Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Kits in the Shop


This Take 5 quilt kit is completely PRE-CUT.  The blocks and strips are cut for you --- all you have to do is sit and sew!  The finished quilt measures 74x74 and features fabric from the Groove On line by Marie Osmond for Quilting Treasures.  We plan to take this kit to Paducah.  The kit includes fabric for the quilt top and binding, backing sold separately.  Retail $79.00.

This Twirl kit (54x54) comes in a cute little bag from Moda, featuring a layer cake and coordinating fabric from the new Me & My Sisters line of fabric.  The pattern includes pattern instructions for 2 other quilts.  The kit includes fabric for the quilt top and binding, backing sold separately.  Retail $50.00.

Look What's Quilting - 2/27/12

Cindy Hansen brought in this small quilt top.  The blocks were made by her mother's Sunday School class in Jacksonville.  The diamond blocks were cut and glued by students who signed their names to the block.  Cindy chose to quilt it with YLI monofilament thread in Vickie's Meander pattern.

Eloise Haight, Minden, pieced this triple Irish chain.  She chose to quilt it with Vickie's Meander pattern in Cobalt Blue thread by Signature.

Eloise Haight, Minden, pieced this scrappy log cabin.  The layout of the blocks allowed for a distinct design.  Eloise chose to quilt it with Along the Way pattern (which really showed well in the white space) in Ivory thread by Signature.

Jean Whitfield, Harlan, pieced this striking quilt.  She chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in Black thread by Signature.

 This quilt was constructed by Karen Wingert's sister.  It's a biggie - 105x105.  Karen chose to quilt it with Noodle Soup pattern in white thread by Signature.

Karen Wingert pieced this scrappy king-sized quilt.  She chose to quilt it with Hearts & Loops pattern in YLI monofilament thread.

Marilyn Anderson, Jacksonville, pieced this Log Cabin Star quilt using a Kansas Troubles jelly roll.  She chose to quilt it with Star Layered pattern in Latte thread by Signature.

Something's fishy with Mary Jo Bonsall's stack-n-whack.  If it weren't for the borders, you would never know that the focus fabric features great big FISH.  Mary Jo chose to quilt it with  Fidget pattern in Latte thread by Signature.

Mary Neppl, Denison, brings us the funnest (I know it's not a word, but they really are FUN) quilts.  She loves penguins, so she plans to keep this quilt for herself. Mary will add the eyes and other embellishments when she gets it home.  She chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in YLI monofilament thread.

Looking for a quick scrappy quilt design?  Try alternating a nine-patch block with a large half-square, like this quilt by Pat Rock.  The quilt is a gift for her grandson.  Pat chose to quilt it with Leafy Meander pattern in Rust thread by Signature.
Sheryl Thomas, Kirkman, may be the Queen of Panel Quilts.  She found this panel on her travels and made 2 quilts -- one for her and one for her mother.  Sheryl chose to quilt both with Loops and Swirls pattern in Dark Olive thread by Signature.

Tiarra Osentovsky, Lincoln, pieced this strippy dinosaur quilt for her son.  She chose to quilt it with Dino pattern in Black thread by Signature.

Macia Hansen constgructed this Big Easy quilt from fabrics from It's a Hoot line by Moda.  She chose to quilt it with Owls pattern in YLI monofilament thread. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Show & Tell - 2/27/12

Becky Kersten dropped by to show us a completed quilt made from fabrics she and Granny chose from our store.  It's simple in design, and turned out really cute!

Marlene Gaffigan, Harlan, stopped in to show us her completed civil war quilt made from a kit from Prairie Star in Elk Horn.  Marlene used wool bat and hand quilted the quilt.  It's a beauty!

Marlene Gaffigan, Harlan, is a civil war reproduction fabric collector.  I haven't seen her pass up a civil war kit yet!  Here, she shows off her Farmer's Daughter quilt, made from her stash.  Wow!  It's all paper-pieced and her piecing is extraordinary.  I'm so glad she stopped in to share it with us!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sneak Peek -- Embroidery Block of the Month

Are you ready for some wicked, witchy fun?  Sample Sewist, LeAnn Keenan, has been working on our sample blocks for a 10-month block-of-the-month embroidery quilt.  We are using a pattern designed by Ronene Wilkinson, of Oh My Bloomin' Threads in Utah.  Ronene is originally an Iowa girl.  The embroidered blocks have lots of details, and after studying the designs, LeAnn and I decided to go with a subtle color scheme.  The background fabric is a tan Kansas Troubles Favorite.  The main thread color is a walnut brown, with orange, green and purple accent threads.  We're coming up with an original setting design to highlight the embroidery.  We'll have the final sample ready to go sometime in March (you just can't rush a good thing).  Be ready to sign up!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Look What's Quilting Jan. 27-Feb 3, 2012

Before I took off on vacation, Quilting Nancy Watts and I worked feverishly to get as many quilts finished as we can.  We're REALLY looking forward to Quilting Nancy Cook's return from her jaunt across the southern tier of America...

This bright and bold throw quilt is Emma Kennedy's (age 9) first pieced quilt.  Emma is the niece of Lisa Ulmer, one of our regular quilting customers.  Lisa has been giving Emma quilting lessons.  You can never start too early.  Emma chose to quilt it with Flowers pattern in Hot Pink Hombre Variegated thread by Signature.

Joan Chamberlain, Harlan, had this king-sized quilt pieced by a friend for her grandson, Tyler.  The quilt is constructed using shirts and clothing Joan's daughter and Tyler's mother, Brandy's closet.  Brandy tragically passed away a few years ago when Tyler was a baby.    Joan chose the card tricks quilt block design to show off the wide variety of fabrics in the quilt.  She had it quilted with Star Layered pattern in YLI Monofilament thread. We trimmed the quilt and attached the binding; Joan will stitch the binding down.  The quilt will be a comfort and memorial for many years to come.


Little Maddy Theisen is going to LOVE her new t-shirt quilt.  Her mom, Jodi Theisen, Alta, asked me to piece it together for Madison.  Maddy is a huge Storm Lake Tornadoes fan (her mother is a guidance counselor at the school).  Maddy attends all the games and participates in cheer and dance squad nights.  Maddy loves bright colors, and this quilt is definitely bright.  Because the t-shirts were so small, I changed our normal t-shirt quilt design to allow for 12-1/2" blocks with 2 framing fabrics.  I quilted it with a dense Tornadoes pattern in YLI monofilament thread.


Kristi Schlinz, Woodbine, pieced this layer cake throw quilt together as a gift for her daughter.  Yum, love the colors (and wish I would have stocked the line).  She chose a black minky backing for the quilt.  Minky can be a pain to work with, but you can't beat it for snuggle-ability.  Kristi chose to quilt it with Loops & Swirls pattern in YLI Monofilament thread.  She had us trim the quilt and attach the binding, and she will stitch the binding in place. 

Lisa Ulmer first came in to our shop on a "Roaring Into Harlan" motorcycle night.  I'm so glad she stopped by.  She has ben a great customer and brings us beautiful quilts to quilt.  I didn't check in this quilt when she came, so I don't know the fabric line, but it looks like Moda charm squares and jelly rolls.  She chose to quilt it with 30's Flower pattern in Latte thread by Signature.

What do you do with all those scraps?  Check out Mary Pfeiffer's answer.  You sort them into colors then toss them together in this interesting pattern.  Mary pieced this handsome full size quilt using scrap fabrics with a common light background.  She chose to quilt it with Hearts and Loops pattern in Ivory thread by Signature.

Melody Cordes, Avoca, pieced this rich-looking Winter wall hanging.  She chose to quilt it with Asian Leaves pattern in Spiced Tea thread by Signature.

When Sheryl Thomas, the quilting cook, pieced a John Deere panel quilt together for a friend's son, she had some left-over fabric that she turned into pillow-tops.  She chose to quilt them in the same Tractors design as the quilt in Lt. Piper Green thread by Signature.

Mmmmmmm.....  This Asisan beauty was once a kit from Prairie Star Quilts in Elkhorn.  Pat Trusty, Omaha pieced it together and brought it in with her stack of five quilts.  This was the last one we quilted. Although the design was intended for the Asian fabrics, it would work great with any large focus fabric and coordinates.  Pat chose to quilt it with Asian Leaves pattern in Lt. Brown thread by YLI.

Coming soon to Stitchin' Tree Quilts.  This is one of the PRE-CUT kits that we plan to take to Paducah.  This Take 5 quilt features fabrics from Marie Osmond's Groove On line by Quilting Treasures.  It's fun, it's funky, and super-easy to put together because the blocks are all cut for you.  We quilted our store sample in a brand new quilting design - Bo Dangle - in Mallard thread by Signature.  The quilt is 74"x74" and the kit will retail for $55.00 (does not include backing).  We should have the available before Valentine's day.  

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Show and Tell -- Emma's First Quilt

Nine-year-old Emma Kennedy completed her first quilt!  She is shown here with Aunt Lisa Ulmer, who is teaching Emma to quilt.  Emma chose bright fabrics for her first quilt; she picked them all out herself.  What a great start for a budding quilter! She is already working on her next project -- of course!

We're glad Emma allowed us to quilt her first quilt.  She chose Flowers pattern with Variegated Hot Pink Hombre thread from Signature.  The quilting design shows up great on her light colored backing.  Fun, fun, fun!

Congratulations, Emma!  We can't wait to see your next quilt.

Show & Tell -- Sheryl Thomas

Sherl Thomas, the quilting cook, dropped in to show us the completed pillow coverings that she constructed from left-over fabric (she had stitched a John Deere panel quilt as a gift).  We quilted the pillow tops with a simple muslin backing using Tractors design and Lt. Piper Green thread by Signature (same as the quilt).  Sheryl added a fold-over backing, and they are ready for a pop-in pillow.  Looks great, Sheryl!

While she was in the shop, Sheryl showed us the latest project she has been working on for her daughter, Ally. Sheryl came up with an original design to cutting and embellishing these large butterfly panels.  What a great idea!