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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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!

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