Finish First Sale! January 31 – February 5, 2011
Finish the bolt and get 20% off! Good on all regularly priced fabrics including batik.
Lots of Spring goods are arriving and we need some room. Come to the shop and help us clean out some thin bolts to make room for the new.
For online orders put Finish First Sale in the special instructions section and the maximum number of yards you will accept. If your order is close to finishing the bolt, we will add the extra and give you the sale price.
See you this week – the weather looks fine.
This gorgeous line of printed cotton is called Marzipan. It has a definite German influence in design. Jason Yenter designed it for In the Beginning Fabrics.
I love the intricacy of the print and the happy nature. And I’m a sucker year round for any version of red and green. My German Mother and Grandmother would have loved it!
The panel is adorable. You could make coasters – 5″ squares or use them in with any charm quilt pattern.
The stripe is begging to become a border or a table runner like the Karen Montgomery’s pattern, Easy Striped Tablerunner. The pattern uses a 60 degree triangle and uses stripes to their best benefit. The pattern calls for the Creative Grids’ 8″ Sixty Degree Triangle.
Sometimes the stripe is so wide that a 12″ Sixty Degree Triangle is better. This one is by Clearview. Creative Grids doesn’t make a 12″ one. You will need to add fabric grips to the Clearview Triangle. Creative Grids features non slip dots so the ruler stays in place. It’s Grrrrreat!
Here’s a FREE download from In the Beginning Fabrics using the Marzipan line. It is very pretty. I think I would put a different dot in the place of the black. Maybe the green dot would be good. I like the black binding. What do you think? Do you like the black dot?
One last thought. I have been craving Marzipan candy since I ordered this fabric. I love it and grew up with marzipan at Christmas sent by my Great-Grandmother and other family members in Germany. It always had rice paper under the log of candy and you could eat it, too! But the marzipan is soooo good. My mouth is watering. I may need to mail order some!
Our men’s Batik Shirts are on sale. These designs are being phased out and new designs are coming.
They are excellent quality, 100% cotton batik and are generous men’s sizing. My husband loves them!
The picture shows Marty and me at the 2010 Knoxville AQS show. By the way, I really was thinking tall when this photo was taken – didn’t work – did it?
What a great time to get a Valentine’s gift or two or stock up for Father’s Day!
Roses of Remberance is our new Block of the Month that starts shipping in March, 2011. It runs for 13 months and finishes 63″ x 63″. This block of the month is a result of a rose of sharon applique pattern contest from Electric Quilt. There were 850 entries from 11 countries. Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims selected the winning 12 blocks and Sharon Pederson designed the 13th block. Many companies have become involved in this block of the month and donations are being made to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.
The quilt features batik from Island Batik and is absolutely gorgeous. All of the batiks are showing on line. Other companies involved are Martingale and Company in collaboration with Nine Patch Media produced the book and DVD. Each offers more of the winning blocks than are included in the block of the month.
The quilt can be appliqued with traditional hand methods, raw edge fusible methods, or with machine embroidery/hoop applique methods. The machine embroidery/hoop applique methods make smaller blocks and are included on an Embroidery CD or Memory Stick. We will offer embroidery classes to support the machine/hoop applique methods and the quilt as you go assembly techniques.
Two thread collections are available by Aurifill. They include gorgeous colors and everyone at the shop LOVES Aurifill thread. The Embroidery Collection is 40 wt. and is used for machine or hand embroidery. The Quilting Thread Collection is 50 wt and is for piecing and quilting.
A Stencil Collection by Nine Patch Media includes all the flower and leaf shapes used in the quilt. What a time saver!
The original quilt was made with a Quilt As You Go method. Matching threads were used in the bobbin for quilting so the stitching shows the designs on the back. A contrast sashing on the back creates a quilt in its own right. We will be offering a class in this technique especially as it relates to this block of the month. Backing for the quilt is available for the quilt as you go method or as a regular backing. If you wish to do the quilt as you go technique, buy your backing early in the project.
Wow! so gorgeous and you get to do a little at a time. I know I wish I had a project like this going last year when I just wanted to do a little sewing without starting a big project. You can do your monthly installment and go on to another project. A good dose of quilting and color.