I don't know about you but January has just blasted past us in a flurry blur of activity! The Visit Your Local Quilt Shop day was a hoot across the country and I hope anyone reading this had the opportunity to do just that. We are independent quilt shops that do business in competition with the large franchise craft stores so we truly appreciate our loyal customers who make coming to work for us so much fun every day. We love to see what you do with your talents and time. (And speaking for myself, you invigorate me with what you bring in for show n tell. I just itch to get home and give it a try!)
The day after VYLQS we had the pleasure of a visit from a McCall's cruise ship leaving the port of New Orleans on a quilting adventure. Thank you for coming both to our Great State of Louisiana and to our store! We hope your cruise is exciting and productive. What a wonderful way to kick off a new year.
It's been quite a busy start to the New Year at the shop and now that a little of the dust has settled, we can focus on shipping out the 3 new Blocks of the Month that we have been working on.
We finally received the gorgeous batik that will feature in the beautiful Marti Michell Sampler quilt and Pearl made the first block to give you a preview of what is to come. (side note: I made two of these large quilts 9 years back when I was still learning to quilt and it is a fun one to make because the blocks are more than simple but easier than difficult so it challenges the sewer but doesn't make her pull her hair out and throw things)
So here you can see what I mean..... it's a 9 Patch, okay, but you've got Square in a Square, Half-Square triangles and Quarter-Square triangles all coming together to make one exciting block. The BOM uses the Marti Michell Set B templates for the most accurate cutting of the pieces and they really make this quilt practically fool-proof. This quilt is a 12 month BOM and costs $18.99 a month. This will cover all the fabric for the 79" x 98" quilt top, including borders and binding.
This is Noa's Garden, a lovely sofa-sized quilt which will feature the Victorian Modern fabric line. Mona is working on the samples of this fine pieced and appliqued quilt. As you can see, it has only a small amount of applique and has a very old-fashioned look to it.
Some of the fabrics we're using, shown below, are from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, and Andover Fabrics. This quilt will measure 60" x 68" and lasts 13 months for $14.99 per month. Mona is holding a class for BOMers on this quilt in early February. She does beautiful applique!
This is Kaleidoscope, a huge (96" x 100") quilt that again is mostly pieced blocks with a scatter of applique on the outer border. Mona made this sample and we're using the jewel-tone Shadow Play fabric line for this 12 month BOM. It costs $18.99 per month. If you were yearning to make a quilt for your own bed this year, this is a good one! ("you mean, I get to keep one?" "yes! This is a keeper!")
Okay, the kits are being assembled now and will be ready to mail anywhere in the US for those who don't live near-by. We do not charge a sign-up fee for our BOM programs and you can sign up by phone or in the store. (985) 845-9554.
Everywhere I Turn - Applique
2 years ago