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.

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.