What's New At PSQ

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What's New At PSQ 6-3-11

Hi All!  Here's what's new at PSQ this week!

Batavia Quilt ShowNow 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  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!
Four All Seasons Winter by Andover - Funky and fun, this playful line from Andover is non-traditional but so fun. In bold colors of black, red, green and cream, featuring fun snowmen and cardinals and great graphic shapes - Four All Seaons has a large print that features snowmen and cardinals "floating" in ornaments. I think you could make a cute (and so fast) wall hanging by just cutting one row from the large print, binding it and hanging it from a cute rod with a fancy cord.  AND, believe it or not, there are STILL a few more Christmas lines due to arrive this month!
Batiks!!!! - Yep, our next shipment of 30 of the most beautiful batiks has arrived. They are bold, bright and beautiful and join the huge selection of batiks we already have in stock. AND, there is still more coming! By the end of the summer, we will have the entire line of Island Batiks' Batiks Essentials so stay tuned for more. The fabric came in today so I didn't get a photo of it but watch for a photo on next week's blog.

Tricks and Treats by Marcus Brothers - Just when you thought we must have forgotten all about Halloween, here comes our first line. Here's a link to the Marcus Brothers website so you can see what it looks like www.marcusfabrics.com/cgi-bin/fabricgallery/gallery.cgi

Oops!  I forgot to write about this in the email so only those of you who check out the blog get to see it first!

Here's the panel for the table topper/tree skirt that I mentioned last week.  It was soooo fast.  I quilted pantograph on the long arm in less than an hour and my speedy staff had the awesome plaid binding on in an afternoon.  Quick, simple and would make a great gift.  Perfect for a table topper with a poinsettia or large candle or my cute little yo-yo Christmas tree!

And this is hot off the Long Arm, too. Check out this adorable quilt from a free pattern for the Jolly Snowman line. Another quick and easy quilt with a central panel, easy half square triangles and fusible applique. The colors are fun and those snowmen sure are jolly! Did I mention we have kits!!!
Winterberry Lane by Red Rooster - I LOVE this line and have already made a quilt from it (and it only came in last Thursday). It's whimsical, warm and cozy in subtle shades of reds, browns, creams and greens with a FABULOUS panel that you could use a ton of ways (pillows, wallhangings and cut up into blocks OR just quilt the panel). We are making up kits as we speak.

Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin

Saturday, 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
Anything GoesThursday, June 9 from 6 pm to 8 pm
This class assists students who need a little extra help with a project or want to start a new project. You decide what to work on, sew at your own pace, learn with guidance and build relationships with others who share a passion for quilting.
Class Fee: $20
Instructor: Barbara Rippel
Level: Beginner and Up

Machine Embroidery Club

Monday, June 13 from 10 am to 12 pm
Drag that brand new Embroidery Machine out of the box and start making beutiful embroidered pieces in this fun club. A great way to learn all the functions of your embroidery machine, this month students will learn how to make cute, embroidered buttons.
Class Fee: $18
Instructor: Becky Robinson
Level: Beginner & Up

ChrysanthemumSaturday, June 25 from 10 am to 4 pmJoin Janet in creating some great Log Cabin blocks that your Grandmother might never have though to create. Students will make diamonds and triangles as a starting point and then put on specially cut logs.
Class Fee: $42
Instructor: Janet Blazekovich
Level: Confident Beginner
Have a wonderful weekend. I spent most of the Memorial Day weekend piecing and quilting, and I had a wonderful time. The Summer class schedule will be out next week and the samples will be up by Monday so stop in and check them out. I'll be working next week to get all the classes uploaded to the website, too! It's an exciting time at PSQ!
Happy Quilting!


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