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Thursday, August 30, 2018

SOMETHING FOR CAT LOVERS

Calling all you cat lovers.  I know you will love making this adorable cat coaster.  I bet you know other cat lovers too. Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift for them? You can see it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and pick up the instruction book while you are there.
The instruction book also includes directions to make this adorable cat place mat to go with the coaster.  What cat lover wouldn't want that.  The directions for Cat Chow Place Mat & Coaster Set can be found in the book Quilted Cats & Dogs by Chris Malone.  Pick it up at the Attic Window Quilt Shop now.

NOTICE!
  • The Attic Window Quilt Shop will be CLOSED Monday for the Labor Day Holiday.
  • On the second Thursday in September, Julie plans to have a Doll Tea.  If you have made a doll with Julie, bring it that day for display during tea time so everyone can enjoy these special dolls.  This event is open to all who want to view the dolls.  Also, if anyone wants to request that a class be held to make a certain Gail Wilson doll in the future, you should let Julie know at the Tea.  She can do a class for any Gail Wilson doll upon request.

REGISTER NOW! If you are interested in participating in a Bee Hive, call the shop and register now.  The class starts in September.  We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
  • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
  • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler and Bee, Saturday, Sept. 1
  • Closed, Monday, Sept. 3
  • Bee, Tuesday, Sept. 4
  • Charity Quilts has moved this month to Monday, Sept. 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • As August ends it seems appropriate to look into this Sunflower tutorial by Sandy Star Designs.
Caroll,  
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, August 27, 2018

FLANNELS ON SALE AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

I know that in this hot, humid weather probably the last thing you want to think about are flannels.  However, when I stopped in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and saw all these beautiful flannels on sale, I had to show them to you.
Why not stock up on these gorgeous flannel fabrics now.  It won't be long until the weather changes and you're thinking about making Christmas gifts.
Why wait?  I'm sure someone would be thrilled to cuddle up with these luscious fabrics.
Better stop in today and take advantage of this sale.  It only lasts through August.  (How many days do we have left in August?)  Don't forget.  Stop in today!!

NOTICE!  On the second Thursday in September, Julie plans to have a Doll Tea.  If you have made a doll with Julie, bring it that day for display during tea time so everyone can enjoy these special dolls.  This event is open to all who want to view the dolls.  Also, if anyone wants to request that a class be held to make a certain Gail Wilson doll in the future, you should let Julie know at the Tea.  She can do a class for any Gail Wilson doll upon request.

REGISTER NOW! If you are interested in participating in a Bee Hive, call the shop and register now.  The class starts in September.  We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
  • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
  • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Bee, Tuesday, August 28
  • Beginning Machine Applique, Tuesday, August 28
  • Evening Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, August 28
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday p.m., August 29
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 30
  • Beginning Machine Applique p.m., Thursday, August 30
  • Stitch-In, Friday, August 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,  
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, August 24, 2018

PARDON MY BRAG


When my grand DIL sent me this picture of my great granddaughter, I was thrilled and had to show it to you.  Who doesn’t love to see a future quilter?   My great granddaughter is only eight years old and has been learning to sew on the sewing machine.  She made a doll quilt earlier this year.   
This is what her mother wrote:

“This project was part of the kit she bought at American Village (a colonial re-enactment place in Alabama).  I helped her follow directions and pin the pieces together before she sewed them.  Also, I sewed the buttons on and helped her with the hidden stitch to sew it closed.  Otherwise she did it all on her own.
Her Corners didn’t come together in the center of the pillow.  That’s why I suggested putting a button in the middle to hide that little imperfection.”

I told my Grand DIL that we quilters often use buttons or applique to hide or mistakes. Thanks for letting this NaNa share her joy.

NOTICE!  On the second Thursday in September, Julie plans to have a Doll Tea.  If you have made a doll with Julie, bring it that day for display during tea time so everyone can enjoy these special dolls.  This event is open to all who want to view the dolls.  Also, if anyone wants to request that a class be held to make a certain Gail Wilson doll in the future, you should let Julie know at the Tea.  She can do a class for any Gail Wilson doll upon request.

REGISTER NOW! If you are interested in participating in a Bee Hive, call the shop and register now.  The class starts in September.  We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
  • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
  • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
    • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August. 
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, August 25
  • Stitch-In, Monday, August 27
  • Bee, Tuesday, August 28
  • Beginning Machine Applique, Tuesday, August 28
  • Evening Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, August 28
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday p.m., August 29
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 30
  • Beginning Machine Applique p.m., Thursday, August 30
  • Stitch-In, Friday, August 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Mama Love Quilts has a tutorial for making an improv log cabin block.
Caroll,  
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

FIRST BLUSH IS NOW

I stopped in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today and found Charity (above) and Cathy working on their First Blush blocks.  I posted about it last month here.  Apparently I had the wrong information.  This BOM is currently in process.  You can step in and join any time.  The group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m.  Call the shop for details and to sign up.
 Above are the blocks that Charity has made so far. I believe you make two a month.  And it is recommended you stay and sew after class so Cathy can help you with the tricky stuff.  I love the background that Charity has chosen.
I also love these fabrics and had to take a picture of some of her blades to show the fabric to you.
Cathy was busy too, making blocks and using her extra fabric to make the 9 patch squares for the borders.

SEPTEMBER is nearly here and it's time to get back to our sewing.  Gift giving time is coming soon and what lovely gifts you can make with these blocks.  Or you might want to try some of the other classes starting in September.  The new calendar will be available soon so look it over and get started sewing.

NOTICE!  On the second Thursday in September, Julie plans to have a Doll Tea.  If you have made a doll with Julie, bring it that day for display during tea time so everyone can enjoy these special dolls.  This event is open to all who want to view the dolls.  Also, if anyone wants to request that a class be held to make a certain Gail Wilson doll in the future, you should let Julie know at the Tea.  She can do a class for any Gail Wilson doll upon request.

REGISTER NOW! If you are interested in participating in a Bee Hive, call the shop and register now.  The class starts in September.  We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
  • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
  • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP


  • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August. 

  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 23
  • Stitch-In, Friday and; Saturday, August 24 & 25

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

    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    HAVE YOU TRIED THIS?

     You might remember that I shared with you here, that Cathy was experimenting with Kraft-Tex.  It is a paper product that combines the best of leather and fabric! It's durable and textured like leather, but made of a paper product that can be cut, sewn, and washed like fabric. It can be embossed, embroidered, painted, dyed, drawn on, and more. Above is the coupon holder that Cathy made. Cathy said, "I played with markers and water color pastels first, then washed, dried and ironed it.  After all that, Cathy said it was still sturdy and very much usable. She also did the stitching around the coupon holder.  She said it was easy and she had no problem stitching on this product.
    Where Cathy wrote "Receipt," she used a black marker and it did not hold up when washed.
     Cathy said that she did find that the Pentel Permanent Fabric Marker did work very well and lasted through the washing.

    Thank you Cathy for sharing with us.  This information is good to know.  I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do with this product.

    You can purchase Kraft-Tex at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above Cathy used the gray.  You can also find it in beautiful bright colors at the shop.  For more information about how to use this product you might want to watch the videos here.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
    • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
    • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
    • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
      • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August. 
    • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, August 17 & 18
    • Bee, Tuesday, August 21
    • Civil War BOM, Tuesday, August 21
    • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 23
    • Stitch-In, Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25
    ON ANOTHER NOTE:
    Caroll,  
    Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    A READER SHARES

    I was thrilled to hear from Marjorie, a reader from Utah.  Here is what she wrote:

    "Hi Caroll,
    I hope your summer is cool and you have finished lots of projects.
    I have been busy getting projects finished.  I finished the challenge for the state fair.... It was using yellow.  I don't do much yellow so it was a long process.
    The attached photo is my 11" quilt for the quilt guild challenge.  I used Nadine Ruggles book Inchies for inspiration.  Each little piece is one inch square!
    It was a lot of fun.  I hope to make more and make pins out of them and give them as gifts for friends."

    Marjorie, Thank you so much for sending this picture.  I can't believe your quilt is made with one inch squares.  I don't know how you work with such small pieces.  Your quilt is stunning.  I love seeing what other quilters do and thank you again for sharing with us!

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
    • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
    • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
    • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
      • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August. 
    • Sampler, Monday, August 13
    • Sampler, Tuesday, August 14
    • Bee, Tuesday, August 14
    • Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, August 14
    • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 16
    • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, August 17 & 18
    ON ANOTHER NOTE:
    Caroll, 
    Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    STITCH-IN FUN

    I attended the Stitch-In at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today and had so much fun.  I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and met a new friend.  Above Kathy shows us the quilt she is working on.  This quilt was a BOM a year or so ago.  Kathy bought the leftover kits and got to work.
    This is another section of her quilt.  I love the colors.  This quilt will be stunning.
    Cathy M. made some more Fold It Hold It bags for Dégagé Ministries.  
    Then she made this!
    Since this is Cathy's first project with this "fabric" she chose an easy-to-make coupon holder.
     She used Kraft Tex Paper Fabric.  Cathy says you can wash it, wrinkle it, sew it, and paint on it.  She said she will do a lot of testing with her coupon holder.  She promises to send before and after pictures so we can see what happens after it is washed and painted.  Can't wait to see what she does.
    This gray is what Cathy used today.
    The Attic Window Quilt Shop has Kraft Tex in these beautiful colors too!
    Chris (shop owner) showed me a quilt in a magazine.  It was a Dresden made scrappy.  I thought how much fun it would be if everyone came to the shop with their scraps and made a scrappy Dresden.  I used the 30 deg. Squedge ruler which I got at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  It is large and I wanted to make large blocks for this project.  Next I'm going to make a smaller Dresden for the center.  I'll keep you posted as this project develops.

    I also worked on these blocks.  When I saw the blocks at the top of the pictures that Chris had made (the ones with red borders) and noticed she had lots of fabric, I decided to make some blocks too.  However, as you may remember, my piecing skills leave a lot to be desired.  I'm not sure I've ever made a log cabin block before.  I did do one in paper piecing years ago, but this was different.  In fact, if you look closely, you can see that my red center square is in the wrong place.  But Chris came to my rescue and showed me how to do these correctly and easily.  Chris is a fantastic teacher and is so willing to help when you are having a problem.  She sent me home with fabric and new knowledge and now I have to get to my sewing room and make blocks!  There is another Stitch-In tomorrow.  Come join the fun!

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
    • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
    • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
    • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
    • Stitch-In, Saturday, August 11  
      • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August. 
    • Sampler, Monday, August 13
    • Sampler, Tuesday, August 14
    • Bee, Tuesday, August 14
    • Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, August 14
    ON ANOTHER NOTE:

    • Quilt Fabrication has a tutorial for pinwheel place mats that would be great for the Christmas Holidays.  
    • Caroll, 
      Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    HAPPY SCRAPPERS DO GOOD

    The Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today and some of us continued to make the Fold It Hold It bags that we are donating to Dégagé Ministries. You can read about the Ministry in yesterday's post.  Jane stopped by to learn how to make the bags and she donated more personal items for us to place in the bags.  She said she will make more bags at home.  Thank you so much Jane.
    Janalee worked on a charity quilt.  This is going to be so pretty!
    And we had a wonderful surprise.  Lee Anne stopped by!  She is still unable to drive so husband Gene drove her!  She thinks it will be October before she can lift a sewing machine and twist and turn and do all the things involved in sewing with us.  Hope that time goes as fast as this summer has gone by.  We miss her!

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
    • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
    • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
    • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
    • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 9
    • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, August 10 & 11  
      • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August. 
    ON ANOTHER NOTE:
      Caroll, 
      Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    A LITTLE OF THIS AND THAT

    I haven't really had time to sew this week.  Celebrating the big one!  First of all I'd like to thank everyone who sent cards and well wishes.  And thank whoever sent me this lovely bouquet of chocolate and fruit.  I'm enjoying it and would really like to thank who sent it.  There was no signature on the card.
    Also I'd like to thank Barb H. for sending me a lovely card and two pieces of fabric!  I love fabric.  I can never have enough fabric!  That was so nice of you Barb.  Thanks so much.
    I may have shown this before.  This is one of the bags I made for Dégagé Ministries.  Cathy sent me this information that I'd like to share with you. 

    Subject: Exciting News from Dégagé Ministries!
    We are so excited to share with you that just this past month,
    13 of our Open Door Women’s Center ladies have moved into housing!

    This means that since January of this year,
    45 Open Door women have secured safe, sustainable housing!

    Sherry says, “Dégagé was a place that helped me and other women and has tried to lead us in the right direction. They have helped me very much with everything I need to know in order to be successful.”

    We thank God for those like you who care about the people we serve. It is because of you that these women are looking to the future with hope and joy. Thank you for helping to make Grand Rapids a city of possibility for all!

    Blessings,
    Molly Hilbert
    Development Assistant
    Dégagé Ministries
    144 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids MI 49503
    616-454-1661 x218
    This is such a worthwhile project and when my 94 year old friend Phyllis heard what we were doing, she donated all these personal items for us to put into the bags.  Thank you so much Phyllis.
    On a lighter note, I took this picture while at the lake.  No, that is not me in the boat.  I don't know who it is but got a kick out of seeing several of these boats on the lake.  So cute.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
    • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
    • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
    • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
    • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, August 8
    • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 9
    • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, August 10 & 11  
      • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August.  
    ON ANOTHER NOTE:
    Caroll, 
    Caring, Sharing, Creating Smile

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    WE HAVE SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS

    No pictures to show today.  Been busy getting ready for company and trying to survive in this humidity.  I do have a couple of things to share with you so you can get them on your calendar.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
    • AQS is here in Grand Rapids August 22- 25
    • The West Michigan Quilter's Guild show is October 5 and 6 at the Delta Plex, 9-5 each day.
    • The Second Annual Country Fair Road Tour 2018 is October 11, 12, and 13.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
    • Sampler, Saturday, August 4
    • Bee, Saturday, August 4
    • Charity Quilts, Monday, August 6
    • Bee, Tuesday, August 7
    • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, August 8
    • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 9
    • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, August 10 & 11  
      • NOTE:  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is having a SPECIAL during the month of August.  Pay $5 and come to any or all Stitch-ins during this month of August.  
    ON ANOTHER NOTE:
    • The Sewing Loft has a tutorial for the cutest Reindeer Candy Cane holders.
    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.