Monday, November 28, 2011

Back open with new stuff!

So we enjoyed our four day weekend and hope you did as well! And surprise, surprise, 
we had several deliveries today with new goodies!
 Here is a new colorway in batiks called "Garlic". 
I love it! It is gorgeous and is now on my 
"must add to my stash" list.
We also have our December Batik Fat Quarter Bundles all set, for those of you enrolled in the club to pick up! 
( 2 days early-- I know, we rock!). 
Pretty in Pink!
Members can pick them up anytime this month.
We also received a bunch of precuts today...stay tuned for pictures of those tomorrow!
Watch the calendar for extra free sew days sprinkled in from now until Christmas to help everyone get their projects done. The window on getting quilts quilted before the holidays is closing soon so please get your quilt tops in ASAP!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Last Day of Sale (and then closed until Monday!)

Just a reminder the sale ends Wednesday (November 23) at 5 pm!

Fabric is on sale ( any cut a yard or more
at 25% off and 
books are also 25% off! 

We are also having Free Sewing in the classroom tomorrow from 10 until 5pm.  Come start your relaxing holiday early with some friends!
And to everyone who can't make it in person we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Zippers and Sale Starting!

We carry several patterns that require zippers and we want to have everything you need for your projects.....

But you want your zipper to match your project which meant carrying zippers in lots of colors. We found this display:

And it works out that these affordably priced zippers are 14" long (perfect for these Atkinson patterns in all sizes) and come in a LOT of colors as you can see.

And is it just me? Or do you also buy zippers for a project only to get home and realize you have bought the wrong length? Problem solved: We also carry these MAKE-A-ZIPPER rolls in neutral colors like beige, brown, black, cream and white. These can be cut to suit your required length and can be cut into up to 12 individual zippers.
These little Atkinson bags whip up in just a couple of hours and make great gifts for anyone! 
This is the Zippy Strippy bag in its largest size make using Hometown Fabrics by Moda and some of our giant rick rack to embellish:
Don't forget the sale on all fabric and books Monday-Wednesday!
Tuesday and Wednesday are Free Sew days in the classroom too so stop in and get some stitching in!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mod Tod by Riley Blake and upcoming sale!

In addition to the SIX boxes of batiks we received on Thursday! We also received Riley Blake's Mod Tod and it has these adorable tone one tone ginghams-- so little boy!
 Stars and stripes:
 Cogs in different sizes:
 And this cute focal fabric that ties it all together. Hmmm... I feel a Twister quilt coming on-- so cute!
We have kits available for Firecracker,  By:Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts seen below:
 Kits include the pattern and all the fat eighths and white on white fabric you need to make the blocks shown above. Then let us help you pick your two fabrics for your borders to personalize your quilt. We have them all displayed together as shown below to make easier- any of these fabric work as borders so just pick your favorite two!
We even have the Creative Grids Lazy Angle Ruler to make this quilt easily, despite the odd angles, or you can try it with the templates included in the pattern- your choice!
Aren't those Firecracker fabrics pretty that Nancy is hiding behind!!
Many of you receive our email so you know that during Thanksgiving Week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we are having a sale!  So when you have your nice long weekend you'll have plenty of fabrics stocked up for projects and maybe you'll be able to get some gifts done for the holidays OR what a great time to stock up on backings for quilts which require quite a bit of yardage! 
A little pre-holiday happiness for our customers we hope!
Books will be on sale for 25% off.
We will be closed Thursday through Sunday over Thanksgiving but we will have lots to share with you soon! 
Thinking ahead?
Mark you calendars for our 3rd Open House on January 21st!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Daisy Cottage, and more

New from Riley Blake: 
Daisy Cottage

For the Tree Hugger Quilter/Seamstress:

And at Quilt Market we acquired this light, smoothly rolling sewing machine tote by Tutto. 
These were all over the quilt show this year. 
It is chocolate brown, roomy, sturdy and opens from the top and from one of the sides for easy removal of your favorite machine:
 The other side pocket opens with multiple gadget pockets for storage:
 And the whole things compresses flat:
As I said, we only have one of these available for $189.99. Perfect for classes, retreats and bee go-ers!
First come first served! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

No more Quilt Show Tickets

Just letting you all know that we don't have any more quilt show tickets to sell. You can buy them down at the show though so you won't miss the show! Which is lovely make sure you run down there and check it out! 
Here are some striking quilts we saw down there on preview night!
 Above: a winner being interviewed
This picture above does not do this quilt justice. It was really fun to look at with all the beautiful elements of Christmas in it. It did have a bit of a sad story though, the maker did much of the handwork during her husbands Chemo treatments and he did not live to see the quilt completely finished.  How strong of her to persevere and finish. Very inspiring.

 Loved the neutrals in the quilt above and the pops of color. The quilting doesn't really show up in the shot but it was gorgeous.  I was thinking, this is the type of quilt that someone has to have to have vision to design because before the quilting it probably looked quite plain and boring with big spans of taupe but once quilted it was brave and subtle and I just loved it. You would have had to have faith that it would pop with the quilting, do you know what I mean?
 The value usage in this quilt was awesome! 
Look at the dimesion it creates!
The detail shot above is from the upper left corner of the picture below. Look at the trapunto look created. Love the tiny circles creating texture. 

Again another large scale shot with a detail shot this time below. These hexies were about the size of a nickle- Maybe. The smaller inset ones were small like a dime. 
can. not. imagine. doing. this. 
Oh my gosh it was gorgeous. 
This quilt below reminded me of my friend Susi Looney from Uncommon Quilts. She likes to play with machine applique design and even teaches a class at the shop on this very subject.
She has a new line of children's puzzles out just this month which feature quilts, check out her website if you have a chance. 

Detail shot above of the quilt below. Check out how they used organza (perhaps?) for the wings which gave a really realistic effect.  Note they are on a honeycomb and they have lovely quilt patterns on their bodies! Love the playfulness of this and it makes me want to try to play with that idea of combining tradition with modern!

 Lovely color gradation on the quilt above, note the beautiful detained quilting below in the detail shot.
This last one was just fun and happy and I took the picture thinking of my daughter. Very scrappy and happy.
So all three of the Quilters Crossing Gals were at Preview Night last night.  It was great to see good friends, customers and fellow guild members all celebrating our favorite hobby together! We are so lucky to live in Houston where we can see this kind of inspiration every year!