Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hello Pieceful Quilters,


I want to mention some upcoming events that we are involved in so that you can mark your calendars.


Demi hanging last year's show

First, of course, is our 4th Annual Anniversary Celebration on August 7th. We have a nice quilt show featuring quilts by our customers. The show takes place in the renovated warehouse building adjacent to our parking lot. Last year we had over 100 quilts! We hope to have just as many this year. Entry forms are being accepted now. Copies are available in the shop, on our website, or click this link: http://www.piecefulgathering.com/pdf/2010_Entry_Form.pdf.


We are pleased to have Madelyn Anderson judging our show this year. She is in the process of obtaining her Professional Quilt Judge Certification. The quilts will be judged in various categories, with great prizes for the major winners. Our vendors and a host of local businesses have been kind enough to donate some great prizes for winners, and door prizes that will be awarded to anyone that turns in a viewer's choice ballot. Tickets for the show will be $2.00 this year. There is no fee for entering a quilt, and anyone with a quilt in the show will receive two tickets to attend the show.



In addition to the show, we will have our Annual Barbeque featuring cooking by the men in our lives. (Believe me, they are better cooks than we are).



August 7th is also early discount registration day. This is your first opportunity to register for our wonderful selection of classes for the fall. We are really excited about the classes we have coming up. The girls that attended market with me came back full of enough great ideas to last us for awhile, and Iknow there will be something for everyone. You should receive your fall class schedule via snail mail in a week to 10 days.



SALE - of course we will have some kind of sale, just to sweeten the pot. What that will be remains to be seen. You know I haven't thought that far ahead!

Our next big event is the Quilt Expo in Madison. Pieceful Gathering will be vending again, and we are really looking forward to being there again! This is a great show - not as large as Rosemont, and easily done in a day. It is just a little over 2 hours from here if you want to drive, but I highly recommend taking Vicki Madigan's Quilts 2 Go bus trip. She has buses going up on Friday and Saturday leaving from various local spots. If you click on the mini registration form below, it will get big (isn't technology amazing) and you can read all the details and print it off. It's a pretty good deal considering that it includes breakfast, admission and a goody bag! I don't know why you would even consider driving yourself!





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I should also mention that I will be participating in a Stage Presentation with my friend Sandy Schweitzer. The presentation will be on the importance of labeling your quilts along with ideas on the best way to do labels and what you should include on your labels. Sandy is our local AQS Certified Appraiser and expert in quilt repair and all things quilt related. I will be there for comic relief. I can promise an information filled presentation along with (we know what you really want) a trunk show of quilts. Here's Sandy doing an appraisal with Abe! Click on the picture to visit her website:







I am also doing a Lecture/Demo on my Snippet Stew method for creating quick scrappy quilts using Snippets (10" squares). The lecture is only$10.00 - such a deal! Be sure to go and register online right away! To make it easy, here is a link to my registration form:
http://www.wiquiltexpoorders.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=329&category=5



If that doesn't work - just go to their website - classes and click the word "online" and look for my class. Of course, I didn't get my picture in on time - so just scroll down to Snippet Stew.

Last but not least, I would like to tell you about a wonderful opportunity that Vicki has put together for us again! On Octover 1-2 she will be taking her Quilts 2 Go tour bus to Shipshewanna, Indiana again. I was not able to go last time, so I am really excited that I will be able to attend this time! The tour includes transportation, overnight accomadations, box lunch, museum admission, shopping, quilt lecture, and a meal on a traditional Amish farm! If you register by August 31, the rate is $195.00, after that it goes up to $225.00. So - join me and Vicki for some serious quilting fun and adventures - call Vicki today to register 224-848-1990.



I hope I haven't totally overwhelmed you with too much information at once - I just wanted to get everything in so that you can get your calendars up to date!



Feel free to call me if you have any questions about any of these great events!



Happy Quilting,



Carrie

Monday, July 5, 2010

Antique Schoolhouse Quilt

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

I want to share one of my current projects. Andover fabrics has reproduced the fabrics in the Schoolhouse Quilt shown below. The quilt is from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska:


IQSC Schoolhouse Quilt
Click on the quilt to visit their website

I ordered some of the fabrics from the collection, including the great fabric you see in the alternate blocks. It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the fabric really gives the quilt wonderful movement. Some of the fabrics are below - again, it is hard to see the detail in the pictures, but if you click on the pictures you get a better close-up view.

I am working on reproducing this quilt, and making it easier - as usual. Not quite sure which of my favorite methods I am going to use, but I will let you know as soon as I figure it out!

Happy Quilting!

Carrie