The hubs and I went to Meramec River on a family float trip the last week of July. Since we are water people, we really enjoyed the warm and crystal clear water; we could see the bottom in the clean water everywhere except for the deepest part. The “float” was a lazy one and when the current kicked up it was a fun ride filled with laughter that was heard throughout the canyons, gorges, gullies and caverns!!  Time spent with the adult kids is such a joy! Phone calls, texts and family Facebook pages can’t beat real time together, sharing meals and a cabin for a week!

Shop Happenings!

The website went live on August 9th! Please check it out at
Right now there are 175 backings and I plan to add at least 25 per month. If the digital world thinks it can beat me…it better roll over as what I can’t do….I hire it done!!  :) Thank you, Creative Media Services, for giving me a whole new look! Now, if it was as easy to erase the wrinkles in my brow!!!!
Introductory Discount - 20% off the backings to celebrate the new online store! You can get this discount by using the coupon code 20OFFIN60 when you check out through October 8, 2016.
So if the shop was too far to travel, this site is for you!

For customers who shop at the store – You can help celebrate with the 20% discount on wide backings too! Always remember: You can call the shop anytime to find out if we carry what you seek. We carry over 700 backings at the shop, notions, patterns and more!

Call 309-543-6613. We will get your quilt back…covered….just that fast!

Ma’s Fall 2016 Classes

Click on the class name for pictures, class information, and registration deadlines!
"Frame" that Quilt: Saturday, Sept. 10th – 11:30am-4pm
Fee: $15.00
Note: Bring a quilt and the binding to class!
Halloween Runner Class: Saturday, Sept. 17th – 10am-4pm
Fee: $40.00*
Border Print Runner: Saturday, Sept. 24th – 9am-4pm
Fee: $50.00*
Old Favorite: Mondays, Oct. 3rd through 24th 6pm-9pm
Fee: $50.00 (total for all 4 dates)†
Frame it Up: Thursday, Oct. 6 – 10am-3pm
Fee: $15.00†
Attic Window: Thursdays, Oct. 13th & 20th – 6pm-9pm
Fee: $25.00 (total for both dates)†
Beautifully Easy Runner: Thursday, Oct. 27th – 9am-4pm
Fee: $25.00†
*Includes fabrics and instructors fees plus snacks and lunch
†Pattern and fabrics sold separately

Ma’s Sabbatical

You may have heard by now that I am taking a sabbatical from "Custom Quilting" for a year! Custom takes me days sometimes to do, and with the new site, I do not want to have to interrupt a custom job to fill online orders.
But I will continue to quilt on “E2E” (or “All-Overs” as some call them) this next year! It is ONLY the custom that I will be taking a break from.  Please, continue to bring me your E2E tops – I can quilt them just as beautiful with an E2E and save you big $$’s! E2E allows your beautiful fabric choices and piecing to be showcased. So, keep piecing those tops, guys and gals, and I will E2E them for you!
Should you need custom work, I can put you in contact with a Longarm Quilter! We are a family unit that networks and as all of our styles are different…we are not in competition with each other. We are supporters and cheerleaders for each other.

Shop Events

Row by Row continues thru Sept. 5th (Labor Day). After that, a “time-out” will be held until October 31st when the pattern and Ma's Row can be offered for sale. The theme is “Home Sweet Home” and to me Havana is home. Havana was settled in the late 1800’s, my building was built at that time. So, in our Row, our historic buildings include the United Methodist Church steeple, the historic Water Tower and my building.
The row is really neat, check it out here: Row by Row
The Gems Show is at the Peoria Civic Center, Aug. 27-28.
Annual Central Illinois Shop Hop is October 7-8 and 14-15. Save the date! More details coming! Don’t forget to order your shirt early! It is so dang cute, the front is coffee cups and the theme this year is “Quilting Keeps You Grounded.”
October 31…Ma’s Got’a Notion celebrates 13 years in business! You know how radical those teenagers can be…so…come and see just how RADICAL….we can get!

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 14, we will celebrate for 13 days with “Make It and Take It’s”, demos, and SALES….13 days of door prizes and drawings…Whoop….Whoop!

Block of the Month (BOM)

This fall/winter, I will be offering two different BOM’s. Starting in September, Star Spangled Liberty from Marcus Brothers fabrics (designer Pam Buda) will be featured. There will be a choice of two middle rows…an ALL piece top or a middle row of applique – you can do either one. Our sample will be all pieced. Please declare at time of sign-up your preference of pieced or applique row.

This is a 9-month program with each month running $28.95 and includes the fabrics for the top and binding and patterns.  (Please note: the appliqué might run a bit more.) This is a beautiful Patriotic Quilt, in soft faded blues, reds, blue/grays and off-white fabrics. Stop by and view the fabrics…28 to choose from…all so muted and washed, you can’t help but want to wrap yourself up in this one!

We will only have 20 kits so be sure to sign up for this one quick!  
In January 2017, I will offer “Journey’s End” from Henry Glass fabrics (designer Kim Diehl). All 28 pieces in this line are Kim’s lovely crisp but “homier” prints in the classic Kim style! Her blues, greens, caramels, cheddars, browns, gold’s, reds and muted yellows are always in vogue and appropriate in most decors!
It is a quilt comprised of houses and the “body” of each house is a quilt block…just way…too cute! And let me say, if you are not for sure about it…the WHOLE quilt top is all pieced…not a stitch of applique! More details coming soon!
Please remember, that if you commit to a BOM, it is the same as laying away a quilt.  I will be asking you to guarantee your commitment. Please, do not ask to discontinue before the term of that BOM commitment is finished.
Until next time, Quilt on my Friends, Quilt ON!!!
Let’s stay connected!
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