Category: Quilts


The weather outside was frightful

So what was a girl to do??

Why, start a new quilt of course!

I’ve not been able to figure out what to do with this fabric:

Quite frankly, I’ve been scared to cut into it.

Last night, though, I had an epiphany — I discovered that one of the quilts for the Machine Quilter’s Showcase Bread and Butter Category was the Four Patch Stacked Posie.  And as soon as I discovered that fact, I KNEW exactly which fabric I wanted to try.

Keep in mind that I don’t actually own the pattern (yet), I’m just making this up on my own:


Voila: I have 38 blocks done and a bunch more cut, waiting to be sewn.

This could be addictive!

(I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to set them, they were just sitting on the floor posing for their picture in this configuration…)

The irony is that I had actually intended to look for a more complicated quilt project to start — everything I do lately seems to be super-simple get it pieced as quick as possible kind of stuff.  My plan was to find something I could sink my teeth into, and look where I ended up???

A four patch, of all things.

But don’t worry.  I think I know what my complicated project is going to be, too.  More on that later.


p.s.  No, I don’t really NEED new projects.  I’ve got itchy fingers.  Or something like that.  The new blocks were a reward for getting the bindings sewn on my 2 double 9 patch quilts…


Almost done…

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I’m not positive, but I think this particular quilt is taking me forever.

I’m still not done, but I’m close — just have to finish the outside border across the top, plus the other sides of both green borders.

The quilt is adorable, but the kimono blocks are smallish (and there are 28 of them), so it has taken awhile to do all of the blocks and sashing.

I’m almost done with my last double 9 patch (and thus the tutorial) and hope to get that posted tomorrow.  If I can get this quilting done…

Until then — happy quilting!



Double 9 Patch

Several weeks ago, a young customer came in, interested in taking a quilting class.  She liked the looks of the Double 9 Patch pattern in a book I had in the shop, but wanted to go a different direction in terms of the fabric choices — which required me to do some math for her.  After doing so, I figured I’d better actually make a sample to make sure I had done the math correctly!

The finished quilt is destined to be a Christmas gift, and in a few days, I’m going to post a tutorial that includes all of the yardage and cutting details, as well as some step by steps as I make ANOTHER version of this quilt (yet another Christmas gift…).

The quilting was finished yesterday, the quilt still needs a binding:

I’m not sure why the bottom corner curled like that.  It really does lay flat and square…

The quilting was pretty simple, just continuous curve on all of the 9 patches.

I was going to offer this as a kit, but I have subsequently sold out of the green fabric, and don’t have a suitable substitute right now.

I’d better get sewing, so I can (a) finish the tutorial and (b) finish the 2nd quilt!

Happy Quilting!



Fall Trimmings

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I meant to take (and post) pictures of the shop windows last week…but never managed to get outside with my camera.  I wish I had done it last week instead of today — brrr!  It has sure turned cold here in Central Iowa!

The picture isn’t that great, I think I need to try it when the light is different, to see if I can get one without all of the reflections in the window.  The wallhanging at the top of the window is something my Mom made several years ago — a row of really cute pumpkins!

The local Boy Scouts have been selling pumpkins for the past several weekends, and 2 weeks ago I wandered over and bought the big ones you see in the picture — I thought they’d be just perfect to display our growing collection of hat samples.  Mom’s been making hats like crazy, and we’re all going to need those hats here pretty soon.  If you’d like to make your own knitted hat, I hope you’ll check out our yarn selection!  Many of the patterns she has been using are free, and we can direct you to them!

Here’s the other window — again, sorry for the reflections in the glass!

The quilt is Granny’s Jam from the book Laps From Fats.

The bags are Laurel Burch bags — those will be on the shop site here shortly (and I’ll come back and add a link when they are available).  I know a lot of people think of her cat bags, but there some really cute DOGS, too.

And I can see from looking at the picture that I need to repair the fabric wrapped pole again!  Sheesh, I thought I had that all cleaned up!


Quilt Dash!

Knots & Bolts is participating in a Quilt Dash — October 15 through November 15!  The idea, of course, is to visit a bunch of shops that you might not have visited before. You will also receive a free issue of a very special, exclusive publication designed and created by Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine! And every member who completes a Quilt Dash, receives a FREE quilted pattern!

In the end, if you visit all of the quilt shops that are part of the Quilt Dash that you enter, your name will be dropped into the Quilt Dash basket and you have a chance to win prizes!

I hope you consider joining in the fun!


Have Your Cake

I saw this adorable book and just had to check it out — it’s from a new-to-me designer, Dodi Lee Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow.

There are some very cute quilt projects in this book — all of which come with matching cake recipes.   Poulsen couldn’t decide what fabric cuts to design with — layer cakes, fat quarters, jelly rolls — so she used them all.  Each quilt uses a different “cut” of fabric, and she also included a quilt made from fat eighths, one from charm squares, as well as a yardage based project.

I’m trying to decide if I should start with Birthday Cake, or Angel Food Cake — or maybe Tweet D Pie (because sometimes you’d rather have pie instead!)  And those are just the desserts, I’m considering.  Maybe I should start with one of the quilts, first!

Or maybe I’ll just have some Beef Cake:

There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and I think this book is a great addition to your quilting library.

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too — $21.95

Plus!  I’ve extended my special blog discount until the 24th, so you have a few more days if you want 15% off your purchase of $25 or more — just use Promo Code  Blog0821 when you check out!

Until next time,



What’s new (well, what isn’t new?)

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See that’s the trouble as I’ve tried to think about what to highlight on the blog, here.  Everything’s new, so where do I start!

I’ve decided to start with an overview of everything, just to give you a general idea of what we’ve got and where we are headed!


All of the fabric at Knots & Bolts is 100% cotton quilt shop quality fabric.

A very few bolts are priced at $4.50 per half yard — right now that’s just the Maywood Studios fabric.

We’ve got several colors of their Shadowplay fabrics, and some of the Cottage Garden by Willowberry Lane fabrics (the rest is still on order!)  The Shadow Play line is a nice line of a marbled texture — almost solid, but not quite.  Cottage Garden has a very pretty floral focal piece, the scan doesn’t even do it justice:

Cottage Garden by Willowberry Lane

The rest of the fabric?  If you’ve been to the site, you know:  it’s only $2.49 per half yard!  (That’s $4.98 per yard…)  Once upon a time, it all sold for $8 or $9/ yard, but I have found a source for closeout fabric, which is how I’m able to sell these older fabrics (that are still great quality) at such a great price.

Right now you can look at the whole swath of fabrics at one go:  Value Fabric, or you can view it by Color or by Manufacturer.  As we get more fabric, we’ll start adding Theme categories, too, so you’ll be able to look at all of our florals, or all of the Christmas fabric.

One last special deal to mention about the fabric:  if you like to collect fat quarters, you can order one of our Baker’s Dozen fat quarter bundles — let us pick out 13 fat quarters from our collection, and you can have 13 for the price of 12! If you order more than one bundle, we’ll make sure you don’t get any duplicates!


We’ve got so much yummy yarn.  I haven’t been much of a knitter until lately, but right now, I’m salivating over the yarn.  I’m ready to make something in every single color and fiber.

You can browse our yarns by color, by fiber, by manufacturer or by weight.

Most of our yarn comes from Cascade.

Our 100% wool staple yarn is Cascade 220.  This is the yarn that is top of the charts at Ravelry.  We have 55 colors in stock, and there are over 200 colors available.  If we don’t have the color you want, we’ll gladly order it!  This yarn felts beautifully, has a nice, consistent texture and even color.

We have a number of great sock yarns, including some from Cascade, Opal, King Cole and Brown Sheep Company.  Here’s a look at my favorite.  I could just eat this up.  This is Heritage Sock Yarn, in a handpainted version called Aqua Sol:

Our most exotic yarn is called Pastaza.  It’s a Llama/Wool blend. This color is called Ruby.

There’s more, of course — I could keep going for pages, but I’m probably wearing you out.

Notions and Patterns

But I can’t wrap this up with drawing your attention to our notions category, which includes knitting needles from Inox and Clover, as well as Boye crochet hooks, and a variety of other necessities for knitting/crochet and sewing.

We don’t have a lot of patterns and books yet, but we do have a few — we’ve got some knitting, some quilting, as well as some other crafts, plus more on the way, soon!


Well, if you’ve made it this far, I thank you for staying with me!  Most of you who are reading right now have probably already seen a coupon, but this one is special for those of you actually reading the new blog, and it’s a much shorter term:

15% off your order of $25 or more (before sales tax and shipping), good only until August 21, 2008!  Use promo code: BLOG0821

And really, the coupon shouldn’t be a secret — tell all of your friends, who doesn’t like a sale?!?

Happy quilting, knitting, crocheting or whatever else you like to do!


Free pattern, take two

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After thinking about it some more, I decided to do the whole free pattern a little differently.

Instead of making you go through the shopping cart, I’m just going to link directly to it here and let you have it.

Free Pinata Booty Pattern

The pattern is still available for free from the shopping site, but you can simply click the link above and get your copy!

If you do download the pattern, would you consider posting a link to the Knots & Bolts blog ( on your blog (if you have one?)?

No strings are attached, but I’d appreciate it if you’d help spread the word about my new blog and shop!
Thanks and have a great day!!


Pinata Booty

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In honor of Traer’s 2008 Winding Stairs Festival (Fiesta on 2nd Street), I designed a fun, simple quilt using some really cute Candy print fabric (plus a stack of great bright fat eighths).

You might have noticed this one hanging in the front window in the shop tour I posted below — along with a Pinata!  I figured this is the sort of “booty” that quilters would like to see tumble out of their Pinata!

The quilt is available as a kit, which includes the pattern and the fabric needed to make the quilt top (plus binding!).  The backing is not included, but we have a bunch of the candy fabric (the tossed candy, plus the candy stripes in white or purple) in stock (and at a great price!).  You would need 3.5 yards (or a quantity of 7 half-yards in the shopping cart) in order to piece a back for this lap-sized quilt.

Pinata Booty Quilt Kit

I’ve also made the pattern available as a FREE download!  You do have to add the pattern to your shopping cart, and go through the checkout process to get it, but it’s pretty easy to do (plus it is free!).

Pinata Booty Free Pattern (via the shopping cart)

The pattern is available directly from here, so you don’t have to go through the Knots & Bolts shopping cart:

Free Pinata Booty Pattern (direct PDF download)

The quilt is a very easy log cabin variation, and the pattern would work with Jelly Rolls, too!  Fun for kids — of all ages!  The finished quilt measures 55 by 65, making it a great candidate for a Quilt of Valor, as well.