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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's raining - again!

So what do you do when it's raining? You sew, of course! Get your machine set up, if it isn't already, turn on some bright lights, and enjoy the rhythm of the rain as you work on that latest project. Or pull out a "ufo." Need inspiration? Check out these new arrivals . . .

Pinwheel Party

12 Fun and Unique Quilts by Ellen Pahl

Put a new spin on quilting! With variations on Pinwheels, Windmills, Whirligigs, and other favorite twirling blocks, these 12 dynamic quilts will set your fabric in motion! Use a planned color scheme or give your quilts a scrappy look—the variety of styles offers something for everyone.

•Projects range from doll-sized quilts to table toppers to wall hangings, perfect for gifts or home decor
•Techniques include bias-strip piecing, foundation piecing, cutting triangles from strip sets, and more
•Quilts are easy enough for confident beginners, appealing enough for experts.

Country Comforts
Quilts for Casual Living by Cheryl Wall

Warm and welcoming, each quilt in this book invites quilters to let go of the “rules” and find joy in the journey. The 12 projects feature traditional blocks such as Log Cabin, Bear’s Paw, and Churn Dash, with a twist that makes them fresh and new. Choose from quilts and wall hangings, many featuring folksy appliqué for added flair. Quilters of all levels will enjoy the relaxed nature of these scrappy projects—imperfections only add to their personality and charm!

Take 5

Quilts from Just 5 Fabrics by Kathy Brown
Quilters everywhere love Take 5 patterns from The Teacher's Pet, and this book is packed with them! Simply take five minutes to choose five fabrics (one focus fabric plus four coordinating fabrics), stack them, cut them simultaneously, and you’re ready to sew! It’s the relax-and-have-fun way to create visually stunning quilts.

•Choose from 15 designs that look intricate but are very simple to construct—excellent for beginners
•Take the stress out of selecting fabrics with Kathy’s straightforward approach
•Create a lap-sized quilt this weekend—experienced quilters can finish in a day

This Saturday is Race for the Cure. It is bittersweet that this will be the first year in a long time that we will not be running/walking as a team. My sisters, Terry and Bobbi (Bert) will be participating in the event this year in some capacity on our behalf. I will be attending my daughter Jordann's graduation from Xavier University instead. I am so proud of her acheivements. We will be back in action next year for the race.

People are continually asking us when the next "Granary" book will be out. I just wanted to let everyone know that we are working feverishly on getting that finished. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, if you are interested in a good book to read try Diana Forresters book "Glory"

She is in the process of getting her blog up and running and her facebook in action.

Everyone have a great weekend!

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