Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Magazine, New Book ---- New Ideas

Every now and then a magazine comes along with quilts both old and familiar and old with a twist. This is the latest issue from American Patchwork and Quilting and is filled with lovely quilts, naturally, and what grabbed my attention was the variety of quilting designs .
As a free-motion (modified) longarm enthusiast, I am always on the look-out for creative motifs and I must say, this collection is positively riddled with them.

Stop in and check it out for yourself!
This book is truly a keeper (or one heck of a gift for that quilter in your life!) "The Quilt" A History and Celebration of an American Art Form by Elise Schebler Roberts. There is a forword by that wonderful writer of the Elm Creek Quilters series, Jennifer Chiaverini and is a wealth of information for anyone who appreciates the beauty, history, functionality and, dare I say it, longevity of quiltmaking. This is much more than a coffee-table decoration. You'll be glued to the pages and spell-bound by both the imagery and text. (It's only (!) $24.99)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dab of Jazz

By Gail Fountain and Maywood Studios. Splashy, bright and bold..... If these fabrics don't inspire a fabulous quilt, I can't think what would!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Botany by Moda

We got new Layer Cakes, (which I think are a great way to use a lot of fabrics from the same collection without purchasing YARDS of cloth). One of the new ones is Botany by Lauren and Jessi Jung.
Pearl has 4 bolts from the collection to add to your blocks. I tossed that last one on the right in because I liked the way it worked in.....

We also received MANY bolts from the collection, Hunky Dory, by Chez Moi. I LOVED this group and dashed home with enough to make a Double Pinwheel baby quilt. We have a class coming up in this pattern, by Eleanor Burns, May 21.

Speaking of classes...Pearl has a Class Certificate available now that offers unlimited classes through the month of September. Now what does that mean, you ask? That means that for $60.00, you may attend all the classes you like (unless the class is already full, of course) through September, 2010. This is a super way to explore the wonderful world of classes without busrting the bank account. And if you read through our most current newsletter, you saw just how many and how very varied this season's set of classes are; everything from new techniques with computers to traditional favorites like Log Cabin. I don't even need to mention the tote bag classes! Well, okay, I just did, but you get the idea. Go check out the calendar (four posts below this one) to see a full roster, Click forward to June to see all months.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dresden Star Quilt

I wanted to share with you Pearl's new quilt-top, Dresden Star.

She used these neat templates and pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts... you may well have seen them in our shop.

This quilt is made with my favorite shades of blue batiks and is cool and breezy.

We carry another set of templates and pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts as well, Shooting Star and it makes a block reminiscent of Mariner's Compass.

White Chocolate

We have a beautiful new kit using whites to soft creamy neutrals, called White Chocolate from Stitchin' Heaven and Debby Luttrell. A sure winner for a summer quilt.

94 x 104 $104.99

April 12 Computers and Quilting

This is a heads up for those of you who are interested in this class coming up Monday, April 12, with Mary Green. It will be a lecture/demonstration class from 10am to 1pm showing a variety of ways to incorporate the techonolgy of computers and printers with the craft of quiltmaking.

You don't need to bring a sewing machine to this..... just an enthusiasm for stretching the boundaries of Fiber Arts.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Monthly Drawing

I see in the newsletter that Pearl is holding a monthly drawing for a $25.00 Gift Certificate. Starting in April, every purchase enters your name for a chance at the drawing.

I will post each month's winner on the blog.

Good Luck to All!

New Quarterly Calendar

We have sent out the most recent quarterly newsletter via email and in it you will find a complete description of all the up-coming classes through June. We are excited that Mary Green is offering several new embellishment-type classes using photography and the computer. You will see also that there are 4 bag/tote classes coming up and 2 Quilt Camps; one for the kids and one for the adults.

You can click on any day and get time and instructor information. Scroll down and the month advance. Oh! technology! The newsletter has photos of each class project and a more complete list of information so check it out.

Now if you are reading this and somehow did NOT get the newsletter, pop us an email and we'll send you one. There's a link on the left side of this window.