Hello again. I cannot believe we are starting our 12th year here on Plum Lane. What a ride it has been so far. We had a very busy summer with our June Stroll (shop hop) and the July‐August Cross State Shop Hop!! Busy Busy. Thank goodness the weather held out and hoppers didn't have to contend with a hurricane!!
Usually, we spend our summer, working on programs for the Fall and Winter. We ended up doing double duty this year. But, don't worry we have lot's of new things happening.
We will take part in the January Shop Hop of Tampa Bay. This time, black and white will be our theme. Well, Black and white and color all over.
We have lots of Downton Abbey fabrics with an outstanding new line coming in February. If you watch Downton you will probably be able to guess what the fabric will be. We are also taking part in the Kim Diehl Simple What Knot Club. Part 2 will start in February. If you have ever wanted to make some small or miniature quilts, here is your opportunity. The fabrics for the new line should be in soon. (We are taking sign ups now..Again, space is limited)
Darlene Leosh is back for the winter and we have our regular, marvelous group of teachers as well. We are also introducing three new teachers, Sara Ross, Diane LaCombe and Ellen Sheridan.
So come to our preview JANUARY 3RD and see what is going on and welcome our teachers for another year.
I have learned that teaching two block of the months simultaneously is a serious work load!! I won't be doing that too soon again. I hope you had time to finish some of your projects this summer and are ready to start some new ones!! I am working on a 9 patch, a pieced quilt that Darlene was working on last year (I should have noticed how many pieces were in it!!!). Oh yes, there is the Applique quilt, Noah which I am proud to say I am planning to finish before I start another appliqué one; however, I am picking out fabric (hopefully from my stash) for the next one. That's fair isn't it? Oh well, I won't mention the two wool projects and the two chenille rugs.
Enough said, Donna
Blocks of the Month
BOUQUETS FOR A NEW DAY
by Sue Garman
Twelve month Program
If you enjoy applique this is the quilt for you. Bouquets for a New Day is on‐going, so you can join any time. This is a 12 month project at a cost of $24.95 per month which includes the pattern and all the fabric to complete the top.Don't worry if you are a winter resident because we can ship it to you
JUDIE'S ALBUM QUILT
by Judie Rothermel
9 months $34.95/month (plus shipping)
This Block/Row of the Month features a reproduction quilt by Judie Rothermel that finishes 78" by 90". It is a fun quilt to work on and extremely "doable" each month. Call or stop by to sign up as there is a limited number of spaces. You will be sent a block on the fourth Saturday of the Month. If you wish to come in to pick it up, there will be someone here to explain how the blocks were done for that month.
Saturday February 7 ‐ Marsha Hicks, our Checker Distribution Representative, will be doing a Notions demonstration at the Farm Festival and Quilt Show , located at the Pioneer Museum.
Monday February 16 ‐ Brenda Buddenhagen, Sales Representative for Blank Quilting will be at the shop demonstrating some new tools that have recently come on the market from 10:30 am ‐ 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. She will also talk about that fabric that's in our stash that we have no clue what to do with.
30% OFF STOREWIDE SALE
Saturday December 27 9:00 am ‐ 7:00 pm Saturday March 28 9:00 am ‐ 7:00 pm
**Sale and Consignment items are exempt
SATURDAY JANUARY 3, 2015 10:00 ‐ 12:00
Come meet the teachers and see what new and exciting projects and techniques they have planned for the upcoming year.
RECEIVE A 20% DISCOUNT ON CLASS SUPPLIES ONLY, with your paid registration.
BE A QUILTS ON PLUM LANE BAG LADY!
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, come shopping and bring your bag along and you will be able to take advantage of SURPRISE SPECIALS. For example come in October 18th and see what is on sale just for you! You will find it is cool to be a BAG LADY.
TRUNK SHOW/TALK and QUILT APPRAISALS
BRENDA GRAMPSAS, AQS CERTIFIED QUILT APPRAISER
Quilting Obsession: Past & Present
February 11 - 10:30
Quilters who are dedicated to the craft often hear "you must have a quilting obsession!" I have to admit that sounds a lot like me and my love of anything quilted. This trunk show takes a look at "why" folks made quilts in the past and "why" you and I make quilts today. The reason could be as simple as a new baby is on the way. It could be WE NEED SOMETHING TO KEEP US FROM FREEZING! The reason for quilting could be "I just want to show off my skills and talent" or "I'm trying to catch me a man!" We will explore the reasons we quilt with at least one quilt illustrating each "excuse" to get our hands on more fabulous fabric. (Said fabric is always available at Quilts on Plum Lane!) Join us for some eye candy, fun and a bit of quilt history.
I will be available to do written appraisals ($40.00 per item) on any of your quilts or maybe you would just like a verbal evaluation ($10.00 per item). Please call the shop to add your name to the quilt appraisal list.
February 17 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
All fat quarter $2.00 each.
With a minimum purchase of 10 Fat Quarters
As I write this Christmas is still two weeks away. I'm ahead on some things this year ‐ the tree went up Thanksgiving Day (that is a first!) and most of my shopping is done. That's the "ahead" part. There's lots of wrapping to do, 3 flannel throws to finish, cards to write, baking to do. I finally made my fruit cakes which of course stuck to the bottom of the pans. They're so loaded with booze I doubt anyone will care that they are a bit broken.
Thinking back, 2014 has been a pretty good year, the bumps weren't too bad! My daughter is settled with a wonderful man and has gone back to college. At 41 she's the old lady in her classes.
I love it!
Our grandson is almost 12 and getting taller by the minute. I've lost a little ground to the XBOX but he still enjoys "BOM" time. He delights in playing with the jiggly stuff that has somehow become my arms.
My sister came for a long weekend, we hadn't seen each other in 5 1/2 years. Guess what we did? Shopped for fabric and made a quilt, It was wonderful.
The biggest change is that my husband has retired. We're doing okay so far, he has enough to do to stay out of my hair. Mornings are the toughest. I have my routine and he's always finding something on TV I just have to see! If that's the worst of it guess I can't handle it.
I did find a little time to do a few things for me. With prompting from my friend Kay I finished an applique top (still working on the borders). I started it in 2007.....8 years. Not to bad!
I have high hopes for the new year. I still have a few commitments ahead, but then my plan is to finish a UFO so I can start something new which I'm sure will become another UFO. What's wrong with this picture? I rationalize this craziness by telling myself it's okay so I'll always have something to do. I'm sure some of you can relate
So ‐ here's to a productive 2015. Finishing up, starting new, but always enjoying the journey. As always, thanks to all of you for your love and support
Still Happily Stitchin'
Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1st Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.