I know, I know…you thought I’d run off to Upper Slobovia or other parts unknown. No, I’ve just been very busy for some reason. I can’t always put my finger on just why I’ve been so busy, but there’s never a lack of things to do or deadlines to meet. The most recent deadline, Farmer’s Wife #7, has been met so I am now free to catch up on what I should have told you two weeks ago.
Let’s start with the November releases from Martingale. First we have “S is for Scraps” by Gayle Bong. This new publication will give you 18 great quilts to help you use up that over abundance of excess fabric known to quilters as “stash” so you can come by the shop and buy more. In addition to these great designs, many of which are stars of one sort or another, you will learn about organizing your fabrics in order to make the job of making a scrap quilt easier, quicker, and most importantly, more interesting.
Next, we have “Pennies from Heaven” by Gretchen Gibbons. There are ten blocks used in the cover quilt and you can make every single one of them using felted wool and the blanket stitch. In addition to the cover quilt there are eight other projects for you to make from wallhangings to table runners. If you have never worked with felted wool before you will be thrilled with how easy it is to work with. There’s no needle turning needed with this type of applique and it’s very forgiving. OK…are you singing the song in your head now too?
Last, but definitely not least, is the project packed book “Heartfelt Giving” by Marie Osmond. Teresa bought this book when it first came in and told me on her next visit that it was a great book. She said she wasn’t sure what she’d expected it to be, but I told her probably what I had expected. You see, Teresa and I are about the same age as Marie. We grew up knowing her as Donnie’s little sister, a singer, an entertainer, but not a sewer. To have to wrap our brains around the fact that she’s also a quilter and seemingly loves fabric as much as we do is pushing our pre-conceived notions of this icon of our generation just a tad. Teresa’s right though, this is a great book and it has something for everyone. The projects range from quilts to a shower curtain and everything you can and can’t imagine in between. With 112 pages there’s almost no one on your gift list that you can’t make something for from Marie’s book. Now, switch the song in your head to “Paper Roses”.
Also, coming later this month is Tonya Ricucci’s “Word Play Quilts” which was inspired by Gwen Marston. The technique used in these quilts is very forgiving and will lend itself to many applications. I couldn’t help but laugh at the quilt that reads, “Don’t make me break out the flying monkeys,” or something close to that. This is more of a technique book and is intended to teach you how to make these quilts so there are only three practice projects given. What you get in addition to these projects are loads of samples that will inspire you as you make your own quilt in your own words. Slick!
If you are new to quilting you want to be sure and get a copy of this next book. “Stack the Deck Revisited” by Karla Alexander is a revised reprint of her first book. Her original book is no longer in print. The revision has been updated using new fabrics and several of the designs have been modified ever so slightly to give them a fresh and new look. This technique is not your normal cut the fabric and sew it back together style. This technique has you stacking your fabric, slicing it, shuffling it like a deck of cards, hence the title, and then sewing it all back together in an amazing design. You’re going to enjoy this one!
As I’ve suggested before, visit www.martingale-pub.com and look through the gallery on any book in which you think you might be interested. Keep in mind that not all of the projects in the book may be included in the gallery so to get the complete picture you still need to come in and look through the book up close and personal. Be sure to bring you Super Stitcher card with you so we can stamp it for each book you buy. Before you know it you’ll be mailing your completed card to Martingale for a FREE book of your choice. You can’t beat that deal with a stick!
Now for other bits of information you need to know. This past Saturday and Monday we offered a 40% off coupon as our way of saying thank you for all your support this year. We collected the coupons and drew a name from those who shopped with us those two days. The winner of our goodie bag is Maggie Hood. She’s been notified and I trust she will enjoy all her goodies as much as I enjoyed putting them together for her. Congratulations Maggie!
I sent out an e-mail about signing up for Stitchin’ Camp to be held in January. Camp is full so no more campers will be registered, however, we are taking a waiting list in case someone has an emergency and cannot make it. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list just give us a call.
For those who live in the Huntsville area I would like to encourage you to make plans to attend the “Carols of Christmas” at Trinity United Methodist Church at 607 Airport Road on Sunday, December 12. The time of this FREE concert is 6:30. Tickets can be picked up at the church. Trinity’s Sanctuary Choir will be joined by the Huntsville Chamber Chorale and Huntsville Youth Symphony. We went to this last year and I was absolutely blown away. It was so much more than I expected it to be, and I’m not an easy one to impress when it comes to music (yes, I am a music snob). You will be so in the mood for Christmas to be here after you enjoy this concert that you’ll think you’re a kid again waiting for the big day that will never come.
That’s it for now. I hope to be posting information on Thimbleberries Club, Miss Martha’s “Count on It” monthly project, and some other items of interest soon. I promise not to take so long this time.