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Retreat to the Beach 4

The fourth Retreat to the Beach event is now history.  It took place over the weekend in the meeting room at the Breakers resort in Long Beach, just a stone’s throw from the ocean.  Here are some highlights! Here is a quilt Janet V finished after our last retreat.  She made it from the Carson’s [...]

STOP & GO check out my quilt…

What am I working on right now???  Aside from the Birds 2 BOM (that’s another post…), and the BOM at the Peninsula Quilt Guild, I’m making a new pattern we picked up at Spring Quilt Market in Portland. It’s called Stop & Go, from Among Brenda’s Quilts.  She (they?) is a local designer, from Vancouver, [...]

Quilting, Embroidery, & Old Cars

Are you familiar with the Vintage Tin pattern from Crabapple Hill?  We have a sample from that pattern in the store, made up by Amy; it was actually her first foray into embroidery, and she hadn’t even done much quilting at that time!  Here it is: Amy followed the pattern for the embroidery, but she [...]

It was A-MAZE-ing!!

What a success the A-MAZE-ing class was today at Boardwalk Quilts! Taught by Janet King, using the Sunset pattern from Julie Popa design, the class had a lively contingent of 11 attendees.  Every one of them made progress on their quilt, and we have pictures showing a lot of it… Gail F. quickly finished the [...]

Retreat to the Beach 4

The fourth Retreat to the Beach event is now history.  It took place over the weekend in the meeting room at the Breakers resort in Long Beach, just a stone’s throw from the ocean.  Here are some highlights!

Here is a quilt Janet V finished after our last retreat.  She made it from the Carson’s Cottage pattern from Busy Bee Quilt Designs.

This next one is also from Janet.  The embroidered blocks are taken from rubbings of petroglyphs at the Columbia river before they were flooded by dams on the river.  An amazing piece of history in this quilt!

Janet’s niece Monica made a cool elf quilt, but I’m not going to show it, in case it falls into the wrong hands before it’s given as a Christmas gift.  Monica’s mom Evelyn worked hard on another holiday quilt, but I don’t seem to have a photo of it…darn!

Pat T brought along this section of a HoopSisters quilt (on the left) she has been doing on her embroidery machine.  There will be a border of the flying geese before it’s finished.  She also completed a scrappy quilt top using up all her quilt leftovers…Pat likes to use it all!

 

Marsha showed her completed hopscotch quilt.  The grandkids have already been hopping on it, even though it still needs a binding!  She also worked on some blocks to add to the size of her soft pink baby quilt.

  

Leslie finished this table runner and wall hanging.  She also completed a cute baby quilt with a turtle & frog motif, another picture I seem to have missed!

Jane P finished both this package quilt and the red block nine-patch!

  

Jane also completed this Halloween bag.  Her mom Joan worked on a quilt made from this pile of bright raw-edge flower blocks.

Becky completed this quilt for her mom for Christmas.  She had another one almost done before she left!

Angela S continued work on this amazing Irish Chain quilt that she pieced at the last retreat.  Before she left, she had two borders on it, and a final one ready to go!

Rita W zoomed through a bunch of projects!  First was this cool bag; then the harvest quilt.  Finally, she completed the hairdresser wall hanging for her daughter.

  

Robin accomplished a ton of piecing!  First were this giraffe quilt and matching grow chart.

  

Then she finished this awesome king-size log cabin quilt!  There were a couple more projects in between these…

Sharon brought along her finished One-Block Wonder, begun at a prior retreat.  What a colorful beauty!

She also completed this quilt from the Savanna pattern from Karla Alexander.

And finally, a first-time quilter, Anita B completed her queen-size quilt from the Times 3 pattern.  Pretty nice for a first-timer, don’t you agree?

I wish I had more pix to show you…there were many more wonderful projects in progress at the retreat!  We all had a great time, and many of us will be meeting up again the first weekend in February to do it all again!

 

STOP & GO check out my quilt…

What am I working on right now???  Aside from the Birds 2 BOM (that’s another post…), and the BOM at the Peninsula Quilt Guild, I’m making a new pattern we picked up at Spring Quilt Market in Portland.

It’s called Stop & Go, from Among Brenda’s Quilts.  She (they?) is a local designer, from Vancouver, WA, if I remember correctly.  Anyway, we were looking for something to do with Hoffman’s new Bali Cracker 10″ squares of watercolor batiks.  And there was their booth at Market, with their sample using the blue Bali Crackers.

This pattern uses an interesting template cutting method.  I don’t want to give away too much, but you use their template to make a frame on your cutting mat out of masking tape like this:

Then you match up light and dark Cracker squares and cut within the outlines of the tape, which you formed into a 10″ square to fit the Crackers.

After cutting and shuffling the dark and light pieces, you put them together to get 42 blocks like these:

These are just 20 of the 42 blocks, which I finished last night.  What’s next???  Time to start dividing the blocks into sets of 3, then adding the different sashings.  I’m using Kona white, a light grey Fusion from Robert Kaufman, and Moda’s Marble Swirl in a medium grey.

They’re all cut and ready to go.  I can’t wait to see the end result!  Stay tuned and I’ll post a picture when it’s finished, or come by and see it hanging in the store.

Quilting, Embroidery, & Old Cars

Are you familiar with the Vintage Tin pattern from Crabapple Hill?  We have a sample from that pattern in the store, made up by Amy; it was actually her first foray into embroidery, and she hadn’t even done much quilting at that time!  Here it is:

Amy followed the pattern for the embroidery, but she added some red fabrics into the pieced portions, and we all think it looks great that way.  Customers in the store spend a lot of time admiring this sample!

One customer, Cheryl Bicknell, recently completed her version of Vintage Tin and brought it in for us to admire:

Cheryl not only changed a few things, but she added her own rust stains to the background fabric, using a method she found online!

Her differences were mainly in the embroidery…She changed some of the car panels to reflect antique cars she and her husband own.

 

She also replaced some of the other panels with antique auto/gas signs.

Pretty darn cool, huh?  Cheryl finished it off with a combination of machine and hand quilting.

We were thrilled to see the finished project, and so glad Cheryl brought it in for Show and Tell!

What’s your latest project???

It was A-MAZE-ing!!

What a success the A-MAZE-ing class was today at Boardwalk Quilts!

Taught by Janet King, using the Sunset pattern from Julie Popa design, the class had a lively contingent of 11 attendees.  Every one of them made progress on their quilt, and we have pictures showing a lot of it…

Gail F. quickly finished the four blocks above, and left with the rest of the blocks ready for assembly.  Nice pastels!

Michelle also finished at least four blocks.  Beautiful colors!

Kris didn’t do all the cutting prior to class, but finished one block of solids on a grey/white tonal background.

This picture shows blocks from several quilters.  Upper left is Kris’ block again.  The two upper right ones are by Gail M, made out of neat dotted fabrics in super brights.  Lower left is Dianne’s first block, and lower right is Ann’s.

Here are Gail M. and Dianne sewing busily, in front of the quilt made by Janet King, originally shown in the March, 2013, Peninsula Quilt Guild show.  That quilt in the show was the impetus for the whole class!

Joyce was using an eclectic selection of bright prints, and this is her first block.

Pat went with purples and pinks, for a soft effect in her blocks.

Joan was the only quilter who opted for a black background, and we all agreed that the effect was pretty stunning!

Finally, Karen actually completed all her blocks!  They’re not sewn together yet, of course, but here she was auditioning oranges for the outer border.  The darker orange on the lower left won the toss.

Unfortunately, Eleanor had another engagement and left early, so we have no photo of her blocks.

A wonderful time was had by all attending!  Now it’s your turn…our next class is Curvy Chains, on August 3rd.  Teri will be teaching this time, and you will find the curved piecing to be easier than you can imagine.  Stay tuned for more information to come.

Another Treasure Chest Winner–Finally!!!

IT’S ABOUT TIME we had another Treasure Chest winner, and it finally happened last Friday!

Jean Shepherd and her husband were in town for a visit, and celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary.  They spent a long time looking at fabric and patterns, and ended up buying a few.  Then Jean tried her key in the Treasure Chest, and it opened!!!

Here’s Jean with her winnings:

What did she win???  Here’s what was in the chest:

A Boardwalk Quilts tote bag,
a Pony Express Quilt Sampler pattern & CD,
a tube of Udder Cream,
a drink clip,
Tonga Treat batik squares in Coastal from Timeless Treasures,
a Button Box pattern,
a tape measure,
Mary Ellen’s Best Press in Caribbean Beach scent,
a Bind Up tool for quilt binding,
a Quick Turn tool for turning tubes of fabric,
an Instant Table Runner kit,
a pair of Fashion Cuts scissors,
a pair of embroidery scissors, and
a Twist & Turn quilt book.

Altogether, about $175 worth of quilting goodies!!!  Jean is a happy lady, and we’re glad we could make that happen for her.

If you want to join our four winners, we have one more treasure up for grabs!  All you need to do is spend $10 in the store and pick a key.  If you purchase online, we’ll draw a key and try it for you.  Maybe YOU will get lucky next!

Put Your Toes in the Sand

I’m yearning for summer, or at least spring!  I know it’s coming, but it never seems fast enough.

Who wouldn’t want to be doing this, instead of dodging the ever-present rain???

So the next best thing might be the Toes in the Sand block of the month quilt from Jaybird Quilts.  This is what it looks like:

I have some beachy fabric that will make it look a lot like it does in their picture, some from the Seascapes fabric from Moda, some batiks, other prints in blues and turquoise.  Here’s what some of the Seascapes fabrics look like:

 

 

The pattern uses the Hex ‘N More ruler from Jaybird Quilts.  It makes a bunch of shapes, hexagons, half hexes, 60-degree triangles, and jewels.

I’ve been having tons of fun playing with the shapes and making the blocks for the sample…I’m through block #5 already.  I figure this BOM will probably start about May, and I think we’ll have a Saturday morning meeting each month, in case people need help with the blocks.

Want to put your toes in the sand???

Y’all Come Back Now!!

Thanks a big bunch to all of you who came and visited us on January 24-26, in connection to Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day!  We love to see you all!!!

As many of you know, we were giving away our big quilt-sized Boardwalk Quilts tote bags on the 24th; I hope lots of you got one for yourselves.

We also took entries for door prizes, with drawings held Thursday through Saturday.  Here are some of the lucky winners, just those who were present for the final drawing.

They are Anna Klingler, who won a teacup stuffed with goodies; Daidre West and Pat Toulouse, who both won boxes of Fisher Scone Mix.

There were tons of other winners, who walked away with mug rugs, teacups, fat quarters, a teapot, and our teacup table runner, shown here.

It pays to visit your LQS!

We have another fun event planned for February around Valentine’s Day, with more great things to give away.  So stay tuned!

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day – Jan 24th!

Come see us next week!  We’ll be celebrating Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, combined with National Tea Month.  Maybe an odd combination, but we’re making it work!

What will we have?  FREE PATTERNS!!

TREATS!!

GIVEAWAYS!!

DOOR PRIZES!!!

This cute Tea Runner, plus stuffed tea mugs are some of the things we’ll be giving away.

We’re extending Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day from Thursday the 24th to Saturday the 26th so more people will have a chance at the fun.  Prize entries all three days, you need not be present to win.  Come join us, we’d love to see you!!!

Prepare to be educated!!! BWQ University is ready!

Announcing the appearance you’ve been waiting months for… Boardwalk Quilts University!

Yes, I finally got the initial page up on the web site and ready for you to view. Just click here to go there now.

So, what’s there for you to see?

  • How-to videos for several products (with a link to the store if you feel you just have to have it after watching the video)
  • FREE patterns for you to download
  • Online classes for you to take
  • Plus the first of, what we hope are, many books and videos produced by Boardwalk Quilts

It’s ready for you to view right now! Plus, we’re not done yet.

As I said, this is the initial page. We’ll be adding more videos, more freebies, more classes and, of course, more books and videos from Boardwalk Quilts.

I’m sorry to have announced it earlier and then kept you waiting. But the wait is over!

Check out the new page by clicking here or typing http://www.boardwalkquilts.com/university/index.html into your browser.

Be sure to let us know what you think!

Dave

We Have WINNERS!!!

YIPPEE, we have winners of our first Treasure Chest prizes!!!  The lucky winners were shopping in our store yesterday, and picked one of the winning keys.

Take a look at the happy faces of Pat and Ken Mathison, our first winners.

Ken is the one who drew the winning key, and he is shown holding the unlocked padlock.

What did they win???  Here’s the list:

An Emperor’s Garden bundle of 26 fat quarters
A Sew Chic Clothing book
A Marti Michell Log Cabin Ruler
A Boardwalk Quilts tote bag
A Scrap Therapy pattern
A red cup clip
A 6-oz bottle of Lavender Best Press
An orange Frixion pen
A yellow Frixion highlighter
A 2-oz tube of Udderly Smooth hand cream, and
A bottle of Grandma’s Spot Remover.

Not bad, huh?  Total value was $165!!!

We immediately reloaded the Treasure Chest with over $140 of new merchandise.  All you need to do to draw a key is to spend $10 or more.  (One key per customer per day.)  We will add additional stuff to the treasure at the end of each month.  Will YOU be the next winner???

While we’re on the subject of winners, here are the two lucky ladies who won Boardwalk Quilts $25 gift cards in the recent Lewis & Clark Shop Hop.

First is Caroline Herndon from Seaview.  Caroline says this was her FIRST shop hop ever!  Here she is standing in front of the Shop Hop quilt.

Our second winner was Donna Freese from Long Beach.  Donna came in with her daughter Marla Johnson to pick up her gift card.

Congrats to all our lucky winners!!  We can’t wait to see who draws the next lucky Treasure Chest key.  Come on in and give it a try!!