Adventures of a Novelty Fabric and Selvage Obsessed Quilter

Glad you stopped by!

I am a busy wife and the mom of 19 year old twins, a boy and a girl who are Sophomores at Syracuse University.

I have been quilting since the spring of 2008. I love novelty fabrics, colorful and unique.

Selvage quilting is addictive! Who knew the "junk" we cut off and threw out would be what I now save! I started a new tradition when I travel--visiting quilt stores! I particularly enjoy going to stores that have been named in the Quilt Sampler Featured Shop Lists-

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

!995 issue of Quilt Sampler...

proved to be easier to find then I thought!
A quick search on Ebay turned
up one that was ending tonight!
I just won it!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Quilt Sampler Fall/Winter 2010!

I picked up a copy at
on Saturday.
They have an ad in this issue of the magazine!
So exciting!

Also exciting is the fact that my blogging friend
works at one of the featured stores,
Tiny Stitches in Marietta, GA,!
It is hard to imagine their excitement level!

I spent time over the weekend perusing my new issue,
as well as some back issues of Quilt Sampler,
which I have never gotten around to reading.
Knowing I got all the back ones on Ebay,
I felt no rush.
Now, I discovered I am still missing one-
the first issue- 1995.
The hunt is ON!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sewed all day...

but no quilting!

I am working on a replacement canvas cover
for a friends outdoor bar that was damaged.

I got about 75% finished,
so I can see the end in sight!

But, good news is that once I finish,
I can start my next project!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Flannel for design wall-


Another item off my list for sewing studio completion!
I bought 2 1/3 yards of 108 inch white flannel today.

Now I need to decide how I want to
make my design wall-
permanent or not??


Friday, August 27, 2010

Fab Shop Hop Fabrics

have arrived!!
Loralie "Tossed Chefs"
Michael Miller "Shoe Thing"

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Selvages in the mail!!

Pat suprised my by sending this fantastic assortment of selvages
without telling me first!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

High Heels by Alexander Henry

My friend Doris recently won this fabric on ebay.
When she sent me the link to show me,
 I said I would be good and not bid against her!

I was delighted when shared some with me!!
She left it in my mailbox for me to find!
She also included a pocket quilters
map of NJ and PA quilt stores!
Thanks again, Doris! I love it!
You are the best!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

White Swan Purchases

Sanibel by Heather Mulder Peterson and Deb Mulder for Henry Glass Fabrics

My daughter Marisa was taken with this beautiful collection of fabrics.
Again, we have no definite plan, but had to have some!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wilson's Fabrics purchases!

Couldn't resist these cute dog bones
Timeless Treasures
Gail-C #4879
My daughter Marisa loved these 2 fabrics-
We don't know what we are making yet,
but we had to have some of each!
Both are by
Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit

On the left--
So St. Croix

On the right--

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Traditions at the White Swan

I was impressed when the shop owner entered the store,
and asked me where in NJ I was from.
It seems if he doesn't recognize you by face,
he takes a quick scan of the parking lot to determine
where you are from, and then inquires how you found the store!

The store was very nice, with a great selection of fabrics!
Of course, friendly staff too!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Loved this beautiful quilt shop!
Fantastic quilts everywhere you looked!
Friendly and helpful staff!
Beautiful fabric selection!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Weekend Away!

We are headed to Hagerstown, MD
and Washington, DC for a few days.
My brother in law and sister in law
from Arizona are coming east for a wedding Saturday,
so we will spend some time with them.
Of course,
this means a few stops at area quilting stores!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fab Shop Hop!

Have you taken a look?

I found a few great buys,
PATIENTLY waiting for them to be delivered :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

25 years ago today......

I married my best friend!
Happy Anniversary Marc!
I love you!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Babe, one day early!

Tomorrow, August 18th, our wonderful
Black Lab, Babe will be 12 years old!
We adopted her from a friend who
couldn't keep her when she was 8 months old.
It was love at first sight!!
She is a wonderful pet, who brightens our days!
She still is very active, and if it wasn't for her gray "beard"
you would never think she was 12.
We love you Babe!
You will see tomorrow why her
birthday is especially important to our family!

Monday, August 16, 2010

BD Geo by Alexander Henry

lucky to get some of this great OOP
fabric from 2003!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to School!

by Nancy Wolff for Timeless Treasures

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Monkey'n Round!

by Erin Michael for Moda

Friday, August 13, 2010

Road trip to J & O Fabrics with Doris!

Last week, I went with my friend and
fellow quilter Doris to J & O Fabrics!
They have an amazing selection of novelty fabrics.
This was my 3rd visit, and Doris's 1st!
Alexander Henry

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sew Tossed!

by Loralie Designs

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Horizon II by Sherrill Kahn for
Robert Kaufman
(double click to see the incredible detail!!)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Next stop, Colchester, CT

Mixmasters Scribbles
Loved this Robert Kaufman print
so I bought both colors!

What a great store!
Warm, friendly staff and a great selection of fabrics!
I had a great conversation about selvages too!!

More to show tomorrow :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quilter's Dream

This was a featured store in the 2000
issue of Quilt Sampler magazine.
They had a nice selection and I found the 2 fabrics!
Timeless Treasures LOTUS
The Cat's Meow
Ball of Twine
by Bella Lu Studio
South Sea Imports
Quilter's Dream

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Special Day!

Today we picked up our kids,
Matthew and Marisa at JFK airport after
they spent 6 weeks in Israel!
They had an amazing time!!
It is wonderful to have them home!

Today is also my father-in-laws 79th birthday
and the family will be gathering at my house
shortly for ice cream cake!

Matt, Pops, Marisa, and my niece Laura
Her twin sister Debra had already gone back to NYC,
but he got to spend part of his day with all the grandchildren!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Willimantic, CT

A few weekends ago, we went to CT for a
weekend away with my brother in law and sister in law.
Of course, I researched Quilt stores in the area.

Our first stop was in WiIlimantic.
We were greeted by these frogs as we crossed the bridge into town.
Of course, we had to find out the story of the frogs!!

The Frog Bridge, Willimantic

One of the more intentionally unusual structures in Connecticut is The Frog Bridge of Willimantic, also known as the Thread City Crossing. Spanning the Willimantic River, the nearly 500-foot bridge was completed in 2000 at a cost of $13 million and connects routes 66 and 32, and would be fairly unremarkable if not for the four 11-foot frogs sitting atop giant spools of thread.

Why frogs, you ask? (And why wouldn’t you?)

Well, rather than the birthplace of Kermit or an area with a high French population, Willimantic is known as being home of the infamous “Battle of the Frogs” in 1754. To paraphrase the legend: One hot summer night, the good people of Windham (which Willimantic is now part of) were roused from their sleep by “a shrieking, clattering thunderous roar” unlike anything they had ever heard before. Fearing that it was either an Indian attack or Judgement Day, the townsfolk freaked out and began to panic — some ran through the streets brandishing muskets, others fell to their knees in frantic prayer. Some cooler heads finally prevailed and went in search of the ungodly noises, but to no avail. Only the next morning when the sun came up, did they find the source of the horrendous cacaphony — a nearby pond, down to no more than a puddle thanks to the dry summer, was ringed with scores of dead bullfrogs. Apparently, some sort of frog turf war had broken out and the carnage was excessive . . . but not as excessive as the embarrassment the citizens of Windham were to endure over the next few decades.

But as the years passed, the denizens of Windham/Willimantic embraced the frog legend — a frog now appears on the official town seal. So when it came time to build the new bridge, the town leaders decided to get hoppy with it and put the town’s unique stamp on it. Hence, the frogs.

Oh, and the spools? Less interesting history there as the town was home to a thriving mill industry and became known as “Thread City.” (You can learn more about it at the Windham Textile & History Museum, if, uh, string is your thing.) Still, makes for your out-of-ordinary bridge.

Tomorrow, Quilter's Dream!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Progress on my sewing room!

I haqve made progress over the last week or so
converting the living room to my sewing room.

I still need to get overhead lighting installed
and work out what I will do for a design wall,
but I love it!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Seeing Stars!

Hallmark Occasions
Free Spirit
HM 68

This concludes my Quilt Store finds
while in Las Vegas!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Squares, circles & dice

What is it about black, white and red?
Can anyone explain why I am
so drawn to them?

Top fabric is Poppy by Alice Kennedy
for Timeless Treasures C # 6988

Bottom is Elizabeth's Studio #159

My next project is going to be black, white and red!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

J. Wecker Frisch - An Appointed Time

for Quilting Treasures-

I liked it so much, I bought both colors,
Lt Gold and Ecru

Monday, August 2, 2010

Fabric Boutique and Roy's!

We arranged to have dinner
with my husband's Uncle at
Roy's Hawaiin Fusion
which was a FANTASTIC meal!

and I soon realized that the Fabric boutique was close by.
They had a lovely selection!!

They were nice enough to make
sure I got the selvages
when they cut FQ's for me!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Made in the shade(s)!!

Johansen Newman for Elizabeth's Studio