Monday, November 27, 2023

November mystery quilt

 We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  We are so grateful for your support and friendship.

The quilt for November is revealed.

It resembles a magnificent display of fireworks, don't you think?

Coordinating back and binding fabric are available while supplies last.

We will be using Jelly Rolls from the Farmhouse Summer collection for the December Mystery quilt.

Call us at 801-465-9133 to join in the fun.  We will be releasing the December mystery quilt a little early so we can all spend a little holiday time with the family.

On another note: we will be closed Sat. December 2 to participate in a family event.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Small Business Saturday/Customer Appreciation

 In conjunction with small business Saturday this weekend we are doing a customer appreciation event.

We are so grateful for all of you and your support.  Drop by Saturday for a free Nativity pattern and quick homemade gift ideas.  Get a deal on our clearance fabrics.

Hope to see you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Second Sat. Sampler - Women of faith and courage

 Block 7 - Rosa Parks

First of all, I've just got to say, we were showing our 9 year-old grandson and his 7-year old sister this quilt and telling them a little about what we are doing in highlighting strong, courageous women.  When asked who they thought would be a good person to highlight they both said Rosa Parks as they pointed to the block they thought should represent her.  (They chose the block because it reminded them of a rose.) So, with this block, we are following their suggestion.

The following is an article written by Arlisha Norwood for the National Women's History Museum.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of going to the back of the bus, which was designated for African Americans, she sat in the front. When the bus started to fill up with white passengers, the bus driver asked Parks to move. She refused. Her resistance set in motion one of the largest social movements in history, the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Rosa Louise McCauley was born on February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. As a child, she went to an industrial school for girls and later enrolled at Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes (present-day Alabama State University). Unfortunately, Parks was forced to withdraw after her grandmother became ill. Growing up in the segregated South, Parks was frequently confronted with racial discrimination and violence. She became active in the Civil Rights Movement at a young age.

Parks married a local barber by the name of Raymond Parks when she was 19. He was actively fighting to end racial injustice. Together the couple worked with many social justice organizations. Eventually, Rosa was elected secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

By the time Parks boarded the bus in 1955, she was an established organizer and leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Parks not only showed active resistance by refusing to move she also helped organize and plan the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Many have tried to diminish Parks’ role in the boycott by depicting her as a seamstress who simply did not want to move because she was tired. Parks denied the claim and years later revealed her true motivation:

“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

Parks courageous act and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott led to the integration of public transportation in Montgomery. Her actions were not without consequence. She was jailed for refusing to give up her seat and lost her job for participating in the boycott.

After the boycott, Parks and her husband moved to Hampton, Virginia and later permanently settled in Detroit, Michigan. Parks work proved to be invaluable in Detroit’s Civil Rights Movement. She was an active member of several organizations which worked to end inequality in the city. By 1980, after consistently giving to the movement both financially and physically Parks, now widowed, suffered from financial and health troubles. After almost being evicted from her home, local community members and churches came together to support Parks. On October 24th, 2005, at the age of 92, she died of natural causes leaving behind a rich legacy of resistance against racial discrimination and injustice.

For this block you will need:

               4) 4” squares
               4) 2 x 3 ½”
               2) 2 x 8 ¼”
               1) 3 ½” square
               1) 2 x 8 ¼”
               2) 4 ½” squares
Red leaf:
               1)2 x 8 ¼”
Red floral:
               2) 4 ½” squares
               1) 2 x 8 ¼”      

Sew the 2" x 8 1/4" red leaf strip to a 2 x 8 1/4" background strip.  Press toward the red. Cut into 4) 2" segments.
Repeat using the 2" x 8 1/4" inch pink strip with a 2 x 8 1/4" background strip. Press toward the pink.  Cut into 4) 2" segments.
Sew the red leaf segments to the pink segments to create 4) four-patch units.  These will be used in the four corners of the block.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 4 1/2" pink squares.  Match each of these with a 4 1/2" red floral square making sure the right sides are together and the outside edges are aligned.  Sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line.  Cut on the line. Press.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 4" background squares.  Match these with the pink/red half-square triangles.  Make sure the drawn line on the background square runs perpendicular to the seam of the pink/red squares and the right sides are facing with the outside edges aligned as much as possible. Sew 1/4 - inch on each side of the line.  Cut on the line.  Square the resulting blocks to 3 1/2 inches and press.
Sew a 2 x 3 1/2 - inch background to opposite sides of the 3 1/2 - inch pink square. 
Cut 4) 2" squares from the red 2" x 8 1/4" strip.  Sew one of these squares to each end of a 2 x 3 1/2 - inch background strip.  Press. Sew these to the remaining sides of the 3 1/2 - inch pink unit.
Refer to the photo below to assemble the components and complete the block.

Happy sewing!

Monday, November 6, 2023

November mystery fabric

 We are planning an Americana feel for the November mystery quilt.  We will be using fabric from the "Bright Stars" collection by Teresa Kogut for Riley Blake designs.  Should be fun!

Give us a call (801-465-9133) to reserve your spot.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

October mystery quilt

 We are releasing the kits a little early this month since the last Tuesday of the month is also Halloween.

You just cant go wrong with this beautiful fabric collection.  Becky created an enchanting fall quilt.

Cutting instruction correction:

The pattern has you cut 2) 6" squares from 20 fat eighths.  It should be 2) 8 1/2" squares from the 20 fat eighths. 

(Kits picked up after Oct. 31 should have the correction made on the pattern.)

We are still contemplating fabric for the November mystery quilt.  We will post a photo as soon as we can.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Second Saturday Sampler - Women of Faith and Courage

Block 6 -  Ruby Bridges

Information taken from Wikipedia states:

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American civil rights activist. She was the first African American child to attend formerly whites-only William Franz Elementary school in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on November 14, 1960. She is the subject of a 1964 painting, The Problem We All Live With, by Norman Rockwell.

Bridges was the eldest of five children born to Abon and Lucille Bridges. As a child, she spent much time taking care of her younger siblings, though she also enjoyed playing jump rope and softball and climbing trees. When she was four years old, the family relocated from Tylertown, Mississippi, where Bridges was born, to New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1960, when she was six years old, her parents responded to a request from the NAACP and volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans school system, even though her father was hesitant.


Bridges was born during the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Brown v. Board of Education was decided three months and twenty-two days before Bridges' birth. The court ruling declared that the establishment of separate public schools for white children, which black children were barred from attending, was unconstitutional; accordingly, black students were permitted to attend such schools. Though the Brown v. Board of Education decision was finalized in 1954, southern states were extremely resistant to the decision that they must integrate within six years. Many white people did not want schools to be integrated and, though it was a federal ruling, state governments were not doing their part in enforcing the new laws.  Under significant pressure from the federal government, the Orleans Parish School Board administered an entrance exam to students at Bridges' school with the intention of keeping black children out of white schools.


Bridges attended a segregated kindergarten in 1959. In early 1960, Bridges was one of six black children in New Orleans to pass the test that determined whether they could go to the all-white William Frantz Elementary School. Two of the six decided to stay at their old school, Bridges went to Frantz by herself, and three children were transferred to McDonogh No. 19 and became known as the McDonough Three. Bridges and her mother were escorted to school by four federal marshals during the first day that Bridges attended William Frantz Elementary. In the following days of that year, federal marshals continued to escort Bridges, though her mother stayed behind to take care of her younger siblings.

Bridges' father was initially reluctant, but her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not only to give her own daughter a better education, but to "take this step forward ... for all African-American children". Her mother finally convinced her father to let her go to the school.

Judge Skelly Wright's court order for the first day of integrated schools in New Orleans on Monday, November 14, 1960, was commemorated by Norman Rockwell in the painting, The Problem We All Live With (published in Look magazine on January 14, 1964). As Bridges describes it, "Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.  Former United States Deputy Marshal Charles Burks later recalled, "She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn't whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we're all very very proud of her."

U.S. Marshals escorted Bridges to and from school.

As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers except for one refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Bridges, and that was Barbara Henry,  from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry taught her alone, "as if she were teaching a whole class."

That first day, Bridges and her mother spent the entire day in the principal's office; the chaos of the school prevented their moving to the classroom until the second day. On the second day, however, a white student broke the boycott and entered the school when a 34-year-old Methodist minister, Lloyd Anderson Foreman, walked his five-year-old daughter Pam through the angry mob, saying, "I simply want the privilege of taking my child to school…" A few days later, other white parents began bringing their children, and the protests began to subside. Yet, still, Bridges remained the only child in her class, as she would until the following year. Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her, while another held up a black baby doll in a coffin. This led the U.S. Marshals dispatched to oversee her safety to only allow Bridges to eat the food that she brought from home, and she was not allowed to participate in recess.

The Bridges family suffered for their decision to send her to William Frantz Elementary: her father lost his job as a gas station attendant; the grocery store the family shopped at would no longer let them shop there; her grandparents, who were sharecroppers in Mississippi, were turned off their land; and Abon and Lucille Bridges separated. Bridges has noted that many others in the community, both black and white, showed support in a variety of ways. Some white families continued to send their children to Frantz despite the protests, a neighbor provided her father with a new job, and local people babysat, watched the house as protectors, and walked behind the federal marshals' car on the trips to school. It was not until Bridges was an adult that she learned that the immaculate clothing she wore to school in those first weeks at Frantz was sent to her family by a relative of Coles. Bridges says her family could never have afforded the dresses, socks, and shoes that are documented in photographs of her escort by U.S. Marshals to and from the school.

Adult life

Bridges speaking at Texas A&M University–Commerce in February 2015

As of 2004, Bridges, now Ruby Bridges Hall, still lives in New Orleans with her husband, Malcolm Hall, and their four sons. After graduating from a desegregated high school, she worked as a travel agent for 15 years and later became a full-time parent. She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences". Describing the mission of the group, she says, "racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it."

In November 2007, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis unveiled a new permanent exhibit documenting her life, along with the lives of Anne Frank and Ryan White. The exhibit, called "The Power of Children: Making a Difference", cost $6 million to install and includes an authentic re-creation of Bridges' first grade classroom.

Bridges and President Barack Obama view the painting by Rockwell in the White House. (video)

On July 15, 2011, Bridges met with President Barack Obama at the White House, and while viewing the Norman Rockwell painting of her on display he told her, "I think it's fair to say that if it hadn't been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn't be looking at this together".[26] The Rockwell painting was displayed in the West Wing of the White House, just outside the Oval Office, from June through October 2011.[27]

For this block you will need:

    1) 5 1/2" square
    5) 4 1/2" squares
    2) 5 1/2" squares
    4) 2 1/2" squares
    1) 5 1/2" square
    4) 2 1/2" squares



Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the 2 1/2 inch blue and pink squares.

Place a blue square on a corner of a 4 1/2 inch background square.  (The drawn line should run edge to edge) Sew on the line.  Trim 1/4 inch from the line.  Repeat on all four corners.  Press.

Place a pink 2 1/2 inch square on a corner of a 4 1/2 inch background square.  Sew on the line.  Trim 1/4 inch from the sewn line.  Press.  Repeat on one corner of the three remaining 4 1/2 inch background squares.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of both 5 1/2 inch blue squares.

Place one of the 5 1/2 inch blue squares with a 5 1/2 inch background square making sure the outside edges are aligned and the right sides are together.  Sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut on the line.  Press toward the blue. 

Repeat the process using the other 5 1/2 inch blue square and a 5 1/2 inch pink square. Press.

Draw a diagonal line (perpendicular to the seam) on the back of the blue/background squares.  Place them with a blue/pink square.  Make sure the seams are running the same direction and the blue fabrics are not facing each other.  The right side of the fabric should be facing with the outside edges aligned.  Sew 1/4 inch of both sides of the line.  Cut on the line.  Press and trim to measure 4 1/2 inches.

Assemble and sew together as shown in the photo.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

September Mystery quilt is revealed

 The kits for September are ready!

Becky created a happy, sassy batch of candy this month.

The border is optional on this one but it frames it nicely.  

We are planning to use fabric from the Shades of Autumn collection for the October mystery quilt.

Happy Quilting!