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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ATTIC WINDOW HAS A QUEEN!

Karen was Queen of the Bees In The Attic Bee Hive when they met Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

These are the blocks she asked us to make for her.  As you can tell, some of the little Bees were busy this morning and didn't make it to our meeting.  I hope we get to see this quilt when it is complete!
Charity will be the Queen next month.  She distributed kits with fabric and instructions.  She is holding up a sample of the block we are to make.
We need to add the flower fabric.
She has asked us to use bright fabrics.
We had a little show-n-tell too.  Above Cathy shows us her quilt.  Last month when she was Queen, we gave her blocks to make this quilt.  You can see and read about it here.
This is the back of the quilt.  Cathy used our little pieces left over from our blocks to make the pinwheels.  She used the Quilt As You Go Method for quilting this quilt.  She left one seam open to show us how she did it.  Great job, Cathy!  She must have really worked day and night to put this King Size quilt together and quilted in just a month.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 24
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, Aug. 26
While at the shop, don't forget to pick up your passport for the The Country Fair Road Tour of 2017 held October 12, 13, & 14.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Buttons and Butterflies has a tutorial for an Itsy Bitsy Spider pillow.  Scroll all the way down for the tutorial.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME IT IS COFFEE TIME!

I worked on this little mug rug this weekend.  I love mug rugs. I like them to protect my burl wood tables.  I like them for the color they add to the room.  Most of all...I like them because they hide the dust.  This pattern is from the book Learn To Make Quilted Mug Rugs.  Now to sandwich and quilt this little mug rug.  

A busy week is coming up for the Attic Window Quilt Shop.   Check out the classes below.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sling Bag, Monday, Aug. 21
  • Bee, Tuesday, Aug. 22
  • Bee Hive, Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Cookbook BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • QAYG Placemat, Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday p.m., Aug. 23
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 24
  • Notebook, Friday, Aug. 25
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, Aug. 26
While at the shop, don't forget to pick up your passport for the The Country Fair Road Tour of 2017 held October 12, 13, & 14.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Freshly Pieced has a tutorial for a Minnesota Block, part of their summer Sampler series.  I have to try this one! 
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, August 18, 2017

JUST PLAYING AND CLASSES

I know I have numerous UFOs that I should be working on.  However, when I was blog hopping the other day I saw this Quilt As You Go on Hey Let's Make Stuff.  It is called Scottish Thistle. In my QAYG class next Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop we will be making a simple place mat, but I want to show students this so they can see that QAYG is not limited.

Speaking of Classes, don't forget that Lee Anne will be showing you how to make this lovely Sling Bag on Monday.
And Marilyn will be showing you how to make this awesome Notebook on Friday.   Call the shop to register for all classes and get a supply list.  I'm thinking all of these are great gift ideas.

Don't forget to get your $5 passport for The Country Fair Road Tour of 2017 held October 12, 13, & 14

You will enjoy discounted shopping, play games, earn prizes, have refreshments, watch demos, enter 4 grand prize drawings, collect 4 tickets for shopping at a later date, collect prize winning tea towels and have lots of fun.  Participating shops are Attic Window Quilt Shop, 5363 Alpine, NW, Comstock Park, MI; New Ewe, 59 State Road, Newaygo, MI; Quilted Memories, Inc., 9919 Business US 31, Montague, MI; and Seven Sisters Quilt Shop, 210 W. Main Street, Carson City, MI.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
  • Sling Bag, Monday, Aug. 21
  • Bee, Tuesday, Aug. 22
  • Bee Hive, Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Cookbook BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • QAYG Placemat, Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday p.m., Aug. 23
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 24
  • Notebook, Friday, Aug. 25
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, Aug. 26
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A GAL WITH A KIND HEART

 
While at Happy Scrappers at the Attic Window Quilt Shop last week, Jill stopped by and showed us this pillow she made.  She said a friend whose husband had recently died, asked her to make a pillow out of one of his shirts. So this is what Jill came up with.
This is a closeup of the pillow.  Jill said she is making a cover for the pillow so you will see that at the  neckline of the shirt.  This is such a clever idea!
Jill and her daughter recently vacationed in Argentina.  Jill brought back this beautiful bag which I had to show you.  She said that in a certain section of the town the people painted their houses all these pretty colors.  I bet that was awesome.  Thanks, Jill, for sharing with us.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • This is keep you busy.  Jacquelynne Stevens has 19 free bird projects to sew.  I particularly like the Remote Owl Pillow!
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

UPCOMING CLASSES AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

There are some new classing being held next week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is the Sling Bag that Lee Anne will be showing you how to make.  It looks like an easy bag to make.  I bet you can think of someone who would like it for Christmas.  The class is Monday, August 21 from 6-9 p.m.
Marilyn will show you how to make this beautiful notebook.  You can read all about it here.  Another fun gift to make.  This class is Friday, August 25, at 10 a.m.
I will be teaching you how to make a quilt as you go place mat.  The class is Wednesday, August 23, from 1-4.

For all these classes please call the shop to register and get a supply list.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, August 14, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY!

Mark your calendar now!

The Country Fair Road Tour of 2017 will be held October 12, 13, & 14

Jump in your car and take a ride on The Country Fair Road Tour.  You will enjoy discounted shopping, play games, earn prizes, have refreshments, watch demos, enter 4 grand prize drawings, collect 4 tickets for shopping at a later date, collect prize winning tea towels and have lots of fun.  Participating shops are Attic Window Quilt Shop, 5363 Alpine, NW, Comstock Park, MI; New Ewe, 59 State Road, Newaygo, MI; Quilted Memories, Inc., 9919 Business US 31, Montague, MI; and Seven Sisters Quilt Shop, 210 W. Main Street, Carson City, MI.

In order to participate in this road trip and enjoy all the wonderful benefits you need to go to one of the four participating shops and purchase your $5 Fun Pass.  Then hop in your ride and get on the road and enjoy the tour!
Sign up today!! You won't want to miss this one!

A NOTE ABOUT COOLING BEADS:  Several have asked about where we got the cooling beads.  Cathy said that she got her cooling beads, Ashland Water Jewels, at Michael’s.  She said that if people are concerned about chemicals near their head, mouth and whatever, she would recommend these non-toxic beads.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Bee, Tuesday, Aug. 15
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, August 13, 2017

ANOTHER PERFECT DAY

We had another perfect day when the Happy Scrappers met Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above, Marti shows us the cooling neck scarf that she made.  I love the fabric she chose for her scarf.  Marti said in the past she has purchased over a dozen of these and it is nice that she can now make her own.  A reader recently asked where you get the cooling beads.  Cathy is the one who found them for us.  She said you can find them in the flower section of craft stores or in the garden center at home improvement centers.  They are very tiny before you pump them up with water.  Cathy said that after we make our scarf we should put it in the refrigerator in a zip lock bag when not wearing the scarf.  If the beads return to solid form you just soak your scarf in water to reconstitute the beads.
The rest of the day Marti worked on this adorable baby quilt that she is making for charity.  The fabric is so cute.  The red has paw prints on it and the pink has little bears.
Lee Anne continued working on her charity quilt using these beautiful charm squares.  Hope to get a picture when it is finished.
 I worked on making five more of these "Z" blocks.  Now I'm trying to decide if I want sashings between the blocks or what?  Any suggestions?
I also worked on these little bows for a Christmas table runner.  This is from the book Angles With Ease 2.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Monday, Aug. 14
  • Bee, Tuesday, Aug. 15
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew 4 Home has a tutorial for a Slimline Waste Pack.  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LEARNING, SEWING, SOCIALIZING: A PERFECT DAY!

 
There was a lot of learning and sewing going on when the Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday.  Above Marilyn graciously models a cooling neck scarf that we made.
First we had to sew the tube and turn it inside out.
Above teacher Cathy, instructs Val on how to cut the ends of the scarf.
Then they filled Val's tube with the cooling beads.
This is a close up of them pouring those slippery beads into the tube.
Val and I model our new cooling scarves.  Mine is going to my DIL.
After that, Marilyn shows how to use a new tool.
When I saw this block that Marilyn made, I knew I had to get that tool and make some of these.
This is the tool from Creative Grids.  When you are making lots of these blocks, this tool helps you to strip piece.  You gotta see it to know what I mean.
After all that learning, we got down to the business of sewing.  Lee Anne is starting another charity quilt using these beautiful charm squares.
Mary is working on a quilt for charity too.  She is using her 30's fabrics.
Above Cathy is putting much thought into her table runner.
Here it is all finished.
I love this fabric with the ants and watermelon.  Good job Cathy!

A special thanks to Marilyn and Cathy for giving of your time to teach us today!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 10
  • UFO Night, Friday, August 11
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, August 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, August 6, 2017

WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Hello Quilters.  I wasn't able to get to the Attic Window Quilt Shop this weekend, so I don't have any pictures from there to show you.  I did get a new camera (my kids got it for me for my birthday) and I've been playing with it.  So, I'll show you what I've been up to today.  It really is a bit of this and that.  I can't seem to make up my mind which project to focus on.  Have you ever had days like that?  Above is a cat wall hanging that I'm working on.  I can't figure out how to draw the whiskers on the cat so I can stitch them.  I'll have to ask Brian since his wall hanging inspired me to make one too.
While cleaning, I found twelve Grandmother's Flower Garden English Paper Piecing pieces that I started probably ten years ago.  Since I will be dog sitting next week, I thought doing handwork upstairs might be a good idea.  That way I can keep an eye on the dogs.  So I spent much time today making the card stock templates for those little white diamonds around each flower.
And, last but not least, I worked on this little phone case that my daughter asked me to make.  Some time ago I made a Slouch bag for her out of this fabric. You can see that bag here.  Yesterday she complained because, "everything falls to the bottom and I can't find my phone."  She thinks a little case, without a zipper, only a flap, will enable her to reach down into that bag and easily grab her phone.  Well, we'll see how that works.   Right now, I'm waiting for her to tell me if this is the correct size for her phone before I finish this project.
Don't forget Happy Scrappers meets on Wednesday and Cathy will show us how to make these cooling scarves.

PS:  I think the new camera is working okay, don't you?

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, August 7
  • Bee, Tuesday, August 8
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, August 9
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 10
  • UFO Night, Friday, August 11
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, August 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Tea Rose Home has a tutorial for a swaddle blanket with self binding.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MAKE DOLLS WITH JULIE

School will soon be back  in session!  You know what that means...time for some me time!  Join us at Attic Window Quilt Shop on Thursdays in September and October for Gail Wilson's Kate Greenaway dolls.  The price for class is $50 (includes all the Thursdays in Sept and Oct).  Students will need to purchase their pattern $18, and supplies (body fabric, skin and face paint, and roving, etc.) from www.gailwilsondesign.com.  For a description and ordering info of the dolls, see cloth dolls page 6 on Gail's website.  
Teacher Julie L. sent these pictures of the beautiful dolls that she made and you will be making in her class. For the first class, students need to bring their sewing machines and basic sewing supplies.  You will also need a half yard of good quality quilting fabric in a khaki or tan color and thread to match. You must also, have the KG doll pattern from Gail Wilson. Pick up a supplies list and class syllabus at the first class.
Special note:  You might want to ask Gail if she has a kit available and purchase that as Julie no longer has extras of this doll. Students who purchase a pattern also need to purchase paints, roving, small buttons, etc. to complete their doll and Gail Wilson.com is the best place to do it because the perfect color skin and face detail paints and very tiny buttons are very hard to find locally. When you place your order, mention that you are a participating in a class that starts Sept 1, to be sure you get your pattern in time. Order at least two weeks in advance please! 

Class starts Thursday, Sept 7, 2017 and runs every Thursday thru September and October. 
  
http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/all_page_content/cloth_dolls_6.html

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Friday, August 4
  • Sampler & Bee, Saturday, August 5
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, August 7
  • Bee, Tuesday, August 8
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, August 9
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 10
  • UFO Night, Friday, August 11
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, August 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew 4 Home has a tutorial for a collapsible storage basket.
Caroll,
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Who doesn't want to see new fabric?  Who doesn't want to start a new project?  I know I do.  Above, Marilyn shows us this adorable baby quilt.  Guess what...she did't have to piece all those little squares.  She bought the panel and coordinating fabric at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

Above is a close up of the fabric, and then this even closer look at one of the darling squares.  What kid wouldn't love this!!!
This panel is Silent Night by Northcott.
These are the coordinating fabrics.
Bolts of this fabric are at the shop, but took a picture of the fat quarters because it is easier for me.  These are called Mon Cheri by Robyn Pandolph for Home Essentials.
These fabrics are called Nuts & Bolts by Michael Miller Fabrics.
These are Marmalade by Cathy Hall for Andover Fabrics.

So much to see.  Stop in at the shop today and pick up some fabric for that new project you want to start!

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful summer.  August is here all ready!  Can you believe that?  Before we know it the kids will be back in school and we'll be starting our sewing for Christmas.  Better start thinking about that now!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, 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.