Origins

From fabric designer, Basic Grey comes a new line “Origins”.  Greens meet yellows, chocolate browns and blacks in a crisp look for fall.  Of course, you know how much I love the fabric lines from Basic Grey and this one is no exception.  Moda is also a great source for providing projects with their fabric lines.  I was intrigued by the  “Hunter’s Star”.  The quilt comes from the book “A Bakers Dozen” and is made from a layer cake and a jelly roll .  

 

Hunter’s Star from the book “A Bakers Dozen”

Daisies play across backgrounds of creams, browns, yellow and greens.

Artful flowers & circles dance on sunny yellows, greens, blacks and creams

Hey Diddle Diddle

Do you remember the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle the cat and the fiddle? 

New from Clothworks comes this  nursery rhyme panel featuring the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumping over the moon and a dish with a spoon.  Coordinating blue, pink and yellow fabrics include a fun stripe, cows jumping over the moon and stars.   Download a free pattern by clicking on the Hey Diddle Diddle Quilt or by visiting Clothworks Textiles.

 

Fall Classes

Check out our fall calendar of classes…these are just a few

The Art of Sewing

Did you know sewing dates back as far as 20,000 years ago, even before the practice of weaving cloth?  Sewing needles were made from bone and wood and the first thread was made from plant fibers.            

The art of sewing was done by hand, from the simplest of stitches to the more elegant decorative stitches found on pillows, gowns and stitchery.  In the mid 1750’s the first sewing machine was patented to a German, Charles Weisenthal.            

Only a century before, it was a common practice for all young ladies to learn to sew (there were no shopping centers or malls in which to shop).             

Now, it seems we have lost the art of sewing.  Starting this fall, we will offer Beginning Sewing 101, taught by Becky McNeil, a home-ec. teacher and avid sewer.                

Start from the beginning and learn the basic parts of the sewing machine, learn to pick fabrics, how to read a pattern, how to make the pattern fit , cutting, hemming and adding embelishments to make it say you!          
 
 Capris! PJ’s! Lounging Pants!  These versatile pants can be all three!         

     

            

The blousedress designed by Anna Maria Horner.  Simple yet sophisticated!  The slip-over dress has pleats and gathers around the neckline and the drop waistline.  A shirt tail turns at the hemline.  Make it your own by adding curved pockets and a camisole top.  Dress it up for work…add jeans or leggin’s for play.            

             

Roundabout

        

Let’s Make an Apron

From Aprons Ala Carte comes this classic apron inspired from the famous Marilyn Monroe Dress.  Marilyn   The halter-top apron comes in three different lengths, with different waistband and pocket options. One size fits most.        

  

 

 It’s a Wool Crazy Club

This is not your grandmother’s Crazy Patch Quilt.  I was so excitied when we received the book “Wool Crazy”, after all, I love Crazy Patch Quilts, with all the intricate, eclectic embrodiery stitches and embellishments.  A crazy patch block pieced with wool and oh…Folk Art Aplique.  I was hooked.  So starting this fall we will begin a Wool Crazy Club.  If you would like more informations please join me for an informational meeting on Wool Crazy, September 7th, 5:30 pm at Oklahoma Quiltworks.   Finger foods and drinks will be provided.  Sample wools and threads will be available along with the book Wool Crazy.  See more Wool Crazy Quilts        

         

     

      

      

Catheradal Window

This technicque features a pattern from the past…Catherdal Window with a new technicque for making.      

     

      

Pieced Pansies

We are excited to announce that the well known quilt designer, teacher and award winner Charlotte Hickman, will join our teaching staff this fall.  Pieced Pansies is a Charlotte original design using freezer to machine piece this elegant wall hanging.    

      

     

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

  

  

Halloween Placemat Swap

     

     

      

We are really excitied about this class.  This set of four placemats will be a welcome treat for decorating your Halloween Table.  Groups of four will delight in picking fabrics and sharing in the fun of making placemats to swap with their group.       

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

School House

A term used at market, offering various demos on new products and technicques.   Workshops and demos will be offered for transferring photos on fabric, Transfer EZ (for embroidery work and applique), Slice Machine, Let’s Twist, the Precision Trimmer, Flying Geese and many more.      

      

 

A Graceful Baltimore

New Block of the Month for 2011

Debbie fell in love with this quilt at market and we deemed it would be a great Block of the Month for next year.  A Graceful Baltimore combines both pieced and appliqued blocks.   A little history about the Baltimore Album blocks, which actually originated in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1840’s.  Young ladies loved to make these types of quilts, as the quilts were known as presentation quilts.  Blocks were made with newly purchased multi-colored, wavy fabrics and reflected designs in florals, birds, people and landmarks.  If you would like more information on “Baltimore Album Quilts” visit http://www.mdhs.org/quiltprj/quilthom.html

Of course, now comes the exciting challenge of planning the right fabrics for our quilt.   Debbie, Verlinda and Charlcie looking at fabric choices.

 

 Debbie makes up a couple of blocks and the winner… “Maison de Garance” from Moda’s French General. 

  

  Braided Blossom reflects the floral design. 

   We will keep you posted on the progress of A Graceful Baltimore…and that’s not all, we have more Block of the Months planned for the coming months!

 

New Fall Fabrics Arrive

We will soon notice the summer season beginning to change..Indian Summer…my favorite time of the year.  The nights will be a little cooler and the days a little shorter.  What better time to start thinking about fall school clothes, quilts and decorating the college dorm.  

 Saltbox Harvest

New from Deb Strain comes Saltbox Harvest.  The fabric line includes a panel with two Saltbox houses sitting under an oak tree, a bountiful harvest surrounds a small haystack, the oak tree filled with acorns and paired with vivid reds, oranges, browns and golds.     Download this free pattern from Moda   http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_saltbox-harvest.pdf

 

 

  

 AWESOME

New from Sandy Gervais comes Awesome.  Falling leaves, acorns and all the colors of fall.

 

 

Challenge kick-off a success

The 9-patch summer challenge appears to be a success.    What a great way to spend the summer, making 9-patches.  If you haven’t taken the challenge, it isn’t to late. 

Thursday evening was the kick-off and we had such a nice group show up with interest in the summer challenge.  Charlcie had many variations of the 9-patch to show and tell about and lots of great ideas for quilts.  The internet is a great place to also look for ideas for 9-patch quilts.  Maybe you will even come up with your own design.  Of course we do not want to leave out the online participants.  We would love to receive pictures of your blocks and a short blurb on what you might do with your 9-patches.

Christmas in July

Are you seeing visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, snowflakes softly falling outside your window, the smell of gingerbread cookies and warm cinnamon?  Yes, it does seem a little bit early to be thinking of Christmas; but it will be here in know time.  So now is a great time to start thinking about quilts, gifts and more!  Thursday morning we will kick off Christmas in July.  Of course there will be punch, snacks, take and make demos and door prizes!  

 We have lots of new Christmas fabrics to choose from.  One of my favorites, of course, is Basic Grey’s Fruitcake!  I love Basic Grey.  The pattern I picked is Verlinda Magby’s “Simply Sensational”, which showcases the large ornaments in a 12½-inch square-in-a-square block.   The quilt alternates the square in a squre block with a 9-patch, rail-fence and smaller square in square blocks.  For the most part you can make this quilt using fat-quarters…but you will need 5/8 yd of four or five focal fabrics, inner and outer borders.  

 

  

  

Moda offers a new take on a a Dresdan Plate, I beleive it looks like Christmas Wreaths.  The quilt size is 72″ x 90″.    Download the pattern from Moda http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_fruit-cake.pdf

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

If traditional fabric is your choice, Hoffman is always a great choice.  Poinsetta’s and Holly, silvers, golds, bright reds and creamy whites. 

  

As always, you can be assured that Robyn Pandolph will give us a romantic fabric line for Christmas –  “Fancy Hill Farm”.  Prim Roses in Cherry Reds, Christmas Greens and Frosted Beiges. 

  

On the first day of Christmas my Ture Love Gave to Me – Love that song! From Moda download a free pattern from the bake shop “Christmas Packages”  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/05/christmas-packages.html   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another choice might be the actual panel used in a 12 Days of Christmas quilt with coordinating fabrics.   Each block focuses on a different verse from the song the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Available for purchase @www:/okquiltworks.com.  You can also download the pattern from Moda     http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_12-days-of-christmas.pdf

 

  

From Clothworks – Birds and Berries by Barb Tourtillotte – Download this free pattern from http://www.clothworks.com     
 

 

  

  

   

  

   

 

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