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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Eureka Quilt Top

Shirley C. beat us all to the punch and finished her Eureka Quilt Top ON TIME!!! Great job Shirley. Beautiful color choices, wonderful placement of fabrics and of course, lots and lots of patience went into the making of this top. Oh, Shirley is the envy of everyone in the Cambridge Class, including me. We all worked frantically on our quilt tops that day. We will get them done soon, wait and see. Meanwhile, we can admire Shirley's quilt and aspire to greatness. Aaahhhhh....
Monday, April 27, 2009

Great Knitter's Tote

Deb R. made this wonderful Knitter's Tote for us to show off at the shop. It has a zippered pocked, needle pockets, a book pocket. Wow, lots more too. It is made from fun fabric and Deb did a great job!!! Thanks Deb, you are a peach!!!!

And yes, we have the pattern. :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

What Do You Think of My Garden???

It is pieced. My "Bridgecreek Blossoms" garden seemed to have a will of it's own, just like the most well planned and planted garden. I had planned a striped inner border and then another border of the background fabric. This is what it told me to sew and "sew" I did. Quilting it in a floral pattern or in swirls seems to be the best thing. It is very pleasing to me and I hope it reminds you of your garden too.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ode to the 30's BOM - April Blocks

The Ode to the '30s block for April with all the applique' is finally put together (but not finished) and the other blocks are so pretty they deserve a second look. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

How Does Our Garden Grow?

So, okay, everything I think will take me about 2 days usually ends up taking 5. This is progress of the indoor garden "Bridgecreek Blossoms". I have added some setting triangles and sewn the rows together. It is looking very nice. Deb and I decided borders, different of course, from the pattern but the same dimensions. It's gonna be great!!! Now, to find the time!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Star Light, Star Bright

This is one of my favorite quilts of all time. Sorry about the blurry picture, I just couldn't get this one to focus!
It is "Star Light Star Bright" by Sue Weeden of "The Other Sister" designs. I always have this out in spring, it is so cheery. The quilt is 42" x 51" and has a wonderful piano key border with paper pieced corners. So easy to do too. Great design Sue. So cheerful and springy!!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009


It's a beautiful day outside today and that means less people in the shop. I know they are busy planting and raking and weeding!!! I decided to "plant" some blossoms of my own today and I started on the pattern "Bridge Creek Blossoms" by Terry Atkinson. I "planted" my blossoms on brown and used jewel tones for the flowers. I am thinking a striped inner border to remind me of a fence and some scattered floral fabric for the outside border. Watch with me as they "bloom"!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Giving Our All For The Food Pantry

Deb and Marge are stretched to their full height to show us the Food Pantry Quilt called "Stocked Pantry" that the Stonemill Quilters of Whitewater just finished!!! This queen size quilt will be raffled off (tickets are available from Woodland Quilts, the UW Whitewater Student Optimists Club or any guild member). The proceeds will go in a check to the Whitewater Food Pantry. Drawing will be Nov. 12, 2009 so the money will be available to brighten everyone's holidays.The food themed blocks were made by guild members, put together during work days by the guild members, quilted by Marge W.(in a beautiful cherry pattern to match the theme) and bound by Ann G. What a wonderful achievement in so short a time. Thanks to Carol L. for the great idea!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Egrets? Pelicans? I can't decide!

Looking out the window on Monday morning I saw an amazing sight; at least 50 birds landed in the river in front of our house and started fishing and resting. Obviously they were migrating.They were awesome!!! Big bills on the white ones and the little ones must have been in the loon family because they fished in that style. I could not get close of course but the little ones were probably the size of a thanksgiving turkey so you can imagine how large the white ones were!!! So cool!!!
Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Lamb Cake

Here is the Easter Lamb cake my daughter made this year for her and her husband. So cute, don't you think? I couldn't resist posting it today. Hope everyone had a great Easter!
Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope everyone is having a great day with their families and loved ones! And if you decided to bypass family activities this year...good for you. Maybe you can have a few quiet hours to quilt. :)
Have a Blessed Easter, and see you on Monday!
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jill C.'s Antique Grandmother's Flower Garden‏

Jill C. brought us a treat on Monday, her Grandmother's Flower Graden hand made by her own grandmother. It is also hand quilted. Most of the blocks are fussy cut so they are a ring of flowers forming the flower garden block. What a treasure!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spectacular Quilts from the Mukwonago Quilt Show

What beautiful quilts were in the Mukwonago Show! We had a wonderful time last weekend, as always, and we get so inspired seeing all the spectacular quilts. Those girls do love to applique'!!!

I love the bookshelf quilt, don't you? What a fantastic assortment of items. So imaginative!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Paper Pieced Wonder Quilt

Carmella H. made this fantastic paper pieced quilt for her daughter, Toni. Each block is paper pieced using Jinny Beyer fabrics and Jinny's pattern. It is a spectacular swirl of color and design. Carm never does anything small so she had to purchase the fabric for four quilt tops to make this king size!!! And she STILL ran out of a few fabrics before the end. Mitered corners make up a wonderful framed finish for this exciting top. Congratulations, Carmella, on a job well done!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Love Those Purses!!

Nancy P. from Whitewater loves to make purses!!! When she brought in a whole display of them this morning I was astounded!!! They are all the same pattern but you can see how she made each one unique with fabric choices, embellishments and thread. She said she made so many purses she broke her sewing machine, it is in the repair shop. We love all the colors and textures of these treasures. Thanks for the inspiration Nancy!!! Hope your machine comes home soon so you can make some more!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Our Pattern Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to the Winners of our Pattern Giveaway! There were four patterns to give away, and only 4 entrants to the contest, so those are some pretty good odds if I do say so myself!

And our Winners were:

Jennifer for her Land of Lincoln Apron

Zenzhey's Aprons on her Flickr Account, and

Sofia Schappia's Aprons on her Flickr Account

Thank you, ladies for entering!

Want to win a pattern? We will be posting details on this month's giveaway soon. Be sure to enter, because your chances to win are great!
Saturday, April 4, 2009

Stocked Pantry Raffle Quilt by Stonemill Quilters of Whitewater

This Queen size quilt was made by members of the Stonemill Quilt Guild in Whitewater. We each made a block or two, got together a couple of times at the shop to put the top together and then Marge W. quilted it and Ann G. finished up on the binding and put on the label. This is a raffle quilt to benefit the Whitewater food pantry and it is called: "Stocked Pantry". It is just adorable, all stars are food fabrics with a black background and the sashing is green with cherries and leaves fabric as the sashing posts and on the back. Marge quilted a large cherry/leaf motif in green thread. Looks good enough to eat!!! Great job ladies!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Kim's Great Skirts!

Isn't this picture just the sweetest? And it isn't just because of the gummi fish fabric. :)
Kim, who is a great customer of our online store, sent us this great picture of her and her daughter in these fantastic skirts she made from our gummi fish fabric that she bought at the online store.
Great job, Kim! Keep up the good work, and be sure to send us plenty more pictures!
You can visit Kim's blog here.
Thursday, April 2, 2009

Perfect Pouches from Lazy Girl Designs' Joan Hawley‏

These little pouches are perfect for the big totes and purses we have been making at the shop lately. The smallest is about 6 inches and the biggest 12 inches. Make them from fat quarters or leftovers from your purse or pouch and they are perfect for anything you wish to put in them!! There are instructions in the pattern to make them into pockets too and actually put them into the purse or tote as you make it. So cool!!! I made each pouch in about an hour using Terry and Liz's Paisley Party fabric. Don't they look like a breath of spring??

This post is in the Hooked on Friday's Party. Go and visit the party!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nancy V.'s Amazing Artistry

Wow!!! A while ago we showed you the little picture of Monet's painting of his wife, Camile, on a hill recreated by Nancy V. in fabric. Nancy V. has added her excellent recreation of that little painting to her wallhanging of Monet PAINTING that painting. Whew! What a gal. Everything is so true to the colors of the era and to the life of the artist. Nancy has a collection of these renditions of artists painting their paintings which we will feature here at the shop this fall. Congratulations Nancy on a job well done, and stay tuned for more fabulous works from Nancy. What inspiration!