"Whoever said money can't buy happiness
simply didn't know where to go shopping."
Pillow made with Floral Birds
Rain,RAIN, rain! Last Sunday's comic
Stone Soup (link to Stone Soup)captures our thoughts on the weather. So with this edition of our newsletter, we thought we would bring you a bit of Spring, no matter the weather outside.
The background that you see peaking around the edges of the email is a new line of fabric from Free Spirit called Jeanvenve Linen. Frequently referred to as a decorator weight fabric, it is 100% cotton, looks and feels like linen and comes in a 54" width. Jeanvenve's Floral Birds has such a clean crisp feel of Spring, that it was love at first sight for our staff. Pillows, like magic, appeared the next morning. Thank you, Janet P.!
Even though the weather does not let us think it is actually Spring, the bird watchers amongst our staff tell us our summer aviary friends have started to arrive. The fabric manufacturers, including Free Spirit, must have envisioned our feathered friends' return as this year's spring theme. We have received several beautiful fabric lines featuring birds. Below you can see a new quilt we've made from Benartex's Meadowlark fabric line.
Ideas from the Sewing and Stitchery Expo
Tumbling Blocks and more....
The Puyallup, WA Sewing and Stitchery Expo provides us with an opportunity to see a wide variety of sewers and quilters, to observer what interests them, and to notice buying trends. Our new five yard quilts created a lot of activity. We will be showing you those in our Spring catalog. The Maywood Woolies, which we stock all year around, delighted a ton of shoppers, many who do not have access to flannels. Pam's Meadowlark quilt kit (seen on your right) sold out immediately. Our new Jungle Panel quilt was a hit with moms and grandma's (see below). In our Notion's booth Marci Baker displayed several of her Tumbling Block quilts and demonstrated her strip piecing techniques, packing our booth with careful listeners. See below for a video clip of her technique on Easy Strip-Pieced Tumbling Blocks.
Easy Strip-Pieced Tumbling Blocks, Marci Baker of Alicia's Attic
See below for Q Tool Corner Cut-60 and Clearview 10" Triangle Ruler.
Oatmeal Cookies From staff member: Mimi Teters
I like these cookies because they stay nice and soft! The secret is soaking the raisins!
3 eggs, beaten well
1 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla
Combine these ingredients and let them stand at room temperature for 1 hour
1 cup shortening, margarine or butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream shortening and sugars. Sift flour with dry ingredients and mix into a creamed mixture
Add raisins, nuts and oatmeal.
Bake 10-12 minutes at 350F
Jungle Panel Quilt Our Child Friendly Flannel
Working in a quilt shop can be such fun. The day we received this delightfully happy jungle panel and its accompanying fabrics, our Pinecone, Nancy went home and made this hug- gable child's quilt. She even wrote instructions, so the rest of us can easily make our little ones jungle quilts. Then Geri took our jungle panel kits to Puyallup and Expo-ers loved it too. Success is so much fun! We've ordered more fabric for more kits in hopes you will like our little quilt too!
The Birds Have Arrived Benartex's Meadowlark Collection
Sidelights quilt from Meadowlark collection
Spring seems much to slow in arriving this year, so we decided to hurry it up a bit by introducing summer birds into our shop with Pam's Meadowlark quilt. The shoppers at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup two weeks ago just loved this quilt. Our Pinecone, Pam, combined the Sidelight pattern with the classical lines of the Meadowlark collection to create this stunning quilt. Although the image suggest the fabric background color is black, in actuality the color is somewhere between a deep brown and a charcoal. The Meadowlark series also comes is an aubergine and a sea foam green.
Rotary cutting is easier if you clean and oil the cutter periodically.
First, disassemble your rotary cutter.
Place each part in a row on a flat surface so you know how to reassemble the cutter.
I prefer to place the blade flat on my cutting mat, then use a scrap of fabric or paper towel to clean it, wiping from the center of the blade to the outside so I don't cut my fingers or drop the blade.
When I reassemble the cutter, I put one drop of sewing machine oil near the center of the blade so it rotates easily while cutting.
If excess force is needed to cut through a couple layers of fabric, it's time for a fresh, sharp rotary cutting blade!
New Class Added Machine Quilting Fundamentals
At the request of many of our quilters, we've added another session of Pam Raby's Machine Quilting Fundamentals. The class has been scheduled for
Saturday, May 21
10:00 - 4:00
Two Rulers Used by Marci Baker
We feature in this month's promotion two of the rulers Marci Baker uses to create the many of the triangle blocks in her book ABC-3D and on her video clip, the Clearview Triangle in the 10" size (Marci recommends the 10" as the most versatile ruler size) and the Q-Tool Corner Cut-60 for exact seam allowance trimming.
Clearview Triangle 10"
Our Price: $18.36 List Price: $22.95