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Sunday, July 27, 2014

DUELING THREADRIPPERS OR DID I SEW OR RIP MORE TODAY?

Has this ever happened to you?  Last week when the Mod Squad met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, Adrienne (left) wanted to try a new layout for her strip blocks.  She wanted to put them on point but seemed to be having a difficult time of it.  "I had no idea putting blocks 'on point' could be this tricky,"  she said.  “What on earth is wrong with me? I just can't seem to get them right."
Diana answered Adrienne's cry for help.  "Now you've got it......over there, in that corner, just one more and the layout will be finished," Diana said.
This is the layout that Adrienne wanted. “Okay, that looks pretty good," Adrienne said.  “Now I will just stitch in the sashing and it will be done in no time at all. Yay!”
"Yippee, one row done, six to go,” cried a happy Adrienne as she showed us her first row sewn together.  Uh..ooh…something is wrong.  “Shouldn’t there be a black sashing strip between the blocks? Someone asked.  ”Oh no, I can't be that dumb!" signed Adrienne as she shook her head.  “Yep, I guess I am that dumb! Always in too much of a hurry!”
 "I'll help you.  Come on, two of us can do it in half the time, each at one end,” I said.  "Ever heard the "Dueling Banjo's" music?" laughed Adrienne.  "Well this is dueling seam rippers going flat out to race to the middle."  Later, Adrienne said, "It was actually fun, and amazingly fast.  What a friend .... Stopping her work to fix mine! Quilters are the best!"

“After five hours at Attic Window, I actually got one row correct, and the rest laid out ready for sashing!" Adrienne said.  "I ripped out twice as much as I sewed. That's hard to get passed.” Then she added:
  • Lessons learned: ahem,....many
  • Sewing achievement: barely
  • Lessons learned: too embarrassing to mention
  • Experience: laughter, friendship, support and encouragement.
  • The day: PRICELESS
JULY and AUGUST CLASSES:  
  • Big Blocks – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Thursday, July 31 from 5-9 p.m.  It is easy to piece this lap size quilt that is 72 ½” square.  Class fee is $15.
  • Squedge Tool – Vickie S. will be teaching us how to use this new tool!  On Thursday, August 7th, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. we will learn how to use this tool and make a table topper or table runner (your choice).  Or you can take the class when Vickie teaches it again on Friday, August 15th from 10-2.  The fee for each class is $10.
ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Did you go check out the Row By Row Shop Hop website?  This is a must for anyone traveling 
  • Sewn Up By Teresa Down Under has a tutorial for a folded star pot holder.  Wouldn’t this make a wonderful gift?
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LEARN TO USE THE SQUEDGE TOOL

NEW CLASSES ANNOUNCED!  Have you ever used a Squedge tool?  I had never heard of it until Vickie S. showed me this stunning table runner.  She said there are two different times you can take a class from her and learn how to use this tool while making a table runner or table topper. (Read below for dates and times)
This is a close-up of the block.

Above are two different table toppers.  It looks complicated, but I know that with Vickie teaching the class you will have no trouble making something stunning.  She is an excellent teacher.
Doesn’t this make you want to take Vickie’s One Block Wonder class?  When I saw this darling table runner I knew this class is a must.  I wasn’t up to making a full size quilt, but this table runner is the perfect size for this fun project.  I’m also thinking that it will make wonderful gifts during the holidays.  Look for Vickie’s class on the September calendar.
Vickie also showed us this beautiful wonky quilt.  She hadn’t intended to teach a class on this one, but I think we have her convinced to do so.  It probably won’t be until the fall, which will give me enough time to collect all those batiks and black and white fabrics. 
This is a closeup of one of the blocks.  When Diana and I were trying to convince Vickie to have a class, Vickie said it would be fun to trade squares of fabric with others in the group.  Sounds like fun to me!  
This is another quilt that Vickie showed us.  Isn’t it beautiful!  Thank you Vickie for sharing with us!

JULY & AUGUST CLASSES:   
  • Irish Chain – Vickie D. will be teaching this two week class on Wednesday,  July 23 from 6-9.  It is a beginning to intermediate class.  It is a fun and easy basic quilt done with 2 ½” strips. Class fee is $20
  • Big Blocks – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Thursday, July 31 from 5-9 p.m.  It is easy to piece this lap size quilt that is 72 ½” square.  Class fee is $15.
  • Rectangle Rumba Tablerunner – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Saturday, July 26 from 20-12.  This two color runner is easy to piece and perfect for any table.  The fee is $10.
  • Squedge Tool – Vickie S. will be teaching us how to use this new tool!  On Thursday, August 7th, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. we will learn how to use this tool and make a table topper or table runner (your choice).  Or you can take the class when Vickie teaches it again on Friday, August 15th from 10-2.  The fee for each class is $10.
ANOTHER NOTE:  
Did you go check out the Row By Row Shop Hop website?  This is a must for anyone traveling this summer.  You won’t want to miss it.
Kitchen Table Quilting has a tutorial for a Kissing Diamonds quilt. 

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, July 21, 2014

A SINGLE WEDDING RING - SAMPLER SERIES


Have you started working on the Sampler block for this month?  I’m not answering that question, but I can show you two of the samples that Chris displayed at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  This is block #80 in your Quick and Easy Block Tool.  It is called Single Wedding Ring.  At first glance I thought, doesn’t look too difficult.  Then as I analyzed it I thought of all the piecing involved and cringed.  But I will do it!  I’m using the 30s fabrics for mine.  I’ll post a picture when I get it made.  No time right now as I’m expecting a visit from my brother later this week.  He lives out of state and I always look forward to his visit.

JULY CLASSES:   
  • Irish Chain – Vickie D. will be teaching this two week class on Wednesday,  July 23 from 6-9.  It is a beginning to intermediate class.  It is a fun and easy basic quilt done with 2 ½” strips. Class fee is $20
  • Big Blocks – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Thursday, July 31 from 5-9 p.m.  It is easy to piece this lap size quilt that is 72 ½” square.  Class fee is $15.
  • Rectangle Rumba Tablerunner – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Saturday, July 26 from 20-12.  This two color runner is easy to piece and perfect for any table.  The fee is $10.
 ALSO:  Mark your calendar now.  The Lighthouse Quilt Guild is sponsoring the “Treasures: Past, Present, & Future” Quilt Show in Grand Haven, MI on July 25 & 26.  The doors will be open on that Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is $6.  There are more than 150 member quilts on display.  There will also be vendors.  In fact, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is a vendor at this show, so be sure and stop by their booth.
ANOTHER NOTE:  
  • Did you go check out the Row By Row Shop Hop website?  This is a must for anyone traveling this summer.  You won’t want to miss it.
  • Have you checked out Persimmon Quilts “purple sage” BOM?  Love these blocks.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Twilling Club

Twilling Club
This is a sample of a block from Barb's Twilling Club. It is beautiful so be sure and check it out when you go into the shop What a lovely wedding present it would make.

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.