Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Memories of Little Golden Books

Amanda made this quilt for her daughter Mandy. She used the soft book “Pokey Little Puppy”, cut the pages apart and set it with sashing to make the quilt.  Mandy by the way is in her ‘twenties’ and the Golden Book Pokey Little Puppy was one of her favorites!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Doing for Others. - Opportunities for Quilters - A Great Example

Beverly and Angela recently brought in 30 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer. 
Beverly works at Alston & Bird, a large Atlanta law firm and organized a sewing day at the firm’s office. She gathered fabric from her ‘stash’ and they were able to get 30 pillowcases sewn. She plans to try this again. IT’s a great project, we’re gathering pillowcases and reporting the numbers to American Patchwork and Quilting as they tally pillowcases to One Million. Have you made some? Bring them in anytime – we count them and turn them over to Conkerr Cancer, the Cobb Battered Women’s Shelter and other organizations.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Little Quilts Sorority Sisterhood!

One of our online sorority sisters sent us a this picture of the doll quilts she made. She was inspired by the project in one of the Little Quilts Sorority newsletters last year. She called it “Little Bricks”.  She made the blocks smaller.  Long distance show and tell.  AWESOME!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

One good deed...paid forward

We have a customer, Trish, who does not like to keep a stash (imagine that!) Every time she makes a quilt, she comes in and buys new fabrics, but whatever is left after the quilt is finished she either throws or gives away. Recently she brought in 2 large bags of scraps for us to dispose of. We let our customers dig through the bags and they bought their “treasure” for $5 a pound. We then donated all of the proceeds ($450!) to the YWCA for the Cobb County Battered Women’s Shelter. In addition, there were 2 completed quilt tops included in the bags that Trish didn’t like after they were finished so we sent those to our machine quilter who donated her quilting time to finish the quilts (see the picture) and we donated those to the YWCA where they will be auctioned off at their 2011 Tribute to Women of Achievement event in March.

We also sent the YWCA representatives home with 80 pillowcases for the shelter. These pillowcases were all made and donated by you, our customers, as part of the American Patchwork and Quilting Million Pillowcase Challenge. Way to go!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Little Quilts Original TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Applique Block of the Month

We are so excited with the finishing of our 12 Days of Christmas quilt.  Wanda, on the left, designed the patterns and Kathie on the right did the appliqué. We still have all the patterns and the kits for the blocks. It is never too late to start. Finishing kits are available for two different versions to finish the quilt, a Traditional setting and a Classic Baltimore Album style. You can view both versions and order the kits on our web site.

Visit our store to see the real thing.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Flowers for Gracie

Friday, Oct. 8th,  a group of rose gardeners and quilters stopped in Little Quilts on a mini road trip to area quilt shops while in Marietta for a National Rose Society Show. They learned all about the fast 10 minute table runner pattern done in a beautiful rose patterned fabric; and also had time to shop for other goodies.
Mary Ellen's neighbor Mary Alice brought her a vase of miniature roses as a thank you for hosting her little group.  Gracie Pearl, Mary Ellen's cat found the roses so beautiful, she stopped and did a double take.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More More Second Saturday Sampler Show and Tell

 Mary Ann loves to appliqué and this is her newest FINISHED project. All the blocks are needle-turn appliquéd and the quilt is hand quilted. What a show-piece!

Theresa finished this quilt for her husband and brought both of them in to show us. Theresa used a simple 9-patch block with alternate blocks from the Australian fabrics that are so popular now so it’s an easy quilt to make, but Theresa said it does require a good bit of concentration and a big design wall to make sure the colors in the 9-patch blocks are properly placed. Theresa’s husband, Jerry, is just glad the quilt is finished now that chilly weather has arrived!
Theresa used all her leftover Australian fabrics to piece the back of her quilt.  This really showcases the unique prints.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

More Show and Tell from Second Saturday Sampler Show and Tell

 Nicole liked this month’s Block of the Month so much she made 6 extra squares in red, white and blue to add to the border of this patriotic panel. What a great idea for a border!
 Rebecca is all ready for Halloween with the quilt top she just finished. The fabrics all feature spider webs and Rebecca set her bow tie blocks so they looked like a big spider web. She also found some spider web buttons that she used for embellishment. She’s going to hand quilt the project with – you guessed it! – spider webs!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Show and Tell from Second Saturday Sampler in October

 Christine is getting a head start on Christmas gifts. She made this table runner with matching potholders for her mother. She also brought in a collection of the cutest small wallets and credit card holders that we all fell in love with. No excuses for not being organized with these! Chris used the “Wonder Wallet” pattern by Lazy Girl.

 As you might be able to tell from her Show &Tell,  Doris loves wizards! We were all in awe of the wizard pillow she needle-punched. She made the little quilt from the pillow leftovers.


October Second Saturday Sampler Event Show and Tell

We had lots of great Show & Tell at Second Saturday Sampler October 9th morning. So many, that I will post a few each day for the next several days. 
Janice brought in this beautiful top in colors just perfect for the season. The pattern is “Color Bridge” by Backporch Designs.

Janice has been a busy quilter. She also brought in this great quilt that she made for Quilts Of Valor.

Monday, October 11, 2010

2010 Second Saturday Sampler Finishing Kits preview

For those of you who are starting to wonder what your Second Saturday Sampler quilts are going to look like, here’s a little preview.  This is just one block, but it shows the sashing and the border fabric.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  Kits will be available and you can order the kit from the website or stop by the shop and reserve your kit at any time, but fabrics are limited so don’t wait until the last minute!   Kits will be available in January.   (Go to the website to see a sketch of the complete setting layout).

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Whittier Crossing giveaway

Congratulations Rebecca of Waterloo Iowa.  You won!!!
this topic was very entertaining
Here is my entry in the weirdest costume category.  My Mom was a radical Women for the Republican Party, back in the day.  She denies it all and is a staunch Democrat now.  Anyway, she made a costume for my early elementary age brother,t o be an elephant with HUGE nerd glasses on to be a "Vote for Goldwater", walking poster.  No joke!
Kathy Niemann - Little Quilts

Show and Tell from california - Little Quilts Sorority member

This project was made by Dale Conley.  She adapted it from a 5" size block to a 2"size block.  She got the pattern as part of her Little Quilts Sorority (every other month) Newsletter in 2006.  There is no time limit on GREAT!  Thanks you to Dale for sending us a photo of her project.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I Spy...

Here is a wonderful I Spy quilt.  There a many blocks to keep the search challenging.  For anyone unfamiliar with an I Spy quilt, they consist of blocks that include fussy cut components to show an item that the maker can ask the admirer to find.
Here is Sally McDaniels' version of an I Spy Quilt using an Alphabet Panel. Some wee person will enjoy this one.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Primitive Rug, Quilt and Pillow Show and Tell

Paula Wexler has been a busy little quilter with some "bring a smile to your face" primitive projects.  She is letting us share them with you.  Here is Jack Sprat Pillow, a Sue Spargo wool applique pattern. It is a 20" pillow with a fancy buttoned back (also part of the pattern,  see the second picture).  We can order the pattern for you, if you like.

Primitive Hooked Rug - pumpkins and crows..see how happy Paula is that Fall is here?

Here is another picture of Paula Wexlar with a cute wall hanging of a witch from a pattern called The Witch Is In by Joined At The Hip (also available to order)


Saturday, October 02, 2010

Quilt Patterns from the Baltimore Applique Society

After an inspiring visit from Marylou McDonald, we were able to get our hands on two patterns designed by the Baltimore Applique Society.  They have access to antique quilts and have brought the patterns to you, along with a CD including pictures of the quilts and blocks. The Margaret Potts Quilt (1851-1858) has over 80 block designs.   The blocks were made by more than one person and are made special by wool and cotton embroidery, as well as inscriptions that are inked.  The quilt is documented as being so special that "during the war of the Rebellion, at the time the Rebs were making their first raid, this quilt and other valuables were buried in a copper kettle in the woods and covered with leaves."

Lady of Victory Quilt is an exquisite pattern in the Baltimore Album style.  These block patterns are found in other quilts from the period starting in 1846.  The Baltimore Battle Monument center block was included in quilts to honor those who died in the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812.  This could be a heirloom project of a lifetime!
Patterns are available in the shop or on the Little Quilts website.