Thursday, December 03, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We had a terrific quilting class.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the food.
After a couple hours of cutting and sewing, we were all appreciative of the massage by Lauren Manfull.
We had both experienced and beginner quilters.
Lots of visiting and joking going on and the opportunity to see how different people view the same patterns.
Class participants were excited to find a "goodie bag" containing a book, a spool of Aurifil varigated thread and some wonderful hand cream. We are already talking about doing another class of this kind in late September or October.
Enjoy this glimpse of a very good quilting day!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
This is the first chance I have had to post some photos of the Eureka Quilt Show (http://eurekaquiltshow.com/ .) Gary and I had a great time, visiting with the vendors, studying the quilts and enjoying the setting in the historical village of Eureka, Montana.
I can't remember when I last went to a quilt show to just look at quilts rather than be a vendor.
The things I appreciated the most about the show, (other than the quilts, of course):
- There was a limited number of vendors. This is important, because a show should strive for variety, but attendees only have so many dollars to spend.
- There was also a food vendor with scrumptious Mexican food.
- Another big plus, in my book, especially for an outdoor show, were the "Quilt Cops." These volunteers watched over the quilts, in case the wind blew one down, or to keep anyone with greasy hands from touching them, or to answer any questions.
From the outside looking in, this appeared to be a well run quilt show.
The town of Eureka obviously was supportive of this visual feast. Quilts hung on both sides of the street in front of all the businesses. Quilt junkies were crowded into shops and eating establishments.
I was surprised that so many of the quilts were for sale.
All in all it was a wonderful day and a worthwhile get away. If you can, plan to attend next year!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Are we in the "dog days"of summer yet? Feels like it here. Very hot days give us a good excuse to go sew. Put a couple lemon or lime wedges in a glass of ice water and head to the sewing room. Be sure to aim a fan straight at your chair. Crank up the tunes, or put a book on CD into the machine and you will while away the hot hours without breaking a sweat.
If you are in need of some inspiration, I just received some very luscious batiks from Princess Mirah Bali Batiks. Don't have a camera handy today, but stop by to see for yourself. We all know that buying fabric from the internet isn't nearly as satisfying as petting it in person first.
We now have a good stock of polyester fiberfill. This past Saturday we had our "Hope You Can Make It For Christmas" class. What fun! This class was on constructing pillows or pillow covers (for sofa or floor pillows you already have.) In honor of "Christmas in July" we made winter pillows with a cheery "Ho, ho, ho" on them. Some of us are making wall hangings with the same motif. Naturally, we also thought of other people that would like our pillows and needed more fiberfill, so, I ordered it, and it is now here.
Seems that no matter what time of year it is, we have to do laundry!
I have recently stocked a couple of items to make that chore easier. In stock is Retayne that stops dye from bleeding, Magic Wand and Grandma's Secret Spot Remover for stubborn spots and Dye Grabber Cloths, which grabs & absorbs loose dye in your wash.
Speaking of laundry--which is only fun if you are washing new fabric--have you tried the Mary Ellen's Best Press spray starch? I have to say I am sold on this product. I only had to try it a few times to see how it smooths fabric, doesn't leave flakes, and makes cutting and piecing on the bias so much easier. I now have smaller bottles of this product, the price is easier on the pocketbook.
Gary and I are heading to Eureka, Montana tomorrow. The quilt show is on Saturday, and I plan on wandering through all the quilts, stopping when I want, and reading all the papers on each one. I don't get to do that when we are vendors at shows. Usually, I only see the quilts on the way to the restroom! We will take photos and I will write my impressions next week.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Boy, it is hot out there!
I hate to be the one to remind you, but exactly 5 months from this Saturday is Christmas Day! Yes! Can you believe it?
To celebrate that we still have a bit of lazy summer ahead, but to acknowledge the inevitable, we will be having a bit of Christmas this Saturday.
I will open all the new Christmas fabric and put it out for sale. You can enjoy 20% off previous Christmas collections & Christmas themed books.
This sale is for 1 day only, so mark it--like Christmas--on your calendar.
This Saturday is also another of our "Hope You Can Make it For Christmas" classes. We have had a wonderful time meeting each month and getting through our Christmas lists by making creative, unique gifts for our loved ones. The best part is when December blows in, we will be ready and can enjoy the holiday. No more late night sewing!
Today, Gary and I have been working on making a few videos to post on our updated website.
Honestly, there is absolutely NO chance whatsoever in me getting my own TV program. I crack up with nervousness just trying to introduce myself in front of a camera.
If that isn't enough, I am also preparing for my "Sizzling Summer Sunday Sew-In" on August 9.
I have lined up a:
- massage therapist
- prepared a display of the featured quilts that we will be working on
- and I have made up some kits
Without much advertising at all, I already have half the class full. If you are vacillating about whether or not to sign up, now is decision time!
Flip through your copy of "Top This!" You choose one of the four following patterns:
- "Star Crystals"
- "Bears in These Woods"
- "August Sunshine"
- "Jack the Runner"
Kits will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own fabric. There will be goodie bags with a total value of more than you pay for the class. Not to mention the catered dinner and the massage.
Class cost is $40.
Call now to reserve your spot.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I'll post more next week. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Friday, June 26, 2009
New books: Big box in from my supplier yesterday contained Kim Diehl's new book as well as a marvelous book of what to do with 2 1/2" wide strips. If you are a Nancy Halvorsen fan, (and who isn't??) I just received her latest Christmas pattern book called "I Believe." Some folks have been asking about the "Around the Block" books by Judy Hopkins that came out several years ago. They have been out of print for some time, however, Judy has just released a reissue called "501 Rotary Cut Blocks," which combines most of what was in her other three books. This is a reference book and is priced as such, but it is invaluable when planning and designing your own quilts or if you are in charge of coming up with blocks of the month for a quilt guild!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009