Tonga Treats Table Topper and Table Runner Patterns

Sew you want to know how to make our Tonga Treats Table Topper and Table Runner?

Here are two quick and easy patterns that both utilize 5″ squares. We’ve chosen to highlight our Tonga Treats collections because they create such striking visuals; however you can use any charm pack to create these quick, beautiful, and functional table accents.

 Tonga Treats Table Topper – finished size is 32½” x 32½”

Tonga Treats Table Topper

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Choose 3 squares in cut and in half to yield six 2½” x 5″ rectangles.Top1
  2. The first row is made of six 5″ squares (row A).
  3. The next row begins with one of your rectangles followed by five squares, ending with another rectangle (row B). Make sure you square the rows up for perfect piecing! Top 2
  4. Alternate row A and B so you have a total of six rows.Top 3
  5. Sew your rows together.
  6. Add the border.
  7. Sew top and backing right sides together, leaving a gap for turning. Turn right side out and slip stitch opening close.
  8. Quilt as desired and enjoy!

 

Tonga Treats Table Runner – Finished size is 16″ x 52″

Tonga Treats Table RunnerSupplies:

  • 1 pack of Tonga Treats 5″ square 40 piece collection (you will only use 36)
  • ½ yard border fabric – cut four 2½” strips and join together into one long strip
  • ¾ yard backing – cut on fold and piece together to make a 54″ strip
  • Batting piece 18″ x 54″

Directions:

  1. Make four nine-patch blocks, as shown in these images:Runner images 1-3
  2. Cut each nine-patch block into four equal pieces by cutting it horizontally and vertically. Run 4
  3. These blocks can now be arranged in many different ways. Play around with them!Run 5
  4. Arrange the blocks into two rows of eight blocks and sew together.Run 6
  5. Add your border.
  6. Lay piece of batting down, then backing right side up, and finally top right side down, and sew together leaving a gap for turning.
  7. Turn right side out, slip stitch opening close and press.
  8. Quilt as desired and enjoy!

 

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Celebrating 35,000 Facebook Fans!

This week the Keepsake Quilting facebook page hit a new milestone…

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Wow, we have 35,000 fans! We can’t believe it, and we have each and every one of YOU to thank!

 

To celebrate, we are giving away Deb Strain’s NEW Christmas Countdown Fat Quarter Collection for Moda Fabrics. This stack of festive fabrics includes 33 fat quarters and a 23″ x 44″ Christmas-tree panel with 25 numbered blocks to count down to Christmas! These fabrics are small-to-medium scale, so they’re easy to work with and would be a GREAT start for Christmas projects! (retail value of $126.00)

 

Deb Strain’s new Christmas Countdown Fat Quarter Collection for Moda Fabrics

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment below—let us know how you would use these fabrics. Please include an email address, so we can contact you if you win.

Winner to be announced Tuesday September 3rd, 2013!

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Giveaway ends Friday, August 30th at 3:00pm Eastern. Open to U.S. residents only.
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September happenings at the Keepsake Quilting Shop

Sew you want to know what’s coming up at the Keepsake Quilting Retail Shop in September?

September Special of the Month: Show and Tell for all! Bring in an item you’ve completed or a work in progress (at least one seam sewn) and get 15% off your purchase.

August 31, September 1 & 2: 15% off all regular priced fabric at the shop! Now is the time to build your stash and get ready for all those Christmas presents you know you’re going to be making!

September 6: Autumn Splendor is a gorgeous wall hanging we’d love to show you how to make! Receive 10% off the pattern and any fabric for this project when you come to the demo at our store!

Autumn Splendor

Autumn Splendor

September 13: We are a big fan of the Twister Jack pattern and using the Primitive Pinwheel tool. Come to the shop to learn how to use this innovative tool and make this spooky wall hanging! 

Twister Jack Quilt

Twister Jack Quilt

September 20: How to use Quick Grid. We have a whole section of projects in the store that utilize Quick Grid. Not sure what it is or why it’s so neat? Come to the shop to find out!

Quick Grid fusible & project

Quick Grid fusible & project

September 21 & 22: Brown and beige colorway sale! All bolts of fabric in the store with a brown or beige background 15% off! This is a retail shop only sale.

September 27: All about ½ square triangles.  How many different ways are there to make ½ square triangles? We did our best to find out! Come see how to use many different tools and techniques to accomplish this simple block.

Don’t forget! This Friday, August 23, we will be demonstrating how to make our Tonga Treats Table Runner and Table Topper and participants will receive 10% off the purchase of any charm pack.  If you can’t make it to the shop, look out for next week’s blog which will show you how to make these simple treasures!

Tonga Treats Table Runner & Table Topper

Tonga Treats Table Runner & Table Topper

Even more exciting?? We are having our spectacular fat quarter sale on August 24th & 25! Over 10,000 fat quarters will be on sale! Prints, solids and flannels will be 20 for $25.00 and batiks 20 for $30.00 (must be purchased in multiples of 20).

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August happenings at the Keepsake Quilting Shop: Friday August 16th

Sew you want another easy first pattern? Meet Kendall and look at the Ashleigh pattern!

KendallKendall began sewing with her Grandmother when she was only 10 years old. They made pillows, blankets and even little stuffed bears! She started working at Keepsake Quilting only a year ago, but has since completed many projects. She has made everything from wall hangings, using panels, to our Yellow Brick Road and Rhubarb Pie patterns. Kendall loves working with batiks and is actually finishing up two Yellow Brick Road quilts right now while already planning for her next project, our Recipe Cards pattern!  In her free time, Kendall is studying Human Resources Management at Granite State College.

Here is Kendall’s almost completed Ashleigh quilt. One more border to go!
The Ashleigh kit and pattern are available here: Ashleigh Kit and Ashleigh Pattern.

Kendall’s Ashleigh Quilt

Kendall’s Ashleigh Quilt

Remember, on Friday we will be demonstrating how to use the Strip Tube Ruler, as well as highlighting some beautiful blocks you can make with the Strip Six book (available at our shop only, call 603-253-4026 to order #243273). Come to the shop to purchase the ruler and book at 10% off. And if a black or gray quilt has been on your to do list, make sure you get to the shop this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to take 15% off all black and gray background fabrics!

Also, remember that August is Next Generation Show & Tell month! All quilters under 18 years of age will receive 15% off their purchase if they bring in a show-and-tell item. There are many youths out there discovering and appreciating the time-honored tradition of quilting, as well as beginning the all important task of building a stash…so bring in your grandchild, niece, or nephew and let’s see what the next generation can do!

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August happenings at the Keepsake Quilting Shop: Friday August 9th

Sew you want to make an easy pattern? Meet Justin and check out the Yellow Brick Road! 

Justin helping a customer

Many of you may know Justin from our Annual Summer Sale. Justin started at KQ six years ago at the ripe old age of 15. He was hired to be our “recovery” person—the one who puts all the fabric away as the rest of the staff cuts for customers.  The hidden benefit of this job was that it gave him the opportunity to inspect practically every bolt of fabric that came into the store, and he quickly became an asset when someone was looking for a specific type of fabric (i.e. Do you have penguins? What about a pale green background with some sort of swirly design? Etc.) This proximity to the fabric has given him an incredible eye for possibilities.  He is known for taking one of our patterns and giving it an unexpected twist.  For instance, here is our Poinsettia Quilt that was meant to be done in red, green and gold.  He changed it to be done in black, green and gold.

Justin’s Poinsettia Quilt

Justin’s Poinsettia Quilt

Justin started with small hand-sewing projects, like making a teddy bear and completing some of our wool penny rugs.  He then moved on to working with panels, and has now completed his first quilting project, a modified Yellow Brick Road!

Justin’s Yellow Brick Road Quilt

Justin’s Yellow Brick Road Quilt

When not working at Keepsake Quilting, he is a student at Plymouth State University studying marketing and graphic design.

Yellow Brick Road Pattern

Yellow Brick Road Pattern

So all you new quilters, we invite you to come in this Friday and we’ll help you get started! Don’t be afraid; the fat-quarter friendly Yellow Brick Road is an easy pattern and we will be on hand to explain every step! Get 10% off the Yellow Brick Road pattern plus any notions necessary for you to get started.

Also, remember that August is Next Generation Show & Tell month! All quilters under 18 years of age will receive 15% off their purchase if they bring in a show and tell item. There are many youths out there discovering and appreciating the time-honored tradition of quilting, as well as beginning the all important task of building a stash…so bring in your grandchild, niece, or nephew and let’s see what the next generation can do!

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August happenings at the Keepsake Quilting Shop

Sew you want to know what’s happening at the Keepsake Quilting Retail Shop in August?

August is Next Generation Show & Tell month! All quilters under 18 years of age will receive 15% off their purchase if they bring in a show and tell item. There are many youths out there discovering and appreciating the time honored tradition of quilting, as well as beginning the all important task of building a stash…so bring in your granddaughter, niece, or nephew and let’s see what the next generation can do!

This month our demos are focusing on simple patterns a beginner quilter could easily make:

August 9th: The Yellow Brick Road is a standard pattern for beginner quilters. 10% off the Yellow Brick Road pattern plus any notions necessary for you to get started.

August 16th: Learn how to use the Strip Tube Ruler! Purchase the ruler and book at 10% off; black and gray background fabric is on sale at the shop at 15% off!

August 23rd: Learn how to make the Tonga Treats Table Topper & Table Runner with Tonga Treats 5″ square collections (or any other charm pack). Receive 10% off any charm pack you purchase to make these simple treasures.

August 24th & 25th: Visit the shop for our spectacular fat quarter sale! Over 10,000 fat quarters will be on sale! Prints, solids and flannels will be 20 for $25.00 and batiks 20 for $30.00 (must be purchased in multiples of 20).

August 30th: Haunting Hoofbeats Applique. Come to the shop to get 10% off the pattern and any fabric you choose to make it with.

Happy Quilting!

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KQ Employee Party – A Mexican Fiesta

Last Wednesday we held our annual Keepsake Quilting outing. After a couple of rainy days, luckily the weatherman was on our side. It was a great day for our Mexican fiesta, complete with a taco and quesadilla buffet with black beans, chicken, pork, tofu and all the fixings. If palates needed cooling after the Mexican fare, that was taken care of by a make-your-own sundae buffet, with choice of ice cream and sweet toppings.

After lunch, we señoritas and señores vied for prizes with all kinds of fun and silly games, such as pass the hat, bean race, taco fight (no food thrown, we assure you), and a disc toss. We had lots of laughs watching our blindfolded co-workers flailing about trying to break open the piñatas filled with candy.

Here are some photos of the festivities. Click on the first image to scroll through them all.

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Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Tabbouleh

This is a perfect summer day side dish. It’s fresh. It’s healthy. And it can be toted to a picnic worry free, since there’s no mayonnaise in the dressing.

The recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

 

Tabbouleh
3/4 cup bulgur wheat
4 firm tomatoes, chopped
3 scallions, finely chopped
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 c. chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste

Place the bulgur in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and let stand for one hour. Drain well and squeeze out excess water. Place the bulgur in a bowl and add the tomatoes and scallions. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, mint, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over the bulgur mixture and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, for several hours to overnight.

Yield: 4 servings

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At the Shop: Sew you want to make a Christmas stocking

 

For those of you who have visited the shop, you may recognize our staff member Sue and these charming wall hangings:

Sue’s Seasonal & Baby Wall Hangings

 

What you may not know is that Sue herself is the designer of these patterns!

Sue has been at Keepsake Quilting since 2005 and quilting for 25+ years after being inspired by her sister-in-law’s applique work. It’s not surprising, therefore, that Sue’s favorite thing to do is applique, and her favorite notions are the Aurifil™ Thread Collection, the 60° Triangle used with our Easy Stripe Table Runner, and the Porta-Trace Light Box. Before joining the KQ team, Sue submitted a piece to one of our Challenges and won an Honorable Mention, which is what prompted her to start designing her own patterns.  Now her patterns are sold exclusively at the Keepsake Quilting retail shop! Also, many of the models you see in our catalogue and at the shop are made by Sue. If you are putting together a table runner and get stumped- come on in to the shop and Sue will be able to help you.

Recently, Sue came up with a new pattern quite appropriate to this month’s shop theme of Christmas in July: a Christmas stocking!  We have been searching for a beautiful stocking pattern, and we love what Sue designed. While the pattern is sold exclusively at our shop, you are welcome to call and order it over the phone at 603-253-4026.

 

Sue's Christmas Stocking

She has chosen to make this model using red and silver—but think of the color way possibilities: red and green; red and gold; blue and silver—not to mention country primitive colors vs. those that have some sparkle!  We can’t wait to see what she comes up with for a Christmas tree skirt pattern…

Don’t forget—tomorrow Friday July 19th, we are demonstrating how to make these Woven Snowflakes from 10am–2pm. Come see how easy these are to make!

 

Woven Snowflakes

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KQ Quilt School – Third Class

Bonnie with Blocks on Quilt Wall

For our June quilt class, we did strip-piecing, using that technique for 6″ Nine Patch blocks. We also combined the strip-piecing and half-square triangles for a 12″ Jacob’s Ladder block. Our final block was a 6″ Spool. What fun we had laying out all the blocks that the gals had made. There were so many different looks—just so inspiring!

Lynne and Her Quilt Blocks

Libby's Bali Blocks

We’re coming up on our last quilt class in which we’ll talk about assembling all of our 12″ and 6″ blocks together, adding borders, layering, quilting and binding. The gals are all at different stages. Libby has actually finished two quilt tops, one in Balis, and one in 1800’s reproduction fabrics. Lane finished a fabulous red and white quilt top. Other gals are still working on their blocks with plans to make table runners. Katie has gone off in an entirely different direction and has pieced a big-block beach-blanket quilt top in a modern mix of fabrics. Be watching for some pretty neat quilts, we’ll be sharing more of them soon!

Lynne Admiring Libby's Bali Blocks

Fun at Quilt Class

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