Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gwen Marston Workshop Pictures

As promised, here are some pictures of the Gwen Marston workshop last weekend. The workshop encompassed two days - participants spent the first day working in the style of Gwen's Liberated Log Cabin, and the second day centered around her 19th Century Folk Applique technique.

a student's work in progress

more creations during the Liberated Log Cabin class

student progress in the Folk Applique class

An example of Gwen's work

A student hard at work

A teaching opportunity

From all reports it was a great workshop - with more play than work! Everyone had a lot of fun and learned some tips and tricks from a true master of the art. Gwen was a great inspiration! If you missed this opportunity, hopefully you'll have a chance to take a class with her in the future.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

For a Good Cause

Do you remember the Two Thimbles quilt from the 2010 Quilt Tour? The event had a nautical theme, and it was a lot of fun creating this playful quilt, pictured below, using all the fun block patterns from our local quilt shops.

Well, we're working on finding a new home for the quilt! The Friends of the Ferndale Library are holding a quilt raffle to benefit the New Ferndale Library Project. The raffle will be held at the Pioneer Pavilion at 2007 Cherry Street in Ferndale, from May 8th to July 30th. Visit this link for more information on the event.

This is a great cause, and as it seems that quilters are often book-lovers, what a great way to combine two passions!

On another note, the Gwen Marston workshops this past weekend were definitely a success! There were a lot of new ideas and inspiration, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Look for pictures soon!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More Calendar Quilts

We're playing catch-up this week- on blog-posting, that is. Pictured below are the March, April, and May Calendar Quilts. We've still got a few kits available!

For March we chose a muted grey background- appropriate for the Pacific Northwest in early spring, right? The flowers and bluebirds brightened up the scene.
With this rainy scene, there was no choice but to use bright neon colors- isn't that polka dot umbrella adorable? A real-life umbrella made of polka dots would be too cute- we've got some waterproof lining material available to make that happen. Ask us about it next time you're in!

Now THIS is what May is supposed to look like. We're just waiting for the pretty flowers and blue skies to come, aren't we?? Hopefully soon...

Pictured here is one of doll quilts that we featured during our anniversary sale. The pattern is called Mo's Suspenders (with a cute little back story) from Civil War Legacies. We call our version 'Four-Square Bouquet'. We've still got some kits available!

We're looking forward to the Gwen Marston workshops this weekend. Lots of inspiration, fresh ideas and a lot of fun.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Moving Forward

For those of you who came to the store this weekend, thanks for helping us celebrate 4 years! If you missed us this weekend, you sure missed a fun time ... but there's still lots to celebrate!

Here is our May 2011 pincushion. Didn't we tell you there would be cake this month? This cute pincushion is a great size for bigger projects, and with the cake-printed fabric, we thought it was just right for our anniversary month.

For those of you interested in more traditional-type projects, we've got the new issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects in. There are some great ideas in it, and we've still got a few copies left.

We featured some new projects this weekend, and have kits available... including Sense of Direction, pictured below. The pattern came from Virginia Cole of Galloping Pony Studio and it's called Quilt Sense. We switched it up a bit from the pattern and used a four-patch block, featuring our favorite soft greys and a mixture of teal and aqua to create our version of this special pattern.

The quote at the top of the quilt, printed on fabric printer paper, reads 'Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.' -Henry David Thoreau

That's a pretty great message to start our fifth year off right, don't you think?

Happy Stitching!