Monday, September 8, 2014

FALL IS HERE

It was a little early for our last post, the one where we did redos of our quilts in Halloween Fabrics, but with the stores filled with Halloween now, this post seems more appropriate.

Through the years, I think the Halloween quilts and pillows we have done are probably my favorites.  So, we just thought we would post all the different projects, and if you check the last picture, you will see a preview for market of a new apron with a sample in Halloween Fabric.  So enjoy.

Our first book, FAB FIVE, featured this great quilt.
Our next book, SIMPLE CHOICES, had this haunted quilt.

Next came TOUCH OF WHIMSEY, a collection of pillows that featured these two spooky pillows.




JUST FOR FUN had quilts and wreaths for the holiday decorating

Next up SO MANY CHOICES, which has Janice's favorite quilt because of this little Kitty.


We have a couple of patterns that also have Halloween Themes.  This first is WITCHY WOMAN, a quick fun quilt.

The next one is from our LITTLE MUNCHKIN series and is probably my favorite.  Sized to be a wall hanging, meet PETER AND PENELOPE PUMPKIN.

And finally, we have a new apron debuting at market, but here is a sneak peak of it done in one of my favorite Halloween fabrics from Blend Fabrics.


So there you have it, if this doesn't make you want to grab some halloween fabric and start sewing, nothing will.  You can check out all the books and patterns on our website, www.abbeylanefabrics.com.  

HAPPY HAUNTING

Marcea and Janice



Sunday, July 20, 2014

HALLOWEEN CAME EARLY

The heat of the summer has brought the spooky out in us, or it could be a couple of really cute Halloween Fabric Collections.

Janice and I really love Halloween so of course, we picked up two new collections.  Now, the question, what do you do with those cute fabrics that you don't really want to cut up in little pieces.

We pulled out a couple of our patterns and said, "YES", this fabric would look great in this fabric.

Let's start with Janice,  she picked a new collection from Riley Blake called WITCH HAZEL.  Then she took our pattern Mr. Mustard which uses 13 fat quarters and some yardage.


She decided on a dark background, which really brought out the bright colors in the collection.  I love this quilt.  I have some fat quarters from this collection too, so I see this quilt in my future.


I am in love with all Basic Grey fabrics from Moda and their new Halloween collection EERIE was no exception.  I chose one of our newest patterns, Shake Rattle and Roll  which uses 14 fat quarters and yardage for the background.

I love the finished quilt.  I can't wait for October.

I just love the way both these patterns show off the beautiful fabrics.  They would also be great with Christmas fabrics too.  So, step outside the box and be creative with those holiday fabrics.  Check out all our patterns at www.abbeylanequilts.com.

Have a great week.

Marcea and Janice



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pittsburg, PA, we made it.  We had a long drive up from Florida with only small incidents, like the horrible rain, thunder, lightening, wind and hail for the last 120 miles of the trip through the winding hills of West Virginia.
The famous stacks.
 We made it to the convention center despite the fact that some guy flagged us down on the freeway, pulled us over and told us our car was smoking.  After that, it was all up hill.  Here are the pics of our booth and all the new quilts we debuted.
Here is a shot of the whole Booth


We introduced a new series of quilts called LIL' MUNCHKINS.  Two smaller quilts perfect for wall hangings or holiday throws.  Meet PETER AND PENELOPE PUMPKIN AND SEBASTION SNOWMAN.

We have two new FAT QUARTER quilts.  On the right is SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL and on the left is GLASS ONION.

The last quilt is the adorable CELLOPHANE FLOWERS.  We also had a cute display for the Beatle Bag. 
 

We have on new bag called THE "DINA" BAG

Here are a couple more photos of the booth.

It was a great time as always, meeting up with old friends and making new friends.  You can see all the new patterns which are on the website and ready to purchase, www.abbeylanequilts.com.  Hope you have a great week.  Marcea and Janice

Monday, December 9, 2013

WE HAVE WINNERS

Wow, what a great week of BEATLE BAG MANIA.  We put all the entries in a hat and pulled out three lucky winners.  If you didn't win, you can still get a Beatle Bag pattern on our website, www.abbeylanequilts.com.

The comments of what you would put in the bag were great, but my favorite was the one where the lady is going to make one for her daughter and put money in it for a trip to Europe.  I want to be on her list.

Ok, the winners are:

1.  Cathy McG  from Florida

2.  Kelly S.  from Missouri

3.  Kelley from Pennsylvania

Wow, I just noticed that there were two Kelly's.  Totally random.  If you are a winner, please email us your shipping address to info@abbeylanequilts.com.

Again thanks to everyone who shared, it is a great bag.

Janice and Marcea

Monday, December 2, 2013

BEATLE BAG MANIA

While everyone has been busy finding all the great deals on Cyber Monday, this includes me, Abbey Lane Quilts decided to have a FREE GIVEAWAY instead.  Yup, we are giving away 3 BEATLE BAG PATTERNS which include the inserts.  Haven't heard about the BEATLE BAG yet, well here is your introduction.
We debuted the BEATLE BAG, which is a Grab and Go sewing bag, at Market.  It was a hit.  By the time we got to Festival, people had come up with all kinds of uses for the BEATLE BAG including using it for stitchery, small projects, beading, crayons and markers, make-up, jewelry, pretty much anything you need to take with you.
THE INSIDE
For tonight though, we are going to show you how we use it for a sewing kit to take with us to classes, guilds, retreats, or even just a friends house.
WITH THE INSERTS
The pattern includes 4 Inserts which are heavy duty vinyl bags.  The have a zip closure.  Each insert has two bags, one on each side, so in total you get 8 bags.  They velcro into the beatle bag.  You can fill the bag with all the things you need for sewing, we even give a giant suggestion list in the pattern.  On the inside it also has two pockets big enough to hold full size scissors and a full size cutter.  It also has a detachable pin coushin to put up by your sewing machine.
FULLY LOADED
Now, the fun part, it rolls up, fastens tight and off you go.  The handle will even fit over the handle on your sewing machine roller.  I think it is one of the cutest and the best part, practical and useful patterns we have ever created.
One more bonus, once you make one, you will want to make more.  We have refill packs for the inserts too. You can find out all the details about the pattern and the inserts on the website, www.abbeylanequilts.com.

So back to the FREE part.  To celebrate this new pattern, we want to give away 3 of them.  You know the drill, here is how to enter.  You will get an entry for each of the things you do below.

1.  Become a follower of our blog, or let us know you already follow.

2.  Become our friend on facebook, or let us know you already are.

3.  Post it on your blog, send us the link.

4.  Share the giveaway on Facebook.

5.  Leave a comment here.  Tell us what you are going to put in your Beatle Bag.

6.  If you are great at #, and you know who you are, post #TheBeatleBag where ever you #.

We will pick three winners next Monday night.  Good luck, and thanks for stopping by.

Janice and Marcea

Sunday, November 24, 2013

HOLIDAYS ARE COMING

I often tell people I cook better than I sew.  So that makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays.  This isn't about me though, but I did put a recipe down at the bottom, it is about Abbey Lane, and tonight I am going to share with you our new patterns we debuted at Quilt Market.

We had five new quilts, and as always, the new ones have become my favorites.  We started with ROCKY RACCOON.
 The colors in this quilt are just beautiful, and believe it or not, they are civil war fabrics.  This is such a versatile pattern that you could gather up your scraps and come out with a beauty.

The next one is AINT SHE SWEET.
 I went to five different quilt stores and raided my stash to come up with the greys and off whites used in the center and on the borders.  My efforts really paid off.  The giant flowers are super funky and the bright colors finished out the happy feel.

Next is METER MAID.
This tied for first place for favorite quilt at market with all the ladies.  Again, this is a versatile quilt made with fat quarters.  We used a collection from Moda called BLUEBIRD PARK, which is in stores now.  As with almost all of our patterns, many different styles of fabrics can be used and all will produce great results.

THE WALRUS
tied with Meter Maid and was my personal favorite.  This quilt, with it's oversized 15" whacky butter churn block, has so many options.  I am going to do it in Christmas fabrics, and Janice already picked out her halloween fabrics.  For the cover quilt, we used a collection called Collage.  It is also in stores now.

The last quilt is JO JO.
The dark grey background truly sets off the fun pieced blocks.  The arrangement of the blocks also plays to the modern feel.  We used Heather Bailey's new collection Lottie Da for this quilt.

We introduced one more new pattern which has a lot of buzz about it.  The BEATLE BAG
 is a grab and go sewing kit.  It is so cool that I am devoted an entire blog to it.  Check it out next week, there will even be a giveaway or two.  To see full details about any of the quilts, just head over to the website, www.abbeylanequilts.com.

Now I promised a recipe and I apologize for not having a pic to go with it, but this is my favorite new dressing/stuffing.  I made it the last two years and it is yummy.  I have even made it with gluten free bread and it tastes amazing.  Give it a try.















Have a great week, a yummy Thanksgiving and don't forget to give thanks for all that you have been blessed with.

Janice and Marcea

Monday, November 18, 2013

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE, IT'S MARKET AGAIN!

Can't believe I haven't posted since Portland's Quilt Market.  Going to have to rectify that.  So, let's start today with a quick wrap up from Houston's International Quilt Market.

Good Morning Texas!  Best thing about the hotel is the make it yourself Texas Sized waffles.
We had a big double booth for this market, since we also stay for festival. 

 By the way, if you have never been to Quilt Festival in Houston, you are missing out.
We debuted 5 new quilts for the show.  Have a look.
METER MAID

JO JO

AINT SHE SWEET
THE WALRUS

ROCKY RACCOON
We also hung up one of my favorites, VINTAGE quilt from our new book, SO MANY CHOICES, it went so perfect with the booth.

We also introduced the BEATLE BAG.  It was one of the big hits of the market.  It is a Grab and Go Sewing bag.  

Watch for all the details and a giveaway in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, you can see all the details for our new products on our website, www.abbeylanequilts.com
 Just a couple more pictures of the booth,


 and oh yeah, WE WON THE MERCHANDISING AWARD.  Check out the ribbon and plaque.  We were very honored to receive it.  So that just about wraps up market, but had to share with you our Halloween fun at festival.

  Dena joined Janice and I for the 10 days in Houston.  We couldn't have done it without her.  Thanks for taking a moment to catch up with us.  For information on all our new patterns and book, head on over to the www.abbeylanequilts.com.  Have a great week.

Marcea and Janice