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Sunday, January 9, 2011

HOW ABOUT A SOCK HOP?

 Oops, I mean a sock swap. I’m participating in Mary Lou Weidman’s Sock Swap and these are my first attempts at doing a Hoochy Mama and making a sock block. If you haven’t taken a class from Mary Lou, you might not understand what “Hoochy” means. You’ll have to get one of her fabulous books to learn how to do it. One of the steps in her sock pattern is to “Hoochy” the heel. I adore Mary Lou’s patterns and if you haven’t seen her beautiful quilts, check out her link on my sidebar where you can also keep updated on her quilts and what she’s up to. She’s creative and inspiring. The Hippie Quilt she has on her blog today is a must-see. It is a hoot and sure brings back memories.

This is a close up of one of my socks. As you may know, I’m not fond of piecing. Other than the fact that my seams never match and my blocks are never square, I also get bored doing the same thing over and over again. Mary Lou’s technique is not boring. You stay engaged because when you hoochy this and hoochy that you must decide where to do it. You don’t have to worry about anything matching either. I’m really not sure if I’m doing this right, but I’m having fun playing with fabrics. I’m anxious to see what others in the group are doing. I might have to make some adjustments or start all over, which will be fine because these blocks are a snap to make. I want to do some more of her free piecing and plan to try a flower power border next (get her Flower Power book and see what I’m talking about). Also, scroll down on her sidebar to where she asks you to “come and join people who love whimsical quilts and friendship with quilters.” It’s a great group.
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Don’t forget the SNOW DAYS OF JANUARY at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Stop in anytime during the month and take advantage of the special events and sales. All month we are giving away a free snowman pattern. You can enter your name for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate. You will also get 20% off all fabrics on bolts.
Each week during the entire month of January there will be a special sale.
     2nd Week – Jan 10-15…..20%off all books
     3rd Week – Jan 17-22…..20% off all kits
     4th Week – Jan 24-29.....Buy five pre-cut fat quarters and get one free.
NOTE: There is a 50% off special on a selected Christmas fabrics, patterns, books, and kits all during the month of January.
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Don’t forget that Allie Ooops Sweet Happy Life a has Christmas Through The Year and it includes give aways, free patterns and more. Check out the button on my sidebar.
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Speaking of free piecing, you might like this cute free pieced Mondo Bird that The House of Krom has. Check it out.

Stay Positive!
Caroll

8 comments:

Allie said...

Oh Caroll your blocks turned out SO CUTE!!! I have the Hoochy book and also her Story Quilts one - love her style so much. Isn't that Hippy Quilt amazing??? I haven't been reading the group emails lately [blush], just been on the computer too much....

Barb said...

Your socks are adorable....

Mary Lou Weidman said...

Hey Croll we would love some other takers for the sock swap for the new girls on the list-we only have 2! If hyou can find some new people to join, that would be wonderful for the girls who only have each other. By the way your socks are fabulous! SO fun!

Linda said...

Those socks are just darling, Caroll! love how fin they look! Looks like I'm going to need her book! I'm so excited because she is one of the speakers coming to our guild this year!

wonderwoman said...

Hi Caroll, hope you don't mind me contacting you this way but i don't have your email address! I was wondering if you had my quilt from the ATWQS christmas - as far as i can tell it was on its way to you. Hope you don't mind me asking.

xxx

Mama Pea said...

Those socks are so cute! How creative! Now I understand why you don't like piecing (what I mean, is you've never told me the reason...now I know). Have you ever tried a Buggy Barn pattern? You don't have to worry much about stuff matching up with those, either. They are very interesting. I took a class in them and enjoyed making them. But very different from most patterns. I'm not sure I'd have understood it without the class. So, if you need someone to walk you through it if you do one, let me know! Thanks for sharing these. I like them!

Em said...

Carroll, I am in! I heard from Mary Lou last night and look forward to creating with you ladies! "TOO" fun of a project to look forward to when my day is finished at work!!!! Em

Em said...

Carroll, I'd like to make some socks tonight and am wondering what the size of the finished block is to be and where do I mail them when they are completed?

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
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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.