Thursday, April 30, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Time for another block...
I love making these blocks - it's so fun playing with fabric to get such beautiful crosses!
These are the fabrics I used for this block:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AQS Quilt Show 2015 - one heck of a good time

Not only did we have a prize winner in our midst but team LQ worked hard and played hard to wrap up another wonderful chance to introduce Little Quilt-ness to new customers and meet, greet and schmooze with our long distance long time friends.
Applause and a long nap go to Mary Ellen and Muriel who REPRESENT to KY  et al, what Little Quilts is all about. 
Work hard?  Oh for sure,  Check out our before and after.

 It was hard work, not a Fairy Godmother or quilting elves that made this kind of magic. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lucy Boston Show and Tell

I'm in Paducah this week helping Mary Ellen with the Little Quilts booth.  I'm hoping to find a Patchwork of the Crosses quilt somewhere in the show.   Pictures will follow if I find one! In the meantime, I thought you'd like to see some of the blocks from one our our newer Lucy Boston addicts...

Libby just started her Lucy Boston Quilt... and she is hooked. She's been in the shop several times shopping for neat stripes and floral fabrics as she 'fussy cuts to make beautiful combinations for these 'addicting blocks'.  She found lots of perfect fabrics in 'her stash' but is now adding neat stripes and border fabrics to have more to pick from. 
Check our website for details about how 'you too can get hooked on Lucy Boston.'!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Savannah Pattern from Red Crinoline Quilts.

Helen came in to select a backing for this quilt. It's for her son's graduation from law school for his new apartment. The pattern is Savannah from Red Crinoline quilts. An easy quilt to make. Helen selected paisleys and fabrics with a masculine feel for this quilt to use on his antique bed.

Winner, Winner...We Have a Winner!!!!

Good Morning Little Quilts Country!!
We awake this morning to big news!
Our friend, teacher, Little Quilts staff member...Elisabeth Frolet won first place in the small wall quilt - handquilted category, at the AQS Quilt Show - Paducah, Kentucky!!!!
Zoom in on this shot and see how well deserved this award is. 

Here is the sneak peek Mary Ellen got yesterday. More news to come. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Supporting Military Families

Congratulations to Merri-Lynn Foss, the winner of Moda's Piece and Comfort Challenge for our shop.  Merri-Lynn's quilt will now enter into competition with winners from other participating shops for the opportunity to win some great prizes.  The Piece and Comfort Challenge is a special effort by Moda to recognize and honor the sacrifices that are made by our country's military families.  Proceeds from the challenge bwenefit  We wish you the best in the next level of competition, Merry-Lynn - we think you've got a winner!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Life is like a box of chocolates

Chocolate boxes for Judy's daughter - a real 'Choco - holic!!! Made from a charm pack of chocolate fabrics!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

A new block with another great stripe.  This block is a different way to use a stripe.
All the honeycombs are cut from the stripe except for the four inner corners.  It's great practice in cutting honeycombs on an angle and a reverse angle!  
These are the fabrics I used for this block:

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Check our Pinterest Board for lots of examples of POTC blocks.

If you prefer hand piecing over English Paper Piecing, check out Inklingo to see how you can print cutting and sewing lines on your fabric using your printer.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

March Second Saturday Show and Tell

What a beautiful day it was on Saturday to enjoy each others company with sunshine on our faces and to make the show and tell quilts look stunning.

Ali finished her Second Saturday quilt from 2014.  She used Muriel’s setting with her reproduction blocks, but turned one of the sections of the block frame settings around and ended up with the stars.  What a great idea!

Colleen finished her quilt from the Hunter’s Star class here at Little Quilts – all that’s left is to finish the binding and it will be ready for the East Cobb Quilt Show in June!  She decided to make the quilt for good friends who love hunting, the beach, and the great outdoors so she wanted colors that reflected nature’s beauty.  Beautiful!

 Jan finished her Second Saturday Sampler blocks in a simple setting, but set off with multiple borders.  Love the border fabrics she chose!

The ME Bee (Monday Evening quilters) completed this patriotic beauty and are donating it the Dobbin’s Air National Reserve for their auction this spring.  Perfect quilt for the upcoming patriotic holidays!
Jan finished two great quilts.  The first quilt was so unique!  Sandy used one fabric, but fussy cut four squares to make the block centers giving each block a different kaleidoscopic look.  So easy to do and so effective!

Jan used a pattern from Butterfly Threads Quilting by Dianne Knott for the second quilt.  I love the way bright colors sparkle on a black background.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Wool Applique - 4 part Block of the Month

The flannels and wools have just arrived for Bertie’s Spring.  Our version of the wall hanging features wool appliqué on a flannel background.  So cheery for Spring!  This four-month Block of the Month begins in May – sign up by calling the shop or by ordering on our website. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

More Show and Tell from the March Bulloch Hall Quilt Show

Quilts made by staff members and owner of Little Quilts.

Mary Ellen's Lemoyne Star quilt made for the 25th Anniversary of Judie Rothermel fabrics. 25 stars for 25 years.
Janice's (on left)  Second Saturday Red and Brown Alternate Sampler from 2013
Linda W's (on right) UGA Music quilt made for twin sons using the 'Just Can't Cut It' pattern.
Janice's Round Robin quilt she did with her bee group.

Friday, April 10, 2015

What Are you Doing Tomorrow - Saturday April 11?

We will be offering our Second Saturday Sampler event from 9:30AM - 11AM.  You will make a block a month, complete with instructions and fabric.

Here is a finale showing of some of the quilts made using the blocks rom the 2014 version, as displayed at the Bulloch Hall Quilt Show last month.

Wanda H's 2014 Second Saturday Sampler
Muriel's 2014 Second Saturday Modern Alternate Sampler
Muriel's 2013 Second Saturday Black and White Alternate Sampler
Linda W's 2014 Second Saturday Red-Gold-Blue Alternate Sampler
Come back on Sunday for more photos from the quilt show.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

I’ve been trying, rather unsuccessfully, to pace myself on reading the series of children’s books authored by Lucy Boston.  I tend to read books I really like too fast and I’m always disappointed when they’re finished!  In spite of all my rationing efforts, I finished reading the fifth book in the series, “An Enemy At Green Knowe”, last week.  Each of the books is so different it’s hard to resist seeing which direction Lucy Boston will head off in next.
You can just see the reflection of Lucy’s love for her surroundings and her home’s imagined history in all of her books.  I think you’ll love the enchanting way house, garden, and statuary become characters as important as the people!   All old houses, over time, gather some sort of magic, and none more so than Green Knowe.  Green Knowe is the old house, founded in Norman times, that turns into a refuge for ghosts, time travelers and gorillas alike in Lucy’s books.
In "An Enemy At Green Knowe" both Tolly and Ping are staying at the manor.  Mrs. Oldknow tells them the story of Doctor Vogel, a tutor and magician who came to a diabolical end at Green Knowe centuries before. The next day, Professor Melanie D. Powers appears, hunting for Vogel's occult papers.  Professor Powers' interest is far from academic, however, and a mounting confrontation between the holy magic of Green Knowe and the forces of Evil, represented by Melanie Powers, commences. Spells, potions, secret languages written on bat’s wings, cobwebs, black cats, snakes – it’s all in the story, but you’ll have to read the book to see how creatively Tolly and Ping thwart the evil!
With the introduction of witchcraft, this book takes a decidedly darker turn than previous novels in the series.  For me, that wasn’t a negative -there are certainly places where you hold your breath with anticipation - Dr Powers is genuinely scary - but the frightening episodes are over quite quickly, and not drawn out in a disturbing way for children.  There are minor victories all through the book, allowing for bedtime readings which see Tolly and Ping secure within the walls of Green Knowe for another night, at least.
Peter Boston's illustrations are an essential part of the Green Knowe books - done on scraperboard, they are rather hard to reproduce here, but, in the books, the intricacy of the drawings makes you want to study the detail. They provide the perfect reflection of the delicacy with which the stories are told, and their deep sense of magic and history.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Kennesaw Mountain Quilt

Marshall brought his color rendering of Kennesaw Mountain Quilt. Pattern by Red Crinoline Quilts. We love his border  and inner border color selection, don't you?

Monday, April 06, 2015

Bowtie Quilt circa. Repro.

Brenda brought in her quilt top to select a backing fabric. Would you believe she hand pieced this gorgeous bow tie quilt in 70 days! It’s 92” square. Brenda says it’s her ‘therapy’ while she is taking care of her granddaughter, and an elderly mother. Patchwork and working with your hands is the best therapy….it can be said that it can be easier to find small patches of time for handwork rather than the big chunk of time for machine work! Great job Brenda!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

A beautiful block for Spring...

These are the fabrics I used:
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