December 12, 2011

Christmastime in Wisconsin

Each year my husband and I go to visit our daughter in Wisconsin.  We have had such a great time with them.  From baking to sewing to shopping, it's always just a fun week to set aside everything else and play together.  Because they live so far away, it's nice to know that we'll get this time that is just us together.  
There is a cute little town just up the road from where they live.  Right by their city hall they had a Santa's Workshop, complete with Gingerbread men and candy pops all around. We had to stop and take a picture.  Randy and Jamie are just goof balls, so they were playing around the whole time.

I had never seen a blow up Christmas decoration like this one.  Loved it!  I also loved that Mary has a little air belly on her right now.  Jamie said she'll go back and check to see if the baby Jesus will be there after Christmas.

This was one of our favorite finds!  I've had people in the shop show me this cute "Little Wallet" that Valori Wells has designed.  We popped into the quilt shop in her town and found the pattern.  We thought it would be fun to do a small project together.  We had so much fun making the two reversed wallets, that we want to do more.  Stay tuned, because this pattern is coming to Quilt Patch Lane!!

December 4, 2011


I love Christmas.  From the perfect number of lights on the tree, the hand decorated cookies, driving around looking for the house with the most lights - it is all fun.  I love how traditions that we started as a young family 30 years ago have shifted to my children.  We always got new jammies for the kids to open on Christmas Eve.  It's been fun to watch my three children do the same for their children.  We also purchased a new ornament each year while the kids were growing up.  They have these ornaments on their trees now, and do the same for their kiddos.  It is hard to not all be together on Christmas each year, but I love waking up on Christmas morning knowing that some of these traditions carry on.

May you have a blessed Christmas and remember the true reason we celebrate is because of the Savior that was born that night.  

November 28, 2011


Quilt Patch Lane's Annual Open House!!

Friday, December 2nd 10am - 4pm 
Saturday, December 3rd 10am - 4pm

Stop in and see us while you are out and about this weekend. We'll have refreshments, demonstrations on new techniques and be showing off our new fabric lines. 
We'll also have some great deals on your favorite things!
Can't wait to see you!

November 18, 2011

New Line Coming...

We are so excited to be offering a new line by Lotta Jansdotter through Windham Fabrics.  Lotta Jansdotter is known for her work with Rowenta iron and Martha Stewart.  She was born in 1971 on Aland, which is a small group of islands between Sweden and Finland.

Her designs are fresh and have an urban feel to them. We can't wait to get this fabric in the shop for you to see.  If you would like to learn more about her, please visit her website at

November 14, 2011

Pumpkin Cake

I have been thinking about all the wonderful food that we have at the holidays.  Many things have changed over the years from the "staples" that were always on the table to what we have now.  A new recipe that I have discovered over the past few years is a quick a simple recipe when you have an event, a potluck, a family gathering to attend and need something quick.

1 box yellow cake mix
3 whole eggs
1 can pureed pumpkin
2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning

Mix everything together.  Pour into a prepared Bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes until done.

One variation my daughter has tried when she is preparing the pan is to lightly sugar the pan before pouring the cake mix in.  This creates a sweet crust on the cake.  Delightful!
Another variation would be to try a different shape for a pan other than the traditional.  There are so many out there - the one pictured is a castle!

This is one simple recipe!  Enjoy!!

November 1, 2011

Quilting Community

I started thinking about the question: why do I quilt?  Of all the hobbies that are out there, why did I start quilting.  Then I realized I love how social it is.  My girlfriend, who had been a quilter for years, invited me to come along to a quilter's group with her.  I fell in love with the fabric and the amazing tops that were being created.  Although my first block wasn't perfect, I loved the time I got to spend with the people around the room.  Learning the stories of the women and about their families was so much fun.  The community of quilters is amazing.  Besides the learning that happens about each other, techniques are taught and "tricks of the trade".

I asked my daughter, who was moving away, if she would like to attend a beginner quilting class.  She and her husband were moving to another state so he could go to school and I wanted her to have a hobby; something to help keep her entertained while he was studying.  Little did I realize this hobby would aid in the creation of a community for her.  After a few months she had made friends and they were coming to her house to sew together.

Thank you all for being a part of that in my life...whether you are local or in another country, you are part of my Quilting Community.

October 26, 2011

Berenstain Bears

I love the Berenstain Bears.  I can't decide if it's because Mama always seemed to be able to do everything and loves to quilt or because they lived in a tree, but whatever the reason we read these books all the time.

The Berenstain Bears were created in 1962 by a wonderful couple, Janice and Stanley Berenstain.  They worked with Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) to get their books published through Random House and have been an icon in the homes of many for the past 49 years.


This was one in particular is one of my favorites- can you guess why?   With over 300 titles to choose from, it's hard to pick just one favorite!

I was pretty excited when I heard that Moda will be producing a fabric line using the characters from these books.  It will be released at the Fall Market in Houston just this weekend!  We're definitely getting this in the shop!

What do you think about the Berenstain Bears?  Did your kids and/or grandkids read them?  Did you have a favorite?   Post your comments...

July 12, 2011

Quick Projects for the Summer


We use a border stripe for this quick and easy table runner.  
Five seams and the top is together. 

Class is July 29th from 9:30am - 12pm.
 Cost per person: $15 plus patterns and supplies. 


A set of four placemats can be completed in an afternoon! 
Skill level: Beginner+ (basic rotary cutting and sewing skills). 

Class is August 12th from 9:30am - 12pm.
 Cost per person: $15 plus pattern and supplies


We will learn the technique of continuous line machine applique while creating either placemats or a wallhanging in this class. 

Class is September 9th from 9:30am - 1:00pm. 
Cost per person: $20.00 plus pattern and supplies.

For a listing of all classes, check out our new classes section on the website or click here

June 9, 2011

Newsboy Cap Class

Chic Newsboy Cap by Whimsicals

We will be making this adorable, fun, quick and easy project that will be complete when you leave the class!

"Choose wool, corduroy, linen, or cotton for this fun hat. Make each one unique when you accent the folded brim with a favorite brooch, fabric flower or buttons!" 

Two class times available: July 14th - 9:30-1:00 or 6:00-9:30. Class fee is $20 plus pattern and fabric for cap. Enter which class you would like to sign up for in comments section.

May 25, 2011

Memorial Day Sale

Happy Memorial Day!
Thank you to the men and women in the armed services for your service to our country.

In honor of this holiday, we are offering 30% off American Valor, Liberty Ridge and Bar Harbor (excludes bundles and kits).  This is for online purchases only.  
Sale starts Wednesday, May 25th until Monday, May 30th

April 21, 2011

Flowers in the...snow?

I was listening to the weather report today and then went to the kitchen to double check that it was really April 20th.  As I peered outside, still hoping I had been watching a recording, I was greeted with white fluff all over my hyacinths.  My poor, poor hyacinths...

I assume that I am not alone in my desire for Spring to really be here!  
So, leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday, April 24th and be entered into a drawing for these cute "Fresh Flowers"...

Happy Spring...

March 5, 2011

another jelly roll

Making quilts out of jelly rolls is so fun!  They are quick and always come out looking like it was one of the most difficult quilts around!
  Well, thanks to Betty Crocker, here's another "jelly roll" that is quick and simple too!
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Rainbow Sherbet Roll
1 package white angel food cake mix
1 1/4 cups cold water
powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups raspberry sherbet, softened
1 1/2 cups orange sherbet, softened
1 1/2 cups lime sherbet, softened

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch jelly roll pan with waxed paper.

2.  Beat cake mix and cold water in extra-large glass or metal bowl on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 1 minute.  Spread half of the batter in pan.  Spread remaining batter in ungreased loaf pan.

3.  Bake jelly roll pan 20 to 25 minutes, loaf pan 35-45 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.  Reserve loaf pan for another use.  Cool jelly roll pan 10 minutes.  Loosen cake from edges of pan; turn upside down onto towel sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Trim off stiff edges of cake if necessary.  Carefully roll hot cake and towel from narrow end.  Cool completely on wire rack, about one hour.

4.  Unroll cake; remove towel.  Beginning at narrow end, spread raspberry sherbet on one-third of cake, orange sherbet on next third of cake and lime sherbet on remaining cake.  Roll up carefully.  Place roll, seam side down, on 18x12 inch piece of aluminum foil.  Wrap in foil; freeze at least 6 hours until firm.  Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.  Cut roll in 3/4inch slices.  Store wrapped in freezer.  

February 4, 2011

Packers vs. Steelers

(photo compliments of The Chocolate Swirl)

Quilt Patch Lane will host it's 2nd Annual Superbowl Sale THIS Sunday, February 6th. 
Everything in the store will be 25% off (excluding kits and Clearance fabric). 

The shop will be open from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for this sale. Come in and browse our new fabric collections, get inspired to learn a new technique, and relax and enjoy some refreshments. 

For our online customers - discount will not appear on order but will be calculated before credit card processing. 

Sale ends Sunday night at midnight, PST. 

February 3, 2011

New Classes at Quilt Patch Lane

We have three fun new classes coming up in the next month at Quilt Patch.  Please call to register, as space for each class is limited.  

Quilt As You Sew Table Runner
Friday, February 25th 10am - 2pm
Saturday, February 26th 10am - 2pm
Cost: $20 plus supplies
Four little fat quarters and you're halfway to your next table runner!  Whether for a special gift or just a personal treat, these stitch together in a couple of hours - quick for the experienced, but simple enough for beginners.

Crazy Curves Class
Friday, March 11th 10am - 4pm
Saturday, March 12th 10am - 4pm
Cost: $35 plus supplies

Have you always wanted to create a quilt with curves but were too afraid to tackle it?  Well then this is the class for you!  Fast, fun and oh so easy!  It looks difficult, but is fat quarter friendly and easily cut with your rotary cutter.

Bella Bag Class
Friday, March 25th 10am - 2pm and 6pm - 10pm
Cost: $20 plus supplies

Quick and easy bag to create in 3-4 hours.  Pattern contains three sizes.