Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
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
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
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.
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 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
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
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
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
|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
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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!