Fall means it's Quilt Camp season ~ and we are busily gathering supplies and goodies for another fun year. Our instructor, Bonnie Hunter, loves mountains and we know she'll find our Maine mountains
to be breathtakingly beautiful. Carol and she will take in the coastal route north from the airport, enjoying a Maine seafood meal, before they turn inland and begin to gain elevation. Lots of stops for photos will provide Bonnie with gorgeous postings for her blog
. Until then, all of us in the shop are busily helping campers select just the right fabrics to augment their “scrap stash” as they prepare strips for “Texas Braid” or “Starstruck”. Our “With A Twist” campers are doing their own thing and we can't wait to see what those gals from Vermont & New York bring along with them. As campers gather here from the midwest and all around New England, we look forward to making new friends and renewing old friendships.
NEW FABRICS CELEBRATE THE SEASON
” ~ by Riley Blake Designs ~ showcases moose, majestic pines, and autumn leaves on rich backgrounds of brown, cream, and green. The moose print has caught the eye of many first time visitors to Rangeley.
” ~ by Sandy Gervais for Moda ~ celebrates the end of summer. Sandy is “thankful for late blooming flowers to carry on with color until the first frost puts everything down for the winter.” As summer waves goodbye, this collection and charm packs in tones of brick red, teal, bronze, walnut, and the warm golden browns of fall will remind you of the late bloomers in your garden.
“BIRCH BARK LODGE
” with coordinating charm packs and “BIRCH BARK BATIKS
” ~ by Holly Taylor for Moda ~ are Rangeley fabrics, for sure. The designer shares that “growing up in Minnesota meant family trips and every summer there was a new lodge to visit. Dad would take us out during the day to try and capture sight of a moose, bear or deer. Our favorite place was the dump where you were sure to spot a bear in the early morning. Those fond memories were the inspiration for this group of woodsy nature prints and batiks. I plan on a quilt using both to remember those carefree, exciting times spent in all the splendor that nature offers.”
FUN NEW PATTERNS FOR FALL QUILTING
" ~ By Whistlepig Creek ~ features four styles of IPAD covers. Definite holiday gift potential!
" ~ by Suzanne's Art House ~ includes three sizes. Santas and Stars. Martha's yearning to stitch up this one.
"BREEZY WEAVE BAGS
" ~ by Aunties Two ~ in two sizes, this bag will be fun in Bali Pops
THE LATEST NEW TOOL
“THE STRIP STICK” ~ Recommended at a workshop at Maine Quilts 2011, this 18” or 45” tool is designed to help press your pieced seams open or to one side without burning your fingertips in the process. An instructional video can viewed here
MACHINE QUILTING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
Dan is now booking
fall and winter appointments for basic overall machine quilting. Wouldn't that quilt top sitting on your shelf make a wonderful holiday gift for a loved one? Contact Dan to set up a mutually convenient time to select your batting, thread color, and quilting to complement your quilt's design.
WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY???
We're all busily cutting up “leftovers” into strips and squares for the scrap bins.
Martha's piecing blocks from the charm square bin for two quilts ~~ “Labor Day Madness” and “Pinwheel Quilt” from the Nickel Quilts
book. That Tucker Trimmer
sure comes in handy!
Carol's back down in her studio, machine quilting shop samples as well as table runners to king sized bed quilts for the show room.
Dan jumps in wherever needed. Just recently, Carol and Martha glanced out the window and spotted him up the ladder in the crabapple tree, filling a Moda fabric carton with fruit for a customer's jelly-making afternoon.
Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, our greatest pleasure is assisting you, our customers, as you plan your next project or prepare for an upcoming class.
As always, take time to soak up nature's beauty during this season of bountiful harvest and brilliant color.
Carol, Dan & Martha
Threads Galore Quilt Shop