Monday, July 21, 2014

OH MY GOODNESS!

This commissioned quilt was beautifully pieced and hand quilted by Pat who gave Mary Ellen all the credit for selecting the fabrics for the quilt! It turned out to be one of Pat’s favorites and she wished she could keep it for herself.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A reason to quilt more

For those of you who are worried you're spending too much time quilting, or, maybe your family is complaining because there's no dinner on the table...
here's scientific proof that maybe you should be quilting more!
Click here to check out a recent NPR report on a scientific study that used quilting in its research to determine the best ways to prevent memory loss.  Quilting was one of the top success groups!  Are we surprised by that?

Patchwork of the Crosses

It's time to get back to stitching.  Here is Block 7:


And, here are the fabrics I started with:
Can you see where I cut to get my center design?  If you're having trouble, focus on the little pink diamonds and locate them on the fabric.  There are so many ways to use this stripe fabric - I can't wait to see the blocks you create!

Let us know how you're doing with your blocks - post your comments below.

Just a reminder, new fabric packs are available for pick-up in the shop.  If we're shipping them to you, they've been mailed and you should have them soon.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

And the winner is...


Congratulations to Barb who was the first person to bring in a finished quilt to Little Quilts for the Row by Row Experience Shop Hop.  For her quilt, Barb selected her eight favorite row patterns from all the shops she visited in Georgia and Tennessee, and then came up with this cute setting idea.  
 
As the winner, Barb got to pick twenty-five fat quarters for her prize.  From the looks of what she picked, I'd say her next quilt is going to be blue and white!  Congratulations, Barb!

We hope all of you are visiting lots of fun new shops during this Row by Row Experience Shop Hop.  It's been exciting for us to see visitors from many different states

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A work of art


Store manager and Baltimore Album Applique teacher, Wanda Hizer (on the left) finished hand appliqueing this gorgeous 92" square quilt top several years ago and recently had it machine quilted by Michelle Wyman (on the right).  Michelle quilted around all the individual applique pieces and finished the center with cross hatching.  

The outer border was quilted with a beautiful feather scroll design.  The wool batting gives the quilting a trapunto look.  The applique pattern is 'Mrs. Brown's Quilt' by Terry Clothier Thompson.

Monday, July 14, 2014

More of the Simple Whatnots starting in August

More of the Kim Diehl Simple Whatnots Club

Meandering 
Here is one of the quilts in the Simple Whatnots collection

This is the Meandering quilt.  Beautiful scrappy quilt with easy square in square surrounded by four patches.  Just looks yummy with all the wonderful scraps.











Another quilt in the Simple Whatnots collection is  the Laundry Day quilt.

Laundry Day
Love this pattern with the wonderful star in the center of the quilt and the pieced border.  This will look beautiful for any table setting or wall hanging.

Remember to sign up on line or come see us in the store.

Can't wait for this one to start.





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Saturday, July 12, 2014

What it's all about


When Ann, a long-time member of Little Quilt's Prairie Women Sewing Circle, passed away recently, her husband brought in the last quilt she had been hand quilting and asked if we could finish it for him. So, we hosted an old-time quilting bee!   All Ann's friends from the Prairie Women club spent the day finishing the quilt and sharing memories of Ann.  There's one thing we knew for certain - Ann would have loved the idea of a quilting bee!  Everyone was so happy to be able to finish the quilt for such a dear friend and we know her family will enjoy the "warm hugs" from Ann they receive every time they use the quilt.  Ann's husband will be taking the finished quilt to North Carolina where he's moving to be closer to family.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Overwhelmed by Scraps?

Are you becoming overwhelmed with the amount of fabric in your scrap bag?  Mary Ann joined the Scraps Of Life Club here at Little Quilts in January and finished this stunning king size quilt in July! 
Everything except the sashing and outer border came from her scrap bag and Mary Ann said she noticed a significant reduction in her scraps when it was finished!  The quilt will go to her sister whose entire house and everything in it was lost in a fire last year.
The quilt uses strips of fabrics and a strip set method of construction.  When you make the blocks, there are pieces of the strip sets left over.  
Not wanting to put any scraps back INTO the scrap bag, Mary Ann used all the leftovers to make this smaller lap quilt or wall hanging. 

The Scraps of Life class focuses on using even the smallest amounts of scraps in your stash.  The blocks are all simple to construct, but the projects are fun and challenging in their settings.  This summer the group is working with baby Bow Tie blocks.  A new project using Four-Patch blocks will be starting in September.  Think about joining the group to trim your scrap bag!