Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Starry Nights Across the Street Retreat

 Our 'Across the Street Retreats' at the Inman Presbyterian Church social hall just across the road from the shop have been popular.  We're able to spread out with everyone having a big round table for their machines and cutting mats, fabric and supplies.  The lighting is great and the kitchen is handy for a light lunch, coffee, soda's and snacks.  Today, Deb Spiers taught Starry Nights, a quilt from the book Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston.  Most of the ladies got at least six blocks completed in this day-long event and all said they had a great time quilting together.
 Here, Mary Margaret Lejeune snaps a photo of Deb's sample while some are packing up after a productive day at the machines.
 Shirley Martin looks on as Ellen Henderson puts together another block.
 Debbie Fowler asks Deb Spiers for a few pointers for assembling her quilt before the class is finished for the day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

McKenna Ryan Roosters

 We love the McKenna Ryan roosters. We've made All Cooped Up, above and Proud Papa using the fabrics McKenna designed for Hoffman Batiks.  You can make these as stand alone wall hangings as we did or make all of the designs and sew them into a larger wall hanging or lap sized quilt!  McKenna  of  Pine Needles.com uses raw edge applique and brilliantly colored batiks to create her spectacular creations.  A little Wonder Under or Steam-A-Seam and McKenna's patterns and, voila!  Quick and easy lovely projects for your home or to give a friend or family member!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Embroidery Angels Scissors and a T-Shirt Quilt!

 Becky has made numerous t-shirt quilts for customers including this latest one for an Oklahoma University alum and former Radio City Rockette.  She will be teaching this class Tuesday, March 1st from 5 to 9 p.m..  It's a great way to remember sports teams, college days, summer camp and other special times in someone's life.

 We also have new small snips, Embroidery Angels in four colors!  These are so cute to take along with your hand sewing projects or give to friends who sew, quilt or embroider!

An Amazing Quilter

Thursday, February 3, 2011

High Tea, Bowtucks and Dragonflies and Lancaster One Stop Hop!!!

This past year, one of our favorite purse patterns has been the Bow Tucks purse by Penny Strugis.  Not only does it feature a pretty pocket on the front but has ample, roomy pockets on the inside.  It's quilted and ties on the sides and a hook and button closure on the front so it doesn't sit open.  We've had several  classes in the Bow Tucks and have made it in several color-ways!  For these two, we used Hoffman and Island Batiks with two entirely different results!
Join the national fight to find a cure for breast cancer and show your support with Northcott's 10th Annual Quest for a Cure fabric, High Tea.  According to their website,

Quest For A Cure™

Committed in the fight to cure breast cancer

Northcott is donating a portion of the purchase price for every yard we sell of selected collections to Breast Cancer Research. Participating collections will be identified by the Northcott's Quest for a Cure ™ logo. This logo can be found on the caps of fabric bolts supporting this cause in your local quilt shop.
We also have a dragonfly infestation with Blank Textile's Dragonfly Magic.  In many cultures, the  dragonfly symbolizes change  in the perspective of self realization, mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
 Also, mark your calendars for Lancaster's One Stop Shop Hop February 19th at the Bradley Building on the USC Lancaster campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..  It is a day filled with fun shopping with a variety of vendors (including Becky!) and quilting friends.