Friday, November 18, 2011

Build a Block Monday

Our Build a Block class is still going strong and Monday will feature the Flying Geese block. This indispensable block is one of my favorites and Mary Gerardi is the teacher this month.

If you are planning on attending but haven't signed up, give us a call. It's a 2 hour class which gives you time to grab lunch before the Farmer's Wife Sit n Sew which follows directly after.

We will be closed next Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Eat lots of pie!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt

You may have noticed in the newsletter that we are hosting a Farmer's Wife Quilt Sit Sew one day each month. Our first day is next Monday, Nov. 21 and I wanted to show you four of the blocks done in an assortment of batiks.

The Farmer's Wife Quilt was compiled by Laurie Aaron Hird from letters written by wives of farmers answering a question posed by the editor of a magazine from 1922, "The Farmer's Wife, A Magazine for Farm Women".

Do You Want Your Daughter to Marry A Farmer?

Each block is accompanied with a response from a farm wife and the insights are as down to earth as you can imagine, but it is refreshing none-the-less to read. The book is very popular at the moment with many websites sharing photos of the quilters' progress. It is a super quilt for stash-busting which is what I attempt to do here with my batik collection.

The book has 111 blocks, all 6.5" square and a CD with every pattern included. Now, Marti Michell has acyrlic templates in 6 sets to make the cutting easier and you probably already have some of the sets in your tool-kit. We have used them in several BOMs over the years.

These are fabrics Linda Kay is using in one of her two quilts.

This is going to be an on-going monthly event and everyone is invited to join along and share tips. It is totally informal and free. We look forward to seeing the fabrics you choose along the way.

Linda Kay held her two-day Duffle Bag class last week and here is Dixie J showing her small bag.
The pattern has multiple sizes to make and here are 5 more:

They are so professional-looking! I love the fabric selections here....

Saturday, November 5, 2011

~They're Back From Market~

and have returned with fun products and a bursting order book.

First off..... we have some complete wool kits from Primitive Gathering like this Hydrangea Table Mat...... I've been watching a friend here work on a wool quilt and am intrigued at the blanket-stitched wool pieces and how they glow against the dark background.

This is only one of the kits we have at the shop and we are expecting more to arrive shortly.

Pearl has chosen 2 new Blocks of the Month for 2012 and this is the Amish with a Twist by Nancy Rink:

Don't be fooled by this small photograph... this a large finished quilt! It's mostly piecing, as you see, with a small amount of applique on the outer border and again, how beautifully the colors glow against the background.

We will also be offering this row quilt, "Glory Garden"

This will feature an even mixture of piecing and applique in soft sweet colors.
The fabrics are all being made available in January so these BOMs will begin in February 2012. I'll post more information as we get closer to the launch but if either one gets you excited, get your name on the list soon.....

If you are anywhere near Picayune, MS with weekend and can't get enough of quilting, do check out the "Elements of Fall" quilt show, sponsored by the Picayune Piecemakers.

9-5 on both Saturday and Sunday... 303 W. Canal Street in Picayune. Drop by our booth on Saturday!