Friday, October 31, 2014

20th ANNIVERSARY SALE A BRATION

Oh my gosh,, I cannot be old enough to participate in Little Quilts 16th anniversary of the retail store opening!!  Anyone have their kit/top/quilt made from logs we cut from the first bolts we had in the store in ?
Well it is a reality.. Little Quilts Quilt Shop is 16!.  When we were a mere 6 years old...in 2004, we were acknowledged by American Patchwork and Quilting as a favorite quilt shop to be featured in their Sampler magazine.  Here is a blast from the past photo from that time.
To celebrate.. you can shop at 20% off Saturday, Nov. 1 and Monday, Nov. 3...(with a very few exceptions). Please join us in this unbelievable milestone. 



Quilt shop is not just for quilters. Boooo!

Halloween will be here soon, and Shirley finished this spooktacular cross stitch just in time! She came in to find the perfect border fabric to finish the project.
  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

I'm back from the Houston Quilt Market, and what a fun time we had!  We saw lots of great new products and patterns that will be appearing soon in the shop, and the quilts in the show were absolutely stunning.  What I really wanted to share with all of you is the fabulous Patchwork of the Crosses quilt that was hanging in the show.
The blocks were all so beautiful and so different - I stood studying this quilt for a long time trying to take in all the colors, fabrics styles, and block patterns.  I can hardly wait to get my quilt finished now!
One of the new gadgets we saw at market is perfect for all of us Patchwork of the Crosses stitchers.
It's an acrylic Fussy Cut Finder.  They're available in all different sizes, but the perfect one for us is the 1" Honeycomb.  There's also a 1" Square.
As you can see, it's just a little gadget, but it makes it so much easier to see the exact unit you want to cut from the fabric.  Of course, when you're cutting the fabric you'll want to use the clear acrylic honeycomb template that has the seam allowances  on it, but this is so much easier to slide across the fabric to find the perfect spot to cut.  Keep one in your purse when you're shopping for fabric to make sure the scale of the fabric is right.
They will be on the website soon, but in the meantime, call the shop to order Fussy Cut Finders,  I'm getting two - one for my sewing area and one for my purse!
 One my favorite things about Patchwork of the Crosses is its portability.  I took a small sewing bag along with me to Houston just in case I had a few minutes to sit and sew.  This is a block I made from the left-overs of the Jo Morton fabrics that were in the October fabric packs and a fabric that was in my stash.  Your leftovers may be a little different than mine, but these were such perfect fabrics for fussy cutting there are lots of options for using them!  For the corner "frilly" units be sure to cut mirror image units.  With the new little Fussy Cut Finder we brought back from market, it should be even easier for you to design a great block of your own.

Be sure to send me pictures of your finished blocks to post on our Pinterest Board.  It's fun to see all the different blocks and it's a great place to get new design ideas for your blocks.

Shop on our website if you need paper piecing supplies or glue pen refills.  Watch the website for Fussy Cut Finders!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilt Inspiration

One of the students in Wanda’s Advanced Baltimore Study Group finished another quilt top and brought it in to be basted so she can begin hand quilting it. Judy is a real artist and designed all the blocks herself. Her use of fabric and the creativity of the blocks is truly unique. Although you probably can’t make them out on this picture, the patriotic quilting designs for the quilt were also hand drawn by Judy and are stunning. Can’t wait to see this quilt finished!





Monday, October 27, 2014

I Scream ,You Scream... We all Scream for.....

Not long ago we featured one of our Hand Applique teachers, Anne, with one of her fabulous pictorial quilts from her trip to Europe. Here’s a picture of her most recent quilt made for her great grandson with lots of memories from her days in Chicago and especially the “Good Humor” Ice Cream trucks!
 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses

I've flown the coop ... as you read this I'm on my way to Houston for Quilt Market! It's always a fun time at market seeing (and buying!) what's new for the shop and I can't wait to see all the fabulous quilts in the show.  If I see any Lucy Boston quilts, I'll take pictures and post them when I get back. In the meantime, I hope you won't mind the abbreviated post this week.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the blocks others have done. Some of the blocks are done with fabrics from our kits, but many are done from stash fabrics.  All of them are absolutely beautiful.

These are some of the blocks done by Carolyn who says she has become very addicted to paper piecing:

Jackie has enjoyed using the fabrics from her kits in different ways:

Kathleen has been using fabrics from her stash:


I love this block Kathleen did with the "two-tone" blue.  This look is achieved by strip piecing two different fabrics, and pressing the seams open to avoid bulk.  Lay the center of the acrylic template on the seam line and cut.  Continue making the honeycomb shapes as you would with a single piece of fabric.
Sarah has a beautiful collection of blocks.  She, too, has become very addicted to paper piecing and is working on several hexagon projects at the same time.


Love the unique setting Joanne achieved with fabrics from the first kit we sent in April.
These are just a few of the blocks posted on our Pinterest Board.  Check out the board to see many more stunning blocks.

If your're in need of more paper piecing supplies, click here for our website.

See you next week with a report from Houston!  Hopefully I'll have time to get some blocks pieced on the trip.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Touch of Baltimore interpreted.

Judy is working on a gorgeous new project featuring Dresden Plate blocks using our new line of fabric, “Touch Of Baltimore” The clear, bright colors of the fabrics are perfect for the blocks!  


Monday, October 20, 2014

Grand Prize Winner

Jane Opp was very excited to be the grand prize winner of the Sweet Home Marietta Shop Hop. She’s shown here picking up her Cameo Cutter. How “Sweet” it is… Congratulations, Jane!