More Goodies!

One of the great things about owning a quilt shop is that you don’t have to wait until Christmas for it to feel like Christmas!  We see the gentlemen from UPS or FedEx almost daily and they never fail to bring us some wonderful goodies to enjoy and then pass along to you.  The last couple of weeks have been no exception!  Here’s what we’ve received lately…

12 Different Designs!

The first thing I want to show you is note cards that match the Rose of Sharon Block Book from Martingale.  In this day of e-mail and texting I still love to look at and purchase lovely note cards.  I actually prefer getting a card in the mail to electronic communication any day.  I can keep cards, and yes, I do keep almost every card that I get in the mail, but e-mails, etc. are so transient and less likely to endure for the long haul.

The lovely gift box contains 12 different designs, one on each 5″x5″ card, as well as envelopes.  These are the top 12 designs from the 2010 EQ Rose of Sharon block design contest in support of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.  You’re going to want two boxes of these cards, one for sending and one to frame and hang throughout your home or sewing room.  Those who visit and don’t look too closely will think you did a wonderful job on your tiny quilt blocks.  I wouldn’t tell them any different, unless they ask of course.  After you’ve framed the cards you’ll be left with a lovely little box that you can put 5″ squares in and give as a gift, or turn into a pincushion or sewing kit.  Yes, I admit to being a pack rat and would definitely find it difficult to part with the box once empty. 

If you look at the August 18th post you’ll see a review on the Rose of Sharon book with these and many more designs.  Or, you can visit www.martingale-pub.com for more information as well.  Once there you will also want to check out their FREE desktop wallpaper and patterns if you haven’t already. 

Super Value!

We also received more of the 2011 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar.  These calendars are like giving three (or more) gifts in one.  Not only can they be used to keep track of important dates each month, but they have a pattern for the quilt shown each month, and once the month is over the photo of the quilt can be framed as art, because that’s exactly what it is.  In fact, you could share the photos with others and end up giving several gifts without spending any more money, especially if you do your own framing.  I’ve shown you the back of the calendar, but you can see each month when you visit their website and view the gallery.

Crazy Quilts & Holiday Ideas!

Remember that can of worms I mentioned in the last post?  Well, we have three more magazines with which to entice you.  The first is the December issue of “The Quilt Life” from AQS.  I’ve not had a chance to sit down and read all the way through it but just the cover makes me want to take a vacation day, which quilt shop owners don’t get paid for…
I love crazy quilts and that’s one of the first articles that I turned to when I flipped through the magazine.  They say it’s the ultimate Victorian home accessory and since that’s the style of house we live in, or at least I like to think it is, I had to check it out.  And then there are the recipes, Sweet and Spicy Chai Truffles from Ricky and Smoky Nuts and Bolts from Alex.  The Victorian postcard also caught my attention.  Feel free to send me one anytime .  There’s even a story on quilters in Iceland!  Don’t miss this issue because it is stuffed full of great information and inspiration.
 

20 Great Projects!

The latest issue of “easy Quilts” by Fons & Porter is chocked full of great quilting/sewing projects.  They range from quilts, of course, to table runners, a chenille snowman pillow (really cute!), two scarves, and a vintage apron (great for hostess gifts anytime).  One of my favorites is a quilt with appliqued cardinals.  These quilt patterns are designed so that you can get them finished quickly with a minimal amount of effort.  Some will become go-to patterns for a long time.

Christmas Time's a Comin'!

The latest issue of Mary Jane’s Farm has also arrived.  While this is not a quilting magazine, it often contains articles on quilting.  This issue, for example, talks about how to turn a cutter quilt into heirloom ornaments.  There are great recipes and home decorating ideas as well as ideas on how to do things that are more friendly towards our environment.  This is one of those grab a cup of tea or coffee , prop your feet up, relax, and just savor you time with a great magazine.
OK…it’s taken me more than a week to get this together and posted so I’ll stop here.  I really need to make a date with myself and just make daily postings of the new things that come in rather than put it off.  Of course, changing a life long habit is not always easy, but more often than not it is necessary.
Enjoy the day!
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