Thursday, November 21, 2019

new ornaments!

Here is another finished Christmas project!  These are from All Through the Night...once again, they start with pre-printed fabric and you get to add the appliques and embroidery!  Bonnie, the designer, used flannel but I chose to use wool.  There are directions for both the ornaments or a wall hanging.     The pattern with the pre-printed fabric is $18.00.                I made wool kits for the ornaments.             The pattern and wool kit is $32.95.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Folktale's Christmas Open House/Shop Small Businesses Saturday..

Shop Small Saturday at all Whatcom County Quilt Stores
And you can be a winner!
Here's how you can be a winner:

1.  Pick up a postcard at any Whatcom County Quilt Store between now and Saturday, November        30th, 2019.  (one postcard per person)
2.  Make a purchase of any amount at each quilt store to get a stamp on your postcard.  Valid only for Saturday, November 30th, 2019.
3.  Return your postcard to your favorite quilt store by 5 pm Saturday, November 30th, 2019.
4.  Each quilt store will draw a winner at 5 pm on Saturday, November 30th, 2019.  The winner can redeem their prize at the quilt store that drew the winning leave your postcard at the store you want to shop at.
5. The following week the remainder of the postcards will be pooled together for the grand prize drawing.

Drawing prizes from each quilt store:
        * $25.00 Gift Certificate with a minimum of three stamps (one per quilt store). 
        * $50.00 Gift Certificate with five stamps (one per quilt store).
Grand Prize drawing:
        * $125.00 Gift Certificate ($25.00 from each quilt store-five stamps required)

Whatcom County Quilt Stores:
Calico Country   1722 Front Street, Lynden   360-354-4832
Folktales   1885 Kok Road, Lynden   360-354-0855
Kori's Fabric Creations   4300 Alice Street, Bellingham   360-671-7570
Tangled Threads   202 6th Street, Lynden   360-318-1567
Two Thimbles   1805 Cornwall, Bellingham   360-715-1629

*all stores will be stamping between 10 am and 5 pm
*winner must agree to photo posted on social media

Folktales' Christmas Open House is happening on December 6th from 10 am to 8 pm 
and December 7th from 10 am to 5pm.  
Watch the blog for pictures of new projects that will be on display for the Open House!
Bring a friend and enjoy some hot cider and 
homemade treats as you shop!

Kori will also be celebrating with a Christmas Open House on these dates.  Check her facebook page:  "Kori's Fabric Creations" for further information.

A sneak peek...

These handsome dudes will be waiting to greet you at Folktales 
on December 6th!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

a few new projects for FALL!

Thistles Table Runner
pattern $12.00
Kit $54.00
A Pumpkin Witch from Sew Many Prims.  The pattern is $10.00.
I dyed some chenille to make mine.
Night Flight pattern is $7.50.  I spray painted a plastic Charger plate and
 glued the finished wool candle mat to it.
Gnomes, gnomes and MORE gnomes!  So much fun to make!  2 different patterns, each $10.00.  So much fun you can't make just one!

BeWitching is a fun new project.  I finished it with raw edge applique.  The pattern is $10.00.
A new quilt made for my sweet grand daughter.  The pattern is from Yesterday's Charm called "Little Lady".  Nikki Crisp did an awesome quilting job!! The pattern is $10.00.  I made a "Hugs & Kisses border.  I learned a few new tips with this one...The colored squares are always twice the size of the corner squares.  I used 2 1/2" colored squares and 1 1/4" corner squares.  I also learned that you can just finger press the corner squares on the diagonal instead of marking them with a pencil. 
 What a great time saver!

"Flurry" is a 90" square quilt, although the pattern offers several sizes.  It is raw edge quilted.  A very different project for me but it is always fun to try something new!  It is fat quarter friendly.  
Nikki did her magic on this one, again!  The pattern is $10.00.
Bareroots has a new series of dishtowel stitcheries.  Each pattern is $8.50.  
They also make great pillow case cuffs!

I used the "Burrito" pillow case pattern to make these cute pillow cases.  
The "s'mores" fabric is in stock!
This is the latest completed project from "Sew Many Prims"  
Gotta love that popcorn garland, made from wool felt!
I used some new fall fabrics from Tim Holtz to make a sample of the "EZ Breezy" table runner pattern, $9.00.  I also made a sample using Robin Pickens' new Christmas fabric line.  
Look for it in the next blog update!
And here is one of my FAVORITES!!!  It is from Buttermilk Basin.  It can be made as a table runner or wall/door hanger.  Mine is going on my front door!  The "base" pattern is $10.00 and the "O" in HOME is switched out for every season or month.  The individual patterns for the "O" center are $7.00 each.  They can also be made as candle mats.
Here are the finished "O" centers...

I put this one in a plastic charger plate just to give you another idea for the center pieces!

The Whatcom County Quilt shops are
 planning some great treats for 
November 30th, "Shop Small Saturday" 
(the day after "Black Friday").  
Stay tuned for details or look for more info at one of the shops.

And Folktales's Christmas Open House 
will be held on
 December 6th and 7th. 
More details to come...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


My sincere appears that on the first batch of pattern instructions the printer's missed a crucial page of instructions and I did not catch the error.  Here is the missing second page:

Sew one of these completed strips to the top of the block and one to the bottom of the block.

Your block should measure 18 1/2" square.


Pockets:  Sew on traced line.  Cut a scant 1/4" out around seam.  Clip curves and slit through one layer of each pocket,  Turn RSO and press.  Topstitch pockets to apron as shown on apron pattern template, leaving the top open.

Apron Tie:  Fold in half and sew along the 36" side of the strip and sew ends of the tie at a 45 degree angle, leaving a 2 to 3 inch space unsewn to turn the apron tie RSO.  Turn, press and set aside.

Ruffle:  Fold in half and sew the short ends of the ruffle RST.  Turn, press and sew gathering stitches along the raw edge of the ruffle.  Gather to 15".  Pin to the bottom edge of the apron front, RST, pinning ends of ruffle about 1/2" down from the top of the apron edges.  The ruffle should be up over the bottom of the apron at this point. Pin the second apron piece RST over this and sew along outside edges of apron, leaving the top edge unsewn.  Clip curves and turn RSO.  Press well and gather top of apron to 4".  Pin to cream print center of block, centered with sides and bottom of ruffle about 1" in from the edge (seamline) of the background fabric.  Pin in place and stitch the top gathered raw edge of the apron to the background fabric.  Stitch in the ditch on the seam attaching the ruffle to apron.  Center the apron tie over the top of the apron's gathered raw edge.  Pin over the gathers.  At the sides of the apron fold the ties behind the "waistband" so that you can tie a bow with the loose ends behind and above the apron.  Topstitch around all four sides of the waistband you have just created about 1/8" in from the edges, over the gathers and catching the ties as you go.  Start on the bottom edge of the waistband.  When you get to the top edge of the waistband you will have to ease in the extra fabric.

Trace the designs as pictured onto the muslin using an 01 or 005 brown pigma pen.  Color with Prisma Premier colored pencils.  After coloring, use blending stumps to blend the colors and set by painting with colorless extender.  When dry, heat set with iron on back of stitchery. has a great tutorial on their website.

Again, I am so sorry for the inconvenience and frustration this oversight must have caused.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

SHOP HOP and ROW by ROW begin June 21st!

 This is our block for Shop Hop. 
 The fabric kit is $3.00 with buttons it is $5.00.

 I made "Sandy's Beach Bag" with my 
 Shop Hop Block as the outside pocket.   
This pattern is $10.00.  The kit is $46.95.  
 This beautiful wool runner from 
Primitive Gatherings is called 
"Bloom Where You are Planted".
The pattern is $9.00.  The kit is $48.00
Thank you, Caryn Faupel (BFF)
for stitching this one for me!
 This is a personal favorite of mine.
  The pattern is $8.00.  The kit is $26.95.
(sorry the picture isn't straight)
So Many other new beautiful samples, fabrics 
and patterns in the shop. 
  Hope you have a chance to stop by soon!

Monday, June 3, 2019


Here is my ROW BY ROW 2019 18" square block!
 ...and here is an option if you choose not to do the embroidery. 
 It just requires a fat quarter of fabric for the outer borders.
 It is still a ways away, but Christmas IS coming! 
 My dear friend Jill made these adorable ornaments for me with wool felt!  SO CUTE!!!  The pattern for ALL of them is $9.00.
 A new quilt from Whimsicals.  It is 42" x 35".  The pattern is $10.00.  The kit which includes the pattern and ALL the fabric with backing is $59.95.  Megan Best quilted it for $50.00.

Another cute wallhanging from Whimsicals.  The pattern is $10.00.  The kit, which includes the pattern and the backing is $39.95.  Megan also quilted this one for $50.00.

And one more using Whimsicals' adorable fabrics...this pattern, "Camping in Style",  comes from This and That.  It is 54" x 70".  The pattern is $5.00 and the kit is $76.95.  I think this would be a fabulous pattern to use with small stitcheries as the focal fabrics!

 I have a lovely selection of 60" wide Minkee
 for just $8.95 a yard! 
The colors did not show well in the photos but there is
okay, I don't know what happened to that photo but is a great color!   This special lasts as long as the fabric is in stock.  

This is the Spring panel from All Through the Night's 4 Season applique pattern.  Come into the shop to see the whole quilt!  The patterns for each season are $9.00.
 This is a pre-printed stitchery panel from French General.  There are 4 different pre-printed panels and they are only $4.50 each.  How easy is that?

 Here is my personal favorite..."WELCOME HOME" from Primitive Gatherings.  The banner pattern is $10.00.  The center "O" switches out with a new wool pattern for every month!  It can be made to hang-as shown on my front door-or as a table runner.  The patterns for the monthly mats are $7.00 each.  
The fabric kit for the cotton base is $45.95.
 Here are the finished "O" centers (so far)...six more to go!  Aren't they GREAT???

That is all for today but I am finishing up several other new projects AND there is 
SO MUCH NEW FABRIC in the shop that I will have to blog again soon!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

S P R I N G is HERE!!!!

Woo Hoo!!! Time to plant and weed and         enjoy the sunshine!  
These stitcheries are from Anni Downs' book     "A Gardener's Journal".
The book is $26.00.  The frame is              available for $29.95.
                              This is a fun stitchery from                  Plumcute designs.  The pattern is $10.00.

The Pattern Basket made a full size quilt pattern for these bunnies but I opted to make just one row for a table runner.  The pattern is $10.00.

GORGEOUS new fabrics from French General.  The precuts have also arrived...and are flying off the shelf - so if you want some HURRY IN!

Some Maywood Studio Basics used in Crabapple Hill's new "Summertime Kitchen" patterns.
And here are Crabapple's new 
"Summertime Celebrations" fabrics!
So cheery!
Can't wait to get started on the Block of the month from Crabapple Hill!  Each pattern is $10.00-there are 11 patterns in all.  The fabrics are here, almost all of the flosses are in stock and the colored pencils are on their way!
Started working on my Row by Row block.  I am going to do an 18" block for the "Taste the Experience" theme.
This year's Shop Hop has a Nautical theme so I have found some additional fabrics to play with that continue the theme.  Check out the website:
to get all the info.  Starts June 21st!
There is more fabric arriving DAILY!  There is a great new outdoor line with bear and deer...And a fabulous new line from Moda called Boro that is beautiful Indygos and tans...still waiting for the companion wovens to arrive.  So MUCH to see!  Hope you have a chance to take a break from all the ourdoor activities and stop in to see the new goodies in person!