Happy 4th of July

One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July.  It always takes me back to my grandmothers’ farm and my childhood memories.  Cook-outs, watermelon, her secret homemade vanilla ice cream and of course, fireworks.  Hopefully, we can entice you with some ideas to make your Fourth of July a memorable one. 

Who can resist this cute little apron featuring Uncle Sam decked out in red, white and blue?  Make a table runner of stars and flags to hang from a table or stitch a wall hanging.  From Art•to•Heart “Easy Does It Patriotic”.  

Relax on your backporch and enjoy a stitchery project from Blueberry Backroads,  http://www.blueberrybackroads.blogspot.com/  “I Love America”.

Clothworks offers “America”.  Find a free pattern on their website.  www.clothworks.com .  We have the fabrics available on our website @ www.okquiltworks.com

Several of us fell in love with the Minick and Simpson’s fabric line, Bar Harbor from Moda.  The fabric feels soft, almost as if freshly dried on an outdoor clothesline, the colors definetly sing red, white and blue.  We fell in love with the quilt “Cabin on the Shore” and simply could not wait to make the model for the shop.  Kits will be available for purchase.

Nine Patch Summer Challenge

 Why focus on a Nine Patch Block?    It is one of the easiest and most versatile blocks that a quilter can make.  You can make just one at a time or several at a time.  Summer brings many things to fill our time; gardening, grandchildren, vacations, and spending time with family and friends enjoying what the summer has to offer us.  We generally do not sew as much during the summer months.  The purpose of the challenge is to get quilters to focus on making one nine patch block a day, and before long you have made enough to make a quilt without really working at it.     

This quilt is a traditional  9-patch with sashing and cornerstones.   The pattern can be found in the book “Feedsacks”  from Humble Beginnings by Edie McGinnis.     

 You ask yourself why would I want to participate in a Challenge.  Here are some great reasons…It’s free, it’s easy.  Make one a day (you get to decide what size .   Nothing to purchase you can use your stash.  You end up with lots of blocks by the end of summer.  We will provide you ideas on how to put the blocks together.     

 The challenge begins July 1st and ends Augst 30th.  We will have a Nine Patch Gala on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm, July 8th.  Finger foods and drinks will be provided.  A short demonstration will be given on how to make a Two-For-One Nine Patch and ideas will be given for some quilts.  For those of you who will participate online, we would love to see what you have completed each week.  Just send us your pictures and will post on the blog.   

The 9-patch and hourglass  featured below looks great in 30’s fabrics.  It combines a 9-patch with an hourglass block.  The floral applique might remind you of something found in your grandmother’s antique trunk.   The pattern can be found in the book Quilts from the Heart II by Karin Renaud. 

Nine Patch and Hour Glass