Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Mary Jo Bonsall 12/26-27/11

We caught these two quilts hiding in the closet.
Mary Jo Bonsall, Dunlap, constructed both quilts.  She chose to quilt the navy Asian strip quilt in Asian Leaves pattern with Navy thread by Signature.  She chose to quilt the pastel strip quilt with Rosebuds pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Lilas Brockman 12-26-11

Lilas Brockman, Harlan, constructed this lavender baby quilt for her new great grandchild. She chose to quilt it with Hearts and Loops pattern in Lavender thread by Signature.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Sheryl Thomas 12/22/11

Sheryl Thomas, Harlan, pieced this quilt as a surprise gift for co-worker Cassey Leinen's nephew. She's also constructing a few throw pillows from her scraps. Sheryl came up with her own design for this throw quilt. She chose to quilt it is Meandering Tractors pattern in Light Piper Green thread by Signature.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Barb Schultz 12-21-11

Barb Schultz, former of Persia, has now moved to Council Bluffs. We certainly hope that the extra miles will not keep her away from the store, because we enjoy seeing all of Barb's finished projects. Barb chose to quilt this brown star quilt with Star Layered pattern in Spiced Tea thread by Signature.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Lisa Ulmer 12/20/11

This was the last quilt that needed to be finished before Christmas. Lisa Ulmer, pieced this brown and blue throw as a gift. She chose to quilt it with Along the Way pattern.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Mystery Workshop Yields Gifts Galore

Nancy Watts with her finished quilt top.
The weather was great on December 19 when we held our Christmas Mystery workshop. 8 quilters from around the area participated. Prior to the workshop, they were able to choose their border color: blue, green or black. The blocs and sashing strips were pre-cut, so we didn't waste any time with tedious cutting. The wall hanging "Gifts Galore" featured a fusible applique design.

Check out more pics and descriptions on our facebook page.
Linda Kreifels, Harlan

Pat Trusty

Pat Morris

Vivian Storjohann

Leanna Jens

Patty Stephens, Macedonia

Jill Hinkley, Harlan

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Show & Tell -- Betty Leuck 12/12/2011

Betty Leuck, Harlan, made this embroidered pillow from a Crabapple Hill pattern from our shop. She embellished it with wool and small pearls. Betty is making four pillows for her for daughters for Christmas. I hope she brings us a pic of the girls with their treasures!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Merry Workshop was Merry Indeed 12/12/2011

Five quilters gathered at the shop to make Merry -- a quick applique Christmas wall hanging designed by Patrick Lose. We used Moda Marble Swirls for the project.  With only one seam in the wall hanging, it is a very easy wall hanging.  For many of the ladies, this was their first experience with fusible applique.  Patrick Lose typically writes his patterns so that you don't have to stitch down the applique shapes.  Truly, ANYONE, could make this wall hanging.  We have a few kits left in the shop, $25 complete.

I've got to thank Patty Stephens for encouraging me to start up classes and workshops again.  I have not held a class since April, when we moved the quilting machine into the classroom.  Our workshop Monday night was a little unorthodox, quilters tucked into every nook in the shop.  Everyone was patient with the surroundings, and we had a fun time!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Fabric Hits the Shelf -- Groove On

Marie Osmond has designed a groovy new line of fabric for Quilting Treasures, and we have 10 new bolts on the shelf.  The line combines funky florals and paisley prints.  If you like teal, aqua, green and chocolate, you will love this fun new line. 

Marie has posted a free project sheet on Quilting Treasures website Groove On Project.

We plan to stitch it up in a pre-cut Take 5 throw quilt kit.  Look for the kit to be available in January.

Preserving Memories 12/8/11

This fuzzy bear is on her way to Pam Crockatt in California.  Pam asked us to make this memory bear from her grandmother's robe as a lasting memory.  Our bear sewist, Linda Brue, used the satin lining of the robe for the bear's ears and paws.  She added embroidery on both paws and a heart-shaped picture of Grandma Dorothy.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Val Finley 12/7/11

Val Finley, Denison, constructed two of these Kansas Troubles beauties.  They are Christmas gifts for family.  We were able to get one finished before the machine died on us.  We are hopeful that the second quilt will be finished in time for Val and her family to fly out on Christmas day.  Val chose to quilt it with Berry Vine Park pattern in Camel thread by Signature.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Jackie Dollen 12/3/11

A little something for everyone.  Jackie Dollen, Persia, has constructed over a dozen quilts for her grandchildren for Christmas.  Most of the quilts have been fairly simple in design, but Jackie has personalized each one by choosing fabrics that reflect the interests of each grandchild.  The last quilt we quilted for Jackie was the strip quilt, right.  It will be a wonderful Christmas as the Dollen house.  I hope Jackie takes a group pic of the kids with their quilts so we can see the joy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Pat Morris 11/30/11

Pat Morris is relatively new to quilting, yet she tackled a fairly difficult pattern!  Pat actually made two quilts with this same pattern.  she chose to quilt it with Drifting Snowflakes pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Look What's Quilting -- Marla McLaren 11/30/11

Marla McLaren of Massena and her friend Beth Mills come up to visit us regularly.  Each time, they are either bringing quilts or picking them up.  Marla pieced two sweet baby quilts with a large Peter Rabbit panel.  She chose to have us quilt them with Loops & Swirls pattern in White thread by Signature.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Show & Tell -- Alice Buman 11/29/11

Harlan quilter, Alice Buman, has been busy making pillows for her grandchildren for Christmas.  She did us a favor and brought them by so we could get a picture of her projects!  Alice has hand quilted each one of the pillows.  She does extraordinary work!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Helen Henderson's 100th Birthday 11/26/11

Happy 100th Birthday Helen Henderson! Helen has been a customer and friend for several years.  She is a wonderful quilter and has finished projects for her family and friends.  Helen used to live up the street in an apartment, but last year, moved to assisted living in Avoca.

When Helen turned 100 this week, she asked her son and two daughters to bring her to our shop for our Black Friday/Saturday Sale!  Way to go Helen!!!  You are an inspiration for all of us! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Stacey Fahn 11/23/11

Stacey Fahn, Harlan, pieced this Asian throw quilt together.  The fabric line is gorgeous.  She chose to quilt it with Asian Leaf pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Florence Poggensee 11/22/11

Florence Poggensee is back in saddle again (pardon the pun).  After battling through some health concerns, Florence is quilting again.  She put together this beautiful horse panel and had us quilt it with Aspen Leaves pattern in YLI monofilament thread.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stop in Friday & Saturday

Avoid the crowds, avoid the traffic, avoid the lines!  Come to Harlan on Friday & Saturday.  Save 25% on EVERYTHING at Stitchin' Tree Quilts.  And Bag Ladies...  Remember to bring your bag, we have a special gift for you!

Look What's Quilting, and Who's Watching -- Phyllis Kline 11/21/11

Phyllis Kline, rural Missouri Valley, has spent hours and hours and hours embroidering these baskets of posies. She picked out her border and sashing fabrics from our Moda Marbles Swirls. Phylis chose to have it quilted with Pansy Up Down pattern in YLI monofilament thread. The quilt is huge - 111x131. Phyllis plans to keep it for herself, until she decides who she might want to give it to.
I love it when quilters come in to watch the quilt machine.  Phyllis made a trip over, along with her daughter and husband (who admitted it was fun to come in the shop and watch the quilter).  Phyllis did an extraordinary job with this quilt.  Her seams all match and the borders are tight and straight.  It is truly fun to quilt.

Show & Tell -- Marlene Gaffigan 11/21/11

When Marlene came in today, she said that she has been working hard to finish up kits and projects.  She says she is down to two remaining kits...  That means that we'll be able to talk Marlene into working on some store samples for us :-)

Marlene Gaffigan must have worked all weekend to finish her On Point quilt using Civil War prints from her stash. The finished quilt is beautiful, and Marlene's piecing is perfect, as always.

 On Friday, Marlene came back to the shop to bring her finished Halloween triptic. She finished the edges with homemade cording, using a thin string.
Marlene has been raiding her wool stash. She used a pattern in her Pumpkins & Spice book (available at our shop) for her inspiration and designed a few pumpkins on her own. The bittersweet along the branches have little red beads in the center... Wow!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Norene Schechinger 11/16/11

Norene Schechinger, Panama, purchased this quilt to at the Church Auction in Panama this summer. The quilt top was made and donated by Sharon Bruck. She chose to quilt it with Butterfly Loops & Swirls in Petal thread by Signature. I really like the quilt top pattern; it looks fairly simple, made from jelly rolls.

New Baby Quilt Kit coming soon

Look What's Quilting -- James Buwalda 11/17/11

A blast from the past!  James Buwalda, Owner & Manager of our local Pizza Ranch (really yummy food!), brought me this quilt last winter. His aunt made this quilt for him many years ago. It features a variety of 70's and 80's corduroys :-). The quilt had been tied with black yarn and had a plaid fabric on the back. Over the years, James has loved this quilt to pieces... LITERALLY. When he brought it in, it had less than 3 feet of backing fabric left, the batting had been pulled out, and the top was in tatters. James wanted to know if we could save it... Of course we can! We used the scrap of backing fabric to patch the holes on front, so the entire quilt top is original fabric for the quilt. We chose to quilt it densely with YLI monofilament thread. Many of the blocks are so thin, they are see-through, so the dense quilting will help hold the quilt together. I can't wait to see James' reaction when he sees his quilt.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Linda Peffer 11/16/11

Linda Peffer, Denison, worked long and hard to come up with the design for the first quilt for her first great-grandbaby, due any day now. She picked out the fabric in our shop. Linda chose to quilt it with Hearts & Loops pattern in Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Show & Tell -- Marlene Gaffigan 11/16/11

Our own Sample Sewist, Marlene Gaffigan, is a PROLIFIC quilter. I don't know any other way to describe her. Oftentimes, when she cannot sleep, she quilts through the night to make a variety of beautiful quilts. Marlene also beautiful needlework projects as well. Today she stopped in the shop to show us her latest projects.

These pre-printed embroidery pieces are from Chickadee Hollow.  Marlene has added her own touch of color.

Marlene had stitched our store sample for our On Point BOM.  She liked the center medallion so much, she made one for herself from her collection of civil war reproductions.

Marlene is a Robin Pandolph fan.  She made this FAN quilt from Robin Pandolph fabrics.

A closeup of the Robin Pandolph fans.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Nancy Foutch 11/15/11

Nancy Foutch, Woodbine, pieced this IH tractor quilt with fabric from our store. She chose to quilt it with Tractors pattern in Cherry thread by Signature.