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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sunshine and Shadows Day!

Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow so six more weeks of winter for us!  Although his track record isn't all that great, those "Crazy Flakes" will be around a bit longer I'm afraid!   It's another gorgeous bright sunny day, great for seeing your shadow and playing shadow tag, but since it's so cold, I believe I'll stay indoors and sew! Now until the snow melts, the "Crazy Snow Days" book will be 25% OFF! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

All new Crazy Cats! You CAN still get this look!

"New" Crazy Cats
Many of you have been lamenting the loss of the Crazy Cats pattern, since both Buggy Barn books, "That Crazy Thing We Do" and "Undeniably Crazy" are no longer in print (although you may still be able to find them out there!).  I've been referring you all to my new "Crazy Favorite Things" book for brand new cat and flower blocks, but many didn't think you could get the same look....

I must admit, I figured that instead of Chicks in the Garden, you'd make Cats in the Garden!  I really like the new flower since it has pieced stems and leaves.  But it's human nature to want what we can't have, so I've been pondering the dilemma, primarily that the new flower doesn't cut down well without cutting off the lower leaf.  Then the light bulb went off and I realized we could use the "Summer Blooms" block out of "Crazy at the Cabin"; these blocks work even though the block is significantly bigger than the original flower (by 3").

"New" Cat and Flower Blocks
So this is what you're going to do to get the old quilt "look" using the new blocks:
1.  Make 12 cat blocks following the directions in "Crazy Favorite Things" except for the shuffling:  For these cat blocks, the cat body, head and tail will all be the same fabric so for all of these pieces (steps 5A and 5C) put the top fabric on the bottom.  Follow steps 5B for the stripes and 5D for the background as written.
2. If you want to add whiskers to the cats, cut 3" strips of mini ric-rac.  Select three pieces, stack and stitch into bundles of 3 whiskers each as show below that you will sandwich at the top corners of the cat nose as you stitch the blocks together.

3.  After piecing the blocks, stitch a strip of the leftover portion of your fat quarter to the right side of each block so there is background fabric on the right side of the tail.
4.  Square the cat blocks to 11-1/2" wide x 13-1/2" high.
5.  For the flowers, select 6 light and 6 dark (reds and purples) fat quarters and make 12 Summer Bloom blocks following the directions in the "Crazy at the Cabin" book.  These blocks are squared to 9-1/2" as indicated in the book.  
6.  For the eight vertical flowers, stitch a 4-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle of the corresponding background fabric to the bottom of each block.  For the two horizontal blocks, stitch a 2-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle of corresponding background fabric to the bottom of each block.  The long horizontal flower (underneath a cat and a flower center left of the quilt) has one 7-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle of the corresponding background fabric added to the bottom and a 4-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle added to the top. Add wool stems, leaves, and centers.  The center templates are found in the book.  Here is a scan of the stem and leaf I used:

7.  Stitch the blocks together as shown below, stitching the seams in the order as numbered in the diagram.  Then ta-da! There you have it; a very good replica of the original Buggy Barn Crazy Cats!!

New One Sister Crazy Cats

Old Buggy Barn Crazy Cats, both designed and pieced by me   :-)

I hope this helps those of you who can't find a book; it gives you an option anyway!  And remember, NONE of the Buggy Barn books will be reprinted!  WHEN THEY'RE GONE THEY'RE GONE.  See my website for those still in publication.  If they aren't shown/listed in the STORE then they are no longer available.  Many of the book titles are getting low, so please, if you have been wanting a certain Buggy Barn title, don't wait until it's too late!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Americana Star

Have you gotten your Spring Edition of Primitive Quilts and Projects?  If not, you better get one!  Be sure to check out my "Americana Star" quilt made with an assortment of fabrics from my recent lines (except for the border ticking!)  The quilt is 60" square and kits are available! 

It remains cold and clear and we've got just enough snow for the wind to blow it all into the roads and close the roads!  We haven't been snowed in, but both my sister Kathy and Gloria but have been- even the county plows got stuck on both of their roads!  All this snow makes it a bit difficult for Murphy, my dog, to bolt out the door and sprint across the yard out into the pasture to protect his secret stash of apples from marauding wildlife!   I've yet to see anything out there but he likes us to know he's the "Big Dog" ha! 
Crazy Dog Block from Crazy Favorite Things
My son Zack thinks the apples must have fermented and that's why Murphy is such a goof-ball:  he's been eating too many fermented apples! There's not much entertainment around here in the winter!  We have to get it where we can!  Thankfully Murphy is around to entertain us!  I've been busy piecing and will share that with you next time! Until then, stay warm and keep stitching!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cherry Blossoms in Winter

It's seriously cold here, dangerously cold they tell us, and I can believe it as I sit here all decked out in my long underwear and snow clothes!  The cold wind doth blow.... all the heat right out of the barn!  Thank goodness my newest fabric line, "Cherry Blossoms" has arrived to bring a bit of springtime to this bitterly cold day! I love this fabric-it's truly is a beautiful line! Working with it brings me joy and warms my heart (if not my toes!)  Sandi McKell used this line and made this lovely churn dash table runner out of the "Crazy Favorite Things" book.  I really love this tall skinny churn dash block- I keep thinking a need to set the blocks as a quilt  instead of a runner! 

Gloria made up this scrappy version of "Wish Upon a Star" from the "Crazy at the Cabin" looks so different than the one in the book! What a difference fabric and placement can make!   And of course the linen closet creams look great with this line, as seen in this quilt!

There's a great bunch of plaids with this group that I think adds so much! I did just notice that my photo is missing a couple of my favorite plaids...this is a photo of my production samples so my favorites must have gotten used up!  But check out the entire collection on my site! 

 The free, downloadable,  project sheets are very cute and I do have kits available for these as well!  

The Big Book of Table Toppers from Martingale has this lovely quilt designed by Cheryl Wall.  She made it out of my "In the Pink" line but this table topper would be wonderful made from Cherry Blossoms!

What a spot of sunshine these fabrics bring to this snowy winter landscape!  And what a great time of year to be quilting! Everyone stay warm and keep stitching!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Crazy Moose Messages from Crazy at the Cabin
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Just like this Merry Christ-moose, hope you are all decorated, with presents wrapped, and Santa's cookies made!  If you are anything like me, that is a bit of wishful thinking, but I hope to be baking and wrapping later today!  

"Seeing Red" from Crazy or Not
 The decorations (quilts) are hung by the chimney with care...but I do have a hard time deciding which quilts go where!

"Believe" from Stir Crazy

Or, maybe this one?

The quilts on the ladder from top to bottom are: "Oh Christmas Tree" from Undeniably Crazy (out of print), "Going in Circles" from "Certifably Crazy" (also out of print), "Countdown to Christmas" from "Completely Crazy" (Yeah! it's available!), and at the bottom is what I believe is called "Christmas Quilt" by Cheri Saffiote Payne.  

This year these are the two quilts that will be on the boy's beds (another thing on my to-do list but Ross won't be here until late Thursday night so I have time!)
"We've Been Good All Year" from Still Crazy

"Santa Baby" from Positively Crazy

 Or maybe this one.....I just can't decide!

"Up on the Housetop" from Completely Crazy

Kathy Woods generously got this Crazy Chiristmas Tree quilt all quilted in time for Christmas! This quilt was made using the tree block from "Crazy Favorite Things".  Now I just need to get the binding on and it will be ready for a long winter's nap!  I'm planning on doing a red, green, and cream candy cane binding from my leftover portions of fat quarters similar to the one shown above on "Up on the Housetop".  

This binding looks difficult, but it's really easy!  Just cut 2-1/2" strips and stitch them together lengthwise, alternating the colors red, cream, green, red, cream, green, to make a strip set.  Or for two-colored binding, just red, cream, red, cream. Then, cut 2-1/2" wide bias binding strips from the strip sets.  The one thing about using the leftovers from the fat quarters, the strips are only half as long, about 21", instead of full 42" long width of fabric strips, so I would recommend piecing two similar colored strips (i.e. cream) together lengthwise and then make the strip set from these longer strips. That is my "Merry Christmas" hint to share with all of you!

I do hope you're all enjoying your own holiday season, and may it be full of blessings and joy! Know that I count each of you as a blessing and thank you for your friendship and support!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas too!

Countdown to Christmas kit
I'm almost through with my second year in business as One Sister, and want to thank all of you for your faithful and loyal support!  And to help you get a jump on your holiday gift giving, now through November 30th, 

enter coupon code: 
to receive 20% off your entire purchase! 

I've just added gift cards to the site at the top of the home page, and this discount code will apply to all gift cards purchased, so you can purchase a $100 gift card for only $80!  But only until November 30th!


Gloria just made this Crazy Christmas Tree quilt for, too, can get into the holiday spirit and make this quick and fun Crazy Christmas Trees using the tree block pattern from Crazy Favorite Things!  

Be sure to check out my newest fabric line "Folk Art Flannels" and all of the beautiful Japanese taupes that are a recent addition to the site!  There are also many new kits and notions and books, oh my!  

May your season be bright, and thank you for the many blessings you've brought to my life!


Friday, November 18, 2016

It just never slows down around here!

It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I've chatted with you all, but there's been a lots going on!  First off, let me share with you that I'm so excited that my new flannel line "Folk Art Flannels" has arrived!  Can't wait to start piecing the project for this line-it's next on my to-list! But before allowing myself  to piece, I needed to get everything added to my website so you all can check it out!  

New from Yoko Saito!
In addition to the new flannel line, I've added new products from market, including great new books by Yoko Saito, including "Yoko Saito's Quilts & Projects from my Favorite Fabrics".  I, too, love the Japanese taupes and centenary fabrics and have a terrible compulsion to collect them....not by the yard or half yard...oh no, for me it's by the bolt!  In my defense, they are a bit hard to find, so I've finally decided to share and have added nearly every bolt so that you can collect them also! Click here to start, or add to, your collection!  

My booth at market
Tom & I had fun at market and it was fun to see everyone in addition to finding fun new projects! And the special quilt displays are always great fun to see!  This was the second year that Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine sponsored a "Primitive and Folk Art Quilts" exhibit, and my second year to help judge the quilts to be used in the exhibit, so imagine my surprise when I came around the corner and saw my "Folk Art Blooms" quilt made by Georgia Suwanee with a third place ribbon!  Congratulations Georgia!  Check out the quick video I made of several of the quilts in the exhibit!  It was a very nice exhibit this year! 


After got home from market, I turned around and left to go teach crazy piecing in Molson, WA.  There was a great group of ladies and all were very successful.  Here are a few pictures of the ladies with their blocks!  From the top left and going clockwise, the quilts are "Crazy Goose Chase" from Certifiably Crazy, "Poker Run" from Crazy Fun N Games, "Crazy Little Teapots" from Still Crazy,"What a Hoot" from Crazy at the Cabin, "Let is Snow" from Crazy Snow Days, and "Chicks in the Garden" from Crazy Favorite Things.  I've been having lots of fun teaching!  I taught closer to home in October in Deer Park at Ed & Jean's Quilt Shop and in Helena, MT at the Prickly Pear.  It's been fun having students piecing from both old Buggy Barn books and the new One Sister books! Be sure to check out my teaching schedule under the "Classes" heading to see if I'll be teaching near you!

I've even had first time crazy piecers in class making "Moose Messages", and even though there are a lot more pieces per block, they did just fine!  It was my sister Kathy's birthday this week, so this moose message is very appropriate!  Along with sister Sue and our spouses (and Zack!), we all got together for dinner and this sister selfie! 

It's hard to believe that it's been an entire year ago this week that we had a huge storm that knocked out power and damaged homes across the area, ours included. The house, garage, and barn all got new roofs toward the end of summer, and this week the contractor is finally in to repair the water damage to son Ross's bedroom and the kitchen.  And that means saying goodbye to the Arizona Wildcats red and blue color scheme in his bedroom!  Darn!  The contractors aren't quite done, and I don't have my kitchen and front room back yet but I'm still hopeful that I'll be able to get cleaned up and cook for Thanksgiving dinner!  So as I count my blessings this year, know that I've counted each of you! Take care, and blessings of the season!