New Projects and Giveaway Winner!

First, I’d like to announce the winner of the sweet sixteens set I used to make the first block of Moda’s Sampler Block Shuffle. Now the winner can make one just like mine, or some variation thereof. The winner is…Janet! Congratulations Janet! While I didn’t say you had to use your new fabrics to make this first block, I do hope to see something that you’ve used them in…eventually.

Now, on to our projects. Miss Martha has been keeping herself busy making new samples for the shop. The latest two are both geared to winter which is fast approaching. The first project I’d like to share with you is actually the last of 12 in the With Thy Needle series that we’ve been doing this year. These are made from wool felt, and we do have kits for each month available if you didn’t participate but would like to. Just give me a call and I’ll put a set aside for you.
This last installment showcases a boot which has been filled with holly, greenery, and candy canes. It can hang from a background designed to be changed out each month, made into a wall hanging, or framed. It could also be turned into a small pillow or hung from a wire hanger. At only 8″ square you won’t need much room to display your handiwork once finished.

The second little project is just too cute! Made from wool felt, and measuring around 4″x7″, you can whip this up in no time. Not only is it quick, but it is a very versatile project as well. So, just how versatile is it? Well, let me clue you in.
Pic-BHill-Snowman in Mitten
The original intent is of course as a tree ornament. However, you don’t have to just hang it on a tree because you could just as easily hang it on the door knob of a kitchen or bathroom cabinet, or the knob on a dresser in a child’s bedroom. Anywhere you’d like to put a little color and cute into your décor would work.

Maybe you’re not one to buy lots of presents and have gotten into the habit of buying gift cards instead. Let’s face it, when you have teenagers on your list it’s usually the best way to go these days. If that’s the case, you could make just the mitten and put the gift card inside. That way they get two gifts in one. They can still hang the mitten on the tree to enjoy long after the gift card has been used up. You could even include the date on the back of the cuff or stitch the recipients name to the front of the cuff in the event you make multiple mittens for the same family. You could also include the snowman if you’d like depending on how much time you have to work with and whether or not you think the recipient would appreciate your efforts. A gift card could easily slid in behind him.

The snowman isn’t attached to the mitten. This means that he can be made as a stand alone ornament by attaching a small loop to the back of his head. Better yet, why not make him into a pin that can be worn all winter long on a coat, toboggan, or purse. Snowmen can be displayed and enjoyed for several months you know.

Maybe you have smaller folks for which to make gifts. This little snowman would make a great finger puppet by leaving the bottom open. With a little imagination you could make a whole snowman family. Make two snowmen the size given in the pattern for a mom and a dad and then shrink the pattern just a bit and make a brother and sister, or maybe one for each member of the family that you gift the puppets to depending on the family’s configuration. What better way to foster a child’s imagination than with finger puppets?

We have a couple of kits ready to go with plans on making more as soon as we get more patterns. If you think you need help making this project, we can set up a time for you to work one-on-one with Miss Martha at no extra charge. While this project is something you could do in an evening or two, especially with all the fabrics on hand, you don’t want to wait too long to get started. I mean, who’d of thought it would be November already!? That means December is fast approaching and will be here before we’re ready. I know that for a fact because it always does. Agreed?

Gotta Stitch

Since I missed blogging over all the holidays at the end of last year I thought I’d wish you a Happy Groundhog Day this past Monday, but that didn’t happen either. My plans were to do that as well as share a little project that Victoria stitched and call it a “Make it Monday” thingy. But, the day came and went, and I didn’t get around to it. So, here’s her little project and we’ll call it a Work in Progress (because it doesn’t have a backing or hanging tabs yet) in order to qualify for the linky party of the same name, but I haven’t a clue as to how to link to others who show off their works in progress on Wednesday so this will just be between us. One of these days I’ll get better at this technology stuff and we can link up all over the place.

The Mittens Were Hung by Blueberry Backroads

The Mittens Were Hung by Blueberry Backroads

Weekend before last, Victoria went to a dance competition up in Nashville. She didn’t compete herself but went to watch her friends compete and play cheerleader for them. She also ended up buckling shoes, zipping dresses, going for coffee, and mending holes in garments. She said she didn’t know how they could have managed without her. I’m sure they would have, but I’m equally sure it was nice to have someone that young and energetic to do the running, especially since some of the dancers did multiple dances over the three day event. I think she said one of the instructors who took his students to compete ended up doing over 100 dances! I could have misunderstood but think about doing half that many dances. It’ll make your feet hurt out of sympathy if nothing else.

Anyhow, before she left she asked me to put something together for her to work on. She already had the November Li’l Woolies turkey to finish up but knew that wouldn’t be enough. I think she took some crochet as well. She wanted something small and something that she could stitch. I had already printed the snowman onto Transfer Eze so al I had to do was add the borders, stitch in the ditch between the white background and inner border so it would stay attached to the batting that she HAS to stitch through. Yes, she will only stitch through batting. She won’t just use a petticoat behind her stitchery like normal folks. It has to be batting because she doesn’t want to have to fool with a hoop. Needless to say, she does beautiful work and has stitches so tiny that over the years folks have been fooled into thinking that the project was done on a machine rather than by hand. The plus of doing it through the batting is that the piece looks like it’s been quilted without having to actually quilt around or through the stitchery. I hate it when folks stitch over their handwork in an effort to quilt their project. I know. To each his own, but it makes no sense to me to take the time to hand stitch a piece and then machine stitch over top of the stitches, oftentimes distorting the design.

I tried counting her stitches, she does backstitching by the way, to see how many she had per inch. On one side of the snowman it looked like she had 13 stitches per inch, but I was measuring on a curve. Her stitches were so tiny and so close together on the red brim of the hat and the green edge of the scarf, that it was almost impossible to see where the stitches started and ended. It was like they are one smooth continuous line. But, with determination, and the aid of my reading glasses, I finally decided that it looked like she had 14 or 15 stitches per inch. I could say she’s so good because she’s extremely nearsighted, however, in all honesty I think it’s because she had some good teachers as she was growing up and soaked up all their tips and tricks.

Li'l Woolies - November by The Wooden Bear

Li’l Woolies – November by The Wooden Bear

She did get the turkey finished but not in Nashville because she ran out of floss. That she finished this past weekend. Miss Martha was our blanket stitch person, but when she retired at the beginning of last year Victoria had to take over and finish the samples for Li’l Woolies. She didn’t really care for blanket stitch, but I think she did a great job in Miss Martha’s stead. Even Miss Martha complimented her work when she was here this past Saturday. Since Miss Martha is picky it was high praise indeed coming from her.

Now that Miss Martha is back part of Saturday, the two of them will no doubt be sitting down for some serious stitching together just as they did when Victoria was much younger. There never seemed to be a generation gap between the two of them when they were stitching together. Miss Martha might be old enough to be her grandmother, but you’d think there were two teenagers sitting together chatting and laughing when they put their needles to fabric. It’s a very comfortable togetherness.

Show Off Sunday!

Anniv Cake III
We’re still on the subject of Stitchin’ Camp here. You might recall that I mentioned I’d not been able to attend the show-n-tell portion of our camps this year. I did manage, however, to get a couple of photos of quilts that were done at the March camp and also have a few of projects done in other camps. I thought I’d post some of those photos today so you can see what our campers get up to. They really do a great deal of work in just three short days. They’re amazing!

Before I do that though, I do want to take a minute and give a heartfelt word of thanks to the vendors who helped put some of the fun in our camps this year. These vendors made donations that were used in either the goodie bags or were given as door prizes, sometimes both. Without their generosity and desire to help promote quilting, my job would have been much harder, not to mention more expensive. If you have an opportunity to purchase goods from these vendors I strongly encourage you to do so. Having said that, a couple of these folks are distributors who only sell to shops, but I don’t want to leave them out because while some are new to our camps others have supported us for many years now. If you see something on any of these sites that you NEED (or if you just want it that’s allowed as well), all you have to do is give me the item number(s) and I’ll gladly order it/them for you. Word of warning: Looking at some of these sites, the distributors especially, can be traumatic to your pocket book, but oh, so exhilarating to your creative spirit.

C&T Publishing
Checker Distributors
Hill Creek Designs
Leisure Arts
Marti Michell
Martingale & Co.
Moda Fabrics
Patch Abilities
Plume Books/PENGUIN
Quilt in a Day
Quilters Dream Batting
RJR Fabrics
The Pattern Peddlers
The Wooden Bear

Forgive the fact that these photos aren’t arranged in a nice, orderly manner. I’ll blame it on the software rather than the operator. I just know I did my part right.
Maggie 1
Maggie 2Miss Frances Asian Top Susans Tbl RunnerEdna's Christmas QltJanice -Basket Bounty TopPat -Lg TwisterSNT-Pat K-30s Aplq QltPic-ES-Bskt Sampler SA-Fan blk
Apple Dumplins Last, but not least, our delicious Apple Dumplin’s served hot with ice cream. Now you know why our campers keep coming back…YUM!

What a Lovely Week!

Yes, what a lovely week it has been. We’ve had sunshine, and we’ve had snow. Thankfully, we had more sunshine than snow, but it was nice to look out for just a brief moment and see snow flying through the air, and I do mean flying! The wind was blowing it almost completely horizontally. What a treat!
Valentine Roses
Of course Valentine’s Day falling during the week made for a nice change as well. I got these from my husband of soon to be 25 years, and Dove chocolates and a new book to read from my secret stitchin’ sister at our guild meeting on Thursday night. Our program that evening was given by Miss Bonnie on the red and white quilts that were exhibited at the Armory in New York back in 2011. Absolutely perfect for a guild meeting that fell on Valentine’s Day.1 Dozen Roses

I had all three of children here at one time or another during the week which hasn’t happened for a while. Everyone seems to be going in their own direction these days, except me of course. I’m here all the time, save for going to a guild meeting now and then and an occasional Friday night date. That’s probably just as well because I still can’t seem to find enough time to get done all that I want and need to do. Amazing!

We had our second Stitchin’ Camp last weekend and the ladies seemed to enjoy themselves as much as ever. They get sooooo many projects finished at camp! We had a few who had attended the first camp and returned for the second camp, and we had several who returned from last year, and then there were a few who had never been to camp before. I love having them all! I need to come up with a little different menu for the third camp which will be held March 7-9. Want to join us? There’s still room if you do.

Miss Frances' Medallion Quilt
On Saturday afternoon we have Show-n-Tell. We’ve seem some amazing quilts over the years during this time. Like this quilt shown at our January camp by Miss Frances. It started its life with just the center section that was taught in a guild workshop several years ago. The center section is known as a Gordian Knot and was taught by Nancy Allain. Our guild later had a challenge whereby the quilt had to start with a medallion center and was to grow from there. Miss Frances did a wonderful job of incorporating all the different requirements of the challenge.
Spicy Spiral Runner
Miss Pat taught a spiral table runner at the January camp and we had several of those to enjoy. She also brought several of her quilts that were made with the Twister tool and the X-Block tool. She believes that learning how to use a tool isn’t enough. You have to use the tool over and over again in order to really master it and keep the technique in your head. In order to master the technique she usually makes six, or more, of the new project so she doesn’t forget how. Here’s one of the runners that Victoria made (not my Victoria). Aren’t the colors wonderful!!!
Susan's Elegant Runner
Another impressive runner that was made in the January camp is this one. Susan did a beautiful job on this one, making it longer than the pattern says. While it looks very complicated, it’s done with striped fabric from the Holiday Flourish collection by Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman. Isn’t this runner absolutely gorgeous! You’d have to see it in person to really appreciate its beauty. If you’ve been looking for a quick and easy runner this one is exactly what you need. What an impact you get with only seven seams!

OK…I can now see how Flicker might come in handy for posting lots of show-n-tell photos. I’ll have to look into setting up an account so you can see all the other wonderful projects that we enjoyed during both camps as well as our camps last year. I think I have some photos from those camps as well that I could share with you.

I want to alert you to a new blog hop sponsored by Moda that starts tomorrow. You won’t want to miss this hop as there will be several 9” block patterns to save and prizes to win. Some of the designers you will know and some of them will be new to both you and me. I’m putting a reminder on my calendar now so I don’t get caught up in other goings on here and forget. This should be great fun so mark your calendar too!

Show ‘n Tell Sunday…Take Two

I finally found the photos of Michele’s Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt I told you about last week. Seems they were there in my e-mail all along where’d I’d sent them from my phone. It would have helped tremendously I guess had I put on my glasses when typing “FWS” in the subject line. That’s not what was actually typed though which is why I couldn’t find the photos in my e-mail where they were sitting, just waiting to be found. Yes, another example of operator stupidity error.

So, without further ado, here’s Michele’s quilt top. She hand pieced the WHOLE thing while her husband was deployed overseas. Most months I’d drop her new kits off at her work and she’d be ready and waiting for them. She used the templates on the CD that came with the book along with the fabrics that were in the kits. She made a few fabric substitutions when those templates needed a little more fabric than allowed for in the kits. Now all she has to do (ALL she has to do…) is the quilting. Will she continue going down the “hand” avenue or will she detour to the “machine” avenue. Either way, I have no doubt that the end result will be fantastic!

The other thing I wanted to show you is the autograph blocks that have come in so far. I’m so excited! I’ve gotten enough that I can put some together and try to decide how I want to lay out the quilt. I could go this way and make an interesting design, but you might have to turn your head to the side in order to read some of the names, etc.

Or, I could lay them out side by side so all the names go the same way which would make it very easy to read. This option would give and interesting design as well. Decisions, decisions…you know how bad I am about making decisions.

There’s still time to make a block so you’ll be included in the quilt. Just click on the “Free Pattern” tab at the top and then on the Autograph Block link. It might take two or three clicks to get to the pattern but persevere please. I’d really love to have a block from you.

Lastly, I want to show you what I got last weekend for my 24th wedding anniversary. It came as a complete surprise. I’d shown Rick the photo in the Victorian Trading Company’s catalog of their Ironing Day Station and told him I needed something like that for my new sewing space. I never dreamed he’d buy it for our anniversary. The section where you iron is broken into three sections so you can have as much or as little ironing board as you need. I love the rose chintz fabric on the board by the way. In addition to the surprise of getting it there was the surprise that the three baskets pull out from the center section giving a large storage area behind the door. It sits on casters so it can be moved easily. The dimensions given on their website are 33”x30”x13” extended with the ironing board being 58” when opened out. Right now I have all the board sections open but am seriously considering putting down the left hand side so that I can use the top of the white cabinet for my cutting mat. Now all I have to do is decide (there’s that word again) just how to put all my “stuff” in it to make the most use of the space. I’m still in the thinking process which could last a year or two knowing me. Regardless of how I set it up, or how long it takes me, I know I’m going to enjoy using this wonderful gift.

We’ve just returned from an afternoon of music at Sewanee. This is the end of the first week of their music festival and the first concert that we’ve gotten to see Victoria in. It was a great concert, despite the lack of cool air in the auditorium. If you like orchestral music, some with a Latin beat, you can see what we saw by visiting UStream. Type Sewanee Music Festival into the search box at the top and click on the icon that comes up. Then go to the Cumberland Orchestra tab for today’s date. The harps actually played in three out of four pieces which I thought was amazing. That’s a lot of music to learn in a one week timeframe. You can also click on the Student Chamber tab and go over to about 47 minutes. There were seven harpists playing together last night and it sounds lovely. The young lady on the far right in blue is Ashlyn, Victoria’s Bridge Street playing partner. Victoria is second from the left in purple. You can see how much she’s concentrating by watching her “eat” her lips, as Mr. Rothwell used to say. Old habits do die hard…

After they finished we were unexpectedly treated to a Carillon concert. If you like this type of music there will be another on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 I believe which is just before the parade which begins at 2:00. If you need something special or different to do this Wednesday then you’ll want to go to Sewanee for their celebration. There’s a lot going on in that little town.

One more thing…Don’t forget to leave a comment on either the previous blog or this one answering the question regarding what technique(s) you’d like to learn. We’ve had several great ideas already. I’ll be drawing for the winner of the Bits and Pieces book on Wednesday evening so try to get your comment in before 7:00 p.m. CST. You’re going to kick yourself if you don’t!

Win on Wednesday!

This is the last week of our anniversary celebration and I have something to give away that I hope you like. What is it? It’s the book, Bits and Pieces, that I used to do the May doll quilt for the swap that I’m involved in through Doll Quilters Monthly. This little quilt called Sweet Pea was fun and easy to make but did get a bit tedious when it came time to bury threads. You see, I had this bright idea. Don’t start laughing now!!! Instead of stitching around all those leaves I stitched down the center thinking that it would look like a vein and save me a lot of pivoting time. Well, it did look like a vein in a leaf, and it did save me time where pivoting is concerned, BUT it caused me to have to tie off and bury threads 96 times just for the leaves. It didn’t help any that I tried to be slick and not waste thread resulting in bobbin thread that was too short for tying and burying. Lessons learned: Don’t try shortcuts more than one time without checking to see if it works, and be sure that you have long enough thread tails to knot and bury with ease. Wasting a little thread is nothing compared to the frustration of trying to thread a one-inch piece of thread through a needle. You can bet I won’t make that mistake again.

I was told that this book is on the list to be retired by Martingale. At the time I was told this, at least three weeks ago now, there were only 200 copies left in their stock. If you don’t have this book already, and if you don’t win this copy, you will want to make sure you get a copy before they’re all gone. There are 18 great little quilts designed by Karen Costello Soltys that will not only use up lots of bits and pieces in your scrap basket but will allow you to have a sweet project done in a fraction of the time it takes to make a full sized quilt. They call that instant gratification I do believe. If you win the book you might want to consider joining the doll quilt swap. If you don’t win the book you might still consider joining because it’s fun and you get to meet people you wouldn’t even know existed otherwise. You might even get a quilt from Australia, Germany, or Sweden! Wouldn’t that be cool?!!!

Here’s the quilt that my May swap partner, Judee from California, made and sent to me. It’s 24” square and has some of those ‘30s prints I love so much. She used ric-rack for the stems on the tulips. How fun is that?!

I love this little quilt and see it every day when I walk into the office. I haven’t had a chance to test a theory that I have, but I bet that even on a gloomy and rainy day that little quilt is going to make the day brighter just because it’s so bright and cheery already.

Oh yes, here’s the quilt that I sent to Judee. Thankfully, she was a very patient swap partner because I was late in getting it to her. Of course, if she knew me like you do that wouldn’t have surprised her at all. I was late partly because of all that tying and burying I had to do but mostly because I couldn’t find my Kaffe fabrics that I’d bought from Kat. Judee loves Kaffe fabrics, and I’d planned on using those in her quilt. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, and I finally decided that if I didn’t back up and punt she’d never get her little quilt from me. I was worried that she wouldn’t like the fabrics because they are nothing like Kaffe fabrics, but after receiving it she assured me she did like it and had found a place on her coffee table for it to live. Now there’s a bit of me in California and another bit of me up in Washington state. And I claim not to get out much…

OK…back to the book and how to win it. Leave a comment, or send me an e-mail, answering this question. Is there a quilting technique that you would like to learn? If so, what would that be? I will draw a name from those who answer that question NEXT Wednesday, which just happens to be the Fourth of July. We can pretend all those fireworks that you see going off are in honor of the winner of this great book. Works for me!

We’ll be closed July 4th because you’ll probably want to be out on the lake or having a family picnic. If you don’t already have something like that planned you might want to look into the parade and celebration up in Sewanee, TN. It’s a lovely area and the architecture of the campus is what college buildings are supposed to look like, churches too for that matter. Well, at least in my world they are.

Show-n-Tell Sunday — Take 1!

I’ve wanted to have a special day to do show-n-tell for a while now but just could never get around to getting it done on Sunday. Now, with Victoria safely (I hope) away at music camp for the next four weeks I can use the time we would have had as our family night, complete with popcorn, chocolate, and a movie, to show off some of the projects our talented visitors have shared with us.

We’ll start with Ellen’s Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt that she hand quilted. She and I discussed the merits of hand quilting this project over machine quilting and the hand quilting won out. She said she told herself she was absolutely crazy when she started, but once she got in to it she picked up speed. She does such a great job at hand quilting and it didn’t seem to take her as long as it would have taken me.

I have another Farmer’s Wife quilt made by Michele to share but for some reason I can’t get the photos to go from my phone to my e-mail account. I’ll keep working on it and maybe I can show it next Sunday. It’s only a top in the photo, but it was all hand-pieced! Impressive!

Next we have Pam’s finished, quilted, bound, and everything, project from our Thimbleberries Club. Club was structured a little differently this year, but our club members seem to like it just fine. Instead of making one big quilt we will be making four smaller projects. This quilt is the project for the first quarter. Pam used one of her dinner plates to give her project rounded corners. I asked if she used bias binding since she had round corners and she said she did not. The curve is gentle enough that straight binding worked just fine. She did a super job of machine quilting it herself, and yes, she does do quilting for the public. She did a table runner for me once so if you want to see her work just drop in and I’ll gladly show it off, the table runner and her quilting.

Last, but definitly not least, we have a quilt made by Caitlyn who is only 12 years old if I remember correctly. She comes to our Thimbleberries meetings with her grandmother (see her hiding behind the quilt!). She did a great job on her quilt which I believe was her very first one. It is made with 5″ pre-cut squares making it an easy and safe way to begin to learn how to piece a quilt. In addition to quilting, Caitlyn is a lovely ballerina. She’s busy, busy, busy and might even be at a dance camp right now.

So much talent and skill! We love seeing all that you do so don’t be shy about sharing with us. Who knows, you might be in our next Sunday Show-n-Tell!

Lookie, Lookie, Lookie!!!

It came…it came!!! Look what came in the mail the other day. My first doll quilt from the Doll Quilt Swap has arrived, and I LOVE it! I wanted to share it with you sooner but it’s been one of those weeks. My little quilt, made for me by Miki, came all the way from Washington state. I asked her for yellow, purple, and green and that’s exactly what she sent. It measures 12″x16″. Now all I have to do is figure out where I want to hang it so I can enjoy it on a daily basis.

Here’s a closer look at the blocks. I’m not a great photographer and while I thought I had good lighting when taking the photo realized when editing it that I didn’t. You just need to come by the shop and look at it for yourself.

What did I send to Miki? I sent her a blue, yellow, and green quilt that came from a past issue of Quilt magazine. I followed the directions so the quilt she received measured approx. 18″x 23″. I’d thought about making one for myself because I like the design and the colors. If I do that though I think I’ll make my squares a little smaller.

I renamed the quilt from Trip Around the World to Trip Across the Country because it had such a long way to travel. I quilted it like the photo in the magazine as well as on a vintage quilt that I have in my collection. My vintage quilt has quilting lines going across one diagonal. Some of the lines go in one direction and other lines go in the other direction. I’m thinking there could have been two quilters and have wondered whether or not one of them was right-handed while the other was left-handed. There’s no label on the back unfortunately. The little quilt I sent Miki does have a label so she and anyone else who sees it will know the who, when, and why of the little quilt. Yes, I’m really going to have to work on my photography skills.

After I finished quilting the top I decided to put a line of quilting across two of the “squares”. One is in the upper left-hand corner, that’s where Miki lives, and the other is in the lower right-hand corner, that’s where I live.

It was so much fun working on this little quilt, even more fun was the receiving of a little quilt made just for me by a complete stranger whom I’ve gotten to know a little. Turns out, she used to live in Virginia which is where I grew up! I’m always amazed at how small our world really is.

If you want to get in on the fun you still can. Just click on the link above and send Barbara a note asking to be added to the group. It’s an international group! One of these days I might get a quilt from Germany or Australia. How awesome will that be?! You can even find some cute FREE doll quilt patterns at Country Lane Quilts to get you started. It can’t get much easier than that!

The Old Dog’s Still Learnin’!

Techno savvy I am not! You’d never guess that my minor in college was Computer Science given the problems I often have with this box of wires. Of course, that was umpteen years ago, and lots of things have changed since then. It was a challenge just to learn how to use my digital camera. I can honestly say that about all I know of how to work it is pushing the button to take the picture and zooming in when the mood strikes me. Oh yes, I do know how to take the photos off the camera once I take them. All those little squiggles, etc. never get used though because I don’t know what they’re supposed to do. Yes, I know I could read the manual, but I don’t know where it is now.

Why do I need to be taking photos? Because we have so many wonderful quilts that walk in our door, that’s why. I just have to have a photo of them! One, because they’re so gorgeous and two, because I want to be able to share them with you. Since I don’t always have my digital camera handy, and Miss Martha makes me have my cell phone tied around my neck at all times, I decided that I’d better learn how to take photos with the phone, but taking photos with my “new” phone, i.e. Victoria’s hand-me-down, has proven to be almost more than my tired old brain can handle. After many tries and many failures, I finally got the taking of the photos down, more or less, but the editing and figuring out how to get them from my camera to this blog was another journey. Holy cow!!!

Victoria had told me that she’d show me how to get the photos from my phone to the computer. So I waited…and waited…and waited…but because she’s been so busy with school it never happened. Then one day a lovely lady, Tina, came to the shop and showed me how to get the photos to my computer by e-mailing them to myself. Who’d of thought it!? Once I’d done that, I was able to edit the photos and can now share with you some of the more recent quilts that we’ve been privileged to see.

First I’ll show you Miss Phyllis’ quilt from our Basket Bounty BOM. Not only did she do a great job on the front of the quilt (left), but you’ve just got to see the back (right)! She designed the back of the quilt by enlarging the center star and one of the basket patterns. This is truly a reversible quilt. Outstanding!

Then there was this cute, cute, cute doggie wall hanging that Deborah brought in. You can’t see it, but there’s bling on that thar quilt! The dog on the upper right hand corner has on a “jeweled” collar. There are a couple of dogs with dog tags as well. I believe one of those tags had belonged to a beloved pet that is no longer with Deborah. What a wonderful way to remember that special little dog.

Last, but not least by any stretch of the imagination, are the two quilts that Sara brought in. Can you say WOW!? The blue quilt was gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. The HST in the border are leftovers that are pieced which means that the coloured section of the HST is made of two fabrics instead of just one. Love it, love it, love it!

As if that wasn’t enough, she also brought in a quilt that she’d made from Kaufman’s Holiday Flourish fabrics (I wasn’t supposed to show her in the photo so don’t tell her you can see her head!). Breathtaking would be a good adjective to use on this one. The photo absolutely does NOT do this quilt the justice it deserves. Can you tell which pattern she used? It’s a very simple pattern but one that allows you to really showcase larger prints. Give up? It’s the Turning Twenty pattern. Can’t believe it can you!? It’s always amazing how quilts from the same pattern but with different fabric choices look nothing alike. It’s for sure my red, white, and blue Turning Twenty top doesn’t look anything like this beauty. And you should have seen those mitered corners! The one on the other corner of the quilt was perfect, absolutely perfectly mitered. Amazing! The quilting on both of Sara’s quilts was done by Pam and she did a super, super job.

The temptation to start making one of my own with my stash of fabric gets greater each time I look at this photo. I might wait though until the new Holiday Flourish comes in…if it does that is. The new fabric group has purple in it. YES! I did say PURPLE! It’s to-die-for gorgeous. See…

So, from now on when you bring in a quilt to show us I will try to get a photo of it to share with those who weren’t fortunate enough to be here when you visited. Don’t be shy! Bring in those wonderful quilts, wallhangings, and even smaller projects. We love to see them ALL!

In case you need something to work on so you’ll have some show ‘n tell, or maybe you just some inspiration in general, we received the latest issue of Quilt Sampler today. You definitely want to get a copy of this bi-annual magazine. It allows you to travel to 10 of the best shops in the country without even leaving your most comfortable chair. Plus, you’ll get 11 great projects to make from your own stash of fabrics. The number of copies I have are limited so don’t delay!

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