Monday, June 30, 2014

Simple Whatnots Club

Kim Diehl's Vintage Farmhouse Fabric Collection has arrived!  And that means the Simple Whatnots Club can begin.  Kim has created 6 small projects that can be completed in a minimal amount of time with her beautiful collection.  Each of the photos below shows the completed project. 


Idaho Lily
Laundry Day


Sunday Supper

I am in the process of preparing the kits and there will only be a few available in the original fabrics (after that substitutions may have to be made).  The kits will come in one bundle with all of the required fabric to complete the top of the project (binding and backing not included) for all 6 projects.  Each month I will send to the customers who purchase the kit the pattern to complete their project (July, August, September, October, November and December).   The first pattern I will be sending out is "Meandering".

If you are interested in purchasing a kit or have additional questions, please e-mail me at  The cost of the kit will be $153.00 + shipping (approximately $12.00 flat rate).  These kits will be sold on a first come/first serve basis.

Let the sewing begin!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nifty Notion - June

This month's Nifty Notion is the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler.  I always try to feature a product that I stock in my shop -- this one isn't in yet, but I will be carrying it soon ;o)  The ruler is amazing!!!  You can make lots of star points in no time at all and piece your blocks together without having to use a "y" seam.  

You simply sew strips together, cut them with a 45 degree angle ruler, use the ruler to trim them, and sew the star points together as shown into squares, sew the squares together, and trim again.

My blocks are a work in progress and the quilt won't be completed for a while.  I am using a variety of scraps from a few different fabric lines by Bonnie & Camille.  I want to add some pieces from their new line "Miss Kate" coming out in August -- it will be a bit "scrappy" which I love! 

The blocks will be sewn together with sashing pieces and posts in between them. The ruler has very clear instructions for stars in a variety of sizes, and also includes a free pattern.  Below is an example of the free pattern and various size stars. 

 Here is another photo for your viewing pleasure, this particular quilt is made using 30's reproduction fabrics. 

I'd better get back to sewing now ... lots to do and not enough time! 

Evie ~

Monday, June 16, 2014

June Happenings

I know I am always saying this -- but where does the time go?  It is mid-June, I have not posted my May Nifty Notion, so I will make it my June Nifty Notion and you will be seeing it soon.  Let me start by saying I do not have enough hours in the day to accomplish (and post) everything I want to.  So, let me share a little bit about what I have been doing! 

If you haven't noticed, I have lots of new fabric in the shop and more to come!  I have been expanding and it's so much fun -- and so crazy at the same time.  I try to look at each line individually and picture something that would be fun to make out of it for a sample or to give my customer's ideas if they don't have something in mind.  There is too much to keep up with, but I do have a finish to share. 

Sweet Harmony arrived a while ago and it was a priority on my list to try something different with.  I ran across the Bye Bye Birdie pattern by Tiny Seamstress Designs a while back and knew that was the pattern for me.  Can I just say I LOVE this pattern!  Tiffany has very well written instructions and this pattern was so easy to work with.   Not to mention, Tiffany designs and lives in my neck of the woods -- Rigby, Idaho!! 

Here is the pattern --

First off I decided I would use something other than a white background.  I see so many other quilts out there who try colors and I wanted to experiment a little bit so I used a grey background, Zen Grey by Moda.  Overall, I am quite pleased with my finished project.  I am not good with a camera and hope to get some better photos soon but if I wait for a better photo to post -- well we all know -- it will never happen.  Hopefully you can picture a much better image of this quilt than what you see here.

It is larger than it looks, about 76 x 76 and difficult for me to get the entire quilt in a photo, the top couple of blocks look a little washed out but they really aren't, it's the lighting. Here is a close up of a block that also showcases the quilting better.

I washed it for that soft crinkly look that I love so much. This would be equally as cute with the pink prints in Amy Hamberlin's line of fabric, Sweet Harmony!  Amy lives in Rigby, Idaho also and is a doll!  Love her!  Love Tiffany's design! 

I am getting ready to go to Small Town Quilt Show at the end of June and will definitely be taking some photos to post as I will be attending several trunk shows put on by designers. 

Here is the link if you have an interest in attending ...
Unfortunately I am unable to attend on Thursday, but have filled as much of Friday and Saturday as I can with classes.  April Rosenthal is teaching and recently released a brand new line of fabric at International Quilt Market called "Best Day Ever" and Amy Ellis is also teaching and her new line is called "Modern Neutrals", both of these designers were picked up by Moda.  I love Jenny and Helen's ruler and patterns for the Quick Curve Ruler and will be learning from them personally ... and I hope to meet Sherri McConnell because I love her blog and designs as well.  I could just bust I'm so excited! 

So there is my June -- I will post my Nifty Notion -- because I just love what I have been working on with it!  And then it will be July and I hope to have a couple of exciting announcements to share in July!  So ... stay tuned ....