Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Autumn

Good Morning Everyone,

It was a gloomy, rainy day in Livermore on Monday....but the shop was full of light and wonderful quilts brought in by our customers.

Betty brought in this quilt that she and her daughter Karen made. Betty wants everyone to know that her daughter was a big help in getting this quilt completed for a wedding shower for Betty's granddaughter. Betty bought the kit at PIQF last weekend.....and it's being quilted right now! The name of the quilts is Diamond.....perfect for a bridal shower.

Judi made this Tee-shirt quilt from old tee shirts she found in a drawer at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. Judi is the secretary to the principal at the school. This quilt will be a wall hanging in the Principal's office.

This is the oldest shirt that Judi found.

See how bright and cheerful the store was on our gloomy day outside. Just look at the new Celebration fabric line that will brighten any day.

Stop on by and check out the new patterns from the Houston Quilt Market.

Have a wonderful week everyone.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pacific International Quilt Festival

Hello Friends,

If you go to PIQF in Santa Clara this weekend, stop by booth #722 and see all the goodies we've been cutting, folding, packaging and preparing for the last several weeks.

We have an end booth which is nice for displaying new quilts.

Melissa brought back some new things from Quilt Market in Houston that you won't want to miss! Melissa and Leslie made the booth so cozy you'll want to just pull up a chair and stay for awhile.

It's a big, wonderful show. The quilts in the exhibition area will surprise and amaze you.

Stop by and say hello.

Have a fabulous autumn weekend everyone from all of us at.......
In Between Stitches

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mini Quilt Show at IBS

Good Morning Friends,

I'm at a complete loss for words and adjectives to describe the absolutely amazing and incredible projects that you, our talented customers, brought to the store this week. This was a week of heirloom quilts. So sit back and enjoy the mini quilt show.

Let's start with Lennea who finished her Blossom of Friendship block of the month. You would never know that this was Lennea's first attempt at applique! The quilt is stunning.

Lennea also has an embroidery machine. This is the beginning block for another quilt.

Look at this detail.

Alicia designed and made this cheerful and fun quilt that is going to be a tablecloth in her home.

Here's another fun quilt designed by Alicia.

Shirley remembers her mother working on these blocks in 1934 while they were living in Oregon. Shirley's mom bought the blocks at the old 5 & 10 (where's the 'cent' key when you need it!) or as we called it the five & dime store.

Shirely and her girlfriend had a fun time picking out sashing and border fabric. Shirley, you've made your mother proud.

Now we go to Ann's creations. Ann stitched all of her blocks by HAND!!! She is making this quilt for her friends granddaughter.

Just look at the detail.

Here is the sashing and inner border we pulled together for her. Those of us at the store this day wanted to be adopted by Ann so she would make us a quilt!

What can I say about Laura's quilt...... I couldn't stop looking at it. This quilt won best of show at DVQ (Diablo Valley Quilters) last month. This is from the Little Brown Bird book by Margaret Docherty.

Laura has been working on this heirloom quilt for nine years. She spent 115 hours machine quilting it. There are 900 leaves in the border.

Anne, from Stockton brought in one of the first Christmas quilts that I've seen at the store so far this season. This quilt is going to be a gift to Anne's neighbor. Anne made this from a pattern by Kevin Kosbab Check out Kevin's blog site.

That's all of the "eye candy" for the week. It's a good thing that it's free of calories.
Take care and have a wonderful week quilting!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Busy week at IBS

Dear Friends,

Remember this picture of Pam's peacock back in July? Pam was working on it and came into the store looking for additional fabric.

Well, take a look at the finished peacock that came strutting into the store in full plumage on Monday!

Pictures just can't do this woven quilt justice. If you have the opportunity to go to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) next week, stop by the Material Pleasures booth and check out the peacock in person. Don't forget to come by and say hello to us at the In Between Stitches booth too!

Here are more photos of Pam's quilts that she made from the book called Simply Stunning Woven Quilts by Anna Faustino.

Amazing! I'm so glad that Pam made the trip from San Martin up to Livermore to share her beautiful creations with us.

Okay Marti, there's just no hiding from the fact that you've made a wonderful quilt for your granddaughter! The color choices are so pretty. She's going to love it!

Beautifully quilted too.

The class schedule is on the website under the quarterly newsletter. There are some great opportunities for learning a new skill to make handmade Christmas presents. Check it out and sign up soon.

As always,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Girls Night Out: The Witching Hour

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We are so excited for this Wednesday, October 7th. We will be staying open until 10pm for all of you Girls to come out and have some fun. In Between Stitches along with other downtown merchants are staying open for the Full Moon. Come in a Witches hat or costume and receive 5 Fat Eighths of your choice and all Halloween Fabric will be 15% Off...the selection is getting smaller so you won't want to miss this!

Also, Holly will be doing Mini Hand Facials using Mary Kay products and Shimmer Jewels made by Amanda Emery will be on sale in the store. This is a perfect opportunity to start a little Christmas Shopping. Deer Ridge Vineyards will be offering tastings of their wine and we will have appetizers and ice tea.

Be sure to get some friends together, go to dinner at any of the great Downtown Livermore restaurants and then shop with us!It is sure to be a great night out!