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Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Celebrators

Our Friday Free Sew ladies all dressed up to celebrate the Royal Wedding today and I couldn't resist taking a picture of them. 
Are they cute or what?
I heard some of them actually got up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding live but, they still made it to free sew! 
That is dedication for ya!
Kudos to them!
It was a fun day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

All Aboard! and America the Beautiful

These fabrics from Exclusively Quilters came in this week:
All Aboard! features a panel with four pictures:

And these coordinates for All Aboard:






On the Exclusively Quilters website there are free downloadable patterns for these four quilts using these fabrics.
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We have all the coordinates for these quilts! 
Perfect for Father's Day!








We also got in a few fabrics from the America the Beautiful Collections including this panel with 5 pictures of our national bird the Bald Eagle:
 We thought these would be perfect for our 
Quilts of Valor quilters.
Fun Facts about our National Bird:
As of 2007 Bald Eagles are not on the Endangered Species list anymore- they are however still a protected species.
There are 9,789 breeding pairs of Bald Eagles. Once paired they only breed together so long as they both live though, they will separate during the non-mating season and find eachother again during the breeding season. They lay 1-3 eggs in nests built in tall large trees near rivers or a coast.
Bald Eagles have 7,000 feathers, weigh 10-14 lbs, live up to 30 years, can lift up to 4 lbs and have a wingspan of 72-90".  They can fly up to 10,000 feet in the air and can reach speeds of 30-35 mph during level flight (even higher during dives). Eagles are strong swimmers which help them catch their favorite food- fish.
The call of a bald eagle is not the beautiful sound you hear in the movies. That call is actually made most commonly by a Red Tailed Hawk.
The Bald Eagle became our National Bird by only one vote: the turkey was the very close runner up!



Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gift Idea

We just got these in yesterday. They are blank greeting cards with a little window for you to put a tiny quilt block in AND it comes with the little paper pieced pattern shown but, you could put anything you'd like in the box. They come 4 to a pack with the envelopes.



A piece of the card folds and sticks down over your block to make it all finished and pretty inside. The cards are made of a soft heavy paper. 







Deb cleverly ran out to the classroom during Free Sew Friday and made a sample.







What a cute card for any quilting friend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Polka Dot Garden

New Fabric from In the Beginning Fabrics! This company's fabric has a really soft hand. It is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!
 Adorable border stripe and medallions...
Polka Dotted Cherries!
 Flowers and more polka dots of course.
My mom is already making noise about using these for a mug rug and by the way we have nearly 10 turned in so far!! Keep'em coming!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Batiks that Care

A small company called Fabrics that Care has some pretty batiks we decided to try out. 
Hot yellows and Oranges:
 Fuschia mixing to pastels:
 Pinks:
 Black and White textures:
 Peach tones:

We recently rearranged the store a bit and are really pleased at how much more organized it is.  The wide quilt backing fabrics are up on a shelf and look so much more organized and attractive.  We are making room for more fabrics!! Stay tuned.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Classes and other doings

We have had a flurry of classes lately.  So much creativity and so many beautiful quilts!  I am so inspired by everyone's projects!
Here are some of the ladies from the Ivy Twist class:

On  Wednesday, May 4th Becky Goldsmith from Piece O' Cake designs is coming as part of her visit to Tri-County Quilt Guild and she plans to teach hand applique at Quilters Crossing! The class is nearly filled so if you are interested- sign up and pay ASAP to reserve your spot!
Also we have been receiving Mug Rugs for the swap! I am so pleased we already have 3 swappers (besides myself!) in the first week! You guys rock! Such cute designs, I can't wait to see what other swappers come up with! Remember you have until the end of May so there is plenty of time for you to make one ( or more!!).

Friday, April 1, 2011

Zanzibar!

We received some new fabric this week from Blank Quilting. Fall colors really flush it out, with the fabrics we chose for coordinates. We hope you like it too:
Please welcome "Zanzibar"!


Multi-colored fall tones to coordinate.
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We also received these, which look nice with the Zanzibar tones but have an Oriental flare to them and THESE four bolts are only $6.99 per yard:

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And most recently we received this kids line with a safari theme:
Focal fabric:
 Stripe with zebras is cute and the monkeys were really too cute to pass up!
 Everyone accents with crackled zebra print right?
 Funky polka- dots
 crackled paint tone on tones to set everything off:
 Rich tone on tone swirls in other colors too:
Have we gotten any creative juices flowing?  
We leave you with this warning: 
We are getting more BATIKS every month from April-July.
Get ready!