Apr 10, 2007 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Contest announcement from StudioKat Designs

Kat from StudioKat Designs emailed to tell us that they are putting on a contest for any and all who want to join. There are a couple still going on, all you have to do is go to this link:


Once there click on the contest you want to submit to. There are contest discussions, contest rules, and pictures to send as well. I think I will check that out.

Good Luck to all who enter and may the best person win, but I’m sure everyone’s entries are just wonderful!

Happy Sewing


Mar 30, 2007 - Uncategorized    No Comments

It’s Spring time

Howdy everyone.  It’s one of the best times of the year…at least I think so.  It’s SPRING TIME again.  The time where your flowers start to bloom, your grass gets greener, and the trees start to get leaves.  The weather starts to get warmer, but with that warmer weather comes storms.  Now I don’t know if you like them, but I do love a good spring time thunder storm.

What I don’t like is when those storms get really bad, or when they cut you off from your power.  I know alot of quilters love rainy days because they get to do what they love to do most.  QUILT!  But when those bad storms come and cut out their power it makes it hard to use your sewing machines.  Well, I have a solution, why not learn to do some needlework at home. 

Needlework patterns, like cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, and even punch needle kits are making a huge comeback in the quilting industry.  You don’t need electricity to do these fun projects.  There is no cutting or measuring of fabric, just you a needle, and a beautiful pattern that you can hang up, or once the power comes back on, sew into a fun decorative pillow.

You should take a look at the patterns that are available through Quilters Warehouse.  With many fine designers and wonderful patterns to choose from.  Just find the link at the top called Needle Arts.

Well, enjoy the spring and don’t let that rainy weather get you down.

Until next time,


Mar 22, 2007 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Project Linus

Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides children living in shelters, hospitals, cancer treatment facilities, etc, with homemade blankets and afgans, made 100% from volunteers.   Their national headquarters are located in Bloomington, IL and is headed up with President Carol Babbitt and Vice-President Mary Balagna.  Their main purpose is to provide children with some sort of comfort through some of the hardest times in their young lives. 

QuiltersWarehouse is a huge supporter of Project Linus.  They make their patterns available for sale with 100% of the proceeds going straight back to Project Linus.  It would be wonderful for anyone to help out with this very worthy cause. 

In addition to purchasing Project Linus patterns from QuiltersWarehouse, here is another way that is going to be available to everyone.  This email came in to us from Judy Howard from Heavenly Patchwork.

I’ve designated  March 29  as Charity Quilt Day in which all Amazon sales of my 3 books and DVDs go to Project Linus & other non-profit charity quilt groups. (You may tell all your customers and contacts to designate Project Linus or your favorite local or national non-profit as the beneficiary).  We’re offering bonus gifts of needlework & quilt patterns, quilting
tips and excerpts from books by celebrity quilters to those purchasing books. You may include all your advertising on bonus gifts. Please respond immediately by sending patterns or tips in PDF form if you’d like to benefit from the advertising.
Attached is the letter about the free advertising opportunity for you through the bonus gifts.  Attached also is the Charity Quilt Day Info to post on your website, yahoo groups, blogs, chatrooms, etc.

Thanks for helping raise $10,000 for Project Linus and other charity quilters. Judy “Charity Quilt Day” March 29 Wraps Up “National Quilt Month”

To wrap up “National Quilt Month,” Judy Howard is designating March 29 as “Charity Quilt Day.” This is a campaign to raise awareness and funding for the sacrificial volunteer work of hundreds of thousands of quilters who provide comforters for sick babies, orphans, homeless and elderly people, cancer and Alzheimer’s patients, soldiers and victims of disaster-those most in need of the touch of God’s love and comfort that quilts represent.

On March 29, Judy is donating the net proceeds of Amazon sales of her books, “Heavenly Patchwork I and II” and “Centennial Stitches-Oklahoma History in Quilts” and companion DVDs to non-profit organizations like local Quilt Guilds, The Hugs Project, Binky Patrol, ABC Quilts, Project Linus, Quilts for Injured Soldiers, Wrap Them in Love, Newborns in Need, Quilts for Kids, My Brother’s Keeper, etc, that provide charity quilts. You may even designate your favorite local or national charity quilting non-profit.

Besides donating to worthy charities, those who purchase Judy’s award-winning gift books on Amazon on March 29 will receive bonus gifts valued at $100 of free quilt patterns, quilting tips and book excerpts by renowned celebrity quilt artists and historians like Kaye Wood, Darcy Ashton, Nancy Kirk, Ruth Harris, Jennie Rayment, Judy Anne Breneman, M.J. Van Deventer, Lucille Ralston, Dorcas Publishing, NLS Productions and more.

Please join Judy on “National Charity Quilt Day” in honoring charity quilters and their tireless work by helping “Wrap those in need with Quilts of Love” through your purchase of “Heavenly Patchwork” gift books and DVDs on Amazon March 29. See HeavenlyPatchwork.com and www.MySpace.com/nlsproductions  for details.

Mar 15, 2007 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Sew Many Visions News

co.jpg Vicki and Pat, the Girls with Sew Many Visions, are about to publish their second book, Log Cabin Hope Chest, which will contain detailed instructions for the creation of 5 beautiful projects centered around the log cabin block.  Patterns included are for a bed quilt, a dresser scarf, placemats, table runners, and a lovely wall-hanging that can also be used as a dress-up for your fireplace hearth.

Our newest ideas are that we are focusing on patterns using reproduction era fabrics, and our patterns which will be out this spring that include one for a bed quilt, a wall-hanging, placemats, and valance.

Vicki has said her inspiration comes from things around her.  She recently saw a friend’s stuffed pheasant and just had to come home and try it in fabric.  That pattern will be out this Fall.  Nature is a tremendous force in her work.  But foremost is of course, the FABRIC.  When she looks at fabrics and experiments with color combinations, designs just leap into her head. 

Their next show is The Tyler Quilt Show, March 30 and 31, and our local Shop Hop on April 13-15.

Since Vicki is moving to Ruidoso, New Mexico in May, they are expanding in that direction.  There they visited two lovely shops in Las Cruces, both of which are most welcome in the area, and with which they are looking forward to doing trunk shows, programs, and classes.

Mar 7, 2007 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

What’s New with Granola Girl

Newest information from Debbie Fields at Granola Girl.

If you have been wondering where I have been, I would have to say moving for the past 2 years in 2 different locations since my Green Bay address.  I am now settled in and will be at the Rice Lake, Wisconsin address for the duration of my career and retirement.  We here at Granola Girl Designs have been working hard on desiging a whole new line of patterns and books along with up coming fabric collections.

Browse through our Natures Gallery of easy traditional patchwork and quick fusible machine applique, wall hangings, quilts, and home decor.  We have a wide variety of outdoor scenery and wildlife projects that will bring the Spirit of the Northwood’s into your home.

Our new “Wilderness Series” is a series of 8 books and fabric collections.

The 1st in series, “Pheasant Ridge”, is filled with fall colors of Bittersweet leaves, pumpkins, and pheasants in flight.  Projects of table runners, place mats, wall hangings, and more.

Pheasant Ridge

The 2nd in series is “Bear Country”, a summer lodge look, plenty of bear, log lodges, canoes, pine, moose, fishing, animal tracks, and pieced bear paw blocks.  Large wall size quilts and tree skirts, Christmas stockings, table runners, and more.

Bear Country

The 3rd in series is “The Boundary Waters”, a summer canoe trip, portage from one lake to another while seeing eagles, loons, moose, geese, fish, and float planes.  Sew this scenic view in a 44″ x 52″ wall hanging or construct into individual size projects.  There are other projects in this book including several queen size quilts.

Boundary Waters

Check out our children’s Northwood lines, Camp Kids and Hiking the Forest.  Both fabric collections are related to a scavenger hunt that will take any age child on a hunt searching for 40 favorite Northwoods finds.  Look for us at your local Quilt Shop or call (309) 944-8306 to answer any questions.

My patterns and books have been a part of the crat and quilting industry for the past 18 years, along with 10 years as a textile design artist.  You may have seen Granola Girls designs in a variety of major catalogs and publishing companies, such as Keepsake Quilting, Connecting Threads, McCall’s Quick Quilts, McCall’s Quilting, Fabric Trends, The Quilter, and many more.

Watch for my latest fabric designs this Spring titled Deer Camp.

And remember, take time for quilting and enjoy the outdoors.