Thursday, May 31, 2012


We discovered an error in the cutting instructions for the whirligigs mystery quilt.  The two red strips should be cut 1 3/4 inches not 1 1/4 inches.  If you have a question please give us a call at 801-465-9133.
We apologize for the error and hope we caught it in time to save you some extra trouble. 

Don't forget to sign up for the June mystery quilt.  The fabrics we will be using are pictured below.

Rebecca and Kelly

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Here is the tutorial for "Whirligigs", our May mystery quilt.  Hope it proves helpful to you.  We welcome any ideas and suggestions to improve.  (We hope to become better photographers along the way.)

Have fun!!

Cut 12 - 7 inch squares from each of  the plain red, red print, yellow polka dot and yellow floral.  Match the plain red with the yellow polka dot - right sides facing.  Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the back of one of the squares.  Sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the lines.

Cut apart on the drawn lines as well as half way horizontally and vertically. 

Square each of the blocks to 3 inches.   (I love the Quilt In A Day triangle square up ruler for this.  Place the 3 inch line of the ruler on the seam line of the unopened half square triangles.  Sorry - the photo shows it on the edge, it should be on the seam - do as I say, not as I show.) 

Clip the excess seam points and press open, creating a total of eight - 3 inch half square triangle blocks.  Press toward the red 

Repeat with the remaining red print and yellow polka dot squares and then with the red squares with the yellow floral.

Using eight each of the two color combinations, assemble as in the photo below to create twelve whirligig blocks.

The finished block.  You will need twelve.

To create the corner posts, sew the yellow polka dot 1 ¼” x width of fabric strip between the two red 1 ¾” x width of fabric pieces.  Sew along the length of the strips.  Press toward the yellow. 

 Sub cut to create 20 – 1 ¼” segments. 

Sew a 1 ¾” x 3 ¾” red to each side of these segments.  Press toward the yellow. 

Create the sashing strips by sewing a 1 ¼” x 10 ½” striped fabric between two 1 ¾” x 10 ½” inch yellow polka dot pieces.  Press towards the yellow polka dot.  Repeat to create 31 units.

Lay the blocks out in four rows of three blocks. 

Sew a sashing unit in between each of the three blocks in the rows and one to both ends.

Create 5 sashing/corner post rows by sewing three sashing units between four corner post units. 

Sew a sashing row between the four block rows and to the top and bottom.

(We got a little ahead of the photo taking in our exitement to see the finished quilt top.  I think you can see how the sashing and blocks all go together from the photo.)

Sew the final border to the quilt.  Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

The finished quilt top (above).

I think it makes a fun splash of color in the garden (below).

Thanks for participating!  Have fun making your whirligig quilt. 

Please join us for the June mystery quilt.  Here is a peak at some of the fabrics we'll be using.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Some of you are aware of our $29.00 monthly mystery quilt program.  For those of you who are not, let me tell you a little bit about it. 

Each month we select fabrics that will be made into a quilt.  The fabrics are available to view at the shop.  The quilt design is the mystery part.  For only $29.00 you will receive the fabric and instructions to complete the quilt top.  The quilts vary in size depending upon the pattern, but usually end up throw/lap size.  On the last Tuesday of the month we reveal the finished quilt and distribute the kits and instructions.  We do demo sessions at the shop at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. for anyone interested. 

We appreciate those of you who come every month to participate in this program.  Because many of you are showing these projects to your friends we have received numerous calls lately from quilters in other areas wondering how they can participate.  (Thanks for spreading the word!) 

We are excited to announce that we will be offering the program on line.  Beginning this month we will add photos of the fabrics to our blog site.  You can simply give us a call and sign up.  We will ship the kit and instructions to you.  We are planning on posting an online tutorial either the day of or shortly after the last Tuesday of the month. 

Sign up with a friend!  In fact, if you are one of the next five to call and sign yourself and a friend up,  we will include the binding for your mystery quilt free!

Here is a photo of the fabrics we will be using in this month's quilt.  Don't they make you happy?  (The colors on my monitor show a little orange.  The actual colors are really red and golden yellow.)

The photos below are of some of the mystery quilts we have done in the past.  Just to give you an idea of what's going on.

The first one is Freedom Flags.  It has become one of our very best selling patterns.

This one is called Cross Roads.  It was done with turnovers and honey buns from Moda.

The last one is Stars of the Barnyard.  I really like the scrappiness of it.  It was made with cute fabrics from Riley Blake.

In addition to the $29.00 kits we will have a limited supply of backs and binding sale priced to save you additional $$.  Usually, these are part of the coordinating line.  They will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Please let us know if you would like them to complete your quilt.

The $29.00 price is good for all prepaid kits through the last Tuesday of the month.  Any remaining kits will be sold at regular retail price. 

Supplies are limited so give us a call soon!  Our number is 801-465-9133