Thursday, April 24, 2014

Let it Snow!

LET IT SNOW!! Ok, not really. Let it sunshine. But Let it Snow! is the title of my most recent endeavor. A few posts back I mentioned a snowman idea I was about to start on. Well, here it is!

I love love love designing snowflakes for my patterns. Each one of these cornerstone snowflakes is unique. On the agenda for tomorrow - some hand quilting and binding. To be released soon so check out our website often!

Have you liked Blueberry Backroads on Facebook? It's where I post upcoming events, trunk shows, and more. Click here!

Happy stitching!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Twin Cities Quilt Shop 'Til You Drop 2014

Hey all you that reside in and around the Twin Cities! Thought you'd like to hear about this upcoming event. May 1-3, 2014 is the Twin Cities 17th Annual Quilt Shop 'Til Your Drop. Nine twin cities quilt shops will participate in demos, giveaways, free patterns, and coupons. Check out the website to plan your shop hop!

In addition, I will be spending Friday May 2nd at Bear Patch Quilting - available to talk about my designs, demo basic embroidery techniques, and sign patterns. Bear Patch is a fantastic quilt shop with many great samples, wool, beautiful fabrics, and much more. Come check it out; I'd love to meet you!
Here's one of the samples I'll have at Bear Patch on May 2nd. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Window Box is Complete!

Here it is! This is the one that I've been talking about lately, and it's done! Well, the top is done. It's the first quilt I'm going to have machine quilted. I've hand quilted all of my other projects so I'm really excited to see how this one turns out. 

A closeup of those curtains. I experimented with a lot of different options, but I love how these pleated red curtains add dimension to the quilt.

And here's one of those cornerstones I was talking about yesterday - tiny and adorable. Our website will have this pattern for sale soon so check back often! 

Ok so now what... onto the next project... I have a snowman idea in the works (go figure). I think I'll start on that today. You know, it's actually snowing outside (again - go figure) so snowmen may be just the thing. Happy quilting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Cornerstones... a great way to add some character to any quilt. I'm trying them out with my most recent wall hanging - geraniums and johnny jump ups. I found this nice tutorial from Janet Wickell that does a good job of explaining how to add cornerstones: 
These little guys will finish at 3" square, and they'll tie the embroidery from the quilt into the borders. Here they are so far!
Happy quilting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ann's Quilt Cottage

Another great stop in my hometown of Bemidji is Ann's Quilt Cottage. I love their porch with the 1930's fabrics. And they have a whole room dedicated to baby quilts. I hope you get a chance to stop by!

It was a quick trip up north for me this time. These trips always fly by. I'm headed back to Minneapolis this morning, loaded down with fabric and more ideas! I've got so many things in the works, time to start tying them all together. Happy sewing!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sadie Rae's

Just west of Bemidji is Sadie Rae's Quilt Shop, the newest quilt shop in my hometown. And it's awesome! Shelly and the ladies at Sadie Rae's have filled the shop with gorgeous fabrics and walls full of beautiful samples. I'll have a trunk show there through the rest of the month so if you're up in that neck of the woods, definitely stop by and check it out!
Marie's Minis. Aren't these amazing?!

Shelly does such a nice job with her displays. I love the old fashioned props. I hope you get a chance to check out this quilt shop; it's a must see!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I'm spending a few days at home - Bemidji, Minnesota! Hanging out with my mom who is helping me IMMENSELY as we prepare for Market in Pittsburgh. My mom owns Red Button Quilt Company and is a super talented designer. Her quilt room is packed to the rafters with gorgeous fabrics so coming home means fabric shopping for me!

I've been working on lots of new things, one of which is this geranium window box stitchery. Today we picked out the border fabrics. Beautiful reds!

Here's a closeup of those geraniums and johnny jump ups. I love embroidery. Can you tell? I find it so relaxing and just amazing how with needle and thread, you can recreate everything from Christmas trees to geraniums.

Let me know what you're creating with needle and thread. I'd love to hear from you.

Happy stitching!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Snow

Well, it snowed last night so that got me thinking about... what else... snowmen! 

My very talented mom owns Red Button Quilt Company and designs beautiful quilting patterns herself. She and I are teaming up to work on a quilt together! I'll be working on the embroidery piece, and she's going to tie it all together with some awesome piecing. Wintertime is the theme, and here's one of those little snowmen that I've been working on this morning.
I'll send more snippets of this quilt as it starts to come together. The embroidery piece is step one, so there will be many more to come!