Saturday, May 26, 2012

Spring Quilt Market Part 3

We stopped by Dawn Heese's booth -- Linen Closet Designs -- to see her new patterns.  One of them is a Folk Art Baltimore quilt -- we loved it and asked her to teach a block from it when she visits The Rabbit's Lair in July.  You can see more about her Market time on her Blog -- we'll have info about her new patterns next weekend at "Quilt Market Bash."   

Here is the block she will be teaching in her needleturn applique class -- "Pomegranates All Around"
The class will be on Saturday, July 7 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm -- Click Here for details!

We found a new quilt designer from Canada that uses a lot of Jo Morton fabrics in her designs -- we think some of these will make great classes, and of course, wonderful quilts! This company is Prairie Quilt Mercantile. 

Also using Jo Morton fabrics in many of her designs is Clothesline Quilts.  We will be receiving a trunk show of 6 quilts from the Civil War General Series next week -- Be sure and stop in to see them!  Shown in "General Longstreet." 

If you love English Paper Piecing and simple applique, you'll love this design by Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busyfingers from Australia!  "Antique Sampler" will be worth the effort, and we're working on scheduling a workshop at a later date to get you started!  Here's Sue in front of her masterpiece quilt -- she says it took her only 6 weeks to complete this! 
Sue has a number of items designed for fun with hand work -- we'll also be showing you her template for making this sweet basket quilt! 
Much prettier in person (aren't they always?) is the "Mill Girls" block-of-the-month design hanging in the Marcus booth!  You can sign up for this now for shipping in the fall! 

Have a great Memorial Day weekend -- Our shops will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Only Because of His Grace,
Mary Elizabeth

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spring Quilt Market, Part 2

We love these!  Felted wool balls in all colors and sizes, ready to use in projects!  We'll be having fun and wonder what creative ideas you'll come up with!
Here are some decorating trees -- great idea for Christmas too!
Or you can make some great flowers --necklace -- bracelet --
And how about this -- some colorful balls at the end of a knitted scarf!
You'll be hearing more about projects using these fun felted balls! 

We were excited to meet the mother/daughter design team for Frond Designs!  We have this fabric group posted on the website for preorder and can't wait for it to come into the shop next month!
Look how they covered canvas pouches with fabric and grew some beautiful flowers -- a unique alternative to window boxes!
Wow -- here's another beautiful shot featuring this fabric collection --
We'll soon be adding needlepoint designs to the inventory of RL2 -- we loved these pillows made from kits!

We thought about Shana and those grandmothers out there who love to make one-of-a-kind clothing when we saw these patterns by Doohickey Designs:

Here's an up close look at the sweet embroidery in the wall quilt:
Keep watching for more in a couple of days! 

We'll post to the website as new items are received in the shop!

Only Because of His Grace,
Mary Elizabeth

Monday, May 21, 2012

Spring Quilt Market

We just got back from our adventures at International Quilt Market in Kansas City!  Yes, it is really international, with our favorite designers from Australia and other countries in attendance.  We were really excited to see what new fabrics and designs we would find, and will be able to only give a glimpse into all that is available!  Keep watching for more -- here, on our website, and on our Facebook page!

The day before Market begins, we attended "Schoolhouse" -- this is a time to get a preview of what is to come!

Renee Nanneman of Need'l Love -- showing projects from her soon-to-be-released book, Garden Gate Threads --
Beautiful pillow designed by Lesa Dailey --

"Rosebud Faire Stars"

And pieced with some of Renee's new Fall collections -- "Twister Pumpkin" by Becky Cogan.

A little later it was time for Jo Morton's presentation -- She, too, has a book coming soon with some wonderful red and white quilts using her "Variety" fabric collection --
Some new designs in laminate fabric --
And a quilt (no pattern available -- just for fun!) Jo created with her fabrics and the panel from the John Hewson "Winterthur" collection.
The next day, the exhibits opened, and our first stop was the Andover area and a visit to Jo's booth, where we found Jo and friends Mary Ann and Cindy, showing everyone the new projects that will be in the next book and some individual patterns. 
And next door was Need'l Love booth --
with Renee and Amy ready to welcome visitors through the Garden Gate! 

Across the aisle in Andover's booth was the latest free-to-use designed by Candy Hargrove using Jo's "Alexandria" collection -- 
We have lots more to show you -- just a few of our favorites at a time!  

Only Because of His Grace,
Mary Elizabeth