WV Mountain Quilt Quest Underway June 4-7, 2014

Scrappy Hourglass Sampler - 1930's

Scrappy Hourglass Sampler – 1930′s

IMG_1248IMG_1258Here we go —- year 11 of our shophop and I’m just as excited and nervous as I was on our first one!! So anxious to see all my friends – Here’s a peek at my quilts
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Heading to Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge!!

Sew Easy Strata Star

Sew Easy Strata Star

Watching the snowflakes drifting down and piling up in our yard hoping that all will be done tomorrow and roads clear as Tuesday morning we will be heading out on our annual quilt shop hop:) You can check out our itinerary here if you happen to be in the area – track us down and say hello!!
Otherwise, Bev will be keeping the shop open and putting out some new fabrics as they come in.

Color Me Happy, Plum Sweet and Storybook collections by Moda should be in the shop soon – followed by Token of Friendship by Kansas Troubles, then Kaffe Fassetts new 2014 Spring Collection – The shop will be brightening more and more in the next few weeks :)

Remember for those that are just joining us to Like our facebook page so you can watch the “happenings” in the shop – as well as post pictures of your projects on our wall to share with all our quilting friends
Classes still have a few openings – so don’t forget to check those out as well – here are a few pics of some of the classes -

Jeanette modeling her new jacket ;)

Jeanette modeling her new jacket ;)

Cookie's Strippy Jacket Class

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Shop Closed today – Tuesday, March 4th, 2014


We will reopen on Wednesday March 5th at 9:00 am
Cookies jacket class will be cancelled today and rescheduled due to the snowy conditions. Stay safe, stay warm and quilt much!!

God Bless :)

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Six more weeks of winter??? or Six more weeks of Quilting???

Here’s a few pictures of our Open House last Saturday. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for coming out and being a part of our special day – the sun was shining bright, the smiles even brighter – really excited about getting started on our classes.
The picture says it all (No -- I'm not going to tell you))Cookie's newest class project in progress:)John Ranson - aka - my best checkout helper ever!! - found some hotdogs and chips at Open HouseMary Farley has arrived - let the party begin

Jody Postalwait class on April 19th

Jody Postalwait class on April 19th

Linda Boggess going to lead Sit n Sew on this one in May!!

Linda Boggess going to lead Sit n Sew on this one in May!!

Jody's Saturday class on March 15th

Jody’s Saturday class on March 15th

Linda Boggess teaching this class on February 20th

Linda Boggess teaching this class on February 20th

BrowsingKay Taylor is up to something :)
Looking Good!

Looking Good!

Kay T. & Jean Ellis helping Betty with a new project???Jody's ready for the crowd - Jackie & Linda are taking their positions!!Northcott's butterfly project ready for bordersJackie Powers stuck in the middle of our two Linda's :)Sherry found some treasuresMeeting of the MindsNice reds Judith!!Jean Williams is getting a brainstorm!!Barbara is buying the whole bolt!!! (Jerry did you put her up to this?)Catching up with old friends :)Everyone's trying to find that "perfect" match
Don't tell Kevin!!!

Don’t tell Kevin!!!

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Open House – February 1, 2014

Winter has definitely visited us this year – cold, snow, cold, cold, cold, cold, – but on the positive side – there will be less pesky mosquitoes when we’re hot, sweaty and whining!!  It’s been a little difficult getting to the shop a couple days this year and even harder to plan our annual winter open house.  But – in hopeful anticipation of warmer days – we have scheduled Open House for this Saturday, February 1st from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Our sale will constitute $1.00 per yard off all fabrics; 20% off all notions, books and patterns; jellyrolls and layercakes will be $30.00; Fat quarters $2.00.


A few of the new collections in the shop this year includes – 80 new bolts of 1930’s reproduction fabrics – perfect for those periwinkle stars we will be making on our Thursday Sit n’ Sew.

The newest Jan Patek fabric line, absolutely sings about warm evenings on the front porch with lightning bugs twinkling and the geraniums in full bloom! Or a cool summer morning with a great cup of coffee and the watering can …can’t you just feel it??  All 40 bolts and jellyrolls are already in the shop!!


There is no place the 3-Sisters love more than Paris in springtime. Leisurely strolls along the Seine and into the many lovely gardens are the inspirations for Printemps. Aptly named after the French word for spring and the sister’s favorite department store in Paris. Printemps is the crème de la crème in a deliciously soft palette of delicate floral prints that appear as though they were fresh picked from Marie Antoinette’s garden at Versailles. Layercakes and jellyrolls available now – bolts should arrive in February.

Drift off on a little Daydream from sketchbook doodles over hills and valleys to Arcadian streams.  This richly saturated collection glows with a fantastical mix of enchanting flowers, hummingbirds, butterflies and more. Venture into its bright glades and blissful patterns to enjoy the reverie before coming full circle to start your day again, renewed with wonder!! Layer cakes and jellyrolls available now – bolts should arrive in February.

Follow the globe, round, smooth, never ending, and expanding in every direction, no matter if you are south, west, east or north. The secret is to find your own destination and your path of beautiful clarity. Dive into the delicate story of sphere and be inspired by its vast expanse of words, three-dimensional balls, arrows, windflowers and multicolored spacey prints. Find your own direction in this world of fabrics for unique modern and fresh quilts. This collection is designed by Zen-Chic for Moda and bolts should arrive in February. Jellyrolls and layer cakes available now.

We have many more collections arriving at the shop from February through April; check back with us for updates of these arrivals.


Neighbor’s Day continues on the second Thursday of each month from 9:00-3:00pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in giving of their time and talents for various community need projects – Hospice for children, Habitat for Humanity, Veterans Home, and so forth.  Projects are already pre-cut with directions; simple designs to encourage beginner involvement; a great way to learn some new techniques from some seasoned quilters; and it costs nothing but your time.  Bring your machine and basic sewing supplies and join us as we give back to our community.


We will be having our Thursday Sit n’ Sew again this season – everyone’s been busy coming up with projects that is sure to keep us busy and smiling at the same time!!  These classes are listed below – different leaders will be available to get you started and show you a few techniques they learned while making their samples – fee is $10.00 per session – class starts at 10:00am – 3:00pm

February 20th – Prism – features hand-dyed jellyrolls and a 60 degree ruler. These class can be done using your regular 6 x 24 ruler if you choose. Confident beginner – Linda Boggess leader – pattern included with purchase of jellyroll.

February 27th – Disappearing Pinwheel – Features layercakes and a cutting technique that gives you two completely different looks – You will be amazed!! Clara Poe leader – no pattern needed

March 6th – Take Four Placemats – Watch four fat quarters transform into a set of placemats that will make a gift for that special friend – Pattern needed – Clara Poe leader

March 27th – Periwinkle Star – This pattern features charm packs or jellyrolls and can be made into a 5 ¾” block or a 13” block – Great pattern for those 1930 fabrics – Ruler required – your choice of paper piecing or not. Linda Osborne – leader

April 3rd – Honeycomb – Jellyroll and a neutral background fabric makes this a perfect pattern for beginners to advanced – fun, simple and just happy!!!  Jackie Powers leader – Pattern required

April 17th -Scrappy Chevron – Layer cake friendly – or fat quarters or just scraps – Another fun quilt that will sure to pop whether using brights, 30’s or just a good stash buster – No pattern needed – Linda Osborne leader

Jody Postalwait’s Saturday Classes – 10am – 3pm – Cost $25.00/day – Class limited to 12 students – In the event class patterns are not in for Open House due to slow delivery with the weather – we will have you prepay for your class pattern and either mail or pickup at shop.

February 15th – Sew Easy Strata – Turns these strips into a tabletopper or wallhanging in just a day – great for confident beginners to advanced.  Looks difficult but Jody will show you how easy this one is to put together. Pattern required –

March 15th – Lattice Bones – Moda Bakeshop pattern – all you need is your favorite jellyroll and 3 yds of background or another solid jellyroll. Pattern provided online.

April 19th – Just Can’t Cut It – We all have some of those wonderful fabrics that we just can’t bear to cut into small pieces – Jody has found the answer – Check out her sample at open house!! Pattern required

May 17th – Five and Dime – What do you get when you put a layer cake and a charm pack together – you got it – this scrappy looking quilt is another one for all levels of experience to enjoy making. – Pattern required – Ruler needed

We are welcoming another new teacher and friend Dee Begley from St. Albans – she will be teaching a mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter – Cost $40.00 – four Saturday sessions – (4th Saturday of Feb., March, April, May) 10:00am-3:00pm.  Class limited to (8) students

Orange Crush Mystery – For all those that have been asking for another mystery quilt – here it is!!!  No peeking, no tattling, just go with Dee’s clues and you won’t go wrong!!  Sorry – no clues until you sign-up

Cookie Ranson has another jacket in store for us:  Scrappy or the newest collection will fare quite well in this jacket.  Cookie has all the techniques needed to make this jacket a perfect fit and sure to get loads of compliments!! – Tuesday – February 18th, 25th, March 4th, and March 11th. Class starts at 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Cost $40.00 plus pattern.

Cake Walk – Watch Cookie do her thing as she walks you through this pattern – applique by hand or machine – she surely knows the tricks – Tuesday – April 8th, 15th & 22nd – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Cost $30.00 plus pattern.

When you’re looking out at the snow and feeling the chill in the air – just remind yourself – “This is the day the Lord made – let us rejoice and be glad in it”.  Find the positive – another quilting day!  Stay warm and safe.


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Breathe that fresh fall air – hmmm

I love Autumn – all the beautiful colors – the chill in the air – just love it!!!  I have been quilting like crazy the last few weeks, trying to get caught up on all the Christmas quilts for my friends.  Really inspires me to see all the different fabrics and patterns everyone has been piecing this summer – I have about 15 new quilts I’d like to start but have promised myself nothing new until after Christmas – (like that’s ever worked before – lol)

We will be getting Moda’s Primitive Gatherings’ newest line “Floral Gatherings” in the shop soon – another 60 bolts of temptation!! Everyone has been asking for this collection and I will try to post here the day it arrives.

Stella came today and I must say I believe we are going to be really good friends.  Oh – yes – Stella is my new LED table lamp that has adjustable brightness as well as 3 different types of lighting – from soft to daylight – great for determining those colors and even better for sewing late at night.  We will be running specials on these during the holidays – normally retails for $220.00 but we will be giving 25% off thru end of year. (Great item to put on those Christmas lists).

Pigeon Forge bus trip is officially full – so if you planned on going and didn’t get to the shop you may want to put your name on a waiting list in case someone has to drop out.

Well – that’s about all the news I have today – just wanted to say hello to everyone and hope to see you soon!!

God Bless




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Here’s a peek at our Mystery Harvest shophop quilts – hope to see everyone – October 2-image image image image image

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Open House September 7th, 2013

Here we go again!! School has started, football games begun, cupboards full of the colorful fruits and veggies harvested, cool nights visiting more frequently, and yes – we have been busy getting all those fall samples ready to share with you.  We have a host of teachers lined up for the fall; some familiar faces and some new – but all are excited to share their talents and techniques! I hope you will find something in this medley of classes that will entice you to start some new projects for the fall.

 Neighbor’s Day is on the second Thursday of each month – 9:00am – 3:00pm – This is an opportunity to meet new quilters, learn some new techniques and patterns and to help those in need.  Remember – we have made quilts for Hospice, Veterans, Wounded Warriors,  Habitat for Humanity as well as filling many other needs in our community.  I hope you will come and share your talents so together we can continue to give to these many special needs. The fabrics are pre-cut and ready to sew – all you need to bring is your machine and basic sewing supplies.  Hope to see you soon!!

We have several new fabric collections that have arrived in the last few weeks.  Fabrics for baby quilts, prayer shawls, bread bags, aprons, and much more.

Open House will be this Saturday – September 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm

All fabrics will be $1.00 off per yard, Fat quarters $1.75 (pre-cut only), jellyrolls and layer cakes $30.00; notions, books and patterns 20% off.

Pigeon Forge trip sign-ups are now underway – the trip will be $375.00 again this year and payments will be $125.00 by Sept. 15th, $125.00 due by Nov. 15th and final $125.00 due by Jan. 15th.  These rates are based on 2 per room.  Trip begins on March 18th, 2014 and returns March 21st, 2014. Call for more info.

Our class schedule will be as follows:

Ten Minute Tablerunner – A quick and easy technique to utilize novelty fabrics or stripes to complete a stunning tablerunner to enjoy or share with a friend – Instructor: Betty Jo Williams, Date: Wednesday, Sept. 11th –  10:00am – 3:00pm; Instructor fee: $5.00


Happy Harvest Scarecrow – Sure to get you in mood for fall as you learn to applique this cute  wallhanging. Instructor: Kay Taylor – Saturday, Sept. 14th from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Instructor fee: $20.00 – Book required.


Snowman Gatherings – This adorable wallhanging features Moda’s Primitive Gatherings snowman fabric collection as well as hand-dyed wools for the snowmen.  Learn hand applique and embroidery techniques as you go through two blocks per month for 4 months.  Class will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Sept 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17th). Instructor: Cookie Ranson, Instructor fee: $40.00 – Pattern required.


Cell Phone Wallet – Another sit n sew project designed by Whistlepig Creek’s Sue Marsh. This is one of those projects you can’t make just one!!  Make several for gifts for your friends out of their favorite fabrics. Instructor: Linda Boggess, – Instructor fee: $5.00; Thursday, Sept. 19th – 10:00am – 3:00pm; Cost $5.00. Pattern required.


Zig-Zag Lapthrow- This is for all who want in on the Modern Quilt Movement – chevron’s are definitely the “in” thing – so you will definitely want to join Jody as she leads you through the techniques to make this gorgeous quilt! Instructor: Jody Postalwait; Saturday, Sept. 21st – 10:00am – 3:00pm; Instructor fee: $25.00, pattern included


Snowman Tablerunner:  Another showcasing of Moda’s Primitive Gatherings fabrics, wools and pattern. This tablerunner is made of little snowball blocks with quaint little snowmen appliqued on the ends – sure to be quite a conversation piece during your holiday gatherings! Instructor: Cookie Ranson; Tuesday, Sept 24th & Oct. 8th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Instructor fee: $25.00; pattern required


Grandmothers Fan Tablerunner : This project features a new technique of adding piping to a traditional fan pattern giving it an elegant look for your quests to enjoy.  Instructor: Jackie Powers; Sept. 26th, 10:00am – 3:00pm; Instructor fee: $5.00; pattern required


Professional Tote: This tote has all the pockets and compartments needed for today’s “professional” women. Whether you work in an office or not, this tote has it all. Pleated pocket on each side will hold a bottle of water, umbrella , or telephone. Large enough on the inside for a laptop – or just fill it with lots of fabrics, notions and patterns.  Instructor: Donna Chambers; Sept. 12th & Nov. 2nd – 10:00am – 3:00pm; Instructor fee: $45.00; pattern required.


Poinsetta Appliqued Tablerunner:  Holiday favorite will be finished in plenty of time. Appliqued by machine – Linda will guide you through the process of fused applique to complete this stunning tablerunner.  Instructor: Linda Osborne; Thursday, October 17th, 10:00am – 3:00pm; Instructor Fee: $5.00; pattern included.


Stacked Squares: This quilt says Modern all over it!!   High Street by Moda  was the collection Jody choose for her sample – can’t help yourself from smiling when you see what a happy quilt this made!! Instructor: Jody Postalwait; Saturday, October 19th – 10:00am – 3:00pm. Instructor fee: $25.00; pattern included.


Autumn Pinwheels – This wallhanging is pieced and appliqued – features the twister ruler for the pinwheels in the center and a touch of wool appliqued leaves adorn the border (either hand or machine). Instructor: Cookie Ranson; Instructor fee: $25.00; Tuesday, Oct. 22nd & 29th -1:00pm – 3:00pm; pattern required.


Casserole Carrier – Designed to fit a 13”x 9” x 2” aluminum casserole dish with lid makes this carrier a must have for the upcoming holidays.  Great way to give a gift when you deliver your favorite dish to a shut-in or special friend. Instructor: Linda Boggess; Instructor fee: $5.00; Thursday, October 24th – 10:00am – 3:00pm; book required


Cat lovers Tablerunner:  This is another one of those tablerunners that just make you happy all over!!  The whimisical cats are appliqued on each end of the runner, with their “paws” hanging off the border – This book features 12 fun tablerunners that will keep you wondering which to do next!  Instructor: Kay Taylor: Instructor fee: $20.00 – Saturday, October 26th, 10:00am – 3:00pm; Book required.


Hot Cross Stars – Back by popular demand – this quilt features Creative Grids double strip 90 degree ruler and your favorite jellyroll.  Instructor: Linda Osborne, Instructor fee: $5.00; Thursday, October 31st, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Pattern and ruler required.


Table Ornaments – Festive holiday placemats will put you in the mood for inviting friends over for a holiday party.  Instructor: Betty Jo Williams; Instructor fee: $5.00; Thursday, Nov. 7th – 10:00am – 3:00pm;


Icicle Kisses –  What a snuggly throw – showcasing stars surrounded by a pine tree border – sure to win the hearts of all who see this one.  Jody has used Kansas Trouble’s Icicle Kisses fabric line for her sample but feel free to use your favorite jellyroll for this project. Piecing and appliqueing techniques involved in this pattern.  Instructor: Jody Postalwait; Instructor fee: $25.00; Saturday, November 16th, 10:00am – 3:00pm – Pattern required.


Entwined tablerunner – Quick piecing will produce another lovely tablerunner, change fabrics for autumn, winter, spring – this pattern is perfect for any décor.

Instructor: Jackie Powers; Instructor fee $5.00; Thursday, Nov. 21st 10am – 3pm


I-pad Cover – Make several of these useful covers for your kids and grandkids (and of course you will need one). Instructor: Kay Taylor, Instructor Fee $15.00; Saturday November 23rd 10am-3pm



Happy quilting!!



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Open House

Brrr – sure is chilly today!!  What a perfect day to be cuddled up under a nice flannel quilt – or even finishing the binding on one of our many projects :).  Or—just daydreaming about all the projects we want to do.

OK – since it’s a New Year – why not try some New things here at the shop??  I have had a lot of suggestions about classes and projects from many of you and feel that it is indeed time for some New ways :).  In lieu of formal classes, I am going to be offering some different types of learning opportunities for the winter session this year.

I have heard and watched a lot of you (myself included) scurrying about trying to get the items ready for our church Christmas bazaars, as well as those perfect gifts for our family and friends.  Every year we promise ourselves that we’re going to get “started early” next year and not go through all this stress – soooo – I decided to step out early and dedicate the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00am – 3:00pm as our Christmas Project of the Month Day.  Each month, I will come up with a project and a leader to give you the opportunity to get all our Christmas projects completed by November this year!  We will begin at 10:00am and sew thru 3:00pm – cost will be $5.00 for the leader and the cost of the pattern.  Seating will be limited to 8 – so sign up early if you want to get De-stressed this year :)

February 6th  – Braided Tablerunner

March 6th – Fine Dining Placemats

April 3rd – Tree Skirt (or could be used as tabletopper)

May 1st -  Lapthrow – Tied up in Bows

June 12th – rescheduled due to Shop Hop – will announce later


Now that we have next Christmas under control – let’s get some early spring cleaning done.  I looked in my sewing room (no, I don’t have a studio – Dave still expects me to clean it once a year J ) and I discovered so very many projects half done.  I must get these finished, another one of those things I believe I have heard a few of you say also!  Hmm- did I hear someone say – PhD Class?? – on a Saturday??? – Why not – I am dedicating the second Saturday of each month as our new “PhD class” – (projects half done) -  we will begin sewing at 10:00am – and sew until 3:00pm and really start feeling better about this “cleaning process”.

There will be no charge for this class – so it will be on a first come basis, as the seating is limited to 8 people.

It has also come to my attention that we have some friends that actually have all their projects completed and just want to learn a few new techniques.  I thought this would also be a good place for our beginner quilters – so we have decided that Thursdays would be the dedicated days for this. Again, we start sewing at 10:00am until 3:00pm and will do the following projects.

Feb. 7th – Open Sew – work on your own projects this day

Feb. 14th – Neighbor’s Day – A day of using our talents and gifts to help those in need. –

Feb. 21st – Jellyroll Race – $5.00 for leader

Feb. 28th – 4-Patch Stack n Whack  - $5.00 for leader, $8.00 pattern

March 7th – Open Sew – work on your own projects

March 14th – Shop closed for Pigeon Forge Trip

March 21st – Lickety Split Log Cabin – $5.00 for leader – $3.50 pattern

March 28th – Hot Cross Stars – $5.00 for leader – $3.50 pattern

April 4th – Open Sew – work on your own projects this day

April 11th – Neighbor’s Day – Giving back a small amount of your time truly means an immeasurable amount to those in need

April 18th – Mysterious – $5.00 for leader – $8.00 pattern

April 25th – Mirrored Tiles – $5.00 for leader – $3.50 pattern

Alright, I think the only other thing I overheard was some of you couldn’t make the classes and gatherings during the week and you didn’t have any projects not done so what could I do for you???  How about the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00am – 3:00pm we choose a new project to start :)

February 23rd – Shadowbox – $5.00 for leader – $8.00 pattern

March 23rd – “Any Twelve Will Do” tablerunner – $5.00/leader – $3.50 pattern

April 27th – “Savanna” – $5.00/leader – $8.00 pattern

Well, I believe our calendars are starting to get filled up already :)  I hope everyone embraces these changes as opportunities to de-stress, learn new and perhaps easier methods, be able to spend more time with our friends, and look forward to meeting and sharing with new friends!

Open House will be Saturday – January 26th – 9:00am – 3:00pm and we will be having our annual sale of $1.00/per yard off;  Fat quarters will be $1.75 each – applies to individual precut fat quarters only –(if we cut during Open House the price will be $2.00/each; prepackaged bundles will also be $2.00/per FQ ); Books, patterns and notions will all be 20% off marked price.

Some of the samples of the above mentioned classes will be on display – however, we will be making new samples out of the latest fabrics as we receive them – Each month’s projects will be displayed at the beginning of the month so you will have a choice of the latest fabrics available, as well as another opportunity to visit the shop and checkout the latest arrivals.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this coming Saturday!!



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Happy New Year!!

Has it been another whole year already??  Well, I suppose that means lots of new opportunities to share our passion for quilting, find lots of patterns, books and gadgets to demo and pass along and many hours to gather for creating, challenging one another and just enjoying our friends!!

I don’t have a class schedule as of yet, but will be working with the teachers in the next few days to hopefully have some samples and dates ready by open house.  I just wanted to take a few minutes to update our new fabric collections that have arrived (see the fabric tabs) and wish everyone a Happy New Year.  Last year was a difficult year for many of our friends and teachers and I pray that 2013 will bring healing, comfort and peace to them. I am thankful to each of you for your understanding and patience as we work through these difficult times.

I am also making the final plans for the Pigeon Forge trip in March - there is still room on the bus for those interested.  I really need to have your money in for your trip by January 15th; as we will be doing our room assignment list with the hotel at that time – so if you’re thinking about going – let me know :) I have a tentative itineary listed here also if you want to check it out.

Well, I’m off to find some projects for our Thursday Sit n Sews – will post again soon



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