Sunday, September 22, 2019

LOOK WHAT I FOUND

I was going through things to get ready for the first meeting of the Paper Piecing Bee, which is Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop and came across these New York Beauty blocks.  They are old.  These were done by hand when I first started quilting.  I had no idea how to paper piece on a sewing machine.  Besides, I could hand stitch them as I sat with my mother.
I didn't even use paper.  I don't know what this is.  I purchased a roll of it at a sewing expo back when I still made my clothes.  Can't even remember why.  I think you are supposed to make patterns with it.  Anyway, it works and I don't have to tear away paper.
Here are the five blocks I had made.  Not sure why I used those fabrics either.  They seem a little busy for my taste today.  Maybe I'll make some more when I attend the Bee at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I have some other ideas to share with everyone, and I hope you will bring your ideas and sew-n-tell too.  We start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.  Hope to see you there.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • CRAFT DAYS: Saturday, Nov. 23; Saturday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 7.
  • Watch for Make It Take It classes coming in October and November. 
  • February Bus Trip is scheduled for Feb. 8.  Four shops are participating. 
  • January 1, BIG SALE DAY
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25
    • Clutch Purse Class
    • Paper Piecing Bee
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, Sept. 27
    • Bargello Class
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Wombat Quilts has lots of free paper piecing patterns.  Check them out and bring them to the Bee.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Saturday, September 21, 2019

FINISHES, BLUE RIBBON, AND A QUESTION

Marjorie, our loyal reader who lives in Utah, sent some pictures of her latest finishes.  A big congratulations to her for winning a blue ribbon for the above quilt that she entered in the Utah State Fair.  I love the words on it:  "We are not the black sheep of the family, we are the kiss and teal".  I think the challenge had something to do with teal fabric.  Great job Marjorie!
Marjorie said, "Fall is arriving here in the high desert and I'm still making scraps.  I made this quilt using the double cross pattern from Wombat Quilts.  I used colored scraps and leftover low volume prints from the leftover backing fabric from some quilts.  It is an easy pattern and fast as it is a 12" finished block.
Marjorie also said that she finished the above top.  "It could be done with scraps as it takes only four 1/2" x 5" rectangles of color and background.  The pattern is from the book Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty.  She is an Aussie and makes interesting quilts." 

Marjorie also has a question for you.  "How do you keep white fabric from fraying as you sew it into blocks and borders?  I have used two different white fabrics in my last two quilts and had to cut off handfuls of frayed threads when finished."

A special congratulations and thank you to Marjorie for her blue ribbon and sending us pictures. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • CRAFT DAYS: Saturday, Nov. 23; Saturday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 7.
  • Watch for Make It Take It classes coming in October and November. 
  • February Bus Trip is scheduled for Feb. 8.  Four shops are participating. 
  • January 1, BIG SALE DAY
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25
    • Clutch Purse Class
    • Paper Piecing Bee
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, Sept. 27
    • Bargello Class
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, September 20, 2019

COUNTRY FAIR BARN QUILT ROAD TOUR

The Attic Window Quilt Shop is ready for the Country Fair Barn Quilt Road Tour.  When you enter the shop you are greeted by the above.  
 A country barn wouldn't be complete without some hay and a saddle. 
or a cow!
I particularly like this sign!  How about you?
One of the first stops as you tour the shop is the demonstration table. 
 Above some shoppers watch and learn about new products.
Of course there is cider, coffee and donuts for everyone.
And there are games to play.


Another player takes a turn.
They were tossing fat quarters into baskets.
Everyone who played a game is a winner.  Each person received a coaster with the same design as the shop's quilt block.
Each participating shop will award a grand prize.  The bag above and the pattern, creative grids ruler, and jelly roll inside the bag, is the Attic Window Quilt Shop's award.

You don't want to miss this Tour.  The Country Fair Barn Quilt Road Tour continues through Saturday, September 21.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories in Montague; Seven Sisters in Carson City; and the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:

  • CRAFT DAYS: Saturday, Nov. 23; Saturday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 7.
  • Watch for Make It Take It classes coming in October and November. 
  • February Bus Trip is scheduled for Feb. 8.  Four shops are participating. 
  • January 1, BIG SALE DAY

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25
    • Clutch Purse Class
    • Paper Piecing Bee
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, Sept. 27
    • Bargello Class
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

COUNTRY FAIR ROAD TOUR

Join us on a Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour at four unique shops this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 19, 20, 21.  You won't want to miss this fun event!  With the purchase of a wristband (passport) and playing the game at each shop, you will receive a free gift.  A special barn quilt block is on display, along with a kit for purchase at $9.99.  There are also discounts, food, and demos.  Participating shops are New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories in Montague; Seven Sisters in Carson City; and the Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  •   Sew Karen-ly Created has a tutorial for Something From Nothing Bag.  Remember how recently Adrienne showed you how to use your scraps on dryer sheets.  This would be a great project for that! 
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, September 16, 2019

TAKE A CLASS, JOIN A BEE, KEEP YOUR MIND ACTIVE!

You can make this beautiful clutch bag with Marilyn when you take her class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday, September 25.  Did you know that socializing and using your brain helps keep Dementia or Alzheimer away? Do yourself a favor. Join a class or bee, come meet friends and have fun at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
You've seen this paper piece before but I wanted to draw your attention to the Paper Piecing Bee that will have it's first meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Cathy just informed me that she has a "cute wonky pumpkin pattern" that she will bring to the meeting for anyone interested.

ATTENTION:  The September calendar is available on the sidebar.  If you cannot get to the sidebar, you can view it here.

The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.

THIS WEEK AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, 9/17
    • Bee
    • Embroidery Bee
  • Wednesday, 9/18
    • Sampler
    • Civil War BOM & Vintage Christmas
    • Beg. Machine Applique
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9/19-21
    • The Country Fair Road Tour 2019
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • V and Co. has a tutorial for an easy Teacher's Gift.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A LITTLE OF THIS AND THAT

 
Pardon if I seem like I'm bragging, but I don't want you to think I'm just sitting around doing nothing and wanted to show you a few of my recent finishes.  Above is another block from Garden Sampler BOM book.  I think this is block 9 and I'm debating whether or not to make all 12.  

I finally finished this quilt that I started and blogged about months ago.  It is being donated to charity.

 You might remember that Adrienne gave me these low volume pieces of fabric to make this scrap quilt.  It is finished, and as much as I love these soft colors and the soft, warm flannel backing, I'm giving it to charity.
I also made another table runner for my DIL.  After I had all the pieces cut and the center sewn, she informed me that it needed to be 2" wider.  So it was back to the drawing board.  I decided to add another strip on each side of the diamonds and that worked!
After all that, I needed a reward and thought a little playing might be in order.  I love this piece and am not sure if it will be a wall hanging or table topper or mug rug.  I just had a lot of fun making it.  I saw the pattern in the book Modern Art Quilts.

The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.

New This month at the shop:
  • Chris is bringing back Friday Night UFO and the Sunday Stitch-In.  Watch for Pizza UFO night on Sept. 13th.
  • Marilyn has a new Clutch Purse Class coming up at the end of the month.
  • The New Paper Piecing Bee will meet the last Wednesday of the month.  If you have any finished projects or (like me) a paper pieced block, we ask that you bring it/them to show us.  Also bring patterns or books you would like to recommend or what you like to share with us for inspiration. 
THIS WEEK AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Beginning Machine AppliqueUFO Pizza Night; Friday, Sept. 13
  • Stitch-In; Saturday, Sept. 14
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEET AND LEARN

The Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today.  We had some show-n-tell before we got down to business.  Above, Marilyn shows us her latest finish.  She took a class and learned how to turn a picture into a stitchery.
This is a closeup of her picture.  This is all fabric and stitches.  Beautiful!  
Mary showed us her latest finish.  It is for a relative.  The fabric has various tools on it and as I recall she said the relative was a carpenter.  She bought this as a kit from the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I love the vibrant colors.
She purchased another kit from the shop and has started on it.  She'll probably have it all finished for us to see at our next meeting.  She sure gets a lot done!
Now it was time to get down to business.  I told you here that Adrienne was going to show all the fun you can have with scraps of fabric and dryer sheets.  Above is a picture of her demonstration board.  She showed us the various ways we can cut our blocks after sewing our fabric to the dryer sheet.
This is just one way you can assemble your blocks.
This was another way.  Adrienne suggested you might use this as a border.
During the day, Adrienne made lots of blocks.  Above she demonstrated one way you can place your blocks in your quilt.
This is another way, the one that everyone liked best.  I was amazed at how looking through the camera really brought out the designs. 

A special thank you to Adrienne for showing us how to make a fun quilt, use our scraps, and use those good smelling dryer sheets.   

Speaking of scraps, Mary said that she turns the light on in her closet and leaves it on all night in the hopes those scraps will stop multiplying!  "I don't think it's working," she confided as she shook her head in dismay.  (LOL)

The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.

New This month at the shop:
  • Chris is bringing back Friday Night UFO and the Sunday Stitch-In.  Watch for Pizza UFO night on Sept. 13th.
  • Marilyn has a new Clutch Purse Class coming up at the end of the month.
  • The New Paper Piecing Bee will meet the last Wednesday of the month.  If you have any finished projects or (like me) a paper pieced block, we ask that you bring it/them to show us.  Also bring patterns or books you would like to recommend or what you like to share with us for inspiration. 
THIS WEEK AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Doll BeeIntermediate QuiltingBeginning Quilting,  Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Beginning Machine AppliqueUFO Pizza Night; Friday, Sept. 13
  • Stitch-In; Saturday, Sept. 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • So Sew Easy has a pattern and tutorial for Chemo Headwear.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, September 9, 2019

HAVE YOU TRIED BARGELLO?


Mark your calendar now!  Vickie S. will be teaching you how to make this stunning Bargello quilt at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Friday, September 27th.
She will be teaching from the book Strip-Pieced Bargello.  
This picture will give you a better perspective on size.  What a beautiful quilt.  Be sure and call the Attic Window Quilt Shop to register for this popular class. This is a two-session class and the second one will be held in October.


The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.

New This month at the shop:
  • Chris is bringing back Friday Night UFO and the Sunday Stitch-In.  Watch for Pizza UFO night on Sept. 13th.
  • Happy Scrappers meets Wednesday with the promise of new ways to use those scraps.  Don't forget to bring your Show-N-Tell.
  • Marilyn has a new Clutch Purse Class coming up at the end of the month.
  • The New Paper Piecing Bee will meet the last Wednesday of the month.  If you have any finished projects or (like me) a paper pieced block, we ask that you bring it/them to show us.  Also bring patterns or books you would like to recommend or what you like to share with us for inspiration. 
THIS WEEK AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Sampler; Bee, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Doll BeeIntermediate QuiltingBeginning Quilting,  Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Beginning Machine AppliqueUFO Pizza Night; Friday, Sept. 13
  • Stitch-In; Saturday, Sept. 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • LBG STUDIO has a tutorial for a wallet and organizer.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Saturday, September 7, 2019

BRING USED DRYER SHEETS TO THE HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEETING


Hello fellow quilters.  I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to the Happy Scrappers meeting Wednesday, at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Adrienne W. has volunteered to show us how she uses used dryer sheets to make blocks.  Above is one example.
She made those blocks into the above!
She says you can also cut your blocks a different way, and...
Make these blocks.  So pretty!
Adrienne's has an eye for color and her blocks are so pretty because she used all coordinating colors.  Years ago I just used my scraps to make these.  They are not as pretty as Adrienne's, and I'm going to learn how she uses her scraps to make those beautiful blocks.  

Feel free to join us this Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  It is sure to be a fun time!  Just bring your scraps and used dryer sheets and if you don't have any of those, don't worry.  We have plenty used dryer sheets for you.  Also bring your sewing supplies, rotary cutter, and a small mat.  Hope to see you there!

Mark your Calendar Now!  The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.

New This month at the shop:
  • The Charity group meets this coming Monday since the shop was closed last Monday due to the holiday.
  • Chris is bringing back Friday Night UFO and the Sunday Stitch-In.  Watch for Pizza UFO night on Sept. 13th.
  • Happy Scrappers meets Wednesday with the promise of new ways to use those scraps.  Don't forget to bring your Show-N-Tell.
  • Marilyn has a new Clutch Purse Class coming up at the end of the month.
  • The New Paper Piecing Bee will meet the last Wednesday of the month.  If you have any finished projects or (like me) a paper pieced block, we ask that you bring it/them to show us.  Also bring patterns or books you would like to recommend or what you like to share with us for inspiration. 
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Sept. 9, 
  • Sampler; Bee, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Doll BeeIntermediate QuiltingBeginning Quilting,  Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Beginning Machine AppliqueUFO Pizza Night; Friday, Sept. 13
  • Stitch-In; Saturday, Sept. 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, September 5, 2019

NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

I stopped by the Attic Window Quilt Shop recently and couldn't resist showing you some of the new fabric in the shop. The above fabrics are Soulful Shades by Marcus.

 These beautiful new homespuns are from Henry Class & Co.
There are also new wools in the shop. These are Butternut Basin Piece Dyed Wools from Henry Glass & Co.
These are not new but I couldn't resist because these are my colors!  These beautiful fabrics are from Kona.

Mark your Calendar Now!  The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.

New This month at the shop:

  • The Charity group meets this coming Monday since the shop was closed last Monday due to the holiday.
  • Chris is bringing back Friday Night UFO and the Sunday Stitch-In.  Watch for Pizza UFO night on Sept. 13th.
  • Happy Scrappers meets Wednesday with the promise of new ways to use those scraps.  Don't forget to bring your Show-N-Tell.
  • Marilyn has a new Clutch Purse Class coming up at the end of the month.
  • The New Paper Piecing Bee will meet the last Wednesday of the month.  If you have any finished projects or (like me) a paper pieced block, we ask that you bring it/them to show us.  Also bring patterns or books you would like to recommend or what you like to share with us for inspiration. 

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Sept. 9, 
  • Sampler; Bee, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Doll Bee; Intermediate Quilting; Beginning Quilting,  Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Beginning Machine Applique; UFO Pizza Night; Friday, Sept. 13
  • Stitch-In; Saturday, Sept. 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, August 30, 2019

A FINISH FOR FRIDAY

You might remember Adrienne's class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop that I posted about here. You might also remember that she gave me a bag of low volume scraps to make my own quilt.  I started on that last week and I think I am finished. I think.  As I sewed my scraps I got to wondering about what else I could make with these scraps and got a little sidetracked.  I made a bag using Adrienne's method of sewing pieces of fabric together.  The bag is all made from scraps, even the lining.  I did spend 90 cents on a new zipper.  

The bag turned out a little drab for me so I appliqued on this flower to perk it up.
This is the inside.  I dug through my scrap bag and found enough leftover scraps for the inside.  The bag is 8" x 11" and I used the pattern:  Noodlehead's Wide Open Zipper Pouch.

Also, I forgot to tell you about my mistake with Free Motion Quilting.  After I had completed two rows I happened to turn the piece over and discovered the tension was wacky.  Fixed it and moved on.  It had been a while since I had done any FMQ and completely forgot about the tension.  Also, I don't think I told you I use water dissolving thread when practicing.  This is awesome.  I just use it in the bobbin.  After I had filled up my piece, I placed it in a pan of water and within five minutes I was able to pull all the top threads out and hang the pieces up to dry.  Today I just need to press the pieces, make them into a sandwich again, and practice some more.  What a fun way to spend this holiday weekend.  Hope you all have a great time too!

Mark your Calendar Now!  The Country Fair Road Tour 2019 is set for September 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Take a ride on the Country Fair Barn Quilt Tour.  Participating shops are: New Ewe in Newaygo; Quilted Memories, Montague; Seven Sisters, Carson City; and Attic Window Quilt Shop, Comstock Park.


AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31
  • CLOSED, Monday, Sept. 2
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Sept. 9
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles
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Attic Window Teachers

Attic Window Teachers
Attic Window Teachers

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.