Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas,
From my home to yours.
May your holidays be filled with family, peace and love,

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas came early!

What could be better than a delivery of happy-go-lucky cut goods? 

Feels like Christmas!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Go Lucky

Look what just arrived!

It's a Happy Go Lucky Day!
Got to get sewing!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Counting My Blessings

At this time of year I can't help but reflect on how blessed I really am. 
I am surrounded with family and friends, my faith, good health and the blessing of doing something that I really love.

 In January I will be celebrating 23 years in this creative industry and I have all of you to thank
 for your kind words, encouragement and support.

To say thanks, I just thought I would offer a little special for the rest of November. 
 If you are interested, just pop on over to my site and put in the code THANKS for a 30 % discount on all PDF and paper patterns. 
 This might be a good time to pick up a couple for all of those creative friends on your Christmas list, or do a little stitching yourself, for a special handmade gift.


Thanks so much to all of you!
I hope this week finds you healthy and happy, surrounded by your family and friends, 
counting your blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving,

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Any guesses who this is?

Happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Patterns

 I am so excited that
Marmalade cut goods are in stores now
 and yardage will be arriving soon...and...

 My 3 new patterns are available now!

The Cotton Way Candy pattern has a table topper, coasters and a cupcake pin cushion.
All very fast and easy to put together.

The pincushion can be put on a ramekin to give it a sweet little base.

The coasters are 6" x 6" and are so much fun to hand stitch.

The table topper is quilted as you stitch the curves and can be arranged
 in so many ways to make different designs. 
It measures 35" x 35". 

Baskets of Marmalade is the perfect Layer Cake project. 

The baskets are so fun and fresh and the pinwheels give it lots of movement.

I added a very small border on the edge to give it a double binding look. 

Two Hour Table Topper

I introduced this new pattern a few weeks ago available as a PDF download.  It is now also available as a paper pattern.  For those of you that didn't see that, let me tell you, yes, you can piece all of these Table Toppers in two hours or less.  The pieces are large and so quick to piece together.  This pattern is also great for a baby quilt.

 Pinwheel Topper

Star Table Topper

 Cross and Crown Table Topper

The New Patterns are available in our shop today!
All available as paper pattern or PDF download.

Have a great week,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life is Sweet

This is my new grand baby Cohen.  
Being a Grandma has to be one of the sweetest things in life.
Those of you that are Grandmas know exactly what I am talking about.
It was always my favorite age with my kids and now my 13 grandchildren.
You get to snuggle and love and kiss on them and enjoy all the sweet
things about newborn babies. Look at his little feet hanging out of the blanket...
...and his little hands are clinched so tight his knuckles are white...
...and don't new babies smell soooo good!

For each of my grandchildren I make a special quilt to take to them for our very first meeting.
For Cohen I made my Scrumptious quilt in the colors of his nursery.
His parents have worked so hard to make it look just right, 
of course it does.


Now that I am hooked on Snuggles, 
I always put that on the back to make it extra soft and cozy.

Ok. Just one more...I get to do that, I am the grandma!

Ahhh... so sweet.

So, if you have a new baby or grand baby on the way and want to stitch up a quick and easy quilt for them, this is a really fun one to do.  It uses jelly roll strips and has a soft raw edge, so it goes together in a snap. And if you don't even want to get out of your PJ's to run to the store, my daughter Tracy, has some kits over in her shop, so check them out here.

Wish my new grandson didn't live quite so far away!
I need more snuggle time!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Marmalade Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes
now on our web site.

Limited supply...

Marmalade yardage in stores soon!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Signs of Fall

 Every Fall I look forward to fresh ripe peaches. 
 I made this peach crisp the other day and just had to share the recipe. 

Peach Crisp
7 large ripe peaches, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix together in a bowl and pour in an 8" x 8" glass pan.

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cube softened butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all ingredients.  It will be crumbly.

Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 min. or until filling is hot and bubbly and the topping is brown and crispy.  Top with whip cream or ice cream.

Although I didn't, I could have eaten the whole pan myself.  MMMmmmm.

 Happy Fall,

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's your lucky day!

Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by on the
 Oh Sew Sweet Moda Blog Hop.  Hope you had as much fun reading about everyone's hometown as I did and I really wish I could send each of you some Marmalade, I really do!  
We have 3 lucky winners for our Marmalade fabric.   
Our first winner is Tiffany, who said:

 " I love seeing all these beautiful pictures of Island Park and what a cute family you have! I'm D.R.O.O.L.I.N.G over the new Marmalade goodness you ladies are creative! Thank you for giving us some wonderful colors to create with:)"

 She will get a Marmalade Layer Cake.

Our second prize, a jelly roll of Marmalade, goes to Sylvia, who said:

"What a beautiful Family you have. Island Park and family sounds like a little bit of Heaven. I love marmalade, especially like the addition of the yellows and oranges. Keep up the good work. You and your daughter Camille do an amazing job."

 and for another Layer Cake of Marmalade, our last winner is Nettie, who said:
"Great post! You have such a beautiful place to enjoy with your Family and Friends. A great place to reconnect and enjoy the beauty of nature. ENJOY! Oh, by the way--I love your wonderful patterns and fabric. Can't wait to make something with Marmalade!"
I am busy finishing up the other new Marmalade patterns and will let you know the minute they are ready!

In case you missed it, my Two Hour Table Topper PDF is still available at the sale price for just a couple more days.

Congratulations to all the winners! Please send me your addresses and I will ship your Marmalade right out!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Oh Sew Sweet Moda Hop

Welcome to my day on the Moda Blog Hop and Welcome to my neck of the woods.  If you are new to my blog, I am Bonnie Olaveson, my pattern company is Cotton Way and I design fabric for Moda with my daughter Camille. I live here in Rigby, Idaho most of the time, but Camille told you all about Rigby on Friday, so I thought I would take you just an hour north to my other hometown, Island Park, Idaho where I love to spend every minute I can.  It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, so I just had to share it with you.  If you are wondering where it is located, it is about 30 minutes south of the west entrance to Yellowstone Park.

As you can see from the sign, Island Park has the longest Main Street in America.  It is 35 miles long and very scenic.


If you look really close, you can see the moose in the water on the left hand side.

In the summer we spend as much time as we can boating on the lake...


and water skiing.

 We like to sunbath,


play on the beach

and bike.

In Island Park there is some of the best fishing in the world in the summer,

and snowmobiling in the winter.

This is Island Park City Hall.

The General Store

and bank.

There is even a spa, although I have never been there.

And yes, everything is made of logs.

There are outdoor craft fairs

and antique shows...

...and unique places to eat. This log cabin restaurant is called Boondocks. 

We love our little cabin by the lake, which is usually pretty quiet and peaceful...

...but even better when it's crazy and everyone is there. 

We are all about family. 

                       One of my sweet friends gave me this sign for our cabin.
I love it so much, thanks Nancy!

 Sometimes, when it's not so crazy at the cabin, I even find a little time to sew.

Speaking of sewing, our new fabric collection Marmalade will be arriving in stores in October.

                  To celebrate it's arrival, I will have more new patterns using Marmalade in October, 
                                                                             but for now,
                                   I have one pattern ready just for all of you following the Moda Hop.

For a limited time you can get the PDF download for just $5.00. Check it out here

The pattern includes 3 different Table Toppers that are so fast and easy to make.  With just one big block, you can piece them in 2 hours or less.  No kidding, they really are that easy.  These are great for a beginner quilter and would also make great baby quilts.  They are 41" x 41".  

The other NEW patterns will be available in a few weeks.  

Oh, and you can also get the pattern for our free Marmalade project here.

Moda was very generous and so of course I have some Marmalade to give a way as well. Make a comment to enter and check back on Saturday, Sept. 15 to see if you are a winner!

Stop by Lucie Summers hometown today too and
Kansas Troubles, Malka Dubrawsky, and Laundry basket tomorrow.

Have a sweet day!