Wednesday, April 8, 2020

MORE SEWING FROM HOME

This is what happens when we stay at home.  Chris at the Attic Window Quilt Shop sent pictures and wrote this:

"This is something I found in one of my cabinets that my granddaughter Tatium brought me years ago!  Remember the build a bear store? I had to finish it, stuff it and place the heart, which was supposed to go inside the bear but I sewed it on the outside.  


 Here he is with his heart on the outside where you can see it.
I love this saying on his back:  Pawsome! And look at his cute little tail!  Recently, Taitum turned 17, so Chris gave the bear to her.  Taitum said she did not remember it.  Oh, well, it's finished and gifted.  What a great feeling!

Thank you Chris for sharing with us.  I think a lot of us are using this time to clean and sort and discover forgotten items.  

How about you readers?  Are you getting anything done?


ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • If you are really getting bored you might want to try you hand at this.  Does anyone remember the Toilet Paper Doll Cover?  Probably most of you are not that old, but I remember them.  Check out the picture and pattern at Crochet More.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, April 6, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHRIS

Tuesday, April 7th is a special day at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  It is Chris's birthday!  A very special Happy Birthday to her. I will miss seeing her at the shop and being with fellow quilters singing Happy Birthday to her, but hope to catch up after our "stay at home" period is over.   I'm sure hearing from all her friends will help make this difficult time much brighter for her.  You can wish her Happy Birthday by leaving a comment here on the blog, or send her an email at BrownAttic@aol.com

I hope everyone stays safe and well.  Talk to you tomorrow.

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

Sunday, April 5, 2020

READERS SHARE THEIR WORKS IN PROGRESS

Hello Quilters!  As you know, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed due to the Stay At Home Order.  However some fellow quilters have sent me pictures of what they've been doing.  Above is the quilt that Misti is working on.  This is what she says:  "This is what I'm working on this evening.  It's going to have a light gray sashing.  It is for my sister's 50th birthday!"  

What a wonderful gift!  Thanks, Misti, for sending the picture.
 The above and below pictures were sent by Marjorie in Utah.  She said: "The tan quilt is my last finish.  It isn't my best, but it's done!  I think I will put minky on the back and use it for a couch quilt."
  
"This fabric is Jennifer Jangles Bugapalooza fabric from years ago.  It has been in my "I just can't cut into it" inventory.  It has only 11 repeats so I have to be careful about what pattern I choose.  Also, the repeats are only 11 inches, so I really need more fabric to have enough blocks for a quilt.  I had thought about BQ but I usually end up with a queen quilt and that is too large for me to handle.  I have also thought of just making a whole cloth quilt by cutting it in half and then sewing the two pieces together, matching as best I can. Do you have any ideas?" 

Do you have any ideas that might help Marjorie?  I'm at a loss and understand her reluctance to cut into the beautiful fabric.  I have the same problem.  Please leave Marjorie a comment if you have a suggestion for her.

Chris said that she is in and out at the shop so if you need something you can give her a call at the shop or send her an email at BrownAttic@aol.com.
  
Thank goodness for Chris, because we quilters always need some special something.  It looks like it's going to be a long month! 

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Have you ever wondered how long this virus can stay on fabric?  I have.  Check out what Web MD has to say about it.
  • In Color Order has a tutorial and template for a paper pieced New York Beauty block.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

NEW FABRIC AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Hello Quilters!  Not much going on around here.  Chris at the Attic Window Quilt Shop did send me this picture of these new fabulous fabrics that she got in at the shop today.  Here's what she says: "I just got these fabrics in.  They are called Star Bright from Andover Fabrics.  Makes me think of saying, "Star light, star bright..." 

Thanks, Chris, for sending. I love to see new fabrics.  

Chris said that she is in and out at the shop so if you need something you can give her a call at the shop or send her an email at BrownAttic@aol.com.
  
Thank goodness for Chris, because we quilters always need some special something.  It looks like it's going to be a long month! 

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • We all want to help and I imagine some of you have been making the masks.  You might also be interested in this.  Alamosa Quilters has a tutorial for making the surgical gowns they are so in need of.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, March 29, 2020

YOU CAN HELP

Meeko, my sewing companion
Julie, who leads the Doll Bee at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, sent me a note recently.  I posted the above picture of her cat to get your attention because what she said is helpful during these difficult times.  This is what she wrote:

Hi Carol,  I wrote to Chris a bit ago about some ideas for her Facebook page and she suggested they would be good for the blog too....

I’m sure you have heard that Spectrum Health is accepting donations of homemade PPE masks.  I had emailed this info to Chris as I think people would want to buy fabrics (especially batiks) for face masks and isolation gowns.  They shouldn’t use the cheap stuff from the cheap stores, because it’s not woven tightly enough.  I asked her if I could buy some batik over the phone and then swing by to pick it up. She said yes.  

So I thought others might want to do the same....and you might want to know this info to post about it. Below are some helpful links. 

Spectrum’s donation guidelines. Link to mask video tutorial is there. 

Direct link to video:

Isolation gown:

FYI, Jalie.com is also giving away March 28 and 29 only 2 days) a scrub PDF pattern:   

Thank you Julie.  This is so helpful.  And thanks for reminding us that Chris will be in the Attic Window Quilt Shop daily (except Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will take orders.

ATTENTION:  As requested by the Michigan Governor, the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be closed until further notice.  Chris, will be at the shop each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so if you have any questions feel free to call and talk to her, or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com

Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, March 26, 2020

HOW WE CELEBRATED NATIONAL QUILTING DAY

On National Quilting Day, the Attic Window Quilt Shop had a special event planned.  On that day, you could try the new Pineapple Quilt Block on Easy Foundation Paper.  Louann stopped in at the shop and made this lovely block.
Karen made this blue pineapple.
And, Nancy made this lovely paper pieced pineapple.  

Marilyn sent me a picture of her blocks.  She said, "I miss all the women in the paper piecing bee, but I thought I would do a one-person bee at home.  Miss you guys and hope to see you next month!"
  
These are lovely Marilyn.  Miss our bee too!

All the women used this Quilt Block Foundation paper booklet for their blocks.  Each page makes a 6" block.  You can still order the booklet from the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

ATTENTION:  As requested by the Michigan Governor, the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be closed until further notice.  Chris, will be at the shop each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so if you have any questions feel free to call and talk to her, or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A BEAUTIFUL REMINDER

Years ago when I was going through a rough time, my dear friend, Stephanie Peterson, sent me this beautiful wall hanging.  When I read her accompanying card, I was in awe and in tears.  Since its arrival, I have it situated on a wall in my bedroom so that it is the first thing I see each morning when I wake up.

Stephanie wrote, "It is called Above The Red Line and is meant to help you keep your thoughts positive.  It was inspired by your blog post, wherein you described your pastor's sermon about keeping thoughts above the red line...i.e., positive."  You can read the original post here.

It might be good for all of us to remember to keep our thoughts above the red line.  There is so much negative on TV, first politics and now this virus.  I've heard that the mind naturally goes to the negative.  I believe that, and it is a daily struggle to keep thinking positive thoughts.  But I have also heard that you get what you dwell on, and I'm determined to dwell on the positive and think about all the things I have to be thankful for.

I saw something the other day that put this "shelter in place" in perspective.  "Anne Frank was confined with 7 other people in a 450 square foot attic for 761 days, quietly trying to remain undiscovered to stay alive."

That was over two years!

I have no right to complain or feel sorry for myself.  And this lovely quilt from Stephanie helps me remember that I have so much to be thankful for and to count my blessings.  
This is the back of the wall hanging; almost as pretty as the front.
And here you can see that Stephanie titled this quilt "Above the Red Line" and dated it.

A very special thank you to a special friend.  Stephanie used to have a blog, but now you can see her beautiful quilts on Instagram @stephaniepeterson.

ATTENTION:  As requested by the Michigan Governor, the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be closed until further notice.  Chris, will be at the shop each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so if you have any questions feel free to call and talk to her, or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • The Red Boot Quilt Co. has a free Paper Doll Sew Along.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, March 23, 2020

PER GOVERNOR'S REQUEST


To all the Valued Customers at the Attic Window Quilt Shop:
 As requested by the Michigan Governor, the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be closed until further notice.  Chris, will be at the shop each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so if you have any questions feel free to call and talk to her, or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com

ON ANOTHER NOTE:

  • For all of us cooped up at home, you might like to start on a new project.  The Crafty Quilter has a tutorial for a Blossom Quilt Block.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, March 22, 2020

GETTING SOME PRACTICE IN THIS WEEK

  
Hello Quilters!  I just read Barb's blog (Bejeweledquilts by Barb) and have not gotten nearly as many quilting projects done this past week as she has, but I did manage to practice my ruler quilting and free motion quilting.  Recently, while at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, I picked up the Fiddle Dee Dee charm pack by Moda.  I love the fabric.  Then I got the book Third Time's A Charm by That Patchwork Place and decided to make the pattern Ursula.  I love how it went together, but couldn't make up my mind how to quilt it.
 
So, I decided I would practice doing some ruler quilting and some free motion quilting.  I'm not happy with my quilting, but I did get in a lot of practice and was happy with that. What is it they say about practice - Practice makes perfect! But no one said how much practice.  I worked for days on this. I learned a lot and that is the important thing.  I just have to get in more practice.  Despite my sloppy quilting, I think this will be a nice table topper.  The fabric is so beautiful, I doubt anyone will pay attention to the quilting, at least I hope not. Looking forward, I thought I would take this time of staying home to get more practice, but maybe on some of my scrap fabric.  Practice, practice, practice.

PLEASE NOTE:The Paper Piecing Bee will NOT meet next week, Wednesday, Mar 25.  We do hope you will do some paper piecing at home and send pictures so we can show them on the blog.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Beginning Quilts, Monday, Mar 23
  • Civil War BOM and Vintage Christmas, Tuesday, Mar. 24
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Mar. 26
  • Intermediate Quilts, Thursday, Mar. 26
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Mar. 27 and 28
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • So Sew Easy has tutorials and patterns for lots of face masks.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, March 19, 2020

THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Hello fellow quilters. All this talk on TV got you down?   I thought you would like to know that the class to make this Poppins bag is still on at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  The class is Friday, March 20.  Call the shop for a supply list.  

Also the Attic Window Quilt Shop will be open during usual hours this Friday and Saturday; however, next week the hours will change to 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Chris said that she wants to be there for quilters who need supplies.  
 Speaking of supplies, you might want to get this lovely "Home" panel by Northcott.  If all this talk on TV is making you leary, you can call the shop and place your order and Chris will meet you at the door with your purchase.
 These are the coordinating fabrics to go with the panel.
There is also a pattern for a table runner.

PLEASE NOTE:The Paper Piecing Bee will NOT meet next week, Wednesday, Mar 25.  We do hope you will do some paper piecing at home and send pictures so we can show them on the blog.

 DON'T FORGET: National Quilt Day is Saturday, March 21.  If you've ever wanted to do the pineapple block, along with foundation piecing, stop in at the Shop between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that day and you can try the new Pineapple Quilt Block on Easy Foundation Paper.  Also included are snacks and stitching and fun!  Kits will be available for $5 and a chance to win a goodie bag!  DON'T Forget National Quilt Day and a Perfectly Pineapple Day!  AGAIN:  If you don't feel comfortable coming into the shop, you can order your kit over the phone and Chris will meet you at the door with your purchase.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Poppins Bag, Friday, March 20
  • National Quilt Day and Perfectly Pineapple Day, Saturday, Mar. 21
  • Beginning Quilts, Monday, Mar 23
  • Civil War BOM and Vintage Christmas, Tuesday, Mar. 24
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Mar. 26
  • Intermediate Quilts, Thursday, Mar. 26
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Mar. 27 and 28
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • A Crafty Fox has a tutorial for Accentuate The Positive Chevron block. 
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, March 15, 2020

I've been hunkered down in my sewing room this weekend and forgot all about showing you more pictures of what I found at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Above, is another adorable bag made by Marilyn.  This is a smaller version of the Poppins bag.  
Check out all the pockets on the inside.
 This is the fabric that Marilyn used to make the bag.  It is Poppy Meadows by Henry Glass & Co.  By the way, Marilyn will be teaching you how to make this bag on Friday, March 20th.  Call the shop to register and get a supply list.
 Marilyn also made this gorgeous quilt from a panel.  
 This is a closeup of one of the smaller blocks that is another panel for a book.  The fabric is Flutter by Susybee.
  
DON'T FORGETNational Quilt Day is Saturday, March 21. If you've ever wanted to do the pineapple block, along with foundation piecing, stop in at the Shop between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that day and you can try the new Pineapple Quilt Block on Easy Foundation Paper.  Also included are snacks and stitching and fun!  Kits will be available for $5 and a chance to win a goodie bag!  DON'T Forget National Quilt Day and a Perfectly Pineapple Day!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Beginning Quilts, Monday, Mar. 16
  • Bee, Tuesday, Mar. 17
  • Embroidery Bee, Tuesday, Mar. 17
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Mar. 18
  • Civil War BOM and Vintage Christmas, Wednesday, Mar. 18
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Mar. 19
  • Intermediate Quilts, afternoon and evening, Thursday, Mar. 19
  • Poppins Bag, Friday, March 20
  • National Quilt Day and Perfectly Pineapple Day, Saturday, Mar. 21
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 I was eager to get home today and show you pictures of the new fabrics at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  The above is Cosmo by Northcott.  I love these colors!
 More beautiful colors..  Above is Chelsea by Northcott.
 Also by Northcott is Construction Zone.  
This is a closeup of the cute trucks on the fabric.
The above is Forest Frolic by Northcott.  
 I bet all sewers will love this fabric as I do.  It is called Material Girl by Northcott.
 Check out this I Spy panel.  So cute.
 Above are the coordinating fabrics for the panel.  The I Spy fabrics are by Henry Glass & Co.

Stop by the Attic Window Quilt Shop soon and pick up some of these fabrics!  You will be glad you did! 

 ATTENTIONNational Quilt Day is Saturday, March 21. If you've ever wanted to do the pineapple block, along with foundation piecing, stop in at the Shop between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that day and you can try the new Pineapple Quilt Block on Easy Foundation Paper.  Also included are snacks and stitching and fun!  Kits will be available for $5 and a chance to win a goodie bag!  DON'T Forget National Quilt Day and a Perfectly Pineapple Day!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Mar. 12
  • Intermediate Quilts, Thursday, Mar. 12
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Mar. 13 and 14.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  •  Home Sewn By Us has a tutorial for a penguin Table Topper.  It's not too early to start on December decorations.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Friday, March 6, 2020

FROM HEART OF WINTER BUS TOUR

Hello Quilters.  Remember the lovely charm pack that the Attic Window Quilt Shop distributed to all those on the Heart of Winter Bus Tour?  Well, I didn't get to go, but when at the shop one day, noticed there were some charm packs left.  I bought one and decided to make this table topper.  It is so cute!  Though I didn't use the book that was also distributed with the charm pack, I did pick up a Fiddle Dee Dee charm pack and am busy making a quilt from that book, Third Time's a Charm.  Can't wait to show you that!

 ATTENTIONNational Quilt Day is Saturday, March 21. If you've ever wanted to do the pineapple block, along with foundation piecing, stop in at the Shop between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that day and you can try the new Pineapple Quilt Block on Easy Foundation Paper.  Also included are snacks and stitching and fun!  Kits will be available for $5 and a chance to win a goodie bag!  DON'T Forget National Quilt Day and a Perfectly Pineapple Day!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Saturday, Mar. 7
  • Bee, Saturday, Mar. 7
  • Beginning Quilts, Monday, Mar. 9
  • Sampler, Monday, Mar. 9
  • Sampler, Tuesday, Mar. 10
  • Bee, Tuesday, Mar. 10
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Mar. 11
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Mar. 12
  • Intermediate Quilts, Thursday, Mar. 12
  • Stitch-In, Friday and Saturday, Mar. 13 and 14.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  •  She Can Quilt has a nice tutorial for an improv herringbone table runner.  Great way to use up all those scraps.
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.