Friday, May 30, 2014

Quick Note

Morning Everyone!

We are in the last two days of our fabric sale, which will end when we close Saturday afternoon.  If you haven't had a chance to stop by, there are still some great fabric, patterns, notions and kits available at excellent prices.

If you are interested in our Beginner's Quilt Class, please let us know by Monday June 9th at 5:00 p.m.  If we don't have three people signed up by that time, the class will be cancelled.  Times, dates, price and supplies are all listed in the last post.  If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 931-682-3746.

We are working feverishly  to get the quilt ready for our new Block of the Month club.  I have posted  previously pictures of two of the barn blocks in our Quilt Blocks on American Barns quilt.  We are in the home stretch and hope to start putting the quilt top together by next week!  If you haven't been by to see the quilt blocks we have prepared, stop by when you can.  Please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested in joining our Block of the Month club.  Cost and further details are available in the last post I made.  If you have any further questions, again, please give the shop a call at your earliest convenience and we will help you all we can.

I have made several of the blocks for this quilt, and it has been fun.  I have made blocks I haven't made previously, some of which are not difficult and some of which have been quite challenging.  There are also 3" blocks on each of the barn blocks, which was my first attempt at making what I would call miniature blocks.  Piecing this quilt has been a fun learning experience for me and I have so many ideas for the quilt I am making right along with everyone in the Block of the Month
club.  Come join us!

Everyone take care and have a wonderful and fun weekend.


P.S.  I wanted to give a quick shout out to the ladies from the sewing group from Dickson who stopped by the shop on Memorial Day.  It was great to meet you all, and we hope to see you again very soon!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Beginner's Quilt Making Class

Hello All:

We have had several people asking if we were going to have a Beginner's Quilt class.  Well, we are!  The dates for the class are as follows (all classes will be on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.):

June 14th
June 21st
July 12th
July 19th
July 26th
August 9th
August 16th
August 23rd
September 6th

We will be making nine different quilt blocks during the 9 weeks of class.  We will also discuss the basics of making quilts and how to finish the quilt top with border(s).  When the class is done and if you do the blocks each week, you will have a completed quilt top in about 10 weeks.  The cost of the 9 week class is $100.00.  You will be required to pay the class fee when you sign up for the class. 

You will need basic sewing supplies for this class including a sewing machine (a quarter-inch foot will help immeasurably if you are new to sewing); scissors, pins, rotary cutter, a 6 x 24 grid ruler and a 12" square up ruler, neutral thread for sewing (match to your fabric or an eggshell or natural will work).  You need to know how to operate your sewing machine (we are familiar with several but not all types of sewing machines).  This includes how to wind and load a bobbin, how to use the needle threader, how to thread the machine, etc.  You can generally buy the quarter inch foot for any sewing machine available today from a dealer and it usually will cost approximately $15-30. 

Choosing fabrics for your quilt top begins the creative side of the art we will be learning.  I tell all my students to pick the color they love and go with it.  There are so many different choices and styles of fabric available now so the sky really is the limit.  I would suggest picking a multi-colored fabric for the outside border and then choose colors that will coordinate.  You can use several different shades and values of the same color to give continuity and fluidity to the pieced blocks.  Usually, 3-4 different color groups that blend will give you a nice variety of color to play with when piecing the blocks.  I would suggest 8-10 half yards of coordinating fabric so you have lots of variety, about 3/4 of a yard of a neutral for a first border and then about 1-1/2 yards of fabric for the outside border.  If you are in a time crunch or are very uncertain regarding fabric choices, we can coordinate some fabric for you to purchase in a kit and this will, of course, be discounted the 10%.  When you sign up, you need to let us know if you want us to pick out your fabrics.

All supplies purchased at the shop will be discounted 10%, including rulers, fabric, etc.  If you want help or suggestions for fabric colors or coordination, just stop by the shop and we will be glad to help you any way we can.   We can only sit five people in our classroom, so as soon as you know you want to sign up, call the shop at (931) 682-3746 or stop by the next time you are in the area.  If we have more than five people who want to take a beginner's class, we will do an afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at and we will answer you back as quick as we can. 

Everyone have a safe and fun Memorial Day Holiday weekend!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Here's A Sneak Peek of the BOM Blocks

Hello All!

Sandra, Margaret and I are hard at work on the new Block of the Month Quilt.  Here are pictures of two of the Barn Blocks that will be in the quilt (i.e. - remember you can embellish your blocks however you want - the animals / peoples that are on these blocks are some that we have in our stash  - we have purchased a fat quarter each for everyone who joins the club of cows and a fat quarter of pigs....but you can add whatever makes you happy):

This is the centerpiece barn for the quilt - the Monitor Barn

This is the Gothic Barn block

When we contacted Quilt In A Day to order the books, we were able to borrow 2 or 3 of their versions of this quilt to display in the shop for this Block of the Month Club.  The dates we will have their versions on loan will be June 23rd through July 28th.  That will give us lots of options to enjoy while we get started on this fun Block of the Month pattern.

The cost of the Quilt Blocks on American Barns Block of the Month will be as follows:  $40 per person sign up fee; $25 + tax each month for the block(s) - i.e. some months their will be two blocks in that month which is why we set it up per month and not per block.  This program will run for 11 months.  If you make it all the way to the end, you will receive a $30 store gift certificate to be used as you please.  We will be including a color picture of each quilt block in each month's packet so everyone will have it for reference. 

We are planning to have a small party with food and drinks for everyone the first Saturday (June 28, 2014).  We will also have gift bags for everyone who joins us for this fun project!

If you have any questions or want to sign up for this fun project over the phone, call the shop at (931) 682-3746.  If you are not local but want to participate, we will be happy to take a credit card number to keep on file so we can ship you the block(s) every month (you will have to pay the shipping charge, but we will be as economical as possible).

I will have a list of dates for the Block of the Month available at the first meeting on the 28th of June for us all to look over. 

Please come and join us for this Block of the Month project.  It's going to be lots of fun, and we will always be available to assist anyone with any questions.  If you know you want to join us, sign up as soon as you are able so we can be sure we have plenty of books for our first meeting.  I can't wait to see all of you and I can't wait to get started on my version!

Everyone take care and have a wonderful week!

Melissa Jackson