Monday, July 28, 2014

Moments on Monday July 28, 2014

Hey there!  We just got back from Ragbrai late Saturday night and it's taking me a while to adjust to living like a normal person again. Sleeping in a tent for 6 nights is nothing I would like to make permanent. But it was a lot of fun and it's wonderful to be  back home.

Isn't this crazy?  There were so many people all week long. My three riders made it safe and sound.

Bob and I had a great time hanging out at the concert in Mason City Wednesday night. The crowd is amazing and it wasn't too hot.

Had a great time during the week but I only got to visit two quilt shops and didn't have a chance to work on any projects. Poor me!!! But I did manage to find two new projects to work on soon. :) 

I'm anxious to get to the quilt shop tomorrow and see what new things Teresa has added.  I would love to see what y'all have been working on. (or at least hear about it) 

Until next time...happy quilting,  Nancy 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Moments on Monday July 14, 2014

Hi everyone!  Hope everyone had a good week.  I know I did!  I had three projects  on my list of things I wanted to get done before RAGBRAI  next week and I got them all done.!!  Imagine that. Sounds like a reason to celebrate to me. ;)

Remember last week I told you I'd have pictures of my latest quilt....Well ..... I have it ready to put on the quilter. :) This quilt is from the same book as the Princess Quilt from last week, Colorful Quilts for Playful Kids by Janet Pittman. I had such a fun time putting this together with the different characters driving the vehicles.  This is for my grandson's second birthday.  (any excuse to make a quilt) Teresa and I will look for a cute themed motif for the quilter to quilt this.  I'm anxious to get it quilted.  He not only loves trucks (like most two year olds) but he LOVES Dora, so it should be fun to see his reaction. :)

Tomorrow I get to visit a grade school friend who is on her way from Oklahoma City to Sioux Falls.  She is an avid Snoopy collector and guess what I have in my stash?!!!....Yep...Snoopy fabric complete with a little Woodstock.  Teresa has the free pillowcase pattern on her web site and I thought that would be a perfect project to sew up in honor of our meeting! ;) 

I wish I would have taken some pictures of the beautiful new fabric Teresa has gotten in at the shop. All I can say is OMG!!! is it ever beautiful. She has some fun stuff in too!  Like this bicycle fabric that I made the cutest bag out of...(third project)

We are finally getting caught up with our quilting in the shop and actually have a quicker turn around time than we normally have.  That's good for you who have a project you need to have quilted soon.

Next week I will be driving the Sag Wagon on RAGBRAI.  For those of you who don't know what RAGBRAI is, it's a bicycle ride that a bunch of crazy people go on that takes them across the state of Iowa.  It usually starts in a town that is located on the Missouri on the West side of the state and ends up on a town that is on the Mississippi on the East side of the state. It lasts the entire week and I will be driving the support vehicle.  (I find the camp sight, yes I said camp complete with tents)  Hopefully I will be able to share some fun pictures with you at our next meeting.

Until next very best to you all,    Nancy

Monday, July 7, 2014

Moments on Monday

Hello everyone! Nancy here and I'm back! Actually I never left but crazy busy just like everyone else. I'm working on my fourth quilt since January and if that isn't enough to keep me busy, Teresa has upped and moved the shop! But I'm sure y'all know that already.

First I want to talk about me and what I have been doing at home. Like I said, I have finished some quillts and a table runner with matching napkins just in time for the Fourth of July! Imagine that!  I was able to put to good use Teresa's 60 degree angle table runner pattern. How cute is that?!!!

Last October at Quilt Market in Houston, I came across a book by Janet Pittman with the cutest patterns.  I couldn't resist the Paisley Princess quilt that I made for my two year old granddaughter Lola.  (she's such the diva)
I think it was a hit!

OK.....enough about me and what I've been up to at home, now let's get on to the good stuff.
If you haven't been to the new shop, you should really try and make it out.  It's such a beautiful drive and Teresa is always getting in new things.   I'm working one day a week and one Saturday a month which makes it like Christmas sometimes.  Last week we got in seven boxes!! There was some really gorgeous fabric.  I can't wait to see what we're going to do with it all.  What fun!

                                                The new Janice Vaine books are in!!!!!!!!

 I've been practicing my fans that Janice demonstrates by using the back basting method of appliqué for the Running Stitcher club.
 I'm looking forward to getting started on the embroidery stitches that Janice so clearly illustrates throughout her book.  We meet the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00 to whenever. (usually it's until 3:00 or 4:00) If you are at all interested in crazy quilting or are working on any hand work, come learn with us.  We would love to have you join us.  If you can make it, please give us a call so we'll know how many to expect.

Well....I'd better get busy here.  It was fun visiting with you. I just started another project, another appliqué. I'll have pictures next week. See you then!

                                                               My best to you all,    Nancy

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Women of the Bible Pattern Series Begins

Our free pattern series for Women of the Bible has begun on our Facebook page.

Would you like to join us as we construct this 100"x125" quilt?  The patterns are free to all of our Facebook followers.

Follow this link, and LIKE us on Facebook

New shop location will sport regional theme

Construction is underway on our new retail space, attached to our Quilter's Cottage Retreat Center, just south of Woodbine on Highway 30.  Plans are to open the new 1000 square foot space sometime in the Spring, 2014.  The new retail space will feature fabric, patterns, books and products with a REGIONAL theme. 

During Market, Nancy and I searched the aisles to find designers who had ties to Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota and South Dakota.  It was a lot of fun to learn more about the fabric designers, product inventors, and authors.  We made many new friends and are anxious to bring national presenters to our neck of the woods.

When we move into our new retail location, Stitchin' Tree will be very unique in it's collection and display.

The walls of our new shop will be lined with barn boards salvaged from the 1898 barn on the property.  The ceiling will be covered with the salvaged barn roof tin.  We're very proud of our rural Iowa heritage, and plan to carry the theme through the space. 
It should be a lot of fun to complete the construction and design the shop.  We'll keep you posted all along the way.
While the shop is under construction, the retreat center remains available for classes, workshops and overnight retreats.

Giant Moo-ving Sale begins January 7

After 8 years of serving our quilting friends in historic downtown Harlan, Stitchin' Tree Quilts will be moo-ving our retail store to Woodbine, next to our Quilters Cottage Retreat Center. Our new location will be smaller and will have a regional theme, so nearly everything must go.

Our giant Moo-ving sale will begin January 7, with prices slashed 30%-75% off fabric, patterns, notions, thread and kits and more. Throughout our moving sale, we will continue to provide quilting services, offer classes and workshops, and stock new fabric, patterns and kits. Each week, our newsletter will continue to provide a free pattern, as well as information about what's going on in the shop and online. We'll have plenty of Barnbusters and other Mooey Good Deals throughout the sale.

Details about our Moo-ving Sale can be found in our emails and on our website:

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Home from festival

If you have never been to Quilt Festival in Houston, be sure and put it on your list of things to do. What a treat! This was my first year to go to festival and it was amazing. The people we met and the quilts we saw is something I will never forget. Teresa posted lots of pictures on Facebook, be sure and check them out.

We are all settled into our routines and getting on with projects at the shop. There is so much we want to do and so little time. (Sound familiar?)

During market I had the pleasure of meeting Janice Vaine. We were directly across the hall from Landaur and for three days we were looking at Janice's latest quilt from her new book, EMBROIDERY AND PATCHWORK REVISITED, due out in February. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. We would like to introduce a project out of the book to our Running Stitchers Club this spring. The project is Grandmothers fan that is embellished with fancy stitches. I am really looking forward to sharing it with the gang.

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful.
 My best to you all....Nancy