Saturday, January 28, 2017

quilts for sale to benefit a precious boy named chance

a few months ago sarah and i fell head over heals in love with a little boy listed for adoption on the reece's rainbow website. his name is chance and just like sarah, he too has down syndrome. we were so smitten by his sweet face we placed his photo on the top of our angel tree this year and prayed each evening that he would find a forever family soon so he could get out of the orphanage where he is currently living.

a few weeks later while scrolling through posts on facebook, we read that a family who we had the pleasure of meeting while we were at the national down syndrome convention last summer was ready to adopt again.

pasha is an absolute doll and is thriving with his new family, so i sent the mom a private message asking her if they had chosen a child yet. hope whispered back that yes they had and shared a picture of chance.


my eyes immediately welled with tears i was so happy. this meant that pasha and chance were one day going to be brothers!! how incredibly awesome will that be.

so sarah and i are doing what we can to help hope and her family secure the funds they will need to make this adoption possible. as you may know, we have been selling sample quilts in our shop for some time with the proceeds going to reece's rainbow families.

today, we are kicking it up a notch and will be selling the quilts right out of our current front window display. they all feature high end quilt quality fabric designed by lily ashbury for moda fabrics and have been created by master quilters.

usually these just sell in our brick and mortar shop located in university heights, yet we know others might be interested in purchasing a quilt to help bring chance home, so we thought we will list them here as well.

Swoon Mod Star by Tiger Lily Designs 
66 x 66

Simply a Summer House by Pine Tree Lodge
54 X 60

Gypsy Girl Nursery Quilt by Carlene Westberg Designs
38 x 46

Gypsy Girl Baby Quilt by Quilts by Josephine
36 X 45
SOLD $130.00 SOLD

Baby Girl Quilt in Gypsy Girl by Rain City Quilts
39 x 39

Braid Table Runner featuring Tradewinds by Jambearies
16 x 35
SOLD $40.00 SOLD

Rosebuds Center Piece by Pine Tree Lodge
21 x 21

if you wish to purchase a quilt just comment on this post or send us an email to we do accept credit cards and we will gladly pay the shipping costs. if you are local, they will be in the shop for pick up.
thank you so much for helping bring sweet chance home to his forever family.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

dusting off here

oh my this ole blog here has been sorely neglected. i suppose it's because we have become so comfortable with facebook these days. but it's a new year which makes it seem like a good time to say hello. let's start with this...

sarah and i met with marc jacobs from michael miller today.

we ordered some fun new prints for springtime. well truthfully, we try to always keep it like a breath of springtime in our shop. the new bolts will arrive sometime mid march.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

clear off the hutch sale

ok friends, we have just a few days left to get this hutch cleared off.

so beginning at 10:00 today (saturday) every bolt on here will sell for just $5.00 per yard. no minimums and certainly no maximums. we will be adding to it as the day progresses. hope we see you sometime soon.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

labor day weekend hours

the shop will be closed saturday, sunday & monday 9/3, 9/4, 9/5.

we hope you are able to enjoy the long weekend doing something that you love. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

ndsc convention

if someone had told me that twenty seven years after sarah was born she would be vending at the national down syndrome convention with her own booth, displaying quilts that she makes, i would not have believed them. so i guess it's a good thing no one mentioned it.

so incredibly proud of you sarah ellen ely!! and humbled and weepy and thrilled and a whole host of other emotions. but all good. very, very good.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

home from market

we are home from spring quilt market and have returned to regular store hours, although we are a bit jet lagged.

stay tuned for some great photos from salt lake city.

Monday, May 16, 2016

closed for quilt market

JEllen's house of fabric will be CLOSED this week of May 16 - 21 so we may attend Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.

We apologize if this causes any inconvenience and so appreciate your understanding.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

march window

always a wonderful sight this time of year...fig tree. we love every single collection joanna figueroa brings to life...

the easter bunny comes early this year. floppsy and moppsy are ready.

we found a lovely new creator on etsy recently who created the perfect butterfly runner for us.

Monday, March 21, 2016

lights out for a week...

so today we had the carpet shampooed. and it is wet. therefore we have made a decision to close tuesday, march 22 through friday, march 25 to give it a chance to properly dry.

we will reopen at 10:00 on Saturday, march 26th. we apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing.  we have much new fabric in to bring out from the backroom so hopefully it will be worth the wait.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 calendar of events

we've been receiving calls lately from far away friends trying to plan vacations around our annual sales. golly that makes a shop owner feel good and that also got me to thinking...perhaps more of you would like our yearly calendar. so here it is...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

it's sale time...

...i know what you're thinking, it's not the end of the year. sorry the calendar just got us so mixed up with holidays we had to postpone for a week. no worries though, it's still our great everything, well except for the fine print*, sells for just $7.00 per yard. don't wait though, it's only for one week.

january 5 - 9, 2016!

* the fine print. sale does not include batiks, kim diehl or moda grunge. applies only to new purchases and one yard minimum cuts are appreciated. that's it. oh and well the fact that we do reserve the right to ask for your cooperation should we have to limit the number of customers in the store to abide by fire code regulations. hope to see you this week!!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

new year, new window

oh the weather outside is frightful...that's usually the january story in cleveland. almost strangely, it's not so bad this year. we have yet to see even a flurry of snow. still we thought a window full of color theory by v. and co. for moda would make a great backdrop when that white stuff does appear...

it's beautiful at night as you can see...

and even prettier during the day. 

we have so much fun choosing the accessories to go with each display. and of course none of them would come together without the help of our etsy friends...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

happiest window yet...

it's a celebration! we are five years old. hard to believe but oh so true. THANK YOU to all our loyal supporters. three moves in four years deserves some happy don't you think?

oh...i forgot to mention...we have a live mannequin in the window. it's her 26th birthday too!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

sweet treat extravaganza

it's back!! hard to believe it has been five years already. good golly time does fly. thank you all so much for your support, especially during the past eighteen zany, crazy months.

we have settled in nicely to our new space so we are super excited to be celebrating our 5th anniversary with you in university heights.

please stop by sometime this month to fill your bag with sweet treats of the real kind...

and then indulge yourself in our sweet savings of the fabric kind...

All items from the
 Moda Bake Shop
 are on
layer cakes = $25.00
jelly rolls = $25.00
dessert rolls = $25.00
charm packs = $6.00
candy packs = $3.00
all patterns are 50% off
all books are 50% off
all fabric in our bargain bench area will sell for just 

$3.00 per yard.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

my gps lied to me...

ok's the truth. a gps does not know everything. gosh darn it. right? just when we had gotten so comfortable with their directions, we threw our paper maps in the trash.

we continue to have customers relying on their electronic devices without checking the address and being sent to our old location. be sure you are going to 2171 S. (the south is important too) Green in University Heights, zip 44121.

we are only a few moments from our old shop, but we hate that you are loosing your valuable shopping time driving around.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

say hello to carol...

as we move into the new year i want to introduce you to carol...
she has been helping us out the past few years on sale days and special events. this summer i put out a plea to help my husband find additional workers for his medical billing company. i had no idea that was carol's background because we always talked quilting & kids. she is now working for john with the caveat that if i should need her at jellen's, she comes over. that happened last week when i needed to get my mom to the hospital.  carol and sarah get along mighty well too. it is such a perfect arrangement for which i am so grateful.

Friday, December 26, 2014

christmas miracles

a few years ago i shared this post with a few pictures of the reece's rainbow holiday angels we were able to sponsor that year thanks to your generosity with the sample sales in our shop.

this year, sarah and her grandparents are enjoying the sweet faces from the past few years on the tree in their new home.

i often wonder about the journey these precious kiddos have traveled. i wonder if they remember their life living in the orphanage, sometimes dirty and cold. their days spent mostly in a metal crib, lacking the warmth of loving arms. i wonder if they know how much other people care about them from across the globe. i wonder how their development would be different if they had been able to live at home. mostly, i wonder where they are now and how their life has changed since meeting their forever family.

well, wonder no more. late last evening, this picture flashed on our screen...

precious emilie...holding her very own ornament from 2011. happy and thriving with her forever family. a christmas miracle indeed!!!

it's not too late to sponsor a child through the reece's rainbow 2014 angel tree. just click here for a glimpse of this year's angels. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

christmas closing

just a reminder we will be closing at noon today and will be closed all day december 25th.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

katrina & hilary...

it's the last saturday before christmas and i'm out running errands. have no fear, the shop is in great hands with katrina & hilary in charge. i am so fortunate these two extremely dedicated & beautiful souls give me time in their busy lives (did you know they are both oncology/palliative care nurses during the week) to work in the shop. i'm beyond grateful for their help.

THANK YOU Hilary & Katrina!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

holiday hours...

we will remain open our normal business hours with a few exceptions...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

need gift certificates...

yes!! we have them. in any denomination. and for a limited time you will receive a seven fat quarter bundle ($16.00 value) of your choice for every purchase of a $50.00 certificate.  

and of course we will be happy to mail them to help out any gift giver. simply gives us a call at 216.860.4116.