Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Pat Morris 11/30/11

Pat Morris is relatively new to quilting, yet she tackled a fairly difficult pattern!  Pat actually made two quilts with this same pattern.  she chose to quilt it with Drifting Snowflakes pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Look What's Quilting -- Marla McLaren 11/30/11

Marla McLaren of Massena and her friend Beth Mills come up to visit us regularly.  Each time, they are either bringing quilts or picking them up.  Marla pieced two sweet baby quilts with a large Peter Rabbit panel.  She chose to have us quilt them with Loops & Swirls pattern in White thread by Signature.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Show & Tell -- Alice Buman 11/29/11

Harlan quilter, Alice Buman, has been busy making pillows for her grandchildren for Christmas.  She did us a favor and brought them by so we could get a picture of her projects!  Alice has hand quilted each one of the pillows.  She does extraordinary work!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Helen Henderson's 100th Birthday 11/26/11

Happy 100th Birthday Helen Henderson! Helen has been a customer and friend for several years.  She is a wonderful quilter and has finished projects for her family and friends.  Helen used to live up the street in an apartment, but last year, moved to assisted living in Avoca.

When Helen turned 100 this week, she asked her son and two daughters to bring her to our shop for our Black Friday/Saturday Sale!  Way to go Helen!!!  You are an inspiration for all of us! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Stacey Fahn 11/23/11

Stacey Fahn, Harlan, pieced this Asian throw quilt together.  The fabric line is gorgeous.  She chose to quilt it with Asian Leaf pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Florence Poggensee 11/22/11

Florence Poggensee is back in saddle again (pardon the pun).  After battling through some health concerns, Florence is quilting again.  She put together this beautiful horse panel and had us quilt it with Aspen Leaves pattern in YLI monofilament thread.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stop in Friday & Saturday

Avoid the crowds, avoid the traffic, avoid the lines!  Come to Harlan on Friday & Saturday.  Save 25% on EVERYTHING at Stitchin' Tree Quilts.  And Bag Ladies...  Remember to bring your bag, we have a special gift for you!

Look What's Quilting, and Who's Watching -- Phyllis Kline 11/21/11

Phyllis Kline, rural Missouri Valley, has spent hours and hours and hours embroidering these baskets of posies. She picked out her border and sashing fabrics from our Moda Marbles Swirls. Phylis chose to have it quilted with Pansy Up Down pattern in YLI monofilament thread. The quilt is huge - 111x131. Phyllis plans to keep it for herself, until she decides who she might want to give it to.
I love it when quilters come in to watch the quilt machine.  Phyllis made a trip over, along with her daughter and husband (who admitted it was fun to come in the shop and watch the quilter).  Phyllis did an extraordinary job with this quilt.  Her seams all match and the borders are tight and straight.  It is truly fun to quilt.

Show & Tell -- Marlene Gaffigan 11/21/11

When Marlene came in today, she said that she has been working hard to finish up kits and projects.  She says she is down to two remaining kits...  That means that we'll be able to talk Marlene into working on some store samples for us :-)

Marlene Gaffigan must have worked all weekend to finish her On Point quilt using Civil War prints from her stash. The finished quilt is beautiful, and Marlene's piecing is perfect, as always.

 On Friday, Marlene came back to the shop to bring her finished Halloween triptic. She finished the edges with homemade cording, using a thin string.
Marlene has been raiding her wool stash. She used a pattern in her Pumpkins & Spice book (available at our shop) for her inspiration and designed a few pumpkins on her own. The bittersweet along the branches have little red beads in the center... Wow!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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

Norene Schechinger, Panama, purchased this quilt to at the Church Auction in Panama this summer. The quilt top was made and donated by Sharon Bruck. She chose to quilt it with Butterfly Loops & Swirls in Petal thread by Signature. I really like the quilt top pattern; it looks fairly simple, made from jelly rolls.

New Baby Quilt Kit coming soon

Look What's Quilting -- James Buwalda 11/17/11

A blast from the past!  James Buwalda, Owner & Manager of our local Pizza Ranch (really yummy food!), brought me this quilt last winter. His aunt made this quilt for him many years ago. It features a variety of 70's and 80's corduroys :-). The quilt had been tied with black yarn and had a plaid fabric on the back. Over the years, James has loved this quilt to pieces... LITERALLY. When he brought it in, it had less than 3 feet of backing fabric left, the batting had been pulled out, and the top was in tatters. James wanted to know if we could save it... Of course we can! We used the scrap of backing fabric to patch the holes on front, so the entire quilt top is original fabric for the quilt. We chose to quilt it densely with YLI monofilament thread. Many of the blocks are so thin, they are see-through, so the dense quilting will help hold the quilt together. I can't wait to see James' reaction when he sees his quilt.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Linda Peffer 11/16/11

Linda Peffer, Denison, worked long and hard to come up with the design for the first quilt for her first great-grandbaby, due any day now. She picked out the fabric in our shop. Linda chose to quilt it with Hearts & Loops pattern in Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Show & Tell -- Marlene Gaffigan 11/16/11

Our own Sample Sewist, Marlene Gaffigan, is a PROLIFIC quilter. I don't know any other way to describe her. Oftentimes, when she cannot sleep, she quilts through the night to make a variety of beautiful quilts. Marlene also beautiful needlework projects as well. Today she stopped in the shop to show us her latest projects.

These pre-printed embroidery pieces are from Chickadee Hollow.  Marlene has added her own touch of color.

Marlene had stitched our store sample for our On Point BOM.  She liked the center medallion so much, she made one for herself from her collection of civil war reproductions.

Marlene is a Robin Pandolph fan.  She made this FAN quilt from Robin Pandolph fabrics.

A closeup of the Robin Pandolph fans.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Nancy Foutch 11/15/11

Nancy Foutch, Woodbine, pieced this IH tractor quilt with fabric from our store. She chose to quilt it with Tractors pattern in Cherry thread by Signature.

Look What's Quilting -- Jackie Dollen 11/15/11

Jackie Dollen, Persia, is a real trouper! This is the fourth quilt we've quilted with this same design. This is one of 17 quilts she is making for her grandkids for Christmas. Jackie chose to quilt it with Maple Leaf Blues pattern in Rail Gray thread by Signature.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Look What's Quilting - Dorothy Iwen 11/12/11

Dorothy Iwen, Persia, pieced this simple, elegant quilt together as a gift.  She chose to quilt it with Almost Paisley pattern in Mother Goose thread by Signature.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Workshop at Elm Crest Retirement Center 11-10-11

On Thursday, November 10, I packed my sewing machine & supplies to head up to Elm Crest Retirement Center. Activities Director, Rich Williams asked that I come and teach his staff how to make simple Walker/Wheel Chair bags. They hope to do a similar activity with residents.  The staff successfully made 4 walker bags in the afternoon session.

The instructions for the walker bag are available on our website.  You are welcome to go to the website and download the pattern.Free Pattern

Activities Director, Rich Williams, learns how to sew a quick & easy coaster.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Show & Tell -- Bev Ask's Masterpiece 11-2-11

Bev Ask retired from Shelby County State Bank a little over a year ago, and she has been quilting ever since. Look at this beauty, made completely from triangles. The overall appearance is a stack & whack. Wow! it is beautiful. Bev says the most difficult part was the squares in the borders.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shop Hop Winners Announced

And the prize winners are: Grand Prize (sewing task chair) goes to Pat Marshall of Atlantic; 2nd Prize ($75 in gift certificates) goes to Patty Stephens of Macedonia; 3rd Prize ($30 in gift certificates) goes to Connie Johnson of Red Oak. Thanks to everyone who attended the shop hop and registered for prizes!