Thursday, November 26, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Little Quilts!  We're so thankful for all of you!  We hope you'll enjoy this day with your family.

This will be the final Lucy Boston - Patchwork of the Crosses blog.  I've enjoyed making the blocks, but most of all I've loved your enthusiasm and excitement over the quilt and the blocks! Thank you all so much for following the blog over the past two years - I hope to see a lot of finished Lucy quilts in the near future.

Remember!  You can continue to order paper piecing supplies to finish your quilt through Dec. 1. There are three variation pieces for finishing the outer edge of the quilt to make it rectangular.  This is what the variation pieces look like...
You will need at least one package of each variation (Variation 1, Variation 2, and Variation 3). You can order them on the website or call the shop (770-578-6727), but all orders must be in by Dec. 1.

I hope you've enjoyed the Lucy Boston journey as much as I have.  I will continue to present Lucy Boston/Patchwork of the Crosses lectures for quilt guilds that are interested.  I will also continue to teach English Paper Piecing classes, 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Another new block:

This is the stripe fabric I used:
The light blue corner honeycombs came from my stash.  It's an old Jo Morton fabric.
This is another fun stripe to work with.  There are so many different things you can do with a great stripe!  Experiment and see what you come up with. 

I'm using some of the scraps from this fabric to make a corner unit.  I haven't stitched it together yet, but you can get the idea...

Finishing the outer edges of your quilt will require some very odd shaped paper pieces (see below) to make the quilt rectangular. . .  
Finishing papers are sold as Variation 1, Variation 2 and Variation 3 and you will need all three shapes.
We have the finishing paper pieces available - you will need at least one package of  all three shapes.
We are trying to make sure all of you get the paper pieces supplies you need before the shop closes.. You must have your order in by Dec. 1 to be assured of getting the supplies.  Order from the  website or call the shop to order.

If you're lacking enough blocks to finish your quilt, check our Pinterest Board for ideas and then go to your stash and make use of some of the great fabrics you'll find hiding there! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Completed Dear Jane!!!!

We are always amazed when we see another Dear Jane quilt come in for Show & Tell. With the Wall To wall Retirement Sale at Little Quilts going on now, good friends and customers come in daily to wish Mary Ellen well.  Gretchen shared  her Dear Jane Quilt completed, with us...hand quilted ... and even the triangle sections for the borders. Great job Gretchen... wonder what her next master piece will be!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

As most of you have probably heard,  Mary Ellen is retiring and Little Quilts is closing.  The last Lucy Boston fabric packs will be shipped out on Nov. 17 and the last blog post will be on Nov. 29. It's been so much fun making the Lucy blocks - I hope you've enjoyed the journey with us.  I know you will have a lovely quilt when you're finished!

If you still need to order paper pieces to finish your quilt, call us soon - we will make sure you get what you need to finish.  Don't forget we have the papers for finishing the outer edges available - it takes three different paper variations for the outside edge.  You will want to order at least one package of each of the variations.  You can still order all the paper pieces supplies on the website.

I wish I had a picture of my quilt all finished to show you, but I'm not quite there yet.  I've got a start...
but still a lot of work ahead of me.  Now that the shop is closing I should have lots of extra time to finish it.  Watch for it in the next quilt show!

Thanks for all your support, for sending pictures for the Pinterest Board, and, most of all, for your enthusiasm with paper piecing!  Finish your Lucy Quilts and then start a new paper piecing project!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bird Parade

Wool applique is hot, hot, hot. No wonder. Look at this adorable project. Diane made a variation of Bonnie Sullivan original design called "The Gathering".

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Bright scraps turned into Lollipop Trees

Sarah is working on this beautiful Lollipop Trees by Kim McLean.  The blocks are 18" square and Sarah is doing it all in batiks. She is planning for 16 blocks. Everyone here at the store wants to start one now!

She brought her blocks in the neat tote she made from selvages also shown here. Sarah has also made a Lucy Boston Quilt! Way to go Sarah!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Second Saturday Sampler Show and Tell

Carol Ann's been getting lots of quilts made...both starting and finishing UFO's. She brought this to Saturday Sampler for our monthly outdoor 'Show and Tell'.  It's never too late to join Saturday Sampler -the 2nd Saturday of the month. We're in the 9th month...but you can catch up with past months patterns easily!  

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

A new block for November:

This is the fabric I used.  

Be careful cutting the stripe.  You will need to cut four and then cut four reverse.  To make cutting easier, pay close attention to the placement of the corners of the acrylic template on the stripe.  To cut the reverse, flip the acrylic template upside down, place the  template corners in the same placement on the stripe and 'voila' !  The perfect reverse cut!

Order Paper piecing supplies on our website - they're on sale now while supplies last!
Check our Pinterest Board to see more block ideas.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Closing Sale

As most of you have probably heard, after 17 years in the retail business, Mary Ellen is retiring and Little Quilts is closing.  The plan is for the shop to close its doors for the final time on Dec. 24, 2015. Tomorrow, Nov.5, starting at 10 am sharp we will be having a huge Wall-to-Wall Retirement Sale and we hope you'll stop by to take advantage of the special prices.  If parking is a problem, you can use the parking lot in the strip shopping center next to us.  Please use the top of the parking lot away from the Dollar General and the other shops in that shopping strip. There will be lots of prizes to win and great prices on everything in the shop so we hope you'll stop by so we can say "good-bye" in person.  17 years is a long time and you've all become friends to us - closing the shop will be hard. We appreciate all your business through the years and value the friendships!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A Memory From Little Quilts

We have a few more vintage Little Quilts models that are looking for a good home.   I hope you'll find something you like!  Be the first person to call us with credit card information and the quilt will be yours.
"Neighbors II" is 26" square and is from our "Little Memories" book.  Such a sweet quilt with cheery colors. It's machine quilted.  $35
This quilt is a special treasure. "Sunbonnet Sue Sampler" is from our first and most popular book "Little Quilts All Through The House"  Many people learned to quilt from this book!  The 16" x 22" quilt is hand appliqued with a blanket stitch and is hand quilted.   $35
"Flannel Folks" is such a darling little quilt.  It's 20" x 23" all done in flannel. It's hand appliqued with a blanket stitch and hand-quilted with a "Big Stitch".  $35

If you're interested in one of these vintage treasures, call (770-578-6727)!

Whole Cloth Machine Quilted Quilt

Cindy recently attended a Gammil Statler Stitch seminar in Atlanta and stopped in to show her wall hanging piece that won Best Machine Quilting at the East Cobb Quilters Guild show this past June. To see it up close was just amazing! This quilt was all hand guided on her long arm without the help of a computer program!