Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Little by little the green is beginning to show through. So, it is time to admit that spring is here!

Is springier a word?
Happy spring!
Susan & Sally

Monday, April 14, 2014

Still Winter

We are so excited that our fabric collection, 'Chalk It Up to Winter', hit stores in March! We released 4 new patterns in March that feature the fabric as well. We told you about 2 of them in our last post. So as not to keep you waiting any longer, here are the details of our remaining 2. The first one, 'Chalk It Up to Winter' Linens, is a great pattern for a basic table runner, place mats, and napkins. Of course, we used our fabric for the pattern cover, but because it is such an easy, simple design you can substitute nearly any fabric of your choice to make them.

With our second pattern, 'Chalk It Up to Winter' Kitchen, you can make a wonderful butcher's apron. Our pattern makes an extra long version with an adjustable neck strap. Also, included is a handy oven mitt and cute kitchen towel. Made with our fabrics, you will be decked out in Christmas apparel for the kitchen!
Our pattern fronts were fun to put together because of the 'chalk-look' of our fabrics. We hope you have fun thinking of all the possibilities for the fabrics and for the patterns. Email us with pictures of your finished projects - we would love to see them!

By the way, it really seems like it is still winter here in our neck of the woods - snow on Saturday, April 12th and 16 degrees Sunday morning, April 13th! 

Happy sewing!
Susan and Sally 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Christmas in March?

I know, no sane person wants to think about Christmas yet, but we quilters are always looking for ideas for Christmas gifts or Christmas decor for our home. Does that mean we're insane? No, it just means we need to have plenty of time to make that special gift or to make a new quilt for our bed or just to cuddle up in. Even if we don't need to start on the projects this early in the year, we love to start thinking about and planning those projects. So to help all of you out, we have released some new patterns to coincide with the release of our debut fabric line, 'Chalk It Up to Winter', with Marcus Fabrics. Our Christmas quilt, 'Chalk It Up to Christmas' Quilt is 66''x 90'' with 7'' blocks consisting of ornaments, presents, trees, and stars. Make it using our beautiful, soft, flannel fabrics as featured on our pattern cover.

Our home decor pattern 'Chalk It Up to Winter' Christmas matches the quilt and features a fun and easy patchwork Christmas tree skirt pattern and Christmas stockings with tiny bells attached to felted wool triangle trim. Our fun fabrics are again featured.

Scroll down to check out our previous post about our new fabric line. We love the look and feel of the cozy flannel with the 'chalkboard' effect we created.
Look for our fabric and patterns at your local quilt store soon. Come back again to see 2 more pattern releases.

Happy quilting,
Susan and Sally

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Supplement!

Sally's design is a supplement to the April issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine!
It's called Flirty Flower Baskets. This table runner looks great from any spot in the room with the fun and flirty patchwork flower baskets filled with yo-yos and buttons to create an interesting texture. The editors decided to include it as an 8 page insert to their special interest publication.
She forgot to take any photos before she sent it off to the magazine, so we're using the cover of the supplement to show it off to you.

Here's a close-up of the yo-yos. The instructions include some great tips for making yo-yos.

The editors did such a wonderful job of showcasing our fun project and have included a number of tips for the aspiring sewer/crafter to make the table runner so that the result will turn out amazing. This is a great project to use up all those little fabric scraps that you've been saving. 
Another fun idea that is included is their "Color Option" where the table runner is made with an entirely different fabric selection in different colors to show the reader another option.
Look for the April issue of the American Patchwork and Quilting at stores now!

Happy sewing!
Susan and Sally

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chalk It Up to Winter

The cold weather and snow and ice can be chalked up to the fact that we are in the depths of winter, but the title of this post is not referring to our wintry conditions. Drum roll, please..... It is to announce the name of our new fabric collection, Chalk It Up to Winter! Yes, we have a fabric collection with Marcus Fabrics! We submitted our idea to them - a wintry mix of warm flannels in red, greys, pine green, white, and a parcel tan with a chalkboard look. We loved the idea of bringing chalkboard drawings to fabric! They loved it too!

 This is the pine (chalkboard green) and parcel colorway.

This is the red and chalkboard gray colorway.

We're working on several patterns featuring the fabrics.

 Check out the selvage! That might be our favorite part!

Our fun fabrics will be available March 1st with patterns soon after.
Susan and Sally

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Snow Angel

Susan Maw and Sally Bell

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Christmas Wish Winner!

     The winner of a copy of our new book, Sew A Backyard Adventure, is Marguerite who said on Nov. 20th, "Well that's very nice of you. You're right, I'm not usually on my own Christmas list. When you have kids, you always seem to put yourself last."
     So, Marguerite, email us and let us know where to send your book!
     Thanks so much to all who read and commented on our blog posts this year!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Susan and Sally