Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
You're probably wondering what Julie's new blog has to do with this cat. This is Julie's daughter's cat, Meeko. The cat loves Julie's sewing machine. Thought you'd get a kick out of it.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
These fabrics are so pretty! They arrived in the mail Saturday and are a prize from Quilting-n-Other Stuff. Check out her blog as it's filled with lots of information and lovely pictures. Thank you Vicki so much for this beautiful prize!
Here's another BOM that might be of interest. The pattern is so cute and seems easy to do. Check out Mama Spark's blog spot. After you have looked at all the nice things on the blog, click on the Free BOM (upper left hand corner) and it will take you to the patterns.
Until Next Time: Happy Quilting
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Fandango (below) is an upcoming class. Make these colonial scrap baskets into a table topper, wall-hanging, or quilt. It is an easy task to show your skills in making this striking block. An easy pieced border is just the ticket for this marvelous quilt.
New Charm Square packs in at the shop. While thinking about what to do with them, we found another interesting site. All you "crazy" stitchers and those in Colleen's new Bee must stop by Ivory Blush Roses and see the beautiful pincushion using old CDs. Very clever and a great way to practice all those fancy stitches.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
You are going to love Vicki’s “Split Decision” class. The sample here is made from a Jelly Roll of Candy Kisses from Moda. Isn’t it lovely? Watch for the class in the upcoming newsletter.
I love this. We should all do something every day to make us giggle. This cute Giggle pattern by Giggle Designs can be found in the shop.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here you can see how the slip is poured into the plaster mold.
Parts are removed from the mold and placed in this "unique" holder to dry further.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
There are seven principles of learning. The first is readiness. Are you ready or is there something holding you back? What holds you back from creating that special quilt – is it the fear of failure? (Flying geese are impossible.) Or maybe it’s fear of success. (Are you insane? Who fears success?) Sometimes the fear is that people will expect too much of you if you succeed. You’ll have to do better next time. Maybe there is too much responsibility involved. Maybe you’re afraid your friends will think you’re being snooty or smug, or acting jealous. Maybe you’re afraid your friends will reject you, tell you they don’t like what you’ve done.
WHO CARES? What matters is that you like what you have created. Even if you decide you don’t like your recent project (this is how UFOs happen), don’t let it just sit there cluttering up your sewing room. Attend the monthly UFO class at the Attic Window, finish that project and give it to the needy. All your work is never a loss. You learned something, didn’t you? Maybe all you learned is that you will never use those colors again, or you’ll never make that pattern again. Great! Move on. Let this learning experience be a prize at the next church function. Donate it to your favorite charity.
Are you ready?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We had a Teacher’s meeting Friday night and you won’t believe what those women have in store for you. Here are just a few notes and pictures:
Sampler –If you haven’t signed up for the 2009 Sampler you will want to ASAP. The first session was Saturday, but there are numerous other sessions during the month. Check it out on the calendar or call the shop. It is a Mystery BOM so you can’t see a picture of the block until next month (It's not the house pictured here). Each month for only $3 you will receive your fabric and directions (You have three choices in fabrics: Civil War, Batik, or 30’s) and there will be demonstrations where you will learn something new. There also will be door prizes, and if you attend six months in a row and have your blocks finished on time, you can attend the seventh month for free. What a bargain!
Mystery Week Mar. 16-21 – Join the fun and make this 40 x 46” quilt. (It’s a mystery so no picture yet) You must register to participate as two different quilt shops are involved: Attic Window and Quilted Memories. During the week you will receive a kit that contains ½ the material and ½ the pattern instructions. You schedule a sewing time at each of the shops during that week. Start sewing at one shop on one day then go to the next shop on another day to get the rest of the material and pattern instructions and sew on your quilt at that shop. The registration fee includes the kit, instructions, and your meal (lunch or dinner) and you will receive 20% off on your shopping experience the day you visit the shop. Call the shop to sign up!
Rug Making - MaryAnne is teaching a beginner’s Rug Making class. This rug is square and not oval like the others she’s demonstrated and she says it’s easier to make. These rugs are so cute and you’d be amazed at how soft and flexible they are.
Tote Bag - Cindy has made another cute tote bag. This one is expandable. You can fold it up or down to meet your needs.
Don’t forget to check out the "My Blog List" in the sidebar. The new BOM patterns are out on some of them.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Have you been using the F word a lot lately? Now get your mind out of the gutter. The F word is the FEAR word. Is your fear holding you back from starting a new quilt project? Do you have a problem choosing colors? Are you procrastinating because you are afraid you’ll look stupid, no one will like it? Don’t let fear hold you back.
The best way to conquer fear is to do it anyway. It doesn’t have to be a queen size quilt. Do this the inexpensive way by tackling small projects. These little houses (pictured) are a fun way to experiment with colors. You can later use this small block as a pot holder like the one shown or add it to your UFO pile without guilt. Pop over to Freda’s Hive and get instructions on how to make these cute little houses. They are addictive and you learn so much by doing them. It is so easy taking small scraps of fabric and placing them next to each other. See what happens when you place a red piece of fabric next to a green. Or maybe it would look better next to an orange one. There is no right or wrong. What feels right to you is what will look right to you and that makes it great. What do you think about the pictured hot pad? Would you have used a darker yellow fabric or a different color altogether? Or maybe you would have chosen a different binding? What does it matter? What matters is what you learn when you play with color, what you like and what you don't like, and that you don’t let fear control you. This is for practice. This is for fun. Go for it.
I’ve added Happy House Swap button to the blog. Check it out too. Even if you don’t participate, it’s a fun way to use up those scraps and learn about color while you’re doing it.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Changes – It was just discovered that the reason it took so long for things to download on the blog was because the files were too large. That has been fixed, so you should be able to download items much quicker now.