|Birds of Feather, Flock Together|
Quilters are sort of like this, aren't they? We flock to quilt stores to purchase fabric to make things, we flock to shows to admire the works of others and seek inspiration and we flock to quilting friends to share our enthusiasm and laughter of making new things together. Something else we are all good about doing is flocking together when "stuff" happens. We are all truly blessed to have found a home in a wonderful flock.
Last weekend, we heard that Lisa Bongean's (Primitive Gatherings patterns, wool, quilts, fabric, shop in Wisconsin that we visited last July) son passed away. We both felt pretty bad for her, her staff and entire family. There are so many people we know that are going through some pretty rough stuff so early in this new year. But I bring this up because had a beautiful post about the support she had received. She shared a great poem she had put on the back of one of his quilts and shared something that hasn't left me since I read about it. She states that "Quilts are love you can touch. . .it takes a lot of time to stitch a quilt. . .and time is one of our most precious assets......." (to read her whole post you can click here) She really hit the nail on the head. Sometimes we wonder why we spend the time and money on doing stuff for people who may, or may not, appreciate the gift you are giving. But what it comes down to is love. We spend our precious time pouring our love into a project that will keep us (or others) warm, brighten their spirits, and/or be passed down for future generations to love. Quilts are love you can touch. Why yes in deed they are.
Well, off my little soap box and making an abrupt change into shop stuff!! We learned something new last weekend. We make more progress when we run around the shop grabbing bolts of fabric and pile them in the car. Load up the "good" machines. Stuff a suitcase bulging full of "stuff" and head home to sew. What started as a way to beat the frozen elements has turned into a weekend norm. We have decided that our A.D.D is curbed due to the lack of temptation around us at the shop and we have a whole wall of new stuff at the shop to show for our weekend (two weekend) efforts!! So let's get to some of the good stuff.
NATIONAL VISIT YOUR QUILT SHOP DAY
Saturday January 25, 2014
Shades of the Past will be open from 10am - 2pm.
Come on in and pick up new projects, check out the ones shown above, and the additional ones that are being bound and embellished as we speak.
That day will feature:
50% off of Christmas Fabric
25% off of Regular Priced Fabric
B.O.G.O (buy one/get one) Books (free books must be of equal/lesser value)
You can also check out our 2014 Block of the Month quilts in person!!
|Lap Quilt featuring (18) 6" quilt blocks|
|Queen Quilt: featuring (18) 12" quilt blocks|
Our quilts are done using 18 of the exact same quilt blocks. (If you want to see our blocks check out our Facebook page to see them individually) The queen size quilt is done with 12" blocks and the wall quilt is done with 6" blocks.
Starting in February you will receive 2 blocks per month until October. You'll get your finishing directions at that final month.
New! We decided to give this a try if you are interested in doing the quilt but want to use your own fabric you can purchase the pattern for $10.00. You will get 2 blocks per month thru email or mail.
If you would like to make the quilts like you see them above you have the option to purchase the block and/or finishing kits for them.
The queen size quilt:
-Block kit (for 18 quilt blocks) is $45.00
-Finishing kit (sashing/borders/binding) is $83.99
The lap size quilt:
-Block kit (for 18 quilt blocks) is $25.00
-Finishing kit (sashing/borders/binding) is $32.99
Blocks can be picked up in the shop on the second Wednesday of each month starting in February from 1:30pm - 7:00pm. They will also be mailed out or e-mailed.
For those interested in sewing their blocks right in the shop we will offer time slots to do so at 1:30pm and 5:30pm. The cost will be $5.00 for each time you want to sew them in the shop. That way if there is a month in which you think you need/want the help you can choose to get it and if you feel comfortable to do them at home you can do that as well.
We hope you all have a wonderful week and will hopefully get a chance to see some warm, smiling faces in the shop on Saturday morning/afternoon. ~Piece and Blessings until next time~
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are charming gardens who make our souls bloom." ~Marcel Proust