Monday, April 23, 2012

Blog Break is OVER!

I must confess I have been taking a break from the blog. There is a new format so I get frustrated & quit. So tonight I'm diving in & hopefully this post will flow OK. If not.. then practice, practice, practice.
The blog may be lacking activity but we have been busy in the shop!
We have been making new samples, re-arranging samples, and moving fabric around to make room for deliveries. 
New fabrics, books, and patterns have been delivered by UPS, FedEx, and even received some fun things in the mail.

 Patterns from It's Sew Emma

Lunch in the Garden Pattern

 This place-mat was fun and went together so quick. With such a limited amount of time to quilt; I love a project that I can make in an evening. I chose some very cute cupcake fabric as the focus print & then the coordinating fabric looks like "frosting". 

Discover how easy it is to fuse and patch your strips and scraps to make whimsical appliqué designs. These eight sweet and simple appliqué projects are as charming to look at as they are fun to make!
Learn five different ways to make scrappy fabrics for appliqué designs: quilt patterns for quilters of all skill levels.

For those who enjoy traditional quilts with traditional applique designs; this new book is for you. There are 11 Beautiful traditional projects that combine reproduction fabrics with appliqué designs. Even beginners can create these cozy, antique-looking quilts.

Another great book from Kathy Brown "The Teacher's Pet". 
16 quick and easy projects for beginners to advanced quilters.
If you have a bit of fear choosing fabrics, these project need just 5 fabrics!

New Fabrics!!  

Vintage patriotic images, perfect for home decor or Quilts of Valor projects.

Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille
The pre-cuts have arrived & Moda announced that the fabrics will be shipping to the shop May 12th. 
Petite Odelie by French General
Pre-cuts of Charms, Jelly Rolls, & Layer Cakes are in stock.
Rich linen texture fabrics in red, gray, linen, & blue.
Fabrics should be shipping also around May 12th. 

Beaded Butterfly: Friday April 27th 
                     Using the Butterfly motif from Laurel Burch new collection. A variety of bead embroidery techniques will be added to the butterfly.
Machine Quilting Free Motion Basics: Saturday April 28th 
                     This class will focus on free-motion quilting on your home sewing machine using a darning foot with lowered feed dogs. You will learn how to get a consistent stitch length, mark patterns, practice easy designs, backgrounds and borders.
Intro to Fusible Machine Applique': Monday April 30th 
                     This beginner’s class will teach techniques for fusible machine appliqué, including tools, supplies, shape preparation, and stitching. 

Better post this before it gets way too long! 
I can't promise but will try to blog more frequently. 
I will be going to Quilt Market in Kansas City in May to check out what's new! I'm sure I will have lots to report when I get back. 

Happy Quilting!