Friday, July 29, 2011

Sew Many Pretty Things!

 Recently, our friend and customer, Beverly Bourgeois brought in these precious Zipper Critters she made with the Indygo Junction pattern by Paula Hayek Design.  Their 'mouth's zip open and closed to hide little treasures like candy, small toys or maybe a note or lost tooth!  Beverly used scraps and specialty fabrics to stitch these little funky zippered pillow pals together.  Stop by to get your pattern to create your own Zipper Critters in sizes ranging from 8" tall down to 3 1/2" square.
 We've been meaning to comment on the pretty landscaping at the Inman Presbyterian Church just across the street from the Quilt Cottage (the social hall, seen in the background, is where we hold our Across the Street Retreats with great thanks and appreciation to the congregation).  In the spring, we were treated to lovely mauve and peach tall bearded irises and now in this sweltering heat we are treated to petunias, dusty miller, Crepe Myrtles and more!  Such a nice view we enjoy!
 Just in is this colorful and whimsical line from Moda, Meadow Friends by Deb Strain.  You can find a free pattern here:
 Frogs, butterflies, salamanders and other meadow critters frolic across the shades of pink, orange, aqua blue and green in this scrumptious line.

 Jody has been working on using up scraps in this quilt from a back issue of Quilting Today, Issue #78 from 2,000.  Simple 2 7/8" half-square triangles, 2 1/2" strips and squares and a light tone-on-tone background are all you need to create this fun, colorful quilt.  The Road to Oklahoma blocks come together to make the stars and four-patches.  If you're like us and have scraps galore, look for this class down the road. We may even do it as a 'scrap exchange' class where you bring various scraps to trade for an even more colorful quilt!
 Renee Dugan's Across the Street Retreat, Shooting Star by Edita Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts will be Tuesday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Make sure and sign up for this all day retreat including lunch. Stop by or call the shop for more details and to reserve your spot!
Renee's finished quilt hanging on our mantel at the shop!  It's a stunning quilt!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Shipping on Handi Quilter machines until August 8th!!!!

If you have been considering the purchase of your own HQ Avante or Sweet Sixteen, Handi Quilter is offering free shipping until August 8th! Call Becky or stop by for details on this great special offer!!!! And meanwhile, watch a video on the basics of the HQ by Suzanne Hyland.

Popsicle Sticks, Berry Sweet Bags and Dogwood Trails

 Gen recently made this beautiful version of Atkinson Designs' Popsicle Sticks quilt using Moda's Fandango line by Kate Spain in rich browns, aqua's and coral's.  It is so pretty and the perfect size for a cozy read on the couch or a dorm room quilt.  Popsicle Sticks goes together like a breeze!
 Becky also pre-quilted some Sweet Berry Bag's by Fig Tree Quilts.  These are the  cutest little purses for a special little girl.
 And this lusciously lovely line from Moda, Dogwood Trails by Sentimental Studios is beautiful in sweet pinks, grass green's and dogwood blossoms.  We have a few Jelly Rolls and Cake Squares left and the bolts have just arrived.  Who wouldn't have sweet dreams curled up under a quilt made from these gorgeous fabrics?!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Shooting Star Retreat Sign Up and Shop Hop in Full Swing!

 In addition to the Carolina Shop Hop now in full swing through this Saturday, July 16th, we have some newly finished projects to share!  The little Halloween panel wall hanging is made from Deb Strain's Trick or Treat line for Moda and you get two panels in one.  We love this border fabric by Henry Glass, Spooktacular Too with little mice and colorful pumpkins on black! It's going fast so drop by and pick up a few yards while it lasts!
 Keeping with the Civil War theme of this year's Shop Hop, Jody made this wall hanging by Little Scraps from This & That, Butter Churn using various Civil War era prints.  It measures 24 1/2" square and features the traditional Butter Churn block in a dynamic setting.
 Gen put together these two precious oven mitts, Hot Cakes! by Susie C. Shore Designs.  What a sweet gift for the baker in the family and they are the perfect companion gift with the Four Corners Apron we featured in an earlier post made with Timeless Treasures cupcake fabric!

Make plans to join us Tuesday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our Across the Street Retreat when Renee Dugan will be teaching Edita Sitar's Shooting Stars quilt. Renee's version of this stunning quilt is currently hanging in the shop in the Handi Quilter room so stop by to see it, pick up your pattern, template and fabrics and plan to make a day of it. In addition to the supplies, the cost of the retreat is $50 which includes instruction, use of the Inman Presbyterian Social Hall, lunch and snacks.  This promises to be a fun day learning a new technique.
And, of course, if you haven't already dropped by to see us during this year's Carolina Shop Hop, please come by!  It's been another great Shop Hop and we are grateful for your patronage and your kind remarks and comments!  We appreciate it!