Monday, February 9, 2015

So Much Variety

One of the things I love most about spending so much time in a quilt shop, is I get to see what people are working on.  It never ceases to amaze me the vast variety of quilts and styles that are being created.  On any given day in the shop, we are treated to a show of so many different quilts.  Just this Saturday this vibrant beauty was quilted up by one of our Renters, Caroline. 

At the same time, one of our monthly classes was taking place in the classroom.  This one, taught by Barbara Burnham meets once a month for a year as students continue on learning the art of hand applique and work on blocks for their Baltimore Garden Quilts.

 This month among other things they were learning how to hand applique "twisted ribbons".

That day was just an example of the various styles we are honored to see on a regular basis.  From very bright and pieced, to soft, lovely traditional applique.

These beauties are samples that Barbara brought to her class this month.  Simply Amazing :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Spring Water Birthday

Does anyone remember This Post from last year? 
That post was from our days as a brand new shop, and we've come a long way since then! This past Saturday, we had our Birthday Celebration to celebrate our first birthday ~ It was so exciting to see so many of our quilty friends!
In addition to our sale, we also had door prizes and a quilt drawing to say "Thanks" to our Amazing friends and supporters ~

A big congratulations to our door prize winners - Carolyn, Janet, Valerie, Eleanor, Rusty, and Susan. And a very big congratulations to Beth for winning our quilt drawing!

We are so glad that we were able to share our birthday with everyone, and are looking forward to many more!

We also want to remind everyone that this coming Saturday is the third annual Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! Make sure to stop in to say "Hi" and to see what sales and goodies we have going on!
Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

To All Our Quilty Friends...

Wishing all our friends a Holiday Season filled with peace, cherished memories, and time to cuddle under a warm quilt!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Special Holiday Hours: 
Spring Water Designs will be closed on December 24th & 25th.  We will re-open on Friday, December 26th ~ Join us for a Free Sew-In Day for the next Bonnie Hunter Mystery Clue!

We will close again on December 31st & January 1st, and will re-open on Friday, January 2nd. Happy New Year! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Back to Work After a Little R&R...

We just got back from spending an amazing week in the Smoky Mountains.  This was our cozy cabin in the woods that I'm now totally in love with.  (Note the Bernina sitting on the table inside ~ it was the perfect balance of getting out and about, and also staying in and getting some fun personal sewing done!)

This was my sewing buddy for the week.  He smiled down on me as I sewed away and watched T.V.  Together we put together some more Farmer's Wife blocks for the group swap I'm in, and of course we got more sewing in on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt :)

 ...And then there was the getting out in the fresh air ~ especially welcomed after I've spent pretty much all year indoors working at the Quilt Shop.  It was nice to drive through the mountains...

 ...and just breathe.

 And we got some hiking and exploring in around Cades Cove.  Simply beautiful :)

 It was the perfect time to visit Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg TN ~ The weather cooperated, and we were able to drive through the mountains without icy roads, got all our Christmas Shopping finished in the towns decorated for their Winterfest Celebration (even went to a few quilt shops along the way), and enjoyed the National Park and Crafter's Community with very few tourists.  We're back home now, thankful, refreshed, and ready to take on 2015 :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Kicked off Today!

Here are some "sights and sounds" from our Sew In Day for the kick off of the first Clue of the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt she's calling the Grand Illusion Mystery ~ These are the sights anyway, the sounds were of laughter and good conversation :) 

Quilters gathered and played with fabrics, cut, and stitched on the units for the first clue...

 We saw several cool color choices

Here are my fabrics that I'm pulling from for mine.  I got all of my half square triangle units cut out today...

...and I got one of my Broken Dishes units finished ~ only 99 more to go :)

We'll be working on our units this week (Heather even caught the bug and is picking out fabrics to join in and play), and then next Friday, Dec 5th Bonnie will release the clue for Part 2 on her blog.  That's our regular Studio Stitch-In Day at the shop, so come and sew with us!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baltimore Block Show & Tell

The Baltimore Blocks for Beginners class with Mimi Dietrich got together one more time yesterday for a little Show & Tell and share their progress.  Here are a few of them, Enjoy ~

 ...It's amazing how different each one looks done in the different prints & styles :)

We are so fortunate to have Mimi come and teach at our shop ~ She is an amazing teacher...and now there are twelve new quilters with a love for Applique :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our First Post Card Party Workshop

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!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn