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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

closed for Labor Day; open most of next week!

As most of you know, I have a full time job through the week.  It's the reason we're only open Saturdays and Thursday evenings.  

We are, however, closed three times through the year:  the Saturdays of Memorial Day, Labor Day and Christmas.  

We will be open this Thursday, September 1st from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. but will be closed Saturday, September 3rd for Labor Day.  

The good news is:  we'll be open most of next week (I'm on vacation from the j-o-b): 

Thursday, September 1st:  4:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m 

Saturday, September 3rd:  closed 

Tuesday, September 6th: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, September 7th: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Thursday, September 8th:  9:00 a.m to 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, September 9th:  closed  

Saturday, September 10th: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 

We're offering 'open sew' each day we're open next week so, bring your sewing machine, sewing supplies, UFOs, PIGs and any snacks you'd like to share with the group.    

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Show and Tell; Jack; new batiks and pre-cuts; Sweet Baby flannels; Q.Q. and Block magazines

Vicki brought in this Quilt of Valor she's making for a friend.  We love Q.O.V.s.  

Vicki used the pattern from a recent issue of "Quilting Quickly" for this project. 

Thanks, Vicki for sharing your creation with us.  We know the solider receiving it will love it! 
the QOV Vicki is making for a friend 
Good pal, Myra, stopped by yesterday with two vintage tops she inherited from her in-laws.  Both tops are stunning in their own way. 

After close examination, we decided the tulip quilt was made using flower sacks, feed sacks and some other unidentifiable fabrics.    

Each block was hand pieced then sewn together by machine.   
Myra's vintage Tulip quilt top 

close up of Myra's vintage quilt top 

The second top Myra brought is made entirely from flour sacks and feed sacks.  Each block is hand pieced and is truly stunning in person.   

I took a lot of pictures of this top in hopes of capturing it's true beauty.   

We asked Myra to bring both tops back after being quilted.  

Thanks, Myra, for sharing these stunning tops with us.  We can't wait to see them finished.  

Kay worked on a custom apron for a family friend yesterday.  She hand quilted the top and said she has a few surprises for the bottom portion.  

We asked Kay to bring in the finished product before giving it to her friend.  
Kay decided to use red binding on her friend's custom apron 

the front of Kay's custom apron

We love four legged kids (four legged kids and their well behaved humans are always welcome in the shop). 

You haven't really lived until you've been owned by a four legged kid.  

Yesterday, Jack the Boxador (boxer and lab) stopped by with his humans.  

Jack is a little bit bigger than our usual four legged visitors but, he was able to navigate around the shop without any trouble.  

Jack was so tolerant of us....petting him, talking to him, telling him what a good boy his was.....

At one point, Jack grew tired of all the attention and decided to lay down!  

Thanks, Jack for bringing your humans (and for putting up with us) yesterday.  
very well behaved Jack, the Boxador 

Jack, taking a break from all the attention! 

Our batik inventory was getting low so, I decided to do something about that! 

We received 10 new Moda batik prints this week. I love the names of the colorways:  Sunshine; Sunset; Sea Foam; Earth; Toast; Ice, and Fresh Linen.   

Some of the prints are more vibrant than my camera could capture.  The top bolt of yellow (in the picture below) is more splotchy than it appears to be.   

The second picture is pretty true to what those batiks look like in person.  
five new batiks from Moda 

five more Moda batiks that arrived this week 

It's been a couple of years since we had any flannel in the shop (we had a very bad experience and I swore we'd never carry flannel again). 

Never say never!  

After the overwhelming response to the "Sweet Baby" pre-cuts we received a couple of weeks ago, we decided to order some of it on the bolt. 

We received fourteen bolts of "Sweet Baby" flannel on Thursday and it's already going fast.  

I also love the colorway names of these flannels: Blossom Cloud; Sky Cloud; Sunshine Cloud; Pebble; Sky; Blossom; Sunshine and Sprig.   

These prints are adorable for the little person in your life whether he/she is already here or is on the way.  

Flipping through the September/October issue of "Quilting Quickly" (pictured below) we discovered the "Ragtime Baby"quilt on page 48....using "Sweet Baby" flannels. Who knew? 

three colorways of baby bottles, rattles, and other baby stuff on flannel 

three colorways of  "Sweet Baby" flannel flowers 

white dots on: Sky, Sprig, Blossom and Sunshine flannel 

white dots on pebble; sky, blossom and sprig dots on white flannel 

layer cakes and charm packs of  "Sweet Baby" flannel 
"Wild Waves" batik layer cakes, charm packs and jelly rolls arrived this week (thanks to the big brown truck!).  

I tried to arrange the jelly rolls so you can see all the colors in this collection.  

The blotchy yellow top print of the layer cakes and charm packs are actually brighter than this picture shows.  
wild Waves batik charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls 

"Color Daze" batik layer cakes, charm packs and jelly rolls by Laundry Basket Quilts also arrived this week. 

I tried to arrange the jelly rolls so you can see the colors of this collection too.  

The September/October issue of "Quilting Quickly" and the holiday issue of "Block" magazine came in this week. 

Check out the "Ragtime Baby" quilt on page 48 of Q.Q....using "Sweet Baby" flannels!  
latest issues of Quilting Quickly and Block magazines 

"Ragtime Baby" quilt on page 48 of Quilting Quickly 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kindra's donation quilt; Dresden Flowers; Ileene's fat quarters; "Sweet Baby" pre-cuts

Kindra brought in this adorable quilt she made featuring dogs and cats in adorable poses.    

Upon completing the quilt, Kindra quilted it using dog and cat motifs along the borders and interior.  

Kindra is donating this precious quilt to the local animal shelter as a fundraiser.  

Thanks, Kindra for sharing this with us.  We hope it raises loads of money for a very worthy cause. 

Paw Print fabric Kinda used for the backing of her donation quilt 

We all know a "Dresden Plate" block when we see it. Some of us have even made some (some of us haven't!). 

I'd never heard of the "Dresden Flower" block until Janet brought hers in yesterday.  

Thanks, Janet for bringing in your block (and educating us on other kinds of blocks).  We love (love love) the 1930's prints.  
the beginning of Janet's Dresden Flowers block 
Ileene Kelly stopped by yesterday to pick out the 25 free fat quarters she won for being our "Row by Row" winner.  

Her hubs, Mitch, helped hold all of them while they stood in front of her winning quilt.  

Congratulations, Ileene (and thanks for making such a lovely quilt).  
Ileene's fat quarters she chose for being our winner 
"Sweet Baby" flannel layer cakes and charm packs arrived this week.  This collection is by Abi Hall for Moda.  

We're expecting a boat load of these flannels (on the bolt) this coming week.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Alice, Michelle and Janet's "Show and Tell"; Dorothy's Shadowbox; Penny's Pets

Alice P. brought in this Quilt of Valor she made for her brother's birthday.  

We love the Log Cabin blocks and piano key borders using patriotic prints. 

Thanks, Alice for sharing his birthday present with us.  We bet he loves it!  

the QOV Alice made for her brother 

close up of Alice's Log Cabin blocks 

Michelle K. brought in three projects she's been working on.   

I tried to take several close up pics of the second quilt....which Michelle designed herself.  

Wow!  We had a designer in the shop yesterday!   
Michelle's top she brought in yesterday 

this gorgeous top was designed by Michelle 

While she was here Michelle also shared this Cathedral Window project with us.  We L-O-V-E this!! 

Thanks, Michelle for sharing your stuff with us! Please come back when you can. 

Yesterday, Janet B. brought in the "Farm Girl Vintage" quilt she recently finished.  We love the red sashing. It really makes the blocks pop.   

We were thrilled Janet stopped by with this gorgeous top before getting it quilted.  

Janet, you did a great job.  We love this top and can't wait to see it quilted.  

Dorothy's brother, Jack was a paratrooper in Vietnam and Korea. 

She decided to make a shadow box using some of the medals he received during his years of service.  

Dorothy chose a patriotic print from the shop then had the difficult decision of which medals to use.   

We think she did a great job and know Jack will love his shadow box.  

 The pre-cuts of "Penny's Pets" arrived this week. This collection is by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Studios.  

We received the jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes of this super cute 1930's collection.  

The fat quarter bundles are back ordered but will be here very soon.  
"Penny's Pets" jelly rolls 

layer cakes and charm packs of  "Penny's Pets"