MARCH MARCH MARCH

OK – Minnesota quilters, I am counting on the lion-lamb thing for the month of March.  Since it came in just like winter, it should go out looking like spring – correct?  Sometimes what is called an “old wives tale” is a good thing to hang on to.  I am all for this one.   Here is a good sign – the male goldfinches are starting to get a tinge of yellow – YAHOO! for that encouraging sign of spring.

Well, no matter the weather life goes on joyfully.  Have a look at this wonderful hutch -

" shabby Chic" Hutch from The Great Room in Elk River, MN


“Shabby Chic” Hutch from The Great Room in Elk River, MN

It is a lovely creamy white with lots of accents and it is actually for sale.  You don’t get to have what is so beautifully displayed on it but the hutch can be yours to grace the perfect spot in your home.  The proceeds will go to Faith in Action which is a volunteer organization that does numerous needed tasks in local counties.  There is information about this wonderful organization at TNQ.

For those of you who love teal, you may want to take note that the fabric from TNQ’s Top Ten quilt is now available in yardage and in bundles.  This is a fabric exclusive to TNQ and there is only limited amounts.

Wine – the colors, the fragrance, the taste – TNQ has a line of wine fabric that will evoke all those feelings.  Come in and see the display.

Table Setting at TNQ

Table Setting at TNQ

This is a fun vignette.  The placemats are printed and there is instruction for completion.  The table runner is All Seasons Runner by bean counter Quilts which nicely features sayings printed on the panel available.

Let’s have another look at that All Seasons Runner:

All Season Runner

All Season Runner

This is the same table runner as the one featuring wine fabric.  Obviously, this one features shamrocks and there is plenty of time to get this done by St. Patricks Day.  I have personally made one of these using Easter type fabrics (amazing what one can find in one’s fabric cupboard) and honestly, you would never know it is the same pattern.  This is a quick pattern by bean counter Quilts that completely changes with fabric choices.

Remember that the Cabin Fever class is coming soon.

Cabin Fever by Judy Niemeyer

Cabin Fever by Judy Niemeyer

The sample is now displayed in the shop.  This is a phenomenal quilt that anyone would be proud to say “I made that”.  Connie Chapman is the instructor and that is a treat in itself.  In the 1st class, she will help you pick the perfect fabrics and in the second class, she will teach you the piecing techniques.  The cost is only $35.00 plus the pattern for Connie’s expertise and for 2 classes.  It starts Saturday, March 15 and continues on Saturday, March 22.

As I said earlier, despite the weather, life goes on.  There is a lot happening at TNQ and we would love for you to join us.  Even if you are in the middle of a project and don’t need a new one, come in for a smile and an encouraging word.  We would also love to see your finished projects – that is always a highlight.

Thought:  Make a commitment to challenge yourself to learn a new skill in 2014.  It will improve your brain power.

The Noble Quilter Staff says “Hi”.  Come and see us.

Jan & Angie

Let Us Sew

Six inches of snow yesterday – my picnic table sits right outside my living room window and is a testament to the amount of snow we have.  It is a lot.  But the world is so brilliantly white and full of sunshine today that it is absolutely beautiful.  Weather cannot stop a Minnesotan because we have an abundance of it.  We just change our activities – so – Let’s sew!!!

Gingerbread Houses by Crabapple Hill

Gingerbread Houses by Crabapple Hill

 

Among the Pines by Wellington House

Among the Pines by Wellington House

These are the 2 new Embroidery BOMs.  We are only 1 week into it so if it is still something you want to do, there is plenty of time to sign up and catch up.  I personally started the Among The Pines and am very excited about it.  After the 1st class,  there was much discussion about the colors of Sulky each person wanted to use.  It is going to be so much fun to see how different each block will look with different thread choices.  I am sure the Gingerbread Houses will be the same as each person interprets the design in their own way.

This one is not on the original calendar, but take a look:

Quilt Basics Class

Quilt Basics Class

The Quilt Basics class will be starting Monday, March 3 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and will run over 7 weeks.  This is an original pattern by Julie Peterson who will also be the instructor.  There will be a new technique taught every week.  If you are a beginner or just want to brush up on skills or you just simply like the quilt, sign up. Julie has this sample in 2 different color ways at the shop to inspire you.

How about a new tote for spring.  Who doesn’t need a new one of those?

Mini Professional Tote by The Creative Thimble

Mini Professional Tote by The Creative Thimble

This class will be taught by Cathy Johnson on 2 Saturdays, March 8 & 15 from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Just look at the fabric chosen for the sample.  It screams summer – who isn’t up for that?  This bag has 10 pockets and a padded pocket for your tablet (that is probably better than putting it in your purse as I have been known to do – of course, I can’t shut my purse nor is my tablet protected).  Cathy is an experienced instructor and especially good at constructing bags.  This one is a must.

Cabin Fever by Judy Niemeyer

Cabin Fever by Judy Niemeyer

This is a stunning quilt designed by Judy Niemeyer.  You can learn to make it with Connie Chapman as your instructor on 2 Saturdays, March 15 (10 AM – 12 PM), and March 22 (10 AM – 4 PM).  The 1st class will focus on fabric choices.  For many of us that is the most intimidating part of quilting.  Connie will be assisting in the best choices to make this quilt gorgeous.  The 2nd class will focus on Judy Niemeyer’s piecing techniques.  Won’t you feel like “a rock star” when you complete this one.  The cost in $35.00 plus the Cabin Fever pattern.

Now quilters, no complaining about the snow, just look at what you can learn to do before spring shows up.  Plus, you see spring starting to happen right outside the classroom windows.

Thought:  I will continue to “plump” my brain cells by continuing to learn for the rest of my life.  There is nothing like a new challenge!

We are here to serve you,

Jan & Angie

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, It Is Still Cold Outside

We had a group from the Asante Children’s Choir from Uganda staying in our home earlier this winter.  The church I attend provided them with winter outer wear.  One morning as we were preparing to leave the house, they were told that they needed to wear all their winter gear.  The young chaperone, who had never been to the USA before, circled her foot in a pool of sunlight and wondered how the sun could be so bright and it be so cold outside.  Needless to say, other than getting real scientific, I didn’t really have an answer.  I am beginning to have the same question, however.

Sooooooo – let us keep on sewing.  I am personally OK with that.

Monterrey Medallions by Atkinson Designs

Monterrey Medallions by Atkinson Designs

Monterrey Medallions is a new class being offered on Saturday, February 22 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  Our very talented Jessica will be teaching this one.  I know she picked out all the fabrics (because I was in the shop that day) and it is a combo of Laundry Basket batiks and Jo Morton and Kim Diehl civil war reproductions.  There is a kit available but you could scrap this one out and add complimentary fabrics as needed.  This is a reprint from Atkinson Designs and the design was actually inspired by a trip to Mexico.  For $30.00, you get the classroom and an instructor for 5 hours.  You also need to purchase the book.

Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting

Have you ever thought about learning to complete your own quilting projects?  Julie is going to be sharing her expertise on FMQ on Sunday, February 16 from 12 PM – 4 pm.  The cost to glean her knowledge is only $25.00.  This is truly a bargain and the only thing required of you before class is a good understanding of how your machine works.  Julie’s work is beautiful –  let her share her abilities with you.

Lorrie Franz of bean counter Quilts

Lorrie Franz of bean counter Quilts

Do not forget about the Valentine’s Party on Valentine’s Day Friday, February 14.  I have been a little confused about the instructor, but it is going to be Lorrie of bean counter Quilts – the designer of the table runner you will make.  Party is from 10 AM – 3 PM and includes lunch, pattern ( a new unreleased pattern), kit and instructor for only $40.00.  I will be there and would love to meet several of you.

The shop is exploding with ideas but we would like yours also.  Is there a technique or a tool or a pattern you would like to learn how to do or use?  Let us know.  When you come into the shop, tell us what it is that you want to learn.  We will do our best to find the most qualified instructor and others who want to learn the same skill.

Thought:  There is nothing more vital than to continue learning no matter what our age.

We Are Here For You,

Jan & Angie

A Fruitful Winter

It is already the last week of January.  That means February is coming which hopefully means a little moderation in the weather.  I know it has been a brutal winter, but we need to look at the good things.  Coming home from work is in the daylight now.  It is always a positive when the days are getting longer.  The sun is very warm coming through the car windows (a little stretch for “a good thing” but it feels wonderful).  Because being outside is not something I enjoy at -40 degrees wind chill, I can enjoy sewing without thinking I should be cleaning up the yard or gardening or something like that.  Those things are great, but sometimes cut into guilt free quilting time.  So even when it is frigid outside, there are positives.  I am personally excited that I got 2 quilt tops done this last weekend.

Now lets talk about some new projects to help this winter pass by:

First, let’s enjoy a Valentine’s Day Party.  It will actually take place on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 10 AM until 3 PM.  Lorrie Franz of bean counter Quilts created a NEW table runner pattern – this will be a special treat.

Lorrie Franz of bean counter Quilts

Lorrie Franz of bean counter Quilts

The Kit and Pattern and Angie as instructor and Lunch are all available for only $40.00.  This is a real winter buster, come and have a fun day and a delightful project.

There are 2 new Embroidery BOMs starting  Thursday, February 6 from 6 PM – 7 PM or Thursday February 13 from 12 PM – 1 PM.  These BOMs will run simultaneously so you can choose one or both projects.

Among the Pines by Wellington House

Among the Pines by Wellington House

This one is very “upnorth”.  It has a nostalgia factor for those of us who enjoy the northwoods and all the vacations and experiences we have had from the snowshoeing to the canoeing.

 

Gingerbread Houses by Crabapple Hill

Gingerbread Houses by Crabapple Hill

Gingerbread Houses is a sweet, soft and gentle project with a storybook feel.  This one is colored in and that skill will be taught as well.  Both projects are portable which is something I really like because we spend so much time waiting in our society.  It is also great when traveling.  My fingers want to do something even when I am on vacation and this type of project is great.

Let’s talk about another portable quilting project – the hand-pieced Tumbling Block Quilt.  This will be taught by Deb Oscarson whose own quilt I have seen which in turn made me personally want to do this quilt (phew-how about that for a long sentence).

Hand-Pieced Tumbling Block Quilt

Hand-Pieced Tumbling Block Quilt

Use your stash, start with your stash and add to it as needed or start with a whole new line of coordinated fabric to get all the needed darks, mediums and lights.  Any way that you do it will be intrigueing.  Come and Join Deb on Saturday, February 8 from 10 AM – 3 PM.  The $40.00 includes instructor, pattern and lunch.  Call (763-633-4669) or come into the shop and sign up soon.

Remember that you can come and sew at The Noble Quilter for $5.00 for the day.  Gather together some friends and come and enjoy the classroom area and the convenience of the shop.  You may bring your own lunch, order delivery or go out to the various restaurants within a few blocks.

Thought:  Enjoy winter through “stitching it away”.

 

Here to serve your quilting needs,

Jan & Angie

 

 

New Year, New Ideas, New Classes, New Skills

Well, winter had found us and looks like it is planning to stay for awhile.  The really, really good part is that it is a great time to quilt.  I personally enjoy watching winter from my sewing room when I am not participating in an outdoor winter activity.  Usually our family likes to downhill ski, but that isn’t going to be possible this year.  Sooo – I guess I will just have to get a lot of quilting done :) .

Did you know that if you purchase the Island Batik line named “Quilted in Honor” that you will be supporting Operation Homefront which is a group that works at meeting the needs of our returning military personnel?  Go to ww.islandbatik.com and www.operationhomefront.net to learn more about this worthy endeavor.  This is an opportunity to actually give back twice in one project – 1st by purchasing the fabric and 2nd by giving the completed quilt to Operation Homefront to distribute to an individual.  How often do we get a 2 for 1?

Pattern is Dawn's Early Light created with "Quilted in Honor" fabric.  Made by Jessica.

Pattern is Dawn’s Early Light created with “Quilted in Honor” fabric. Made by Jessica.

This inspiring sample can be seen at The Noble Quilter and the entire line of fabric is available.

Did you know The Noble Quilter is having a Valentine Day Party?  It will be on Friday, February 14 from 10AM to 3PM.  You will make the adorable Valentine table runner, and get lunch all for $40.00.  Kit, pattern, lunch and fun all included for one low price.  I think that is a great deal.Valentine Runner

 

This runner is absolutely adorable and will definitely brighten the season.  Come and make it your own with Lorrie Franz of bean counter Quilts.

Be sure to check the class schedule for February.  There is sure to be a skill or a pattern that you would like to learn.

Thought:  A real Minnesota winter is an awesome time to prepare for spring.

Take Care and Quilt Joyfully,

Jan & Angie

Happiest New Year Ever!!!

Angie and TNQ Staff are planning on a prosperous, blessed and fun-filled year.  We wish the same for you!!!

Angie and TNQ Staff are planning on a prosperous, blessed and fun-filled year. We wish the same for you!!!

There will be many new opportunities at The Noble Quilter in 2014.  Stay tuned for the new classes, clubs, etc, starting in January.  That is only the start – there will be lots of ideas and opportunities to learn throughout the whole year.  Be sure to stay in touch and join us.  But for now enjoy the holiday.

With Joy,

Jan & Angie

 

 

Merry Christmas!!!

Angie and The Noble Quilter Staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

Angie and The Noble Quilter Staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

Winter Showed Up!!!

Well – - – Winter showed up in a big way here in south central Minnesota.  First the snow, then the wind and now the dropping temperatures.  Can’t think of a better thing to do than sew.  My personal sewing area is well lit and warm with windows through which I can enjoy the beauty of winter.  The classroom/sewing area at The Noble Quilter is similar – a great well-lit place to sew with huge windows to enjoy the beauty of the season without actually being in it.  Remember for $5.00 you can use the classroom to sew up a “storm”.  Call ahead and make sure the classroom is free, then grab a friend or two and come in and get your work done.  What a great way to spend a winter day or two (or more).

Windows, tables, comfy chairs, scrap buckets and plenty of outlets make up the classroom.

Windows, tables, comfy chairs, scrap buckets and plenty of outlets make up the classroom.

Of course, it is December.  Many of us have sewing in progress for gifts, but if you are looking for just that right something for someone, let me see if I can help:

A casserole carrier called Hot Stuff by Atkinson Designs.   There are kits for this.

A casserole carrier called Hot Stuff by Atkinson Designs. There are kits for this.

Napkins by Atkinson Designs

Napkins by Atkinson Designs

Wine Tote & Napkin pattern by Atkinson Designs.  Add a good bottle of wine and maybe a custom made bottle stopper for a great gift.

Wine Tote & Napkin pattern by Atkinson Designs. Add a good bottle of wine and maybe a custom made bottle stopper for a great gift.

 

Sampling of Blueberry Backroads

Small pillows and/or small wall hangings by Blueberry Backroads

Little quilts by the Red Button Quilt Co.

Little quilts by the Red Button Quilt Co.

I am in the process of completing a Blueberry Backroads design and will be done in plenty of time to gift it.  Plus I am enjoying doing it.  There are several Blueberry Backroads and Red Button Quilt Co. patterns to choose from at the shop.

Just want a little something to give? Ornaments by Blueberry Backroads would be perfect.

Just want a little something to give? Ornaments by Blueberry Backroads would be perfect.

Do you have a new baby in your life or expecting one soon?  Just look at A Frog’s Life panel combined with bean counter Quilts Bouncing Borders pattern.  This quilt is kitted and ready for you to start sewing.  It could easily be done by Christmas.

A Frog's Life panel and Bouncing Borders by bean counter Quilts.

A Frog’s Life panel and Bouncing Borders by bean counter Quilts

 

Crazy Christmas Flan by Maywood Studios

Crazy Christmas Flan by Maywood Studios

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Crazy Christmas Flan comes with the panel pictured.  You could use the coordinating fabrics and quickly make a soft, cozy quilt by just adding borders.  It would certainly be appreciated.  My friend chose not to use the panel but used the pattern Turning Twenty and all the coordinating fabric.  When she finished it, I was wishing I was the friend who is going to receive it (but, alas, it is for someone else).

There are also lots of notions etc. to want or to give to others.

The Noble Quilter Gift Certificates

The Noble Quilter Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available and will come wrapped.  The Noble Quilter will also keep a wish list for you, if you would like that.  Come into the store and let us know what it is you really want to receive.  We will do our very best to pass it along to the right people in your life.

Just a reminder that The Noble Quilter has several boards on Pinterest.  You can access it by clicking on the button below.  There are some really fun and cute Christmas ideas there also.  Take a look.

Let us move forward in our sewing and enjoy.

As Always Here to Serve You,

Jan & Angie

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Stuff, Christmas Things, Reminders

Have you thought about cuddle for a backing, a whole blanket or just the binding?  Just look at the new, fun cuddle that has arrived at the shop-

Cuddle, Cuddle, Cuddle

Cuddle, Cuddle, Cuddle

This is just a sampling, there are dot coordinates for these and many other animal prints such as leopard plus plain and raised dot coordinates.  The name says it all – when you touch it, you want to cuddle with it.  What fun stuff for kids and adults alike.  It also makes wonderful scarves  that will keep the winter chill away.  Think “gifts.”

Suzy Sacks By This & That are all kitted for you and the kit includes the hardware.  Grab a kit and have it made in a couple hours.  Great gift idea for all ages.  Think I mentioned in the last blog that this is a perfect size bag for the new stadium rules and what you will be allowed to bring (I am sorry if I am confusing you, I called this a Suzy Bag in the last blog – it is a Suzy Sack).

Suzy Sacks by This & That

Suzy Sacks by This & That

The Fall Gatherings Table Mat by Brandywine Designs is all kitted up now.  These kits are great because you are only purchasing the wool that you need to complete it.  Kit includes the pattern.

Fall Gatherings

Fall Gatherings

There may not be time to have this ready for this Thanksgiving but what a great project to prepare for next year.  The Christmas Memories Wool Table Mat by Brandywine Designs is also kitted in just the right amount of wool and could be ready for this year or once again a great gift.

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

Here is a reminder:  The Hampton Ridge BOM has only met 1 time this past Thursday and will be meeting for the 1st time this Saturday, November 23.  If you forgot or were undecided about this BOM, there is still time and room for you to join in.  This will be a lovely quilt  and source of pride when completed.HAMPTON RIDGE

Doris also wants to put an early notice out there that she will be having another Beginner’s Class starting January 12 and continuing on the 19th and 26th.  These are Sundays and it will be held from Noon to 5:00.  Grab a friend and come and learn a new skill or even if you have quilted before, you can use it as a refresher course.  Kits are available.

Beginners Quilt Class

Beginners Quilt Class

Remember you can call The Noble Quilter and reserve sewing times in the classroom to get those projects done.  There is nothing like dedicated sewing time to relieve that last minute stress.

 

Thought for the Week:  Stress and decreased Joy can become the Holidays.  Let’s simplify and enjoy what Thanksgiving and Christmas are really meant for.

 

Here to Meet Your Quilting and Education Needs,

Jan & Angie

Time for Sewing

 

It is the middle of November, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then, whoops, here’s Christmas.  Do you have gift ideas that require sewing for Christmas?  Finding it hard to carve out blocks of sewing time without washers, dryers, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, dirty floors, or generalized clutter yelling at you?  Do I ever have a deal for you.

The Noble Quilter has open sewing times already on the calendar that will help you with the time allotment for some dedicated sewing.  If you are a Featherweight owner, come to the Featherweight Machine Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Bring your own project to complete with other Featherweight enthusiasts.  You can sew from 10AM until 3PM.  Just think how much you could get done and have the fun of friends too.

Every 3rd Tuesday evening from 6PM until 8PM is Open Hand Sewing.  Bring your hand sewing project, relax, enjoy and share in the experience, fun and expertise of others that are attending.  We always learn so much from one another.

The Noble Quilter Sew-In Saturday Evening is from 4PM until 10PM.  This evening of sewing is usually full so if you want to participate, contact the shop and get on the waiting list.  That also tells me how much fun this evening of sewing with others really is.

There is also a Day Sew-In on the 4th Monday of the month.  In November, it is the 25th.  Come at 10 AM and stay until 4PM.  Talk about dedicated sewing time.

If you are taking a class or part of a BOM, you are always welcome to stay and sew for the remainder of the day.  This is great because the lesson is fresh and when we do something right away, we don’t have to deal with that pesky forgetting problem.

All the preceding sewing times have a cost involved which is stated in the TNQ Newsletter, please refer to that (the cost often includes food-mmmm).

Now – - – we can’t always fit into the scheduled time so here is the deal – grab a friend, call The Noble Quilter, request a time to sew and if the classroom is open,  you can use it all day long for $5.00/person.  The advantages are numerous – you will have lots of natural light along with overhead lighting, you have the shop right there for known or unexpected needs, you have friends to chat with, you may make new friends and/or be able to tap into someone’s expertise, you can go out for lunch or have it brought in,  you can have coffee, you can get your projects done.  You will not have to search for power strips, set up tables, find a scrap bucket or tote an iron – how great is that.  All you need is you, your machine, typical quilting supplies and your project.

Sparkler from Scrap Basket Sensations

Sparkler from Scrap Basket Sensations

This beautiful Christmas themed quilt could be easily completed by the Holidays.  It is already kitted for you, so you can get right to the construction.  Just think how much of it you could get done spending a day or two in classroom working on it.

Wine Tote & napkin pattern by Atkinson Designs

Wine Tote & Napkin Pattern by Atkinson Designs

Here is a gift idea – wine tote (this takes 1/2 hour from start to finish), a bottle of Minnesota produced wine, and a bottle stopper made by a local artisan.  All but the wine can be gotten at The Noble Quilter.

Napkins and Placemats

Napkins and Placemats

How about matching napkins & placemats.  Ours are pictured for Christmas decor but you could choose whatever suits the gift recipient.   Placemats, napkins and a set of wine glasses would make a “WOW” gift.  That would be a great wedding gift also.

Feed The Animals by Straight Stitch Society

Feed The Animals by Straight Stitch Society

Just look how busy Jackie has been making gifts.  These adorable creatures go together easily and what fun to give.

Here are some more completed Jackie projects:

Suzy Bag by This&That

Suzy Bag by This&That

She is definitely getting her gifts finished.  Another thought about the Suzy Bag – if you go to sporting events at stadiums, you can no longer carry a purse or bag.  How about this – the Suzy Bag will hold a cell phone, tickets, couple of credit cards, ID and some cash and maybe a pack of kleenexes (depends on how much cash you put in there).  We actually checked it out and it works plus you can carry it on your wrist or clip it to a belt loop.

Thought For The Day:  Gift giving season can be exhausting; make it pleasurable by starting a little early.

 

As Always,

Jan & Angie