Thursday, March 31, 2011

Can't Find What You Want?

Well, make your own! If you have that certain piece of fabric in your mind that you NEED to have, Spoonflower will let you make it yourself. If there is an artist somewhere deep down inside, you can create your own print and Spoonflower will print your fabric for you. Now isn't that neat?

Also, make sure to check out their latest contest with Michael Miller and vote for your favorite one. I placed my votes. There are some really cute fabrics on there.
Like Lil-Red-Wagon




and these cute sea animals!

Also, you can still sign up for our Quilts of Valor free mystery project. We will email you the clues starting on Friday April 1st and every Friday after that for 6 weeks. At the end, you'll have a beautiful quilt to donate to Quilts of Valor. Who doesn't love to show their appreciation for our soldiers?!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Even Organizing is Cute

So I'm willing to bet that most people's sewing rooms don't look like the ones in the magazines. You know, not a thread to be seen, cute boxes lining the walls, lots of windows, 3 sewing machines, and color coordinating everything? It's usually just not possible. Hello...we are creating here! We don't have time to decorate!

But that doesn't mean we can't throw a little bit of organization (and something really cute) in our sewing rooms without much trouble. Hey, it might even keep us from losing the middle 2 pages of that pattern and wondering "What the heck was I making with this?" kind of event from happening.

I love this....mini-goals are exactly what we quilters/sewers need!
Available at - Paper Source
Do you ever lose track of time while you're sewing? This clock will keep you right on schedule.
See all Quilter clocks here!
We all know how many different writing utensils we need to create our quilts and projects. Pens, pencils, glue sticks, chalk pencils, the list goes on! Keep all of them organized with this straw dispenser inspired holder.
MoMA
At the end of the day, we love binders. Binders keep our projects (and patterns) where they are supposed to be! This binder from Russel and Hazel has a dry erase interior and a thick rubber band to hold everything in. Plus, you get to choose from a wide range of colors. Now you'll never forget where you left off on that last project!
Russell + Hazel
Now all you need are some of these boxes...and wow! Aren't you feeling just a little more put together?
The Container Store
Got any great & simple ideas? Share!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bonnie's Best Blogs

Another treat for my friends -- this is the blog I've featured in the latest newsletter. (I promise I'm sending it out today!) Time really flies when it comes to writing newsletters. But when there is so much sewing to do...it's kind of hard to concentrate. Plus, it's spring. You really can't blame a girl!

Check out Heather Bailey Here!


She has a lot of ideas and fresh fabric designs. Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 21, 2011

FREE Mystery

See Details HERE!
We are excited to be offering a Free Mystery pattern to those who would like to help us make quilts for our troops through the Quilts of Valor program. The kick-off is April 1st at 1:00 here at the shop. We hope as many people as possible can make it to the kick-off and then if you would like, we can e-mail your clues to you.

You'll receive 6 clues for 6 Fridays and then we'll have a Finish Up/Reveal Day on May 13th here at the shop. Sign up now to participate in this wonderful program.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:
RED: 2 1/4 YARDS
BLUE: 2 3/4 YARDS
BACKGROUND: (WHITE OR CREAM) 3 1/4 YARDS

The first clue will be given out Friday, April 1st at the kick-off here at the shop (or emailed to you that afternoon) and then we will open up the classroom for those who would like to cut out/sew on the first clue. Bring fabric from home or buy yours here and receive a 20% discount on all fabrics used to make a top. We're even covering the machine quilting, batting, and backing!

We hope you'll all come!
Questions? Call - (256)552-9410 Email: contact@quiltersrefuge.com 
Come By!: 1000 Beltline Rd. SW. In the Plum Tree Shopping Center

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Have You Twisted?

This ruler is one of the latest neat things to try.
Pretty much you sew squares together and then what's a quilter's favorite thing to do? Cut perfectly good fabric up into pieces and then sew it back together! Check out this blog "Moda Lissa" to view a great tutorial to see how she used her squares. Do any of you have this ruler? Let me know what you think!

This is one of our creations using the ruler --- more to come!!! This was our first attempt and the colors kind of blended together (I personally love it!) but some thought more contrast was needed so another project is in the works. What do ya'll think?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ovarian Cancer

click here for details













Blank Quilting has a beautiful fabric line dedicated to ovarian cancer, it's survivors and it's fighters.
We are carrying some of the fabric here in the shop for one of our local guilds who is going to be making one of these quilts. I thought I'd share the website with you and if you and your local guild or quilt shop would like to get involved then you will have all of the details!

Inspiration Guild  at Blank Quilting.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Oh, Free Thread!!!

If only I had practiced more at those "Guess How Many M&M's are in the Jar" games then I would definitely have this competition in the bag! ...Or in the chest? Check out Aurifil's Threads Facebook page to enter to win free thread! Yep, to the tune of 216 spools! Woohoo!
Click here to go to their Facebook page 
By the way, if you aren't our friend on Facebook, be sure to visit our page too and Like us!
Also, in the world of deals..make sure to check out Gammill's current promotion. Probably the biggest sale they've ever had! If you live in the Tennessee Valley area or aren't sure where your Gammill representative is, send Butch an email at butch@quiltersrefuge.com for more information or if you have any questions.
Take a look at the flyer below!
Go to the Gammill website or to our website for more information. If you've ever wanted a Gammill, well, now's the time to buy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

hello thrifty friends!


Now, I know it is hard to stomach, but the fact is this darn cotton is only getting more expensive and our fabric that we love so dearly is directly impacted!! I am trying to come to terms with it myself, so I can only imagine how it is sometimes when you walk in your quilt store and you see $10/yard and even $11/yard fabric.

Thank goodness for American Quilt Retailer. They have some smart people over there and they decided to ask opinions. But they didn't just ask anyone. Of course not. They asked the heads of the fabric companies we all know ( Hoffman , Marcus , Michael Miller , Moda , Robert Kaufman ) and many others. So please read what they have to say.


Maybe it will make it just a little bit easier for all of us to understand :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Follow? What Does That Mean?

I know a lot of people are new to the blog world (blogosphere) and if you find a lot of blogs you would like to read (follow) then it can get a little confusing! Where do you go to find the blog again? Can't I just read all my blogs in one place? How do you know when they write again?
from pctechnotes


I thought I would offer my advice on this topic because blogs are really beneficial to the quilting community! We all have so much to share and they are a great way to learn new tricks and techniques. Plus you get to see what everyone else is working on and keep up with your favorite quilt shops' classes, new fabrics, and events.
Phew! I could go on all day!

But here is my number one tip for you : USE GOOGLE READER!
Google Reader collects all of your blogs, puts them in one place, and lets you know how many posts you have to read. Fabulous!
So how do you get it? Well, for starters it's FREE just in case you were wondering and there will be a little tab at the top of your browser for instant access.
Start HERE. That is the Google Reader home page. Once there either use your already established Google Account log in or create a new account (very simple!).
Here are some links to help you get started:
Google Reader Home Page
Google Reader FAQ
Google Reader Tour

Once you have logged in to your account just go to your favorite blogs and click "Follow". They will magically all be collected and put on your Google Reader page for you to read when you have a free second.

How great is that? Have a question? Just ask! If I can help you with anything, I'll be glad to :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quilts of Valor

We will be participating in the Quilts of Valor program this year. We have chosen the American Valor Fabrics Collection from Marcus Brothers by Faye Burgos. This quilt uses our favorite new fabric, Strip-it! So the red/white/blue pieces between the stars? Just one piece of fabric! Woohoo! Plus, the middle is a panel so this quilt is going to be a great one for the beginners.

Check out this video to learn more about the Quilts of Valor program and stay tuned for more info!


Presenting the Quilts of Valor Foundation from Catherine Roberts on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Treat For My Friends

I am constantly looking through blogs trying to find new, interesting ones for me & for you! I found this one this evening! Please enjoy!


Angela Yosten


We all love Moda!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Strip It!

Not literally...geez. Our upcoming Block of the Month, Chestnut & Vine is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! And it uses the Strip-It fabric designed by Faye Burgos from Marcus Brothers fabrics.
it's like you already sewed the strips together!
This fabric is perfect for making half-square triangles and borders for little blocks (like the ones in the quilt!) without actually having to do all that darn piecing. As you can see, the fabric is just gorgeous and there is just enough applique to make a statement.

Have any of you used Strip-It? It was also used in the Holidays at Home Block of the Month that we did last year.

I am excited about this one! How can you not love having a quilt that people will look at and think "wow! look at all that piecing!" Then you can say "Oh, yes, there sure was a lot!" and laugh to yourself because, hey, they'll never know it was really Strip-It fabric :)

The pattern is designed by Faye Burgos of Bloom Creek and the ladies here have had a great time putting it together! While it is being quilted now, I'll post the Marcus Brothers picture of it. When it's finished I'll post a picture of ours. You really just have to do the block of the month and see it in person because you'll fall in love with these prints.


Let me know your experiences with Strip-It and how much snow do you have?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Since It's Snowing....

Why not make some Snow Cream? I  haven't gotten to try it yet but some people around here made some from our last snow and really loved it!

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk

Directions

When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency. Serve at once.

Let me know how yours turns out!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cotton!!!

Cotton, the fabric of our lives, or so they say. And as much as we quilters love our cotton, it's hard to love something when it's hurting your pocketbook right? So we wanted to know what you think. Has anyone been doing any research on this subject? Does everyone think their quilt shops are conspiring against their customers to raise their prices? Do the quilt shops think that the vendors are conspiring against their customers to raise their prices? Do the vendors believe it's the mills and the farmers and the government conspiring against them?!

Don't we just love a good conspiracy theory? Unfortunately, these never seem to be true.

Tell me about it! Leave us a comment and tell us how you really feel on the subject. I'll be posting another entry after this one with a kind of summary of our discussions.

So friends, let's talk!
I'm not kidding. Leave a comment.