Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Block of the Month Catalog

We just got our 2011 Block of the Month catalog back from the printer and is it ever pretty to look at!

The catalog is stuffed with photos and information about our Block of the Month Clubs and how they work. Seeing all the clubs together, I was amazed at the number of programs that we do here at Grandma's Attic. I also noticed that we have many different embroidery available, including our new one Sweethearts Redwork Sampler Club. I've been embroidering blocks for this club and also for Flower of the Month Club. That one is currently being revamped with a new setting that will make it twice as gorgeous as before.

One of my favorite clubs is the Bobby Sox Sisters. Each month, you follow Apple Betty, Patti Poundcake and Jenny Jello as they explore the changes of the 1950s. There's quilt blocks to create and 1950s-era appliances to embroider, as well as a special newsletter for reading about what was popular during those years.

If you'd like a copy of our latest catalog, send us an e-mail at with your snail mail address and we'll get one in the mail to you right away!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jewels of the Valley Quilt Show

One of my favorite quilt shows takes place right in my own back yard. Held every other year, the 2011 Quilt Show is put on by the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

This year, the theme is Jewels of the Valley. It starts tomorrow, April 21, and continues through Saturday, April 23. Held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, Oregon, it's only four miles from Grandma's Attic. Come see us once you've been inspired by the show. The quilt you see here is called "Gem Stars." Made by quilt guild members, it is going to be raffled off Sunday afternoon and one lucky person will be taking it home.

In addition to the quilt raffle, this show features judged and non-judged quilts, a silent auction, a vendor mall, a boutique full of quilty things made by Guild members, and a bed turning. The bed turning is one of my favorite parts of this show. And just like it says, what will happen is that they will tell you all about the quilts that have been laid out on a big old bed. One of the Guild members will discuss each quilt in detail--how old it is, where it came from, etc. Then they will turn it back to reveal another quilt.

Admission for non guild members is $5 and well worth the price. Allow yourself plenty of time to be able to see all the quilts, visit the boutique and vendor mall, bid on silent auction items and even have a little something to eat. Remember, this show is held every other year so if you miss this one, you'll have to wait two whole years before you can see it again!