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Sunday, July 29, 2018

HAVE YOU TRIED THESE PLACEMATS?

What have you been working on this weekend?  I didn't get much accomplished as I wanted to be outside in this beautiful weather.  However, I did put the binding on four place mats and the table runner that I'm making for my son and DIL.
 This is the table runner.  I'm not used to working with batiks and find that I really like it.  Check out all the fabulous batiks at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I did minimal quilting because that is what my son wanted.  Hope it looks better after I get the binding sewn on and it is ironed.
These are four of the six place mats.  All finished.  I have two more tops made and the backing ready but an waiting for the Bosal inserts.  I placed the order at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I love how these place mats are so quick and easy to make and look so smooth and finished.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Monday, July 30
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 31
  • Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, July 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, July 27, 2018

THIS GAL IS HEAD OF THINGS!

Look at what Charity made!  She completed blocks 1 and 2 of the First Blush BOM that starts at the Attic Window Quilt Shop in September.  Charity chose the yellow background.  But you can chose the background you want.  I think I'm going to use white....or maybe a small print.  Haven't decided yet.  Call the Attic Window Quilt Shop and sign up for this fun BOM.  The books are in and you need to decide on a background fabric, so call the shop soon.  September will be here before you know it.  The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  You can read more about it in a previous post here.  Back then I called it the Starburst BOM but I guess the name has been changed to First Blush BOM.  Whatever, it is sure to be a fun BOM.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 27 & 28
  • Stitch-In, Monday, July 30
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 31
  • Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, July 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Quilt Fiction has tutorial and free pattern for a double windmill quilt.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

NOW I KNOW WHY

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right and you get frustrated?  Today was one of those days for me.  The carpenter didn't call me back.  The Pest Control place (I think I have carpenter ants) did not answer phone.  And the package from a local department store where I had ordered a knit shirt, arrived.  They sent me a can opener!  Good grief! Talk about frustration. I did the best thing I could do.  I marched to my sewing room and got to work.  Now I can see why they call quilting/sewing therapy.  I felt so much better after sewing all these blocks together,
Next I will sew these together.
Then after adding another piece to make a square, I will put them together to make a place mat.
I'm using the pattern from Cut Loose Patterns.  Saw it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and had to have it.
This is the table runner to go with the six place mats.  You have probably guessed that these are not my colors.  My son picked them out and asked me to make the table runner and place mats for the table in his new house.  Naturally, I jumped at the idea.  And how wonderful to have a project like this to help me forget all about my frustration.  (A can opener!)

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 26
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 27 & 28
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, July 22, 2018

STITCH-IN FUN AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

When I stopped in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this past Saturday, the Stitch-In was in session.  Above Tammy shows us this nice iron cover that she made.  You can use it as a pressing pad as well as wrap your warm iron in it when you are ready to go home.  No more burned carpet in the car.
Adrienne (left) made an iron pad/cover too.  Above you can see how the case folds around your iron.  NOTE:  When Happy Scrappers met recently, Adrienne was looking at a pink batik fabric.  Look at the lovely dress that she made out of it.  Great job Adrienne!
 This was the scrappy technique that was being taught.  You use your scraps by sewing them to old adding machine tape, and then use these strips to make a block.  I wish I had taken a picture of the block they made, but forgot.  Sorry.  Above are Adrienne's strips.
 Diana made these strips.  Notice that on some of the pieces she sewed scraps together to make the strip wide enough to go across the tape.  Great idea Diana.
Nancy shows us the block she is making for Sampler.  Love those colors.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 24
  • Civil War BOM, Tuesday, July 24
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday, July 25
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 26
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 27 & 28
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, July 19, 2018

HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?

 I was so excited when I saw a poinsettia table runner during a recent shop hop. I thought I'd make it as a sample for the Attic Window Quilt Shop. The pattern is free from So Sew Easy on Craftsy.  I figured it would be a snap to make.  Easy peasy.  Wrong!
I don't know what I did, but apparently something happened because my circles were not the same size so when I put the circles together to make the flower, my points came out like this.  Yikes!  I either made a mistake during cutting (I cut two circles at once) or I forgot to position my needle at the same place when sewing.
I was going to take it all apart, then figured I'd just use this one for my table and stitch up another one, making sure I cut correctly and my needle was in the correct place when I sewed.  The pattern really is easy and it is free on Craftsy.  Check it out.

STITCH-IN
  • Stitch-In, Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21.  COME JOIN IN THE FUN AND LEARN CHRIS'S SCRAP BUSTER TECHNIQUE!
  • A reader asked about what to bring so, this is what I would do:  Bring regular sewing supplies, sewing machine and a project you want to work on that day.  And bring lots of scraps so you can try out the Scrap Buster Technique.  It's sure to be a fun day!
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Jacquelynne Steves has a new Save The Bees BOM starting in August.  Check out her site and sign up!

Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BICYCLES AND FLOWERS INSPIRE US

 A reader from Vermont sent this picture of her latest quilt.  Marion Murry is a friend of our Doll Lady Julie Lewis.  When Marion saw our post about the Bee Show-N-Tell at the Attic Window Quilt Shop she saw Cathy's bicycle quilt. You can see it here. Marion was so inspired that she contacted Cathy. 
Marion said, "Cathy M. suggested I send you the attached picture. If you remember I asked you a couple of months ago about Cathy's bicycle wall hanging . Well, I found the pattern and here is my version.  I did the blanket stitching and the circle quilting was done by a gal in town, by hand."

Thank you Marion for sending us pictures of your beautiful quilt.  I have the pattern too and your quilt has inspired me to get busy and make it.  Thanks again.

STITCH-IN
  • Stitch-In, Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21.  COME JOIN IN THE FUN AND LEARN CHRIS'S SCRAP BUSTER TECHNIQUE!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Wednesday, July 18
  • Civil War BOM, Wednesday,  July 18
  • Embroidery Bee, Wednesday, July 18 a.m.
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 19
  • Stitch-In, Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, July 15, 2018

HAVE YOU USED THIS RULER?


When the Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop last week, Chris (shop owner) treated us to a demo.  Above we watch as Chris shows us how to use the Creative Grids 45 degree double strip Kaleidoscope ruler. 
Actually, I think Adrienne asked her about this ruler.  Adrienne said she had purchased it before going home for the winter, then forgot just how to use it.
 Chris showed us how to cut the strips that were sewn together. She had all the pieces cut in no time.  The ruler makes this quick and easy.  No more cutting one wedge at a time. Then we played with the pieces and came us with this.
 But we had more pieces to play with.
 So we added them to the block.
Then we added more pieces.  This is such a fun way to use that wonderful ruler and to make a stunning quilt or table topper.  Stop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and pick one up today!

STITCH-IN
  • Stitch-In, Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21.  COME JOIN IN THE FUN AND LEARN CHRIS'S SCRAP BUSTER TECHNIQUE!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 17
  • Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, July 17 p.m.
  • Sampler, Wednesday, July 18
  • Civil War BOM, Wednesday,  July 18
  • Embroidery Bee, Wednesday, July 18 a.m.
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 19
  • Stitch-In, Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, July 12, 2018

HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEET AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 There was lots of show-n-tell when the Happy Scrappers met Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above, Janalee shows us her block in this quilt that the Berry Patchers made.  It is one of the many Quilts On The Grand that will be raffled in October.  Tickets may be purchased at the Attic Window Quilt Shop

We were so glad to see Adrienne back from her winter stay in her homeland of New Zealand.  Above she shows what she worked on that day.
However, after making her strips, she found all these blocks in the bottom of her box.  Now, she remembers she made these before she left to go home.  We all got a good laugh at that. 
This is what she plans on her quilt looking like.
Marilyn showed us this tee shirt dress that she is making for her granddaughter.  If you are interested in a class, give the shop a call.
Marilyn also showed us this little quilt that her seven-year-old granddaughter is making  Look how all the seams match!  She's going to make a great Quilter.
This is new hanging on the wall at the shop.  Vickie S. made it as a sample for the Sampler class she is teaching.  Love these colors.
And this is what I made.  It took me all morning and most of the afternoon to make it.  I'm rethinking my desire to make dozens of these for a border.  The pattern is the book Quilting Row By Row by Jeanette White & Erin Hamilton.  There are two beautiful bonus projects in the back of the book, one with these flowers for the border.  And this is a great pattern for using up those small scrap pieces that you've been saving.   Like I say, I'm thinking about it. 

Right now I'm making more Fold It Hold It Bags for our charity project.  You can read about it in yesterday's post. 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE! JULY 9 - 14
  • 20% off Christmas Fabrics
  • 15% off all other fabrics, notions, books and patterns, except consignment items and kits.  
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 13 & 14
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

THIS WOMAN HAS A HEART OF GOLD

The Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today.  Above is Mary Wavio and I'd like to honor her today.  A couple of months ago Kathy M. asked us to make bags for her to fill with personal items to give to the Open Heart Program.  You can read about hit here. Last month Mary got the pattern and made a bag.  But that's not the end of it.
Today she brought not one, not two, but 37 finished bags ready to be filled and go to the Open Heart Program.  But that's not all.
Over the past month she has collected personal items to go into the bags.  Lots and lots of items.
This is one of the bags that we filled with some of Mary's items.  This woman has a heart of gold.  She has inspired us all to get busy and help others.

Thanks you so much Mary.  You are a wonderful friend with a great big heart.  I'm sure women-in-need will be grateful for your kindness.  Quilters are the best!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE! JULY 9 - 14
  • 20% off Christmas Fabrics
  • 15% off all other fabrics, notions, books and patterns, except consignment items and kits.  
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 12
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 13 & 14
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  •  We All Sew has a tutorial for a tool caddy thread catcher.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, July 8, 2018

NEED FABRIC? BIG SALE!

 New fabric has arrived at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is Wonderlust by Benartex and Color Weave by Contempo.  You are going to love these fabrics!
 This is Snowflakes by Robert Kaufman.
And this is Celebrate Seuss by Robert Kaufman.  You don't have to be a kid to love these.

Be sure and stop in at the Attic Window soon and pick up some of these luscious fabrics!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE! JULY 9 - 14

  • 20% off Christmas Fabrics
  • 15% off all other fabrics, notions, books and patterns, except consignment items and kits.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Monday evening, July 9
  • Sampler, Tuesday morning, July 10
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 10
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, July 11
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday, July 11
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 12
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 13 & 14
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, July 6, 2018

IS IT RAINING PURPLE?

Do you know who this is?  Cathy M. made this fantastic quilt and entered it into a contest.  Here is what she had to say about it:

"Cherrywood Fabrics offers a themed contest each year.  The grand winner gets a very large bundle of their fabric and the other “winners” accepted have their 20” quilt travel the AQS show.  Quilters might remember prior exhibits featuring The Lion King, Wicked and last year’s Van Gogh quilts.  Since Prince hailed from Minnesota, home of Cherrywood, this year they honored the late artist.  The rules required a 20”quilt using their Prince fabrics, reading purple and only their fabrics could be used. Enhancements are allowed but no glitter or other adornments that easily detach.  Since I know little to nothing about Prince I recruited my friend Lisa H. for help.  I altered her drawing from an early version of his image.  The face color was a remnant from the Savannah quilt I completed earlier this year, purchased from Cherrywood.  To tone down the Black Afro, I used purple hair spray."

That is so fantastic.  I hope she wins!  I know all her friends at the Attic Window Quilt Shop wish her success!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Monday evening, July 9
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 10
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, July 11
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


The Attic Window Quilt Shop wishes everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A TOPPER FOR EVERY SEASON

When recently at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, Vickie S. showed us a couple of table toppers that she made.  This one is all ready for the Christmas Holidays.
And this one is ready for autumn.  I can see one of these table toppers made in fabrics appropriate for every month or holiday.  Vickie said she would have a Make It Take It class on how to make this quick and easy table topper.  Watch for an upcoming announcement of dates and time.
Marilyn showed us this adorable baby blanket that she just finished. 
 It is made from border fabric as you can see in this close-up.  Marilyn did the quilting herself.  So cute!
 These fabrics are not new in the shop, but there is a little left.  It is Whale of A Time by Northcott.  I bet Marilyn would teach a class if you ask.
There is also more new fabric in at the shop.  This is Pearl Luxe by Henry Glass & Co.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4
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.