Monday, December 31, 2012

One of a Kind...

...Please set aside 50 minutes to revel in the hobby you have near and dear to your heart to enjoy this video of the 2012 Quilt Legend of the Year.  You will be blessed to see amazing quilts at the American Quilt Museum, appreciation for Meredith Schroeder, the co-founder of the museum and the publisher (retired) of The American Quilter Magazine.  She is a precious quilt world treasure.

I (Kathy Niemann) have had the honor of working for the magazine and have held my head high because I know Meredith is all about quality and honoring the modern quilter. 
I know the AQS show and the magazine has changed the world of quilting forever.
Little Quilts has been a vendor at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show  for  over 25 years.  Each year is more fantastic than the previous year and we would not think of missing it.  If you have not gone, you must add this show to your "bucket list" and why wait?  2013 show dates are...
April 24 – 27, 2013 and more details are at

The world had "famous quilters" and I am not sure there would be such a thing without Meredith. 
The video also tells the story of the museum.  I hope you will watch it to appreciate the legacy created by it and consider supporting it.   If you are a quilter, you know that the general public does not know what quilting has become. The museum brings high calibre quilts to the quilter and non quilter alike.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Part 5 - Tablerunner Swap

 Fancy Schmansy Pineapples
 Wooly leaves a fallin'
Art to Heart Santa Face.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

HOHOHO - Part 3 Tablerunner Swap

Now that your Halls are Decked With Boughs of...

Merry Christmas !! May Santa bring you what you dream of.

Here he is larger than life! complete with sparkles.

We'll be open tomorrow with our end of the year sale.  See you soon.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Part 2 - LQ Christmas Swap

 Hunter's Star
 This is lovely.  I want one for every season.
from Let's Do Lunch book by Atkinson Designs

Friday, December 21, 2012

Part 1 LQ Christmas Tablerunner swap

Each year, we have some sort-of theme to make an optional project to bring and swap for another LQ employee present.  Oh goodness!  These ladies are so creative.  This year it was a tablemat or tablerunner.  Enjoy.
 Checl out the felted balls on the edge!
 A few good men!
Peppermint swirls

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Part 3 Show and Tell from LQ Holiday party

Dena's from Stonehenge fabric
Marty took inspiration from Primitive's by Lynda - Shirley, Goodness and Mercy
A Quilt version preview of the 2013 pin for the East Cobb Quilt Guild Quilt Show.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Show and Tell 2

Sylvia has taken up knitting!  She said this blanket takes 15 skeins of wool.  Wow!
Kathy went to work fulltime and her students made quilt blocks to wish her goodbye.  At our party, they turned up in a finished quilt!! Big stitched by Barbara.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Show and tell 1

Are you ready?!!  This is a two part-er.  I will first post the part of our holiday party that was a show and tell of the group's current projects.  Ever wonder what we are making in our "free time"?  Here you go.
This project is a sampler quilt with blocks made for Libby using blues and blue themed shirtings.

This quilt is a Libby design original using the Deb Tucker Rapid Fire Hunter's Star ruler to make eight pointed stars.  It is so well pieced the stars look like a pre-print panel!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Dinner Party at Mary Ellen's House

These pictures are of the lovely ladies that work for you at Little Quilts enjoying each others company.  Just wait until you see pictures of show and tell and the tablerunner swap that we had.  Coming up.  Check back often...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Special Sale
In honor of 12/12/12, everything in the shop will be 12% off tomorrow only!  Sale will also apply to all internet orders placed on 12/12/12 before midnight (we'll adjust your order to reflect the sale price when we receive it). 12/12/12 will never happen again, and neither will this special sale so be sure to stop by and take advantage of this great sale!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

A Professional Tote

Love the “Professional Tote” bag that Sylvia made with bright, fun fabric. The “Professional Tote” pattern is available in the shop, and, better yet, Jackie teaches a great class to help you make it! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Show and Tell for November Second Saturday Sampler pt 2

      Amie made this great table topper from a pattern she bought years ago

Amie and her chicken bag
    Mary made this quilt with her stitching group and decided she didn’t like it! When Cindy fell in love with it, Mary gave it to her. The quilt is beautifully custom quilted. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Show and Tell from November Second Saturday Sampler

We love the “Chill Chaser” pattern for those great fabrics you just can’t make yourself cut up. The focus fabric is surrounded by Nine-Patch blocks and a small inner border and the quilt is finished. So fast and easy, you’ll use the pattern over and over again.
Chris is finishing projects that have been in her UFO pile. Finished is so good!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fairy Sampler

If there’s fairy fabric in the shop, Doris will find it! This is her newest creation .

Friday, November 23, 2012

Adapt any pattern and make it a custom made quilt.

Staff member Linda Rice used the “Remember Who Loves You” pattern and replaced the owl with a monkey to go along with the fabric she put on the back of the quilt. The quilt was a gift for her great great nephew. SUPER cute!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

And the winner is...

We have not forgotten about our recent giveaways!  The winners will all be notified by email this week.  Hopefully you are all able to set your projects aside and enjoy time with family, friends and delicious food for Thanksgiving tomorrow! 

From all of us at Little Quilts,
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

October Second Saturday Sampler Show and Tell pt 2

When she was traveling, Julie bought this beautiful center panel from a quilt shop she stopped at. She added two simple borders and “Voila!” A work of art!

 Nancy has been working on this original medallion quilt for a Reproduction Study Group challenge. We love her creative use of fabric and her beautiful borders. Reproduction Study Group is an on-going club at Little Quilts and it’s never too late to join. There are always new and different projects to challenge you!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Show and Tell from October Second Saturday Sampler pt 1

 Susan made this beauty in black and white – when she ran out of fabric she got creative with the final blocks. If you look closely you can see the pattern is slightly different in the bottom left corner. It’s what gives the quilt that little extra spark.

A simple pattern and a beautiful palette are all you need to make a great quilt sing.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Memories in fabric

After her brother-in-law died, one of our customers made this beautiful table topper for her sister from his neck ties. The 13” table topper is from the “Folded Circle Centrepiece” pattern by DJ Richards Design. What a great memory project!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Not One, not Two but three stunning quilts

Marshall finished these three quilts just in time for his “one man show” at The Garden Keeper Garden Shop.  Now That's a lot of sewing!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Adapt Quilt Patterns to Your Liking....

Madeline used the “French Silk” pattern from the book “Spotlight On Neutrals” by Pat Wys. The pattern in the book used only neutral fabrics, but isn’t it pretty with some color thrown in?!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 1: Very Merry Holiday Hop from Henry Glass Fabrics

What fun to be participating in the Very Merry Holiday Hop from Henry Glass Fabrics. The first day today is Little Quilts and Linda Lum DeBono. Be sure to check out the Henry Glass Fabric Blog for the schedule of all the great designers and their fun projects.

It’s also so special to be starting the hop on Veteran’s Day. It’s the perfect day to honor  all those who serve our great country.
What better way to honor them, than with a Flag.
At Little Quilts, we love all things flag related. Our project is Little Quilt Flags, from our book, “Patriotic Little Quilts” published by Martingale & Company. The book is sold out but we have copies at the store. You can see them on our website.
These little flags are perfect for quick and easy gifts as wall hangings, placemats, or  pillows.

This is the time of year that we remember our favorites. I love angels and love to collect them and angel ornaments. I love to decorate with small trees with different themes around the house rather than one big tree.
A tradition of mine is buying a special ornament each year for my son and daughter as they were growing up. My son is now 42, and my daughter 35. When they married I gave them their ’stash’ of ornaments. Now my son and daughter are buying an ornament each year for their children.  Here is my daughter's tree, I remember buying so many of these ornaments for her while she was growing up!  And now the tree is getting full of the ornaments she has purchased for my 2 grandsons.  You can even see their elf, Buddy, perched on one of the branches; he visits every year to check in on the boys!

Some of my favorite foods BLT’s (bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches)  apple pie,  
and M & M’s.  All foods are really my favorites!
A favorite recipe for all the time but especially for the holidays is a cream cheese and olive spread. It’s red and green, so it’s perfect for this time of year.
Simple.. simple… simple…. A brick of cream cheese softened, then chop up a small jar of salad olives (the ones with green olives and pimentos). Stir that into the softened cream cheese. Put in a pretty glass vase, and spread on crackers or celery.

Enjoy the blog hop this year….comment on the blog with a favorite “something” and we’ll have a random drawing for three participants to receive free patterns. . We’ll send three of you a Little Quilts Pattern and one of our Sunbonnet Sue Stitchery patterns for your birthday month. Include your birthday month in your comment please. 

Here is the Blog Hop Schedule... Have fun!! 

November 11:

November 12:

November 13:

November 14:

November 15:
Heather Mulder Peterson

November 16:

November 17:

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

100 Blocks Blog Tour

I was so excited to have my block "Holiday Sue" chosen for the Vol. 6 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Collector’s edition. Sunbonnet Sue has always been a favorite of Little Quilts. She’s featured in many of our books, and patterns. For this block, I appliquéd her using wool pieces. It’s so easy to appliqué with wool, you don’t have to needle turn the edges. I simply fused the pieces down with fusible webbing. Our favorite is Soft Fuse© by Shades Textiles, a local Marietta GA company. I had Holiday Sue carry a small tree that I stitched with the feather stitch and tiny red buttons. I was also surprised when they did a close-up of my tree stitchery on the editor’s page 4. Yikes I would have stitched better had I know it would be a close up! This block would make a cute pillow or center of a small wall hanging. Post a comment on this posting and we will do a random drawing for a Little Quilts Pattern “Friends” as well as our booklet “Wildflowers” – (by the way... both feature Sunbonnet Sue!)