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Thursday, September 29, 2016

FABRIC FRIDAY AT ATTIC WINDOW

 It's Friday and I wanted to show you some new fabrics in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is Carmen by Kanvas Studio.

 The above fabrics are from Marcus.  The three to the left are from the Centennial line.  The three to the right are Putty and Mortar.

Above are fabrics from the Rustic Winds line of Marcus Fabrics.

Stop in at the shop this weekend and pick up some of these beautiful fabrics.  I heard the other day that your husband said you could buy all the fabric you want.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Bargello Runner & Place Mat, Friday, Sept. 30
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Oct. 3
  • Little Jewels bag, Tuesday, Oct. 4
  • Beginning Foundation Paper Piecing, Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • Slashed 4-Patch, Friday, Oct. 7
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BEE HIVE AND COOKBOOK BOM AT ATTIC WINDOW

 Wednesday was a busy morning at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  First, the Bees In The Attic Bee Hive met.  Above is Queen Bee for this month, Cheryl.

 Last month Cheryl gave us instructions and fabrics to make these blocks for her.

 Above is a closeup of Cheryl's blocks.  That one little odd square on the left is a signature block.  I think this is going to make a lovely quilt.
Next month Lee Anne is Queen Bee and she has asked us to make this block.  Can't wait to see this quilt.
 Next up, the Quilt Block Cookbook BOM group met.  Cathy explained the BOM and went over the book by Amy Gibson that we will be using.  Above is a sample block that everyone will make from the kits distributed today.
 Above, Cathy is explaining things to the group.

 Chris gives a demonstration on using the Creative Grids flying geese ruler.

 We had some show-n-tell too.  Above, Shirley shows us her latest bag.  She used the Beach Bag kit that is available at the shop.  Shirley said this is her first attempt at applique.  What a great job she did!  The UCHS is for Unity Christian High School where her grandson plays football.  Shirley appliqued his jersey number 21 on the back of the bag, which she carries to all his ball games. Great job Shirley!
 Tammy Huff finished her Snow Globes quilt.  the pattern is by Crab Apple Hill.
This is a closeup of her adorable snow globe.  Wonderful!!

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Intermediate Quilting, Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Bargello Runner & Place Mat, Friday, Sept. 30
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Oct. 3
  • Little Jewels bag, Tuesday, Oct. 4
  • Beginning Foundation Paper Piecing, Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • Slashed 4-Patch, Friday, Oct. 7
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ART PRIZE IN GRAND RAPIDS

 My daughter came in to town today and we spent five hours visiting Art Prize.  I thought I'd show you some pictures of this awesome event.  Above is Mason The Tortoise, a collection of scrap metal.

 This is the Flower Power Elephant.

 The Path - one of three sculptures that represent the artist's interpretation of a spiritual voyage.

 Moan, a sculpture made of crochet flax cord then attached to a steel frame.

 Turning Away made entirely of 9,000 steel decking screws.

 We had music too!
 Above is Emoh: Sculpture/time capsule and temporary home. It is made of debris from demolished houses.  It represents our earth and backward system regarding homelessness, vacancy and the fragile environment.   The man in the front is making the inside of this sculpture his home during the Art Prize event.
 Care were painted.  I don't know how true it is, but someone told me that the person who gets the most votes on the painting done on one of these cars, gets a free car!

 Over the past year the artist and six kids painted over 1,000 rocks.  They were painted in matching pairs.  Half of the pairs are on display at the Children's Museum.  The matching half was hidden all over Grand Rapids.  When you walk around Grand Rapids and see one of those rocks, you are to take a picture of it and share it on social media with the #RockAroundGR.  What a cute idea!

 This piece touched my heart.  It is PTS by Cassandra Burgess.

 This is called Wounded Warrior and these toy green army men made the full size wheel chair below.
 The Wounded Warrior made entirely out of toy green army men.

 This is The Last Whistle.  The iconic blue collar worker of our American history, whose significant contributions to the fabric of our society and the strength of our economy, is very likely part of your ancestry.
 There was also art made entirely of LEGO toy pieces.

 Birth of an Idea - a radial mandala design using quilled paper.

 There was a little humor too.  Vincent van Gogh Observed - four humorous fictions about the artist.

I thought this a good way to end the day.  Flushed IBD - Let's Find a Cure!

The above pictures represent a very small part of Art Prize.  This event is large and takes a lot more time than we had to see everything. It is an event I look forward to each year.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Bees in the Attic Bee Hive, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Cookbook BOM,  Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Freezer Paper Applique, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Intermediate Quilting, Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Bargello Runner & Place Mat, Friday, Sept. 30
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

QUILT BLOCK COOKBOOK BOM

Members of the Monday Evening group of the Block Cookbook BOM met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  This was our first meeting and above is a picture of the Criss Cross Applesauce Block that we will be making this month.  All blocks will come from Amy Gibson's The Quilt Block Cookbook.
 This block is an easy one, made with a square, half square triangles and flying geese.  Above, we watch as Chris gives us a demonstration on how to use a special ruler.

 Questions were asked and answered.

We even watched a video on various ways to use the ruler.

For those of you who missed our meeting on Monday, feel free to come to the day time meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

NOTICE:  If you are looking for the Witch's Feet pattern on the sidebar, please shoot me an email and I will send it to you.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Cookbook BOM,  Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Beginning Quilting, Tuesday, Sept. 27
  • Bees in the Attic Bee Hive, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Freezer Paper Applique, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Intermediate Quilting, Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Bargello Runner & Place Mat, Friday, Sept. 30
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

YOU CAN DO LOTS WITH QAYG

Marilyn and I had a Quilt As You Go one-on-one Friday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Marilyn said she had a bunch of homespun fabrics she wanted to use, so she decided to make her quilt with those.  During our session she made two blocks, learned how to attach them to each other. and quilted them.  She did a wonderful job and I can't wait to see the finished quilt.
Above is a closeup of one of her blocks.  There are a multitude of ways to quilt these blocks and Marilyn chose to use the straight line method.  That is my favorite.
While Marilyn made her blocks, I decided to use up some of my black and white scraps and made the above mug rug.
I've decided to use this base and applique this bright flower on it.  Haven't decided what to use for binding.  You can learn my Freezer Paper Applique method and make a mug rug with me on Wednesday, September 28, from 2 - 3 p.m.  Call the shop to register and get a supply list.

NOTICE:  If you are looking for the Witch's Feet pattern on the sidebar, please shoot me an email and I will send it to you.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • UFO, Monday, Sept. 26
  • Cookbook BOM, Monday, Sept. 26 or Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Beginning Quilting, Tuesday, Sept. 27
  • Bees in the Attic Bee Hive, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Freezer Paper Applique, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Intermediate Quilting, Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Bargello Runner & Place Mat, Friday, Sept. 30
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

MORE FINISHES BY MISTI

When recently talking to Misti (co-worker) I learned that her quilt was finished.  Naturally I had to see it and take a picture to show you.  Isn't it lovely!  Misti said it is a Christmas gift and I'm not telling who she is giving it to.

This closeup shows you the adorable kitten fabrics she used in the quilt.  As I recall, she said the quilt came as a kit.

But the kit did not include this beautiful Moda fabric that Misti used on the back of her quilt.  She actually has two quilts in one!

Misti also showed me this table topper, table runner, and mug rug that she recently completed.

This is a closeup of one of the blocks.  Misti said that the Primitive Gardens pattern was for a quilt.  However, during a recent move, the pattern was misplaced and Misti decided to make the blocks that she had finished into these other items instead.  Pretty clever, don't you think?

Thanks Misti for sharing your lovely work with us.

NOTICE:  If you are looking for the Witch's Feet pattern on the sidebar, please shoot me an email and I will send it to you.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Quilt As You Go, Friday, Sept. 23
  • Scrappers Helping Hands, Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Bees in the Attic Bee Hive, Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Cookbook BOM, Monday, Sept. 26 or Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

IT'S PERSONAL


Today I want to show you the PJs I made for my great grandson.  I didn't have a pattern, so I took his clothes and traced a pattern.  Worked well on the shorts, but I had a little trouble with the top.  The point is, he picked out the fabric himself and told me what to make with each piece.  I love it when that happens.  Isn't he one handsome dude!

I wanted to show you this too.  It has been a wonderful growing season here in Michigan.  This Sweet Autumn Myrtle  Clematis is loaded with blooms.  I love how it's sweet fragrance drifts through my back yard.  I read recently that Autumn shows us that there is beauty in letting go.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Sew Together Bag, Thursday, Sept. 22
  • Quilt As You Go, Friday, Sept. 23
  • Scrappers Helping Hands, Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Cookbook BOM, Monday, Sept. 26 or Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Quilts On The Grand, October 7 - 9 at the Delta Plex
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A READER SHARES HER QUILT

Marjorie, a reader from Utah, sent me this picture of her latest One Block Wonder quilt.  Isn't it stunning!  I love these fabrics.
Above, is a closeup of the fabric she used.  Wow!  Does this bring back memories.

Thanks Marjorie for sharing your beautiful quilt with us.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Machine Applique, Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Sew Together Bag, Thursday, Sept. 22
  • Quilt As You Go, Friday, Sept. 23
  • Scrappers Helping Hands, Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Cookbook BOM, Monday, Sept. 26 or Wednesday, Sept. 28
Be sure to check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: 
  • The Sewing Directory has a tutorial for making a man's wallet.  This would make a great Christmas gift!
Caroll,
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Monday, September 19, 2016

STAND 'N STOW BAGS AT THE ATTIC WINDOW

Check out all these beautiful bags that students made during a recent Stand 'n Stow bag class that Marilyn taught at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I attended a previous class where I made this bag with Marilyn and I can tell you it is easy to make.  You can read about it here.

There are lots of fun classes to take at the shop.  Check out the Sew Together Bag on Thursday.  If you like making bags, you'll love this.  Mine goes with me on every trip north.  You can read about it here.

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Machine Applique, Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Sew Together Bag, Thursday, Sept. 22
  • Quilt As You Go, Friday, Sept. 23
  • Scrappers Helping Hands, Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Cookbook BOM, Monday, Sept. 26 or Wednesday, Sept. 28
Be sure to check the check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: 
  • Quilty Habit has a tutorial for a gemstone block.  Looks easy.
Caroll,
Caring , Sharing and Creating Smiles

Sunday, September 18, 2016

BET YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS!

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?  Vickie S. made this stunning quilt and showed it to us when recently at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

This is a little different view.  I had a difficult time getting it all in and I wanted you to see it all!  Vickie does excellent work and is a great teacher.  Thank you Vickie for sharing with us!  This quilt is awesome!

DON'T FORGET these happenings at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
  • Batik BOM, Monday, Sept. 19
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Machine Applique, Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Sew Together Bag, Thursday, Sept. 22
  • Quilt As You Go, Friday, Sept. 23
  • Scrappers Helping Hands, Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Cookbook BOM, Monday, Sept. 26 or Wednesday, Sept. 28
Be sure to check the check the calendar on the sidebar for happenings this week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: 
  • Sew Fresh Quilts has a mini tutorial for a Boxes N Bows table runner.  Scroll down to get the info.
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.