Category: Books and Patterns


Double 9 Patch Tutorial

I’ve been promising this for several weeks, and I hope the final result isn’t a letdown…

small9patchI want to start by saying that I have no illusions about the originality of this pattern.  This is a Double 9 Patch, folks, and it has been around forever and a day.  What I want to share with you is the MATH that I did to figure out the yardage and details for this particular version of this quilt.  I’ve made (or helped others make) several of these lately, and since I went to the work to do the math, I thought others might be interested, for a time when they need a simple, but effective quilt.  And for some day in the future when I want to make another one and don’t want to have to RE-figure out the math…

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Faux Applique — another new project!

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Just what I needed today, more new projects…

Look at what the UPS guy just brought:

I have had the privilege of actually having met Helen — one night at MQS (2006?) she did a little workshop on her Colorque technique for a few lucky souls.  We were in the lobby of the hotel we were staying at — I remember the lighting leaving something to be desired, and I think that some of the girls were drinking and being a little bit rowdy, making it hard for Helen to actually teach us anything, but she did, and we had fun, and somewhere, the little sample I did is still sitting, waiting for me to do something with it.

Her new book, Faux Applique was just released by  the American Quilter’s Society, and it is a very beautiful book.  I’ve flipped through it once, and can’t wait to look again more thoroughly.

It is full of eye candy, and what make it all even more fun is the fact that I’ve met Helen’s wonderful sister, Tracey, too.  In fact, Tracey has actually BEEN to Traer, Iowa.  Her husband is a farmer (albeit in Australia!) and spent several hours with my father-in-law while Tracey and some Iowa quilters had a visit at my house.  The combination of Tracey’s exquisite machine quilting with Helen’s beautiful color work makes for a very drool-worthy book!

The book is available in the shop, click the picture above to learn more about it (and get your copy!).


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!