Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April mystery quilt - Elk in the pines

This pattern works up very quickly.  We wanted to leave the focal fabric in big chunks so the elk didn't get chopped into little bitty pieces.  The finished quilt would make a great fathers day gift for the outdoors man in your life. 
Have fun!

Randomly sew the 6 ½ inch squares in sets of two.  Create 20 sets.   
Sew these units to the 6 ½ x 12 ½ inch rectangles.  Create 20 squares.

Sew four blocks together to form a row.  Turn each block to achieve a random feel. 

Create five rows and sew together. 
Add the borders. 
(Speaking of borders, yours will be different.  We had just enough border fabric to do the kits.  Becky ended up using whatever was left.)

Quilt as desired.  Bind and enjoy!

It seems like there should be more to it but we're done!  It's a fun, easy one.

We are planning on using fabric from Riley Blake's Willow line for the May mystery quilt.  Here is a sampling of some of the fabrics. 

We'd love to have you join us.  Give us a call at 801-465-9133.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Another version of our latest mystery quilt

We loved how March's mystery quilt turned out. 

Expecting our first grandchild this fall we have been on the lookout for baby quilts.  We decided to make a smaller version of Jax using part of the Willow line from Riley Blake.  Although the photo doesn't do it justice here is a picture of how it turned out.

With only nine blocks, we easily pieced this in an evening. 
We will have kits available if you need a quick, cute baby quilt.
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Custom Frame Sale

Some of you may not be aware that we also offer custom picture framing here at the shop.  It occurred to us that it might be helpful to offer a few framing tips now and then.  Along with the tips will come a special promotion to help save you some $$$.  We realize that many of you are too far away to take advantage of the specials but hope the tips might be helpful.

Design Tip #1
Mat Border Proportions

Mat border widths change in popularity somewhat like hemlines
on dresses. The current style is the use of wider borders than
the typical borders used 10 or 20 years ago.

Today many people look at mats as an opportunity to add
color to the frame design, but originally mats were neutral in color
and used to provide visual relief between the art and its
surroundings. More generous mat borders enable you to focus on
the art much more easily.  (Courtesy LarsonJuhl.)

April framing special:

Purchase one custom frame and receive the second 40% off!

Now is a great time to frame those photos, prints, quilt blocks or anything you have been meaning to.  We have hundreds of framing and matting options available so you are sure to find the perfect combination. 

Please pass the word on to your friends! 

Simply mention this blog to receive the discount.

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Kelly & Rebecca