Monday, January 27, 2014

"Souper" Bowl Sale at Grandma's Attic

"Souper" Bowl Sunday Sale!

Grandma's Attic is hosting a "Souper" Bowl Sale at our shop this weekend,  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 31 to February 2, 2014. Our fabric will be marked down and there will be an additional discount for those who bring in cans of soup or food for the local food bank.

This will be our 20th year hosting a "Souper" Bowl sale. What we do is invite our in-store customers to bring in cans of soup for the local food bank in exchange for a discount on fabric purchases. Believe me, our customers have generously donated food for the local food bank even in the tough times. It is always so reassuring to me to know that quilters are good people who care about others!

My own grandmother was a professional cook for many years. The very thought that someone might go hungry was very distressing to her. If there was something she could do to feed a hungry person, you can bet she would. My son, Kyle, says that his own memories of his great-grandmother mostly revolve around food: her big white apron, eating the plums off of her prized plum-tree, or her asking him to try yet another piece of pie after one of her big Thanksgiving dinner feasts.

With hunger still a big problem in today's world, we are glad to be able to help out in our community. Our customers help us meet this tremendous challenge with their terrific generosity.

That's my daughter, Leah, in the photo above, posing with just a few of the cans of food we're donating to the food bank.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Rhyme Time Redwork Embroidery Club

Rhyme Time Redwork Embroidery Quilt
Rhyme Time Redwork Embroidery Quilt is simply adorable and we think you will enjoy creating it for a little one in your life! This 1930s-era nursery rhyme quilt features 12 adorable 8" embroidered blocks filled with delightful nursery rhymes. From Banbury Cross, to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, to Polly Put the Kettle On and Curly Locks, each month, the nursery rhyme verse and its history are included in the pattern so you can remember it from your own childhood as you stitch away.

Each month during this 12 month club, you'll receive the pattern, nursery rhymes, muslin, and floss to make one embroidered quilt block block. Two colors available: Turkey Red or Indigo Blue. When completed, the finished quilt is approximately 30" x 40". To order, click here.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Grandma's Scrapbasket Newsletter

Grandma's Scrapbasket Newsletter
For over 10 years, Grandma's Attic has published Grandma's Scrapbasket Newsletter, a fun monthly newsletter full of interesting articles. It's a fabric swatch club designed especially for those who want to see and feel the newest fabrics as they arrive in the shop.

A one-year subscription brings you 12 months of fabric fun. Each month, we send you ten 5" x 5" swatches of fabric, along with a monthly newsletter full of interesting articles. Newsletters include vignettes about quilting history, fun facts, reviews of quilt books and patterns, and information about our fabric collections.  A free quilt pattern is also included.

Grandma's Scrapbasket Newsletter is also available in a fat quarter size called the Fat Basket. Payable each month, you receive ten fat quarters in addition to the 5" x 5" fabric swatches and newsletter. It's a fun way to find fabric in your mail box each month!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Feedsacks III Fabric,100,10083

We love those feedsack fabrics from the 1930s and 40s. Rural housewives of the time quickly discovered their potential and began to recycle these cotton bags for other uses. Yielding about one square yard of fabric each,  women opened up the bags, washed out the lettering, and turned them into household items, garments and quilts. Clothing, toys, underwear, aprons, pillowcases, laundry bags, curtains, table cloths, towels, dishtowels and diapers were just a few of the items made from these bags. By 1942, it was estimated that nearly three million women and children of all income levels wore garments made from printed feedsacks. Pattern companies and bag manufacturers even produced pamphlets on ways to reuse these bags.

Fabrics in Blue Hill's Feedsacks III collection are reproductions of these printed bags.  The bright and cheery fabrics include all of the most popular colors of those Depression era sacks, including pinks, purples, greens, yellows, blues, aquas and browns. These fun fabrics provide the diversity of colors and styles you need to recreate a 1930s/40s era project. Click here to view them.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Vist Your Local Quilt Shop Day

Saturday, January 25th is visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day and Grandma's Attic will be participating. This nation-wide event is promoted by the Fabric Shop Network, a trade organization for independent quilt and fabric shop owners and design studios. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of independent shops in their local economy and in the creative pursuit of quilting, sewing and crafting.

Grandma's Attic
"Quilt Shops are vital to our industry and are much more than a retail venue," said Laurie Harsh, president of the Fabric Shop Network. "They are a place where sewist and quilters meet and connect, trade stories about their latest projects, take classes and learn new techniques, and are inspired to work with fabric in exciting new ways."

Here at Grandma's Attic, we will be participating in this important day with sales, demos, door prizes and other fun activities.As part of Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, you could be entered to win a $100 shopping spree.

Click Here for Contest Details
To enter, visit one of the participating quilt/fabric shops listed here. Take a photo of yourself in the shop. Upload your photo with a caption of why you love your favorite quilt/fabric shop (Grandma's Attic?)  to

Enter as often as you like. Each eligible entry must be unique and original with a caption (only one entry per photo). Creativity is encouraged! Contest runs through January 25, 2014 at 11:59 EST.