March 14, 2015

Park Bench Block 2

We're ready for Block #2 in the Park Bench Block of the Month Series from Jaybird Quilts.  Check out how different the blocks look depending on fabric choices.

Want to know more about the series?  Check out our introduction blog post HERE.

February 14, 2015

Park Bench Block 1

Our Saturday Sampler series is based on the book Park Bench by Jaybird Quilts.  The blocks use the Hex and More and Sidekick rulers.  Learn more about our series HERE.  Purchase the books and rulers HERE.

Here are some photos of Block #1 from our February meeting.

Saturday Sampler 2014 Kickoff - Park Bench Sampler

Saturday Sampler Demos:

· Join us on the 2nd Saturday of the Month at 10:00 for a demo on the month’s block including our tips and tricks.  We’ll open the doors by 9:45 on the 2nd  Saturday of the month..
· We’ll also showcase and demo new products received during the month. 
· Bring Show and Tell of any projects you are working on to inspire our group.

· Our schedule is as follows.  (Schedule subject to change if other events arise).
February 14th -  Program Kick-Off, Block #1
March 14th  -  Block #2  -  Tips for Pre-Assembling Sashing Sections
April 11th  -  No Program, Shop Hop Across Nebraska
May 9th  -  Block #3
June 13th  -  Block #4
July 11th  -  Block #5  (It is Bands, Brews, and BBQ later in the day, allow a little extra time for parking)
August 8th  -  No Program, Join us for Quilts Around the Block, Downtown Cozad, Speaker: Jodi Barrows
September 12th  -  Block #6
October 10th  -  No Program, Join us at Threads Across Nebraska, Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney
November 14th  -  Block #7

December 12th  -  Block #8 and Tips for Assembling the Quilt

Our sampler this year is from the book Park Bench by Jaybird Quilts.  Use the Hex and More and Sidekick rulers for amazing accuracy.  You can order the book and rulers HERE.

We've made this amazing quilt in three different colorways.  I love how fabric choices give the quilts an entirely different look.

Looking for more color inspiration or tips on using the rulers?  Check out the following online resources.

· Visit for other projects using the Hex and More Ruler and Sidekick Ruler.
·        Hex and More Info:
·  Sidekick Info:
·  Sidekick Info:
· YouTube:  Search Jaybird Quilts on YouTube to watch videos for the Hex and More Ruler and the Sidekick Ruler.
· Pinterest:  Search either Jaybird Quilts or Park Bench Quilt to find a variety of color inspiration for your quilt. 
· Follow Julie Geiger on Pinterest!   Look for the board titled “Quilting  -  Samplers” to see tons of ideas.  (Make sure you find the right Julie Geiger  -  there’s several on Pinterest).
· Instagram:  Search for (hashtag) #parkbenchquilt or #jaybirdquilts or inspiration

Check back on our blog each month to see a close-up view of our blocks.

Happy Sewing!

January 26, 2015

Thanks to everyone that participated in our Valentine Giveaway with Squishy Cute Designs.

We enjoyed meeting all of you online and learning about your favorite color combos of felt.  We're always looking to create new bundles so if you have a favorite color scheme to work with let us know!

Prize winners are as follows.  The gals at Squishy Cute Designs have sent emails to all our winners  - so if your name is below be sure to check your messages.

Grand Prize Winners: Christin Collins and Erika St. Dennis

Second Place Winners: Nancy, Betsy Holste, Cheryl Rich

Third Place Winners: Julie Drake, Kandi, Sofia, Mayla, and Susan Justice

Hope you all enjoy your projects!

January 15, 2015

Valentine Giveaway

We're excited to team up with the gals at Squishy Cute Designs for a special Valentine inspired giveaway January 16th-23rd, 2015.

This talented mother-daughter duo have the most darling patterns for a variety of stuffed felt animals from dogs to cats to birds and everything in between.  They'll definitely tickle your fancy.  You have to pop on over and check out Benny the Basset Hound.  I just want to squeeze that little guy!

Do you need an extra special Valentine gift for one of the sweeties in your life?  The adorable Valentine Dog and Cats will make anyone's heart pitter-patter.  Order the downloadable patterns from Squishy Cute Designs.

We put together a coordinated bundle of wool blend felt called Puppy Luv that will get you started making the pair.

Here's your chance to win a felt bundle and some patterns.

Prizes will be as follows:
*2 grand prize winners (Each winner receives the Puppy Luv wool blend felt bundle from Prairie Point Junction and the Cat and Dog downloadable patterns from Squishy Cute Designs.  Please note that the Grand Prize winners must be US residents since this prize involves shipping the felt).
*3 second place winners (Each winner receives and Cat and Dog downloadable pattern)
*5 third place winners (Each winner will get their choice of either a Cat or Dog downloadable pattern)

Important note: All patterns will be emailed to you as a PDF pattern. No patterns will be physically mailed to you.

How do you enter?  You have two chances to win:

1.  Leave a comment on Squishy Cute's Blog HERE letting them know your favorite holiday version of their Holiday Cat and Dog series.

2.  Leave a comment on this blog post below letting us know your favorite Wool Blend Felt Bundle from our site.  Can't choose a favorite?  Let us know what your favorite wool blend felt colors are to work with.

Comments  must be posted by January 23rd to qualify.

Winners will be drawn from the comments at random on Saturday, January 24th, and announce the winners here on our blog, on Facebook, and over at Squishy Cute Design's blog. The winners will be notified by email, so be sure to double check your email address when entering, as this is how we will get a hold of you. Your email will not be used for any other reason. If we don’t hear back from a winner, we will re-draw after 7 days.

Hope you enjoy!

Valentine's Day Inspiration

We have to say  -  we LOVE Valentine's Day!

Here's a selection of some of our favorite Valentine inspired patterns for you to create just in time for the holiday.

Chocolat Forget Me Knot
by Annelle's Originals
Order HERE

Sweet Surprise 
by Blueberry Backroads
Order HERE

Folkart Penny Mats Through the Year:  February
by Buttermilk Basin
Order HERE

Love You Wraps and Mats
by Bareroots
Order HERE

Valentine Flowers
by Cath's Pennies
Order HERE

Doily Hearts
by Cath's Pennies
Order HERE

Valentine Ornaments
by Under the Garden Moon
Order HERE

Chocolate Delight 
by The Little Red Hen
Order HERE

Sweet Duet
by Red Button Quilt Company
Order HERE

by Red Door Designs
Order HERE

I Heart You
by V and Co
Order HERE

Ring Around the Roses
by Wooden Spool Designs
Order HERE

January 7, 2015

Skinny Bolt Sale January 2015

Everyone loves a bargain!  Take advantage of our Skinny Bolt specials below.  

Tips for shopping our Skinny Bolt Sale:
  • The fabrics are marked at 30% off the regular price per yard.  You must take the full yardage amount shown below.  The sale price listed is the price for the entire piece.
  • Please note, there is only 1 of each piece listed below.  We'll try to keep the selection as up to date as possible, but it's possible we may sell out of a piece before we have a chance to pull it from the site, especially for orders placed after our business hours each day.  We'll send what is available at the time of your order.
  • Be sure that you check out immediately, rather than returning to your cart later in the day.  Adding an item to your cart does NOT reserve the fabric.
  • If you visit the blog several times during the day -  be sure to refresh your browser often so that you are seeing the most updated post as fabrics sell out quickly. (There is a little curved arrow at the top of your browser window -- click on that to make sure you are viewing the most current version of the page).
  • Payment will be accepted online by credit cards only  -  NO MAILED IN CHECK ORDERS.  Due to how fast theses fabric will move, we are unable to hold your fabrics until your check arrives -  so payment by credit card is required.
  • Local Customers:  Feel free to place an order online and choose "In Store Pick-Up" instead of Continental Shipping on the first page of the shopping cart.  We'll charge your credit card and have your order ready to pick up.
  • No additional discounts apply on the following sale items.

Please be sure to refresh your browser often! These tend to sell out quickly and we'll keep updating the page.

View more choices HERE:

PB and J Small Flower Yellow
2 yards 9 inches
Sale Price:  $17.30


Love and Glory Bias Plaid Red Blue
 2 yards 8 inches
Sale Price:  $18.63


Fusion Illusion Cocoa Swirl
2 yards
Sale Price: $12.58


Mixmasters Fizz Tropical
2 yards 21 inches
Sale Price:  $19.48


Kansas Troubles Perennials Black Bird Tracks
2 yards
Sale Price:  $13.30


Bungle Jungle Blue Loops
2 yards 22 inches
Sale Price:  $20.07


Moda Friendship Cream Sprig Dot
1 yard 9 inches
Sale Price:  $9.61


Windham White Pastel Flower
2 yards 16 inches
Sale Price:  $18.42


Primitive Gatherings Seasonal Gatherings Raven Stripe
2 yards 25 inches
Sale Price:  $20.68


Primitive Gatherings Seasonal Gatherings Burgundy Stripe
2 yards 24 inches
Sale Price:  $20.53


Primitive Gatherings Seasonal Gatherings Burgundy Stars
2  yards 34 inches
Sale Price:  $22.61


December 20, 2014

Wool Blend Felt Mystery Craft Packs

Good News!

Our Wool Blend Felt Roll Ups were such a hit, that they were gone in a few hours on Friday.

Due to many requests, we were able to put together some Wool Blend Felt Mystery Craft Packs for those that missed out on the Roll Ups.

The Craft Packs include 12 pieces approximately 8" x 10" of assorted colors of wool blend felt.  Below is a sample of a few of the packs that we put together.

Colors will vary depending on availability at the time of your order.  Feel free to specify Fall, Neutral, Americana, Country or Pastel and will do our best to accommodate your request, but remember these go fast, so that's why they are a Mystery Pack.

Sorry, Sold Out.


December 12, 2014

Saturday Sampler 2014 - Sew and Tell - Block 12

Welcome to Block #12:  Outdoor Auditorium, from our Saturday Sampler 2014, Sew and Tell Series.

Our block patterns will be posted around the 2nd Saturday of each month, so check back through the year to make all twelve sampler blocks with us.

Need to catch up on Blocks 1-11?  Start HERE.

Our blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (12" x 12" finished)

All seam allowances are 1/4".


*This block can be as organized or as scrappy as you wish by using up scraps from other blocks.

A/B/C:  Light Grey:   
A: (4) 2” x 2”
B:  (8) 2 3/8” x 2 3/8”
C:  (4) 1 15/16” x 1 15/16”

D:  Royal Blue:   
D: (4) Template A

E:  Orange:  
E:  (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

F:  Hot Pink:    
F:  (4) Template B

G/H:  White:  
G:  (1) 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”
J:  (4) 2” x 2”

I:  Medium Green:  
I:  (4) Template A
I: (4) Template B

J:  Dark Green:  
J: (4) 2 3/8” x 2 3/8”

K:  Purple:  
K:  (4) 2 3/8” x 2 3/8”

L: Yellow:  
L:  (4) 2 3/8” x 2 3/8”

M:  Magenta:  
E:  (1) 4 3/16” x 4 3/16”

Cut the (E) Orange and (M) Magenta 4 3/16" squares into quarters diagonally.

Cut the (J) Dark Green, (L) Yellow, and (K) Purple 2 3/8" squares in half diagonally.

Flying Geese Units:  Make four each of two color variations of flying geese.  (K/E and L/M).

Sew a (K) purple triangle to the right side of an (E) orange triangle.
Sew a (L) yellow triangle to the right side of a (M) magenta triangle.

Press towards the purple (yellow) triangle.

Repeat on left side of unit.

Unit should measure 2" x 3 1/2".  Trim unit as shown below.

One of my favorite rulers is the Creative Grids Quick Trim ruler.  See the white diagonal lines that intersect in the middle of the ruler?  They are perfect for trimming up flying geese or square-in-a-square units.

Align the white diagonal lines on the ruler with the edges of the triangles on the flying geese unit.

Notice that the white diagonal lines intersect at the 1/4" line on the ruler.  This will give you a perfect 1/4" seam.  Trim top edge of flying geese unit.

Trim sides of flying geese unit so that it is 3 1/2" wide.

Then trim bottom of flying geese unit so that it is 2" tall.

Repeat to make four of each color way.

Sew one flying geese unit of each color-way together side by side.  

Sew a (C) 2” x 3 1/2” grey rectangle to the unit.

Stack the Dark Green and Hot Pink 1 9/16" strips together, right sides up.
Stack the Dark Green and Royal Blue  1 9/16" strips together, right sides up.
Position Template D and Template F on strips as shown below.
Cut around templates.

Templates are shown below.  Save image and print at actual size.  The square on the image should measure 1".  Adjust print size until square measures 1".

Continue cutting a total of 4 templates from each of the strips.

Arrange the (B) Light Grey Triangles, the (I) Medium Green diamonds, and the (J) Dark Green triangles as shown below.  Pay attention to placement of shapes.  You will make four units that slant left and four units that slant right.

Join the Light Green and Dark Green triangles to the light green diamond.

Trim units to 2" x 3 1/2".

Arrange the  (A) Light Grey 2" squares, the (B) Light Grey Triangles, the (D) Royal Blue diamonds and the (F) Hot Pink diamonds as shown below.

Sew the Light Grey triangles to the Royal Blue and Hot Pink diamonds as shown.

Press towards the Light Grey triangles.

Using a mechanical pencil or other marking tool, draw lines on the wrong side of the fabrics, 1/4" from the edge of the shapes as shown below.  Mark a dot where the lines intersect.

Place the Royal Blue section and the Hot Pink section right sides together.  Sew along dotted line indicated below, starting at the dot where the two drawn lines intersect.

Press seam open.

Place the Light Grey square right sides together with the unit created above.  The dot on the grey square should align with the dots on the wrong side of the royal blue/hot pink unit.

Sew along dotted line indicated below, stopping at the dot where the two drawn lines intersect.

Rotate unit so that side of grey square matches up with edge of hot pink diamond.  Sew along dotted line indicated below stopping at the dot.  Make four units.

Arrange units as shown below.

Sew units into sections.

Sew sections together.  Unit should measure 5" x 5".  Make 4 units.

Arrange block units into rows.

Join units into rows.

Join rows together.