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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

IS YOUR CHAIR NAKED?

Do these chairs look naked to you?  Have you ever felt a little uncomfortable in one of these chairs? My son and I went to the Cottage show downtown and found a way to make them look dressed up and the experience of sitting in them more enjoyable.  
Make a neck pillow. It not only dresses up the chair, it eases the neck/back pain when spending time with friends and family sitting by the fire at the lake.  The pillows were on display at the show, but we couldn't afford 12 pillows for his chairs.  Naturally, I volunteered to make them.  My son says they are perfect.
 They are quick and easy to make and of course you can find beautiful fabric for making them at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  
Here are the pillows I made.
Even Champ thinks a chair with a pillow is better.  

Stop by tomorrow for a quick tutorial on how to make these easy peasy pillows.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, May 21
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM
    • Vintage Christmas
  • Wednesday, May 22
    • Starburst
  • Thursday, May 23
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday, May 24
    • Mary Poppins Bag
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew Can She has a tutorial for making a Journaling Bookmark and Pencil Holder.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, May 16, 2019

JEANNE BIRD DOES IT AGAIN!

I wanted to point out a couple items that you won't want to miss when you visit the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Also, for those of you who are not able to visit the shop, I thought you'd like a look-see too.  The above wall hanging by Jeanne Bird  is really something you will appreciate.
Jeanne took the pattern that the Attic Window Quilt Shop distributed for the 2016 Row By Row quilt and made this fantastic wall hanging.  There are a ton of these little buttons on it.  Birds are everywhere.
 Even in the trees with the apples.
 Of course every farm has cats and chickens and a vegetable basket with veggies.
Love the sign on the barn.  I understand that this was Jeanne's family farm. Such talent!
 Jeanne also made this beautiful quilt.  She participated in last year's Sampler series at the shop.  She created this design for finishing the quilt.  The Sampler blocks border the quilt and she decided on what to put in the center. 
 Above is a close up of one of the center squares.  This is an awesome quilt!  I repeat:  What talent!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Friday, May 17
    • Stitch-In
    • Little Mary Poppins Bag
  • Saturday, May 18
    • Stitch-In
  • Tuesday, May 21
    • Bee
    • Civil War BOM
    • Vintage Christmas
  • Wednesday, May 22
    • Starburst
  • Thursday, May 23
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday, May 24
    • Mary Poppins Bag
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

NEW PANELS AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Check out these panels at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  They are awesome!
My DIL would like the first one, but this is my favorite.  Wish I could have captured the quilting.  It is fantastic too.  You can check it out at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
I think I forgot to show you this circle quilt that Marilyn made.  I told her how I struggled with sewing curves and how my curves never ended as a perfect circle.  Marilyn said she made this one using the drunkards path templates.  Look at her flawless circles.  The fabrics make this a stunning quilt.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Wednesday, May 15
    • Civil War BOM
    • Vintage Christmas BOM
    • Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, May 16
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday, May 17
    • Stitch-In
    • Little Mary Poppins Bag
  • Saturday, May 18
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

YOU CAN MAKE THIS BAG

Have you seen this Mary Poppins bag?  Marilyn will be teaching you how to make it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  However, this Friday's class is full, so if you are interested in making this bag with her, call the shop and get your name on the list for another class.  This class is very popular so I'm sure if enough people are interested Marilyn will teach another class.
Check out the pockets on the inside of the bag.
This is another picture of the outside of the bag.  I love how the zippers open and am anxious to see how to make and attach these handles.  You won't want to miss making this!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • Sampler 
    • Bee
    • Embroidery Bee
  • Wednesday, May 15
    • Civil War BOM
    • Vintage Christmas BOM
    • Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, May 16
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday, May 17
    • Stitch-In
    • Little Mary Poppins Bag
  • Saturday, May 18
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Quilted Delights has a tutorial for a String Tulip Block for the Spring Strings Blog Ho.  Scroll down for the tutorial.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, May 9, 2019

HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEET AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

The Happy Scrappers met Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  What a fun sewing and social time.  Adrienne was back from New Zealand and above shows us the new quilt that she has started.  
Here she shows us some added fabric flower petals that she will be using.  This is going to be a beautiful quilt.
Lee Anne was back this month.  Last month she was at retreat and we missed her.  She is working on a charity quilt.
Janalee worked on this charity quilt.  Such beautiful fabrics!
Mary W. showed us what you can do with those little leftover pieces.  She created these two blocks from small scraps left over from other quilts.  We are hoping everyone will bring their scraps next month and that she will show us creative ways to put them into a block.  Mary is so talented and she proves that no scrap is so small that it can't be used.
Cathy sat right next to me and I'm so sorry I didn't get a picture of what she was working on.  I know it was a quilt for charity using up her scraps.  Above is the block I made.  This is Pat Sloan's latest Out of This World BOM.  I'm using scraps and think this will make a nice charity quilt.  Not only am I having fun making these blocks but I'm learning a lot about piecing too.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:

  • The Third Bi-Annual Muskegon Quilt Show at Fellowship Reformed Church, 4200 E. Apple Avenue, Muskegon, will be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, from 10-5 each day.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Thursday, May 9, Doll Bee
  • Monday, May 13, Sampler
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • Sampler 
    • Bee
    • Embroidery Bee
  • Wednesday, May 15
    • Civil War BOM
    • Vintage Christmas BOM
    • Open Embroidery
  • Thursday, May 16
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
  • Friday, May 17
    • Stitch-In
    • Little Poppins Bag
  • Saturday, May 18
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:

Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, May 2, 2019

DON'T MISS THE ROAD TRIP

Have you purchased your Passport for the Search For The Stars 2019 Quilter's Road Trip?  It is now in full swing and participants can visit participating shops until May 4.  Above, is a picture of the Attic Window Quilt Shop quilt.  During the Road Trip you will visit 6 or all 12 shops.  That number is up to you.  At each participating shop that you visit you will receive a free block kit.  All shops will be open from 9 to 6 during the Road Trip days.  Each shop has a unique finishing kit which will be available for purchase.  Also, your passport will get you a 15% discount the day of your visit.  When you visit all 12 shops your name will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize valued at $200.  If you visit 6 shops in the south region or 6 shops in the north region, your name will be entered into a grand prize drawing valued at $100.  
Participating shops:  Quilted Memories; Queen Bee; Pressing Matters; Sew Unique Threads; Quilts Plus; Quilts At Marshall House; Quilt N Go; The Hen House; Bernina Sewing Center; Mos Needle and Thread; Friends Quilting Basket; and Attic Window Quilt Shop.

It looks like the next couple of days are going to be beautiful here in Michigan.  A great day for a Road Trip! 

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP 
  • Sampler, Saturday, May 4
  • Bee, Saturday, May 4
ON ANOTHER NOTE:

  • Just Jude has a tutorial for Improv. Curved Plalcemats.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Saturday, April 27, 2019

ELIZABETH IS STARTING A NEW QUILT

Don't you just love it when a young person starts quilting!  Above, is my great granddaughter Elizabeth.  She is 9 years old and she is showing us the quilt that she has started.  She is such a joy and I wish I could sew with her, but sadly she lives in another state.  
 Here she is laying out the squares to see how she wants to sew them.  Her mother told me that Elizabeth wants to live in my basement.

 My basement is my sewing room, a place where I can relax and enjoy manipulating fabric AND not have to worry about cleaning up because someone might come over.  Fortunately, Elizabeth doesn't see the mess when I let her visit my sewing room.  She only sees all the fabric.  A gal after my own heart.  I can't go up to the Attic Window Quilt Shop without getting more fabric. "It's only a Fat Quarter," I tell my daughter.  I'm not sure she knows what a Fat Quarter is and I hope to keep it that way.  LOL
A special thanks to Meg for sending these pictures and making my day!
 
 APRIL SPECIAL!!
Buy two regular priced patterns and get a sale pattern FREE! 

DON'T FORGET!
Search for the Stars is April 30 through May 4th. 

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

  • Stitch-In, Monday, April 29
  • Bee, Tuesday, April 30
  • Civil War BOM, Tuesday, April 30
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, May 2
  • Intermediate Quilting, Thursday, May 2
  • Sampler, Saturday, May 4
  • Bee, Saturday, May 4
ON ANOTHER NOTE:

  • Fairy Face Designs has an Easy Peasy Quilted Placemats Tutorial.  I bet Elizabeth or any beginner would love these.
ATTENTION: Monday hours have changed.  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday during the months of February, March, and April.  Tuesday through Saturday hours have not changed and will remain the same as usual.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

New shipment of Hoffman Bali Batik Club fabric packs is in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Thank you Diana for sending the picture.  I have to get up to the shop soon and get some of these.
Our friend Marjorie Johnson sent this picture.  She said:  I have been working on this and making a big mess.......scraps and threads everywhere.  It is called Mad Dash.  

Thank you Marjorie for sharing with us.  I love using scraps and this is going to be a lovely quilt.  I like the idea of the orange sashing.  Using scraps is like Free sewing to me.

APRIL SPECIAL!!
Buy two regular priced patterns and get a sale pattern FREE! 

DON'T FORGET!
Search for the Stars is April 30 through May 4th. 

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

  • Bee, Tuesday, April 23
  • Starburst, Wednesday, April 24
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, April 25
  • Intermediate Quilting, Thursday, April 25
  • Trifecta Zip Bag, Friday, April 26
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, April 27
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
ATTENTION: Monday hours have changed.  The Attic Window Quilt Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday during the months of February, March, and April.  Tuesday through Saturday hours have not changed and will remain the same as usual.
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.