Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As usual, I will post them here when they are in the shop!
The Hoffman Challenge 2009 is very subtle. It is based on the pale greens and rich browns that we are starting to see in the home dec industry. This should be here in December sometime.
Brown Bear from Andover, just like the children's books, will be here in January. We are getting the full line.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Jellyrolls for your next project are here. There will be more strippy classes durning the next class term (newsletter will be out in late December).
We look forward to seeing you!!
More fabric coming almost every week.
Prairie Paisley by Terry Atkinson for Red Rooster is here! What a bright and cheerful line!!
Moda brings Sleepytime to your little one with this soft, sweet line. Great for when you don't know what the baby will be... except wonderful!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Love black & whites? Here's the latest from Northcott by Mark Lipinski. We just love the way he's blended contemporary and soft curves. It will breathe new life into your latest black & white project. Come in and get yours today!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Quilter's the Musical will be presented at Stage 4 in Verona this weekend and we hope you will all come out and see it. It's a wonderful story of pioneer women and the art of quilting. Get your tickets today by calling ShenanArts at 540-248-1868.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Reflections from the Artist
I have always found quilting to be a metaphor for living in community. In this specific project, this quilt reflects what I imagine Jesus had hoped for his church. Not just the Church of the Brethren—but the church everywhere, from cathedral tall, to a small group sequestered in worship, hidden from persecuting authority. This project is no exception to that notion. At every step of the way, I found myself wondering how grand the church of Jesus Christ could be if we would begin to treat each other as pieces in a quilt.
This is how “Connecting 300” unfolded for me. The call came: would I create a quilt piece for the 300th anniversary of the Church of the Brethren? As “Quilt Lady” for Annual Conference and AACB the past 20 years, I could not refuse the call. I then extended the call to all the congregations of the denomination: send me a piece of fabric to be used in the quilt. This way all have an opportunity to be part of the whole. I suggested guidelines: 100% good cotton fabric. When the fabric began to arrive, I changed my idea of what it means to be part of the whole, especially if you didn’t follow the specific directions. My goal was to use every fabric that was sent in. And I did.
As I worked with the fabrics, I grumbled. Loosely woven fabrics raveled. Some thin fabrics shrank with the heat of the iron. I complained. Then I had an epiphany. This was to be a celebration piece. My grumbling and complaining was not very celebratory. I had to adjust my attitude, and shift how I perceived this project. And I did. Spray starch helped stabilize soft loose fabrics. If I thought a fabric needed support, I made sure that the fabric I paired it with would help to hold it in place. I reduced the heat of my iron I tried to pay attention to each fabric as I worked with it. Most of all, I stopped complaining and did all I could do to lovingly connect all 223 fabrics.
As you look at the piece, think about the church. Each block is connected, sometimes by color, sometimes by similar patterns or by need of support. If a block seems out of place, think about the people in your community that might feel out of place in your church. I believe we are all connected as pieces in quilt. The church needs to be the model for a world unraveling.
“Water” is quilted into the first section. The “Wonder” in the form of Spirit’s flame is quilted into the third section. “The Word” is quilted into the center section. Scriptures stitched in the fabric are from John 1:1 Psalm 51:10 Isaiah 40:31 Micah 6:8 John 3:16-17 Isaiah 9:6-7 Matthew 22:37 & 39 Matthew 5:43-44 Matthew 5:13, 14 Matthew 28:19 Hebrews 13:2 and John 14:27
3 sections (3 centuries) 120 inches wide 112 inches long 223 different fabrics
4,779 two inch squares set on point with 150 setting triangles
More hours of work than I can begin to count. Created in an attitude of reflection and prayer.
And all is well, Rachel W. N. Brown
Here are the pictures of the quilt that Rachel described in her reflections. She was commisioned to create in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the Church of the Brethren.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
One of our customers, Dianne Reasons, won the Viewers Choice Award - Accessories in the Shenandoah Valley Quilt Guild Show that was held this past Saturday, June 28th at Turner Ashby High School. The table runner project was the product of a class she took here at Rachel's Quilt Patch.
Great Job Dianne! We are proud of you!!!
We also have Touching Stars, available for the first time in paperback... all signed of course.
Monday, June 23, 2008
How can you go green as a quilter? Help keep plastic bottles out of the landfills by using this new product from Quilters Dream. Use the link to find out more about how they do it, and how many bottles are being kept out of the landfills by using this product! Mother Earth will thank you!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We know it is early for many of you to start thinking about Christmas, but the fabric companies are in the spirit already! We have collections from Hoffman, Moda, & Red Rooster already in and ready for you to get a jump on those Christmas and winter projects. More will be coming in May and June from Moda, Clothworks, and RJR (Thimbleberries). We also have a great selection of boxed Christmas cards coming in from Pumpernickel Press in August (they are gorgeous!)
With the influx of new Christmas fabric, we have put last year's Christmas fabrics on sale!! Get it while the gettin's good!