Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW Shoofly Pie quilt coming soon!

     Have you ever had the Shoofly Pie experience?  Not me, but I'd like to try it! Actually, second thought, I believe that Janet & I shared a piece when we were in Pennsylvania for the very first time! But I think I need another piece to really say I had the experience.  We can go to All to make it ourselves. Let's give it a try!

     I do have the Shoofly Pie quilt experience though & I love how it turned out! Just wanted to show you the new design & let you know that the pattern will be ready for spring market.  

     So make a note now to see it in Booth #1339 in Minneapolis!  We'll be looking for you!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Much More Progress !! Booth #1339

The days are flying much faster now that we are facing market deadlines left & right.  And really, all of the new quilts should be sewn by now, but we are still waiting for the new fabric!  So, every day counts!

Flying Geese quilt draped in my rocker
Flying Geese quilt
Pictured here is the second antique quilt from which we reproduced fabrics.  It's been so fun & exciting; of course, new quilting experiences are always that - fun & exciting!  The quilt & fabric line are simply called - Flying Geese!!

Notice the big stripes & how much attention they get!  Then the reds & golds in the geese coming together in the center of the blocks!

The quilt dates back to the late 1800's but is very crudely quilted with a sewing machine in straight lines one way only. 

Enjoy the quick shots I took of the fabric cards for this line!  Shop owners - plan a stop at our booth in Minneapolis - Booth #1339 - we are right across the aisle from P & B & just down the row from Washington Street Studio!


Rich dark golds, blacks & reds!

Go to P & B Textiles/Washington Street Studio to see the whole line!

And wish us luck getting the new bolts!  I'm afraid it's on the slow boat!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Making Progress!

We enjoyed such beautiful weather last week, & now it has changed to cold, windy days this week.  Such is our spring weather in Iowa.

Friendship Ring quilt block

Maybe it is a blessing in disguise . . . with the cold outside, it is much easier to stay inside & work on market projects & planning.  Hand piecing of the Friendship Ring blocks has progressed fabulously; in fact, the little quilt is at the quilter's & I am waiting for a call today!  Then it will progress to the photographer!

The blocks were really a joy to piece - only 8 full blocks, as pictured, + 6 side half blocks + 4 quarter corner blocks. And writing the pattern is going great, but, of course, you will need the set of Ardco templates to complete the quilt.
Template set for Friendship Ring quilt

I'll bet you hand piecers can easily see how the block goes together just by seeing the template set!

It really is a fun, fun block to hand piece - not for a beginning hand piecer, but very do-able.  This hand piecing was all new to me, but each block I did was an improvement over the last.  So, you can do it, too!

A few of the Thursday Girls have made a practice block & as soon as the new fabric comes, we'll be ready to challenge the quilt.  

Speaking of the new fabric, I snapped a few photos of the fabric cards to show you the Friendship Ring fabric.  


Go to P & B Textiles, Washington Street Studio to see the complete line!

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