Dear quilting friends,
Whether your summer's been filled with hazy humid days or comfortably cool days, we hope you're enjoying some quilting time, either in front of the fan or on the front porch.
UPCOMING EVENTS ~ MARK YOUR CALENDARS
LABOR DAY WEEKEND PORCH SALE ~ With quilts and quilted items at greatly reduced prices, as well as miscellaneous quilt-making supplies, the porch will be filled with bargains galore. Watch for our future announcement of dates and times for this popular event.
AUTUMN SPLENDOR QUILT SHOP HOP ~ All “hoppers” will receive a block pattern and fabric for the block at each of the 9 participating quilt shops. Door prizes at every shop. The Autumn Splendor quilt pattern, free to each hopper who visits all 9 shops, is a wonderful celebration of Fall in Maine. Make your plans now to enjoy nature's patchwork of autumnal colors in the western Maine mountains and foothills, September 27th through October 8th.
LATE SUMMER, EARLY FALL CLASSES ~ CALL OR STOP BY TO SIGN UP
BAJA TRAVELER BAG ~ a two fabric bag with a clever top zipper. Wednesday, August 8th.
PINEAPPLE BLOSSOMS QUILT ~ a great quilt for those 2-1/2” strips. Wednesday, August 29th.
FALL QUILT CAMP ~ still a couple openings in both weekends. The ideal quilter's getaway!
OPEN STUDIO DAYS ~ socialize and quilt the day away. August to December dates available.
OUR FAVORITE NEW PATTERN
FEED THE ANIMALS: Coin Purses by Straight Stitch Society will bring huge smiles to all the kids in your life, or all those young at heart adults on your holiday gift list. Stitch up a monkey, cat, or a dog with a clever zip closure to keep all coins and “treasures” safely at hand.
OUR FAVORITE NEW FABRICS
“SUNDAY BEST” by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics is a wonderful array of “shirtings” in blue, red, brown, and black on ecru or tan. These small prints add interest and variety to your reproduction quilts as well as your scrappy back ground projects. Martha fell in love with the ticking stripes.
“GIVE THANKS” by Deb Strain for MODA truly celebrates the season of Autumn. The large scale print of beautiful fall leaves and berries is available on either a black or vanilla background. The coordinating prints are polka dots, an autumn shadows tone on tone pattern, and a harvest tiles print. Featuring tones of pumpkin orange, golden wheat, warm vanilla, or berry red, this collection is sure to inspire a new fall table runner or door quilt for your home.
“EARTHTONES” by Norm Wyatt for P&B is a line that is fresh, sophisticated, and chic. Quilted bags and modern quilt designs are just the projects for this gorgeous line. Etched leaves; a beautiful artistic rendering of multicolored vines and leaves; an earthy multi-colored stripe; circles; and scrolls bring lots of variety to the prints of this collection. The tones are slate gray, soft blue, marble tan, moss green, and stone. Carol's daughter, Vanessa, was quick to select fabrics for a Baja Traveler Bag from this line.
“CHRISTMAS SPIRIT” by Holly Taylor for MODA is a celebration of winter rather than the Christmas holiday. The prints feature pine boughs, leaves, swirls, pine trees, and sticks etched in tone on tone. The prints are large and small scale and blend beautifully with other fabrics on our nature/woodsy wall. The hues of 'forest green' are deep and rich; the neutral tone of 'grain' is warm and comforting; and the 'garnet' is a lively cranberry based red.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Our Christmas in July sale day was fun and busy. Thanks to all of you who stopped by! This coincided with our week-long group of Quilt Inn gals that hail from western New York state. Carol and Martha enjoyed a sneak peek at all the wonderful holiday gifts being stitched up over at the Inn. These gals are the queens of traveling light! Nine of them come in two vehicles. Gather your group of quilting friends to treat yourselves to a weekend or week-long getaway at the Quilt Inn Rangeley Retreat Center. Carol is happy to help you with any questions that arise as you make your plans.
2012 SHOW QUILTS
Maine Quilts is always the first place where Dan and Carol's annual show quilts are displayed for public viewing. We are pleased that the judges selected all three quilts for ribbon awards.
|"Sashing Strips Will Make You A Star"
||"A Walk On The Ridge"
||"X Marks the Spot"
“Sashing Strips Will Make You A Star” earned a 2nd place Red Ribbon for Dan in the large bed quilt category. Taking full advantage of our recently organized scrap bins, Dan pieced all the blocks from our “leftovers”. The selection of a rich brown and vibrant blue pieced sashing with blue cornerstones created a secondary design of stars surrounding the scrappy blocks. This quilt inspired Dan's first foray into original design long-arm machine quilting and is Dan's first show quilt to be designed, pieced, and quilted by him. He's yearning for his own machine quilting studio now!!
“A Walk On The Ridge” earned Carol a 2nd place Red Ribbon in the small bed quilt category. The colors and fabrics of this quilt are inspired by one of Carol's favorite walking spots “on the ridge” where tall trees line the path and the sun shimmers through the leaves onto the carpet of pine needles and green moss under foot. Carol always finds “the ridge” to be peaceful and serene! Carol selected an adaptation of Deb Tucker's “Snowflurries” design for this intricately pieced quilt. Her original machine quilting creates a stunning reverse side of this quilt and enhances the patchwork stars and chains, rendered in deep rust, soft teal-y green, and tan batik fabrics. The quilt label features a photo taken during a walk on the ridge.
“X Marks the Spot” earned Dan a 3rd place Yellow Ribbon in the large bed quilt category. A reversible quilt, this was designed on EQ6 computer software while sitting around the island in the kitchen, coloring with the grandkids. The reverse side was designed in the “piece a few blocks, toss them on the design 'floor' and see what's next” method that Dan loves. Against a backdrop of rich cranberry red, stars “float” across the back of the quilt. The front of the quilt is a wonderful optical illusion type piece, best viewed standing back a bit. “X Marks the Spot” was machine quilted by Carol.
All are invited to stop by the shop and enjoy our 2012 show quilts, on display in our showroom!
May the rest of your summer be filled with lazy days reading on the porch, fun-filled days visiting with family and friends, and strolls through the gardens wherever life finds you.
Carol, Dan & Martha
Threads Galore Quilt Shop