Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sneak Peek and a chance to win....

We have two new pattern booklets coming out just in time for Quilt Market. The quilts are absolutely beautiful and filled with color! This first quilt is named Trade Winds and the second one is Fireworks. Each booklet includes a section on choosing color and each one also has suggestions for other colorways and smaller projects. Be sure to look for ordering information next week.

For a chance to win one of 3 sets of autograhed copies, leave a comment telling us the title of your favorite Possibilities' book. There are over 70 to choose from and if you need a refresher you can see them all here. Also, don't forget the kid's sewing books.

A few simple rules:

  • Please leave only one comment per person.
  • Make sure to include your blog or email contact so we can let you know if you've won.
  • If you post anonymously, we may not be able to contact you, so please check for the winners on May 13, 2009.
  • Winners will be chosen at random using the interger generator.
  • Winners will be posted on May 13, 2009.

To post a comment to most blogs, just click the "comments" link at the end of the post. For example, when I just looked at our blog it said "48 comments". Clicking on that link takes you to a new page where you can read all of the comments, and post your own.

Good Luck,

Lynda and Nancy

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Patchwork Party 2009

We are so honored to be a part of Patchwork Party 2009. Patchwork Party was created by Deb Luttrell from Stitchin' Heaven. Twice a year a special fabric is chosen and 12 blocks are created from that fabric line. Each of 12 quilt shops is assigned one of the blocks to kit and sell and each shop also designs a unique finishing kit. This spring the fabric line is Sachet Potpourri from Marcus Brothers. It is a gorgeous fabric line.
Our block is Fantasticks and we think it is pretty fantastic. All of the other blocks are equally great. Each block kit also comes with a pewter charm. Our charm is the cute heart-in-hand shown below the block. Each finishing kit also comes with a special Patchwork Party quilt charm.

Our finishing kit is shown below and we think it is beautiful. All twelve of the blocks are nicely showcased and the applique adds a special touch.

Come join the fun!!! To order our block and finishing kit, go to GAQF Patchwork Party. See all of the blocks and all of the finishing kits at Patchwork Party 2009. We are having a great time!!
Let us know what you think about our finishing kit.
Happy stitching,
Lynda and Nancy

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sarah's Four Seasons Quilt


I just got to see the first, almost finished, Four Seasons quilt from our last Saturday Sampler. This quilt belongs to a long, long time customer and friend, Sarah Neuscheler (pictured below) and was beautifully quilted by our own Sandi Fruehling. Isn't it a gorgeous quilt. Great job Sarah!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt.
Also, our March Patchwork Lottery was won by Virginia Duvall and she won over 40 blocks. If you would like to be a part of the April Patchwork Lottery you still have time. The April block is an 8" Dutchman's Puzzle done in pastel scraps and we already have received several, so get stitching.
Till next time,
Lynda and Nancy

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Halloween Blog of the Month, Part 1b

Hello and Happy Easter!

All of the applique pieces are ready to stitch down. I have gathered the tools I need, including an open toed applique foot, Mettler Black-50 weight thread on the spool as well as in the bobbin, a thread nipper, and a brand spanking new Microtex Sharp size 80/12 needle. Two other items, not shown and optional, but very worth it, are a self-threading needle and a Bendable Bright Light. I also have taken the time to clean and oil my sewing machine.

I did some practice stitching on some fused scraps to determine my stitch length and width and that the tension was correct. I will be using a Blanket Stitch for my applique. On my Bernina machine, the settings I used are 2 for the width and also for the length. This creates a stitch approximately 1/8" wide and 1/8" long. Engage your needle down position if available. I started stitching on the top of the ghost's head. I left a good length of thread and kept it out of the way while stitching. I also left a good length of thread at the end. By pulling the bobbin thread I can see the loop that is created by the top thread and I can pull the top thread to the back and tie it off. The top thread can also be popped into a self-threading needle and poked to the back.

Because my background is dark I just tie the ends into a double knot and clip the thread about 1/2" from the knot.

I invested in a Bendable Bright Light a few months ago and I don't know how I ever got along without one. You can see from the photo below how much extra light is concentrated on the stitching area. Also, because it is bendable, I bend it out so that I can see the threads I'm trying to pull to bring to the back.

This is the stitching order I used for the ghost:
  1. Top of head
  2. Right eye
  3. Left eye
  4. Nose
  5. Bottom of the eyelids
  6. Left side of body
  7. Right side of body

Next comes the skeleton. I stitched the eyes and nose first. Because the eye and nose sockets are under the skull, you will be stitching on the white fabric. The photo below shows my threads popped into a self-threading needle so that I can poke them to the back. This is the stitching order I used for the skeleton:
  1. Eyes
  2. Nose
  3. Top and bottom of hat band
  4. Skull
  5. Hat
  6. Bones

Congratulations! You have finished your first two blocks. My photo of my two completed blocks didn't turn out very well, so I will take it again tomorrow in better light and post it below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email at

Happy stitching,


Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Halloween Blog of the Month, Part 1a

Hi! Welcome to our Happy Halloween Blog of the Month tutorial. Every month I will be sharing tips and techniques to make this delightful quilt. So, let's get started.

Gather your supplies, the pattern, and fabrics. Cut apart the placement patterns and the pattern sheets to make them more manageable. This month we will be working with the Skeleton and the Ghost.

Follow the directions for your fusible web and trace the pattern pieces (with names and numbers) to the paper side of the fusible. Be sure to trace from the pattern sheets and not from the placement pattern. I'm using Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 (LSAS2). One of the paper liners will remove easily and then I'll trace the pattern on the liner that is still attached to the web. Note that the patterns are reversed for fusible web applique for convenience. Save the fusible web paper liners to use as fabric protectors when fusing applique pieces.

Trim fusible web on all medium to large applique pieces about 1/4" on either side of penciled line. This method will keep the fabric soft and not stiff, especially where applique pieces are fused over other pieces. Cut pieces apart and sort according to color. All of the pieces below will be fused to a white fabric. Save the larger pieces that are cut away (such as the inside of the ghost) to use again.

It is important to test the fabrics to see if they need to be lined. Place the fabric over the dark background. If you can clearly see the dark fabric you will need to line it. I used the same solid white fabric that I am using for the skeleton to line the skeleton fabric and the ghost fabric shown below. I cut a piece of fabric larger than the ghost pattern and cut a matching piece of fusible web and solid white. Iron the fusible web to the wrong side of the ghost fabric, peel off the paper backing and fuse to the solid white. Be careful not to scorch the fabric. The photo shows the paper liner being used to protect the fabric.

Fuse the pattern pieces to the fabrics of your choice. I lightly fused the LSAS2 to my fabrics. If you are using our kit you will need to refer to the Fabric Chart that was enclosed with your kit as some fabrics will be used more than once. Feel free to substitute fabric from your stash if you want more variety. The photo below shows the fusible web for the ghost body ready to fuse down to the wrong side of the lined ghost fabric. Take care not to distort the shape when pressing this large of an applique.

Cut out all of your pieces on the penciled lines and peel off the remaining paper liner.

Place the Applique Pressing Sheet over the placement pattern. You can clearly see your pattern.

Place your pieces over the placement sheet in numerical order. When you are pleased with the arrangement, lightly fuse them together. For the ghost, fuse the eyes, lids, and nose into place on the ghost body. Lightly trace the smile lines and the eyeball placement--you might need the help of a light box or a sunny window. For the skeleton, fuse the hat and band to the top of the skeleton head. Lightly trace the eye and nose sockets and teeth. Take a small scissor with a very sharp blade and cut out the eye and nose sockets.

Now, to prepare the background fabric. Cut twelve 10 x 12 1/2" pieces from background fabric. If using the background fabric supplied in the kit, cut three 12 1/2" strips across the width of the fabric. Next, open the strips and trim into four 10" pieces--four different shades of purple. These pieces are oversized to allow for a neat final trim after the applique is finished.

Use the darkest backgound piece for the ghost. Place background fabric right side up over placement sheet. Make sure there is extra fabric around the placement sheet on all sides. You can see in the photo where the placement sheet is and how much fabric is left around it. Place fused applique ghost on background, aligning shape with placement sheet. Fuse ghost to the background fabric following fusible web instructions.

Use the next darkest background piece for the skeleton. Place background fabric right side up over placement sheet as above. Place eye and nose pieces in place and fuse to background.

I lightly sprayed the wrong side of the skeleton around the eye and nose sockets with 404 Spray and Fix to bond the fabric in place around the sockets. Fuse the skeleton head over the eyes and nose and then add the rest of the pieces. You can see how I use the paper liner to protect the applique when I fuse.

Voila!!! We are now ready to applique. I will post Part 1b in a day or two. If you have any questions, please leave a comment with your email addy or send me an email at Have fun!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Are you ready?

I'm working on the slide show to go along with our Happy Halloween Blog of the Month. Pre-ordered kits and blocks have been mailed, so it is time to start gathering the things you will need. If you would still like to join in the fun, go to our website for all of the information. Below is a list of things for you to gather.

These things, along with the pattern and fabric will get us started. I'll be adding other tools along the way. Check back soon for our first lesson.