Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baskets from the Women's Rural Cooperative of Ghana

This is what a round basket looks like after being separated from another round one.  They are "flattened" together so more can be put into the shipping boxes.

This style is called a U-Shopper. Some have a wrapped rim and others have a soft edge rim.

The one with the blue stripe is oval.

These are the round ones after being soaked in hot water and re-shaped to their original form.  All of these baskets and ones are that missing from the pictures came in the 2 boxes shown below.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pictures from Spring Market

These daylillies are part of the new group from Frond fabrics.  They will be at the shop SOON!

This is just a lovely quilt!

Inn-Spire was used to make these great fake poinsettas!  The patterns are already in the shop and I look forward to making a group of flowers for myself.  I will post the process in a future blog.

 These cute items are samples of a product Clover called, Clam Shell Accessories Case.  The forms come in 3 sizes and are already in the shop.  Cathy has been working on a model but it is not yet done.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Monday was a wonderful day on the Quilt Cruizine!!  Absolutely gorgeous weather and lovely women who spent the day shopping with different specials at each shop, cruising in a super coach, and eating scrumptious food at every stop!!  Delphine's was the "home" shop for 42 women and after a great breakfast, we watched Delphine make these amazing little flowers using Clover's Kanzashi flower maker.  So easy and so is their new yo-yo maker!!

Delphine creating a flower

Happy Cruizine Quilters
The Quilt House

Off to The Quilt House in Indian River for more shopping, inspecting some lovely quilts, both inside and out on the fence, a demo of a 10-minute block, and, of course, more food - lunch!  Great fun!!

Third stop was Hearts to Holly in Charlevoix where we ate homemade soft pretzels and more shopping.  We watched how those yo-yos went together and how to needle punch wool roving.  Interesting!!

Courtyard at Hearts to Holly

Finally we arrived at Cousin's Quilt Shop in Bellaire for more shopping, dinner (boy were we hungry after all that shopping ), and we were taught how to make little wool flower pins to take home.

Shoppers taking a break at Cousin's

Tired but happy we were back at Delphine's for a yummy dessert and anything else we needed to purchase.  What a great day!!  ( FYI, each shop had their own bus which made the rounds like we did).

Here's our Quilt Diva Kathy who kept us on schedule
and handed out great door prizes!
 Keep your calendars open for next year's cruise. You won't want to miss it !

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Fabrics New Fabrics New Fabrics

Delphine put together this quilt from the Garden Gazing collection by Kona Bay!  Kits are available at the shop or by mail order.

Garden Gazing by Kona Bay

Pattern Party by Thimbleberries

One of the quilts Kathy made from the Pattern Party book.

Kathy also made this quilt from the Garden Party Book

Freedom's Star by Henry Glass

Maxine from Robert Kaufman - everyone has enjoyed reading these words of "wisdom".

 We have the complete Kim Diehl collection called Walk in the Park

Imperial Collection 8 by Robert Kaufman

McCall's Sewing Room

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring 2012 Quilters Retreat at the Alpine Lodge

The Quilters Spring Retreat at the Alpine Lodge of Gaylord was held April 27, 28 and 29th.  There were 31 retreaters and lots of projects to work on between shopping, meals, an ice cream social, a quilt show, hot tubbing and more!  Everyone had plenty of space to work with plus there were cutting and pressing stations.  The next retreat will be held in November.

A group of relatives sewed together for the weekend.

Sylvia, one of the owners of the Alpine Lodge just happens to be a quilter!

Maxine pieced and smiled all weekend.

Virgina is making the log cabin blocks.  The other blocks were being made by Beth.

Kathy skipped up to attend a wedding but returned in time for the Quilt Show
 and more quilting.

Toni worked and worked on these triangles.  When she took a break she worked on Dog/Cat Beds filled with scraps of fabric and batting for the Animal Shelter.

Diane found out that blowing up a machine isn't much fun but managed to replace hers with a almost new Viking that was on consignment at the shop.