Fabric, Gingham, and Quilts…OH MY!!!

February 11, 2019

It's hard to imagine The Wizard of Oz without picturing Dorothy in her iconic blue and white gingham dress...but where did this print come from and how was it named? 

Join Elizabeth and liZ as they wander down the yellow brick road retelling the history of one of the world's most recognizable prints...gingham.

And for gingham inspired projects visit Simple Simon and Company where you can find a pile checked quilt patterns and tutorials.  Like THIS TUTORIAL that walks you through how to make an oversized, gingham inspired baby quilt.


When You Look At The Bigger Picture

January 22, 2019

Vintage Yo-Yo quilts were created using scores of hand stitched yo-yos.  Many of these yo-yo's were made with scrap fabric that when, upon closer inspection, and viewed separately from the quilt in its entirety aren't that charming.  But...when viewed in context with the rest of the quilt top create something magical.

Join Elizabeth and liZ for this episode of Stitched to learn all about the endearing history of yo-yo's.

And for more quilting inspiration, patterns, and tutorials check out their website:  Simplesimonandco.com


A Quilter’s Heart is Golden

January 9, 2019

One long day a penniless traveler, a terrible lightning storm, some homemade beef jerky, and and a group of strangers collided...reminding me that a quilters heart is golden.

Join Simple Simon and Company as they take you on a journey across the country to a parking lot late one night where they were introduced to the magic of the quilter's at Gee's Bend.


Is There Anything Better than Butter?

December 24, 2018

Butter: creamy, golden, and delicious has inspired more than delightful dishes and tempting desserts....it was the inspiration behind the Churndash Quilt Block.

Join Elizabeth and liZ as they walk you through the evolution of making butter, the creation of the Churndash quilt block, and "meet" Grandma Lova...pronounced "love with an A", in this brand new episode of Stitched.

And for more Churndash inspiration click on over to www.simplesimonandco.com.  There you can find Churndash quilts, pillows, and even pot holders.


If I Had a Million Dollars

December 11, 2018

If I Had A Million Dollars is an episode that combines frontier gardens, The Barenaked Ladies, Christmas trees, and chili all into one story about a little known quilt block called "Corn and Beans".

We hope you enjoy!

(And if you do will you consider leaving us a comment or a review?  That would help us tremendously!)


They Always Know How To Go Home

November 27, 2018

Geese fly away from and return to the same location year after year...they always know how to go home.

Join Elizabeth and liZ as they talk about Flying Geese Quilt blocks and family traditions.

Then to find a step by step tutorial on how to make a Flying Geese Quilt Block check out THIS POST or to find some Flying Geese Quilt inspiration check out THIS POST.


English Paper Piecing

November 13, 2018

English Paper Piecing is a historical method used to create quilt tops by hand one stitch at a time.  These hauntingly personable quilts are all just as lovely as they are unique.

Join us as we talk about what is at the core of these quilts...the handiwork...and how changes over time can only add beauty and depth to the mosaic...both in quilting and in motherhood.

And to check out a post that will walk you through a simple English Paper Piecing project you can click HERE.


Broken Dishes

October 23, 2018

Milk spills, dishes break, and accidents happen...over and over again...especially when raising children.  But how we handle these mishaps often can create an unexpected silver lining to the daily details of everyday life.

Join us for this episode of Stitched where we discuss one of the oldest documented quilt blocks...Broken Dishes.

And then afterward hop on over HERE to simplesimonandco.com to find a full tutorial on how to make your own Broken Dishes Quilt Blocks.


Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

October 8, 2018

150 years ago a quilt block rose to popularity and soon became an American quilting icon.  This block, of course, is the beloved Log Cabin. 

Times have changed since those first blocks were stitched on the frontier but what hasn't changed is the comfort of a handmade quilt that provides the recipient with the warmth of hearth and home. 


Over on Simple Simon and Company we have a variety of different Log Cabin Tutorials.

For a tutorial on how to make a Log Cabin Quilt Block click HERE.

For a tutorial on how to make an oversized ragged Log Cabin Baby Quilt click HERE.

For a tutorial (and template) on how to paper piece a Log Cabin Quilt Block click HERE.


Stitched…COMING SOON!!!!

September 24, 2018

We are so excited to announce our brand new podcast....Stitched!!!

We all know that every quilt tells a story...from the fabric selection to the quilt blocks to the quilter. 

Join us as we take you back in time walking you through the history of your favorite quilt blocks, techniques, and fabrics while weaving in personal stories of our own.

We can't wait to start talking about the art of quilting and the ties that bind us all together.

The first episode will air October 9th.....