Reclaimed West Blog Tour


Are you having fun on the Timeless Treasures blog tour celebrating Judy & Judel Niemeyer’s first line of fabric?! Yay!

reclaimed west collage

The line is called The Reclaimed West. I have to say that I LOVE this fabric! It spoke to me immediately! I knew that I HAD to design a quilt with this fabric.

I saw this fabric around the time that I drove across the Great Midwest to Spring Market. This fabric was perfect to capture my feelings about driving through this beautiful country. The pattern I came up with is called Midwest Memories. It is hot off the press! I barely got it done in time for Fall Market, and the pattern just became available last week!


The pinwheels and windmills, the stars and the barns – with quilts on them, of course – all reminded me of my roadtrip with my parter in crime Machelle Preston of Cherry Tree Cottage, who, by the way, is the queen of packing!

The barn is my favorite:

midwest barn

My grandfather owned a dairy farm in Southern Idaho. My childhood includes many happy memories from that farm including climbing on the hay bales as high as we could just to swing down on a rope swing. I even liked moving pipes and hauling hay because I only did it once or twice 🙂 I loved being able to put a quilt on this barn! Machelle and I saw many like that on our trip.

I used some fun techniques making these blocks. In fact, when I created the pattern, I wasn’t sure I could even make the quilt! After several test blocks, I created some fun methods for making the windmill blocks and the star blocks that make them a lot simpler than they look! I really enjoyed seeing this quilt come together.

As with most blog tours, this one includes prizes! Here is the link to TIMELESS TREASURES GIVEAWAY.

AND I will be giving away THREE COPIES of my new pattern Midwest Memories. To enter my drawing, leave a comment below telling me what you love about the Midwest, or your favorite fabric in this line.

If you do not see where to comment, click on the title of the blog and you will see the comments at the bottom. I redesigned my website, and now the comments are messed up. I don’t know how to fix it. Sorry 🙁

I will be drawing for winners on Monday, November 24th, the same day as Timeless Treasures.

Just for fun, here is the list of the other stops on the blog tour. Have fun traveling the Reclaimed West this week!

November 17

Carla Klop, Kits by Carla

Catherine Wilson, Queenie Quilts

Lisa McCarthy, Compass Point

November 18

Deborah Brizendine, Just Stitchin with Deborah

Denise Green, HollyDee Quilts

Sandy Lueth, Totes by Sandy

November 19

Cathy McKillip, Wish Upon A Quilt

Marcia Nagel/Megan Bohr, Pine Needles Quilt & Sew

Stacey Day, Stacey in Stitches


November 20

Barb Linares, Crafty Threads

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting

Konda Luckau, Moose on the Porch Quilts

Susan Nelson, Prairie Sky Quilts

November 21

Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works

Lauren Rogers, Backdoor Quilt

Osie Lebowitz, From Needle and Thread

Timeless Treasures, SewTimeless (Giveaways!)


  1. Linda Jones
    Linda Jones
    November 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Love your Midwest Memories pattern. Great use of the Reclaimed West fabrics.

  2. kathy pfaltzgraff
    kathy pfaltzgraff
    November 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I live on the west edge of Midwest, (northeast Colo) and the wide open spaces are my favorite. and moreso since the corn has been harvested and expanded the horizon even more. Kathy in Colo

  3. Cyndy Knapp
    Cyndy Knapp
    November 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I grew up in Iowa and the thing I like best about the Midwest is the people. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I love the barn.

  4. Judel Niemeyer
    November 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you Konda, for using our fabrics! We love the quilt, and I also think it is great that you used Windmills as this what we saw with the fabrics, as well, when we started with the design! Great work!

  5. Tina
    November 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I live in Montana but am originally from the West Coast. I haven’t spent much time in the midwest but I do like corn. I really like your quilt.

  6. Glenda Ardelean
    Glenda Ardelean
    November 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I live in farm country Illinois. Your quilt shows what we see in the Midwest. Barns, windmills, stars, displayed with the Reclaimed West fabrics, brings it all together!!

  7. Teri powers
    Teri powers
    November 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I love the scenery of the Midwest! Your fabric is beautiful.

  8. Rina
    November 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I live in the Missouri and love how there are four seasons. i also live in farm country and like how I can watch the seasons by the stages the crops are in.

  9. Deb
    November 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve been out West once in my life (about 10 years ago for our 25th anniversary). I love that it’s so different from VA where i live in the shenandoah Valley. And I like the purple fabric in the top line of the fabrics the best.

  10. Pamela Reim
    Pamela Reim
    November 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I really like the misty looking wheat.

  11. Valerie Burrese
    Valerie Burrese
    November 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    The Midwest brings back fond memories of my childhood growing up in North Dakota. The ability to wander freely and play all over on our farm. Something my children will never get to experience growing up in the city.

  12. Brianne
    November 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I love the freshness of the air in the west. My favorite Fabric is between the purple one and the dark blue. 🙂

  13. Kathy McKinney
    Kathy McKinney
    November 21, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I’m in hamburg,NY south of Buffalo, we have received over 6 feet of snow since Monday, so wish I had this fabric to sew with, I love it all!

  14. Julie A.
    Julie A.
    November 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Love all the farms !!!

  15. Cheryl Plourde
    Cheryl Plourde
    November 21, 2014 at 6:01 am

    The Midwest is my current home. It is the people. Nice and courteous!

  16. Sherri Callahan
    Sherri Callahan
    November 21, 2014 at 6:39 am

    How do you pick just one?? I LOVE them all!! The Midwest Memories pattern is a must have!

  17. Sandi
    November 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

    My favorite out of this fabric is the golden heart. When traveling through the Midwest during the summer I loved the fields of sunflowers. Your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for a chance to win.

  18. Sandi
    November 21, 2014 at 6:42 am

    My favorite out of this line of fabric is the golden heart. One thing I loved about driving through the Midwest during the summer is all the fields of sunflowers. Your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for a chance to win.

  19. Jo Cornforth
    November 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I love the barn. I am a Midwest farmer’s daughter and that quilt is special with the barn focal.

  20. Kathie L
    Kathie L
    November 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love that it is just so productive. All of those fields of corn and sunflowers. I’ve only diriven through once, and loved the wide open spaces.

  21. Linda Rhoades
    Linda Rhoades
    November 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I really like the red wheels in the quilt. I’ve not seen a block like this before! Nice!

  22. Rochelle
    November 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve never been to the Midwest but I really like the barn red in this line of fabric. It calls to me!!

  23. Lori Smanski
    Lori Smanski
    November 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    your quilt is lovely. I love the Midwest because this is where my husband and most of our family lives. The humidity in the summer I could do without. The bone chilling cold in the winter I could do with out. But because of family I am warm through and through

  24. Victoria Johnson
    Victoria Johnson
    November 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I got to spend two weeks in Montana this summer after seeing all of Judels pictures for years it was amazing to see the country side that it came from and to share a moment with Judy as she showed us the new fabric line and to see the pride in her face when she talks about all that her children have brought to the company. This was more than enough to connfirm that I wanted to continue on my journey to become one of Judy’s Certified Instructors. I look forward to creating something special with the Reclaimed West fabric line.