Fabric Friday


Happy Friday! What fun plans do you have for this weekend? We are going to be working on converting the basement into a studio/workshop space. I’ve been filling the shelves with craft supplies and fabrics. This Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Mod Basics, Organic, Birdie Spokes Grass would make a perfect addition. How cute would it be for a spring table runner?

Enter for the chance to win one yard of Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, Mod Basics, Organic, Birdie Spokes Grass, and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…



Arrow Quilt Block Pillow: PPH Bonus!

Arrow Quilt BLock instructionsLast week we shared our first bonus project from our brand new book, Pretty Prudent Home, Sew a Pair: Curtain Tiebacks with Grommets. Now we are back with a beauty, the Arrow Quilt Block Pillow! This is another project that we loved so much, alas there was not enough room for it’s greatness in the book.

Back in the planning stages of Pretty Prudent Home, I called on one of my favorite quilters, Erin Schlosser, to help me with the pattern (and making) of this project. I had this idea in my head and had worked out some of the construction, but Erin created and tested the pattern and put it into words that even the newest quilter could understand. I love the way it came out using Violet Craft’s gorgeous Waterfront Park fabric collection.

Erin and I also worked together to create a second beautiful quilt pattern which can be found on page 107 of Pretty Prudent Home. I can’t wait to see reader versions of both the Herringbone & Heart Quilt from the book and the Arrow Quilt Block Pillow found right here!

Read on for the full project. (more…)


Jaime and Jacinda on the High Seas: A Girls’ Getaway!

For the past 2 years, Jaime and I have been in non-stop book mode. Every time we’ve had the chance to hang out, it was all about writing, editing, and styling, oh my… G. We fantasized about a trip where we could relax and have an adventure together without book deadlines looming about. We also fantasized about treating our friend Sonya, the illustrator of our book whom we tortured with detailed changes, additions and cuts for the better part of two years, to a fun break from the brutal Chicago winter. She probably would have preferred a break from us as well, but no such luck. Working with us is all-inclusive! We planned our trip for a week through the Western Caribbean on Carnival Glory because… this…


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Aside: Have you noticed that Jaime and I have basically become “cruisers?” Next we are going to convert my husband who spent 20 years in the Navy and vows to never sleep at sea again. We shall see Rick, we shall see. For now it was just us girls and since we technically had room for one more in our cabin with a view, we invited Jaime’s new-found biological sister, Samantha. Since I consider Jaime a sister, I’d been dying to meet Sam too. After all, we are basically related.


So, want to hear all about what we did during our week in paradise?




Microwave Dessert Recipes for Those Midnight Munchies

Jaime's Lazy Late Night Cooking Corner _Satisfy your midnight munchies with Jaime’s Lazy Late Night Cooking Corner recipes, plus a few bonus recipes! Most of these can be made in under five minutes with ingredients you might already have on hand. What will you try making first – Jaime’s famous Coffee Cake in a Cup, or perhaps a ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie in just one minute?

Check out all our Microwave Dessert Recipes for Those Midnight Munchies after the jump…