Sunday, January 31, 2010

Time for some more Show & Tell!

Here are some of the great quilts we've seen from some of our customers...

Customer Esther Hogan stopped by to show us these two beautiful quilts.
Chock Full of Charms

Jewel Box

We loved this charming, cheery basket quilt that Susan Crooks brought in to show us. What a fun quilt top to work on!

Sara Brown showed us her beautiful Storm At Sea quilt that she made. She started it in Debbie Prah’s paper piecing class. Debbie is on our teaching staff and is always willing to share her knowledge of foundation piecing for mini as well as traditional size quilt blocks. Sara used her stash of batiks for this stunning queen size quilt. For perfect points every time….try one of Debbie’s classes

Jill Olander brought in this darling quilt. Jill has not quilted in 14 years, but happened to be in the shop last week-end when Trish Wys brought her quilt in to show. Jill loved the quilt, bought the Snow Ball Quilts book, picked out fabrics, sewed the quilt up in a week and was back on Saturday to buy border fabric and backing! She plans to hand quilt the quilt for a lucky new grand-daughter. She's so excited to be back quilting that she bought more fabrics to make another quilt! If you haven't been in the shop to see the trunk show from the book "Snow Ball Quilts", stop by soon -- the quilts will be here for a few more days. With just a few simple blocks, you can make a fantastic quilt in no time!

Diane Nickels shared this cute idea with us. She made a Christmas tree quilt to display her large collection of Christmas pins. What a great way to enjoy all those beautiful pins!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quick and Easy Gift Idea

Customer Cornelia Mynhardt makes towels for friends in South Africa and England. They make great gifts for international shipping as they mail flat in a Priority envelope.  All you need is a dish towel, some cute fabric and ric-rac... that's it!  In about 5 minutes you've got an adorable towel that will make any kitchen smile!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bird Brain Trunk Show

You have to stop by the shop and check out the trunk show from Bird Brain! The redwork designs are perfect for your favorite Valentine! The wool pincushions are quick and easy projects that will have you thinking spring in no time!  Speaking of pincushions... we hope you all had the chance to see our fun pincushions from the Christmas Exchange!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts!

Stop by the shop to see this stunner by master piecer and staff member, Amanda Smallwood. The pattern is "Vintage Moments" by Marsha McCloskey, but Amanda's use of scrappy reproduction fabrics makes the quilt look totally different than the pattern. The quilt was custom quilted by Shannon Baker.

And here are a couple show-n-tells that we've
had in the store lately...

Customer Sandy Reynolds brought in this finished top to be quilted. Pattern is the "Scrappy Nines" by Silver Thimbles. We love the quilt done in blacks and tans!

If you need a quick and easy baby quilt, this is it! Customer Trish Wys made this cute quilt from a pattern in the "Snowball Quilts" book by Tammy Kelly. With just a few snowball blocks and twelve nine-patch blocks, even beginners can have this quilt finished in a week-end.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Have a Heart ~ Make a Difference Day

American Patchwork & Quilting is challenging quilters to join their efforts to Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference. Every pillowcase can make a difference in your community... A pillowcase can provide comfort for a cancer patient, hope for a foster child, encouragement for a battered woman, or beauty for a nursing home resident.

We will be stitching pillowcases for charity as part of the American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcases initiative.

On February 11th we are inviting you to come to the store and sew pillowcases for charity.  We will be offering a free class, free patterns, store discounts, food and extended shop hours .

We will take the pillowcases to various charities in our area such as battered women's shelters, agencies that manage children in foster care and possibly even sending some overseas to our men and women in the military.

There are several ways you can participate on our Make A Difference Day on February 11th:
1. You can come to the store and sew pillowcases in the classroom.
2. You can purchase fabric at the store and we will send it down to our quilters in the classroom to make into pillowcases.
3. If you live out of state, we invite you to make your own pillowcases and mail them to Little Quilts 1450-C Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30062 and please mark the envelope with "One Million Pillowcases."
4. Consider getting together with your quilt guilds and stitch-ins and having a "pillowcase sew-in."  You can mail the pillowcases to Little Quilts.

This will be an ongoing project thorought 2010 and we will have more details soon......

Monday, January 11, 2010

Circuit Rider Quilt

Here is one version of the Circuit Rider Quilt, setting in progress!  Dottie's Circuit Rider Quilt is done using fabric,  She is doing invisible machine applique for the vines and sashing and has selected a floral print for the border... more pictures are coming soon!

Mary Ellen is doing her Circuit Rider Quilt in wool.  It measures 46x58.  The border fabric she used is available.  Mary Ellen did this one with a button-hole stitch and used hand dyed wool for the flowers.

"The Circuit Rider's Quilt" By: Jenifer Dick
This early album style quilt pays homage to Reverend George G. Warvel of Eastern Ohio, an early circuit rider. In appreciation of his efforts women from his circuit joined together in 1862 to make a presentation quilt for him when he relocated. The original quilt, now housed at the Art Institute of Chicago, includes 42 appliqued blocks, each lovingly inscribed by the maker.

This is a drawing from EQ6 of the finished Circuit Rider Quilt.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Towel of the month

This year at Little Quilts, we're offering a towel of the month kit.  Each kit comes with a kitchen towel, fabric and ric rac for $8.95.  This is a super fast and easy project that can spruce up your kitchen or you can make one for a friend!  Now you can have a towel to display for each month and season!  Stop by the store to pick up your towel kit, call 770-578-6727 or email us and we can ship one to you!

January Towel Kits

Pin Cushions Galore!

Every year at the Little Quilts Christmas party, we do an exchange... this year was pin cushions!  We had a ball opening them and looking at the adorable and creative pin cushions!  Who knew there were so many different ways to make a pin cushion?  There were pin cushions made of fabric and pin cushions made with wool...  There were pin cushions with applique, pin cushions with ric rac and even one with exquisite hand embroidery work!  There was even a pin cushion black crow! We're not sure which was more fun, making them or exchanging them?!  Swing by the store to see some of these in person; they'll be on display for a short time!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

And the winner is.......

CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy T. from Wisconsin!!!  She won the autographed copy of "Little Memories" by Little Quilts!

Check back soon for another Give Away!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Saturday Sampler Finishing Kits

Thirties Feedsack $34.95

60 1/2 x 73 1/2
Sample made by Karen Mowery
Kit available with green sashing, binding and white borders

Reflections - Oriental Fabrics $46.95

48 1/2 x 71 3/8
Sample made by Amanda Smallwood
Kit available for stripy centers and borders (the binding is not included)

~ Limited Kits available for Reflections ~

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Come on In..... Little Quilts in Pictures

With the New Year comes a New Look for Little Quilts!  We still have all the fabrics, gifts and project ideas you need.  Some of our readers do not live in Georgia and we want them to be able to enjoy the shop as well.  So hopefully, this photo tour will take you on a virtual tour inside our shop.  And, if you're ever in Marietta, please stop in and see it all for yourself!  Enjoy.....

Oh, and by the way.... we're also GIVING AWAY an autographed copy of Little Quilts' booklet "Little Memories."  Here's how you enter for a chance to win:
1. Find the booklet "Little Memories" in one of these pictures (Look carefully!)
2. Click this link to email Laura and tell her what picture it is in.
That's it!  The contest is open from today until Saturday evening at 6pm.  The winner will be notified by email.  Good luck and enjoy the photo tour!

Welcome to Little Quilts!
Take a walk through the store and feel free to leave comments or questions along the way.

Here is the register at the front of the store.  You'll also see our class calendar behind the table.  Be sure and check our website for our class schedule.  Let's keep shopping.....

This is where our "wool" fans can find the supplies they need for rug hooking and felting.

We also have a lot of great Needle Punch project ideas.  Needle Punch is so fun and simple to learn!

We like to showcase new lines of fabric here on the bench by our cutting table.

Here is our selection of very colorful Oriental fabrics.

Little Quilts Crayon Box...



More Blue and some Purple and Pink...

More Pink and some Red...

Orange and Yellow...

Cream and Brown...



Shirtings, more Creams and Whites...

Here are some of our Reproductions and Shirtings...

More reproductions like Jo Morton, Bonnie Blue and Civil War collections...

Still more Reproductions...

Valentine's is just around the corner!  Here are some great Valentine collections and project ideas.

More hearts, pinks and reds for Valentine's Day projects.

At our Little Quilts Christmas party this year, we all exchanged pin cushions so we thought it would be nice to share some cute pin cushion samples, designs and patterns with you!

We always have a selection of Americana fabrics.  God Bless America!

Little Quilts has a large selection of Feedsacks.  Here is where we feature our own Little Quilts collection as well as many others in pinks, blues, yellows, greens, oranges, purples and browns.  Feedsacks are so versatile and all work so well together.

We've got a rainbow of Batik's that also work so well together for any project!  We have two fabulous Trunk Shows right now featuring some great quilts and wall hangings done with Batiks.
~ We have quilts on display from "Snowball Quilt" and "Quiltastic Curves" by Tammy Kelly ~

Here you'll find fabrics by Kaffe Fassett and other designers like him.  These all feature rich colors and beautiful patterns that are so versatile and work so well together.

Our Applique corner features samples, bundles, kits and patterns.  We also have a large selection of Applique books featured throghout the store.

We feature a large selction of Amy Butler, Heather Bailey and Michael Miller fabrics.  We also carry Amy Butler patterns for clothing, purses and totes.

Here is our selection of Baby prints and pretty pastels. 

"Tanyard Creek" by Little Quilts.  We have bundles, fat quarters and kits available.

Our Sale Section

Here is our sale table.  We also have a large selction of fabrics marked down and as new bolts come in, we have to make room for them so whenever you're in the store, be sure and see what's made it back to the sale section sicne your last visit!

Class Samples

With so many classes offerred at Little Quilts this wall is always changing!  Here is where we feature samples from Class Descriptions so you can see what you'll be learning!  Our Class Schedule is listed on our website and also in our newsletter.  Click here if you'd like to be added to our Email Newsletter Mailing List.

Thanks for "stopping by!"  We hope you will come in and see us if you're ever in the area!

Did you find the "Little memories" booklet?  Don't forget to Email Laura and tell her what picture you found it in so you can be entered in the drawing!