What's New At PSQ

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What's New At PSQ 4-21-11

Hi all! Happy Easter - FINALLY! Easter is one of my favorite holidays - so much chocolate AND jelly beans! But my personal favorite - Cadbury Creme Eggs! I LOVE those yummy treats with the hard, chocolate shell on the outside and the rich, thick creamy goo on the inside (there is no other word to describe the substance found inside these eggs - I don't know what it is but...it is sooooo good!). If you've never had one...I highly recommend it (not for your health, mind you, but just one for your personal happiness). I personally like mine frozen first but that's just me.

Also, I am happy to report that there have been sightings of the Easter Bunny around our house in the last few days. Apparently his recent "run-ins" with Mr. Peabody had no effect on his strange desire to visit our dog run on a daily basis and so I assume that he has suffered no post-traumatic stress and will be making his annual deliveries to your house this Sunday. Whew!

And speaking of Easter, please note that PSQ will be closed this Sunday, April 24 so that our staff can spend the day with friends and family (eating Cadbury eggs, no doubt!!!).

Now that I have you all "Jones-ing" for Cadbury Creme Eggs...here's what's new at PSQ this week!

Garden of Ideas Shop Hop Next Week!
This unique hop (formerly known as the Basketful of Ideas Hop) not only features prizes in hand-made woven baskets but we're also giving away a Bernina Activa 210 Sewing Machine valued at $999 as the Grand Prize. There are several shops on this hop you may never have visited so get hopping! Passports are available at the shop or you can pick them up at your first stop. We will be offering $2 pre-cut fat quarters all hop long!

Participating Shops include:
Basketcases Unlimited, Inc. - Clare; Judy's Quilt n' Sew - Hampshire; Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop - Fox River Grove; Prairie Shop Quilts - Batavia; Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe - Oswego; Quilt in Joy - Huntley; Quilter's Heart - Sandwich; Sew Generously - St. Charles; Tammy Tadd Designs - Sycamore.

I've designed our free block and have nearly finished (just need to sew down the binding) a cute table runner which we will kit and sell throughout the hop (and after) so plan on hopping, have fun, get cheap fat quarters AND get free patterns at each shop. It's nearly Easter...doesn't that make you want to HOP?

Ask the Trainer at PSQ
So many of you have asked how I lost the weight and got into shape over the last year. Well, now you can hear it from an expert when my personal trainer, Jackie Kold, stops in to host an "Ask the Trainer" evening at PSQ. Jackie will be stopping by the shop on Friday, May 6 from 7 to 8 pm to judge our latest Mission: Seams Impossible entries and will stick around for an hour or so to answer your questions on how to lose weight safely and effectively AND how to get healthy! There is no charge, just bring your questions and get a jump start on getting healthy this summer. I am passionate about how working with Jackie has changed my life in simple AND significant ways. So stop by and see what it's all about!

Kits and Samples
Harvest Town Flannels - I just LOVE working with flannels so I jumped on the chance to make the shop sample from this gorgeous line. This fabric is SOOOO soft and yummy and the pattern is SOOOOO simple to assemble. We made a few modifications (took out the 16 Churn Dash blocks) to make it even faster and easier to make AND you CAN have it done in a weekend! I'll have a photo on our blog in the next day or so and kits are available. The design is whimsical with a folk art flair and while I know that summer is coming and you may not be thinking about flannel (though it IS freezing tonight!) winter will be here again in no time! Make it now and you'll be glad you did when the bitter cold of winter creeps back around!

The Quilt Life with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms - The Quilt Life is a beautiful magazine with gorgeous photos and wonderful articles. If you love to snuggle up with a quilt on your lap (and with these crazy cold temps that sounds good to me!), a mug of tea and good quilt magazine, then you'll love The Quilt Life. This issue features water inspired quilts, a beautiful quilt studio and more. There are great patterns and Ricky and Alex always have some yummy recipes, too!

Quilts from Textured Solids by Kim Schaefer - Kim Schaefer is one of my favorite designers and I am so excited that she has come out with a book using Textured Solids since we have over 180 bolts of the best textured solids out there - The Michael Miller Krystal line. When you have that many bolts to use and mix and match, you'll want to make every one of the 20 new projects inside this book! Simple shapes help to show off the richness of the fabric and make the colors shine!


Fresh Picked Posies by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins - Fun, flirty and full of floral fabulosity (yes, I'm sure that's a word!), this book has it all! Fresh floral applique designs from the ladies at Piece O' Cake Designs fill this book. Designs can be fused or hand appliqued and you can use just one design for a fantastic focal point OR make them all to create a fanciful floral sampler.

All Time Favorite Scrap Quilts form That Patchwork Place - yes, I have to admit I have never been able to make a true scrappy quilt but I know many of you out there LOVE scrappy quilts and so this book is for you! There are designs in this book from some of the best quilt makers out there including Kim Diehl, Mimi Dietrich and Sally Schneider. So grab all your scraps and get quilting!

Fast Fusible Flower Quilts by Nancy Mahoney - It must be spring because all the "flower" books are arriving! Featuring 11 different quilt projects, this book has gorgeous flower motifs including spring favorites: dogwoods, daisies and amaryllis. So now that the flowers are starting to pop through the ground and you're feeling inspired to make a fabric garden, get this book and start fusing!

Fat Quarter Winners by Monique Dillard - Monique is another one of my favorite quilt designers so I was thrilled to find that her latest book features one of my favorite fabric goodies - fat quarters. We ALL have a ton of fat quarters in our fabric stash and Monique has done a great job taking the lowly fat quarter to new quilting heights! There are 11 different patterns ranging from lap size to king size and all fat quarter friendly. FABULOUS!
The Big Book of Patchwork - 50 Fabulous Quilts from Judy Hopkins - Yep, that's right - 50 patternsin just one book. There are quilts of all sizes from crib to king and the designs are varied but emphasize classic patchwork designs with quick, easy and fast cutting and piecing techniques.
Ohio Star - Square in a Square
Friday, April 22 from 10 am to 1 pm
The size of quilt that is in the book makes a great baby quilt but you can make it larger by increasing the block size or making more blocks. You will be learning two Options from the Square in a Square technique. The quilt comes together very quickly and is a great way to feature a print that you just don't want to cut into small pieces.
Class Fee: $21
Instructor: Janet Blazekovich
Level: Confident Beginner

Binding 201
Sunday, May 1 from 12 pm to 3 pm
If you've mastered the basics of binding and are ready to conquer some more advanced techniques, this is the class for you! We will explore fusible binding, two fabric reversible binding, flanges and piping. We'll sew samples that include rick rack and lace, and also try a variety of prairie points. Learn some great new techniques for finishing our next quilt with style!
Class Fee: $24
Instructor: Connie Pomering
Level: Confident Beginner

4-Patch Posie
Thursdays, May 5 and 26 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Take just one fabric but create many different designs! Transform a focus or novelty fabric into a 4-Patch Kaleidoscope quilt that will delight and make you want to try different fabrics.
Class Fee: $42
Instructor: Barbara Rippel
Level: Confident Beginner

Sophisticated Hobo Bag
Saturday, May 14 from 12 pm to 4 pm
This smart bag has it all! Pockets and personality. Leave the strap wide for comfort or narrow it up for added style. Caron will also share a technique for making a quilted cosmetic (or glasses or sewing kit) bag for a nice finishing touch.
Class Fee: $25
Instructor: Caron Carlson
Level: Confident Beginner

Have a wonderful Easter! Try a Cadbury Creme Egg with a large glass of milk (they are really rich!) and say "Hi!" to the Easter Bunny from Mr. Peabody (he'll be locked safely away until Easter is over!) We'll see you Hopping next week! And, don't forget to check out photos of What's New At PSQ at our blog. Just go to http://prairieshopquilts.blogspot.com. Happy Quilting!



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