Sunday, October 19, 2008

New pattern booklets, more cupcakes, and clay buttons

I'm lovin' it!! We had a great National Cupcake Day! Our daughters, Kim and Ashley, made cupcake cakes and we had delicious mini cupcakes from Mulberry's. We featured cupcake aprons, mitts, pincushions, cupcake fabric and more. But, best of all, our new Ode to a Cupcake quilt that Nancy made, was featured on a wonderful cupcake blog--Cupcakes Take the Cake. Wow! These creative ladies were featured on Martha Stewart! I'm jealous...

We have 4 new pattern booklets. Each one features a quilt and an embellished wall hanging. The Leaf Wall Hanging (detail above) from the Cappuccino pattern features air-dry clay buttons. I'm putting on the finishing touches to a slide show that will show you how easy they are to make. Check back soon.


Friday, October 17, 2008

National Cupcake Day

Hooray! Just a few hours to National Cupcake Day, October 18, 2008. Join us in the store or online to celebrate! In the store, we'll have mini cupcakes, 2 GIANT cupcakes, fabric, patterns, and MORE, MORE, MORE. Nancy made a really, really, cute cupcake wall hanging--we have patterns and are taking orders for kits if you are interested. Send us an e-mail or give us a call. Best of all, you can get 20% off one item of your choice, in the store or online. What a great opportunity to buy that Bendable Bright Light or a Cupcake Quilt Kit, or one or our 4 brand spanking new pattern booklets or ???? Enjoy the sweets!

Yum yum,

Lynda and Nancy

Sunday, October 12, 2008


One of my new favorite blogs is Bakerella. Here is a little of her Halloween handiwork. Check out her blog for how she makes these Spooky Sweets. I think my favorite is Scream, although the Mummies will be sure to put a smile on your face!

Only 19 days until Halloween and only 6 days until National Cupcake Day. Hooray!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Joined in Hope

We have joined with Panera Bread Company and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation with their Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign. Panera customers are given the opportunity to decorate a 6" square of fabric with a special message of hope and inspiration. We will then join these squares together to create quilts that will be donated to RMCCF. On Saturday Oct. 11 and Wednesday Oct. 15, you can join us at GAQF to decorate a square yourself. We are providing lots of supplies and ideas for your inspiration. Check our website for more information. We hope to see you on Saturday or Wednesday...and, Panera is providing some goodies. Yum, yum!

Stay tuned for information on National Cupcake Day which is Saturday, Oct. 18th--more yummies!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Amy Butler's Daisy Chain has arrived at GAQF

The new Amy Butler Daisy Chain line has arrived at Great American Quilt Factory! It is fresh and fun. These are the colorways, but each colorway also includes other designs. You can see all of the prints on our website. For some Daisy Chain inspiration click here. I can't wait to see what Amy has in store at Quilt Market.

Happy creating,

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Dahlias & Roses, Manito Park, Spokane, WA

I promised that I would share some more flower pictures with you. Well, here they are! I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking the pictures. I'd love for you to share your comments. Thanks again Mary Lou!
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Annette Horner's quilt

Annette Horner and her husband visited our store in September and she shared this lovely quilt with us. It is a variation of Christmas Joy from our book Super Simple Strips. Her quilt started with a charm squares exchange in her quilting bee. She color coordinated the blocks and then set them with black sashing. Annette is from Trinity, Florida. Thanks Annette for sharing your quilt!

Lynda and Nancy

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Spokane Quilt Guild

Last week we spent 5 great days in Spokane, Washington. Nancy and I did two lectures and two classes for the Washington State Quilt Guild, Spokane Chapter. What fun we had! Michele Crawford, the workshop chairwoman, picked us up from the airport and transported us to the Hampton Inn. We had a nice chat and learned about her company, Flower Box Quilts.

Later in the afternoon, Jackie Wolff, owner of the Quilting Bee, picked us up and took us back to her shop and gave us the grand tour--WOW!--it's always fun to see behind the scenes. We have been friends with Jackie for many years and had always wanted to visit her shop. Thanks Jackie for the tour and thanks for the delicious dinner. We enjoyed meeting your husband!

On Thursday, Carolyn Kruger, the guild president, picked us up for the guild meetings, gave us a short tour of downtown Spokane and then took us for a delightful lunch at the Elk. The Spokane guild is very active--over 300 members present for the afternoon and over 150 for the evening meeting. Inbetween, we had a great dinner at the Moose, with several guild members. It's always inspiring to see the guild's show and tell--in this case, I have never seen so many large quilts. Great job ladies!

Friday and Saturday we taught two different classes, Friday, Color By the Yard and Saturday, Christmas Pickle. In CBTY we had a Lynda, another Lynda, a Linda and a Belinda. : ) I'm sure that in the not to distant future you will be seeing some finished quilts right here on the blog. Check out the slide show.

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Friday evening, we met up with Mary Lou Weidman. Mary Lou is a fellow teacher and fabric designer. She took us to Duncan Gardens in Manito Park. WOW again! We were so lucky to see the gorgeous dahlias and roses that they are noted for. Check out this picture of Nancy and a beautiful rose colored dahlia and yes, the flower is bigger than Nancy's head!!! I will share some more flower pictures in a few days.

All in all, we had a great time and thank the Spokane quild for inviting us to Spokane. Maybe we'll be out your way again.

Nancy and Lynda