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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WHIMSICAL GARDEN BOM AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

The members of the Whimsical Garden BOM group met today at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is the block we will be working on this month. 
Cathy shows us her finished block for this past month.
This is a close up of Cathy’s block.  I wanted you to see the cute little buttons she used on this block.
This is Sandy’s block.  No buttons for Sandy.  She made perfect circles for those flower stamens. 
REMINDER:  The Whimsical Garden BOM group will meet on the third Tuesday in December instead of the forth Tuesday as usual.  DON'T FORGET!
Judi A. was just leaving the shop as I arrived and showed me this beautiful bed runner that she recently made.  Won’t it look nice on a bed during the holidays!
This is a close up.  What perfect sewing!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
                       Black Friday Stitch-In will be held Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 a.m. at the Attic Window Quilt Shop!

ON ANOTHER NOTE: Looking for a quick Christmas gift to make?  Check out Therm-O-Web where  you can find a tutorial for a spray N bond fusible fleece place mat.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, November 25, 2013

ARE YOU IN A GIFT MAKING MOOD?

A while ago I posted a link to Patchouli Moon Studio.  She had a tutorial for a Monster Pencil bag. You've got to go see all the cute bags she made.  I have two darling great grand boys in Pennsylvania so I had to make these Monster bags for them. 
Of course, then I had to make something for their sisters, so I made pencil bags that looked a little more feminine and not so scary.  I didn’t think they’d like monsters.
Above you can see the lining in them.  These were all so fun to make.  I’m getting excited about Christmas, are you? Drop me a line and let me know what items you are making for gifts this year.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Black Friday Stitch-In will be held Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 a.m. at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
  • Craft Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 – 5.  Join us and make some fun Christmas gifts early.  Four to five projects are being planned for the day.  Class time is free but there will be a small fee for project kits.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: Fave Quilts  has a tutorial for making a Pieced Christmas Tree Block.  Thanks to Vickie D. who sent me the link.  Vickie said she thought she’d embellish the tree and make a wall hanging.  You could also use this block as a hot pad for a nice hostess gift.  Check it out!

PS:  Linking up with Freemotion by the River.  Check it out. 

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Friday, November 22, 2013

WHAT GIFTS ARE YOU MAKING?

What have you been working on?  Are you busy making Christmas gifts?  I’ve been working on some small things.  I have lunch once a month with some lady friends and we have a small exchange at Christmas, so I’ve been working on gifts.  Above are items I’ve made from the links that I previously posted. 
One of my friends mentioned that she liked the hot pad I gave her last year and needed more, so I made these two above from UFO blocks.
This is a close up of a block left over from the quilt I made from Kim Schaefer’s book Flower Festival.
And this hot pad is made from left over block from a quilt I made several years ago using the Twisted Sister ruler.  I intend to make more cookie crumb table toppers, coasters, pot holders using the directions in links I previously posted.  If I have time I want to make some monster pencil bags for my great grandchildren from the link I posted yesterday.  Hope you all have a fun and productive weekend.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:

  • Black Friday Stitch-In will be held Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Craft Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 – 5.  Join us and make some fun Christmas gifts early.  Four to five projects are being planned for the day.  Class time is free but there will be a small fee for project kits.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:  Looking from something new to decorate your house for Christmas?  Check out Yvonne’s for some great ideas and free patterns.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, November 21, 2013

THE REST OF THE STORY

 Today I want to show you the rest of the pictures that I took when on retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana.  What a fantastic place and retreat.  As I said yesterday, I think I lost my my mind because when I read what notes I could find I discovered that I had no idea which little description went with what picture.  Consequently I’ll just show you the pictures and only make comments on those that I know are correct.   Besides, there were so many great quilts and so many wonderful people at the event, I was unable to make any choice that would exclude anyone. 

I would like to start today showing you the picture of the quilt that Ruth worked on.  Ruth is the owner of Quilt N Go and put on the retreat.  She does retreats in the spring and fall.  If you are interested, you can contact Ruth at Quilt N Go, 7212 6 ½ Mile Road, East Leroy, MI 49051.  Phone: 269-979-2347.  I would highly recommend this fun filled event!



 You did not see this same quilt yesterday.  Two different people bought this kit and made this beautiful quilt.













Last but certainly not lease is Martha.  She owns horses and other animals on her farm and is making this breathtaking quilt.  It is awesome.
This is a close-up of one of the blocks.  Isn't this stunning.  Wish I could see the finished quilt.  What talent!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Black Friday Stitch-In will be held Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Craft Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 – 5.  Join us and make some fun Christmas gifts early.  Four to five projects are being planned for the day.  Class time is free but there will be a small fee for project kits.
ON ANOTHER NOTEPatchouli Moon Studio has the cutest monster pencil bag that would make a cute gift for a child.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MORE FROM SHIPSHEWANA RETREAT

I have 36 pictures from our retreat at Shipshewana in Indiana to show you so I think I better split them up.  I’ll show half today and the rest tomorrow.  Somehow I lost my notes and my mind because when I read what notes I could find I discovered that I had no idea which little description went with what picture.  Consequently I’ll just show you the pictures and only make comments on those that I know are correct. 

I do remember a little about the above quilt because it is paper pieced.  The woman who did this lovely quilt graciously shared a piece of the paper and her design for making this quilt.  She said she used deli paper (the kind between cheese slices) that she had purchased from Gordon's Foods as the foundation.  "It is easier to remove," she said.  She also said that having one consistent strip across the rectangle helped to create the design.  She also put a three inch square in each center. 

Mary Alice made this shaggy messenger bag.
Anne B. of Howell made this darling coat and hat for her granddaughter Zoe.












There were so many lovely quilts that I couldn't decide which to show, so I'm going to show you all that I took.  I'll post the rest tomorrow. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Black Friday Stitch-In will be held Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Craft Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 – 5.  Join us and make some fun Christmas gifts early.  Four to five projects are being planned for the day.  Class time is free but there will be a small fee for project kits.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: The Cottage Mama has a pattern and tutorial for a apple lunch box.  Check it out!

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, November 18, 2013

PHOTOS FROM RETREAT IN INDIANA

 This past week Ruth Dean of Quilt n Go hosted on a wonderful retreat at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana.  A number of us from the Grand Rapids area attended, and I wanted to share  this very fun event with you. I’ll show some of the pictures today and the rest tomorrow.  We will begin with Rosa (above) who is showing us the pretty glasses case she made.
 Rosa also made this cute little tray.
And here she shows us a table runner that she made.
 Deb S. show us her pretty wall hanging.
 She also made this tree that was from a kit.
Deb also made this Fabric Fusion quilt which was also from a kit by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle.
Then she started on this pink and yellow quilt.
Irma made this cute Halloween wall hanging.
Jane shows us this Charm Party tote that she made for an upcoming charity auction.
Vickie D. finished up this batik quilt.
Then Vickie started making this baby quilt.
Diana A. worked on a folded star block.
Diana made all of these folded star blocks.
This is a close up of one of the blocks.  I admire her precise work.  These blocks are only about 6" square.
Lori made this cute little kid's quilt.
Chris gave a demo on a quick way to make a couple of blocks.
She showed us how to make this block which can be made into a nice table topper.
And she showed us how to make this block.  Wouldn't it be wonderful in a Quilts of Valor quilt!

During show and tell, Jan showed us this bright quilt made from a jelly roll.
Yvonne put together this quilt from blocks that she had previously stitched.
Yvonne also showed us this darling table topper that she made during the retreat.
Mary Alice showed us this wonderful table runner.  I love this block and hope to make one of these.

That’s all for today folks!  More pictures from the retreat tomorrow.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Black Friday Stitch-In will be held Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Craft Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 – 5.  Join us and make some fun Christmas gifts early.  Four to five projects are being planned for the day.  Class time is free but there will be a small fee for project kits.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: Quiltscapes has a tutorial for a hexie hot pad.  What nice gifts these would make.

Until next time,

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.