Friday, December 24, 2010

T is for...

Okay.  Christmas has taken over, and I apologize for being a slacker.  It seems to be that the day before Christmas, or Christmas Eve....(heavens), is a little on the quiet side and I can put some time into our blog.  So, T is for....Thimble Blossoms!!  If you haven't heard about this awesome pattern company, then welcome to the light, and check out these adorable patterns.  Camile Roskelley, the owner of Thimble Blossoms, is the daughter of Bonnie, the designer of Cotton Way.  Can you say creative family?  Thimble Blossoms patterns range from basic beginner to more experienced, though I would say that she has very well written patterns that anybody can follow.  Here are some of our favorites...
* Coming Soon.  We have this little guy hanging in the store.  Oh my cute.
* A La Mode.  This is one of those amazing patterns that look fantastic, but you won't pull your hair out making it.
* Mama's Boy.  This was one of her first patterns and I would argue, one of my favorites.  A quick whip up for any baby shower.  Just because the name is Mama's Boy, doesn't mean that your little princess can't have one of these.
* Piece of Cake (2).  I love, love, love the original Piece of Cake from Thimble Blossoms, therefore I cannot help but LOVE this sequel.
Speaking of cake, it is almost Christmas, and therefore we need more red in our lives.  Check our this red velvet cake recipe from the one and only Paula Deen.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

S is for...

Skirts!  I think that people are afraid of sewing clothing, including skirts.  Don't be afraid.  Skirts are so much fun!  I have found some fantastic patterns for you all to check out!
*The Nie Nie Skirt by Pink Fig Patterns
*Boutique Chic from Serendipity Studio (LOVE THIS)
*The Audrey Wrap from Fig Tree Quilts  If I am correct, we just got in this adorable brown polka dot.
*Have you seen this book?  Weekend Sewing from Heather Ross  Not only does it have skirts, but so many other cute things.  You seriously need to check this out.
*I am speechless about this recipe.  You are just going to have to check it out.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

R is for....

Ric Rac!  That was an easy one to guess.  Ric rac made be the greatest discovery since Little Debbie Ho Ho's.  There are so many different kinds of ric rac too.
Jumbo, regular, mini, Moda hand-dyed, and velvet are what we have.  The hand-dyed comes in Christmas colors: eggnog and walnut.
*There are SO many adorable things to make with ric rac.  Here are some free patterns for quilts and little girly skirts using ric rac.
*Check out this tutorial for a ric rac flowers.  They are SO cute.  I'm not gonna lie though, I think it kinda looks like a cabbage.
*This car seat tent using ric rac between the layers. This is one of our most popular patterns.
*I am going to throw in some bonus things for you.  More trims
*Pom pom trims.  OH MY GOODNESS.  I live for pom pom trim.  I think I would put it on everything I made if I could.  We carry all the sizes that Riley Blake makes.  Check them out here.
*We also carry crochet trim (adorable), ribbon, and elastic ribbon.
*We have tulle by the yard.  It is on spools, not bolts like Joann's.  It is perfect for skirts, bags, quilts, pillows, and wrapping gifts.
*New to Quilter's Haven.....satin pleated trim.  Oh my beautiful!  This is new from Moda and it comes in pink, cream, blue, and brown.  Just BEAUTIFUL!  I can't find a picture, so you will just need to come in and look and feel it.

Today's recipe is from Paula Deen and Food Network (again).  They have the 12 days of cookies happening right now.  Check it out.  I am particularly interesting in these Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies.

My Goodness!  I almost forgot again!  We have the winner of our journal cover kit!!  Congratulations HEATHER!!!  Come into the store and pick up your kit!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Q is for...

Quilt Soup!!  Did you know that Quilt Soup is owned by Barbra Jones?  Did you know that Barbra Jones is from Bountiful?  Did you know that Barbra teaches classes at our lovely little shop?  SHE DOES!!  She teaches our "Repeat Offenders" class, which is all about applique.  This is a good thing because Quilt Soup specializes in appilque.  Personal Quilt Soup favorites would have to be....

*Cracker Snackers.  This may be one of my favorite quilts to make of all time.  It is so funky and most people don't realize how easy it is to make.  Come in and we will show you.

*Bad Dad.  Love this.  The little cars going around are absolutely adorable.  Great quilt for a playroom. I get so excited just looking at it.
*Smooth Sailing.  Come in and see these little sailor ducks for yourself.  Fabulous thing about this applique, it isn't teeny tiny.
*Table Scraps.  Perfect hodge-podge of colors quilt.  It would look so good in any color-way.  Maybe the relatively new line from American Jane, Punctuation.
*Mable's Table.  This is an old school Quilt Soup pattern.  I remember when it first came out, and I have been in love with it ever since.

Barbra is woman after my own heart.  She has a tab on her page to a different recipe for the month.  This month Healthy Pumpkin Soup.  Check it out.  We love you Barbra!

Monday, November 29, 2010

P is for....

Pincushions!! Yay!  Pincushions are so much fun.  I am a firm believer that one can never have too many pincushions.  One for every season.  Even better one for every month.  Oh yeah.  Here are some of our favorites.
*Fresh Picked by Heather Bailey.  Love this update on an older classic.  Not only is there a pattern for a pear, but included is a strawberry, tomato, and an apple.

*Larry the Lamb from Hatched and Patched.  Oh man this little guy is adorable.

*A Little Bird Told Me from Wooden Spool Designs.  And I have great news.  We have kits.  And they come with the wooden spool the little birdie sits on.

*Just in time for Christmas, I have a little treat for you. From Moda Bake Shop: Peppermint Swirl Pincushion
Perfect gift for all your girlfriends.

*P is also for peppermint.  I found, just for you guys, Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies, to go along with your pincushion.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

O is for....

Owls.  These little guys are the hottest thing right now, as I am sure you all know.  And we love love love them.  I bet you didn't realize how many owl items we have in the store.  Let's start out with the newest owl based fabric line, Hooty Hoot from Riley Blake.  I love their eyes.  Not only does this line have adorable owl but it has some great coordinates.  I think my favorite would be the argyle.
Oh my gosh.  I am so excited about this pattern.  It is called Remember Who Loves You by Acorn Quilt Company. I am serious when I say that you need to come into the store and look at the sample.  Warning though: you will love it.  AND we have kits.

Bunny Hill Designs has come up with the cutest little pincushion.  Bitty Owl is made from yummy wool and your favorite scraps.

Are you ready for this?  I am about to spill some top secret information.  Fine....maybe not top secret but exciting nonetheless.  We have more owl inspired items coming in.  A line from Moda and Momo Designs?  Maybe.  Squishy stuffed owls?  Perhaps.  I am going to give you a Thanksgiving gift.  Consider it a kickoff to Christmas.  Meet Owlivia.  Sooo cute.
I'm dying to make this.  If you have the hankering to make this chocolatey goodness, let us know how it goes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

N is for...

Notions!  Oh my goodness I apologize for being such a slacker.  It takes a major blizzard to get me back into the groove.  Today's post will hopefully help you find some good ideas for some stocking stuffers.  Take some notes and give them to....."Santa".  Here are some of the top favorites of our employees.

*Aurifil Thread.  Everybody that uses it swears by it.  So beautiful.  So fine.
* Precision Trimmer by Feathered Star Productions.  Yes it is also the same name as a facial hair trimmer...more importantly Jan here at work loves hers.  Great for squaring up your blocks
*If you have been to the store lately you will have seen the mini black and white scissors by the cash register. Perfect stuffer.  AND they are $4.95.
*Blinding clips.  I used to wear these in my hair.  It is slightly weird for me to see them as binding clips, but they work great.  And Moda has a tutorial to make cute ones, here.
*New blades.  New blades are the most wonderful treat.  Somebody gives you new love them forever.  Especially if it is a 5 pack.....which we carry.

*If you haven't looked outside lately, I hate to break it to's a blizzard out there.  One of my favorite things on earth, hot apple cider.  Look here for a fantastic recipe.  Soooo gooood.

Friday, November 19, 2010

M is for...!  Yeah!  The Moda rep dropped by the store yesterday.  It's all top-secret, but I can tell you that spring is going to bring some seriously good-looking lines of fabric.  Oh man.  I can tell you that we have some beautiful collections coming soon from them within the next few weeks and months.  I can't get links directly to the lines, but if you go here you can check out all the new from Moda.  Sadly, we can't them all, but it is fun to look.
*We already have Bliss from Camille and Bonnie.  We have jellyrolls, charm packs, and layer cakes.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
*Breakfast at Tiffany's by Fig Tree Quilts.  We have the pre-cuts for the collection, but not the bolts yet.  They should be coming in a little while.  Absolutely beautiful.
*You might have seen the bundles of Lily and Will from Bunny Hill Designs.  Maybe some of the delicious baby fabric.  It doesn't have to be baby, but we do have many patterns for little ones using it.

I don't want to give away all the new stuff we have coming in, but I promise it is going to be good.  Another good Moda thing I love Moda Bake Shop.  Check out today.  It is the most amazingly beautiful ruffled curtain.  LOVE IT!

Again, Paula Deen has come to our rescue with these Magical Peanut Butter Cookies.  It says to use a baking sugar substitute, I don't know I really like sugar.  :)  Either way.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

L is for...

Laminated fabric! I love laminated fabric.  I think it is completely underrated.  It used to be that the only choices were thick and stiff.  Times have changed!  Laminated fabric is so much fun to work with and so many different projects are possible.  Bags, tablecloths, curtains, diaper changing station covers, and raincoats.  Yes the same raincoat I was talking about yesterday.  The Little Splashes Hooded Raincoat.
And the adult version, Rainy Days Hooded Raincoat.
We have so many different prints from so many different designers.  Such as Amy Butler.
Heather Bailey.
Anna Maria Horner.

Come in and take a look.  Just like the home decor weight, laminated fabric is 25% off! Another good tid bit of news.  We are having another giveaway!  Yay!  This time we will be giving away a journal cover kit.  So, leave your name, email address, and what you most want for Christmas in the comments and we will pick a winner at the end of the week.  Good luck!
Now, go and make yourself some lava cakes!  It is super cold outside and you are going to need something hot and gooey.

Monday, November 15, 2010

K is for...

Kids! Kids?  Yes, today we are going to feature these little people.  We love children's patterns and prints.  I have SO many different patterns and links to share with you we are just going to jump right into it.
Little girl skirts are one of the funnest things to make.  They are bite size and incredibly adorable. We love the Girly Stripwork pattern from Pink Fig. (Did you know that she is from Utah?)
Next up we have something for all of you that have handsome little boys.  Boys are fun in a way that girls can't reach.  Take a look at these Little Guy Ties from Little Londyn.  We love this pattern because it has different kinds and sizes of ties for every taste.  There is even a bonus pattern for Dad.
Who doesn't love Buggy Barn?  I do.  A lot.  They are a classic in the quilt world and for a while now, have a pattern book out with children's quilts.  It is called Those Crazy Kids.
If you haven't heard of Melly and Me, then I am sorry for what I am about to show you.  There is no going back now.  They have a book.  Kaleidescope.
Going quickly back to boys.  I have the perfect book for mothers/grandmothers/anybody with an adorable little boy in their life.  It is A Boy's Story from Hatched and Patched.  Come in and look through it.
Riley Blake has come out with some dangerously cute things lately.  One of the more recent.  Crochet flowers.  And we have them.  They are waiting for you.  How cute would they be with a little girl dress or bag? They come in so many fun colors.

The last pattern I am going to leave you with is Amy Butler's Little Splashes Raincoat.  I am not going to tell you much because it is going to lead into tomorrow's post.  Stay tuned. Ha ha ha ha.

I was thinking hard about what recipe to leave you for our Kids post.  And I think I might do something slightly unorthodox for this blog.  I am going to send you to this website.  Jessica Seinfield (yes funny guy Jerry's wife) wrote a cookbook a few years back called Deceptively Delicious.  I bought it.  I love it.  Here is a snippet from it.  It is all about cooking for your family in a healthy way that they will love.  Especially little ones.  Try it out!

Meet Me Monday- Kris

Kris, this is everyone (out there in the blog-o-sphere). Everyone, this is Kris.

How long have you worked at Quilter's Haven?Oh man. I used to work here for a few month when I was in high school. Then I left to work at a different (un-named) quilt store for five years (forgive me!). I started back at Quilter's Haven in August 2010.

What days do you typically work?
Thursday mornings, Friday & Saturday

Favorite color:
If we go Crayola style... inchworm green. I also love grey. And aqua. And red... and peach.

Favorite dessert:
My heart broke the day Haagen0Daz stopped making their Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Chunk ice cream. I'm still trying to recover.

Favorite fabric line in the shop right now:
Anything Amy Butler or Riley Blakes' Domestic Divas.
What/who got you into quilting or sewing?
My mom (Jan, who also works here!)/granny. Just happened. Lots of clothing construction in high school.

Sewing project you are most proud of:
Uh... Proud? Not sure. Awesome? A sweet baby bag. Love bags. Love babies. Have many bags. No babies.

Share an embarrassing or funny story that happened at work:
Back in high school when I was here, somebody bumped into me while I was cutting with the rotary cutter (and I seriously mean somebody bumped into me, this is not code for I slipped). I sliced my thumb wide open! I nearly fainted and couldn't look at it. I drove home holding my finger above my head and out the window. My mother wrapped it up good and I still have a scar.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

J is for....

Journal covers.  Beautifully handmade fabric journal covers. We have put together kits for journal covers that include the journal!  The ones in the store we have are made from the fabric line Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket.

 This is just a piece from the line (yes, we still have it on the bolt, but not much).  We just the coordinates and then fussy cut the toasters out.  So cute.  Here what the journal cover looks like.  It isn't in these fabrics but it is the style.  Out of the two, the kit is for the nothing but striped journal.

Both are SO cute.  Once you get the kit, you can make one for yourself and use the pattern to make some for Christmas gifts.  Good idea?  I think so.  If you find that Early Bird isn't your cup of tea, then we can get the single pattern for you.
You could use the journal to write down all these yummy recipes we are giving you.  Like this version of jam print cookies.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I is for...

Ironing board covers!  First off, sorry this is such a late post.  Goodness.  It was a busy, busy day.   Okay, back to ironing boards.  We love the idea of cute covers!  Have you seen the one we have in the store?  It is made from Riley Blake's Domestic Diva.  (Yes, THE Domestic Diva)  The pattern is Cotton Way's Patchwork Ironing Board Covers.  So easy and so cute.

I am extremely excited about this recipe.  Inside-out Caramel Apples, I think this might be what causes me to get a gym pass.  They are so good and extra easy because of the pastry sheets. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

H is for...

Home Decor fabrics!!   We have some fantastic home dec weight fabric in the store.  They are located right in front of the red cutting counter.  I would say that about half of them are Amy Butler's from her Love collection (if you look toward the bottom of the page you can see the home decor weight fabric, we have most but not all).  We even carry my own personal favorite print from Love.  How beautiful would that be for a bag? Coat?  Crib bedding?!

We carry this fun raincoat pattern from Amy Butler that can be made from the home dec fabric.

Remember the post yesterday about shower curtains?  Home dec fabric would be fabulous! Also, the bag post.  Amy Butler's Style Stitches, a few call for heavy weight fabric (home decor)
Now that you are all so excited about the home decor fabric, I have good news.  Right now, all Home Decor fabric is 25% OFF!  Holy Hannah I know.  You better come in and check it out!!

Recipe?  Of course.  I wouldn't leave ya hanging.  Homemade Sweet Potato Fries! Thank you Paula Deen, thank you.