Hello and happy Monday to you all! Here's to hoping you all have a blessed week ahead of you!
So while this is the May newsletter, we wanted to give you a little recap on an event that we were a part of on April 7th & 8th: the annual Quilting N' Cuisine Mini Shop Hop. We'd like to thank all of you that participated in the shop hop; We hope you enjoyed it! However, for those of you who weren't able to attend or don't know what it is, allow us to give you a little bit of an insight into what went on those 2 days.
The Quilting N' Cuisine Mini Shop Hop is hosted by 5 shops located here in Holmes County, with Miller's Dry Goods being one of them. Each shop creates a wall hanging pattern (everyone has the same design, but uses different fabrics). Throughout the day, participants visit each of the shops were they can have their passport stamped and receive a free recipe, as well as free mystery wall hanging instructions. In the afternoon, they attend a show where they can see all of the 5 wall hangings and sample the food from the recipe cards.
Below is our version of this year's design. Kits, patterns, and accessory kits are sold in store. They are not available online, sorry! However, if you can't make it to the store and would still like to purchase any of these items, please give us a call. We would be happy to take your phone order and ship them out to you while supplies last.
Also to give you a small taste of the yummy food that was enjoyed during those two days, we thought we'd share one of the recipes with you. All the food was prepared by Ada Miller from Lone Star Quilt Shop.
Ingredients: 2 lbs. Pretzels 3/4 c. Crisco Oil 1 Pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Mix
Instructions: Mix oil and seasoning and pour over pretzels. Stir pretzels. Bake at 325 for 20 min. Let cool and put in container.
These pretzels are the perfect snack food. Bet you can't eat just one!
This "charming" new quilt book by Vanessa Goertzen introduces beginners to the wonderful world of Charm Packs. The book includes 18 quilts that can be made from these simple 5" square packs. Don't own any charms? No worries, you can always make your own with what you've got in your stash.
Wanting to learn how to machine quilt, but don't know where to start? This book by Pat Sloan is for you. She'll walk you through the basics of using a walking foot and then also get you started on some free motion quilting.
Introducing the latest addition to Moda's bakery items. Cake Mix Recipes combine LayerCakes with the technique of paper piecing. Recipe 1 will give you 5 different block designs with the required ingredients being: 1 Moda Print Layercake, 1 Moda Solid LayerCake, and the Cake Mix. Finished block sizes are 16" x 16".
The good news is that you have choices, because Moda has whipped up a second recipe for you to try. Cake Mix Recipe 2 is similar to Cake Mix Recipe 1 in that it also involves paper piecing and requires the same set of ingredients. However, recipe 2 yields 6 different block designs Finished block sizes are 6.75" x 6.75".
This handy dandy gadget allows you to replace a broken zipper pull without having to replace the whole zipper. It’s made to fit a size 5 plastic molded zipper. Great for fixing jackets, coats, sleeping bags, tents, purses, duffel bags, and luggage.
Want to add straps to your new wallet or purse? Swivel Hooks will help you do just that. We now carry both regular size, as well as small swivel hooks that can be used to attach straps to your accessories. The regular size swivel hook works well for larger bags and purses while the small swivel hook is great for wallets or small handbags. Check out our various versions of swivel hooks and other purse accessories here.
Checkout our new bag labels from Emmaline Bags. Each of the labels contain the word “Handmade”, so that you can proudly showcase that your bag was made by you. We have labels with a nickel finish, gold finish, or some that look like antique brass. To view the labels and other purse accessories we have available click here.
If your wanting another way to let others know your bag was made by you, we now also carry zipper pulls that contain the word "Handmade". They come in either a antique brass or nickel color. To view both zipper pull options, take a look under our purse accessories category on our website.
This fun, new pattern from the Quilt Factory is an opportunity to show off your creativity. Uses the color scheme suggested in the pattern, use the same color throughout, or maybe create a neutral look using blacks, whites, and grays. This quilt is also a great way to use up some of those scraps that have been piling up in your fabric stash. Pattern provides instructions for sizes 48x60, 76x92, and 84x102.
Save time cutting with these bright & bold ruler stickers. Use them to highlight exactly where you want to cut, the bright colors quickly drawing your eye to your next cut. They can be used with rulers, templates, or cutting mats. Package includes 3 different colors.
As you can probably tell from past newsletters, we love snowmen here at Miller’s Dry Goods. I mean, who doesn’t? This particular snowman throw will keep you warm in the winter. It features a combination of flannel and cotton fabric, with 5 jolly applique snowmen. Imagine yourself with a big cup of hot chocolate, curled up on the couch with this blanket on a cold winter night. Yeah, it sounds nice, right?
Quilt Factory has come out with 3 different, baby/kid friendly applique patterns. This particular one features an adorable applique zebra amidst some tall applique flowers. Finished quilt size is 42” x 52”
Our third and final baby quilt from Quilt Factory includes a mischievous applique fox peeping out among the surrounding geometric pattern. Any of these 3 quilts would be a great baby shower gift. Finished size 41” x 51”.
From the ever popular Creative Grids come these new templates designed to help you create a Diamond Wedding Ring Quilt. One set includes 6 different templates which allow you to the needed segments/ pieces for a Diamond Wedding Ring Block. As always they're nonslip, which makes the tracing and cutting process a breeze.
If you're collecting Kansas Troubles designs, you'll want to add this floral reproduction to your list. Thistle Farm consists of warm, inviting reds, purples, greens, blues, and tans that make the outdoors come to life. Says the designer "My Thistle Farm Collection is inspired by all the beautiful plants mother nature provides -- cultivated, wildflower and weed."
Christmas is coming early this year, like 7 months early. Reds, greens, and blues are the statement colors of this collection designed by Minick and Simpson. Candy canes, paisley prints, holly leaves, and polka dot prints will spark that holiday spirit within you.
Vibrant Floral Colors--greens, pinks, orange, yellows, and teal--are blooming in this new collection by Vanessa Goertzen, author of Charm School. She claims Sugar Pie is "full of sugar and spice" with its pansies, roses, and candied lace prints. Add hearts and polka dots to the mix and you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic collection.
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Happy Spring Everyone! It's officially here to stay (I hope). For some of you, spring may be the time of year where your sewing and quilting projects get set to the side, due to gardening or other various outdoor projects. Nonetheless, for those of you who lack a green thumb, we're here to tell you that, if nothing else, your fabric stash is the one thing you can still grow this year.
If your wondering what projects to tackle next or which fabric to add to your collection...we have some ideas for you! Rather than gravitating towards the usual cotton fabric that we all love...maybe add some new textures to your stash.
Expand your Laminated Fabric collection. Our laminated fabric collection has recently expanded with some fun new prints from Moda. Select patterns from collections such as Lulu Lane, Poetry, and Coney Island can be now be found in laminated fabrics. We used our new fabric to make the Bag Lady Tote (a pattern that you may recognize from last month's newsletter), rather than using the broadcloth or linen, and we think it turned out rather nicely:) If you're looking for a smaller project check out the My Travel Bag pattern (featured in our new pattern section), which can also be made with laminated fabric.
Impress your friends with this stylish new accessory that you can make yourself.This new pattern brought to you by designer Lindsey Rae will allow you to create a lightweight cardigan that can tie in the front or back --the perfect addition to your closet. The pattern provides instructions for sizes XS-4XL and gives the option of either long sleeves or a 3/4 sleeve length.
You'll be walking in a winter wonderland with the new Winter Joy quilt pattern by Border Creek Stations. We've put together a kit just for you, consisting of gray and blue batiks which combine to create a calming, cool, and elegant design. If you're feeling inspired, buy the pattern and choose your own color scheme. Kit and patterns are sold separately.
For those of you who love Steam-A-Seam, this product is for you! The lite version now comes in a fusible,double-stick tape, which is perfect for hemming light or thin fabrics. Use it to applique small or narrow pieces that can be adjusted as needed until you iron them.
Useful and adorable all at the same time, this Hummingbird Needle Threader will have you threading your needles with ease. The beak is the actual needle threader itself, that conveniently comes with a cover for when it's not in use. The hummingbird also comes equipped with a thread cutter and a lanyard hole.
Spring may be here, but that doesn't mean we can't prepare for winter, right? These jolly, happy snowmen will be the perfect addition to your home. Bird Brain Designs has provided you with 3 different embroidery patterns that can then be made into pillows, wall hangings or table toppers.
What better way to celebrate spring than with some spring chickens. This applique project from Bonnie Sullivan can be done in either flannel or wool, and features 3 chickens, 2 baby chicks, and 1 hatching egg. Finished block size is 9" x 21".
With this new bag from Fig Tree & Co. you'll be organized and in style. It's the perfect size (5" x 11") to store your sewing supplies, accessories, or toiletry items. Choose a fun, printed laminate fabric (as mentioned earlier) for the outside and a complimenting cotton fabric for the inside.
Get well acquainted with a quilter's favorite shape: the hexagon or "hexie." In this newly published book by Boutique-Sha you'll learn how to make them and then be given 12 different projects so that you can try out your new skills. The authors "guarantee you won't be able to make just one!"
Violets are the flower of focus in this new collection by Debbie Beaves.Various shades of purples and greens are used to bring this collection to life. Complimenting fabrics contain floral, houndstooth, and bag textured designs.
Bold, vivid colors will transport you to warm, breezy summer days in this new collection designed by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda. A broad range of colors such as red, orange, yellow, green and blue can be found in this collection along with a wide variety of floral prints, plus polka dots and waves as accents.
For all you nature-lovers and camping-lovers alike, this collection's for you! Holly Taylor's design feature prints with bears,moose, and deer along the river trail, along with prints containing a plethora of camping gear. Coordinating fabrics contain leaves and wavy lines that imitate the rushing river.
Classy and sophisticated meet in this timeless collection created by BasicGrey for Moda. This collection is mainly composed of blacks, tans, whites, grays, and browns, which make the individual fabrics great candidates for accents or neutrals to go along with other colors/projects. However, with the paisley, floral, and polka dot designs the collection can be used as a whole to make a beautiful masterpiece--no other fabrics needed. Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls,and Layer Cakes are available.
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Spring is on it's way...or it appears to be with this unusually- warm weather we've been experiencing in Ohio these last few days/weeks.Despite the fact that it's still technically winter, I think a small bit of spring fever has set in around the shop, and we're using that extra dose of Vitamin D (the extra sunshine is great, isn't it?) to keep us energized as we prepare for some of our upcoming events.
One of those events, that we're looking forward to, is the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo held March 30, 31, & April 1 at the Cleveland I-X Center. If you've been there in years past you know there's lots to see, but if it's your first time going and you're wondering what to expect, visit the sewingexpo.com for more information.
Stop in and see us. We love seeing old and new faces visit our booth. AND here's a little sneak preview of what you'll find if you do...
Let's start with our featured demo... We'll be showing you how to make these cute little baskets and bins to store your buttons, thread, scraps...or whatever your heart desires. It could even be used as a bread basket, just to give you some more ideas.
Our Handmade Items will also be featured at the show including these scissor and rotary cutter holders, which are made right here at the store. Most of our handmade items are locally made, so come check them out and see the talented work of our locals.
Twisted Star Ornaments.These little guys have been quite the hit around here. Patterns will be available at the show. They're simple and fun to make, and they're an easy way to add a little pop of color to your decor.
And of course, can you guess what's sitting in these storage bins???
That's right....our ever-popular Yard Piece Bin will be back again this year! (Cue the applause) This seems to be a crowd favorite...and who could blame them? The girls at the shop have put together acolorful assortment of hundreds of yard pieces for you dig through at your leisure. It's like a treasure hunt for quilters.
One more thing...if you'd like a chance to win 2 free tickets to the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, check out our Miller's Dry Goods Facebook Page to find our post on how you can be entered into our giveaway.
The title is a dead giveaway for what this book is all about. Kimberly Einmo gives you an easy to use guide on how to create 10 unique quilts by combining 2 or more different blocks. Her tips and formulas will take the guess work out of figuring yardage amounts and picking color schemes.
This ruler and your rotary cutting mat will be best friends. Ingeniously created to coordinate with the most commonly used cutting mat size ( 18" x 24" ), this ruler is easy to move and handle to get your desired size cuts and angles.
Quilting can get messy sometimes, and that's where the Quilter's Dust Brush comes in handy. It's useful for anything from cleaning chalk off of your quilt to dusting off your sewing machine. A great tool for those hard to reach spots, and it ships for FREE.
What woman doesn't need a new purse, right? You can't go wrong with this fun, fashionable pattern by Sassafras Lane Designs. This purse is large enough to hold all your essentials ( 10" x 11"), but still carries comfortably due to the cross-body design. Hardware is sold separately.
Perfect for when you're on the road or for a rainy day at home, this game board will keep you entertained for hours. Use one side to play Tic Tac Toe using bean bags, then flip it over to play a game of checkers using buttons. The matching tote makes it easy to transport. Includes pattern for Game Board, Button Bag, Bean Bags and Tote.
We've got another project for our applique lovers. These goat and sheep tea towel patterns from The Wooden Bear will allow you to spruce up any tea towel, and bring a fun, easy, and cute addition to your kitchen. But don't stop there! These goat and sheep appliques would also look great on other projects, such as pillows and aprons.
Like the pattern says, this makes the "Perfect Shopping Bag." The spacious, yet simple design, created by Joanna Figueroa, pairs well with most anything, and gives you the luxury of carrying most everything in one bag. Store your fabric,notions, and patterns for your latest project in this bag,or use it to carry your purchases on a shopping trip. The possibilities are endless.
New Fabric Collections
Warning: The following fabric lines may give you a large dose of Spring Fever.
Spring has sprung---well at least in this collection it has. Blues, purples, and pinks are the color scheme for this particular collection with the design focusing mainly on small and medium floral prints. Designed by Kim's Cause.
Like the last collection, this collection focuses on floral prints as well. However, designer Sevenberry focuses more on darker, neutral colors. Black, Burgundy, Navy and Brown are the colors of choice in this springy, yet sophisticated line of fabrics from Robert Kaufman.
Warm, inviting colors will draw you in and transport you back in time with this vintage collection by Jo Morton. Browns, blues, pinks, rust, and creams blended together in small and medium fern and floral prints are what you'll find in this collection. Jelly Rolls, Charms, Layer Cakes, and Mini Charms are also available.
Bring the outdoors, indoors for your little one with this new flannel collection designed by Shelly Comiskey. Bright, fun colors are used to showcase these adorable little critters, while dots and stripes are used for accent fabrics.
Introducing the newest collection by local designer Corey Yoder. Light blue, coral, pinks, yellow, green, and gray make this new line come to life, just like the new flowers of spring.Incidentally, the main theme of this collection is an array of floral design, with both large and small prints being used. Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs, and Mini Charms are all available.
These new 30's prints from Henry Glass will have you smiling, with their happy, spring-inspired colors and designs. Use these blues, purples, greens, and yellows to finish something old or create something new.
Elegance, grace, and romance come to mind when looking at this new collection by 3 Sisters. Once again flowers, namely roses, are the main focal point of this collection, with leaves, polka dots, and poetry lines thrown into the mix of coordinating fabric designs. Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs are available.
If you feel as though we haven't shown you enough floral options already, here's another to add to your collection. A "Great Mixture of Vintage and Modern", this collection, designed by April Rosenthal, encompasses small and large floral design paired with geometric, wavy and polka-dotted designs. Find it in Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs as well.
Last, but certainly not least, is a collection designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer. While this collection still includes some floral aspects, its also quite different from any of the previous collections that we've shown you. Blacks, grays, and whites give it a "pencil-sketched" look, while red provides an eye-catching pop of color.
In honor of Valentine's Day coming up on the 14th, this month we're highlighting some Valentines themed fabrics and kits and providing a short history of this unique holiday.
One popular theory as to the origin of Valentine's Day states that a priest named St. Valentine was imprisoned for marrying young couples that were forbidden by the Roman Empire to be married-- the empire wanted soldiers to man the ever expanding kingdom instead of having married men tied down to their families. According to legend, St. Valentine healed his jailer's daughter and sent her a letter before being executed. He ended his letter by signing, "Your Valentine".
In actuality, there were several priests named Valentine who were Christian martyrs and whose life events had no associations with romantic love. Yet, poets and folk stories added to the St. Valentine legend, eventually culminating into the holiday we know today of romance, gift giving, and Valentines cards.
Designed by Barbara Cherniwchan for Coach House Designs, this camping themed quilt is 66" x 86" in flannel, featuring vintage campers that are appliqued. Use your own fabric or follow the pattern exactly by using flannels from the "Welcome Home Flannel" collection by Jennifer Bosworth for Maywood Studios.
Lindsey Rae from Sew to Grow won't steer you wrong in this simple yet stylish Meridan Knit Dress. It includes options like long or short sleeves, curved or straight hem, and round or V-neck. Plus it's full of tips and tricks for the beginner sewer.
You have the dress from Lindsey Ray Marsh, now you need that handbag to go with it! This bag can be made from leather, laminate, or heavy cotton, but the pattern focuses primarily on the leather version, providing helpful tips and tricks for working with leather.
Now you have a handy way to do your hand stitching in front of the TV. Keep everything organized with this pincushion pattern that slides over the arm of your favorite comfy chair, holding your pins and other sewing notions. It also includes a thread tie-down! Designed by Cindy Taylor Oates from Taylor Made Designs.
Everything is better made out of fabric, including these stylish zippered storage boxes. The pattern includes 6 different sizes that nest, each of which are fat quarter friendly. From designer Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.
For the embroidery affectionados out there, here is a phone case project made entirely in the hoop. It features not only a back side compartment for your phone, but also three pockets ideal for credit cards and license, and a zippered compartment in the front to hold pocket change and bills. Designed by Embroidery Garden.
A camping trip playset that when closed looks like a camper. Opening the case, your child will find two dolls and their teddy bears living in luxury in their bed and bath suite. A handmade toy that you can customize with your child's favorite colors -- or bust your stash! Pattern is designed by Two Brown Birds and distributed by Creative Abundance.
For those of you who have trouble sewing a straight line, Smiley Face straight seam will have you stitching straight with ease. It attaches magnetically to your machine's throat plate, providing an edge as a guide for your fabric.
Show off your status as a quilter when you're on the road! These car window decals come in three different designs: I heart to Quilt (shown), I heart Sewing (with a needle through a stitched heart), and a vintage sewing machine. All three decals come in white colors.
Fun and quirky door knob hangers to let your household know that sewing is in progress -- do not disturb! They come in three themes: "Do not disturb, it's quilting time!", "Welcome to my happy place", and lastly, "The stash, open carefully".
On the reverse side, you can fill in your name, welcoming people to your "studio".
Unlike the previous collection, this fabric line from Moda focuses on more structured, geometric prints with bold lines and colors. Blues come in several different shades ranging from navy to denim, contrasting with cream and gray colors. Designed by Janet Clare.
Freedom is designers Sweetwater's take on summer with the focal point being the 4th of July holiday. Dark red, navy, white, and khaki are paired with patriotic designs in Sweetwater's usual country flair. For those of you not looking for a patriotic theme, there are plenty of prints where it is either not present or too subtle to notice.
Designed by Jan Patek, these fabrics are vintage, almost reproduction, with both floral and geometric prints in large scale and small scale. Colors include Jan's well known shades of tan, charcoal, wine, cranberry red, and hemp green.
This last featured Moda collection is by Kathy Schmitz, who attempts to put the love of gardening onto fabric. Garden Notes features a light, warm color palette and some unique prints -- the focal fabric having designs that feature different plant and insect species listed with their scientific names.
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We had lots of Christmas time fun along with too many cookies and chocolate that comes through the door this time of year.
I want to take this time to thank each and every one of our customers for helping us have a successful 2016. I am looking foward to the 2nd year of owning Miller's and seeing what it has in store for us.
To the right is a picture of my husband Henry and myself. He is the guy that stood beside me this past year when he wasn't sure if I was having a midlife crisis or a wonderful idea about buying the store.
A little about him -- Henry has been a volunteer for the past 12 years on our local fire department (we have both been EMT's for almost a decade as well). For these last couple of years, he's been doing flat roofing but will be starting a taxi service for our local Amish community in the near future.
May each one of you have a prosperous year ahead!
PS. Don't forget to check our Facebook page about winter weather delays and closings at the shop!
Whether you have scraps at home that you want to use up, or you'd prefer a more structured design using yardage, this book is perfect for you, for it offers quilts with both options. One is controlled, the other is scrappy. Sometimes only the colors change from one version to the next, other times the look is completely different.
Contains 8 quilt projects, each with an alternate version for a total of 16.
Another scrappy quilt pattern by Eleanor Burns from Quilt in a Day. You can use charm packs, left over scraps, or for a planned quilt, a favorite fabric collection. The "kite" patch blocks can be bordered with or without lattic and cornerstone designs.
This pattern is for those who enjoy the challenge of more intricate hand embroidery. Whimscial snowmen and birdhouse are hand stitched, including straight stitches, stem stiches, and french knots.These designs look great as a pillow or wallhanging!
From the same designer of the Fold'n Stitch patterns, comes another easy project - fabric stars, great as ornaments, decorating gifts, and just for fun! This pattern includes sewing-- for a more crafty, twisted star that requires no sewing (all you need is heat n bond and a hot glue gun), see Jody's Jems Twisted Star Ornament Pattern.
You know it's gotta be good, and possibly addicting, if it has the Lazy Girl Designs logo. This pattern is for fabric boat containers that are made with 3 planks stitched together (while flat) and the ends tied. So simple and yet such a unique way to hold your sewing, notions, suplies, snacks, etc.
Finished size: Bottom is 6" x 3", standing about 3" tall.
A craft project from "As the Crow Flies", featuring 2 decorative pincushion ideas. One is a vintage flour sifter with a pincushion tomato berry top, the other is a framed wall hanging with a pincushion and other 3 dimensional sewing notion designs.
Your child's favorite stuffed animal and blankie -- combined! From Embroidery Garden, come these adorable sleeping animals with your choice of giraffe, piglet, fox, sheep, monkey, elephant, owl, or zebra. The heads and arms are stuffed, securely snapped to the blanket, the length of which measures about 20 inches.
Basic sewing skills on the embroidery machine and sewing machine needed.
The adorableness continues! This pattern designed by Fiona Tully for Two Brown Birds includes instructions for a stuffed bear and baby, plus their sleeping bags / blankies. One neat feature of the bear and baby are their two faces -- a playful awake face, and after flipping them over, a sleepy face.
Your kids will enjoy these fun bunny placemats from Susie C. Shore Designs. With optional pockets in the ears for forks, spoons, and knives -- even napkins and treats, they are great table decorations for birthday parties, or for an Easter holiday theme. Easy and fast to make!
These microtex professional grade chrome needles are a step above your average machine needles. For example, when sewing with regular needles for projects that include stitching through a couple layers of fusible web, build-up tends to occur due to the needle heating up and warming the fusible in your project. These new needles dramatically reduce this kind of gummy build up!
Know where you are in your quilting, with this Dritz Longarm tape measure which features a 0 in the middle, giving you 72 inches on either side. On the back side of the tape measure, it gives you inches from 1 to 144.
This kit is for a small crib quilt / baby blanket with a finished size of 36" x 42". With a double layer of embrace with batting in between, this blanket is both stretchy and breathable yet heavier with more warmth than your single layer embrace blanket. Pattern, batting, and perle cotton sold separately. For tips for sewing with embrace fabric, see our September Newsletter.
We've been busy clearing up space for new flannels coming up in the future. Which means....we're moving some of our flannels into the discount aisles! The same high quality flannels for almost half the price!
Valentines Day will be here before you know it! Chong-A-Hwang's collection of luxurious rose prints will add a rich floral texture with a subtle touch of romance. If you've enjoyed any of her other florals (her border prints are especially popular), check this one out!
These fabrics come from Northcott's premier Artisan Spirit collection, containing a variety of texture designs, speckles, dots, marble...with gold metallic accents. Colors include shades of green and brown.
Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us at Miller's Dry Goods!
Some of you may have snow, but here in Charm Ohio it's a season of rain. We've not let that dampen our holiday spirit -- our Christmas decorations are up all throughout the store, inside and out.
We've also been busy adding to our online gift category-- small, inexpensive gifts perfect for gift bags and stocking stuffers. Most popular are the super snips which are small yet super sharp, for under $3. Another addition are small wooden signs featuring often hilarious quilting phrases like "She who dies with the most fabric wins", "My long arm is my friend and my enemy", for under $7.
From the master of the historically inspired sample quilt, Laurie Aaron Hird, comes 96, classic 6-inch blocks depicting biblical passages. These blocks represent the major people, events and themes in The Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Ninety-six classic quilt blocks are paired with ninety-six Bible passages from the Old and New Testaments, with a finished queen-sized quilt design, plus diagrams for alternative quilt sizes (lap, twin and king).
A pattern from the BQ (block quilt) pattern series created by Debbie Bowles and Maple Island Quilts, BQ 5 is modern and bold with its big off center focus and accents splash. Choose one center fabric or many.
2 block size options and 6 quilt sizes ranging from crib to queen.
We can never have too many stuffed snowmen patterns! Last month's newsletter featured a rustic, vintage snowman, this month's snowman is more modernly cute and larger, standing at 13". Plus, included in the pattern is an additional design -- the snowman featured as an appliqued wall hanging.
Designed by Jennifer Clemen for Cottonwood Creations.
Chase your winter blues away with this table runner / wall hanging that welcomes spring into your home. With plenty of applique and piecework, it's rated advanced beginner. From the designer of the Fold'n Stitch patterns, Kristine Poor for Poorhouse Quilt Designs.
This is what you need for paper piecing patterns that call for foundation piecing. From the makers of Triangle Paper, Quiltime presents easy tear away foundation paper that is easy to copy and print. 50 sheets per package, 8.5 x 11 dimensions.
From Moda designer Lella Boutique, this pretty collection has a country cottage feel with simple florals and coordinating dots, geometrics, and words prints. Colors include pink, dark pear green, and contrasting black, white, and taupe colors.
Digital prints allow for so much more color and detail. In fact, up to a million different colors versus the limit of 18 of the current screen printing method. This Mastery collection includes florals and textures, some of which are included in the Hoffman Challenge.
Moda designers Sheeri & Chelsi took some of their favorite colors and incorporated them into floral and geometric prints, containing a southwestern desert flavor. Vibrant colors and simple designs make for a modern yet warm collection.
This large collection designed by Whistler Studios features stately floral prints and structured geometrics in 3 colors: red, white, and black, blending effortlessly for endless combinations and pairings of patterns.
November has arrived bringing cool nights and colorful leaves with it,(as well as the World Series right here in our own state, Go Cleveland Indians!) making it a great time to sip on fresh cider and eat pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing!
Here at Miller's we are busy getting ready for the Ohio Amish Country Shop Hop. This will be our 16th year for the hop, starting Wednesday the 2nd and wrapping it up on Saturday the 5th. For those of you who have not done the hop, you have 4 days to visit each of the 10 shops to get your passport stamped (you will be given passports at your first stop). Each shop will have a custom designed quilt but incorporating prints from the same fabric line. They will be giving customers a free snack along with a free block pattern, and for sale, block and setting kits.
This past weekend we were vendors at the Mutton Hill Quilt Show. I did talk to some of you that were there as well. It was a great show along with lots of quilts and ideas. Next year's show will be October 14 and 15, 2017 at the John S.Knight Center in Akron if you'd like to mark your calendars for it.
My family is having a great fall season. In fact, at the end of the month we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We are hoping to take a 10 day trip down through Texas to visit some points of interest and of course some fishing in the gulf!
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup veg. oil
2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. soda
1 Tbl. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cup flour
Mix well and pour in cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 30 min. or til done. After cooled, ice with Cream cheese Icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
6 oz cream cheese
2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbl. vanilla
1/4 cup melted butter
Whip together and spread on your cooled pumpkin bars. Enjoy!
Best selling author of the Leaders & Enders series, Bonnie Hunter, encourages you to scrap it up! Use your scraps, no matter the shape or size, to make Bonnie's 12 versatile quilt patterns. This book is the complete guide to scrap quilting including the easy to use Scrap User's System, full size templates, paper piecing patterns, and storage tips and practices.
This quilt pattern creates an illusion of curves by using a combination of Nine-Patch blocks with Triangle Pieced Squares and Triangle in a Square patches. It may look lengthy and complicated, but the patches can be completed in a day -- quilt with a friend and you'll get them done in one evening!
State of Being is a a modern, lap sized quilt pattern that uses an Ohio block design but scattered across the negative space of the quilt. Only three different colors, but the effect is absolutely elegant.
Do you still have that stunning scenic panel that you've been itching to highlight in a project? This pattern by Little Louise Designs is your perfect opportunity, featuring a window quilt design in a finished size of 46" x 62".
Similar to a Trip Around the World quilt, New Town Commons comes in four different sizes and is strip pieced, utilizing over 10 different colors! Instructions are easy to understand with a step by step guide and color illustrations.
Designed by Joanie Holtin & Melanie Greseth for Tailor Made by Design.
More tea time! Have fun decorating tea towels and other kitchen decor with this set of tea themed embroidery designs by Betty Whitmire and Cactus Shak Embroidery. There are 10 designs with color line work, done in a single triple stitch for the 5 x 7 hoop.
Spruce up your Christmas tree with this unique tree skirt -- a six corner star shape with a finished size of 69" round. It features fussy cut diamonds and 60 degree diamond piecing. Plus, a tie slit closure.
You don't want to miss these novelty fabrics with a rustic, western theme including a panel featuring a windmill, barn, horses, and the inspirational phrases, "There is beauty all around", "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it."
The Animal ABC's are now available in flannel! The varieties of animals, playful prints and eyecatching colors appealing to children make this collection perfect for your baby project. From Whistler Studios.
Nancy Gere gives us a reproduction style collection inspired by the Abraham Lincoln and Pony Express era. Smaller geometric floral prints are mixed with graceful, larger scale florals in tasteful color combos. Great for that traditional quilt project.
More 1800s reproduction fabrics, this time by Moda's Betsy Chutchian with her Hope's Journey fabric line. Inspired by the spirit of pioneer women from the Gold Rush era, these prints also contain small and larger scale designs but in some brighter color tones such as cheddar orange and green.
A beautiful fall collecton by Moda designer Holly Taylor, containing a variety of leaf prints, coordinating geometrics, and two stunning panels featuring autumn countryside scenes-- these panels won't stay in stock for long.
This is Lisa Bongean's second Little Gatherings collection, and it is a continuation of the popular tea-dyed tans, “true black”, and rich, dark-roast-coffee brown colors. Same color, new prints that still work well as background fabrics.
Sharpen your mind and have fun at the same time with this book of cross word puzzles for quilters and word lovers alike. It contains 72 word search puzzles, each with a quilting topic all sewists can relate to like “Have iron, will travel” and “Best places to hide fabric”. These puzzles are large print -- easy on the eyes!
If you're that beginner quilter who's just learned to quilt (or have been away from it for a long time) and most patterns you come across just seem too difficult, this is the right book for you! Each of the 16 patterns have been collected by Linda Causee, expressly for you the beginner.
This quilt features a modified rolling stone block with fussy cut center squares. We ""rounded up"" camper blocks for our quilt. Pattern supports the Quilt Camp line from Henry glass. You could easily 'roundup' any motif you can think of like cars, bugs, animals, girls, boys, toys, etc.
This collection celebrates the sky and the adventure of flight! Prints feature small-scale, simple airplane silhouettes, loop de loops, jet streams, and stripes, showcased in tones of dark blue and earth tan.
A collection of 19th century reproduction fabrics, inspired by designer Jan Patek's home of fern covered countrysides and deep night skys. Colors are rich, soothing greens, tans, and dark blues, combined with prints like geometric florals, large florals, and basketweave.
This collection by Sweetwater centers around a whimscial tree house theme with prints in Sweetwater's familiar concrete gray, aqua blue, and vanilla colorway. For the complete collection, buy the precuts!