Saturday, April 30, 2011

Graduation Project -- Kate Kohorst 4/30/11

Local attorney, Kate Kohorst, has been very busy.  Her youngest son, Joe, is graduating from Harlan High School this year.  Kate found time to make nearly 40 laundry bags for Joe's friend.  She asked us to embroider monograms on the bags.  Everyone loves a homemade gift!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Show & Tell -- Marlene Boothman 4/27/11

Marlene Boothman, Harlan, is a self-taught machine embroiderer.  And she is doing excellent work.  When Marlene and her husband head south for the winter, Marlene takes her machine.  This winter, she challenged herself and created this extraordinary image of Jesus.  The wall hanging is embroidered in sections.  Marlene plans to frame the wall hanging and keep it for herself.

Look What's Quilting - Chantel Schmidt 4/27/11

Chantel Schmidt, Harlan, learned to make this t-shirt quilt in one of our classes last fall.  She constructed this quilt for her brother, Colin, who will soon be graduating.  Chantel plans to submit the finished quilt as a 4-H project at fair.  She chose to quilt it with Squares pattern in monofilament thread.

Look What's Quilting -- Bonnie Rasmussen 4/27/11

Bonnie Rasmussen, Harlan, commissioned us to create this throw quilt out of her late husband's flannel shirts and navy work pants.  The quilt is for her granddaughter. 

Three new kits make their debut!

Big Easy -- Hoot, 63x71, $78.00
 Three new kits will hit the shelves this month.  The Big Easy features fabric from It's A Hoot line by Momo for Moda.  The store sample was stitched by LeAnn Keenan.  We quilted it with monofilament thread using a new pattern, Owls.

Brick & Mortar features fabrics from Miss Jump's Scrapbag from Moda.  The store sample was stitched by Nancy Cook.  We quilted it with baguette thread using a new pattern, Flying Kites.

Cozy Cabins features fabric from American Patriot Collection by Marcus Brothers.  I stitched the store sample, and quilted it with navy thread in Stars & Loops pattern.
Brick & Mortar -- Scrapbag, 64x71, $60.00

Cozy Cabins 30x30 $30.00

Look What's Quilting -- Nancy Peterson 4/27/2011

Nancy Peterson, Fremont, pieced this beautiful double wedding ring quilt.  She machine embroidered the lucky couple's name and wedding date in the center rings.  She chose to quilt the throw with Celtic Vines pattern in monofilament thread.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Laurel Klitgard 4/26/11

Laurel & Dr. Don Klitgard, Harlan, commissioned us to make this t-shirt quilt for their daughter, Ellen, who is graduating this year.  Ellen is very active in sports, music, and many other activities.  This quilt features t-shirts from Ellen's activity in Destination Imagination. Nancy Watts constructed the quilt.  The Klitgards chose to have it quilted in Multi-Spirals pattern in monofilament thread.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Look What's Quilting

Barb Schultz, Persia, pieced this Big Easy Turquoise quilt for her granddaughter.  Barb added an additional border to the store kit to make the quilt bed-size.  Barb chose to quilt it with Multi-Spirals pattern in White thread by Signature.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Show & Tell -- Tori Langenfeld 4/21/11

Tori Langenfeld, Harlan, graduates this year.  She picked out her quilt pattern and fabric in our shop, and Joan Bruck, Portsmouth, pieced and quilted the quilt.  It is bright and bold, just like Tori!

Look What's Quilting -- Mary Jo Pfeiffer 4/21/11

It was Mary Jo day at Stitchin' Tree.  After we finished Mary Jo Bonsall's t-shirt quilt, we quilted this little beauty for Mary Jo Pfeiffer, Denison.  Mary Jo constructed this simple topper with a nine-patch design, using scraps from her stash.  She chose to quilt it with A Spoonful of Sugar (coffee cups) in baguette thread.

Look What's Quilting -- Mary Jo Bonsall 4/21/11

Mary Jo Bonsall has a lucky niece.  Mary Jo pieced this t-shirt quilt with an alternating block pattern.  Her niece loves pink, and the school colors are purple and white.  The finished quilt if very attractive.  Mary Jo chose to quit it in Loops & Swirls with monofilament thread. 

Git-R-Done Day 4/21/11

JoAnn Schaben, Harlan, got some help from Nancy Watts to make a t-shirt quilt.

Look What's Quilting -- Barb Schultz 4/21/2011

Barb Schultz, Persia, pieced this Batik Magic quilt.  It was a kit from our shop.  It's a gorgeous quilt -- bright and beautiful.  Barb chose to quilt it with Meandering Suns pattern in variegated Tie-Dye thread by Signature.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First Quilt -- Sebastian Gaskill 4/14/11

Sebastian Gaskill was seven when he started this quilt (I think he's nine now).  For a young person, Bastian demonstrated an extraordinary sense of color and design.  Bastian is working on his second quilt and promises to bring it in when he finishes.

Look What's Quilting -- Jo Sahl 4/14/11

Jo Sahl, Omaha, pieced this simple, yet striking baby quilt.  The lucky baby's father is a rock-n-roller, so Jo chose to have it quilted with a Guitars pattern in iced blue thread.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Jackie Dollen 4/13/11

Behold Jackie Dollen's, Persia, first pieced quilt.  (See our previous blog.)  This is Jackie's Presidents' Day Mystery Quilt, Stars & Stripes.  The free pattern is available for download on our website  Jackie chose to quilt her Stars & Stripes with Quilters Dream Green (recycled) batting together with Stars Layered pattern in tangerine thread by Signature.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Betty Leuck 4/12/11

Betty Leuck, Harlan, put this classic log cabin together using fabrics from her stash.  Her pieced back supports her color scheme on the quilt top and shows how easy it is construct an attractive back from stash.  Betty chose to quilt her log cabins in Loops & Swirls pattern with cranberry thread by Signature.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Jill Conry 4/11/11

When that new grandbaby gets here, he or she will have plenty of quilts to choose from.  Jill Conry, Neola, has made another sweet baby quilt.  The X-O pattern is a simple, yet attractive design.  Jill chose to have it quilted with Sleepy Sheep pattern in white Signature thread.  I'm sure Jill can't wait to see her grandbaby wrapped up in this quilt.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Marla McLaren 4/09/2011

 Marla McLaren, Massena, has been a busy quilter.  The Love You panel, right, may have been easy to piece, but I know from experience that the Milky Way quilt, below, takes a lot of time to put all of those blocks together. 

For the Love You panel, Marla added a red/yellow dot border.  She chose yellow Avlyn Oh-So Soft for the backing.  We quilted it with Hearts & Loops pattern in Daisy thread by Signature.
Marla took a lot of time to pick out her fabrics for Milky Way.  The finished quilt is stunning!  Marla chose to quilt it in Falling Leaves pattern with Sand Dollar thread by Signature.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Beth Mills 4/07/2011

A variety of navy and cream fabrics combine to make a beautiful quilt.  Beth Mills, Massena, pieced this beauty.  She chose to have it quilted with Asian Leaves pattern in Baguette thread by Signature.

Beth used a Kansas Troubles charm pack and jelly roll to complete this beautiful throw quilt.  She chose to have it quilted with Falling Leaves pattern in Baguette thread by Signature.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Joleen Brotherson 4/6/11

Last fall, Joleen Brotherson, Harlan, came by the shop to ask about making a t-shirt quilt for her grandson.  He is a 49ers fan, and her next task was to collect 49ers t-shirts.  Over the next few months, she acquired the t-shirts and constructed the quilt.  Joleen selected 49ers fleece for the backing.  She asked us to add two photos of her grandson to the quilt top before quilting.  Joleen chose to have it quilted in YLI monofilament thread in the Loops & Swirls pattern.

Look What's Quilting -- Marilyn Rauterkus 4/05/11

My husband's aunt, Marilyn Rauterkus, Omaha, does extraordinary embroidery.  She has made several baby quilts in anticipation of great-grandbabies.  Marilyn brought her granddaughter, Reese, along to pick out backing fabric for her latest quilt top, Noah's Ark.  They chose a sweet pastel green from Windham.  For the quilt, Marilyn chose Wave pattern in YLI monofilament thread.  We'll add the binding, then Marilyn can add this one to her collection.  Someday, her grandbabies will really appreciate these quilts.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Show & Tell -- Marie Sides 4/05/2011

Marie Sides, Harlan, recently moved to Harlan from Omaha.  She has been busy selecting fabric and quilting.  Here, Marie is showing her finished Barnyard Buddies baby quilt. Marie added a few personal touches.  Her family likes golf and Michigan, so she changed the outer border.  Way to go Marie!  That's putting your mark on a project!

Look What's Quilting -- Teresa Arkfeld 4/05/11

Teresa Arkfeld, Portsmouth, is in high school at Harlan Community High School.  Her mother, Brenda, brought this t-shirt quilt in for us to quilt.  Teresa constructed the quilt as a 4-H project.  The quilt features t-shirts from Teresa's activities in high school.  We quilted Teresa's quilt with YLI monofilament pattern in a Loops & Swirls pattern.  In high school, Teresa is very heavily involved in FFA.  At fair, Teresa shows livestock in addition to her other projects. She is a very busy young lady.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Show & Tell -- Bev Ask 4/04/2011

Bev Ask, Harlan, retired from banking a year ago, and she has been enjoying her retirement ever since.  Recently returned from snowbirding down South, Bev stopped by the shop to tell us about a new block that she had been stitching.  Of course, we asked her to bring in her Twister quilt top. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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Show & Tell -- Patty Stephens 4/02/2011

 When Patty Stephens, Macedonia, came for the Over Easy Table Runner workshop, she brought a couple of quilt tops to show.  Patty has been very busy.  She added an extra border to the Barns & Terraces throw quilt.  Her border brings the chocolate out of the throw.

Patty's Bloom Topper is below.  Patty chose fabric from the Sip & Savor line.  The colors are very striking.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Over Easy Table Topper Workshop -- 4/02/2011

Patty Stephens, Macedonia, and Marilyn Anderson, Jacksonville, attended our Over Easy Table Runner workshop. Two other quilters were registered, but last minute emergencies changed their plans.  It's too bad, because they missed a day of fun and festivity.  With pre-cut strips, Patty and Marilyn could spend their time designing and sewing.  At noon, Jessica Hansen from The Coffee Plant next door delivered a scrumptious New York cheesecake with mixed berry topping. mmm.  The perfect desert after our sandwich and salad luncheon.

These are just a few of our pictures from the day.  To see the rest of the picture album, log onto our facebook page (Stitchin' Tree Quilts).
If you missed out on the workshop, you can still purchase the kit.  Pre-cut kits are available in the shop for $30.00.   When I left on Saturday, there were 6 kits remaining.

Show & Tell -- Jodie Wingert 4/02/2011

Jodie Wingert, Earling, fell in love with the pumpkins, cats & sunflowers in this line.  At the time when she purchased her fabric, she did not know what her end project would be.  Jodie decided to make the quilt for herself, but sadly, did not have enough of the focus fabric for the center blocks.  Jodie found a different coloration of the focus fabric online, and placed it in a medallion pattern in the center of the quilt.  The change of fabric makes a great design element.

Show & Tell -- Marlene Gaffigan 4/02/2011

Our very own Marlene Gaffigan, Harlan, brought in her latest hand quilting project to match threads.  This is the second panel quilt from Thimbleberries that Marlene has completed.  You ought to see the quality of her hand quilting -- she does extraordinary work.

Show & Tell -- Becky Kersten 4/02/2011

Becky Kersten, Harlan, is a frequent shopper, together with her mother, Mrs. Hansen.  Becky picked up this fabric from the Woodland Bloom line (clearance price $5.99) to make this beautiful baby quilt for her new granddaugther.

Look What's Quilting -- Ella Hazelton 4/2/2011

Ella Hazelton, Harlan, had promised her boys that she would make a t-shirt quilt for each of them.  After taking a class from IWCC, Ella found that making a queen-size quilt could be a be a very daunting task.  She and her husband Al, asked Nancy Watts from our shop to help them out, and here is the first of two quilts.  As it turns out, Al & Ella will be traveling to Colorado to visit their son.  Won't he be surprised when they come with a quilt!