Thursday, September 11, 2014

...O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

~ Francis Scott Key, 1814

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pillowcase Donations for ConKerr Cancer

Congratulations to Emily Parent for organizing Girl Scout Cadette Troop 446 in Sykesville to help her with her Silver Award Project.  The girls chose and purchased fabric, designed, and crafted fifty pillow cases to drop off at our quilt shop at Spring Water Designs for donation to ConKerr Cancer.

Just looking at their handiwork, bright colors and designs put a smile on my face :) 
To that effort the pillowcases have been collected by the Baltimore Chapter Coordinator, and according to their website donations will be sent to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Gilchrist, Camp Sunrise and Sinai Hospital.
Giving Sick Kids a reason to smile one pillow case at a time”.  As some of you may know we are a drop off site for the Baltimore Chapter of   ConKerr Cancer was started in 2002 when Cindy Kerr began making colorful pillow cases for her son Ryan who was in the hospital for long periods of time.  The pillowcases brightened up his hospital room and put a smile on his face.  The pillowcases became so loved that Cindy and friends began making them for other sick children.
ConKerr Cancer is making a difference for children.  Please join us in our quest for smiles! 
·       Make a cheerful pillowcase (stop by the shop for a free pillowcase pattern, and we also carry pillowcase kits that you can purchase)
·       Donate fabric or other sewing materials to the cause
We have generous customers that drop them off on an ongoing basis ~ All donations will be applied to the Baltimore Chapter of ConKerrcancer.

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little Bits of Baltimore...

Have you heard about the upcoming Bits of Baltimore Online Auctions?  I've made and donated a small applique quilt to go toward the cause.  This is my one block quilt based on a block from the Baltimore City Springs Quilt.

This past Saturday, members of the Baltimore Applique Society got together in our Shop Classroom and layed out, sorted, organized, set reserve prices, and photographed each little quilt to ready it for the upcoming auctions.  This isn't even all of them, (some are still in the works) but it is a nice grouping. 

 Then they set up the quilts to display...

 I'm so excited that we get to keep them up on display for a while! 

 ... it's like a Free Quilt Show right in our shop!

...And if you're in the area, you can stop by the shop and see them in person ~ photos just don't do them justice.  The will remain up on display at the shop until September 8th!

And starting in October, the Baltimore Applique Society will be holding two online auctions so you can purchase one of these little beauties for yourself ~ here is the info on them:

Baltimore Applique Society members are making 52 small album style applique quilts based on antique quilts and original patterns.  Proceeds from the auctions will be split between supporting the Maryland Historical Society's storage of their antique quilt collection, and the Baltimore Applique Society's continuing efforts in preserving quilt textiles and their accompanying documentation in various museums and historical societies such as the DAR Museum, Quilter's Hall of Fame, and Baltimore Museum of Art. 

First Auction - October 1 - 15
Second Auction - October 20 - November 3

The following antique quilts were used as inspiration for many of the single block auction quilts.  The auctions also includes original block designs in the Baltimore Album quilt style.
     - The Lady of Victory Quilt c.1846-47
     - The Margaret Potts Quilt c. 1851-58
     - The Elizabeth MacCullough Hervey Quilt c. 1848-50
     - The Captain Aust Quilt top c. 1852
     - The City Springs Commemorative Quilt

Visit the Baltimore Applique Society's webpage for all the auction information.

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

PS ~ And when you stop by the shop to see these beauties this week, we also are having a Back to School Sale for you now through Saturday, August 30th ~ Lots of "Skinny Bolts" for $6.00 per yard!  Plus, if you bring in a school supply to donate, you'll receive 10% off the purchase of any one regularly priced item or cut of fabric :)
All school supplies will be donated to a local Howard County Public School. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Show & Tell from August Jo Morton Club

Projects have been trickling in to the JLWC meetings ~ here are some of the fun things shared at the August meetings...
Progress is being made on the basket quilts in many styles and colors,

 ...and sizes (this one is at 75%)

Past Jo Club projects sometimes appear :)

And wonderful quilts made with special fabrics!

 ...And the Row by Row quilts are starting to show up!

 This one had our row in it with our little flower and bee :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Bed Runner is in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine!

I'm so excited to share that my "Attention Getter" quilted bed runner design is in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine!  I've been hearing of magazine sightings ~ subscribers have been receiving it, and it's hitting the news stands now :)  

(Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting, 2014 Meredith Corp. All Rights Reserved.)

This is the first time I've had a design in this publication...And my bonus surprise was that it made the inset on the cover of the magazine :)  How cool is that!

I wanted to make a bed runner for something a little different.  I plan to make several in different fabrics for a spare bedroom I have, so I can have one simple bed cover and change out the runners for different pops of color.  The design is pretty simple to put together and shows off the exceptionally cool focal print and coordinates from Fabri-Quilt's Cosmopolitan Fabric collection

Along with the fabrics, I have kits available Here while supplies last.  If you're local, stop in the shop and see the quilt in person :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We Have a Row By Row Winner at Spring Water Designs!

Susan Holman from Laytonsville MD is the Row by Row Grand Prize Winner at Spring Water Designs Quilting!  ~ PS: Don't you just love her Maryland flag shoes that her daughter hand painted

The rows used in this picture are as follows:
     Side one of the quilt includes rows from:
       1. Quilt Vine - Trapp, MD
       2. The Round Bobbin - Ambler, PA
       3. Mare's Bears - Lewes, DE
       4. Bear's Paw - Towson, MD
       5. Capital Quilts - Gaithersburg, MD
       6. Ellicott City Sew Vac - Ellicott City, MD
       7. Spring Water Designs Quilting - Columbia, MD
       8. Bless My Stitches - Murphy, NC

 ...And because Susan is having so much fun with the Row by Row shop hopping, she made her quilt two sided using a total of 16 rows!  Side two of the quilt includes rows from the following shops:
     Side two:
       1. Sew Much Fun - Lowell, NC
       2. Quilts & Treasures - East Longmeadow, MA
       3. Loving Stitches - Fayetteville, NC
       4. Crazy Cousin - Fredericksburg, VA
       5. Waterwheel House Quilt Shop - Londonderry, VT
       6. Cottonseed Glory - Annapolis, MD
       7. Serendipity - Dagsboro, DE
       8. Sew Happens, Wilmington, DE

That's right ~  Susan made her quilt two sided using a total of 16 rows from seven different states she visited from Massachusetts to North Carolina.

And she used our row in her quilt too, so she received a $50 SWD gift card along in addition to her Fat Quarter Bundle prize ~ She had stopped by our shop on July 2nd right after the shop hop began and picked up our row pattern and plate :)

She quilted each row separately in "Quilt as You Go" fashion, and then attached the rows together with cute little strips.  She has a great tutorial over on Her Blog on how to do this.

I loved how she incorporated the shop License Plate at the end of each row after bordering it from leftover fabrics from the row kit :)

...And she added several other personal touches to make it her own.  For this owl row from the Crazy Cousin Quilt shop, she added an extra little owl to the branch, because she is a mother of four, and all but one of her children are out on their own, but one is still home in the "nest".

I love seeing all the personal touches that quilters put into their versions of a quilt.  Susan called this quilt "Fun by Fun" and is already planning her next row quilt...after all there's the entire month of August to collect more row patterns!

Susan has graciously let us borrow her quilt and it will be hanging in our shop for a few weeks, so stop in and see all the little details up close ~ it's adorable!

...And, even if our Grand Prize Bundle is taken, we have a couple of "consolation prizes" if there are any more row quilts cookin' out there ;)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sights & Sounds of Jo Morton Club

Here are a few of the Shows from our Jo Morton Club sessions this past week.  It's always nice to see the different colorways that come through.

More projects will show up at the next meeting after vacations...stay tuned :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn