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November Newsletter

Fall is here and doesn’t it feel great ! Crisp air and beautiful colors all around. Halloween seems to always kick off the holiday season and it is here ! Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and we will be celebrating with friends and family. In the spirit of the season, we want to thank y’all for the kind well wishes and support thru this past couple of months struggles. We do appreciate your concern and checking in to see how we are doing. So far so good, everybody seems to be on the mend and doing well.

Thoughts of Christmas giving seems to be on the minds of those visiting the shop lately. We want to help you with ideas. The Cottage is packed with great ideas and fun, festive things. We have lots of gift ideas too that don’t require assembly (wink). If all else fails, we also have gift cards. We are constantly searching for fabric ideas for the holidays to help you out. Come on in and find out what we’ve been up to.

Coming soon to Little Cottage Quilt Shop…… Do you love Counted Cross Stitch ???

After multiple requests for the patterns, 90 different patterns will be here very soon for your stitching pleasure. We have the floss, the needles, the fabric, hoops & stretchers bars. Everything you need to launch into a great new project.

Edyta Sitar’s latest book is in the shop now and her newest released fabric collection will be shipped this month. If you are a devotee of her work, don’t delay, it goes fast once it is on the shelves.

We have lots of new fabrics this month again. It just keeps marching thru the door !! Too much to even start to name much less photograph. You have to make a trip here to see it all. It’s all so wonderful !!!

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

We hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Be safe and enjoy. And remember, we will be closed Nov 22 & 23rd. But we will be back on Friday the 24th with a free demo on making those darling chickens. You don’t want to miss this. Bring your visiting relatives and enjoy a day away from all the Black Friday madness elsewhere.

See y’all soon, Donette

Fabric Grab Bag

The Fabric Grab Bag for November is a nostalgic Christmas throw or table cloth. Done in a log cabin block, this Red Rooster “Christmas Bells” collection & pattern are reminiscent of the old Currier & Ives Christmas cards. It’s a great little quilt to keep or give as a gift at a great value. Don’t miss out.

 

Barn Quilt B.O.M.

We are completely blown away at the popularity of this cute quilt.

November is block #7 “Farm Fresh Flower Block”

 

November 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 Nov 1– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Nov 4– 1 pm FREE Fabric Xmas tree demo

(make a grouping from festive fabrics for your table center piece)

 

Wed Nov 8– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Nov 10 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Nov 10 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Sat Nov 11– 1 pm Fold & Stitch Wreath class fee $25

(Of course you can make yours out of any fabric, fun & easy)

         

 

Wed Nov 15– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Nov 18– Scandinavian Star Ornament class fee $25

(back by special request, if you missed it last month, here’s your chance)

 

Wed Nov 22- CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Thurs Nov 23- CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

Fri Nov 24- 10 am OPEN

Fri Nov 24– 1 pm FREE Cute Chicken Demo

(always fun, it’s a great scrap or orphan block buster)

 

 

Wed Nov 29– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

 

December 2017 Calendar

Sat Dec 2 – 1 pm Pine cone Ornament class   fee $25

Have fun learning how to make these ornaments for your holiday decorations. Make them rustic, realistic or fancy.

 

Wed Dec 6– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Dec 8 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Dec 8 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Wed Dec 13– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Dec 16– 1 pm FREE Quick & Easy Wreath Demo

(need a last minute decorating idea you can whip up in an hour or so from your stash?)

Wed Dec 20– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Tues Dec 26- CLOSED for Christmas

Wed Dec 27- 10 am OPEN

Wed Dec 27– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

 

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November 2017 Newsletter

“Stitches & Presser Feet”

As I have said many times, I’ve sewn all my life. My children grew up with the sewing machine humming daily, and many nights as well. So you would think that my kids would have learned to sew, if nothing else, by osmosis !!! But no, my girls weren’t interested. Why should they bother when “mom” did it all for them ?!?!?! Bad on my part. My son on the other hand wanted to learn to sew and he did.  Today, he does all the mending and hemming in his household.  He no longer feels the need to create with fabric.  Now my embroidery machine, is another story, LOL, power tool and all that it is. He embroidered his name and badge number on his firefighter gear bag

My girls are in their adult years, with children.  NOW they want to learn to sew. (sigh !) Now, when I’m busy running a business.  Life is strange.

So I asked my youngest what she would like to learn from this article. I think she hit it dead on; Stitches & Presser feet. What to do with and how to use. (youth! wish my brain was not so loaded down so I could think clearly like that) I have had many of you ask me the same thing. So here goes.

 

Most sewing machines can preform many different tasks. Most have a host of built in stitches it can be used. Some have “Cams” for decorative stitches, and some can download stitches from the internet. Whatever kind of machine you have, there are basic stitches and presser feet that can make whatever you need to do easier.

Lets break them down into groups and companions, as different stitches usually require a special presser foot. Hopefully this will make it more understandable.

To start with, all sewing machines will need a specific type of presser foot. (ie: low shank, high shank, slant shank) Be sure to check your manual so you are getting the correct style of shank for your machine.

Standard presser foot– this is the standard presser foot for general use. All sewing machines will come equipped with this standard foot. Use it as the name suggests, general use. (ie: sewing a seam, ziz zag stitches, basic mending, etc)

 

Zipper foot– this handy tool is used for many tasks. Obviously installing a zipper into an article of clothing or pillow cover or making a cute bag. It is used for attaching piping, or needing to sew very close to an edge. A zipper foot can only be used with a straight stitch. There are a few different styles to choose from. Your brand of sewing machine will dictate a lot about which one fits your machine. Your machine might have even come with one, check your manual. Here is a picture of different zipper feet.

 

¼” Foot-, especially to you quilters, this is a common presser foot. This foot is used to get a precise, uniform ¼” seam. Some ¼” feet have a guide blade on them. This foot can only be used with a straight stitch.

 

Blind Hem Foot– This is an adjustable guide for sewing a blind hem. The guide keeps the stitches an even distance from the fold. It can also be used with a blanket stitch for attaching an applique, quilt label, etc. This is a very handy presser foot.

 

Walking Foot– this is used to evenly sew multiple layers of fabric together. It’s very helpful when straight stitch quilting because it pulls the fabric from the top in concert with the feed dogs. This prevents the layers of fabric from shift and pulling. It is also very helpful when sewing on thick fabric like Cuddle and faux furs.

These are just a few of the more commonly used presser feet. There is a presser foot for every task from sewing on elastic & cording to darning & quilting, to ruffling yards of fabric for a twirly skirt. I could go on and on for pages. But before this gets to unmanageable, I think I’ll leave it here for now and talk about stitches and their uses next month. Read your manuals and practice. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Keep on Sewing !

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

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

 

August 2017 Newsletter

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“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

Valuable Info

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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March Newsletter & Updates

Happy Spring

We have had some wonderful warm, sunny days in February & so far this month.  Makes you almost think that Spring is here. Then we have a cruel reminder or two, that winter can still make its presence known.

I have to apologize for not getting a newsletter out the beginning of February. It’s been a busy year for me so far. My sister, whom I haven’t seen for 3 years, came to visit for a week. It was glorious !!! We had such a great time here at the shop. She is a quilter too and got a quilt top mostly finished for a patient of hers. I miss her terribly !!   It was such a wonderful week for me. Thank you dear sister for all your help, laughs and good conversation !!!!

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I am back in the saddle and getting caught up on everything. (well trying anyway) I have so many exciting things to share with you !!!

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We have 1 February Fabric Grab Bag left. So if you are in the club and want this darling quilt kit, don’t delay !! If you would like to join this great value club, it’s a great one to start with.  February Fabric Grab Bag is pre-cut, ready to assemble.

“Sweets for My Sweet”

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March Grab Bag is ready to go and it is right in line with the Irish !! Lots o’ fun and lots o’green 😉  (a strip piecing project)

“Top O’ the Mornin’ To Ya” 

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Our latest coming attraction is ……………….……Strip Club ! (No pole required)

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Come in and sign up for this great fun club and learn new ways to use a jelly roll .  So many wonderful ideas and quilts.  Strip Club meets the 4th Saturday every other month.
(March, May, July, September, November, Janurary)  Sign up, pay in advance and your pattern is free.   First  Strip Club meeting is Saturday March 26.  Pick up your prepaid jelly roll and free pattern.  Meet everyone who is in the club.  Get a tutorial on the pattern.  Purchase your choice of background and accent fabrics at the meeting and get a 15% discount.  Sign up and pay for the next Strip Club.  It’s a great social event, meet new friends, have tons of fun and learn new techniques.
At the next Strip Club meeting, Saturday May 21, bring your finished top for a great Show & Tell.  You will be amazed at all the different variations of the same jelly roll and pattern.  No two are ever alike.  Then pick up your next jelly roll and pattern, get the tutorial on that pattern and repeat same as the meeting before.  The Strip Club will meet 6 times a year for 6 different ways to put a jelly roll quilt together.  Lots of fun, laughter, & learning. (not to mention beautiful quilts.)  Sign up today !!

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When the fabric bolts get too skinny for the shelves, they get lost in the crowd and take up precious space that new collections need. So we pulled several hundred bolts off the shelves, cut them into 1 yard cuts and bagged them ready for you. Plus, they are marked down 10% at the register. You will find fabric you didn’t know we had because they were hiding behind a bigger bolt.

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The fine Cotton Jersey knits that we have been promising from STOF, are slowly trickling in to our great dismay. It takes a long time to get here from Demark on a ship.  We are now up to 7 of the original 14 ordered. They really are so beautifully soft and versatile. I took a yard home and washed it and it was wonderful out of the drier.  Going to make myself a pair of leggings and then some PJs (Psssssst! It’s also making great sashing on a tee shirt quilt)

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We are getting lots of wonderful new fabrics here at the Cottage. I have included a couple of pictures at the bottom of the newsletter. What will you make out of them? We love show & tell !!

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My Valuable Info article this month is all about a terrific tool that I have been using for years and realized that most sewist don’t know what it is. Read the article at the bottom to find out.

Whew !! I think that pretty much wraps up what’s been going on here at the Cottage the past month.

See y’all soon, Donette

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Don’t forget every Wednesday afternoon is open sewing workshop. Lot’s of you are taking advantage of it and getting help with those great projects.

March Calendar

Sat Mar 12 – 1 pm  Infinity Scarf Class (please register early to get supply & prep list)
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Make this ever popular Infinity Scarf.  I made this one out of the fabulous Shannon FAUX Rabbit.  So soft to the touch you never want to take it off.  But you can make it out of a Batik, or a Linen blend or one of the new knits too.

 

 

 

Tues Mar 15 – 10 am to 2 pm Enchanted Rose Table runner class (please register early to get your supply & prep list)

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Fri Mar18 – 9 am  Coffee at the Cottage

Fri Mar 18 – 10 am  Hand Embroidery Club (has been moved 1 week later this month because of the Dallas Quilt Show)

Sat Mar 19 – 2 pm UFO Club {bring your projects that need a boost and get expert advice)

Sat Mar 26 – 1 pm  1st Strip Club meeting  (don’t miss out on the Fun, fun, fun – no poles needed)

Tues Mar 29 – 10 am – 3 pm  Floor Tuffet Class (please register early to get supply & prep list) (bring your lunch or we can pick up your order from the Apple Store)IMG_3205

Join all the buzz & make this cute and usable floor Tuffet

quilt together.  Lots of fun, laughter, & learning. (not to mention beautiful quilts.)  Sign up today !!

 

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                              New Arrivals                               

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Cotton/Linen Blend “Shabby Chic”  by STOF

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Tuscany by Henry Glass

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Botanicia III by Henry Glass

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Artisan Spirit Shimmers by Northcott

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Lakeside Retreat by Wilimington Prints

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Cotton jersey  by STOF

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13 new colors of the American Brand solids.

 

Also 15 new Island Batiks, new flannels, a new collection from Jason Yenter

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Valuable Info

What’s a Clapper ??

I have been asked many times about an interesting tool we have here at the shop. It’s called a “Tailor’s Clapper”. It’s no wonder everyone asks what it is. Most people have never seen one and information on them is hard to find. It’s a very important tool used by tailors and dressmakers for centuries, especially in Europe. When the home sewing movement exploded in the early 1900’s, the clapper sort of fell through the cracks. Only the “professionals” continued to use them.

Lucky for us, the Clapper is back ! And becoming a popular part of the home sewing vocabulary. I have been using a clapper for years. It’s a wonderful tool that gives you professional results.

Let me introduce the “Tailor’s Clapper” and the quilting version, the “Betty B Flat”.

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Tailor’s Clapper in front       Betty B Flat in back with handle

I love and use these tools constantly. (You might have seen them sitting on the ironing table in the classroom). If you want to achieve a nice flat seam or crease, this is your “go to” tool. Your seam nesting will be flawless and smooth. You can crease hems, even denim, and not need to pin at the sewing machine. You can press a sharp crease in pleats or pant legs (without a shine), in even difficult fabrics. Once you start using one of these fabulous tools, you will not want to be without it.

To use:

They are used in conjunction with your iron and steam. Press, steam, and apply the Clapper or Betty B Flat for 10 – 15 seconds. I usually follow my iron with the Betty B Flat as I am pressing seams or making bindings. This holds in the heat and steam that sets the crease or flattens your seams without scorching or burning delicate fabrics. Quilters, do not be afraid of steam. It is really your friend if you do it right. It will not stretch the fabric if you do not move the iron while it is in contact with the fabric. In fact, it will shrink back any stretching that has occurred.

Give this wonderful old tool a try, I guarantee you will love it.

 

 

New Fabrics

The last few weeks has been like Christmas around here.  Boxes arriving almost everyday filled with beautiful fabrics and fun patterns.  Here are some pictures to give you an brief idea of the fantastic array to choose from.  I realized that I have so busy that I haven’t posted any new fabric pictures for almost a year :{  Wow, Time flies !!!!!  Sorry :{   So to catch you up a bit, here are some of the collections we have.  As always, pictures don’t do any of it justice, you have to see and touch it to really appreciate it. 🙂

For those of you who  have been waiting for the “Glorious Hummingbird” fabric, we have released it for sale, but it’s going FAST.

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Remember, you can always call the shop (830)589-2502 or email (littlecottagequilts@gmail.com) to order fabrics you are looking for or ask for a more detailed picture emailed to you or a more detailed description. We are happy to mail you anything you need, we only charge what the post office charges us to ship.

Give us a call or email us

 

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“Hey Cupcake” collection from Clothworks.  Sooooooo funny and fun

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“Lizzy Fay Enjoy” by Stof

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“Sweet things” by Northcott

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“Good Morning sunshine” by Henry Glass

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“Butterfly Hollow” by In the Beginning Fabrics

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“Let It Bee” by Henry Glass

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“Strawberry Patch” by Northcott

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“Handmade” by Stof

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“Wine Connoisseur” by Kanvas for Benartex    (Very elegant collection)

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“Vino Bellisimo” by Wilmington Prints   (Collection has; Place mats panel, apron panel and border stripe, vignettes & grapes)

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“Wine Country” by SPX Fabrics

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This table topper/wall hanging/lap quilt was made from the “Wine Country” collection.  The colors are so rich in this collection to have to see them to believe them. 🙂

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“Little Princess” by Northcott

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“Wild Wild West” & “Rodeo Roundup” by Benartex

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“Jumping Java” by Benartex

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“Dramatic Effects” by Marcus Fabrics

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“Little Mermaids” by Northcott

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Beautiful new soft “Batavian Batiks” by Wilmington Prints

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“Cute As A Button” by Henry Glass

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“Happy Hour” by Northcott

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“Hedge Hog” Sundry Prints by Benartex

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“Symphony Rose” by Red Rooster

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“Wild Texas” by Northcott   (makes a Great bag too !!!)

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“Words To Live By” by Wilmington Prints (also has a book panel that can be fussy cut to piece into the pattern)

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“Redwork Revival” by Henry Glass & “Bombay” by Red Rooster

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“Gratitude Blooms” by Red Rooster

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“Roswell Mill” by Henry Glass & “Sunflower Fields” by Benartex

beautiful fall toiles and botanicals

Watch for the next post with MORE beautiful, irresistible  fabrics and

SEW MUCH MORE !!

Glorious Hummingbirds Fabric and Pattern

Glorious Hummingbirds Fabrics & Patterns

Benartex’s Glorious Hummingbirds fabrics are now available at

Little Cottage Quilt Shop !!

For those of you who have been waiting for this fabric,  it’s now out in the showroom for you !!  We have finished our Glorious Hummingbirds quilt Block of the Month class.

This quilt is a beauty, but it was a big challenge for all of us.  We made it though !!!  We have all learned A LOT !!  If you are up for a challenge” quilt project to stretch your skills, this is the one for you 🙂  The complete pattern set is now available to anyone for $59.99 a set.  The remaining beautiful fabrics are also available for $11.99 a yard.  This has been a heavily sought after fabric and from all reports, it’s sold out everywhere.  Because I had it held back for the B.O.M. group, we have it available now !! 🙂

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We have  all the fabrics for both the black color way and the cream color way, except for 3 fabrics.  We have sold out of 1 of the blue fabrics and 1 of the cream background fabrics and the black backing fabric.

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Isn’t this quilt breathtaking !!!!!

I love the stunning colors and the fabric toooooooooooo much 😉

Grand Opening Festivities

Grand Opening Festivities

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The Grand Opening of the new Bonnet Classroom was a great success. 80 to 100 people helped us celebrate the accomplishment. It was a fun and glorious afternoon. We dedicated the new classroom to the Bonnet family of Medina.  Many of the Bonnet family were in attendance.  Parelee Bonnet and Lucille Bonnet, her daughter-in-law, were part of the co-founding women of the Medina Quilt group.  Rodger Bonnet, Parelee’s son, has worked tirelessly on the classroom for the Medina Quilting Community, in honor of his wife,  his mother and sisters.  He is a wonderful, generous and giving man and we couldn’t have done it without him.  We can’t thank him enough for everything he does for us.  We also thank his mother and wife for the beautiful legacy they have left for all of us.

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                         These first 3 quilts were hand pieced and hand quilted by Parelee Bonnet.  The 4th quilt was done by 3 of the Bonnet women.  It was started by Parelee in the late 1990s. ( the last quilt she made)  After she passed away, Lucille worked on it in the early 2000’s until she became too ill and passed away.  Then Parelee’s daughter Phyllis Doss took the quilt and finished it in 2013.  A family legacy quilt indeed.

The family generously donated Parelee’s  100 year old (approximately) treadle sewing machine to the classroom for care and keeping.  It’s a beauty.

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Part of the festivities was a heated Jelly Roll Race. Four women, Edie Jessup, Jane Kelly, Linda Mosley and Julie Schmidt were our contestants. On your mark…….Get set…….. SEW !!!!!! It was great fun to watch, my grandson was mesmerized. It was sew as fast as they could to the final. A grueling hour before we had a winner. At the one hour mark, Edie Jessup finished her quilt and won the $100 gift certificate and free long arm quilting by “Cotton Pickin’ Scraps”. (Thank you Brenda !!)  The runners up won a $20 gift certificate and walked away with their BEAUTIFUL quilt tops !! I am still in awe of how beautiful this method turns out. It really shows off the fabric in the jelly roll or strip pack. Everyone said they had a blast doing it and requested to make it an annual event. Linda and Julie are mother and daughter. Julie’s daughter joined them as their “assistant”. Next year she wants to participate. How fabulous !! Three generations of quilters competing side by side. I am very excited about it.   So be thinking about getting your 3 generations together to compete in this bonding experience next summer.

LADIES: 

START YOUR SEWING MACHINES

and the furious sewing commenced.  All four contestants concentrating and working hard.

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AND THE WINNER IS:

EDIE JESSUP

    with her beautiful “Essential Gradations” (by Benartex) jelly roll top all pieced together   (will post a better picture later).

TIME: 1 hour

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SECOND TO FINISH:

JULIE SCHMIDT

           with her bright and beautiful “Stonehenge Singapore Sling” (by Northcott) strip pack all pieced together and ready to go.

TIME: 1 hour 20 min.

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THIRD TO FINISH:

JANE KELLY

 with her beautiful “Stonehenge Sand & Surf” (by Northcott) strip pack finally done.

TIME: 2 hours 30 mins.

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   Linda Mosley decided to finish her quilt at home.  We will post a picture of her finished quilt top later.

We also had a special presentation to the oldest member of Medina’s Quilt Group. Evalyn Poole had her 95th birthday on July 27th.  She had an antique quilt top that was a wedding gift to her and her husband, hand pieced together by her husband’s grandmother.  It had never been quilted.  Last January she brought it to us for help in finishing it.  So a team of quilters from the group set to work to complete the quilt for her. We presented it to her at the Grand Opening.  She told me this morning that she slept under her wedding quilt for the first time Saturday night and it felt wonderful.  How fantastic that we could make that happen for her.

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We had tons of food and lots of folks visiting with friends that they hadn’t seen in awhile. Those who participated in the Fabric Treasure Hunt had fun finding all 12 hidden fabrics. Apparently, I made it too hard. 🙁 Sorry.  But it was still fun, even for those who don’t sew.

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Thanks to all who came and made it a memorable day in the history of Little Cottage Quilt Shop.

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It’s Almost Here

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It’s almost here !!  Have you planned out our route yet?

What shops do you plan to visit?

Ready, SET, GO !!!

 

I am excited to see y’all this year.  Can’t wait to see where everyone is from and how far they have traveled.  Because the 21st is a Sunday, and we are closed on Sundays, we will be ready and waiting on Monday June 22 at 10 am.

Our row pattern is “The Four Stages of Drought”.  Water is vital to our lives.  Mother Nature has kindly fulfilled the final stages of drought for us this past month and we are grateful for the water.  Our patterns and kits are ready.  We can’t wait to get started 🙂

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And don’t forget to collect all the fun and funny Fabric Plates at each participating shop.  So many great ideas for using them are everywhere.  Incorporated into your quilt top, incorporated into your quilt backing, wall hangings with all kinds of scenes, from the side of a barn to the back of little cars, sewn into bags or just framed in a collage for the wall of your sewing room.  Great memories are coming your way this summer.  Here is ours this year.  🙂

Enjoy the journey and have FUN !!!

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We can ship our Fabric plate to anyone at any time.

Just call (830)589-2502 or email littlecottagequilts@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

Also, if you want our pattern or kit, and a stop in Medina just can’t be worked into your plans this summer, call or email us and we will be happy to add you to the shipping list.

Your request will be shipped after the deadline, November 1, 2015.

Updated Class Schedule

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Updated Class Schedule

We are so please with the classroom and how well it has been received !  The response to the classes has been phenomenal !!  I thought when we planned to build a classroom that it would be a great asset to the Cottage, but it is so nice to actually have it happen 🙂

Please call or come into the Cottage to sign up for or inquire about any of these classes.

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Here is the latest list of classes that are scheduled for February and March.  We will be adding more classes in March.

Feb. 11, at 2 pm ~ the Medina Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting with a slide show of local wildlife.

Feb. 13, at 9 am ~ Coffee at the Cottage followed at 10 am with Hand Embroidery Club.  We will be learning Silk Ribbon Embroidery this month.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to join in the learning and great socializing.  Bring a hand work project you are working on or need help with and learn a new stitch as well.  Or start a new project with all the beautiful patterns and flosses available here at the Cottage.

Feb. 16, at 1 pm ~ 1st class of the Beginning Quilt Piecing 6 weeks course.  This course will cover all the aspects of piecing for uses in a quilt top or many other practical and fun purposes. (think bags, table linens, jackets, vests, tops, skirts, pillows…………………..)

Feb. 18, at 4 pm ~ 1st class of the Beginning Sewing for Kids 6 week course.  Kids will learn the parts, language and use of a sewing machine. How to cut fabric, sew a straight line, put in a zipper, hem and piece.  If the skill set of the group is advanced enough, we will also make pajama pants.

Feb. 23, at 1 pm ~ 2nd class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

Feb. 25, at 4 pm ~ 2nd class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

Feb. 28, at 2 pm ~ Glorious Hummingbird BOM ~ Block 2

March 2, at 1 pm ~ 3rd class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 4, at 4 pm ~ 3rd class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 6, at 1 pm ~ Basic Upholstery Class.  Bring your small project (foot stool, kitchen/dining chair, ottoman, etc) and redo it in class.  Learn the tips and tricks to make it look professional.  Take home a new look !!

March 7, 10 am ~ Every Binding Workshop by Pat Gates.  This is our second time for this workshop and it is getting five star reviews.  Again, due to the nature of this hands on workshop, the number of participants is limited.  So the first 10 people to pay for the workshop will be taking it.   Call or come in to save your place. 🙂

March 9 at 1 pm4th class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 11 at 4 pm ~ 4th class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 16 at 1 pm ~ 5th class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 18 at 4 pm ~ 5th class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 23 at 1 pm ~ 6th class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 25 at 4 pm ~ 6th class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 28 at 2 pm ~ Glorious Hummingbird BOM ~ Block 3

20% off all Christmas Fabrics

20 % 0ff all Christmas Fabrics

Hello Everyone ! 🙂  I hope y’all had a lovely Christmas with your friends and families.

We are closing in on the end of 2014 and looking forward to 2015 !!

To help reduce our inventory here at the Cottage, before the tax man requires our report, we are offering a  20% off discount on all Christmas Fabrics.  Come on in and get stocked up for your projects next year.  Good time to get yardage for Christmas gift bags and aprons, table runners and table cloths.  Think Christmas wardrobe enhancements and decorations for 2015 season.  (not to mention a jump on next years gift list)

Now is the time to get stocked up, so you can work on them in January and February when the doldrums of winter send you hiding in your sewing room. 🙂

Also, come on in and check out the new class room !!  It’s almost finished, but ready to use.  I am working on the scheduling right now.  It looks like our first class is going to be “Know Your Sewing Machine” sometime in January. (stay tuned for the posting)  In this class, you bring your own machine and the instructor will show you how to get the most out of your own machine, regardless of the brand.  Our marvelous sewing machines do way more than we ask of them on a daily basis.  So learn how to do more with the one you have.

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New Classroom Pictures

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A New Look

A New Look

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Christmas has arrived at Little Cottage Quilt Shop.  My very talented daughter and her family came last Saturday and redid the inside for us.  It’s a wonderland !!  An explosion of Holiday fabrics and ideas.  Along with all the progress that is being made in the classroom, (opening soon) there is much to see !  Here is a sampling of what you will find:

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                                        The new French doors to the classroom (they still need to be painted, but that is happening every night after                          we close, going to take a while to finish it all)

Christmas Fabric Gallery

 

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Santa is checking his list for “Naughty or Nice” by Henry Glass

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“Father Frost” by Benartex

You have to come in an see how much we made from just one panel !!

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Santa has had lots of fun this year !!  From the Texas oil fields to the beach, he’s had a busy year ! 😉

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