Wednesday, July 25, 2007

It's Time to Talk about Winners

We've acquired a small list of winners over the past month, so we're going to announce them now.

First up, congratulations to our block-challenge winner. Each spring, we decide on one challenging fabric, and many quilters make a block from it. Then everyone votes on their favorite block during our open house. This year it was very, very close--but the winner was Deb H., whose block looks like this:

Nicely done, Deb, and excellent use of the Paula Nadelstern fabric! Stop by to pick up your $75 gift basket, which contains 2 fat-quarter 6-packs, an Asian Vase kit, an embellishment book, and a pattern called "Home is Where the Quilts Are":

Going back to our Anniversary Open House as well, Kathy R. and Martha T. each won door prizes for knitting...

and quilting...

And finally, we also are thrilled to announce a winner from last week's contest. Several people guessed that Cynthia was knitting a squirrel, and one even guessed a giraffe. Good guesses everyone (although... okay... there is not much orange anywhere on a squirrel....). The correct answer is.... a penguin. Congratulations to Deb K., who won the adorable Fiber Trends penguin pattern!

Friday, July 13, 2007

What is Cynthia thinking?

What do you think Cynthia is thinking about making with this new yarn, in a kind-of orange....

And black....

Is it for Halloween? Could be. But look! She is also using a bright white that really, truly felts....

And a little bit of fuzz....
What on earth is she going to make?

Guess! And send your guess to stitchyourartout AT yahoo DOT com. If you're randomly chosen out of everyone who gets it right, you will win a free copy of the pattern that Cynthia is using to make........ well, what's your guess? Guesses are due by midnight on Friday, July 20.

Monday, July 09, 2007

What's New?

We have all kinds of things going on! The fall yarn shipments we ordered in June are starting to trickle in, and already we have our Christmas fabrics! (We ordered those in February!) We have all kinds of nifty stuff to show you, so here's a little tour....

Let's start with our newest thing--beads!

We have an assortment of size 6 (for knitting and quilting embellishment) and size 11 (for quilting embellishment). Plus we have Swarovski crystals in both sew-on and iron-on styles--you pick! We're going to be getting more styles and colors in as the summer goes on, so keep checking back as we expand our selection. We're thrilled with the quality and beauty of the Japanese beads we've selected! Also, we're going to be offering knitting and quilting with bead classes this fall, so look for those in your fall newsletter, coming out at the end of August.

Let the tour continue with some of our new yarns. We're in the middle of replenishing sock yarns, and we have new colors of Mountain Colors Bearfoot:

We also have new colors of Step (this sock yarn has Aloe in it for extra comfort). We have a new cotton yarn from Skacel called Sockina, which is self-striping and very comfortable! Coming soon: Trekking natural, and Cherry Tree Hill hand-dyed.

Along with the Christmas fabrics, we have a new collection from Benartex called Winsome. It is soft and pretty, and great for either baby quilts (the coordinates are beautiful with our Beatrix Potter fabric) or for grown-ups. Be sure to see the darling quilt Kim is making up from these!

We continue to love our Emperor II fabrics from Kona Bay. Only 1,000 shops in the country stock them, and we're one of them!

And we're getting a lot of new patterns in. We're loving our new tablerunners! Cynthia made this one, called Waffle Time:

And Kim made this one (which would also double as a wall hanging), called Kabuki:

We love the tabs on the outside--so interesting!

And guess what? We also have a wonderful, new air conditioner. At the moment, it is our most favorite new thing of all! So come in to our nice, cool store, and enjoy all our new things!