Patchwork of the Crosses


pc                               Patchwork of the Crosses has been an incredibly popular quilt to make.  This English Paper Piecing project has continued to stay  a favorite of quilters.  It continues to surge the internet with many posts and pictures.  English Paper Piecing, (or EPP as it is known), is very easy to do and great for take along projects.  This addictive process will have you hooked.  Patchwork of the Crosses from Lucy Boston has landed itself to be a classic.  For fabric lovers, this is the quilt to be your next project.  Choosing fabric and how to arrange scale and prints is what quilters love about Patchwork of the Crosses.  Very easily can you release the inner artist in you.

514jsP5v-pL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Be sure to get on board with us as we will be starting a series of tutorials to complete this fun and addictive quilt.  In the meantime, you can order the pattern now to be prepared.   Click Here.  Then you will be ready to start the journey along with us and many more.   Stay tuned for more details.  Better yet why not subscribe to our blog and you won’t miss out on a posting.  Our subscribe from is at the top right our blog website.

 

 

Special Event…Judy Niemeyer Prismatic Star Foundation Strip Piecing Technique Class


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It is finally here!  This class is designed to teach you the new FOUNDATION STRIP PIECING technique designed by Judy Niemeyer and to introduce you to “smart corners”. Join certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, Maureen Wood, where she will teach you this technique.  You will also learn simple stack and slice techniques to speed up your cutting time and chain piecing to speed up your sewing time.   Don’t miss out on this one day event, Saturday October 24th from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  Be sure to register early as space is limited.  The cost of this special event is only $55.00.  You won’t want to be disappointed.  Click Here to register!

Wow Has Quilting Come A Long Way….


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Quilting has sure changed from the 1950″S  as you can see from the picture from “Quilt Today.”  All the hand stitching to finish a quilt has been now substituted by long arm quilting or free motion quilting on your domestic sewing machine.  However back then, quilting was a social time where friends and family would spend together.  Today, quilting tends to be an isolated hobby.  If you remember quilting like this you may remember some of these interesting facts:

Popular Films

  • Cinderella
  • Samson and Delilah
  • Sunset Blvd
  • Father of The Bride
  • King Solomon’s Mines
  • Annie Get Your GuYear

Technology

 

  • First TV remote control, Zenith Radio’s Lazy Bones is marketed
  • Diners Club Issues First Credit Cards
  • President Truman authorizes production of hydrogen bomb
  • 8 million homes in the US now own Televisions

1951

  • Color TV Introduced
  • South Africans Forced to Carry ID Cards Identifying Race
  • Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII
  • Winston Churchill Again Prime Minister of Great Britain

1952

  • Car Seat Belts Introduced
  • The Great Smog of 1952
  • Jacques Cousteau Discovers Ancient Greek Ship
  • Polio Vaccine Created
  • Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at Age 25

1953

  • DNA Discovered
  • First Playboy Magazine
  • Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest
  • Joseph Stalin Dies
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed for Espionage

1954

  • Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman
  • First Atomic Submarine Launched
  • Jonas Salk’s Polio Vaccine Given to Children in Massive Trial
  • Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer
  • Roger Bannister Breaks the Four-Minute Mile
  • Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

1955

  • Disneyland Opens
  • Emmett Till Murdered
  • James Dean Dies in Car Accident
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott Begins
  • Ray Kroc Opens His First McDonald’s
  • Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus
  • Warsaw Pact Signed

1956

  • Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan’s Show
  • Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco
  • Hungarian Revolution
  • Khrushchev Denounces Stalin
  • Suez Crisis
  • T.V. Remote Control Invented
  • Velcro Introduced

1957

  • Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat
  • European Economic Community Established
  • Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age
  • Laika Becomes the First Living Animal to Enter Orbit

1958

  • American Bobby Fischer Becomes Youngest Chess Grandmaster
  • Boris Pasternak Refuses Nobel Prize
  • Chinese Leader Mao Zedong Launches the “Great Leap Forward”
  • Hope Diamond is Donated to the Smithsonian
  • Hula Hoops Become Popular
  • LEGO Toy Bricks First Introduced
  • NASA Founded
  • Peace Symbol Created

1959

  • Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
  • International Treaty Makes Antarctica Scientific Preserve
  • Kitchen Debate Between Nixon and Khrushchev
  • The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway
  • U.S. Quiz Shows Found to be Fixed