Have you heard of Post Card Party? This week we had our first of several Post Card Party Workshops! A group gathered in our classroom and Starlyn showed them how to she cut the little "petals" with the Creative Grids Dresden Plate Ruler to make these cute little Dresden Plate units.
She had several to show, and also showed examples of quilts using them.
Everyone sewed theirs together...
Then the students put together some Black Eyed Susan Postcards to swap in the Great Post Card Party Swap :) Several students took theirs home to finish embellishing, and will bring them back later.
We'll be having several more Post Card Party Workshops in December and January to make other projects to submit for the Big Swap. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for upcoming Dates and jump in on the fun!
Have you taken part in the annual Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery Quilt before? If you're looking for some pure sewing fun this winter, check out Bonnie's Blog Quiltville's Quips & Snips! Every year Bonnie runs a Mystery Quilt starting with the first clue the Friday after Thanksgiving, and releasing another clue each week. If you sew along each week making the clues, you end up with a wonderful quilt at the end :) Bonnie gives the color clues out ahead of time, using paint chips as reference to what she is referring to, so you can go through your stash and start gathering up your fabrics. It's meant to be totally scrappy ~ the more fabrics the better! Here are this year's color chips, and you can visit Bonnie's blog post to get full description of the colors and how this all works.
***We want to take part in the fun at Spring Water Designs, (Mary has made some of Bonnie's past Mystery quilts, and they're amazing!)...so we've decided to have a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Sew-In Day at the shop on Friday, November 28th! It's totally Free to come and sew for the day ~ bring your machine and sewing supplies, and we'll supply the coffee and snacks :) It's free, but call the shop to reserve your spot (410)381-0695...And since it's also Black Friday, there just might be a Sale or two going on at the shop that day...just sayin'.
Lisa, who has a great eye for color, pulled some fabrics that we have in the shop that she thought would be nice in this year's mystery quilt...
All I could say is...oohh...
...and she and Starlyn cut some yummy Fat Quarter Bundles :)
So if you need to supplement your stash (and I have spied some people in the shop with paint chips lately), come in a pick up a bundle. We have little ones for each color way, and big ones that include all the fat quarters in them. ...while supplies last ;)
Christmas is coming...quickly! And Fabri-Quilt is hosting a 12 Days of Christmas series over on their Inspired by Fabric Blog featuring projects made from their Holiday fabric lines. They asked me to play and design something using one of their fabrics...and of course I said Yes!
I used their Christmas Basics collection, and made this happy little Merry Christmas Tree.
And since I've been grappling with a way to display the Christmas Cards that we receive each year, I decided to make a quilted wall hanging Christmas Card Holder.
Buttons on each of the quilted squares make nice little places to hold and display the cards.
These Wonder Clips from Clover provide just the right size of "clipage" to hold the cards, and the flat side lays nicely against the quilt.
A little piece of ribbon through the hole in the clip lever makes the perfect little attachment to loop over the buttons on the quilt.
The cards will line up, and overlap across the quilt for a festive display of warm Christmas Wishes from friends and loved ones ~ or use the 24 squares to make your own Advent Calendar :)
Hop on over to the Fabri-Quilt Blog to get all the instructions to make your own ~ and there's a Free Drawing going on over there too! I'd love to see the ones you make for the Holidays, so make sure you share some photos with me later :)