Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sue Spargo Atlanta Visit - wrap up

We enjoyed having Sue Spargo in town! Mary Ellen was lucky enough to get into one of her classes and this is her class project so far. She had so much fun embellishing that she has plans for a lot more! Use any bits and pieces of trims you have at home, or stop by the shop and check out the Sue Spargo trims we have available if you’d like to try this project yourself.  Picture in previous blog post.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mystery Quilt Show and Tell

Alysia joined a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt project and this is the stunning result. The mystery pattern is named Roll, Roll Cotton Boll and includes 600 Half-Square Triangles. Good thing it was offered as a mystery quilt – no one would have tackled that many Half-Square Triangles otherwise, right?! What a great quilt, Alysia!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pixels and Quilts

We were blown away by this quilt made up of tiny little squares. Jane made it for her granddaughter, Lexi. What an accomplishment!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Last Call for Friendship Strip Swap

How long would it take you to raid your stash and cut a 2 1/2" strip from forty two fabrics?  FOREVER! and what a mess.  How long would it take you to cut 42 2 1/2" strips from a 3 yard piece of current reproduction style fabric?  Less than 30 minutes, no mess.  If you participate in the Little Quilts Reproduction fabric Friendship Strip Swap, that is exactly what you will get.  Strips are due in by Friday June 24th.  You can do as many sets of 42 as you like.  You can swap them yourself on Tues. June 28th at the swap party, drop in between 10AM and 8PM or let us know you need us to swap them for you.  It is a do-it-yourself jelly roll.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sue Spargo visiting Marietta

Sue Spargo will be an instructor and offering a lecture to the East Cobb Quilt guild this coming Thursday night, June 23 (evening meeting) and Friday June 24(day meeting). Details about times and place can be found at Guests are welcome for $5. Don't miss out. We have all manner of Sue's books and the type of trims she uses to embellish her work to give it her signature style. On the table, as you enter the store, we have collected these great items. Books, and linen rick rack (how cool!) as well as trim with embroidered colorful designs on them. Don't miss this great person and teacher, if you are local. She has teaching engagements booked through 2013!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hand-Piecing at its Best!

These beautiful blocks were hand pieced by one of our customers, Kathleen. She used Cindy Blackburg’s Mariner’s Compass stamps and Jo Morton fabrics. Hand piecing allows perfect accuracy in your stitching so that even complicated blocks like these come out perfect every time. And, if you’re not convinced about hand piecing, it only improves your hand quilting technique! We have a great hand piecing class if you’d like to give it a try.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Antique Two Color Quilt

 Staff Member, Linda Rice, brought in this quilt that she brought back from her family home in Maine. Beautifully done in pinks and in excellent condition, it’s an album quilt, circa 1853. What a treasure!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Day Apron

Lynda has made a precious apron from the Indygo Junction pattern "All Day Apron".  Such an appropriate name.  She looks adorable.
Then we check her accessories.  Oh goodness.  She has on beaded Sunbonnet Sue and Bill.  One of a kind.  Wish the picture was better.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blue Star Service Quilts - Panels Available

Blue star service quilts were introduced in WWI as a symbol of a child in the service and the tradition continues today! One of our staff members, Amanda, stitched two of these panels to honor her father-in-law who served in the Army and her husband who served in the Navy. They were both 19 years old in these pictures!   Karen, another staff member, stitched the panels in honor of her son Timothy who is serving in Afghanistan. Customer, Sue, made in honor of her son, Tyler, who is an Air Force pilot also serving in Afghanistan. Sue’s quilt is actually a “button” quilt which will allow her to change out the center panel and hang other seasonal panels making this a quilt for all seasons, but not until Tyler returns home safely!
If you’d like to make a blue star quilt, stop by the shop and pick up a panel which features the stars and the text for all the branches of service and we’ll give you a free “Light in the Window” pattern to make wall hangings like Karen’s. What a great way to honor loved ones serving on active military duty!

By Amanda
Karen's Quilts - pattern available
Sue's Creative Quilts

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Blended quilt - show and tell

One of the four FINISHED (!) quilts Carol Ann brought in to show us. We love the blended look of this quilt and finished is SO GOOD!

Friday, June 03, 2011

Little Quilts - the place for swaps!

Look what a great job Anne did with her Bow Tie blocks from the Bow Tie exchange we did several months ago. Love that border!

New Little Quilts Swap - Friendship Strips

Buy three yards of a reproduction style fabric from Little Quilts.  Cut it into 2 1/2" strips.  Bring 42 strips (you may get 43, then keep one) back to Little Quilts by June 24th.  For each set of strips turned in, you will receive a ticket for the swap party, to be held 10AM - 8PM on Tues. June 28.  At that time you will collect forty two 2 1/2" strips, assorted, for each ticket you have.  Perfect for making scrap quilt projects.  You can make projects from any pattern designed for jelly rolls.  Laundry Basket Quilts has published a book called Friendship Strips and Scraps.  Most projects in this book use 1" or 1 1/4" strips.  You can cut your 2 1/2" strips in half and get 2 for one!  Here is a quilt, for inspiration from the book  We have it on display in the store now.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

June Sweet Sixteen Applique Block

This is the fifth block of our Applique Block of the Month program.  Ahhh! lovely as usual.
If you are wishing you had signed up, you can still order the pattern and the last five months worth of kits to get on track.  The blocks get prettier and prettier.