Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cathie Miller's Pineapple Quilt

We taught our Pineapple class to the Lincoln, NE quilt guild in January. Cathie Miller, who was our hostess, e-mailed this photo of her finished quilt, Strawberries 'n Cream Pineapple. I think it is absolutely stunning! Way to go Cathie!

She interpreted the Barn Dance pattern from our Positively Pineapple Book, using reds and creams and added a row both horizontally and vertically. The method uses our Pineapple Rule rather than templates or paper piecing. What a gorgeous quilt!

OK Lincoln Guild Pineapple students--show us the quilts!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

New classes to teach

I've spent some time recently trying to come up with some new classes to teach. I've leafed through our books to try to identify my favorite quilts--and boy do I have a lot of favorites! My latest favorite quilt is Calypso, from Simple to Sensational Batiks. This quilt has also been a favorite pick at Quilt Market and at lectures we have done recently. I think it would make a great class--simple patchwork, easy curves, paper piecing, great color palette, and a really fun border. I think I'll be figuring out a lesson plan soon.

I have to share two more pictures of my daughter's trip to Grand Lake, Colorado. There are some really fun road signs across the country. This one is so descriptive, but it depicts the wrong way of crossing. : )

Wow, is that an impressive swim or what?


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Need Christmas inspiration?

Christmas in July is in full swing at GAQF. We are on day two of our "inspiration stations". The store is decorated for Christmas in every nook and cranny. We have the most gorgeous collection of Christmas fabric--surely something for everyone. Christmas is only 5 months away.

We have designed several patterns of our own, including the Sassy Apron, shown above right and a matching Sassy Grabber--a fun and easy to make oven mitt. http://greatamericanquilt.com/store/sassygrabber.html These make great gifts for Christmas, or anytime.

More inspiration stations are scheduled Tuesday through Fridat at 12 noon and 4:00 and all three inspiration stations are scheduled for Saturday at 11, 12, and 1:00. Hope to see you there!

Check the website for more information. http://www.greatamericanquilt.com/

Merry Christmas in July,


Monday, July 21, 2008

To sew, or not to sew--that is the question?

Several posts ago, I told you about my daughter Kim, and that she was going to make the Amy Butler tunic. I don't think that she has ever made a garment or worked with anything other than a 1/4" seam allowance, except maybe on a Halloween costume.

We have had a very busy summer so far, not indusive to sewing at all. Kim's fabric is 'warshed' and ironed, and ready to go. So, see below how much sewing she accomplished last weekend.
Yeah right!
She chose not to sew, but to fish. She caught 2 cutthroat trout one of which we will have for dinner tonight--my 20 year old son is going to grill. I just have to sit back and relax--not!

Kim has today off and she was going to get started on her tunic. I can't wait to get home to see what she accomplised.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Quilting Podcast and Christmas in July

Several months ago we did an interview with Annie Smith for her podcasts. Annie is a quilter, pattern designer, lecturer and teacher from California. She is a delightful person and we really enjoyed talking to her. I think you might enjoy listening to her interview with us, especially if you have never heard a podcast.


Christmas in July is almost here at Great American Quilt Factory. YEAH! Susie and our design department have gone all out with new patterns, kits, and decorations. The fun starts Sunday, the 20th and continues through Saturday, the 26th. Christmas fabrics, patterns, kits, and books will be discounted 20 %. Come in and enjoy the fun.

Merry Christmas,

Monday, July 14, 2008

Beautiful Sunset

I just had to share these pictures of the setting sun from my backyard last Friday. You can barely see the mountains. Enjoy! Lynda

Friday, July 11, 2008

Christmas In July demos

I just discovered something that I should have known. If you click on the Christmas tree on our home page, http://www.greatamericanquilt.com/, you will be taken to the Store Events page.

Click on "click here" and it will take you to the page showing our Christmas in July calendar handout. Click on any of the green days to see the projects that we will be showing and demoing that day--our inspiration stations. How fun is that!

I am getting so excited and nervous, too, because Judy and I will be talking about all the projects on Saturday the 26th. We have a lot to learn. I hope you can come.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tim Graves, Quilting Tool Inventor

We met a nice young man this week. Tim is fourteen years old, from Glendale, Arizona and was traveling to South Dakota with his family. They stopped in to see us so that Tim could show us his new invention. It seems that Tim is taking quilt classes and observed that some of his fellow quilters were having trouble holding their templates and cutting around them. So, Tim invented a template tool to help them. A colorful handle (hand painted by Tim) is attached to a suction cup. When attached to a template, it keeps your fingertips a safe distance away from the blade. Tim's Template Tool is packaged in two sizes to fit most templates and retails for $12.00. Our advice to you, Tim, is keep quilting and keep inventing.

Hooray for new tools and new quilters!

A quick raft trip update--as you can tell, I made it back alive. It was fun and I had a great time. The water was running very high and fast and was very cold. Three things I learned are--you are going to get wet, you are going to get dirty, and no one really cares about what your hair looks like. ; )


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Helping the Community

Lucky me seems to be my new phrase. There are so many things that people have to struggle with and I just consider myself LUCKY. I have things to deal with in my everyday life like we all do but I have such great friends and support that things always seem to work out. We have been working with Interfaith Task Force Community Services for about 15 years. They help families who are in need. Recently they had an auction and we donated a quilt. The quilt sold for several hundred dollars. The high bidder was actually the director of Community Relations for the center. She was thrilled and said that there was another person who just wouldn't stop bidding! She was so pleased that she had the final bid. Lucky us that we were able to contribute to a family's well being.

"Lucky me" also had the opportunity to have my 7 year old grandson, Jack, visit our work for a few days. He didn't know what to do and so I suggested that he sew! He wasn't too keen on the idea but when I showed him some dot-to-dot pages that he could sew, he thought he might give it a try. Well he turned out loving it. He did 2 mazes, 3 dot-to-dot, a pillow out of boy scout fabric, and a treasure pouch from our book The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids. He couldn't have been happier. I think that we might have unleashed another sewing monster. What fun it was to watch the enthusiasm grow and the "boys don't sew" label melt away.