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Sunday, August 30, 2009

WOOL FELT CLASS AT ATTIC WINDOW

It seems like I've been blogging a lot lately, but there is so much to share with you. A new wool felt project began at the Attic Window Quilt Shop in August and will run through January 2010. You will be making a 36” round table-topper, featuring birds, flowers, houses, etc. This also could be made into a rectangle shape, for those without a round table. Class meets the 4th Tuesday (afternoon) or the 4th Friday (evening) with Glenys.

This week is International Apple Week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Stop in the shop anytime between Sept. 1 -5 and pick an apple to get a discount on your purchase (1 per person please).

Marlene at Sipiweske Quilt Design has a cute Loony Blooms tutorial for a wall hanging.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. It's a little cold here in Michigan for this time of year, but the weather gal on TV promises a warm up in time for the holiday.
Best of luck to us all on that,
Caroll



Saturday, August 29, 2009

WELCOME TO NEW BLOGGER


There’s a new blogger in town who you must meet. Stop by and see Jordan Hill at the Scrap Box. She’s only been blogging for a short time, and I imagine she’s relatively new to quilting. She has a nice tutorial on string quilting on her blog. What makes Jordan so unique is that she is in the 7th grade and is 12 years old. I’m impressed! Stop by and give her a big welcome!
Have a nice weekend, Caroll

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'M ASHAMED TO ADMIT THIS

It’s no secret. I love appliqué, but felt it necessary to try other ways of making a quilt since I’m always telling my students to do just that. The owner of the Attic Window Quilt Shop keeps telling me she’s going to make a piecer out of me yet. I’m still struggling with that. I’m far from perfect, but some how can manage. Anyway, I thought I’d better try the paper piecing technique that I blogged about recently. I had taken a class at the shop. I had even made a paper pieced block for the Around The World Quilting Bee. With confidence I went to The Sometimes Crafter and got the pattern of the flying geese in a circle. I read and re-read her directions, which are very well done. However, something went wrong along the way. Note that the top middle seam is hanging loose. Some of the material was not caught in the seam. Note the hole at the bottom left square. What happened there I don't know. When I showed my mother my block she said, “Maybe you better stick to appliqué.”

Hope you're having a better day than I am,
Til next time,
Caroll

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

GET READY FOR HALLOWEEN


Don’t you just love this Frankenstein doll with it’s cute Yo-Yo arms and legs. The pattern is from Indygo Junction and can be found at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

Above is a block from the Calendar Quilt. These blocks can be done in two color ways in the same fabric line. If you like large flowers and baskets, this quilt is a must do. Meet with Maggie on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out the newsletter for further details.
Recently on TV a fashion expert said that belts are the in thing this fall. But some of them can be so expensive. Here’s a great way to use those scraps, save money, and be in fashion all at the same time: Make a belt (or several). Creative Little Daisy has a great tutorial.

Until next time, happy quilting,
Caroll

Sunday, August 23, 2009

NEW FABRICS & CLASSES AT ATTIC WINDOW


Check out the new Halloween fabrics at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. They are the cutest fabrics with their black cats, smiling pumpkins and spider webs. Be sure and stop by the shop and pick out some of these fabrics for that special project just in time for the Holiday.

Above is a picture of the Post & Beam quilt. This quilt is great for beginners or for a fast-to-finish project or for a quick gift. There are very few seams to match, something young students new to quilting or those older students (like me) who just can’t seem to make those blocks match, will like. Be sure to take this fun class with Vickie this Saturday, Aug. 29. If you can’t make it then, there are evening classes coming up in October. Check the newsletter or calendar for dates and times.

Above is a picture of the Attic Window Quilt for the Harvest Shop Hop Quilt coming up September 19. The theme this year is buildings. If you haven’t signed up for the Hop yet, be sure and do so. You won’t want to miss this fun event. There are daily drawings at each shop. Prizes include baskets filled with goodies, gift certificates, etc. The cost is only $10.

I love dolls and Crafty Carnival has the cutest Silly Girl Dolly pattern for you to make. What a great gift for that little girl in your life. Check it out.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend,
Caroll

Thursday, August 20, 2009

THERE'S A NEW QUILTER IN TOWN

One of the joys quilters find, besides quilting, is sharing their tips and techniques with other quilters.

That was why I was so excited Misti (left in the picture) first asked me about quilting. I found someone to share my hobby with, to talk quilting with, to get excited over a piece of fabric with. Misti is a quick learner. She dove right in, took on projects of her own, and even made her own designs. She said it took her and daughter Emily (right in the picture) two days of fiddling with these blocks before they came up with the design they liked. For this baby quilt (a gift), Misti chose brown and aqua fabrics in a modern geometric design. She must be intuitive because I just heard today from some color expert on TV that aqua and brown are the newest trend in fabrics. Isn’t this a lovely quilt. She had the baby’s name machine stitched on the bottom edge of the quilt. For someone new to quilting, Misti does quality work and has a great color sense. I’ll look forward to her next project.
Crafts by Abby is an online resource of free quilt patterns for those interested in the Linus Project or just interested in small blankets. These patterns are easy to cut and fast to put together.
Until next time, Happy Quilting
Caroll

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DIGG THESE SANTA KITS

Super Quick and Easy, that’s what these new Bristle Beard Santa Kits are. They make great gifts. Be sure and stop by the Attic Window Quilt Shop and pick one up. Don’t be a Last Minute Maybe, scurring around at the last minute trying to find something quick to make for Aunt Sally or Cousin Jane. Now is the time to get started on those Holiday projects. Get organized. Beat that Christmas rush and start those projects now.

The question in blog-land lately seems to be, what’s on your design wall. I’ve been busy trying to put the Halloween tutorial together so there are lots of unfinished projects on my design wall, on the table, and just about anywhere you look in my messy studio. I love this vase of flowers. Have it put together and taped onto a wall, but just never got the nerve to quilt it. Maybe someday.
Sewn has a great tutorial for how to make a Dresden Plate design.
Hope you all are having a good week,
Caroll

Sunday, August 16, 2009

BARB DAVID FEATURED QUILTER

Barb David, a teacher at the Attic Window Quilt Shop is the featured quilter at the Eighth Annual Exhibit of Quilts at the Coopersville Farm Museum. A selection of Barb’s bible stories, twilling and quilts with intricate handwork are on display through August and September. The above quilt by Barb is not one of her favorite, as she usually does not use these bright colors. It is my favorite. I love it. I love the bright colors. I love childlike innocence about it. If you get a chance, stop by the Museum and see all the wonderful quilts by Barb and others on display.

Don't forget that Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 & 22 are National Chocolate Days at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Enjoy some chocolate while receiving a discount on all brown and black fabrics along with some special projects that some of the gals have done. Be sure to stop in. Who wants to miss out on chocolate?

I know some people do not like paper piecing, but The Sometime Crafter has the nicest block. Scroll down. She has a new pattern up, but the one I really like was the circle of geese.

Enjoy, and don't forget about that chocolate!
Caroll

Thursday, August 13, 2009

HOW TO LOOK LIKE A PROFESSIONAL

It is a snap to improve your quilting skills when you take a class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. In the meantime, you can impress your friends and relatives by making this lovely black and white quilt. Kits are available at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Cutting and assembling techniques have you looking like a professional in no time. Cindy made this sample for the shop so you can see what your quilt will look like when your purchase the kit. Stop in and take a look. This black and white quilt is sure to go with any child’s room décor.


Don’t you just love this student sample? Jeri made this quilt and shared it with us at a recent Bee. These colors are so vibrant and sure to please the person who receives it. Good job Jeri.
The Creative Juices of Ariel has a nice tutorial on applying appliqué over a stain. What a great way to save that T-shirt that you love.
Until next time, Happy Quilting,
Caroll

Sunday, August 9, 2009

SPOOKTACULAR BLOCKS

Jane over at Jane’s Fabrics is hosting the Spooktacular quilt block swap. We were divided into groups of twelve. A few of us exchanged blocks with someone in another group. Two people have been gracious and shared their block with me. I got so excited that I had to share them with you. The spooky house on the left is from Marcel at Aunt Pitty Pats. Don’t you just love those vibrant colors and the house shape? The ghost is from Sadie from Summer Sadie. Isn’t this smiling ghost the cutest! Thanks so much gals for sharing. (PS: Go over to Sadie's site. You have to see the fantastic pictures she has of her new "pet." It's worth the trip as they are awesome!)
Craft Gossip has a free pattern for a kitty, dog, or owl doorstop.
The heat has hit us here in Michigan today. It is HOT!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
Caroll

Friday, August 7, 2009

NEW CLASS SAMPLES AT THE ATTIC WINDOW

Betty Carpenter is the new teacher at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. This picture is of her "Grandmother's Strawberry Quilt" which measures 18 X 20 inches. It was accepted into the 2009 Paducah quilt show.

“J's Little Aviary” is also one of Betty’s quilts and was accepted into the Paducah show in 2007. It measures 15 1/2 inches square. Both quilts won a blue ribbon from the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild (WMQG). "Grandmother" received an honorable mention @ the 2009 AQS show in Paducah.
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Betty will be teaching appliqué techniques for smaller projects, but on a little bigger scale than these two miniatures. She said, “Not everybody is as "out of control" as I am!”

P.S. I Quilt has a nice friendship bag tutorial. Check it out.
Until next time, happy quilting,
Caroll

Monday, August 3, 2009

NEW CLASS AT ATTIC WINDOW

This is a sample for the Small Appliqué Class that will be held at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Thursday, Sept. 17th. Barb C. will teach the class and show you a few tricks to ensure the accurate placement and sewing of small appliqué pieces, circles, curves, etc.

Don’t you just love this queen size quilt that Chris made for her church raffle. If you want tickets, stop in at the shop. They are only $1 and well worth the chance to win this beautiful quilt.
With Needle and Thread has cute snowmen BOM to embroidery or appliqué.
Until next time, happy quilting.
Caroll

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

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.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.