Thursday, March 26, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Several weeks ago Mary Ellen brought in this fabulous, old Judie Rothermel fabric (from the Old Sturbridge line) that she found in her stash.  I was so excited when she  challenged me to make a Lucy Boston block with it!  
What a great fabric to work with ... so many possibilities I was almost afraid to make the first cut!
Here is the first block I finished using the fabric...
and I love it!  All the fabric except the red came from the challenge fabric.  I have designed another block that looks totally different, but don't have it completely stitched together yet - I'll post it as soon as it's finished!  How are you coming with the challenge?  Have you checked out your stash for "hidden treasures"?  Send pictures of your blocks - we'll post them for everybody to enjoy and get inspiration from!

Need more paper piecing supplies?  Check out our website here.

Check our Pinterest Board for all the beautiful blocks and variations our customers have made as well as all my past blocks.

Many of you have just recently joined our Lucy Boston POTC Blog Along.  If you're interested in making your blocks using Inklingo, click here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Tulips

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

We're working with another great stripe fabric for today's block.  Love all the ways you can use the stripes!
Both the stripe used for the center cross and the corner honeycombs look so different, but they're cut from the same fabric.
These are the fabrics I used.
I had this fabric left over from one of last months blocks and decided it worked equally well with this block...check to see if you can find it to use again!

If you need to reorder supplies, check our website here.

Don't miss the Pinterest Board...we add new blocks often!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It is Sooooooo Sweet....

Sixteen. Not only do we have the jukebox jumpin, retro pictures of the staff but spring has sprung in the shop too.  Hop the Shop... It goes on all week and through next weekend.  Come out!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2014 Second Saturday Sampler - Show and Tell - Part 2

More settings and creative opportunities using the 2014 Second Saturday Sampler blocks.  Check out the wool applique techniques added to the rows in between,  shown second, in the close-up photo.  Don't forget to join is today and get your block for March.

One Sashing
Two Sashings 
 Set on Point
 Super Cool Pieced setting.  It looks like they are on point, but they aren't

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finished Tops from 2014 Second Saturday Sampler Show and Tell - Part one

Here comes a quilt "red carpet" show for setting ideas/finished quilt tops of the 2014 Second Saturday Sampler.  You will not believe each quilt is made from the same Sampler block patterns...Do you love them? Well, you too can make one. It is not too late to join in on the fun that happens at Little Quilts on the Second Saturday of each month.  You can buy the first block you missed from last month, and jump back in.  Drop in to the Little Quilts classroom first between 9:30 and 11AM tomorrow.
AND there is the added bonus that it is our Sweet Sixteen Shop Hop Event.  Take a trip down memory lane and see if you can guess which teen photo displayed matches your current favorite Little Quilts Staff Member.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

We're in the middle of The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop this week!  It's the 16th anniversary of the shop hop and here at Little Quilts we're celebrating with a Sweet Sixteen Party including jukebox music from the 50's and staff members dressed in the fashion when they were sixteen.

 We also have pictures of the staff when they were sixteen - fun to try to match everybody up to their picture!

A flashback to the 1950's wouldn't be complete without remembering that Lucy Boston began working on her Patchwork of the Crosses quilt in the 1950's.

  I thought it would be fun to look at some pictures from England in the 1950's.
I'm sure these are English quilters! Don't you love the fashion?
Home life looked a lot like home life here in the U.S.

City life complete with double-decker buses.
Rock and roll dancing...
And what would a collage of 1950's pictures of England be without a portrait of Queen Elizabeth!
A flashback picture of Lucy Boston when she was young.

If you haven't already stopped by, it's not too late to join in the fun....Shop Hop continues through Saturday, March 14.  We're open 10 - 6 every day.  

We have paper piecing supplies at the shop if you need more glue refills, honeycomb or square papers.  Or, you can always order extra supplies from our website here.

Check our pinterest board to see more new blocks. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Study in Taupe

One of the beautiful trunk shows we currently have in the shop is Traveling Taupe featuring kits for quilts and other projects using Daiwabo fabrics from Japan.  The fabrics play on subtle variations of hue by adding a tint or shade in small degrees from light to dark giving a very muted, soft  look that is distinctly Japanese.  Daiwabo taupes encompass a variety of colors subtly manipulated to a rich complexity far different than the dull "gray" we normally think of as taupe.
Union Square is 63" x 73" lap/twin quilt.  The kit includes all the fabrics for the top; you will need batting and backing.
Bon Bon incorporates a large variety of colors and makes a beautiful 54" square table topper or wall hanging.  Again, all fabrics are included except backing and batting.
If you'd like to experiment with Daiwabos in a smaller project, the Flying Geese Table Runner is 26" x 13".
For just a small introductory project, you might like to try a pincushion kit, a small change purse, or a sweet hexagon tray. Everything you need for the projects, like the tray or zippers, is included in the kits.  A great way to try working with these fascinating fabrics!
Kits are available by calling the shop (770-578-6727).

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Big and beautiful

This stunner was our show and tell treat of the day.  It was made by Judy from Arrow Rock, MO. The pattern is a BOM from Kansas City Star and she named it "Dressing Gowns" because she used Repro fabrics. Free motion quilted on domestic machine by Mary Durham.
A great setting for any sampler blocks. and a backdrop for stunning quilting.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Little Quilt LOVE

Glenda from Chattanooga, TN made 6 of these small quilts using pattern from our book "Little Quilts All Through The House". Six! Seriously, that is dedication.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Time for another block... hope you're ready for a bright one!
I love the way this block turned out.
These are the fabrics I used.  There are lots of possibilities for fussy cutting the yellow paisley.  Can't wait to see your beautiful creations!
Click here if you need to re-order paper piecing supplies from the website.
Click here to see Lucy Boston blocks on our Pinterest Board.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Near or far, quilt loving is what we are.

Take a gander at the progress of a customer who reads our newsletter and is taking advantage of the Bible block patterns.  You can follow along with her progress too without having to go all the way to NEW ZEALAND! by following her blog.  What fun.
She is calling it  Block of the Fortnight.  Well that's what this quilt is. Each fortnight a shop called Little Quilts in USA releases two more patterns for the Women of the Bible quilt.  Isn't that adorable! I don't even know what a fortnight is.