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Polly and Laurie are sisters that share of the love all things textile.

Laurie is known for the quilts she creates and Polly hooks a rug to match. They have shared and taught their unique folk art style and aesthetic in the United States and in France – occasionally teaching together.  Their fabrics have been rendered in quilting-weight cottons, classic twills and plaids and pure over-dyed wools.  combined all these loves into fabrics that include 100% cotton prints, Classic twills and 100% over-dyed wools.

Polly and Laurie are the authors of several best-selling books – Victory Girls, The Spirit of Sacagawea, American Summer: Seaside Inspired Rugs & Quilts, Folk Art Friends; Hooked Rugs and Coordinating Quilts, Everyday Folk Art: Hooked Rugs and Quilts to Make, Modern Primitive Quilts: Redefining Country Style and Americana Rugs.

They have been also been featured in numerous magazines – national and international – including:  Quiltmania, Country Home, American Patchwork & Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, Victoria, and Architectural Digest.

  • Moda Blockheads - Week 46
    Today's block is courtesy of Jan Patek and you can find the directions HERE. In other news.... this Hartfield quilt pattern will start shipping today. We are in a pre-Thanksgiving pattern packing mood. You can find the pattern HERE. Happy Turkey Stuffing everyone!Laurie Read more »
  • Blockheads 2 - Week 42
     This week's block is courtesy of Joanna from Fig Tree Quilts.  You can find the pattern HERE.It's a sweet little variation on a bear's paw block.What else is going on here?  I have a new quilt pattern.......The new pattern is called STITCHED! and it is available as a download pattern… Read more »
  • Moda Blockheads3 - Week 40
    This week's block is courtesy of Janet Clare and you can find the directions HERE.I have to confess that I'm working a bit ahead..... my Moda Blockhead 3 top is already done and is being quilted right now. I can't wait to show it to you.  This is a hint… Read more »
  • Blockheads 3 - Week 38
     This week's block is courtesy of Stacy Iest Hsu and you can find the directions HERE.   This sweet little block gives a lot of bang for your buck. It's easy-peasy and is quite lovely.What else has been going on here besides Moda Blockheads and evening hand quilting?  Kits, lots of… Read more »
  • Blockheads 2 - Week 37
     This week's block is brought to us by Vanessa Goertzen. You can find the directions HERE.I'm going to start thinking of how I'm going to set all these blocks this week. Once I get my design wall cleared of a current project - this is next on my list.Evenings here… Read more »
  • Blockheads 3 - Week 36
     What do you know? It's my turn again. It's seems like it was just a while ago when it was last my turn, but time is relative isn't it? All our perspectives on time will be changed after this year.  Anyway - here is my block. Here are the directions......Fall is… Read more »
  • Blockheads 3 - Week 35
     This week's block is courtesy of Lissa Alexander and you can find the directions HERE.  It's a nifty little block that works up quite fast.We are getting seasonal weather here. Quilts (plural) are back on the beds and I'm wearing socks today. It's very September here. Cassie thinks I have… Read more »
  • Blockheads3 - Week 34
     This week's block is courtesy of Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings - you can find the directions HERE.Lisa's block calls for a pieced star in the center. Since my block is 6" - I just kind of fussy cut a star for my center.  I finished one of the quilt tops… Read more »
  • Blockheads 3 - Week 33
     This week's block is courtesy of Brigitte from Zen Chic.  This was my very first attempt at curved machine piecing. At first I was going to hand piece it - as that is my comfort zone. Hand piecing, hand applique and hand quilting was all I knew until my first sewing… Read more »
  • Blockheads 3 - Week 32
     This week's block is courtesy of Jan Patek and you can find the pattern HERE.  Note - take care when trimming down your block 🙁   I had to improvise.  A little improvisation every now and then is good for the soul.So much other news........ the fearless, strong, and attractive sales… Read more »

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