Thursday, December 13, 2012


What's a Flash Sale?  It's a limited time sale that can save you a lot of money! 

FLASH SALE! Use code FLASH33 at checkout to save 33% off your ENTIRE order!

Must use code at checkout in the coupon box. Offer good until 11:59pm CT 12/14/12 at Due to the nature of the sale, I will not be able to accommodate Custom Orders or shipping adjustments, while supplies last, in stock items only. Not valid on previous purchases. No refunds for excess shipping over what is stated on your checkout screen. No refunds if you did not apply code at checkout. You may use this code multiple times, please feel free to share the code with friends.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving, a Free Gift and Upcoming SALE!

In order for you to plan your shopping and figure out the best deal for you, I thought I would let you know what the plan for the rest of the week is.  Black Friday will be 25% off everything (use code SAVE25OFF), Shop Small Saturday & Sunday will be 10% off the entire site (use code FAB10) and Cyber Monday will be FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING (use code FREESHIPBF) (Domestic United States shipments only; no other coupon codes accepted including the Returning Customer Coupon Code). As always, you must use your code at checkout in order to receive the discount and only one code per order.

Also, every purchase will get a sweet little Free Gift (pink buttons!) with their purchase (while supplies last) starting tomorrow:

Thank you for your patronage and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

HUGE Inventory Reduction Sale - Starts Today!

I have created a new section in the shop - "SALE / CLEARANCE" and am in the process of marking down HUNDREDS of yards of fabrics, trims and patterns.  Great deals starting at just $1.00!  Many designer quilting cottons that were a MSRP of $10.50/yard are deeply discounted to get them out the door and into new, loving homes.  (Seriously, I need to make room!).
For example,  Thimbleberries - were $9.99/yard, now $5.00 yard.  This fabric is like butter to sew with (except less messy), it makes beautiful projects!


As always, please be aware that these fabulous deals are excluded from and combined shipping refunds, what you see at checkout for shipping is the shipping cost.  Even with that in mind, the deals are FANTASTIC and I will be adding several new items to this section throughout the week, please check back!

Have a great week, everyone!
 - Melissa

Friday, October 26, 2012

Not At Quilt Market.... sigh...

Ah, that fine semi-annual fest of fabric is upon us and it is with a heavy heart that I report that I am not there in the flesh.  Quilt Market is the quilt industry's Trade Show.  THE place to get the inside track on all things new and fresh for store owners, professional quilters and pattern makers from vendors from all over the world. 

I certainly wish I was there but it was not meant to be.  In the meantime, I will live vicariously through tweets, instagram, facebook and blog updates.  I do have a regional "Quilt Market" to go to on November 12th with my local Sales Reps.  It's not the same, but I am looking forward to seeing new samples in person. 

I have been adding new fabrics to the shop this week.  I have also been organizing and am hoping to start doing a massive markdown on some stock soon.   As always, search the shop for the word "SALE" to find the best deals or click this link:  TAKE ME TO THE MARKDOWNS

Finally, I am on Pinterest!  Follow my sewing board here and the quilting board here.

Have a great weekend friends!
 - Melissa

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Soft Wubby Tutorial and Dumpster Diving Braless

I finally have a new tutorial!!!! Yea me! I remember how clever I thought it was that Melissa came up with the name "Tuesday Tutorial".  I can't do it!  It is way too much pressure to have deadlines.  I have really great intentions and then life happens.  Now we will have "Surprise....It Is A Tutorial" day.  Or...Finally the damn project is done day....

I have to tell you about my Tuesday and exactly why this tutorial was not done on time. O.k. sit back, grab a Diet Coke, and prepare to feel much better about yourself.  Monday night Thing 3 came home from school in tears.  Thing 3 is a perfectionist.  She is and overachiever.  She suffers from severe anxiety.  She had been working on a project for a week.  It was due that day (Monday).  She put it in her bag before she left for school.  Monday is band day so she went to band at a different school than she attends.  After band she rode the bus to her school.  She got to school.  She went to her locker. She pulled out her books and went to get her project and guess what......(drum roll please....) It was not in her bag.  She had lost it somewhere between the house and her locker.  She was devastated.  She got detention. (When the kids don't have their homework they get detention.  Her life was ruined.  I talked to her and got her calmed down. Next, I called the teacher and explained that she did have the project done but it had fallen out of her bag at band.  I asked her to go look in the car and I would call the bus barn and have the bus driver check and see if it had fallen out on the bus.  It was too late to call the school.  We came up empty handed.  Tuesday morning I got up and went to the school that she has band at.  The office staff was less than helpful.  I was saying really nasty words in my mind. I found the band teacher and together we looked everywhere! I looked in the trash in the band room.  I looked through the trash in the auditorium where they set their bags.  I looked through the trash on the janitors cart! We looked in every spot that Thing 3 had been in.  We called the night janitor and asked if he had found it. The project was a legal sized piece of white paper rolled in a tube.  (If you unrolled it, it was obvious it was a project.  Rolled, it looked like trash) I was pretty sure it had been thrown away.  We looked for a good hour for it. Next stop was the bus barn.  I went and looked all over the bus.  I dug through the trash on the bus (If you are counting I have looked through no fewer than 3 nasty trash cans full of chewed gum and used tissues.) and came up empty handed.  I was devastated for Thing 3.  I got in the car and got ready to leave when out of the corner of my eye I saw a white tube tucked into the door pocket!  I. Was. Ticked.  I had to go to Target and then I was going to go home and shower.  I am walking into Target trying to come up with the most vile chores for Thing 3 to do in payment for my lost morning when I caught my reflection in the glass.  I had forgotten my bra.  You might be thinking, "oh, that can't be that bad...she probably had on a baggy shirt."  I could not be that lucky.  I had on a fitted shirt that showed my poor saggy self in all its glory.  I had talked to the principal.  I had talked to 4 teachers.  I had talked to the bus driver.  I had gone to Target.  The day didn't get better.  That my friends is why this is now a Thursday Tutorial!

Drum roll please..........................................

Soft Wubby Blanket
I am always on the lookout for cute ideas for baby gifts.  My talented friend Angela McKellar came up with this cute little blanket.  I call it the Soft Wubby.  It is a small, lightweight quilt, with no batting, and Minky on the back.  I can whip one of these up in less than and hour!
(This will make 2 blankets)

5 (five) 1/4 yard cuts of coordinating prints
1 (one) 3/4 yard cut of a coordinating print
1 yard cut of Minky
coordinating thread

Step 1
* cut each of the 5 ( five) 1/4 yard prints into several pieces 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
* cut 1/4 yard off of your 3/4 yard print.  Set the remaining 1/2 yard aside for the binding
* cut the remaining 1/4 yard print into several pieces 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
You should now have 6 stacks of different prints
Step 2
* Sew 4 different strip sets using three different prints in each row.

Step 3
* You should now have 4 strip sets.  Each strip set should contain 3 different blocks. Press.
* Sew the rows together.  Your top will be 3 block across (width) and 4 rows down (length)
* Press

Step 4
* Measure your top.  Add 1 inch to each side measurement. Cut Minky for the back.
* Lay the Minky on a flat surface, fuzzy side facing down and wrong side up.
* Spray the WRONG side of the Minky with a basting spray. Lay the quilt top on the Minky. Wrong sides  together.  Smooth out all the wrinkles.

Step 5
* Choose a decorative stitch such as a zig zag (I like the wavey stitch) and sew across each seam.  This will anchor the top and the bottom together.
(This is the back.)
Step 6
* Measure your quilt and cut your binding.  Bind using your favorite method.  I never hand tack my binding because these Soft Wubby blankets get used alot! I find that when I sew it on with the machine it is much more durable.

Step 7
* Find a cute baby that needs a cute little Wubby to cuddle!
This cute little boy Wubby is made using various fabrics from
The little girl version is made using Weekends Go By Bike by Erin McMorris for Free Spirit

These blankets are perfect for the car seats, the stroller, and just general snuggling.  They are lightweight and so very soft!  Happy Sewing!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Sometimes Life is Hard.

I woke up this morning, got my kids off to school, and started to clean my bathroom.  I had to stop because I felt the need to write.  Life is very crazy at our house right now.  It is always crazy but right  now, there is so much extra on our plates.  I want to talk to you all about Thing 1.

Thing 1 is an absolutely beautiful, wonderful, strong, happy, resilient, young lady.  I wish I could take credit for her but I can't.  You see, I did not give birth to Thing 1.  I love her like I did...In a lot of ways I feel like I love her with a fierce intensity because I DID NOT give birth to her.  Thing 1 was taken from her mother at birth.  My husbands parents were foster parents to her and then adopted her.  She was the baby that every time someone met her and found out she was a foster child they wanted to adopt her.  My in-laws held onto her tightly.  My mother-in-law was diabetic.  When Thing 1 was 9ish my mil's health started to decline.  Thing 1 watched her go from being a vibrant and strong to watching her go on dialysis and eventually bedridden.  Thing 1 was at home while her mom was under the care of hospice and eventually died.  I still cry when I think of this sweet 11 year old girl calling me and telling me that her mom couldn't tell her she loved her anymore.  We knew Thing 1 would be ok because she had her dad.  She was the CENTER of her dad's world.  Shortly after my mil died we noticed that my father-in-law (fil) was becoming forgetful.  We talked them into moving close to us. We started to see my fil declining and soon he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  Thing 1 was 14.  It was decided that we would become her guardians.  Thing 1 came to live with us.  After Thing 6 was born I knew I could not have any more children.  It was hard because I did not feel that our family was complete. After Thing 1 moved in, I knew that our family was complete.  I was content.  Our family was how it was supposed to be.  That 1st year was not easy but we made it through.  This is when I truly learned how resilient Thing 1 was.  It was also when I realized that my favorite sound was her laugh.  When Thing 1 laughs, everything is made better.  Her father had to go into an Assisted Living Memory Unit.  Thing 1 would go once a week and eat with him.  She has so much compassion and learned to love the people there.  She was able to find the humor in watching her dad decline.  While her dad was in this unit she was the only person her consistently knew.  I know that this was a gift from God to this young girl that still needs her father.  I have watched her mourn the loss of the father she knew and embrace who he was becoming.  She has done this with a grace and a strength that I know I would not have.  A little over a week ago my fil fell and broke his hip.  He had surgery and had a total hip replacement.  He was hardly able to communicate but after he got to his room he asked me where she was.  Last week was hard.  He is now in a nursing home setting.  It is hard to see him.  I took Thing 1 to see him.  I could see her heart break and then she took a breathe, started talking to him, and laughed with him.  All of this was done in typical Thing 1 fashion.  Friday night we got a call that he had tried to get up and had fallen again.  He broke his hip again.  I can see the pain in Thing 1's eyes.  I can see it in her walk.  She is 17 and should be worrying about boys and hair.  Instead she is dealing with the lose of her dad over and over again.  It breaks my heart. She doesn't want to talk about it.  All I can do is pray for her and love her.  I realize that it is selfish to be grateful that we have her as one of our children.  I can't remember what our life was like before her.  I can't imagine what our life would be like without her. The sad thing is that our having her has come at a huge price. Sometimes, life is hard.
Thing 1, I love you.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Because It Is Not Tuesday Giveaway!!!!

Do you remember how last week I posted that I would have a new tutorial ?  Guess what. I don't.  School started thursday and thursday night my father-in-law fell and broke his hip.  He has Alzheimer's so that complicates things a bit.  I have big plans to lock myself in my sewing room this weekend.  I need a bit of sewing therapy!

I feel so guilty for neglecting all you in blog land that I decided to do a give away!
This giveaway includes an Amy Butler eco-friendly shopping bag and an Amy Butler pattern signed by AMY BUTLER!!!!!! The pattern is for the Gypsy Sling and has never been opened!

How to enter:
Comment on this blog to win! Make sure you leave your email address or a way to contact you or remember to check back to see if you've won. Limit one entry per person per day. We will draw a winner on Friday at noon Central time. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. No purchase necessary to win.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Toothbrush Tastes Like the Toilet.....

Last sunday I was sitting in church.  Thing Six was snuggled up to me and her breath was a bit stinky.  I asked her if she had brushed her teeth before church. Here is her answer. "Ya, I did brush my teeth but my toothbrush tasted like the toilet so maybe she has toilet breath." At this point I should have just dropped it but I was grossed out and I must admit, a bit intrigued. I said," Why would your toothbrush taste like the toilet?" She replied, "Oh, you know, sometimes they just fall in there...sometimes the kids get mad at each other and put them in there...but only after it has been flushed (the flushing makes it all sanitary!)." I told her that I have 8 new toothbrushes in my bathroom and to make sure to get a new one when she gets home. Ewwww!!!! Just for the record EVERYONE got new toothbrushes and a huge lecture on what is appropriate to put in the toilet and what is NOT!!!!!!!!!!

A couple days later my Hubby took Thing 5 to the store with him.  They were chatting and she said,"Dad, sometimes when I am mad at Thing 4 (only boy in family) I go in the bathroom and pee in the toilet.  I wipe my bum and put the toilet paper in the trash.  Then, I leave the seat up and wait for mom to get mad at him." The Hubby looked at her and said, "That is good to know."

I know all kids are gross. I have to say that I have come to believe that mine are just disgusting!

Today is the first day of school.  Today, I get my sanity back!  Have a great day. I am going to work on my tutorial for next week! Yae Me!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Of The Possessed Cat and Accidental Coolness...

Hello there friends!  It has been awhile since I posted.  I have been having issues with my internet.  Thanks to Mediacom (I never thought I would say that!) I now have cable internet!!! (I had DSL but we live out of town and it was really...slow and unreliable.)

We have had THE craziest summer!  We took 2 trips out west in June (20+ hours in the car each way), and came home to a basement remodel, church camps, drama camps ( actual drama camps...not the ones that happen in my house once a month!), scout camp, and orchestra camp.  It has been busy.

I have a story. If you are a member of PETA then I suggest you skip this part.  You will lose all respect for me.  As I have mentioned, I have 6 kids.  I am far from being a perfect parent but I do the best I can.    Thing 5 may look homeless and Thing 3 never wears socks or zips her coat when it is -20 degrees.  I know I have a lot of shortcoming. (We have planned ahead and have special accounts for the therapy I am sure they will need when they are older.)  I love them and I think they are happy, well adjusted kids in spite of my parenting.  Kids I can do.  Pets.... not so much.  It has become a bit of a family joke because it has taken us many, many pets to figure out that we don't do big dogs or pets that shed.  We have 1 outdoor cat (we live next to a cornfield and need a good mouse cat) and two dogs. Jack is a Miniature Schnauzer and Gizzy is a Shih Tzu.  I love them like they are my children.  They don't say they hate me or slam doors. This brings me to the story of the possessed cat.

One night I was at Target with Things 3-5.  There was this gorgeous grey cat with white paws that had obviously been abandoned. I think it had a home at one point but was now very skinny.  It was very friendly and just begging for a good home. We shopped for an hour and came out of the store.  There was a group of people trying to decide what to do with the cat.  My kids were begging so I thought, "Let's take the cat home. What can it hurt?".  We loaded the cat into the car and interestingly enough, it was not one bit scared of the car.  It just snuggled into Thing 4's lap and purred.  We named her Lucy.  We were all very happy and excited about this new addition to our family.  The next morning my friend came to pick Thing 5 up for Drama Camp and she said that she was knocking on the door and the cat jumped off the car (we have an SUV so it was taller than my friend) and started to attack her.  I thought she was exaggerating.  We laughed and the cat purred and rubbed my legs.  I ran to the store and when I got home the kids let Jack (the mini schnauzer) out of the house.  I got out of the car just as Jack walked out and the cat jumped off the top of the car and attacked me (true story, if you don't believe me call my sister Amy...I was talking to her on the phone).  I think she was actually going after the dog but her claws were out and she caught me in the jugular vein on the back of my leg.  Blood was spurting EVERYWHERE!!! I know you are saying that the jugular vein is in your neck, not on the back of your leg.  I think I have a defect and that mine is on the back of my leg...there was that much blood! (I am a bit of a hypochondriac, for 7 years I called my husband once a month asking him what side my appendix was on.  He assured me that it was on your right side. My pain was on the left side so it was probably menstrual cramps.  Again, I thought I had a deformity and that my appendix was in the wrong place.  Guess what.  I got a hysterectomy and my monthly appendicitis went away!)  I ran into the house and patched my leg up.  I grabbed the cat, put her in a carrier, and took her to the animal shelter.  I told them she was a lovely cat and that she would be better off in a home without dogs.  When I got home Thing 4 said, "Please, lets not tell Things 1-3 (they were at church camp) that we got a cat and got rid of a cat while they were gone."  Lucy has never been mentioned again.  I am happy to report that I was on a dose of antibiotics for a week and did not develop Cat Scratch Fever.

As for the part of me being accidentally cool....I got a pair of neon orange Nike running shoes.  Whenever I run, people honk and give me a thumbs up.  I am assuming it is because they think I am cool.  They could be honking because I have really skinny, really white legs that look ridiculous with neon orange running shoes.

Have a wonderful weekend and look for our next Tuesday Tutorial!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cutest Baby Quilt.....Part 2

Drumroll Please......................
TAAAADAAAA!  Here it is.  The Cutest Baby Quilt Ever!!! I am sure many of you are saying, "no, Stephanie, I have made cuter and I have seen cuter."  That is ok! I am not offended.  I do hope that you will try to make this quick and easy quilt and then it can become ONE of your favorites.

Lets refer back to part 1 of the tutorial.  In the first step you prepared your fabrics by quilting the "quilt sandwich" together.  The sandwich consists of the back, batting, and quilt top.  I wanted to do something simple so I straight line quilted it.  Now we will finish the quilt.

Part 2

I have my quilt sandwich ready to go and quilted. Right now it is has square corners.  I want to round them a bit so I used the bottom of a large cone of thread to trace a curve on all four corners. (I used white fabric so that you could see what I was doing.)
I have traced the four corners.  Now I want to make sure to secure my edges so they won't ravel.  I have a serger so I serged around the edge of the whole quilt.  If you don't have a serger, just using a normal zig zag will work.  This serves two purposes. 1) It will keep the fabric from raveling. 2) It will serve as my guide when I do the hemstitching.
Next I will choose my thread and put my Hemstitch needle on.
I selected my Hemstitch on my machine.  I then set the stitch length to as long as it would go.  On my machine it is 4.0 mm. I have also use a plain straight stitch but the holes don't stay open and then it is hard to get the hook through. Here is what mine looks like.
Now comes the fun part.
Grab your yarn and your crochet hook.  I used a U.S. 5/1.7mm hook.  Now all you have to do is single crochet around the edge of your quilt.  Here is a video.

 Crochet around the whole quilt and this is what you have!

Happy sewing!  Please post pictures of your cute quilts on Facebook! If you have any questions please message me!