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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Modascapes" and "Crossroads"

We're really getting our money's worth out of the UPS man this week!  He's already been here twice and is coming back tomorrow!  He left layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs of "Modascapes".  He also dropped off the layer cakes and mini charms of "Crossroads" (we received the charm packs and jelly rolls last week).  

I copied pictures from Moda's website that shows the different prints of these two collections and took my own pictures in the shop:       

cross section of "Modascapes"  

Layer cakes, charm packs and jelly rolls of "Modascapes"

close-up of "Modascapes"  

"Crossroads" layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini charms.

Cross section of "Crossroads" by Moda 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"1930's Playtime" honey Combs, Mimi fabric, big rulers, GREAT books and my block

Here are pictures of the yummy new stuff we received this week.  

"1930's Playtime" Honey Combs (hexagons) from Chloe's Closet for Moda 

"Six Halves Make a Whole" and "Six Halves Make a Whole Lot More" books 
"Six Halves Make a Whole Sampler" and "Six Halves Make a Whole Starburst" books 

New "Mimi" fabric on the bolt:  Aqua, lavender and coral 

More "Mimi" fabric on the bolt:  aqua, lavender and coral 
Easy Kut Spring Action Scissors (great for paper piecing).  Notice the foam grips? They come in pink and purple!  
 20 1/2", 18 1/2" and 16 1/2" square rulers by Creative Grids.  
"Crossroads" jelly rolls and charm packs by Jan Patek for Moda 
"Crossroads" charm packs by Jan Patek for Moda 
This is the block I paper pieced last Saturday.  After a few bumps in the road, it actually looks like a block.  YIPPEE!  

small prints of "Mimi" by Moda

"50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars" by Carol Doak, my new best friend!  

"300 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks" by BFF Carol Doak!  

Another paper piecing book by BFF Carol Doak!  

"Half Log Cabin Quilts" book and BFF's Foundation Paper for paper piecing.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The 1930's are (finally) here and Sweetness has letters behind his name!

                      P-DUB’S QUILT STUFF
12203 HWY 76
EXETER, MO 65647

NEW HOURS: EVERY Saturday (closed Memorial Day, Labor Day, the Saturday after Christmas)

HOURS:     9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

I would like to say a big “Thank You” for all your thoughts and prayers for my nephew, Nathan.  I received an email from him that he’s being sent to a military hospital in Oklahoma for surgery.  We still don’t know his exact injury, just that one of his arms is involved.  I’ll keep you posted.  

There were three very large boxes waiting for me when I got home last Friday.  Inside was a glimpse of what heaven must be like!  The "1930's Playtime" fabric on the bolt is finally here. Thank goodness! This line is by Chloe's Closet for Moda.  We now have all the pre-cuts (layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls, mini-charms, fat quarter bundles, fat eighth bundles and honey combs) and 24 bolts of "yummy"-on-the-bolt! Pictures of these morsels of loveliness are already posted on the blog.  

Last week’s newsletter mentioned Karla K. would be teaching a Paper Piecing class in September.  The response I received was that’s entirely too long to wait so……Karla has agreed to teach another class on August 17th.  The class fee will be $20 and three hours in length.  If you’re interested in taking Karla’s August class, please email me (I can’t wait to take this class myself!).  Thanks, Karla for adding another class.  YIPPPEE!  I can't wait!  

With that said, Missy D. and I tried our hand at paper piecing last Saturday..…on our own.  I think we did pretty well.  I put fabric #2 on the wrong way (which I didn’t know until I flipped it over).  YIKES!  Thank goodness there was a seam ripper handy.  I struggled with the whole "put the fabric on one side/flip it over to sew" concept.  REALLY struggled.  My block kinda sorta looks like a block…….not a contorted mess of fabric like I thought it might.  Missy’s block, on the other hand, is perfect…….her very first paper piecing block EVER and it’s absolutely perfect.  I hate her guts. 

After the paper piecing experience last week, I ordered several books on the subject.  We received “300 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks”, ”50 Little Paper Pieced Blocks” and “50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars” as well as “Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper” this week.  These books are great for beginners (like me) as well as the advanced paper piecer.  

I think Missy is a bad influence on me (she doesn’t know I have poor impulse control).  She brought in a really nifty book called “Six Halves Make A Whole Lot More” which I totally fell in love with.  Apparently there is a series of these books so…..I JUST HAD to order all of them: the one Missy brought in plus “Six Halves Make a Whole”, “Six Halves Make a Whole Starburst” and “Six Halves Make a Whole Sampler.”  All of these books use six half yards of fabric to make the quilts.  Really?  I can't wait to see which one will be the next shop sample.  

Continuing down the “Missy is a bad influence on me” path:  We also received the “Half Log Cabin Quilts” book this week....yet another book she brought in to tempt me with.  It worked!  They're here.....we got 'em.  Oh, yeah!  

The UPS and FedEx guys have been here a couple of times this week:  We received the “1930’s Playtime” Honey Combs (hexagons) as well as some of the “Cross Roads” pre-cuts.  We also received three sizes of big square rulers:  16 ½”, 18 1/2” and 20 ½” from Creative Grids.  Bigger is always better.  

I keep failing to mention we have the “Lone Star” kits by Quilt Smart.  They came in with the “Midi” and “Mondo” bag kits but I totally forgot to mention it.  Sorry!  Pictures of it are on the blog.  

The shop owners had our meeting for the upcoming Shop Hop in October this afternoon.  I’ll send details in next week's newsletter.  I'm very excited about what we're going to do this time.  

We also received “Mimi” fabric on the bolt today.  I’ll put pictures on the blog as soon as I can. I'm just getting in from the Shop Hop meeting.  

The shop looks a little different.  I went crazy last weekend and rearranged (almost) everything.  The “Kansas Troubles” fabric (on the bolt) is all together in it's own section.  Since the "1930's Playtime" fabric on the bolt came in, it forced me to make a special section for all the vintage, 1930’s and reproductions fabric as well.  I also moved the jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs.  That's a lot of moving!   

Becky H. brought in a quilt she’d made using the paper piecing method.  It’s gorgeous.  This was her first time using this technique but you’d never know it.  Kay S. also brought in her batik Log Cabin quilt last Saturday.  She decided to quilt it with hand embroidery.  She’s using the 108” backing with the stencil on the back.  When she’s finished with the quilting, the stencil washes out leaving her beautiful stitching.  Pictures of both are on the blog.  

LATE BREAKING NEWS:  Sweetness is a full fledged C.N.A. (as of this afternoon).  He completed his clinicals last week and passed his state boards this afternoon. WHEW!  I'M SO PROUD I COULD JUST BUST WIDE OPEN!  Give him a pat on the back the next time you see him.    

See you Saturday,

P-Dub and Sweetness 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

1930's Playtime is here, Becky's quilt, Kay's embroidery

Three very large boxes were waiting for me when I got home Friday.  What was inside was a little slice of heaven.....our order of "1930's Playtime" fabric on the bolt by Chloe's Closet for Moda. YIPPEEE!  The fat quarters are cut and the fabric is on the shelf!  Help yourself!  

Becky brought in a quilt she made using the paper piecing method, her first time using this technique.   She's going to add a solid black inner border and piano keys as the outer border and get it quilted.  She did a great job.  The colors are so vibrant!  


Kay decided to hand embroider the back of her batik log cabin quilt.  She brought it in for Show and Tell yesterday.  She's using variegated thread which really pops on the stencil backing.  When she's finished quilting it, the blue stencil is water soluble and will disappear when washed leaving the beautiful stitching. Wow!  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dresden Plate Pin Cushion and Quilt kit

We received some really cool stuff this week.  First is the very pretty "Dresden Plate Pin Cushions" by Fons and Porter.  It comes in a clear plastic box tied with a pretty red ribbon. It almost looks like a Christmas tree ornament....but.... it's sew much more!  

The Fons and Porter Dresden Plate Pin Cushion.  Sew colorful!   

back of the pin cushion 

The other item is the "Easy Dresden Quilt" kit by EZ Quilting.  It comes with step by step instructions, the Easy Dresden Acrylic tool by Darlene Zimmerman, a bamboo pointer (and creaser) tool and a free quilt pattern.  Wow!  That's a lot of stuff in one package.  

 See you Saturday, 
P-Dub and Sweetness 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

the "1930's Playtime" fabric is on the way!

12203 HWY 76
EXETER, MO 65647

NEW HOURS: EVERY Saturday (closed Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Saturday after Christmas)

HOURS:     9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Melba V. brought in a gorgeous counted cross stitch project she’s been working on (it took 100 hours to complete).  I posted a picture of it on the blog.  I hope you can see all the colors in this beautiful piece of art.  Sometimes my picture taking isn't the greatest.  

Miss Betty was in the shop a couple of weeks ago.  She brought in a quilt she made using batik jelly rolls.  It was truly stunning.  Her quilter used variegated thread which really popped on the batik backing.  I’ve posted pictures of Betty’s beautiful quilt on the blog.  Go take a look at her quilt and Melba's counted cross stitch project.   

I’m always looking for something to put my quilting pins in/on while I’m sewing.  I don’t like to lay them on my sewing machine and certainly don’t want to put them on my desk (Catherine might eat it if it falls to the floor).  I decided against making one myself; justified by the hope I could find something much prettier than anything I could make.  I did.  We received Fons and Porter's “Dresden Plate Pin Cushions" this week. YIPPEE!  No more scrounging around for something to put my pins in/on .  I read somewhere to put different sized needles in a particular color.  That way,  you’ll always know the needles in the ‘red’ section are size 10 and the “green” section are size 12 ….or separate by sewing needles, embroidery needles, applique needles…..whatever works for you and the needles your using.   These are so cute.  They come in a clear plastic box with a red ribbon around it.  It almost looks like a Christmas tree ornament's not!   I love the different colors it has.    

Something else we're really excited about is the “Easy Dresden Quilt" kits that came in.  These are by Darlene Zimmerman for EZ Quilting.  It includes step-by-step instructions, the "Easy Dresden" Acrylic tool, bamboo pointer and creaser tool as well as a free quilt pattern. 

If you read last week’s newsletter, you may have noticed I was having a meltdown over deciding which quilt pattern to use for all the 1930’s and reproduction fabrics I’ve been gathering…....for the last three years.  Sally in OK emailed me that she cut up her “1930’s Playtime” jelly roll for the quilt she’s making.  Sally’s courage to cut into her stash gives me the courage I need to do the same.  I guess I’m waiting for the “1930’s Playtime” fabric (on the bolt) to arrive before doing anything drastic!  

Speaking of that……SUPER FANTASTICALLY WONDERFUL news from Moda:  the “1930’s Playtime” fabric by Chloe's Closet is on it's way.  YIPPEE!  I can’t wait to get it in the shop. Cross your fingers and say your prayers that we get everything we ordered of this line......of this totally yummy fabric!  I’M SO EXCITED.  I have a sneaky feeling I’m going to squeal like a little girl when it gets here.  I CAN’T WAIT!  I just got the email today so, the fabric won't actually be here until Friday...... so.....I’ll put pictures on the blog as soon as I can (which may be after we close on Saturday??). Getting this fabric in (and Sally's email) may be the straw that broke the camel's back.........this almost forces me to do something with all the reproductions I've been collecting!  Now that we'll have even more on Friday..........I may have a total meltdown (I'm so glad I have a Dresden Plate die for my Go! cutter).  The 1930's are coming, the 1930's are coming, the 1930's are coming.  YIPPEE!!  

FYI:  Moda will be having their open house the week of August 12th and I’m going.  Let me know of anything I should be on the lookout for while I'm there.  There won’t be a newsletter than week since I won’t be back until August 16th

I know it’s the middle of July but :  In the spirit of “Christmas in July” all flannel will be $6/yard this Saturday (excludes Kansas Troubles flannel).  Just know when it’s gone, it’s gone.  If you have baby blankets to make or any other use for flannel, now is the time to stock up.  

I'm off to put one of those Dresden Plate pin cushions by my sewing machine!  

See you Saturday,

P-Dub and Sweetness
P.S.  Karla K. will be teaching a paper piecing class on September 14th so….stay tuned for details! 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Melba's counted cross stitch

Melba brought in a counted cross stitch project she's been working on.  It took 100 hours to complete. Wow!  

Miss Betty's quilt

Miss Betty stopped by with another gorgeous quilt she made.  She used batik jelly rolls to make 10" blocks. She said her inspiration was the shop hop quilt. Wow! 

The quilter used variegated thread which really pops on the batik backing.  Another gorgeous quilt by Miss Betty!  

Miss Betty with her batik jelly roll quilt.  

close up of Miss Betty's blocks 

The back of Miss Betty's quilt.  The quilter used variegated thread which really pops on the batik back.  

110" backings, Midi and Mondo bags, "Strip" books and more

We received a lot of new stuff this week.  I'm really excited about the new 110" backings and other fun stuff for making gorgeous quilts!  

We have four new stripping books!  Wow, be a stripper!  

We also received the "Midi" bag and "Mondo" bag kits by Quilt Smart.  These are very easy to make using jelly rolls or 2 1/2" mini charms (we also have additional panels for both bags when you want to make more!).  

Several of you have asked for a "Lone Star" pattern. I looked all over the internet (and my suppliers).  I finally found a kit by Quilt Smart for a 58" eight pointed one.  We now have these kits in the shop too. 

The "Marbles-Citrus" jelly rolls came in this week. Thank goodness!  The charm packs came in last week so, now we have both!  The colors are SO bright!  

We also received the "Brilliant Bindings" tool by Debbie Wendt which comes in handy when making the "Tool Time Table Runner".  

"Strip Delight" and "Strips and Scraps" books for using jelly rolls to make fabulous quilts 

"Strip Lovers"  and "Strippin'  Time" books 

"58" Lone Star" kits by Quilt Smart 

"Midi" and "Mondo" bag kits by Quilt Smart.  A great way to use jelly rolls or 2 1/2" squares.  We also have additional panels for both when you want to make more!  

Fat quarter friendly patterns:  "Cool Waters" and "Diamond Dandy"  

"Just one jelly roll" patterns:  "Friendship Braid" and "In the Log House"

Fun table runner patterns:  "Reversible Strippy Table Runner and "Tool Time" (which also includes the quilt pattern). 

"Batik Diamonds" quilt pattern and "Bay Blanket Table Collection" which includes the table runner, place mat, coaster and mug rug pattern.  

I love this pattern.  It's called "Take Four" because it includes four different assembly instructions.  The picture on the cover is in black and white so I printed off a color picture to give an idea of the possibilities! LOVE IT!  

"Marbles-Citrus" jelly rolls by Moda.  I love the bright colors. 

"Brilliant Bindings" tool by Debbie Wendt. 

Two new 110" backings.  I f you love butterflies, you'll love these.  We have these in cream and blue!  Wow!