Let’s Talk to Margie

Margie is a regular at The Noble Quilter – teaching, learning, baking, and getting excited about new products and tools.  A delightful person to know who always wears a bright smile.

Let’s meet her:

Margie with Remember Me  Project

Margie with ” Remember Me”  Project

Margie has been sewing all her life.  She recalls sitting on her mother’s lap to sew.  She has been quilting for about 35 years.  Her years of experience definitely show when you observe the quality of her workmanship.

She is a big fan of Civil War prints and Kansas Troubles.  She added florals to her list of likes also.  She has used these prints in projects that she has made with her favorite tool the” Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star” Tool by Studio 180/Deb Tucker.  Margie is actually a fan of all Tucker tools and can teach you how to use them effectively.

Margie has been with the shop for about 4 years.  She teaches, helps wherever needed ( I know that   includes making luscious goodies on occasion), and she makes samples.  She will be teaching “Remember Me” for “Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle” starting this Sunday, May 4 from Noon to 3 PM.  Call the shop for details.  It is a fun group to be a part of.  Margie also continues to teach TNQ Sampler which, of course, includes learning to use some of the Deb Tucker tools.

Margie’s other passions include grandchildren, traveling and cooking and baking.  Take one of her classes and get to know her.  You will certainly be glad you did.  Come for a special event and you might get to taste some of her awesome baking (need to be quick as there are some who head straight for her goodies).

It is a Pleasure to Serve You,

Jan & Angie


It is do much fun to see how quilters interpret the use of fabric and design.  I really like how the same pattern can look so different with different choices in fabric.  Then there are those that start with an idea and build their very own patterns.

Look at Yvonne’s quilt:

Yvonne's original quilt

Yvonne’s Original Quilt

Yvonne started with the medallion and with the help of TNQ staff found the perfect fabrics to create her original quilt.

Marsha created her quilt for her daughter from Quilt MN Shop Hop fabric:

Marcha's MN quilt

Marsha’s MN Quilt

You can return to the Home page for TNQ and click on the Quilt MInnesota icon and see the fabric for the  2014 shop hop.  It will be fun to work with this fabric.   The dates for Quilt Minnesota are listed there also.

I (Jan) made this quilt for my granddaughter’s “big” girl bed.  The pattern is “With a Twist” by bean counter Quilts. Pattern and fabrics are from TNQ and from a shop we found on a trip to Hawaii.

With A Twist by bean counter Quilts

With a Twist by bean counter Quilts

My originality centered around how my daughter was decorating her daughter’s room.  Obviously bright colors are preferred.

Bring your creations into the shop.  The entire staff loves to see them.  It is very inspiring to see how people choose to use fabrics and patterns.

Come on in and see us soon,

Jan & Angie


Let’s Talk to Jessica



Today, I am highlighting Jessica.

1.  She is an employee at The Noble Quilter and has been for about 3 years.

2.  Her role at the shop is Store Manager and Instructor.

3.  She started quilting when she was 10 so she has already been doing it for 11 years.

4.  Her favorite fabrics ar brights, batiks and modern florals.

5.  Her favorite fabric and pattern designer is Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms.

6.  Her favorite quilting techniques are hand embroidery and free motion quilting.

7.  Her outside interests include running, reading and traveling.

8.  Jessica is currently teaching  Tonga Mulberry Stars BOM, Garden Baskets BOM (this is a wool applique      project) and she will be teaching Hexie Garden and Kids Camp.

Both of the following are BOMs.  Both groups have limited spaces available – consider joining in.

Tonga Mulbeery Stars by A Wing and a Prayer

Tonga Mulberry Stars by A Wing and a Prayer

Garden Baskets by Primitive Gatherings

Garden Baskets by Primitive Gatherings

Hexie Garden is an upcoming class on Saturday, May 10.

Hexie Garden by Atkinson Designs

Hexie Garden by Atkinson Designs

Due Date is the project for Kids Camp.

Due Date by bean counter Quilts

Due Date by bean counter Quilts

It will be held Monday – Wednesday, June 23 – 25.  If you have a child 10 or over, be sure to check this out.  It is going to be great!!

This is The Noble Quilter’s Jessica.  Join in on her classes and/or come into the shop and get to know her. You will be glad you did.

Check the “Classes and Schedule”  for additional information and be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Facebook both icons are at the bottom of this page.

We are Here to Serve,

Jan & Angie




Things are Happening

Some of us in central Minnesota received the blessing of a deep, fresh blanket of white.  It may not have been what we were looking for in April, but it is what we received.  It hasn’t stopped The Noble Quilter from sprouting new lines of fabric, new quilters or new ideas, however.

Our beginners with Julie are excited to show their accomplishments:

Quilt Basics Class

Quilt Basics Class

How about these for first quilts?  The Quilt Basics class will be offered again in June.  It is a great class for beginners but also for anyone wanting to brush up on their skills.  Ladies, we hope you will enjoy and continue in your new quilting careers.

Do you need something fresh, vintage, shabby chic to brighten up your home?  The Noble Quilter can help with that also – just look -

Hutch from The Great Room in Elk River

Hutch from The Great Room in Elk River

This classic hutch is for sale.  If you choose to purchase it or anything from The Great Room in Elk River, you are supporting  Faith in Action which is an organization that helps anyone in the community that needs it from housing to rides to raking leaves, etc.

Remember to check out our boards on Pinterest and have a blessed Easter weekend.

Here to Serve You,

Jan & Angie

American Made

American Made Brand:

American Made Brand

American Made Brand

How many times have we complained that nothing is made in America anymore?  Well, here is our chance to support an industry that is American from the ground up.  The cotton is raised here.  The fabric is woven and dyed here.  It is sold right here at your local quilt store.  This is my own personal statement:  if we support a company like this and don’t just opt for what is the cheapest on the market, I will wager that we will see more American Made Brand.  That is exciting.

The Snow Days by Crabapple Hill BOM is completed and we have some very different and very beautiful interpretations of the quilt:

Mary's interpretation of Snow Days

Mary’s interpretation of Snow Days

Rita's interpretation of Snow Days

Rita’s interpretation of Snow Days

I can hardly wait to see others as they complete their quilts (including my own).  The TNQ sample is hanging in the shop.  You can still purchase the pattern and supplies to create your own masterpiece.  It is really worth the effort.

Be sure to keep following us on Pinterest.  There are a lot of ideas to inspire and there is also a  lot of information  that might be helpful to you.  You can get to Pinterest by clicking on the icon at the bottom of this page.

Have a Blessed Easter,

Jan & Angie



We Are Going to Call It Spring!

I got to take a little vacation to Hilton Head, South Carolina.  I wish I could tell you we had luxuriously warm, sunny weather, but we didn’t.  We were able to spend a few hours on the beach and, of course, in true tourist fashion, I picked up seashells.  The gentleness of their color enamored me.  Some went from ivory to a soft pink, to a sandy brown; some went from a coral to a warm brown; then I found some that had a glorious royal purple on the inside.  Can you tell, I really like the subtleties and the boldness of color – I think that is why I like to quilt so much.  I can have soft, soothing quiet color or a riot of color or majestic color.  I get to choose.  Isn’t that a blessing?

Let’s choose primary, patriotic colors:

Dawn's Early Light

Dawn’s Early Light by Doug Leko

Jessica will be teaching this class this Saturday, April 12 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  Cost is $30 plus kit which includes the pattern.  The unique thing about this is that when you purchase this fabric you are also supporting   “Operation Homefront” through Island Batiks.  It is a great program serving our warriors.  Sign up now for the class.

Let’s choose royal, rich colors:

Paths of Faith by A Wing and a Prayer

Paths of Faith by A Wing and a Prayer

This is also a class being offered this Saturday, April 12 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  This one has scripture that is appropriate for confirmation, graduation or wedding or just because it would be beautiful in your home.  Jackie will be teaching this class and it is only $30 plus pattern and panel.

You will be so glad that you decided to do either of these classes, as each quilt is beautiful and a delight to create.  Call (763-633-4669) or come in and sign up and get your supplies.  We are excitedly waiting for you.

As Always,

Jan & Angie

We Are Excited!!

What a surprise to be thumbing through a quilt magazine and see your personally designed quilt.   That is exactly what happened for Angie.  She found her Top 10 Quilt Shop exclusive design, Perfect Palette, in Better Homes and Gardens Quilts for Every Bed on page 78.

Quilts for Every Bed

Quilts for Every Bed

Now look at Angie’s delight and excitement-

Angie of The Noble Quilter

Angie of The Noble Quilter

This magazine is carried at  The Noble Quilter.  Surprises are so much fun.

Sharon came into the shop needing to make a special quilt for her granddaughter’s wedding.  The pattern is Judy Martin’s ” Shakespeare in the Park”.  With help for fabric selection from TNQ staff, she created this beauty.

Shakespeare in the Park by Judy Martin

Shakespeare in the Park by Judy Martin

Congratulations to Sharon and her granddaughter.

Be prepared for all things good – like getting republished with a great design.

Jan & Angie




Worldwide Quilting Day

Worldwide Quilting DayWow!!  Did you even know that there is a special day for us to celebrate our skills and our love for all things quilted?  Even recipients of our warm, beautiful creations should celebrate this day with us.

Let’s Celebrate Saturday, March 15 at THE NOBLE QUILTER, where inspiration, creativity, laughter and in-store specials will be offered.

Look at this:  Spend $10.00 or more and be eligible for one of four $25.00 gift certificates.  Spend $50.00 or more and be eligible for one of four $50.00 gift certificates.  How great is that?

Thinking about a quilt that requires fat quarters?  There is also the 1 day special of buy 4 fat quarters and get 1 free.  Great time to purchase those needed fabrics.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Jan & Angie

Let’s Create!!

Watching the sunrise this morning and watching the sky turn from mauve to a beautiful shade of deep blue to a lighter shade as the sun gets higher in the sky.  Watching the pines turn a deeper shade of green and the goldfinches recover their yellow color.  Looking outside and seeing strong color contrasts with the remaining snow and ribbons of blacktop showing up.  Looking across a lake and seeing blended color with melting snow and ice leading up to a white house on the opposite shore.  No wonder I love quilting – it is a way of capturing some of this beauty that changes with the time of the day and time of the season.  Color is fascinating.

Let’s look at “Cabin Fever” by Judy Niemeyer as an example of how color choices add to a creation:

Cabin Fever by Judy Niemeyer

“Cabin Fever” by Judy Niemeyer.                     Taught by Connie Chapman

The class to teach you how to create this gorgeous quilt will be taught by Connie Chapman.  It is a 2 part class starting Saturday, March 15 from 10 AM – 12 PM and Saturday, March 22 from 10 AM – 4 PM.  In the 1st class, Connie will help you pick the perfect fabrics for this pattern.  In the 2nd, longer class, she will teach you Judy Niemeyer’s piecing techniques.  This is a phenomenal bargain at $35 plus the pattern.  Connie is a very experienced, professional quilter.  You will not only learn (probably more than you expect), but you will enjoy her company as well.  Call (763-633-4669) or come in and reserve your place in class.

Enjoying the Transition to Warmer Weather,

Jan & Angie


Prepare Yourself for Beauty

It is March.  I can hear the birds singing a new song.  I can see and hear the enormous amounts of snow and ice we have melting.  Soon we will see the beauty of new life which is the reward for living in a climate of extremes.  I am planning to buy myself a bouquet of daffodils to bring that promise of spring into my home.

There is another way to bring beauty into your home.  “Tonga Mulberry Stars” by A Wing and a Prayer will do it.

Tonga Mulberry Stars

Tonga Mulberry Stars

This is the NEW Block of the Month which will start Saturday, April 5 from 10 AM to 11 AM (meets the first Saturday of the month for a total of 12 months).  Space is limited so stop by or call the shop (763-633-4669) very soon.  Be inspired to create this gorgeous quilt so it can grace your home.

If you didn’t get to go south this winter and enjoy the ocean breezes, consider another way to dream about it.

6 Degrees South of the Equator by Scrap-Basket Beauties

6 Degrees South of the Equator by Scrap-Basket Beauties

The name, the pattern and the colors make you feel as if your are by the ocean.  If you did get the opportunity to vacation by warm ocean breezes, this can be a memorabilia quilt that will remind you of that joy.

Come on in soon, we would love to see you.

As Always, Here to Serve You,

Jan & Angie