Sunday, September 21, 2014

Show and Tell Second Saturday Sampler - Part 1

  Melissa finished a “Penguins On Ice” Advent calendar from one of our kits. Finished in plenty of time for Christmas!
  One of our new quilters, Sarah, finished the cutest quilt top for her cousin’s baby. Love the bright contemporary colors!
This is what this month’s Second Saturday Sampler block was supposed to look like. This is what happens when some of the blocks get sewn in backwards! It’s still a great block, but doesn’t even begin to look like the original block!


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!