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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NEW FABRIC AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 New panels are in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  These Christmas and Winter fabrics are from Bernatex.
 Why wait until next year for that mad rush to get your Christmas projects completed.  Start today with this adorable panel.

 These are the coordinating fabrics that go with the above panel.

And take a look at this.  I can see this panel cut up and made into pillows and/or table runners.  So cute.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Feb. 1
  • Sampler, Saturday, Feb. 3
  • Bee, Saturday, Feb. 3
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Feb. 5
  • Tuesday Bee, Tuesday, Feb. 6
  • Heart of Winter Tour, Saturday, Feb. 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Alamosa Quilter has a great tutorial for a Wonder Clip Pin Cushion.  So cute!
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A SPECIAL LADY SHARES HER WORK


Today when I was at the Attic Window Quilt Shop I met Kari.  She is from Norway and was showing us a "Bunad" that she made when she was 18 years old and still living in Norway.  Above she shows off her dress, hat, and little purse that she made.
Kari is so cute and I loved seeing her garment and all the handwork on it.  She said that it is custom for the young women to make their own dress, but sometimes the mother would do it. 
Kari said that it is custom to wear this dress for special occasions, such as a wedding, christening, baptism, confirmation.  She said that May 17 is Independence day in Norway and many wear this dress for that celebration.  She said that a "Bunad" is the same as a party dress.  The men have special clothes to wear too and their vests or pants also have this beautiful embroidery. 
 This is a closeup of her handwork.  Isn't it stunning!
Above is a close up of the embroidery on her purse.   Kari now lives in the United States, and has for a while, and has joined the Tuesday Bee.  Aren't quilters wonderful!  Thank you so much Kari for sharing your beautiful dress with us.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  I hate to tell you this, but the Attic Window Quilt Shop's bus for the Heart of Winter Tour on Saturday, Feb. 10th, is sold out!  You can call the shop and get on the waiting list in case someone has to drop out, or you can go to another shop and get on their bus.  There are four shops participating.  You can read about it here.  
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Trip Around the World, Wednesday, Jan. 31
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday, Jan. 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, January 28, 2018

ARE YOU A BUSY LITTLE BEE

 There are several different Bees going on at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Diana sent me pictures that she took last week during the Tuesday Bee.  Above, Beverly shows us her Paper Pieced blocks.  They look stunning.  I think I'm going to have to clear my schedule so I can go get a look at these blocks.  I love paper piecing and maybe I can get Beverly to give me some tips.  She must be an expert!
Diana sent this picture of Beverly's work in process.  The New Hampshire Star.  This is going to be another beautiful block!

Thanks so much Diana for sharing these photos with everyone.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  I hate to tell you this, but the Attic Window Quilt Shop's bus for the Heart of Winter Tour on Saturday, Feb. 10th, is sold out!  You can call the shop and get on the waiting list in case someone has to drop out, or you can go to another shop and get on their bus.  There are four shops participating.  You can read about it here.  
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • UFO Day, Monday, Jan. 29
  • Tuesday Bee, Tuesday, Jan. 30
  • Trip Around the World, Wednesday, Jan. 31
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday, Jan. 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BEES IN THE ATTIC AND COOKBOOK BOM MEET AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Adrienne was queen this month when the Bees In The Attic met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday.  Above, wearing her crown, Adrienne shows the blocks we made for her.  I think she will be making more of these over the next few months when she is visiting her homeland.  We will miss her. 
 
This is a little closer look at the blocks.
Roxanne is queen next month.  This month she distributed kits with fabric and directions for the blocks she wants us to make.  She asks that we make the Lattice block from the Fat Quarter Style book.  However, she asks that we do not continue as directed in the pattern.  Do not sew the blocks together.  She has a certain way that she will sew the blocks together.  Also, Roxanne asks that those little triangles that will be discarded when making these squares, be returned to her.  In fact, it will be helpful if you sew them together. 
We had some show-n-tell.  Above, Barb shows us the quilt that she made from the blocks we made and gave to her when she was queen.  You can see that post here.  I love this quilt!
This is a little closer look at Barb's quilt.
I showed everyone the table topper I recently made.  That Cathy insisted on taking a picture.  Oh, my!
Adrienne helped me hold up this quilt that Cathy and I made from the sample blocks for the Quilt Block Cookbook BOM.  Cathy put the blocks together and made the binding from scraps.  I sandwiched andquilted it and added the binding.  We plan on giving it to charity.
This will be the final block for the Quilt Block Cookbook BOM.  This block is Shine in the book.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Trip Around the World, Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Jan. 25
  • Beginning Quilting, Thursday p.m., Jan. 25
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 & 27
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FINALLY READY FOR FEBRUARY

I haven't been just sitting around whistling Dixie.  I finished this table topper that I showed you yesterday.  It was a fun and easy quilt.  I used my freezer paper method of applique, but Barb's pattern calls for the fuse method.  What can I say, I love hand applique.  You can read about the pattern here.
This is a picture of my quilting on the outside ring.  I did meandering inside the hearts.  Nothing turned out like I had hoped, but I had stared at the project for three days and finally decided to just do it!  I think it will look nice on my dining room table. 

Wednesday, the Bees In The Attic meets at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I will bring this table topper for show-n-tell.

Following the Bee meeting, the Quilt Block Cookbook BOM meets. Not only will I have this table topper for show-n-tell, but Cathy and I have a very special quilt to show you.  You won't want to miss this meeting.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  •  Bees In The Attic, Wednesday, Jan. 24 
  • Cookbook BOM, Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Trip Around the World, Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Jan. 25
  • Beginning Quilting, Thursday p.m., Jan. 25
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 & 27
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, January 21, 2018

ARE YOUR READY FOR FEBRUARY?

 It's almost February.  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  I had a pattern from Barb at Bejeweled Quilts and decided to make a table topper.  Also, I wanted to do some applique and this was the perfect project for that.  The pattern called for the hearts to be fusible but I had to use my Freezer Paper Method. Sorry about the dark photo.  It's been a dreary day here.
Here is how they looked after they were stitched down.  Now if I can only decide how to quilt it.
This is a closeup of the hearts.  I think this picture was taken before I stitched them down.
I saw on the Clever Chameleon Blog a tutorial for using those bits and pieces of left over fabrics to make a heart.  I certainly had lots of left over fabrics after making those hearts for that table topper, so I made the heart above.
Now I have that heart, and one left over heart from Barb's table topper (I made one too many) and lots of little hearts from the centers of those hearts in that table topper.  So now I'm trying to figure out a design for a table topper so I can use all these scraps up.  Any ideas?

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Tuesday Bee, Tuesday, Jan. 23
  •  Bees In The Attic, Wednesday, Jan. 24 
  • Cookbook BOM, Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Trip Around the World, Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Jan. 25
  • Beginning Quilting, Thursday p.m., Jan. 25
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 & 27
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GRAB SOME OF THESE FLANNELS

Have you seen these luscious flannels in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  They are from Windham Fabrics. Stop in and pick up some of these beautiful fabrics and make something warm and cuddly.  

What did you do today?  I worked on a Valentine project.  Speaking of Valentine's, Barb at Bejeweled Quilts is having a week long show of her "heart" quilts and is giving you a chance to win one of her patterns.  This Link will take you to day one.  Be sure to click through the other days to see her beautiful quilts.  Also, be sure to stop by and leave a comment on her blog.  This might be your lucky day.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Thursday, Jan. 18
    • Doll Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Beginning Quilting, 6-8 p.m.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, January 15, 2018

HAVE YOU TRIED FREEHAND CURVED PIECING?

I didn't get much done on Saturday when attending the Happy Scrappers at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  However, while there I saw a 2015 edition of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  In it there was an article where Jean Wells teaches a new technique, freehand curved piecing.  CT Publishing had sent me a video tutorial last year and I fell in love with what Jean did.  However, I never had time to try it out.  So Saturday I started this block and finished it today.  I will make three more and make them into a pillow as shown in the magazine.  This was especially exciting because I swore I would not buy new fabric until I used up some of my stash.  I quickly gathered up my stash of solids and used them for this block.  Now I will be all ready for the new solid fabrics that will soon be on the floor at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I got a glimpse of them and they are to die for!!

If you would like to see Jean's video, go to You Tube and google her name.  She has several videos on this technique.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16
    • Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Civil War BOM, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17
    • Sampler, 9:30 a.m.
    • Civil War BOM, 10 a.m.
    • Embroidery Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Trip Around the World Quilt, 3-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18
    • Doll Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Beginning Quilting, 6-8 p.m.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Jacquelynne Steves has a tutorial for a Valentine's Day Mini Quilt.  So cute and still time to make it.
  • Check out Mary Lou's post for today.  My wonky hearts and cat is on her blog.  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, January 14, 2018

HAVE YOU TRIED FOLDED FABRIC?


When I attended Happy Scrappers at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this past Saturday, I saw a number of women were working on folded fabric blocks.  Above are Rosa's blocks.
Then I saw Yvonne's blocks.  Aren't quilters the best!  I know those who come into the Attic Window Quilt Shop are willing and eager to share their knowledge.  So I called Cathy right away and told her about the folded fabric blocks because I know that is what she's been wanting to do.
So Cathy joined us too.  Above she and Diana try to figure out how to make a folded fabric block.
While Cathy, Diana, Rosa and Yvonne spent time on their folded fabric blocks, Nancy worked on making this lovely block.  It is a BOM this year at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
And Vickie D. made this bag that will hold all her various electronic cords.  I had her turn down the top so you could see that she is using snap tape across the opening.  I didn't know they had such a thing.  She told us that some snap tape has the snaps positioned about an inch and a half apart.  She looked around at the various stores until she found this one where the snaps are only an inch apart.  What a great idea!  I'm going to try that on my next bag.  She said she is surging the sides and bottom and then binding them with the same pink that is on the top.  Love that fabric!
Customer Anette Baron (left) stopped by to see what we were doing.  Above, Rosa is trying to help Cathy make that folded fabric block.
We thought Anette might be able to help as she does origami and showed us one that she does.
Finally, Cathy shows us her finished block.  Pretty!  While things were fresh in her mind she made four more after she got home that evening.

While all this was going on I was showing Marti how to do Freezer Paper Applique.  Only when I got home did I realize I never did take pictures of her project.  She is doing a challenge block and it is going to be adorable.  I hope to show the finished project soon.  And hope she wins the challenge!

Peggy stopped by during the day to pick up her Bee blocks since she didn't get them because our session was cancelled due to the weather.  ATTENTION:  Peggy asks that those Bee members who have not turned in their finished blocks for her please bring them to the shop and leave them at the front desk.  I think one person has dropped out so if that person does not intend to make the block please return Peggy's fabric to the shop.

Our dear friend Lee Anne could not be with us this week due to a physical challenge.  We wish her well and hope we will see her lovely smile back on the blog soon.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16
    • Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Civil War BOM, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17
    • Sampler, 9:30 a.m.
    • Civil War BOM, 10 a.m.
    • Embroidery Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Trip Around the World Quilt, 3-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18
    • Doll Bee, 10 a.m.
    • Beginning Quilting, 6-8 p.m.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?

 After running errands this morning (getting prepared for the flash freeze that is expected tonight), I decided to get some sewing done.  I had some fabric left over from when I made my grand daughter her Michigan State quilt, and since she said she needed a new makeup bag, I got busy and made this.
 She had told me she wanted plastic on the inside because sometimes her makeup spills and plastic makes it easy to clean.  Well, I could not imagine working with plastic to make this bag.  So I asked around.  Chris at the Attic Window Quilt Shop told me what to get.  I have no idea what the name of it is or who makes it, but it is a soft, cloth backed vinyl which should be easy to keep clean.  It was nice to work with.  I did get a smaller Sharp needle and used clips instead of pins. 
The pattern I used was the Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Noodlehead.  You can find a nice tutorial here.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Jan 12
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, Jan. 13
  • Heart of Winter Tour, Saturday, Feb. 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Connie at Freemotion By The River has a tutorial for an Alpine Snowflakes quilt.  Scrolll down to where you can download the entire tutorial and you will find the snowflake pattern there.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEET AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday.  Above, Cathy M. shows us the baby quilt she made during the day.  I think she said it was for a new neighbor.
Here is Mary again working on her 30s quilt.  Look at those pieces stack up as they whiz through her machine.  You go girl!
I'd like to introduce you to Pam N.  Above she is taking a lesson from Chris (shop owner).  I hope Pam will join us Happy Scrappers again.  Our group is open to all.  We call ourselves scrappers, but basically it's an open sew and you work on what you want to.
 Marilyn joined us today.  Above she is working on another Retreat bag.  After making a boatload of these bags for Christmas gifts, she said this one today is for her.
 Marilyn also worked on quilting this block.  You've seen it before.  She made it with the new Double Wide Dresden ruler.  Today, she decided to make it into a table topper.
 This is a closeup so you can see how she quilted it.
Marilyn also showed us this adorable little towel.  These lambs are made of very small yo-yos.  They are darling.
And last but not least, Cathy and I worked on making this block for the Cookbook BOM.  She's not fond of paper piecing so I made some of the block squares in this block and she did the rest.  I don't know about you, but when I am left to my own, I choose the easiest thing to do.  I have found that participating in these BOMs stretches my skills and I learn a lot that I wouldn't learn otherwise.

Diana was there working on the cutest Christmas Tree ornament.  She promised she'd send pictures tomorrow.  So be sure and check back because this is something to see.

DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip on Saturday, Feb. 10th.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Jan 11
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Jan 12
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, Jan. 13
  • Heart of Winter Tour, Saturday, Feb. 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Doodlecraft has a roll up glove box essentials caddy.  I'm thinking Christmas gift.  Why not start now?
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WHAT WE DO FOR OUR LOVED ONES

Before I leave the year behind, I want to show you this quilt that I made for my grand daughter for Christmas. Not the sort of thing I'm used to doing, but it did have some applique so that made it more enjoyable.  Besides, when a loved one asks me to make her a quilt, it thrills me.  Problem solved I know just what to do for Christmas.  I couldn't find a pattern that didn't have lots of itty bitty pieces involved, so the design is mine, wasn't difficult, but I copied the Spartan Head from a flag my daughter had.
 This is a close up of the quilting.
Another close up of the quilting.  My grand daughter is tall and my daughter kept telling me to make the quilt bigger.  It ended up too big for my small short arm so I had Mary Gee quilt it.  I think she did a tremendous job.  And my grand daughter loved the quilt.  Makes my heart sing.
DON'T FORGET to sign up for the Heart of Winter Tour bus trip.  You can read about it here.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the four shops on the tour.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Jan. 10
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Jan 11
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Jan 12
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, Jan. 13
  • Heart of Winter Tour, Saturday, Feb. 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Creatin' in the Sticks is blogging 30 blocks in 30 days.  There is a tutorial for each one.  The plan is to have an entire quilt at the end of 30 days. 
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.