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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Carolyn S. Dedicated To The End!

Carolyn S. was involved in our Midnight Madness event in 2007 and has finished her Star Medallion quilt top. This was not something that could be finished overnight, either. It took a lot of planning and workmanship and now Carolyn just has to quilt and bind it. It is a beautiful quilt and a wonderful pattern because she made it all from scraps. Wonderful job Carolyn, what a bright and cheery quilt this will be! and QUEEN SIZED!!
Monday, March 30, 2009

Don't Forget Our Apron Pattern Giveaway! - TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY

Tomorrow is the last day for our pattern giveaway! Enter if you haven't already, you have a great chance of winning!!
Anyone out there have an apron picture they want to share? Remember we are giving away four apron patterns to our entrants who submit an apron pic before 3/31. To make it easier, you can just comment on this post and put a link to a post on your blog that has your apron in it! And if you want to get entered twice into the drawing, do a post on your blog about our giveaway, and link back to this post!

Otherwise, email us a picture of your apron and you will be entered into the contest and featured on our blog!

We would love to hear from you!!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Let's Do Lunch Class - Lynn's Tote Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from Thursday's Let's Do Lunch Class. If anyone else out there has made Lynn's Tote and would like to get their picture posted, email it to us or bring the tote into the shop to be photographed!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Let's Do Lunch Class - Lynn's Tote Part 1

We had so much fun! Busy students each made their own :"Lynn's Tote" during our "Let's Do Lunch" class this month. The variety of fabrics and the many different quilting ideas were wonderful!!! I can't wait to see all the freshly made totes, what a treat. Instead of "Let's Do Lunch" they were like dessert!!! And if the totes are half as much fun as the jokes and laughter then they will definitely be great totes!

I got so many good pictures, I am dividing them in half. If you don't see your picture here today, check back tomorrow!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Finishing Lynn's Tote

I put the a pocket into the bag, a key tag and attached all those along the top of the bag before I put on the binding. Now I can tell everyone, "Please be careful of placement!" because I put the pocket RIGHT WHERE I was to later place the handles. Oh well, it is still a great bag and I am sure Ruth will love my mistakes anyway!!! The handles are made with two pieces of fabric, one 1 1/4" wide x 19: and one (the striped one) 2 1/2" wide x 20". Sew these right sides together and they will not lay flat.
Turn them right side out and they will lay flat.

Topstitch the handles, folding the extra 1/2" over to enclose the top and bottom of each one.

Attach the handles and away you go. For all the proper instructions for this bag please see Terry Atkinson's book "Let's Do Lunch" It is called 'Lynn's Tote" and is the first project in the book!! More pictures tomorrow from the class to see how everyone else's bag looks!!
Front of finished Lynn's Tote.
Back of Tote!
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Progress on Lynn's Tote

Yesterday I made some more progress on Lynn's Tote from Terry Atkinson's book, Let's Do Lunch. I sewed the pocket on the outside of the bag and put the bag body together. I first sewed the pocket on and then sewed the bag with the Wrong sides together.

Then turned the bag inside out, sewed the side seams again; this makes for some nice finished seams on the inside of the bag.

I formed a triangle at the bottom edges of the bag and made a baggy bottom, like the bottom of a paper lunch bag. I sewed 2 1/2 inches in on this particular bag.

As you can see, it is now ready for the top binding and the handles. Class is tomorrow; gotta go and make those handles!!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quilting Lynn's Tote

Looks like a couple of pillowcases doesn't it?? It really is the tote we are doing from Terry Atkinson's book: "Let's Do Lunch". It is called Lynn's Tote and we can see the picture of her tote on the back of the book. Now - what will mine look like? We will find out tomorrow!!!! I will take pictures of the continuing progress. Hope the tote will be prettier than the day today, only rain and more rain. Oh well, that means pretty flowers in a few weeks!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Fourth Day of Spring!

They say that April showers bring May flowers....well, too bad it is only March!
But I did get this cute picture of some March flowers in my email from my daughter. She said they froze the next day, but they were pretty while it was warm.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Monday, March 23, 2009

Mini Miranda Bag

The Mini-Miranda Bag has been a great hit at shows and here in our shop. Debbies' version of it uses fabrics from the Old Virginia Calicos line by Free Spirit. This is a purse sized version of the popular Miranda Tote by Lazy Girl Designs (tm)It has six inside pockets which I tried to show you in the not-so-great picture I took. We made a few little zippers bags to match for sunglasses, cell phone etc. This project is all rotary cut and is 10 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 4" when finished, the perfect size for spring.
Here is the pattern:
And here is a quick pic of the inside of the bag. Pretty cute!
Saturday, March 21, 2009

Marilyn's Baby Quilt

Marilyn B. embroidered, then pieced, then quilted this wonderful baby quilt for the next grandchild she will have. She did it in green since she doesn't know if it will be a boy or girl, but the quilt is beautiful as we are sure the grandchild will be.The theme is Noah's Ark and the ark and animals are exquisitly done. She used Golden Threads paper for the quilting patterns in the filler blocks and ran it through the printer successfully!! She then placed in on the quilt, quilted the design and tore off the paper. Pure genius!!! thanks for the tip Marilyn and for the inspiration!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

March Ode To The Thirties BOM Class

Here is Kristie working on her applique block for the Ode to the '30s. She did a great job!! Great job all of you, I am enjoying this as much as all of you.
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jean S. and her BOM

Here is Jean with her version of our Ode to the "30s blocks of the month. She had just finished a 1930's retro quilt with reproductions fabrics and elected to do her Block of the Month in Civil War Red/White and Blue. Looks great Jean. Wonderful job. Sorry you have to do so much cutting!!! :)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ode To The Thirties BOM - March

The March BOM is finally finished! These are just as pretty (if not prettier) than January and February and are getting easier. Whew! The block to the left, Homespun, is 12 1/2 inches, the Friendship Dahlia is 9 1/2 inches, and the Rosebud and Mosaic blocks are 6 1/2 inches. The flower block still needs a button in the center. Contact us if you are interested in joining in our BOM.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Stonemill Quilter's Workday

Here we all are working on the "Stocked Pantry" Quilt that we will raffle off for the food pantry here in Whitewater, WI. This queen size quilt has black background, every star is a food fabric and the green sashings and cornerstones accent the "farmer's markert" look. Bonnie is putting on the borders and we will quilt it and have it ready within the month. My, don't things get done quickly when we all work together?? Thanks, girls, for a fun Sunday afternoon. Kathy took pictures too and a related story is on the Whitewater Banner web site.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Different Stripes Make Different Quilts

Isn't it amazing how the same pattern can look different when it is worked in other fabrics? The same theory goes for different blocks. These are the blocks our guild is using for their Food Pantry quilt.

The blocks are fabrics of food made into stars with a black background. See how different they look when we tried each one with different sashing?
We settled on the dark green by the way. Tell us if you think we made the right choice!
Friday, March 13, 2009

See Jon Talk About Our Flooded House on the News!

Our Two Newest Quilters!

Cathy (blue with stars) and Jeannie (green with stars) are so proud of their FINISHED Beginning Quilting projects. We made "Quick and Easy Tossed Ribbon Stars" by Kate Laucomer as the project. It makes a wonderful beginning project. It took them about 8 weeks from picking out their fabric to putting the binding on. Cathy elected to sew her binding on by hand for the finishing touches but Jeannie is all finished, having done the binding by machine. Both girls did a super job and I am proud to say; "They are QUILTERS!!!" Great job!