April sure flew by and what fun we had welcoming Shop Hoppers from all corners of Maine! We've visited with more than 225 participants, surpassing our last year's total, and it was great that so many new Hoppers ventured up the mountain to Rangeley. Every year we meet more male quilters and one quilting family has several young children already stitching away. You may enjoy photos of all the Shop Challenge Quilts on the Shop Hop website now. It will be fun to learn which shop's quilt receives the most votes and who wins our many prizes!
It's “crunch time” as Dan and Carol burn opposite ends of the “midnight oil” finishing up their quilts for Maine Quilts 2011. Dan pieces until 2 AM, when he dashes out back to reload the wood stove in the greenhouse, then heads to bed. Carol breezes down through the kitchen at 4 AM to brew her coffee then heads down to the studio where her quilt awaits the next design decision. Each quilt has had some “group participation” this year. Dan was running out of his background fabric and cut up slivers to pass out at Open Studio Day. Bingo! Robin finds half a yard in her “stash”. Dan's back in business. Once Dan's quilt has Carol's quilting touch added to it, the search begins for just the right green binding. Martha finds some at home in her “stash” ~~ and leaves it for Dan with a note, “will trade for homemade baked bean dinner”. A delicious dinner is prepared for Martha & John that very same night. Life is good!! Now Carol's rallying the family to play, “Name My Show Quilt”. She's received many entries, all showing great creativity. We hope you'll mark your calendars to enjoy Maine Quilts 2011 and the first showing of Dan and Carol's 2011 show quilts.
WE'RE CELEBRATING OUR 15th ANNIVERSARY ~ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
SATURDAY, MAY 28TH, 10 AM – 5 PM AND SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, 11AM – 3 PM
Who would have imagined that a few bolts of fabric, some neutral threads and a long arm quilting machine 15 years ago would evolve into a two story quilt shop with more than 1,000 bolts of fabric, a showroom, a private quilting studio, Quilt Camps, and a Retreat Center? We've won prizes for our show quilts and taken our Trunk Show to guilds around Maine. We've hung Quilts In The Garden and offered Porch Sales on our wrap around front porch. It's been a wonderful experience, loads of fun, and we're deeply grateful for the loyalty and enthusiasm of our customers!
STUDIO 180 DEBUTS RAPID FIRE LEMOYNE STAR RULER
We are proud to be one of the first quilt shops to stock Deb Tucker's latest ruler. When Martha saw this tool demo-ed at last year's Quilt Camp, she proclaimed it “Deb Tucker's most brilliant invention!” Those of us who learned to quilt in the mid-1970's surely remember doing the obligatory hand pieced Sampler Quilt which always included one Lemoyne Star block. We'd cut up cereal or cracker boxes to make card board diamond shaped templates around which we traced and then cut ¼ inch outside of the lines. We then struggled to hand sew this traditional block where 8 diamonds meet in the center. With Deb's method and this tool, you rotary cut strips, quickly machine piece, trim to size and quickly have a perfectly flat, beautiful Lemoyne Star block. With Deb's trademark right and left-handed instructions, this tool makes Lemoyne Stars in a multitude of sizes. This is by far our FAVORITE NEW TOOL! Take a Sneak Peak with Deb's Demo
“Are We There Yet” is a whimsical fabric collection, including a border print well suited for the Easy Striped Table Runner. Featuring campers and kids, marshmallows on sticks, and bear paw prints, this selection of fabrics celebrates summer vacation, Rangeley style. “Home Away From Home” is a fun fabric collection that features a border print with campers and tents. The complementary fabrics are outhouses of all shapes and sizes on a tan background, an oak leaf and acorn print on ivory, and a bolt of blocks filled with tents and campfires, moose and campsites.
The “Quilt Happy Bag Holder” works like a charm and comes with it's own little carrying pouch. Kept in your purse or tote, this clever gadget is just the thing for the edge of the table at your favorite restaurant or picnic area. These have flown out of the shop and make a terrific gift!
It's time to begin working up our summer class schedule. Please let us know what class you'd love to see offered. This time of year we plan for shorter session classes with additional built-in quilting time for those wishing to make a day of it.
SUMMER OPEN STUDIO DAYS
Enjoy the air conditioned studio at the Quilt Inn. No formal instruction, just lots of fun.
Monday, May 23rd
Monday, June 20th
Monday, July 25th – Summer Potluck Lunch
Monday, August 22nd
Stop by the shop to reserve your space ~~ $20 cash.
TO MARKET, TO MARKET
Carol and the owners of Country Creations in Jefferson, Maine, are off to the mid-May Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sight-seeing, shop owner classes, meetings with fabric reps, and perusing all that is new in the quilting industry will keep this foursome well entertained. Dan and Martha will receive daily updates from the travelers and begin planning where to display whatever catches Carol's eye at Market. She always travels out with one empty suitcase for those patterns, books and notions that are just too appealing to wait for shipment to us.
We eagerly await the return of Rangeley's summer folks and our seasonal quilting friends! Drop by as soon as you've unpacked …....... or on your way to the cottage.
Our most sincere thank you to all who visit our shop and our website. It is you, our customers, that make what we do so much fun. We're looking forward to sharing a fun spring and summer of quilting with you!