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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

April Showers bring May Flowers!

Hello everyone!
The weather today, Wednesday, is so beautiful as we write this blog. The sunshine is just great - too bad we are supposed to have showers tonight.  BUT, if we do, you can always beat the "rainy blues" by creating some flowery quilts or wall-hangings.  If you don't have any patterns, or need creative ideas, check out these books we have in stock....

Kim Schaefer's Calendar Quilts

12 Months of Fun, Fusible Projects
Charming Wall Quilts All Year 'Round!

• 12 seasonal wall quilt projects
• Quick and easy-make one for yourself and more for gifts
• Transferring appliqué designs is a snap with this handy package of full-size patterns
• Signature colors and motifs from best-selling author, Kim Schaefer
• Darling images combine piecing and fusible appliqué

Start a family tradition that you'll enjoy all year 'round by making these adorable wall quilts. Hang a new one in your home each month! Smile with your cheery snowman in the winter, laugh at the mischievous ants crawling through your summer picnic, and get your apple ready for the teacher in the fall.

We also have these cool 22" hangers that fit these wall hangings perfectly. They retail for $18.25.

My Whimsical Quilt Garden

20 Bird & Flower Blocks to Appliqué from Piece O' Cake Designs
by Becky Goldsmith, Linda Jenkins

Brighten Your Day with Playful New Designs from Piece O' Cake

• Use just one block or all twenty to make pretty garden quilts
• Have fun with these light-hearted designs
• Includes ideas for using these blocks in other ways, such as a smaller twelve-block quilt, a purse, or a table topper
• Patterns are great for solids and small prints in any color way
• Blocks also look beautiful in bigger sizes and are easy to enlarge

Instruction booklet & full-size patterns. Bring cheery flowers and cute, chirping birds indoors with Piece O' Cake's newest appliqué blocks. Mix and match up to twenty blocks to create unlimited quilt variations.
Beautiful Blooms
Quilts and Cushions to Appliqué
by Susan Taylor Propst

Inspired by walks through the gorgeous gardens that dot the British landscape, this American quiltmaker has turned images of genteel scenery into stunning quilts and pillows.

•Feature appliquéd blooms in 10 wall quilts with 10 coordinating cushions ranging from 16" to 20" square, all in a variety of creative color combinations
•Create English roses, Irish shamrocks, Welsh daffodils, and more
•Find instructions for hand and fusible-web appliqué, plus helpful tips for choosing a color palette

While you are here, you will want to see our "just-in" books!

Schnibbles Times Two

Quilts from 5" or 10" Squares by Carrie Nelson

What's a schnibble? A little bit or leftover--as in those fabric bits you're ready to use up!

What could be more fun than a small quilt from 5" charm squares? A large one just like it from 10" Layer Cake squares! Enjoy 12 pairs of beautiful quilts, with a large and small quilt in each design, from the creative mind behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. Each quilt includes a materials and cutting list, and the assembly directions are the same for both quilts in each set. Learn from Moda's go-to gal for quilt designs. This author knows her stuff!

Double Take
Quilts with That Hopscotch Twist
by Heather Willms, Elissa Willms  

The mother-daughter design team that brought you Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch now presents a fresh assortment of fun projects! Heather and Elissa created their own quilt challenge: starting with the same blocks, they’ve made entirely different designs that reflect each designer’s unique color sense.

•Choose from 16 projects, including quilts, tote bags, place mats, and more
•Find inspiration in Heather’s traditional country colors and Elissa’s bold, eye-popping brights
•Make quilts that are simple enough for beginners and appealing enough for seasoned quilters

Flowers All Around

Garden-Inspired Quilts
by Cindy Lammon

Pretty and fresh as a springtime garden, these quilts will delight and inspire you! All with a floral theme, the projects showcase traditional pieced blocks and exquisite appliqué.

•Choose from five projects ranging from an appliquéd table topper to large pieced quilts
•Create a quilted interpretation of botanical art with nine different well-known flowers, each with its Latin name added in ink
•Gain confidence with appliqué using beginner-friendly designs

Don't forget the the Learn to Knit and MORE class starts next Tuesday evening! Be sure to sign up at the front desk and check on needed materials before the day of the class.

Have a great Mothers Day!

Enjoy the great weather!

Mary and Kyle!

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