Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tea Anyone?

Hello Friends,

Gail stopped by the store on Monday with a table runner that she had just finished. She's going to a tea and made this adorable table runner as a hostess gift.

She knew that the store carries greeting cards with tea bags and she found the perfect match!

Susan came in and Holly and I got to see her completed 2008 Saturday Sampler. This is Susan's first Saturday Sampler and she did an excellent job.

Need some good "blender" fabric? The shop carries the whole line of Itsy Bits by Renee Nanneman. The colors are so rich and will work well in so many different ways.

Have a great week everyone.

As always,


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yo-Yo Fun & New Perspectives

Good Morning, Friends!
As Aunt Leslie and I are drinking our Mocha Breezes (with an extra shot of espresso; look out, world!), gearing up for a busy, fun-filled Saturday here at the shop, I thought I would share some pictures from yesterday.

Are you looking for a creative way to use up those extra yo-yos you have lying around? Or, are you looking for some easy, portable handwork? (Come check out the yo-yo makers we have in stock...super easy & fun!) Lisa Ramos brought in this adorable, summery table runner she made entirely out of yo-yos:

How fun is that?! I'm in love with this table runner...I wanted to go home and start making yo-yos, straight away! Have fun playing around with the placement of the differently colored yo-yos until you find an arrangement that you like, then start whip-stitchin'! :)

Ever since we hung the sample for the "All Wrapped Up" pattern by the Artichoke Girls, the pattern has been flying off the shelf, along with the kits we put together with the soft pinks and yellows that have been so popular for this quilt. We love seeing new perspectives here, so we were totally wow-ed when Rachel Banke brought in her finished "All Wrapped Up" quilt top, done in soft pinks and browns:

While store samples can serve as a great source of inspiration, it's always empowering and liberating to think outside of the box. We love being here to provide new perspectives and thoughtful opinions when you need us, but above all, we love to emphasize the fact that it's YOUR quilt, and you can do ANYTHING you want with why not have some fun?! Just a little food for thought...

The doors are officially open for today, so I'd better get to my station at the cutting table. Come in and say hi to us today! Happy Weekend!

In Stitches,
Holly :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Inspiration and a recipe or recipe for inspiration?

Hello Friends,

Lots and lots of "eye candy" for you this week.

Near and dear to my heart are Jan's blocks from the Blossom of Friendship block of the month program. Jan lives in Van Nuys. She came up to visit her family in Pleasanton and came to the shop on Monday to show me her beautifully appliqued blocks. I was so happy to see Jan's blocks and even happier to meet Jan and welcome her to the In Between Stitches quilting family. We wish you lived closer Jan!

Kathie made this quilt for a family in Bordeaux, France. The family hosted Kathie's daughter Laura for five months while she attended a French University. What a lovely gift as an expression of gratitude.

Mary Ann Jones brought in this quilt that she made for the Youth Pastor at her church. Mary Ann's grandchildren, Travon and Halia came into the store with Grandma. See the front....or is this the back?

It was Travon's idea to switch positions with his sister when Mary Ann flipped the quilt over. Good thinking Travon!

Ruth Ann made "Psycho" from the Strip Therapy book by Brenda Henning. Ruth Ann made this beautiful quilt out of batiks. Just wonderful!

Cindy is in a "dreamy" mood just thinking about the quilt she going to make for her first grandchild. Lucky baby, lucky family and lucky grandma-to-be. We are so happy for you!

So friends, that's the to the recipe. On July 15, I taught the Stone Cottage class. No quilting class is complete without food, so I made a Strawberry Pizza. (No, I did not use my rotary cutter to slice it!) We were so anxious to dig in, that I forgot to take a picture before I started serving. Everyone in the room requested the recipe. My husband requested that I make another one....only so I could take a picture first!

Strawberry Pizza
Mix together:
1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup flour

Mix well and pat onto a 14" pizza pan
Bake 7-10 minutes at 400 degrees

Mix together:
9 ounces Cool Whip
1 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Beat well and smooth on top of cooled crust.

Slice 1 quart large strawberries and place on top in a circle. Chill
(Cut into slices with your rotary cutter!)

Stone Cottage Class images

Judy working on her block.

Carolyn selecting the center of a block for Barbara.

Diana taking notes while eating "pizza."

Kaye working on her first block.

There you have it! Food for thought and food for the soul. Have a fabulous week everyone.

As always,

Friday, July 17, 2009

What a week of activity!!!!

Hello Friends,

I'm a bit late getting this week's issue of the In Between Stitches blog posted. There was so much going on at the shop and I have so much material to show all of you.

The following pictures are just some of the finished quilts or quilts in progress that dazzled us on Monday.

Let's start with a quilt that Janice (left) made for her granddaughter. The pictures just never do the quilts justice! Janice's granddaughter picked out all of the fabric and the quilt just kept growing and growing. The prairie point border was so attractive.

Carol finished the borders on her quilt that she brought in a couple of weeks ago. We picked out a red Itsy Bits fabric for her inner border. The quilt turned out beautifully Carol!

Pam from San Martin brought in this amazing peacock from Simply Stunning Woven Quilts by Anna Faustino. Pam was looking for some fabric for peacock legs and additional feathers.....we had it at the store!

Take a good look at this close-up. One slip of the scissors and you start over! The fabric is all woven together....amazing. Everyone in the store stopped to check out this beauty. Pam promised to bring this back in when it's finished.

Kim, also from San Martin, brought in Grannie's Granola....she finished this in one day.....from scraps that she had in her sewing room. Another beautiful quilt.

Last but not least is Roberta's creation. This is Roberta's own design and one of her first quilts! We helped pick out binding and backing for her wonderful quilt. We are so happy that Roberta is in the process of moving to Livermore so we can see her more often. Welcome to Livermore Roberta. You've made friends here already.

What a great Monday Holly and I had at the shop. We love seeing all of your quilts. I go home so inspired from meeting all of you and enjoy seeing your projects. Keep up the fabulous quilting.

As always,


Thursday, July 16, 2009

.....and the winners are......

Ferne wins the Jelly Roll for her comment:

ferne said...
My favorite tradition is to make something yummy with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream.

July 8, 2009 8:01 AM

Annmarie wins the Honey Bun for her comment:

annmarie said...
We live on a river between 2 lakes in northern Wisconsin. Every 4th. I sit on the dock after dark & watch the beautiful display of fireworks above the trees in both directions - double the peasure & fun!! But the best display is usually put on by the hundred or so fireflies lighting up the swamp on both sides of the dock!

This is my first visit to your blog - love the eye candy. Thanks so much! annmarie

July 11, 2009 8:52 PM

Ladies, email me your mailing address and your Zippity Do Dah prizes will be mailed to you. Send your addresses to We'll get them in the mail to you right away. Thank you all for your comments.

As always,


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saturday at In Between Stitches

Hello Friends,

I'm never at a loss for material for the blog site. I am however at a loss for adjectives to describe the amazing projects that our customers and instructors bring to the store. The following is just a small sampling of what was happening in the shop on Saturday. There was laughter, sharing and the spirit of friendship. ENJOY!

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Don't forget to make a comment on the previous post for the giveaway.

As always,


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

Dear Friends,

Little Hannah came to visit us on Monday. Hannah is Tina's little canine companion. Can you tell she's a little girl with her pink leash?

Holli came in to show us a quilt she recently completed called Crayon Box. Her color selection was perfect for this beautiful quilt. Thank you for bringing it in Holli! You've done a fantastic job.

Carol (left) and Barbara (right) are showing off Carol's quilt called Over Easy. This was a class that Linda Ballard taught. Carol came in to select a small inner border that matched the outer border fabric she already had. We found the perfect match from the "Itsy Bits" fabric line.

Another Carol brought in her Botanical Birdhouse quilt to show us how great the border fabric looks that she picked out last week at the shop. We found some great wide backing fabric for her(complete with birds) and she was happy as can be.

Ginny drove down from Jackson to show us her spectacular blocks from my Blossom of Friendship block of the month. Her blocks are incredible! She has added her own personal touch to each and every block. She's well on her way to creating an heirloom!

Now if all of the above isn't enough to inspire about a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Tell us your favorite Fourth of July tradition or memory in the comment section by 5pm on Monday July 13th. If your name is selected, you will win either a Jelly Roll or a Honey Bun of Zippity Do Dah. So you have two chances to win. The winner will be selected by a blindfolded Harley. The winners will be posted on the blog next Tuesday, July 14th.

Good luck to all of you and have a wonderful week of quilting.

As always,


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July Quilting Classes

Hello Friends,

Before summer gets away from you, check out the classes we are offering and put one on your July calendar. Now is the time to sharpen up your quilting skills, or learn a new technique while making some new friends. (You know, quite often food is involved too!)

I'll be teaching Lil' Orphan Scrappy on Friday, July 10th from 10-4. It's a great way to put some of your scraps to work and make a quilt just about any size you want it to be. These blocks become addicting and are fun to make using the precise hourglass small triangles!

Paulette will be teaching Scrap Happy. (Do we have a theme going on here?) This class will be Sunday, July 12th from 10-3 and Saturday July 18th from 10-4. Paula says it goes together quickly and just look at the end result!

Want to make a new bag? Remember all of the purses right by the front door that you admire every time you walk in the shop? Well now is the time to take Melissa's Purse Party class and make the Little Charmer tote on Monday, July 13th from 6-9. Start planning ahead and have a couple of gifts made before you get too busy during the rush of the holiday season.

I'll be teaching Stone Cottage on Wednesday, July 16th from 6-9. One beautiful block turns into one beautiful quilt. We have a few kits available if you are interested.

Last, but certainly not least for the month of July, Dee will be teaching Picnic Potluck on Monday, July 20th from 6-9. Let Dee show you how to perfect Flying Geese blocks. This is a fun and easy quilt to make.

There are many more classes on the July calendar. Check it out in the quarterly newsletter section.

As always,


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Welcome to July at the Shop

Dear Friends,

July 1st already? Time just goes way too fast when there are so many projects you want to finish and quilts you want to make. It was an inspiring day at the shop on Monday. Look at all of these fabulous projects that came to visit us.

Meredith just finished her "Over the River" quilt. She's going to have a good jump on the holidays with her lovely quilt. The embroidery was so precise and so pretty.

Linda brought in Botanika! My oh my, words can't describe the incredible job she did on this quilt. The applique is truly amazing. She also put in cute little bugs, bees and a butterfly.

Pat, from Modesto is showing us a tablerunner she made for her secret pal out of Prairie Paisley fabric. What a great gift for this time of the year.

Kerry is holding up a quilt she made for her friend's new baby.

The new father is a canine police officer. The fabric is a perfect choice. She did a terrific job machine quilting it also. Lucky baby and lucky family.

Edwyna (on the right), made this quilt for her great-granddaughter's 1st birthday. Edwyna came out from Arizona to visit her sister Vera. They came to the store to purchase some backing fabric.

Happy 1st birthday little Julia! You have a very special great grandma!

See what I mean when I said Monday was an inspiring day. I'm always in amazement at the creativity possessed by quilters. Keep bringing in your projects so we can see them. It's always a special treat for us to see your beautiful projects.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

As always,