepsake in Adirondack chairs very happily. It worked out quite well and I didn’t feel rushed at all.

The girls did come in the store long enough to decide that me making them pajama shorts was a great idea. They each picked out flannel in a design they liked and I get to make something new for them…it’s a win! Can you guess which kid picked which fabric?

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Leah chose the pink animal print, Lindsey chose the polka dots and Amanda chose the red plaid.

My mission yesterday was to come home with a creamy fabric for the background of this pineapple quilt and also a light and dark green batik for the leaves and inner border. I think I have most of the other batik fabrics in my stash and from what I purchased at the Maui Quilt Shop when I got the pattern.


Mission accomplished, this is what I bought…the cream looks better in real life than in this photo.

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I didn’t go too crazy buying fabric for a few reasons. The first being that I have a backlog of projects that I currently have the fabric for already. The second being that most of the fabric there was around $12.60 per yard. That’s a pretty hefty price for one yard of fabric. I do wonder what the market will bear in the future. Will $13 per yard be the limit? My mom was with me and she says that would be her limit. I think it might be mine as well.

Speaking of my mother, she was shopping for fabrics to use in her pyramid quilt out of Cheryl Malinkowski’s Fun With One Block Quilts Book.
This is the quilt she is going to make…

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She picked up some fat quarters to use in the quilt and when she got home, she arranged them on the dining room table and they looked so pretty. She had most of these fabrics already and was picking up a few to round out the selection. I even spy some of my hand dyes on that table!

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I can’t wait to see this finished. Lately, I’m really loving quilts with black solids in them.

So that was our trip! Keepsake never disappoints. The selection is by far the largest around. They have countless notions and always the latest and greatest gadgets. They have tons of books and the gorgeous challenge quilts from their catalog hang gloriously from the ceiling. It is located in picturesque Center Harbor which is next to Meredith. You can’t beat it for a day trip!

Have you been ?


Workin’ On It

This week there has been a little of this…


In the middle of this came Leah with a birthday banner for Mr. Greg! He is 44 today…


Leah makes everyone in the family a banner to be hung above the fireplace on their special day. She’s so sweet. I love how she wrote “Thank you for everything you do and all my shopping too”…cracks me up!

My mom finished up this beautiful vest for me. Notice her use of the new embroidery machine on the yoke! Wait until you see the second one she is making me too. I got a sneak peek today and it’s so awesome.


When I was at Keepsake Quilting, I picked up this ceramic coaster for my sewing room. It’s adorable and was only $2.99 and they had many quilt blocks to choose from. I’m thinking these would make great add ons for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. I went online to Keepsake but couldn’t find them on their site. I’m sure if you called, they would be able to help you out though! Also, check your local quilt shop.


What are you working on this week?


Double Slice Layer Cake & First Seasonal Trio

While I was at Keepsake Quilting, I picked up this Moda layer cake.
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My plan for this is to make it into a Double Slice Layer Cake quilt for the music school to raffle off next year. My mom recently made this beautiful one with a Riley Blake layer cake (that rhymes quite nicely). LOL.

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I love the way it came out. My mother found this tutorial from Missouri Quilt Company for instructions.

I am going to be posting photos of the Seasonal Trio pattern projects over the next few posts. Today’s post will feature the First Seasonal Trio pattern.
These patterns are available now for sale through QuiltWoman. Click here to see the patterns and so much more on that website!! The Seasonal Trio patterns are available as paper patterns and digital downloads.

Here are the photos from First Seasonal Trio pattern.

Winter Pleasures
Winter Pleasures

Full Hearts
Full Hearts


Click Here for detailed photos of all of the Seasonal Trio projects.

Have a happy day!


Keepsake Trip, Summer Roller Coaster, Devotionals, Patterns & Give-Aways!

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We had our wonderful trip to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH last week. Here’s Leah picking out some Dr. Seuss fabric for some pillows she is going to make herself. The trip was a quick one but we managed to get into the quilt shop twice in 24 hours! I didn’t purchase a lot this time around as I made the mistake of going there without a clear plan. I was hoping for coordinating music themed fabric for the music school quilt but this time around the selection of music fabric was slim. Instead I opted for a non-music themed layer cake and I will make something of that for next year’s raffle.

Here are more pictures from the trip…
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While I was away, my second canvas arrived!!! This one is the 8″ x 10″ size and I will hang it in my sewing room! It came out beautifully and there’s still time to enter to win one of two of these! Click Here.

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My four new patters are available now for sale through QuiltWoman. Click here to see the patterns and so much more on that website!! The Seasonal Trio patterns are available as paper patterns and digital downloads. For the next few posts, I’ll feature photos of the projects beginning with the Third Seasonal Trio seeing as it’s summer and all….

Summer Fun
Summer Fun

Fall - Copy

Trick Or Treat
Trick or Treat

These are 12″ x 12″ mini quilts that fit into the Ackfeld table stands.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!

The last topic for today’s post has to do with the summer roller coaster syndrome I’m experiencing. Since the end of the school year, I feel as though I have pretty much just been struggling to keep up around here. The laundry is piled high, the flower beds need attention, the bathrooms need cleaning, the blog needs updating, a podcast is overdue, patterns need writing, new projects are a joke at the moment and no exercise is happening. The reasons why I’m behind are all fun things…the kids are home, the friends are over, places to go, packing for vacation, summer activities, etc, etc, etc. I have no right to complain but I still have that feeling that I’m not achieving anything. Honestly, it gives me anxiety. I just want to pass along to you that it seems every time I’m down and I open my Daily Guideposts book, the exact right message is waiting for me and somehow makes me feel better. I don’t know if you are familiar with Daily Guideposts but it’s a book that contains a daily devotional. I went on their website this morning and saw that you can sign up for a free 30 day devotional by email. So for 30 days, you will receive an email with a devotional. It’s a nice way to try it out. This is not something sponsored just something that I thought you might want to try out.
Click Here for the Daily Guideposts website.

Happy Sunday!


Workin’ On It & A Sneak Peek Reveal!!!

This week has been a quiet one and I loved it! We went to the beach and I tried out my first in the hoop embroidery design. I had seen quite a few people making these on Twitter and I figured I’d give it a try…now I know why they made them…they are addictive!!! These are little pouches that you fit on your key-chain with a split ring. It’s big enough for chap-stick, coins, Splenda, etc.

Here are the ones I made this week:

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And here is FREE design download so you can make one or ten yourself!

I didn’t do much else in the way of quilting this week apparently! Today is Leah’s 11th birthday so there won’t be much today either. I did format and send off my Coming Down The Chimney Pattern to be printed so that will be available shortly as will my 4 new Seasonal Trio patterns…stay tuned…..ok, sneak peek…here is what the seasonal ones look like. They will be available through QuiltWoman, shops near you and through my website.

First Seasonal Trio
First Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW

Second Seasonal Trio
Second Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW

Third Seasonal Trio
Third Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW

Fourth Seasonal Trio
Fourth Seasonal Trio Hi Res For QW

There are four patterns each with three projects and they measure 12″x 12″ and fit perfectly in an Ackfeld Stand. How cute are they??????????????? I spent the entire school year working on these little quilts and I am so completely thrilled with the results. I think you will be too. More info coming on these soon….

We are Keepsake Quilting bound soon. No idea what I will bring home with me but I can’t wait to go!


Episode 9 of videocast is up!

I just got the videocast uploaded for the 9th episode of Quilt Cabana Corner. In today’s episode I have two books to show you – Jelly Roll Quilts by Kathy Brown and also my own book, Little Quilts for Big Occasions. I also have some video clips from the Keepsake weekend and Joey’s Diner and Pizzeria. We also take a look at the apple core quilt progress…grab your coffee and join me!



Keepsake Quilting Part 3 – Joey’s Diner

This is part three of a three part blog series on my trip to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor. If you missed the first two parts and would like to catch up, click the following links.
Keepsake Quilting Part 1
Keepsake Quilting Part 2

On Sunday morning my mom, Lindsey and I decided to go to Keepsake Quilting one more time before heading home. Mom and I both had “one more thing” we wanted to purchase. We finished up in the shop and hit the road for home. We knew we would need to stop for lunch along the way and my mom suggested Joey’s Diner in Amherst, NH. Amherst is about an hour and half south of Center Harbor. I was excited to try Joey’s Diner as I had never been there before and Joey is my cousin’s husband! I knew Lindsey would enjoy eating in a 1950’s style diner as we had done so twice before at Corvette Diner in San Diego and we loved it.

This is the outside of Joey’s Diner. I love the retro look and couldn’t wait to get inside!!

Once inside, you are transported to the 1950’s with all of the great decor! The jukebox near the front of the restaurant is a cool piece of memorabilia.

There are vintage toy cars and planes hanging from the ceiling everywhere in the dining room.

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The restaurant is spacious and clean. Here is the counter where you can slide on in for a bite to eat and a milk shake!

I wish this photo came out less blurry but I was taking pictures on my iphone and they don’t always come out great. I love how the car is protruding from the wall!

Lindsey and I ordered chocolate milk shakes and we were thrilled when the drinks arrived and we also got the can it was mixed in! It was really like having two shakes instead of one and we knew were were going to be full after drinking those plus eating our meals.

How cute are these two?

I was trying to figure out why I didn’t have any pictures of our meals on my phone to share and I realized that’s because when the meals arrived, I had pulled out my Flip Video camera and I took video of the food instead of still shots. Soooo….later in the week, I’ll be posting my video cast on Youtube and you can meet Joey and see our meals! I’ll also have small clips of footage from the rest of the trip. I can tell you I ordered the most delicious sandwich that was a Honey BBQ Chicken sandwich. It had a huge piece of boneless fried chicken, honey bbq sauce, cheese, bacon and ranch dressing all on grilled sour dough bread and fries! It was a large meal and very tasty. This is one of Joey’s own signature creations.

My mom ordered the Reuben and it also was a large sandwich filled with corned beef and cheese. She ordered it with mayo instead of Russian dressing because that was her preference (I would like the dressing) and her plate was heaped with fries as well. And Lindsey…oh my goodness, she ordered a breakfast plate of a half rack of ribs, two eggs over easy, homefries and toast! You can imagine that after a big chocolate shake, most of her meal came home with us. She did eat every last bite the next day for lunch!

At Joey’s you can order breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would highly recommend stopping here on your way home from Keepsake or anywhere in NH. It was a good location, easy to find, plenty of parking! Our waitress was terrific and of course, we got to see Joey which was a highlight!

If you’d like to visit the Joey’s Diner website and take a look at their menu, click here.

Click here for the Keepsake Quilting website.

Click here for the Center Harbor Inn website.

This was truly a great weekend getaway! I had some of my favorite people with me, visited my favorite quilt shop, had a lovely and clean place to sleep and a few excellent meals!

I did hear from Keepsake Quilting through Twitter yesterday that they were following the story on the blog and they have linked this blog to their Facebook page ~ so go read the comments people have left there about their love for Keepsake as well.

The video cast will hopefully be out this week and I’ll see you then!
Have a super day!


Keepsake Quilting Part 2 – Center Harbor Inn

This is part two of a three part post on my trip to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. If you missed the first part and would like to catch up, click here.

Yesterday’s post shows pictures of the quilt shop and today’s post has some photos of Center Harbor Inn where my mom, daughter and I stayed the night. Since Keepsake Quilting and the Inn sit on Lake Winnipesaukee I didn’t think we’d be able to get a room on one day’s notice. Luck was on our side and when I called on Friday to book the room for Saturday, they had a room and gave us a $10 discount on the room since we were heading to the quilt shop! The Inn was clean and offered a small, free continental breakfast. The staff was friendly and the view was outstanding! We had a room with a balcony that overlooked the lake. We could just walk down a few stairs be on the beach. Lindsey liked that very much.

This is the front office.

This is our guest room.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful lake.

This is the view up the street a bit from the Inn and Keepsake is located on the left side of the road. It’s not visible in this photo but that big mountain in the background is Mt. Washington.

The next photo is to show you the gift shop that Lindsey was wanting to visit. It is called “Yikes” and it has really nice hand crafted merchandise. We joked that you took a look at the price tag and it made you say, “Yikes!!”.

We had a lovely dinner out at Hart’s Turkey Farm which specializes in yes, you guess it, turkey! Every kind of turkey imaginable was on the menu plus regular burgers, steaks, seafood, you name it.

I didn’t think I’d want turkey in July but the smell of a turkey dinner permeated the whole restaurant and made my mouth water. Mom got the turkey dinner and I got a turkey divan. Lindsey opted for the lobster roll. We were served two different complimentary cracker/cheese trays which was a nice touch. The food was delicious and I’d definitely go back there. The restaurant also had a cute gift shop in the lobby.

The next post will be about our ride home and our stop at Joey’s Diner and Pizzeria in Amherst, NH.

I’m still working on the apple core quilt. I have all the apple cores stitched into rows and now I’m working on sewing rows together!
Have a super day!