What's New At PSQ

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's New At PSQ 5-26-11

Here's what's new at PSQ this week! 

Batavia Quilt Show
Now in its fifth year, the Batavia Quilt and Textile Show is going to be even bigger and better!  Each year, I tell people that they should submit their quilts for this show and each year I hear, "Oh, my quilts aren't good enough to be in a show."  So, to prove to you all that any and ALL quilts should be featured in this show, I am bringing my very FIRST quilt out of the drawer, quilting it, binding it and putting that baby in the show.  I made this quilt about 11 years ago in a class I took at Stitches and Stuffing.  All my points are clipped and it doesn't lay flat but...on second viewing (it's been in that drawer a LONG time) it's not so bad!  And quilting it will do wonders!  So...you have no excuse and my guess is your quilts are a lot better than my first one. 

I have application forms available at the shop OR you can go to the Quilt Show website at www.bataviaquiltshow.com and click on "Exhibitor Application".  The forms (but not the quilts) are due in by June 15 (quilts don't have to be turned in until July).  Stop making excuses and show the world (or at least the Fox Valley) your beautiful quilts! 

Sandra Dallas
Thanks to those of you who joined us last Saturday to welcome best-selling author Sandra Dallas to the Batavia Public Library.  Ms. Dallas entertained us with a wonderful talk about her latest book "The Bride's House" and the trials and tribulations she and her husband have experienced during the renovation of their own "Bride's House" some of which appeared in the book.  She then joined us at the shop for an intimate question and answer session and a wonderful evening.
French Braid Transformation by Jane Hardy Miller
- If you remember the wonderful "Frend Braid Quilts" book that came out several years, then you'll be anxious to see Jane Hardy Miller's second foray into braided quilts.  This book takes the French Braid style even further AND...it's all strip pieced.  Quilts that look dimensional and woven are actually pieced using a simple, strip method (it's all in the placement).  Check out the gorgeous "Celtic Not" and the fun and funky "Wavelet" quilt, but my favorite is "Erector Set".  The book is chock full of great designs made simple - Yahoo!

Pumpkin Patch Threads by Need'l Love - Customers are always asking me if they can combine wool with cotton and the answer is YES!  The folks at Need'l Love have been doing this beautifully for years and their latest book, "Pumpkin Patch Threads" is one of their best.  There are quilts, pillows, rug hooking, punchneedle, pincushions and more!  I know it's hard to think about Fall when the weather is finally getting warm BUT if you start now, by the time the weather starts to turn cold again (and it always does), your house will be outfitted in beautiful fabric art!

Wonky One-Block Quilts - Simple Technique, Dramatic Results by Marlous Carter - Now I know we have all made a "wonky" quilt or two in our quilting lives so I was thrilled to learn that Marlous Carter has made "wonky" not only acceptable but beautiful.  With a simple technique, four patch blocks, rail fence and more can be turned on their sides (literally) and with great effect!  Check out how courthouse steps can go "wonky" and my favorite "Boardwalk" AND then check out the Bodacious Borders section of the book - a great and funky way to add an extra touch to an already funky quilt.

Strip-Smart Quilts - 16 Designs from One Easy Technique by Kathy Brown - I am one of those people who judges a book by its cover and so I grabbed this one immediately.  The cover quilt features a gorgeous red, white, blue and cream quilt that looks difficult but isn't.  All the quilts in this great book are simply strip pieced but each quilt looks different and dazzling.  I know I usually tell you my favorite patterns from the books I talk about but with this one, I LOVE them ALL!  There are great options for precut strips, fat quarters or yardage and ideas for scrappy or not.  Perfect!

Classic Holiday Fabrics by Timeless Treasures
- Yep, the Christmas fabric just keeps on coming.  This group of fabrics is VERY traditional with golds, reds, greens and more.  There are two wonderful panels - a classic Santa Claus and a Nativity scene (just quilt, bind and your done!).  There are also beautiful fabrics in rich tones with metallics featuring musical instruments, poinsettas and holly.  Beautiful.

AND, though I wasn't in the shop today, I heard that ANOTHER Christmas line (nearly 30 bolts) arrived this afternoon.  I'll have pictures and an update on the blog next week but if you just can't wait...stop in and see it for yourself.  It's a whimsical/folksy line in subtle dones of brown, cranberry, green and cream.  Non-traditional but very homey and sweet.  There's a panel, too!

Brenda's Star

Saturday, May 28 from 10 am to 1 pm
This quilt will have you seeing stars on your bed in no time! They are created using strip piecing and the Clearview Triangle ruler. Easy and fun!
Class Fee: $21
Instructor: Janet Blazekovich
Level: Confident Beginner

Build a Star WorkshopSunday, May 29 from 12 pm to 4 pm
Find your creative inner child as you draft and piece your very own star design. You may be tempted to build a whole constellation after this class. Fundamental of paper piecing are covered as well as alternate methods.
Class Fee: $30
Instructor: Caron Carlson
Level: Confident Beginner

Kaffe Klass/Tarantella
Thursdays, June 2 and June 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm
For those quilters who love the fabrics of Kaffe Fasset - this is the quilt for you!  Dramatic, colorful, striking and one of a kind!
Class Fee: $42
Instructor:  Barbara Rippel
Level: Confident Beginner
Not Your Grandmother's Log CabinSaturday, June 4 & 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm and Saturday, June 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm
This quilt is a twist on doing a log cabin.  Instead of squares, we'll be making diamonds and triangles.
Class Fee: $56
Instructor:  Pamela Faber
Level: Confident Beginner

So now as we head into the Memorial Day weekend, there is plenty to do at PSQ.  Enjoy the long weekend and quilt something (maybe finish a project that would be PERFECT for the Batavia Quilt Show).  Just a reminder that PSQ will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day BUT we'll be open on Saturday and Sunday and re-open on Tuesday morning at 10 am.

Happy Quilting!

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"Quilting With a Mission"
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Batavia, Illinois 60510

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