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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At the Shop: Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial

Sew you want a quick but memorable gift you can make for everyone on your list? How about these lovely Christmas Tree napkins suggested by staff member Gloria!

Gloria has been on staff at Keepsake Quilting since 2000.  She began quilting in 1991 when a local quilt shop offered an Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Quilt in a Day class and hasn’t stopped since.  Her favorite notion is her 6½” square ruler; she uses it all the time and finds it very helpful when making her preferred type of quilts- country scrappy! Gloria also has an addiction to all things chickadee, enjoys cross stitch, and is on a wool project kick at the moment. Here are some of her creations:

Gloria’s Chickadee Runner and Cross Stitch

Perhaps one of Gloria’s greatest qualities is that she is a fountain of knowledge. When asked for a suggestion of a simple gift to make for multiple people on a Christmas list, Gloria recommended these Christmas Tree Napkins.  She asserted that it was a quick & easy project, and she was right!  Another great thing about this pattern is that while it looks wonderful in traditional Christmas colors, it can easily be translated to other colorways.  The tutorial below uses primitive winter colors of navy and khaki, but you could also use fall colors for Autumn, or even Halloween fabric for a Nightmare Before Christmas theme!

If you would like to see these napkins being made, or want a little help picking out fabric, come to the shop this Friday, July 12th, from 10-2pm! Gloria herself will be on hand to demonstrate and assist. Participants will receive 10% off any fabric they purchase to make these festive napkins!

 Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial

Supplies:
For four napkins: 2/3 yard each of two coordinating fabrics OR 8 coordinating fat quarters

Templates:
Start with an 18″ circle of cardstock. Below we have demonstrated one way of doing this using a paper clip, thumbtack, twine, and a pencil. Make sure you cut the twine longer than necessary so that you can roll it along the ruler until you hit a little over 9″ in length.

Measuring for your circle

Then place the thumbtack in the middle of your cardstock and make a circle. You can also use a pizza pan or some other circular object; however you will have to adjust the rest of the pattern accordingly.

Drawing our circle

Cut the circle in half.  One side is the template for cutting your fabric. Take the other half and create a wedge template by drawing a line from 6″ on the straight edge to 7″ along the rounded edge forming a long, skinny, wedge.

Measuring for the wedge: measure from 6" on the straight

Measure to 7" along the rounded edge

Draw your line

Wedge template

 

Cut along the line.  This skinny wedge is what will help you establish your fold lines to create the “tree”.

Directions:

1. Using the ½ circle template, mark and cut 4 semi-circles from each of your two fabrics (or one each from every fat quarter) so you end up with 8 semi-circles.

We love the Sewline Fabric Pencil; clear, clean lines that go on smoothly and come off just as easily!

Careful of your fingers!

2. Layer two coordinating napkin pieces right sides together and stich, leaving a two inch gap for turning. Make sure you reinforce either side of the openings.  Clip the corners.

Layered and sewn fabrics, reinforced at the opening

3. Turn, press, and slip stitch opening closed. Then topstich 1/8″ to 1/4″ from edge around the entire outline of the napkins to reinforce the seam and encourage the napkin to lay flat.

Topstitched napkins

4. Line your wedge template up against the straight edge of the fabric.  The curve of
the wedge should match the curve of your fabric.  Use a fabric marker to mark a line
on the fabric.

Lining up our template, marking our first point

5. Keeping the point of the template in the same place, slide the wedge so that the long straight edge matches your first line. Mark.

Continue around the wedge until you have five fold lines.

Marking the second fold line

Marking the third fold line

Marking the fourth fold line

Marking the fifth fold line

All five of our fold lines

6. Stitch along your fold lines to make it easy to know where to fold and create your tree.  Fold along each line and enjoy!

 

Folding our napkin

 

Our finished Christmas Tree Napkin

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At the Shop: July

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

It’s Christmas in July!  Here at Keepsake we always know it’s July when we start getting buried in Christmas fabric, so we’ve decided we should celebrate the holiday throughout the month of July and pass on some savings to you!
Here’s what we’ve got planned:

July 12th:  10am–2pm

Come learn how to make these adorable christmas tree napkins! Our staff will be on hand to teach you how to make this great gift for anyone on your list.

Christmas Tree Napkins

July 19th: 10am–2pm

Our Woven Snowflakes Pattern was a huge hit last year and continues to be in great demand. Come on in to the shop to see how easy these snowflakes are to make. Yankee swap gift anyone?

Woven Snowflakes

July 26th: 10am–2pm

Back by popular demand, Kristine Poor will be demonstrating how to make her Poinsettia Bowls. These come out so nicely and would also make a lovely gift, or just a nice present for yourself!

Poinsettia Accent Bowl

July 27th and 28th: Merry Christmas!

Come to the shop and receive 15% off any Christmas themed notion, pattern, or fabric! This is a shop only sale.

Click here for more information about visiting the shop.

 

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Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Strawberry Delight

Here’s a colorful way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Since you use frozen strawberries, you can serve this at any time of the year.

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

 

Strawberry Delight
2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup margarine, melted
2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
9 ounces whipped topping
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Whipped topping

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted margarine in a bowl and mix well. Press the mixture evenly over the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ dish. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water in a large bowl. Add the frozen strawberries and stir until the strawberries thaw. Chill until partially set.

Combine the cream cheese, 9 ounces whipped topping and confectioners’ sugar in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Stir in the nuts. Spread the mixture over the crumb layer. Spoon the partially congealed strawberry mixture over the cream cheese layer. Chill until set. Top with additional whipped topping if desired. Cut into squares.

Yield: 12 -15 servings

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2013 Summer Tent Sale

The 2013 Keepsake Quilting Summer Sale was this past weekend, and it was a great success! Friday was a cool and rainy June day, but that didn’t stop our shoppers from finding lots of great bargains. The weather slowly cleared on Saturday, which was a welcome change! A great time was had by all, with both shoppers and employees prepared to make the best of the weather.

Here’s a gallery of Summer Sale photos for you to enjoy; click on an image to see it larger and scroll through the images.

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