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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A SALE, A PROJECT, AND NEW FABRIC

Isn’t this eye-catching? And interesting too. Barb made this sample for the Attic Window Quilt Shop. It is a quilt-as-you-go project. When I heard how it was made I became intrigued because it's different from what I'd heard about other quilt-as-you-go methods. I’m hoping she’ll teach a class on this one. Look for it in the upcoming newsletter.

This is a closer look. I love these vibrant fabrics, don’t you?

Speaking of fabrics, what about these above? They are from the Seen On Halloween line from Maywood Studios. I can’t wait to include these cats in my next Halloween project.
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SALE!! The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a special fabric sale on Friday, July 2nd, Saturday, July 3rd, and Monday, July 5th. A select group of sale fabrics will be $4/yard. You won’t want to miss this. Get there early before the selection is picked over.

Make it Perfect has a cute tutorial for a peek-boo-toy sack. You don't have to open the bag to see what is inside. Great way to organize those toys or whatever you need to organize.

Until next time,
Caroll

Monday, June 28, 2010

HAVE YOU HEARD OF A SHOP SWAP?

Have you joined the Shop Swap of 2010? The Attic Window Quilt Shop and Quilted Memories in Montague are teaming up for a Shop Swap. If you join the Shop Swap you will be making the above quilt. All kits are pre cut for your convenience. The fabric is from the Noel line by Benartex. Here is how it works. You bring your sewing machine to the Attic Window Quilt Shop and start your project. You will then go to Quilted Memories for the rest of your kit and to finish your project. You will have Wednesday, July 14th through Saturday, July 17th to make your quilt. You may sign up at either shop, but reservations must be made ahead of time in order to get your pre-cut kit. The cost is $55, which includes lunch and your pre-cut kit! What a deal! You won’t want to miss this fun event. Make your reservations now!

This is a picture of a quilt that Chris made for her niece. It is also the quilt that you will make in the Beginning Quilt Class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. What a fun project for a beginner. Look for this beginning quilt class on the next calendar.
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Don’t forget all the other fun events going on this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. There is another Make It Take It class on Tuesday. This one is an appliqué project.

Sew Thankful Blog has a great tutorial for an Ice-Me-Nicely Covered Ice Pack. Check it out!

Until next time,
Caroll

Saturday, June 26, 2010

DOESN'T THIS MAKE YOU GIGGLE?

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I stopped at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today and found so many new things to tell you about that I didn’t know where to start. So, I’m starting here. This whimsical dinosaur is one block on the panel by Whistlepig Creek Productions. It is so cute. On their website they say our goal is to make you giggle! I think they have succeeded!


This is the entire panel. The pattern is One Billion B.C. Quilt and you can pick up the pattern and the panel at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. I love panels. They are quick and easy to make for that gift you need in a hurry. Better do it before they are all gone.
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Hyacinth Quilt Designs has some free patterns for you. Check out these blooming button flowers.
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Be sure and stop back soon to see the other new things at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

Until next time,Caroll

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

YOU CAN MAKE THIS DOLL

Have you ever thought about making a doll like this? Julie tells me it is very easy (even I could do it). You can see some of the steps to doll making by clicking on the button on the side bar. Check out Julie’s blog for further information. You can join Julie just about any Thursday morning at the Attic Window Quilt Shop from 10-1 and make one of her dolls. Call the shop in advance and get your supply list so you can come prepared.

This is Terrie’s block for the Around The World Quilting Bee. She sent along a piece of fabric and asked that each of us use some of it in our block. I placed her fabric in the middle square. Terrie’s theme is “home for the holidays.” She asked us to create a block around whatever made us think of being home for the holidays. I have such fond memories of when I was a child and our home brimmed with happiness and good smells and anticipation during the holidays. Since our Holidays were always very traditional, I created this traditional block for Terrie. I hope she likes it.
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Speaking of AWQB, one of the women in the group shared this link with us. It is for a Christmas tree table runner. Get started on those Christmas gifts now. Check it out here.

Until next time,
Caroll

Sunday, June 20, 2010

DO YOU FEEL SAFE?

“When our soul feels safe, when we have relationships that nurture us, then our souls feel safe to grow and create.”
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I read this some place and thought about my relationship with the quilting world. When I first started quilting, I was often amazed about how the women would ohh and ahh over a quilt that I thought not to my liking. Over the years I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone at the Attic Window Quilt Shop tell another person during show-n-tell that their work was terrible and they should have done this or that. Somewhere along the way it dawned on me: Quilters are nurturing and giving and realize that even though that pattern might not be to their liking or that the color choice is not theirs, others are proud of what they do and that is what matters. The above quote is true. When our soul feels safe, we feel safe to create. What do you think? Has the quilting world made you feel safe to create? Are you able to experiment, screw up, learn, and experiment again without fear of someone trash talking about it? Let me know what makes you feel safe.
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I made the above windmill quilt out of 30s fabrics from my stash. My 30s stash is in great need of reduction so I’ve been trying to use them up. The aqua border lends a more modern touch to those 30s fabrics, don’t you think?



These coloring book bags are for my dear friend who has three little ones. I filled them with coloring books and crayons to help the little ones stay busy during the summer when there is “nothing to do.”

I love this new site I found (new to me). It even has free quilt classes on line. Hope over and take a look at the Lyn Brown Quilt Blog

Quilt, Knit, Run Sew has a great way to audition your quilting design before you start to sew.

Until next time,
Caroll

Friday, June 18, 2010

SHOW AND TELL AT THE ATTIC WINDOW

I have a couple other pictures to show you from my trip to the Attic Window Quilt Shop last Tuesday. I had to take a picture of this quilt that Virginia is making. She made this Grandmother’s Flower Garden completely by hand and now is hand quilting it. She has been working on it for about two years. Isn’t it beautiful!

I can’t get over this pieced work by Mary Holt (Maggie’s mother). It is awesome. Each 16 patch square is made up of 1 ½ inch blocks. The pinwheel blocks are 4 ½ inches square. Notice how expertly each piece is put together. All the seams match, all the points are pointy. I am in awe of such wonderful work.

I recently did an interview with Blog Interviewer. It’s about how this blog got started. If you are interested, check it out.

I’ve also been asked to be a contributor to Pins & Needles and today I posted about a new book at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. It’s by a Michigan author. Check it out.

In fact, when I was on the new blog Pins & Needles, I saw this free stitchery pattern that you might like. Take a look here.


Until next time,
Caroll

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SHOW AND TELL AT THE ATTIC WINDOW

When I was at the Attic Window Quilt Shop yesterday, the 30’s Bee was in session and the women had some nice finished projects for show-n-tell. Today I will show you the Christmas quilt that Wilma V. made. She said it was a BOM several years ago, and she decided to finish the project. I can see why it took some time to complete this quilt. Note the intricate piecing and elaborate appliqué blocks. Wilma did the appliqué by using the fusing method. I admire Wilma. She has been a sewer and quilter for years, but still has an open mind and is eager to learn new things. She said she had never used the 30’s fabrics before but is now interested in using them. Although fusing appliqué is easier, she is also interested in learning my freezer paper method. What an inspiration she is.


This is a close up of one of her blocks. I love the detail. Check out that fringe on the purse and the careful even buttonhole stitches around each fused piece. What a talented lady. Thanks for sharing, Wilma.

What do you do with all your quilts? Are you like me and would hang more of them in your house if you only knew how? I have just the answer. Take a look at Generations Quilt Patterns. There is a tutorial on how to make a Hang It Dang It Wall Hanger.

Until next time,

Caroll

Sunday, June 13, 2010

APPLIQUE ADDICT PICKS WINNER

Aren't these pretty!!! I was a lucky winner. Appliqué Addict had a give away. I wasn’t the first prize winner, but because it was her birthday, Marjorie decided to include the number of squares that match her age. Therefore, she needed to give away some runner up prizes, which included me! Yeah! I love these batiks. Check out Marjorie’s blog here. She has some great ideas and a tutorial for a large snowflake. Thank you Marjorie! I really appreciate these lovely batiks.

Don’t you love this circle quilt? Cindy made this sample for the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Watch for an upcoming class.
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There are lots of other classes that you will want to take advantage of this week. A Little Off Kilter is Vickie’s class on Saturday. You just choose your favorite Jelly Roll, add 2 borders and setting triangles and you are ready to make this extraordinarily easy quilt.
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Sue has her Journals-Fabric Sampler Tuesday. You can make a one of a kind journal using fabric, wool and wool felt. You will also learn easy techniques to speed up your project.
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Lee Anne has her Weekender Tote class Wednesday. You can make this tote using charm squares or jelly rolls. It is a fun and fast project.
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Glenys has an Itty Bitty Quilts class Wednesday. You chose one of the three small quilt designs and then use wool felts and flannels to make these little quilts. Fun class.
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Lily’s Quilts has a nice tutorial for a Union Jack block. There seems to be a million ways to make this block. Check them out on her flicker page too.


Until next time,
Caroll

Friday, June 11, 2010

IT'S TIME TO THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS!

It’s June and the weather is warm, and no one wants to think about it now, but according to Julie at Dolls By Julsie and her Christmas Countdown clock there are only 196 days until Christmas. Now is the time to start those special holiday projects. You can pick up the patterns for these Elf Mittens by Button Stitch Designs at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

Also at the shop are lots of new Christmas fabrics by Kaufman. These are just a few of the dazzling collection. They shout for attention. Be sure and check them out.

You won’t find this at the shop, but I did want to show you my latest block for the Around The World Quilting Bee Round 2. This one is for Courtney of the Woodland School. Hope she likes it.
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You have to check this out. The Patchwork Possee has a tutorial on how to end bum crack one pant at a time. What a pleasant world this would be if more people did this.
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Simply Modern Mom has a cute tutorial for a traveling placemat. Great for kids or grandkids.


Until next time,
Caroll

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

NEW AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Today you will see some of the things that Chris brought back from market and are now on display at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. This Spotty Hen is by Rachel’s of Greenfield. Kits are available. Make this your number one project for those on your Christmas list.

Barb made this darling wallhanging from the Dolly Days Book by Brandywine Designs. Anyone who used to play with dolls will love this book. I already have some ideas for presents for my grandchildren.

I love this Fabric Addict pattern by Amy Bradley. Just imagine these squares grouped in a quilt or a wallhanging. I think I'll frame the individual squares and use them to decorate my sewing room or kitchen.


Above are just a few of the new books in the shop. Stop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and peruse these great finds.

Water Soluble Stabilizer Demystified. I ran across this the other day. Do you know the difference between water soluble and water dissolvable? Check out Generations Quilt Patterns and learn how to make a wise purchase the next time you need this product.

Terry's Treasures has a free pattern for the cutest stitched heart. This is a great take-with-you project and would make a wonderful start to your gift list.

Until next time,
Caroll

Monday, June 7, 2010

HAPPENINGS AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

I've been trying to post for the last two days, but Blogger has been down. If you’re like me, your weekend was busy with graduations, and open houses, and sweet sixteen parties. However I did manage to squeeze in some time to pop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Chris has reorganized the shop and a lot of the items she brought back from market are on display. The First Saturday Bee was in session and I got there just in time for Show and Tell. This first quilt is by Mary Tanis. She said she made this quilt for a friend and used fabrics she had purchased two years ago in Alaska. I love those fabrics. What a great friend she is.

These next two quilts were made by Catherine Mueller. Catherine said she started this sampler quilt over a year ago. These red, white, and blue colors are all the rage now, so I think she finishsed it just in time to be trendy. Great quilt.

This is also by Catherine. You’d never know it is made from a panel. Isn’t it stunning?

Judy Raymond made this quilt. I took a picture of her lovely redwork table topper, but unfortunately I must have moved because it was too blurry to show you. I'm glad this one turned out. Love this fresh pallet of colors that she chose to work with. Great job Judy!
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Don’t forget Shop Hop is all this week. This year’s theme is Skip Along the Trail and at each shop you will get some trail mix along with other items. Chris announced Saturday several other upcoming events. Stop in at the shop and pick up the June Calendar. There is a free pattern on the back.
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Stash Manicure has a tutorial on making bags with your scraps. Wonderful!
And check Stash Manicure's blog here for another tutorial. This one is for a scrappy hour glass block.

Until next time,
Caroll

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

HAPPENINGS AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Above and below are samples of upcoming Classes at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. The above Weekender tote can be made with charm squares or jellyrolls. Join Lee Anne on Wednesday, June 16th to make this fast and fun project.

Vicki’s Bag is a medium sized purse that is roomy enough for your wallet, glasses, cell phone, etc., but compact enough for every day use. Join Lee Anne on Saturday, June 26 and make this eye-catching bag.

With the holiday busyness, I didn’t get a chance to show you this Folding Wallet. The class started today, but there is another session on June 9th. If you are interested in making this spunky wallet, call the shop for details.


Hop Along the Trail Mix (Our Annual Quilter’s Skip) will be held June 7-12. The hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nine shops are participating. What a great deal for only $10. There will be daily prize drawings, a Grand Prize, freebies, and goodies. Check out the banners at each shop to match their block and special projects. Above is a sample of the quilt being featured. Sections of this pattern will be available at each participating shop. Call the Attic Window Quilt Shop for further details.

Heather Reid of Holland has the perfect way to keep your kids and grandkids busy this summer. Check out her tutorial for a mixed media collage with kids.

Until next time,
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.