September 29, 2008

Amy & Nancy go shopping!

The fabric I've been waiting for has finally arrived! Early in the summer we ordered a line of brightly colored woven plaids from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. When I saw the samples, I thought they would be great for a set of placemats to go with my Fiesta Ware dishes. So, I've had my pattern selected and have been waiting all summer for the fabric to arrive.

I'll be using a pattern from the book "Six Halves Make a Whole" by The Quilt Branch. The pattern uses 1/2 yard each of 6 prints to make 6 placemats. The prints are mixed so each placemat turns out with a different arrangement of colors.

I was making my fabric selections at the shop today and Amy couldn't resist being drawn into the project. She selected an assortment for placemats from a brand new group of prints designed by Terry Atkinson for Red Rooster Fabrics. The group is called "Paisley Party" assortment of 24 fun, bright prints.

Here we are with our fabric selections. Watch for photos of our completed placemats!

September 28, 2008

Charisma from Moda

New in the shop this week is a great new line from Moda - "Charisma". This group is designed by Chez Moi. We've had fun in the shop planning quilts with their last line, "Posh", and Charisma looks like it will be just as fun. The line has a Jacobean feel and includes some large floral prints as well as some interesting basics. Colors are red, green, blue and

September 25, 2008

Quilts of Valor

We have our Scrap Tamers Quilt of Valor ready to give to the machine quilter, Kars Quilting in Chanhassen. Then the binding, then back to Kars who will get it to our Minnesota Quilt of Valor group. Two of the women who are involved in Quilts of Valor stopped in the shop this week. They have made the connections for distributing the finished quilts. They are also the women who physically deliver the quilts to the different facilities and do a lot of the bindings. They now have enough connections made that all quilts made in Minnesota and given to the Minnesota group can stay in Minnesota. The quilts are given to hospitals, rehab facilities and also to those who will be deployed overseas. What a commitment! The suggested size of the quilts is around 54" x 67". But now that they are giving them to those soldiers being deployed, they can use some longer quilts. (it may be really hot there, but the barracks are air conditioned and the quilts give the soldiers a nice connection to home). They also can use smaller quilts for those soldiers who are now in wheel chairs.
What a giving group quilters are! From those who make the quilts, volunteer their quilting time, organize things so this all works or donate money. It works because so many people are involved. It makes me proud to be a quilter.
If you want more information on Quilts of Valor you can go to
I'll post a photo of our quilt as soon as we get it done.

September 18, 2008

Morris Medley

I'm just back from a relaxing vacation in Michigan's UP. What a beautiful spot! We enjoyed a few nights of camping in the Porcupine Mountains, lots of hiking, some time in a cabin in Copper Harbor and a visit with friends in Wisconsin. We made a run up to Bayfield, WI and picked 10+ pounds of blueberries - yum!

There's lots happening in the shop. We're getting ready to send out supply lists for this fall's Mystery Weekend classes. They should be in the mail by Monday.

Our next project will be the final stage of organizing the Mystery by Mail kits for October. My sample of the quilt is laying on my ironing board waiting for binding. It's so beautiful, I wish I could include a photo here......but, it's a Mystery!

We've had some great new fabrics arriving in the shop. The latest is the long awaited "Morris Medley". This group of William Morris style prints are from the company Fabric Freedom, a British fabric company. They're distributed in this country through Benartex Fabrics. The grouping of 15 prints is made up of 5 different patterns, each in 3 colorways. We still have a few prints left from the Moda group "A Morris Garden" by Barbara Brackman. They'll coordinate beautifully!

September 7, 2008

Spectacular Scraptamers Signup

Quilters were lined up down the block to sign up for our Scraptamers Club last month. People started lining up over two hours before we opened for registration with chairs, coffee and donuts. We gave out numbers and got people registered as quickly as we could! It was a wild but fun day. If you missed out on registration, there are still a few spaces left in the 2:00 session. We can't wait until the first class session on September 20!