Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New Club! 19th Century Quiltmaking


Introducing Grandma's newest-in-store Quilt Club, 19th Century Quiltmaking. Led by Grandma Rachel, this club meets once per month with six sessions available.

19th Century Quiltmaking is a look at the quilting methods of an earlier era that continue to inspire us today. As Grandma says, you need look no further than the textiles produced by 19th Century women to learn about their lives, their daily passions, and the innovations of the era that allowed them to express their creativity in thread and cloth.

19th Century Quiltmaking Quilts
Colorways for 19th Century Quiltmaking
During this class you will learn, from an historic viewpoint, about 19th Century quilt styles, techniques and inventions that revolutionized quilting forever. Club members have an opportunity to socialize with friends, share stories and collect quilt blocks to make a commemorative quilt. Packed with history and adventure, you won't want to miss this exciting new club.

Quilt block kits are available in four color schemes: 1930s, 19th Century Reproductions, Patriotic colors and Batiks. 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 discover new products. There are door prize drawings, an opportunity to be with friends, and quilt blocks to collect.

Dates of the club are:   September 3/4/5; October 1/2/3; November 3/4/5; December 7/8/9; 2016: January 7/8/9; February 4/5/6; March 3/4/5; April 7/8/9; May 5/6/7; June 2/3/4; July 7/8/9; August 4/5/6.

You can register for the class online by clicking here.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sunshine and Stitches Shop Hop

Starboard--a Mini Wall Quilt


Doesn't this look like a ton of fun? Grandma's Attic is participating in the Sunshine and Stitches Shop Hop now through June 27 and the photo above is the project that we have chosen for our shop. This Shop Hop covers 15 Oregon shops within easy driving distances of one another (SW Portland, south to McMinnville, then Salem and Dallas).

Each shop is providing 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 it means to you is that you will have 15 different project 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.

This year, just for fun, we decided to make up a Sailboat block with three different colored sails, all from the Dit Dot collection by In The Beginning Fabrics. Participants get to choose which color sail they like best and that Block Kit is free. The other two can be purchased for $5.00 each.

Our exclusive quilt project is a mini wall quilt we've aptly named Starboard. Designed by Cheryl Libby, the quilt measures 9-1/2" x 20". Don't you think that it looks like a sailing contest is getting underway? Both the pattern and a fabric kit for Starboard are available.

To get started, all you need to do is arrive at any of the participating shops and ask for a passport. Each shop on your hop will stamp your passport. Once completed, you leave the passport at the last shop visited. It will then be entered into a drawing where you could win one of these amazing prizes:  a Three Night Stay at the Oregon Coast and prize bags filled with fabric, patterns and more valued at $300, $250, and $200. In addition, one lucky winner receives a $50 gift certificate from all 15 shops, and the individual shops are conducting an in-store drawing for a $25 prize. That means there are many opportunity to win a prize!


The 15 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; Greenbaum's Quilted Forest, Salem; Holly Hill Quilt Shoppe, West Linn; Quilter's Corner Store, Beaverton; Sandra's Stitches, Hillsboro; Sewn Loverly, Wilsonville; Sharon's Attic, Hillsboro, Stitches 301, Mollala; Tea Time Calicos, Beaverton; The Cotton Patch, Keizer; and The Pine Needle, Lake Oswego. 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!



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.