Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oregon Towns and Founders

Block of the Month program

In this new Block of the Month Quilt Club, Grandma's Attic continues their series on the Stories of Old Oregon, with a focus on towns and their founders within the state of Oregon. You learn the fascinating history of how many of the towns in Oregon were founded--how they got their names, their early history, prominent citizens of the day, and beginnings of each town's commerce and industry.
Oregon Towns and Founders

Each month, participants receive the patterns and fabric to create two 12" quilt blocks featuring 19th Century era fabrics. Each block is done in a variety of reproduction scraps of reds and browns specific to the time period. They are all easy to create and fun to make. At year's end, club members will have received materials for 24 quilt blocks plus the sashing and borders to put them into a quilt top measuring approximately 71" x 99". An informational newsletter and other hand-outs are also included.

This is a fun, creative way to combine the art of quilt making with a love of history. You'll learn more about the history of Old Oregon as you go along. If you'd like to join this exciting club, click here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Please Vote for Us!

Great News! Grandma's Attic has been nominated for Best Dallas Shop in the Statesman Journal's Best of the Mid-Valley 2015 contest. For the first time ever, this contest, annually sponsored by the Statesman Journal newspaper, is including shops in the town of Dallas, Oregon where the Grandma's Attic quilt shop is located.

Please vote for us! You can vote once each day until March 9th. We are listed under Your Community, Best Dallas Shop which is the button to the farthest right "Your Community"...or simply scroll down on the landing page until you find our name. Thank you  so much! To vote, click here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seasons Remembered

Seasons Remembered

Seasons Remembered is one of my favorite Patti-Ann Publications patterns. Designed by Jane Davis, a dear friend who recently passed away, the quilt features 12 different 18" applique blocks, each representing a month of the year. Surrounding the applique blocks is a simple leaf border. This leaf border pattern was taken directly from an 1840s era Red and Green Quilt similar to our Seasons Remembered. The quilt can be traditionally appliqued or made with fusible web. If using fusible web, you can use buttonhole stitching, either by machine or hand, to finish off each block.

According to Jeana Kimball, an applique artist, these types of quilts were considered the favorite type of 'best' quilt during the period of the 1840s-1860s. They were often made as a Presentation Quilt. A Presentation Quilt was a quilt made to present to a prominent member of society, such as a minister or politician. The red and green colors used in the quilt were often accented with yellow, pink, orange. Occasionally blue was used.

 Looking at the quilt, you can see that the first block in the upper left hand corner is January's block, Snowflower Blossoms. February's block is the second one in the first row. March is the final block in row one. The patterns continue in this manner until December's block, which is in the bottom right hand corner or the quilt.

This quilt and its patterns are available for purchase in several different forms. First, the quilt itself is available as a Block of the Month Club. In this format, you receive the pattern and fabric needed to complete one block each month until you have received all of the blocks. Once you have received all of the blocks, a finishing kit is sent to you so you can add the final border.

Seasons Remembered Pattern Set
Seasons Remembered is also available as a complete set of patterns but no fabric. All of the instructions for making the quilt are included. Each block can also be purchased individually as a kit with fabric included. The monthly patterns with fabric are:  Snowflower BlossomsHeart's Desire; Irish Rose; Tulips; Peonies; Bridal Wreath; Patriot's Rose; Calendula; Dahlia Wreath; Oak Leaves; President's Wreath; and Holly Wreath.

This quilt is a timeless heirloom that can be passed down for generations.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

The Pantone Company has announced that Pantone 18-1438 Marsala, is the Color of the Year for 2015. As the global color authority, this company develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions that designers and a variety of industries, including printing, photography, graphic design, plastics, textiles and others, have come to rely on.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Marsala, a red-brown color named after fortified wine, "is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth." The hue is said to embody the  satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. As such, Eiseman says, "Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room-- making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home." The company also states that "Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture."

Below are Pantone's suggestions for a 2015 Spring Wardrobe for Women. Incorporating the Color of the Year, these colors would also make a beautiful palette for quilts or other sewing projects!

Pantone's 2015 Spring Wardrobe for Women
Colors:  Top Row: Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, Classic Blue, Toasted Almond. Bottom Row: Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Custard, Mustard, Marsala

Friday, November 07, 2014

Turkey Lurkey

Just in time for the holiday season, here's Tom Turkey in a fun little quilt pattern created by Cheryl Libby at Grandma's Attic
Turkey Lurkey was created using two Turkey Tracks blocks, a few more fun half-square triangles, and some adorable fusible web applique for his head and feet. Isn't he cute as can be? 

You can purchase the pattern only or a kit with the fabric you need to create the quilt top and binding from our webstore.  The finished size of our wall quilt is 18" x 27". The pattern includes a template for embroidering or penning either the words "American Made" or "Happy Thanksgiving" above Tom's head. You choose which you want to use.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1st American Cookie Lady Cookbook

Grandma's Attic carries cookbooks that are guaranteed to be filled with scrumptious recipes and other fun tidbits of folklore, fun and information.

The 1st American Cookie Lady is one of our favorites!  In 1917, Anna "Cookie" Covington set out to record all of her favorite cookie recipes as a gift to her daughter because no published cookie recipe books existed at the time. Strangely, her 76 page handwritten personal cooking diary was never delivered to her daughter as planned. 88 years later, the unused diary fell into the hands of food historian Barbara Swell, who recognized it as perhaps the earliest collection of American cookie recipes, dating from the mid-1880s through World War I. 

The book includes 221 recipes recorded from 1917-1920 along with adaptations for modern kitchens, vintage graphics and photos, World War I food shortage recipes, plus curiosities of cookie baking history. To order a copy for yourself, click here

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Bee's Knees: Exploring the 1920s

Introducing Grandma's newest in-store Quilt Club, The Bee's Knees: Exploring the 1920s. Led by Grandma Rachel, this club meets once per month. 

Regardless of who you were or where you lived, the world was turning upside down in the 1920s. A generation of men had been lost during World War I. It was an age of change with a new obsession for glamour, music, movie stars, shopping and sports history. The story for our quilt club revolves around Betty and her love of the movies and all things "new" during this time period.

Betty, fresh off the farm, moves to New York City to live with her brother who just got back from the Great War. She takes a job as a ticket girl at the Bijou Theatre where she soon discovers the allure of the movies. Influenced by her brother's wounded spirit and desire to forget the War, Betty soon discovers the world of Jazz; glamorous fashions, seductive movies, notorious speakeasies, and dangerous gangsters. Betty's life is about to change dramatically. Can the farm girl truly adapt to the dazzling lights of the city, or will it's tantalizing lifestyle sweet her into a world of danger and easy virtue?

Each month during the Quilt Club we'll follow Betty as she makes her way through the 1920s. Classes begin September 4-6, 2014. Club members will learn about the 1920s from an historic viewpoint, plus socialize with friends, share stories and collect quilt blocks to make a commemorative quilt. Packed with history, adventure and optimism, you  won't want to miss this exciting new series.

Quilt Block Kits are available in four color schemes: American Made Brand, 1920s/30s, 19th Century Reproductions and Splash Brights. Class participation is $10 per month per colorway. There is a $10 membership fee which helps offset the cost of class materials.

Grandma's Quilt Clubs are like no others that we know about. They are a fun way to learn about history that affects women today and new products. There are door prize drawings, an opportunity to be with friends, and quilt blocks to collect.

Dates of the club are:  September 4/5/6; October 2/3/4; November 6/7/8; December 4/5/6; January 8/9/10; February 5/6/7; March 5/6/7; April 2/3/4; May 7/8/9; June 4/5/6; July 9/10/11; and August 6/7/8.

You can register for this class online by clicking here.