Monday, July 18, 2016

What's new at RCQ

It's been a busy couple of weeks at Red Crinoline Quilts, so I have all sorts of things to share with you, so let's get right to it!

#1 on our list is a new Block of the Week!  We've really enjoyed looking at all of the online Book of the Week programs that quilters can participate in, so we decided to hop on the bandwagon and offer a Fall BOW. We wanted to give you plenty of time to finish all those Summer BOW's you've started before we presented ours (yeah right - always thinking about our customers!).  Here are the details:

    featuring Latimer Farms by Paula Barnes
    10 weeks - September 5, 2016 - November 7, 2016
    Kits available 

We hope you love mysteries as much as we do, but just in case you're uncertain, here's a preview of the fabrics from the Latimer Farms collection that we will be using:

Aren't they just yummy??? I just finished the quilt top and I have to say it is beautiful!!  I think you are going to want to do this one! The Mystery BOW will run for 10 weeks. Yes, in 10 weeks you can have a completed quilt top!! You will piece 1 different block for each of the first 9 weeks and in week 10, you will finish the quilt top. On the Monday of each week, we will post a link in our blog that will take you directly to the directions for that week's block.  You may print your directions or refer back to them at any time.  Directions will only be available through our blog posts. We also have a limited number of kits available for $59.00 each and did I forget to say, backing will be included! I recommend you order your kit now, but they will not ship until the week of August 15th (I need time to get back home and get them assembled). We will not charge the kits until they ship. To order your kit, click here:

Hint: finished size, approximately 32"x32". Watch for more hints (and pictures) in future blog posts!

#2 on the list is the new additions to our website.  Knowing how much we all love fat quarters and how we can't resist adding them to our stash, Paula designed a fat quarter friendly mini quilt - Heritage Stars - and we decided to kit it - 2x! The first mini was designed featuring 13 fabrics from Paula's Heritage Reds collection and after we made that one, she decided we needed to make another one using her Peppery collection.  Both kits are $50 each and available now on our website!

I have to admit that I can't decide which one I like better, so I guess I'll be making 2 more of these.  I think the red one will be perfect for Christmas and Valentine's decorating and the black one will look great on my table for Fall.

We also added 2 new patterns to the website - Heritage Stars (fat quarter friendly) and Old City Gate featuring Paula's newest collection Red Rose and Vine (currently available in you local quilt store).

#3 on the list is a new member to the Future Quilters of America club - Paula's granddaughter Sophie.  Here she is with her first quilt top.  Didn't she do an amazing job!!! Don't you just love that smile too!!!

#4 on the list is a new club we are forming - the Pillowcase Club - and my granddaughters, Sydney and Julianne -  are the founders! Apparently I've made them lots of pillowcases and I didn't realize how many until I saw them neatly folded in the linen closet.  My d-i-l and I had a laugh about it and decided I could put a hold on them for a while and then low and behold they wanted pillowcases, specifically beach-themed pillowcases, for their vacation at the shore. I obliged and with their help we made 6 beach pillowcases! I'm so proud of them! 

So many things to share this time!  I hope you found something that you are interested in doing - Fall Mystery BOW, Heritage Stars Red or Heritage Stars Black. All of those are smaller quilts and will piece together in no time!!

Next time I'll be sharing what Paula and I are working on for Market and Festival - new collections, new quilts and re-do's.  As usual, we are crazy busy, but we wouldn't have it any other way!!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cotton-n-Wool Gathering

Just a quick post today. 
Many of you may have heard about our upcoming Cotton-n-Wool Gathering in Appleton, WI, November 13-19, 2016.  We will be teaching with Lisa Bonjean of Primitive Gatherings and the Olde Green Cupboard gals.  There are also all sorts of exciting things planned for you. 

This great retreat filled up with a week of it's announcement, but as sometimes happens, we've learned that some attendees have had to cancel their reservations.  There are now 5 openings.  If you are interested, please click here for more information, the complete schedule and registration form: Cotton-n-Wool Gathering. Classes with Paula and I and Lisa Bonjean.  Make It,Take It with Gloria, Vicky and Heather from Olde Green Cupboard Designs. Primitive Gatherings Holiday Open House. Travel day to two of Wisconsin's award-winning quilt stores - JJ Stitches and The Country Sampler.  Free time/sewing time/shopping time.  What more could a quilter ask for??? If this interests you, then click to find more information. Hope to see you there!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen