Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Travelers

This past Saturday was quite a day at the store!  Memorial Day sale.....Fiber Arts Fiesta customers....and then in walked Margaret:

She & her husband Tom are traveling the United States this summer - home for them is New Hampshire, and they're taking a 7 week (more or less) trip seeing this country of ours!  We had a wonderful visit with her, with plans to keep in touch and maybe even do an exchange of crafts.

Their blog is HERE  
Be an armchair traveler and check it out!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Break Free, Go Bold with Modern Quilting Maven Jacquie Gering

           Set your alarm!  Synchronize your watch!  Tie a string around your finger!

On Saturday, June 1, Hip Stitch will start selling tickets to September workshops with Jacquie Gering.  Jacquie is an expert quilter from Chicago who inspires other quilters to “Break Free, Go Bold” to create their own one-of-kind modern quilts!

Come to just one event or the whole Jacquie shebang.   Here’s the lowdown:

Friday, Sept. 6,Hexies Workshop,” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   $50.

Friday, Sept. 6, 5-6 p.m., Jacquie will sign her book “Quilting Modern.”   If you don’t already own this step-by-step guide with eye-popping color pictures, Hip Stitch has copies for $26.95 each.  Place your order now!

Friday, Sept. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Jacquie will speak about her journey as a modern quilter.  And she will exhibit many of her modern masterpieces.  Tickets are $15 each.  
Saturday, Sept 7, “Improvisational Quilting,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  $100 (includes lunch).

Seating at each workshop is limited to only 20 students.  So mark your calendar for Saturday, June 1, and then call us to reserve your seat at the sewing table.   

Between now and Wednesday, May 29, at 5 p.m., we’ll be taking entries for a random drawing to win two tickets to Jacquie’s s Sept. 6 lecture ($30 value).  Just post a comment below to enter.  We’ll announce the winner on Friday, May 31.  Good luck!
And don’t forget to check out Jacquie’s blog at www.tailgrassprairiestudio.com.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The story of a quilt

Many of you regulars know that this past school year, I not only had a daughter in high school, but that she was in the marching band, and along with that, I volunteered to be a "uniform mom".  With that duty, I shared with 2 other moms - Margaret & Teresa, the very busy but very fun job of fitting, maintaining and monitoring the kids' uniforms.  Many days starting last July began at 5:30 a.m., with band camp underway, and we'd begin fitting all the kids, one by one, for their marching band duds.  It was a great way to get to know all the kids - and see their personalities, their interactions with each other, and just be involved (i.e. eavesdrop) in their lives.

Margaret, Teresa & I also formed a friendship - over much coffee in the morning, wine in the evenings, and a shared humor and flexibility to bend with whatever was thrown our way - through football games and band tournaments - weather extremes and uniform snafus.

Then, the news came that there was a "band baby" on the way (NOT one of the kids!)....their teacher.  So we decided to have the kids help to make a quilt for her and for the baby on the way.  Throughout the winter, while fitting concert uniforms, we'd sneak kids into the percussion room to have each draw their design on a block.

And then, holy cow....the end of the school year was fast approaching, and the blocks had to be made into a quilt!  The sashing began, with plans to get together and get this quilt finished.  And just when you think life is going along alright.....Teresa's husband passed away - unexpectedly, tragically, sadly.  We muddled through with her the days of shock and grief and the hopeless feeling of "what can we do to help?"  And then we worked on the quilt.  Late nights, glasses of wine, talking, sewing, quilting.  And finished it - 2 days before it was presented to the band teacher.

So this quilt?  Made with love.....gave a bit of healing.....and now given away, to provide memories of this past school year.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013