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Monday, August 26, 2013

Shirley's Tumbler Top

Shirley, her daughter and granddaughter stopped by the shop Saturday.  Shirley brought a quilt top she made using her Go! cutter and tumbler die.  She didn't want to show it to us but her daughter made her!      

Great job, Shirley!  This is so colorful!     

Shirley's granddaughter helps display the quilt!  

Shirley's daughter and granddaughter help display the quilt.  

Shirley is camera shy. She's standing behind the quilt to help hold it up!  Gorgeous!  

close-up of Shirley's Tumbler blocks quilt 

Nola's masterpiece quilt!

Nola, her Mom and Aunt were in the shop Saturday. Nola brought the quilt she made as her son's college graduation present.  Nola made his quilt using the "Trade Winds" pattern and her "Strip Tube Ruler" (plus mostly Kansas Troubles fabric).  

This quilt is huge.  It measured 120" x 120".  YIKES! It will look wonderful on her son's king sized bed. What a wonderful college graduation present.  

(I used the camera's flash on some of the pictures and didn't use it on others.  You can tell the difference.  Sorry.).  


"Trade Winds" quilt Nola made as a graduation present for her son.  Wow!  

I love the piano key border.  It really adds pizzazz.  

this is the left upper corner 

the right hand side.  I love the piano key border.  

the top portion of Nola's quilt 

Sherry's projects

Sherry brought several of her projects in for Show and Tell a couple of weeks ago.  I'd left my camera in Texas so Rosemary took pictures with her phone and emailed them to me.  Thanks, Rosemary. 

I can't figure out how to rotate the pictures but I'm posting them anyway!  I'm not techie!  

the St. Patrick's centerpiece Sherry made for her table.  

This is the "Boo" table runner Sherry made for Halloween.  

A lap quilt Sherry made using pastels.  

Sherry's Daisies Table Runner.  So cute!  

this is the purse Sherry made.  It's large and has lots of pockets!  

Sherry's "Twister" project.  I love the blue bordered with brown.  

this is the back of Sherry's St. Patrick's centerpiece.  

this is a table runner Sherry made with leftovers of making the "Boo" table runner!  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Shopping trip to Moda

I came back with some really nifty stuff from the shopping trip to Moda.  My camera made it's way back from Texas so I'm finally able to take pictures of all the new stuff........LOTS of new stuff!  

"Collections for a Cause-Love" by Howard Marcus for Moda.  We have the layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini charms.  

I really don't have a good way to take pictures of the bolts of fabric so, I decided to take pictures of the fat quarters instead.  Rest assured, we have fabric on the bolt of all the fat quarters pictured.  

We received a lot of paper piecing products:  four new books, pin point tweezers and Carol Doak's legal sized paper for paper piecing.  

We also received three new batiks (and more are coming).  These are "Over the Rainbow" batiks in funky colorways:  Trail Blue, Strawberry and Tootie Fruitie. 

New Clover Mini irons, the large tips and tote bags. 

Paper piecing book by Carol Doak. 
paper piecing book by Carol Doak 
Paper piecing book by Carol Doak 

paper piecing book by Carol Doak 

The "Quilter's Travel Case"  by Omni Grid .  Items in the picture are not included!  

new Moda mini charms:  Happy Go Lucky and Aspen Frost 

"Old Glory Gatherings" by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.  Six different prints in red, white and blue.  We have these fabrics on the bolt also!  

"Over the Rainbow" batiks in Trail Blue, Strawberrry and Tootie Fruitie!  Such fun colors.  

Kansas Troubles and Sauvienne fabrics  by Moda.  We also have this fabric on the bolt.  

"Old Glory Gatherings" fabric by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.  We have these fabrics on the bolt too.   

"Eat Your Fruits and Veggies" layer cakes, charm packs and jelly rolls.  

"Bear Country School" by the Berenstain Bears for Moda:  layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs.  

"Easy Kut" scissors and "Pin Point" Tweezers.  Both are great for paper piecing!  

Pat's jelly roll and mini-charm quilt

Pat saw a quilt pattern in a magazine that she fell in love with.  She decided to make it using "Warm" solids jelly rolls and "Snap Pop" mini charms.  She used "Snap Pop" fat eighths for the border.  

For the backing, Pat used our 108" butterfly backing and asked Judi to quilt it for her (Judi and her husband are holding it so I could take pictures). 

Great job, Pat (and Judi).     

Judi and her husband displaying Pat's quilt.    

close up of Pat's jelly roll and mini charm quilt 

Pat used "Snap Pop" fat eighth bundles for the border

the left side border of Pat's quilt 

108" butterfly backing Pat used for her quilt.  Judi quilted it.   Great job! 

Jenny Doan's trunk show

Kay, Missy and I were fortunate enough to go to Jenny Doan's trunk show at "The Quilted Garden" on August 10th.  Jenny is famous for her tutorials on You Tube and only uses pre-cuts when making quilts.  She inspired all of us and my head was spinning when she was finished.   

If you ever get the chance to attend one of her trunk shows, do it! She's just as funny in person as she is in her videos. 

Jenny Doan at her trunk show on August 10th 

One of the many quilts Jenny showed us during her quilt show 

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August 24th, 2013 newsletter  

FALL SHOP HOP:  October 4th and 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (yes, we’ll be open both days!)

NEW HOURS: EVERY Saturday (closed Memorial Day, Labor Day and December 28th)

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

It seems like a month has gone by since I wrote the last newsletter.  It all started on August 10th when Kay, Missy and I attended a trunk show by Jenny Doan at The Quilted Garden in Aurora.  Jenny is famous for her tutorials on You Tube (and she’s just as zany in person).  She only uses pre-cuts when making quilts.  My head was spinning when it was over and I was totally inspired by her.  If you ever get the chance to attend her trunk show, do it!  She’s wonderful.  I walked away totally inspired and full of ideas. 

Sweetness, the kids and I left the next day (the 11th) for Dallas.  Moda was having their Open House and I wanted to go (any chance to be surrounded by that much fabric is a wonderful thing).  I had a list of things to shop for but quickly realized I could get into serious financial trouble being in a warehouse with so much stuff (plus my head was still spinning from Jenny’s trunk show).  I broke out in a cold sweat, my palms were sweaty, my heart was racing………I was NOT having a hot flash………I was having a “moment”…….I was standing inside the fabric Mecca of the Universe, the Holy Grail of quilting, the Alpha and Omega of quilt making.  YIKES!  Thank goodness I went to the bathroom before I had my ‘’moment”.  This was not the first time I’ve gone to Moda but, for some reason, this time, it was different.  I had to get a grip…..and fast.  I recovered fairly quickly and started shopping. 

I really wanted to get fabrics to make “Quilts of Valor”.  It just so happened I found quite a few to choose from.  YIPPEE!!!  I got several bolts of “Old Glory Gatherings” by Primitive Gatherings.  Reds, whites and blues.  They’re so pretty.  

Sweetness gave me a “Clover Mini Iron” a couple of years ago for my birthday.  I love it.  Pat was helping me with the Midi bag I’m making and brought the mini iron she has.  Hers has a nifty plastic guard and a bigger tip.  I fell in love with it.  Guess what…..I found the new and improved versions at Moda.   

The new versions are packaged two different ways: the iron by itself OR with an “assortment” set which has several interchangeable tips and gizmos.  I particularly like that the temperature control is directly on the iron,  has an ON/OFF switch built into the electric cord and has the plastic guard.  How cool is that?  Speaking of cool, I also snagged some special totes for the irons (and all the tips if you have the ‘assortment’ set) as well as bigger tips (sold separately) for either iron.  
Everyone knows I have poor impulse control. P-O-O-R IMPULSE CONTROL (aka P.I.C).  I was thrilled to be standing in the fabric Mecca of the Universe, super duper happy to find the patriotic fabric and the newest version of the Clover mini irons BUT, I almost wet my pants when I saw this next item. (I really need to get out more often)…’s called “The Quilter’s Travel Case” by Omni Grid.  Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable.  This little dandy is wonderful.  

Hear me when I say the P.I.C. kicked in and I went nuclear.  This little dandy has a place for everything yet, it’s compact:  it has a separate compartment for quilt blocks; books; spools of thread; rotary cutters, rulers; a built in pin cushion, a pouch that zips and a shoulder strap.  It looks like a briefcase but….it’s not!  I couldn’t put them in the cart fast enough. I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure no one was going to snag them out of my cart!   

I took Karla’s “Paper Piecing” class on the 17th.  It was wonderful (this may be a new addiction).  Karla brought a couple of books by Carol Doak for us to look at.  They were inspiring.  She also showed us a nifty pair of tweezers that are great for removing the paper when you’re finished. I ordered both Carol Doak books and the tweezers…..they’re here!    

We’ve received a bunch of new stuff since the last newsletter.  Here’s what I can remember:
·         Bolts and bolts of “Old Glory Gatherings” by Primitive Gatherings—Quilts of Valor, here we come!
·         “Sunnyside” jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and mini charms by Kate Spain for Moda (September’s monthly club)
·         “Collections for a Cause--Love”  jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and mini charms. I love these collections.  Howard Marcus (Howard Marcus Dunn a.k.a. Mark Dunn) is the owner of Moda. Every year he designs a fabric line and donates to profits to a different charity each year.  I think this year’s charity is St. Jude Children’s Hospital??? 
·          “Eat Your Fruits and Veggies” jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs by Pat Sloan for Moda
·         “Bear Country School” jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs by The Berenstain Bears for Moda--remember the Berenstain Bears? 
·         “Quilter’s Travel Case” by Omni Grid
·         “Creative Combinations” paper piecing book by Carol Doak
·         “Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars” paper piecing book by Carol Doak
·         Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper--Legal sized—for paper piecing—we already had the 8 ½”x11” sheets in stock, now we have the legal size if you’re doing a large border or bigger block
·         “Pin Point” tweezers—great for paper piecing projects
·         “Easy Machine Paper Piecing” book
·         “Show Me How to Paper Piece”  book
·         Three more “Over the Rainbow” batiks in really funky colors:  Strawberry, Tootie Fruity and Trail Blue
·         120” wide white Moda muslin
·         Clover “Mini Iron II”—the iron by itself with plastic guard
·         Clover “Mini Iron II with Tip Assortment” set—includes lots of nifty interchangeable tips
·         3 ½”, 4 ½”, 6 ½”, 8 ½”, 9 ½” 11 ½”, 14 ½ and 15 ½” squares by Omni Grid and Creative Grids.  We now have every size square from 3 ½” to 20 ½” in stock.   
                     P-Dub's Calendar of Events:                                                                                                    
August 19th:  Sweetness started back to school

August 31st:  the shop will be closed for Labor Day weekend

September 14th:  Karla K. will be teaching “Paper Piecing”  from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

September 21st and 22nd:  Discovery Quilters Quilt Show at Shell Knob Elementary School.  

September 28th:  Cheryl W. will have a trunk show at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. demonstrating the AccuQuilt Go! Cutter and dies. If you’ve ever wondered how the Go! Cutter works and the beautiful quilts you can make using it, now is the time to find out. Cheryl is bringing lots of quilts she made using her Go! Cutter.  Don’t forget:  if you buy a Go! Cutter from us, you’ll receive a lifetime 15% discount on the mats and dies.  Please let me know which trunk show you would like to attend (10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.) so we’ll have enough room for everyone.  Each trunk show will last approximately one hour. 

October 4th and 5th:  Fall Shop Hop from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The participating shops are “The Quilted Garden” in Aurora, “The Thistle Fabric Shop” in Pierce City and P-Dub's Quilt Stuff.  Purchase a starter kit for $3 at each shop, get some great discounts on fabric and help out a local charity.

Sometime in November:  help Melba celebrate her 80th birthday.  The time and date are yet to be determined so….stay tuned. 

Also (sometime) in November:  “Sweet Pea” by Kansas Troubles Quilters will be here.  We ordered the entire collection including all the pre-cuts (including honey buns and fat quarter/fat eighth bundles).  I don’t have the slightest idea where we’re going to put that much fabric but I’m sure we’ll think of something!  YIPPEE!  I can’t wait. 

I’ve been asked to explain how the monthly Moda pre-cuts clubs work.  We currently have four separate monthly Moda clubs: “Layer Cake” of the month; “Jelly Roll” of the month, “Charm Packs” of the month and the “Combo Club”.

·         The “Layer Cake” of the month club entitles you to one Moda layer cake each month.  Members of this club receive a 15% discount off each month’s layer cake 
·         The “Jelly Roll” of the month club entitles you to one Moda jelly roll each month.  Club members receive a 15% discount off each month’s jelly roll. 
·         The “Charm Packs” of the Month club entitles you to two duplicate Moda charm packs each month.  Members of this club receive a 15% discount off each month’s charm packs. 
·         The “Combo Club” is one layer cake, one jelly roll and one charm pack of Moda pre-cuts each month.  So far, they’ve always been from the same collection (I don’t think that will change).  Members of the “Combo Club” receive 20% off each month’s pre-cuts. 
  • ·         The fine print:  There is a one time fee of $5.00 to join (whether you join one club or all of them).  If you start in one club then decide to switch to another one, that’s allowed.  You will not have pay the $5.00 membership fee again.  We do ask that you make a one year commitment when joining any of the clubs and that you give us at least one month’s notice if you want to switch from one club to another. 
  • You can join any of the clubs at any time.  

This time of year makes me want to buy school supplies.  No one would know they were for me……….if I run into someone I know while “purchasing” you'd think I was getting it for Sweetness.  My name is Pam and I’m a school supplies junkie.  Is there a 12 step program for this?

See you Saturday,

P-Dub and Sweetness
P.S.  September’s monthly clubs are here.  It’s called “Sunnyside” by Kate Spain and is ready to be picked up.

Linda's neck tie quilt

Linda P. brought in a quilt she made for her cousin, Rhonda using Rhonda's dad's neck ties.  Rhonda is giving this quilt to her Mom as a 91st birthday present.  What a great gift.  A quilt made from her husband's ties.  



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Civil War Jubilee" by Barbara Brackman

Three years ago a big group of folks stopped by after they'd participated in a Civil War re-enactment.  Their costumes were fabulous.  They were still in "character" and looking for wool to make pants for their uniforms.  The wool we had wasn't the right color so they started to leave.  

Before he left, one of the re-enactors said, "Remember the people who've died so you can live."  It literally gave me chills.  I'll never forget it as long as I live.  

When I opened the box that was waiting for me today, I thought of that man, the group he was with and the people who have died so I can live.  Freedom.  It comes at a great cost. 

I'm not sure why but, I cried when I saw what was inside the box.  Maybe it's because of my nephew, Nathan, getting hurt in Afghanistan.  Maybe it's all the stories everyone has shared with me since last week. Maybe it's because I really don't have a clue what it's like to be a solider.   

Inside the box was the pre-cuts of Barbarba Brackman's new line called "Civil War Jubilee".  The colors are dark and muted.  The patterns are much like some of the costumes the re-enactors were wearing that day.  

Remember the people who've died so you can live.  


Monday, August 5, 2013

Pat's quilt, Nancy's quilt and a bunch of new stuff!

Our customers are so creative.  I love it when someone brings in something they've made for "Show and Tell".  Nancy R. brought in a quilt she made using the paper piecing the bird houses!  

Pat brought in a quilt she made using the Strip Tube Ruler.  She's giving it to a friend who recently had surgery.  What a great gift.  

We got a bunch of new stuff last week.  I finally took pictures of everything goes:  
Nancy's bird houses quilt she made using the paper piecing method.  

close-up of  a block in Nancy's quilt.  

 6", 12" and 18" Add-A-Quarter rulers.  Great for paper piecing! 

501?  that's a lot of blocks in one book!  

Three new mini charms:  Collections for a Cause, The Morris Apprentice and PB&J. 

More new mini charms:  Lario, Simple Marks and BoHo. 

Three new quilt kits by QuiltSmart:  Mariner's Compass, Grandma's Fan and Pumpkin Seed.  

"Dahlia" and "Mariner's Compass" quilt kits by Quilt Smart.  

"Perfect Circles":  great for making yo-yos

Pat helped iron the 1930's Playtime mini charms I decided to use to make a Midi bag for the shop.  She started on one end, I started on the other and we met in the middle!  

Viola!  All pieces are ironed on!  

Pat's quilt she made using the "Strip Tube Ruler"  

close-up of Pat's quilt blocks 

"Giggles" layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini charms. These  just scream "fun".  I can't help but smile when I look at these.  

"Love Letter" batik by Moda.  it's wrinkled, I just took it out of the package.  

another "Love Letter" batik by Moda 

I just had to have the blue "Love Letter" batik too!  Had to!  

two new 1930's Playtime bolts by Chloe's Closet for Moda 

"Over the Rainbow" batik by Moda 

Frixion pens.  Great for marking fabric which easily rubs off.