February 22, 2012

Winners . . . Near and Far

Thanks to everyone that participated in our two giveaways this past week.

Jeanne from North Platte, Nebraska was the lucky winner of two charm packs of her choice from our giveaway celebrating our Moda Bake Shop post.

Jeanne chose the Hello Luscious charms from Basic Grey.

Our other giveaway this week was over at Wee Folk Art.  If you haven't visited their site, you need to rush right on over.  They are the most talented ladies and have a wealth of tutorials for all types of crafty creations.

We gave away a set of our Sugar Cookie Easter pattern, kit and floss pack.  Teryn from Sherman, Texas was the lucky recipient of this treat. 

Thanks to everyone that played along.  It is so much fun to read all your comments and find out what inspires you.

February 12, 2012

Class of '42 Reunion and a Little Contest

Hello to all of our PPJ fans.  We have exciting news today.

Our very own Julie Geiger has a tutorial posted on the Moda Bake Shop.

Hop on over to the Moda Bake Shop to check out a step-by-step tutorial to make this quick and easy lap sized quilt.  It takes just one Layer Cake, one Fat Quarter, two yards of sashing/binding, and five yards of backing.  We've made it up in the Reunion line by Sweetwater. 

It's such a versatile pattern.  Pick any layer cake that you love.  We've made up the quilt in Curio by Basic Grey and La Petite Ecole by French General. 

You can order kits for any three of the versions pictured if you head over to our site.

Those of you that follow our blog, know we always like to do things "the same, but different."  In other words, the original is always great  . . . . but what if we changed it up just a bit . . . .

So, just in case you are in the mood for a smaller project, Julie whipped up directions to make a Preschool Reunion quilt using two Charm Packs instead of Layer Cakes.  You can find the free pattern for this project over on our site too. 

The quilt is shown using the Grow With Me charm pack by Deb Strain.  This makes such an easy baby or toddler quilt.  Don't need a baby quilt?  At 41" x 47" this is a nice size for a table topper, wall quilt, or just one of those quilts for any little nook and cranny too. 

Now if that wasn't enough good news . . . .  How about a little contest so that you can win some fabric to get you started?  We'll give away any two charm packs of your choice from our site to get you started making your own Preschool Reunion quilt. 

How to Enter: (Must do ALL four things)
  1. Visit our tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop.  Leave a comment on the Bake shop about our tutorial.
  2. Check out the Charm Packs page our website.
  3. Leave a comment here on our blog below telling us that you visited the Bake Shop and let us know what your favorite charm pack is.
  4. Be sure that your e-mail address shows in your blogspot profile so that we can contact you if you are a winner.
We'll draw a winner from the comments below on February 20th.

February 10, 2012

Hey Peeps!

Not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but eventually, spring will arrive.

Get ready to welcome flowers, bunnies, and peeps with these adorable wool applique patterns from Backyard Friends.  My favorite is this mini-runner with the one little chick popping out of the egg.  I can relate to that one  -  the little peep always doing her own thing.  Peep Parade is an appropriate name for this design.

Love this little group of friends wandering through the flowers in Tiptoe Through the Tulips.

I love the simplicity of this pattern.  Be Still and Know is the title.  It's one we've had before awhile back, but thought it was a nice fit to bring back once again.

Hope the promise of spring made your day today.

February 9, 2012

Sewing Day

Last weekend I had plans to sew with a couple of friends several hours away from home. Just a girls weekend.  Doesn't that sound like fun?

 Mother Nature had other plans.  We were supposed to get hammered with a foot of snow.  Turns out we had only about 4 inches, but my friend got slammed with about a foot.  Either way, we didn't get a chance to get together.  I was all prepared to sew, though, so I did a tackle the project I had cut out, just a little closer to home.

I've wanted to make something with a Ruby Jelly Roll for awhile now.  I just can't get enough of that line.  Isn't it delicious?

I started working on Strawberry Shortcake from Cluck Cluck Sew.  It just uses one jelly roll and some background fabric.  How smart is that?  (Want this pattern, you can order it HERE.)

To make the best use of my sewing time, I'd already cut all my jelly roll strips down to size for my blocks.  Everything was stacked all neatly in zip-top bags.  All I had to do was grab my piles and go.

What is your method to madness for preparing for retreats or sewing weekends?  Do you just grab and go, or do you pre-cut so that you can sew, sew sew? 

I find that I do too much talking in a group setting, that it's best if I do all the important cutting before hand, then I can mindlessly sew and talk all at the same time.  Love to multi-task.  How about you?

Here's my pile of blocks.  Not too bad for a day of power sewing.  Who knows when I'll get back to this project, but at least it's a good start.

Till next time . . .

February 8, 2012

Saturday Sampler 2012

Prairie Point Junction's newest Block of the Month series, A Day at the Fair, starts this Saturday (February 12th).  The pattern is an original design created by our very own Julie Geiger.   

The pattern includes twelve different 12" sampler blocks.  The setting uses an alternate filler block to create the diagonal movement across the quilt.  The blocks are easy enough for a beginner to tackle, but fun for an advanced quilter too.

Download a registration form and pricing information from our website here:

Kits are available in two color, evoking the fun at the food stand of a county fair:
Try Deep Fried Candy Bar  . . . .   Or Cotton Candy to trigger memories of days gone by.

Saturday Sampler Sessions meet at 10:00 on the 2nd Saturday of each month at our shop in Cozad, Nebraska.  We'll demonstrate how to sew that month's block as well as share tips, tricks, and the latest gadgets to make your quilting life easier.  Show and tell is also encouraged.

Don't live near?  We also offer options for mail patterns and/or kits too.  Just give us a call or visit our website.

We hope you'll join us on our journey.