Thursday, September 22, 2016

What's New at Stitchin' Tree

It's been a couple weeks since the last post because we have been SUPER busy at the store! No worries though, I will fill you in on all the latest happenings at the shop!

Christmas on Parade was a huge success last Wednesday, September 14! There were two separate sessions and each of them were full. The highlights included everything from panels to seam rippers, and table toppers to full-sized quilts! There was even Christmas caroling lead by Teresa. Did you miss the show? Not a problem! You can purchase the Christmas on Parade CD which includes patterns of several pieces featured in the show, for $20 at the shop. We will be posting pictures to our Facebook page soon.

PopStars is one of the panels that were featured in the Parade. This panel has three different sizes to choose from to meet all of your Holiday needs!

 This is a little piece of the Mongo Quilt. It got its name because it's HUMONGOUS! There was also a green/black version as well, but it was gone by the end of the Parade.

 

 

 Through all the hustle and bustle, we also received a new line of fabric (bottom right)! Happy comes from Paintbrush Studios, and I absolutely love it! (Hint hint...MOM!)

Check it out at stitchintree.com!

I mentioned in my first blog that I would be writing a little bit about my personal favorites from the shop. This week, I chose Crossroads. Every time I walk into the store and look towards the back, I get to see the Crossroads quilt. One day, I asked Mom why the yellow stands out so much. Yellow stands out because it is one of the three primary colors of the color spectrum, red and blue are the others. I told her I already knew that, and there was something else about the yellow that stood out to me. If you take a look at the yellow squares with brown in the corners, what do you see? I see the sign of the cross. The yellow is the light shining from the back of the shop, which is why it always catches my attention.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's New at Stitchin Tree?

We just received some new fabrics, yay!! Mod About You is by Wilmington Prints. It features many different designs and colors, so I will share a couple of my favorites. I love the way the flowers look so free form, but well-put together. There's a perfect amount of grey, orange, and teal to pull the flowers closer. Try not to look at the diamonds for too long...you might start seeing double!


Check out this new line at stitchintree.com!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I'm baaack!!!  Did you miss me?  I sure missed all of you!

It's hard to believe the last time I shared with y'all I was getting ready for our family reunion. (mini)  Well, we had the reunion again and we're back from that!  What a great time was had by all!
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I was even able to make all the kiddos mini gift bags in assorted fabric and was such a joy to fill.

Plans are already in motion for next year. :}

Things are hopping at Stitchin Tree but letting up (maybe) somewhat since the All Iowa Shop Hop is in its final week.  We met some really neat people from all over the place.  Speaking of really neat people from all over the place, we had a visit from a mother/daughter all the way from Idaho to visit us!!  Can you belive that?

Carla Evans and Elle Baumann of Aunt Hetty's Quilt Trunk, couldn't make it to market so they drove to see us all the way from Salman, Idaho!  

By the way, that quilt they are standing in front of, is Teresa's very own Block Stock pattern.  The squares are all pre cut!  Several different fabrics to choose from and layouts.  They really make a great gift!  

So much to catch you all up on, which is going to take time.  So I'm back and plan on sharing some more adventures/projects in the weeks ahead.

My very best to you all,
Happy quilting,
Nancy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A moment with Nancy

Hello everyone!  What a week!  Graduations, Spring market and rain with cool weather. Nothing like going to a graduation in pouring down rain only to realize you forgot your umbrella!  Not so fun.
Teresa and Patti are back from Market and I'm anxious to see what news they brought back with them.  That's always fun.

Well....I finished my black and white quilt and the backing. (yay!)  That's all ready to quilt.  I was feeling a little lost today so I got into my PHD's. (projects half done).  I had started a New York Beauty 10 years ago as a block of the month.  I had the squares completed, they just needed to be sewn together.  And then of course the border.  The border is something else and will probably take me the rest of my life to complete.  The trouble with unfinished projects is when you eventually get back to them it seems like it takes forever to figure out where you were when you put it away.  I have at least a couple of those in my closet. 

 
Luckily I just needed to sew rows together for this New York Beauty.  But honestly there are seven borders.  I'll be sure and show you the finished quilt when I get those done. 
 
 
 
Tuesday
I was in the shop today to quilt my black and white quilt.  Yay!!! I have it quilted and now just need to sew on the binding.  My daughter is going to be so surprised. :)
 
Tomorrow I'm at the shop for the day.  We have a lot of classes coming up and they are filling.  So much I want to do and so little time.....the story of a quilter.  :-)
 
With that I shall wish you all the best, until next time....
Happy quilting,
Nancy
 



Monday, May 11, 2015

A Moment on Monday May 11


Hello again!  Can you believe it's been a week already since I last ranted here?    Time is passing way too quickly.  Sometimes I wish we could slow things down a bit to be able to enjoy where we are in life a little bit longer.  (or speed things up)  Anyway....I've been busy this week just like y'all.

What a mess I had last week and I am happy to say I am passed that and on to something else.  That something else should really be cleaning up the mess I've made in my sewing room but who has time for that?  I'll just work around it.  :)  I do have my quilt ready to take in to quilt.  Now to find the time to quilt it in time for our June 3 reunion. I love the backing I found and it was wide enough that I didn't need to piece it! yay!!!
 
 
And....I have all the wallets finished.  That was so much fun.  I was in the shop the other day and learned that the class is almost full.  The class size limit is 12 and it was already 9 on Friday.  If you have a chance to take the class it is so much fun and the wallets are adorable.  See......


I told you they are cute!  I can't wait to give these to the girls at the reunion this summer. They are going to be so surprised I made them.

Now on to something else....I really had better get my sewing room organized.  I truly thought I could work around it, but I just took a second look and it's not going to happen.  Wish me luck!

Until next time, my very best to you all.

Happy Quilting,
Nancy








Monday, May 4, 2015

A Moment on Monday May 4

Hello friends!  I hope this finds everyone well and busy doing what you like to do best. I'm looking out my window at the apple trees. The blossoms on all the trees are amazing this spring.  They are loaded, which makes me think we just may be having a record crop of apples.  We could only be so lucky....right?

Well, have I been busy this week.  Last Monday Teresa had us out to the cottage for a workshop.  We made the cutest billfolds with the help of Betty.  They are so cool I just had to make some for my girls and of course when I get something in my head.....everything could be falling down around me and I'm busy with my newest project.  Then on top of all of that, I am cleaning up one of the biggest messes on that black and white quilt.  You know, I always clean my seams as I go so there won't be such a mess at the end.  However, this time I didn't and am I ever sorry.  It's going to take me forever to get this mess cleaned up before I can get it quilted.

 
 See what a mess I have?  My wallets are in various states and the quilt.....ugh!!!  But aren't those wallets just the cutest?  There is going to be a class coming up this summer.  They are so much fun to make and they give you such an opportunity to use some of those cute fat quarters you've been collecting all these years but don't have anything to do with them.
 
 
Other than that, Bob and I have been playing as much golf as we can.  Unfortunately today was a little rainy.  You would think I could get a lot done in the sewing room, wouldn't you.........but like I said, Bob and I.......
 
So with that, I shall sign off, until next time.  My very best to you all.
 
Happy quilting,
Nancy
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

A moment on Monday April 20, 2015

Hello everyone!  I hope this finds you all doing well.  I feel like we're about to be blown away out here in the country.  The wind sure is a blowin.  But at least we've gotten some much needed rain and the wind is drying off the roads so it's not so hard to drive.  All is well.

 
I've been busy since I last visited.  Lots of procrastination!  Do any of you have a section of a project that you really don't like to do?  Some people it's the binding and some hate to cut out the pieces. Me, I don't like b o r d e r s!  You all know what I'm talking about.  It's probably one of the easiest steps to do but......I'd rather sew on a binding, rather cut out an entire quilt top than sew on borders.  I've been trying to talk myself out of being so hard on myself for this.  You know it doesn't make me a bad person or anything.  I eventually get the borders on, but not without a lot of procrastination and frustration!  I sewed three fourths of the border on one side before I realized I was out of bobbin!  (I just hate it when that happens.)  (plus the border had to be pinned on all the way)  Anyway....enough of that.  In spite of all the extra time spent, I still managed to get that Love Hate quilt finished and almost ready for the quilters.  (I call it my Love Hate quilt because I kept waffling back and forth on liking it.)  I did end up liking it just fine.  Now I'm working on the backing, piecing a strip to off set down theback side for some added interest.   And that's another thing.  When did this happen?  Remember the day when the backing didn't matter so much?  You either used bleached muslin or unbleached.  No big deal.  I've seen quilts recently that the backs are pieced almost as pretty as the top! (I'm not making this up)

I was able to get into the shop this week and had lots of fun.  Getting things ready for the Mardi and Me club and my Bag Class in June.  Finally Theresa and I were able to come up with a date for the bag class.  We have kits cut out for this bag or  the Bathing Beauties.  Should be a lot of fun!

 
It seems like I've done a lot of ranting today.  But for some reason I feel a lot better.  :)    
 
I wish you all the very best, until next time,
Happy quilting,
Nancy