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Thursday, December 16, 2010

We're making changes!

We're beginning our "new look!" Some of the shelves have already been moved to their new "homes" in various nooks and we are making room for the new downstairs classroom. Last week we received 200 bolts of fabric and soon we will be getting batiks from Moda Kota and some Moda Crackle.

If you are a Civil War fan and haven't seen the new book, A Path to the Civil War, by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, be sure to come in and check it out, along with our new Civil War fabrics.

A Path to the Civil War: Aurelia's Journey Quilt

by Sarah Maxwell & Dolores Smith

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. And while conflict over slavery is generally presumed to be the cause, many issues across the nation fueled tensions that ultimately led to war. During this volatile period in American history, did women turn to their quiltmaking to take their minds off these troubling topics?

When Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth found a mid-1800s antique sampler quilt, they could easily imagine the quiltmaker, Aurelia (pronounced oar-LEE-uh) Bevins of Broome, New York, did just that. Undoubtedly pieced over a long period of time based on the large number of varied fabrics it contains, it’s easy to imagine that Aurelia worked on this project off and on for many years as she witnessed a country heading toward war with itself.

Dolores and Sarah show you step-by-step, using today’s quiltmaking techniques, how you can recreate this 44-block sampler treasure. Written in block-of-the-month style, you can construct a few blocks at a time as you work to complete this project throughout 10 months. As you stitch your own Journey quilt, reflect on the journey Aurelia took as she witnessed the events leading to the war between the states.

Peg is in the process of updating the web site (Thanks, Peg!) and we hope to have web sales soon. Be sure to check in later on to see all the changes. We are also in the process of putting together a class schedule.

You can see some of the changes when you come to out Holiday Open House on December 19 from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. You will meet the NEW Always in Stitches "Partners" and check out our new "discount fabric loft" and hear all about our exciting plans. And as always, we will have Make it - Take its, yummy food and good friends!

Other new books . . .

Redwork Winter Twitterings
by Pearl Louise Krush

Combine simple embroidery stitches; red embroidery floss; red and white fabrics; and soon you will have created the sweet designs in this book. Whether you start with a whimsical quilt or one of the other smaller projects; these twittering friends are sure to bring a smile to your face. With Redwork basics and six fun to make and use projects; this book will have to creating unique and whimsical designs in no time!

Count On It

from Art to Heart

Celebrate the year by counting each day of the month or enjoy the anticipation of counting down to your favorite holidays. Decorate for birthdays with a Birthday Quilt displaying their age or count down to their special day. Add a Happy Birthday Garland, the names are interchangeable! Give a welcome to a holiday or party with a pot stake banner.

If you like Kansas Troubles, here are swatches from the Perennial line Moda will be sending in January. Scroll on down to see February's Buttercup swatches.


Here are some swathes from the Buttercup line from Fig tree coming in February.

Stop in and say Hello! and have a great Holiday!


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