Thursday, July 11, 2019

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH YOUR SCRAPS

I bet it is safe to say that you are like most quilters and have a pile of scraps similar to above. I buy my fabric at the Attic Window Quilt Shop; it's beautiful fabric and just don't have the heart to toss out those scraps.  I even have a friend who gives me her scraps and I love her for it.  save all my scraps knowing that I can use them...sometime.  Well, that sometime has come!  
Come to the Happy Scrappers Lunch and Learn on Saturday, July 27 and learn how to make a lovely quilt like above out of your scraps.  What a joy you will get using leftover fabric that you have already paid for.  I think of it as a free quilt.  If you are wondering what you would do with such a quilt, I bet a child would love it, or a charity would be thrilled to get this quilt.  And you could show your husband and friends how frugal you are, making a quilt from scraps.
Bring your scraps, sewing machine and supplies and have lunch with us (lunch provided) as you socialize and sew and learn from Adrienne (above) how to use your scraps to make a quilt.  Call the Attic Window Quilt Shop to register (so we will know how many to expect for lunch).  See you there!

DON'T FORGET the 7th Annual Jingle Bells in July Hop began July 10 and runs through July 13.  You will get a free  pattern with your passport purchase.  Grand Prize:  Fifty Dollar gift certificate from each of the four participating shops for a grand total of $200.  Participating shops are:  Pressing Matters Quilt Shop in Holland; Queen Bee Quilt Shoppe in Grand Rapids; Quilted Memories Inc. in Montague; and the Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park.  


AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 16
  • Sampler, Wednesday, July 17
  • Civil War BOM and Vintage Christmas, Wednesday, July 17
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, June 30, 2019

GET YOUR ROW BY ROW FREE PATTERN

Above is the Attic Window Quilt Shop block for the Row by Row Experience. Taste the Experience is the theme for the Row by Row Experience this year.  Visit the Attic Window Quilt Shop to pick up your free Row by Row Taste the Experience pattern (one pattern per person).

DON'T FORGET the 7th Annual Jingle Bells in July Hop begins July 10 and runs through July 13.  You will get a free  pattern with your passport purchase.  Grand Prize:  Fifty Dollar gift certificate from each of the four participating shops for a grand total of $200.  Participating shops are:  Pressing Matters Quilt Shop in Holland; Queen Bee Quilt Shoppe in Grand Rapids; Quilted Memories Inc. in Montague; and the Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, July 1
  • Bee, Tuesday, July 2
  • CLOSED, Thursday, July 4
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, June 27, 2019

ANOTHER BOM COMES TO AN END

 The Starburst BOM held this past year at the Attic Window Quilt Shop is winding up.  Above, teacher Cathy M. shows us how she has put her blocks together.  I previously posted about it here.
She had many, many blocks and lots of scraps to make more blocks, so she also made this quilt.  I hope next month we can see what her students have done.  These blocks were made from the book First Blush BOM by Sew Emma and the Creative Grids 30 degree ruler.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Thursday, June 27
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Diana sent me pictures of this new bundle of Hoffman fabrics in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Love these red, white, and blue fabrics.  Just in time to make something special for the holiday. 
She also sent me this picture of the new 30s fabrics in at the shop.  I love the 30s fabrics.  No thinking involved.  All the fabrics go together nicely.  
Thank you Diana for sharing this with us.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday,  June 25
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM & Vintage Christmas
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Wednesday, June 26
    • Starburst BOM
    • Basic Machine Applique
  • Thursday, June 27
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sugaridoo has a tutorial and free pattern for a cute fish mug rug.  Can't wait to try it.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, June 20, 2019

MAKE YOUR APPLIQUE IN EITHER WOOL OR COTTON

Some time ago while at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, I was looking for something to applique.  Marilyn showed me a new book in the shop and the applique she was doing.  Check out all the blocks she has completed so far.



I fell in love with these flowers.  I'm a real sucker for anything with flowers.  However, I do not care to work with wool.  
So I decided to purchase the book and make my blocks in all cotton.  I have a ways to go before I catch up with Marilyn.  Too much yard work to do right now.  As I look at my blocks I think I will be attending Marilyn's Monthly Embroidery Bee and learn how to embellish these flowers. I hope to have another block done while relaxing over the holiday weekend and before they meet in July.  I'm sure she will show me how to make the perfect stitches around my flowers.
These blocks are from the book Whimsical Wool Applique by Kim Schaefer.  Get it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Friday, June 21
    • Row X Row Begins
  • Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22
    • Stitch-In
  • Monday, June 24
    • Stitch-In
  • Tuesday,  June 25
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM & Vintage Christmas
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Wednesday, June 26
    • Starburst BOM
    • Basic Machine Applique
  • Thursday, June 27
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, June 17, 2019

SHARING QUILTS

When recently at the Attic Window Quilt Shop I saw some quilts that I want to share with you.  I love this house quilt by Melanie
This is the back of Melanie's quilt.  It is as stunning as the front!
This beautiful Civil War quilt was made by Sue Sedine.  Each square that you see has different quilting in it.  Beautiful!
Misti, loyal follower, frequent visitor to the Attic Window Quilt Shop, sent me a picture of her latest quilt. She said it is a wedding gift for her stepson.  Thank you Misti for sharing your beautiful quilt with us. 
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, June 18
    • 10 Bee 
    • 2-4 Beg. Quilt
    •  6-8 Emb. Bee
  • Wednesday, June 19
    • 2-4 Beginning Quilting
    • 9:30 New Sampler 
    • 10-4 Poppins Bag
    • 10-4 Civil War BOM & Vintage Christmas 
    • 11 Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, June 20
    • 10 Doll Bee
    • 3:30 Intermediate Quilting
    • 6-8 Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, June 21
    • Row X Row Begins
  • Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, June 16, 2019

MARILYN TEACHES YOU HOW TO MAKE THIS BAG

 Marilyn was also teaching a bag class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop this past week.  Check out that beautiful bag.  Above she is showing student, Anna (right) special techniques for making this bag.  I previously posted about the bag here.  What a beautiful bag it is too.
Nancy took the class too.  Above she quilts the layers of the bag.
This is another bag for an upcoming class that Marilyn will teach.  This one looks a little easier.
She made it using this Hoffman Star pack.  Call the shop to see when it is being held and to register so your kit will be available.


AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, June 18
    • 10 Bee 
    • 2-4 Beg. Quilt
    •  6-8 Emb. Bee
  • Wednesday, June 19
    • 2-4 Beginning Quilting
    • 9:30 New Sampler 
    • 10-4 Poppins Bag
    • 10-4 Civil War BOM & Vintage Christmas 
    • 11 Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, June 20
    • 10 Doll Bee
    • 3:30 Intermediate Quilting
    • 6-8 Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, June 21
    • Row X Row Begins
  • Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew She Can has a tutorial for a watermelon table runner.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, June 13, 2019

HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEET AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

The Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday and had a great time sewing and socializing.  Above Adrienne works on her scrap quilt.
Look what she is doing with her scraps.  This is going to be a wonderful quilt!  And just think, it's all made with scraps, those things some people throw away!  

Mark your calendar NOW for a fun scrappy event that will take place at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Saturday, July 27.  Start saving your scraps now!  You won't want to miss this.
Cathy showed us her latest quilt.  
And this is the back of her quilt.  It is fabric (no piecing involved). 
Mary stayed busy chain piecing her 30's fabrics.  Look at the chain piecing that has piled up on the table as she sews.  As she cleaned up to go home she made the comment, "It will probably take me 3 hours to press these."  

I wonder if people really know how much time and effort and money is involved in making a quilt? 
And this is what took me all day to make (of course a lot of my time is spent socializing).  Above is this month's block for Pat Sloan's Out of This World Quilt.  I love applique, however, I hope piecing these blocks will help me increase my piecing  skills.  I plan to make this a charity quilt when the BOM is complete.


AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Friday & Saturday, June 14 and 15, 
    • 10-4 Easy Flag Wall Hanging
  • Tuesday, June 18
    • 10 Bee 
    • 2-4 Beg. Quilt
    •  6-8 Emb. Bee
  • Wednesday, June 19
    • 2-4 Beginning Quilting
    • 9:30 New Sampler 
    • 10-4 Poppins Bag
    • 10-4 Civil War BOM & Vintage Christmas 
    • 11 Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, June 20
    • 10 Doll Bee
    • 3:30 Intermediate Quilting
    • 6-8 Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, June 21
    • Row X Row Begins
  • Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Zippy Quilts has links to three great bag patterns and tutorials.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, May 30, 2019

NEW SAMPLER BEGINS AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Above are this month's blocks for the new Red, White and Blue BOM, also known as Sampler. The first meeting for this new Sampler is Saturday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. This Sampler series runs for 6 months. Each month you will make two 12" blocks. You have a choice of meetings you can attend:

  • First Saturday of the month
  • Second Monday
  • Second Tuesday
  • Third Wednesday
Each month is only $8. Call the shop to register so you will be assured of a kit!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Friday, May 31
    • Stitch-In
  • Saturday, June 1
    • New Sampler
    • Bee
    • Stitch-in
  • Monday, June 3
    • Charity Quilts
  • Tuesday, June 4
    • Bee
  • Thursday, June 6
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday and Saturday, June 7 & 8
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • A while back we had a Snap Bag class.  Many participants were interested in the little coin snap bag that Bobbi had sent me.  Bobbi is a reader and friend who lives in Germany and I wanted participants to see that snap bags can be made in various sizes.  Bobbi sent me this link to the tutorial she used.  Sew She Can snappy coin pouch. Thank you Bobbi.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ANOTHER BAG

And let the summer begin!  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.  Above is another bag that I made for my granddaughter.  Bet you can't guess where she went to college.  😄😄  This is for another board game and is quite large.  I posted about the other one I made for her here.  I see where Home Depot has the game.  Check it out here.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, May 28
    • Bee
    • Embroidery Bee
  • Wednesday, May 29
    • Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, May 30
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday, June 1
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew Delicious has a tutorial for a cute Geometric Zipper Pouch.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, May 20, 2019

A QUICK TUTORIAL TO DRESS YOUR CHAIR


Make this pillow for your Adirondack chair to ease your neck while lounging in it.  For this project you will need one fat quarter (I suggest this in case you want to make your pillow bigger than what is suggested here), Velcro (for one pillow you will need about 10  inches to be on the safe side), about 25 inches of ribbon, and polyester fiberfill.
1. From your fabric, cut one piece 15” x 17”.    Before you cut this size, determine which way you want the pattern on the fabric to go. For instance, my fabrics all have stripes.  The first one I made, the stripes went lengthwise.  However, my son said he wanted them to go “up and down.” 
2.Fold your piece of fabric in half with long edges together and press the fold.  It should measure 15” x 8 ½” when folded.

3. Now refold so that right side of fabric is on the inside.  Again, this should measure 15” x 8 ½” when folded.
4. Sew along the long open the edge of folded fabric.
5. Now slide or move this tube of fabric so that the seam line you just stitched, lines up with the fold line that you pressed.
6. Press the piece flat so that the seam is in the middle matching that fold line.  Press the center seam open.  This reduces bulk during the rest of the sewing.
7. Once pressed, sew across one end to close tube.  We will call this End A.  
8. Sew the other end, together leaving a 4” opening.   We will call this end End B.  A tip I read on another blog: When making this opening, start sewing at the corner and stop sewing at your mark indicating where to leave open.  With your needle down, turn the fabric and stitch to the outer edge of the fabric. Do the same when you continue on the other side of your 4” mark.  This makes it easier to fold after you turn it inside out.

9. Turn right side out and press.       
10. Then stitch ¼” around project.  Make sure to leave the 4” opening at End B so you can stuff the pillow.
11. Prepare the straps.  I used Velcro with a sticky back and 1 ¼” Ribbon (wider if desired).   I cut the ribbon in two sizes (to save on having to purchase more ribbon) but you can cut the length you want.  Just make sure the ribbon will reach and overlap when attached to the chair.  For me, I cut one piece 8 ½” long and the other 11 ½” long. I used pinking shears to cut the ribbon.  Before attaching the ribbon to the pillow, attach the Velcro.  First, place a 4” strip of Velcro on the short piece of ribbon.  Center the Velcro on the ribbon and place the Velcro about 1” from the one end that is Not going to be sewn to the pillow.  Then with the sister piece of Velcro, center it on the longer piece of ribbon, again about 1” from the end that is not going to be sewn to pillow. 
12. I chose the stick-on Velcro because I thought it would be easier.  Not sure about that because it kept gumming up my needle, consequently I just sewed the ends of the Velcro to the ribbon rather than the length of the cut Velcro and hope it stays on. 
13. Turn the other end of the ribbon under. This is the end that you will sew to the pillow.
14. Above, you can see where I sewed one end to the pillow, End A.  Center the ribbon across the center seam. You should sew the turned under edge down and make sure that the Velcro is facing up.  (I took this picture early, before I realized I needed to sew the Velcro 1” from the end.)
15.When attaching the ribbon, try to stitch on the stitching line you made when sewing the ¼” around the pillow in step 10.
16. Sew the other piece of the ribbon to the opening of the pillow, End B.  Center the ribbon on the center seam so it will match up with the ribbon you sewed to End A.  Be careful to stitch to only one side of the opening and make sure that this part of the Velcro faces down so the two pieces of Velcroed Ribbon will hook.  Do this before you do any stuffing.  (I know  the picture shows the stuffing but I forgot to take the picture in time.)
17. Then the fun begins.  You stuff the pillow as tightly as you can with the polyester fiberfill.
18. After the pillow is stuffed, pin it securely and using your zipper foot sew the opening closed.  Try to start and finish where previous outside stitching was made.
Here is the finished pillow from the back.
And here is the finished pillow from the front.  

ENJOY

PS:   I'm not used to writing a tutorial so, if you have questions please let me know.
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.