New Arrivals!!!

The two newest patterns in the Alphabet Stitchery Line are now available!!!
 Bugs Bugs Bugs, doesn't that just say it all? There's all sorts of bugs from a snail to a spider, lady bugs, a lightning bug and everything in between - but these are cute, not creepy bugs... I promise.

On this quilt I used a fabric line called Little Critters and it had this adorable border print, so I just had to use it as a border on this quilt. (To date this is the only one with a border out of the 4)
And the Jungle Animals! There's a buck-toothed crocodile, a zebra, a monkey, a hippo in the water, all sorts of creatures! Go for a walk on "the wild side" and stitch up some of these adorable critters for the little one in your life.

Now, I don't think I've mentioned before another idea for the stitchery blocks... Have you ever done or have you seen the method of coloring fabrics with crayons and heat setting the color? Have a grown-up coloring book day and color in these critters for a little extra pop of color if you'd like!

As with the other quilts, the stats stay the same:

Finished size: 40" x 48"
24 Blocks (10 Stitchery & 14 Pieced)
Finished block size: 10" x 8"
These patterns are now ready to ship, so if you're interested in stocking them in your shop, please e-mail me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com to place an order.
If you would like to purchase this pattern, but your LQS doesn't carry it, please either ask them if they would like to or e-mail me at the address listed above and I can direct you to a shop where you can purchase the pattern.
I also heard from a little bird that Cottonpicker's Quilt Shop has some bundles of the fabric used in the Bugs Bugs Bugs quilt available. If you would like to purchase a bundle, call Beth at 440.279.0610 and she can drop it in the mail to you. She also has some of the border print left, but not much, so if you want that too, let her know.
So, do you have a current favorite theme in the Alphabet Stitchery line? I can't choose, that's like deciding which kid you love the most - just not possible.
I'll be back with more updates from the studio soon. Oh, and by the way it's snowing again... And again, and again... But it's Winter, so let's get through it and move onto Spring! Who's with me?


  1. I'm wanting to start quilting as a hobby (and hopefully get good enough to turn it into a livelihood). I was wondering what you thought would be a sturdy, dependable sewing machine for someone like me, who knows how to sew but has never attempted quilting before. I am in college, so budget is a bit of an issue, but I could probably go up to $700 or so for a really nice machine. Any ideas?

    1. I have a Janome that cost me $350 and I love it. It's not about how much you spend, but how the machine works. My $350 model worked better than a bunch of the $2000 models I tried out in stores.

      My best advice is to try it out. Go to the store and attempt to "sew". Play with the options, Give it a try.

      If a store won't let you try out the machine, don't buy that one or don't buy from that store. It's that simple. Also, don't let anyone pressure you into buying a machine. It'll be your machine, you will have to be the one using it, not them.

      I wanted a machine that pieced well, stitched in nice straight lines (I've had a machine in the past that fed really weird and you had to fight to sew straight - not fun), did a blanket stitch for applique, and I could adjust the tension. I would look for those key points and try out the machines available and see which one works best for you.

      Also, with mine I could have gone up a level and had a bunch more decorative stitches, but I knew I would never use them, so why pay for them?

      Last but not least, look for a model with metal parts, they last much longer than plastic,

      I hope that helps you out. Just go with your gut instinct and if something doesn't feel right, move on. I hope you enjoy quilting and find a wonderful sewing machine! Good luck!


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