Saturday, April 18, 2015

Life is like a box of chocolates

Chocolate boxes for Judy's daughter - a real 'Choco - holic!!! Made from a charm pack of chocolate fabrics!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

A new block with another great stripe.  This block is a different way to use a stripe.
All the honeycombs are cut from the stripe except for the four inner corners.  It's great practice in cutting honeycombs on an angle and a reverse angle!  
These are the fabrics I used for this block:

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

March Second Saturday Show and Tell

What a beautiful day it was on Saturday to enjoy each others company with sunshine on our faces and to make the show and tell quilts look stunning.

Ali finished her Second Saturday quilt from 2014.  She used Muriel’s setting with her reproduction blocks, but turned one of the sections of the block frame settings around and ended up with the stars.  What a great idea!



Colleen finished her quilt from the Hunter’s Star class here at Little Quilts – all that’s left is to finish the binding and it will be ready for the East Cobb Quilt Show in June!  She decided to make the quilt for good friends who love hunting, the beach, and the great outdoors so she wanted colors that reflected nature’s beauty.  Beautiful!


 Jan finished her Second Saturday Sampler blocks in a simple setting, but set off with multiple borders.  Love the border fabrics she chose!


The ME Bee (Monday Evening quilters) completed this patriotic beauty and are donating it the Dobbin’s Air National Reserve for their auction this spring.  Perfect quilt for the upcoming patriotic holidays!
Jan finished two great quilts.  The first quilt was so unique!  Sandy used one fabric, but fussy cut four squares to make the block centers giving each block a different kaleidoscopic look.  So easy to do and so effective!


Jan used a pattern from Butterfly Threads Quilting by Dianne Knott for the second quilt.  I love the way bright colors sparkle on a black background.
 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Wool Applique - 4 part Block of the Month

The flannels and wools have just arrived for Bertie’s Spring.  Our version of the wall hanging features wool appliqué on a flannel background.  So cheery for Spring!  This four-month Block of the Month begins in May – sign up by calling the shop or by ordering on our website. 



Sunday, April 12, 2015

More Show and Tell from the March Bulloch Hall Quilt Show

Quilts made by staff members and owner of Little Quilts.

Mary Ellen's Lemoyne Star quilt made for the 25th Anniversary of Judie Rothermel fabrics. 25 stars for 25 years.
Janice's (on left)  Second Saturday Red and Brown Alternate Sampler from 2013
Linda W's (on right) UGA Music quilt made for twin sons using the 'Just Can't Cut It' pattern.
Janice's Round Robin quilt she did with her bee group.
 



Friday, April 10, 2015

What Are you Doing Tomorrow - Saturday April 11?

We will be offering our Second Saturday Sampler event from 9:30AM - 11AM.  You will make a block a month, complete with instructions and fabric.

Here is a finale showing of some of the quilts made using the blocks rom the 2014 version, as displayed at the Bulloch Hall Quilt Show last month.

Wanda H's 2014 Second Saturday Sampler
Muriel's 2014 Second Saturday Modern Alternate Sampler
Muriel's 2013 Second Saturday Black and White Alternate Sampler
Linda W's 2014 Second Saturday Red-Gold-Blue Alternate Sampler
Come back on Sunday for more photos from the quilt show.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses




I’ve been trying, rather unsuccessfully, to pace myself on reading the series of children’s books authored by Lucy Boston.  I tend to read books I really like too fast and I’m always disappointed when they’re finished!  In spite of all my rationing efforts, I finished reading the fifth book in the series, “An Enemy At Green Knowe”, last week.  Each of the books is so different it’s hard to resist seeing which direction Lucy Boston will head off in next.
You can just see the reflection of Lucy’s love for her surroundings and her home’s imagined history in all of her books.  I think you’ll love the enchanting way house, garden, and statuary become characters as important as the people!   All old houses, over time, gather some sort of magic, and none more so than Green Knowe.  Green Knowe is the old house, founded in Norman times, that turns into a refuge for ghosts, time travelers and gorillas alike in Lucy’s books.
In "An Enemy At Green Knowe" both Tolly and Ping are staying at the manor.  Mrs. Oldknow tells them the story of Doctor Vogel, a tutor and magician who came to a diabolical end at Green Knowe centuries before. The next day, Professor Melanie D. Powers appears, hunting for Vogel's occult papers.  Professor Powers' interest is far from academic, however, and a mounting confrontation between the holy magic of Green Knowe and the forces of Evil, represented by Melanie Powers, commences. Spells, potions, secret languages written on bat’s wings, cobwebs, black cats, snakes – it’s all in the story, but you’ll have to read the book to see how creatively Tolly and Ping thwart the evil!
With the introduction of witchcraft, this book takes a decidedly darker turn than previous novels in the series.  For me, that wasn’t a negative -there are certainly places where you hold your breath with anticipation - Dr Powers is genuinely scary - but the frightening episodes are over quite quickly, and not drawn out in a disturbing way for children.  There are minor victories all through the book, allowing for bedtime readings which see Tolly and Ping secure within the walls of Green Knowe for another night, at least.
Peter Boston's illustrations are an essential part of the Green Knowe books - done on scraperboard, they are rather hard to reproduce here, but, in the books, the intricacy of the drawings makes you want to study the detail. They provide the perfect reflection of the delicacy with which the stories are told, and their deep sense of magic and history.