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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Friday fabulous fabric sale!

We are hosting a fabulous first Friday fabric sale this Friday (the 4th).  Select fabrics will be $5.55 per yard! Many of the fabrics are brand new to the shop.  

What a great way to get backs to finish up your quilting projects.

Our plan is to make this a monthly event on the first Friday of each month so please mark it on your calendars.  Hurry in to get the best selection.  The sale will end promptly at 5:55 pm.  

Five fun favors will be presented throughout the day.  Join us for some fanciful fun at our fabulous first Friday fabric sale, only $5.55 per yard until 5:55 pm.  

April mystery quilt fabrics

Here are some of the fabrics that Becky will be using for the April Mystery quilt.  It looks to be bright and cheery to help usher in the Spring season.

Please join us!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Campin' Out - March 2013 mystery quilt

Summer camping time is fast approaching.  You will be ready for your next camp-out with this outdoor themed quilt.  
This is an uncomplicated quilt created with squares from the panel and alternate quarter triangle square blocks.  

Follow the directions in the pattern for cutting the fabrics. 

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the light 8 1/4 inch squares.  Match, right sides together, with the 8 1/4 inch dark squares.  

Sew a scant ¼ inch on each side of the drawn line. Cut on the line.  

Press seams toward the dark fabric.  

Match the resulting half square triangles right sides together with opposite fabrics touching.   Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the triangle squares, perpendicular to the seam line.  

Sew a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the line and then cut on the line.   

Press open and square the resulting blocks to 7 1/4 inches. Create a total of 24) quarter triangle squares.

Sew the body of the quilt together alternating the squares from the panel with the quarter square triangles. 

In order to create the interlocking star pattern through the quilt you will need to pay close attention to the direction of the quarter square triangle blocks.  In the first row the dark triangles will be on the sides of the blocks.  In the second row the dark triangles will be on the top and bottom of the blocks as you see in the photo above.  You will sew 7 rows with 7 blocks to create the body of the quilt.  The first row will start and end with a panel square.  The second row will start and end with a quarter square triangle block.  Continue alternating in this fashion until all seven rows are completed. 

Sew the 2 ½ inch first border to the quilt.  

Sew six of the 8 1/4 inch rectangles and the 3 3/4 x 4 inch bear patch together end to end alternating lights and darks. Repeat with the remaining rectangles and fox square.

Sew one of these strips to the top of the quilt and one to the bottom.

Sew a 2 inch yellow all around the quilt.

Sew the 6 inch final border to the sides of the quilt.  Complete by sewing 6 inch borders to the top and bottom.  (Note: the fabric allotted for the borders requires straight seams.  If you choose to join the strips diagonally you will need additional fabric.)

Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!  Happy Camping!

Becky is planning next month's quilt with chevrons, dot, stripes and checks from Riley Blake designs.  We will post a photo as soon as we can.  Thanks for participating in our mystery quilt program.  We think they are not only fun but a great value.  Please help us spread the word.

What fabrics would you like to see used in future mystery quilts?  We are somewhat limited but we will be happy to look for collections that interest you.  We would love to hear from you.  Please leave us a comment.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mystery Quilt tomorrow

Tomorrow is mystery quilt day.  We still have some kits available if you would like to sign up at the $29.00 mystery price.  After tomorrow any remaining kits will be marked at the regular retail price of $44.99 which includes the binding.

We have been informed that our section of Main street will be closed to car traffic tomorrow for filming.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  The street will remain open to foot traffic.  You are welcome to park behind the library and walk through the breezeway.

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Home project completed!

A while ago we heard about a reclaimed junk project where you turn an old headboard into a bench.  We had a couple of headboards that were just waiting for a ride to the junkyard and a little corner nook in our bedroom that needed something to fill it.  After scouring the internet for ideas, this is what became of one of the old headboards.

It's certainly not an heirloom furniture piece but it adds a little interest to an empty corner.  

We are always looking for a spot to store another quilt so we made our bench with a lift up lid. (A couple of quilts have now made it off the floor of the closet.)

Of course, the real reason for having the bench is not because we needed a place to sit but because we needed something to drape another quilt over.  The bench looks better all dressed up don't you think?

It feels good to get a project done and the garage is a little less cluttered too!  It was really a pretty simple project that we completed with scraps we had lying around.  The only things we had to buy were the hinges and 3 cans of spray paint.  

If it is something that interests you, there are plenty of online tutorials.  Just google - making benches from headboards...or, our church youth group is planning to make some as a fundraiser for their summer activity.  I'm not sure when they will be available but you are welcome to call us at the shop if you would like more information.  (801-465-9133)  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's day!

Becky has just finished two new candy coasters.  One for March and a cute Easter one.

They are pretty quick and easy to complete.  You could have the March one done in time for your St. Patrick's celebration tonight... or be way ahead for next year.  

The patterns include fabric for the projects and are only $9.99. Get 'em while they last!

We still have space for next week's mystery quilt.  It's going to be another fun one so give us a call to reserve your kit!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Mystery Quilt

Where did Feb go?  Do the mystery quilt days seem to be coming around faster and faster or is it just us?

Anyway, we think you will enjoy this month's quilt.  Let's get started.

The quilt is made with nine 20 inch blocks.  We will begin by making the large stars for each of these blocks.  We love Quilt in a Day flying geese rulers.  This block uses the 3 x 6 inch ruler - it keeps the geese neat, tidy and precise!

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a yellow 7 1/2 inch square.  Place the 7 1/2 square in the middle of a 9 inch red square with the right sides facing.

Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line.  Cut apart on the line.  Press seams toward the larger triangle.  

Place the two pressed halves right sides together with outside edges aligned and opposite fabrics touching.  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner perpendicular to the seams.  Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line.  Cut on the line.  

Make a small snip between the parallel seams in each half.  This allows the fabric to be pressed in different directions.  Press the block and trim the flying geese with the 3 x 6 inch (finished size) flying geese ruler as shown.

It's hard to see in the photo but the ruler has markings that align with the edges of the flying geese triangle.  You simply trim all the way around to create precise, tidy flying geese.  Each set yields four flying geese.

Use a center square and the yellow background squares to complete the large star block as shown below.  

You will need to create 9 large star blocks.  We used the center shown in part of the blocks and the alphabet print in the remaining stars.

To create the small star blocks place a six inch teal square with a 6 inch red star square making sure the right sides are facing.  Draw two diagonal lines on the back of one of the squares.  Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn lines.

Cut on the diagonal lines and halfway through the squares vertically and horizontally.

Square the triangles to 2 1/2 inches.  ( We love the Quilt in a Day triangle square up ruler for this.)  Press toward the teal fabric.

Arrange and sew as in the photo below.  Create nine small star blocks.

Sew a red 6 1/2 inch bandana square to an alphabet or cowboy print 6 1/2 inch square.  Create nine.

Assemble the components to create a block as shown below.

Assemble 9 blocks.  Arrange the blocks into three rows with three blocks in each row.  We twisted the blocks different directions to give the quilt more of a scrappy, unplanned look.

Sew the 5 inch grey cowboy strips to the top and bottom of the quilt to complete.

We think it turned out fun.  Anxious to try the same pattern with different fabrics.

Happy Sewing!

We are tentatively planning a quilt using the Camp-a-lot line for March mystery quilt.  Please call us to sign up.