Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Setting up the show - 9/26/11

I set up for the AQS show in Des Moines on Monday.  Wow!  What a process.  There are so many vendors that they issue each vehicle a number to wait for their turn to unload.

The pic at left shows the mess that I started with... lots of stuff and not much space.  It took me 2 hours to construct the cubbies and figure out a layout that would work.

4 hours later, my booth is coming together.

But I didn't get completely finished before they tossed the vendors out at 6:00 pm.  See the pile of boxes & tubs in the center of the floor?  Nancy Watts and I will have some work to do when we get there bright and early Wednesday morning.

We have lots of new kits that we put together for the show, so come see us at booth #603!  We are the first booth to the right of the AQS booth when you first walk in the door.  We have a great location, and we look forward to seeing every one of our friends.  Remember, bring your bag to receive 20% off in our booth.  Also, Dream Green batting will be on sale 15% off. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Carpet

My husband came home from a meeting at 10:00 last night, and couldn't get to his chair because we have new carpet :-)

This is what 200 patterns look like!
I was gluing ceramic buttons on patterns to get ready for the AQS show, and needed a place to lay them out to dry -- I wasn't expecting hubby home so early.  Oops.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Stitchin' Tree Kit Party - 9/16/11

Nancy Christensen, Shirley Wingert, Nancy Watts, Marge Gubbels & Nancy Cook
The gang was all here Friday night for our KIT PARTY.  With the AQS show coming up soon, we knew we needed to dedicate some time to spread out and get our kits ready.

Ho ho ho -- gluing buttons is soooo much fun!

Of course, no party is complete without dinner.  We ordered take out from Casa de Oro!  Yum!
Sadly, though, we couldn't order margarita's to go :-) -- needed to keep our heads straight while cutting fabric and stuffing kits!

Marge is folding & bagging

It was a long day for Nancy -- she opened the store at 9:00 and stayed through the kit party!

 Don't worry, Nancy isn't in pain, she's saying "ho ho ho"

Okay, now maybe Nancy is in pain!  Didn't her mama teach her not to play with scissors?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Show & Tell -- Norene Schechinger 9/15/11

What do you do with all of your scraps?  Well Norene Schechinger, Panama, pieced this scrappy quilt using 2-1/2" strips. She used a white border to show off the great colors in the quilt. Great idea Norene!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Mary Neppl

That Mary Neppl, Denison, is a busy bee!  Look what she's finished now!  This Christmas Cutie has gorgeous applique and embroidery work.
Mary chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in YLI monofilament thread.  The monofilament allows us to do an all-over pattern that doesn't take away from Mary's beautiful applique work.

You may remember Mary's other quilts that we've blogged about.  Mary is our resident cat-lover and usually her quilts have cats on them.  I kept looking for a cat to sneak into one of the snowman blocks, but I couldn't find one anywhere...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Forever Proud - Quit talk at Elm Crest 9/13/11

Cathi Human, from Walnut, was the guest presenter at Elm Crest Retirement Home's presentation of Forever Proud, celebrating National Independent Living Week.
Cathi presented the history of quilting and showed several samples of quilts throughout the year.  On display in the room were several patriotic quilts, following the theme, Forever Proud.  Cathi has been associated with the national organization Quilts of Valor for several years.  She talked about her experiences with Quilts of Valor, and shared stories about quilts she had been part of. 

Aletha Brue, resident, was a celebrity!  She was on hand to talk about her exquisite quilt -- 50 State Flags -- which she embroidered and hand quilted in 1992.  She won several awards at the county fair.

Aletha's needlework is exquisite.
Aletha Brue's 50 States

Marge Gubbels, Harlan, is a member of Country Friends Quilting group.  Several years ago, they held a block exchange with patriotic blocks.  Judy Knott was in the crowd and recognized one of her own blocks in this quilt (and one in Sandi Petsche's quilt, also)!

Marge Gubbels made this jacket in a workshop presented by Fran Kuehl at Connie Paul's shop -- remember when Connie had her shop open years ago along the highway?  It was where the HyVee Spirit shop is now.

  The Nishnabotna Quilting guild pieced this quilt for Quilts of Valor.  During one of their quilt shows, they allowed people to sit and piece four-patch blocks for inclusion in the quilt.  Julia Hale from Walnut machine quilted it.

Sandi Petsche made this quilt from a block exchange.  She is part of the Country Friends Quilting group and exchanged blocks a few years back.

Nancy Watts and her husband John, made this LeMoyne Star Quilt.  They had it hand quilted by the Panama Church Ladies.

Thanks to everyone who submitted quilts for the show!  It really turned out well.

Look What's Quilting - Diane Fineran 9/13/11

Wow!  Look at this beauty!  Diane Fineran, Denison, pieced this medallion quilt as a gift for her aunt.  She said her aunt did a lot for her when she was a child and she wanted to show her appreciation.  

No doubt her aunt will love this quilt.  Diane chose to quilt it in a Meandering Flower pattern in Crabapple thread by Signature.  It's a beauty, Diane!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Arlene Adams 9/12/11

Arlene Adams pieced this colorful fall log cabin quilt to have as a wall hanging in her home.  It features metallic leave fabric from Timeless Treasures (from our shop).  Arlene chose to quilt it with Maple Leaf Blues pattern in Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Getting Ready for a Party

While my son, Tyler, was home last week, we put him to work.  Here he is stuffing patterns to help us get ready for a kit party.

On September 17, the Stitchin' Tree staff will spend the day getting kits ready for the AQS show.  Nancy Cook and Nancy Watts have been cutting fabric and soon we'll be ready to put it all together.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Sheryl Thomas 9/10/11

Nancy Watts works every Thursday evening and Saturday!  We are so lucky to have her on our team.  Here she is quilting the Sip & Savor throw kit for Sheryl Thomas (the quilting cook).  Sheryl chose to quilt it with A Spoonful of Sugar pattern in Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Jill Conry 9/09/11

Jill Conry, Beebeetown, was able to tear herself away from her new grandbaby long enough to piece this black & white throw.  She chose to quilt it with Celtic Vines pattern in White thread by Signature.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Barb Schleimer 9/08/11

Barb Schleimer, Panama, took a sports trip around the world (get the pun?) to construct this quilt for her grandson.  What a lucky young man!  Barb chose to quilt it with Stars & Loops pattern in Yale Blue thread by Signature.
After a week of vacation, Nancy Cook is back in the saddle again!  It's great to have her back.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Michelle Freeman 9/07/11

This is the third t-shirt quilt that we constructed for Michelle Freeman, Avoca.  All three were gifts for her children.  Michelle chose to quilt this one in Flames pattern in YLI monofilament thread.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Nancy Foutch 9-2-11

Nancy Foutch, Woodbine, and her granddaughter shopped for this bright and funky fabric in Des Moines.  Nancy constructed the quilt as a gift for her granddaughter.  Nancy chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in Rail Gray thread by Signature.  She plans to display the quilt at Applefest Quilt Show in Woodbine on September 24.

Sheryl Thomas had lots of fun piecing Fruit Ladies.  As soon as she saw this kit in our shop, she knew she had to have it!  The kit included an extra panel block, so Sheryl pieced this small wall hanging.  Sheryl chose to quilt both with Meandering Suns pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Want to save some cash on your quilting bill?  Take a tip from Sheryl, and have us quilt a small item such as a topper or wall hanging at the end of the quilt.  This will save cash because you will not be charged for a separate quilt.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Sheryl Thomas 9-1-11

Another cute panel quilt pieced by Sheryl Thomas.   Sheryl had 2 remaining panel blocks, so she made small wall hangings.  Sheryl chose to quilt both with Bats pattern in Buttercup thread by Signature.

Show & Tell - Terri Lamb 9-01-11

Terri Lamb's sister-in-law, Jane Murray Lamb, is the owner of this vintage beauty.  The quilt was constructed by her mother, Leola Murray.  The pattern is called diamond field, or Grandmother's flower garden variation.  Terri chose a reproduction fabric to use on the binding.