Tuesday, February 26, 2019

BEING PRODUCTIVE WHEN IT SNOWS

It's been several days since I was last at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Being snowed in makes for good quilting time (but way too much solitude).  I'll be so happy to get back to the shop and socialize with sewing friends all day long.  In the mean time I am thankful to have power so I can be productive at home.  Above is another block from the book  Garden Sampler Block of the Month.  
And this is block four from that book.  These blocks are really stretching my piecing skills.  But I figure this is good for the brain, so I'm going to continue.
Cathy M. is so good about sharing her scraps.  I have a big pile that she gave me, so I've been practicing my curve piecing.  I have the QCR Mini Ruler and have made all of these blocks.  I'm not sure I see any improvement in them, but they say practice makes perfect, so I'm hoping.  We'll see.

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.

DON'T FORGET:
  • Search For the Stars Shop Hop is the end of April.
  • Row By Row begins in June.

 AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Thursday, Feb. 28:
    • Doll Bee, 10
    • Intermediate Quilting, 3:30
  • Friday, Mar. 1
    • Stitch-In, 10-5
  • Saturday, Mar. 2
    • Sampler, 9:30
    • Bee, 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, February 21, 2019

SHOW AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

When Cathy was at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday, she saw some beautiful quilts and sent pictures for me to share.  Above is a BOM that Pauline participated in at the shop last year.  I may have shown this previously but now it is quilted and bound.  So beautiful!
This is Charity’s jelly roll quilt.  Love it!
Above is Linda’s top for her granddaughter who rides.  I believe this panel can be purchased at the shop.  I bet the granddaughter will love this!

A special thank you to Cathy for taking and sending these pictures.  So nice to share such beautiful work.  

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.

DON'T FORGET:
  • Search For the Stars Shop Hop is the end of April.
  • Row By Row begins in June.

 AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23:
    • Stitch-In Fri., 10-5
    • Stitch-In, Sat., 10-4
  • Monday, Feb. 25
    • Stitch-In, 10-6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26
    • Bee, 10
    • Civil War BOM, 10
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27:
    • Starburst, 10
  • Thursday, Feb. 28:
    • Doll Bee, 10
    • Intermediate Quilting, 3:30
  • Friday, Mar. 1
    • Stitch-In, 10-5
  • Saturday, Mar. 2
    • Sampler, 9:30
    • Bee, 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Moda Bake Shop has a tutorial for a Candy Circle Quilt by Cheryl Brickey.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A LITTLE OF THIS AND THAT

The one advantage to having all this snow is that I do spend more time in my sewing room.  I made this block yesterday.  This is block 2 from the book Garden Sampler Block of the Month. While making it I wondered, who needs crossword puzzles when we have patterns to stretch our mind!
This is what I worked on Saturday while at the Attic Window Quilt Shop sewing with the Happy Scrappers.  It is Broken Herringbone.  A great way to use your scraps.  I think I'll add one more row then put a wide border on it, something to calm it down a bit.  Any suggestions?
My daughter gave me the QCR Mini Ruler for Christmas.  I've been practicing with the ruler but have not been able to achieve the round curve that I want.
There was a pattern with the ruler, so I took the squares apart and made this.
I think this will work.  It will be a fun way to use my scraps and my new ruler.

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.

DON'T FORGET:
  • A New Beginning Embroidery Class will begin on Feb. 20, at 11 a.m.  There are two teachers, one for right handed people, and one for left handed people.
  • Search For the Stars Shop Hop is the end of April.
  • Row By Row begins in June.

 AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20:
    • Sampler, 9:30
    • Civil War BOM, 10
    • Vintage Christmas, 10
    • Beginning Embroidery, 11
  • Thursday, Feb. 21:
    • Doll Bee, 10
    • Intermediate Quilting, 3:30
  • Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23:
    • Stitch-In Fri., 10-5
    • Stitch-In, Sat., 10-4
  • Monday, Feb. 25
    • Stitch-In, 10-6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26
    • Bee, 10
    • Civil War BOM, 10
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27:
    • Starburst, 10
  • Thursday, Feb. 28:
    • Doll Bee, 10
    • Intermediate Quilting, 3:30
  • Friday, Mar. 1
    • Stitch-In, 10-5
  • Saturday, Mar. 2
    • Sampler, 9:30
    • Bee, 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, February 17, 2019

PRODUCTIVE DURING THE SNOW DAYS OF WINTER

Saturday was Stitch-In at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, so some of us Happy Scrappers who couldn't get to the shop for our meeting last Wednesday, due to snow, met there today.  What a good time to socialize and sew with quilting friends, and see the show-n-tell.  Above, is the table runner that Cathy M. made.  She's getting ready for Easter.  How cute.
Cathy also made this table runner.
And she made this table runner.
 And here she is hiding behind another table runner that she made.
 She said she particularly liked the backing fabric.
This is a close-up of her snowflake.
Above is the project that Cathy is currently working on.  See the flying geese above on the right?  That strip is just pinned there.  She said she had to make 40 more flying geese.  I think Cathy was snowed in a very long time!  Then she lost power!
When her power was out, Cathy said she knitted this while snuggled by the log fire to keep warm.  So soft and pretty.  
Marilyn showed us the wool blocks she has been working on.  They are from the book Whimsical Wool Applique by Kim Schaefer.  I'm making some of the blocks in cottons.  
 Marilyn also showed us this cute little Gertie box that she made.
I opened the top so you could see inside.  This is so cute and Marilyn will be having a class on how to make this.  It probably won't be held until next month because the patterns are not in at the shop yet.  
I think I caught Lee Anne laughing.  She worked all day on sewing blocks together.  I made her promise to let me take a picture when her quilt is all put together.  Her fabrics are stunning.

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.

DON'T FORGET:
  • A New Beginning Embroidery Class will begin on Feb. 20, at 11 a.m.  There are two teachers, one for right handed people, and one for left handed people.
  • Search For the Stars Shop Hop is the end of April.
  • Row By Row begins in June.

 AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19
    • Bee, 10
    • Embroidery Bee, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20:
    • Sampler, 9:30
    • Civil War BOM, 10
    • Vintage Christmas, 10
    • Beginning Embroidery, 11
  • Thursday, Feb. 21:
    • Doll Bee, 10
    • Intermediate Quilting, 3:30
  • Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23:
    • Stitch-In Fri., 10-5
    • Stitch-In, Sat., 10-4
  • Monday, Feb. 25
    • Stitch-In, 10-6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26
    • Bee, 10
    • Civil War BOM, 10
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27:
    • Starburst, 10
  • Thursday, Feb. 28:
    • Doll Bee, 10
    • Intermediate Quilting, 3:30
  • Friday, Mar. 1
    • Stitch-In, 10-5
  • Saturday, Mar. 2
    • Sampler, 9:30
    • Bee, 10
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Quilts of a Feather has a tutorial for a Zipper-Mouth Shark.  The little ones would like this!
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, February 14, 2019

NO SNOW SO OFF TO THE SHOP I GO

Happy Valentine's Day!  It was a wonderful day with no snow, so I had to get out of the house and pick up some fabric at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Shirley (above) greeted me with a bouquet of flowers.  Well, not really flowers, but this Belgium chocolate was made up to look like a beautiful rose.  Chocolate!  What a wonderful surprise!  Thank you Shirley!

The Doll Bee was in session and I had to take a look at what they were doing.  Above are two Gail Wilson dolls that Connie made.  Aren't they adorable!
Kelly was busy painting a face on her doll. You need a steady hand to do this and lots of practice.
Julie was right there beside Kelly instructing her.  Above, Julie shows us this fine tipped brush that they use.  Can you see it?  I think it has maybe one hair left in it but that is what they want for the fine features on a doll's face. Julie said they buy a very fine tip brush and then trim it down to what they want. Julie also said she wants to shout out a big thank you to Ms. Waters who donated this doll kit to the group.
Above are some of the clothes that Kelly made for her doll.

I am so impressed by this group of women.  They make these beautiful dolls and all the clothes for them.  What talent!  I'm so glad I got up to the shop today and could see what they are doing.  You can join Julie's Doll Group any time.  They meet weekly every Thursday.

DON'T FORGET:
  • A New Beginning Embroidery Class will begin on Feb. 20, at 11 a.m.  There are two teachers, one for right handed people, and one for left handed people.
  • Search For the Stars Shop Hop is the end of April.
  • Row By Row begins in June.

 AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP


  • Stitch-in.  Since we didn't get to the shop today I hope all you Happy Scrappers will join me Saturday, Feb. 16

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

PRODUCTIVE SNOW DAY

I was supposed to join the Happy Scrappers today at the Attic Window Quilt Shop but it was closed due to the weather.  Just as well since I couldn't get out.  Our street hasn't been plowed all week! Yesterday, I cut and cut and cut fabric so I would be all ready to sew today.  Since I had done all that cutting, and I had power, I decided to go to my sewing room and put a couple blocks together.  Above is Mint Block, Month 1 from the book Garden Sampler Block of the Month.  I'm not good at piecing and this really stretched my skills with those little one-inch pieces.
This is the second block from Pat Sloan's Out Of This World BOM.  It was fun to make but I wonder how this mystery quilt will come together since this block is much smaller than the one I made last month.

DON'T FORGET:
  • A New Beginning Embroidery Class will begin on Feb. 20, at 11 a.m.  There are two teachers, one for right handed people, and one for left handed people.
  • Search For the Stars Shop Hop is the end of April.
  • Row By Row begins in June.

 AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP


  • Stitch-in.  Since we didn't get to the shop today I hope all you Happy Scrappers will join me Saturday, Feb. 16

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

Sunday, February 10, 2019

HEART OF WINTER BUS TOUR


Despite the snowy weather and the many, many power outages here in and around Grand Rapids, the Heart of Winter Bus Tour took place this past Saturday.  We left the Attic Window Quilt Shop on the bus at 8 a.m. and arrived at Pressing Matters in Holland some time later. It was like the weather person knew we needed to get out of the house, because it was a bright sunny day and a beautiful drive to Holland.  All the shops on the tour had great store discounts for us.  Above, the ladies enjoyed starting the day shopping.
Robyn said she wanted to make this quilt.
The shop graciously provide us with a mid morning snack of bagels and several varieties of cream cheese, coffee and hot chocolate.
I want to make this quilt.
As we left the shop to get on the bus to our next destination, we were given goodies.
I asked a couple of women to show me what they got.
This is Riley (her Aunt Mary is on the left).  Riley went on the Bus Tour with us.  She is such a help.  She was in charge of going up and down the isle and taking count so I would know that everyone got on the bus.  We had 46 people on that bus and I sure didn't want to leave anyone behind shopping or in the bathroom.   I never had to ask her or remind her what her job was.  As I got onto the bus wondering if I was the last person, Riley was already coming up the isle taking count. Thanks Riley! You were a big help!
Just before the bus pulled away from Pressing Matters, the shop owner came onto the bus.  Included in our handouts was a ticket.  The shop owner pulled a ticket from her bag of ticket stubs and Deb Wiggins won this lovely bag with goodies inside. Congratulations Deb!
This is what was included in the handouts we all received from Pressing Matters: candy, pattern, fabric on a stick, and a 20% discount card for the next time we visited the shop.
Next we arrived at Quilted Memories in Montague.
It was lunch time and the shop provided us with a wonderful lunch.
I didn't get the pictures until most of us had eaten but you can see the wonderful sandwiches, soup, salad and cookies.  Yum!
Here are some serious shoppers.
 Jill, shop owner, saw that I had purchased a book and told me that she was making the quilt that is in it.  She was kind enough to show me what her quilt looks like so far.  Isn't it beautiful!
This is Jill showing us another quilt she is making.  
Above is the gift each of us received from Quilted Memories.  The kit includes everything we need to make this key fob, plus a $5 coupon for the next time we visit.  
Next on the Bus Tour was The New Ewe in Newaygo.
On the left is Sue, our wonderful Bus Driver, helping us off the Bus as we head for The New Ewe.
 Here we are eager to see what is in this quilt shop.
 Above the shop owner gives us a demo on a new ruler.
This Simple Folded Corners ruler looked interesting.
Loved this cute sample in the shop.  
The New Ewe gave us two new patterns.and a 20% off coupon on future purchase.
We had a late start getting back on the bus and heading back to the Attic Window.  The New Ewe had so many interesting things that it was difficult to get everyone to stop shopping.  
 But here we are back at the Attic Window Quilt Shop
 Just in time for dinner.  There were turkey wraps, two kinds of soup, apple cold slaw, meat balls, cookies, and drinks.  This was fantastic!  Didn't have to cook all day!
Above, shoppers were eager to shop at this wonderful store.
 Each of us on the Tour received this book and zipper bag from the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
 And the bag was filled with goodies.  Candy (chocolate of course), a pencil, universal sewing machine needles, an ABC Pocket Guide on machine needles, fabric, and a 20% discount card for future purchase.

All in all it was a fantastic day.  A special thank you to all the shop owners for putting on this great event for us quilters who really did need to get out of the house and talk to friends and shop!  You guys are the best!

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.