Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Sheryl Thomas 8-31

 Sheryl Thomas brought in several quilt tops that she finished this summer.  She is a cook with the school system, so she values her summer quilting time.  Sheryl likes to work with panel quilts, and she enjoys piecing them together in creative ways.  Sheryl made use of the scraps to make a long table runner.  She chose to quilt both with Meandering Snowflakes in Baguette thread by Signature.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Sheryl Thomas 8-30

When we began the Chocolate block of the month 4 years ago, Sheryl Thomas was one of the first to sign up.  She started her blocks, but soon became busy and set them aside.  Sheryl recently completed her quilt.  She chose to quilt it with Aspen Leaves pattern in Latte thread by Signature.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Sheryl Thomas 8-28

Sheryl Thomas, the quilting cook, found this reproduction plum panel on one of her travels.  She found coordinating fabric at our shop and turned the panel into a sweet throw quilt.  She chose to quilt it with Rosebuds pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Barns & Terraces, Ready Set Snow 8-24-11

Patty Stephens, Macedonia, stitched this store sample for us.  She used a Ready Set Snow jelly roll by Moda with coordinating border fabric and our original Barns and Terraces pattern.  We chose to quilt it with Pine Tree Meander pattern in Ivory thread by Signature. 

Look What's Quilting -- Nancy Foutch 8-24-11

Nancy Foutch, Woodbine, stitched this Barns & Terraces quilt (one of our Stitchin' Tree kits).  Planning to bind it in time for the Applefest Quilt show (September 24), Nancy chose to have it quilted in Hearts & Loops pattern with Cherry thread by Signature.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Judy Rewerts 8-23-11

Judy Rewerts, Defiance, is the queen of batiks!  We have quilted several batik beauties for Judy.  Judy chose to quilt this scrappy strip quilt Paisley Feather pattern with Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Take 5 Kit 8-22-11

Gloria Kenkel stitched this Take 5 store sample for us.  Nancy, Nancy, Shirley and I cut the kit using our new Accu-Cut machine.  The kits will be available in the store soon.  Nancy Watts and Shirley chose to quilt it with Double Line Stars pattern in Parchment thread by Signature.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Norene Schechinger 8-16-11

Norene Schechinger, Panama, purchased these embroidered angel blocks and pieced them together to make an baby quilt.  She was hoping to quilt it with angels, so we were able to find a pattern that worked perfectly.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Joyce Christensen 8-16-11

Joyce Christensen, Harlan, embroidered this adorable baby panel.  She backed the quilt with a choo choo train flannel.  Joyce chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in YLI monofilament thread.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Debbie Pope 8-15-11

Debbie Pope, Lewis, stitched this patriotic baby quilt for a family she has never met.  Her son recently returned home from being stationed in the Middle East.  He has a friend who was expecting a baby, but the friend was still overseas, away from his wife and family.  Debbie made this patriotic gift for them, and when she told me the story, I offered to quilt it for free. Debbie chose to quilt it with Double Line Stars pattern in YLI monofilament thread.  The baby boy was born July 4! Now let's all pray that daddy makes it home safe and sound (and soon!)

Look What's Quilting -- Lisa Ulmer 8-15-11

Lisa Ulmer likes to bring us funky quilt tops!  She stitched this Big EZ quilt with bold fabrics.  The fussy cut birds in the four-patch squares really look great.  Lisa chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Show and Tell -- LeAnn Keenan 8-11-11

 LeAnn Keenan recently finished this Crabapple Hill wall hanging.  She brought it in to the shop and is letting us display it.  LeAnn picked up the pattern and Presencia thread in our shop, and completed the wall hanging using her stash of red & white fabrics.  The wall hanging combines piecework, embroidery, beading, wool embellishments, and handquilting.  It is beautiful. 

When I asked LeAnn to pose for a pic, she said I should take a pic of her foot, since she just got a pedicure :-).

My Stitching Peace -- Sampler Coming Soon

Jean Devereux, creator of the fabulous buttons and patterns from My Stitching Peace, brought in this primitive sampler:  The Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22.  The sampler combines fusible applique, embroidery and button embellishments (handmade, custom buttons, of course). Jean is working on the pattern right now, and will soon have it available in our shop and online.  The finished sampler can be framed or hung.  Jean has plans to complete a series of four samplers each year.  It is very exciting to see how her creative mind works! 

Jean has generously made several store samples of her work.  I've finished them with quilting and binding, and we will soon have kits ready.  If you'd like to see all of the kits that are on the way, go to our website
and check out the page that is dedicated to My Stitching Peace kits.

Look What's Quilting -- Paige McKern 8-11-11

Paige McKern will be graduating from high school in May 2012. Paige came to the shop with her grandmother, Nancy Taylor, from Omaha to pick out fabrics for her custom t-shirt quilt.  We constructed the quilt in our shop and chose to quilt it with Zany Swirls pattern in YLI monofilament thread.  We hope Paige loves the finished quilt.

Look What's Quilting -- Ann Holt 8-11-11

Ann Holt has tackled her first quilt without a pattern, and she should be pleased with the outcome.  Ann pieced this quilt using a couple of layer cakes from Breakfast at Tiffany's line by Moda.  She chose to quilt it with the Berry Vine Park pattern in Pale Peach thread by Signature.  Ann wanted to cover a queen-sized bed, so she chose to use solid setting squares.  Ann constructed this quilt as a gift to her daughter who is coming to visit next week on Ann's birthday.  Ann says it is her 49K birthday (after 49 she switched to letters).  Happy birthday Ann!  Great job on the quilt.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Marty Burge 8-9-11

Marty Burge stitched a couple of borders onto a length of fabric to make this bright & easy flannel throw quilt.  She chose to quilt it with the 30s Flower pattern in White thread by Signature.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Save the Date, we have a shop hop coming up!

Margy Hansen, Log Cabin Quilting, Exira
Juli Larson, Prairie Star Quilts, Elk Horn
& Teresa Coenen, Stitchin' Tree Quilts, Harlan
have been working together to plan a special day for you.

Save the date, October 22.  All shop hoppers will get a free original pattern (designed by Juli Larson) by hopping to all three shops. We have demonstrations and drawings in all three shops.  I guarantee you'll have a great day.  Invite your friends, and we'll see you in October.

Look What's Quilting -- July & August

I've been a very bad blogger this month.  There has been a lot going on at the shop, and I let the blogging go.  I don't want you all to be bombarded with blog update notices, so I will post one photo, and you can go to our facebook page to see the rest of the photos in the library.

Tony Kruse, Waukee, (son of Virginia Kruse, Harlan), stitched this turquoise red & gray baby quilt for friends who is expecting their first baby. Tony and his wife are also expecting their first, only they are having twins. Tony chose to quilt it with Noodle Soup pattern in White thread by Signature. Tony had sent the quilt top with his mom, and picked out the quilting design by looking at our patterns online.

Check out the new kits coming...

Stitchin' Tree Quilts has teamed up with Jean Deveraux, ceramic button and pattern designer for My Stitching Peace. Together, we have selected several of Jean's designs and Stitchin' Tree fabrics to put together a variety of quick and easy wall hanging kits.

We have pics of all the kits & prices on our facebook page.  After a store meeting on August 18, we will get the kits cut and have them ready for you.

Show & Tell -- July 1- August 7

We've had lots of show and tell, here's one of the pics.  Go to our website to see other photos.

Betty Leuck, Harlan, has been hard at work appliqueing kitchen towels to give as a wedding shower gift.  She did a great job with the applique.

Look What's Quilting -- Marge Gubbels 8-08-11

Our very own Marge Gubbels, Harlan, stitched the 4-patch variation with seafoam & floral fabrics.  She chose to quilt it with the Berry Vine pattern in Seafoam thread by Signature.  This would be a quick strip pieced quilt that could use up some scraps...  Hey I think I'm getting a pattern idea :-)  Thanks, Marge!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Aniko Feher & Bonnie Hunter July 22-23

The Iowa Quilters Guild hosted Bonnie Hunter and Aniko Feher as workshop presenters during the summer workshop at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. 

Bonnie is the scrap quilting queen, her website is  Go to her website to check out her ideas for using up your scrap stash and turning the scraps into extraordinary quilts.  She has lots of free patterns on her website, so check it out.

Aniko Feher is a portrait quilt artist.  Her quilts are amazing.  Her website is  She was born in Budapest, Hungary and emigrated to Detroit, Michigan when she was 17 years old.  Aniko stayed with us while she was in the state.  She had never been in the country before and was amazed by our country roads and corn fields.
Check out some of the finished projects from the quilt workshop on our facebook page.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Show & Tell - Sheryl Thomas 8-05-11

Sheryl Thomas has been very busy this summer.  She's completed as many projects as she can before she has to report back to school this week.  Sheryl dropped in to show us her butterfly pillow and patriotic wall hanging.  Thanks for sharing, Sheryl.