Thursday, May 29, 2014

Original Quilt and Sewing Expo

We have our booth all set up at the Original Quilt and Sewing Expo.  This is the first time this event has been in Indianapolis, and excited customers started arriving an hour and a half before the show opened!  But there are lots of quilts and displays to look at here at the Marriott Center here at 21st and Shadeland.

The show runs 10-6 Thursday and Friday, and 10-5:30 Saturday.

If you want to purchase fabric for clothing, there are booths here with knits, fine woolens, and other dressmaking fabrics, plus lots of garment designers!  

Don't miss this chance to see a world class show right here in Indy!

And speaking of world class, here's our booth with new quilts.  Can you pick them out?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Recent Fabric Arrivals

We've received loads of new fabrics in recent weeks.  1930s fabrics abound from Moda, Marcus, and Windham.  Check out our new Pinterest board for quilt ideas.

One of our new favorites is homespuns from Diamond Textiles.  They have the look and feel of Japanese Daiwabos with a much lower price tag.  They would make great backgrounds for wool appliqué, too.

Our new Kim Diehl club is starting in September.  Called Simple a Whatnots, the club will feature a different small quilt each month.  The price is $12 for 6 months, and participants are required to purchase either a fat eighth or fat quarter bundle.  Call the shop at 317.882.2120 or stop by to sign up.

Jo Morton's latest collection is a delectable group of lights.  Haberdashery will make a terrific background for all your reproduction quilts, whether you use one fabric, or all eleven.

We have the cutest sewing fabrics right now.  From zippers to thread, buttons to pincushions, and lots of coordinates, you'll find the perfect fabric for your sewing room projects.  Think totes, zippered project bags, sewing room curtains...the list is endless.

Finally, we have lots of new wool.  We are carrying brilliant Woolylady hand dyed wools, in addition to all our other more primitive colors.  We have different sizes from yardage to small 4" by 6" pieces.  Whatever your project, we can help with your wool needs!

Downton Abbey Tea Time!

Here we are, ready to serve you!  No, wait, we are definitely the downstairs staff.

We are joined by the upstairs staff.  From left to right, Kevin, Linda, Teri, and Brian did the honors as hosts and hostesses.  The fun commenced as people started filing in, dressed in their Downton Abbey best.

Brian's proud mom is front and center, with her friends surrounding her.  The outfits were a lot of fun to look at, and we all had a great time.


Most of Teri's sisters were able to come.  Her twin sisters are above, and four out of the five girls are below.  We have here three flappers and a housemaid!  Guess Teri hasn't risen as high in the world as her sibs.

Local designer Brian Haggard circulated among the guests, giving his best impression of Carson...

then he began his talk, covering topics such as photo transfer, crazy quilting, using buttons in quilts, and the use of calling cards in upper crust society.

Brian brought quilts from both of his books, some of which we had only seen in the books.  It was great to get to see them up close.

He answered questions from the floor before our time together was up.

Our guests got to see the quilts even closer as Kevin walked them around the room.  The white gloves came in handy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ready for the Downton Abbey Tea

The big day has come!  We rearranged tables and chairs, and got our Annex ready for our special visitors.  Our first visitor was the doll Fiona, made by Martha Powell Jungclaus.  She's watching over pincushions that will be door prizes.

We have pretty Downton Abbey fat quarter bundles all tied up with tulle.  Some of these will be door prizes, also.

Kris Ranck made the large Downton Abbey Mystery quilt from Ebony Love below, and the quilt thrown over the top is from Andover's web site--it's a free download!

Our special guest for the day was local designer Brian Haggard.  He brought us a number of quilts from his two books so we could display them ahead of time.

Brian's quilts striking, with lots of hand stitching and buttons.

Known for sepia quilts, he also has quite a few colorful quilts.  Photo transfers appear in most of his work, and each quilt tells a story.

Since this was an English tea party, we thought we'd hang our English Paper Pieced quilts, all from designer Sue Daley (Australia).  Here the quilts provide a nice backdrop for our purse patterns, samples and kits from Pink Sand Beach.

We also have a darling Tea Cozy pattern from Pink Sand Beach, made up in Down Abbey fabric.

All those quilts make a lovely display!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Our Booth in Paducah

Here's your chance to see our booth in Paducah, even if you didn't get here in person...or if it was too crowded to see!  The pictures start on the outside, and pan around to the inside.  

Sugar N Spice, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows by Sue Daley. lots of Red Button Quilt Co and Kathy Schmitz stitcheries.

Our Pirouettes on the front of the grid wall.  These are 6" by 21" rolls of coordinated fabrics.  They were REALLY popular at the show.

Sue Daley's Chelsea, Wagon Wheels, and Pies and Tarts across the front--all works in progress.

Paper Pieces!  Hexies and more!

Sugar N Spice again, followed by Underground Blues and Basket Lattice on the tables, and Sparkler and Science Fair on the walls.

Lots of fat quarters of tiny bright prints, solids, and princess fabrics.  Diamond Tread on the wall behind our cute kids' clothes.

Urban Princess dress and doll dress, Vivienne skirt, Everybody's dolled up nightgown...

Too Cute to Boot diaper cover, Diva Babies and Give a Hoot bibs, and Cutie Pie paly outfit.

The elegant and ever popular Eldon on the table, with Checkers diagonally over the top, My Checkered Past on the wall, Aunt March in Judie Rothermel fabrics tied up, and Savannah in Jo Morton fabrics finishing this wall section.

Glory Bound on the side table, with Sue Daley's Butterscotch and Coconut Ice above.  Simply Dashing is in the corner.  There were lots of reproduction creams and dark fat quarters in suitcases.

Shoe Fly Oh My finished of the tables, with Cassies Quilt by Sue Daley on the wall and Myron's Campfire by Carol Hopkins on the suitcase.  And What was in the last suitcase?

Twigs!  These are our 10" by 12" pieces of reproduction fabrics, just perfect for applique, scrappy quilts, and miniatures.  Apparently you guys really like them, because this is what they looked like after only a few hours!

Monday, April 21, 2014

EPP Addiction, Part 2, April 2014

We love seeing all kinds of quilts, not just EPP ones, so we were excited when Dorinda started pulling big quilts out of her bag!  The one above is machine embroidered Hummel figures, set together.  The simple setting keeps the focus on the embroideries.

Winner's Circle, above, is from Glad Creations.  We loved it so much that we ordered patterns and plan to make our own sample.  We had one in blue and olive several years ago, and think batiks in rich color,s like Dorinda's, will be just perfect.

Cream blocks and blue blocks were made, then cut diagonally with a curved cut.  When the blocks are sewn back together, the result is a wavy log cabin.

Connie had several kits for our needle case, and decided to sew them together in a small quilt.  If she uens out of fabric, she might be able to find a little something at home!

Marlene is getting a little closer to finishing her It Takes Two quilt from Sue Daley.  Michelle took the classes here with Sue Daley, and is showing off her Six Pointed Star.  She appliqued the edges to the borders, and didn't lose any points in the process.

Barb drafted this lovely quilt from a picture, doing all the math to make the sizes of each border fit together.  We asked her if she wanted to become a patten designer, and she declined, but I think she's missing her calling.

Her quilt is as beautiful on the back, making is a truly reversible quilt.

Mary Ann is almost ready for Easter with this beautiful basket she wove herself.  She plans to make a removable liner that can be washed.

If you would like to join our EPP club, come to the next meeting Monday, May 12 at 10 am.  If you enjoy the meeting, you can join.  The fee is $24 for the year.