Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crafts. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review - Quilts, Barns & Buggies: Amish Quilts and Proverbs Coloring Book


Zondervan; $12.99; 96 pages; Amazon

Now available from Zondervan is Quilts, Barns & Buggies: Amish Quilts and Proverbs Coloring Book illustrated by Julianne St. Clair.

At 96 pages, the coloring book features 90 beautiful coloring designs of Amish quilts and scenery. Along with the coloring designs, there are 40 Amish sayings and biblical proverbs throughout the title.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review - Christmas Reindeer Fabric

With Halloween just over two months away, the countdown until Christmas will quickly follow.

Yes, I said Christmas!

Soon enough, stores will begin putting up Christmas tree displays, probably towards the end of September. Book publishers have already jumped the gun and have started to release holiday-themed books. I just saw a Crafter's Choice's flier for a new Christmas quilt book that is coming out soon.

Though I'm not even close to being in the Christmas spirit yet, I've already reviewed a few Christmas titles and I have other holiday-themed books that I haven't read yet for upcoming blog tours. I'm always looking for new products to feature on the "Coffee & Crafts" posts, so I agreed to review the Christmas Reindeer Fabric from iNee.

The fabric is sold by the yard on Amazon for $11.99 and it comes in three different colors - purple, teal, and pink. The 1 Yard x 59" fabric that was sent to me is the purple color!

What does the fabric look like?

Well, the background is purple. The pattern on the fabric features a yellow reindeer with a little bit of brown and it has several flower-like designs on it's body. Scattered across the fabric are flowers and hearts in different in shapes and colors.

front-side of the fabric

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review - AQS Wall Calendar 2017

While there is still over four months left of 2016, bookstores are already stocking up on wall calendars for 2017. You can buy just about any type of calendar your heart desires, including quilt calendars.

Quilt calendars typically have one quilt design featured every month, and there are even a few that have foldout patterns to go along with the designs.

Now available to purchase is the AQS Wall Calendar 2017 (Retail $15.95).

What does AQS stand for?

It stands for American Quilter's Society, where they host AQS QuiltWeek® shows around the country every year. The twelve quilts that are featured in the AQS Wall Calendar 2017 were part of the winners circle at the 2016 AQS QuiltWeek® in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Back Cover

The quilts featured in this year's calendar are:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review - Green Fat Quarters Bundle

I've been looking for new products to feature as a "Coffee & Crafts" post on this blog, besides from adult coloring books. Luckily, out of the blue, I received a request to review a Fat Quarters Bundle, and of course I eagerly agreed to review it.

What is a fat quarter?

Well, a fat quarter is a pre-cut piece of cotton fabric that is normally cut half lengthwise and half width-wise from a one yard piece of fabric. These cuts typically measures 18" x 22", though some brands might be a tad smaller.

The Fat Quarters Bundle I received is by iNee. There are 6 different fabric patterns in this set, which is currently priced at $8.99 on It's currently available in three different styles/colors - green, pink and doll skin. Each cut measures 15.7" x 19.7".

As you can probably tell by the photos, I was sent the green fabrics, which features six cute designs - 2 patterns, 2 polka dots, 2 checkered and 1 solid.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fun Halloween Crafts For Kids

I'm sure everyone will be busy this month buying candy for trick-or-treaters, decorating the yard for Halloween Night and searching for the perfect costume either for your kids or for yourself, but don't forget that October is a great time to make nifty crafts!

Oriental Trading has many different crafts for kids, including the Peanuts Halloween Stickers Scenes ($5.99 retail). It contains 12 - 11" x 8 1/2" paper backgrounds that resembles the pumpkin patch from the classic Halloween Special - It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, along with 12 - 11" x 8 1/2" sticker sheets.

I received the Peanuts Halloween Stickers Scenes along with a two other crafts (I'll get to those later in this post) from Oriental Trading back in late August. I couldn't wait until Halloween, so I eagerly opened the package and made the cute Peanuts scene (see below for the photo). It's simple to put together. All you have to do is peel whatever stickers you want and place them on the paper background.

I'm sure almost everyone has seen the Charlie Brown Halloween Special, so I'm sure this sticker scenes set will appeal to both children and adults.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Quilting Block & Pattern-A-Day Calendar Review

2015 Quilting Block & Pattern-A-Day Calendar
by Debby Kratovil and Jean Ann Wright
Publisher: Accord Publishing (a division of Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC)
Pub. Date: July 15, 2014
Retail: $14.99
ASIN: 978-1449453626
Pages: 640
Buy Link: Amazon, Accord Publishing


Believe it or not, but there are just over five months left of 2014, meaning the department stores are going to be having 2015 calendars for sale. If you live in a small town like I do, then your local stores have a limited supply of calendars, so finding the perfect wall or desk calendar can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily this is the digital age and you can order any calendar you want by simply using your smartphone, iPad, tablet or laptop.

Accord Publishing releases many wall and desk calendars every year, covering about any theme your heart can imagine, from Family Guy to the Farmer's Market. They also publish many craft themed calendars, such as crocheting, knitting, water-coloring and quilting.

The 2015 Quilting Block & Pattern-A-Day Calendar was released last week featuring 68 different projects from Debby Kratovil and Jean Ann Wright. Instructions for each project ( overall dimensions & measurements and fabric specifications) are located on the back of the first page of each quilt design. The block patterns and templates for each project follow after the first design page.

The 68 quilt projects featured in this calendar are: