Friday, April 27, 2012

Smithsonian Way We Worked comes to Jamestown

Tomorrow is the big kick off for the month-long exhibit in Jamestown, The Way We Worked, a travelling exhibit of the Smithsonian Institute.  The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation and our local Historical Society worked very hard to bring this exhibit to our community.

In conjunction with the main exhibit at Progressive Savings Bank, a dozen Chamber of Commerce businesses have volunteered to set up additional companion exhibits for a driving tour.

Here are a few snapshots of the exhibit we have put together in our classroom for the driving tour:



We hope that if you are in the area, you will drop into the bank & supporting businesses to check out this exhibit.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is 1pm at the bank on Saturday.  I also believe that Mrs. Patsy Littrell will be hosting an antique quilt bed turning during the afternoon hours at the bank.  Patsy’s bed turnings are unique, in that she tells the story of the quilter, not just the quilt!

See you soon!

I am linking up with Sarah, cuz this took 2 days to do & anything that makes me clean my room deserves a whoop whoop!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Antique quilt blocks-just hanging around waiting their turn

Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  {who is a most amazing woman} recently auctioned off 30 beautiful antique blocks to benefit her church’s quilt ministry.

I must admit, from the second I saw them, they were a must have.  Her pictures were wonderful, but it is hard to do these awesome blocks justice over the internet.  Seeing is swooning!

This block is one of the 2 with the stamp from the sugar sack still visible.  Note the size of these “blades” compared to the flat head pin(!!!).  The blocks are hand pieced and instead of appliqueing, the background is pieced in quarters (love this idea).  The center yellow is appliqued.

Since these blocks have never been used, the fabrics are in amazing condition.


I went through my new bundle of goodness with my friend, Patsy, who also loves old quilts as much (or more) as new ones.  She made a good point that these blocks deserve to be set by hand & hand quilted.  Yeah, good point, but I am still hand quilting a project I started 3 years ago {if you can call it that…I look at it more than work at it}. 

So these beautiful blocks have been fondled in the shop for the past week by everyone.  I needed to decide what to do with them.  So, for now, I put them on display.  Each is safety pinned to a wrapped clothesline.  Makes a cute curtain, right?



It wraps around the corner too.  (forgot to turn off the sconce light, so the pic is grainy-oops)

When I do get them down to play with them, my ceiling will look naked….so now there’s another thing on THE LIST!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lots of new fabrics added today!

We took a break from sewing to add some fabrics to the website. 

Check out some of these new groups (click the pic to see all the fabrics):

La Petite Mercerie 30425_70

Sewing Themed fabrics from Lecien

Petit Fleur 30174_11

Calicos from Lecien


University Cotton Prints

Tradewinds 11450

Trade Winds Jelly Rolls Just Arrived!

We added more fabrics like new marbles, novelties, and panels.  Even put a few new things on sale!

It’s good to have a computer day Smile

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Great Scrap Quilt! Maddie Bea using Sweet N Sassy Ruler Set

When I first saw this quilt pattern, my mind went straight to my big pile of Civil War scraps from the 2011 BOM & circle quilt.   The pattern uses 2” strips, so it’s perfect for using up those pesky scraps.  I think this quilt would be really cute in fun, bright & bold juvenile prints too.

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The pattern is for a twin, but easy to expand by just adding more to each row.  I did make my borders a tad bigger than the pattern for a nice drop.  I think I will drop this off at Helen-Marie’s when I head home from the Sparta Quilt Show in a few weeks.  I will have the flimsey there so you can see it in person!

This quilt uses the Sweet N Sassy ruler set by Creative Grids and the Maddie Bea pattern

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding charm-new displays!

A quick trip to the bank for change this morning became an outing of serendipity!  I have been anguishing over displaying our monthly Snap Sacks in the best way in the shop.  I needed a bookcase & I needed not to spend a king’s ransom.

Driving through town, I see Shanantha (love her name!) putting out the displays at the recently opened Red Barn Bargains on Main.  A big light went off!  On my way back to the shop, I snagged these awesome antique iron planters (and the cutie patootie lil dress form). 


Using these for my precut yards & remnants, I can use the bookcase I already have for the Snap Sacks!


the bookcase is to the left of the main counter, so I just pinned the displays across the front of the counter.  Kinda grabs you as you walk in, huh?


It’s funny how 2 little iron planters have created a whole day of {fun} rearranging!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Moda Meadow Table Runner Kit

Using beautiful earth tones is the trademark of Blackbird Designs.  The new collection for Moda, Meadow, is no exception.


This beautiful table runner kit will let you harness your love of both piecing and applique and even a little embroidery.  The floss is even included!

The included pattern is accompanied by all the fabric you need for the table runner top & binding.  Just search your stash for the backing.

The kit is packaged beautifully, so gift giving is an obvious plus with this kit!  Runner finishes to 12” x 48”

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Monday, April 2, 2012

April Snap Sack-Cherries Jubilee

Spring is “springing” all over around my house.  The dogwoods are blooming and I am awaiting the wash of Iris color that is soon to come.  Spring is filled with so much color, it inspired my fabric choices for the April Snap Sack.

Snap Sack April-Cherries Jubilee

A snap sack includes everything you need to complete the project except needle, thread & YOU! 

Snap Sack April-Cherries Jubilee-001

Your little pack will include the pattern, fabric for top, back & binding AND the batting.  All packaged up in the handy snap sack, perfect for gift giving (if you are so inclined).  All you need, and it’s just $15.00

Snap Sack April-Cherries Jubilee-002


To share a little spring color & quilty fun with you, I am going to send one lucky commenter the kit to make this very table topper.  Just leave me a comment & I will randomly draw a winner on April 8th.  This free kit will be sans the snappy bag, but you don’t need that anyway, right?

Feel free to share the love & the giveaway with your social network Winking smile


Follow up: You can follow any of the underlined/colored links to the item listing on  The table topper is 19” x 19”

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