Friday, September 19, 2014

Row by Row creativity

  Faye shared several of the rows she’s finished for her Row by Row Experience Shop Hop quilt. Two of the row patterns came from California shops. The hexie flowers and tulips row is from Little Quilts. Looks like it’s going to be a fun quilt!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

As you know, I've been reading the children's books written by Lucy Boston.  I was so excited to find a DVD, "From Time to Time" based on the second book, "The Chimneys of Green Knowe"  (or "The Treasures of Green Knowe" if you're reading the American version).  The movie was written and directed by Academy Award winner, Julian Fellowes, who was also the writer and producer of Downton Abbey.  The cast for the movie is superb, but my favorites were Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame.
The movie actually mixes parts of both of the first two books and is a haunting ghost story spanning two distinct worlds, two centuries apart - two distinct worlds linked by a single family and the house in which they live.  In the movie it is 1944 and 13 year old Tolly Oldknowe is sent to spend Christmas with his grandmother (played by Maggie Smith) while his mother searches for news of his father in wartime London. In the house, Tolly discovers he can mysteriously travel between time and he is witness to events during the Napoleonic wars eventually being slowly drawn into participating in the drama.
He's invisible to most people in the past, yet he's able to move among them and, so, is able to unravel a mystery of missing treasure that has bewildered the family for two centuries.
Even if ghosts and time travel don't seem to be your cup of tea, I would encourage you to watch this DVD.  It's more historic than science fiction and it's a fun story.  The costumes, the house and the scenery are fabulous, true to Julian Fellowes form!
The movie was filmed at Athelhampton in Dorset rather than at Hemingford Grey which is the ancient Manor house Lucy Boston lived in and based the books on, but the topiary and the statue of St. Michael are still in the movie.

My favorite parts of the movie were the scenes of Maggie Smith quilting.  Look at the close-up and you will see she was working on a Patchwork of the Crosses quilt!
The movie was produced in 2009, but wasn't available in the U.S. until 2010 (I think!).  It's still available on Amazon at a very reasonable price.  












Tuesday, September 16, 2014

School colors in a quilt. Rah Rah!

Diane made this fun quilt for her granddaughter who is a 4th year Biomed major at Georgia Tech.


 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

LQ angel fabric from awhile back..

Blast from the past - LQ fabric from "back in the day" in border by Joyce, for her granddaughter. 
 
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Together we can make a difference

For several years now, we have been a part of the American Patchwork & Quilting "One Million Pillowcases" challenge.  Customers make beautiful pillowcases in fun fabrics, drop them off here at Little Quilts, and we donate them to a local charity and log them in with American Patchwork and Quilting.  One of our customers brings several every month when she's here for  our Second Saturday Sampler  event.  Today, another customer, Kathy, donated TWENTY  pillowcases!


All of our pillowcases are donated to ConKerr Cancer and distributed to children in Atlanta with cancer or other serious illness.  As you can see, it's a case for smiles all around - a big smile from Kathy that comes from a generous donation, a big smile from all of us here at Little Quilts that we can be a part of such a great charity, and especially big smiles from all the children who receive the gift of a pillowcase.

So far, with your help, we're proud to report we've donated over 575 pillowcases to the challenge .  A big THANK YOU to all who have donated pillowcases - nobody has better customers than we do here at Little Quilts!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Side by Side Wonderful!



Sandy and Sherry stopped to show us their Di Ford mystery quilt they've been working on from Quiltmania magazine. It has two more rounds for the mystery. They are both stunning quilts!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Remember - We'll NEVER Forget

The terrorist attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001, had a profound effect on everyone, no matter what country she or he lived in.  People wanted to do something, but aside from making donations, they felt helpless due to the scope of the situation.

Many of you will remember getting an e-mail newsletter from us on Sept. 13, 2001, asking subscribers if they would like to make a little red/white/blue quilt to be sent to New York to be given to families of the firefighters, police officers, and emergency workers who were lost in the tragedy. Make it small, simple, and fast is all we asked.

The response was immediate and immense.  Within a month, over 2,300 quilts were sent in from almost every state, as well as several foreign countries!  It turned out to be a "hand's on" way for quilter's to pour out their feelings and thanks for the bravery of all those lost.  There was national coverage on television, articles in newspapers, 40 were on exhibit at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival, and a film crew documented the event for a future production.  Mary Ellen, herself, rode up in the bucket of a fire truck to take this picture of the quilts!


This week we heard from one of the women who sent a quilt.  She currently lives in Abu Dhabi, but was a member of the Prairie Star Quilter's Guild in St. Charles, IL, back in 2001, when her guild responded to our project.  She is currently serving as president of the Abu Dhabi Quilting Guild with 70-80 guild members from all over the world.  Since their guild meeting this month is today, Sept. 11, she wanted to share the picture of our store and all the quilts at the meeting.  Diana also sent a picture of the quilts donated by the Prairie Star Quilter's Guild back in 2011, before they were sent to us.


Diana said "It made us all feel like we could send a little love and best wishes to those whose lives would never be quite the same," and that pretty much sums up how we all felt.  
Oh, yes...we remember and we'll never forget!

To see more of the donated quilts, see the photo gallery in the "Patriotic Little Quilts" book available on our website.







Patchwork of the Crosses

Time for another block!  This is a fabulous block made almost totally from one great stripe fabric.



These are the two fabrics I used.  The stripe is from the "Cotton Club" collection by Red Crinoline. There are so many design options with this stripe it will be difficult to decide which is your favorite.


For my block, I cut across the strip horizontally instead of the more obvious vertical cuts.  I like the way the horizontal cutting created a lacy white circle in the center.
Cut the four center honeycombs using the usual fussy cutting techniques.  Cutting the corner units can be a little tricky because you need to make sure you have exactly the right amount of the white lace to complete the circle.  Here's a technique I found posted on Pinterest by fussy cutting expert Lisa Eagan from Australia.  It may help you with cutting this block.


As you can see, Lisa marks her template papers to help with the placement of the papers on the fabric.  I've also found that marking the acrylic template with a grease pencil will help with placement when cutting the fabric.
Have fun with this week's block and send us pictures of the blocks you create at littlequilts@mindspring.com

Click here to go to the beginning of this Blog Along.  It started on April 3, 2014, and posts every Thursday.

Check out our Pinterest board to see the great blocks being created by fellow Lucy Boston addicts.

Go to our website if you need to reorder honeycomb or square papers or glue refills.