Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Here is an idea for finishing your pieced sampler blocks made this year. Unfortunately the photo doesn't do the quilt justice . . . someone around here has got to take photography lessons! But maybe you can get the idea. This is a full size bed quilt, a great way to use the blocks you have made.
It feels like the end of the semester and these are the test samples! We have had a great time working throughout 2010 on an Apron quilt that celebrates our Grandmother's era. Here is our version of the finished project.
We love the cowboy quilt, we used the same Let's Twist border technique on the Apron quilt . . . ask to see the book and ruler when you are in the store. It is very easy to make and really sets off our blocks. Won't it be a treat to give this quilt to a favorite cowboy!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Where does the time go???. . . here we are mid-November. They say the older you get, the faster time goes. We must be getting really old!!!!! The pieced blocks for this month are called "cups and saucers". Only one more block to go and we can all finish out quilts!
We have started putting the cowboy blocks together. The November block is the hat at the bottom right of the quilt. In our class we discussed adding the Let's Twist border. . . don't you LOVE it! If you were unable to make it to class, we can give you a little demo and we also have kits available. We are delighted with the results and hope you will be also.
For some reason the Apron Quilt Block didn't transfer. We'll keep trying to get it on the blog. Stay tuned and stay warm.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
'Tis the Season. . . the fall season that is. . . and don't you just love the Twist and Turn quilt in our fall colors. The technique is simple and so versatile, makes wonderful quilts, runners, borders, and more. The ruler comes in two sizes, and Let's Twist, a new book, shows lots of design ideas. It's our new favorite!
And speaking of seasons. . . our 'Tis the Season Christmas Sale will be Thursday through Saturday, November 11-13. The fabric is flying as we are working on new Christmas quilts, decor, and gift ideas. We are "sew" excited. (Sorry....just couldn't resist!) Jot a note to yourself and remember to join us for the sale. All bolted fabric will be 20% off. . . a great time to purchase backing, minkee, and lots of yummy flannels for winter, not to mention new kits and project ideas. It's a party, including edible treats! Hope to see you soon.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Isn't this the cutest quilt. . . the bears are machine appliqued in minkee, which makes them soft and cuddly. Any baby will LOVE the texture and warmth, not to mention the baby's mama! Using Moda's new line, Pure, for the background, the blues and browns are delightful and versatile. If you need a quilt for a special baby, this is simple and just takes a little time. We have kits available.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
It is beautiful October! Hasn't the weather been just gorgeous and the leaves are turning colors, what a great time of year! We hope our sampler blocks for this month will add to your fun. They pieced blocks are easily made, using half square triangle units. Hard to say which color way we like best, the green and purple . . .
. . . or the blue and yellow. They are both delightful!
Our cowboy quilt block this month is a bit of Americana. There isn't a cowboy alive that doesn't love his country. . . so we must have a flag in the quilt.
This block will be a bit of the topper for the apron quilt. It is just like last month's block, only done in different colors. You will love the way these go together. . . stay tuned!
Friday, September 24, 2010
This fabulous fall quilt is made using a new ruler and the "twist and turn" method. It is super simple, you begin by stitching 10" squares together, and even add a border. Then using the speciality ruler, cut as directed, stitch, and you have this delightful quilt. We chose deep rich colors for fall, but wouldn't it be great for a baby, or bright colors for a child, or something manly for the guys you love. IT can be made in different sizes. . . very creative!
We had a grand time at our Fall Sale "Stash Matters" event. Thank you all for joining, it was standing room only. We are working on that! We thank all you lovely ladies, especially those traveling, for taking time to share "good things quilty" with us. The above photo is from the trunk show Scrap Basket Surprises. Several fabulous quilts from that book are still on display at Valley Fabric. They are yummy! and the patterns are very versatile.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Saturday Sampler is here again, this time with frost! With the days becoming cooler, it's nice to have some inside activities.
Isn't this a fun pieced pinwheel. Makes us wish for an entire quilt made of this block.
Our western quilt needs another boot. . . every cowboy has several pair.
The apron quilt has a few pieced blocks, these will be part of the header. It's exciting to watch these quilts come together. Come on in for a peek. We also have lots of new samples and displays as we are getting ready for our Fall Sale, Thursday Sept 16 - Saturday, Sept 18. On Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. we'll have a great hour of fun, Stash Matters, it is free! Enjoy refreshments after and shop until 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Is this the cutest guy ever. It is a flip and sew pattern and we'll be offering a class to teach the technique. The orange zipper trim on the edges gives it real teeth (sorry. . . just couldn't resist). It's only one of our many new fall samples. Our Fall Open House will be held Thursday, Sept. 16 - Saturday, Sept 18. It's a great time to get your fabric and sign up for class.
On Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. we are having a special event, Stash Matters. Join us for an hour of info on managing your stash, storage, planning quilts, new patterns and several trunk shows. It promises to be an hour of informative fun. And. . . we always have great refreshments!!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Have you ever seen two cuter little Santa's than these guys. They are festive and easy to make, using scrappy squares on an iron-on grid. The kits come with all the embellishments. Make these now so when the Christmas season arrives, you'll be ready. One is a wall hanging. . .
. . . and this guy is made using a cardboard tube, which makes nice storage when you are finished. Delightful!
We are working feverishly to get ready for our Fall Sale, September 16-18. Not only will we have great prices, but on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. we will have a demonstration and trunk show on "Stash Matters". We'll be presenting ideas for using and storing your stash...............with some terrific quilt patterns in the mix. Plan on joining us for the fun!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This month's apron block is (maybe) our favorite and that is almost final! We love the ruffles and the decorative stitching that looks like rick-rack. It just doesn't get any more fun than this!
And for our western block, every cowboy needs a saddle and we love the dimension the topstitching adds to ours. Makes us want to climb on a horse and go for a ride on this beautiful summer day.
The pieced sampler blocks are a very traditional design called "Right Hand of Friendship". They would make a lovely one block quilt, vary the colors, scrappy, black and red, batiks. . . no end to the possibilities. We hope you enjoy making this month's designs.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
They may not be made for walking, but they are definitely going to look darling on your baby. They are easy to make and warm to wear. Choose your colors, make them for boys or girls, and everyone will smile!