Friday, January 23, 2009

All over the board.....

I'm teaching some classes on Scrap Therapy. The classes are organized so that you actually start cutting your scraps into usable sizes of squares and then make quilts and other projects from these squares. The ladies in the class came with assorted shapes and sizes of fabric. As I was helping one lady press her scraps in preparation for cutting, I noticed that she had saved many ends of prepared binding. I started pressing these open and then I thought of all of the scrap quilts we have made with scrap pieces of binding. I pulled several pieces from her bag and set them together and suggested that she keep a box where she can collect these binding pieces, join them together, and the next time she finished a scrap quilt, the binding would be ready to go.

My new favorite notion is the Frostings Donut.

The Frostings Donut contains prewound bobbins of 36 colors of Superior's MasterPiece thread, hand picked by Becky and Linda from Piece o' Cake. This thread is perfect for applique and the BobbinSaver keeps it all in one convenient place. I wrote the thread information on the back of the BobbinSaver with a permanent marker. Makes a pretty snazzy bracelet, too!

Two times this winter we are having an Embellishment Schoolhouse. Five of our very accomplished friends are going to teach students wonderful ways to add embellishments to their work. The students will have hands-on experience in paints, making clay buttons, working with angelina, felting, paintstiks, and much more. Nancy and I sat in on a dry run last Saturday and we got sooooo excited that we will probably both sign up! The first schoolhouse is February 14th from 10-3:00--a great Valentine's present. Samples will be posted in the store soon and I will try to get them on the blog.

I can't wait until next week! We are going to have a contest here on the blog with a really great prize. Be sure to check back in.

Have a great weekend and get lots of sewing done.


juno said...

I love the idea of scrap therapy.
Alice Kober

Betsy said...

The idea of actually using all those scrap pieces is very intriguing to me and, in this difficult economic atmosphere, I would guess to many others. Thank you for the idea. Where do I find out about the class?

Mary said...

Love the Frostings Donut Thread---What a great idea-every color of thread you would ever need.

Jackie D. said...

I am a former Happy Quilter relocated to Northern California. I was so excited to see my friends' photo on your blog! One small thing - it's not Darlene, it's Maureen. Hope that I get to visit you in Denver soon!

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