The title says it all!
I have discovered that I am not a blogger. Carla, Linda and Nicole are great bloggers. I admire bloggers. I follow quite a few blogs and enjoy them immensely, but I am not one to daily or even weekly put my thoughts into words to share with others.
I have discovered that I can easily achieve Facebook posts though, so come visit us there, become a fan and keep up with the latest info from Katja's Quilt Shoppe.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
We've been having a lot of fun with our English Paper Pieced Hex-a-thon here at the store. And there has certainly been more interest than I expected. But, sometimes interest comes from unexpected places. As Marie's dog Dexter proved this week.
|Notice the little teeth marks in the papers and the needle still attached.|
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Years ago when confronted by an English Paper Piecing workshop at the local guild, my comment was "Why the heck would anyone want to subject themselves to that intentionally?" Obviously time passes and our tastes change. We have become known for our Love of English Paper Piecing here at Katja's Quilt Shoppe.
For the last several years I have wanted to design an English Paper Pieced Block-of-the-something. I struggled with how to design within a hexagon on the Electric Quilt program I use and last Fall Quilt Market I spoke with the EQ folks and once explained to me the light went on and I realized just how easy it could be. I knew I could have designed it by hand, but I wanted professional looking templates with straight lines when I printed them.
So, here we are folks, your chance to take part. For a $25.00 sign-up fee (plus HST) you will receive a set of general instructions for english paper piecing (and by the way we're making it easier for you by glue basting the shapes instead of thread basting, MUCH FASTER), once a week if you stop by the store the week the pattern is offered the rest is free to you, if you don't come the week the pattern is offered or send someone in to pick it up for you there is a 50 cent fine. The templates (pattern) come printed onto cover stock for you to use for your piecing.
|Here is my Week 1 block I am using a collection of Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda and selected solids.|
|Sharon's lovely Thimbleberries Week 1 block|
|My Mom, Sonja, is using scrappy Batiks.|
|Here are the three week 1 blocks. Amazing what a difference the fabrics can make.|
|My week 2 block. I love the effect the fussy cutting gives it!|
|Sharon's week 2 block. Lovely muted colours.|
|Sonja's Week 2 batik star.|
|The three Week 2 blocks.|
|All my blocks so far, giving you a sneak peek of Week 3.|
Linda is also hex-a thoning with us. And until yesterday I thought Carla, the all-time English Paper Piecing lover, was a hold out. But if you check out her blog I think you'll learn differently.
There's still time to sign up, so come on in!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I've been hard at work with a new idea for you. As many of you know we are addicted to English Paper Piecing here at Katja's Quilt Shoppe.
I have designed a collection of english paper pieced blocks inside a 3"(along the edge) hexagon.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Linda and I have just returned to International Quilt Market in Houston Texas to check out all that's new in the quilting world.
Of course we always take in Sample Spree the night before Market opens to get a sneak peek.
Here is a photo of a small portion of market taken from the second floor. I've been told that the entire space is the equivalent of 14 football fields.
|Everyone needs time to eat!|
|Anxiously lined up, waiting for Sample Spree to open.|
|The customers just can't wait to start shopping.|
If you are a fan of Extreme Home Makeover, you'll recognize this face. But we found Ty's booth empty when we passed by. Below is proof that he did make an appearance.
|Barb and Alma of Blackbird Design.|
|Lisa from Sweetwater.|
|Mr. Moda himself Mark Dunn of Moda Fabrics.|
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It was my Birthday on Monday, and every year as I receive Birthday wishes from friends via email, phone, mail and in person I give thanks for my friends. I share this day with a very special little girl named Scarlet, whose Grandma Carla happens to work for me.
The day was complete with my special birthday drink from Starbucks. My mug rug is on my desk waiting for the next drink and treat.
Have a great day everyday!
|A special gift from a special friend!|
One very special friend surprised me with a lovely mug rug, mug, and the means to fill it. This mug rug is big enough to hold your coffee/tea/beverage of choice and a muffin or cookie.
These mug rugs are easy! You can make your own!
Or maybe one for a special friend!
Linda has a great tutorial on her blog so that you can make your own.
See that lovely bright quilt in the background? That is our new Block of the Month, The New Vintage.
We've used Kate Spain's line Terrain for Moda and This and That's Block of the Month patterns, Vintage Memories for this must have, new vintage, slightly retro, quilt.
|Working hard on getting the sample done.|
I loved the blocks as we were piecing them. Thanks Linda for the help!
All the blocks are done.
Only the borders to go.....getting so excited.
|Borders are on and the top is ready for Linda!|
Tada! I absolutely LOVE this quilt.
I LOVE IT!
Here are a couple of close-ups!
Now for the quilting.............................
|Thanks Starbucks for my free Birthday drink!|
Can you say "Grande Mocha Frappucino in a Venti cup with extra whip"?
It was that kind of a day!
Have a great day everyday!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
|One DEAD Computer|
|I LOVE MY NEW MAC|
I haven't yet figured out everything on the Mac, like what do I do about my publisher files from my PC. I think I'll have to save them to a flash drive, take them to Staples and convert them to PDF so that I can at least read them and print them.
My Newsletter was of course in publisher...........so now I am rebuilding that template..............
|Terrain by Kate Spain|
ready for kitting into our new Block of the Month
|Another season of Moda Club has begun|
Moda club started up again last Saturday. A great time was had by all. Check out Carla's blog for the tidbits and show & tell.
|Tantalizing gems ready to turn into a quilt!|
|Look what you can make with those little lovelies above.|