5 Tips for Sewing with Minky – Free Project – New Studio!

June 7th, 2011

Hello! We can’t believe this is our last episode of Season 3! Wow, the time flies! In this episode we will show you a very easy way to create a baby blanket (or any size blanket!) from one of our favorite fabrics — minky! Plus, we’ll tell you where we are moving our studio to for Season 4….My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe!

We also want to thank our main sponsor this past season: Janome! They’ve helped us be able to create projects for sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery and we are so grateful!



Here are more photos of today’s project and Kris’ new quilt shoppe! If you are in the area, we’d love for you to come by. They will also have an online store (opening soon) and you can sign up for a free newsletter for grand opening specials, tips, ideas, and more.

Here are some additional free baby project patterns, too: a baby receiving blanket and a baby burpie.  Have a wonderful summer everyone! We’ll be checking in periodically and posting too. Our sincerest thank you for being a part of our journey with this show. We can’t wait to share what’s next with you!

Kim & Kris

  • Connie T
    June 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Can I just move into our Quilt Shop….not for the Quilting but for your AMAZING inviting atmosphere and all those FABRICS…and I know some way cool fun patterns…(not quilting)…and it just ooozzeeess…”Come in….and Stay Awhile”!!……and Great Tips on the Minky!!….Yes I find it totally Love Hate…and YES…THANK YOU…Pin Pin PIN…and Pin some more….people who think they cannot pin on Knits are CRAZY!!

  • June 8, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I’m a local and dying of excitement!! The brick and mortar store looks like it is open already–I’ll be stopping by tomorrow! Looks fabulous!

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  • June 8, 2011 at 5:55 am

    i made cloth diaper out of minky, i use quilt batting spray to keep my minky stay still with the other layers of fabrics that i’ve to sew. it helps a lot! (plus no pins use to sew cloth diaper means less poke on the hidden waterproof material means less chances to leak :D)

  • Francisca
    June 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

    aaaahhhh, first signs of withdrawal already because this is the last episode of the season. Kim and Kris thank you for a lovely season with wonderful, creative ideas. Looking forward to next season. Gonna miss the morning with coffee and watching the DIYdish. Have fun with the opening of the quiltshop.

  • Chris
    June 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

    All the best from Oz in your new Quilt shop venture – I’m also looking forward to more DIY dish :)

  • jean (UK)
    June 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I have really enjoyed your Sewing tips even tho’ I have been a sewer for “donkey’s” years. Now I help my Grandson, who has been using my my machines since he was 6yrs old (now 9) just simple things like peg bags or cards, and have taken my machine into his school for a couple of projects and let the children “have a go . LOVELY.
    BEST wishes for many years of success in your beautiful store. jean x

  • June 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Great post! I have definitely had a love-hate relationship with minky—-now there is more to love.

    What a fun quilt shop! Love the wall bicycle and basket. Wish I lived closer. I know it will be a huge success.

    Looking forward to Season 4. Thank you for you tips and inspiration.

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower

  • barbara johnson
    June 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Love your new shop…. so happy for you girls… I look forward to more from you both, and browsing your shop VIA the net….

  • June 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’m so excited to hear that your next season will be in My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe. I am loving all the photos of the shoppe and am wishing I lived nearby!! So sweet!

  • Ricki Duke
    June 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Yes the walking foot does help when working with the minky material. But I still have the “hate” for sewing with it. Looking forward to next season.

  • jan schrock
    June 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I love the pics of your new shop! I am sure that it will be super successful…only wish I lived nearby! Can’t wait till we can shop from there online…………..thanks so much for all of your great tips and shows….I am already anxious for the upcoming season…

  • June 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Those were great tips! I’m sooo excited about your new quilt shop. I’ll be in the area inJuly so I will find you and come by for a visit :-)

  • Wendy
    June 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I will work for free! Stunning shop……you are so lucky to do what you love!

  • June 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you so much for a wonderful season. As this episode ended, my 7 y.o. daughter was humming along with your theme song. We love your show. I so wish we live somewhere near. Visiting the shop would be a regular trip. I know you’ll be online. But we so long for some girlfriends to create with in person. :)

  • Miriam
    June 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    What are we to do until September? Have a nice break. I am so looking forward to the new season being filmed in Kris’ quilt shop. Looks like a wonderful place for inspiration!

  • Elaine
    June 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I just LOVE your show and I am also feeling a little sad Season 3 is over, but, I will look forward to Season 4 in the fall with great anticipation. You girls are a real bright spot in my week. I wish you much success with your new quilt shop. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful creative ideas and projects.

  • Marietta
    June 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    The tree in the new shop is spectacular – very creative. Wish I weren’t 3,000 miles
    away,but alas, we do have the internet. What is Kim’s new store to be? Can’t have one
    twin out doing the other. As the old song goes…………..”See You in September”………….

  • June 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Loved your tips for sewing on Minky but I would add one more. I found when sewing on Minky it helped to sew a basting stitch a 1/4″ from the cut edge. This seemed to help stop the puckering and made the fabric less stretchy. And made sewing it alot easier, especially when the second fabric that wasn’t as stretchy.
    I loved the look of the new quilt shop. It looked like a place I could go and just dream about all the projects I could do with the beautiful fabrics. September can’t get here soon enough!

  • June 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Your shop and your merchandising ideas are beyond words. It will surely be one big success. People won’t want to go home!

  • Mame
    June 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Just love the warmth and feeling of welcome emitted from the shop. Great job, Kim. I look forward to hearing all about your successes there and everywhere you guys are found. Positive energy receives positive outcomes.


  • Jenny
    June 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I wish I lived nearby.I want to start MY own quilt shop, or craft shop. Thank you so much for a great season. Wishes to you!!!

  • June 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    What a wonderful welcoming shop. The decor is just as creative as the person entering the shop, makes me happy all over. I’d love to see the shop in person, perhaps our Janome dealers can get together and offer a ‘trip’..lol Whoever you had as a shop designer did a most fantastic layout, very inviting and would make me stay forever and shop, and isn’t that what is supposed to do. Great luck with the in store and on line shop. I have followed you through the DIY shows and can hardly believe it has been three years. Congratulations on that, as well.
    Happy Quilting, sewing and embellishing to all!


  • Julie
    June 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Congratulations on another great season! And congrats on the new shop. I am a known shopaholic and fabricaholic so I am happy you are close by…. but not too close! A couple of hours is good between us! See you this summer though!

  • June 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Love that bicycle on the wall of the shop. Is it vinyl. I’d love to do something like that in my sewing room. Can you share the source? Thanks!

  • Kathy Kauth
    June 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for another great season, I am so looking forward to Sept when you start up again and in the new shop which looks sooo nice, I wish I could visit it, but I live in northern Ontario so I will have to visit it on line, can’t wait. All the best and safe and happy summer to you both.

  • Jeanne
    June 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    In your spare time….. (hahaha), would you explain the tree in your shop? It looks awesome, and could be an interesting addition to a child’s room. I can’t wait to plan a trip to your store. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    The quilt shop looks so sweet, warm and inviting! A place to spend hours in!

  • June 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Kim & Kris, I made a minky robe in the same brown and pink fabric, its warm and cuddly for next winter! Thanks for all the ideas from the last 3 seasons.
    Congrats & Wish You Both So Much luck On Your NEW Quilting Shop!
    Have A Wonderful Summer and see you both next season #4, Susan Z. NJ

  • Vicky
    June 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Great ideas on working with Minky. I’ve got to tell you that I love your new store. I have a feeling it’s going to be my new place to be.

  • Leesa
    June 9, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Hope you have a wonderful summer, of course we know where you both will be (at least as often as your families will let you get away with it). Looking forward to September already.

  • June 9, 2011 at 2:58 am

    I can’t believe the season is over already! Your new shop looks wonderful. Enjoy the summer~

  • Melinda
    June 9, 2011 at 3:26 am


  • Norma
    June 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Congratulations and have well deserved time off. Much blessings and success on your new venture.

  • Kim Antongiovanni
    June 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    This new setting is so beautiful – what an inviting gorgeous Quilt Shoppe Kris. It’s going to be great!

  • Leilani
    June 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Love, love, love your show! I keep all your episodes, so I can refer back to them, when I need them. I just might have to make a minki blankie for a friend’s baby shower coming up! Thanks for the tips.

  • June 10, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Can’t wait for the new season!
    I love the bicycle vinyl with the basket at My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe, I am going to have to stop by when I am up that way!
    Thanks again girls for all you do for us;)

  • Winifred
    June 11, 2011 at 1:43 am

    We have 9 grandchildren and we are going to have our first Great-grandbaby at the end of this month. I think I need to make a Minky blanket. Thanks for the great tips.

  • Bonny
    June 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I just made my first “taggie” blanket with minky dot and it was more challenging than I expected. I am going to make a big minky blanket for my son, so you did this episode just in time! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  • June 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I love that fabric covered tree! What a great idea! I can hardly wait until I’m able to set up a proper sewing space that I can decorate!

  • June 16, 2011 at 1:58 am

    God Bless you on your new business adventure. I know it will be successful.

  • Neddie58
    June 16, 2011 at 5:00 am

    great episode

  • Robin
    June 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Your new shop looks sooooo inviting! Wish I lived closer. I’ll have to visit via the web. Good Luck!
    Great minky tips!

  • June 20, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I always like your videos and have gotten some great tips. Best wishes with the quilt shop and I’ve already seen many cute ideas just looking at the pictures.

  • Sherbert
    June 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Ohhhhhhh my Kris! So amazing! I love everything I see!! I guess I need to make a trip up there. :)

  • June 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Daaahhhh you guys made a G*lamp! I am gonna go tell Amanda… oh she might already know but … so exciting LOL

  • Carol Bauman
    June 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Kris, The Shop is gorgeous. I cannot wait until your on the web. It would be nice if you carried the fabric that you use on the DIY Dish so we can purchase it.
    Carol Bauman

  • Tiffany
    July 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm


    Great video on Minky! I re-posted it on our shop facebook page. Hope the store is coming along well. The pictures are just wonderful and sooo inviting! If your day is anything like mine, you haven’t had a chance to breathe:) Good luck with everything. Let’s try and talk soon!


    Quilter’s Corner

  • Karen Mortensen
    July 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What a darling shop. Wish I could go. This next week I will be so close yet so far away. I will be in SLC.

  • Colleen Anderson
    July 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    The quilt shop looks so cute, so many ideas to add to my own sewing room.
    I enjoy your Webisodes and look forward to them. Congratulations on completing your 3rd year and look forward to the 4th.

    Fargo ND

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