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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

START 2014 WITH NEW FABRIC! SALE! SALE! SALE!

We wish all of you a very blessed New Year!

DON’T FORGET:  The Annual New Year’s Day Sale at the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Start your New Year right with new fabrics, books, notions!

ON ANOTHER NOTE
: My Fabric Relish has a nice tutorial for a Daisy Quilt.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, December 30, 2013

START OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH SOMETHING NEW!

Only a few more days to go and we’ll be into a New Year and back into routine!  Yeah! I’ll make it short and sweet today as there is still a lot of Holiday craziness going on at my house, but I did want to show you this.  Have you seen the On The Dot Repositionable Markers? 
You can get a package of these at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I’ve used static cling tape before but these are much nicer. 
They help you position your ruler consistently, accurately, and quickly.  You can use the center circle to spot a specific point on your ruler.
Each package holds a variety of colors to contrast with different fabrics.  You can use the end points to align a specific measurement. 
I don’t know about you, but some of these rulers have so many different lines that I get easily confused.  These markers help me stay on track.  You might want to pick up a package when you go to the Sale on New Year’s Day!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:  The Annual New Year’s Day Sale at the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Chris says she has been cleaning out some of her secret hiding places and has lots of goodies and bargains for us to go through!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  Barb of Garden Path Quilts has two mystery BOMs coming up in January. 

Also, I can’t remember, but I don’t think I’ve shown this link before.  Sweet P Quilting has a tutorial showing you how to turn some leftover scraps into something useful and pretty. 

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Friday, December 27, 2013

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON?

Good Morning All!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday.  In a previous post I asked what everyone had been working on and a couple people responded.  I have some notes and pictures I want to share with you. I know they’ll make you smile as they did me. Jeanne B. sent the above picture with the following note:   “You asked in your blog what we were sewing for Christmas gifts. I made Jennifer a snowman quilt. I have her name this year for Christmas secret Santa. She loves snowmen.”  Love this pattern and the interesting border!
Jeanne also said, “My granddaughter, Sophia (Jenny's daughter) asked for clothes for her "like" American Girl doll. A nice break from quilting although a 1/4" seam all is still used. I made 2 sleeping bags , a doll carrier and  clothes with shoes purchased to match the outfits.”  I bet Sophia was thrilled!
Jeanne also sent me this photo of their dog Seamus in front of the Christmas Tree.  He’s the big black dog.  I bet the small stuffed dog sitting in front of Seamus is one of his Christmas Gifts.  So cute.  Thanks Jeanne for sharing.
I also received this photo of Judi R.  Judy began this quilt around Thanksgiving, using a picture of her granddaughter's school logo for the design.  Judy got it finished and shipped to her Granddaughter in time for Christmas!  Great job Judy!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:  The Annual New Year’s Day Sale at the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Chris says she can’t wait to clean out some of her secret hiding places.  She has lots of goodies and bargains for you to go through!

ON ANOTHER NOTE
: The Jolly Jabber from the Fat Quarter Shop has a 2014 BOM that looks like a lot of fun!

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

(Photo from Waves of Gratitude
 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us at the Attic Window Quilt Shop!

Friday, December 20, 2013

MORE FROM THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Just a quick note today.  I’m sure everyone is too busy to read blogs, but I thought you’d like to take a break and see a couple items that people were working on at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is the folded star that Cathy M. made when taking Marilyn’s recent class.  Marilyn will be having more classes in January so more of us can learn how to make this wonderful block.
Mary Ellen made this darling Batman quilt from scraps.  She said some of the scraps were left over from making pillow cases. 
This is the back of the quilt.  Some child is going to be thrilled! Check out that orange bat fabric to go with the Batman fabric.  Great!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:  The Annual New Year’s Day SALE at the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Chris says she can’t wait to clean out some of her secret hiding places and she has lots of goodies and bargains for you to go through!

ON ANOTHER NOTEInspiring Creations has lots of zippered pouch tutorials for you.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, December 19, 2013

LOOK AT THESE BEAUTIES IN WOOL, COTTON, FLANNEL

Today I’m devoting this post to Kathy Bauman.  Kathy was at the Tuesday Bee at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and when I saw what she was working on, I knew you’d want to see it.  Kathy had just finished sewing the binding on above quilt.  The pattern is Home for the Holidays and the quilt is made of cottons and wools.  She said it was a kit she purchased from Primitive Gatherings.




These four close-up pictures are some of the individual blocks in the quilt.

After finishing the binding on the other quilt, Kathy started working on this wool and flannel quilt.  It is called Evelyn’s Album and is also from Primitive Gatherings.  These are stunning quilts!  Thanks Kathy for sharing with us.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:  The Annual New Year’s Day Sale at the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Chris says she can’t wait to clean out some of her secret hiding places.  We'll have lots of goodies and bargains to go through!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  Today I’m directing you to Lori’s Country Cottage where there are lots of free patterns.  I particularly like the chalk board mat with pockets.  It would make a great gift.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WHIMSICAL BOM MEETS AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

The Whimsical Garden BOM met Tuesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Three participants braved the snow and made it to class.  This is the last time we will meet officially, however, we are starting an Appliqué Bee that will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. so I hope to see everyone there and see how you are proceeding with your quilt.  I will be glad to help with putting it together, so please join us in January.  Also, above is the last block for this quilt, so bring your finished blocks in January so I can take pictures!
Above Sandy (left) and Cathy show their finished blocks for this month. Needless to say, these are my favorite students.  Not only do they get their blocks done, but they are like the mail….neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor hail will keep them away from their duty!  ;o)  A very special thanks to all of you.  It’s been a great year!
Mary Ellen selects the group of fabrics she wants to use for this final block.  Thank you to Chris for choosing such nice fabrics for our kits.

I arrived early at the shop and the Tuesday Bee was still in session and I got to take pictures of some of the great projects they were working on, so be sure and stop by tomorrow.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:  The Annual New Year’s Day Sale at the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Chris says she can’t wait to clean out some of her secret hiding places and has lots of goodies and bargains for you to go through!

ON ANOTHER NOTEThe Quilt Bug has a tutorial and instructions for a darling table runner.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE SOMETHING WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL FABRICS


After being snowed in for so long, I recently had to spend a lot of time looking at all the new things in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  And look what I found.  Lots of beautiful fabrics that I wanted to share with you.  Above is "Fly Boy" by Windham Fabrics.  What little (or big) boy wouldn't want a quilt or a pillow case out of these.

Do you have a builder in your life?  These "Busy Builders" fabrics by Northcott would make that special boy a nice pillow case or quilt.
 
I bet you are thinking about all your sewing friends when you look at this "Seams Like Old Times" fabrics by RJR.  Don't you just love those old time sewing machines!
Anyone have a special interest in clocks?  Or how about that person in your life that is never on time?  Or what about that person who is always nagging you about not being on time?  Think of something for them using these "On Time" fabrics by windham Fabrics.
I fell in love with this fabric by Timeless Treasures called "Jessie."  It is so cute and I have to make myself a pillow case out of this.
Take a look at "Modern Love" by Northcott.  There is so much variety in these fabrics with the stripes, circles, zigzags.  Wow! 

ON ANOTHER NOTENickel Quilts has a tutorial for an interesting block.  You can use several of the above fabrics when making this block.  What a fun way to test your fabrics!

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Monday, December 16, 2013

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE HAPPY SCRAPPERS

The Happy Scrappers met this past Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Despite the snow, several of us were able to make it to the shop where we had a fun day.  I have lots to share with you.  Above Jill shows us her Pineapple Block that she made during Marilyn’s recent class.  I love the bright colors and scrappy look of this block.
I found this darling pillow at the shop.  I bet Marilyn made it for her Folded Star Class.  I understand she will be having another Folded Star Class soon and I hope to take it.  I love this star and it can be used in so many ways: pillow, hot pad, bed runner, table runner, etc. 
Look!  Diana even made a folded star coaster.  I think I showed you this before, but it was unfinished.  How cute.
Diana also made this sewing tool bag.  Above is how it looks all neatly folded and closed.
This is what it looks like when open.  This would be so handy.  Just keep all your tools and sewing supplies in it and you are ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Diana also made another Snowman Pillow.  I love how she designed the hat and put a little bell on the end.  Love her big button eyes too.
Lee Ann showed us her latest bag.  I think she said this was her smaller version of the weekender bag.  You should see all the pockets inside.  During the afternoon Lee Ann worked on another bag. I hope to show it to you soon.
Judi A. shows her stack-n-wack that she finished while we were there.  Isn’t it lovely!

 Here are a couple pictures of everyone working.  It was especially nice to be with friends after being cooped up in the house due to all the snow we are getting.  I know it could be worse and I’m not complaining. I know others elsewhere have it much worse.  I’m just saying…

DON’T FORGET:  The Whimsical Garden BOM meets this coming Tuesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  The class was moved up a week due to the upcoming holiday.

ON ANOTHER NOTEA Lemon Sqeezy Home has a tutorial for a lunch money cuff.  It would be a nice, quick Christmas gift.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Friday, December 13, 2013

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN IT SNOWS?

It’s snowing and I have cabin fever!  But I haven’t just been sitting around whistling Dixie.  Yesterday, since I couldn’t get out of the house to go to Happy Scrappers, I made some sock ornaments and some little wallets.
The pattern for these Scrappy Stocking Ornaments can be found at Stumbles & Stitches.  The pattern shows them made with scraps, but I didn’t have time for that, so I just used Christmas fabric.
 I love these little wallets.  The above picture shows what they look like when open.  I have several of different colors in my purse to help me get organized.  For instance all those little punch cards that I collect when going to various Fabric Stores are kept in one of these.  No more digging around in the bottom of my purse, or wondering which purse they are in, or wondering if they are still on the dresser where I left them when trying to clear out the clutter in my purse. The pattern is by Valori Wells Designs for Stitchin’ Post Publications

ON ANOTHER NOTEHow Joyful has a wonderful tutorial for a sewing caddy and detachable pincushion. 

PS:  Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.  Check it out.


Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FREE PATTERN


Not only is it a busy time of year, but it seems I've spent a great deal of time shoveling snow lately.  I was supposed to go to the Happy Scrapper's Bee today and thought I'd have lots of pictures for you.  However, my street has not seen a snow plow all season and I was afraid I'd get stuck in the snow, so I didn't venture out in my car today.  Above is a red work pattern that I first showed you when I started blogging in 2008.  You can find the link to the pattern hereEnjoy!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  Freemotion by the River has a darling make-up bag tutorial.  Check it out.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SHAME ON ME????



Isn't this the cutest picture?  I saw it here at Chicago Now.  I'm posting it also because I thought it would get your attention.  The other day when I posted about the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild I forgot to include the link to their blog.  You can find it here or on my sidebar.  Also, I forgot to include the link to Stephanie's blog, Peas In A Pod.  Her blog is also on my sidebar.  Both are blogs you will want to visit frequently.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  Check out Positively Splendid for a tutorial on see-through zipper pouches.  They would make a nice gift for a young child.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll


Monday, December 9, 2013

LAST MONTH FOR 2013 SAMPLER AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

The first 2013 Sampler Class for this month was held Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above are the three blocks we will be working on this month.  This is the last of the blocks for this sampler series.  Chris distributed information/instructions for putting the quilt together as well as talked about next year’s Sampler series.
This is a close up of this month’s large block.  This may surprise you what with all those little pieces, but I really like this block.
 Above Chris instructed us on how to easily make all those little 1 ½” half square triangles.
 Chris also showed us her start on putting the quilt together.  She also gave us an optional layout for those who don’t like to make things on point.

NOTICE:  Chris talked about the Sampler that will be held next year.  She said we would use a new tool and some of the blocks would be quite large.  She said these blocks will be a little bit more difficult and will stretch our skills.   Each participant will have a choice of fabrics: Batik, Civil War, 30s, regular.  You need to sign up for this series and indicate your choice of fabric for this Sampler.  The charge next year will be between $3 and $5 each month, depending on fabric in the kit.  Be sure to sign up for the new Sampler Series ASAP.  As before, there will be various classes offered during each month.
We had some show-n-tell after our class.  Above Robin shows us her door banner.  Isn’t it darling!
Marge made this lovely quilt.  She said it was made from leftover fabrics from a quilt she made for her sister.  Love these fabrics!
Vivian made this adorable snowman quilt.  I believe it was a BOM previously at the shop.  Great job!
Judy R. showed us this attractive table runner.  She does beautiful work.  Look at all the precise piecing.
Judy also made a couple small table toppers.  Look at those perfect points on this one!
And she made this one.  Perfect!
Melanie made this gorgeous table topper.  I forgot to ask if she did the quilting.  It is lovely.

DON'T FORGET: To check the calendar on the sidebar for upcoming classes and events. 
  • Marilyn's Folded Star class is Tuesday from 6 - 9 p.m. and she will be teaching the Pineapple Block and Folded Star class on Friday, Dec. 13th, 1-4 p.m.  
  • Happy Scrappers meets Wednesday and again on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

ON ANOTHER NOTE
: Just in case you have all your Christmas sewing completed and are looking for something to do, check out Exuberant Color for a new idea.

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.