Monday, December 14, 2009
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!
Carrie (the head nut)
Monday, December 7, 2009
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
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.....................................................................................................
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.
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 _________________________________
Thanks for Shopping with us!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
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!
Monday, November 30, 2009
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
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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
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, 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.
Monday, November 9, 2009
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):
This show takes place every other year, so be sure to watch for it in 2011!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
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:
COTTON THEORY CLASS
Sponsored by Catalyst Career Group and
Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop
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
$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
Catalyst Career Group
801 Prairie Ridge Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
Monday, November 2, 2009
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
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!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
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!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I am sure you are all dieing to find out who the Shop Hop winners are, so without further ado:
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
Wendy Arther, Spring Grove, IL
Bonne Proesel, Hebron, IL
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!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
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
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!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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: