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Heading to Wisconsin!

Hey all! We are heading to the quilt show at Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. It’s the three generations traveling together again! We rarely get the opportunity to get together like this, but we do have a blast when we can!

We picked a whole bunch of peaches a few days ago and were up to our elbows in jam. We were able to work up most of the ones that really needed it, and found extended family who wanted to take care of the rest. We dropped those off on our way, and let me tell you: those peaches made the truck smell good!

We’re now stopped for the night with more family, and will finish the journey tomorrow. I hope to see several of you this weekend!

All the best,

Nolting Quilting Machines Booth

Paducah Quilt Show: Round 2

Yesterday and today saw us busy all day! We love the business, though we’ll be glad to go home when it’s all over. A lot of people stopped by to say hi and we really enjoyed seeing familiar and new faces! Several people came back to see us from the previous year or other quilt shows wanting more patterns and the newest designs.

I have been able to make a trip over to the Convention Center during the crazy day hours. The aisles were packed! I was able to get a couple of pairs of scissors sharpened by one of the vendors in the main ballroom. They did a great job, even polishing them to look like new! I barely recognized them when I stopped by to pick them up. Lora and Virginia have both been able to take a few minutes during the day to wander around the Pavilion. We have seen many of the same vendors as previous years, and had a grand time catching up on what’s what in everyone’s own little world.

Most of the rest of the time, we have been in the booth, demonstrating and explaining. For those of you who don’t know, Stable Piecing is a great alternative to regular paper piecing. It is pre-printed on a special foundation that doesn’t dull your sewing machine needle, tears out easily with a smaller stitch length, or can be left in with a longer stitch length! It doesn’t transfer ink to your iron, doesn’t loose sizing when it gets creased or crumpled, and actually grips your fabric, keeping it from slipping all over the place. I personally love to use it, and it goes together so fast!

The last couple of nights were quite a production. We stayed up printing additional Stable Piecing through the night to fill in what we sold out of during the day. When I say “we,” of course I mean Lora and Virginia. I know them as Mom and Grandma! I wanted to take a bit to share how hard these ladies have worked in recent years, and give them some well-deserved and long-overdue recognition. As I sit here typing, they are manufacturing more Stable Piecing, talking amongst themselves to get everything just right.

They have devoted many long hours to making Stable Piecing a quality product. I rarely see them without discussing some aspect of the product with them. It really is a team effort: Grandma comes up with the designs and illustrates them; Mom and I test the patterns and foundations, making edits until we all agree; I photograph the samples and put together the packaging, as well as keep Mom and Grandma in catalogs, business cards, and the website.

Make sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work. Leave us a comment below or stop by booth 4517/4519 at the Paducah Quilt Show to see it for yourselves!

Happy Quilting!

Log Cabin Lone Star Image

Paducah Quilt Show: Round 1

Today (Wednesday) was the first day vending at the quilt show for us. For those of you who don’t know, we are located in the Pavilion, also known as the Bubble. This means that we got to go to preview night in the convention center last night (Tuesday) since the Pavilion isn’t open. It was phenomenal! Gorgeous quilts from all over the world, vendors with dozens of different products, tools and gadgets and huge crowds of people were all part of the experience.

Lora and Virginia Looking at Quilts

Lora and Virginia looking at all the quilts on display

In the main ballroom, they had several large vendors from the different sewing and quilting machine companies such as Nolting, Janome and Elna. Several different thread carriers also made quite a presentation! Most of the show quilts hung along the center aisles. There were a lot of more traditional patterns this year, usually with a really interesting twist.

Nolting Quilting Machines Booth

Lora & Virginia checking out the new Nolting longarm quilting machine

In the back ballroom, several smaller vendors had a range of products from fabrics to seat cushions to fancy irons. They also had other quilt entries hanging there. Several of these had three dimensional objects and painted sections. One with a flock of flying geese really caught my eye!

Modified Flying Geese Quilt

Upstairs, there were yet more quilts! They had a really cool art quilt installation with quilts from ninety fiber artists in three different countries, based around their interpretation of various fine artists’ works. Display cases lined up along one wall also showed off several miniature quilts. The quilting on those was unreal! So tiny, perfectly spaced micro-stippling, super detailed piecing and other art quilting really stole the show. A few more vendors displayed their wares, including a huge booth dedicated to Swarovski rhinestones! Of course, I had to stop by there and add a few things to my stash!

Detail Shot of Miniature Pineapple Quilt

Detail Shot of Miniature Pineapple Quilt in upstairs ballroom of the Convention Center

This morning was slow going at first. After the excitement of last night, who could blame us! We had a good breakfast and then we whisked ourselves off to the show. After adding a few final touches to the booth before the show, we took turns walking around a bit in the Pavilion. There are vendors from all over the world in there! Just in the little bit of walking around, we saw people from Spain, Africa and England.

We were busy for most of the day, sometimes having eight to ten people in and around the booth at the same time! Lora and Jenny did most of the demonstrating, while Virginia (wo)manned the register and inventory. We are introducing our newest patterns at this show: the Log Cabin Lone Star and the Drunkard’s Path.

Log Cabin Lone Star Image

Log Cabin Lone Star Quilt – Pieced by Virginia Schewe

We want to thank everyone who has come to see us so far. We can’t wait for the rest of the show! Stop on by and say hi, or leave us a comment below!

Happy quilting!

Christmas is A-Comin’!

Much as I dislike talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving, I know that I, and probably you, also, need to think about what we are going to give. If you are like me, you like making presents yourself…..there’s just something special about a gift that comes from your heart and hands. With that in mind, may I suggest a couple of quick–and I do mean QUICK– gifts to make.

Fleece Pillows

One is pillows made of polar fleece–you know, the kind we make blankets from. All you need is 2 pieces of fleece that measure 2″ to 4″ larger than your desired pillow size. This 2″ to 4″ is arbitrary depending how long you want fringe to be, so plan accordingly. You will need a pillow form or you could substitute poly fill stuffing or scraps of quilt batting in place of the pillow form.

Pin the pieces of fleece together. Decide how long you want the fringe to be–say 1″–and stitch around 3 sides this distance from the cut edges. Use a longer stitch length than for quilt block piecing. Insert the pillow form or stuff and close the remaining side.

Make fringe by cutting from the outer edges of the fleece up to —but not through— the stitching.

10 Minute Table Runner

For another quick gift think about making a 10-minute table runner. You can insert Insul-Batt when finishing it to make a long pot holder! We have several kits available in the store and fabric if you don’t find what you like in our kit choices. The batting is not included.

 1 Hour Blanket

There’s also the 1-Hour baby blanket. These are kits with fabric and directions included. You can make a beautiful blanket for that little one in your life and still have time to finish that other quilt you’ve been working on!

Until next time, keep those needles humming.


Embroidery Problems: My Fabric’s Too Small!

One of my friends dropped by the shop a couple of days ago with an embroidery problem.

She had a design that was to go in a specified area and the fabric had already been cut to the size needed–which was smaller than the hoop.

One solution to this would be to mount sticky-back stabilizer in the hoop and stick the piece of fabric to it. That’s fine if it is only one piece of fabric. However, if it is a fabric/batting/fabric sandwich, the bottom piece of fabric will stick to the sticky-back but the batting and top fabric will shift.

Solution two follows: Take a piece of lightweight cut-away stabilizer that is large enough to hoop and machine baste the piece you wish to embroider to this stabilizer. Then hoop the stabilizer. The fabric–or fabric sandwich–you basted to it will not shift. For extra support for the stitches, float a layer of medium weight tear-away under the hoop.

Since some lightweight cut-aways are pretty thin, you may have trouble getting the stabilizer taut enough in the hoop. Try this: Get a roll of that white or skin-toned sports wrap at the drug store and wrap the inner hoop of your hoop set. It sticks to itself when stretched slightly and wrapped. This should fix the problem.

Got a problem with sewing, embroidery, knitting, or crochet? Contact me through the web site. If I know the answer I’ll tell you. If not, I’ll look for an answer. Let me hear from you. Virginia


Velvet Tumbling Blocks Quilt Display

We currently have an antique quilt on display at the shop! It’s made out of velvet scraps from DeMoulin’s factory in Greenville, IL. It was machine pieced and hand finished in the 1930’s by a lady named Josephine “Josie” Minges, who worked at DeMoulin Bros. from 1912 to 1957. She specialized in banners and flags at the factory. This quilt sports a tumbling block design and is in great condition. Stop on by to see this wonderful piece of history! It will be on display here until the end of May.


Paducah Quilt Show FLASH SALE!

We have a flash sale going on right now! If you are at the quilt show in Paducah, come to our both in the Pavilion (#4519). If you mention this post, when you purchase enough Stable Piecing blocks to make a queen size quilt, we’ll throw the pattern in for free! Only available through today, Friday! Hope to see you soon!

Hi all, if you purchased a Mariner’s Compass quilt kit at the Paducah quilt show between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, please give us a call or shoot us an email, as we missed putting the cutting templates in the kit packages. We will be more than happy to mail or email them to you.


Mr. Rooster Cup and the Mariner’s Compass Quilt Sale

We introduced Mr. Rooster Cup last week as our mascot. He goes on various adventures through the fabric and products we have in the shop, learning something new about them in the process. He also introduces new products!

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Today, Mr. Rooster Cup is very pleased to let you all know that the quilt behind him is the introduction of our 18″ Mariner’s Compass Quilt Kit and Block, which are officially ready! This quilt top was pieced by three generations of ladies in the Farmland Quilting store: Virginia Schewe (grandma), Lora Kennedy (mom), and Jenny Ferguson (daughter). It will be on display in our booth at the Paducah Quilt Show!

We also have a very special surprise for all of you: the Stable Piecing foundation kit to make this quilt will be available to purchase on our website on Wednesday at 9am! Due to this special debut, we have decided to offer a discount for all online purchases of this quilt kit between Wednesday and Saturday, corresponding to the Paducah Quilt Show times. You will receive $9.25 off and free shipping on each and every quilt kit! It’s a great deal, and only available through next Saturday!

Here is a picture of the whole quilt! Enjoy.