Tuesday, April 28, 2020

YOU WANT ME TO MAKE WHAT?

Hello Quilters!  Since I haven't been able to get up to the Attic Window Quilt Shop because of this stupid virus thing, I thought I'd show you what I've been up to.  Other than making masks, I made a washer topper.

A what? you ask.  That's what I thought when my DIL asked me to make one.  She said it was for the cottage.  The washer and dryer there are in the side hall which is also the entrance everyone uses.  People tend to sit things on the washer and it is becoming scratched.  Therefore, she wants a cover for it.  

OK.
"What colors do you want?" I asked.
"Oh, something to match the wall hanging that you made for the wall in that room."
I didn't remember, but looked for a picture on my computer.  Then I went to my sewing room and searched my stash.  I found fabrics that I was sure matched the fabrics in that wall hanging.  

When I asked my DIL what size she wanted this topper to be, she said, "Oh, it should be 26" x 18."

Wait! What?
What block would make a quilt that odd size?

After much pondering, I chose a fourth fabric to go with the other three and decided I could cut a rail fence block so that the quilt came out the right size; and if it didn't, I'd add a strip here and there.  
Not bad, when you look at it here on the washer. However...
 I don't think it matches any of the fabrics in the wall hanging. She assured me that she doesn't care and likes it so much that now she wants me to make one for the dryer.  I told her I didn't have any more of the same fabrics, and she said that was fine.  She will come shop in my sewing room and pick out what she wants.

At least I have plenty to keep me busy during this Stay-At-Home period.  I hope you are keeping busy and not letting this trying time get you down.  Some days I could cry, but then I count my blessings and change my attitude.  It works!

IMPORTANT: As you know the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed due to the pandemic but you can still place an order. Chris said that you can do curbside pickup or she will ship to you.  Just call her at the shop or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com. 

Remember!  Support your local quilt shop!  We want to go to the Attic Window Quilt Shop when this "stay at home" thing is over!!!!  I miss everyone!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Em's Scrapbag has a tutorial for a scrappy quarter log cabin quilt.  A great way to use those scraps.
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, April 26, 2020

A READER FRIEND SHOWS US HER QUILTS

 Hello fellow Quilters.  I hope you are all doing well.  I'm missing my family and friends at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Despite these trying times, positive things have happened. They are the connections I've made over the years through the blog.  Marjorie, our friend who lives in Utah, sent me pictures of a couple of her latest finishes.  I wish I had seen the email in time to include these pictures with the Virtual Quilt Show.
 This is what Marjorie wrote:
"Sorry to hear about your snow in April.  We are supposed to hit 90. On Saturday. Yikes I think it is going to be a long hot summer again this year.

The pictures are of the two small quilt tops I finished.  It is from a fabric called "afternoon delight" by Alexander Henry .  I had envisioned it turning out much different.  My designing skills need improvement so I couldn't get all the fabric in one top.  The heavy gray color was difficult (a previous quilt she shared with us).  I don't know what these two will become....maybe lap quilts or baby quilts or wall quilts.

I am anxious to start my next project. I bought the Tula Pink kit "daisy chain". I love the bright colors mixed in with the B&W.  I am modifying the dimensions. The strips are supposed to be cut 2-3/8.  With my eyesight diminishing  it is hard to see the small lines.  So I am cutting 2-1/2.  Just hope it works, otherwise I will have a whole new pattern.

To everyone in Michigan  stay safe, stay sane and keep quilting because I love to see the pictures.
Happy spring.
Marjorie J."

Thank you Marjorie for thinking of us.  I love your quilts and wonder at all the work you must have put into them. They are beautiful! Enjoy all that warm weather where you are!

IMPORTANT: As you know the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed due to the pandemic but you can still place an order. Chris said that you can do curbside pickup or she will ship to you.  Just call her at the shop or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com. 

Remember!  Support your local quilt shop!  We want to go to the Attic Window Quilt Shop when this "stay at home" thing is over!!!!  I miss everyone!

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



Thursday, April 23, 2020

VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW FROM ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Since we are unable to sew and socialize at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, I thought I'd show you some pictures that our fellow quilters have sent.  Above, are some bags that Marti made.  So cute!
 Louann sent us this picture of the above quilt.  She said she made it with the Scrap Crazy 3 piece templates purchased on the February bus Trip.
Louann also made this one.  She said she made this with Moda Sweet Pea and Lily layer cake and pattern.  Louann also said that these two quilts were quilted by Carol Huster.  They are beautiful!!
Joyce M. said that a finished quilt could be months or years away, but she could share photos of a bird block and her design wall.  These cute birds make me think that Spring is on its way! I know it's almost May, but we had snow this week here in Michigan! 
 Marilyn K. sent pictures of her latest finishes. 


What beautiful quilts.  I love that Marilyn sent a closeup so we could see her quilting.  Doesn't she do a great job!  

A special thank you to Marti, Louann, Joyce, and Marilyn for sharing your latest projects with us.  I love seeing what others are doing.  These women have inspired me to get something accomplished.  Thank you so much!!!

As you know the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed due to the pandemic but you can still place an order. Chris said that you can do curbside pickup or she will ship to you.  Just call her at the shop or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com. 

Remember!  Support your local quilt shop!  We want to go to the Attic Window Quilt Shop when this "stay at home" thing is over!!!!  I miss everyone!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  •  Craft Buds has a tutorial for an easy burp cloth.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

MORE NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 Just arrived!  Chris sent me pictures of more new fabric that has just arrived at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  These are beautiful!  Chris said that her daughter Cori took the pictures.  She has a great camera!  
These fabrics are Vintage Happy 2 along with Confetti Cotton solids by Riley Blake. Click on the picture to get a closer look. Chris said that you can do curbside pickup or she will ship to you.  Just call her at the shop or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

NEW FABRIC AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Chris sent pictures of new fabric that just arrived at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  You are going to love this.







Well, I don't know what happened, but when I posted this, the pictures were there; then, today they are gone, so I'm posting again.

Chris said that the above fabrics are from Henry Glass and called Farm Raised.  Also in at the shop, is a panel to go with these fabrics.  Chris said she just couldn't get a good picture to send us.  I love these fabrics! And thank you Chris for sending these pictures.

As you know, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed during this stressful time, however, Chris is still in the shop and will take orders and bring to your car.  You can call her or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com.

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ALL IN A DAY'S WORK

I think I'm losing it.  Maybe it's because I can't get up to the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I need socialization.  I need to get out of the house.  I need to pet some fabric and see what's new in the store.  I need help...as you can see from the picture above.

On my last post, I had a link to a Crown Of Thorns pattern.  Yesterday I decided I had to make that.  It is paper pieced and I was eager to focus on something different, new.  I made the block and hurried to my sun room to take a picture.  Yikes!  It didn't look right.  Something was wrong.  What did I do?
I took the block back to my sewing room, ripped it apart, and remade it.  Now it looks like the picture on the pattern.  It took me all day to complete one block.  Gads!
That was yesterday.  Today, I was determined not to stay in my funk and decided to do some more paper piecing.  I chose to make another block for the quilt that I had started in a paper piecing class that I took at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I made this block and it took me all morning.  Paper Piecing sure takes a lot of thought!
These are the blocks I have completed so far (I just did the one today).  Maybe someday I'll have enough blocks to make a quilt.

I hope things are going better for you.  Stay safe.  And I'll try to get a better link for you today.

As you know, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed during this stressful time, however, Chris is still in the shop and taking orders.  You can call her or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com


ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  •  I love this block that I saw on Freemotion By The River.  Connie has a tutorial on her blog here.  I think it will be a fun way to use some  of my scraps.  
Caroll, 
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

HOW IS EVERYONE DOING? CATHY IS BEING PRODUCTIVE!


Hello fellow quilters!  Are you getting lots of quilting done during this Stay At Home period.  Cathy M. is getting a lot accomplished.  She sent me  this picture of her latest finish.  This quilt is from a class she taught at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I love the colors!  So bright and cheery!
Cathy also finished this temperature quilt.  The pattern was from a QAL that she found online.  I love the colors in this quilt too.  I think these bright colors help my mood.  Thank you Cathy for sharing your quilts with us. You have inspired me to get some projects finished!
Does anyone else have trouble focusing?  I thought I'd be getting so much done during this month of staying at home, but I go to my sewing room and can't figure out where to start.  I did make some masks; then I finished this Jennifer Jangles BOM.  He cheered me up a bit.
I read online that you can make a house block from your charm squares.  I had some left over from a recent project and made the above.  Now I can't remember where I was supposed to send it.😞
Then I made a couple of these.
They are jar lid turners that a friend had asked me to make for her.  I'm hoping to be more productive today.  Remember the paper pieced Swirling Cross that I shared with you on my last blog post.  I printed the pattern and hope to get one block made today.  You can find the pattern here.

As you know, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is closed during this stressful time, however, Chris is still in the shop and taking orders.  You can call her or email her at BrownAttic@aol.com

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

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEW FABRICS AND NEWS FROM FELLOW QUILTERS

Hello Quilters!  How is everyone doing today?  Chris just sent me this picture of new 30s fabrics that just arrived at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  These are Darling Clementine by Andover Fabrics. If you are interested in purchasing any of these you can call the shop or send Chris an email at  BrownAttic@aol.com.  

I was thrilled at the response to yesterday's post when I asked what everyone was doing.  Here are some of the answers:

Marjorie said: 
I just complete this 72" square quilt top.  It is made with a layer cake pack and background fabric.  It is a free moda bakeshop pattern and can be made with charm squares also.  The photo isn't the best as I had to lay it out on the bed as my design wall isn't big enough.

Next I am starting to sew nine patch blocks for our guild humanitarian projects.
I also hope to get some masks done as the pain clinic has ask both guilds for a total of 250 masks.

Wishing all the quilters who read the blog Good Health and Happy Sewing!
Deb Betz said, "I have been making fabric face masks for my daughter in law's work. They’re fun and quick to make. This certainly is unprecedented. I’m glad I’m a retired nurse at this time. Our son is a firefighter with GRFD, he’s in our prayers along with the Police.

Joyce Marder said: "I am working on Feathers.  I bought the pattern three years ago and found it intimidating because one must piece 30 birds from little squares and rectangles.  

I make one bird per day.  Eight are finished."

I've asked joyce to send pictures when she's done.  I'd love to see those birds.

Eleanor Swiech said: Hi everybody. I went through my scraps, pulled out brown, orange, gold,yellow, and cream and am making a log cabin quilt.
Time to use scraps.

Yes, a great time to use those scraps!!!


Cathy M. sent me her latest finishes.  They were made from panels.  Cathy said that the quilt with the dogs is for her uncle who is a dog and pheasant hunter for most of his 80 years and the Renoir is for his wife.
 Marilyn sent these pictures of the fabric book she made.  
She said: "How about making some of these to have on hand?  Tee hee!"

These are adorable and maybe I should start making some now since I'm going to be a great grandma again in October!

This has been so much fun.  Thank you readers for sending pictures and/or notes to let us know what you've been doing.  It is great inspiration!

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

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
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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.