Tuesday, September 30, 2008

forever e.friends October block

Happy October!

October is one of my favorite months. The weather is cooler, the colors are gorgeous, and Halloween is coming. My house is decorated to the hilt with everything Halloween.

We celebrate forever e.friends in October with a cute witch, a scary ghost and some yummy-looking candy corn. We've added recipes for Freaky Franks and Creepy Corn Casserole. The extra October project is a Crayon Frameup--just perfect for the little ghouls in your family.

It's a great time to start a new project--or perhaps finish up one you've already started.

Have a BOO-tiful month!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Show and Share

One of the best things about working at GAQF is the inspiration we get everyday when customers and students come in with or send pictures of the projects they have been working on. This last couple of weeks we have had several people share with us and thought that you might like to see them, too.This stunning quilt is by Edlith Haak, a longtime customer. Nancy and I both love red and black quilts. I'm not sure of the name of this pattern (and I wish my photography was better) but the quilt is beautiful. What's next, Edlith?

This is a Pineapple quilt made by Robin Newton. She took our Pineapple class in Wichita a couple of months ago. She chose to use lots of homespun plaids and made me wish that I hadn't pared down my homespun collection. Robin, I love the quilt and your backyard!

Karen Hammond, also of Wichita, chose to use 30's prints. Each of her Pineapple blocks starts with a black print square. We were playing with mirrors trying to decide on corners. The narrow black strip seemed perfect. It seems like her friend here agrees. : ) Great job, Karen!

Another long time customer of ours, Dorothy Mannon, made this gorgeous Pineapple quilt in a class here at GAQF, taught by Jane Dumler. I love the beautiful blues accented with the red. Way to go, Dorothy!

Last, but not least is a wall hanging made by Nancy Sampson. She made it in the Mini Licorice Star Garden GAQF class taught by Ann Petersen. Ann won a 1st place ribbon for her Licorice Star Garden quilt at the IQA show in Houston last year. Nancy's piecing is beautiful and her quilting is great. Nancy also made this incredible DU quilt. She is always up for a challenge, so I think we will be seeing more of her work. Thanks, Nancy!

Thank you all for making our jobs more fun and inspiring! Our goal is to open up a gallery on the website to share the inspiration. Please keep sharing your projects with us.

Lynda and Nancy

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My new favorite notion

I have a favorite new notion. It is this Bendable Bright Light that easily attaches to the side of your sewing machine and directs a powerful beam of light just where you want it. And...it doesn't get hot. I spent several hours appliqueing a new quilt (sneak peak here) and it helped sooooo much! I could move the light to help me see the threads to pull to the back and then move it back to see the applique. It is terrific! Call or e-mail today and we will save one for you from the order that should be in this week.

Another product that was very helpful was the new Sewline pencil. I used the yellow one to draw a vine on this very dark chocolate colored fabric. It was easy to mark and it stayed on the entire time I was appliqueing, then erased off just as easily. I do admit that I am a gadget junkie.

Have a great weekend. It is a beautiful almost fall day here in Colorado.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Winners of Postcard Challenge

We have the winners of our Postcard challenge. All of the postcards were great and we really enjoyed seeing how they were embellished. The winners are shown below.

Purple Autumn by Monica Blitger, from Spain

Zen by Carol Waugh, from Denver

A Quilters Peace by Michelle Jackson, from Denver

Fern Goddess by Susie Johnson, our employee winner

Sophisticated Lady by Michelle Jackson, our online winner

A big THANK YOU to all who entered, our talented judges, and for all of you who voted online.

To see all of the customer entries, click here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Frenchy Bag and Blue Sky Hat

Let me introduce you to my daughter Kim. Kim has worked at GAQF since she was about 10 days old. Her job then was to just look cute--seems like she holds the same position today, along with many other responsibilities.

Here she is looking cute in the Amy Butler Blue Sky Hat, holding the Frenchy Bag. She made these herself and she is very proud. She's been sewing quite a bit lately and is working up to the Lotus Tunic. Kim, along with several other kids, was the inspiration for our I'll Teach Myself series of kids sewing books.

For those of you in the area that are Amy Butler fans, we have made several samples with the Midwest Modern fabric and have two classes on our fall class schedule . Maybe you'll see Kim there with helpful advice or maybe, just looking cute. : )


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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Postcard Challenge, Summer 2008

We thought we would like your help in choosing an online winner for our Postcard Challenge. Preview the postcards by playing the Smilebox slide show below and then email your vote to Ashley at ashley@greatamericanquilt.com . Vote by September 14, 2008. One vote per email address, please! We will announce the winner Sept. 15th. Thank you!

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Renee's Boxes

I told you that I would share some more pictures of Renee Peterson's work. Below are 2 boxes that she has made. She uses a variety of techniques to make each one unique. Renee has taken embellishment classes and participates in a monthly 'creative' session, here at Great American Quilt Factory. The box below showcases many different embellishments, including Lumiere paint, Angelina fibers, sequin waste, clay, wire, and special buttons made exclusively by our friends, Terry and Michele. See lots more of their buttons at EYEmbellishments.

The hexagonal box below, also showcases several techniques, including Angelina fibers, clay, handmade beads, sequin waste, and two more buttons from EYEmbellishments--Michele writes a might fine and fun blog. Check it out by clicking on it in "Our Favorite Blogs" on the sidebar to the right.

I hope the creativity that is shown by Renee's patchwork pillow (see August 26 blog) and wonderful boxes inspires you to bring a little embellishing to your projects. Please check our website to download an informative brochure on these embellishment products. Happy Labor Day!
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