Author Archives: Rhiannon Callahan

Quilters on a Road Trip!

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The Forgotten Shops Hop is over for this year and it was a huge success! We had an increase by 33% of hoppers over the last year. The weather was nice and everyone was feeling the need to get out and about. The yard and garden work has been put off some by the cool, wet weather and this hop was a nice start to the spring season. The prizes have been awarded and we are all looking forward to next year’s hop!

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We also recently had our show in Paducah, and thankfully we didn’t forget a single thing! My daughter Jenny went with us, which was wonderful. We always have a grand time together. It is so nice to have three generations enjoying all the same things. This makes for fantastic brainstorming and artistic creation in addition to just having fun!  Our ladies took great care of the shop while we were gone, so if you come by make sure to give them a warm thanks of appreciation.

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While on the road we visited a friend in Benton, KY, who has a shop there. It is called
Odds & Ends Fabrics & Crafts.  She was open with extended evening hours to accommodate the Paducah attendees. There is always something fun going on there.  We stopped by on Tuesday evening of Paducah week and had a blast! If you are ever in the area go ahead and give her a visit!

 

Until next year, Shop Hoppers,

 

Lora
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Colored Quilt Block How-To: Bring some color to your spring!

Hi Quilters and Embroiderers!

Have you ever colored quilt blocks? You know, like coloring in a coloring book? Well let me tell you, it’s FUN!!!

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First, get a solid color of all cotton fabric. No blends, please. Wash it to remove any starch or sizing, dry it, then iron to remove any wrinkles.

Next, draw a design on the fabric with a washout fabric marking pen. Not artistic? That’s okay, copy a page from a coloring book, tape that to a window or a light box, tape the fabric over the page and trace the design onto the fabric. OR, you could grab any embroidery block with a pattern you like!

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Gather a set of Gel Pens and a box of Crayons. It doesn’t matter which brand. I have a box of 96 that I don’t share with anyone else.

With the Gel Pens, go over all the outlines of the design (anything that would be stitched with an outline stitch in embroidery).

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Now color in the design with the crayons. Lay down more color for shading, etc, or leave it looking like a fun, kid colored design.

Set your iron on high heat (as high as your fabric will allow), no steam. Lay your colored fabric on the ironing board with colored side up. Lay a paper towel on top and press with the iron. This melts the wax into the paper towel and sets the color.

If you want your design to be darker, color right over the top of what was already done.

Repeat the process of coloring and ironing until you like what you see. And, yes, you can wash these without loosing color. Pre-stamped blocks for embroidery work well for this technique but you can’t pre-wash to remove the sizing or the design will wash out also.

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Give it a try. Hope you like it!

-Virginia

Join our knit group: “Knitting with Ginny!”

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Hey all! Here to update you with some information this week, we wanted to let you know about our knitting group we have here at Farmland Quilting & Embroidery. We have a knitting circle that meets every Friday of the month from 1-3pm. No fees are required, however feel free to donate 50 cents per week to help pay rent for the room.

The name of the group is “Knitting With Ginny”, but knitting isn’t the only thing we do! This is a great place to come when you can’t find time anywhere else; you won’t have to answer the phone. We work, chat, and laugh a lot. Come prepared to play with yarn, string, fibers etc.

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Just bring your HANDWORK project such as:
    Those UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) that are lurking in the closet;
    Sweater parts that are still just parts and nothing wearable;
    The Mile-A-Minute afghan strips that’s not yet an afghan;
    – The embroidered blocks that are gathering dust because the colors
      You chose don’t work with your “now” decor;

 

HANDWORK is stressed as there are no machines used in the process of making your wonderful creations. This is also a learning time, at every meeting there is a short demonstration of a technique, or information about a product or project.

 

ALSO: Did you know?
    – There are at least 6 different ways to cast-on for knitting?
    There are only 3 stitches ever used in knitting?
    There are at 7 basic stitches in crochet?
    Tatting is nothing more than tying knots on a string?
    Bobbin lace is a form of weaving?
    Needle lace is made with a needle and thread: no loom required?

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Come on in and join us for a fun time! Check our web site’s  Show Calendar if you forget the date or time. Don’t think that you have to be skilled in order to be welcome. If you want to learn to knit, and don’t know a knitting needle from a crochet hook, come on in!  We will be more than glad to help you.

 

We also have a selection of yarn, thread (both embroidery and crochet), knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc.  More will be coming in the near future.

 

Keep that thread or yarn flowing through your fingers!
-Virginia