Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quick Piecing tricks - show and tell....

Double Wedding Ring made by Sherry. She used the preprinted fusible interfacing from Quiltsmart to make the quilt. 

 Faye completed a quilt using the blocks from our Buck-A-Block program. She made a really cute pieced back and machine quilted the quilt herself. She fell in love with Thangles after making this quilt and bought more while she was here to make a table topper for her next project.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cheery Tabletopper

We loved the simple, artsy table topper that Laura shared. She used leftover Kaffe Fassett striped fabrics and a bag of wool circles from Little Quilts for a great, contemporary look. Love those mitered corners!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Time for an easy block!  I love the William Morris look of this one.

 The fabrics I used are shown below.  There are lots of ways to cut the fabric to get a different look.

I thought you might like to see some of the blocks one of our customers brought in to show us.  She's using all the pinks and browns from her stash to make her blocks and is using a variety of shirting prints for her backgrounds.  She has about 35 blocks completed and they were lovely.
I think Lucy Boston would be so excited to see all of our variations of her quilt!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Precuts...big time savers

Jane finished putting the binding on the table topper she finished in our Charm School class. This was a great quilt-as-you-go project that was so quick and easy the students were able to finish it before they went home!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

If one is good, two are better...

Susan stopped by to select fabric for another purse. Her “winter” purse, pictured is made from the “Mini Bow Tucks” pattern by Quilts Illustrated.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Very Mysterious...

“M is for Mystery” is a block of the month mystery quilt that began in January of 2014. The participants just received their last packet in December. What a surprise when Diana came in last week with this quilt top completed and it is a huge quilt, something like 120” long. This is what you can accomplish if you keep up every month! A fantastic job, Diane!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

The holidays gave me a little time to catch up on my reading, so I was able to read the fourth book in the Green Knowe series by Lucy Boston, "A Stranger At Green Knowe."  It was very different from the other books in the series with a very unusual start.

In this book, the Chinese refugee boy from the last book, Ping, returns to Green Knowe to stay with Mrs. Oldknow. During a visit to a zoo in London prior to his arrival, he was fascinated by the giant gorilla, Hanno... as a refugee living in an orphanage, he seemed to develop a special sad bond with the caged animal.  When Hanno escaped from the zoo and made his way to Green Knowe, Ping secretly befriended him.  Obviously, England doesn't have a lot of gorilla hangouts, so the thickets and overgrown gardens at Green Knowe were an obvious hiding place for the gorilla and the story develops around Ping's efforts to keep the gorilla free while trying to keep him fed.  The early chapters of the book detail Hanno's life as a young gorilla in Africa and the trauma and cruelty of his capture.  It's a very odd and different start from the rest of the books, but is handled very compassionately. 
The book struck me as a very personal statement and almost a comparison by Lucy Boston about the tragedy of life in a zoo for animals and life in an orphanage for children. I found it to be a great book - fun in some ways, very thought provoking, and sad, as well.
The book was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1961, and  has been considered by some as the greatest animal story in English children's literature.                                                                                                                                     
Have any of you been reading this series of books?  I'm able to find the entire series in my library, but the books are also available at a reasonable price on Amazon.  Let me know how you like them!

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