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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pride and Glory; tote patterns; Country Orchard; Quilting Quickly; Scrap Crazy

With Memorial Day and the 4th of July just around the corner, I'm feeling very patriotic these days.  My mood usually determines which fabrics we order and this week was no different! 

We received six prints of "Pride and Glory" by Dan Morris for RJR fabrics this week.  Can you hear "The Star Spangled Banner" playing in the background? 

The first two prints are blocks of different patriotic/Americana motifs on cream and black backgrounds.  There are more motifs on each print but I couldn't get them all in one picture frame.  

Pride and Glory by Dan Morris sampler blocks on cream/tan 

Pride and Glory by Dan Morris sampler blocks on black 

two Pride and Glory prints by Dan Morris for RJR. 

"Landmarks" prints on cream and blue from the Pride and Glory line by Dan Morris
We're getting very excited about "Row by Row" which starts in June.  This year's theme is 'water'.  

When I think of "water" I think of the white sandy beaches of Cozumel where Sweetness took me for our 10th wedding anniversary....which made me think of all the stuff we lugged to the beach wishing we'd packed something to carry it all in!  

That made me think of tote bags.....the beach, "Row by Row", summer time, water, camping, white sandy beaches....

All this thinking about water projected me into a mission to find easy tote bag patterns.   

I must admit, I ordered this first pattern because the background reminded me of Cozumel!  I know that's a silly reason but, I couldn't help myself!  The "Tuscany Tote" has 16 inside pockets and is fat quarter friendly.  

We also received table runner and quilt patterns specifically designed for charm packs (we really like the "Heads or Tails" table runner by Kansas Troubles).  

Tuscany Tote by Pink Sand Beach Designs 
It's Sew Easy Quilt and Chubby Charmer tote patterns 

Charm Party Tote and Bow Tucks Tote patterns 

"Heads or Tails" table runner and "Little Charmers II" table runner patterns 

I recently discovered my favorite 45 mm rotary cutter is no longer being made.  I almost cried.   

After much researching, I discovered they are being made under a different label.  WHEW! That was a real nail biter!  

If you have a Dritz 45 mm rotary cutter, it's now manufactured by Omnigrid.  The Omnigrid replacement blades will definitely work in the Dritz cutters (I know this because I tired one out on my Dritz). 

Needless to say, we now have Omnigrid 45 mm rotary cutters and replacement blades in stock!   

The big brown truck brought more stuff this week: 
  • May/June issue of Quilting Quickly
  • "Country Orchard" precuts by Blackbird Designs for Moda:  layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini charms
  • "Piecemakers" print of quilt block names written in script on a toffee background
  • Moda "Natural" marble and Navy Bella Solids  
  • two sizes of O'lipfa rulers: 5"x 18" and 5"x 24" 

May/June issue of Quilting Quickly 

"Country Orchard" precuts: layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini charms 

"Piecemakers" quilt block names on a toffee background  

"Natural" color Moda Marble and "Navy" Bella Solids bolts 

two sizes of O'lipfa rulers 
Dorothy made this block in yesterday's "Scrap Crazy" class.  She didn't want me to take a picture of it because 'it's not sewn together yet".  That's never stopped me before, why would it stop me now?  

We love the "Summer Breeze" layer cake she used.  
Great job, Dorothy!  

Monday, March 23, 2015

National Quilting Day 2015; English Paper Piecing; Show and Tell!

I've been a little lazy about posting to the blog the last couple of weeks.....Spring Break won out over posting stuff!!  Sorry!  

The big brown truck brought lots of new stuff last week.  We had to re-arrange the shop so everything would have a home!  

Moda "Marble" jelly rolls:  "Warm" and "Citrus" 

Summer 2015 issue of Easy Quilts magazine 

two new Aurifil thread sets 

four more new Aurifil thread sets 

"Fresh Cut" charm packs and mini-charms came in this week. 

eight white and eight black tone-on-tones arrived this week (two creams are sandwiched in between) 

A bunch of the fabric we ordered for "Row by Row" came in last week.  This year's theme is water. YIPPEE!!  

We're putting the finishing touches on our 'row' so, stay tuned!    

8" Scrap Crazy Templates and small clear plastic containers for your stuff! 

English Paper Piecing has spread like wild fire in our neck of the woods.  It's so popular we sold out of several sizes of hexagon papers and had to re-order.  
I had no idea how many different shapes and sizes of papers there were for E.P.P.  No idea.  

Since I have poor impulse control, we now have lots and lots of E.P.P. supplies:  several sizes of hexagon papers; different sizes of diamond papers; Dresden Plate papers; several different sizes of Milliner's needles and two kinds of water soluble glue sticks.  

If we don't have the size (or shape) papers you need, just let me know.  I'll be happy to order whatever you need.  

several sizes of Hexagon papers and Milliner's needles for English Paper Piecing 

different sizes of Diamond and Dresden Plate papers for EPP 

two kinds of water soluble glue sticks for EPP 

I've been working on a top secret project for a friend and keep putting all the stuff in a pile on my desk (hoping nothing falls onto the floor....the baby will eat anything).  

When I saw these clear organizers I knew we had to have them.  The tote pictured below has dividers, the others don't.  

We have several sizes to choose from to hold the project you're working on!  

15"clear Art Bin tote with built in handle and dividers 

12" and 10" clear organizers with handles 

6" Creative Grids clear organizers 

Accu Quilt "Angel" die for Go! cutters 

three new Moda prints 

new Moda "Marble" 
Moda Bella Solid: Hyacinth

"Union Blues" pre-cuts:  layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini-charms in one of the bigger clear organizers 

one of the new purse patterns we received this week.  This will be a class in the near future! 

the patterns for the Side Tie Totes finally came in!  

We've had a lot of nifty projects brought in for "Show and Tell" the last couple of weeks:  

Shirley's applique project she's making as a gift 

one of Shirley's Wonky Log Cabin blocks 

a second version of Wonky Log Cabin by Shirley! 

Shirley's third version of Wonky Log Cabin blocks! 

Nola M. brought in this top she made with Tonga Treats she'd purchased from us last year.  

close up of Nola's Tonga Treats top.  

the maker of this quilt left before I could get her name but we love the quilt! 

Dorothy and Sharon took Karla's "Paper Piecing" class Saturday.  Here's their finished blocks!  

Great job!  Keep up the good work!  
Dorothy and Sharon's Paper Piecing blocks they made in class 

Dorothy has been bitten by the English Paper Piecing bug! She brought in these hexagons she made (and pieced together) in less than a week.  
Dorothy' English Paper Piecing hexagons 

Mary B. was on her way home from a "Red Hat Society" meeting when she stopped by Saturday.  

She was so cute, we couldn't let her leave without taking her picture!  

Thanks, Mary for letting me post this to the blog!