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Thursday, May 30, 2013

this week's newsletter


12203 HWY 76

EXETER, MO 65647 

 May 29th, 2013 newsletter

NEW HOURS: EVERY Saturday  (closed August 31st, December 28th).

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Calling all quilters:  We will be making pillowcases for the Oklahoma tornado victims this Saturday, June 1st.   Consider this a shout-out to anyone who would like to help:  for the entire day, half a day or for an hour. 

The shop will be donating all the fabric for the pillowcases but if you would like to donate from your stash, please bring it with you.  We will use it.  The pillowcase pattern is very simple:  ¾ yard for the body, ¼ yard for the cuff and 2 ½” strip for the accent piece (I put a picture of my first two pillowcases on the blog).  I’ve pulled fabric from the shelves and ordered several bolts from Moda specifically for Saturday.  If you can’t make it but would like to donate fabric, please email us.  We’ll work something out. 

We have two Bernina sewing machines in the shop that can be used but we ask that you bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies.  If you aren’t able to sew but still want to help, there will be plenty of other things to do.  Sweetness is making lunch for everyone who volunteers (but potluck side dishes are always welcome!).  I’m not saying he’s making his world famous lasagna but, I’m not saying he isn’t J J J

I would like to have 100 pillowcases finished by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (I think this is an attainable goal). My friend Sandy (in IL) has already made 12 pillowcases and shipped them so, I guess we only need to make 88 more! I’ve very excited about doing this for the tornado victims in Oklahoma.  Please come, if you can. 

Spring Quilt Market was the weekend of May 17th in Portland, Oregon…….we didn’t go!  Thank goodness.  Being on vacation last week was both a blessing and a curse: I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn every day but I also had entirely too much time to spend on the internet……ordering stuff for the shop.

The ‘stuff’ started arriving last week but the majority of it came in this week. After shuffling some things around, we might have room for everything!  Here’s a partial list of the new stuff: 

·        Two different sizes of Olfa “Spinning” rotary cutting mats (12”x12” and 17”x 17”)  Sweetness gave me one for my birthday and I LOVE it. 

·        A bajillion different kinds of Schmetz needles (they’re literally everywhere)

·        3 different colors of “Paint Box” junior batik jelly rolls (half the number of strips and half the price of a regular batik jelly roll),  We also have the matching “Paint Box” batik charm packs

·        Two sizes of Klutz gloves by Fons and Porter (cheaper than a trip to the emergency room!)

·        Steam Fast Mini steam irons that literally fit in the palm of your hand (they’re so small)

·        The new dies from AccuQuilt are here (these are so freakin’ cute) YIPPEE!!!! 

·         More “Tradewinds” patterns for The Strip Tube Ruler (this gizmo will change your life)

·        “School Days” reproduction fabric from Moda (I love reproductions)

·        More 18mm finger rotary cutters 

I’ve posted pictures of the new stuff on the blog. 

Our wedding anniversary was last week (Sweetness has tolerated me for 14 years).  I’m sure it seemed like dog years sometimes!  I’ve lost count of how many quilts I’ve made as gifts for people over the years.  I really don’t know the number.  With that said:  my friend Sandy in Illinois sent my birthday present (which just so happened to arrive on our anniversary).  What was inside the really big box was a bigger-than-king sized quilt she made using the “Double Slice Layer Cake” method with……drum roll please……”Pheasant Hill” layer cakes.  I squealed like a little girl when I saw it.  Not only is this the first quilt anyone has ever made for me (yours truly) but, she also quilted it herself……it’s bigger than a king size quilt….it could be used as a bedspread….it almost hits the floor on three sides.  Needless to say, I’ve posted pictures on the blog of (yet another) masterpiece by Sandy!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the quilt. Thanks, Sandy!  It’s beautiful and I LOVE it. 

As you know, (Cousin) Susan’s birthday is the day after mine.  This year she not only got a brand new bouncing baby Bernina for her birthday but also bought a Go! Cutter AND she received both on the same day!  How’s that for timing?  Congratulations, Susan.  We expect pictures of all your creations!

I’m still having trouble sending the newsletter through the web based site I use.  For the time being, I’m sending it through (but please do not reply to the address).  We’re still able to GET email at the address.  If this continues, I’ll be forced to post to the blog and pull the plug on emailing the newsletter each week.  Stay tuned. 

Please come by this Saturday, if you can.  I really think we can get 100 pillowcases made.  I know the tornado victims will appreciate our efforts.   

See you Saturday,

P-Dub and Sweetness

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This week's new stuff

12203 STATE HWY 76 
EXETER, MO  65647


Business hours:  Every Saturday (closed August 31st and December 28th, 2013) 

Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

new Strip Tube Ruler patterns 

2 1/2" multiple squares die for Go! cutters.  This die cuts nine squares with one pass of the die.  Five layers of fabric gives you  54 perfectly cut squares.  

Chisels, squares and hexagon dies for Go! cutters 

12"x 12" and 17"x 17" spinning Olfa rotary cutting mats 

a bajillon different Schmetz needles 

two of the five bunny rabbits running around our back yard 

"School Days" fabric by American Jane for Moda 

Three colors of "Paint Box" junior batik jelly rolls.  Half the amount of strips at half the price! 

Steam Fast mini steam irons.  They really do fit in the palm of your hand! 

some of the newly released dies from AccuQuilt!  

more newly released dies from AccuQuilt! 

this new die cuts 1", 1.5" and 2" strips on the same die!  

two more newly released dies for Go! cutters. 

Two sizes of Klutz Glove by Fons and Porter and extra long Quilter's Pins 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pillowcases for Oklahoma tornado victims


12203 STATE HWY 76

EXETER, MO 65647


NEW HOURS: EVERY Saturday (closed August 31st and December 28th).

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Calling all quilters/sewers: Next Saturday, June 1st, we’ll be making pillowcases for the Oklahoma tornado victims at the shop.  This is a shout out to anyone who would like to volunteer...for the entire day, part of the day or just for an hour. 
The shop will provide all the fabric for the pillowcases but ask that you bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (we have two Bernina machines in the shop).  If you have fabric you would like to donate, please bring it with you.  We will use it.  It takes 3/4 yard of fabric for the body of the pillowcase, 1/4 yard for the cuff and one 2 1/2" strip for the accent piece. 
If you don’t know how to sew but would still like to volunteer, we will need help cutting fabric, pinning the pieces together, pulling the cases inside out, cutting accent strips, ironing.........there's always something to do!    
Sweetness said he'll make lunch for everyone (but potluck side dishes are always welcome!).  I’m not saying he’s making lasagna, but I’m not saying he isn’t!!! 
If you can’t come on Saturday but would like to donate fabric, please email us. We will not turn down any usable fabric. I really want to have 100 pillowcases at the end of business next Saturday.    
I’m very excited about doing this for the tornado victims of Oklahoma. 
See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sweetness wanted a pillowcase (and a big surprise for P-Dub!)

When Juanita brought the 'sausage' pillowcase pattern in a couple of weeks ago, I fell in love with the simplicity of it.  Three seams later and you have a pillowcase.  After making the sample pillowcase for the shop, Sweetness said he'd like one too.  He picked out the fabric for the body, the cuff and the accent piece.  Guess what?  He chose Pheasant Hill fabrics  (bless his heart!). He wanted one of the navy prints for the body and the matching border stripe for the cuff.  He also picked out the accent piece.    

What neither of us knew was my friend Sandy was shipping my birthday present, which arrived yesterday (on our wedding anniversary).  Guess what?She made a bigger-than-king-size quilt using the "Double Slice Layer Cake" pattern and.......drum roll please..........Pheasant Hill layer cakes.  Holy cow! She even quilted it herself.  I accused them of being in cahoots with each other but both deny any 'consulting' took place!  Needless to say, I am over the moon with my birthday quilt.    

The quilt arrived before I got his pillowcase finished (but it didn't take very long to get it done!).  Now that we have this gorgeous quilt, I think more pillowcases are needed!  One is just not enough.  

Big hugs to Sandy.....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the quilt.  

Sweetness' pillowcase on by birthday quilt from Sandy.  Gorgeous! 

Sweetness' pillowcase.  I flipped the back of the quilt up to show the beautiful butterfly backing.  
My birthday quilt from Sandy with Sweetness' pillowcase at the top.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

P-Dub's first pillowcase

Juanita brought a pillowcase pattern to the shop a couple of weeks ago.  I instantly fell in love with it.   I've NEVER made a pillowcase and decided it was high time to get started!  It literally took two hours to decide on the fabric and accent piece to use.  

I finally decided to use two of the new 1930's fabrics  that came in last week and the yellow "Quilter's Bias Binding" as the accent piece.  The body of the pillowcase is 3/4 of a yard, the cuff is 1/4 yard.  One yard of fabric (and three seams later) you have a nifty pillowcase.  It was hard for me to envision this only has three seams.  It does.  I also decided to use French seams to finish the edges.  Here goes: 

open up the fabric selvage to selvage (right side up) and pin the accent piece to the top

accent piece added to the top of the raw edge of the "body" fabric, running selvage to selvage.  

add the "cuff" fabric right side down onto the body fabric and accent strip 

here' what it looks like all pinned together. 

start rolling the body fabric toward the cuff fabric to make a tube. 

everything is inside the tube 

It looks like a mess but it's really cool

sew the first seam.  

grab the body fabric from the tube and start pulling!  

keep pulling the body fabric out of the tube 

Viola!  Notice the selvage edges are still along for the ride!  

Seam number two:  French seams:  fold the pillowcase wrong sides together. Use 1/2" seam allowance to sew the "L" seam . 

I used pinking shears to finish the edges.  Now the selvage edges are gone

We're getting there:   press the pillowcase.  Only one more seam to go!  

Seam number three: turn the pillowcase inside out.  Roll the seam allowance between your fingers to  'set' it in place and sew.  

All seams (inside and out) are finished.  Viola!  

My first pillowcase.  Not too shabby!  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sandy's batik masterpiece

Sandy in Illinois (a.k.a. the "Over Achiever") strikes again.  This is the queen size quilt she made using four batik Moda jelly rolls (she quilted it herself too).  This quilt is truly stunning.

Sandy's queen size batik masterpiece! Gorgeous.  

The back of Sandy's quilt, which is also batik!  She did a great job quilting this masterpiece.  

Shannon's purse

Shannon came in last Saturday.  She brought the purse she made using the leftovers from the "Paint Box" charm pack she bought (to make a tote bag for her Mother-In-Law for Mother's Day--pictures are on another post).  How creative.  She added wide satin ribbon around the top and as handles.  How cute is this?  Great job, Shannon.  

Shannon's purse made with leftovers from a "Paint Box" charm pack.   

The other side of Shannon's purse.  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Feedsack", 1930's and Reproduction fabrics in the shop this week

We received a bunch of 1930's and reproductions this week.  "ABC 123" and "School Days" are by Moda.  "Feedsack III" is by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics.  
"School Days" by Moda.  I used the flash on this picture.  The left print has a black background, the right print is on a blue(ish) background.  
Six bolts of "ABC 123" by American Jane for Moda. 

Smaller prints of "ABC 123" by American Jane for Moda 

Medium prints of "ABC 123" by American Jane for Moda. 
"Feedsack III" by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabric.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

21 bolts of pure bliss

we're still having trouble transmitting the newsletter.  I'm posting it to the blog....again... in case anyone didn't receive it via e-mail.

12203 HWY 76
EXETER, MO 65647
May 15th, 2013
NEW HOURS: EVERY (E-V-E-R-Y) Saturday (closed May 25th, August 31st, December 28th).
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The heavens have opened and we have received their bounty: Twenty one new bolts of 1930’s, feed sack and reproductions fabric. Five bolts are “Feedsack” by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics, the other 16 bolts are from Moda. I’ll take pictures and post to the blog by Saturday. I don’t have the slightest idea where we’re going to put 21 more bolts of fabric but I’m sure we’ll think of something (these are not the reproductions I was expecting this summer, these are in addition to that order). Sweetness is trying very hard to get all the fat quarters cut by Saturday J J J
The “Chatty Crafters” held their monthly meeting last Saturday at the shop. We had a blast. These ladies are very creative (and really know how to have fun). Sweetness and I offered the shop to them anytime their regular meeting place isn’t available. I’ve posted pictures on their “meeting” on the blog. What a hoot. It was great.
I failed to mention: Shannon came into the shop a couple of weeks ago and bought a “Paint Box” charm pack. She wanted to maker her Mother-In-Law something for Mother's Day. By the time we closed for the day, she’d made a tote bag using the charm pack. She emailed pictures of it and they are on the blog. What a cute gift idea. Great job, Shannon.
The “Over the Rainbow” batik jelly rolls (and their matching charm packs) are… a word……scrumptious. The colors are super-duper pretty. Sweetness mentioned he’d like one of each of the jelly rolls for his birthday. Really? Have I finally rubbed off on him? Could he be a “closet quilter”? I’ve posted pictures of the jelly rolls (and their matching charm packs) on the blog. Yummy!
The 18 mm rotary cutters sold out last Saturday but, I’ve ordered more. They’ll be here by Saturday. The lighted seam rippers (and tweezers) were also popular last weekend. We didn’t’ sell out of them so, we still have some left!
(Cousin) Susan’s new sewing machine arrived this week. She’s now the proud owner of a bouncing baby Bernina. YIPPEE!! I told her we expect pictures of EVERYTHING she makes with her new machine. Happy Birthday (and congratulations!), (Cousin) Susan.
It was a real nail biter: The internet based site I use to send the newsletter was experiencing technical difficulties last week. If you received the May 8th newsletter twice, I’m sorry. If you didn’t receive it at all, again, I’m sorry. For a couple of minutes I thought I was going to pull my hair the hands full. I didn’t. …..but it was really touch and go there for a while J J J Let’s make a new rule: If you haven’t received our newsletter by 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, I’ve posted it on the blog instead, for whatever reason.
Karen’s “Needle Turn Applique-Using the Back Basting Method” is just around the corner (June 8th). You still have time to sign up and get a supplies list but the class is filling up quickly.

I’ll be on vacation from the through-the-week-J-O-B next week and the shop will be closed May 25th for Memorial Day weekend. At this time, I do not plan to send a newsletter next week. If anything new comes in to the shop, I’ll post pictures on the blog.
Juanita brought in a fun pillowcase pattern. This is so easy to only has three seams. Three (3) seams. Really. Even I can do that! Remind me to show you this cute pattern (which is free) when you’re here the next time.
The Birthday Bash Sale-A-Bration continues: The sale for this Saturday (May 18th) will be 15% off all precuts (jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes and mini-charms). Additionally, I’ve pulled a bunch of fabric-on-the-bolt that needs to go to good homes! If it's been here too long, it's gotta go! These will be marked down this Saturday only. 

Sweetness took his last final today, the 15th. He’ll be out of school for a while before starting his clinical in June. If you need something in between regular business hours, please call. He’ll be in good spirits since finals are (finally) over.

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nola's son's graduation quilt

Nola was in the shop a couple of weeks ago to get fabric to make her son's graduation quilt.  She chose a Strip Tube Ruler pattern called "Tradewinds" and lots of Kansas Troubles fabrics!  She came back yesterday to show us her progress and get more fabric (she decided to make it king sized).  The blocks aren't sewn together but you get the idea of what it will look like.  Great job, Nola.  Your son will love it.

The "Tradewinds"quilt Nola is making for her son's graduation present.  

Nola's "Tradewinds" quilt blocks 

The "Chatty Crafters"

The "Chatty Crafters" held their May meeting at the shop yesterday.  I can't speak for them but Sweetness and I had a blast.  These ladies really know how to have fun and are so creative.  Everyone brought the project they were working on (quilting, spinning yarn, crocheting) and settled in for the day.  I'm not sure they got anything accomplished, we were very busy talking (and eating).  We hope they have their meeting here every month.  Thanks ladies for a great day with the "Chatty Crafters".  

Celeste's baby quilt

Celeste bought a couple of Moda scrap bags a week ago.  Here's the baby quilt she made for a friend using them.  It's so cute.  Great job, Celeste.  

This is the baby quilt Celeste made using Moda scrap bags.