Monday, March 2, 2015

Radiant Quilt Kit

This is a short video tutorial of one of the kits we have at the shop. It makes a beautiful quilt called "Radiant" that has the "radiating and shimmering effects of a mountain spring". Even better, the kit is entirely precut! Delphine sewed it together in about a day and a half. Some people find the colors masculine, and others simply find them soothing. The kit makes a throw-sized quilt that finishes at 62" by 71".

Monday, February 9, 2015

How to Make Boxes out of Calendars or Cards

We've been making lots of little boxes at our quilt retreats, and we wanted to share the fun with all of you! Here are directions for making your own little boxes out of old calendars, cards, or paper. The sturdiness of the paper you use will determine how sturdy your box is.

First off, here are the written instructions:

And here are the pictures illustrating those instructions:

Cut your card or calendar to be square, making sure that your chosen design remains centered. When you cut the piece for the bottom of the box, cut it smaller than the piece for the top. The easy way to do this: Cut the top and bottom pieces the same size. Then cut 1/4" off two adjoining sides of the bottom piece.

Take a ruler and mark a large X in the center of your paper/card/calendar.

Fold a corner into the center of the X and crease, then fold the creased edge in to meet the line of the X and crease. Do this for all four corners.

Unfold your paper and make four cuts, as you can see in the picture. The cuts should go the length of one triangle and one square, and there should be two squares between each cut. Make sure the cuts are facing each other! The instructions say to cut off the little triangle you get when you make the cut, but we just leave it on. Put a little glue in the center of your paper.

Next, take the large triangles on each side, and fold them up following the previous fold lines.

Now that you have two sides folded up, fold the last two up and over the tabs. Press and smooth in the middle to make sure that all four triangles that meet there are firmly held down by the glue.

You have a box! Here's the top of ours:

and here's the bottom:

Lots of little boxes. The largest ones are about 4" in size and were made from 12" pages, while the smallest one started at 4" and is now approximately 1 1/4". So your box will wind up being about 1/3 the size of the paper you start with.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quilts of Valor at Gaylord Quilt Guild Show

In case you weren’t able to attend the quilt show last weekend, here is what the Quilts of Valor display looked like! We hung 3 quilts with their presentation cases (pillow cases) and a little blurb explaining the purpose of QOV and our group. The quilts hung in the main hallway, which was on the way to the main entrance of the show. There were many positive comments from the viewers. Good work everyone!!

The first quilt on the left is the latest quilt that was finished. To date, we have completed 10 quilts – 3 of the snowball quilt (middle one), 2 of the string/star quilt (right quilt), 1 plaid star quilt (left one), and 4 quilts that were donated but needed borders added to bring them up to size. The 11th quilt is all pieced and awaiting quilting.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Amazing Race Shop Hop 2014!

This is our quilt for The Amazing Race Shop Hop 2014! It uses all the rows from the 6 shops plus log cabin blocks. We are putting the charms from each shop in the red squares of the log cabin blocks.

The shop hop will be held from September 20th to the 27th. Participating shops will be open daily from 10am to 6pm except for Sunday the 21st : Noon to 4pm and Saturday, the 27th : 10am to 4pm.

Participating shops are:

Delphine's Quilt Shop, LC - Gaylord 
Cousins Quilt Shop - Bellaire
Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop - Charlevoix
InterQuilten - Interlochen
Quilt-n-Bee - Traverse City
Renee's House of Quilting - Williamsburg

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fiona Tuffet on H.M.Y. Britannia

Fiona recently explored H.M.Y. (Her Majesty's Yacht) Britannia. The queen traveled all over the world on this, and it did a lot of traveling over the decades it spent in service. It was recently retired and permanently moored in Edinburgh. It really is a floating palace!

Recognize that bridge? The Britannia cruised under the Mighty Mac on July 5, 1959.

This wombat was a great favorite of the sailors. They used him to invent the game of "wombat tennis", which involved the ceiling fan.

The state dining room:

Here's Fiona in the drawing room.