Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Farmhouse Reds

 It's not everyday you get a staged/halfway decent photo from me and my quickly failing iphone.  Today's the day!  The light was right and the scenery almost perfect.   Nothing like red and white quilts on a cold, snowy day.  Perfect for winter and an upcoming holiday.

I got some emails yesterday that Farmhouse Reds are shipped and on the way to me and to your local quilt shop.  My boxes will land on Thursday morning and that means some kits can be out to you as soon as Friday.  There will be limited kits.  It looks like it will be impossible to re-order :(.    But - I do plan on having a few of each of these kits.   This first one is called Mrs. Rose's Best and I love it's stunning, yet simple geometry.  You can find the kits HERE.

This is my On The Plus Side made with Minick and Simpson red and cream scraps.  Your kit will be all Farmhouse Red fabrics and you can find the kit HERE.

 This happy little wall quilt or table topper is called Good Morning is has easily pieced blocks and redwork.  You can find it HERE.

Last, but not least is Bird Hills Lane.  I don't have the quilt right now as it is touring the continent :) - but I have a photo from this summer.
This was so much fun to make - a snappy little checkerboard and lots of over-the-top applique.  It's on the small side - so a very doable project. You can find it HERE.

Keep warm everyone (and keep cool those of you down under). 



Saturday, January 20, 2018


Are you hibernating like me?  Because of the weather? Because you are feeling under the weather?
(I hope you're feeling great).  This time of year emphasizes my natural inclination to snuggle in and do hand work.  If it's by a roaring fire - all the better.  I will have to get by with Netflix and Acorn tv.

If you follow me on Instagram you saw that one on my long running projects (there are several, of course) was finished up recently.  The Rowdy Flat Library Quilt designed by Susan Smith.

It was great fun to work in a completely different color palette.  Picking up Fat Quarters over a year of traveling was inspirational in itself. I always get inspired in quilt shops. If you would like to take this journey - we now have the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt pattern in our Etsy store.

Of course, when one journey ends, another begins.  A whole new attempt to whittle down my Minick and Simpson scraps started this week - the Hexagon Star A Day quilt by Somerset Patchwork.

We also have this pattern in stock too.  

And this is another in-process quilt...... Thimbleblossoms Scrappy Stars quilt. You can get this pattern directly from Thimbleblossoms or your local quilt shop.  This was made entirely from my scrap bin. You'd think it would be depleted, but you would be wrong.

We're off to Texas in a few days where I hear it's a bit warmer.  Right now I'm trying to strategize how to sterilize the entire airport and airplane before I travel. I'm feeling pretty good right now and I'd like to keep it that way.

When I get back, I'll show you quilts I made that I actually designed :)   

The Farmhouse Red fabrics will be in stores soon and I'll show you what I made with them.



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday Prep

This winter solstice probably finds you knee deep in Holiday preparations.  Things here have been hectic (you can relate, I know) and decorating is at a minimum this year.  Since I have a collection of Christmas quilts - that is how we are decorating this year.  I have 5 Christmas quilts hung up and the tree and ornaments are taking a break this year.  I posted this above photo for my weekly #handquiltingwednesday posts on Instagram.  Nightengale isn't necessarily a Christmas quilt, but it sure works.  Red and white quilts in abundance have a holiday feel.

This is it right after we hung it and the creases haven't completely fallen out yet.  It's a good reminder to rotate the hanging quilts and refold the quilts in storage so those folds don't become permanent.

This one is hanging on the large brick wall.  It needs a large wall as it is 101" wide.  It's kind of a beast, but it sure is festive.  This large pattern was in McCall's magazine many, many years ago and it is also in our book Quilts and Rugs by Quiltmania.    If you want the look and feel of this quilt - you can get it with this pattern.

This pattern is a smaller version at 58" x 48" and the download pattern is available HERE.

I was planning on doing some baking tomorrow once I finished a quilt top today.  Well, since I spent all morning ripping apart the quilt top (HEY, fun fact - did you know seam rippers can dull and you need to replace them?), I need to  re-design and remake the quilt top.  I think I need some fresh air first. 

If your seam rippers are nice and sharp and you are refreshed - maybe you need a small bundle of Ann Arbor fabrics.  I have a BLUE Fat Quarter Bundle and a YELLOW and RED Fat quarter bundle.  

May you and your family and friends have a great holiday!



Saturday, November 25, 2017

All In A Row Winner and More!

Thank you for following along on our little blog hop!

We had great fun and I'm happy to announce the winner of the All In A Row Again book AND my flower row

The winner is GLENDA MCCARTHY.  Email me here at lauriesimpson92@gmail.com, Glenda and I will get your gifts right out to you.

In other good news....... my Lake Effect quilt made with Snowfall by Moda Fabrics is in the current
Quiltmania magazine.

I currently have 1 template and papers kit in our Etsy shop.  Paperpieces.com will have them on their website shortly (I assume after this turkey holiday is over).  We are honored again to have a quilt chosen by Quiltmania - our favorite quilty indulgence.

There is even more holiday news........ now until the end of the month - all kits in our Etsy shop are 25% off with the coupon code - SMALLBUSINESS.  Right now our kits are with our Ann's Arbor fabric collection.  Let's all try to our holiday shopping with an emphasis on our hometown - small businesses.  



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

All In A Row Again!

It was such a hit the first time - here it is for an encore!  All your favorite Moda Designers are back with another Row experience.  23 more rows to mix and match with all your favorites from the first book.  Can you guess which one is mine?

(as if my photography skills aren't challenged enough, the long skinny piece fit well against a white door. Photo editing put the door on the side)

I think my favorite rows are right on the front cover - the camper row with the flower rows on the top and bottom.

I know what your favorite is. You think there will be a give-away on these Moda/Martingale blog hops and you would be correct.  Comment here on this blog (and hop on over to the others too!) before midnight November 24th (otherwise known as Black Friday) and you could win a book - and some other quilty things.  You might even win this row - signed by me.

November 13

November 14
Corey Yoder: http://littlemissshabby.com/

November 15

November 16

November 17

November 18

November 19Sandy Klop: https://www.instagram.com/sandyklop/

November 20
Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson: https://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/
November 21
November 22
Sherri McConnell: http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

November 24
Lissa Alexander: http://modalissa.com/
Lisa Bongean: https://lisabongean.com

All royalties from this publication will go to ...



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pincushions and Such

There is another week to go in our 12 Contests.  (Each month a Moda Designer holds a contest and this is our month - with pincushions!).

Make a pincushion - any pincushion - out of Minick and Simpson fabric and post on Instagram with the #12contestsminickandsimpson and you could win.  We are getting many fabulous pincushions! You have 1 more week to enter....
Here is one where the maker embroidered over this print from Midwinter Reds.   
This one is made into a little whale.  Ahoy!

I can't wait to see what the last week brings.  

Earlier this week, Bill and I took a little excursion out of the studio.  We traveled to Cranbrook Museum to see a exhibition of the works of Alexander Girard.  Girard was a textile designer, architect, furniture designer, and all encompassing artist. He was once on staff at Cranbook and was a colleague of Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames.  I loved this little sketch on tissue paper that was later reproduced as upholstery fabric for the Herman Miller Corporation.

He was an avid Folk Art collecter and amassed a huge collection of folk art textiles.  Here was some of his stash!
His organization was as visually exciting as the textiles themselves.  All in all, it was very inspiring.

Also this week - we have some quilt kits on sale in our Etsy shop.  Just use the coupon code KITSALE when you check out.  



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

12 Contests!

September 5th is the starting date of the next 12 Contests! from Moda Fabrics and it just so happens to be OUR contest month!

The rules are byzantine and confusing. Kidding!!! They are extremely simple. Extremely simple rules for extremely simple fabric designers.  The only rule is that you make a pincushion out of Minick and Simpson fabric (yes, I have jumped on that runaway bandwagon and have joined the pincushion stampede) Any pincushion - any Minick and Simpson fabric - and post the pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #12contestsminickandsimpson

Got it? Pretty simple. Post those pinnie pictures starting now until October 4th.  We'll pick the winners on October 5th.

Winners? Yes, lots of winners will get Ann's Arbor fabric bundles/pre-cuts.  Whee!!!

 These are a few of the pincushions I have made lately.  All were made from my scrap basket.

 This one was made with an extra block from my Martin's Place quilt.  Notice the machine quilting. This was the first time I have ever used a walking foot.  I lived through it. Thank you for your concern.
These were made from leftover triangles from 2 Chippewa Nine Patch quilts.  The triangles became half square triangles. Then they became quarter square triangles. Then they became pincushions.

 I rescued a tin can before it went into the recycling bin. I love these tins - they are graphic and retro and a perfect shape.  This can quickly became a pincushion.

I fill my pincushions with sand. Terrarium sand I bought at the craft store.  Is is good for pins and needles? I don't know.  I just know I love the heft and weight of these pincushions.  If I dull a few pins in the process - I know they died for my enjoyment.  Because I use sand - I sew a liner for the sand out of tightly woven cotton ticking that I also bought at the craft store.  I have mode dozens of pincushions filled with sand and not one grain has ever leaked out.  Use tightly woven ticking and a small stitch on your sewing machine.
I made these square pincushions just like a small pillow and I just slipped in the sand bag.  

Thats it!  Pincushion. #12contestsminickandsimpson.  We can't wait to see what you make!

Speaking of Ann's Arbor....... we have posted a couple of kits in Etsy shop and some yardage too!

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