Paper Chains Spoonflower Fabric

I love tweaking photographs into great fabrics that I can use in my quilts and projects!  Today I’m going to share with you two new fabrics available at my spoonflower shop for you all to enjoy too!


Earlier in the year, Karmen Lindner Photography had a Matilda Jane (order clothes with trunk keeper #450) release party at her studio.  Not only did the girls get to try on all the new clothes – they had a photo shoot too and I got some great pictures of my girls in the MJ clothing!  Anyway – take a close look at the background of the picture and see if anything looks familiar in my new fabrics …

Paper Chain Magic

Paper Chain Magic

paper chains

Paper Chains

I LOVED all the images she captured of my girls using this backdrop but I couldn’t help but see some fabulous fabric using the paper chain images.  I asked Karmen permission to crop out some bits of her photo’s to make some fabric designs which she granted me.  I can’t wait to use these great pastel, geometric, chevron-esque printed fabric in a project!


photos by Karmen Lindner Photography

North Star: Fresh Mini Quilt Club

I’m addicted to mini quilts!  I wanted to share my latest mini quilt top finish with you all tonight. 


This is ‘North Star Mini Quilt’ from Canoe Ridge Creations Fresh Mini Quilt Club.  I was in my ‘red and white’ mode from the August Project QUILTING Challenge when I made this.  I feel like there are so many color combinations that would be great with this pattern!

Now – I just have to quilt it!


Linking up to TGIFF and Finish Up Friday.

Curious Cats Block Tutorial from Guest, Nancy Myers of Patchwork Breeze

I’m thrilled to be introducing you to today’s guest blogger for the 52 Twisted Tradition Blocks Quilt Along!
Our twisted tradition block designer is Nancy A. Myers of Patchwork Breeze!  Before we see which block she ‘twisted’ for us today – let’s find out a little bit more about her.

What is your favorite thing about Quilt Alongs?
I enjoy seeing what others have created, how they interpret a block or idea, and sharing with others. The more the merrier! 
What type of quilter do you consider yourself - traditional, modern, contemporary, other...?
I would call myself eclectic. I learned to quilt by hand with cardboard templates and pencil lines and moved on to using the sewing machine almost exclusively in the past few years.  I have tried many quilting techniques and of late, am trying to combine a few  in a  project. My favorite is kaleidoscope blocks via Bethany Reynolds' Stack 'n Whack technique.  I am always amazed with the unpredictable patterns that are formed. 

What other quilt alongs are you participating in in 2014
I have participated in a few  --  EQ Photo Fun Blog Hop, Think Ruffles with Sew We Quilt. I have only begun finding quilt alongs and haven't had much time to devote to them until now.  I am a member of an on-line art quilting group, Four in Art, which I enjoy. I have participated in some of the exchanges that Bea Lee ( have hosted.

Apples or oranges? 
Well now, is this a trick question? Of course, I have to say APPLES! (I will interpret this question literally.) I like eating apples, making applesauce, and any baked good that has apples in it. They come in so many different colors, flavors and sizes. They grow on all around where I live in western Michigan. And they say, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." 

Favorite Book: 
I discovered Diana Gabaldon's series, "Outlander" in 2000 and have read all 10 of her books. By far, these books are my favorites. They include so much--history, intrigue, romance, mystery, and more. And it is now being produced as a series! 
And without further adieu … let’s check out the 37th block!
cats name
Find out how to make your very own ‘Curious Cats’ block by heading over to Patchwork Breeze and checking out her tutorial!  The mouse fabric in the middle is just too perfect!!!  I can’t wait to get started on my block!
Thanks again Nancy for joining in the fun and sharing with us your ‘twisted’ version of a traditional block!

ooooh... and to top off this great tutorial Nancy is also having a GIVEAWAY!  Head over ASAP!

I can’t wait to see what all your blocks look like!  Be sure to share you blocks and any projects you make using your blocks onto our flickr group: 52 Blocks Quilt Along
Hashtag: #52bTT 


Apple Season In Review

Well, I’ve made it through three weeks of the 2014 apple season.  It’s been full of welcoming new customers and catching up with the regulars.


Our cats and kittens have been a HUGE hit with both the adults and children. 


They seem to like to lay out in a big pile on the couch we have just outside the shop.  IMG_3198

The little Karmen Lindner Photography Library is open for business and kids have been finding new books and treasures to take home to read!


Before the girls started back at school we did our orchard’s photo scavenger hunt.  They had fun for at least a little while. 

IMG_3024Our new honey stick station is a HUGE hit!


And many many pints of raspberries have been picked, consumed and preserved for later consumption and/or processing.

selfie contest - Eleanor

We’re having a #selfie contest for folks who wear our #pleasedontsqueezemyapples t-shirts!  Above is my adorable goddaughter Eleanor going for her chance at the win!

The honeycrisp apples are just about and ready to pick.  Once those get started things are definitely going to get a little crazy at the orchard!  I’ll keep you posted about the exciting happenings!



Bye for now!

Project QUILTING Red and White Winners

My apologies once again for the delaying in picking and sharing the winners with you.  I plead ‘Apple Season’ and I will strive to do better next month!



“Quilting Gift Certificate” for $30.00 off the Quilting on a Baby size quilt or larger. (Baby, Lap, Twin. Full, Queen, or King) from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.

The Gift Certificate will be good for 4 months starting one month after the challenge ends.  Excluding the Month of December for using the gift certificate.  The quilting gift certificate is transferable to another person, so you can share it with a friend, if you’d like.

Marcia will do an estimate based on the size of the winner's quilt top, quilting choices, thread choices, and batting and if they would like to purchase backing fabric from me. Winner can send backing fabric and batting with their quilt top, but I do have it available. This way the winner will have a good estimate of the value of your quilting prize.


Congratulations Quilt Chick – Kelly Kroon!  Pip picked your name!


Marcia would also like to giveaway to a separate winner a prize of one of her original patterns(value $8.00).

Here are the six quilt patterns the winner will get to chose from:

  1. Summer Tomatoes Quilt Pattern – PDF
  2. Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern – PDF
  3. Textures Quilt Pattern – PDF
  4. Quilted Checkbook or Calendar Pattern – PDF
  5. Quilted Pocket Purse – PDF
  6. Turn a Quilt into a Bag Pattern - PDF


Congrats Sharon H!  Capri picked your name!

Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun PQ Fun!

Join in this months Project QUILTING Challenge: Make it a Mini and see if you win!

The Gypsy Wife Quilt Progress

The Gypsy Wife Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell

I’ve talked before about this pattern and I’m so thrilled to be working on it again!  I have decided to take a slightly new approach on blogging about my progress.  I’m going to take a bit more of a methodical route.  There are a lot of different blocks that go into this quilt so let’s take a look at how I’ve progressed.


Here are the blocks I have finished so far!  I’m finding these blocks are easy to squeeze into the few minutes of sewing time I try to find each day! I’m SO going to love this quilt!!!!  With each block I’m falling more and more and more in love with it!

color wheel

Colour Wheel



From the Heart

From the Heart

Hope for Hartford

Hope from Hartford

Crazy Anne

Crazy Anne

Star Block

Star Block

Indian Hatchet

Indian Hatchet

Puss in the Corner  - no border

Puss in the Corner

Puss in the Corner with borders

Puss in the Corner with Border

Nurses Cross

Nurses Cross

Half Square Triangle Block Half Square Triangle

Half Square Triangle Blocks

Old Maid Puzzle Old Maid Puzzle

Old Maid Puzzle

I have all my ‘main’ blocks done!  Now it’s time to get working on the filler blocks!

Filler Blocks

I’ve listed the basic filler blocks below.  Some of these will need borders added, others square in a square borders.  I’ll update the description as things progress. 

Pinwheel Blocks

  • 4 – 4” Blocks
  • 2 – 4” Blocks with borders
  • 1 – 3” Block
  • 2 – 2.5” Blocks

Courthouse Steps

  • 1 – 8” Block
  • 1 - 7” Block
  • 1 – 5” Block
  • 2 – 4” Blocks

Hourglass Blocks

  • 2 – 3” Blocks
  • 1 – 2” Block

Square in a square blocks

  • 1 – 2.5” Block
  • 23 – 3” Blocks
  • 1 – 3.5” Block
  • 10 – 4” Blocks


Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF!

September Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes


It’s apple season – my September goal is super easy.  Make the September Aurifil BOM and the next block


in Pat Sloan’s Globetrotting Mystery Quilt Along.  I’ve managed to keep up thus far this year and I hope to stick to it!  I know it’s not much but at least it will keep me sewing!  See you at the end of the month!

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