Thursday, March 30, 2017

At guild this week, we had Becky Goldsmith from Piece O' Cake come to speak. She had some gorgeous quilts to show off!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Spring!

If you need a quilt for a baby girl, we have just the thing for you! The new sample for the shop is a baby quilt called Girl Power. It's super cute and bright!

If you love the colors and fabrics, we have good news! It's a kit! This link will take you to the kit, and this one will take you to the pattern on The Quilt Merchant's website, and you can order it right from your cozy chair! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On Saturday, we had the Timeworn Treasures club. This is a club where we reproduce quilts from the past. It meets one Saturday a month for six months. This month we looked at a wooden press that was used to print a design on fabric during the time of the quilt we were reproducing.

Isn't that cool? It was so fun to be around a piece of history like this! It's also fun to think of how technology has changed since then. 

We also had some show and tell on Saturday. Here are the pictures! I hope you find something to inspire you!
A customer's Friendship quilt top

A customer's great-grandmother's fan quilt 

A whole cloth quilt that Val just quilted. It's made out of sateen!

A Row by Row mini quilt from summer 2016. Isn't the raccoon cute?

A quilt done at a guild workshop.

Another quilt from the same workshop.
A table runner.

A table topper. 

The first wool mat that a customer made.

A customer's St. Patrick's Day mini quilt.

Another St. Patrick's Day mini quilt.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy National Quilting Day! To celebrate the occasion, we have some pictures from the applique group that meets here. Each member was to show the first quilt they made and the one they are currently working on. Enjoy!

And as an extra treat, a finished 365 quilt.

I hope that you find something to inspire you to spend some time quilting on National Quilting Day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

With the seeming return of winter, it may be wise to search for some quilting inspiration! We have some ideas to keep you busy while the snow continues to fall. 

For starters, we have a new Quilt Mania magazine in at the shop:

There are also plenty of quilts to inspire you. Here are just a few that have inspired us this week!
A beginner quilt from the Beginning Quilting class.

Show and Tell with old, restored blocks!
An adorable baby quilt quilted by Valerie.

A St. Patrick's Day quilt, quilted by Valerie. 

A customer's Friendship Stars quilt from a block swap.
A customer's work in progress from Finishing School.

And just to prove that spring is on its way, however slowly, a beautiful daffodil:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A friend had a very cute pincushion, very practical! And it is a free pattern so I made one!

If you want to make one, search for Skinny Pincushion, there is a PDF file for it!

It fits right by my machine, I love it! And I am going to make another one!

And I have been working on some English Paper Piecing... I will applique them on a background so I decided to starch them so then I can I remove the paper, and then I iron them again and they are ready for applique!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

So we went to a Quilt Study meeting, what a great experience!
We learned that there is going to be a quilt show in Bensenville at Fisher farm March 25 and 26.
The subject of the meeting was Illinois Quilts, so here are Carol's quilt that her grand mother made.

 Then some blocks and more quilts!

 Honeybee is the name of this pattern

 Amazing quilting!

 These were found at an estate sale

And that is the foundation used for that crazy quilt!
And feed sacks sewn together into a dress!