...Bears WIN in London...

Patty's son must have been in football heaven this weekend....

....his mom finished his t-shirt quilt just in time for the big Bears win at Wembley Stadium!


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...show and tell

Recently I opened my email to find a message from quiltologist Peg Tomaszek Witry. The subject line read…”Finally finished the quilt from a class two years ago.”  

I love to see photos of completed projects and this one didn’t disappoint, so I thought I’d share.

Peg started the top in a class taught by Amy Walsh of the Blue Underground Studios using Amy’s signature “In & Out” pattern.  She machine pieced the top adding in sashing with cornerstones and borders.  Then she proceeded to hand quilt the entire piece—thus the two year time frame!

This quilt is a full size bed quilt--excellent for use on one of those old vintage double beds or you could use it as a large throw to curl up with on the sofa.  It was appraised at $1,350. 

But here's the best part—Peg generously donated it to an auction for a homeless shelter where it sold quickly.  Way to go Peg!

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...meet Holly Harper @ the Renegade Fair!

Some of you may remember our fellow quiltologist Holly—she taught some classes at the shop a few years ago.  These days she’s busy creating original and unique bags and purses, which she sells online in her etsy shop at threadandneedle.etsy.com.   

I especially love the handmade coffee cuff—just how cute is this?  Talk about environmentally friendly!  I'm thinking great holiday gift for my coffee loving friends.   

Holly learned to sew in college and made her first quilt by hand on the subways of New York. She was instantly hooked on quilting and fell in love with joining small pieces of fabric together with a thread and needle. One of the reasons she started sewing accessories was that she never wanted to carry the same purse as everyone else or have the same mass produced "stuff" that everyone else purchased at a big box store.  

Meet Holly this weekend (9/12 & 13) at the Renegade Craft Fair and check out her work in booth #151.  (and save a few of those coffee cuffs for me!)

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 03:30PM by Registered CommenterQuiltology | CommentsPost a Comment

Meet Sally--our long arm quilter!

Say hello to Sally!


I know some of you have met her—but many of you only know her by name. Sally (in the middle) is the lady who does the long arm quilting for the shop. Here she’s pictured with her daughter Jen and new son-in-law.


And just what is it that they’re all holding up? What to you think? If you guessed quilt, you’re right. This is Jen’s wedding quilt—a California king—stitched with love by mom—and delivered on time. Now, that’s what I call impressive. I usually have to exercise my one year grace period on these projects.


Sally calls this the traveling quilt because it’s had quite a journey. She started it here in Chicago—conceptualizing, shopping for fabrics and cutting the strips. Then she escaped to a friend’s cabin in Wisconsin for a week of uninterrupted block piecing time. Back home she long arm quilted this beauty herself, and then finished the binding during the family’s annual ski trip to Michigan in February.


And now this quilt is living with the happy new couple in Maui! And yes, they do use quilts in Hawaii. The days may be glorious, but chill does creep in at night.



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COLOR!...glorious, fabulous COLOR!

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January...cold and grey days...dark and frigid nights...yikes!  The wind chill is zero this morning and flip flop season seems like a lifetime ago.  It may be cold and oppressive outside, but the minute I step into the shop, I feel warmed by the glow of the fabuous new quilts our teachers have recently completed.  


Amy Walsh used Kaffe Fassett's hot new orange Bekah as the focus fabric in her newest Renaissance quilt (pictured to the left.)  The fabric also comes in a cool teal blue and fabulous red magenta colorways!  (We've got them in stock and will be adding them to the web site later this week.)

And speaking of Amy--she's back! 

Amy Walsh (owner & designer of the Blue Underground Studios) will return to Quiltology this week to teach her Color Play class.  Amy taught the class last fall and it was a blast.  We pulled out the design walls and she worked one-on-one with students, helping them create rocking color plans for big bold colorful quilts.

We've got two spaces left in this week's class on Wednesday nights Jan 16, 23 and 30--6:30p to 8:30p.  This is a great way to beat the January doldrums!






And thanks to our own resident color expert Susan Holton--here's another blast of fabulous color...Beach Balls!  Same pattern (from Amy's Blue Underground Studios) executed in Kaffe's moody beach ball fabric. 






...and how how a close-up?

I'm thinking that it just might be a good time to hunker down and sew something fabulous.   How about you?



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