Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Now Taking Orders for Red Apple Lane by Pat Sloan!

The Joyful Quilter is now taking orders for Pat Sloan's new Block of the Month, Red Apple Lane. This absolutely charming quilt is composed of nine blocks, which are all done using raw edge applique.  Starting in January, each month you will receive Pat's pattern and all the fabric required to
complete the block. And the best part? The fabrics are all from Pat's fabric line "Eat Your Fruits and Veggies" fromn MODA. Monthly program goes through September. Visit to sign up today!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Two Events from Bigfork Bay Cotton Company!

The Joyful Quilter will be hosting Traci Marvel from Bigfork Bay Cotton Company for two events in April! Friday night Traci will hold a meet and greet. Traci will bring Bigfork Bay Cotton Company's Traveling Trunk Show which includes over 60 quilts! It is a great time for you to come see the quilts in person and ask questions! Traci will also have a step by step demo set up to help explain how to bring Bigfork Bay Cotton Company designs to life! On Saturday Traci will give a two hour lecture and spend an additional hour with all of you in The Joyful Quilter! Traci will give a two hour Power Point Presentation that covers: 

-A brief introduction of how Bigfork Bay Cotton Company began 
-An introduction to the Bigfork Bay Cotton Company Licensed Artists 
-Educate on why they use Aurifil threads on their quilts 
-Provide a step by step visual of how three of their quilts come to life 
-Share all their tried and true tips for fusible web success! 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Another Nice Article in The Daily Gazette!

Sew-In fun and football free

Gazette Reporter
Talk was more likely to be about fat quarters than quarterbacks at Sunday's Souper Bowl Sew-In at The Joyful Quilter. Fat quarters are important players in the quilt-making process, explained Bob Silverman, the quilt shop's co-owner. "It's a half-yard [of fabric] that we then cut in half horizontally, so you wind up with two 18-by-22-inch pieces. We have them all over the store," he said.
While much of the world gathered around televisions Sunday, seven women gathered in the two classrooms in the back of shop to work on their quilting projects. They quietly ironed fabric and sat at sewing machines, piecing together colorful quilt squares.
Later, turkey chili, salad, iced tea and snacks, all made by shop co-owner Susan Pettengill, were served.
A Super Bowl Sunday sewing event has been a tradition since the shop opened four years ago.
"We decided to do the Souper Bowl because a lot of people just don't want to watch the game, so it's something else to do, having soup and sewing," said Silverman.
Quilting and football do have something in common, he noted.
"It's a team sport in the sense that the ladies put their [quilt] blocks up on the wall and then we all kind of, like a committee, say, 'This looks good for a border' or, 'Move this block over there,' " he explained.
Sunday's team of seven quilters dealt deftly with yards of colorful fabric.
"I told the ladies to play nice," Silverman said with a laugh. "They're very focused right now, but once we start eating and talking and doing, believe me, it gets loud."
Mary Wade of Niskayuna was working on a quilt pattern called a four-patch posey with brown, orange, gold and green floral squares. The way the squares were stitched gave the illusion of flowers as seen through a kaleidoscope.
"I hope to get this top finished," Wade said as she sewed.
Pam Wrzesinski of Rotterdam was ironing backing for a pinwheel-patterned Christmas quilt she started a few years ago. The top to another one of her quilts was tacked up on a nearby wall.
"Having time just to come and bring your projects to work on, and if you have questions or problems, to have somebody to help is always a nice thing," she said.
Patti Muselbeck came all the way from Hagaman to participate in the Souper Bowl. She drove the distance because she enjoys the camaraderie she finds at the shop, and the chance to finish unfinished projects. "I have too many," she said with a laugh.
Muselbeck frequently attends events at The Joyful Quilter.
"Pajama parties, the last Saturday of the month, that's our favorite," she said. "We sew from 6 to about 3 or 3:30 [in the morning]. We bring snacks and we have a great time."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Tenth Annual Quilters' Quest Shop Hop Bags are Here!

Join us for the Tenth Annual Quilters' Quest Shop Hop! Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 31, June 1, 2, & 3, 2012. The bags go on sale February 1, 2012!
As you travel to each of the quilt shops during this adventure you will have your guide stamped, enter each quilt shop’s daily prize drawings, and receive instructions for a quilt project.
When you have visited all eleven shops you will receive a prize and be eligible to win one of three awesome gift certificate packages.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Join us this Friday for a fun ufo day!

The weather outside may be frightful but it's warm inside! Take some time out to work on some UFO's. 

-Friday January 27, 10:30am-3:30pm