Monday, January 30, 2012


First we want to thank everyone who took time out to read the blog, check out the website, and give us your feedback.  Here are some of the statistics from the week.

*We had entries from 30 different states and 7 countries.

*We had 668 entries.  (We use the random number picker to pick the winners.)

*We gained 107 new followers.  And we have some exciting blogs coming up.

*The favorite quilt was SIMPLY SPRING.

*The favorite block was the PIN WHEEL block.

*The favorite color of ric rac was TURQUOISE.




# 410  EVELENE S.

If you are a winner, please email us at and include your name, address, and the color of ric rac you would like.

Again, thanks to everyone, can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear your kind comments and make new friends.  And as the book says, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Have a great week.  Janice and Marcea

Sunday, January 22, 2012


IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME.  We have been waiting and waiting for the right time, and now, after I  finally got snow, about 18 inches the past couple of days it is time to celebrate.  (as a reminder, me, Marcea, lives in Utah, and that is where it snowed, not Florida where Janice lives.)

Back to the giveaway.  We published a new book which debuted at Market in Houston called SIMPLE CHOICES.

We started with 5 different individual quilts blocks.  Then we added 5 super fun appliques.  We topped it off with two different trims, ric rac or raw edge.  The idea is simple, CHOOSE YOUR BLOCK, CHOOSE YOUR APPLIQUE, CHOOSE YOUR TRIM, and before you know it you have 25 different quilts.

We added something else to our website in November, LARGE RIC RAC.  Yup, over 20 colors.  We love Ric Rac and use it in so many projects, we thought we would provide easy access to lucious colors on line.

We will have 3 WINNERS, each one winning a SIMPLE CHOICES book and 4 yards of you favorite color of Ric Rac.  That's just the right amount to make a SIMPLE CHOICES QUILT.  How to win:

1.  Check out the website,, then choose the shopping page.  Got to the SIMPLE CHOICES page and pick your favorite BLOCK nd QUILT.  Remember, with this book, you get to choose and customize your quilt.  Here is a quick sneak peak at the quilts.

2.  While you are on the shopping page, click on the RIC RAC and choose a color that would look great on your quilt.

3.  Add yourself as a follower on our blog. For an additional chance, mention our giveaway on your blog.  If you are already a follower, just let us know.

4.  Friend us on Facebook at Abbey Lane Quilts.  If you are already a friend, let us know.  Post this giveaway on facebook for another chance.

You will get a chance for each number you do above.  If i counted right, you could get 6 chances to win.

We will pick a winner next Sunday, so get your chances in quick.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Janice and Marcea

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


January has always been a month where I like to catch up on projects I always plan on doing but never seem to have the time.  So far, I have made on of three block of the week mystery quilt kits I purchased last year.  Yes, I love kits.  But this week, I sewed with our own patterns.  We had two new bag patterns introduced at market.

The first is The "Mary Jane" Bag

And The "Lucille" Bag.

They are great bags.  I wanted to take the patterns and play around with different fabrics, or in this case, LAMINATES.  Don't you just love Laminates.  I do, but other than a rain coat, what am I going to make with them.  I decided that these two new patterns might just be perfect.  I have used laminates a little, but the new ones are getting softer and softer.  Right now I love Michael Miller laminates.  They are so easy to work with.

So,  here are my new laminate bags.  First, Mary Jane, made out of Moda Laminates. 

And my favorite, Lucille.  I got two different laminates for this one.  One for the inside and one for the outside.  I loved them both so much I couldn't decide which one to use for each side, so my husband designed me a magnet closure that allowed me to make the bag reversible.  I get two bags in one.

Cute Tie Accents

The houndstooth is my favorite, still need to add the ties to it though.  What do you think, cute huh.  As always, pictures don't do them justice. 

Hopefully you are having a great start to a new year. 

Oh, and before I forget, WE ARE STARTING A NEW GIVEAWAY ON SUNDAY, so check back and see what else we have been up to.

Have a great week.

Janice and Marcea