Monday, June 06, 2016

Brand New Website

Grandma's Attic has a brand new website! Designed by Gail Bean of Gail Bean Design, the format is suited to all types of devices, from cell phones to tablets to desk top computers.

We've been on the web for 19 years, ever since 1997 when we were one of the very first quilt sites. Since that time we've added lots of new products and information, including pages like yummy recipes, redwork patterns, links to various sites, and fun things such as quotes for quilters.

We'd love to hear your comments. To view our new website, click here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Honeybee Quilt Block

Honeybee Quilt Block
According to Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman, the Honeybee quilt block dates back to at least the 1840s. The block was pieced with a solid square for the center; then "bee wings" were appliqued in place.

Sometime in the 20th century (1920s or so), quilt designers of the time began to use a nine patch for the center square. Ruby McKim created a Honeybee pattern showing a nine patch center for the Kansas City Star in 1929.

More recently, Roxy Burgard of Calico Hills Farm, published her version of the Honeybee quilt block as part of her traditional quilt pattern, Honey Bees, in the 1990s. She used a traditional nine patch layout to create her pattern, with five Honeybee blocks and four Bee Skeps. Popular for the past 25 years, the pattern continues to be available at Grandma's Attic by clicking here. If you would like to read a more in-depth history of the Honeybee quilt block, you will want to read Barbara Brackman's Material Culture post by clicking here.
Honey Bees Quilt Pattern

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sweet Laundry Bag

Do you remember Grandma's old-fashioned outdoor clothesline? Laundry bags such as this one were filled with clothespins and hung on the line so they would be in a convenient position when you began to hang up clothes to dry. 

This adorably cute little Doggie Laundry Bag is not from those days gone by, but straight out of 2016! Our classroom instlructor, Cheryl Libby, made it using a brand new book called Vintage Stitching. Filled with more than 400 authentic embroidery designs, this is a treasure chest of patterns you will want to make! There are projects to complete, plus hundreds of retro-cool art embroidery patterns from classic catalogs and magazines.

Vintage Stitching Treasury
There are also projects for making quilts, aprons, tea towels, and potholders. How-to pages and tips are also included, as well as a color gallery where you can see many different embroidery projects from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Each of the popular embroidery stitches are illustrated so you can remind yourself how to create those stitches you may have learned long ago. You'll find a page on tinting with crayons and another on caring for vintage linens.

If you love embroidery, you will love this book!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Memories of Old Oregon

Memories of Old Oregon
This beautiful appliqued sampler quilt is the newest Block of the Month Club by Grandma's Attic. Reminiscent of the traditional applique samplers from the 19th Century, our Memories of Old Oregon block of the month club commemorates early Oregon landmarks and towns.

There are 24 applique patterns, in the traditional 19th century colors of red and green, each of which can be made using either traditional or fusible web applique. Each month, you receive the pattern and fabric needed to create one 12" quilt block, plus a mini-history about the town or landmark for which it was named.

These gorgeous applique blocks will look beautiful in the sampler setting shown, surrounded by an applique border, or in any other quilt setting you choose. We are currently working on a border treatment for this quilt and will post photos as soon as it is complete. The finished size of the Quilt is 52" x 76".  To order our Memories of Old Oregon block of the month club, click here.

Friday, February 19, 2016

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 2016 contest. This annual contest, 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 7th. We are listed under Your Community, Best Dallas Shop. Follow the link Best of the Mid-Valley 2016, scroll down to Dallas Shop until you find our name. Thank you  so much! To vote, click here.

Snowflakes and Stitches Shop Hop

The Queen of Hearts
Grandma's Attic is participating in the Snowflakes and Stitches Shop Hop that is taking place in Oregon through February 20. The photo to the left is the block that we have chosen for our shop. This Shop Hop covers 15 Oregon shops within easy driving distances of one another (Vancouver, south to McMinnville, then Salem and Dallas.)

The Queen's Hedgerow
Each shop provides participants with a Quilt Block Kit to make a 6" quilt block. In addition, each shop has put together a project that uses their individual quilt block pattern. Each project is different. Some are large, some are small, and some are in-between. But what that means is that you have 15 different projects ideas if you visit every shop. All shops are open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Grandma's Attic and some of the other shops are also open on Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Using our Queen of Hearts quilt block, we created The Queen's Hedgerow, an 18" x 40" table runner that would make a beautiful setting for any table. Designed by Cheryl Libby, the table runner uses three of our shop hop blocks and a beautiful paper pieced border.


If you cannot participate in the Shop Hop, you can always purchase our patterns on-line. Simply click on the captions below the photos shown here and you will be taken to our website for ordering.

The 16 participating shops this year are:  Grandma's Attic, Dallas; A Common Thread, Portland, Bernina Stretch and Sew Fabrics, Keizer; Boersma's Sewing Center, Inc., McMinnville; Feather Your Nest, Gresham; Fiddlesticks, Vancouver, Wa; Greenbaum's Quilted Forest, Salem; Holly Hill Quilt Shoppe, West Linn; Quilter's Corner Store, Beaverton; Sewn Loverly, Wilsonville; Sharon's Attic, Hillsboro, Stitches 301, Mollala; Tea Time Calicos, Beaverton; The Cotton Patch, Keizer; and The Quilted Hill, Yamhill. You can start and stop at any shop and passports can be picked up at the first shop on your journey.

Shop hops are a fun way to visit your favorite quilt shops while collecting quilt blocks and projects. Take a friend along, plan lunch out, and have fun shopping!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 Color(s) of the Year

 
Pantone's 2016 Color(s) of the Year
For the first time, The Pantone Color Institute has announced that the color for the year 2016 is actually the blending of two colors--a pink and a blue. Pantone 13-1520 (Rose Quartz) and Pantone 15-3919 (Serenity) are the colors chosen. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone's Executive Director, "joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."


According to the Pantone website, consumers are  seeking mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill a yearning for reassurance and security. They also believe that the combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity challenges traditional perceptions of color association as many parts of the world experience a gender blue as it relates to fashion.

Pantone has also provided suggestions for a 2016 Spring Wardrobe for Women incorporating both colors into a palette that would also work for quilts and other sewing projects. The colors are, from top to bottom, Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Lilac Grey, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, and Green Flash.




Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day in the United States

American Stars Block of the Month Club
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring those who have served in the armed service of America. First proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson, November 11 was set aside to honor those who had fought in "The Great War," also known as World War I. November 11 was chosen in honor of the formal end of hostilities during World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

The United States Congress passed a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. By Congressional Act in 1938, the day was made into a national holiday "to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day."

In 1945, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized a National Veterans Day parade to honor American veterans of all wars. In 1954, Congress passed a bill, signed by President Eisenhower, proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. In 1982, Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Reagan. Today, Weeks' local parade and ceremonies are an annual event celebrated nationwide.