Saturday, January 29, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Jill Pappa 1/29/11

Vroom, Vroom, Vroom...  It's hard to make a Harley Davidson sound on a blog.  Jill Pappas and her husband, Dave, brought in this Harley Davidson Tshirt quilt to be quilted.  Jill put the quilt together using various size blocks that really draws attention to the unique locations of each Tshirt.  Originally, she chose a flame pattern for quilting, but when we showed her our new Motorcycle designe (Anne Bright), her husband said, "That's IT!"  The design is very dense, and it takes nearly an hour for each pass, but the detail on the motorcyles is incredible, and when the quilt is finished, a Harley driver is going to be very happy.  I think that I heard them say it was a gift...  What a lucky friend!

Look What's Quilting -- Sheryl Thomas 1/28/11

Sheryl Thomas is at it again.  She says that quilting is her therapy, and judging by the number of quilts she has churned out, she should be in a really happy place right now! :-) Sheryl picked up the beautiful autumn metallic on one of her travels (sorry, I don't remember where it came from).  She picked out the green harvest metallic border (Timeless Treasures, $9.00/yard) in our shop, and soon was back with the completed quilt.  Sheryl had us quilt it with Maple Leaf Blues pattern, which was perfect for this quilt.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Liz Hall 1-27-11

Liz Hall, Harlan, is a power walker.  I see her walking with her little dog daily.  Now we'll see if she is a power binder....  Her grandbaby is scheduled to be delivered on Monday, 1/31, so she has a couple of days to get this bright baby quilt trimmed and bound.  Liz constructed the quilt using a Stitchin' Tree pattern (Aunt Gracie's Friends) and Kona cotton solids with Windham Basic Brights orange border, making a gender-neutral baby quilt.  She had us quilt it with Hearts & Loops with parchment Signature thread, and the finished quilt is just precious.

Look What's Quilting -- Shirley Olson 1-26-11

Shirley Olson, Harlan, brought us this beautiful baby quilt made with mother goose tale panel blocks and offsetting star blocks.  She did a wonderful job with her tiny points on the stars.  Shirley had us quilt it with our sleepy sheep pattern and linen Signature thread.  Must be a lucky grandbaby...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sheryl Thomas finished her quilt!

Sheryl Thomas (see Git-R-Done blog from 1/20/11) must never sleep.  She planned a quilt on Git-R-Done day using various flannels and a panel she picked up, and yesterday, she brought the finished quilt top in for us to quilt!  Sheryl chose a simple layout so that the pumpkins and scarecrows would be the focus of her quilt top.  She has chosen to have us quilt it in a simple meander.  Originally, Sheryl had created a pieced back to the back of the quilt, but when she had it finished, she liked it so much, she decided to use it as a quilt top instead.  She made a quick trip to Prairie Star Quilts in Elk Horn to pick up more flannel, so now she will have TWO quilts, instead of ONE.  Prairie Star has an extraordinary selection of beautiful flannels, so if you haven't been there, it is time for a road trip.  (and after you stop there for flannels, you should swing by Harlan to see us, as well :-)

Another generational quilt for Janina Laier

Janina Laier (from Eustis Nebraska) stopped by our shop again yesterday to show off another historical treasure.  This parasol lady applique quilt top was put together by Janina's great grandmother over a half-century ago.  Janina discovered it and wants to finish it.  Grandma either ran out of time, ran out of fabric, or ran out of patience :-), because the final borders are not on the quilt.  Janina picked out a 30's reproduction for a first border that will tie in the blue sashing strips, then chose one of the new Charlevoix cherry fabrics for the outside border.  She promises to bring the finished quilt back for us to see.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shirley Wingert's Color Wheel

Shirley Wingert of Avoca brought this beautiful color wheel quilt in for show-and-tell.  She bought the quilt kit in a funky shop called Purl in Soho while visiting her brother.  The color wheel features vintage fabrics.  Shirley plans to quilt it and hang it in her painting room (she's an avid painter, as well).  Shirley is taking a break from work and enjoying the opportunity to quilt, quilt, quilt.  We're the lucky ones, as Shirley has agreed to make some store samples for us.  Look for her first sample, Easy as 7-8-9 with Moda's Dilly Dally fabric.  We're quilting it today.

Triple Berry Cobbler

Jill Conry made this delicious cobbler for Git-R-Done day.  It was so good, I asked her to share the recipe.  It's an interesting recipe.  You put the berries on TOP of the batter, then the batter rises to the top while baking.  Thanks Jill!

Berry Cobbler -  courtesy of The Pioneer Woman from The Pioneer Woman Cookbook

1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh (or frozen) blackberries (or blueberries, peaches, raspberries and so on)
1/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 3 quart baking dish with butter.
2.  Melt stick of butter in microwave safe dish.
3.  In medium bowl, whisk 1 cup of sugar with flour & milk.
4.  Whisk in melted butter.
5.  Rinse berries and pat them dry.
6.  Pour the batter into baking dish.  Sprinkle berries evenly over the top of the batter.
7.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over the berries.
8.  Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and bubbly.   

When 10 minutes of cooking time remain, sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the top.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or both!!!!

Janina Laier's Multi-Generational Quilt 1/20/2011

Kim Nielsen, Breanna Nielsen & Janina Laier
What a treat!  Janina Laier of Eustis, Nebraska brought in this quilt for show-and-tell.  This quilt spans three generations, and Janina has recently finished and quilted it (her second quilt!).  The doubleknit polyester butterfly blocks were stitched by Janina's Grandma Laier and Aunt Jana Ulinquist of Kiron over 30 years ago. Janina chose to sash the quilt with a bold black/white fabric that has bright yellow canaries.  There's a story behind the canaries, also.  Breanna & Janina's great aunt always had canaries.  This multi-generational quilt is certainly a treasure.  The girls stopped by the shop after visiting their aunt in Kiron.  They are on the way to visit another aunt in Wisconsin.  Breanna's mom, Kim, met them for lunch in Harlan.  Thanks for bringing in your quilt, Janina!

Git-R-Done Day 1/20/2011

Jill Conry with her baby quilt

Jill Conry, Neola, and Sheryl Thomas, Kirkman, joined me for Git-R-Done Day.  We snacked on leftover popcorn from National Popcorn Day (1/19), and Jill brought a delicious triple berry cobbler (see separate post, with recipe).  Jill was working on a baby quilt for her first grandbaby, due in the spring.  She bought the sweet blue/chocolate kit from a vendor (she thinks from Wisconsin) at this year's AQS show in Des Moines.  Sheryl was working on a fall flannel featuring a panel and flannels from Timeless Treasures.  She worked on a custom layout.  I was working on the store sample for the Strip Club workshop on January 27 & Feb 3.  For lunch, Jill & I picked up salads at Pizza Ranch.  That way, we could justify second helpings of her yummy cobbler.  Marge was busy in the shop while we were in the workroom. She had visitors from all over the midwest (see separate post for a multi-generational show-and-tell).
Sheryl Thomas working on layout


Here's Jill's finished baby quilt.  She sent an email on 1/27 and had it finished already.

What's Quilting 1/20/2011

Sheryl Thomas of Kirkman pieced this Christmas Wreath wall hanging.  Sheryl is the head cook at Harlan Elementary school.  She claims that quilting is her therapy!  Sheryl choose the holly berry pattern with mother goose thread for her quilt.

Charming Hearts Workshop 1/19/2011

 Jennifer Mumm of Dunlap, Brenda Fries and Betty Leuck of Harlan joined us for our Charming Hearts workshop.  Charming Hearts pattern was designed by Iowa girl, Sandy Gervais, for Moda.  We chose to use the L'Amour charm pack (also by Sandy Gervais) for our store sample.  The workshop lasted from 6:00-9:00pm and cost $35.00 for the complete kit (including batting).  It was National Popcorn Day, so we enjoyed popcorn treats during the workshop.  When I checked last, we had a couple of kits left, so if anyone is interested, they can log onto our website to order a kit @

Brenda Fries

Betty Leuck

Jennifer Mumm
 Betty Leuck shows off her finished project.  Betty chose to outline each block with red Moda marble. 

What's Quilting 1/19/2011

Jill Conry, of rural Neola, created this black & white beauty.  Jill and her husband retired to their acreage from Omaha.  Jill is happy to be a "stay-at-home-quilter" and belongs to several quilt guilds to keep herself busy.  Jill chose the multi-spirals quilt pattern with white thread for this quilt.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Food Pantry Drive a Success

From Thanksgiving until New Years, we sponsored a food pantry drive.  For each canned good, quilters could SAVE.  Thanks to your donations, we collected more than 200 cans, representing over $1000 in savings.  We look forward to continuing this drive on an annual basis.

New Quilter Joins Our Ranks

Congratulations to LaVonne Force.  In December, LaVonne finished her first quilt!  A lavender sampler.  LaVonne's sister is an avid quilter, and now they will have a hobby they can work on together!

Jill Conry's Classic Variable Star

Jill Conry brought in this classic variable star.  The simple pattern was enhanced by the sweet fabrics that Jill chose for her background blocks.  Jill does much of her own quilting at home, but for this quilt, she asked us to quilt it with berry vine park.  The linen thread that she chose perfectly enhanced the design. When Jill finishes a quilt, she likes to wash it before showing it off.  She had it bound and washed less than a week later, when she brought it back in to the shop to show-and-tell.
Jill with her finished quilt

Carolyn Steinkuehler's Batik Maple Leaf Quilt

We recently finished quilting Carolyn Steinkuehler's Maple Leaf log cabin quilt.  The quilt was made with a variety of batiks.  She backed it with a a green flannel, and chose the falling leaves pattern to have it quilted.  Carolyn's piecing is really good, and her points are near perfect!  The maple leaf pattern differed from the typical pattern we've seen.  Instead of small squares and half-square triangles, this pattern called for longer rectangle pieces.