Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fiona Tuffet's Travels - Arthur's Seat and Northern Ireland

Fiona finally climbed to the top of Arthur's Seat! Or maybe that's Mars she's on; it's a little hard to tell in this picture.

Now it's clearer that she's on top of Arthur's Seat.

Views on the way up:

Who knew? The oldest pub in Scotland is right near Arthur's Seat. Established in 1360, this is the Sheep Heid Inn. Fiona just had to get a picture by it.

...and then, a few days later, it was off to northern Ireland! Fiona found a whole flock of sheep to hang out with in the Belfast airport. Funnily, we sell several of these items in our shop! Can you spot Fiona in the pictures?

Then she went and saw the grounds at Mount Stewart, an old, stately house (or mansion may be a better word).

Can you find Fiona in the picture of the harp?

Fiona met a dodo.

Up on the northern coast of Ireland, near Portstewart.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Checker Distributors' Open House

Delphine, Cathy, and Jeannine had a great time at Checker Distributors' Open House (Maumee, Ohio) for Checker's wholesale customers! They got to meet 20+ designers and see their samples and demos. Among those were a talk by Marti Michell and another by the inventor of Soft & Stable. Other fun things were shopping off the rack for bolts, and seeing lots and lots of quilts hanging throughout the warehouse, even on the loading dock! They even won a Door Prize - a Tote full of items that Delphine plans to use as door prizes for our customers sometime! She also found a great pattern for a Cat in the Hat panel that we will be kitting soon.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Shop Hop, Classes, Clubs, and Block of the Month!

From our latest newsletter, here is the most up-to-date news on all the fun things you can join in on at the shop!

The Amazing Quilt Race Shop Hop
September 21st - 28th Open Daily 9am-6pm; Sunday, September 22nd, 12pm-4pm 
Passports available NOW!!
$10.00 cost includes a Souvenir pin (while quantities last), a Cloth Tote bag, Gifts and Exclusive Shop Hop patterns.
5 Grand Prizes - A Book A Month, A Pattern a Month, 4 Fat Quarters a Month, A Notion a Month and…a $150.00 Shopping Spree!
Involving Cousins Quilt Shop, Delphine’s Quilt Shop, LC, Hearts to Holly,
InterQuilten, Renee’s House of Quilting & Quilt-N-Bee 

Judy’s Tuesday Tutorial 
August 13, and September 10 ~ 10am to 2:30pm
Judy will teach you the fundamentals of a specific quilting technique and present a small project on which you can practice your new skill. Beginners to advanced quilters will find these topics helpful and fun. Perhaps you have a topic not listed below – let us know. 
Tuesday, August 13 ~ 10:30am until 3pm
Join Judy to create this amazing quilt or table runner! It uses 2 ½” strips (jelly rolls, Bali pops, or stash strips) that mysteriously turn into squares. It looks complicated but Judy assures us that it is SEW EASY!!
Class Fee ~ $20 + book and supplies 
Pictured on the right

Free Motion Quilting 
Wednesday, August 28th – 10:30 – 3:00pm
Explore your sewing machine’s hidden talents as you drop those feed dogs and begin moving the quilt sandwich with your hands! Learn to meander, stipple, make simple feathers, do hand writing and more.
Class Fee - $20 

Marbling Fabric
with Delphine
Thursday, August 29th - 11am – 3:00pm
This is addicting! Marbled fabrics look awesome in quilts, wallets, clothing and so on. The designs and colors will have your creative juices flowing not only when making the fabric but when using it. The paints are colorfast and the designs are endless.
Class Fee - $ 20.00 plus a supply fee of $20.00 to cover the cost of the pre-treated fabric, the paint and other equipment used in the process. 
To see some pictures from previous marbling classes, follow these links: 

Pineapple Workshop 
w/ Joyce Triezenberg
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Joyce will teach you how to use any size strip to make any size finished Pineapple Block without a special ruler or tool. She will also show you how to do multiple strip corners all at one time. Her method is not paper piecing so you will not have to pick paper off the back of your blocks. Sign up today to start making Pineapple Blocks an easy way!
Class Fee - $20 

Sue Wilson from Quiltworx is returning this fall for a 6-session workshop on the Mariner’s Compass quilt top designed by Judy Niemeyer. The dates are October 11th and 12th and again on October 25th and 26th, and then it will finish on Nov. 22nd and 23rd.
A new technique will be taught each day while making this pattern, which prepares you to tackle any Quiltworx pattern in the future. This pattern is exclusive to certified Quiltworx instructors and certified shops and not available to purchase without participating in the workshop. The cost of the workshops is $150.00 total and each workshop will run from 10:30am – 4:30pm. Lunch is not provided so you are asked to bring your own lunch or order one in from a downtown restaurant
(menus are available at the shop)
The quilt pictured at the right is the one made by Sue Wilson.
For more information on the pattern, and more pictures of various color options, follow this link: 

Delphine’s BIG, BRIGHT Classroom is home to several sewing clubs. Some are open to everybody at any time. Others focus upon a specific project. Find the one that’s right for you and JOIN THE CLUB!
You’re not interested in a club right now but would still like a place to spread out? No problem! Delphine’s classroom is available on a first come, first served basis for individuals needing table space to baste quilt tops or just work on a quilt.
Check the shop’s on-line calendar for open dates, call the shop, and reserve your spot. 

Handwork Club 
Monday, August 5th and September 9th (Note that this is one week later, due to Labor Day)
10 am – 6 pm Join Cheryl and others as they sit and sew by hand at a leisurely pace. Whether it’s hand-piecing or applique, all handwork related to quilting is welcome. Come… enjoy the comfort of Delphine’s classroom, and the company of friends. 

Quilts of Valor Club 
Upcoming club meetings will be on August 22nd and September 18th , 11 am to 4 pm
Please join us as we construct patriotic quilts for our veterans. We have chosen easy but wonderful patterns that all of us will feel confident making. Each month, bring your machine, normal sewing notions, and your lunch. We will have the fabric pre-cut and ready for sewing. We will also ask for a donation of $5 each month to offset the cost of the fabric and batting. Any questions can be directed to Judy Stone at and Delphine at 

*Prairie Women Sewing Circle III* 
Next Meeting ~ August 21st ~ 10 am – 11:30 am 

Art Quilter Club 
Every 2nd Thursday from 10 am to Noon ~ August 8th and September 12th
Are you a closet Art Quilter?
This group has started an Artist Trading Card Exchange for all to participate in. On July 11th, Jackie Fox will lead the group in making a fabric eye to use in a portrait type quilt. Jackie will bring the fabric scraps necessary and club members should bring scissors, a needle for hand applique work, and some small applique pins. 

Someday Club 
Monday, August 26th and September 30th, 10 am – 6 pm
Do you know when Someday it is? It’s the last Monday of every month!
Gather with your friends in Delphine’s classroom to sit and sew and get a UFO out of the closet! Stay all day, or just for a little while. Every stitch counts! 
Openings remain, but not for long! SIGN UP TODAY!
Warm Winter Blessings
From Primitive Gatherings and Moda, this program is ready to ship and runs for 8 months at $18 a month. This quilt measures 54” x 63”, just perfect for a wall quilt or throw. Simple piecing is combined with wool applique and embroidery to make a quilt you will keep out all winter. The cotton prints are soft shades of blue and tan with delicate winter motifs. Finish in time for Christmas and enjoy it all winter long!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mini Ava and Mini Naomi

Helen McCoy did a fabulous job making these latest two samples of doll clothes! These are patterns from the Modkid line. Aren't they adorable?

Mini Ava:

Mini Naomi (with her own little tote bag!):

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sidewalk Sales!

Gaylord Sidewalk Sales are today and tomorrow, the 2nd and 3rd of August! Our Classroom tables are loaded with bolts of fabric at $6.00 a yard, or only $5.00 a yard when you finish the bolt!! All items in the Sale Area are 50% off the original price!

New Christmas Fabrics!

We have some wonderful Fall and Christmas fabrics that have recently come in! Here's a small sampling of the latest ones to come in:

First up, this is Autumn Splendor by Clothworks:


From Robert Kaufman, this is Shades of the Season 6, Fall Metallics:

This is probably one of the easiest log cabins out there! From SPX , this is "Santa's Journy". The logs are outlined with gold metallic and measure approximately 4 inches across.

This fun line is from Jennifer Jangles for In the Beginning Fabrics and is called "It's Christmas".

Robert Kaufman did it again; they've produced another stunning Christmas line. These are panels from Winter's Grandeur, which we have in two colorways with coordinates.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fiona Tuffet - Arthur's Seat

Fiona got to go to Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland a little while ago! That's Arthur's Seat in the background. She still hasn't gotten to climb Arthur's Seat, but is planning on doing that sometime soon:)

In the next picture, those are the Salisbury Crags on the right, and a bit of Edinburgh in the center.