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Saturday, November 18, 2017

HAVE YOU EVER CHANGED DIRECTIONS?

Another Table Runner Finished!  When I saw the book The Joyful Stitcher at the Attic Window Quilt Shop I had to have it.  I love applique and although the pattern called for wool for the flowers and leaves I chose to make it all in cotton using my freezer paper method of applique.  I love how it turned out.
 I also had a little fun trying out some free motion quilting.
Above is the back of the quilt.  I never have used a solid fabric on the back.  I find a busy fabric hides my quilting skills...or lack there of.  However, it was fun to see how this looked from the back.

ATTENTION:  There has been some confusion about a couple of monthly meetings which usually take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month. This month that day is the day before Thanksgiving and a couple groups decided to make some changes.  Here are the changes:
  • The Bees In The Attic Bee Hive will NOT meet this coming Wednesday, but will meet instead on the following Wednesday, November 29 at 10 a.m.  
  • The Quilt Block Cookbook BOM will not meet this month due to the holiday.  You are still to make a block this month and you can read about what blocks to make here.
Don't Forget:
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25 and again Friday, Dec. 1.  Register now!!!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Bee, Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Breakfast Stitch-In and Sale, Friday, Nov. 24
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, Nov. 25
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DOES THIS BRING BACK MEMORIES?

Is anyone old enough to remember these?  I do.  When Chris, owner of the Attic Window Quilt Shop showed me this beautiful beaded purse it brought back a slew of memories.  Chris said that she got it from a friend whose Mother had received it as a graduation gift in 1940.  It was purchased at Herpolsheimer's (a local Grand Rapids department store) and was handmade in Belgium. 
This is a closer look for you to see all the beads.  Those were the good old days, when we only needed a small bag to carry lipstick and a tissue.  Today I'm thankful that we have so many quilting patterns and can make the large purses or bags to carry all the stuff we have to haul around with us every day.  Stop by the Attic Window Quilt Shop and take a look at the bag samples and the patterns.  Or you can check out the calendar and sign up for a bag class that Lee Ann or Marilyn teach. You will be surprised at what you can do with their excellent instructions.

Don't Forget:
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25 and again Friday, Dec. 1.  Register now!!!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Nov. 17
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Nov. 18
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

HOW ABOUT SOME EPP?

Well, this table runner is finally finished.  The dresdens are EPP.  I loved making them but I think I would have liked this one better if I had used a different background.  Live and learn.
 This is a close up of one of the blocks so you can see how I quilted it.  The pattern is from the book Distinctive Dresdens by Katja Marek, published by The Patchwork Place.  This book is awesome.  There are templates and directions for 26 EPP blocks and 6 projects.  I think I will try one of the more complicated blocks next and make a pillow.  You can get the book at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.

Don't Forget:
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25 and again Friday, Dec. 1.  Register now!!!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Civil War BOM, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Nov. 17
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Nov. 18
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Patchwork Posse has a free pattern and tutorial for Elf On The Shelf dolls.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Monday, November 13, 2017

NOW YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO

Are you like most quilters who have participated in the Row by Row Experience over the years and have collected fabric plates (those pieces of fabric that are designed to resemble state license plates)?  They are 7.25 inches by 3.5 inches and are printed on cotton.  Marilyn shows us a clever way to use that piece of fabric.  Above you can see how she used a past Attic Window Quilt Shop fabric plate to make this little zipper pouch.
 The pattern for this cute pouch is License Plate Zip Pouch and can be found at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  What a great idea!  Thanks Marilyn.

Don't Forget:
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25 and again Friday, Dec. 1.  Register now!!!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler & Bee, Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • Beginning Hand Embroidery, Tuesday p.m., Nov. 14
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Civil War BOM, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Nov. 17
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Nov. 18

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

MORE IDEAS FROM HAPPY SCRAPPERS

 The Happy Scrappers met Saturday at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Marilyn showed us the new wall hanging that she had made. 
This is a closeup of one of the blocks.  You can get the printed fabric at the shop.  Marilyn outlined the flowers and leaves in embroidery then used crayons to add color.  This is so pretty.  Not ready for another large project?  Then how about making a block and stretching it over canvas, making it into a picture for a wall.  It would make a nice Christmas gift for that special friend.
Vickie S. brought her Go Cutter in and she and Diana spent the day cutting a gazillioin circles of all sizes.  They are working on a Sue Spargo project.
Lee Anne continues working on her charity quilt using these beautiful fabrics.
And we were so happy to see Nancy back after her long absence due to major surgery.  Don't you just love her smile.

Don't Forget:
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25 and again Friday, Dec. 1.  Register now!!!
AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Sampler, Monday p.m., Nov. 13 
  • Sampler & Bee, Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • Beginning Hand Embroidery, Tuesday p.m., Nov. 14
  • Sampler, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Farm Girls BOM, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Civil War BOM, Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Stitch-In, Friday, Nov. 17
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Nov. 18

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Have you ever gotten one of those mini charm packs and didn't know what to do with it?  A Quilting Life has 15 projects for you.  I'm thinking gift ideas.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HAPPY SCRAPPERS MEET AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

We had a new quilter join us today when the Happy Scrappers met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Actually she's not new to quilting, but new to our group.  Above, C.J. shows us the table topper she worked on today.  The camera really doesn't do justice to the colors in this fabric.
 This is a closeup of C.J.'s project.  Above, she is auditioning binding fabrics.  What a lovely table topper.
 Vickie S. had several projects to share with us.  Above is a Christmas table topper.  How perfect for this time of year.
 Then Vickie showed us this table runner.
 Vickie has really been busy!  Above is a stunning quilt top.  Did you notice that these three projects are all made with the same line of fabric?  You can find them at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
 Vickie also made this beautiful table runner.
Vickie said she found the patterns for several of her projects in this book:  Town Square.  Of course, you can get it at the shop too.
Cathy worked on this table runner that will be used for a relative's wedding.  How cute!
Cathy also showed us this adorable birthday place mat that she made for her grandson's first birthday!  So cute!  The pattern is at the shop.

I just now noticed I didn't take pictures of the project I worked on, and apparently I forgot to take pictures of Mary's and Janalee's projects.  Guess that is what happens when you're having so much fun talking and catching up on what everyone has been doing.  We meet again Saturday so I hope to get more pictures then.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 9
  • Beginning Quilting, Thursday, Nov. 10 (day & evening)
  • UFO Night, Friday, Nov. 10
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, Nov. 11
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25 and again Friday, Dec. 1.  Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

WHAT DID YOU DO THIS WEEKEND?

I finally finished the applique table runner that I've been working on forever.    The pattern is from the book The Joyful Stitcher published by Anka's Treasures.  You can get it at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I think the 14 projects in this book are for wool, but I decidedd to use cotton and my freezer paper method of applique.  It was fun to make.  Now to figure out how I'm going to quilt it.

ATTENTION:  Happy Scrappers meets Wednesday and Saturday of this week.  Be sure to come as I have a new block to show you.  If you want to make it too, bring six 5 1/2" squares of fabric.  Use your scraps and make sure they are all different fabrics.  Hope to see you there!

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Nov. 6
  • Bee, Tuesday, Nov. 7
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Nov. 8
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday p.m., Nov. 8
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 9
  • Beginning Quilting, Thursday, Nov. 10 (day & evening)
  • UFO Night, Friday, Nov. 10
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, Nov. 11
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25. Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Quilt In Piece has a tutorial and pattern for a snowflake block.  It would make a cute pillow or table topper or make more for a table runner.  
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Thursday, November 2, 2017

FUN DAY AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Have you signed up for the Jingle Bell Hop yet?  It begins Friday, November 3 and runs through Saturday, November 11.  You will receive a FREE "cupcake recipe" when you purchase your $5 passport from one of these participating shops:  

Attic Window Quilt Shop - Comstock Park

Pressing Matters - Holland

Queen Bee Quilt Shoppe - Grand Rapids

Quilted Memories Inc - Montague


There are daily drawings, grand prizes, projects and discounts.

Sign Up Today!

On another note, when I stopped by the Attic Window Quilt Shop today the Beginning Quilting Class was in session and having a little show-n-tell.  Joan McKay showed us this darling table topper that her sister made for her.  
Chris showed me this adorable Wool piece that Kathy B. made as a sample for the shop.  Chris said she is going to make it in cottons and may have a BOM of this pattern.
Vickie S. made the wonderful wall hanging for the shop.  It may be a little past Halloween but you can still get the pattern at the shop.  Chris thought it would be fun to put a Welcome banner over the Happy Halloween and use it all year long.  I can think of all kinds of sayings to put on that banner.  You could change it with the seasons.  Or you could say "Happy Sewing" and hang it in my sewing room.  (smile)

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Jingle Bell Hop Begins, Friday, Nov. 3
  • Sampler, Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Bee, Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Charity Quilts, Monday, Nov. 6
  • Bee, Tuesday, Nov. 7
  • Happy Scrappers, Wednesday, Nov. 8
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday p.m., Nov. 8
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 9
  • Beginning Quilting, Thursday, Nov. 10 (day & evening)
  • UFO Night, Friday, Nov. 10
  • Happy Scrappers, Saturday, Nov. 11
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25. Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

YOU CAN MAKE THESE EMBROIDERY GIFTS

Recently when at the Attic Window Quilt Shop I saw these framed pictures.  Marilyn did the embroidery and put them in a frame.
This is the other one that Marilyn made.  What a great idea to put them in a frame.  What a nice gift they would make. I understand there is a pattern for each season.
The patterns are from Crabapple Hill.  You can download the pattern from their website.  And you can buy the embroidery floss at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Above is a package of the threads you will need for the Autumn embroidery.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 2
  • Beg. Quilting, Thursday, Nov. 2 (afternoon & evening)
  • Jingle Bell Hop Begins, Friday, Nov. 3
  • Sampler, Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Bee, Saturday, Nov. 4
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25. Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

COOKBOOK BOM MEETS AT ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 The Quilt Block Cookbook BOM met last week at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Above, some of the women show you their completed blocks.  I apologize to those of you who didn't get in the picture.  I forgot all about taking the picture until Charity reminded me and half of you had already left.  
Because of the holidays over the next two months, this group has agreed not to meet in November and December.  However, we will still be making our blocks.  The above block is Lemon Whip, Recipe 3.   This block went together rather nicely.  However, depending on which version of the book you have, will determine which applique Template you will use.  In the first book I got (the first printing) the applique template is on page 172 and the book said to use Template 4.  I thought that way too large for the 4 1/2 inch block and thought it should be template D3. In the second printing the instructions said to use Template D4, however, there is no D4, only two D5 and I thought neither of those worked so I used D3.  
The following block you should make during this "off" time is Mango Tango, Recipe 16.  Cathy made this sample block and I don't remember that there is a problem with it other than you need to make sure things are going in the right direction.
The final block you should make and have ready to show upon return to our group on January 3. Please note this date.  It is a catchup date.  We will also meet again on our regular date in January, Wednesday, January 24. The above block is Second Star, Recipe 28.  

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • UFO Day, Monday, Oct. 30
  • Wooly Bee, Monday, Oct. 30
  • Bee, Tuesday, Oct. 31
  • Knotty Girls, Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Nov. 2
  • Beg. Quilting, Thursday, Nov. 2 (afternoon & evening)
  • Jingle Bell Hop Begins, Friday, Nov. 3
  • Sampler, Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Bee, Saturday, Nov. 4
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25. Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Patchwork N Play has a tutorial for fabric hamburgers.  It's not what you think.
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smile

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BEES ARE IN THE ATTIC AGAIN!

The Bees In The Attic Bee Hive met at the Attic Window Quilt Shop on Wednesday.  Above, Cathy places the crown on Queen Pat's head.
Pat is all smiles as she watches her subjects place their blocks around her.
 Queen Pat had asked us to make these heart blocks.
This is a closer look.  Pat says she will make a baby quilt from these blocks.
Shirley will be Queen next month and this is the block she has asked us to make.
Recent Queen Karen shows us how her quilt is developing.  In August she had asked us to make these blocks. You can see that post here.
 She shows us how she used the QAYG method to assemble the blocks.
 Karen also showed us this cute little table topper that she made.  How cute!  

ATTENTION: There was much discussion as to when the group would meet during the next two months due to the holidays.  I will post later what we decided.  Since there was a lot of discussion I need to make sure I understand things and have my dates correct.  So watch for a later post about that.

Yes, I mentiioned the holidays and as you start thinking about Christmas gifts you might want to take Marilyn's Retreat Bag class on Friday, October 27.  These make wonderful gifts for men and women.  I did change the name for the ones I'm giving to the males on my list.  I call them Dopp Kits.  Call the shop to register and get a supply list.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Oct. 26
  • Retreat Bag, Friday, Oct. 27
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, Oct. 28
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25. Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WHAT DID YOU DO THIS WEEKEND?

A couple of months ago while attending Happy Scrappers at the Attic Window Quilt Shop, Chris, shop owner, gave us a challenge.  She told us about making 1/2 square blocks into this large block.  I had numerous charity fabrics and thought this would be a fun quilt to make with them.  Above is my quilt all quilted and bound and ready to go to the charity group.  Chris said the blocks remind her of sea horses and asked me if I was going to put an eye on them.  I laughed and agreed with her, but probably not going to do anything more with this quilt.

That was my weekend.  What have you been doing?  Are you ready to get your quilting fix?  Then check out some of the classes coming up this week.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Bee, Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • Bee Hive, Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Cookbook BOM, Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Oct. 26
  • Retreat Bag, Friday, Oct. 27
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, Oct. 28
The November calendar is up on the sidebar.  Mark your calendar now for:
  • Jingle Bell Hop, November 3-11.
  • Christmas Craft Day, Saturday, November 25.  Register now!!!
There is also a coupon on the calendar so be sure and print it off.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NEW CLASSES AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Come join the new BOM at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.   The Anthology Civil War BOM starts Wednesday, November 15th at 10 a.m. or Tuesday, November 21st at 1 p.m. 
Starting Kit is $50 and includes the book (above), a fabric bundle, Star Singles paper packet, and project bag.  There is a $5 per month charge for an additional fabric package.  There will also be giveaways, prizes, and lots of blocks and fun.  You can join and attend the class or participate as a Pick-up.  Call the Attic Window Quilt Shop to register.  Registering is important so there will be enough kits available.  
Also new is a Beginning Hand Embroidery class for left or right handed people.  There are two teachers for this class and one is left handed so she will be able to teach those left handed people.  Classes begin on November 14th from 6-8 p.m. and last for three weeks.  The $30 charge includes kits of fabric and thread.  Call the shop to register.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Chenille Class, Friday, Oct. 20
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Oct. 21
  • Bee, Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • Bee Hive, Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Cookbook BOM, Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Oct. 26
  • Retreat Bag, Friday, Oct. 27
  • Machine Applique Scrappers, Saturday, Oct. 28
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Quilt Art has a tutorial for a Curved Pieced Hydrenga Flower
Caroll,
Caring, Sharing, Creating Smiles

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A SURPRISE VISIT

Our friend, Cathy, has been homebound recouperating from surgery.  When she told me that she was going bonkers with nothing to do and needed to go to the quilt shop, I offered to take her there.  I never want to miss a chance to go to the Attic Window Quilt Shop. I came prepared, ready to shop and take pictures of things new.  We were fortunate that we arrived just as Sampler was in session.  More importantly, we got to see some show-n-tell.  Above, Charity shows everyone her latest quilt.
This is a little closer look.  She said it was a mystery quilt that she took a while ago.  So beautiful!  It is a little larger than regular bed size.
Charity also showed us this Mondo Bag that she made.  They are so handy!
Pauline showed us this stunning quilt.  It was a BOM last year at the Attic Window.
Pauline also showed us this version of that same quilt.  The BOM was offered in a couple different colors, so she decided to make two quilts.  So beautiful.  

It pays to stop in at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  You never know what you will see!  Tomorrow I'll show you some new classes being offered next moonth.

AT THE ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP
  • Doll Bee, Thursday, Oct. 19
  • Beg. Quilting, Thursday, Oct. 19
  • Chenille Class, Friday, Oct. 20
  • Stitch-In, Saturday, Oct. 21
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
  • Pattydoo has a free pattern and tutorial for an oven mitt.  Time to start thinking about those Christmas gifts!
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.