May 28, 2011

Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star

I finally had some time yesterday to play with the new Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler by Deb Tucker of Studio 180. How fun! Made a 4" Lemoyne Star that turned out perfectly. The ruler makes stars in 10 sizes ranging from 3" up to 12". Pieces are cut oversized and then trimmed. Blocks are made with split corners--so no Y-seams! I made a demo board to show the steps. The instructions with the ruler are great. I plan to make the wallhanging that comes with the ruler. It has all 10 sizes of stars in it and is really fun. I will be demonstrating the Deb Tucker rulers at the upcoming Minnesota Quilters Show in St. Paul. We also have a demo day coming up at the shop on Wednesday, June 8th. It will run from 1:00-4:00. I'll be showing lots of the new things we picked up at Spring Market.

May 23, 2011

Scrap Tamers Spring Surprise

Look at all the quilters that made the Spring Surprise Mystery Project in Scrap Tamers. They were all entered into a drawing for 1 of 4 gift certificates at Glad Creations. The table runners and toppers are great! Thanks to all of you for participating in Scrap Tamers this year. We will be working on the plans for next year soon. Signup day is August 27th with the first session starting on the 3rd Saturday of September. We've got some new ideas in our heads so watch for more information coming soon.

May 19, 2011

What's Glad Been Up To?

We had a staff get together at the shop last night with lots of fun show & tell. Here's Glad - she just completed the applique on her latest project. All I can say is WOW! The pattern is "Roseville Album" by Kim McLean. It has loads of whimsical flowers and fun birds and animals on it. I think most of the cats are grey so they must be Gracie (Glad's cat) although she included one or two orange cats (Milo). Glad is a big fan of Kim McLean's applique patterns and has done several of them. I think this is by far the most intricate. Now it's off to be quilted. We'll have it on display in the shop when it's all done. I can hardly wait!

May 17, 2011

Quilt Market

Home from Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. What a great time. It's always a time of inspiration, planning, shopping and fun. The first day Nancy and I always go to the Schoolhouse Sessions. We each go to about fifteen 15 minute to 30 minute sessions, each on a different topic. These are put on by fabric companies, pattern designers, publishers and notion companies. It's always great fun to go through the list of sessions and plan which to go to. By the end of the day our minds are so full of ideas they are just spinning. After schoolhouse, we go back to our room and share the things we have seen and learned. This time we each must have walked more than our 10,000 steps!
The next day the market starts. Row after row of vendors--each showcasing their specialties. We always spend the first day just walking through the market, writing down ideas and picking up brochures. This year we couldn't even make it through the whole thing on the 1st day! So many rows and so many booths! Then back to our room to make some decisions.
The 3rd and 4th days are spent re-evaluating and shopping. We found some great new items and lots of new ideas. So now the fun will begin for all of you! We brought back a few of the new things--many will be coming in the next couple weeks. We'll keep you posted as things come in.

May 2, 2011

Twin Cities Shop Hop

Thanks to all of you quilters who made the shop hop a fun event. It was fun to see so many friends coming in and having a good time. Hope you enjoyed the special exhibit of Annemarie's Quilts Remembered miniature quilts. The quilts will be on display until May 9 so if you missed it, there is still time to come see them.
The shop owners will all be gathering tonight to pick the winners of the drawings. We wish the best luck to all of you. Too bad you can't all win!