We're getting a facelift. It's hard to believe that in January, we will celebrate 6 years in business. For those of you who come to the shop frequently, you know that we've moved and shifted cases in the shop frequently to constantly change our look and make room for new fabric. This summer, we took on several external projects to give the building a fresh look. Recently, Jerry Henscheid, Harl...an, finished painting the front of the building a paint scheme that preserves the historical character of the building. In order to be historically accurate, we should have removed the metal awning, but we like the shade and cover it provides, so Jerry has some ideas of how we can add our fabrics to the existing structure to tie it in with the quilt shop. Look for the additions in November... I better get sewing!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Norene Schechinger, Panama, is a prolific quilter. She has made quilts for friends, family, church and community. Her daughter-in-law, Jenn, now owns a long arm, and Norene has Jenn finish most of her quilts, but she sneaks one to us every so often. This quilt is an original "Norene." She designed the quilt to use up bright jelly rolls and scraps. Norene chose to quilt it with 30's Flower in White thread by Signature.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Kris Peterson, West Des Moines, participated in our Triple Play Day Shop Hop on 10/22. While checking out, I noticed her beautiful felted wool bag. Kris's sister, Karen Heddens, designs these bags from recycled sweaters. She has a business in Boise, Idaho. You can check out her website at www.karenheddensdesigns.com.
During our Triple Play Day Shop Hop, we played "Find the Pumpkin." Each hour, Nancy Watts would hide the pumpkin somewhere in our store. The lucky quilter who found the pumpkin won 2 free fat quarters. Lynne Masters, Council Bluffs, found the pumpkin during the 10:00 hour. To see the other pumpkin finders, check out our facebook page.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
These are the quilts that were on display at the Smithsonian Institue of American History in Washington DC. If you visit there, you should always stop by the information desk and ask for a map for the currently displayed quilts. The displays change frequently, so the quilts change frequently.
|This quilt was displayed at the 1939 World's Fair.|
|This is a block from the national Aids Quilt project. The block was created by the family of Roger Gail Lyon, an AIDS victim.|
Monday, October 10, 2011
Mary Jo Bonsall, Dunlap, found this vintage beauty at the Brass Armadillo in Des Moines. It is clear that the original quilter was interupted and unable to finish the quilt. The blocks are are hand-pieced. Mary Jo picked out a suitable backing fabric and matching quilting thread, and after much deliberation, decided to quilt the entire top as is, rather than finishing the quilt herself. She plans to add it to her collection of vintage quilts. Mary Jo has made arrangements to have her quilt top hand quilted in Manning.
We can always count on Mary Jo Bonsall, Dunlap, to be bright, bold and Rockin! Mary Jo dipped into her stash of scraps to accentuate the flamingo focus fabric to make a fun quilt top! She chose to quilt it with Fidget pattern in Turquoise thread by Signature. Mary Jo had asked us to quilt it in Flamingoes, but we were unable to find a digitized pattern that would work. If any of you know of a Flamingo pattern, please let us know. No doubt, Mary Jo has some flamingo scraps that will make a reappearance at some point.
We're back from the AQS Show in Des Moines and we have a wall full of samples, kits, patterns and buttons featuring designs by Jean Devereux of My Stitching Peace. The kits were a big hit at the show, and deserve a place in the shop where they can be seen and appreciated! Stop in and pick out your favorite.
Monday, October 3, 2011
This unique 18-foot-diameter wood framed Quilted Yurt took less than 6 months to complete and is largely the work of just one quilter in collaboration with a worldwide group of quilters recruited online from an APQS quilter's forum.
See more pics of the quilted yurt on our facebook page. You'll be amazed by the quilts.
Go to our facebook page to see detail photos of this quilt and the other winning quilts.