Friday, November 30, 2012

New Arrival That Has Me Smitten

Just a quick note to show you what arrived on my doorstep this morning!!!  Cuzco by Kate Spain..... oh be still my heart.

So many possibilities so little time!

I am also in the final stages of creating my "Snow Woman". Since taking this photo I have done French knots for her eyes and mouth and I'm on the last of the blanket stitching.  I'll take some photos as I create the cushion.  By the way I use Anni Downes Christmas Time fabric collection to create this lovely project and it's all available here in the shop!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Class Schedule

I have posted a new class schedule and am looking at adding some additional workshops over the next few days. One class that I will be adding is a Back to Basics workshop. This workshop is a technical class and is all about proper cutting techniques, precision cutting and piecing allows you to create this:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Class Roundup

First, a very big Thank You to all my customers and all of you out there in cyberspace for a fantastic year!  The text messages and phone calls I receive from you make all the hard work worthwhile.  I have some great ideas for this coming winter, spring and yes even next summer, so stay tuned.  Right now I am trying to finish up all the weekly classes and then spend some well deserved time off with my family.

Before I show off a few pictures of what we've been up to in some of the classes, I need to conduct a little business.  We are offering a class with Valerie Mullaly on 26 January, and already we have 10 participants.  If you are interested in taking this class please contact me asap since we will cut off the number at 12.  The course is all handwork and is €40 for the day and this price includes the kit.
Here are pictures of the two pieces that you can choose from on the day.

 Sew here we go onto the classes, just a small glimpse at what the women have been up to.  The beginners are finishing up their blocks so it will be another week or so before I have any pictures of their finished projects.

Here is the Monday morning group with a few of their Lone Star quilts or wall hangings:

Fabulous work, will get some photos next week at our last meeting.

The Wednesday morning group is finishing up their projects which were based on a project from the Kim Diehl book Simple Comforts.  These are going to be truly treasured and well they should be.

Ruth's almost complete top!  Gorgeous...

Betty won't let us photograph hers until she's done!!!

Brid's quilt in the adding vines stage
This project is something that I am thinking might be a great 4 part workshop for Intermediate quilters, an opportunity to do a project that you've always admired from afar but not quite sure if you would be up to the challenge on your own.  I'll be your very own motivation coach, sounds good don't ya think!!??

We are rearranging our class schedules for next term and already I have an almost full beginners class for January.  If you know of anyone interested in joining us please get in touch soon. There is always a warm welcome newcomers and our groups are very good at having loads of laughs.

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Small Slice of Heaven

Well, we're back from the Knit & Stitch show and it is hard to believe that we are flying through November. I have been busy as always with the shop, classes and family.  What have I been up to, lets take a look!

In October I finished up block one of the Sweet Heart Houses BoM, I am falling behind with block 2 so i will be busy over the next two weeks getting that ready.

The small quilt that I was working on "Kylee's Quilt" with the Eleanor Burn's ruler is finally done and was used in a finishing workshop, prairie points were added to the top and then quilted.  It was hanging in our booth at the Knit & Stitch Show. Here is the completed quilt in case you haven't seen it.

A week before the Knit & Stitch Show we received a new line of fabric from Moda, Cinnamon Spice by Black Bird Designs.  What a gorgeous line of fabric, I just want to hide it in my own personal stash!!!
Here is the quilt that I quickly made up for the show, so beautiful and a very quick project to do.

Hmmmm, what else is new?!   Our workshop at the end of January with Valerie Mullaly is really filling up, only a few seats left.  We have bought in a small selection of felted wool, my hope is that we can carry some lovely wools for our customers who enjoy working in this medium.  Valerie gave it quick inspection and gave the samples the thumbs up so if you are interested let us know.  Customer feedback is very important to me, I enjoy carrying stock of hard to find items.
I do hope to have some lovely photos to share with you over the next couple of days.
Enjoy and Happy Sewing!
Anne Marie