September 3, 2013

Shop Hop and Blog Hop

What?? September already? It sure has been a long time and a couple things have compelled me to dust the pollen off this blog (more info in a minute). But first, i hope you enjoyed a fun summer and have been doing very well. A special “best of luck!” to anyone who’s heading back to school – like our nieces Katie (11th grade) and Rebecca (off to college in Rochester, NY), and all our friends who are parents, educators, bus drivers and other essential people/professionals in the cultivation of America’s future.

Around here, Pete and i have been busy with work and lots of projects both indoors and outside. With so much activity, i've mostly been Facebooking, Instagramming and Pinning the days away. Please join me (and Franny and Lou) there too — I'd love to connect and see what you've been up to as well!

Ok, so the first bit of news...

I am SO excited to see my wonderful friends Sarah and Joyce Ely and JEllen’s House of Fabric – now in its 3rd year – featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine — on stands starting today. Please head over to their Facebook page and join me in congratulating them on this milestone!
Used with permission from Quilt Sampler® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
They're featured in the "Ultimate Shop Hop" article and if you're ever in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend stopping by to experience this place in person. Not only is it stocked with fabric, it is abundant with bolts of happiness. You can feel it from the moment you walk in the door, and even more so when you meet Joyce and Sarah. I have long admired these two for their charity sewing for kids with cancer, their efforts and contributions to the Million Pillowcase Challenge, their support for Reece's RainbowCamp Cheerful — but mostly for the kind, generous and huge-hearted people they are.
I was overjoyed to meet Joyce and Sarah back in 2010 during their shop's opening week. You can read about that trip here. They both have a very special place in my heart, and will always.

Along with the story about JEllen's, there is also a beautiful quilt and pattern tutorial that’s featured in the article.
Used with permission from Quilt Sampler® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
It was designed by the ever-so-talented Crystal Stanworth of Frivolous Necessity, and i understand there were many other hands that helped to make it come together...including Sarah who sewed the binding on herself!
I am honored and humbled that the Sunnyside fabrics i designed for Moda Fabrics are featured in the quilt. And i'm so thankful to have these wonderful people in my life. They make it better, brighter and sunnier each day. If you're interested in picking up a copy of the magazine, please check your local quilt shop, newsstand, or visit the BHG site for a sneak peek (looks like the digital issue will be coming soon). I hear Sarah has been autographing copies at the shop too!

Next bit of news...

Tomorrow begins Moda's latest fun blog hop

You won't want to miss this because there will be free quilt block designs, a free quilt pattern and lots of prizes along the way! You'll get to have a look at the latest fabric collections and maybe even sneak peeks of future collections! So please join us. Here's the schedule:

September 4th

September 5th

September 6th

September 9th

September 10th

September 11th

September 12th

September 13th

September 14th

September 15th
Suspense-building day. Prizes announced tomorrow!

September 16th
Prize winners announced!
Quilt Assembly instructions included on the Moda Cutting Table

Looking forward to catching up more on the 10th and hopping along with you!
Have a wonderful day.


  1. That sure sounds like a WONDERFUL shop! Way to go, Sarah!! I wish you could put the bindings on my quilts! :-) great to hear from you, Kate!!

  2. Looks like fun!!! Can't wait hop along!! ...and best of luck to Rebecca in Rochester - lots of good schools here, especially the one I work at! ;-)

  3. I love that quilt! I think I need to find that mag so I can have the pattern.

  4. Kate!!! I saw the "I blogged" on FB and ran right over, LOL. Beautiful quilt, nice people I'll be back on the 10th.

  5. Wonderful quilt.Nice to hear from you.Can´t wait for the hop.Have a great day!!

  6. I live in Rochester NY! I hope your niece enjoys her time here - it's a great place to live. Maybe one of your collections will be inspired by a visit here someday (and if it is, you have to tell us!) :)

  7. Love the clever ways you used your block. When I first looked at it I thought is was a bit bland until I saw what you did with it. Love the fabric. Would be fun to win.

    Thanks for sharing.



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