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…
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.
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.