Sunday, September 29, 2019

WHAT A FUN WEEKEND!

Hello Quilters!  How was your weekend?  I hope as great as mine.  I had a wonderful weekend teaching my granddaughter how to use my quilting machine.  Above, Toni does FMQ on the quilt that she had made for one of her daughters.
All finished, she and her two daughters (my great granddaughters) show off the quilt.  Toni said she had a black and white stripe for the binding.  I'm so proud of her.  This is a beautiful quilt and she took to that quilting machine like an old pro.  It took me months to be brave enough to quilt my first quilt. 
I didn't get to the Attic Window Quilt Shop for the Sunday Stitch-In because after looking around and noticing how messy my sewing room is, I decided I needed to stay home and get organized.  However, I got sidetracked and made this scrap leaf.  I saw something like it on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.  I love using my scraps.  Now to decide how to sew it to the background fabric! And then what to do with it.  Make more and make a table runner?  Make a pillow?  We'll see how the stitching turns out.  

 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 
  • Stitch-In, Monday, September 30
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew She Can has a tutorial for Log Cabin Hexi Potholders.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, September 26, 2019

NEW PROJECTS AND MORE GOOFS

Another goof...by me.  I totally forgot to post this picture of the paper pieced lion that Cathy did.  It was part of her show-n-tell when the Paper Piecing Bee met recently at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. It is really awesome.
Misti sent me a picture of her latest quilt.  I love the soft colors.  She said that she made this as a wedding gift for her daughter who is getting married next week.  What a lovely gift.  Thanks for sharing, Misti.  Enjoy the wedding.
When recently at the Attic Window Quilt Shop I saw this bag on display.  Marilyn made it and you are going to love it.

It has lots of pockets and is so cute!
Another goof. Remember this picture?  When I walked into the Attic Window Quilt Shop the other day, I was greeted with, "There she is, the city girl."  Yes, so?  Everyone started laughing.  You will have to understand that the shop is near a rural area and lots of women and men who come into the shop are familiar with "farm" things.  I guess they could tell I was a city gal because I didn't know the difference between a bail of hay and a bail of straw.  When I posted the picture with the story about the Country Fair  Barn Quilt Road Tour, I said it was a bail of hay.  Wrong!  It was a bail of straw.  When I asked how one would tell the difference, I was told that hay is green and straw is yellow.  Well, you learn something new every day!

Another goof:  I posted the times wrong for the Sunday Stitch-In.  Sunday, September 29th, the Stitch-In is from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  I think I need to work more on that Brain thing that I talked about in yesterday's post.  

 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 
  • Friday, Sept. 27
    • Bargello Class  **** You won't want to miss this!!
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In, Saturday, 10 - 4
    • Stitch-In, Sunday, 12 - 5
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

BUSY DAY AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

It was a busy day at the Attic Window Quilt Shop today.  The Paper Piecing Bee had its first meeting, Marilyn was teaching a purse class, and Barb Johnson (above) stopped by and graciously showed us her quilt.  It is stunning!
Barb said that the pattern was for a table runner but she decided to make it into a quilt and will be giving it as a wedding present to her best friend's son. "They like bright colors," she said.
This is a closeup of the pretty back.  Thanks Barb for sharing.
The Paper Piecing Bee also had some Show-n-Tell.  Above, Charity (left), and Cathy (right) show us their paper pieced Christmas trees.  Awesome!
 Above, Marilyn, who was teaching another class, helps Carol P. with her paper piecing.
 And I have to show you what Shirley and Mary P. did when taking the purse class from Marilyn.  They are not finished yet but these purses are going to be fantastic.
This is another view of Shirley's purse (front) and Mary's purse (back).  Great job ladies!

It was a fun day at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I hear various things about working your brain to keep it young and active.  I think my brain got a workout today as I tried to remember how I made my paper pieced block.  Hopefully I can get it squared up and show it to you tomorrow. I've heard that people of age should get lots of socialization to keep your brain in shape.  I'm sure all the fun I had socializing today did wonders for my brain.  Come to the quilt shop; it will keep you young.

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 
  • Thursday, Sept. 26
    • Doll Bee
    • Intermediate Quilting
    • Beginning Quilting
  • Friday, Sept. 27
    • Bargello Class  **** You won't want to miss this!!
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29
    • Stitch-In
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Noodlehead has a tutorial and free pattern for a Snappy Manicure Wallet.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

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
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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.