Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quilter's Haven Celebrates 10 Years!

Quilter's Haven Celebrates 10 Years !!!!

It's our 10th birthday!  We would like to show our appreciation to all of our friends who have made this possible with 10 days of special savings.  Come into the shop and help us celebrate.

Every day from February 1st through February 10th we will post a daily special on our web page and facebook page.   Also, stop in the shop between February 1-10 and register for a gift basket of goodies to be given away at the end of our celebration!!

Birthday Special of the Day

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The first 10 customers to make a $20 or more purchase will receive a $10 gift certificate to use on a future visit.

Friday, January 27, 2012

LIVE....from the RETREAT

Here is what is going on at the retreat....did I mention it is FUN FUN FUN and a GREAT event!

Retreat...and Feet

I am at the Quilter's Haven Retreat at the St. James Hotel in Redwing, Minnesota.  I can only say -- this is AWESOME!  There will be more people arriving today and there will be about 30 in total sewing and quilting away.  It is GREAT!!  This was a great choice - since it fits in nice with my "try new things" approach I have decided to embrace at least for the moment.  The ideas are freely flowing and the sharing of ideas and projects is amazing.

So -- I think I will have to add a second teflon foot to my arsenal of presser feet.  Earlier this week I told you about the 52 foot that I tried (and that I have now learned I may have to beg Jean to exchange for me since I grabbed a 52 foot and I have now learned there is a 52D foot that will fit my Bernina 830 -- and that is my next challenge to learn and start using -- I know, I know -- how can you own a Bernina 830 and not be using it all the time....that is about to change).    Anyhow, I love it when people tell me they read this blog and want to share their experiences and idea!!!!! (by the way, you can feel free to share with me and the others - I have enabled the comments section - it is a great way to share information).   Jo - who works in the shop - came up to me and said she had read about my teflon foot admiration for foot 52 and told me she wanted to share her favorite teflon foot -- FOOT 53.   That foot is also a teflon foot but is narrower -- here is what I hadn't thought of -- she said that her favorite thing about the 53 foot is that the right side of the presser foot is 1/8 of an inch --- that is PERFECT for topstitching on laminate fabric!     The nice thing about Bernina is that they sell extra storage cases for presser feet in the event that you fill up your 1 or 2 or 3....so in other words - you can never have too many presser feet.   Or, you can be creative like Ginger (a Quilter's Haven regular) that has built a presser foot garage -- leaving open doors to keep adding feet.

Well, I have to go -- another day is starting.  This is "sew" exciting!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Off to Retreat

Okay...another new thing...I hate to admit this but in all the years that I have been quilting -- I have never been to a quilt shop retreat.   I am about to cross that item off my quilter's bucket list also -- I am heading to Jean's retreat this weekend at the St. James.  With this pesky pneumonia of mine always lurking nearby, with two kids and schedules all their own to organize -- the stars are lining up and I am GOING!   Jean has been busy preparing to make it a wonderful weekend for all and those of us that are going have projects all packed....it should be a fun weekend.  I will let you know...

Here is the destination of the day...the St. James Hotel in Redwing, Minnesota.   For 30 of us quilters attending it will be home away from home until Sunday....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In a rut....

Okay - I admit it.  I have been stuck in a rut.  A quilting rut.  I think it has something to do with adding two kids to my life -- suddenly when I have a few precious minutes to quilt I tend to want to do something I am familiar with and that is easy.  The process of learning something new seems formidable at times.  However, with each new year come's resolutions - mine this year was "Simplify" -- try to find things to make my life simpler.  It started out with tossing a lot of things, organizing and cleaning -- and catching up on past due things (like quilt projects and UFO's....).  A little bit of time can yield amazing results.  So - this week I decided to get out of my quilting rut and try some new things.

The new things today included laminated fabric and a teflon foot.  I have always admired the beautiful laminates that Jean has in her shop -- but honestly, I was too scared to try and make something out of them -- how would I sew it, how do you hold it together, can you iron it -- all kinds of questions.  Well, today -- I just tried it.   I love this new book that Jean has in her shop "Sew Serendipity Bags" that is a collection of totes and bags by designer Kay Whitt.  I love it so much so that I will be teaching a class called "Sew Sew Bags" starting February 28th and for at least 6 months the class will journey through the book.  I selected a "simple" bag pattern called the Foldable Shopper - but decided to not make it foldable.  Because my laminate fabric wasn't quite wide enough I shortened the pattern my 1 inch all around for the large size bag.  I decided to try laminate lining and also a laminate pocket.  I selected a contrast fabric for the handle and the pocket trim out of a cotton fabric.

Laminate fabric is not bad to sew on.    That was my joyous discovery.  In fact, at one point I was using my regular foot and contemplating whether or not the Bernina Foot 52 (a teflon foot) was worth $61.90 --- I tell you IT IS WORTH EVERY CENT!!  Once I got to sewing the trim and the bag - I put that foot on and I was no longer skating on laminate ice.  That foot was AWESOME!!!   I used scotch tape instead of pins and discovered use as little as possible and remove it as soon as you can.  The fabric has no give whatsoever so be exact in your details and cutting.  I didn't use any interfacing or batting in the bag and it stands up nicely just as it is.   I followed the pattern (mostly) except I decided not to make it foldable so I left off the tab and the button and I cut 3" squares for the bottom so it was a bit wider but narrower.    I ironed the trim on the pocket and just used a pressing cloth and cooled my iron a bit.  All in all - worked like a charm.  I tried something new and just loved the experience.  And, I really love the bag!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Minkee has arrived!!

The minkee has arrived. The new animal prints, black paisley and all the favorites!

I am on my way to the shop!!   These make the greatest backings for quilts.  And, with just 1/2 a yard (more or less depending on the width you want) you can make the coolest scarves!  I will upload photos of mine...having said that -- I now need to go and get mine so that I can add to my collection.  Jodi, Rachel and Jean will be right there with me adding to their collections of scarves (and probably helping me make mine.).   That is what is so great about having quilter friends.   It all started with Jodi making a scarf that I had in my hands as a gift at a holiday party -- only Jean managed to take it away in a game we were playing (her idea....hmmm...lol...) -- and Rachel coming in to save the day by saying let's make you one right now -- so Rachel helped (really she made) me a beautiful scarf...I just love it.  Chelsea from the shop made one that night also and Jodi added another to her collection.    So, at the end of the night -- we all had new, beautiful scarves!!!  THE MINKEE has ARRIVED -- I am so excited...and since it is cold outside...PERFECT TIMING!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Civil War Block of the Month


Fabric by Judie Rothermel
Block of the Month Program by Homestead Hearth
Finished Quilt Sizes: Large 84" x 102";
Small Quilts range 44" x 44" to 51" x 60"
January 2012 to December 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reminder - Closing today at 3

Just a reminder that Quilter's Haven will be closing today (January 4) at 3:00 p.m. for store inventory.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

640 Demo Model - only ONE

SALE - GOING ON NOW:  Bernina Artista Models 630, 635 and 640 (Only the 640 remains...).   Demo Models have an additional 10 percent discount -- and a FULL WARRANTY!!  Once they are gone - they are gone!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Time for Tea (Towels that is....)

Super quick gift idea if you have an embroidery machine! Just spiff up or personalize some simple tea towels, dish towels or hand towels. Quilter's Haven has a great selection of tea towels at the shop.

No embroidery machine? Add a cute strip of fabric to the hem of a towel. Everyone loves new towels for their kitchen or bathroom!