Friday, April 3, 2009

New Arrivals & Fond Farewells

In my earlier post, I forgot to mention that last week was the first meeting of the Applique' Club. This club is open to anyone who enjoys hand applique'. The group meets to sew, socialize, and share. You can come as often as you like. The group will meet the 4th Friday of the month from 10am - 12pm. Bring a project to work on, meet some fellow quilters and best of all the club is FREE.

Our UPS drivers had another busy week.
We received the JUMBO 1 3/8" wide Ric Rac in White, Aqua, & Chocolate Brown. The Pink I have ordered should be arriving shortly.
New project storage boxes in fun spring colors of pink and purple. These boxes are 12" x 12", great for keeping your quilt project/blocks organized.
Three new patterns from Pam's Piece by Piece arrived today. We have 3 of her quilts displayed in the shop. These patterns are wonderful for using fabric from your Fine Fabric Collection (FFC) aka stash.

For those of you doing the Applique Block of the Month from Bunny Hill, you will be glad to hear. 22 bolts of Aviary by 3 Sisters from Moda arrived today. It's loaded in the computer & on the shelf. These beautiful pastel fabrics won't last long, make sure you get what you need to complete those beautiful applique' blocks.

Two new books arrived today:

Big Blocks Easy Quilts;
Sixteen fabulous quilts with “layer cake” 10” x 10” squares.
This is a good book for any level of quilter.

One Line at a Time: from C&T Publishing
- 24 Geometric Machine-Quilting Designs Made Easy. Whether you want to quilt a simple overall pattern or a show-stopping design for a competition, you'll love the elegance of these continuous-line designs which include; cross-hatching, triangles, stars, clamshells, jigsaw puzzles, and more. Learn to use the author's innovative templates and the enclosed "Inchie Ruler Tape™"
The Inchie Ruler Tape is also in-stock.

We say farewell to one of our staff; Denise. She has left early this year to prepare her new home in Pinetop. We will miss having her in the shop on Mondays, but wish her and her spouse a "relaxing summer". Once all the boxes are unpacked.

For all of the winter residents that are heading North, we wish you safe travel, a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you "next season".
Thanks to all for sharing your passion, creativity and for your patronage.
I wonder what you will have planned for next season....

The Staff of A Quilter's Oasis

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Spring is in the air. The weather is fantastic. Plants are budding & flowers are blooming. This is a great time to spring into the shop & get started on a new project.
Don't have anything in mind? A class will help get you motivated.
Just scheduled!
Wednesday, April 8th at 10am.
Introduction to Machine Applique' with Sandy Davis 1 Session
In this beginner's how-to class, you'll lean techniques for fusible machine applique'. Topics include tools and supplies, preparing the applique' shapes, setting up your machine, and using blanket and zigzag stitches. Your flower & pot applique' will be put on a tea towel. Pattern is included in class fee.
Classes available for April 2nd - April 11th
Friday April 3rd- Quilt Labels with Lorene Holbrook 1 Session
Come and learn some fun techniques for making your own quilt labels.
Saturday April 4th - P3 Applique' with Linda Schoeppach 1 Session
This is a great time to learn this hand applique technique. Applique is a very portable project, easy to take with you on vacation or just sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather.
Monday April 6th- Pocket Parade Tote with Kathy Reynolds 1 Session
Come learn how to make one of Penny Sturges great bags. You can make this into a tote for any age or it makes a great diaper bag. Lots of pockets to keep you organized. This class does require pre-class cutting, so don't delay in signing up.
Tuesday April 7th- Keep Quilting with Sharon White 5 Sessions
Want to expand from beginner to intermediate? You'll learn lots of techniques while making a 6 block sampler. You will use the book Keep Quilting by Alex Anderson.
Thursday April 9th-Chubby Charm Tote with Linda Schoeppach 1 Session
This is another of Penny Sturges bags. This great big tote can be used as a carry-on, an overnight bag, beach bag, or a diaper bag. This tote uses 5 inch pre-cut squares, fusible fleece and lining fabric.
Pre-registration is required for classes.
Beautiful floral fabrics are arriving.

Swanky by Chez Moi for Moda

Beautiful watercolor prints in citrus colors.

We have Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & coordinating yardage.

This will make for a beautiful spring quilt, little girls garment, or that new spring hand bag.

Collections for a Cause:

Legacy by Howard Marcus for Moda
Legacy is what one leaves behind in an effort to enhance the care of future generations. The newest collection of reproduction prints from Howard Marcus is doing just that. The proceeds from Legacy go to help fund the research to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. In ivory, soft blues, chestnut and double pinks the next quilt you make could be as beautiful as it is charitable.
Yardage & Pre-cut packs available.

A's, Bees & Dandelion Seeds from Red Rooster.

Come in and see the sample quilt and pillow we have displayed.

Kits are available & contain a bonus pattern for a coordinating throw pillow.

Lily from Fabri-quilt.

This is a small line of fabrics that have a beautiful over-sized floral print. In bright sun shiny colors on a dark black background. With soft coordinating tonal prints in mint green & lavender.

For the kids:
Monsters in the Closet by Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek from RJR Fabrics
These monsters are so cute they won't scare you, they will make you smile even laugh.. Wonderful bright colors with fun coordinating prints and a line up of monsters on a border print stripe. A fun pattern for making the quilt also designed by Whistlepig Creek.
Kits will be available soon.

Ships AHOY! This one is especially good for young boys.

This is another great fabric line with pirate bears, buried treasure, maps, ocean waves, border print stripe. We put kits together for this quilt.
See you soon and Happy Quilting.
The Staff @ A Quilter's Oasis