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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

UPCOMING CLASSES AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

There are some new classing being held next week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is the Sling Bag that Lee Anne will be showing you how to make.  It looks like an easy bag to make.  I bet you can think of someone who would like it for Christmas.  The class is Monday, August 21 from 6-9 p.m.
Marilyn will show you how to make this beautiful notebook.  You can read all about it here.  Another fun gift to make.  This class is Friday, August 25, at 10 a.m.
I will be teaching you how to make a quilt as you go place mat.  The class is Wednesday, August 23, from 1-4.

For all these classes please call the shop to register and get a supply list.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, August 14, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY!

Mark your calendar now!

The Country Fair Road Tour of 2017 will be held October 12, 13, & 14

Jump in your car and take a ride on The Country Fair Road Tour.  You will enjoy discounted shopping, play games, earn prizes, have refreshments, watch demos, enter 4 grand prize drawings, collect 4 tickets for shopping at a later date, collect prize winning tea towels and have lots of fun.  Participating shops are Attic Window Quilt Shop, 5363 Alpine, NW, Comstock Park, MI; New Ewe, 59 State Road, Newaygo, MI; Quilted Memories, Inc., 9919 Business US 31, Montague, MI; and Seven Sisters Quilt Shop, 210 W. Main Street, Carson City, MI.

In order to participate in this road trip and enjoy all the wonderful benefits you need to go to one of the four participating shops and purchase your $5 Fun Pass.  Then hop in your ride and get on the road and enjoy the tour!
Sign up today!! You won't want to miss this one!

A NOTE ABOUT COOLING BEADS:  Several have asked about where we got the cooling beads.  Cathy said that she got her cooling beads, Ashland Water Jewels, at Michael’s.  She said that if people are concerned about chemicals near their head, mouth and whatever, she would recommend these non-toxic beads.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Bee, Tuesday, Aug. 15
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, August 13, 2017

ANOTHER PERFECT DAY

We had another perfect day when the Happy Scrappers met Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above, Marti shows us the cooling neck scarf that she made.  I love the fabric she chose for her scarf.  Marti said in the past she has purchased over a dozen of these and it is nice that she can now make her own.  A reader recently asked where you get the cooling beads.  Cathy is the one who found them for us.  She said you can find them in the flower section of craft stores or in the garden center at home improvement centers.  They are very tiny before you pump them up with water.  Cathy said that after we make our scarf we should put it in the refrigerator in a zip lock bag when not wearing the scarf.  If the beads return to solid form you just soak your scarf in water to reconstitute the beads.
The rest of the day Marti worked on this adorable baby quilt that she is making for charity.  The fabric is so cute.  The red has paw prints on it and the pink has little bears.
Lee Anne continued working on her charity quilt using these beautiful charm squares.  Hope to get a picture when it is finished.
 I worked on making five more of these "Z" blocks.  Now I'm trying to decide if I want sashings between the blocks or what?  Any suggestions?
I also worked on these little bows for a Christmas table runner.  This is from the book Angles With Ease 2.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Monday, Aug. 14
  • Bee, Tuesday, Aug. 15
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Strip Plus, Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Aug. 18
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Aug. 19
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew 4 Home has a tutorial for a Slimline Waste Pack.  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LEARNING, SEWING, SOCIALIZING: A PERFECT DAY!

 
There was a lot of learning and sewing going on when the Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday.  Above Marilyn graciously models a cooling neck scarf that we made.
First we had to sew the tube and turn it inside out.
Above teacher Cathy, instructs Val on how to cut the ends of the scarf.
Then they filled Val's tube with the cooling beads.
This is a close up of them pouring those slippery beads into the tube.
Val and I model our new cooling scarves.  Mine is going to my DIL.
After that, Marilyn shows how to use a new tool.
When I saw this block that Marilyn made, I knew I had to get that tool and make some of these.
This is the tool from Creative Grids.  When you are making lots of these blocks, this tool helps you to strip piece.  You gotta see it to know what I mean.
After all that learning, we got down to the business of sewing.  Lee Anne is starting another charity quilt using these beautiful charm squares.
Mary is working on a quilt for charity too.  She is using her 30's fabrics.
Above Cathy is putting much thought into her table runner.
Here it is all finished.
I love this fabric with the ants and watermelon.  Good job Cathy!

A special thanks to Marilyn and Cathy for giving of your time to teach us today!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 10
  • UFO Night, Friday, August 11
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, August 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, August 6, 2017

WHAT TO DO NEXT?

Hello Quilters.  I wasn't able to get to the Attic Window Quilt Shop this weekend, so I don't have any pictures from there to show you.  I did get a new camera (my kids got it for me for my birthday) and I've been playing with it.  So, I'll show you what I've been up to today.  It really is a bit of this and that.  I can't seem to make up my mind which project to focus on.  Have you ever had days like that?  Above is a cat wall hanging that I'm working on.  I can't figure out how to draw the whiskers on the cat so I can stitch them.  I'll have to ask Brian since his wall hanging inspired me to make one too.
While cleaning, I found twelve Grandmother's Flower Garden English Paper Piecing pieces that I started probably ten years ago.  Since I will be dog sitting next week, I thought doing handwork upstairs might be a good idea.  That way I can keep an eye on the dogs.  So I spent much time today making the card stock templates for those little white diamonds around each flower.
And, last but not least, I worked on this little phone case that my daughter asked me to make.  Some time ago I made a Slouch bag for her out of this fabric. You can see that bag here.  Yesterday she complained because, "everything falls to the bottom and I can't find my phone."  She thinks a little case, without a zipper, only a flap, will enable her to reach down into that bag and easily grab her phone.  Well, we'll see how that works.   Right now, I'm waiting for her to tell me if this is the correct size for her phone before I finish this project.
Don't forget Happy Scrappers meets on Wednesday and Cathy will show us how to make these cooling scarves.

PS:  I think the new camera is working okay, don't you?

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, August 7
  • Bee, Tuesday, August 8
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, August 9
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 10
  • UFO Night, Friday, August 11
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, August 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Tea Rose Home has a tutorial for a swaddle blanket with self binding.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MAKE DOLLS WITH JULIE

School will soon be back  in session!  You know what that means...time for some me time!  Join us at Attic Window Quilt Shop on Thursdays in September and October for Gail Wilson's Kate Greenaway dolls.  The price for class is $50 (includes all the Thursdays in Sept and Oct).  Students will need to purchase their pattern $18, and supplies (body fabric, skin and face paint, and roving, etc.) from www.gailwilsondesign.com.  For a description and ordering info of the dolls, see cloth dolls page 6 on Gail's website.  
Teacher Julie L. sent these pictures of the beautiful dolls that she made and you will be making in her class. For the first class, students need to bring their sewing machines and basic sewing supplies.  You will also need a half yard of good quality quilting fabric in a khaki or tan color and thread to match. You must also, have the KG doll pattern from Gail Wilson. Pick up a supplies list and class syllabus at the first class.
Special note:  You might want to ask Gail if she has a kit available and purchase that as Julie no longer has extras of this doll. Students who purchase a pattern also need to purchase paints, roving, small buttons, etc. to complete their doll and Gail Wilson.com is the best place to do it because the perfect color skin and face detail paints and very tiny buttons are very hard to find locally. When you place your order, mention that you are a participating in a class that starts Sept 1, to be sure you get your pattern in time. Order at least two weeks in advance please! 

Class starts Thursday, Sept 7, 2017 and runs every Thursday thru September and October. 
  
http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/all_page_content/cloth_dolls_6.html

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Friday, August 4
  • Sampler & Bee, Saturday, August 5
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, August 7
  • Bee, Tuesday, August 8
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, August 9
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, August 10
  • UFO Night, Friday, August 11
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, August 12
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Sew 4 Home has a tutorial for a collapsible storage basket.
Caroll,
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NEW FABRIC AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Who doesn't want to see new fabric?  Who doesn't want to start a new project?  I know I do.  Above, Marilyn shows us this adorable baby quilt.  Guess what...she did't have to piece all those little squares.  She bought the panel and coordinating fabric at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

Above is a close up of the fabric, and then this even closer look at one of the darling squares.  What kid wouldn't love this!!!
This panel is Silent Night by Northcott.
These are the coordinating fabrics.
Bolts of this fabric are at the shop, but took a picture of the fat quarters because it is easier for me.  These are called Mon Cheri by Robyn Pandolph for Home Essentials.
These fabrics are called Nuts & Bolts by Michael Miller Fabrics.
These are Marmalade by Cathy Hall for Andover Fabrics.

So much to see.  Stop in at the shop today and pick up some fabric for that new project you want to start!

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful summer.  August is here all ready!  Can you believe that?  Before we know it the kids will be back in school and we'll be starting our sewing for Christmas.  Better start thinking about that now!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Sunday, July 30, 2017

CLASS LEADS TO ORIGINAL DESIGN!

Jana Lee and I had a one-on-one applique session last week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. She wanted to learn my method of freezer paper applique.  I thought if she knew how to make the various shapes: oval, stem, leaf, square, petal, then she could make anything.
 Jana Lee caught on quite rapidly and in no time had all the various shapes made. Our last try was making the flower petals. She then took all the pieces and made a cute little applique flower in a pot. She is holding the project in the first picture.  This is her original design! Now she can sandwich and quilt it and use it as a table topper, wall hanging, mug rug, whatever. The important thing is that now she is ready to tackle El Cameno Real.  I made the wall hanging in the book a few years ago and this got Jana Lee enthused about applique.  You can read about my wall hanging here.

It was a fun day and I can't wait to see Jana Lee's quilt.  I hope to post pictures as it develops.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP THIS WEEK
  • UFO Day, Monday, July 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:  
  • OP Quilts has a tutorial for making an oven mitt.  This would make a nice Christmas gift or hostess gift.  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ANOTHER BLOCK FOR THE BOM AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 The Quilt Block Cookbook BOM met Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above and below the women show us their blocks that they made for this month.


What a fun group.  Next month should be our last month for making blocks, however, some of the women would like to continue as there are lots of blocks still to be made from this book.
Above is the sample of the block we will be making this month.  The recipe is number 38 Trading Post.

QUILT SHOWS:
  • The Lighthouse Quilt Guild's Quilt Show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 901 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, MI. Admission is $6.
  • The 2017 Annual Quilted Memories Quilt Show will be held July 28-30.  Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sunday 12 p.m. through 4 p.m. Admission is FREE.    Quilted Memories is 9919 US 31, Montague, MI.
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, July 29
  • UFO Day, Monday, July 31
ON ANOTHER NOTE:  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ARE THERE BEES IN YOUR ATTIC?

The Bees In The Attic Bee Hive met Wednesday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Before our meeting started, we had some show and tell.   Above, Barb shows us her latest flimsy.  So cute.
Cathy was queen this month and above she lays out the blocks we gave her.  These were easy blocks.  I think the hard work is yet to come, as Cathy intends to put a strip of fabric and a square between each block.  Can't wait to see the finished quilt.  She is making it for her daughter who just moved into a new house.
Karen is Queen of the hive next month and Wednesday she distributed packets and instructions as to what block she wants us to make for her.  Above she shows us how to do the strip piecing.
These are the fabrics and instructions for the block she wants us to make.  What fun this block will be.

QUILT SHOWS:
  • The Lighthouse Quilt Guild's Quilt Show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 901 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, MI. Admission is $6.
  • The 2017 Annual Quilted Memories Quilt Show will be held July 28-30.  Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sunday 12 p.m. through 4 p.m. Admission is FREE.    Quilted Memories is 9919 US 31, Montague, MI.
    AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, July 27
  • Mega Bow Tucks Tote, Thursday evening, July 27
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, July 29
ON ANOTHER NOTE:  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.