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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kay's Log Cabin sample

Kay had part of a jelly roll left over after making her sister's throws.  She made a Log Cabin sample using the 108" backing with stencil lines and variegated thread. Upon finishing, she threw it in the washing machine and the lines were gone!  How cool is that?  
Kay's Log Cabin sample 

Up close of Kay's Log Cabin block 

the back of Kay's Log Cabin block after washing.  Notice the variegated thread.   

new Kansas Troubles "Favorites" fabric

These beauties came in this week!  Kansas Troubles, my favorite!  These are from her "Favorites" collection.  They are the same print on different backgrounds:  tan, brown, red, green and black.  I love the dainty little flowers.  Gotta love Moda!  

108" backings

natural and white 108" backings 
 I finally took pictures of the 108" backings we have.  These are so cool.  They both have a stencil so you can follow the line to quilt your project.  The good news is the stencil is water soluble.  Throw it in the washing machine when you're done and the lines are gone!  How cool is that?  We have these in white and natural.  

up close of the water soluble stencil 

Two bolts of 1930's fabric

We finally received two bolts of the 1930's fabric I ordered last May.  I'm not sure where the rest of the order is so, we're thrilled to have these!  Both are  from the "Toy Box" line by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabric.     

Monday, February 18, 2013

You asked for, you got it!

You've been asking for pictures of the shop.  I've been a little hesitant since we aren't finished yet.  If you can overlook not having any paint on the walls and ugly concrete floors, I guess I can post pictures....please remember we aren't goes:   

the wall of Go! cutter dies 

the wall of shelves for  fabric on the bolt.  Notice the huge rolls of batting on top!  

shelving unit full of some of the fabric on the bolt

Sweetness' wall of fat quarters, the latest Jelly Roll 1600 I made is on the back wall. 

My first and latest Jelly Roll 1600 quilts!  I'm so proud!  

King sized quilt using the 10" Twister and a Harvest Moon layer  cake 

wall of fabric on the bolt and the wall of dies from the opposite angle 
Let the Sit and Sew begin!  

Table Runner I made using the 5" Twister and part of a charm pack.  The smaller  topper is made using an entire charm pack.  

The Man Bench has been taken over by the Go! cutters!  

Linda's animal quilt with Texture Magic

Linda made a baby quilt using her embroidery machine to stitch out the animals and used "Texture Magic" for their bodies.  This quilt was precious in person.  The pictures do NOT do it justice. Thanks to Linda and Betty for sharing their projects with us.  

Linda's animal quilt.  She used Texture Magic for their bodies. 

The quilting on this quilt was exquisite. 

This little lamb's body was so puffy, almost like cotton balls!  

cute animals with puffy bodies!  The picture does NOT do this quilt  justice.  

Miss Betty's purse

Miss Betty (who will be 85 years young next month) and her friend Linda stopped by Saturday bringing some projects they'd made using "Texture  Magic" for Show and Tell.    

Betty made purses for several other people before making this one for herself.  Notice the big black button on the front.  It also has nice sized pockets in the inside for her 'stuff'.  She's standing in front of Sweetness' wall of fat quarters!  Great job Miss Betty.  

Miss Betty and her purse 

up close of the front of her purse 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Kay's Log Cabin and the owl in the backyard!

Kay's Log Cabin throw 

up close of Kay's Log Cabin.  

The wall of fat quarters. This is SEXY!  
On Saturday, Kay brought in the Log Cabin blocks she made using the Moda "Neutral" jelly rolls.  I asked her to (pretty please) bring back the finished project.  She did......thank goodness!  It's gorgeous.  She's making these for her sister in Texas who has two new chairs in her living room...... but don't tell her's a secret!  

P.S.  She's standing in front of Sweetness' latest masterpiece....the entire wall of fat quarters!  

This is the owl Sweetness and I saw this afternoon in our backyard.  It's mate was 'hooting' in the forest.  We didn't try to get a picture of that one!  
The owl we saw in the backyard this afternoon 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pheasant Hill and Enchanted Pond fabrics

12203 HWY 76
EXETER, MO 65647
February 6, 2013
WINTER HOURS: every Saturday through April
SUMMER HOURS: 1st and 2nd Saturdays (May through September)
HOURS: 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
There was a really big box waiting for me when I got in yesterday. I squealed like a little girl when I opened it (imagine the look on the kid’s faces when I squealed). The box was full of “Pheasant Hill” pre-cuts by Kansas Troubles. We are now the proud owners of layer cakes, jelly rolls, charm packs, mini charms and dessert rolls from this line. The fabric on-the-bolt won’t deliver until the middle of March. RATS! Until then, we get to enjoy the pre-cuts! We’ve never had dessert rolls in the shop before. They are (sorta kinda) like jelly rolls except each strip is 5” wide x WOF. The other difference is because the strips are twice as wide (as jelly rolls) there are 20 strips in each roll. Dessert anyone?
Pat made two super cute baby blankets using flannel on each side. She brought them in last Saturday for Show and Tell. Pictures of her (standing in front of Sweetness’ first fat quarter unit) holding the blankets are posted on the blog.
We finally got the big Twister sample quilted. Now I need to put the binding on……….oh joy… FAVORITE part of making a quilt……..NOT! I always spend too much time trying to decide which fabric to use for the binding. At least we have “The Binding Tool” to help me when I get near the end! Oh, joy.
We’ve ordered some of Holly Taylor’s new line called “Enchanted Pond”. The layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs are on their way. They might be here by Saturday…..cross your fingers. If you’re a member of the “Jelly Roll of the Month” club, “Enchanted Pond” is the next jelly roll….….as soon as they get here………..……
OOPS: I failed to mention we WILL (absolutely positively) be open both days of the shop hop on March 15th and 16th.
I realized my mistake when someone said, “you’re only open on Saturdays”……..oops! Rest assured, we will be here bright eyed and bushy tailed on both days. Sorry for the confusion.
Sweetness says we should be ready for “Sit and Sew” by February 16th so, get ready. He has another big unit to build for the regular fat quarters however, we’ve decided to segregate the 1930’s, reproduction and vintage fats (like they currently are). He’ll build a smaller unit for those. He’s working on the third big unit for the regular fats and assures me the smaller unit WILL NOT take as long to make. Cross your fingers and say your prayers that all the fats will be on the wall by this Saturday. If they are, the bolts will go on the opposite wall and it’ll be time for Sit and Sew. I’ve been drumming my fingers and pacing back and forth over this. You can only imagine how fun I’ve been to live with these past few weeks! If not, just ask Sweetness. I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to tell you what a downright pleasure I’ve been these past few weeks J J J Yes, I said a downright pleasure.
“Thank You” to everyone who voiced an opinion about the batting we should carry. A great big thank you to Karla K. who brought samples of different yummy battings. That really was above and beyond the call of duty! Thanks, Karla. We’re waiting on samples from several different companies to come in before we make any decisions. I am personally leaning toward having wool batting for sure (depending on the cost). We’re also thinking we’ll only carry the 120” wide size which is usually cheaper for the consumer vs. pre-packaged yardage. Does that make sense? Anyway, we’ll let you know……when we know…..what we’re doing…..whenever that might be……..
I never buy a lottery ticket. I bought one. For tonight. I really get carried away dreaming about what to do with the money, if we win. Since Sweetness and I don’t have two legged kids, our list is a little different that other people’s. After tithing, the first purchase would be a brand new quilting machine. Then we would HAVE to make a trip to Moda to buy a bunch of fabric (visit our families while we’re there) and rent a trailer to haul it all home! Then, we’d do whatever was necessary to become Bernina dealers. Our wish is for anyone who doesn’t have access to a sewing machine (or if you don’t want to drag yours to the shop) you could use one of ours in the shop. Of course, the shop is a whole other story. A new (much bigger) shop would have to be built complete with a bathroom and separate area for classes. Once a year, we’d have to have a retreat so, another separate building would need to be built to house all the attendees and their ‘stuff’.
All of this dreaming makes me hungry……………dessert anyone!
See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fat quarters, fat quarters everywhere!

Pat's flannel baby blankets

Pat made two baby blankets using flannel on both sides. She brought them in last Saturday for Show and Tell.  I almost didn't let her leave with the green one............she's standing in front of the first unit Sweetness built for the fat quarters.  

see you Saturday, 
P-Dub and Sweetness