Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop

Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop

Monday, December 14, 2009

Snow Pool

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

As you all know, I am insane. Just to prove it, here is a picture Katie took of me shoveling Route 14. It is taken through the window screen, so it's a little fuzzy, but that's me! Crazy as a loon.

Actually, I was doing it for your safety and mine. The wet slush and snow had formed a puddle at the end of our driveway, which would have turned into a nice skating pond if I hadn't gone out and cleared the drain. It worked great, and I am alive to tell about it!

Anyway, I decided it would be more fun to clear snow all winter if I made a game out of it (I have a little Mary Poppins thing going, don't I?). Hence, I have created the Pieceful Fat Quarter - Snow Removal Pool. Here's how it will work:

The pool will be based on the number of times I (or another Pieceful employee) have to go out and sweep or shovel snow. This can be more than once a day, so the number could get pretty high! So far, I have been out 5 times! We are going to start the pool at 20 and go up to 200. You can get into the pool by purchasing a fat quarter which will go into the Pieceful Snow Pool Pot. Each fat quarter will "buy" you half a square (20 - 200). The pool will end on Pieceful Auction Day, March 21st. (And hopefully that will also be the end of Snow Removal!) The winner or winners will receive all, or half, of the fat quarters in the pot (depending on whether there are one or two people on the winning square) PLUS - 100 Pieceful Bucks (if there are two winners they will each receive 100 Pieceful Bucks)! How's that for FUN! You can begin purchasing squares now - so come in soon to get your first choice of squares!

Good Luck!

Carrie (the head nut)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Man Day - Wish List Suggestions

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

As most of you should know by now, Man Day is coming up on Sunday, December 2oth. This is the day you can send your man (husband, son, significant other, etc.) to shop for the things you actually want (what a concept). We will have "Manly" refreshments - yes, that means beer, and our husbands will be working the register. We will have the Bears game on the radio and Katie & I will be in the back doing giftwrapping (just in case any questions come up that the boys can't answer).

Man Day will also be the Kick-Off of Buck Hunting Season. Anything your Man purchases on Man Day will earn him DOUBLE BUCKS to bring home to you! These can be used at our Pieceful Auction on 21st. Regular Buck Hunting Season will begin after the 1st of year.

I know that you all have things you have been wanting, but if you are like me, when you sit down to fill out the list they will all go right out of your head. I thought it might be helpful if I came up with a little list of nifty things you might want:

Items between $10 and $20
  • 4.5" Frosted Square Ruler
  • Mini Crafting Iron
  • 12" Add-a-Quarter Ruler
  • Best Press 16 oz Spray Bottle or 33.8 oz Refill Bottle
  • Pounce Pad - White, Blue or Iron Off
  • Texture Magic
  • Mesh Bags (Various sizes)
  • Easy Angle, Companion Angle or Tri-Recs Rulers
  • Foundation Paper Pack
  • Fit to be Geese or Fit to be Square Rulers
  • Applique Pressing Sheet
  • Desktop Needle Threader
  • Super Satchel Slim or Large
  • Get Squared Ruler pack (for fussy cutting)
  • Susan's Simple Applique Rulers (various designs)
  • Printed Treasures Photo Transfer Paper
  • A NEW Rotary Cutter - oh yeah!

Items between $20 and $30

  • A NEW Mat 18" x 24", or a NEW Ruler 6" x 24"
  • Amazing Nickels - Pat Speth's newest book
  • 12 1/2" Square Ruler or 15" Square Ruler
  • Dating Fabrics by Eileen Trestain (1800-1960 or 1950-2000)
  • Little Box of Baby Quilts (patterns)
  • Remembering Adelia by Kathleen Tracy
  • Sew Slip (Teflon Sheet to aid in machine quilting)
  • Fat Quarter Quilting by Lori Smith (Her new book)
  • 60mm Rotary Cutter (the big one - doubles as a pizza cutter - haha)
  • Judy Martin's Log Cabin Book (just awesome)
  • Ergonomic Rotary Cutter (good if you want to cut sitting down)
  • Pack of 5 Rotary Blades (45mm)
  • Simple Comforts by Kim Deihl (great book)
  • Autum Gatherings by Lisa Bongean (classic)
  • 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks (a must have!)
  • Little School Girl Kit (Lori Smith)
  • Lincoln's Platform Quilt Kit (from Remembering Adelia)
  • Sawtooth Star Wallhanging Quilt Kit by Carrie

Items $30 to $40

  • Best of QNM - Quilt Design Software (see what EQ is all about before buying it)
  • Triangulations Software (A must have!)
  • Shape Cut Plus or Quarter Cut Rulers (you know how I feel about these!)
  • Autumn Medallion Wallhanging Kit by Katie
  • Pieceful Gathering Denim Shirt
  • Sawtooth Star Lap Quilt Kit by Carrie
  • Fun at the Beach Tote Bag kit by Jean
  • Pieceful Flowers Wool Tablerunner Kit by Katie
  • Gifts from My Heart Wallhanging Kit (Patriotic looking with Wool Bird Applique Center)
  • Kansas Winter Jelly Roll
  • Fabricalculator

Items $40 and up

  • 20.5" Square Ruler
  • 24" x 36" Cutting Mat
  • Morgan 12"/14" Lap Stand
  • The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer (A must have)
  • Heritage in Quilts - Quilt History book from the Tennessee DAR
  • Best Press 1 Gallon Refill Bottle
  • Shape Cut Pro Ruler (20" x 24" - 2.5" intervals) the mega one
  • Dear Jane Design Software
  • Aurifil Cone in our favorite color - 2310 Light Beige
  • Calico Comfort Quilt Kit from Remembering Adelia
  • Beyond Borders Quilt Kit (blue & white - Grant & Lee Panel Center) by Monique Dillard
  • Holiday Shop Hop (Autumn Medallion) Full Size Quilt Kit
  • Jane's Journey Kit (Blue & White from Grace's Dowry Quilts)
  • Vonnie Marie's Wedding Ring Quilt Kit (1870 Reproduction by Carrie)
  • Civil War Sampler Complete Kit by Karen Witt (on SALE)

I hope this helps. We will try to have enough of these things in stock, but be sure to have second choices in case we run out of the most popular items. Don't forget, Gift Certificates are always an easy choice for your man (less confusing).

Below you will find a copy of our wish list form that we have been handing out at the shop - just in case you didn't get one.


Pieceful Man Shopping Day
Get a jump start on Buck Hunting Season!

December 20th from 12:00-5:00

· The shop will be open for Men Only
· Mark & Tony will be “manning the shop”
· The Bears game will be on and there will be “manly” refreshments
· Free gift wrapping will be available
· All purchases made will receive double bucks which can be used in the 2010 Pieceful Auction

Just fill out the “wish list” on the back and give it to your man. Then be sure to send him to Pieceful Gathering on December 20th.

Dearest Husband,

I’ve been really, really good this year and all I want for Christmas is quilting supplies from Pieceful Gathering Quilt shop. Please, pretty please, buy me the following must have quilting items!

· A Gift Certificate
· A Kit for the Quilt _______________________
· Fabric in the color _______________________
· Fabric from the new line __________________
· These Notions __________________________
· The book ______________________________
· The pattern ____________________________
· Other _________________________________

Yours truly,


Thanks for Shopping with us!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Few Pictures

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

We have a winner! Nancy Luehrs won the 2009 Pieceful Gathering Quilt Pink Raffle Quilt. Thanks to our great customers who came through at the last minute after I confessed that I had done a truly pathetic job of promoting the quilt this year, and bought enough tickets to double the amount we will be sending to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We will be sending a check for $320.00 thanks to all of you!

Nancy Luehrs with her new quilt!

Yesterday, I worked during the Baltimore Album Club meeting. I was so exhausted from standing all day on Saturday that I decided to sit and stitch with them for a little while. Talk about a fun group! I just sat and giggled the whole time. I had to take a couple of pictures to share with you. They are working on a method called Papercuts, where they actually cut a pattern out of paper and use it to create beautiful applique blocks. Watching a bunch of women that are a long way from kindergarten trying to cut paper was amusing, to say the least. Here are my pix with captions:
"Are you serious? Where are my magnifying glasses? Does anyone have some sharper scissors?"

"Ta-Da, it's a snowflake - ok, so maybe it's a melted snowflake."

Of course, I am just making fun. The actual blocks are truly amazing. Stop by the shop to see Joanne's sample blocks.
That's all for now. Be sure to stop by and sign up for our Spring (Jan-April) classes and clubs!
Piecefully Yours, Carrie

Monday, November 30, 2009

Quilt Pink Raffle Ending!

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

I have to admit that I have really dropped the ball on the Quilt Pink Raffle Quilt. So far, we haven't even sold $200.00 worth of tickets, and the drawing is this weekend. In other words, whoever has entered has a good chance of winning! On the other side, we will not be sending a whole lot of money to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This means that whole thing was a tremendous waste of time. Heck - the quilting and the raffle tickets probably cost more than we are going to donate, unless a lot more tickets get sold between now and Saturday. SO - if anyone has a meeting or group this week with people that might buy some tickets, feel free to borrow the quilt and go sell some tickets for the cause!

Here is a picture of the quilt. Sorry, it's not a very good picture, but you get the idea. I think it turned out really pretty:

Pieceful Gathering Quilt Pink Raffle Quilt 2009

Please think about how we can sell more tickets this week. And be sure to purchase some when you come in the shop. I have tons of tickets, if anyone wants to take some to work or something. Or - if you just get names and phone numbers, we will fill out tickets for anyone that is interested.

Tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00

The drawing will be held at the end of the day at our

Holiday Open House and Discount Registration Day

This Saturday, December 5th



Monday, November 23, 2009

Hexagon Quilt Update

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

Just in case you thought I had given up on my hexagon quilt, I thought I would give you a quick update. I am up to 18 rosettes now, with several more in the works. Here they all are.
I love the way they look when they are done. That is what keeps me going. I am actually looking forward to paper piecing the stars in the quilt I am reproducing for Sarah's Club. See post from November 16th. Who would have thought I would be having so much fun doing hand work?
That's it for now - Keep watching for the next Hexagon update!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sneak Peak at New Spring Class - Harvest Moon Wool Table Mat

Here is another sneak peak at a new spring class. I'll be teaching this class and I think it will be perfect for those of you who have been wanting to do something with wool but haven't known where to start.

This class will be a great introduction to working with wool. We'll learn wool basics, how to use fusible with wool, and how to do the buttonhole stitch. In class we will get all of our pieces cut out and fused down and we will start on our stitching. I'm hoping to spend some time this weekend working on my sample. I'll have it for you to see at the December 5th open house to make sure you are there!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sneak Peak at New Spring Class - Twist and Shout Tote

I promised I would give you a sneak peak of a few of our new classes, so here's the first. This is a new bag pattern that we picked up at market and are super excited about! It’s called the “Twist and Shout” bag and it is put together in the coolest way.

It’s kind of hard to explain because you really need to see it done. You basically make four panels using the “quilt as you go” method and then they somehow twist together in this really awesome hard to explain way. It goes together really fast and you don’t have to make a lining. It comes in three different sizes, the mini is 5” x 5” x 8”, the small (which is what Diane made) is 7” x 7” x 10” and the large is 9” x 9” x 14”. Diane is teaching the class and you will be able to pick which size you want to make. It’s a strippy tote and is jelly roll friendly. I think this is going to be a popular class so come to the open house on December 5th to be the first to sign up. Look for dates and times in your newsletter which should be arriving sometime next week. Keep watching our blog for more sneak peaks at next session’s classes.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Meet Sarah!

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

Meet Sarah, my GGGrandmother

We are starting a new club and I am so excited about it. It is named after my GGGrandmother, Sarah Phillips, and we will be doing our own designs based on antique quilts - some that I own, and some will be from pictures. The club will be lead by Deb, with some input from me, and we are already busy working on the samples for this session. Most of them will be designed to be little quilts, with an option to make them bigger if you want.

The first one is based on an antique doll quilt that is owned by Sandy Schweitzer. It is made with a lot of madders (I am getting some designs ready for my upcoming fabric line with Blue Hill Fabrics). I dug deep into my secret stash at the shop to find some wonderful madders that I had been saving for something special. The kits will be made up of a variety of madders and neutrals (and probably no two will be the same!). I have already finished my top, and I love it! You will have to come to the Open House on December 5th to see it in person.

Another quilt we are reproducing is a six-pointed star quilt that is set with triangles to make a star in a star pattern. I purchased the quilt in Paducah this year, and I think you are all going to love it as much as I do. We are going to learn Engish Paper Piecing in the club, but I will give you an alternate method to use, too. My quilt is set with double pinks, but Deb will do hers in another colorway. We will make it small, but you will have the option do do it as big as you wish! Maybe you will want to make it as big as my antique quilt!

We talked about other quilts too, and I know this is going to surprise you, but I really don't remember which ones we decided to do this session. We came up with so many different ideas - I think we have enough for the next several years! We are planning to try and cover a lot of different techniques, as well, that you can add to your quilting repetoire.

I know you are going to love this club as much as I already do!

Be sure to come to the Open House to get 10% off of your registration fees.

Piecefully Yours,

Monday, November 9, 2009

Northern Lake County Quilt Show Pix

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

I just wanted to share a little of the fun we had at the Northern Lake County Quilter's Guild Show. We had a wonderful time vending there - everyone was so nice to us, and it was great to see so many familiar faces and meet some new friends.

I was very impressed with the skill level of the quilters in this guild. The show had something like 200 quilts, and there wasn't a dog among them. These girls obviously are doing a great job of sharing their skills with each other, and that is what belonging to a guild is all about.

I was especially pleased to see a lot of Pieceful Gathering class and kit quilts in the show, along with a lot of quilts featuring our reproduction fabrics. I tried to take pictures of a bunch of them, but my camera card didn't have enough room for everything I would have liked to photograph. The lighting made the pictures turn out kind of dark, but I tried to lighten them a little, and the rows were too close together to get full pictures of some of the bigger ones, so I apologize for them in advance, but here are a few that I did get (in no particular order):

Starburst by Jean Gundrum
This was a Pieceful BOM that eventually was made into complete kits. I think we still have a few floating around the sale room. Isn't it gorgeous? Good job Jean!

Elegant Garden by Lynn Ray
This was Katie's last Wool BOM. Lynn did a beautiful job on it. And, might I add, I think Lynn had more quilts in the show than anyone else. I could be wrong, there were several women that had quite a few, but I was pretty amazed. Imagine finishing all those quilts! What a concept!

Civil War Sampler by Madelyn Anderson
I think this was the first BOM I did after opening the shop. It was a wonderful quilt that was designed by Karen Witt, one of our favorites. I might have been a little overly ambitious when I decided to tackle this one, but several people did finish it, in spite of me! As you can see, Madelyn won a well-deserved ribbon for her efforts!

Baltimore Album by Marcia Hilse
And speaking of ribbons - Marcia won Best of Show with this stunning quilt. Marcia started this gorgeous quilt in our Baltimore Album Club with Joanne Parks and finished it later on her own. I believe most of the blocks come from Elly Sienkiewicz designs. It is amazing to see how beautiful a traditional quilt like this can look when you do it in batiks. Congratulations Marcia - what a wonderful heirloom you have made!

Lori Smith Quilt by Marcia Hilse
While we are admiring Marcia's work - here is another one of hers. I can't remember the name of it, but it was another Block of the Month we did awhile back from a Lori Smith pattern. As you can see - it is pretty complicated. Great job Marcia!

Jacob's Ladder by Susan Russell
This is a kit we made up using a pattern that I wrote up for a traditional Jacob's Ladder quilt. Susan did such a nice job on it that we stole it from her for awhile to use as a shop sample. I really loved that quilt. It was nice to see it again!

Dear Jane by Denise Groesbeck
ACK! It's the "Slit-your-wrist" quilt. Ok, that's my take on it, but many feel their quilting life won't be complete unless they do one of these incredible quilts. Denise actually finished hers, which I think is a rare feat. Many have started and given up somewhere along the way. (I can guarantee you that this one will NOT be included in my vast collection of UFOs) I wish I could have gotten a better picture of Denise's quilt, but there wasn't enough room to back up. However....

Dear Jane by Shar Snellman
Shar's Dear Jane was hanging at the end of a row, so I was able to get all of it in my picture. Any Janiac living in this area probably knows that Shar is the Queen of Janiacs. Her quilt is amazing - but I would still slit my wrists....
Tumblers by Denise Groesbeck
Well, I think Denise did this before she became a Pieceful Groupie, but we do have a Tumbler class, and I really liked her quilt, so I had to take a picture - and look, she won a ribbon!
Cool Cheddar Star Quilt by Denise Groesbeck
I tool a picture of this one just because I liked it. How awesome is that Streak of Lightning setting with the Cheddar? A little bird stopped by to tell me this was made by Denise. I should have known - I love her work!

This show takes place every other year, so be sure to watch for it in 2011!
Happy Quilting,

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cotton Theory Class

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

I would like to let you know about an event we are sponsoring in January along with Catalyst Career Group. Vicki Madigan, the woman that organized the great bus trip to Madison, is organizing this event, so it is sure to be a lot of fun!

Here is the picture and info:

Sponsored by Catalyst Career Group and
Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop

Taught By
Margy Weber
Certified Cotton Theory Instructor

Date and Time
January 15-16, 2010
Friday Night – Trunk Show and Introduction – Cotton Theory – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Open Sewing – 9:00 - ????
Saturday – Sit and Sew – Courthouse Steps Table Runner – 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

Courtyard by Marriott, 1311 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL
Special Room Rates with Breakfast Available if You Desire to Stay at the Hotel
(847) 619-8100

$65.00 for Friday and Saturday if Registered By 12/31/09 – $75.00 after 01/01/10
$20.00 Additional Kit Fee – Kit Provided by Instructor
Paid at Time of Class (01-16-10)

To Register Call:
Vicki Madigan at Catalyst Career Group
Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop, Fox River Grove, IL

Credit cards or checks accepted for registration payment
Upon receiving registration student will receive via email: class supply list, cutting instructions,
and coupon to Pieceful Gathering

Mailing address
Catalyst Career Group
801 Prairie Ridge Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098

I think this sounds like a really good deal. Katie and I are planning on vending, as well as attending the event. It should be a lot of fun! I am betting it will fill up fast, so don't wait too long to register.

Piecefully Yours,


Monday, November 2, 2009

Jo Club News

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

We have received word from Jo that the new club is ready for us to order. We are still contemplating our next move. Here are Jo's new quilts from the next Club:

Sorry the picture is a little fuzzy, but you get the idea. So, in the last couple of months we have been doing some of our own quilts, while Jo was busy with a sick mother. Deb and I have done some quilts using Jo fabrics and our own patterns. This month Deb designed this one called Crossed Paths:
We would welcome any input on what you guys would like to see us do with Jo Club. Just email me, stop by, or call the shop. We don't want to completely give up on Jo Club, since we still adore every fabric she comes out with, but we want to do whatever would make our Jo Club members, or future members, the most happy.

There are a lot of different ways we could go with this, and we are really stuck. So, please let us know what you think.

Thanks - Carrie

Buck Hunting Season is Coming!

Hello Pieceful Quilters and Buck Hunters,YES, Buck Hunting Season is almost here! If you are new to Pieceful Gathering, you are probably wondering, "What the heck is this nutcase talking about, now?"

Well, for the last couple of years we have had a Pieceful Auction in February or March, where you can use your Pieceful Bucks to bid on fabulous Treasures (a.k.a."one man's Trash"). The event is a lot of fun and laughs, even if you don't always get your favorite "Treasure." This year's Pieceful Auction will take place on Sunday, March 21st at 2:00. We have been collecting treasures for months, so be sure to mark your calendars now!

You can start collecting Pieceful Bucks in January. Every time you make a purchase of regular priced merchandise, you receive a matching amount of Pieceful Bucks. There are other ways to "earn" bucks, as well. Bring in a Show n' Tell to earn bucks, or watch for little Buck Head stickers on items in the shop to earn double bucks. A flier with all the particulars will be available at the shop when the time comes.

In the meantime, we want you to plan to send your significant Male other to MAN DAY on Sunday, December 20th we planned this for the last minute because we know they like to wait until then, and they will be in a panic to find something you will actually like!

MAN DAY will also be the kick-off for Buck Hunting Season. For every dollar your man spends on you, he will bring you two bucks to add to your collection! If you have Bucks from last year, they will still work. We are just recycling them - so never throw them away!

MAN DAY will begin at Noon and go until 3:oo. Man Refreshments will be served and football will replace our usual lovely Music. No Women Allowed! Our wonderful men will be working the checkout, but Katie & I will be in the background to wrap gifts and help out as needed.

A "Wish List" for you to fill out will be available in the shop and online soon. Just fill it out and tape it to your fridge, or to his forehead - whatever works - then send him in to do some hunting and gathering for you. Ha-ha - get it - Buck Hunting and Gift Gathering....

Sometimes I even make myself laugh!

Happy Hunting!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

FREE Demo this week at Pieceful Gathering

Picture added later - Tricia Baldwin's Sew Simple Pineapple Quilt. Isn't it great?

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

Sorry I haven't had a chance to write since we got back from Houston. We have been going crazy trying to decide how to use all the new ideas and cool stuff we picked up there.

Please join us this Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 or Wednesday, October 28th, at 10:30 for our monthly Seasonal Sampler Demo, at which we will also be showing some of the new stuff from Quilt Market. We will be demonstrating a couple of new products and showing some new techniques, patterns, etc.

We will also be talking a little bit about some new technique classes we are considering for next session. SNEAK PREVIEW:

I went to a demo by Karin Hellaby on her technique for easy pineapple quilts. These aren't exactly your traditional pineapple blocks, but you can do some neat things with them. Here is one that I am working on - isn't it turning out nice?

In addition to the Market Review, we will be showing some new items for your fall decorating - Yes, you can be Martha Stewart!

Be sure to attend this week to get all the news!

Piecefully Yours,


Monday, October 5, 2009

And the Winners Are.....

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

I am sure you are all dieing to find out who the Shop Hop winners are, so without further ado:

The Grand Prize Winner of the Janome AQS Sewing Machine
Lynn M. Mundt - Racine, WI

$50.00 Gift Certificate Winners

Donna Nawman, Yorkville, IL
Tricia Baldwin, Cary, IL
Karen Kugelman, Crystal Lake, IL
Terese Bailey, Cary IL
Barbara Porembski, Grayslake, IL
Marie McKay, Wauconda, IL
Kim Lowe, Wauconda, IL
Betsy Lynn, Canton, NC

$25.00 Gift Certificate Winners

Debbie Byrne, Long Grove, IL
David Svatek, Racine, WI
Margaret J. Hagemann, Prospect Heights, IL
Jodell Collins, West Dundee, IL
Debbie Lazarski, Cary, IL
Betty Gauthier
Wendy Arther, Spring Grove, IL
Bonne Proesel, Hebron, IL

In case anyone missed our quilts - We had two. One was the full quilt:

And then we had a smaller version with the center, borders 1 & 2, and a border fabric:

Both of our quilts use mainly Jo Morton fabric, which went well with our Autumn theme. We have kits for both of them available - call the shop for info (847) 516-7911.

Thanks to all who participated. I hope you had as much fun as we did!

Carrie, Katie & All Your Friends at Pieceful Gathering

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Missing Quilt

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

Please help us apprehend our "Escaped" Shop Sample. Sometime during the day on Saturday, October 3rd, the quilt apparently sprouted legs and sneaked out of the shop.

The quilt is an original PG Quilt called Fruit Fly (Little Shoo Fly). It is about 16" x 20" and it is made from Jo Morton's Crimson & Clover collection and Seneca Shirtings.

The fact that this quilt is missing makes me so sad. It is not just the loss of the quilt, but it is so hard for me to think that a quilter would do something like this. Maybe it was a mistake - it is pretty small, so maybe it got picked up by mistake?

If it were to suddenly appear in my mailbox, I would be very thankful. In the meantime, if anyone has finished one of the quilts from our Fruitfly kit, I would appreciate it if you would lend it to us to use for a sample until our kits are all sold.

Thank you for helping us find our quilt!


Monday, September 28, 2009

New Kits!

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

I know you all love kits - even if you just look at them sitting so pretty on the shelf. We have a bunch of new kits in the shop, so be sure to stop by and get them while they last!

Here are a few that we introduced at the FREE Seasonal Sampler Demo last week:

Diane Nieman's newest design - a cute scarecrow for Fall - All pieced, no applique - yippee!

Two new designs from Jeanne Mueller - Halloween Fun, and Apples, Apples, Apples. How great would these look in your home? Or how about a gift for a special friend?

This is the little quilt I designed for Jo Club. It is made from Jo's Crimson & Clover collection and Seneca Shirtings. I called it Fruit Fly because it is a little Shoo Fly. Isn't that just wonderfully corny? You love it, don't you?

See the pictures in my previous blog post of the Lincoln Bicentennial (Beyond Borders) quilt by Monique Dillard, and Beth Fuller's Jane's Journey quilt. I have put together kits for both of these quilts - both in Blue.

Be sure to come by soon to get the best selection!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Pictures

Hi Pieceful Quilters -

Katie came in and we took some good pictures of the new quilts that I mentioned in my last post, so I thought I would share them with you:
Hallowe'en 1904 Quilt. As you can see, we cut it down by one row. We though three rows was plenty. Didn't Cathy do a wonderful jog on it? We don't have a lot of kits left, so don't wait too long to come and get one if you are interested.
This is what Monique Dillard from Open Gate Designs did with the Lincoln Bicentennial fabric. We have her quilt in the shop for a little while if you want to see it up close and personal. I think we will be doing kits in the red as shown, and blue. Or maybe a combination of the two.
Here is my most recent Stew - Shoo Fly Stew. You can purchase red, white and blue snippets, or cut some 10" squares out of your stash. I got so carried away that I used a bunch of my old patriotic fabric on the back, too. Check it out when you come in.
The bargain of the month - the Victorian Christmas Stocking kit. The kit includes pre-drawn foundation fabric, all the fabrics - including a velvet for the back, and all the embellishments - even the floss for doing the embroidery. All you have to do is sew it together. For $15.99 each, you will want to do one for every member of your family! Get them quick before someone else grabs them all.
Thats all for now. More pictures next week from our Seasonal Demo kits. I have seen a couple of them, and they are adorable!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

NSQG Show Highlights

Hello Pieceful Quilters,

As you pr0bably know, we spent this weekend vending at the NSQG (Northwest Suburban Quilt Guild) Show. The show takes place every other year, and this year's show was really wonderful. I took a few pictures so that those of you that didn't make it could get a peek. You will have to pardon the quality. The lighting wasn't great for taking pictures, and a lot of the pictures I took didn't turn out well enough to post (including a picture of my quilt - oh well). I will start with a few of the quilt pictures that turned out. I am sorry, I forgot to go back and write down names on some of them, and the placards are too small to read. I will give you info I have:

This one is a first time entry by Julia Thomson. It is done in 30's fabrics and the quilting on it was exceptional.

This is Vonnie's "Tribute to Judy Garland" Quilt. Some of you may have seen it at our show. It is a great example of what to do with those panels and novelty fabrics we buy.

This is one of Mary Naumann's wonderful hexagon quilts. You know I am deeply obsessed with hexagons right now, so I had to take a picture of this one. Check out the wonderful colors - these are all reproduction fabrics - many of them from our shop. Gorgeous!
This one by Elizabeth Zwiener was Katie's favorite. It is wool applique and she fell in love with it. It really was adorable.

This house quilt by Gail Gregory was my favorite. From a distance it looked like hand dyed fabrics, but when you got up close, you could see that it was all done in wovens. The picture really doesn't do it justice. The fabric seemed to glow.

Here are a few pictures of our booth. Katie and Demi set it up on Thursday without any help from me! Needless to say, it turned out great!

Me with another happy customer. We like to keep 'em laughing. Holy Ned I look fat - I am going to the gym tomorrow morning for sure.

Vonnie and Katie - putting out some more of the ever-popular candlemat/tank-toppers. We are sold out of everything except the one you see in the picture - my personal favorite, but apparently not everybody shares my weird sense of humor.
One corner of our booth. The quilt on the left is our new Hallowe'en 1904 Kit. Cathy Banker finished it just in time for the show and it is really stunning. I knew it was going to turn out nicer than the one pictured on the pattern, but it turned out even prettier than I thought it would. We sold quite a few of our kits at the show, so if you want one, you will want to come in and pick one up right away! We will be happy to mail them out to our out-of-town customers. It probably won't make it to the website, so call the shop to place your order. Ours is not quite as big as the one in the pattern - which is huge!
Another part of our booth. We have some really cute kits for the holidays still available including the Victorian Crazy Stocking - a real deal at $15.99! It includes pre-drawn fabric and all the fabric and embellishments needed to complete the stocking. Stop by to pick one up while they last!
Another shot of our booth. Note the Blue & Red Sawtooth Star quilt in the background. That is the larger size kit. You can just barely see the corner of the small size behind the lady in blue.
More views of our booth. Some great fall projects! Come to the Seasonal Samplings FREE Demo this week to see these and more!
Snippet Stew quilts - the one in front is my newest pattern, Shoo Fly Stew. I finished the quilt just in time for the show. It still needs binding, but that will happen eventually - or not.....
Some other parts of the show:
The Make and Take Booth, which was right next to ours. They had some cute pincushions, coasters and other stuff.
Sue Glorch & her daughter in the Bundles & Bolts booth she has with Monique Dillard. We will be using the pattern in the background with the Lincoln Bicentennial fabric.
Good friends Docia & Jim Fuller of The Quilt Merchant. Jim is so proud of his Vendor necklace! It's amazing they are still awake and smiling after spending the last few months traveling and vending all over the country.
Patti Dockus and Beth sit down to chat for a moment in the Quilter's Destination booth.
Kathy Dayon from Quilt in Joy in her BRIGHT booth. She will be in the upcoming Holiday Shop Hop with us for those of you that haven't made it all the way to the dark side.
Debbie Best from Woodstock Quilts - another participant in the Holiday Hop.
And - Last but not least - my nomination for the show's Mr. & Mrs. Congeniality, Diane and Lowell Kuck, of Details by Diane. We had a great time talking with them. How cute are they with the Crown & Jester's hat?
All in all, it was really a great show. We can't wait for it to happen again in two years!
Have a great week and be sure to stop by and see us!