Thursday, August 13, 2020


Glad Tidings
by Jo Morton

This fabric is wonderful!
The colors and tones will be so much fun to create with and I can't wait to see what everyone makes out of this collection.
Yardage, bundles, layer cakes and charm squares are available on the website.
So many good photos of this collection I had trouble choosing which one to use πŸ˜€.

Start dreaming of Christmas 2020 and all the beautiful items you can make for yourself or as gifts for all the special people you know.

'til next time,


Monday, July 27, 2020


Who can resist these cookies?!?!?
There is nothing that brings us back to our childhoods like the heavenly taste of chocolate chip cookies.
I remember getting off the school bus and I swear you could smell those cookies as soon as the foot hit home soil.
Milk and cookies.  Frozen cookies stolen from the freezer.  Cookies in the field at harvest time.  Oh my, the memories a good old cookie can bring.
Unfortunately Mom caught on to the cookies missing from the freezer and that's when they were moved to the locked trunk of the car.  It was her final solution for keeping three "starving" children from depleting the baked goods πŸ˜†.

I'm not a fan of store bought cookies - actually I try to stay away from cookies - out of sight, out of mind they say.  Hubster on the other hand has alway had his three course lunch - sandwich, cookie and fruit.  He ran out of cookies the other day and the weather had taken a bit of a cooler turn so I whipped these up - fast, simple, very little clean up, PLUS I didn't need to go to the store.

WARNING:  These are likely not good for you!

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup margarine
2 eggs
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Beat these all together.

2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips

Bake at 375 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes.

When cooled hide in the trunk of your vehicle πŸ˜‹.

'til next time,

Friday, July 3, 2020



The June 2020 mystery club packages went out on June 15th .... almost a month ago!

Plans are well underway to surpass this collection and I'm having so much fun designing, cutting and sewing a little sample to include in the July mailing.
Here were a few of the half-yard packages all ready to slip into mailing envelopes and start their journey to excited subscribers.

and, here is a closeup of the four fabrics that were mailed out (and locally delivered).

These beauties are from the Indigo Gatherings collection by Primitive Gatherings (Lisa Bongean) for Moda fabrics.  Three different blues and a cream that blend together so nicely.

and, here is the FREE little pattern that was also included in the mystery fabric package.

Each month I try to come up with a cute little pattern that will use four fat quarters.  Subscribers who receive the four half yard bundles have the option of going bigger with more blocks or adding borders.  So much fun!

I'm busy right now working on the July pattern and will be busy cutting into four bolts of fabric next week to be ready for the July mail-out on the 15th.

Deadline to sign up is July 12th!

All the information is on the WEBSITE, but if you have any questions please pick up the phone and call me at 204-720-8272 or send me an email at

'til next time,

Sunday, June 21, 2020



COVID-19 has changed the retail world in many ways and the quilting world is no exception.

Starting on Monday, June 22nd you will have the exciting opportunity to access the largest selection of fabrics in Canada from the comfort of home!

TrendTex has been one of my wholesale suppliers from day one and has supplied Canadian shops for over 40 years.  With the launch of this uniquely Canadian program you can access their huge inventory and still support QUILTBITZ by entering code QUI050 (3 letters & 3 numbers).  QUILTBITZ receives a portion of all sales every time you make a purchase through TrendTex.

Collections from Moda, Hoffman California, RJR, Benartex, Lewis & Irene, Michael Miller and Stof fabrics will all be available to you by going to:

Flat Rate Shipping is $15.00 and free with a purchase of $149.00



'til next time,


Lots and lots of new fabrics in the Studio this month.
MOONSHINE by Jan Mott for Henry Glass fabrics.  
These colors and design are amazing!
Bundles and yardage available.

PLANT KINDNESS by Janet Rae Nesbitt for Henry Glass fabrics.
Once again the color and design of this collection is superb.
Bundles and yardage available.

I am finding that both of these collections work very well together and I know that cross-matching of prints and colors would definitely work for creating a beautiful project.

MIDNIGHT MAGIC by April Rosenthal for Moda fabrics.
Who doesn't like a good Halloween collection?  These cat faces, moons, ghosts and stars are wonderful.  Plus the plaids!
Mini-charms, jelly rolls, bundles and yardage available.

Fabrics are $16.00 per yard
Flat Rate Shipping in Canada is $10.00
Lettermail is $6.00

'til next time,

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


New Little Bitz Mystery Lady

The new Little Bitz Mystery Fabric Club gal (isn't she cute!) is here to let you know that the deadline for signing up for the June mystery fabrics is this coming Friday - June 12th at Midnight.

If you received the mystery package last month, invoices for the June shipment will be sent out on June 11th or 12th.  Just follow the prompts to pay either with your credit card or through your PayPal account, or contact me at to set up an e-transfer.

If you haven't subscribed yet and want more information you can find all the details on the WEBSITE under the Little Bitz Mystery Fabric Club or by clicking on the announcement.

As a subscriber you have many options.
  1. Continue as you had originally set up
  2. Change your 4 fat quarters subscription to 4 half yards subscription, or vice versa
  3. Pause your subcritptfion for a period of time
  4. Or, cancel your subscription
Please send me an email to make any changes or if you have any questions.

Last month's shipment included four selections of fabric from the Lancaster collection PLUS a little tablerunner pattern that used 4 fat quarters.  Subscribers with the half yard cuts of fabric had the option to make a tablerunner for themselves and make a second one as a gift.  OR, make a larger tabletopper for themselves!

Another option subscribers have is to stock pile the little FREE patterns for a future fabric collection - maybe last month's pattern would look better in Halloween prints or Christmas prints.  You never know what the next mystery fabrics will be or what the little pattern will be 😁😁😁.  I love a good mystery!

Of course the fabrics can all be integrated into your "stash" and will fit in nicely with a trazillion projects you have on your list.  New fabric never goes to waste!

I think you are going to LOVE the fabrics I have chosen for this month!  If you have an aversion to a particular color, or Season, please let me know and I will TRY to accommodate.  All fabric chosen is of the highest quality and and not just "leftovers" or slow sellers.  The fabrics chosen are usually full bolts from new or very recent collections and can be found on the website.  When you receive your mystery package and you happen to fall in love with a particular print or two, AND you would like to order more of it, please contact me immediately.  By the time the mystery packages are made up there is not very much, if any, fabric left on the bolt.  So act fast if you were wanting something additional.

Oh, btw, this month's little pattern is pretty darn sweet and uses a couple of techniques that you might not have tried before.  I really love my sample and hope to get it quilted this afternoon so I can include a photo for you soon πŸ˜€.

Oh, oh, btw, if you are a subscriber already and are enjoying your monthly packages, please let your friends know so that they can join along in the fun.  Or, if you are thinking about subscribing - ask a friend to join with you and work through the project together or dream up a different pattern to work on together.  It's always more fun with a friend or in a group!

Have fun everyone.  Stay safe.  Stay HAPPY.

'til next time,

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Yummy Supper!

60-Minute Meal in a Loaf

Ok, I'm going to date myself here .... this is a recipe that I clipped out of a magazine back in the mid-'80s.  It was actually a contest for Fleischmann's Yeast and you could win $20,000.00 if you submitted the winning entry to their "Meal In A Loaf" recipe contest.  $20,000.00 for a recipe!  I wonder who won that πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹. 

Anyways, I didn't enter and therefore didn't win anything except for enjoying the sample recipe that they included in their full page advertisement.  

I have made this recipe off and on through the years and had a recent request from my son - "Why don't you ever make that ham and bread recipe anymore?"  Obviously it must have stood out in his mind as something that he had really liked (it's normally hamburgers and hot dogs), so I pulled out the old recipe scribbler (from high school days!) and made this recipe.

BUT, you have to remember that this was a contest to come up with something, or anything, as long as it was in a loaf.  So you don't need to use ham, and you don't need to use Swiss cheese - do whatever you have on hand or really think would work good.  I've always wanted to try making it with pizza sauce and pepperoni and peppers .... 😁, but have never gotten around to that.  Maybe a ranch dip on the side would also be good.  This recipe always comes to mind though when I have leftover ham in the house - so it is always ham and cheddar cheese (who has Swiss cheese in their fridge?) that is used.

BUT, BUT .... I wouldn't mess with the dough recipe too much - it is really good as written.  The bread has an excellent flavour, is easy to work with and has a wonderful texture.  Super easy to throw together.

Dijon Ham 'n Swiss Meal In a Loaf

Yield:  One Loaf (in approximately 60 minutes)
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 packages Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast
1 cup water
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked ham
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup chopped dill pickle (kid's hated disliked this so it was always left out)
1 egg, beaten

Set aside 1 cup flour.  Mix remaining flour, sugar, salt and yeast.  Heat water, mustard and margarine to 125F to 130F; stir into flour mixture.  Mix in enough reserved flour to make soft dough.  Knead 4 minutes.
On greased baking sheet, roll dough to 14x12 inches.  Sprinkle ham, cheese and pickle down center third of dough length.  Make cuts from filling to dough edges at 1-inch intervals along sides of filling.  Bring strips from opposite sides of filling together; twist and place ends at an angle across filling, cover.  Place in a warm area and let dough rise 15 minutes.
Brush loaf with egg.  Bake at 375F for 25 minutes.  Serve warm. 


'til next time,

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Layer Cake Fun

Layer Cakes in the Studio


Are you looking for a new project to keep your mind and hands occupied?

There are a few layer cakes in stock right now and here are a couple of free patterns that just might grab your fancy.

This pattern is called Layers of Fun by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings fame.

Photo credit to Lisa

Country Christmas Collection

by Bunny Hill Designs (Anne Sutton)


On Anne Sutton's blog there is the cutest applique quilt pattern that I think would look amazing using this layer cake.  I have a very limited number of these layer cakes in stock so if you are interested please get in touch.

Photo Credit to Bunny Hill blog.
Sugar Plum Stocking Quilt

There are also a couple of layer cakes of the Milestone Collection available.

Here are some other links to free patterns that use Layer Cakes -

Layer Cake Custard Pattern
by The Fat Quarter Shop

Sorry the photo doesn't really do this quilt justice.  Click on the link to take a better look πŸ˜€.
Morris Modernized
by Moda

Keep Safe, Stay Healthy and always Keep Busy!

'til next time,

Friday, April 24, 2020

Unity Mystery Quilt Along

April 23 Update

The little stars are all sewn on!

It’s coming along - maybe I can get to the next round tomorrow πŸ™ƒ.

‘Til next time,

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Unity Quilt Mystery Progress


by Bonnie Hunter - Quiltville

Four weeks ago I started the Unity Quilt Along and thought I would update you on my progress.


Wow, it seems so long ago since I started this!  I'm losing track of the days and weeks πŸ˜’

I remember how fun it was to start digging around in all of my scraps and getting the colors that I needed.  Sorting them into color piles and labelling little scrap bags with the size of each of the strips.  Some of these fabrics have been around for eons and it is time they either were donated, get used up or hit the dump.  It really felt good to start some organizing on the scrap mess I have.

Great sewing directions from Bonnie Hunter ensured that everything squared up to the correct size.  I am noticing on Instagram that there are people joining all the time so it is not too late to get your scraps pulled out and get startedπŸ˜€.  It is fun and sure keeps your mind occupied!


Here is my quilt after week two additions.  Just a little (lot) more cutting and organizing .... getting behind just a little bit ...

I am liking the scrappiness - although a little concerned it might be looking a little more U.S.A. than I wanted.  Maybe I can pump up the gold fabrics more in future weeks?


Oh, my, the cutting of tiny squares and rectangles! This took a while.  Getting all the little pieces cut and organized on my big design board - I LOVE these boards that I made using the tutorial by Lori Holt (there is also a YouTube video).

I made both the little ones and the bigger one and use them constantly.

Then the sewing .... 36 little 4.5" stars to make 😐- I am getting a little further behind for sure.

This is not my only project I am working on and I'm still doing orders and deliveries, so these little darlings are getting a few seams here and there when I can get to them.

They are cute though and as each one is finished and set in place there is a little flicker of happiness in seeing it coming together.  I hope to finish these little stars today (April 22) - fourteen are complete and the rest just need the top and bottom rows sewn on - then attached to the quilt center.  Easy peasy - right?

The new clue came out on Monday - so I'm already two days behind on that one.  The blocks for this week are a bit bigger so maybe that will help me out in getting them done this week.  I do need to do a few other things that are pressing so I need to remind myself to take everything as it comes and RELAX.  Life is not a race!

I have a couple of more scrap bags/bins that I have my eye on that also need organizing so maybe I will get sidetracked with that and find even more golds, reds and blues.  We have the luxury right now of doing things that we have been putting off - answering to ourselves for the most part.  Just a little bit freeing maybe?

I'm still having fun making this quilt and really appreciate how well-written Bonnie Hunter's instructions are.  I have noticed on her blog that she has some other beautiful FREE patterns and also some interesting books that she has written.  After this project is done I think I will continue working on downsizing my scrap bin and try another scrap quilt at some point - maybe one a year just to keep things interesting 😁.

What are you doing in your quilting space?  Cleaning?  Sorting? Sewing?

Be sure to keep busy and happy!

'til next time,


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Oh my ....


Who doesn’t need a few more basics in their stash?

Photo No. 1

Take a look at these beautiful offerings and ...

Photo No. 2

let me know if you would like a special bundle made up just for you.

Photo No. 3

 How be we say the fabric at the top of each photo is #1 and then #2, etc. all the way to the bottom?

Photo No. 4

All grunge & prints are $4.00 per 1/4 yard. 
Solid Cotton Supreme basics are $3.00 per 1/4 yard.
(1/4 yard = approximately18"x22" or 9"x42")

Photo No. 5

Pretty custom packages are just an email or phone call away!

(on orders over $50.00)
Local Pickup & Deliveries can be arranged - contact me for details.

‘Til next time,

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Keeping Busy

Occupying the Mind

I got busy the other day and stacked up some fabrics and other items in the studio for some good old photo therapy.  Always fun to pull items from this corner and that corner and make a nice little header for the website.  I love the kitty peeking out from the one side .... did not realize he would be so fun until I looked at the photos.  Nice surprise there!

Don't Forget About Easter!

Even with all the upheaval in the world we still need to take the time to celebrate the occasions that come along as they happen.  This year, for my husband and myself, Easter will be very different even without the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last Easter my mother-in-law and my father were with us ... this year they won’t be.  We miss them terribly, but I'm glad they are not here to see what is going on in the world right now.

My little Chocolate Bunnies wallhanging, and the bunnies on a stick, are in the dining room, right near where my dad always sat for special suppers.  Special bunnies!

I have received photos from a few gals who have made this pattern ... the color combinations have been wonderful.  Bunnies do not need to be chocolate πŸ˜€!

Quilt Alongs

To keep myself busy .... although really I didn't need any help with that πŸ˜”...... I started two quilt alongs.  In my own defence though, it was so very difficult to see all these announcements coming out and not join one or two.  I was feeling like a nice diversion from computer work would be just the thing to keep my mind occupied.

So I chose the Bonnie Hunter Unity Mystery quilt along to use up scraps and then I chose Melissa's Mystery quilt-a-long to use up some yardage (join Melissa's Facebook page).  I am enjoying both and kudos to both ladies for doing a fabulous job.

Here is the center of the Unity mystery quilt which was the first clue on Monday.  The next clue will be on Monday the 6th.  This mystery quilt is going to be a medallion style quilt so you can see it through to the very end for a big quilt or stop at any round along the way.  I have dragged out scraps from many, many years ago and am pressing and cutting as we go.  It is super fun trying to place all these different colors and prints into some semblance of order.  My color choices are red, blue and gold, plus neutrals ....  but of course, in true scrappy style, the tones are all over the map!  If you are on Instagram it is truly amazing to see how many people are participating and posting their completed center block.  Wow!

Now Melissa's Mystery, using the yardage and only three colors, is a true mystery for me!  I'm wracking my brain trying to think where we are going with these pieces πŸ˜ƒ.  So much fun!
I have had yardage of this green print for years .... always liked the tone of it and the understated print but never used it .... not sure why not.  And then the cream (which isn't showing very well in the photo) felt like the right tone to go with the green.  The third fabric we were to choose was to be a "pop" fabric ... something that really stood out from the other two prints.  I think the orange fits the bill for the pop.

I hope you will follow along with my progress on these two projects and I also hope that you are also doing these or one, two or three of the many that are currently being offered.  If you are on Facebook, Instagram or even just google “quilt alongs” you will find all kinds of other options.  Turn off the news, turn on some quilting videos or a music station (that doesn't have news), and keep your hands and mind busy with creating something .... anything.  It doesn't have to be something that you will use .... it is the process .... you can always donate your quilt to Christmas Cheer or another organization.  Keep busy and be happy!

'til next time,

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fun Things to Consider


During this time of isolation it is good to occupy our minds with some mystery quilts and a few free patterns maybe.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been taking notes of some of the interesting places on the web that I have landed on and I thought I would share with everyone πŸ˜€.

I'm looking forward to starting a couple of these and I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Let me know what you think .... are you going to tag along?

Have fun!

Melissa's Mystery Quilt-Along
Three Color Mystery
Starts March 30th
Melissa's Mystery Quilt-Along

Lisa Bongean/Primitive Gatherings
Free Patterns and Tutorials

Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville
Mystery-Medallion Style
Starts March 30th
Unity Quilt Along

Grand Country Quilters
Stay at Home Stitch Along Mystery Quilt - 63” x 81”
Fabric requirements (fat quarters) and cutting instructions were posted March 28th
Another clue next Saturday
Grand Country Quilters

Quilted Twins
Amazing selection of free scrappy patterns (be sure to scroll down)
Quilted Twins
Quilted Twins Mystery Quilt
First clue was March 28th
Not applique or a sampler

Lynette Anderson
Free Patterns
Wool, embroidery and traditional

'til next time,

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Scavenger Hunt


A local gal posted on Facebook the other day about the organizing of a town-wide scavenger hunt that people could incorporate into their daily walks, bike rides or even their little driving excursions .... all of course ensuring that a safe distance was maintained between individuals.  The scavenger hunt is over a number of days, so there would be no need for clusters of people to go at the same time.

There has been an overwhelming response from the community and many households have participated ..... sports jerseys hung in windows, flamingos on lawns, wreaths on doors, etc. etc. ..... People need to go around and find the items and match them up with the streets that they were found on.

Since I had put a quilt out on Worldwide Quilt Day on March 21st, it really wasn't a stretch for me to do the same for the scavenger hunt.  Just a minute ago we had a mom and her two little boys walk by, stop, and look at the quilt (from the street) and then mark it off on the list that they had printed out.

I LOVE this quilt .... it was a quilt along from 2016 by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings fame and it was called The Magic of Christmas.  This was the first quilt that I made using the starching method and the pieces are REALLY small in some of those blocks.  Blocks finished at 6" x 6".

Yes, you keen eyed quilters out there ..... I know .... it is still a flimsy 😁.... but I'm really stumped on how to machine quilt this little beauty.  You know how it is .... you are really super happy with how your quilt top turned out and you don't want to ruin it by choosing the wrong quilting design?  I will someday make a final decision and get it finished.

The instructions are no longer available for free on the Primitive Gatherings website but I'm sure you could contact them to see if the patterns are available for purchase.  You might not get a response right away as I had received an email yesterday advising that emails and answering phones may all be slowed down for a while.

I thought that this was the perfect quilt for the Scavenger Hunt as it matched the front door perfectly and I wanted to share in the community togetherness.

This is one way of how this small town is keeping people connected.  What other stories of community engagement have you heard about or are doing?  Share your stories .... maybe other communities can incorporate ideas for their own areas - rural and urban.

Thanks to Jen for putting this all together for everyone!

'til next time,

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Chocolate Bunnies!

New Pattern!

It seems to have taken a bit to get this all put together .... a few interruptions with everything that is going on and a bit of a sinus infection that knocked me around for a few days last week.  Not to mention income tax organization and preparation!  Even with the extension to filing dates it just feels right to get it done and move along.  Just trying to keep some semblance of routine with all that is going on around us.

Enough about that though .... I’m so excited to unveil my newest pattern .....


Last year I started to play around with these little bunnies so it was just a matter of waiting for the perfect fabric colors to come along to finalize the idea I had formed in my brain.  I can now see these little bunnies being used everywhere .... on wreaths, decorating little Easter bags, little swags ... and on and on.  They are so easy to make ... if you don’t like blanket stitch appliquΓ©, do raw edge appliquΓ© and if you don’t like that just glue them on!  Use wool instead of cotton!  So many ideas.

Anybody that knows me, knows that I am not an Easter decorating person.  I'm a Halloween gal through and through 😊.  Somehow this bunny thing took over and the colors of this collection, Regency Sussex, by Christopher Wilson-Tate for Moda, just clicked for me.

The little cotton bunnies in the photos were made a very long time ago .... every once in a while I will trip over the paper templates stuck between pages of a book .... at least I think that is where I saw it last πŸ˜•.  I look at those little arms and ears and I'm shocked to think that I actually had the patience back then to make one .... actually two .... of these little creatures.  Amazing!

The decorated wooden eggs were inherited from my step-mom and they fit nicely with the Chocolate Bunny decor.

PDF patterns are available so that you can purchase, download and start creating right away.  You can definitely make this using scraps that you have on hand .... at least 5"x5" squares are needed for the half square triangles.  Your bunnies can be made in whatever colors your heart desires .... even purple, pinks and blues!

The website has a very limited number of kits available.  The kit includes everything except the fusible web, glue, thread and batting - everything you will need is in the kit .... even those cute little tails.

The website also has a very limited number of the Regency Sussex charm packs on hand which gives you the option to choose your own background, bunnies, backing and border fabric ..... and tails of course πŸ˜€.

The little bunnies on a stick (dowel) are the cutest!  And those little tails πŸ˜‰- yup, that sealed the deal for me ..... I LIKE TO DECORATE FOR EASTER!

Do you decorate for Easter?  Let me know what your favorite decorations are.

On a side note ..... I think I have the commenting option fixed on this blog!  You can comment now .... don't be shy .... say hello!

Here is the link to this week’s newsletter.

'til next time,


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Worldwide Quilting Day - March 21, 2020


on all orders over $50.00

During this unprecedented and concerning time I know that many of us quilters are hunkering down and getting some of our UFOs to the finish line and placed into the stack of "soon to be quilted" pile.

I also know that some people (like me) need more of a distraction during trying times and working on a UFO just doesn't cut it.  A new intriguing project (and new fabric) is sometimes just what I need to kick my mind into creative mode and put my troubles off to the side and my mind into a different zone.
So far this week I have started three new patterns and will be pulling the fabric for those in the next few days and I have participated in a mystery quilt along on Instagram (#pickledpinkmysterydollquilt) by Betsy Chutchian.  I know .... there is pink in there .... I never use pink!  If you are on Instagram pop over and get the instructions .... I learned a couple of new techniques and that is always a good thing πŸ˜€!  If you are not on Instagram let me know and I can give you some direction.

There are so many options out there for us quilters right now ... a quick search on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, quilting blogs and lots and lots of websites offering quilt alongs of all kinds.  Quilters have lots of options for new projects and most of us now have some time to dedicate to our addictive lifestyle.

QuiltBitz is here for you if you need a shipment of fabric, a bit of inspiration, or some help with a project.  Let me know what you need!

Please stay busy and do what you enjoy.

'til next time,

Tuesday, March 17, 2020





$13.28 PER YARD









Friday, March 13, 2020



On now until 8:00 a.m. CST March 14th.

13% off some of the most popular collections





by Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings for Moda


by Janet Rae Nesbitt, One Sister for Henry Glass fabrics


 by Jo Morton for Moda


by Jeanne Horton for Windham fabrics


by Anni Downs for Henry Glass fabrics

Happy shopping and quilting!

(REMEMBER:  arrangements can be made for FREE delivery to Brandon or pickup at the Studio)

'til next time,