March 18th, 2009

It’s coming up quickly.  National Quilting Day is this Saturday, March 21st!  This is such a fun and exciting time to celebrate and experience quilting and National Quilting Day gives us an excuse to do so.  Although, we don’t find that we need an excuse to do something so fun!   Quilting has come a long way and there are so many different facets to this gem.  To celebrate National Quilting Day we are doing a free quilting event.  We will be running a quilting open house all day 10am  -5pm, where students can choose a technique and make their own mini quilt to take home with them.  Some technique options are; chenille, fabric ink, applique and piecing.  Here are a few sample pictures of what we will be doing on Saturday.  imgp0143

From Left to Right:  Chenille, piecing, fusible machine applique, quilt as you go.

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Fun with fabric inks.

Remember, if you are in the area stop by on Saturday, March 21st.  National Quilting Day is for everyone from want-to-be quilters, beginning quilters and even those who has been quilting for years.  We hope to see you there!

I have a couple of new projects to show you today.  First is a new knitting technique called k1b or knit one below.  This technique uses two yarns and you get a really cool stripe effect.  Now I can’t give a lot of details on this technique because Vicki has been working on it but I can tell you that it is really cool, not hard and we currently have classes scheduled on it.  imgp0139

Also a new felted bag or purse.  Brown Sheep company yarns are so pretty and they felt wonderfully!  It is hard to tell in the picture but there are really cool shell buttons on the pockets at each end of this bag.  There is also a zipper so all your things stay inside.imgp0146

A new quilt that we have just completed is this beautiful batik quilt made with Bali Pops (pre packaged 2 1/2″ strips of assorted batik fabrics) from Hoffman fabrics.  This quilt uses a new technique called Strip Tubing to easily make all the triangles.  We are currently running classes on this quilt.  imgp0135-1

We hope that everyone is having  a good spring.  We have had some beautiful weather the past couple of days and it makes me want to start a new project!

Till next time, happy crafting!

Lisa 🙂

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