Monday, March 23, 2015

Quilt Show Weekends!

We've been spending time monkeying around at quilt shows lately :)  First we spent a weekend vending at the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Expo, then this past weekend we took part in the Southern Comforter's Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland.  I didn't get a chance to go around taking photos at the first show, but this weekend at Southern Comforter's I made sure I took the time to snap some pictures.  I'm a member of Southern Comforter's Guild, and really enjoyed hanging out all weekend and meeting some more members :)

There were tons of fun quilts.  These are just a few that I enjoyed ~ this really cool piece was made by Shelley Jackson. 

 It was exciting to see some that were started at classes held at our shop :)  Misty Cole made the center of this one from the class we hosted with Pat Sloan last Spring.  The center is Pat's Little Bird pattern, and Misty added the the amazing Leaf and outer borders of her own design!

 This sweet quilt was made by Wendy Allen.  Heather and I both chose this one to receive our Vender's Choice award.  It's sweet and happy, and Wendy's workmanship was amazing!

Then, I had to get some photos of the Featured Quilter exhibit that featured my wonderful friend, and teacher at our shop, Mary Nielsen!  It included a nice selection of some of Mary's work...

It was a beautiful assortment of quilts!  I had seen many of them before, some she has even taught at the shop, but to see them all arranged together was just amazing!

Speaking of ones she's taught at our shop, her Bird Dance quilt in the show received two Vender's Choice Awards!

And yet another shop quilt...My friend, and colleague, Starlyn Baker had her Baltimore Christmas Album quilt that she made as our shop sample for last year's Block of the Month in the show.

 She also had her Mardi Gras quilt displayed...

 And she won a Blue Ribbon and Vendor's Choice award for her Mini Nine Patch quilt.  (I snapped these photos before the ribbons).

 Simply Amazing!

Yes, I did touch the quilt...a no no for a show quilt ~ but I've handled this quilt before, and I knew she wouldn't mind.  I just really wanted to show how tiny those little patches really are :)

And finally this is Starlyn's stunning Dresden quilt that won multiple ribbons at last year's show (this photo was taken last year).  It was displayed in a place of honor on the stage this year, but the few times I had a chance to get over there and snap a photo, it was surrounded by people!

There were so many quilts at the show that were simply amazing! I'm so proud of my friends and in awe of all the quilters that gave so much of themselves to put the show together...It was a weekend of fun and pure inspiration!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mountain Baby Blanket Goodness

While preparing a recent collection of baby quilts, books, fleece hats & such for delivery I was reminded that the Quilt Shop has many groups, students, individuals, designers, teachers, friends, family and neighbors who are very talented and look forward to crafting things that can be put to good use for the needs of others.  And many of those have knowledge of not only sewing but crochet and knitting too.  Thanks to all this support, this month we sent out a full box that contained 14 quilts paired with books, some crocheted afghans, hats, gloves & scarves to the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP).

CAP is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia.  One of which is providing opportunities for children to reach their highest developmental potential by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support.

For all who would like to participate in that effort we are accepting donations of handcrafted & store bought (if preferred) of children’s hats, gloves, scarf's, socks, baby quilts & blankets to include books and school supplies.  Donations of sewing materials to be used for this purpose will be accepted too. 

These donations are being accepted on an ongoing basis, and I look forward to seeing the wonderful items you all come up with to meet the needs of these children. 

Also, remember Spring Water Designs is participating in Moda's Piece & Comfort Challenge to recognize and honor the sacrifices that are made by our country's military families.  The challenge begins January 1, 2015, and finished quilts are due in the shop by March 31st.  The featured fabric lines are in the shop now, and proceeds from the challenge will benefit Click Here for Fabrics, and Layer Cakes. For more information about the challenge click here

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

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