August 25, 2013

Scrap Tamers 2013-2014

Wow!  What a fun signup day.  The lines were as long as ever, but moved quickly.  We completely filled our 3 sessions in the 1st hour!  That's never happened before.  So, what happens now?  If you didn't come or call on Saturday to get a spot and still would like to be a member of Scrap Tamers, we will see if we can fill one more session.  Right now we are taking a waiting list to see if we have enough interest to schedule a 2:30 session.  If you are interested, call the shop and get your name on the waiting list.  We'll see what we can do.
So what makes this club so popular that some quilters showed up at 5:45 to register at 9:30?  I think it must be all about having fun, being the first to know what's new at the shop, sharing with a group of quilters and learning to make quilts more efficiently and accurately.  Maybe something about using up your stash too! 

This is going to be a fun year.  We're working from a program called Stash Pot Pie. This is a fun program with monthly quilt patterns that work really well for scraps. We'll offer tips for piecing these fun quilts.

 We'll also offer a mystery quilt as part of the Scrap Tamers Club.  This lap size quilt will also be scrappy.  You can either use your stash or pre-order one of our specially chosen bundles.  If you weren't at signup to see the 2 bundles we picked, we took photos on Saturday. 

The first is the Black and white bundle with a red accent.  The second is the batik bundle with dark and medium batiks and a soft turquoise accent. 


You can look at the signup sheet with all the information on our website at  So let us know if you are interested in a 2:30 session and we'll see what happens.

August 8, 2013

Quilt Retreats

After 35 years of never going on a quilt retreat, Nancy and I finally understand the wonder and fun that all of you discovered early on.    All the sharing, the community, the fun, the quilting time, the escape from the troubles of one's life--all are a part of a quilting retreat.  Five of us from Glad Creations attended the summer retreat planned by Carole Wilder.  It was held at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Center in Lanesboro.  We chatted, laughed, pieced, shared, had S'mores and more.  What a sharing, caring group of quilters.

A few of us, not Nancy nor I, were brave enough to do the Ropes Course!  I think it may have been on a few bucket lists.  As we watched, we were amazed at the bravery of our group. I remember when my kids went to an environmental center as part of their middle school experience.  I don't think I ever knew what they went through.   Watching them from the ground was amazing. And I think they are all proud that they did this.  Cheri, Nathan and Amy took on this challenge and succeeded!  Good for them.

If you have never gone on a quilting retreat, give it a try.  But it's up to you whether you challenge yourself with something as challenging as a rope's course. It's plenty fun just to piece, quilt, talk, share and chat!
Happy Quilting, Susan