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In This Issue....

  • Today at the Cabin
  • What's On Sale - Hopscotch Quilts and It's Sew Emma
  • Fr** Pattern - Tumbling Winds
  • Quilt Batting and Backing 101
  • DVD of the Week - Illusions
  • Assateague Lighthouse Pattern
  • List Your Event
  • Flower of the Month - Daisy
  • Facebook
  • Cheery O's Quilt Pattern
  • Backpack Adventures Pattern
  • Hawaiian Hexagon Quilt on our Youtube Channel
  • This Week in History
  • Tips from our Readers
  • Readers' Show and Tell
  • More Mini Feathered Stars Pattern
  • Feathered Star Pattern

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Welcome to the 15th Annual Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival

September 27 & 28, 2014

Hi Quilters!

Today at the Cabin:

And there's more snow. I know, I know, it's Northern Michigan, deal with it. But I'm kind of over winter this year. I want green grass. I want sparkling water, And yes, I'll even take a garden full of weeds. I want buds on my fruit trees and blossoms on my cucumbers. The snow can go away and come back another day (year?) Taking the boat out on one of the big lakes, complete with cooler full of hamburgers and the fixings, a hibachi and of course your beverage of choice sounds really good right now. Take a breath and jump in. Oh yeah, that's where I'm at right now, at least in my mind. But, spring on the farm is crazy busy. Later this week there will be baby chicks. I do love me some baby chicks. Probably no more large animals this year, but lots of plans to expand the gardens.......

New in the Shop...iCases Pattern.... HERE

This week we have a few of our quilting fabrics left. $4.00 a yard in 1 yard cuts; while they last. It's Sew Emma and Hopscotch Quilt Shop patterns are featured this week. Don't forget all of our clearance and HURT items too.

Remember.... orders over $50.00 are fr** shipping (US only, sorry)

Go HERE for all of our sale, hurt and clearance items.

Lots of cool new stuff on our New Page too!

What's On Sale....

All this and MORE on our Sale Page!

Heirloom Kansas City Star Quilt Pattern

Regular price is $29.99

Sale price is $20.00


Cannery Row Quilt Pattern

Regular price is 12.50

Sale price is $9.50


Round of Buttons Quilt Pattern

Regular price is $10.00

Sale price is $7.00


Mittens Mittens Pattern

Regular price is $10.00

Sale price is $7.50


Cobblestone Lane Quilt Pattern

Regular price is $10.00

Sale price is $7.00


Vintage Days Quilt Pattern

Regular price is $5.99

Sale price is $4.50


Patchwork Forest Quilt Pattern

Regular price is $9.00

Sale price is $6.00


Primitive Trails Pattern

Regular price is $9.00

Sale price is $6.00


Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale and clearance items!

New In The Shop....

Laptop Computer Carrier Case Pattern

On Our What's New Page

Cell Phone/Camera Case and Wallet Pattern

On Our What's New Page

A Place For Everything Organizer Pattern

On Our What's New Page

Double Feathered Star

On Our What's New Page

FR** Pattern....

Tumbling Winds by Kaye Wood!


The winds and sagebrush that tumble across the prairie will lull you to sleep as you create your own personal haven in your bedroom. These Quarter Quilts and coordinating pillows are easy enough to make, and fast too, with Kaye's techniques, that you can change them out as often as you change your mind. Tumbling Winds uses the View & Do Octagon Shapes as well as the Starmaker 8 Master Template (sold separately) Tumbling Winds

Quilt Batting and Backing 101....

Ever been overwhelmed by the variety of batting (or wadding) options available to quilt stores? This week I'm going to talk about the different kinds of batting and which projects they are best for. And, as always - feel free to weigh-in. I love when you do because I haven't tried every product or technique. For example, has anyone out there used the Bamboo batting? What did you think?

Basically the definition of a quilt is a blanket made of a top (front) and back with a layer of batting sandwiched in between and held together by some kind of stitching through all three layers. Today we are going to discuss choosing batting and backs.

There is a wide variety of quilt battings available on the market. Like everything else, the variety can get overwhelming so I'm going to break down some of the differences so that you can pick the batting best suited to the project you have in mind.

The two most relevant factors in choosing a batting are Loft and Fibers.

First off - Loft. This means how thick or thin your batting is.

Low Loft = thin and High Loft = thick. Thin batting makes a thinner quilt (obviously) but it works much better for a running stitch whether done by hand or machine. High Loft batts are best for a thicker comforter-type finish where the quilt is only going to be tied.

Fiber defines what the batting is made of. The three most common types of quilt batting are polyester, 100% cotton, and cotton/poly blend and each has it's own pros and cons. (Wool and silk are other options that are wonderful, but usually a lot pricier, so we won't discuss those here.) Another recent option is batting made from bamboo. To be honest, I don't know much about it yet. If you've used it or know more, please feel free to chime in!

Polyester - Less expensive, better for hand-quilting (low loft), doesn't need to be quilted as closely together. Tends to shift when not quilted closely and 'beard' (which means the polyester fibers migrate through the fabric to the outside of the quilt).

Cotton - Feels like a thick flannel. Better option for machine quilting. Generally must be quilted closely. Washes better without pilling. Shrinks slightly. (This can be good or bad, depending on your personal preference. I personally like when the batting shrinks after the first wash because it softens the quilt and gives it more of a vintage appearance.)

Cotton blend (usually 80% cotton/20% polyester). Very similar to the cotton option, but is less-expensive and doesn't shrink as much. Good for machine quilting. This is what I use most often.

Batting can be purchased by individual size or big sewing stores will also let you buy it by the yard. Batting goes on sale often at the big box stores. I always stock up then - or use those 40% off coupons. Save your batting scraps. It's very easy to whip-stitch (largish) scraps together.

Size: you want your batting to be slightly larger than your quilt top (front) and slightly smaller than your quilt back. In other words the backing should be the biggest.

Now let's talk backs. Most fabrics come 42-44" wide, which is perfect for baby or crib quilts. For larger quilts you will need to piece your back - meaning you will need to sew yardage together. Some fabric companies do make fabrics that are 90" (or more) wide if you don't want to piece a back. A pieced back can be as simple as one seam, using the same fabric for the whole back or complex with multiple fabrics and seams. Just so long as it's a few inches bigger on all sides than your front, you're fine. The reason a back needs to be bigger is because you're usually quilting from the top of the quilt and the batting and backing can shift slightly underneath. The extra inches are your insurance policy that your back doesn't suddenly become smaller than the front.

This article courtesy of Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter

DVD of the Week....

Illusions Technique DVD from the ebook Strip Cut Quilts

Watch Kaye use jewel tones to create her Illusions Quilt, from the ebook Strip Cut Quilts.

Technique DVD on sale, HERE

Ebook on sale HERE

Assateague Island Lighthouse Block Pattern

List Your Event....

Spring Retreat, Main Street Quilt and Thread Guild, April 24-26, 2014, Round Rock, TX

All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!

Looking for a Quilt Show to attend? Check out our listing. If you have an upcoming event or show you'd like to post on our events page, just click the link!

Flower Of The Month For April....

Daisies Pattern

LOVE Daisies!

Click on More Details to watch this technique.

More Details

On Our Sale Page

A Note About Facebook....

Our daily Facebook Deals are better and better every day. 4 or 5 different deals each day and they're all on our sale page Best to check the sale pages every day to make sure you're not missing out on anything, or better yet.... sign up for our Facebook page.

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Cheery O's Quilt Pattern

on our What's New Page

Backpack Adventures Pattern

on our What's New Page

This Week On Our Youtube Channel....

Hawaiian Hexagon Techniques

150 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE

Watch the Hawaiian Quilt Hexagon Techniques HERE

This Week in History, April 16-22

Apr 16, 1943 - Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered
Apr 17, 1970 - Apollo 13 returns to Earth
Apr 18, 1906 - The Great San Francisco Earthquake
Apr 19, 1897 - First Boston Marathon held
Apr 20, 1980 - Castro announces Mariel Boatlift
Apr 21, 753 B.C. - Rome founded
Apr 22, 1970 - The first Earth Day

Tips From Our Readers....

I hand quilt for people who make their own tops and do lots of binding on quilts that people bring to me. I always baste close to the edges of quilts I do, so the binding is easier to sew on without trouble with puckering. I wish all quilts that were brought to me prequilted were basted. I spend way too much time trying to get the layers together good enough to sew the binding on.

Coffee is also good for your fridge if you must ship it. Clean the fridge, drip pan and freezer with bleach water, after it has come to room temperature, and air dry. Then put 3/4 can of loose coffee in the fridge and 1/4 in the freezer. When it arrives to its destination, you just vacuum the coffee and have no musty odor. Wet or dry coffee grounds are also good for your azaleas.

Reading about the use of coffee grounds, here is one that I read in a Heloise column probably 25 years ago. When you make a pincushion, fill the insides with ground coffee. It's good for the needles and smells sooo good (can anyone say "chocolate" coffee?)

When I baste my quilt together, I use a contrasting color thread, so it is easier to get the stitches out later.

I wanted Kaye to know that I was watching one of her videos that started out with a tip about pre-washing fabric. This was done by pinning each end of the fabric. I make incubator covers for a local hospital and had purchased a bolt (24 meters) of flannelette and cut it into 2 1/2 yard pieces and was
about to pre-wash when I remembered this video. It works! Many thanks for sharing this tip. It saved me hours of untwisting and much ironing.

Reader's Show and Tell....

This quilt is called "Monkey In the Middle" It was made for my great nephew Chase. I used the View and Do Diamond Shapes” and a modified version of the ABC quilt pattern. It was the first time I have used your products and love it.


Send in your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!

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More Mini Feathered Stars Pattern

On our New Page this week

Feathered Star Pattern

On our New Page this week

Have a great week everyone.