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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fat Quarter Bundle Winner–Just One Star Challenge

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Our Challenge to you on Monday was to make a block for the Just One Star project & blog about it.

Here is our block & our $1 kits that are available in the store for our local customers. 

It is cost prohibitive to put these on our website, but we are certain you have 1/8 yard of cream & a 10” square of blue or red in your stash!

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We had 3 bloggers take us up on our challenge & are happy to announce TeachPaNy as the winner of the fat quarter bundle.

Stay tuned for each Monday’s challenge.  Each one is a little different, but the one constant is that there is a prize!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday’s Quilt Challenge and Giveaway

As we enter a new week and soon a new month, I have a month of Monday Challenges planned for us.

This Monday’s challenge is to make a star block for the Just One Star project

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Moda fabrics is coordinating the piecing, quilting & presentation of 100 quilts to injured US military by Flag Day, June 14th.

All they need from us is Just One Star block.  Click here for full information, piecing instructions & mailing info.

Each block only requires a fat eighth plus a 10” square.  You can surely mail 1 block for the price of a stamp.

Now then, the challenge & giveaway details:

  • Make your block today
  • Blog your block & spread the word in a blog post today or tomorrow
  • Come back here & post a link to your Monday or Tuesday blog post (earlier blog posts will not qualify; you must have a blog to participate in this challenge)
  • On Wednesday morning, I will select a winner & they will receive this fat quarter bundle.  If you do not have an email address in your blog’s profile be sure you post one in your comment.  If I can not contact you, I will pick someone else.

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We can make a difference in the life of a stranger, if we will just try.  So, won’t you make a block for those who have so selflessly given of themselves for your freedom?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday’s News from the Floor

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Wilkes Barre, PA, 1908 

Can you imagine being a girl in 1908 on skates?

Think of the movie Titanic…LONG skirts, gloves, hat…on tin skates

 

weeeeeee….

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quilts added to our Etsy handmade shop

A beautiful day to welcome in spring also gave us the opportunity to get some nice pictures of our quilts!

We have added many new items to the Etsy shop and have many more to come.

Be sure to check out our newest creation from our original design, Charm Pack Cutie, using the newly received Daisy Chain fabric.

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You can also buy a kit of this quilt in our online store!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Quilting a Vintage Quilt Top-Answers to an email question

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I received this email last weekend & thought it would be great to open the discussion to all our readers.  My comments are in red.

I recently acquired a vintage quilt top that the seller claimed to be from the 50's. I'm not an experienced quilter, this will be my first at best.

I hope you don't mind that I'm asking you a few questions,… and really would like to finish it, because it really is a beautiful piece of work and I'm in love with it.

Due to my inexperience, I have no idea how to handle vintage material. It's not tattered or anything, seems like it's still in pretty good shape - except for a few tears here and there which I plan so sew by hand. 

Here are a few of my questions:

1. What soap do I wash it with? I would recommend not washing it until you have completed the quilting & binding.  If you wash the exposed raw edges, the fabric will fray and distort the quilt top.

2. It is safe to dry it in the dryer? Low heat?  Once it is quilted, you should be able to dry it in the dryer on low heat.

3. How do I attach the backing? Do I just sew along the sides with a machine?  There are several options on how to quilt (attach the quilt top, batting & backing together).  You can tie/tack with floss or yarn, you can take the quilt top to a professional long-arm quilter, or you can hand quilt.  Once the layers are quilted, the outside edge will need to be bound.  Your long arm quilter may do this for you, or you can see my tutorial to do this yourself.

4. Hand-tying/tacking - necessary to attach the quilt top to the backing? See #3

5. Measurement in 62x78 inches - how much fabric would I need for the backing? approximately 5.5 yards of 44/45” wide fabric; you will have to piece the backing.  You can also purchase 90” wide backing by the yard & just purchase 1.75-2 yards. 

6. Where do I start? I think that maybe start with the decision of how you want the quilt to look when it is done.  Do you want a tacked quilt or a quilt that has the layers sewn together?  How much do you want to do yourself versus outsource (MANY quilters outsource the quilting side of quilting, so this is commonplace)?  If you want to do it yourself, I would recommend checking with a local quilt shop in your area & ask about classes.  They could also recommend long arm quilters if you want to go that route.  To learn more online about the quilting process, here are a few links to check out:

http://quilting.about.com/od/stepbystepquilting/How_to_Make_a_Quilt.htm

http://www.ehow.com/way_5813837_instructions-beginning-quilting.html

It is my hope that others will chime in with other tips & thoughts for you!

Best wishes for straight stitches!

Shannon

 

Updates to Fabrics N Quilts Class Schedule

With Spring & Summer gardening season upon us, we have decided on a change to how we use our classroom at FNQ.
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We are excited to announce that for the next few months, we are dedicating our classroom space to service projects.
 
Classes will be available “on demand”  If you see something in the store you would like to make, just ask!  Is there a technique you want to master, just ask!  We are excited to tailor classes to you and your schedule.
 
We think this will give our classroom purpose during these ‘rather be outside’ months ahead.
 
See our April calendar & stop in to ask questions about any of the service projects we have lined up!
 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quilting Service Project: Join Moda in Just One Star

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I’ll bet you even have fabric in your scrap bin that will work.

Deadline is May1st, so why not make 2 or get your guild or neighborhood involved?  You have plenty of time!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy National Quilting Day!

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divaJoin us for our first annual event where you have the opportunity to win the title of Quilting Diva.

Our lucky Diva will be awarded with 15% off all purchases through 12/31/11.

And what's a Diva without an entourage? 

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To be eligible for our drawing you must make a purchase of at least $25, this will earn you one ticket.  To increase your chances you will get an extra ticket for every $25 you spend with us on March 19th.

We will be crowning both in-store and online Divas & Fanatics!

Winners will be notified no later than March 21st.

As a special incentive to our online shoppers, on National Quilting Day, we will offer FREE shipping on US orders over $10.  Use code FREESHIPPING19 at checkout.

Friday, March 18, 2011

News from the floor

I have decided to do a special Friday Feature, news from the floor.

Some of you are wondering what that means, others are already on to me.

As you can see from this pic, I have a unique floor treatment in the store.  Old newspapers!
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Today’s featured ad would NEVER be tolerated in today’s age, but this was 1908, women didn’t get “heard” back then

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Every Large Woman….really?  Every Large Woman just quit buying your newspaper, bub!



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Donations delivered in 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

Through the generous donation of time and resources I proudly presented 62 pillowcases to local charities on behalf of Fabrics N Quilts and its customers March 15.

Hosting pillowcase events twice every month, we hope to continue this mission throughout 2011 with a goal of an additional 150 pillowcases. Free patterns, kits and lessons are available at the quilt shop. To find out how you can make a difference in your community, visit http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/index.html , then click Find Locations. Every pillowcase can make a difference.

To date, over 260,000 pillowcases have been made & donated nationwide.

Red Cross

Shannon Ownby, Fabrics N Quilts, with Angelina Whitehead accepting 16 pillowcases for Fentress County Red Cross Family Services

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Shannon Ownby, Fabrics N Quilts, with Lisa Roysden & Gail Reed accepting 34 pillowcases for the Upper Cumberland Children's Center

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Popie Crabtree and Terry Crockett accepting 12 pillowcases for Signature Healthcare of Fentress County

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Scrap Quilt on a MISSION

 You must check out this blog post from one of our recent Scrap Quilt Challenge participants!
 
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If you loved this quilt when you saw it in the challenge, why not try to win it?  (Click the pic to go to the blog post by AuntMagsQuilts)

Scrap Quilt Challenge WINNERS!

What a great response we had to our Scrap Quilt Challenge

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With 20 entries in our online challenge and 9 entries in our local challenge, I think we motivated a bunch of quilters to dig in the scrap bin & make some wonderful creations with what was on hand.

I know that I am still motivated & sewing up scrap quilts here, working on my 3rd one now.

So, without further ado…our winners!

Receiving almost 50% of the online vote (!) Romebeauty 85 used the disappearing 9 patch block in a gorgeous rag quilt

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Receiving 35% of the votes in our local, in-store, challenge is this beautiful sampler by Betty B.

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We know that not everyone that started the challenge was able to finish their quilt.  We hope that you will jump over to our facebook page & post a picture of your quilt when you finish. 

Congratulations to BOTH our winners and to all of you that participated in the challenge!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A second Scrap Quilt Top finished

Finally got the time to finish the lap quilt top started last weekend.  I have decided against a second border. It’s 60”x68”. I only used 1 yard of new fabric for sashing & binding.  Very proud!
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Now to decide quilting pattern!
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Daisy Chain fabric is a nice mix of vibrant & muted purple tones

Just added to our online store is this beautiful collection from A.E. Nathan Fabrics.
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As an added bonus, we have discounted the yardage today (ONLY!)in our Deal of the Day to just $4.00 per yard!  You save over 27%!
 
I will have an adorable quilt to show soon using this collection with kits available.  It’s all basted, waiting for some quilting time, so it won’t be long.
 

Monday, March 7, 2011

25% off New Quilt Magazines in our Deal of the Day

You choose

Perfect for Precuts

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or

Quilts & More

Q&M-Spring-Cover-200

Your choice, 25% off in our

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A scrappy Sunday’s progress

I was able to sit down with some scraps this weekend. 
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I wasn’t sure where these stacks of GO! cutter rectangles would lead me, but I knew that brick walls have been in my quilter’s mind for a while.
 
So yesterday, I started this
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I will put brown strips to sash my columns & for the first border.  The jury is still deliberating the outside border.  I *could* quilt as you go this design, and tumbled options in my head all night, but I think I will just finish the top so I can get back to all those other lovely scraps!
 
I was also able to spend several hours hand quilting, so it was a GREAT day!
 
If you are a FAN of scrap quilts, be sure to pop over to our website to vote in the Scrap Quilt Challenge!
 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Vote now in the Scrap Quilt Challenge

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The entries are in!

Go to www.fabricsnquilts.com NOW & vote!

 

 

 

 

Here is a little peek at the quilts entered in our local challenge

 

 

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