Monday, December 10, 2007

So Many Things to Do, So Little Time

Phew! Our collective heads are bursting at the seams. Could it have anything to do with the fact that it's the holiday season?

So much to tell you all since the last post. We've been so busy that we "forgot" to do a blog in the last week.

To start, our hats are off to Marsha Miller for a wonderful job on her version of Cyndy's Mt. Diablo pattern. Marsha chose to do hers in greens, purples, etc. and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for bringing it in to show it off. We love seeing what all of you are up to!

Little did we all know that last Saturday, Dec. 8th, was National Horse Day. But as some of you know, our picture windows face the Iron Horse Trail, and at about 10 a.m. there was quite a grand parade of horses with their riders, kids on bikes, and pulling up the rear a woman with a wheel barrow to clean up, well, let's just say what the horses left behind. What a good sport!

Gabe, our favorite postman, brought us a huge package from Australia last week. Come and get em quick. And just what are "they" you might be asking? YAZZI BAGS!! You have got to come in and see them. Bright green, orange, and fuchsia bags with zippered pockets. Great for quilting notions, jewelry, beads, and whatever. But they are going fast. Need a good gift? Think Yazzi.

We'll talk to y'all soon....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

OK, so we're still learning how to do this blog thingy. One of these days we'll get photos AND text together in one posting. Until then, bear with us.

We were thrilled to see a quilt top made by Holly Kersis with the blocks shown. It's an adorable Bunny Hill design from a couple of years ago, and Holly did a fabulous job. As someone who doesn't do a lot of applique or embroidery, this kind of quilt seems like an impossible dream. But that's what is so wonderful about having such wonderful customers. Each of you has a unique style, stash, etc., and we love it when you bring in quilts, pillows, dolls, dog or cat beds, etc. to share with us. You're as inspiring to us as we are to you!

We hope that in the midst of this potentially crazy season that you are finding time for yourself, especially doing the things you love. Like quilting, of course. If you are making something for someone for the holidays, stop a minute and pat yourself on the back. What a way to show the love.

Time to Catch the Spirit

Monday, November 26, 2007

Chritmas gifts for your quilting friends

Do your need something for your secret pal, friend or perhaps your wife that is quilt related?
Stop by and let us help you make a selection. We have wonderful books by Amy Butler, Joelle Hoverson and Denyse Schmidt. Also just in Quilt Calendars, portable ironing boards, and Verna Mosquera's Sweet Escape fabric and all her new patterns. Strawberry Baskets has been kitted and Picnic in Paris will be next.
There's still time to sign up for Marby's Pillowcase class(December 7th). These make wonderful gifts for children and college students. Your husband can shop with us and say the magic word (BLOG) and he will receive a 10% discount on his purchase. (excluding gift certificates)
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Now its time to shop, shop, shop!!
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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Can you believe what an amazing day we had for Thanksgiving? Talk about an attitude of gratitude! Hope you all found some time to step outside to enjoy the sunshine. Maybe you even found time to sew while the turkey was cooking.

No matter how you cooked your turkey, wasn't the all-day aroma as good as actually digging in when it came time to eat? And then there is the delicious perfume of the onion and celery being sauteed in butter, and pumpkin pie in the oven.

And the leftovers--Bliss! Is there anything better than a huge Dagwood sized turkey sandwich with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mayo, and lettuce?

Yes, there is!!! Sale fabric! Did you know we have bolts and bolts of fabrics that are 50% off? And Christmas is 25%. Come help us clear up some space for all of the new fabrics we found at Market.

Stay tuned for the new class schedule--it is under construction!

Enjoy these last days of Indian summer. Glorious!

So come on down and visit. We'll be happy to see you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sweet Potato Torte

Crust: Make your own or buy one to fit a 9" spring form pie pan.

Filling: 2 1/4 lbs. medium-size red-skinned yams(about 4)
1 3/4 cups sweetened condensed milk (2 14oz cans)
1/2 cup sugar
5 Tbls. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
2 Tbls. pure maple syrup
1Tsp. ground nutmeg
1Tsp. salt
3/4Tsp. vanilla extract

Pierce yams in several places. Microwave until tender, turning once, about 12 minutes. Split potatoes open; scrape flesh into large bowl and mix until smooth. Measure 3 cups mashed potatoes and transfer to another large bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients to 3 cups mashed potatoes; beat filling until blended and smooth.(Can be made one day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Preheat oven 375f. Add filling to pan.
Bake torte until filling is beginning to brown at edges and is just set in center about 1 1/2 hrs. Cool 45 minutes. Cut around pan sides to loosen torte. Remove pan sides.
Who ever said creating a blog was easy? But here we are, taking a stab at it so we can keep you posted about all the great new fabrics, books, patterns and notions arriving on a daily basis.

If you aren't familiar with The Quilter's Inn in beautiful downtown Danville, CA, try to stop by and see us sometime. We're in a wonderful area; so many different restaurants to choose from. As fellow quilters, we know you have to fuel up before shopping, or refuel after you leave here. There's also an antique store called The Cottage Jewel--stop in and see Marcia for some one-of-a-kind buttons.

Our goal is to provide the friendliest, most helpful service you can find, as well as offer you a wide range of fabric styles. We have a whole wall dedicated to Kaffe Fasset fabrics, a nice selection of batiks, and fabrics from contemporary designers such as Sandy Klop, Anne Sutton, Amy Butler, Jane Sassaman, Valori Wells and Fig Tree.

Into wool embroidery? We feature a colorful section of hand-dyed wools and patterns for wool projects.

We love new patterns and books! Newest titles include Valori Well's Start to Finish, with her usual amazing array of incredible photography and projects. Innovative Fabric Imagery by Cyndy Rymer, who works here Fridays and every other Saturday, is in too. Cyndy is currently developing classes in Photoshop Elements--the first class sold out quickly; stay tuned for other classes. Another recent title is You're Invited! Quilts and Homes to Inspire by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.


From Me To You: Diamond Jubilee II

From Me To You:  Diamond Jubilee II
Cheryl - Kaffe Fasset Fabric