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July 11th, 2014

Finishing Instructions for:   “Busy As A Bee” 

(Isabella Abbiati June Prim Sister Project)006


After you finish stitching your sampler, trim the linen to measure approximately 7 ½” high x 8 ½” wide.010
Cut your bee fabric to measure 8 ½” x 21”.
Place right sides together and sew the top of your linen to the bee fabric. Press towards the fabric.

Cut the gray fabric 8 ½” x 21”. Place right sides together and sew three sides, leaving the end opposite the linen open.
Turn right side out.
Press the open end under ¼” to the inside of the pocket. Whip stitch closed. Isabella sewed a vintage piece of lace to the bee side of the whipped stitched end. This is optional.

Fold the bee fabric up 3” to the gray side of the fabric to form the pocket. Whip stitch the 3” sides together to form the pocket. Fold in half and the stitched pocket is complete! Isabella used buttons to embellish the linen end of the pocket.

I hope this information helps you complete your special project.


June 6, 2014:  We were just informed by Stacy we have an OOPs on the new “Miss Baxter’s House”!    It is not huge because our stitcher was 3/4’s done with the border before she noticed it.  The symbols for Chamomile and Old Hickory were switched and look almost the same.  I decided they were so close in color we would deal with it and not rip out anything on our model.  So if you are just starting your project instead of two Chamomile you will need two Old Hickory or make the call to leave it the way it is and make it yours.  I think many times we over dye our samplers anyway that it will be just fine.

I wanted to put out a little information to you on how to figure out the size of linen you need for a project.  It used to be designers would suggest a 3 inch allowance all around but with so many designers kitting up projects and stores doing the same we have had to re-think that idea because we all need to utilize the linen so there isn’t waste.  

Here is the formula I hope you will find this helpful for ordering and cutting your linen so you don’t have waste but have enough to finish.

To figure what to cut for a sampler that is 221 inches long by 130 inches wide.  We will say our linen of choice is 32 count.  First divide the linen count by 2 because you go over two threads.  That means you are looking at 16 count.  Now divide the length and width by 16 so you can determine the actual size of the sampler.  That means 221 divided by 16 = 13.8 we will say 14 that is the design length which we need to add our 4 inch allowance to.   That means you would ask us to cut an 18″ half width of linen for your project.  We try to always go with the length and grain of the linen because stitching with the grain is always best.  Now you have your half width of linen and you are ready to cut your width so divide the width of 130 by 16  that is 8.125, again that is the design size which needs an extra 4 inches to give you the allowance for stitching so you will need 12.125 inches.   For this sampler your cut piece of linen will be 18″ x 12.125″ .

This is the formula you will use for 28 count(14), 30 count (15), 35 count (17 1/2) 40 count (20).

Happy Stitching!

November 29, 2012

We just discovered another Oops, on Vickie’s Angel of the House:

From the background fabric you need to cut 3 – 4 1/4 inch squares, Not 3 – 3/4 inches squares.  I hope this has not caused a problem for you but please change your pattern right away.Today is November 19th, 2012

It has been brought to our attention we have an oooops on our “Antique Pines Pillow” Patterns.

We try so hard but typos sometimes get in the way and that is the case with this particular OOOPS.  On the back of the pattern when it asks you to trim to 6 1/4 that is wrong!  YOU MUST TRIM TO 6 3/4.  I am so sorry for this inconvenience I hope you will all have great success making this old reproduction Pinetree pillow pattern.



Today October 1,2011 it was brought ot our attention that the fabric requirements for Carley’s Crown were omitted on our pattern.  OOOPS!  I am going to give you this imformation so if you have the pattern there will not be any confusion.

You will need:   10 Fat Quarters of assorted pinks

10 Fat Quarters of assorted browns

19 Regular 1/4 yard cuts of assorted background prints or a total of 4-3/4 yards of a favorite

5/8th yard for binding

5-1/4 yards backing

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope you will be able to make up this amazing quilt pattern it helps to have this information.


“Quits Our Way” is a new concept we came up with after brainstorming last week.  This new page will become your source for seeing the changes in color and design of quilts we make.  Woo Hoo, you gotto like this idea!   Last week we made up an adorable 34" x 42" quilt pattern called “Charm Square Fantasy”.  Our quilt looks nothing like the picture and so rather than adding pictures into the kits we will put a small blurb in the pattern and direct you to our post which will picture and tell you how we have altered the pattern to make it ourway.  On this particular quilt pattern we eliminated the 2 borders it was calling for and cut one 6" and we did not cut the ends to make a hexigon shape.  Our colors are so different and pleasing we all thought this might be the easiest way to solve customer questions and give you a place to see things up close.  I hope this idea works for you too.  I will give you another look when it comes back from our quilter.  What a great fall table topper this would make.

The next quilt really has our look, our way and is called “Blueberry Cobbler”.  This is another smaller sized quilt, 41′ x 49",  but the colors we chose just make this a great piece of eye candy.  It is really all about color in any quilt.   The changes we made softened the quilt and make it very easy to display but still give you that wonderful old pop of color that adds interest to a room.  The original pattern is quite obviously a light and dark looking pattern done all in blue, brown, and tan.  Our colors are more muckeled, and on the darker side but our color palletteis very compatible with the beautiful gray tones, greener browns, tans and old pinks that are so popular today and fit into ourcolour comfort zone.  

Third Time Around  – Tips:  

Patti made this quilt for us out of  the new“Little Gatherings”fabrics and she found some errors in the pattern that needed to be addressed and wanted to offer a few helpful hints.   

Page 1:

For the small quilt you will need exactly 24 fat quarters.  You will make 48 blocks and 48 triangles.

For the large quilt you will need exactly 32 fat quarters.  You will make 64 square blocks and 64 triangles.

Page 2:

For the row on the left withthe 3-1/2inch  square, you will need to cut two 3inch squares instead of one.

In the next two rows cut 3″ squares instead of 3-1/2″ squares.

Before you start sewing sort your fabric into 48-64 piles with lights and darks you will use in each block- one set for the triangles and one set for the squares.

Each square will need a 3″ square, two 3″ and two 5″ strips of one fabric, then two 5″strips and two 7″ strips of the next fabric.  Half will be dark in the center, and half will be light in the center.

Each triangle will need a center triangle, one 5 inch, 6 inch, and 10-1/2 inch strip of the next fabric, and one 9 inch, 10 inch, and 16 inch strip for the next row.  Again, half will be dark in the center, and half will be light in the center.

Here is another tip I will pass on to you.  I found that for me the lighter prints in the quilt were zingers and that  is where my eye wanted to focus so when ever that happens the quilt needs just a ever so slight bathto make it fit in the shop and marry nicely with the other quilts.  I always use the boxed Tan Rit Dye.  Since I like subtle this is what I did.  You will fill yourmachine with a combination of hot and cold water.  Emerse the quilt and run the wash cycle long enough to get the quilt totally wet.  Take it out and put it in a pan so you can add 1/2 box of the dye.   If you only want to lightly soften the over all look use only a 1/4 of the box.   Continue to run the wash cycle until you can see the dye is completely disolved.  Put yourquilt in the dye bath and finish running the cycle and for the best results just before it is done turn it back and run the cycle again.  After all cycles are done.  Put in the dryer and dry your quilt.  Many times at this point I will lay the quilt out flat on the floor which helps eliminate any wrinkles.  This formula has worked well for me I hope you will find you get the same great results.  Look at the picture from the Expo of this quilt and then look at the quilt in the shop today.

October 25th we have a typo on the Dakota Patches pattern that needs to be brought to the attention of anyone that has purchased the pattern. 

 From the Toile fabric you will need to Cut (20) 6 1/2 inch squares, NOT 60. 

Oh my goodness I am hopeful like our good samartian customer that brought it to our attention that you could see that 60 was not not the correct number by looking at the picture and looking at the size of the actual quilt.  I am so sorry for this inconvenience and hope this will get out there to anyone that has the pattern so you can get it corrected.

  The picture on the right, that is on the bed, is Dakota Patches and you can see the light toile print that I am making you aware of that needs to be cut different than our patten says.