December 2, 2015

Don't you love Show & Tell

Last month we enjoyed three Mystery Weekend sessions here at Glad Creations with a total of 55 participants!  What could be more fun. This was our 56th Mystery Weekend. Since we offer this workshop twice a year, that means we've been offering Mystery Weekends for over 25 years.  It's through these Mystery sessions that we've developed our line of over  90 patterns for bed size quilts.

One of our favorite parts of the weekends is the Show & Tell.  It's so much fun to see all of the finished quilts.  Of course, we see quite a few completed quilts from the previous two mysteries.  Sunburst was from our March 2015 session and Star-Crossed was from our session a year ago.  We also get to see quilts from some of our other patterns and many beautiful quilts from a variety of sources.  Congratulations to everyone who shared their wonderful quilts!

During the show & tell, we like to snap some photos so we can share all these great quilts in a slide show.  You'll see quilt names that are from our line of patterns as you look through the slides.  Enjoy the show!  Just so you know - you won't see the Mystery 56 quilt in the slide show.  Some folks are still working on the pattern in the Mystery by Mail format.  We don't want to spoil their surprise!

Just in case you haven't heard, we're making some changes to our weekend workshops.  Instead of Mystery Weekend, we'll be offering Not a Mystery - Weekend in our winter schedule.  This new workshop will run a lot like the Mystery Weekends.  The big change is that participants can work on any Glad Creations pattern.  We know that many of you have patterns you've been dreaming about starting or that you have been collecting fabric for.  Some of you might even have a couple of our kits waiting to be your next project. So, we think this newly designed class sounds like a lot of fun.  Plan on demos, show & tell, and fun sewing with others.

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May 25, 2015

Scrap Tamers Mystery is revealed!

Wow!  Another year of our Scrap Tamers Club is over. Scrap Tamers is a 9 month club at Glad Creations.  The club meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month for 9 months, starting in September and running through May.  This year we had about 140 members, meeting in 3 time slots.  We worked with the Stash Pot Pie program, each member getting a pattern each month for a scrap style quilt.  These were great patterns to make using your stash.  We also had a 9 month mystery quilt where members received  a clue each month to make a lapsize quilt. Members could work with a kit or work from their own fabrics. What great fun!  At the last session we took photos of some of the finished quilt tops.  What a great group!  I couldn't believe how many tops were finished.

We plan to publish this pattern as a Glad Creations pattern in the fall.  It is called Nine Stars Rising.  Watch for information about it in our E-mail update, class schedule or facebook page.






A great part of our Scrap Tamers session is the show and tell.  Members range from beginners to advanced quilters. They range from very traditional quilters to art quilters.  The great thing about quilters is they appreciate what others do and love to see any and all quilts.   We saw some absolutely wonderful and creative quilts.

We also talk about all of the new products that we have at the shop.  It's sort of a mini quilt class each time.  We show how new tools can be used, talk about the content in new books and try to add to the skills the members have.

We will start our next session of Scrap Tamers in September. First day to sign up will be August 22.   We plan to do a mystery quilt again and include some scrap quilt patterns each month.  The plans are still being made for next year.  More information will be available this summer.

Hope you will join us next year for our Scrap Tamers Club.  And who knows what the next mystery will be!  It's still a mystery to us!

Susan

April 1, 2015

Inspiring!

Susan and I have just completed our 55th round of Mystery Weekend sessions - can you believe it??? We love both visiting with longtime friends and meeting new friends as we teach the workshops.  Who could ask for a better job?

We can't show you the new Mystery Quilt yet since folks are still working with our Mystery by Mail kits.  We can show you the pictures we snapped of the show and tell that participants brought to share with the group. Show and Tell is one of the best parts of Mystery Weekend for us.  It's always fun to see what past mystery quilters have completed since the previous session and we love seeing the special projects that our new mystery quilters bring to share.

We saw several quilts using the patterns from the most recent Mystery Weekends. We saw several versions of Gracie's Favorite and Star-Crossed. It's amazing how different they look with different fabric selections. The Gracie's Favorite pattern is available on our website.  Star-Crossed will be coming out as a pattern later this spring.

Enjoy our slide show!  We've labeled quilts in the show that are Glad Creations patterns. You'll be able to find the Glad Creations patterns in the pattern section of our website.   What fun!

Nancy

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January 4, 2015

Stripes!

Stripes! Our annual staff challenge quilt show is hanging in the second floor of the shop January 1 - 10, 2015.  We've put together a slide show so you can get a look at the quilts. Of course, if you can come and see them in person, all the better!

We started out planning quilts using striped fabric. As always, we're a creative bunch and like to broaden the rules.  Along the way someone says, "this quilt looks like stripes even though there is no stripe fabric. Does that count as a stripe quilt?"  Sure, why not.

Enjoy!
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December 3, 2014

Mystery Weekend 54 - Show & Tell

November was a big Mystery month for us here at Glad Creations. We've just finished the in-shop workshops for our 54th Mystery Weekend!  We had 3 great groups of quilters working their way through the mystery clues, chatting with friends and sharing some of their completed projects.  Check out our new class schedule online.  The next Mystery sessions will be offered in March 2015.

Show and Tell is one of the best parts of Mystery Weekend for us.  It's always fun to see what past mystery quilters have completed since the previous session and we love seeing the special projects that our new mystery quilters bring to share.

We saw several quilts using the patterns from the most recent Mystery Weekends, Gracie's Favorite, Connect the Dots and Little Trips.  It's so fun to see how all of the different fabric selections have turned out.

Enjoy our slide show!  We've labeled quilts in the show that are Glad Creations patterns.  Of course, there are no pictures of the newest mystery quilt since we have a number of quilters working on it through our by-mail version.  You'll be able to find the Glad Creations patterns in the pattern section of our website.   What fun!

Nancy

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November 30, 2014

"52 Finishes" How did I do?



“52 Finishes”  How did I do?

Just about a year has gone by since I started my personal challenge of “ 52 finishes”.  If you’re not sure what that is or how it works, you can read about my challenge plan on our January 6, 2014 blog posting. I started the challenge on the 1st week of January, 2014.  I know many of our staff and customers also thought it would be a fun personal challenge to participate in and joined me.  It’s fun to hear how others are doing! 

So, how did I do?  I am almost caught up and feeling good about my finishes!  I added my last finish on Week #46 and now it’s week #48.  I think I’ll make it!  I plan to finish another project today, a Pink Sand Beach purse project that I picked fabric for last summer.  I also have 2 quilts on the way back from the machine quilter that will need bindings in the next couple weeks. 


Here are a couple of my last finishes.  A Holiday Happenings Tree Skirt from an Atkinson Designs pattern and a Joseph’s Coat table runner made as a sample for a new class listed in the winter schedule.


I had started this challenge by making a list of unfinished projects. I did finish a few of those but found most of my finishes were new projects—not always done as soon as I planned but at least done.  That might be partly because we always need new samples for the shop or for classes or just because I’m a quilter and love starting something new.  Most of you probably understand that!  

So my plan is to start again this year.  I have a ready-made list of unfinished projects that I wrote last year and a few I can add.  Those are still possibilities for finishes. Or maybe some of those would be better suited to gifting them to a group that would finish them for charity quilts.  Do you think that counts as a finish?  They’d no longer be in my sewing room!  

So join me in the 2015 ~ 52 Finishes.  It will be fun!  Trust me!
Susan

June 20, 2014

Scrap Crazy 6"

We had a great time at the Minnesota Quilt Show last week.  We thought those of you who weren't able to attend would like to see the demo that we did.  We showed a fun new template set from Creative Grid called the Scrap Crazy 6".  The set contains 4 templates ,all with grippy backs like all the Creative Grid rulers and together they make a 6" Crazy Quilt block.  A fun way to work from your stash! 

 Here are our demo boards and the crazy quilt table runner that we made with Kaffe Fassett scraps




But what really is fun are all the other blocks you can make by placement of fabric and orientation of your blocks.  Look at the same block made with positioning colors.  This 1st one is a Cut Loose pattern and also shown  in the Scrap Crazy 6" book.  The book offers more ideas for using the templates. The 2nd is the Peppermint Twist block.



We also made some samples from the patterns in the book.  The Sawmill table runner uses only the large trapezoid template.

 

 The Milky Way table runner uses only the 60 degree triangle.




   The Drops of Jelly table runner uses only the small trapezoid.


We'll have our samples and demo boards on display at the shop, so come take a look.  We made all of our samples from our scraps!  Didn't put much of a dent in them, but we'll keep working on that!  I think this is going to be fun!

Happy Quilting, Susan