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 exhilarating 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.