Thursday, May 21, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

One of the fun things to do in Paducah during the AQS Quilt Show is to visit the Rotary where there is always a special exhibit of quilts, an exhibit of the Hofmann challenge quilts, and, of course, more vendors!  This year, the special exhibit featured Hexagon quilts from the collection of Mary Kerr. None of the quilts displayed were Lucy Boston quilts, but I thought you might enjoy seeing them anyway.
Some of the quilts were very old and fragile, but, they were really, the "stars" of the exhibit.
Often times, in days past, a quilter would display her prized quilt as a back drop for a family picture.  
I thought this vintage quilt was special because I've never seen this setting before in a hexagon quilt. Don't the chevrons give the quilt an interesting look?
This was a fairly large quilt done with small hexies - lots of work in this one!

This old quilt was in very good condition for it's age.  As you can see, it was constructed in 1842.  All four borders were the same with the embroidered initials and date.  It's great to see such an old quilt that has been so well preserved.
This was one of my favorites.  Imagine the amount of work that went into piecing all those stars!
Of course, the nice thing about hexagons is the unlimited number of patterns you can design.  While we tend to think of Grandmother's Flower Gardern patterns first, diamond patterns were also very popular.
This was an example of an older quilt with flower rosettes, but pieced into a diamond setting.
I was really amazed that so many of the old quilts were made with really small hexagon shapes making the designs look very intricate.  They almost made my 1" honeycomb shapes seem "jumbo"!

What a fun exhibit!  My mind is just over-whelmed with the unending possibilities with English paper piecing.  I see more new projects in my future!

We have an extensive seclection of English Paper Piecing supplies.  Check out our website to order.  If you don't see the size of templates and papers you need, just call us and we'll get them for you.

Check our Pinterest Board to see pictures of the lovely Lucy Boston blocks sent in by our customers.

Check out Inklingo if you prefer to hand piece your hexagons without using the paper templates.  Inklingo will print out cutting and stitching lines on your fabric using your computer printer.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wool Hooked Rug Extravaganza

The 2nd Friday of every month  'wool lovers' gather to work on their wool projects. Deborah shared her Adam and Eve hooked rug and June showed the sheep hooked rug she's working on. Knitters, wool appliqué lovers, even rug braiders, meet in the class room for a morning of fun stitching.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Quilt Market reunion

One of the best parts of Market is reuniting with quilt buddies you have known and loved for years.  I am sure the conversation amongst these quilt designing, shop owning veterans was not to be missed.
Mary Ellen had dinner with Connie and Mary of Country Threads & Janet Nesbitt of One Sister Designs (formerly Buggy Barn) at Quilt Market in Minneapolis - they had a great time reminiscing! 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Calling all Sunbonnet Sue lovers...

Yoshiko and her friend brought in her Sunbonnet Sue blocks she's working on. She's adding sweet embroidery stitches. We have a great assortment of feedsack and 1930's and 40's fabrics.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

A new block for May:
I love the way this stripe creates a  radiating pattern around the center.
The fabrics I used for this block:
  Have fun stitching!

Check our website to order additional supplies.

We are continually adding new Lucy Boston blocks to our Pinterest Board.  Check it regularly for new ideas.

Don't forget to check out Inklingo if you prefer hand piecing your blocks rather than English Paper Piecing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We're in the Magazine!

We hope you all had a chance to enjoy the Blog Tour of Designers with quilt blocks featured in the new "Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Volume 11" magazine.  If you weren't able to participate, you might like to check out the following series of videos that will give you a "mini-tour" through the magazine.  If you're looking for a specific style of block for your next quilt, some of the blocks have been categorized by style to make it easier to find the blocks you'd be interested in.  The Designer Gallery link will give you ideas on how others have turned the blocks into little quilts.  Hope you enjoy the videos and find just the block or quilt design you're looking for!
This is our featured block.  It's a combination of piecing and wool applique.  You will see it in the Mixed Techniques or Applique videos.
Click the links below to view the wonderful block designs in the magazine!
Full issue preview
Pieced Blocks
Foundation Blocks
Mixed Techniques
Applique Blocks
Designer Quilt Gallery
We still have a few copies of the issue left - call the shop if you'd like to order a copy!

May Day Show and Tell - Part 1. Hold Me Back...

 Eloise designed her own sweet star quilt.  What a great way to personalize a special quilt!  Eloise used the Moda Letters Booklet to add Clara’s name to the back of the quilt.

  Judy used T-shirts from past family reunions to make a very special family quilt
Pam made star sampler blocks in batiks for her quilt and then made it extra-special with a star border!
Patricia used her Second Saturday Sampler blocks from 2014 and Muriel’s setting pattern, but designed her own outer border for this beauty. Now don't you wish you can last year? Well, we can't go back but there is still time to get in on this year Sampler blocks. Put June 13 (sometime between 9:30 and 11) on you calendar and ask us how to get started.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Neutral Chain

LQ staff member Tricia just finished this double Irish Chain quilt as a wedding gift for a family member. She used beautiful greys which are very popular in decorating today. What a great gift.....sure to be timeless and enjoyed!