Monday, June 27, 2011

Contrary Wife Quilt

As promised, for this post we are featuring another antique quilt. This project, completed by an unknown maker, was made from the Contrary Wife block pattern. For that reason alone, I think this is a great quilt, don't you?! It's estimated to date between 1900 and 1920 and was hand-pieced and hand-quilted. The size is roughly 72" x 74", with 6 1/2" square finished blocks. This is not a small quilt, which gives you an idea and appreciation of the time spent to finish a project like this. This quilt was purchased in an Oregon antique shop.

Here is a close-up of the Contrary Wife quilt and its unusual backing fabric, a large print in completely contrasting colors (this photo doesn't show it well, but it is a green background)!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rain or Shine

Looked like summer for a few days there, didn't it? The June Calendar Quilt should put you in the right mood. The cute little ants and bright red watermelon are perfect for a picnic!

July is all about fireworks and sunshine. We added bright red buttons to the center of the flowers to add some sparkle.

This little project is perfect for a world traveler or an adventurous little one. The size is great for a baby or throw quilt, and it has a pretty Paris motif. To add to all that, it's pretty simple to make! We still have kits available for this one.

Don't forget about the Western Washington Shop Hop, which starts this weekend!

On another note, our Farmer's Wife Club starts a new session on July 5. It will keep you busy making small sampler blocks on the first Tuesday each month. There are still a few spots available, so please let us know if you'd like to sign up!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cake Quilts!

Summer must be around the corner, we've been getting a few hints that it might really happen, but nothing definite yet! So if you can't garden, you probably want to sew....or bake a cake?!

Here are two of our quilts featuring some of the lovely cake fabric from Lakehouse. There are lots of florals, polkadots and checks and ...amazingly decorated cakes featured in this fabric line. This first quilt features the darker fabrics in the group and we've titled it "Thimble Cake". The pattern utilizes fat quarters and we have kits and patterns available along with the fabric shown here.

This second quilt is our "anniversary cake" quilt - we got this finished just in time to celebrate the store Fourth Anniversary - with some cupcakes of course! A soft floral quilt, that just might be a perfect accessory at your next tea party celebration. Fabrics and kits are available for this one as well.

Although we aren't participating in the Western Washington Shop hop this year, we know lots of you are rounding up your travel companions and planning your routes. We hope you have a great time and get to see lots of great quilt shops!

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ready or not it's June!

How did we get here?.... still waiting patiently for summer to arrive amidst all the last minute school activities, graduations, summer weddings and vacation plans? Just be sure to schedule some time for projects you enjoy!

This month's 'pin cushion' is a variation you may just need to take on - recycling a favorite tie that you've been hesitant to get rid of, now has an important purpose as your favorite needle case! Our version uses an western theme necktie, no longer in vogue with the former owner, includes a few pages for needles and pins, and a small pocket for a thimble. We developed a simple pattern - and offer up some ideas for variations to make it your own.

Come September - when we're in the midst of a glorious indian summer (can you imagine?!) - you can be creating a fabulous quilt with Reynola Pakusich. Check out her website for a great photo of her latest class offering, and stop by soon or give us a call to sign-up - space is limited!