Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shelley Library Quilt Show

We made it through our presentation at the Shelley Library Quilt Show tonight!  Kudos to Terry Anderson for organizing such a wonderful event.  It was amazing to look at all of the quilts on display, some of them antique, and ranging from beginners to advanced quilters!  My favorite part was Kim Diehl's trunk show.  I love her fabric and designs -- maybe that is why we ordered her whole line of Vintage Farmhouse and her Simple What Nots Club which will arrive in June (can hardly wait, especially after today) ;o)

We sold out of our Basix rulers, but they are being reordered and we will have them in a week.  If you didn't put your name on the list tonight, please e-mail me as soon as possible so we can get one in for you. 

On another note, we got a couple of darling little fobs in you can put on your keychains, rotary cutters, etc., they are a must see and must have!!! 

As many of you are aware, we have had a little bump in the road with our quilt shop and the following changes are taking place:  First of all, our physical shop will be closing after Friday, February 7th.  Our hours in the meantime will be this Wed. through Friday  from 12-6, Saturday 10 to 4:00, and the following week, Wednesday through Friday from 12-6.  We will continue to have items available through our online shop at or find us on Etsy at Olie & Evie.   The physical address for our shop is 3472 East 400 North, Lewisville, Idaho 83431. 

In the meantime, come by and see our cute little shop and take advantage of our great prices!  I think you might even find that we have a few items on clearance to save even more $$$$.

Any questions, please e-mail us at or give me a call or text at 801-828-8928.  Thanks for all of your support, we wish we could have met you all individually at the quilt show and hope to see you there again in the future!!!

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nifty Notion - January

The dictionary describes "nifty" as:  very good or effective.  With that being said each month we will be introducing a new "nifty" notion and give a description (and hopefully a photo of a sample) of something we have made using the notion.  It might be a bit of a challenge, but we certainly like trying new things and love to share them so here goes!!

May I introduce you to the BasiX rulers. 

X-Blocks Basix Ruler and Pattern SetPatricia Pepe of Quilt Queen Designs is the creator of X-Blocks and BasiX templates, books and patterns. The rulers come in two sizes for use with 1 1/2" strips (Honey Buns) and 2 1/2" strips (Jelly Rolls).  You can also use them with Charm Packs and Layer Cakes.  

The BasiX template comes with it's own carrying case, full instructions, 2 bonus patterns and extra hints and tips.

The sample pictured below is one of the free patterns included with your ruler.  It rocks!

BasiX Template - Quilting Template - Bonus Pattern - Three Strip Quilt

For a different twist -- isn't this design amazing and so much fun?!  4th of July here we come, we will definitely be using this template to make something fun to display in the shop!!!

Jelly Roll Patriotic Quilt - BasiX Template

With that said, this ruler is a blast!  Easy to use and you can come up with so many designs.  Olie used it with a Chance of Flowers charm pack to come up with this darling quilt (I can't wait to get it quilted) --

and -- she had so much fun she has created a new design -- watch for a pattern soon!

Hope you enjoyed our little review for this month's Nifty Notion --
check back next month because we have another wonderful one to share!!! 



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quilt Spectacular

The 15th Annual Quilt Spectacular is right around the corner.  Three weeks from tonight we will be teaching (that is -- January 28th at 5:30 p.m.)   Quilters from Southeastern Idaho (some of them QUITE famous I might add) will be sharing demonstrations, trunk shows, quilt show, raffle, etc. over a 2 day period!  I first heard about this last year when a quilt was displayed that I had the opportunity to help create.  Olie and I are so excited to be able to participate in this event this year.

Our demonstration will be projects using 2 1/2" strips.  One of these projects was taught as a demonstration at our shop last July -- but we have more ideas to share.  We just love playing with fabric (this is no secret to the community)!!!  Check back soon for a tiny sneak peek ...

All of the information you need to know about the event is listed below.  Hopefully you will be enticed to attend and/or participate -- or at least pay us a visit. 

Olie & Evie

15th Annual Quilt Spectacular: Birthday Party!!

North Bingham County District Library, 197 West Locust Street, Shelley, Idaho, 357-7801

                        Web site:

January 28, 2014, Tues 10 a.m-6:30 p.m. Jan 29, Wed 10:00 a.m.-7:00


We would love to display your quilts. Each quilt must have a 3x5 card attached to the front right corner of the quilt with the maker’s name in large print, city, and the quilt’s name and comments about the quilt. Please call the library, 357-7801, to tell us how many quilts you will bring. Deliver your quilts to the library Monday, January 27 or call Terry to make special arrangements. Please pick up your quilt on Wed. evening between 7:00-7:30. Please do not ask to pick it up before that time.  Thank you for your help. Questions, call Terry 346-6559.



·         11:00 am:        Foundation Fun with Crazy Quilting--Linda Elison and Judi Douglass--
Sharing a few fun and easy techniques that you'll be inspired to try! Use up your fabric scraps and a few household recyclables. (Spools and Spindles)

·         12:00noon:     Celebrity Trunk Show—Kim Diehl—This prolific quilter and quilt book author will show some of her fantastic quilts.  Don’t miss this!

·         1:30 pm:         Our Motto: Be Prepared--Kathy Olkowski—She will tell you all things to do to help your machine quilter do her best work by having your quilt top prepared correctly.

·         2:30 pm:          Cute to a Tee!—Nollene, Kimber, and Ashley Jensen—Take an old T-shirt, cut it, and presto!  Look at what great things you can make. No quilting involved!

·        3:30 pm:          Potpourri of Ideas—Madge Lindsay—Lots of tips you can use:  glued binding, perfect circles, home machine quilting, appliqué tips, and more.

·        4:30 pm:          The Wide World of Pre-Cuts—Annalee Leonard—Demo on the Accu-quilt, and ideas for using pre-cut pieces. (The Ribbon Retreat)

·        5:30 pm:         Amazing Jelly Rolls—Rhonda Walker and Marci Serr--Easy techniques using 2 1/2" strips (jelly rolls or rolie polies) which make it look like you spent hours piecing. (Olie and Evie)


·         11:00 am         Color by the Trunk Full!—Eula Baldwin—A trunk show by a talented quilter who loves color!  You will be inspired.   

·         12:00 noon      No More Naked Tables—Terry Anderson—From simple to complicated, holiday to everyday, tablerunners let you try out new fabrics and ideas. 

·         1:30 pm           Strips and Scraps—Lori Robertson—Lots of ideas but no difficult patterns,  adaptable to any size, here are clever and fun ways to use those pieces.


·         2:30 pm           Why Didn’t I Think of That?--Susan Hansen—Tips and tricks to make your quilting easier.            

·         3:30 pm          Round and Round—Kathy Robinson—Using the Olfa Circle Cutter tool.   

·         4:00 pm          Birthday Party!! and Announcement of winners

·         5:00 pm          English Smocking—Mary Harshbarger—This is a hands-on class to learn an old beautiful art.  Sign up ($2.00) for a kit at the library before Jan. 25, or come watch.

·         6:00 pm          Scrappy Fabric Bowls—Jennette Layng—Learn to make easy bowls using cotton clothesline and your fabric scraps.

·         7:00 pm          Pick up your quilts at this time.  Thanks. 

Again this year:  block contest and gift basket raffle  (see back)

Quilt Spectacular 2014, Birthday Party!!, January 28, 29.


Quilter’s Gift Basket Raffle


You might win this basket of quilter’s supplies and goodies.

To enter, give:

6-half-square triangles, (9 ½ inches) made in either of these colors:

1.    Tans and plaids (for boys)

2.   Whites and bright pretties (for girls)

See samples and get the pattern if needed at the library.  Please measure your block to ensure it is 9 ½ inches square!


Every six blocks will earn one ticket.  Safety pin these together with a slip of paper with your name and phone number on it.  Enter as many groups of six as you want.  To qualify, please use good quilt-shop quality fabrics, 100% cotton.

We will turn these into quilts and give to charitable causes in our area. 

Turn these in any time before Jan 29, 2:00 p.m. at the library in Shelley to enter your name in the drawing for this super prize, and feel great about donating to good causes!




12 ½ inch Block Contest


Blocks can be either pieced or appliqué, using any pattern, and at least some of the focus fabric.  Focus fabric can be purchased at the library for $1.00 beginning Dec 2.  Enter up to two blocks per person. 

To qualify, you must make sure your block measures 12 ½ inches. Label each block with your name and phone number, pinned to the back. 


Turn your block into the library any time before 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2014.  Winners are by popular vote and will be awarded cash prizes.


All participants will be entered into a random drawing to win the blocks.

Voting on the blocks will close at 2:30 p.m. on Wed. Jan. 29.  Winners announced in the classroom at 4:00 p.m.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Postage Stamp - Quilt Therapy

I spent some time this past weekend prepping for Quilt Therapy this coming Saturday.  As mentioned before, we will be demonstrating a Postage Stamp quilt.  Here are some photos of my progress.

For my jelly roll I chose Grant Park by Minick & Simpson.  Their fabrics always seem to have a patriotic flair -- it's probably the red, white, cream and blues.  I went with a matching cream for my background fabric.

 Strip piecing ....

And cutting the strips ....

It's going to be gorgeous!  I want to just sit and sew on it but have to leave steps to demonstrate on Saturday.  Hope you can come.  Remember you don't have to work on this project if you already have a W.I.P. you want to finish, please bring it and join us!
The community center is great to sew in ... lots of room and light.  It will be a fantastic day with lots of fun, friends and food! 
Olie & Evie