Thursday, March 26, 2009

2nd JaM Session Scheduled

Yes, April 20th and 21st we will host “Wonky Houses” at our second JaM Session.  We are so lucky to have gained a new neighbor, Tonya from Lazy Gal Quilting in the South Florida area.  She has just written for the “Quiltmaker”, Mar/April edition a tutorial on free form piecing and on those two days she will be sharing her expertise with us.  We have chosen to offer two days so that you will also have the opportunity to learn her wonderful alphabet.  It will be a fun-filled two days spending time with a great instructor and quilters.  The other day was a blast so don’t miss out on this one.  Here are some wonderful pictures to share with you on these beautiful quilts. There is the original one a few posts ago in pink.


Now we have one for you blue lovers.  Does this look like fun or what…no seams to match or points to care about. You just free form the house blocks and away you go. 



This is a great shower or wedding gift for that younger crowd.  These pictures are thanks to Tonya and her blog 

But my favorite is coming up and I think I will be doing this one.  After all if there is one fabric season that only pales to Christmas and that is Fall and Halloween.  What a hoot this one is.Wonky Houses

Now this has to make you smile.  What else but a spooky wonky house quilt to make you smile.  Personally, Halloween is a favorite.  What could be wrong with a holiday that allows you to get candy as a treat and produced candy corn, the perfect food.  In addition, you don’t have to buy people presents, you can just have a party and eat worms (candy ones, of course), dress in something you would never ever wear and did I mention eat candy.  Oh boy, this should be a fun one.  Okay, I was all settled on Halloween until I saw this one.  Oh, Dear Santa will you make one for me? Dear Santa_2_2 

Okay, now can you resist this one?  This should be a creative two days.  Stop by or call to sign up.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Queen and Her Court Arrive

The JaM Patch is proud to announce the arrival of “The Queen and Her Court” Block of the Month.  The unveiling was today, March 25th, and she is stately in her beautiful Marie Antoinette fabric line from Timeless Treasure.  Margy has done a fabulous job reproducing the pattern to perfection.  It is in warm browns, beiges, mauve with touches of burgundy and a yummy sage green.   Below is a picture. BOM-quiltThe designers from A Wing and a Prayer Designs have done a wonderful job with the beautiful block patterns and use of a  checkerboard completing the inside design area.  The Appliqué is fused and then stitched in place.  Margy has chosen to do a finished vine and it really makes it look special.  It really adds to a quilt to do piecing and appliqué together.  The colors are so special.  You can purchase it as a whole quilt or per month.  If you are interested just stop by, take a look and sign up.  Or we can send it to you, just email and we will send you the information.   

JaM Session ----a SUCCESS

From the general consensus we heard, our first JaM Session was a wonderful success.  The group started arriving as early as 8:20 AM and class officially began at 10 AM.  The room was a buzz with joyful conversation and wonderful direction from the maestro, Kathy Rentz.  She is quite the teacher and was ably assisted by Natalie Carlton, our local long arm quilter and proud designer of a new blog and website (  The projects were beautiful and I am sure you will enjoy the pictures that follow.  After all pictures speak louder than words to a quilter.  We are quite the visual group.  Thank goodness!!!


Here they are hard at work with irons, freezer paper, starch and then glue to make their coneflowers.DSCN0126-1

Kathy was busy helping a student during the day.  We hope you can see how wonderfully roomy the Session room is.  No one felt cramped.  DSCN0125 They sure look busy.  Everyone was so hard at work and now you will see their projects.  There are not two alike and everyone’s was so fantastic.  One even had a mountain in the background.  Most used Batiks but there was quite a few non-woven materials.  Also, some used different textures which made their piece look even better.  There were several black and white.  We can’t say one color dominated in the room.    DSCN0127

Okay I may not be a photographer but the projects are great.

DSCN0130Here is the last one.  We will be offering this class again.  It maybe in our small classroom depending on how many people are interested.  But you don’t want to miss learning this great new technique.  Thank you Kathy for a great day here at the Patch.DSCN0129

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Announcing JaM Sessions

It is finally here.  We have a new special classroom, two doors down from our door at 940 Central Parkway, that allow us to have bigger sessions, special quilt camps, mystery classes and visiting teachers.  We are so excited.  The first session will be March 24th and Kathy Rentz has graciously agreed to be the first teacher and does she have a class planned for you. Kathy has traveled distances to take classes with Sharon Schamber and she has chose a very special project from her.  It is called Susie Q 1 Day Project.DSCN0099

This is a picture of her sample and it certainly doesn’t do it justice.  We have tested this class with Kathy and, yes, the top can be completed in the day session.  The eight ladies who took the class completed it.  Her sample has been placed on stretcher bars, so “NO BINDING”.  I have added a close-up picture as well. This is a technique referred to as Piec-lique’  It may look like appliqué but it ISN’T.  It is pieced…..come and see


The quilting is so fabulous.  Kathy is a teacher you will enjoy and learn so much from.  The class is all day from 9 AM to 4 PM on Tuesday, March 24th.


Here is another example.  This sample was done completely in Batiks, but others in the room used country colors, hand-dyed and such a variety that this pattern looks good in any choice of fabric. DSCN0106 I have, also, shown the backside so you can get a good look at the construction.  The seams have not been trimmed.  You will learn about a wonderful product called Quilter’s Choice Glue.  The class will require the purchase of a pattern for $14.00 and the class fee of $50.00.  Arrangements can be made at the shop or over the phone.  There is prep work that needs to be done in order to assist you in completing this project.

Come and have fun and learn a wonderful new technique at a JaM Session.

JaM Session 2 will bring to us a “new” visiting teacher who is well known in blog land.  She is Tonya R. of Lazy Gal Quilting.  She has written the fabulous tutorial for “Wonky Houses” in the Quiltmaker March/April edition.  She will be here on April 20th and 21st teaching us this style and her lettering style.  Here is the sample we have available here in the store.  It is so cute.  We want to take it.  DSCN0108 The sample is in pinks but this is a great scrappy quilt and a way to use you stash.  The letters are so cute that we asked her to do two days so you can learn how to do them as well.  The class will require the purchase of The Quiltmaker Magazine and the fee will be announced later.  Here is another picture, but please stop by and see them in person and sign-up.DSCN0111We hope you will participate in these classes and let us know what else you would like.  Plans in the future are a Thimbleberries Camp, Mystery Class and a very special National Teacher.   This year we have dedicated the shop to Teaching new skills and here is a real good starter.