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Monday, April 30, 2012

MODERN MONDAY QUILT ALONG

It’s another Monday.  I don’t know about you, but this Modern Monday Quilt Along has made me look forward to the beginning of the week.  It has also made me into a producer instead of a procrastinator.  I love the block for this week.
Look how different it looks when turned.  Looks like a completely different block.  Sorry, it’s the same one, I just stepped one step around the right corner and snapped the picture.  Isn’t that interesting?  Hop on over to Lynn’s blog and see what her block looks like.  Then go to Jennifer’s blog and take a look at the pattern for this week.  Hope it’s not too difficult!

Hooked On Needles has a nice tutorial for a Rainbow Quilt.  Check it out.


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, April 26, 2012

ANOTHER SCRAPPY LOOK YOU WILL WANT

Hello again!  I wanted to show you this beautiful scrappy quilt that Buffie made.  She calls it her cabin quilt.  It is a nice size and a wonderful way to use up those scraps.
This is a closer view of the blocks.  I’m hoping she’ll show us at the next Scrap Happy Bee how she did this one.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to use this pattern to make a Quilt of Valor that Barb talked about here?  I’m sure I have plenty of red, white and blue scraps.
This is the back.  Buffie even used scraps on it.  I love a back with this scrappy look to it.

Announcement:  Have you noticed the new blog header?  I love it and want to thank Sue Christafferson for making it for us.  Sue is a new teacher at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and has graciously volunteered her talents to help with the newsletter, ads, and the blog.  Sue did the post yesterday and also created the cute little Reindeer Games button on the side bar.  What talent that gal has!  Sue, I can’t thank you enough for all your work and help.

Farbstoff blogspot had a quilt along and has a nice tutorial for making the blocks.

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MAY

We're trying something a little different, every once in awhile we're going to update you on the classes and events going on at the shop. So, here's a list of happenings at the shop for the next few weeks. Stop in the Attic Window for more information or to sign up for a class.

Spring Fling Shop Hop - April 27-May 5
7 Shops • Great Prizes • Lots of Goodies

Quilters Road Trip - April, May and June
There's still time to participate. Stop by the shop for information.

Classes and Make-It-Take-It Projects,
May 7-12




Simple and Fast!

Try this Easy Make-It-Take-Bag with Lee Ann. You'll have it done and ready to use in several hours. Class offered, May 8 and May 12

Do you have lots of unfinished projects?

Most of us have many projects that just need to be quilted. Come to the shop Friday, May 11 and learn some easy free motion quilting techniques to get those projects done!

Learn a NEW Embroidery Stitch!

Learn the twilling stitch, plus several other embroidery stitches. Come and see how easy Barb does it! Class offered, May 8 and May 9

Is there a new baby or grand-baby arriving soon?

Learn how to make beautiful blanket and burp cloth edgings for that special little one. Class offered, May 7

We will have the newsletter for May and June ready soon. It lists all the upcoming classes, make-it-take-it projects, blocks of the month and more. Stop by the shop, there's always lots to see! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

MODERN MONDAY QUILT ALONG

It’s Monday again!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I got busy and instead of waiting until the last minute, made block #30 of the Modern Monday Quilt Along.  Of course, I had a little help.  Lynn told me how she made her block and even actually supplied me with sizes.  How wonderful.  Lynn you made this so easy for me and I thank you so much.  I realize this looks like a simple block, but you know how I struggle with following directions, and believe me, Lynn’s instructions were a great help.  Hop on over to Alamosa Quilter and see what Lynn’s block looks like, then go see what pattern Jennifer has for us this week.
A friend asked me to post a picture of all my blocks together, so this one’s for you Wilma!

Shiners View has a nice tutorial for you. 
While there you might like to save this tutorial and I found a wonderful place to help you do that.  Go to Joilprint   and put in the address for the tutorial you want to save, and this site makes it into a PDF file for you to save to your computer or wherever you want.  No cut and paste involved.  I wish I could remember where I saw this information.  I was blog hopping the other day and read about this on another blog.  I saved the address for my own use, then thought perhaps you would like to know about it too! Enjoy!

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, April 19, 2012

BEEN DOING SOME PIECING

My daughter is here today so I don’t have much time to chat, but I did want to show you the paper piecing blocks I did during the Scrap Happy Bee last week.  Buffie was right…I’m addicted. This is my favorite.  Isn’t that little guy cute!  Thanks Buffie for that center square.  She has been collecting focus fabrics for a while and has lots of cute ones, so I begged.
Here are several that I have made recently.  What fun!
I haven’t been able to do much sewing this week as my machine is in the shop.  I did drag out an old machine of my mother’s and made this Double D9 block.  I posted a link to the pattern here (see bottom of post).  I love this block and as soon and good ole’ Jenny gets back home I plan to make lots more.

This is an interesting block from the modern Quilt Guild.


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WHAT WE LEARNED AT SCRAP HAPPY BE

Let’s talk organization.  When I went to the Bee on Saturday my project box looked neat and orderly like this.  I tried to imitate Buffie’s organizing skills.  I showed you a picture of her project box here.  (See second picture.)
However, after a day of sewing, my box looked like this.  It took me an hour while watching TV to get it back in order.

 I wish I could be like Brenda who manages to make these nice neat blocks and still maintain organization.  Brenda said something I thought important.  Not about organization, but about buying fabric.  Someone asked, “How do you know how much fabric to buy?”  This is Brenda’s rule:  If I like it, 1 yard.  If I really like it, 2 yards.  If I R-E-A-L-L-Y like it, 3 yards.  Great advice, Brenda!

During Bee, we talked about organization and Terri came prepared to take action.

Terri spent the afternoon organizing her scraps.  Looks like she's doing a good job.  Buffie shared her ideas and suggestions for storing our scraps and keeping them organized.  Next month we might have some ideas and patterns for using them.

Handmade By Alissa has a nice baby quilt pattern and instructions for you.


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SCRAPPY BEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING

This past Saturday the Scrap Happy Quilters Bee held its first meeting at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  What a fun group.  This is an open Bee and you are welcome to join us the second Saturday of the month.  Above a few of the quilters get to know each other.

Rosa got busy doing some paper piecing.

 It looks like Ruth and Sharon were having a good time.

Rosa shows us her first block.  Isn't it cute!  Love her name tag too.  I wonder if she will show us how to make one of those.  Looks like a great way to use those scraps.

Stop back tomorrow for more pictures of the Bee and talk of organization.

Love Affair With My Brother has a nice tutorial for a circles, squares, and triangles quilt.

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, April 16, 2012

MODERN MONDAY QUILT ALONG

Modern Monday Block #29.  Can you believe that we have already done 29 blocks!  What fun.  Above is the one we made this past week.  There were two different versions, one called Crossed Square and the other one called City Streets.  I chose the Crossed Square version.  I was a little apprehensive as there looked like a lot of piecing in this block, but it wasn’t too bad and I like how it turned out.  Hop over to Lynn’s blog and see what her block looks like this week and then check out Jennifer’s blog for this week’s pattern.

Since we had our Scrap Happy Bee this past Saturday, using my scraps is on my mind.  Check out Film In The Fridge for the Scrappy Triangles Quilt Block Tutorial.


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Friday, April 13, 2012

ANOTHER BOM AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

I love this little wall hanging.  This is a sample of a new Block of the Month which starts in May at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  It is a pick-up only (no class); just stop by and pick up your pattern and kit.  Each month will feature a darling snowman.  Call the shop to make reservations.

Don’t forget that Buffie is hosting a Happy Scrappy Bee this Saturday at the shop.  Come join us for a fun time (no reservations needed).  Bring whatever you want to work on; it doesn’t have to be scrappy.  I’m looking forward to sewing with other quilters and plan on working on my paper piecing squares.  I have plenty of focus squares ready and lots of strips in my project box so I’m ready to make some progress on this project.  Hope to see you there. 

I bet you’ve heard of the Disappearing 9 Patch (D9), but have you heard of the Double Disappearing Nine Patch?  I love the looks of it and since my Janome is getting a checkup, I drug out a very old machine and made one block.  I like how it turned out.  I just used scraps and plan to dig around some more to find the right size squares and make another block.  The variety will make a better picture for you.  In the mean time check out this fun block at A Few Scraps.

Check out Quilt Inspiration too for some free patterns. I was surprised and honored when I saw my chicken pattern among those chosen. 


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, April 12, 2012

NEW BOM AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Isn’t this beautiful?  This Alphabet Embroidery is by Crabapple Hill and will be a BOM at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  It will be a pick-up only and will be done on Linen with a pre-printed border.  Barb David made this sample and used crayons to color it.  I’m not sure when the Start Date is, so stay tuned for further updates.

Aunt Polly’s Porch has a wonderful tutorial for a four squared quilt at Moda Bake Shop.


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

SPRING FLING DESIGNER SHOP HOP

Isn’t this a beautiful quilt?  It is the quilt that the Attic Window Quilt Shop made for the Spring Fling Designer Shop Hop.  Seven shops are participating in this fun event from Friday, April 27 through Saturday May 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For a $5 passport you will receive free fat quarters and free patterns.  Call the shop for further details.

Above Chris demonstrates how to make a hot mat during Sampler last Saturday at the shop.  There will be no Sampler in May.  In June through November Sampler will consist of various small projects.  Kits will range from $3 to $5.  Call the shop to register.

 
This is one suggestion for completing this year’s sampler.  It isn’t completed yet.  The borders aren’t on.  I didn’t get a good picture, but the borders are made up of the small squares that we completed along with the larger ones.  Chris also had a good idea for using your left over scraps on the borders.

This is another suggestion for completion.  Check out that the border.   I’m not sure, but I think Maggie might have put this together and I don’t see where she has used the small blocks.  Maybe she plans to use them on the back. I don’t think you can see it, but she did use four small corner blocks.  Stop in at the shop and get a closer look on how you can complete your sampler quilt.

Nellies Niceties has a nice tutorial for you.  It’s called half time quilt.  Check it out.
 

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SHOW AND TELL AT THE QUILT SHOP

 This past Saturday I went to the Attic Window Quilt Shop for Sampler and Bee.  I have so many wonderful and inspiring pictures to show you.  Above Judy M. shows us her 3D wall hanging.  We all had a giggle when she told us that she was so happy that she finally remembered to put the hanging sleeve on this quilt.  After she was all finished, she realized she had put the sleeve on the wrong end.  ;o)  Haven’t we all been guilty of something like that.  Darling quilt Judy!

 Cathy M. made this cute wall hanging.

 Cathy M. also showed us this stunning wall hanging.  And she says she’s not good at appliqué.  (For some reason I don’t believe her!)

 Judi showed us her Lil Twister quilt.  Don’t you just love those colors together!

 Judi also made this beautiful wall hanging.  I love how she used her scraps in the hearts and all over this quilt.

 Judi also made this lovely quilt.  I didn’t get the name of it or if it was a sampler from some other group.  Judi is so productive!


 This beautiful quilt is by Glenna.  She took Buffie’s class to make it.  Glenna said that she has to hurry and get it quilted and the binding on it because she’s giving it away next week.  I’d love to see it when it is finished.

A special thanks to every one for sharing their beautiful quilts and inspiring us.

The Pink Penguin has a nice tutorial for a scrappy hour glass quilt.  I love it!


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, April 9, 2012

Modern Monday Quilt Along

This is my block for the Modern Monday Quilt Along.  It is Block 28 - Modernistic Pansy.  What can I say?  I love it!  I do have a little difficulty following directions.  It could be that my computer is upstairs, my sewing room downstairs.   Not sure what gets into me, but for some unknown reason I seem to be in denial and think I don’t need to print out this pattern.  I’ll remember everything, and I hurry down to my sewing room to start the block.  Of course there are a few distractions:  a phone call, I have to run through the channels on TV to make sure I don’t miss anything, or I need a cookie upstairs in the kitchen.  Anyway, after the first of the four sections is completed, I realize something is incorrect.  I hurry back upstairs, check the pattern, see that I have cut it wrong, and have to add some more of the light grey fabric and re-cut the block.  Then things start to come together.  It still doesn’t look like Jennifer’s block, but I think it will do.  Now go over and see what Lynn has to show you this week, then check out Jennifer’s blog to see the pattern for this week.

Sew Katie Did has a nice tutorial on value quilts, helping us understand the degree of lightness or darkness of a color.

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Friday, April 6, 2012

HAVE A BUNNY HOP WITH THESE WALL HANGINGS

I thought you’d like to see these Bunny wall hangings.  The patterns are available at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Give them a call for further details. 
I love little stitchery wall hanging and these are quick and easy to do.
Maybe these are a little late for this year, but they would be nice take-along projects during the summer and great gifts for your friends next year.   Of course you can also get the pattern that I blogged about here at the shop too.  Get started on next year’s projects now.

 DON’T FORGET:

NEW STITCH-IN:  On the first, second, and third Tuesday nights of each month you can come to the shop, be with your friends, and finish those UFOs.  Bring whatever you want to work on.  Come stitch with Chris for a night of fun and friendship.  I think the first stitch-in was last night, but you can attend the next one which starts at 6 p.m. on April 10th.

NEW BEE: I bet you have lots of scraps.  Everyone does.  The Happy Scrappers is a new Bee that will meet every second Saturday of the month.  The theme, of course, is using your scraps.  Our first meeting will be Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come in and bring your scrappy project to work on.  I find seeing what others are doing with scraps inspirational.  Buffie will be there to help with color and scrap project suggestions. 

Don’t Call me Betsy has a tutorial for a Radiant Ring Block.  Check it out.

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NEW TEACHER AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

I’d like to introduce you to Sue Christafferson, a new teacher at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Sue has a background is in graphic design and has been quilting and sewing for many years.  She has tons of new ideas that she’d like to share with us.  You can see a couple of them in the above picture, the bag and the small wristlet.  She is using patterns from the book she is holding, “Every Day Home Made,” and will introduce them during her Lunch N Learn series which starts on Friday, May 18 from noon to four at the shop.  Call the shop for details. 

Sue has also offered to use her graphic design skills in redesigning the newsletter and developing Ads and flyers.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Sue.  Some of that stuff is way beyond my skills and I’m looking forward to what she does and to learning from her.  She said she’d help with the blog too, so I’m looking forward to a whole new look here.  Everyone please give Sue a big welcome!

DON’T FORGET:

NEW STITCH-IN:  On the first, second, and third Tuesday nights of each month you can come to the shop, be with your friends, and finish those UFOs.  Bring whatever you want to work on.  Come stitch with Chris for a night of fun and friendship.  I think the first stitch-in was last night, but you can attend the next one which starts at 6 p.m. on April 10th.

This is an old tutorial but one I've wanted to try for a long time.  Hope over to Red Pepper Quilts and take a look.  It's a real scrap buster.

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DO ALL BAG LADIES LOOK THIS GOOD?

There was another class going on at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this past Saturday.  Above is Stephanie from Peas In A Pod, who took the Metro Slouch Bag that I blogged about here.  I believe Stephanie has finished her bag so hop over to her blog to see it.
Above, Lee Ann (in purple), who taught the class, is going over the instructions with Scotty.  (I think the onlooker is related to Scotty.  Wonder if we can make a quilter out of him too?)
 Above is Stephanie’s work in progress.  I love that little gathered pocket on the side.
 Scotty shows us her work in progress too.  It looked like a fun class.  What always amazes me is that Lee Ann makes it all look so easy and her projects look so professional.   Call the shop to get information on Lee Ann’s next bag class.  It is a MUST in my book!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
for these new happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop:
  • NEW STITCH-IN:  On the first, second, and third Tuesday nights of each month you can come to the shop, be with your friends, and finish those UFOs.  Bring whatever you want to work on.  Come stitch with Chris for a night of fun and friendship.  I think the first stitch-in was last night, but you can attend the next one which starts at 6 p.m. on April 10th.
  • NEW BEE: I bet you have lots of scraps.  Don't all quilters?  The Happy Scrappers is a new Bee that will meet every second Saturday of the month.  The theme, of course, is using your scraps.  Our first meeting will be Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come in and bring your scrappy project to work on.  I find seeing what others are doing with scraps inspirational.  Buffie will be there to help with color and scrap project suggestions.  

Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WARNING! YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE PAPER PIECING

Saturday I attended Buffie’s paper piecing class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and made this.  You know what?  I think she did make a paper piecer out of me.  I actually loved it, probably because it made me look so good with all those straight seams.  I was concerned about removing the paper and when Buffie explained things to me, it made sense.

Buffie keeps all her supplies organized in this basket.  She says that sometimes when she attends a Bee, she knows there isn’t going to be room for her sewing machine, so she just picks up her basket and has everything she needs.  No machine, you ask.  Well, Buffie plans in advance.  She has fabrics to cut into strips or squares for the centers (See the cute little fussy cut squares in her basket).  Or she has a whole stack of finished blocks that she has collected and she can sit and talk to friends while she removes the papers.  She said it is also something you can do while watching TV.   I purchased a project box and hope to get as organized at Buffie.

Above Buffie shows Betty how to add a strip to her paper template.

 
Ruth and Brenda concentrate on their blocks.

 Buffie insisted on taking a picture of her students:  Me, Ruth, Betty, Brenda.

 Then I insisted on taking a picture of Buffie and her students!  What a fun class.  Buffie is an excellent teacher, full of energy and eager to show others how to love paper piecing.

This is another one of my blocks.  I’ve made six so far and I’m going to keep going on this fun project.  Thanks Buffie for all your help and for teaching me how to love paper piecing.

Country Junktion has the cutest appliqué for you this month.  Check it out.


Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!
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.