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September 16, 2014

Missouri Shop Owner Q&A: Jennifer Todd, Judy Walker and Inez Risner, The Quilted Cow

WarehouseOnWheels-page-0To celebrate our Warehouse-on-Wheels sale in Missouri, we’re talking with the participating shop owners to find out how they got started, why their shops are special and what changes they’ve seen in quilting.

Our special sale at five quilts shops in Missouri – and one in Illinois and another in Oklahoma – continues through Sept. 28, with books as much as 75 percent off!

We kick off our interviews with Jennifer Todd, Judy Walker and Inez Risner, partners in The Quilted Cow, Cape Fair, Missouri.

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Jennifer Todd (left), Judy Walker and Inez Risner

Jennifer Todd (left), Judy Walker and Inez Risner

What made you decide to open a shop?

All being friends, we enjoyed sewing together. We thought how much fun it would be to open a “gathering place” for all of our friends to visit. What started out as a clubhouse has grown into a real quilt shop!

What are you most proud of about your shop?

We are thrilled when we hear how welcoming our shop is and the way people feel when they visit. People come in as customers and leave as our friends!

What trends do you see in quilting today? Have tastes changed since you opened your shop?

We have noticed that quilters are getting creative with their quilt backings, using beautiful fabrics and piecing.

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The Quilted Cow, 8936 W. Missouri 76, Cape Fair, Missouri 417-538-0235

On Tuesday: Quilt 4 U, Columbia, Missouri

September 15, 2014

Warehouse-on-Wheels Sale: Missouri and More

WarehouseOnWheels-page-0A few months ago, we started our Warehouse-on-Wheels sale right in our backyard, the Kansas City, Missouri, area. Now we’re hitting other parts of the state.

In fact, we’re crossing the state line because two of the Missouri shops taking part in the sale also have out-of-state locations. So those of you in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, are in luck.

Kansas City Star Quilts is working with the shops to bring you great prices on 30 beautiful books during the sale Sept. 15 to 28.  During this special sale, books will be as much as 75 percent off, with prices as low as $5.50.

In the next few days, we will run interviews with the shop owners on this blog site to give you a behind-the-scenes look at these great shops.

The shops are:

CAPE FAIR, MISSOURI:

The Quilted Cow, 8936 W. Highway 76, Cape Fair, Missouri 417-538-0235

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI:

Quilt 4 U, 908 Rain Forest Parkway Suite E, Columbia, Missouri 573- 443-7858

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI:

Jackman’s Fabrics, 1234 N. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Missouri 314-994-1060

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS:

Jackman’s Fabrics, 1000 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights, Illinois 618-632-2700

MEXICO, MISSOURI:

Homestead Hearth, 105 N. Coal St., Mexico, Missouri 573-581-1966

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI:

Quilt Sampler, 1802 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri 417-886-5750

TULSA, OKLAHOMA:

Quilt Sampler, 6024 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 918-493-3388

For more information and a list of all the sale books, click here. And if you’d like to see our Warehouse-On-Wheels sale come to your state, let us know on our Facebook page!

If you have questions, please call the shops for more information or send email to weaver@kcstar.com.

 

September 15, 2014

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September 12, 2014

My New Best Friends

By Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis

Remember that great big pile of rulers I blogged about not too long ago? Can you believe I’ve added more to the mix? I can hear some of you snickering. But wait, wait until I tell you about them. I wish I had bought these about a thousand years ago, when I first started piecing quilts on my sewing machine.  Oh, but they hadn’t been invented then.

I’m one of those people who thinks if I follow the rules and do what I’m supposed to do, that things ought to work. That doesn’t always follow true for me when I’m sewing, though. I’m certain the reason is simply operator error.

One of the problems I consistently run into is not having my units come out the size they are supposed to be. I’ll use half-square triangles as an example. If I want them to finish at 4 inches, I carefully cut my squares at 4 7/8 inches. Then I draw a line from corner to corner once on the diagonal. I line up that line with my quarter-inch presser foot and sew on either side of the line.sewn

I open them up, press them, take a look and sometimes get out the seam ripper and tear them apart again because they aren’t right. Sometimes, I ignore the wonkiness factor and think, “Well, it’s not all that far off.” I stack the wonky ones in with the good ones and start sewing my block together.

Surprise, surprise, the wonky ones aren’t matching up like they should be.

I’ve had friends tell me that they make their units larger than needed and trim them down. And every time I’ve heard that, I’ve thought, “Well, that’s got to be time-consuming.” And I’m right about that, but I finally figured out that it’s no more time-consuming to trim than it is to rip things out and do it all over again.

So I found these Bloc_Loc rulers and decided to give them a try. They are made specifically for trimming pieced units to the correct size. On the reverse side of the ruler, there is a quarter-inch wide groove etched into the plastic. The edge of the groove lines up with the seam allowance, stabilizing the piece as you trim. That gets rid of the oops factor we run into if we press too hard against the edge of a ruler and have it shift as we cut.helpful groove

ready to trimThe first set of rulers I bought were squares.  A 4 1/2-inch and a 6 1/2-inch came packaged together as a set. Had that not been the case, I would have just bought the larger ruler. I can always use a larger ruler to trim smaller units, but the reverse isn’t true.trimmed to 4 and a half

When I was at Quilt Market in May, I bought a set of the flying geese rulers. There are four sizes in the package. I haven’t been making flying geese lately. so I’ve not opened the package yet. flying geese rulers

And while I was shopping, I picked up the half-rectangle rulers. I haven’t used these, either. But I have plans afoot, and I am going to haul them out of their plastic shrink-wrap very soon.

I wish I didn’t need these rulers, but it’s clear to even the most casual of observers that I do. My sewing time is much more pleasant and productive now that I’ve decided it would be a good idea to change the way I’ve been making things.

There’s only one problem with these rulers: I wasn’t the clever person who invented them. Darn the luck!

Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.

September 11, 2014

Bobbins’ Bargains in Bloom

With this week’s offer, Mrs. Bobbins has a garden of delights for you.

bobbins bargains logo - 200 wideShe is always one to find a good deal out there in the quilt world. Now she brings her amazing talents to you … with her weekly Bobbins’ Bargains!

Every Thursday, Mrs. Bobbins will select one of our books and offer it to you at a very special price … 75% off the current listed price!

Better yet, your shipping is FREE in the continental U.S.

Better, better yet, “Five Gets You a Freebie!” If you order a Bobbins’ Bargain just five times (from five different sales), you get a free copy of any of our books! Take your pick. We’ll contact you by email once you’ve qualified for a free book and take your order.  Plus your shipping on that one is free as well. Easy as pie!

This week’s Bobbins’ Bargain is Backyard Blooms: A Month by Month Garden Sampler, by Barbara Jones.BackyardBloomsFrontCovMed

Join us on a garden tour through some delightful backyard blooms. Quilt artist Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup presents this new six-month appliqué sampler quilt that takes you through the joys of flower gardening. It’s made up in fresh, lovely fabrics from Barbara’s Simply Sweet line by Henry Glass & Co. Barbara guides you along the way, providing tips for needle-turn appliqué and clear, simple instructions for making this gorgeous quilt.

40 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, softcover.

Click here to see a YouTube video of the book.

The book is on sale for $14.95. Your price using our Bobbins’ Bargains promotion code is just $3.74, plus your shipping on this book is free in the continental U.S.!

(SHIPPING NOTE! Please allow 14 business days for delivery after Wednesday, Sept. 17, the last day of this week’s sale.)

Be sure to use this promotion code before checkout:

BOBBINS75

Please make sure to click the “Apply Promotion Code Now” button after entering the code. The discount won’t apply unless you do so. Please verify that you’ve received the discount before checking out.

Click here to order.  And remember  …  your shipping of this book is free in the continental U.S.!