Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sunshine and Stitches Shop Hop

Doesn't this look like a ton of fun? Grandma's Attic is participating in the Sunshine and Stitches Shop Hop now through August 2nd. This shop hop covers 13 Oregon shops within easy driving distances of one another (SW Portland, west to Forest Grove, 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 13 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.

Our quilt block kit is called "Fun in the Sun." Our exclusive quilt project is a table runner we've aptly named Sun Runner. Designed by Cheryl Libby, the table runner measures 18" x 36", but you could make it longer simply by adding more blocks. Don't you think it looks a little like pinwheels dancing in the sunlight? Both the pattern for the Sun Runner and a fabric kit 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 13 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!

Participating shops are:  Grandma's Attic, Dallas; A Common Thread, Portland, Bernina Stretch and Sew Fabrics, Keizer; Boersma's Sewing Center, Inc., McMinnville; Greenbaum's Quilted Forest, Salem; Needles in the Grove, Forest Grove; Quilt 'n Stitch, Stayton; Quilter's Corner Store, Beaverton; Sandra's Stitches, Hillsboro; Sharon's Attic, Hillsboro,  Tea Time Calicos, Beaverton; The Cotton Patch, Keizer; and The Pine Needle, Lake Oswego.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

American Made Fabric

100% Grown and Made in America
Driven by a desire to bring America's once flourishing textile industry back, Clothworks is debuting their American Made Brand. After teaming up with some of the country's oldest textile companies, they have brought to market a fabric that is sourced and manufactured entirely in the United States.

There are currently 50 solid colored fabrics in the fabric line. This 100% cotton product is grown right here in the United States using Upland variety cotton. The cotton is then in spun into cotton yarn, woven into cloth, and dyed--all right here in America.

These solid-colored fabrics can be made into a myriad of beautiful quilt and sewing projects. Grandma's Attic is celebrating this Farm to Fabric movement by carrying American Made Brand fabrics and sourcing patterns that will help you use them. Look for these at our website in the very near future!



Monday, May 26, 2014

In Flanders Field

Flanders Field, Belgium
John McCrae, 1872-1918
One of the most famous World War I poems was written in 1915 by Canadian John McCrae. He was inspired to write his poem on May 3rd, 1915, after performing the burial service of Alexis Helmer, a friend and fellow soldier who died in the Second Battle of Ypres, Belgium the day before. At the time, he had noted how quickly the poppies grew around the graves of those who had died. Sitting in the back of an ambulance, he composed the poem, then crumpled the paper and threw it away. Another soldier retrieved the poem and convinced McCrae to submit it for publication. McCrae worked on the poem for months before submitting it to The Spectator in London. Although they rejected it, the poem was sent to Punch where it was published on December 8th, 1915.

"In Flanders Field" became the most popular poem of its era. It was republished throughout the world and became synonymous with the sacrifice of soldiers in World War I. Real poppies became a symbol for honoring soldiers of World War I are worn to this day on Remembrance Day.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We Lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from falling hands we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though our poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
      -- Lt. Colonel John McCrae
 

Canadian Soldiers in France During World War I, 1916


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Kimberly's Garden - 1930s Fabric

Kimberly's Garden Fabric

Kimberly’s Garden is a beautiful new collection of 1930s era reproduction prints by Fresh Water Designs. Kimberly was a sales representative for the E.E. Schenck company. She died from pancreatic cancer at Christmas time. Sick for approximately 13 months, she had been working on a hexagon quilt using vintage 1930s-40s fabrics from a salesman sample book. After she passed, the company decided to print a line of fabrics in her honor. They chose many of the samples that she had been using in her hexagon quilt and dedicated a portion of the profits to the American Cancer Society. Grandma's Attic is proud to carry all 39 prints from this beautiful collection. To order, click here.

Friday, May 09, 2014

J.F. Ingalls Roses Embroidery Club

J.F. Ingall's Roses Embroidery Club
Look what we just added to our Grandma's Attic embroidery selections! These beautiful roses are truly timeless. Each hand embroidered rose is adapted from  the J.F. Ingalls Stamping Catalog of 1887. Back then, the designs could be purchased for between 15 and 35 cents each. Customers would then have to create them using a process that involved stamping ink, a pad and kerosene or benzene to transfer the pattern to cloth.

Today, you can recreate the splendor of days gone by using Transfer-Eze, a convenient method for transferring patterns to cloth without first having to draw or trace them. Our J.F. Ingalls Roses Embroidery Club brings you 12 beautiful rose patterns, the Transfer-Eze to transfer them, and the fabric and floss to turn them into miniature wall hangings or decorative potholders. The background is white and the borders are hand-painted batiks.

Create them yourself or give them as a gift to someone who loves to hand embroider. Click here to join this monthly club!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Color of Joy Quilt Challenge

Our new Quilt Challenge is here! Grandma's Attic is hosting a Quilt challenge to support Sable House, our local domestic violence shelter. Our theme for the past few years has revolved around "The Color of" concept. So far, we've hosted the Color of Peace,  Love, Courage, Healing, Hope, Compassion, Wonder and Dreams. This year we're hosting The Color of Joy. Doesn't that sound inspiring?

Entry packets for this year's theme include five theme fabrics, challenge rules, and an entry form. All proceeds from the sale of the packets go directly to Sable House. The maximum quilt size for quilts entered into the challenge should not exceed 180 total inches when all sides are added together; however, there is no minimum size requirement. Each quilt must incorporate all theme fabrics, although the amount used is up to you. The remainder of the fabric used can be quilter's choice.

Quilts are due in to Grandma's Attic by July 23, 2014 where they will be displayed from July 25-27, 2014. The general public will be invited to vote for their favorites. Winners will be selected by customer ballot (one vote per viewer) based on Best Interpretation of Theme and Best Use of Color. (Remember, this is the general public, not professional quilt judges, so don't be afraid to enter!) First Place prize is a $100 gift certificate to Grandma's Attic; Second Place prize is a $50 gift certificate; Third Place is a $25 gift certificate. In addition, Best Interpretation of Theme will win a five yard fabric bundle and Best Use of Color will receive a Gift Baskets filled with color tools.

 Quilts will also be displayed at the Polk County Fair in Rickreall, Oregon held in August, and on display at other locations as well. All quilts will be returned to their owners by the end of August, 2014. If you'd like to participate in this quilt challenge, you can purchase a packet either at the shop or on the web. We can't wait to see what you've dreamed up!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Stories of Old Oregon Block of the Month

Grandma's Brand New Block of the Month Club


Stories of Old Oregon Quilt
    What was it like to move to and live in Old Oregon during the days before Oregon became a state in 1859? In this unique Block of the Month Club, you will sew blocks that the Pioneers themselves might have made as you discover the  the exhilirating adventures and tall tales that were part of the western expansion of the Great Migration to the Oregon Territory.

     Included in the Club is a monthly newsletter written by Grandma Rachel. She will tell you fascinating stories about Jimmy Chitwood and the Bear, Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spaulding, the Sager Orphans and more. This newsletter is packed with information about the early pioneers, the migration, life in Old Oregon, and more.

In addition to the newsletter, you will receive the fabric an patterns you need to create two 9" quilt blocks. Other handouts are also included. This is a 13 month club, with a finishing kit sent in the 13th month. Size of the completed quilt is approximately 64" x 85". You'll have fun sewing while you learn about the Oregon Trail and the early Pioneers. Click here for more information and to join this exciting new club.