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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's time for a new calendar!

KyleAnn here. I don't know about you, but I am already scheduling appointments for next year (like the dentist, annual check-up, etc.) and I need a calendar to keep track of them. While I have a planner I carry in my purse, I keep one on the wall so my Mr. Wonderful and I see at a glance who has to be where and when. Utilitarian calendars are ok, but pictures of beautiful quilts hanging on the wall are even better. To help you "beautify" your planning. . . .

Award-Winning Quilts 2011 Calendar

Featuring Quilts from the International Quilt Association

Enjoy a year-round celebration of quiltmaking! This extraordinary calendar features 13 award-winning quilts from the 2009 “Quilts: A World of Beauty” juried show. Noted designers include Caryl Bryer Fallert, Karen Stone, Robbi Joy Eklow, and many more.

That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2011
Feast your eyes on a dozen gorgeous quilts specially selected from America’s Best-Loved Quilt Books! Included is a pullout booklet with complete step-by-step instructions for each project—all at a great low price!

•Discover projects from popular designers such as Kim Diehl, Cynthia Tomaszewski, Sally Schneider, and Karla Alexander
•Explore scrappy quilts, folk-art styles, fusible applique, patchwork borders, and more
•Indulge in fabrics ranging from bold brights to nostalgic reproduction prints

and look at all the new books that just came in . . . . .

Star Struck Quilts

Dazzling Diamonds & Traditional Blocks • 13 Skill-Building Projects
by Barbara Cline

Mix and Match Blocks and Center Stars for up to 27 Different Quilts

  • Create 9 shimmering star quilts to adorn the walls of your home
  • Mix and match these 9 stars with classic quilt blocks to create up to 27 bed-sized quilts, too
  • Build your star-making skills-start out with simple patterns and move to more complex patterns as you learn
  • Create delightful stars out of diamonds
  • Create different designs by simply changing the color and/or size of the diamonds
  • Learn to create perfect 8-point centers that lie flat
  • Learn to take advantage of a fabric's design or motif with fussy cutting
This book includes complete instructions for 9 wall hangings, which can then be transformed into 27 bed-sized quilts. Barbara shares many valuable life lessons and shows you how to achieve the fine workmanship found in the quilts made in her Mennonite community.

From Spain with Love

11 Quilts Celebrate Mediterranean Color
by Roberta Cardew  

Take A Captivating Trip Through Southern Spain

  • 11 simple yet stunning quilt projects-perfect for any quilter, even beginners
  • See Spanish life through Roberta's eyes, as she tells the stories behind each quilt with lush photography
  • Projects are inspired by the flowers, foods, and colors of Spain's vibrant landscapes
  • Includes 6 delicious Spanish-inspired recipes
  • Bring unity to a quilt with a well-planned border
  • Create quilts in endless variations of one or two colors.
In this virtual trip to Spain, you'll learn how to make exquisitely easy quilts with all the warmth of the Mediterranean culture. Master the art of using color with the color lessons in each project. These patterns are scrap-friendly too, so delve into your stash!

Flying Colors

Design Quilts with Freeform Shapes & Flying Geese • 5 Paper-Pieced Projects, Full-Size Foundations
by Gail Garber 
Let Your Imagination Take Flight!

  • Gail teaches you step-by-step techniques to create your own unique quilt designs, or to make any of the 5 bonus projects
  • Draft shapes such as Flying Geese, triangles, and diamonds to fill strips of fabric that weave in and out of your design
  • Easy paper-piecing instructions help you make all your designs more accurate, from landscapes to radiating sunlight to flowing ribbons
  • Full-size foundation patterns included, plus a gallery of quilts made by Gail and her students
Learn how to make intriguing quilts with techniques for how to use free-form strips and shapes to create dimension, illusion, and flow. There's no limit to the designs you can invent!
Kaleidoscope Quilts—The Workbook

Create One-Block Masterpieces • New Step-by-Step Instructions • 12 Projects
by Paula Nadelstern  
The Magic is Revealed!

  • From the award-winning and best-selling author, Paula Nadelstern
  • Twelve projects-each one makes an artistic 20" square kaleidoscope block
  • Intoducing 22.5° wedges (her narrowest wedges yet!) to increase the beauty and intricacy of each kaleidoscopic pattern
  • Includes a gallery of the quilts from Paula's exhibit at the Museum of American Folk Art, plus candid shots of the opening reception
  • Never before have there been this many of Paula's kaleidoscope projects in one book!
This collection of kaleidoscope blocks made a stunning display on museum walls; now you can make them for your own walls too! In this workbook, you'll go “behind the seams” to learn Paula's design approach and fabric selection process, as well as her drafting and construction methods. Includes patterns you can follow for all 12 one-block quilts!

Blocks to Diamonds

Kaleidoscope Star Quilts from Traditional Blocks
by Cheryl Malkowski 
Reach for the Stars!

  • Learn Cheryl's technique for transforming traditional square quilt blocks into exciting, new diamond shapes.
  • Beginner-friendly star designs make Y-seams easy to learn
  • Create quilts that stand out from the rest!
  • Inspirational quilt gallery
  • Step-by-step how-to photos and illustrations detail the process
  • Paperless paper piecing, no more hassle with tiny bits of paper stuck in seams
12 Projects, Easy Techniques. Dazzle your friends with your own unique kaleidoscope quilts. You'll be inspired to mix and match fabrics and colors in new ways. 
It's back-to-school time, too! Columbus City and Southwestern (and others) started school today. It's not too late to make a neat lunch bag for that favorite student. Or spoil yourself and make a stylish lunchbag to carry that healthy lunch to work or play. 
Lunch Bags!

25 Handmade Sacks & Wraps to Sew Today
Contributions by: Design Collective  
Brown Bag it in Style

  • Projects include sandwich wraps, baggies, bicycle bags, and totes
  • Quick and easy to make with basic sewing techniques; everyone in your family will want one!
  • Customize the outside with your favorite fabrics and insulate the inside. You can waterproof it with laminated cotton, oilcloth, nylon, or vinyl.
  • Projects are fun, functional, and reusable-make your sack lunches even greener!
  • Bags can be washed in your dishwasher or washing machine
Today's hottest designers share their sewing savvy with 25 projects, from a simple sandwich wrap to a sophisticated shoulder bag. Why shouldn't your lunch bag match your personal wardrobe and eco-conscious lifestyle? 

Stop in and say hello!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Three New Classes coming!

Brooke came in today and dropped off class samples for two great bags! One is the Professional Tote by Creative Thumble and the other is the Syliva Bag by Serendipity.

Learn to make the PROFESSIONAL TOTE by Creative Thimble in this 2-part class: Wednesdays, September 29 and October 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Class fee is $40.

and then learn to make the SYLVIA SLING BAG by Serendipity on Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Class fee is $25.

In this 8-week class, learn the basics: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off PLUS garter stitch, stockinette stitch, cables, lace, and 3 other motifs plus how to read instructions. This class is designed for those who have never knit before to those who want to expand beyond the basics. Materials needed include:  3 skeins worsted weight (medium, #4) yarn, stitch/row markers, yarn needle, cable needle; optional: stitch/row counter. Needles available from the instructor for $10.

Stop in and say hello!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Two posts in one day!!!!

Just a REMINDER - the "Wool Crazy" group is meeting 12:30 - 3:30 THIS Sunday (August 15)!!

AND, we are offering a new bag class by Patty Estadt - Desk Deli Tote by Quilts Illustrated (designed by Penny Sturges) on August 17th and 31st (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.).. This tote is approximately 11" wide at its widest point by 8" tall by 5" deep and can be made with fat quarters or fabric yardage - your choice.  Call the shop or come in to register for this class.

Looks like it's going to rain again!

What do you do on hot humid days when it looks like rain? You sew, of course!  To help you out, the coupon at the bottom of the page is 15% off any item that's not already on sale/clearance or a gift item. If you need inspiration, we have several new books in (a few are featured below) and you won't want to forget all the books on the second floor (just not room for everything on the first floor!) And despite the recent shop hop and this morning's quilt guild bus, we have a great selection of fabric, including some great seasonal and novelty lines.

Circles: Floral Applique in the Round
 by Bea Oglesby

Bea is back with classic applique designs with a new twist - the flowers she loves stitched in vivid contemporary fabrics. All are worked in round shapes. Her inspiration was coats of arms from the days of our founding fathers, influenced by their European ancestors.

Inside you'll find 30 full-size designs in 8" circles. Instructions are included to make a spectacular quilt containing all 30 designs. There's advice from Bea about choosing colors, applique tips and more. Also included is a gallery of even more ideas, including enlarging the designs to make pillows and wallhangings.

Sew Into Sports: Quilts for the Fans in Your Life

by Barbara Brackman

Sports themed quilts - we all want to make them. Whether it's for a favorite soccer player or a fundraiser, you'll find what you need for your favorite sports fanatic here.

Barbara has designed eight projects for all kinds of sports fans: basketball, football, bowling, soccer, baseball... plus signature quilts for basketball stars, baseball team members and more.

Also included are ideas for working with strong patterns, bright team colors and sports-theme fabrics. And you'll enjoy lively sports photos from today and times past.

Under the Stars

by Cherie Ralston

It looks as though Cherie Ralston reached into a Kansas summer’s night sky, brought down a handful of stars and tossed them onto her quilts. These warm and comfy star quilts are softened with touches of nature and brilliantly easy to make.

Cherie brings you seven heavenly quilts for every season and mood. Appliquéd borders of leaves and berries soften the edges of the pieced stars. While away an evening making one of the four small projects for a cherished friend or family member.

Clear, concise instructions on how to do invisible machine applique and make perfectly round berries are an added bonus for the quilter.

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Two Generations of Quilts

by Karen & Erin Witt

The love of quilting has long been a common thread between mother and daughter quilt designers Karen and Erin Witt, the creative duo behind Reproduction Quilts. But like many quilters of different generations, their expressions of the craft take decidedly different forms. Karen favors the classic beauty of traditional and antique quilts, relishing every step of the process. Daughter Erin, on the other hand, loves the fresh look of contemporary-style projects that can be quickly constructed.

With their shared passion for quilting, Karen and Erin take on five different design challenges—each creating their own unique version of pieced basket quilts, quilts from one block design, quick quilts with a twist, appliqué quilts, and six-sided designs such as hexagons and snowball blocks.

Whether you love quilts reminiscent of bygone days or those with a more modern flair, there’s something for every generation in this book of 10 diverse projects. You’ll find everything from an exquisite hexagon quilt inspired by antique mosaic quilts to a stylish appliqué wall hanging dressed in trendy high-heeled shoe silhouettes and fashion fabrics.

Karen and Erin also share their techniques for documenting your quilts with creative labels using designs from your quilt, rubber stamps, and digital photographs.

 Stop in and say hello!, Stay Cool!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Did you hear that storm last night?

That storm was quite something. Very noisy! Incredible light show. But lots of rain to refresh lawns, flowers, and crops. Reminded me of the small Calendar Quilts by Kim Schaefer, like June's luscious watermelon and the picnic ants and August's honey bees buzzing around darling flowers. We are currently putting together kits for September (delicious apples!) and October (adorable pumpkin). Lots of quilt "themes" are affected by rain - think of all those floral prints, the star blocks, even pinwheels. Come in and get refreshed with these great wall-hangings and other quick projects.

Shop Hop was great! A lot of people enjoyed visiting the shop and discussing other shops they had seen. Remember to come in and use your Shop Hop coupon. It is now valid! It's good for 25% off one item or one cut of fabric!

We have two great kits from the book Happy Hauntings. One is the BOO! kit, which features three 6" x 10" quilts that spell the word "BOO!" The other is a cute witch, saying "What did you call me?" This wall-hanging is 24" x 30".

Nearly all the August Block of the Month kits are ready, and we are working on the one from Quilted Devotions. As usual, we have some great new books that are "must sees". Be sure to look at them when you pick up your BOM.