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French Farmhouse ~ Quilts with Rustic Simplicity


Are you a lover of farmhouse or primitive style quilts and decor? If so, we have a wonderful new book to share with you. French Farmhouse ~ Quilts with Rustic Simplicity by Marie-Claude Picon is a beautifully photographed book with inspiring quilts.

Blend the beauty of antique quilts with the simplicity of primitive stitchery and what do you get? The French-farmhouse look! Designer Marie-Claude Picon from the south of France shares how you can combine prints, colors, and textures to capture an old-fashioned, comfy quality in your quilts.

Ten projects range from classic Nine Patch and medallion designs to quilts featuring tiny houses and stunning stars. As you sew along, you’ll learn how to get that perfectly aged feel with simple patchwork, fusible applique with flannel and wool, and easy embroidery. Gorgeous display ideas will inspire you to add a little French flair to your home.

This book is one that you will love to scroll through over and over again. Have a peek inside;

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Meet Marie-Claude Picon and hear what inspired this book in the video below.

Order a copy for yourself by clicking HERE.

Thrifty Thursday….Gingerbread Square

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Gingerbread Square Quilt Kit.

What could be better than Victorian Gingerbread?? Crayon tinting adds so much depth and life to the oh so simple embroidery, with just enough sparkle to make it extra fun….and the easy little 9 patch piecing sets it to a tee!

The finished quilt measures 68 3/4″ x 68 3/4″ 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 $245.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $122.50. Click Gingerbread Square to order yours today!

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Sew and Tell….Minecraft Pillow

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Anyone know a Minecraft fan out there? Here is a great project to whip up as a gift or even better introduce patchwork sewing to child. This Minecraft Creeper pillow is simple, fairly quick and useful.

This pillow was created by my 10 year old son David, with the exception of cutting the squares. I will give simple instructions on how you can make one too!

You will need
4 to 6 – 2″ strips of green fabric
1 – 2″ strip black fabric
.50 approximately of 2″ Quilter’s Grid (8 -10 square grid)Minecraft Pillow 1 cut squares

To start select four to six green solid fabrics and a solid black.  I mixed up Kona Cottons and Bella Solids.  You won’t need much, only ten or fifteen centimetre strips of each of the green and one strip of black.  Begin by cutting one or two 2″ strips of each green colour, only one 2″ strip of black is necessary. Cut an 8 by 8 inch square on the printed line from your Quilter’s Grid (you could also make in 9×9 or more depending what size pillow you want.

Lay the quilter’s grid out glue/textured side up on a large pressing surface (bigger than your piece of quilter’s grid) or a cutting board where you will have the freedom to transfer your laid out design to your ironing board.

Begin laying your squares out (right side up if you have a printed fabric) onto the rough or textured glue side of the quilter’s grid in the Creeper face pattern. You will later press your squares adhering them to the quilter’s grid foundation.Minecraft Pillow 2 Minecraft Pillow 3a Minecraft Pillow 3

Once you are happy with the arrangement straighten out the squares within the lines as best as you can and give them a quick press. **If you used your cutting mat as the base under your project be sure to slide the grid off onto your ironing board BEFORE you press.** Your squares will now be held lightly in place and keep them from shifting or floating off your grid. You may also make any changes or adjustments at this time. When you are satisfied with how everything looks press all the squares down following the manufacture’s instructions.Minecraft Pillow 5 Minecraft Pillow 7 Minecraft Pillow 8

Next, fold your grid right sides together on the first line of one side (David chose to stitch across the face first) and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Continue to sew each line until you are finished all the lines in the same direction.Minecraft Pillow 8a Minecraft Pillow 10 Minecraft Pillow 11 Minecraft Pillow 11a

Snip to but not through the grid line between each square so that you are able to fold the seams on the lines in opposite directions.Minecraft Pillow 12

Give the seams a press. Each rows seam should lay in the opposite directions to the one next to it as pictured below.Minecraft Pillow 13

Now fold the first row on the fold line (up and down for this pillow) and stitch. The seam allowances are thicker because of the quilter’s grid so be sure to make sure the intersections are not folding the wrong way while stitching. I showed my son how to use the small screwdriver that came with my sewing machine to hold the seam in place while approaching the seam. Make sure to watch that those sneaky seams on the underside don’t flip the wrong way as well.Minecraft Pillow 13a Minecraft Pillow 14

Once you ‘ve sewn all the seams give your Creeper face a good press.

Now use your favourite method to add a back pocket for your pillow or use it as a block for a wallhanging or quilt! Minecraft Pillow 16 FinishedPS- Davis has asked to sew more pillows of his favourite Minecraft characters :)


Thrifty Thursday….I Believe in Snowmen

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our I Believe in Snowmen Quilt Kit.  “I Believe in Snowmen” is a wonderful redwork quilt for Christmas! A combination of embroidery, applique and piecing. Imagine what you can do with these wonderful snowman embroideries if you use them separately. You’ll have embroidery projects for every snowman lover in your life!

The finished quilt measures 56″ x 64″ and includes includes fabric for the top and binding plus the Bunny Hill Designs pattern, embroidery floss and pigma pen. Our regular price is $230.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $115.00. Click I Believe in Snowmen to order yours today!

Below are some close up images found on the Bunny Hill Designs blog;

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

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Thrifty Thursday….Hopechest


Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is the ‘Hopechest‘ pattern from Crabapple Hill Designs.

Refined and elegant images from the past when every woman filled her hope chest with monogrammed linens to fill her future home. All of the letters of the alphabet are included so you can choose your favorites for the quilt. I can think of so many other ways to use these monograms! Embellish hand towels, pillowcases, and tablecloths in blackwork, brownwork, whitework or full color…it’s up to you! Think about using other colorways! Redwork, Pink or Greenwork, or using many different colors. Any would be just beautiful!

This finished quilt measures 68 1/4″ x 68 1/4″.  Our regular price is $36.45. Our Thrifty Thursday price is $9.00. Click HOPECHEST to orders yours today! SOLD OUT!

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