Archive for August 27, 2012

Time for a Fun Quilt Class!

Are you looking for something to do in September?  We have two very fun quilt classes planned for September, and there is still time to sign up!  Both of these classes are beginner-friendly, and taking a class is a great way to sharpen your skills and swap helpful hints with other quilters.

Here are the classes on the schedule:


First, on Tuesday, September 11th, is the Hokey Pokey class, from the pattern by A Quilter’s Dream.  Here’s the sample quilt hanging on the wall in the store:

This is a fat quarter pattern, and should be made in a light/dark color scheme as we used here, or a 2-color scheme.  I’ve seen the 2-color version made up, and it is as impressive as this light/dark one.  If you don’t like green, how about blues, or maybe (my favorite) blue and green?

The name of the pattern comes from the cuts that slant some to the left and some to the right.

We have a new teacher for this class…meet Margaret Parcel.

Margaret started quilting back in the 70′s, and she says she finds the Log Cabin to be the most popular quilt.  In her earlier years, she traveled from the East to the West coasts and overseas with her husband Bob when he was in the service.  (Now Bob is a quilter too!)

Margaret worked for JCPenney until retiring after 20 years.  She and Bob have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  They have a home in Spanaway, WA, and a beach house in Long Beach, where they enjoy crabbing and clamming.

Margaret most recently worked for 3 years at Parkland Parish Quilt Shop in the Tacoma area.  She’s ready to spend more time at the beach, so we have the advantage of a new local teacher!


On Saturday, September 22nd, is the Bento Box quilt class.  This one is from Karen Snyder’s book Bundles of Fun.  Here’s one of the quilts Karen made and featured in her book:

This is another fat quarter quilt and very beginner-friendly!  It is made from 12 fat quarters, half in blues, and half in white/cream.  It’s recommended to select two colors of different values as in this quilt, or contrast prints with solids.  This class will be taught by Teri.

Both classes run from 10:30 am to 4 pm and the class fee is $30 for each.  Boardwalk Quilts gives you 15% off all materials for the class (pattern, book, fabric, etc.) and 10% off any other purchases the day of the class.

Come join us for a day–or two–of quilting fun and friendship!


Raymond Quilt Show

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a quilt show in Raymond, held by the Willapa Bay Quilters, and accompanied by my friend Pat Mathison.  It was a small show, but very pleasant, with a lot of variety in the quilts shown.  Here are some highlights of that show.

The first quilt we saw was this one, with bears, mountains, bear paw blocks, and bear paw prints.

This is a classic and classy Log Cabin quilt, in black, white, and red.

I don’t remember what this geometric quilt was called, but I think it’s very impressive!

Here’s a neat quilt with pine tree blocks, in wonderful colors.

A Double Wedding Ring quilt with lovely cool colors.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a better angle to get a straight shot.

I think this was a stack’n'whack Kaleidoscope quilt.

How about this for an impressive quilt???  The notes said it was a complicated quilt to make, and I have to believe it!

A Spool block quilt in bright colors, with a cool applique border.

This awesome bright geometric quilt was made from a pattern called Gemini.  I think I’ll order this one to have at the store!

There were some fun food quilts, such as this one with ice cream cone blocks.

Next was this bright popsicle quilt.

I was very impressed by this Feathered Star quilt, in muted colors.

This one was made to copy a Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass window.  Looks like the quilter did a great job!

Another food quilt, with watermelon slices and a cute border.

This quilt would be a wonderful gift for a piano player!

What a cute paper-pieced frog quilt, with dragonflies, bees, and a turtle!

Another froggie quilt, this one with embroidered  and pieced sampler blocks.

Super cool Halloween jack-o-lantern quilt!

Another cute watermelon quilt, this one table runner size.

Love this bright quilt!

I was impressed by this Flying Geese quilt, but I’m not sure I’d want to make that many geese myself!

I think this cute lion cub quilt is from a series of baby animal quilts in one of the quilt magazines.

Karen Snyder was the featured quilter at the Raymond show.  I’m not going to show a lot of her quilts, but I wanted to mention that this Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt is the first quilt she ever made.  It’s kind of amazing that she didn’t get discouraged, but went on to be a major quilter after starting on a project like this one!  Way to go, Karen!

Congrats and thanks to the Willapa Bay quilters for putting on such an enjoyable show!


More Hot August Arrivals

More new fabric all the time!  Here are the ones we received since our last post, and there will probably be more before the month is over.

First is A Shore Thing from RJR Fabrics, a very cool, realistic beach collection.  Unfortunately, these are going really fast!  The panel with the small squares is already GONE, and the cream-colored sand dollars are very close behind.  So order now if you want this one!

Next is a cute Christmas collection from Moda, called Share the Joy.  It is a group of excellent small prints that will mix or match with all your Christmas fabric, plus a great snowman panel.

Also from the Share the Joy collection, we have the jelly roll on hand, in case you’re into doing something strippy for the holidays.

Next, from Paintbrush Studios, we have added three more fabrics to our Marblehead collection.  The first one is from their Metallic group, and the other two are from the Alabaster group.

In addition to the Marblehead yardage, we have Fat Quarter Bundles and some fat quarter singles from the Global Brights group.  There are some fabulous colors in these fabrics!

The last of the fabric is also from Paintbrush Studios, the Farmer John’s Garden collection.  We have four bolts of the fruit and veggie fabric to add to our current stock of food fabrics, including asparagus, some great beets, apples, and chile peppers.

Also in the store are Fat Quarters bundles as well as some single fat quarters from Farmer John’s Garden.

And finally, we have kits of the Market Squares quilt from Farmer John’s Garden fabrics.  There are some great prints in this kit, such as pomegranates, lavender, and many more.

We received four new books this week.  They include Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting by Eva Larkin, Skip the Borders by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, and Best Wall Quilts from McCalls Quilting.  And finally Quilts Made Modern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, to go along with their other modern quilting book, Transparency Quilts.

That’s all for now…stay tuned for our next arrivals.  Until then, happy quilting!

Hot August items… with more to come!

The fabrics, patterns, books, notions and everything else are hitting us all at once. Here is the latest and greatest just added to our online store.

More Hoffman batiks – most of which we have never stocked. We have Christmas Green, Sage, Rosemary, Dune, Mallard, Teal, Plumeria and Persia. A few of these will be significant players in an upcoming event. I’d tell you which ones, but then Teri might hurt me.
















From Moda we have this collection reminding us of the months to come called Winter Elegance.
















Also from Moda is this jelly roll from their Snow Days batiks collection.






Lots of patterns this week. We got in these three from My Heart To Your Hands by Lori Smith called Quilted Pictures #1, #8 and #10.






We got in the Mommy & Me Aprons sewing card from Valori Wells, How Does Your Garden Grow from Crabapple Hill and the Chore Girl apron from Cabbage Rose.






Then we got in Biscuit Basket from Aunties Two Patterns, Love That Print from Grizzly Gulch Gallery and Ring Toss from Swirly Girls Design.






Last, but not least for patterns, we got in Harrison Crossing and Cross The Table, both from Busy Bee Quilt Design.






More cool tools for you to try out. From Creative Grids we got in the 60° Double-Strip Ruler and we got in the Swatch Buddies Fabric Fan and the refill kit for it.






Finally, we got in another iron-on fusible bonding web from Stitch Witchery as well as the Loop Turner for turning bias tubing, button loops or shoulder straps.The latch-hook ends hold your fabric securely.


That’s it for the moment. We should have more for you by the end of next week. Everything is available in the online store, as well, so grab it before someone else does.

Happy Quilting!!

Sisters Quilt Show

It has been nearly 3 weeks since the quilt show in Sisters, Oregon, so it’s probably about time I posted some of the wonderful quilts I saw.  It was my first time attending the show, and I hitched a ride on a bus with the Fruitland Quilters from Salem, OR.  Thanks to Pat Mathison, whose mom Lucy is a member of that guild.  It was a great trip, and a fun group of ladies (and one gentleman).  Here are some of the highlights.

Love the cool blues in this star quilt, and the dappled shade increased the effect.

In contrast, this scattered block quilt looks hot in the full sun!

How about the geometric shapes in this strippy turquoise quilt?

The brown and turquoise combo in this quilt are very striking!

I’m a fan of brights, so this Hunter’s Star quilt is so appealing to me, and the color placement is so well done!

The pattern for this quilt is Hanging Gardens from Cozy Quilt Design, a strip quilt.

This sweet stack’n'whack quilt was made from candy prints.

It’s time for Christmas quilts…the red poinsettia quilting in the black border of this quilt is awesome!

Another great Christmas quilt with Log Cabin blocks.

This floral quilt is the ultimate in Flower Basket blocks.

How’s this for a super-scrappy quilt?

I’m so crazy about the border fabric on this Tumbling Block quilt!

Gotta love a traditional Log Cabin quilt!

As a cat lover, I was tickled by this quilt of cat blocks.

This is a super impressive star quilt!

Another great Tumbling Block quilt.

I like the calm, muted colors in this strippy quilt.

All these quilts were hung on the outside wall of the Stitchin’ Post quilt shop.  What a beautiful display!

With that picture, I think I’ll call it quits for this post.  I hope you all enjoyed this peek into one of the most famous quilt shows in the country.  We’re so lucky to have such a great show so close to home!