Grand Opening Giveaway: Bliss, Fandango, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Life’s A Hoot

I thought that would get your attention.

In honor of my huge Grand Opening this past weekend, of course there needs to be a HUGE giveaway! Four (yes, FOUR) lucky winners will be randomly chosen to receive ONE of the following prizes:

Bliss Fat Quarter Stack

Fandango Layer Cake

Life’s A Hoot Stack Pack (10″ squares)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Charm Pack

Do you want to win? Of course you do! And it’s really, really, easy.

Just visit my shop and come back and tell me which of the patterns there is your favorite. Then, tell me what kind of quilt you would love to see a pattern for. Do you wish there were more Queen sized patterns? More throws? More patterns that are super girly? More “small” home decor projects? Tell me, tell me!

Giveaway ends Monday, October 11th at 10pm, MST. Winner will be announced Tuesday morning.

I hope you win!


Prairie Grass Patterns: Fall 2010 Debut Patterns are Here!

Inspired by pinwheels blowing on a hot summer day, Dancing in the Wind is the perfect scrappy quilt for cloud watching. Be sure to lay on it out in the open where you can feel the breeze!

The Long and Short of It:
62×85 (Twin)

Perfect for using up scraps or your favorite 2½” strip precut (35+).

Cover fabric: Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda

With so many beautiful fabrics out there, I love that this pattern can show off so many at one time! Grammy’s Scrap Basket is easier than it looks, and works up in a hurry. A perfect quilt for a sweet new baby, featuring an optional first and middle or last name. Applique templates for both boy and girl shapes are included.

The Long and Short of It:
39×51 (Crib)

Perfect for using up scraps, or your favorite 1½” precuts. (40+)

Fabric is Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

Perfect for staying warm and cozy on a fall evening, Little Lanterns is an innovative pattern that uses simple blocks to create a beautiful quilt that looks much more complex than it really is. Reminds me of little paper lanterns on the porch at our “Hooray It’s Fall!” party.

No Y seams.

The Long and Short of It:
53×67 (Throw)

A great way to use up stash fabrics, or your favorite 2½” strip precut.

Fabric is Cotton Blossoms by Bonnie and Camille for Moda

A fun and versatile twist on a classic argyle, this quilt uses ribbon for the stripes, instead of piecing. There are so many possibilities: Camouflage fabric with twill tape stripes, satins and velvets with sequin stripes, or some good old fashioned flannels with grosgrain. Any way you mix it, this one’s a knockout!

The Long and Short of It:
Finished Size: 59×72

Can be made with various yardage, or precut 10″ squares (20).

Fabric is Life’s a Hoot by Tammy Andersen for Adorn It Just Sew

Based on my popular pattern “Grammy’s Scrap Basket,” Scrap Basket {Remix} uses the same simple techniques to make a fun and flexible twin size quilt.

The Long and Short of It:
65×87 (Twin)

Fabric is Hooty Hoot Kangaroo by Doohickey Designs for Riley Blake.

Coming Soon: Prairie Grass Patterns!

It’s so close I can hardly stand it!

Prairie Grass Patterns!

Finally, finally, after over a year of work, work, WORKING, my patterns are nearly ready to see the light of day, and meet all of you! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been doing, and to tell you all about the awesome fabric companies who “sponsored” my covers. Watch for spotlights on Moda, Michael Miller, Riley Blake, & Adorn It! Thanks so much to these companies for helping me have beautiful, current (FALL 2010!) fabric for my covers. In the next week or two, I’ll highlight the fabric lines that I used for my covers, so you can see some of these great fabrics, and the amazing companies who produce them!

But first, of course a few dates!

October 1st: The big reveal! Patterns available for pre-sale. (Yahoo!)

October 15th: Patterns begin shipping to all pre-orders!

I hope you’re as excited as I am. I can’t wait!

My first order with Fat Quarter Shop

I finally caved and allowed myself to put things in my cart at Fat Quarter Shop. Then, I actually bought what was in my cart, and everything. Honestly, I think it was the most expensive purchase I have ever made. Not because the contents of my cart really amount to a whole lot, but because I have a feeling this is the beginning of a long and pricey relationship.

After making my purchases (with a grin on my face the entire time), I realized that I had made a mistake. See, I was ordering some yardage for my pattern tester, who lives 2 hours (or so) from me. I had wanted that yardage to be shipped to her, not me. As soon as I realized my mistake I began cringing and bracing myself for dealing with a company’s customer service department. Because, as we all know, calling a company to get a mistake fixed is a lesson in patience, perseverance, and restraint. Oh, and hopefully you have unlimited minutes on your cell phone plan, ’cause you’re going to be on hold a long time, baby.

I grabbed my trusty phone, looked up the phone number, and began dialing right away. Best to tear the band-aid off quickly, you know? I got a pen and paper to start doodling, and suddenly there was a voice on the other end of the line.


No answering machine? No neverending list of “Press 1 if you would like to be placed on hold for the rest of your life…”?

I had the pleasure of speaking to Cheryl, who was as delightful as can be. She listened to my plight without interrupting, clarified my request, and then said she’d handle it and email me with the tracking number as soon as she had it.

I was off the phone in less than 5 minutes, and sure enough, I received an email less than 30 minutes later with the details of the order change, and the applicable tracking numbers.

I should receive my yardage early next week, and if my experience so far with Fat Quarter Shop is anything to go on, I’m sure I will be extremely pleased with what I receive.

This my friends is what customer service is all about.

I’ve never actually lived in an era where politeness was expected, where courtesy was actually common. So, when (every-so-often) I find someone who reminds me that treating your customers kindly is not only decent, but a smart business strategy, I’m surprised that more people don’t follow suit.

Two thumbs way up to Fat Quarter Shop–you’ve won me over. You’ll be an expensive friend, for sure, but entirely worth it. Thanks for a simply charming experience.

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