Geese Migrations Blog Hop Book Tour

Welcome to Day 4 of the Geese Migrations Blog Hop Book Tour!! Hope you have been having lots of fun on your journey.  This is the book we are sharing with you:


We’re very excited about the Geese Migrations Book, which is a wonderful compilation of 29 striking quilt patterns from Judy Niemeyer Certified Shops.  This book may not be reprinted, so be sure to get yours today by clicking here.

Throughout the tour you will get to see little snippets from the book like this one here:


It’s called The Prickly Pear and will be taught by Gretchen Veteran at ScruffyQuilts on October 11th.  To register for the class, click here.  And stay tuned for our Geese Migrations Club, to be taught by Gretchen as well.

Here’s Gretchen’s own version of the quilt:


The book has all the instructions you’ll need to make this lively quilt and all the others pictured in the book.  The foundation papers are sold individually.  Here’s what the Prickly Pear Foundation Papers look like:


The quilt is 70″ x 70″, a nice snuggle-on-the-couch size and a perfect size to display on your bed too!  T0 purchase the Prickly Pear foundation papers, click here.

Another quilt we find particularly striking is Circling the Sun:


Click here to browse all the patterns and kits available at ScruffyQuilts.   Many of the quilts in this book would look fantastic in the Reclaimed West and Seasonal Portraits fabric lines designed by Judy Niemeyer.  Click here to explore Judy’s fabric collections.

Our prize for the blog hop tour is …. drum roll, please … ta da!


One set of Geese Migrations foundation papers to one lucky winner!!

To enter the drawing:  Please answer the following question in your comment on this blog post:  Which Judy Niemeyer pattern do you want to make next (from the book or otherwise)?  We will need your email address to notify you if you won, so please send us an email with your full name and blogger name to Let us know if you’d like to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on our Judy Niemeyer classes and products.

And you can also visit the following participating blogs for more prizes!  You need to make sure you visit every one in the list below on their scheduled day and follow their instructions to enter!  Lots of prizes, lots of chances!!  Everyone will have different ways to enter, so be sure to follow their rules.  Click on the links below on the assigned days and see what they all have to offer!

Monday, June 22 Canton Village Quilt Works  
Monday, June 22 Crafty Threads  
 Monday, June 22 Wish Upon A Quilt  
Tuesday, June 23 Scrap Apple Quilts  
Tuesday, June 23 Always Quilting 
Wednesday, June 24 The Quilter’s Market 
 Wednesday, June 24 Jannilou Creations 
 Wednesday, June 24 Quilter’s Corner Virginia  
Thursday, June 25 Scruffy Quilts 
 Thursday, June 25 Sew-Ciety 
 Thursday, June 25 Stitchin Heaven 
Also, a special prize will be drawn and given by Judy Niemeyer (  They will be giving away one copy of Geese Migrations and a kit to Judy’s design in the book, Fish Ladders!
Until next time …….

Prairie Star – Dissecting Judy Niemeyer’s Pattern – Post #1

Many people feel overwhelmed when they first open a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  Yes, there are a LOT of words and diagrams.  But you know what — they’re really helpful!  Judy provides step by step instructions from beginning to end – the trick is not getting lost in the process.  I thought it would be helpful to share with you my process as I work my way through the Prairie Star.

On Monday, I cut out all my papers.  By papers, I mean both the template layout sheets that will be used later for efficiently and economically cutting your fabric, and the foundation papers that will be used for the paper piecing of the design.  I find it very helpful to check off each step as it is completed.  A couple of tips for efficiency:  Pin duplicate papers together, using various reference points, and cut the pieces out at the same time with a rotary cutter instead of scissors.  Judy’s instructions tell you to put the various papers in different bags – in this case Bags 1-9.  Here are my papers and bags.  Ignore the stuff in the right hand corner – it’s an unrelated UFO (I know, Tip #1 should be to clear your workspace – oh, well).

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The next step is to paste swatches of your fabrics into the appropriate chart for each motif.  Trust me – this will help prevent mistakes – unless, of course, you paste the wrong swatch into the wrong place, which I’ve done (sigh).  Anyway, here are the swatches and the chart for the Center Star.

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Then I did the same thing for the Inner Spikes and the Curved Geese.


And then for the New York Beauty motif.


And then finally, for the Lone Star motif.


Ta da!  Now, I’m ready to start cutting — mañana.

Row By Row Experience – Sneak Preview

Do you know about the Row by Row?  It’s a summertime shop hop across the United States and Canada.  Each participating shop designs a a row for a quilt. Visit the shops in person and collect your FREE patterns.  There is a contest too, of course.  The event starts June 21st and continues into September.  For more information, click here.

We had so much fun designing and making our row that we just can’t resist showing it to you — what do you think of it?


Shop Hop By The Bay – Sneak Preview

I’m so excited about this year’s Shop Hop By The Bay June 17-21.  We’re going to have a little theme going in our shop (it’s still a secret).

Here’s a sneak preview of the FREE table runner pattern available to everybody during the shop hop, courtesy of the intrepid thread, one of the participating shops.  Collect a FREE strip of fabric from each shop and you will have everything you need to make the top of this charming Sweet Liberty table runner.  Unique fabric kits may be available at each shop during the hop.  Here’s our version:

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Shop Hop By The Bay


June Judy Club

We had a great time yesterday at Scruffy’s Judy Club.  Some of us worked on our Summer Solstice projects and some of us worked on our Paddlewheels.  I was having too much fun to remember to take pictures – darn it!  However, here’s an older picture of part of my Summer Solstice.  I’m hoping to post pictures of other folks’ projects soon.  Our next Judy Club is Thursday evening on June 25th.  Hope you can join us!  What’s your current project?