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Exclusive Dogwood Batik

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Our Quilt Shop Rally for 2012 is over but the projects and exclusive batik continue.

We still have stock on 11 of the 12 colors of our EXCLUSIVE dogwood batik made for us by Island Batik.  Reorders won’t be in until the fall so order while it lasts!  We have several kits using the dogwood batik as well as charm packs, jelly rolls, and fat quarter packs.  The packs and cuts have all 12 colors.

Our shop project is called Dogwood Days and is a wall hanging or lap quilt measuring 68″ x 50″.  It uses 11 of the 12 Dogwood Batiks and the Lazy Angle Ruler designed by Joan Hawley and made by Creative Grids.


I started with the block called Nimble in Joan’s book, Lazy and Lovin’ It page 58.  I sketched on graph paper because it makes me brave.  A fresh piece of plain white paper scares me!


The branches and twigs are raw edge applique with a decorative stitch to simulate bark around the edges.

Other projects include the Tankini Kit made by Patsy.


This is an Atkinson Designs pattern using the pastel and white Dogwood Batiks.
This is an Atkinson Designs pattern using the pastel and white Dogwood Batiks.


This runner gets its name because it is great on a dresser or the top of the tank in the well dressed bathroom!  Patsy made four other tablerunners.



We die cut the Dogwood Batik into jelly rolls and charm packs.  There are two of each of 12 dogwood batik colors and two each of 8 coordinating batiks for a total of 40 2.5″ strips or 40 5″ squares.


Robin made this 1600 quilt with the jelly roll and added two borders.  It measures 67″ x 81″.

We don’t have this in a kit exactly.  You would order one Dogwood Jelly Roll, 1-1/2 yards for the outside border, 3/4 yard for the inside border (Robin used Grape Juice), and 3/4 yd for binding.

This way you can pick your favorite Dogwood Batik for the outside border.  They all look good and change the personality of the quilt.


Joan used the Twist & Shout Tote pattern from Perkins Dry Goods and our Dogwood Charm Pack to make this cute tote.

She used the charm squares as is and did not cut them down.  Very cute.  I love charm squares – there is so much you can do with a 5″ die cut square!



Robin made this pretty shirt from the blue dogwood.  she was the cat’s meow at the shop rally.

This is a new pattern for her and she really liked it.  She made it shorter as suggested in the pattern.

Blake made this great quilt with the pattern Don’t Fence Me It.

It is a 5 yards of fun pattern and is a snap.  I love the yellow accent.

5 yards of fun are a series of patterns that use only 5 – 1 yard pieces of fabrics.

Get your exclusive Dogwood Batik soon.  Our next shipment will be in the fall.


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Beachfront Property

Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics is one of the featured shops this week on Quilting Is Murder.  Do you QIM?  It’s not too late!  Prizes every week!

Our assignment was to do a quick project with the new mystery block.

So I designed Beachfront Property showcasing the Mel’s Cute Condo and Birdhouse #1 paper pieced blocks.

It was fun to do.  I reduced the birdhouse by a third.  It was little!

The kit is available to anyone even if they are not QIM detectives.

Hope everyone gets some beach time this summer, Carol Britt


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Interlocking Hexagons

Yum Yum.  I love this Interlocking Hexagon quilt that Anna made.  It measures 41″ x 50″.  We had a great time picking batiks for it.

We have a kit that includes the pattern.

The pattern is also available by itself.

You will want Marti Michelle’s great Hexagon ruler too.

Think how great this would be for an I Spy quilt.  It really shows off the fabric, too.

Anna made the quilt for our monthly Marti and Me Club.  This is a mail order club that features one of Marti’s rulers and a great new pattern each month.

Marti’s patterns are so complete with multiple projects and lots of pictures.  They are free with your membership.

Or you can buy the patterns, kits, and rulers by themselves without being in the club.

The Interlocking Hexagons quilt pattern also shows a great way to finish the edge of a quilt without binding.  That’s worth the price of the pattern!

Check it out!


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Marti & Me

The recent Marti & Me kits have been fantastic.  We have a Marti & Me Club which features a template and new pattern each month.  Members get the pattern free with their memberships and discounts on the featured products.

Zig Zag Geese is normally oriented turned 90 degrees.  But we live in the Blue Ridge Mountains so of course we saw mountains!  This quilt uses the Flying Geese Ruler.

Anna graded the batiks to showcase our ridges upon ridges in this area.  Fun to make!

Twisted uses both sizes of Drunkard Path templates to achieve an intriguing design.  Anna went hot with the batiks this time.

High Flying Kites uses the Kaleidoscope ruler and the Kite ruler.

All of these quilts have a pattern with lots of variations of design and size.  Check here for the patterns.


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New Quickie Winter Kits.

Good Saint Nick

Identity Crisis

Three Wise Guys

Aren’t these the cutest!  I can’t decide which is my favorite.

The last one is called Three Wise Guys and it just might be my fav.  The center guy is the leader.  The one on the left is the instigator and the one on the right is the happy follower.

We offer all three as kits and as separate patterns.

The one in the middle is called Identity Crisis.  A sheep in snowman’s clothing!

These designs are from Bigfork Bay Cotton Company and the designer is J. Blake.


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Bali High Quilt

Isn’t this just gorgeous?  Leigh Headington made this and we have it available as a kit or just the pattern.  It uses our version of the Hoffman Kiwiberry Bali Pop (the original is no more – boo hoo!) plus really intense jet black and two great borders.  The kit also includes the binding.  The quilt finishes 64″ x 74″.  Click on the picture to see the kit.

What do you think?  moody, steamy, intense, or just plain yummy????