Friday, May 30, 2014

Quilt Stores-Country Traditions

Today we're sharing another quilt shop we love, Country Traditions in Fremont, Nebraska.

The first floor has quite a few bolts of fabrics, giftware, and patterns galore.

The second floor is devoted to classrooms, more quilt samples hanging around the perimeter, and longarm quilting machines.

This older store on the main street of Fremont also has a mezzanine where offices are located.  It's reminiscent of older stores that had the mezzazine area between the first and second floors. The staff is always friendly and helpful and more than willing to help you find what you may need (since we ALL need more fabric).

Mom's already taught a class from our book there, as well as presented a trunk show! More pictures of that to come, and be sure to check out their class schedule to see what's coming up!

Be sure to check out some of the other quilt stores we love!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paducah 2014-The Food.

So we're taking a break from our usual Work in Progress Wednesdays for the next few weeks to share some of the highlights from our sixth annual trip to the American Quilter's Society Paducah Quilt Show. The Paducah show is the biggest of the AQS shows, and so far it's our favorite. We love the people, the city, the energy, the food, the vendors and of course the show itself! We're hoping to share some of our favorite memories of the 2014 AQS Paducah Show with you here!

JP's Bar and Grill. We like going here for both lunch and dinner, and usually get their Greek Salad with either chicken or salmon at least once. Please also note our color coded schedule on the table. More about that in a future Paducah recap post. :)

Swirls Frozen Yogurt. This was the first year that we saw them at the show and we sure hope they'll be back. The coconut frozen yogurt with a pile of toppings was the perfect treat to sit and share after a long day at the show.

Tribeca. This restaurant is just a few doors down from JP's Bar and Grill and is actually owned by the same people. We learned (the hard way) last year, that it's important to make dinner reservations at the downtown restaurants during Quilt Week. We fortified with yummy food an drink before moving on to our evening activities.

And last, but far from least, the traditional Strawberry Shortcake sold by a local Boy Scout troop. We always get "The Works," which includes shortcake, vanilla ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream. And yes, we count this as a "meal" not a "snack."

Are there things from our Paducah adventure that you'd like to hear about? Let us know in the comments! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Momcat Monday-Needle Tatting!

What do you do on vacation? Learn to Needle Tat! I traveled with my husband to Denver earlier this year and while he attended his meeting I took a class on needle tatting at Fabric Bliss (more on this store in another blog post).

I was excited to learn this needle craft from Laura, my instructor, and was also fortunate enough to be her only pupil during this session! Not only did I learn the basic double stitch, how to make rings and chains, and how to read patterns, she also showed me how to do split rings and the Josephine knot.

Only requirements for this craft: thread, needle and pattern. Laura was a terrific instructor; a sample of her work, a necklace, is shown.

My first two pieces, two five petal flowers in yellow, turned out well for a first timer.

I have also made several other pieces; fortunately, only the good results are shown!

Like any craft, there is a learning curve to accomplish the even, beautiful results as shown in Laura's necklace. I hope to make some samples to use on a few containers from our book!

If you're visiting Denver be sure to check out Fabric Bliss

Friday, May 23, 2014

Festive for Friday-Portable Ironing and Cutting Table.

Happy Friday! And for those of you readers in the U.S., happy long Memorial Day weekend! This week's festiveness is a portable ironing board and cutting table that Mom saw during her road trip to Colorado earlier this year. 

Take it away, Mom! 

While we visited Material Girl in Grand Island, Nebraska, a class was being taught. What caught my eye, though, was this very portable cutting/ironing table that is also height adjustable. The quilter graciously talked to me about how she constructed the portable table from: an adjustable TV tray and an ironing board cover.

She drilled holes through the plastic top, covered it with a modified ironing board cover, and placed a small cutting mat on part of the table. Having it next to her sewing machine eliminated many up and down trips to the ironing board to press seams as she sewed this paper pieced project. The table is sized perfectly (about 20" x 30"), lightweight, easily portable, height adjustable and convenient.

Think I'll be adding this to my sewing room to use when machine quilting to help support the weight of those larger quilts as well as using it for a variety of classes and retreats!

What's the most festive gadget or innovative idea you've seen in a quilting, sewing or crafting class? 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catching Up...

Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since we last posted on our blog. And what a month it has been!!!

I'm working on getting some blog posts about the Adventures of Prairie Sewn Studios this spring written and posted, but here are a few tidbits of what's to come! Check back soon to see all of the fun we've been having!

Mom's learned a new craft, needle tatting! She's already worked out ways to use this as an embellishment on on our containers, too!

We'll be sharing reports and reviews from more of our favorite quilt shops, including ones from Mom's trip out to Colorado! 

Guest posts! Dad has a few tips and tricks to share on staying in good spirits as you accompany your loved one into quilt shops across the country (aka How Dad Doesn't go Crazy when Surrounded by Fabric). 

As always, Mom's been on the lookout for new gadgets and Do It Yourself projects to improve your sewing and crafting time! 

We have TONS of pictures, updates and information from the American Quilter's Society 2014 Paducah Show at the end of April! We also launched the book at this show, so it was a super exciting time for us!