Monday, August 24, 2009

A Question

I am posting/posing this question to anyone who wishes to answer it, locals and web-readers both:

What classes would you like to see offered by a quilt shop in the future? Fabric dyeing? Embellishments? SweatShirt Jackets? Traditional blocks? Basic borders and binding?

What degrees of difficulty do you hope we would offer? Mostly beginner? Mostly advanced?

The next newsletter is going to start taking shape and I thought I would try to get some feedback ahead of time. Thanks in advance!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Quilt Camp for Adults

has been a blast for us and here are a couple of photos of the "campers" and their projects!

Shannon and Abby each made a 16" pieced AND quilted AND binded mini-quilt (table rugs as one husband calls them), embroidered tea-towels and tissue box cover, beginning paper-piecing block and Wonky Town Houses, a market tote and a cell-phone shoulder-bag. They are covered in wares!
It's the participants that make the classes fun for us and I thank you both and all the students in the past for taking them with us.

View the Shop

Here's a couple of short films I took of our store during Shop Hop 2009. If you were one of the Hoppers, you might see yourself and if you have never had the opportunity to drop by, this will give you an idea of how we look inside.

It's a bright, chock-filled store and if we don't have it in stock, we'll try to order it for you. Come on by!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Shop Hop Round Up

Well, I hope all of you are recovering from your road-trip around our beautiful state of Louisiana. Pearl has headed out on one of her own to recharge her batteries, so the troops are here keeping the lights on and receiving new merchandise.

We had a WONDERFUL time with you on Friday and Saturday and thank you all for your participation and support. If I can figure out how to do it, I will post some video I took on Saturday.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shop Hop 2009 Begins Tomorrow!

Get Yer Motors Running!!!!!!!!!

Shop Hop starts tomorrow and continues through Saturday. It's not too late to join the fun and madness. All the participating shops have passports for sale and each passports includes coupons for each store. Every store you hit will have a prize basket that will be awarded at the end and if you get your passport stamped at every participating store, you will eliglble for the Grand Prize of an Arrow Sewing Cabinet.

Each store is also passing out block patterns and will have their own Shop Hop Quilt and kits available. Here is the quilt Pearl made for Bright Hopes Quilting with the Floragraphix IV fabric:.
When you come by, take a look at the quilting of this one by Judy Hukill.

Washington Medallion

You're gonna thank me...... look at this!

Again, from Leslie (it's Leslie month at Bright Hopes). This is the center and then some of our 2010 Medallion Block of the Month. Leslie has done a FABULOUS job of selecting the array of batiks in this quilt.

When complete, the quilt will measure 84" square and will use a variety of piecing techniques. So if you would like to spread your wings under the guidance of Leslie, sign up quick. The space for joining this BOM will be rather limited due to availability of the fabrics.

Bali Sea Star

Yet another beauty from Leslie. This quilt comes from the book, Scrap-Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett. You won't BELIEVE the great ideas in this book.
This is one of 18 quilts in the book and is made from those Jelly Rolls that are increasingly popular. We stock a great selection of Bali Pops from which to choose. OR....if you are a Batik Freak (like me) and prefer to "pick your own", come by and see our Batik Corner. Very Inspiring!

Baskets in Bloom Update

Chris here, I just thought you might like to see how beautifully this Block of the Month is coming along. Leslie is the artist behind it and is too busy to toot her horn. So I will! It's really lovely...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Baskets In Bloom June Block

Well, I'm falling a little behind, but trying hard to catch up. Here is the June Block all finished, and then it has been added to the rest of the quilt. That means I'm half way finished. Come by the shop for Shop Hop to see the real quilt up close. Hope everyone's working hard on their Blocks also. I can't wait to see this one finished!