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Monday, July 21, 2014

A SINGLE WEDDING RING - SAMPLER SERIES


Have you started working on the Sampler block for this month?  I’m not answering that question, but I can show you two of the samples that Chris displayed at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  This is block #80 in your Quick and Easy Block Tool.  It is called Single Wedding Ring.  At first glance I thought, doesn’t look too difficult.  Then as I analyzed it I thought of all the piecing involved and cringed.  But I will do it!  I’m using the 30s fabrics for mine.  I’ll post a picture when I get it made.  No time right now as I’m expecting a visit from my brother later this week.  He lives out of state and I always look forward to his visit.

JULY CLASSES:   
  • Irish Chain – Vickie D. will be teaching this two week class on Wednesday,  July 23 from 6-9.  It is a beginning to intermediate class.  It is a fun and easy basic quilt done with 2 ½” strips. Class fee is $20
  • Big Blocks – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Thursday, July 31 from 5-9 p.m.  It is easy to piece this lap size quilt that is 72 ½” square.  Class fee is $15.
  • Rectangle Rumba Tablerunner – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Saturday, July 26 from 20-12.  This two color runner is easy to piece and perfect for any table.  The fee is $10.
 ALSO:  Mark your calendar now.  The Lighthouse Quilt Guild is sponsoring the “Treasures: Past, Present, & Future” Quilt Show in Grand Haven, MI on July 25 & 26.  The doors will be open on that Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Admission is $6.  There are more than 150 member quilts on display.  There will also be vendors.  In fact, the Attic Window Quilt Shop is a vendor at this show, so be sure and stop by their booth.
ANOTHER NOTE:  
  • Did you go check out the Row By Row Shop Hop website?  This is a must for anyone traveling this summer.  You won’t want to miss it.
  • Have you checked out Persimmon Quilts “purple sage” BOM?  Love these blocks.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A FUN DAY OF SEWING AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 When I walked into the Attic Window Quilt Shop’s classroom Saturday, I was surprised!  Notice anything different in the above picture?  The class I attended was Lee Anne’s Strip Street Bag class.  Carol wanted to quilt her bag but was having problems with her machine.  Above, Chris helps her get it working properly.
 Now do you notice anything different?
 How about here?  The classroom has been rearranged to allow for a more comfortable working space.  I love the new open feeling that the room has and that with this new arrangement it is easier to see and talk to everyone.  What a great idea Chris!
 Above Deb shows us her finished bag.  I love the fabrics she used.
 This is a close-up of Deb’s bag.  You can see the decorative stitching she used when she quilted it.  In the background is teacher Lee Anne.  More about her to follow.
 Nancy was in attendance.  She didn’t take the bag class but joined us in sewing.  This is another block for her Rose of Sharon quilt.  Rosa was there also to sew.
Jill auditioned her fabrics and design for her Lone Star Swirl. I like what she is doing.   Judi was working on her Lone Star Swirl also.  She has it finished and ready to quilt.
 This is the bag I made while attending Lee Anne’s class.  Lee Anne is an excellent teacher and when I looked at this pattern, I knew I needed her help.  Lee Anne accepts students in her class even if they want to make a different bag from what is being taught.  She graciously agreed to help me with this bag.  And boy, did I need help.  I can read an instruction fifteen times and still not understand what I am to do.  Lee Anne can read it once and then demonstrate what I am supposed to do so that I can "see" what the instructions were telling me.  As I said, she is a great teacher and I highly recommend her classes. 
 Above you can see the many pockets on the bag and the two zipper enclosures.
 Here are the inside pockets.
 And here are the pockets on the back!
 Okay, I have to show you this.  Me with my new bag.  Judi took the picture and said I had to post it because I post pictures of everyone else.  Only fair!  The bag is the Barbados Bag from Pink Sand Beach Designs.  I made it as a sample because my granddaughter wanted me to make her a bag.  I just pulled from my stash to make this bag so she could see it and tell me if it was the right size and if it has enough pockets and zipper enclosures.  I figure there is no loss here.  I love the bag and all its pockets.  My tablet fits nicely in it too!  This one is for me!

JULY CLASSES:  
  • Irish Chain – Vickie D. will be teaching this two week class on Wednesday,  July 23 from 6-9.  It is a beginning to intermediate class.  It is a fun and easy basic quilt done with 2 ½” strips. Class fee is $20
  • Big Blocks – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Thursday, July 31 from 5-9 p.m.  It is easy to piece this lap size quilt that is 72 ½” square.  Class fee is $15.
  • Rectangle Rumba Tablerunner – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Saturday, July 26 from 20-12.  This two color runner is easy to piece and perfect for any table.  The fee is $10.
ANOTHER NOTE:  
  • Did you go check out the Row By Row Shop Hop website?  This is a must for anyone traveling this summer.  You won’t want to miss it. 
  • The Inbox Jaunt has a  fireworks paper piecing project.
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YOU CAN MAKE THIS TABLET COVER

Does it make you thrilled when someone asks you to make them something?  If so, then you know how I felt when my granddaughter asked me to make her a bag for her iPad similar to the one I made for my Mini Samsung tablet.  I love it when I know one of my grandchildren want what I make for them.  I jump for joy and quit worrying about if they are going to reject something this old lady made for them.  Above you can see my finished bag.   I love how it turned out and hope she does too.
As I did with mine, I made her a removable pocket for the inside of her bag.  Actually it is a small quilted piece of fabric that I fold around the tablet for added protection from the accessories I also keep in the bag.
Above you can see what I mean.  I fold the rectangle of quilted fabric and tuck it inside the bag.  Then I slip the tablet between the folds.  Behind it, I keep additional supplies such as the cord for recharging, a SanDisk, and USB Connector.  This handy little bag keeps everything in once place so I’m not running all around the house wondering where in the heck I put this or that.
Above is my bag.  Maybe this will help you see what I mean.  I love this simple little bag and have made it in several sizes.  It is called a project bag and I first got the pattern a couple of years ago when I attended Craft Day at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Kits are available at the shop.  Each kit sells for about $13.  In each kit is enough fabric to make three bags in various sizes and the pattern. What a deal!!

JULY CLASSES:   
  • Irish Chain – Vickie D. will be teaching this two week class on Wednesday,  July 23 from 6-9.  It is a beginning to intermediate class.  It is a fun and easy basic quilt done with 2 ½” strips. Class fee is $20
  • Big Blocks – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Thursday, July 31 from 5-9 p.m.  It is easy to piece this lap size quilt that is 72 ½” square.  Class fee is $15.
  • Rectangle Rumba Tablerunner – Vickie D. will be teaching this one week class on Saturday, July 26 from 20-12.  This two color runner is easy to piece and perfect for any table.  The fee is s$10.
  • Strip Street Bag – Lee Anne will be teaching this darling bag on Saturday, July 19, from 10-3.  You can make this simple easy strip pieced bag in a day and you can choose from two different size handles. You can see a picture of my Strip Street bag here.  The pattern was designed by a local quilt shop. The Class fee is $25.
ANOTHER NOTE: 
  • Did you go check out the Row By Row Shop Hop website?  This is a must for anyone traveling this summer.  You won’t want to miss it. 
  • Sweet P Quilting and Creations has a tutorial for making a microwave bowl potholder.
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Twilling Club

Twilling Club
This is a sample of a block from Barb's Twilling Club. It is beautiful so be sure and check it out when you go into the shop What a lovely wedding present it would make.

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.