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Thrifty Thursday….Typeset Ornaments

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item the Crabapple Hill Studios pattern Typeset Ornaments.

Timeworn vintage typewriter keys……..that’s what these simple stitched ornaments look like! Imperfect…and perfect! Easy decorations for the Christmas tree, a bare branch for any time of the year, banners, tags…it’s all up to you! Upper and lower case letters, numbers, &, and @ are included.

Our regular price is $13.50.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $3.00 . Click Here to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Easy Precision Piecing Products From A Dynamic Duo


If you haven’t heard of Bernie and Shelley Tobisch then you will now. Bernie’s expertise is servicing sewing machines while Shelley has been teaching people to quilt for over 30 years. Together they have been successfully teaching as a team and Shelley has recently developed new methods of piecing and organization called Easy Precision Piecing System.

What is the Easy Precision Piecing System? According to Bernie and Shelley “The System is a new way to gain better accuracy in piecing. It’s not about perfection. It’s meant to give you methods to make your corners more square, match your points and generally make things more pleasing to the eye. Your seams will lay flatter and your longarm quilter will love you! More accurate piecing makes for easier quilting!”
This System, not only uses new methods, but new and inexpensive tools and products to help you succeed!

Even quilt guru Alex Anderson has good things to say about the Acorn Precision Piecing Product.  Watch below as Shelley shows her how the Acorn Precision Piecing Products are used;

You can find Acorn Precision Piecing Products by clicking on the image below. Find written instructions on how to use the products when you click on a specific product on the website.

Acorn Products

And if that isn’t enough for you both Shelley and Bernie have published books. Easy Precision Piecing by Shelley…

Cut, piece, and press—the Precision way!

Say goodbye to your seam ripper, backwards blocks, and mismatched seams with Easy Precision Piecing—the pathway to flawless patchwork. This comprehensive system starts with picking the right tools and prepping your fabric for the best results. Learn to get organized so you can easily set aside projects without losing your place. Practice your cutting, sewing, and pressing with foolproof Quilt Block Builder blueprints, then use your newfound skills to make 6 stunning quilt projects.

• Discover an exciting new method to correctly cut and sew blocks for impeccable patchwork
• Use the best tools to prep and press fabric for seams that always match up and stay flat
• Get precision results when piecing and quilting, for quilt makers of all styles and skill levels

Easy Precision Piecing

And Bernie’s book also published with C&T Publishing is “You and Your Sewing Machine: A Sewist’s Guide to Troubleshooting, Maintenance, Tips & Techniques

From the sewing machine whisperer comes this in-depth, visual guide to how a sewing machine works, how to keep it in good working order, and how to solve common problems. Learn what questions to ask when buying a new sewing machine, what sewing machine foot to use for different projects, what regular maintenance you need to perform, and more. Perfect for sewists and quilters of all levels, this friendly approach to learning about and troubleshooting YOUR sewing machine gives you the tools you need to sew and quilt with less frustration and better results!

• For any brand of sewing machine
• Written by an expert sewing machine technician with over forty-two years of experience
• Learn how your sewing machine works, how to keep it happy, and how to troubleshoot common problems

You and Your Machine


If you are interested in attending a wonderful seminar by Bernie and/or Bernie and Shelley please email us with your interest to

Build a Better Relationship with Your Sewing Machine Seminar
If you need relationship counselling with your machine, then this class is for you. Learn what your sewing machine is trying to tell you and also how to tell it what you want. Unravel the mystery of tension, learn light maintenance, understand the importance of the right foot. Get closer to your machine and spend more time focused on your sewing, less time frustrated!
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Easy Precision Piecing Seminar
Learn to piece, from cutting to pressing to sewing, with more accuracy and ease than ever before. Turn your sewing machine into a precision piecing instrument. Discover how the right tools can make accuracy easy to achieve. Learn how to work with Quilt Block Builders, to create precision pieced blocks, with easy repeatable results!

Read more about Bernie and Shelley on their website Easy Precision Piecing.



Have you seen “Winterville“? It is a lovely winter village quilt designed by Camille Rosekelley of Thimbleblossoms. The quilt finishes at 78 inches square which is a nice large wall hanging, beautiful table topper or decent size sofa quilt. The quilt features the fabric collection “Vintage Holiday” by Bonnie & Camille for Moda and has been a pretty popular item all over social media. Take a look.Winterville 5427QK_2_z

If you want to use your stash and just need the pattern we have that too. Click on the image below to find it on the website.Winterville_cover_small

Thrifty Thursday….Snow Globes

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Snow Globes Quilt Kit.

Everyone needs a snow globe collection. This one is twelve snow globes filled with sparkling snow and Christmas delights! The 68 1/2” square quilt has twelve embroidered Snowball blocks set with Nine Patch alternate blocks… easy embroidery, and a quick to assemble quilt!

The finished quilt measures 68 1/2″ x 68 1/2″ and includes includes fabric for the top and binding plus the Bunny Hill Designs pattern, embroidery floss and pigma pen for tracing. Our regular price is $285.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $142.50. Click Snow Globes to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Have a closer look at a few of the blocks in this pattern below…snow_globe-3_1 SnowGlobes_1 SnowGlobes_3

Sew and Tell….Chickens

Kris Chickens Quilt

Kris recently finished her Hen House quilt and brought it in to show us before it goes to its new home at her sister’s house.  This quilt is so cheerful you can’t help but smile.  Here is what Kris had to say;

Pattern is Hen House by Claire Turpin Designs.

Quilt is 55″ x 77″ finished (applique and piecing)

The quilt kit was purchased with my sister (Shellie) in mind, she has lots of rooster and chicken stuff in her house and I knew that this would be a winner. It was funny to listen to her ask if she could use the pattern after I finished with it knowing all the while that the entire quilt was going to be a surprise present for her!

I quilted it myself using my APQS Millenium and choosing to just stipple around the chickens, rooster, hen houses, fox and flowers. They all just popped up off the background doing it that way. Shellie and I put the button eyes on when I gave it to her with fabric glue. I just couldn’t get the embroidery floss to hold them on. We purposely put a large eye on the rooster and he indeed looks like the “Cock of the Walk”! The fox looks smug while he surveys the tasty chickens just waiting for his attention!

She was very surprised and tickled that I had made this quilt for her and it is now hanging in her house on a special curtain rod that she has in her dining area (open to the living room and kitchen). Anyone entering the house can see it while they’re there and has the flexibility of changing out her quilts by using curtain clips. The background colour of the quilt matches her wall paint perfectly and the quilt looks like it was made for that space.Kris Chickens Quilt 6 Kris Chickens Quilt 2 Kris Chickens Quilt 7Kris Chickens Quilt 3 Kris Chickens Quilt 4 Kris Chickens Quilt 5 Kris Chickens Quilt 8

Fabric used is from the Garden Delights Collection by In The Beginning Fabrics. It is lawn fabric and very nice to work with although more pricey than regular cotton. Backing is Storybook Time by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.

What a luck sister to receive such a gift. Thank you Kris for sharing your project!