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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Huge "National Quilting Day" sale and sew-a-thon thisSaturday

This Saturday, March 18th is National Quilting Day so, we're celebrating with a fabulous sale and an all day sew-a-thon. 
This Saturday, March 18th:  
  • 20% off all regularly priced fabric; 25% off if buying what’s left on the bolt
  • 20% off all 108” backings; 25% off if buying what’s left on the bolt
  • All ‘clearance’ fat quarters will be $1.00 each (that’s 60% off)
  • 50% off all ‘clearance’ fabric (located outside-weather permitting); 60% off if buying what’s left on the bolt 
  • 20% off all regularly priced fat quarters 
  • Additional 20% off all items in the ‘clearance’ baskets (we've added a bunch of stuff to the baskets this week) 
  • 20% off all notions; patterns; books; thread; thread sets; coloring books and supplies; kits, toweling, Oliso irons, all batting and anything else I've forgotten 
  • Stash Cards will not be stamped
  • All AccuQuilt products are excluded
  • No layaways, please

Our “After Hours Sew-A-Thon” will be all day Saturday. Whether you come for an hour or stay all day, be sure to bring your projects (quilting, sewing, knitting, embroidery, crocheting, whatever), a sack lunch, the drink of your choice and any snacks you’d like to share with the group. Everyone is welcome regardless of what you're working on.
We’ll sew our brains out or until the last person leaves……whichever comes first….maybe into the wee hours of the night??? See you Saturday! I can't wait!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Libertyville"; Forty Five 25's, Oh My; Sister Power!

I squealed like a little girl when we opened the boxes the big brown truck delivered this week.  

Our order of "Libertyville" by Henry Glass Studios is here.  YIPPEE!!!  

This collection offers two different panels and seven companion prints for your next patriotic project.  
"Libertyville" panel by Henry Glass Studios
another "Libertyville" panel 

allover "tossed" print of Libertyville 

red, white and blue spinning pinwheels of "Libertyville" 

allover flags, stars on red, stars on blue "Libertyville" prints 


The big brown truck also dropped off these adorable sewing themed totes....
sewing themed tote.  How cute is this? 

and two flannel PODS (pre-cuts kits).  The POD on the left is a Log Cabin kit while the POD on the right is a Rail Fence pattern.  

Flannel PODS are new to the shop and we're super excited to have them in stock.   
Log Cabin and Rail Fence PODS...


Yesterday's "Show and Tell" was off the charts! Karen Malnar brought in her "Forty Five 25's, Oh My" quilt to share with us.  

This quilt has forty five 25 patches....each 25 patch uses 1/2" squares for a grand total of 1,125 1/2" squares.  YIKES!  

This stunning quilt recently won the "Viewer's Choice" award in the "Road to California" quilt show.  No wonder!  

Congratulations, Karen.  This is truly a stunning quilt and, we're honored to be graced with your presence, Oh Mighty Viewer's Choice Winner!! 
Karen's "Forty Five 25's, Oh My" quilt 

close up of Karen's award winning quilt! 

Sister Power:  Judi Miller also brought something for "Show and Tell" yesterday.  Judi's sister wanted to make a quilt for herself.  Finding a pattern she liked she started to make the quilt pictured below.  

Judi's sister was diagnosed with cancer shortly after and was unable to finish it herself.    

Judi said she'd finish it and quilt it since she has a long arm quilting machine.  

You might remember this quilt from a previous post....now that it's quilted, Judi wanted us to see the finished project. 

Thanks, Judi for sharing your story (and your sister's quilt) with us.  
sister power:  Judi's sister's "Believe" quilt 

Monday, March 6, 2017

We're in "Connection" Magazine......YIPPEE!!!

If you get the chance, read the article on page 35 in the March issue of "Connection" magazine....you might see some familiar faces!!!!  
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

"Birthdays in March" party; Lots of "Show and Tell"; "Blessed"; After Hours Sew-A-Thon; our Row by Row contest Winner.

Our "Birthdays in March" party had one birthday guest..can you see her 'Happy Birthday' tiara?  

Happy Birthday, Cathy!  "Thank You" to Sweetness for making a delicious cake!  
Happy Birthday, Cathy! 
Sherry brought in this gorgeous quilt for "Show and Tell" last week. We love the bright colors she chose. 

Sherry decided to make a smaller quilt with the leftover blocks....how cute is this? 
gorgeous quilt Sherry recently finished.  

small quilt Sherry made with the leftovers

Sherry also brought in a "Double Wedding Ring" quilt she made using "Mimosa" prints.  We love it too! 

Our order of "Blessed" by Quilting Treasures came in last week.  These prints are so cheerful and bright...they almost jump off the fabric! 

This collection has one panel which is in the last photo of this grouping.  
"Blessed" birdhouses on black, light blue and white 

"Blessed" words on black, yellow and white 

Large flowers on black, light blue and yellow colorways 

Yellow and Blue 'Stripes" from the Blessed collection 

"Blessed" panel on black

Two super yummy bolts of Stonehenge Gradations came in last week.  This isn't the greatest picture...the bolt on the left is deep deep dark dark purple, the bolt on the right is a smidge lighter.  

Stonehenge Gradations on the bolt! 

Our first ever "After Hours Sew-A-Thon" was held last Saturday (the last Saturday of the month) and we had a blast.  

Dorothy, Vickie, Sharon, Terri and I each worked on our own projects and accomplished great things (thanks, Vickie for the snacks).  

We sewed in the wee hours of the night and were bushed when we gathered our stuff to finally go home. 

Thanks, ladies for making our first ever event a huge hit.  
our first ever "After Hours Sew-A-Thon" 

Vickie worked on log cabin blocks 


camera shy Dorothy also worked on log cabin blocks 

Terri displays the "Snap Bag" samples Sharon was making 

Vickie brought several projects to work on! 


One of my favorite things about owning a quilt shop is "Show and Tell".  I live for it!  Whether it's quilting, sewing, crocheted, knitted or any other form of fiber usage, we wanna see it.  

Crochet Man stopped by with this adorable camo baby blanket he's making for a family friend.  How cute is this?

Crochet Man's camo baby blanket in progress 
I usually don't post stuff I've made but decided to share a couple of table runners with everyone.  

The first runner follows the pattern directions precisely which is very hard for me.  I want to put my own spin in things and see how it turns out! 

I made this runner using the "Jammin Table Topper" pattern (by Kansas Troubles) and part of an "Oak Haven" jelly roll (also by Kansas Troubles).  

Mitch quilted it for me so now I just need to put the binding on.  ICK!  
My "Jammin Table Topper" table runner using "Oak Haven" strips 


the back of my "Oak Haven" runner 
















I fell in love with the entire "Summer Breeze IV" collection as soon as it arrived.  

We needed a new table runner for the shop so, I decided to put my spin on the "Jammin Table Topper" pattern using strips from a "Summer Breeze IV" jelly roll and go for it!  

The result is a very long runner.  It's so long we have to fold one of the ends underneath so it won't hang to the floor.  

Never be afraid to create your own pattern.  This was a lot of fun and I'm glad to finally have it finished. 

Mitch did a great job of quilting it so I guess I need to put binding on two runners!! 
My extra long "Summer Breeze IV" table runner

Yesterday, Kay brought in this quilt she made for a family member. Now that it's been quilted, she too gets to put on the binding!    
the quilt Kay made for a family member 

We love it when the big brown truck pulls up to the shop.  We know something yummy is about to be discovered....

We received three cases of Moda Scrap Bags; 108" wide backing of Stonehenge Gradations by Northcott and two nifty new patterns by Denyse Schmidt.    


this is what three cases of Scrap Bags looks like! 

108" wide backing of Stonehenge Gradations by Northcott 


two nifty new patterns by Denyse Schmidt

Our "Row by Row" contest has come to and end. The votes have been cast and counted....

Drum roll please.....this year's winner is row #4 designed and made by Dorothy Jones. 

Dorothy gets a $100 gift certificate for winning and lifetime bragging rights! 

Congratulations, Dorothy.  Thanks for making a super fun row and have fun spending your gift certificate.  
this year's Row by Row contest winner, Dorothy Jones! 

Michelle stopped by yesterday with some English Paper Piecing she's been working on.  

We love the Kansas Troubles prints she used and can't wait to see the finished project. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

"After Hours Sew-A-Thon"starts this Saturday

Starting Saturday, February 25th, the last Saturdays of each month will be "After Hours Sew-A-Thon" from 5:00 p.m. to ???

Bring any project you'd like to work on (it doesn't have to be sewing/quilting related) and let's get some stuff done (bring any 
snacks you'd like to share with the group). 

The shop will be open as long as we have warm breathing bodies working on projects...and will close when the last person leaves!  

Also Saturday, the 25th:  all 'clearance' fabric will be $5/yard (one yard minimum) OR $4/yard when you buy what's left on the bolt.   



Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Open 24 Hours"; Martelli rotating stuff; PODS; glow in the dark thread!

Remember when Saturday night was spent at the local diner?  The jukebox was playing....milkshakes were consumed as you sat in a booth.  

"Open 24 Hours" from Exclusively Quilters reminds me of those times.  The first three pictures are the same print of (in my opinion) what could easily become place mats.   
Place mats print of "Open 24 Hours" by EQ 

right side of the place mats print 

left side of the place mats print 

The "Menus" print is adorable! 
"Menus" print from the "Open 24 Hours" collection 

The "Billboards and Signs" print is spot on! 
"Billboards and Signs" print of  "Open 24 Hours" 


We received two colorways of "Food and Condiments":  black and light blue.  

These prints make me hungry! 
"Food and Condiments" on black and light blue 
 "Silverware" is a great companion print of this collection.  


"Silverware"  on light blue 
Vicki mentioned the rotating mat and ironing board Jenny Doan used in a recent tutorial.  After watching the tutorial (several times) I knew we had to have these in the shop. 

We received "Round-A-Bout" rotating mats and ironing boards by Martelli this week.  YIPPEE!!!  

Each piece is sold separately but we also have the sets (base, mat, ironing board). 



New PODS just keep rolling in!  This week we received table runner and quilt PODS from the "Arabella" and "Berries and Blossoms" collections by Maywood Studios.  

We'd heard about glow-in-the-dark thread but couldn't find it from any of our suppliers.  

The search is over....we received five colors of this fabulous thread last week.    

This isn't the greatest picture but hopefully you can see the colors:  mint green, pink, white, light blue and yellow.  

Kay made a mug rug using the white spool and....it really does glow in the dark. 
glow in the dark thread:  mint green, pink. white, light blue and yellow 
            





Sunday, February 5, 2017

Kaylee Ann; Arabella; nifty new stuff; 'birthdays in February" party!

We love it when little ones come to the shop.  We were thrilled when Sandy and little Miss Kaylee Ann stopped by yesterday.  

Kaylee decided to play with one of the jelly rolls so....maybe this is the beginning of a future quilter!  
Sandy and Kaylee Ann stopped by yesterday 

we love Kaylee's outfit 

complete with a big pink flower...

Kaylee loved rolling this jelly roll on the floor 

stopping long enough to make sure we saw her!  

Most of this week's new stuff is purple.  We didn't plan it that way, it just happened!  

Prints, PODS and pre-cuts of "Arabella" by Maywood Studios came in this week.  

This collection smacks of "Grandmother's Flower Garden" normally accomplished by English Paper Piecing each itty bitty piece together then assembling together.  

More prints of this collection will be here very soon.   
prints of "Arabella" by Maywood Studios 

Until then, the layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and PODS are here (the mini-charms will be here next week).  

What in the world is a POD?  PODS are pre-cut kits exclusively offered by Maywood Studios from their fabric collections.  

There are two kinds of PODS: table runners and quilts.  Table runner PODS include the backing and binding fabrics while quilt PODS include the binding fabric.  

PODS are great for beginners since all the work is already done: everything is already cut, the fabrics coordinate and the instructions are super simple.  
"Arabella" pre-cuts; quilt and table runner PODS
Another new POD is this "Sister's Choice" table runner using Pioneer Spirit prints ("Sister's Choice is the pattern, not the fabric).  
Sister's Choice table runner POD by Maywood Studios
We love anything that makes our quilting life easier. Anything! 

I squealed like a little girl when we opened the box with these little beauties inside:  collapsible totes by "Quilt Happy".  

How cute are these?  Each tote has a front pocket, inside pocket; top zip closure and completely collapses when not in use.  
I put something in the front pocket and zipped the top closed

Hopefully you can see the fat quarter in the inside pocket

completely collapses and has an elastic band to keep closed 

I have a bunch of little stuff I have to hunt for when I need it.  
That's no longer the case with the addition of this "Nesting Notions Totes" that came in this week (note:  they're also purple).  

These all have zipper closures and fit inside each other (if not stuffed beyond their capacity) when not in use.  
set of "Nesting Notions Totes" 

that fit inside each other for easy storage 

We found the next item quite by accident.  I was searching for something else and found these.....double sided fusible hexagon shapes.  

Each package contains 12 hexies and I can't wait to make something with these.  
double sided fusible hexagons by Bosal.  YIPPEE!!! 
The latest issue of "Quilting Quickly" has some purple on the cover....

Suzanne's birthday is Valentine's Day so, she was our special guest for the "Birthdays in February" party (birthday cake courtesy of Sweetness).  
Suzanne enjoys a piece of BD cake! 

Sharon, Dorothy and Kay also had a piece! 

Lee almost waited too long for a piece of cake!