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August 2017 Newsletter

Little Cottage Quilt Shop  August 2017 Newsletter

“Time flies when your having fun”, as the saying goes. Sometimes it flies when you are busy with the not so fun chores too. It seems like I sit at this desk most of my time and write. I write patterns and letters and this newsletter and orders and reply to emails and any number of other office chores. I really don’t mind so much about that, as I do not getting to sew !! Sewing has been such an integral part of my life, since I was a child, that it is hard to not being able to sew as much as I would like. Such is life in the fast lane I guess. I hope y’all are able to hide away in your cool sewing rooms and pass away these hot summer days creating with fabulous fabrics !! Think of me J, I live thru y’all vicariously.

No matter how well I plan the fabric orders, something always happens and everything comes in at once !! It must be the moon.  LOL !! We have received in the last week here at the Cottage, about 50 new bolts of fabric. Some of it is beautiful Christmas fabrics, a fun Route 66 collection, fabulous blenders and darling panels too. I’m trying to get everything photographed and onto the website. (Please be patient with me, I’m being pulled in about 15 different directions.) And as usual, photos don’t do the fantastic fabrics justice. You really have to see and touch them for yourself.

Barn Quilt B.O.M.

Our cute Barn B.O.M. is going great. Everybody seems to love it. We have added a bunch more people to the list. August is Block #4, “Feed & Seed”. At this point tho, we can not add anymore to the monthly list. We will make up full kits for the entire Barn Quilt for anyone who wants to do it now.

August Grab Bag

It’s August already !! A big “THANKS” goes to my dependable helper, Brenda!! The Fabric Grab Bags for August are ready to go. We have designed and written up the pattern for “School Daze”. August means back to school. So we thought this darling old fashioned panel would be interesting with a modern twist. It’s fun and easy to assemble for a great teacher gift or a comfort throw for a student. This 3 yard quilt is a very nice sized throw at 52” x 60”.

Row by Row

Row by Row is still in full swing until Sept 5. If you are new to R x R, go to this website for all the info and ideas

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com

 

Little Cottage Quilt Shop Row by Row block & fabric plate 2017

As if I didn’t have enough going on, I will be out of the shop for 2 weeks starting the 15th of August. No, I’m not going on another vacation. (sniffle) I will be at home doing post-op care. The Cottage will remain open in Brenda’s capable hands. I will be back as soon as possible. I can be reached by phone or email if you need me for something.

We will resume scheduled classes in October. But we always are always available for classes upon request. Just call us or come in and set it up, for what ever it is you want to learn or accomplish.

Just a reminder about our Top Shopper award, we have a very happy winner each month of a $25 Gift card. Come on in and make sure your name gets attatched to your purchases.

See y’all soon,   Donette

August 2017 Calendar

We will do private classes for you or your group of up to 6 people. $25 per person Please call or email us to schedule your private class on the subject or project of your choice. Please give us 2 weeks notice

Wed Aug 2- 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Wed Aug 9- 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Aug 11 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Aug 11 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Wed Aug 30 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Note: there will not be Open Sewing Workshop on Weds, Aug 16 & 23

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August 2017 Newsletter

“Squaring Up Blocks”

Maybe it’s my OCD personality. Maybe it’s from being married to an engineer for (almost) 45 years. Maybe it’s from gutting and rebuilding a dozen houses over those 45 years. Or maybe it’s from years of doing stained glass along side my sewing. (If my stained glass work wasn’t perfectly square, my husband would not frame them for me,) I’m very precise about “squaring up” quilt blocks, etc. I’m always amazed at how many quilters and sewist, don’t understand the importance of precise, consistent seams and squaring up your blocks as you go.

A beautiful quilt or any fiber creation, is a work of art and usually ends up a family heirloom. Some of them even end up in museums. But in order to have a work of art that is outstanding and admired by all viewers, it needs to be square and balanced. The better the basic components are, the better the end result. Now that doesn’t mean that it can’t have an asymmetrical pattern, or a scalloped bound edge. It means that the blocks that comprise the quilt piece need to be uniform and balanced, commonly referred to as “Squared Up”.

I will attempt to explain this process and hope that it is understandable as you read. It’s one of those things that is better shown than explained, but here goes:

As you assemble your blocks, as soon as you have reach a designated size, (4”, 6”, 12” etc) square up to that size. For example, the pictures I am using, are for a 16” block, so the center is going to be at the 8” mark. {I prefer to use a 16 ½” square up tool, because I can use it for any size block.}

Find the center of your block, it will be half the size of your block. (ie: 16” block, center at 8” – 6” block, center at 3” and so on) You can fold it in half and in half again the other way, or measure from the outside in. Find that measurement on your square up tool and set it at the center mark on your block.

Use the strong diagonal line of the square up tool to line up with the diagonal corners also. Watch for any star points that you might have. Make sure that the ¼” seam will still be available after you trim. You might have to adjust the square up tool to allow for that. It’s OK to “fudge” it a bit, but not too much or you will change the shape of the block and that will affect the final outcome.

         

Once you have placed the square up tool correctly on your block, hold it down firmly and trim off the excess on the right & top sides ONLY.

[If you have a turn table cutting mat, turn the table around 180 degrees to cut the other 2 sides, but you will still have to lift the square up tool to adjust for the second trim] If you don’t have a turn table, pick up the square up tool and the block. Turn your block 180 degrees. Lay the square up tool back down on the block. Only this time you are going to line up the 2 edges that you just cut with the measurement line on the ruler that matches your block size Trim off the remaining 2 side of the block.

        

Once you have made all your block the same uniform size, the assembly of the blocks into the finished quilt top will be much easier. The final appearance of the top will be smoother, better matched up and lay flatter.

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

14076 State Hwy 16       Medina, Texas 78055             830-589-2502

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June 2017 Newsletter

Little Cottage Quilt Shop        June 2017 Newsletter

Here comes summer & we are currently on “vacation”.  (I use that term loosely, very loosely.) No rest for me though, I’m swamped & so far behind I can’t see the light of day. We are working at our little ranch as well as at the Cottage trying to get caught up on neglected chores. LOL !! Maybe, someday, I might just catch up, in the meantime, I have a newsletter to write. (wink)

There is always lots happening here at the Cottage. It’s a full month with exciting new arrivals, events and fun. Be sure to mark your calendars for these dates so you don’t miss out on your favorites. Our fingers are crossed that the new Edyta Sitar fabric release will arrive this month. Watch LCQS FB page for the announcement.   Here are just a few of the new arrivals this past few weeks. Texas fabrics, sparkly fairies, glow in the dark Halloween fabrics & a new vintage sewing collection to name a few.

  

  

Don’t forget to pick up this months Barn Quilt B.O.M. kit, Block 2, the “Welcome block”. They are all so cute !! I just love this fun quilt. Each month the kit is different fabrics. $9.99 ea

 

June Grab Bag Challenge

You don’t want to miss this month’s Grab Bag Challenge. This month, because we have had so much going on and are so far behind, we thought we would let you come up with the pattern for the project.   SOOOOOOO;

Here’s the scoop; take the 3 yards of darling, Northcott’s “Strawberry Patch” fabric and make up something fabulous. It can be anything, clothing, bags, table linens, a quilted throw, what ever you imagination and creativity comes up with. Then bring it into the shop before the end of the month. The first club member to bring in a finished project with the “Strawberry Patch” fabric, will win a $25 gift card . That pays for your Grab Bag ! (well almost, the state has to take their chunk) Get your creative juices flowing and make up something fun and fabulous. After all, what would summer be without delicious juicy strawberries.  Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with !

I hope y’all had a nice & safe Memorial Day week end. I look forward to hearing about it when we are back at the shop on Monday June 5.

See y’all then,   Donette

June 2017 Calendar

We will do private classes for you or your group of up to 6 people. $25 per person Please call or email us to schedule your private class on the subject or project of your choice. Please give us 2 weeks notice

Mon June 5 – 10 am We are back open from vacation

Wed June 7 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri June 9 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri June 9 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Sat June 10 – 1 pm Strip Club

June’s Strip Club quilt is “Circle Back” made with Benartex’s Gradations roll. (this fabric is wonderful) It’ so bright and summery, perfect for those summer outings or visiting guests. And so quick to make, before I knew it, DG had made 2 of them!

 

Wed June 14 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Tues June 20 – 4 pm Medina Quilt Group Meeting at Little Cottage Quilt shop for an interactive program. Nancy Springer will conduct a class in using your selvages to make fun projects. (Nancy is a great teacher so don’t miss out)

Wed June 21 – 1 pm Open Sewing workshop

Wed June 21Row By Row 2017 begins

Patterns and kits available

If you are new to R x R, go to this website for all the info and ideas

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com

We have the companion fabrics. Ask us about great projects with them

This is our row pattern for this year, what’s more On The Go! than RVs!?!

Our plates for 2017, collect them all and sew them into all kinds of fun projects. Ask us about them !

 

Sat June 24 – 1 pm Folded Star Ornament Class   $45 includes kit

We are half way thru this year and I have had several of you ask if we are going to have this beautiful ornament class again. If you are wanting to learn how to make these beauties, don’t miss your chance, sign up early as we can only take 6 students at a time.

 

Wed June 28 – 1 pm Open Sewing workshop

 

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June 2017 Newsletter

I apologize for not having an article written this month………..forgive me please, I’m trying to be on vacation !! LOL

Watch for next months article

Thanks

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

14076 State Hwy 16       Medina, Texas 78055             830-589-2502