Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jennifer Chiaverini Book Signing

IMG_0658 by PatchedWorks
IMG_0658, a photo by PatchedWorks on Flickr.
Janet is having her copy of Union Quilters signed by Jennifer at our book signing event with Boswell Book Company at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New book arrivals from C&T Publishing

We just received the new releases from C&T this month. Check out our new titles, there are so many to choose from:

The Quilter’s Color Club
Secrets of Value, Temperature & Special Effects • 12 Hands-On Exercises • 8 Projects
Author: Christine E. Barnes
Availability: In stock.
Give Color a Try!

• Discover a practical approach for using color to bring your quilts to life
• Learn how to use "magic" fabrics that give your quilts movement and depth
• Start your own Quilter's Color Club- experiment together, swap fabrics, and creatively challenge each other

Christine's quilter-friendly approach will open your eyes to new and exciting ways to apply simple color concepts to your work. See successful color combinations in action with an inspiring gallery of eye-catching quilts. Chock full of hands-on exercises, this book teaches you how to use value, temperature, and intensity to make your quilts luminous and full of movement.

Free-Motion Machine Quilting
From Practice to Perfection • Troubleshooting Guide • 50+ Designs
Author: Don Linn
Availability: In stock.
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You CAN quilt it yourself!

• Refine your free-motion skills with a series of machine quilting exercises using your table-top sewing machine
• Don's visual troubleshooting guide to common machine quilting problems and solutions is indispensable
• Master a variety of techniques, including perfectly stitched points, absolutely straight lines, and smooth curves
• Choose from 50 quilting designs or gain the confidence to draw your own

Mr. Quilt will teach you how to machine quilt like a pro! You can get professional-looking results on your home sewing machine with new techniques for drawing and stitching quilt designs. From needle to thread, Mr. Quilt walks you through every aspect of free-motion machine quilting.

Carol Doak's Legal-Size Foundation Paper
50 Sheets, 8 1/2” x 14”
Author: Carol Doak
Availability: In stock.

New larger size-print more designs on one sheet! • Stays in place while you stitch and tears away easily when you're done
• No shrinking, curling, turning brittle, or printer jams
• Works in most printers and copiers (inkjet or laser)

This new, larger size is the same great quality as the 8-1/2”x11” sheets you know and love. Fabric doesn't slip on the surface and you won't have any extra bulk when you join sections of your blocks together. This paper is absorbent, so any inked areas won't transfer to your fabric. Now it's easier to create longer quilt border designs-a free border pattern is included in the package!

Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts
11 Easy Appliqué Projects to Embroider by Hand
Author: Laura Wasilowski
Availability: In stock.
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Stitch new life into your fusible appliqué

• 11 fun and easy projects-make an assortment of whimsical houses with full-size templates
• Take your art quilts to the next level by hand quilting and embellishing in one step
• Learn how to make wavy bindings

Laura shows you how to make bright, cheerful fused appliqué quilts. Along the way, you'll discover 17 different hand stitches that add unique color and dimension, so you can tell a story with your work. You'll also love the small, take-along size of these projects.

Circle Quilts
Create Dramatic Medallions from Strip-Pieced Rings
Author: Colleen Granger
Availability: In stock.
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Quilting in the round

• Vibrant and eye-catching, these round designs look more complex than they really are
• Learn an easy paper-piecing technique for sewing strip-pieced rings into stunning circle quilts
• Different fabric choices and colorways show how you can personalize each project
• Includes full-size foundation patterns

Eight different projects use medallions to create striking circular quilts, unique wall hangings and more. With this fast and easy "power piecing" method, you'll be working confidently in no time. Learn how to use high-contrast prints and hues for high-impact creations. Colleen's practical tips ensure success at each step.

Inspired to Sew by Bari J.
15 Pretty Projects • Sewing Secrets • Colorful Collage
Author: Bari J. Ackerman
Availability: In stock.
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A fresh look at vintage style

• Bring boutique style to your home and wardrobe
• Learn how to mix and match today's bright, irresistible fabric prints and use them with many different sewing techniques
• Loads of practical advice and mini tutorials-so you will love what you make!
• Peek inside Bari's inspirational sewing studio

Popular designer Bari J. brings her bright and feminine signature style to 15 new projects. Tap into her love of sewing with ruffled quilts, a unique tunic and bag, plus sweet decorations and accessories for every room of your home. She shares her favorite "keeping it real" tips for each project, so you'll get the results you want with fabric collage, free-motion stitching, machine appliqué, patchwork piecing, and simple garment techniques.

Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting
Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching
Author: Allie Aller
Availability: In stock.
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Welcome to the "new" crazy!

• Jump into crazy quilting with seven enticing projects that include small quilts, a needle cushion, and a softie
• Learn four different crazy piecing methods
• Try creative techniques on fabric, such as stenciling, photo-transfer, and Angelina fiber effects
• Discover how to add beauty and dimension to your work with embellishments like 3-D ribbon flowers, embroidery, beads, and painted lace
• Follow along with a step-by-step photo guide that takes you from cutting to piecing to binding

Allie shows you how to make crazy quilting more contemporary with an array of easy-to-master techniques. You'll learn how to combine traditional methods with modern fabric tricks. The photo gallery reveals just how fun crazy quilting can be-and anyone can do it.


Happy reading! See you soon!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Welcome to my new blog!

I finally am starting a regular blog! Why now you ask?... Frank thought it would be a good idea. Seriously!

Over the past four and a half years I have wanted to start one and now we are settled enough at the shop for me to take on this new endeavor. SCARY! Now I'll actually have to post! :-)

The purpose of this blog is to share the innerworkings of the store including club preparations, fun events and new product.

I will add this to the blend of email and FaceBook communications. I cherish the email subscribers and Face Book fans that I want to honor the relationship. Rather than blanket emailing everyone all the time or posting to FB several times a day, I will use the blog for all my crazy ramblings.

So sit tight... this will be fun! Thank you for sharing this adventure with me! :-)