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New Kits: Quilts Hanging Everywhere

As I walked through the store the other day I thought about how beautiful all the quilts hanging from the walls make the shop. And then I wondered if our customers knew they are available as kits. Probably not! But it’s true…we do all the work for you. We design a wonderful quilt and pull all the fabrics together for you into one kit. So I snapped some photos to share with links to where you can order them online. You’re also welcome to call the store (801-576-0390) or stop by and pick up your favorite kit today!

New Quilting Kits Available in the Shop

Off Road Quilt Kit - 60" x 60"
Off Road Quilt Kit ORDER HERE
Northern Lights Quilt Kit - 60" x 72"
Northern Lights Quilt Kit ORDER HERE
Twister Waves Table Runner - 18" x 66"
Twister Waves Table Runner ORDER HERE
Cookout Quilt Kit - 50" x 50"
Cookout Quilt Kit  ORDER HERE
Nottingham Quilt Kit - 60" x 61"
Nottingham Quilt Kit  ORDER HERE
Under the Ocean Blue Quilt Kit - 63" x 88"
Under the Ocean Blue Quilt Kit ORDER HERE
O Happy Day Quilt Kit - 76" x 76"
O Happy Day Quilt Kit  ORDER HERE
Outdoor Adventures Quilt Kit - 57" X 68"
Outdoor Adventures Quilt Kit ORDER HERE
Modern Log Cabin Pillow Kit - 18" pillow
Modern Log Cabin Pillow Kit  ORDER HERE
Caravan Roundup Quilt Kit
Caravan Roundup Quilt Kit ORDER HERE
Learning the Ropes 68" x 81 1/2"
Learning the Ropes Quilt Kit  ORDER HERE 
Blue Jay Way Quilt Kit - 60" x 70"
Blue Jay Way Quilt Kit  ORDER HERE
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Row by Row Experience at The Quilter’s Lodge

Row by Row is On the Go in 2017!

The shops are planning the new rows, the new lists and maps are being designed, everyone is getting ready to take off on June 21 for Row by Row Experience 2017. Be sure to follow the Facebook page for your area to keep up to date as we go through spring. Simply search in Facebook for Row by Row Experience and the name of your state or province. You will find us there!

All new for kids… Row by Row Junior!Do you know a young person you would love to bring into the fun of sewing? Kids can play too! When traveling with an adult, children ages 6-14 can receive a free row pattern in any participating Row by Row Junior store. The patterns are designed and written just for kids. CLICK HERE to read all about this fun new program.

Make our world a better place with The 9th Row.

Many of the quilt shops are participating in The 9th Row project. In making a donation to The Make a Wish Foundation, the shops received an exclusive pattern. Consider the purchase of The 9th Row kit and a portion of your sale will help out the local children’s charity. Ask for it in your store!

The game is the same… and keeps getting better!Beginning June 21, 2017, visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

The game is the same… and keeps getting better!

Beginning June 21, 2017, visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

Win a prize!

Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2017 rows from 8 different 2017 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! Click here for more details. Note: you may use The 9th Row patterns, row from previous years and even Row by Row Junior patterns in your quilt, but none of these may be counted as any of the eight needed to win a prize.

Need a Place to Stay!

Go and collect your Row by Row patterns and/or kits from participating stores and then return to The Quilter’s Lodge to sew all night long!! Learn more about HERE.

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ROW BY ROW JUNIOR 

Row by Row On the Go! is 2017’s theme and we’ll be participating here at The Quilter’s Lodge.  We’re super excited about Row by Row Experience’s brand new program, Row by Row Junior, too!  It’s designed for kids ages 6 to 14.  They travel along with an adult.  They collect free row patterns designed just for them to make and they can learn to sew at home with family help and support from www.rowbyrowexperience.com.

Row by Row Junior follows the same rules and time schedule as adult Row by Row Experience, June 21 through Labor Day.  Kids need to be in the shop to get the free pattern handout, but anyone can buy a kit.  Grandmothers and traveling family can bring them home as gifts or souvenirs.

Row by Row Junior designed the five different row patterns so you can be sure they are kid-friendly.  Make it an adventure traveling to collect all five and seeing how different shops make up their row.  The horizontal row was designed by us at The Quilter’s Lodge and the two horizontal were designed by Row by Row. Bonus…we have kits for all three!! 

We’ll be awarding “I Made This!” ribbons to the first five kids who return with something made using a Row by Row Junior pattern.  Any sewing effort will be celebrated, not just quilting.  Find Row by Row Junior’s free online activities, kids’ journal pages, support for learning to sew at home, and more at HERE this summer.

“We want our kids to learn how to sew and carry on this craft that’s so dear to us,” explains Janet Lutz, Row by Row’s founder. “Traveling to new places, collecting something just for them, visiting Grandma, summer vacation…this is all part of the wonder and excitement of Row by Row Experience.  Please join us.”

 

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Quilt Your Own Quilts

The Quilter’s Lodge is EXCITED to offer Long Arm Quilting classes.

Wouldn’t you love to learn how to quilt your own quilts? Did you know that the Quilter’s Lodge offers long arm classes and certification?

In our 2 hour, one-on-one certification class you will be taught the basics of free motion quilting and pantograph quilting.  Also you will learn all about the long arm quilting machine, including how to clean it and set it up, tension control and loading the quilt on the frame. After you have completed this certification class you are welcome to rent our long arm quilting machines for $15 per hour for any of your future quilting projects.

The long arm quilting certification classes are $120.00 for 2 – 2 1/2 hours and can be scheduled at your convenience.  The class fee includes all supplies, fabrics and batting for you to learn and practice machine quilting.

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Wanted: Quilting Tips & Tricks

We recently shared some fun quilting tips on our social media that we found from other amazing quilters around the internet. But we started thinking that our very own followers probably have the best tips. So we’re on the hunt for Quilting Tips & Tricks to share on our feed. We’ll happily link back to your Instagram or Facebook or blog. Simply tag @quilterslodge and we will repost/share with our followers. Occasionally we’ll pick one of our favorite tips to share with our mailing list as well.
Not on social media, but have the best tip to share…no problem. Simply email us at thequilterslodge@gmail.com. If you have photos to show, great. If not, we’ll still find a way to pass along your tip if selected!!

Here are those great tips we recently shared….

Sew Awesome Quilting Tip!
We found this awesome tip from Instagram user Brenda Moore. She posted, “And this is why color catchers are a miraculous invention! They’re even bluer in person and the white on the quilt is snow white.” @eroomkb

 

 

Best tip ever that I’ve had for quilters? Label solids on the selvage with a sharpie so you don’t mix them up. @jaybirdquilts

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Fiberworks Workshop: Floral & Painterly 2-Day Workshop & Lunch

Floral collage is a technique where fused, cut motifs are arranged on a foundation within a silhouette to create a one-of-a-kind quilt.  Color and value and the use of large, medium and small scale motifs will be achieved in this class.  “Painterly” collage focuses on the use of strips and palette of solid appearing fabrics to create a collage.  Combining the two techniques creates an interesting combination for any collage. Lunch both days is included!

Cost:  $ 194.00
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Supply List:

  • 5 Y of 24″ Steam a Seam 2 (please no substitutes)
  • Black Sharpie Pen
  • Fabric Fuse Glue
  • Pattern Ease (2 y for The Dress and 60″ for Best Friend, Abilene & Old Blue)
  • Applique Pressing Sheet
  • Karen K Buckley Scissors, size medium/ blue handled
  • Kit & Pattern  to purchase at our store

Laura has hand picked and assembled your class kit for you!  Our class options are: Old Blue, Abilene, Best Friend & The Dress.  

Click on Class Kits Below to Purchase Kit(s)

Abilene Cow Fiberworks Collage Quilt Kit – Fabric & Pattern

Best Friend – Fiberworks Pattern & Fabric – Collage Quilt Kit

Old Blue Fiberworks Collage Quilt Kit – Fabric & Pattern

The Dress, Fiberworks Collage Quilt Kit – Fabric & Pattern

The Dress, Fiberworks Collage Quilt Kit – Fabric Only

Do you need lodging? Please emails sherie@thimblesandthreads.com to check availability & book lodging at The Quilter’s Lodge.

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The Happy Place

My husband calls Thimbles and Threads at the Quilters Lodge “Lalla’s Happy Place”.  I cannot think of a better way to describe it than that! This past week was grey and cold and while I told my husband that I was going to pick up some Aurafil #2000 thread to work on a new quilt top, he knew that I was actually going to get my fix of happy color and feel good cotton!

I love walking into the store and seeing a smiling face. The staff is so friendly!  I love seeing quilts of every size!  This little beauty greeted me at the counter.

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This week I was actually able to see a quilting celebrity, Sue Daley ( yes, THAT Sue Daley!! ) was at Thimbles and Threads to teach English Paper Piecing (EPP) . My Passacaglia quilt is currently the size of a potholder, but I have big plans!   I had to take a picture of my new pink thread holders that I got for my purse.  Seriously cute!

 

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The best part of EPP is that its portable!  I can  sew while waiting for kids or while waiting at the doctors office.  In a world that doesn’t leave large chunks of time for creativity,  EPP has been a great way to use the moments of free time I have, while I am waiting for the rest of my life to happen.  I  almost enjoyed my last wait at the DMV!

Seeing the fabric online is great, but being able to touch it and see how the colors look in real life.  Just standing at the end of the blender fabrics wall  is like being at the end of my very own rainbow!Rainbow

At check out, I left with more than just my Aurafil, I left with a smile and feeling recharged.  I can’t wait to get back home and start stitching!

 

 

 

 

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Butterflies, Tigers and Chipmunks OH MY!!

Some people love chocolate or Diet Coke. I love Tula Pink fabric. I have been known to go just a little crazy waiting for the newest line. At least I am easy to buy for on all Holidays. I want out of print and hard to find fat quarters or yards of pieces that are missing from my collection or replacements for those pieces that I have used.

I love the endless possibility of my collection. I love how one line plays well with another. I love how bits of Acacia and Birds and Bees and Salt Water play nicely with bits of Elizabeth and Parisville and Prince Charming. I am loving Chipper and finding ways to add Eden and make something that sparkles and pops.

Its a really big deal for me to cut into my Tula favorites. The Butterfly Quilt is my latest project.

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I am having so much fun fussy cutting 1.5 inch tigers for log cabin centers and imagining future grandbabies playing I SPY!

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Eden’s Elephants are going to look great next to Chipper Chipmunk. I am so excited to make this beautiful quilt that is beautiful from a distance, but really fun to look at up close. image

My Butterfly is being made in Pinks and Purples with an aqua background.   You can see that I have a nice stack of half square triangles to square up!

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Im having a great time playing with my Tula Favorites. I have to show off my new scissors.

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They are Tula Pink Fabulous and cut like a dream!  Come into Thimbles and Threads and see our Tula Pink selection. It’s worth the trip!

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Baby Love and Blanket Forts

 

 

 

I saw a meme online that said ” I don’t want to adult today, I will be in my blanket fort coloring”

I loved it.  I would; of course, use a quilt for my fort so that the sun could shine through the patchwork like stained glass and make me happy!

My kids grew up with blankies.    They always had their baby quilts as portable comfort.  They were taken everywhere.  One of my children actually wanted to buckle his blankie up to keep it safe when he was a toddler.   Knowing how much comfort and love my children have found in their blankies , is it any wonder that I love making baby quilts?

I love imagining a tiny baby bundle being wrapped in a quilt that I have carefully sewn together.  I imagine the little one growing and learning about pattern and texture and color.  I imagine the blanket that I am sewing in the background of a child’s happy life.

 

This is a blanket that I recently made.  Laura Cook Baby Quilt

 

The pattern is called Love Notes by MSQC.     I chose bright and happy red and white fabrics because I wanted this mamma to feel her baby was someone to be celebrated.  I chose the roses/floral print because of a bible verse that means a lot to me.   This little quilt is not the fanciest quilt I have ever made, but it was made with love.  A love note made of cotton  to a sweet mama and her baby girl.

I am currently working on a sailboat pattern. I like to imagine that the little man who will one day sleep under it will dream of sailing adventures on a lake or the high seas!   I hope it is dragged through the grass and loved to shreds.

This is why I quilt.

 

 

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Why Quilt?

Why cut up fabric and sew it back together?

Why??   Because QUILTS are Magic!

Quilting is art made with love. Quilting is beauty and making memories but most of all,  quilting is sending my love into a time that I may never see.

In 2009 I was going through a rough patch. My sweet Gramma was in her 90’s and sent a very precious gift to me. She sent two quilts that her mother had made. These quilts are made from bits of family clothing, scraps and feed sacks. These quilts are handsewn.   They were sewn with her own hands.Emmies Lovie 1

These quilts hold the love and care of both Great Gramma Lula and Gramma Thelma.  When I wrap a Gramma quilt around me, I feel held. I feel loved.  Even though Gramma Lula left this world decades ago, I feel her loving spirit when I am covered in her quilts.

Lula loved Thelma and she made her a quilt. Thelma loved me, and now I love my own baby girl. When she isn’t feeling well or needs to feel especially loved,  I wrap her up in a Gramma quilt.Lula Star 1

My daughter might not know Gramma Lula, but she does know that she loves her.

That is the magic of a quilt.