Sunday, January 30, 2011

This is Starway to Heaven our Stashbuster quilt for this year's National Quilt Day March 19. We've been doing this for several years now. It's a free class you just have to purchase three yards of background fabric. The rest comes from your stash! You'll need to reserve your spot if you want to come to the class.

Speaking of "stash" - I've been cleaning my sewing room. It looks so good now I'm going to call it my studio instead. I also do not have a stash anymore - it's now my "fabric collection". When you collect fabric you can just enjoy it. You don't neccessarily have to do anything with it. Ever notice how just admiring your collection can make you feel good?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Karen has completed a new sample using Tonga Batik Treats-Strips & Squares. It is called Intersections. We have a great selection of Batiks on hand right now. Their bright colors can add zip to your Winter.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bear with me as I try to learn new things. I made a small slide show about our laminate fabrics. We're getting quite a collection.Laminated cottons are similar to oilcloth but much lighter weight and more drapable. Last year when we got our first pieces we made lots of cosmetic bags and Karen even made a raincoat. Now, With more to choose from, we're designing an apron and have Amy Butler's patterns for hooded raincoats. I plan to try a raincoat for myself this Spring. They'd also be great for tote bags and diaper bags.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Elk Horn is the home of the National Danish Immigrant Museum and hosts World class exhibits.
The latest in their Danish -American Artists Series is a retrospective of Danish Immigrant Grete Schioler's work. The exhibit runs from now until July 10. The works on view encompass a wide range of her work, including tapestry, silk painting, quilting, applique and knitting. Special tours for textile interest groups (quilting groups, knitting groups, etc.) can be arranged. For more information visit or call 712-764-7001.
The quilt shown above is simply called Circles. I'll be viewing the exhibit in the next few days and will show you more of her work. I hope many of you also get the chance to see it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I don't usually work Tuesday and today it was a good thing because our driveway kept drifting in. I had plenty to do getting ready for our retreat this weekend. We're really full so it should be fun.

The other day I sent off all the ideas for my next line of fabric. It's taken me quite a while to get these ready, but now I am excited to see what the people at Fabri-Quilt think.

We're also working on the plans for Super Sunday February 6. Besides a big sale on closeout fabric we'll have our annual workshop. This year's quilt is Blitz! Visit the events page on for details.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Just before the New Year's break we got in several pieces of Amy Butler's new Soul Blossoms
and also the complete fat quarter packs. Sewing with these could make you feel like Spring is right around the corner.
I always like to start a new project on New Year's Day. This year I started the sample for our annual Super Sunday workshop. We design something quick and easy for this. I worked on it most of yesterday afternoon and was able to complete the top in a few hours today. Watch this blog and your email for details on how to sign up.