Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Convergence Class - January 13th

Are you a Ricky Tims fan?  Or perhaps you enjoy the process of choosing, piecing and blending colors in your quilts.  We have a great class for you!

Based on Ricky Tims' book of the same name and his design principles, recent Florida transplant Cheri Rosen will teach this class on Thursday, January 13th from 6-9 p.m.   Visit our website or call Three Crafty Quilters for more information on the class and Cheri.

Other classes scheduled:
January 25th - Hand Applique Techniques (Gerri)  10 a.m.
                        Blooming 9 Patch (Cheri)  6 p.m.

January 27th - Beginning Paper Piecing - Falling Leaves (Cheri) 6 p.m.

February 8th,22nd - French Braid Quilt (Jamie) 10 a.m.

to be scheduled:  Beginner, 'no fear' quilting
                            Art quilting techniques
                            Intermediate Paper Piecing - Stars

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Modern Fabric Lovers - Sugar Pop! From Moda

This collection is so vibrant, modern and fun!  (The thumbnails don't do it justice).  From Moda, come in and see this new group - a free pattern will be available by the fabric designer as well.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nathan D. Rosen Gallery Quilt Exhibit

I spent my morning off on Monday enjoy the exhibit of quilts at the Nathan D. Rosen Gallery in Boca Raton.  It was such a nicely curated exhibit, with a bit every genre of quilting.  The two ladies who were docents, but not quilters, were a delight to talk with.

I asked if I could snap a few photos and they agreed.  They were taken with my iphone so the quality is mediocre at best but I hope you get a sense of how wonderful they were!

The gallery was curated by members of the Gold Coast Quilt Guild and included pieces lent from the permanent exhibit of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU.  I recommend a visit - the exhibit is on display until the 19th of December.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Batik Jacket - Sew Stunning!

As I am known to snap photos of my wonderfully creative customers (with permission, of course) I couldn't resist posting this wonderful jacket.  Sewn from different coordinating batiks (with subtle tropical fish and turtle patterns I might add) and lined with another batik, I think this is the ultimate Florida jacket, don't you?
The button junkie that I am couldn't miss the back detailing!
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Little Twister

I love toys!
And not necessarily the toys everyone is waiting in line for these days. I am talking about quilters' toys - those items that excite us and make us want to bust out our stash and PLAY!
One of my wonderful customers told me about the Little Twister (and there is a Big Twister). It's a template that you use with sewn-together charm squares to create a pinwheel pattern.
I pieced a Moda charm pack of marble brights together in a pleasing pattern then added a 3" border.
Using the Little Twister, I cut out the template pattern at intersections and pieced it back together.
This is the result!  How fun is this?  I enjoy the piecing - it's like a puzzle, which I have always enjoyed as well.  My next toy to show you?  A template I bought at the World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach to make simple prairie points!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Three Crafty Quilters Grand Opening!

Yesterday - and today - we are celebrate the official grand opening of Three Crafty Quilters, Florida's newest quilt shop!  Door prizes, giveaways, demos, home baked goodies (baked by my very talented friends Brooke and Colette) and more!  Joanne, photographer and one of our Sit and Sew Friday gals, took photos which I will post soon.

We also have new and exciting products in the shop, including patterns and a trunk show from designer Virginia Robertson.
I was introduced to Virginia Robertson by the ladies at Princess Mirah Bali Batiks.  She sent patterns and samples for quilts, runners, bags, and accessories.  Applique and piecing.  And not all with batiks (but the batiks are gorgeous!)  Come to Three Crafty Quilters and see for yourself!   We are eagerly expecting delivery of Bali Batik Sushi Rolls (their 2 1/2" strip bundles).  Wait until you see the colors on these!  We will be carrying finished scarves and sarongs from Bali Batiks as well, so if you are looking for the perfect gift, we'll have it!  Oh - I have so much to share.  Keep checking back on the blog for the new fabrics that are arriving from market, the new quilt classes we are forming and so much more!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

World Quilt Show

We are lucky to have a the World Quilt Show Florida close by.  This is the second year that it has been held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and the second year that it did not disappoint!
We are treated to quilts from all over the world, from all genres of quilting.  Local quilting stars shined as best of show went to Mark Sherman from Coral Springs,  Leigh McDonald with her SSQA  Zing Me Once 'MY Coconut' and the many Gold Coast Quilt Guild members' Perfect 10's.    I took some photographs to share.  Some didn't come out so great (so I couldn't show you ALL of my favorites).  Some were so popular I couldn't even get near them to take a photo.  Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun.  I hope some of you got to enjoy the quilts, classes, and shopping, too.

I love how the Guild's members translated their idea of the 'Perfect 10" so differently.  It was so much fun to view - and read - all of the quilts in the challenge.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sit & Sew Friday

Bring a project to work om and join us for some quilting camaraderie! Sit and sew Fridays are a social sewing and quilting gathering -free of charge. Join us between 10 and 5 - space is limited so call ahead if you can.
Hope to see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fantastic Houston Quilt Market

I am back from Quilt Market and am buzzing with excitement and inspiration over what I saw!  I had a list of things to look and can't wait to share all of the new fabrics, books, patterns and other quilting goodies with you.  Here are some photo from some of the booths that i enjoyed and schoolhouses I attended.
The uber colorful Kaffe Fassett, stopped his needlepoint for a moment to chat.  Have you seen the new Kaffe fabrics that have arrived this past week in the shop?  Gorgeous!  I attended his schoolhouse, too, which gave me the opportunity to some of his and Brandon Mably's quilts up close.
A new Sudoku quilt from Moda fabrics.  The squares and patterns will come packaged together in a little 'game' box.
I just loved this quilt in the Moda booth!   My rep, Tom, gladly 'modeled' for me.
Using Moda's new American Jane line of fabric, I just loved this quilt, too!  The fabrics in this line had a touch of French country mixed with country American.  Vibrant, but not too bright, green, red, gold and blue.  Moda, as always, had a great showing of new fabrics, ranging from civil war inspired fabrics, to shabby chic florals to batiks and modern geometrics.
The long awaited Soul Blossoms from Amy Butler has finally come out for the world to see on fabric - and I can't wait for these to arrive in the shop!  The every beautiful Amy showed off her line in everything from quilts to pillows, handbags and dresses to raincoats, even decoupaging a table as decoration for her booth.  One of my favorites was this simple concept in a quilt...

Large blocks of fabric were pieced as the base and the surface was covered in randomly placed yo-yos of all sizes!  This one a trend that we picked up on at the show - dimensional embellishments on quilts.  You will see flowers, ric-rac, buttons, prairie points and more creating texture and dimension on quilts.  
Buttons and ric-rac - sweet!

I'll post more photos tomorrow.  Perhaps I'll be saving the best for last!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Crafty Quilter!

Just in time for Halloween (although this isn't a halloween quilt), we had show and tell with this absolutely fabulous quilt!
Okay, my photographic skills leave something to be desired.  This was actually snapped with my phone. It is a magenta background with rats, bats and vultures.  Lots of hand embellishment.  The closeup is better.
Thanks for sharing your art quilt!  (remember all of you quilters, whether traditional or 'art' quilts, we love show and tell.  Quilting in all it's forms is a fine craft and we love to see it all!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Today's Delivery - Fabric

Okay, so it's not unique to get boxes of fabric delivered to a new quilt shop.  It's just that I didn't expect these fabrics to arrive so soon and they are just so very pretty!
Fabrics from Westminster Fibers (Kaffe Fassett, Liberty Art!) and Free Spirit (houndstooth!)  Nice additions to our quickly growing stock.  Come by and see them and say 'hello'.

***Mark your calendar for our Grand Opening - November 19 and 20th*********

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Crafty Quilter!

As you know, we love show - n -tell!!
Thank for sharing the quilt you made for your granddaughter.  Circles and dots look great and the colors make us happy!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fabrics for the Wise

We love owls.  And in being the home of the FAU Owls (and their soon to be build stadium) we celebrate the wise birds!

From a non-quilting owl interest, check out the live owl-cam.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Patterns In!!

We have some new patterns in for your quilting and sewing enjoyment.

Beachwalk by McKenna Ryan
This is all 8 blocks combined to one quilt.  Each block can be created and displayed individually as wall hangings, pillows, etc..   The entire line of Beachwalk fabric by McKenna Ryan for Hoffman Fabrics is in stock.

Amy Butler Honey Bun Poofs
A great addition to any room!  Makes you want to relax, doesn't it?

Stop by Three Crafty Quilters to see these patterns and more or just to say 'hello'!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A New Shop in Boca Raton

Hi Everyone!!!
I am proud to announce a new quilt shop in Boca Raton, Florida!!
I had wondered whether or not to have a separate blog and website for this shop.  The sister shop, Three Crafty Ladies in Sanibel has a website and blog that has been up for a while.  Both shops will have wonderful things - some the same and some different.
So, I decided to have a second blog for Three Crafty Quilters.  The website will be shared by both.

The doors are open at Three Crafty Quilters, however it is a work in progress (and a fun one at that!!)  New fabric is arriving almost every day.  The tables for classes came in on Thursday and we are waiting for chairs.  My shopping list for Quilt Market in Houston is growing daily.  Do you have any suggestions or wishes?   The shop is new in town so I am listening to my wonderful customers.

Speaking of customers,  I can't thank Tammy and the Gold Coast Quilter's Guild enough for their support and shear friendliness for Three Crafty Quilters.  I have been visited many times daily by guild members stopping by with wonderful well wishes (and often fabric need matches!)  I am so excited to be here in Boca with the new store and look forward to getting to know all of the wonderful, talented quilters in the area. Classes are being planned, as well as some social quilting time, so watch this blog and our newsletter for details.  Happy quilting!  See you soon!