Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hexagon quilt ready to quilt!!

A little break from the challenge quilt yesterday during small quilts club, I finished putting together my little hexagon quilt! It is from "Civil War Sewing Circle" by Kathleen Tracy.  I just love it, and have had so much fun doing the English paper piecing.  I plan on hand quilting it, and may  just get started this morning before heading to the shop! 

Yesterday we got in the new Patek and Brannock line of fabric! Wow! So pretty! I will have to get a little off each bolt and play with it tomorrow! Also just in, is some of the new Primitive Gatherings line of fabrics!  And of course, I need a little piece off each of those bolts too!  Hummmmm..... what to make????

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Progress on Challenge quilt!

Hello! I worked on the blocks more today and got them all sewn together. Now I'm just thinking about putting a border on or not.  I plan on adding some wool applique and we'll see how that looks! We all think it is looking pretty! Just not primitive! LOL! I'll keep plugging along, and keep you posted too!
       Have a great evening! If you are near, come by for open craft night tonight, 6-9pm!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Challenge blocks!

Here they are so far! After a few strips, I was thinking oh brother, YIKES!  But after a few more, it's not looking too bad, but not at all primitive!  I worked on them at open craft night at the shop tonight, and included a few pictures of our group this evening having fun!  Stay tuned for more!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fabric challenge!

Today two of our helpers, Kim and Chelsea, at the shop picked out 16 fabrics they thought I would not likely pick out for one of my projects to make a quilt with! I plan on doing a log cabin pattern, so lets see what I can do with it! Yikes! I can over dye them, and I can add to them, but I have to use all of them! Yikes again!  Some have been on the shelves for months, and a few are new. Here they are....
Looking at the picture, I like several of them, but  wouldn't pair them with the others, so here goes! I guess I really have to do it, now that it is out there in blog land!! Haha!
       Have a great evening! I'll post my  progress!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fun at the Woolen Willow!

Hello!  Just wanted to share what has been going on the past few days at The Woolen Willow!  We have been very busy moving things around, hanging quilts and getting the new room ready for lots of stitching things!  We have a lot of new threads coming in, as well as patterns and kits!  We plan for mostly fun, quick, make and take type things!  There is more wool and fabric coming in also!  Speaking of wool........ we had some fun ladies from out of town in the shop yesterday. Some of them had been in the shop before, and they like to go through our wool scrap bin, where you fill a bag for a steal of a deal!  Usually they are on the floor with it spilled out way up front in the small wool room. Well, it is really cramped and usually warm up there when the sun is coming in the big windows in the afternoon, so I offered to carry it back to the cooler part of the shop and spill it out on the carpet for them to sit! They were really happy about that idea, but I felt like there just weren't enough "Good" scraps in the bin!  While they were having fun going through it, I went into the room where we keep stuff set aside for kit making and found some great wool scraps for them in bigger pieces! I threw them into the middle of the ladies sitting on the floor and they CHEERED and had so much fun!  Still feeling that there wasn't enough for them all to find what they would want, I cut  up some fat quarters of wool and threw them into the middle! More cheering of course! It was a lot of fun!  So here are pictures of the ladies and the quilts all over the shop in their new spots!  More to come, because we are going to paint all the walls in the shop and my husband is re-making the fabric cabinets!  Yay to Glen!
This area above, will be our class room area!
These above are the projects in Fall issue of magazine!
That's me, cutting wool in the wool room! LOL!
More Fall issue projects! (above)
     Hope you are all having a nice weekend! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Finished! Harvest Time!

Just sharing my little finished Harvest Time quilt!  It's tiny, but was fun to make! I quilted it at home on my Janome 6600p. I'm not that great at moving the quilt under the foot, I get tense and shoulders get tired. I didn't want to run over in my jammies to the shop to use the long arm though for such a little quilt though.  After coffee dying and drying, you can't really tell how imperfect my quilting is! But that is  Primitive, right? 
What will we get into at the shop today???? My husband went over last night, and after mowing with our son, he patched holes in the wall in a room where a vendor for the Painted Cupboard side of our shop left. We are going to fill that room with Woolen Willow stuff!  We have in mind, stitcheries, threads and notions related to stitchin' and embroidery, small wool projects! He plans to repaint the room tonight during Open Craft Night! I can't wait to start filling that room. We kind of scrunched up the shop when we needed more room for the Magazine shipping department!  Dad likes his shipping space! LOL!  Next is the plan to re-do the Woolen Willow area! Paint, cabinets, lights!!!! Wooo hoooo! I can't wait, because I have become tired of the old look! I'm ready for some changes!
     Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back from Long Beach!

Can you guess what I might be working on??? I was very inspired on my trip to Long Beach and shopping in southern California at great quilt shops!!!

 We are back from Long Beach! It was so much fun and the show was great!  Two of my Internet quilting group friends, Nora and Kathy, took a whole day out of their busy schedules to take me quilt shop hopping after the show! Kathy's hubby took mine golfing!  We went to Stars and Scraps quilt shop I believe in Corona, Temecula Quilt Company, Fat Quarters quilt shop in Vista, Quilters Coup in Temecula, and also in Temecula, the Wool Lady! We had fun, and I found so many great fabrics and patterns to buy in every shop! What? I already have a quilt shop and shouldn't need more fabric and patterns? Well, I do, but I can't possibly have seen everything and have it all now!  I actually liked two pieces of fabric so much, that I bought them both in two different shops! LOL! We met up with the men for dinner and parted. So sad, because I really had so much fun with them, and wish we lived closer to sew and shop together more! Thank you so much Kathy and Nora!! Oh, and Allen too!! Glen had a great time! 

The next day, my husband and I drove down to San Diego and I visited The Country Loft! It was wonderful and they were all so welcoming and nice! I shopped till I dropped in there also! It would have even been more fun with my new friends, but they were going on vacation!  I had fun visiting with Sharon the owner, Jo Ann Mullaly the Wool Crazy lady! They have pictures on their blog of my visit! I don't know what I was thinking,  and didn't take pictures at each shop! I must have been in awe of the shops and couldn't think straight! I have a few I will post on here though! We also drove to Coronado Island and walked on the beach a while! We used to go there when we were first married and stationed there in the Navy! Fun to go back, but also very happy to be home! 

This is a shot of our booth at the Long Beach show!

This is the Hotel Del Coronado!