Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Catching UP

So much to catch up on that I will just begin and hope I hit it all.  We have been wonderfully busy and happy here at the Patch.  The class with Tonya on Wonky Houses was terrific.  Did we have fun and what a wonderful way to use little scraps.  DSCN0170

Here we are at the beginning, listening and biting at the bit to begin…..there were four of us doing Halloween, several doing Florida and others doing their own thing.  DSCN0171 I promise to post pictures when we see some of their finished projects.  It was such a wonderful two days.  Tonya is such a pleasant teacher and we are already making more wonky houses with our scraps as we finish a project.  Then we will have a quilt of everything we worked on for a year. 

Margy did a fabulous job quilting “Crazy Squares” and if you go to our friend, Natalie website and proceed to her blog which is right on the front page.  Hit older posts and you will see Margy quilting it.  Here are some of my vain attempts to capture how cute this quilt really is.  DSCN0185

The quilt is now located in the store by the cash register area.  Close-up of one of my favorite boats.DSCN0186


The water around each boat is definitely So. Florida born.  It looks like the water in the Florida Keys.  DSCN0187 Don’t forget to sign up and join Margy in this fun filled day.  It is Thursday, May 22nd.  Call or stop by and register. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Crazy Sails – Florida Style is done

We are so excited.  The JaM Session’s top for May 22nd is pieced and is being quilted today.  Wow! did it turn out GREAT.  Here are some pictures of it.  Registration will open on Saturday at the store.  Margy, one of the owners, will be teaching this class.  We do have a kit of fabric as it appears in these pictures.  The book called Those Crazy Kids by The Buggy Barn will be included in your class fee.  This is a fabulous technique and once you are familiar with it, the wonderful world of their books and style will be open to you.   DSCN0160

Here it is draped over bolts.  Yes, now it is backing time. A 108” Blue with a star pattern was the one chosen .  But we have found with wide backs a pre-shrink washing is definitely a good idea.  So home to wash was Margy’s next stop.  The next picture shows it hanging over the Free Spirit/Westminster area. 

DSCN0162Okay, it is not small.  The quilt is 71” x 87”.


Here is a close up and I wish blogs had sounds so you could hear the oohs, and aahs that were heard in the shop when it was opened up and shared with the quilters here.  As you can see the water is definitely South Florida’s ocean shades.  The whole quilt  just makes you smile and is for the sailor in your life.  We sure hope that DSCN0161  

May 22nd can be a day you can come and sew at this latest JaM Session.  Have a great day quilting. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Classes, Classes and more Classes

Even though school is winding down for summer recess, that certainly isn’t affecting The JaM Patch.  Our teachers are out doing themselves in new projects, new techniques and beautiful samples.  The JaM Sessions are going strong with April 20th and 21st set for Wonky Houses.  Here is a picture just to remind you of what a neat class this will be.  There is space still available.Dear Santa_2_2

It certainly goes along with all the fabric that is arriving.  We got the precuts from Moda in their Christmas fabrics this week and boy are they great.  We got an entire bake shop full of items.  We receive jelly rolls, sweet rolls, layer cakes, and charm packs.  Honey Buns and turnovers are yet to arrive. 

Margy is planning a great session on May 23rd to teach the Buggy Barn style of piecing.  It is a neat quilt of sailboats.  It is in their newest book “Those Crazy Kids”and is called “Crazy Sails”.  I have placed a picture of the original piece, however, the class sample and available quilt kit will feature a more Florida flair.  After all our waves are not shades of gray and darker blues but rather beautiful blues and greens.  BBO-CrazySails-sm

Margy is working feverishly on it and the sailboats are done.  They are so cheerful.  A picture will be posted as soon as it is completed.

June will find the JaM Session as a two day and one evening Thimbleberries Camp.  The projects are being designed and pieced and we will share them as soon as they are available.  It will be Friday evening, June 12th; Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th.    The projects will be up on the web in our blog as soon as they are completed.  Joey and Jackie are working on the camp.  We promise a good time will be had by all. 


Carol G. will be offering this beautiful quilt as a three class session.  It is called Bodacious Applique a La Carte by Margie Engel.  The parrot will be featured and this is hanging in our classroom for your perusal.  The book is published by the American Quilter’s Society and here is what they had to say about it.

“Bold and beautiful, these appliqué designs leap right off the quilts! Here's a unique menu of simple appliqué patterns, ideas, and techniques. A variety of fusibles enable separate construction of the appliqué units, which are then stitched to your quilt. A banquet of 10 complete small projects and a dozen `a la carte patterns allow you to pick and choose from a variety of subjects and moods. Flowers, both realistic and imaginary, and creatures, such as parrots and geckoes along with a whimsical cat, can be used for projects ranging from elegant to definitely bodacious. Simple but effective embellishing is the key to making easy designs look more complex. Presented with a variety of faced and fused appliqué methods, you'll soon be on your way to creating exciting and original projects.” 

The Piec-lique project “Susie-Q” is being taught again by Kathy R.  She is offering it on Wednesday, April 29th.  She also has several sessions of her Machine Quilting Class. So………….. why aren’t you at the Patch taking a class.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

It’s April and Christmas Fabric has arrived!!!!!!!

Okay, it is only April and we are happy to announce the new Nancy Halvorsen ‘s “I Believe in Santa” has arrived from Benartex.  We are so excited.  It is absolutely adorable.  This will the third year that we are having a very creative lady design a quilt using the panel in a new and unique way.  Her name is Jeri F.  She is quite the quilter.  Here are the other two quilts that she has done using the yearly panel from Nancy.  12days This is the Twelve Days of Christmas quilt.  The quilting that Natalie C. of American Made Quilting ( is spectacular.  This picture doesn’t do it justice.  In the large courtyard steps areas, there are quilted ornaments in various shades of thread.  At the bottom, where there are packages, many people have personalized them with their grandchildren’s names.  The have turned out so adorable.  We still have kits and patterns available.  I am afraid we do not have any panels that can be sold separately.

The first year, Jeri began this project she did a wonderful quilt called “Bethlehem Star” from the 2007 line.  Here is a picture of this one.  We do have one kit available for purchase and the pattern can be purchased separately.  It was another show stopper and one of our customers did three; one for each of her grandchildren.  Bethlehem Star

Again, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  The website, which is broken and can’t be updated, has a better picture on it. 

We will post the new one  as soon as it is ready.  The panel and fabric is marked in and ready for purchase. 

Okay, and now what you have been waiting for the panel and here is a picture of it.I Believe in Santa And here is what they say about it

“We believe that just one look at this charming new collection will make you believe in Santa too! There's something about Nancy's fabrics that make people remember the important things in life-family, laughter, dreams, hope. These are just a few of the heartwarming themes of her new Christmas panel. With warm colors and loads of rich textures and plaids of rich garnet red, amber, loden green or teal, “I Believe in Santa” is the perfect choice for all your holiday projects.” Benartex Website

Do stop by and see the wonderful collection.