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Thursday, March 31, 2016

DON'T GIVE UP ON HOPE

My Great Grandson’s interest in code has brought back memories. Years ago, during the late 40's, my father decided he wanted to become an armature radio operator.  Back then you had to pass a test in order to obtain a license.  You had to know the Morse code and be able to send and receive it on some kind of key thingy at a certain speed. I was elected to help my father do this.  

Excitement skidded through me.  I was going to do something BIG with my father.  I was going to help him.  My father had just returned from the war and I was eager to show him how happy I was that he was back.  I think I was about ten years old at the time.  I beamed as I sat beside him and we went over the sheet of paper with the code alphabet.  In no time I set about memorizing the dots and dashes.  This was going to be so much fun.

I had to learn how to send the code quickly over telegraph wires like Dad had told me they did during the war.

Dad gave me a little key that I could tap the code on, sending signals to where ever I wanted. It reminded me of what the teletype man used in the movies. Maybe I'd be a movie star some day!  This was going to be so much better than that old secret decoder ring on the radio.    

Soon I received a set of my very own headphones.  I was giddy with excitement.  

Then it began. The BIG day had arrived.  My father said that we had done enough memorizing and practicing on our own.  He took his headphones and key thingy and went into another room in the house and we got ready to send each other a message.  

“I’ll send a message to you and then you translate and send me a message,” my father said. 

Dutifully I waited and before long I could hear …dah di dah di…coming through my headphones.  Sweat rolled down my forehead as tried to listen and make out the letters. 

The beeps were coming...coming...coming way too fast. They tumbled over each other and I couldn't concentrate.  

I struggled for days.  I saw dots and dashes in my sleep.  I couldn’t eat without spelling out each food on my plate in dots and dashes .

This went on for a few weeks…me sending, my father yelling from the other room, “FASTER”.

My little fingers scribbled the letters as fast as they could.  Still, some of those beeps slipped by.

“It’s a basic word,” my father would yell from the other room.  

Dah, di dah di di dah dah

“It’s Cat.  Can’t you spell CAT?”

After a week of his yelling and my choking up, it happened.  He gave up on me.  

To this day I can still see my father bolt out of that other room, take the key thing and head phones away from me and shake his head in dismay.  I never could get my brain and hand to work in coordination or get my brain to work fast enough to know what letter was being sent. 

My father never did get his license.  

My father may have given up on me, but those memories and my desire to learn Morse code remains.

Today there are opportunities for kids to learn the code.  In Spokane Washington the kids learned code to do a scavenger hunt.  I read on the internet that 93 of those students earned their license.  Somehow I can’t imagine my serious father making it into a game.

A couple of years ago I decided I would make a quilt filled with Morse code.  I am still thinking about that. (I’m a slow thinker.)  When Chris had a machine appliqué class I took the class and machine appliquéd around these letters on the placemat above.  Each letter in Morse code is beneath the word “Hope”.  

I finally finished this placemat and will put it out for my Great Grandson when he comes to visit.  Maybe he’ll want to learn more about the Morse code too.  I hope so.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • New Age Sampler - Saturday, Apr. 2
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
 ♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

IS THIS A GUY THING?

As promised, here is a picture of my placemat that I made at the Attic Window Quilt Shop when I took the Make It Take It class with teacher Vickie S.
Actually this is what I accomplished during class.  I just needed to bind the four of them when I got home.
The four placemats together.  I made them for my grandson who is moving into a new apartment.  His first time on his own.  I think they look mannish, don't you?

Several of you have asked me about the pattern.  The pattern is by Cut Loose Press and is Twist 'N Twirl Placemat.  You will need the Creative Grids Non-Slip Scrap Crazy 8" ruler, and a Placemat Craft Pack in oval or round.  You can call the shop for supplies.

I'm eager to see what Make It Take It classes are held in April.  These are always fun classes to take and I love when I leave a class with a sense of accomplishment!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • New Age Sampler - Saturday, Apr. 2
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
♥ Caroll, Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Monday, March 28, 2016

YOU CAN EASILY MAKE THIS GAME

Check out this adorable little game box that I recently saw at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Do you know a child who might like this?  You can easily make it with the fabric from the shop.

 Sally J. made this box and the pieces inside as a sample for the shop.  The little box and the squares inside are made from a panel.

 This is a section of the panel. The fabric is Henry Glass ABC123.

This is another close up of the darling panel.  Stop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today and pick up this panel and make a great gift for a child.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Open Bee - Tuesday, Mar. 29
  • New Age Sampler - Saturday, Apr. 2
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Why Not Sew has a tutorial for a Farmer's Wife Letter Holder.
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles


Sunday, March 27, 2016

HOW TO HAVE FUN WHILE MAKING PLACE MATS

If you read this blog frequently, you know what a fun group of quilters meet at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  It rained last Thursday when we met for Vickie's Place Mat class.  I caught Yvonne with this headgear protecting her lovely do!  What a hoot!  But really, where else can  you get such good ideas!  Now you know what to do when you forget your umbrella!

 After we all stopped laughing, Vickie S. started the class.  If you are a visual learner like me, you will love attending her classes.  She has each step on a poster board so it is easy to follow along as she tells us what to do.
Vickie also showed us this lovely table runner that we could make using the special tool that we bought to make our place mats.  I always appreciate learning of various ways I can use a tool.  It is so much better to be able to use a tool more than once.

Above, Eleanor S. shows us the first step in making our place mats.  Love her fabrics.

Gail C. made this stunning place mat.  Can't you just imagine four of those on a table!  Lovely!

Rosa shows her four blocks sewn together.

Here is Rosa after she has stitched the place mat together.  Next step is quilting and then binding.

Jill has her blocks together.  I think she is going to add a center button before she makes it into a place mat.
Vickie helps Lee Anne and Yvonne with cutting their fabrics.  That cutting can be a little tricky.

 These are Lee Anne's blocks ready to be sewn together.

Above are Yvonne's blocks waiting to be sewn.  You are not seeing double.  Yvonne and Rosa are using the same fabrics for their place mats.

I'll show you my place mats on another day, after I get the binding on, which I have to do today because my grandson is moving into his own apartment this week and I want them for his table.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • UFO - Monday, Mar. 28
  • Open Bee - Tuesday, Mar. 29
  • New Age Sampler - Saturday, Apr. 2
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Why Not Sew has a tutorial for a Honey Bee quilt.
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Thursday, March 24, 2016

YOU WILL WANT THIS FABRIC!

There are some beautiful new fabrics in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  The fabric line is Locally Grown by Windham Fabrics.  There is a lot you can do with this fruit and vegetable fabric.

 Jill made these adorable potholders.
 This is a close up of one of those pot holders.

Jill also shows us this panel that is in the same line.

This is what Jill did with that panel and all those lovely fabrics.  Stop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and pick up these fabrics before they are all gone.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Make It Take It - Thursday, Mar. 24
  • Scrappers Helping Hands - Saturday, Mar. 26
  • UFO - Monday, Mar. 28
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
  • Sew Lux has a tutorial for a darling Easter basket.
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A FUN GET TOGETHER AND SEW

Come Sew With Me was held Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Rosa and I were the only ones who showed up.  I think the terrible weather forecast kept everyone away.  Fortunately it was just rain here all day.  Above is this adorable baby quilt that Rosa worked on.
I put the binding on this charity quilt.
And I put the binding on this little table topper that I made for my DIL.  It looks cooked, but that is because it is laying on a folded quilt beneath it.  Sorry, but I'm to tired to take another picture.  This is made from scraps from another project that I had made her.  It is a QAYG and from the book Learn To Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla.
 I did see these basket samples at the shop.  Diana made them.  They come in three different sizes.  Diana said that she is going to use the large one to hold her tubes of fusible, interfacing, tracing paper, fuse and tear, all those things that we quilters seem to accumulate and do not want to fold so we wrap it around an empty wrapping paper tube or an empty paper towel tube.  What a good idea.  Watch for Diana's class in next month's calendar.

These are the samples of the place mats that we are going to make on Thursday during the Make It Take It class.  There is a class at 1 p.m. and another at 5 p.m.  Call the shop to see if there are any openings.

I was tired when I drug myself home after quilting all day, but was delighted to find this in the mail.  When my Great Grandson recently spent the night with me, he introduced me to a secret code.  Do you know what this says?  (shush...me either...I'm going to call his Mom).  Now I have to get busy and send a coded message back.  So I better go for now and get busy sewing....oops, coding.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Make It Take It - Thursday, Mar. 24
  • Scrappers Helping Hands - Saturday, Mar. 26
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Sunday, March 20, 2016

QUILTER ALERT - INSPIRING PROJECTS

Recently, while at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, Diana A. took some pictures and sent them to me to share with you.  Above Barb H. shows us two squares in the wool project she is working on.  The pattern is from Cottage Garden from Timeless Traditions.

Barb H. also made this fantastic T-Shirt quilt for her Grand niece.  What a thrill to receive a gift like this!
Nancy finished this beautiful quilt.  The pattern is Square Knots from Fresh Water Designs.

I miss so much when I can't make it to the shop and am thankful to Diana for sending me pictures of these stunning quilts!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Pineapple Ruler - Wednesday, Mar. 23
  • Come Sew With Me - Wednesday, Mar. 23 (This date is correct.  I made a goof on the calendar)
  • Make It Take It - Thursday, Mar. 24 (go here to see sample -second picture)
  • Scrappers Helping Hands - Saturday, Mar. 26
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Thursday, March 17, 2016

DO YOU LIKE MAKING DIFFERENT BLOCKS?

I want to show you what I've been working on this week.  I really have been doing something!  Above is a paper pieced block that I'm making for a charity quilt group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  The beautiful fabrics were donated and I searched for a pattern that would highlight them.  This pattern is from Quilter's Cache.  I think I'm going to like making this quilt.

Remember when the Happy Scrappers met last week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and Chris gave us a challenge?  These are my blocks.  I can't decide if I want to continue making blocks or turn this into a hot pad.
I belong to a Modern Bee Hive and above is the block for Queen Bee Lisa.  I hope she likes it.

DON'T FORGET:  Open Sew at the Attic Window Quilt Shop from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 18 and Saturday, Mar. 19

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • National Quilt Month Celebration at AW - Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18 and 19  Come in and get a FREE FQ with your purchase.
  • Pineapple Ruler - Wednesday, Mar. 23
  • Come Sew With Me - Wednesday, Mar. 23 (This date is correct.  I made a goof on the calendar)
  • Make It Take It - Thursday, Mar. 24 (go here to see sample -second picture)
  • Scrappers Helping Hands - Saturday, Mar. 26
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
  • Lillyells has a free pattern for a paper pieced butterfly block.
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

IT'S YOUR DAY

I just have a few things to show you today.  Above is this adorable place mat that Kathy made for the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  The pattern is from the book Table Please book #1.

I forgot to show you this.  Above is a spool holder that Lee Anne's husband made for her.  Now she can use those large spools of thread when sewing on her desk top machine.  Gene is a gem!!!

I also forgot to show you these two items.  Chris gave them to us when she gave the Happy Scrappers their challenge.  On the left is an item that will hold your bobbin and spool of thread together.  This little gadget is great for traveling or just keeping things together in your sewing room. I think you know what is on the right. LOL

DON'T FORGET:  Open Sew at the Attic Window Quilt Shop from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 18 and Saturday, Mar. 19

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • National Quilt Month Celebration at AW - Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18 and 19  Come in and get a FREE FQ with your purchase.
  • Make It Take It - Thursday, March 24
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
  • Lindsey Roads has a free pattern for a Pine Burr Beauty quilt block.
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SEARCH FOR THE STARS SHOP HOP COMING

Mark your calendar now.  Search for the Stars Shop Hop is April 14th to 23rd, 2016.  Eleven shops are participating.  You will get a free star pattern at each shop, plus discounts.  There is also a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at each shop.  Those who visit all 11 shops have a chance to win a Grand Prize of a $110 gift certificate and a 5 ½  yard fabric bundle.  You get all this for only a $5 passport which can be purchased at any of the participating shops.  Above is the table topper that Chris made from the star pattern that the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be giving all Shop Hoppers.  Sign up now!  You won't want to miss this fun event.

You will want to mark you calendar also for this fun Make It Take It class held at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Thursday March 24.  Vickie S. will be teaching you how to make these Twist-n-Turn place mats.  Two class times are being offered:  1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m.  Call the shop to register and get your supply list.

Note:  Open Sew at the Attic Window Quilt Shop from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 18 and Saturday, Mar. 19

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Mosaic Quilt - Thursday, Mar. 17
  • National Quilt Month Celebration at AW - Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18 and 19
  • Spring Craft Days – Friday, Mar. 18 and 19    CANCELLED  NOTE:  Spring Craft days has been moved to May.
  • Make It Take It - Thursday, March 24
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE
  • Friend and reader Heide told me about this link.  The Splendid Sampler is a BOM and looks like a lot of fun.  Thanks Heide for telling me about this.
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Monday, March 14, 2016

HOW TO GET A FREE FAT QUARTER

Okay, I promise, this will be the last time you see this quilt.  It is completely finished and is a QAYG from the book Learn To Quilt-As-You-Go by Gudrun Erla.  This book is filled with 14 projects and you can get it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.   NOTE:  In celebration of National Quilt Month, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is giving customers a free fat quarter and a discount on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, 2016. 
 Anita G. stopped in at the shop the other day and let me take pictures of her latest projects.
Anita said she is making these pillows for her sister.  Aren't they cute!
Marilyn made this sample for the shop.  What a cute Easter project!  What a nice hostess gift too.  For further information about this project, please call the shop.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Mosaic Quilt - Thursday, Mar. 17
  • National Quilt Month Celebration at AW - Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18 & 19
  • Spring Craft Days – Friday, Mar. 18 and 19    CANCELLED  NOTE:  Spring Craft days has been moved to May.
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Sunday, March 13, 2016

DO YOU LIKE A CHALLENGE?

 Note:  Free! Please read special note at end.
 Chris (owner of the Attic Window Quilt Shop) issued a challenge to the Happy Scrappers when they met this past Saturday at the shop.  We were told to bring strips of fabric of various sizes.  Then we were told to sew those strips into strata.  Above, she shows us our next step.

Chris had our rapt attention as we watched her demonstration.

Chris used Cathy's blocks when showing us our next step.
After the demo, we all got down to work.  Vickie S. and Diana A. put their strips together and made these blocks.
I caught Diana at the ironing board ironing those little cut off triangles on the corners of her blocks.
Diana likes to use all her scraps and she likes working with tiny things.  I'm eager to see how she will work these HST into her quilt.
 Lee Anne is busy sewing her strata.  Look at those luscious colors in her fabrics!

 Yvonne made this block.  I love her bright fabrics!

Yvonne said she is going to make her block into a hot pad and is going to use this square for the back.

 Rosa was finally back from her month-long cruise.  We sure missed her.
Rosa shows us the cross stitch that she did while on her vacation.

 Above, Jill irons her blocks that she is making into a quilt for someone who is graduating.  These pastel blocks are lovely.
 "You can tell everyone that I worked all day and made this," Janalee joked when I asked her what she was working on.  Actually, Janalee made these blocks then struggled with another project.  Judy F. helped Janalee with her endeavor.  I just love how helpful quilters are.
When she wasn't helping Janalee, Judy F. worked on this adorable redwork project.

Above are the blocks that Cathy M. also worked on that day.  They are for her Vintage Farm Girl BOM.

Above, Nancy works on a different project.  I think Nancy's favorite color is purple.  She always makes it look so delightful.

 Sheryl finished making this beautiful quilt.  When I asked her who she made it for, she said, "I think me.  I have to keep this one."  I would feel the same way if I made this quilt with these attractive fabrics.

 This is a close up of the applique blocks in Sheryl's quilt.  She did an excellent job of machine applique on these blocks.

Shuuuush, don't tell.  I snapped this picture when no one else was around.  I think Vickie S. is working on a new project.  It is wool and batiks.  Eager to see her finished project.

NOTE:  In celebration of National Quilt Month, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is giving customers a free fat quarter and a discount on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, 2016.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • Mosaic Quilt - Thursday, Mar. 17
  • National Quilt Month Celebration at AW - Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18 & 19
  • Spring Craft Days – Friday, Mar. 18 and 19    CANCELLED  NOTE:  Spring Craft days has been moved to May.
  • Search For The Stars Shop Hop - April 14-23 
    • Eleven Shops are participating.  Prizes will be awarded.  Passports are now available at only $5
Be sure and check the calendar on the Sidebar for more happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this week.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  
♥ Caroll, 
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

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.