We hit another milestone! We have an ad in the New York Register, woohoo! For those of you that are not familiar with this publication, it’s a statewide guide to premier shopping and events. The paper is broken down by region and many quilt shops advertise in it. It’s a great publication to have if you’re looking for quilt shops to visit. You can pick-up a copy at our store.
Ten days till our anniversary celebration, we are so excited to celebrate with all of you. Friday September 10th and Saturday the 11th, pick a day and come celebrate with us! We never would have made two years without you. There are lots of things planned:
• A trunk show by Ruthann Stillwell showcasing her and Susan Rooney’s patterns
• Vanetta is going to demo a curved table runner with no bindings
• Lots of specials and a raffle
• Plus, we are going to announce our next challenge
We are asking you to reserve your spot (just so we know how many to expect). So, give us a call, send us an email or better yet stop in to reserve your spot.
Our August spotlight quilter is Alana Tomer
Alana tell us about yourself...
I live in Webster with my husband and youngest son. I have three children, a daughter who lives in Las Vegas, a son who is in college in Massachusetts and a son who goes to Webster Thomas High School. I am a recently retired teacher. I started sewing when I was about 10 years old. I started out making Barbie doll clothes and eventually started making clothes for myself. A kindly neighbor taught me how to sew and my parents gave me a sewing machine for Christmas when I was about 11.
How long have you been quilting?
About 10 years.
Who taught you to quilt?
I saw a beautiful quilt in a local church and decided to track down the lady who made it to ask if she would make one for me. It was an appliqued picture of children of the world pictured around an earth. My mother-in-law collects dolls from all over the world, and I thought this would be a nice gift for her. The creator (Dorothy Humphrey) was 86 at the time and didn’t want to make this quilt again. She offered to teach me how to do it. So, my first quilt was a hand appliqued quilt. She taught me how to applique using freezer paper (a method I still use!) That quilt now hangs in my mother-in-law’s living room. I fell in love with quilting immediately and have been doing it ever since.
What do you like best about quilting?
I love the whole process of quilting. I think my favorite part is seeing how it looks when it all comes together.
What's your quilting advice /mantra?
Read directions carefully, measure, repeat, and then cut!
Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work.
Our first Scrapping for Charity night was a huge success. So many of you came out to help us iron, cut and sort fabric. Plus, many of you donated fabric and squares! The quilting community is so giving. We will be meeting again this month, the 3rd Tuesday (21st). If you have time and want to come help, we would love to see you. At this time, we do not need fabric donated (we have gotten more than we have room to store). If you want to help and cannot make it feel free to drop off precut squares. The sizes we need are 2.5” and 3”.
There are several classes this month and the remaining of the year. The link below is a highlight of September classes, plus we added one more after the video was made. A Poinsettia Banner (this would make a great gift). For those that love coming to the Thursday demos, it’s been moved to both days of our anniversary celebration.
And finally, I’d like to share with you my decision tree that I use when buying fabric:
Reminder – We are closed this Saturday, the 4th.
We are so proud of The Village Quilt Shoppe and look forward to sharing the dream with you.
Vanetta & Monique
Limit the length of floss to 18" when hand-stitching. It is tempting to use a length longer than your arm to reduce the number of starts and stops as you are working, however, a longer length is more prone to knotting. In addition, you will be pulling the thread through the fabric more times than with a shorter length and eventually it will cause your thread to become dull and fuzzy.
Our newest club Kim Diehl / Scrap club Do you have scraps? Debbie Lester will be helping you use them on with our Kim Diehl / Scrap club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The projects will come from Kim Diehl's Whats Not book. One of the great things about the patterns in this book is that the pieces look good in any fabric. No need to sign-up for every month, you can sign-up based on the project of the month.
Its not to late to join our Welcome Home BOM on the first Thursday of the month. Welcome family and friends to your home with this year-long collection of mini quilts. Each month you will receive the pattern, fabrics and embellishments to complete the 10" x 14" quilt. Techniques used will include machine piecing, wool applique, pencil shading and hand embroidery.
The Lacie Bag: A great bag to take on trips to carry your toiletries.
Modern Christmas Stocking: Dress-up your mantle with modern Christmas stockings. In the first class you will learn how to make the beautiful blocks used to piece the stockings. The second class you will be putting the stocking together.
Sew Many spools: Who wouldn't want to hang this in their sewing room? I know I do! Or, wouldn't this make a great gift for one of your sewing friends:-)
Dresden Candle Mat: A striking candle mat which can be used to set a candle in the middle or vase of flowers. the tips of the wedges are not sewn but left free. The wedges are sew on to the background using Mono-filament thread and stitched in the ditch. There is no hand sewing. What a beautiful gift this will make.
Poinsettia Banner: It is not too early to start making holiday items for your home or as a gift. The background is one fabric (or you can make scrappy) and the poinsettias are appliqued on.