Friday, September 30, 2011

Spiders and Bats! Oh My!!!

 Can you believe that tomorow is the first day of OCTOBER!  Yep!  So that means it's time to decorate for the spooky holiday!  I think halloween is fun. Such fun colors, and  I'm all about color! Here are just a few of the fun fabrics we have here for halloween.
 This morning when I came in I found a few new "friends" hanging around!  Isn't this a cute pattern.  It's by Nancy Lee Chong.  This one gives both fusible applique and hand applique instructions.  I think Fusible would make this one a cinch. 

The table runners below, are the FASTEST table runner to make EVER!  Find yourself a border stripe and get going.  With just 1 1/2 yards of fabric you can make two table runners and this little table mat. 

So it's not to late to make something cute before the little monsters come knocking at your door.  Oh and all Halloween fabric in on sale Friday and Saturday this week.  So come on!  make something cute!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A New Day! New Fun Things!

Boy, oh Boy!  Hardly a day goes by around here that we don't get something new.  My job never gets boring!   Here are just a few of the new things from this week.
First! This is kind of cool!  This book "Hop to It" by Edyta Sitar, has been a very popular book.  Now she made a stencil set that has all the shapes she uses in her patterns. So that now you can use the stencil to draw out all your applique pieces.  It not only works for her book, but also for many of her patterns. Such as this new one "Sweet Sixteen"  How cool is that? 
 Then......  I just got in a cute little pattern from Indygo Junction. It's called "Miniature Menagerie"   It makes these cute little animals. Yesterday afternoon was just a little slow, so I made a scotty dog.  It took about 45 minutes. (Plus a few customer interruptions)   CUTE!  I think it would be fun to make a mobile. Wouldn't that make a great baby gift? 
Oh! The possibilities are endless!  Stay tunes for more new stuff!
Oh, and don't forget!  Here is my great customer, Kathleen, with her fun little fishy quilt.  Isn't it great?  She made the fishies all by herself!  I think this is going to go to a very special baby in Hawaii.  What a lucky baby!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bali Who?

"Bali Bags,"  "Strip Therapy" book and many of Judy Niemeyer patterns call for "Bali Pops."  Bali Pops are 2 1/2" strip rolls made by Hoffman. They are really beautiful! But! did you know that Many other company's offer Strip rolls that are just a beautiful?  yep! Timeless Treasures, Batik Textiles, Princess Murrah and many other companies are out there producing the best stuff just for our playtime.  So next time your looking at a pattern that calls for a "Bali Pop"  remember there are lots of others to choose from too.  We just got in new strip pacs from Timeless and Batik textiles.  They are soooo pretty!  We also got a new thing. 
Pacs of 10" squares of yummy batiks.  There are lots of patterns that use those too.  They just call them "Layer Cakes" (That's Moda, the makers of "Jelly Rolls") whew!  confusing?  Heck! Let's just get some and play!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Another Chance For The Bali Wedding Star Class

Ok, Everyone!  Here's your chance to take a class with a really outstanding teacher.  Linda Telesbo is teaching this class here at Aunt Mary's.  We schedule it for Three Saturdays at least one month apart, so that you have plenty of time to get lots of sewing done in between classes.  The goal is to have this beautiful quilt all put together by the last class.  This class filled to capacity and I had six people on a waiting list. So Linda and I scheduled a new session.  It will be the last Saturday in January, March and April, from 10 - 4 each day.  The fee for this class will be $110.  The students that are in this class now are doing really well and are VERY excited about there projects.  So, If you think you might want to do this one. Don't hold out too long.  The class filled very fast last time. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My BEST Assets

These are my Friends Ethel and Kathy. Have I ever mentioned that I absolutely could not run this shop without them? Well, it's time I did! They are the BEST!!!  These are the ladies that are here if I'm not.  They are always ready to help out all my great customers with whatever it takes to make you happy.  I know the shop is in good hands while I'm away.  But that's not all,  They do soooo much around here that I would have a very hard time listing them.   They even listen to me when I'm in a whiny, oh poor me mood. I hope they know just how much I appreciate them. Kathy is the one that made the cute, crazy quilt covered stool in front of the cutting counter. They both are always up to make just about any quilt project I throw their way.  They both make a mean cup of espresso too.  And besides that.......  Aren't they cute?!!!  I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!  THANKS!!! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A New Bali Bag & Flowers

 Meet the teacher, last night, was lots of fun.  A few classes are now full.  We might have to have a second class on some of them.  This "Clothesline Tote" (Bali Bag)  has been a popular one.  I would like to take it myself!  Norma brought a new one in to show off.  I think they are soooo pretty!  They are made from "Bali Pops" (2 1/2" Strips).  She says once you get going, you will want to make more projects using the tecnique.  Fun!!! 

I also wanted to show these lovely flowers with you!  They were brought to me by a wonderful friend.  Arn't they just the pretiest? 
Such an inspiration!  And they smell wonderful too.  Thanks, Linda!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

More Class Samples For "Meet The Teacher"

This evening is "Meet The Teacher"  here at Aunt Mary's.  This is always a fun time.  It's an opportunity for you to stop by the shop and see all the samples of the  classes.  Most of the teachers will be here, so it's a great time to ask any questions you may have.  If you sign up at this time you get a coupon for a discount on all your supplies for the class.   I think we have a really fantastic line up of classes this quarter.  Some of them are great projects for the gift giving season that is rapidly approaching. Bags, Tuffits, even a beautiful big pillow that is hand painted with acrylic paints and machine quilted.  It's really gorgeous! Then we have some things that are really just for fun.  MOVIE NIGHT!  it's an event we have done before that everyone loved.  It's on a Saturday in October.  We start at Ten in the morning and sew, watch movies, eat popcorn, play movie trivia, and EAT, and enjoy each other clear till ten in the evening.  FUN!  Then we have a Christmas Mystery Class.  On the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It's from ten until ten also.  Can't tell you very much about that one cause it's a MYSTERY.   The cow in the picture is a class that I am teaching.  I call it The Hoochy Cow.  It's using Marylou Weidemans new book "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks."  It's very fun and easy, and very carefree.  '

This is a sample of Judy Irish's "Hollow Cubes.  There are really two versions of this quilt.  It's Using the book "One Block Wonder Cubed"  to make a Kaleidoscope quilt with floating cubes. or and allover hallow cube quilt.  Judy is sooooo cool! You get to choose.  If you have never taken a class with Judy, you are in for a treat! 
This is also a class with Judy Irish.  A few years ago, Freddy Moran was here teaching and Judy was inspired by her quick, carefree way of making "Lonestars."  Judy got quite addicted to making them.  She has made dozens of them!  You might get addicted too!  Maybe you should drop by the shop this evening!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Something New For Aunt Mary

I had a wonderful day off on Monday.  Every once in a while, my husband and I like to go antiquing.  I like to wander through shops and find unique things for home or the shop.  I was in a shop up in Mt Vernon, just down the street from Calico Creations,  and look what I found!  It's a "kitchen queen"  It just talked to me!  it said..."I want to go live at Aunt Mary's"  And so.........  Here it is!  I had such a fun time playing with it yesterday.  Hmmm....  I wonder what else I can put on it?   

Saturday, September 10, 2011


We just picked the winner of the twenty dollar gift certificate to Aunt Mary's. Last week I challenged you all to join as a follower to my blog.  The winner is Marcia Wright.  Thank you all for your wonderful response.  I feel like somebody now!  It was really fun to read all your great comments. Thank you all for the support you have given me.  I really appreciate you ALL. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

What Will They Think Of Next?

 Just when you think there is nothing new happening in the fabric world....... check it out! They made 3-D Fabric!This is Hoffman's new 3-D Fabric.  I can't figure out how come it looks so normal with out the glasses on.  When you go to the movies and take your glasses off. It's way out of focus.  This fabric looks great without the glasses. but put the glasses on and........
Oh Boy!!!  IT'S VERY COOL!  Here's my good friend Jeanie.  I think she's going to kill me when she sees this picture.  But, I just couldn't help it.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Perfume? Headache!!!

Have you ever gone to a quilt class, all happy and ready to learn, you get your machine all set up and ready. You are all excited about your fun day you are about to have.  Only to have a very nice lady come set up right next to you and she is wearing a fragrance that blows you across the room? Instantly giving you a migraine, sets off your asthma, or both?  What can you say?  The lady is very sweet!  You don't want to hurt her feelings!  You can't hold your breath all day!  Well, this has been the situation so many times in our classroom.  The last thing we want to do is hurt someones feelings.  To her she smells like a pretty spring flower! 

There have been several times we have had to refund a student her money for the class because she just can't do it. I can't blame her.  I have the same problem.  Even at the movies or at the grocery store, someones perfume can just about knock me over.  However, there,we can always move away.  In the classroom situation there is no place to go. 

In our class policies,(the piece of paper that everyone gets when signing up for a class,) it is clearly stated, PLEASE DO NOT WERE  PERFUMES IN CLASS.  It's even in big letters.  So what else can we do?    Just something to think about.   HMMMMMM...........

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New! From Moda

We just got in a new line from Moda. It's called "Dogwood Trail".  I think Moda is at the very top of my list of the best fabric suppliers.  They have the very best of designers, their fabric is always the tippy top of the line, (it feels like silk) and they are always cutting edge on merchanising. They were the dreamer uppers of the "jelly roll," "charm pac," and soooo much more.  the quilting world would not be what it is now without MODA. 
Just check out how pretty this line is. Very sweet and crisp.  I almost think it's kind of springy for this time of year.  So this winter, when it's grey and cold and you think you will never see spring............

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Ok!  So I want you to know that I realize I'm being kind of a whiner baby here, but, GOSH! has anybody noticed that I have been writing this blog for over three years now and I only have 15 followers?  Yep 15 faithful friends!  That's all.  Some blogs that are out there, Have hundreds even thousands!  I know that thousands is maybe a little overkill, but 15?

Do I have to resort to bribery?  OK!!!  DONE!!!!  Next Saturday I will be giving out a twenty dollar gift certificate to a randomly picked follower. Ya better scroll down and sign in! 

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Classes!

Fall has arrived! You can smell it in the air.  The kids are starting back to school, and now it's time to start back to quilting!  I'm very excited about our class line up for fall. I think we have some really fun projects and techniques to learn.  As always, in our fall schedule, we try to have lots of fun things that would make great gifts for the holiday season. (It will be here in a blink!) 
There are several different bag and tote classes.  The "B.B. Bags (In the last photo. That are really cute little bags that you can make in four different sizes. Great little travel bags! Then we have the clothesline tote.  (This pic sure doesn't do it justice)  It is beautiful!  I would love to have one myself!  Maybe I'll take the class.  You can make it with a "Jelly roll" or "Bali Pop" Or just fun strips from your stash.  
We have a great Crazy Quilting Class.  Suz Litzinger is our instructor.  The last time we did this one, everyone in the class just raved over it.  Suz has amazing embellishing tips!  She literally keeps you entertained all day with all  the things she has to show.  Your mind will be whirling! 

And how about the "Tuffit"  With out fail, everyone that takes this class ends up making more than just one.  Who wouldn't want a "Tuffit" for Christmas?

There are way to many classes to show here.  I'll try to get more posted soon.  Check out Aunt Mary's web site for a class schedule or stop by to check out all the samples.  OH! Don't forget!  There is Meet the teacher on Friday, September 16th from 5 - 7pm.  Stop by and meet all the instructors,  ask us questions and get signed up.