Monday, April 25, 2011

Just thought I'd show you a quilt from last year's Tivoli Fest Quilt Show. We are in charge of the show each year. It's pretty casual with no judging except by viewer's choice. Top three quiltmakers receive aPrairie Star gift certificate. This is a fun show to enter with no pressure. The actual show is in our Retreat Center on Saturday May 28. Just be sure to bring your quilts to us by May 25. We'll keep them for you until you can pick them up sometime after Memorial Day.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I've been working on some of the embroidery for Snow Days by Crabapple Hill. I'm using a variegated thread so I can use one thread throughout. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but it is really effective.

We are now carrying Cosmos Seasons Variegated embroidery floss. It is really a quality thread from Lecien of Japan. The photo just shows a few of the available colors.

I can't believe how many quilters are finding that they love embroidery. It's something that many of us learned from our grandmothers (remember the dish towels?) but it's really gone upscale. I find it very relaxing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

One of the new samples I hung Monday was this new York's Freedom. It is Shar's design but the sample was made by Mardell. I love it's graphic look. I spent most of yesterday outside cleaning flower beds and raking the lawn. Many of my hostas are up, some on the southside of the house are 10 inches tall. But, this evening when I came home from the shop, it suddenly turned cold. There's even a chance for snow this weekend - so much for Spring

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Karen has just completed this embroidered sample. It is Friendship Blooms Over Garden Fences from Crabapple Hill. If you like to embroider you'll love this one. Of course we have kits. Speaking of Crabapple Hill, we have also made a few kits for their new Snow Days. We have not made a sample yet (I'm working on it) but itwill be great, too. We made very few kits for it, because it is pricey (the designers required a lot of fabric). At any rate, we will not have them very long as several are already spoken for.