Sew What? We're small...but watch us grow!

Sew What? We're small...but watch us grow!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Christmas Fabrics

New fabric arrivals from Benartex -- "Jingle All The Way" by Nancy Halvorsen. A nice panel with Santa, and his reindeer that says "Merry Christmas Deer Friends." We have 4 companion fabrics

And the companion book from Art to Heart of fantastic patterns for wall hangings, gift card holders, quilted gift bags, a quilt and lots more.
We also have another panel and companion fabrics from Benartex called "Yuletide Magic." It has lovely silhouettes of Santa and Christmas scenes on a background. Unfortunately, that will have to wait for another post because my camera is not cooperating.....who knew you had to charge the darn thing before you could take pictures? They should invent a camera that doesn't require batteries or charging!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Quilts of Valor

Paula and Jan have gone to the QOV Retreat this weekend. It's an annual retreat for the volunteers who work on Quilts of Valor out of Wichita, the QOV--Kansas Bee. From what I have heard, it's a fun weekend, but also very tiring for the participants. Some of them sew all night. In the past, the average number of quilt tops produced at this retreat is abou 10 - 12.

The Stafford American Legion is also having a fund raiser dinner to help raise funds for the QOV--Kansas Bee tonight. There will be a presentation of one of the QOV quilts too.

For those of you that don't know what Quilts of Valor is, check out their national website

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Icebox Soup

When I was a little girl, growing up in the 1950's and 60's, our family had times when our parents struggled to get by. Dad worked as a pipefitter and traveled a lot to jobs. Sometimes Mom packed up everthing and moved the family to where he was working. Other times we stayed put and got by with what money he sent home or what Mom could make sewing clothing for others.

My Mom was an amazing woman. She could make do with what she had, no matter how little that might be. And she always found time to entertain the 5 kids in the family, and sometimes all the neighbor kids. She was always coming up with ways to keep us occupied like a "taffy pull" or baking cookies.

Needless to say, her ingenuity carried over to the kitchen. In the summer, she always had a garden and canned a lot of the food we ate during the winter months. Nothing went to waste. One of my favorite dishes was her "Icebox Soup." Now, this was not one of those recipes that has exact ingredients and measures and always tasted the same. Each time she made it, it was uniquely different. (For those of you not old enough to remember, and "icebox" was the predecessor of the refrigerator. It used ice to keep things cold.)

You see, Icebox Soup is made with all the odd bits and pieces left from previous dinners with a little seasoning or extras added in to fill the pot. This week's version might contain left over meatloaf, that sausage patty or bacon left from breakfast and chicken from Sunday dinner. All of the leftover veggies and gravies didn't escape the pot either. Each ingredient added it's own unique flavor. The only thing consistent about the soup was that it was yummy every time.

What does Icebox Soup have to do with quilting? My "icebox" is my scrap bin. (Now admit it, you save all those little bits and pieces of fabric from your projects too. You know the ones I'm talking about, the pieces not quite big enough for another project, but too much to throw out.) This week I decided to make my version of Icebox Soup. I took some of my scraps and cut them into strips 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches wide. The strips ranged in length from about 6" long up to the width of the fabric (42"-44"). I sewed all the 2 1/2" strips end to end, then sewed all the 3 1/2" strips end to end. The result was two extremely long strips of all different colors and prints of fabrics. Next, I cut each of those long strips into lengths about 62" - 64" long and sewed them together along the long edges, alternating the 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" strips. After the top was as large as I wanted it, I framed it all with a 3" solid black border (my cooking pot).

Here is the finished quilt.
Oops, looks like the pot might have boiled over!

Not really, that is just some excess strips I chose to bind the quilt with. Here is another close up of that.

This quilt was machine quilted for me by a gentleman who has been bitten by the quilting bug. Thanks, Larry! He is the husband of Debra VanSyoc of F&M Machine Quilting in Hillsboro, KS. Here is a close up of the quilting (Note: I have washed this quilt once. I love the puckered look of old quilts, so I never prewash fabrics for my quilts.)

Doesn't my Icebox Soup look yummy? You might want to try this recipe some time.

What's in your ICEBOX?

'Til next time, happy sewing.


Friday, March 11, 2011

National Quilting Day Festivities

Join us at Sew What Quilt Shop March 19th as we celebrate National Quilting Day. We will be having a sale on patterns, books and notions -- 25% off, that day only. Also, we will be hosting a special project day. We will be making pillowcases for the Quilts of Valor -- Kansas Bee out of Wichita. The pillowcases are used as storage cases for the quilts they present to our wounded soldiers. The kits for the pillowcases will be available for a donation of $2.50 . You can either make them here that day, or take them home, make them and bring them back. All donations collected for the pillowcases will be given to the Quilts of Valor -- Kansas Bee to be used for purchasing batting and backing fabrics for the quilts they make. I do hope you will join us March 19th and help with this worthy cause. Space is limited at the shop for sewing, so if you do plan to join us, let us know ahead of time so we may plan accordingly.

Thanks, and Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Month, New Fabric and SUNSHINE

What a way to start out a new month! We have sunshine and warmer temperatures (at least for a day or two). I am so ready for summer to be here. How about you?

We are getting in some of the new spring fabrics, a few bolts at a time. Today we received our fabrics from Windham . . . the Hemmingway line. Beautiful turquoise hybiscus on a green background is my favorite.Paula likes the cream background with the cancelled postage stamps.

Can't remember which one was Jan's favorite. Could be one of those or the green palm fronds
or the basket weave or maybe the smaller blue and green flower print. They do make me think spring though.

We are getting closer to our 1 year anniversary/birthday at Sew What. Keep checking back to see what we have in store for you. You can bet there will be a SALE involved.

We are in the middle of setting up our schedule of classes for the next few months. If you see one you are interested in, please sign up early. We have limited space for classes and they are sure to fill up fast. Along with quilting, we will be offering some apparel classes too, just in time for summer fun.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thank You!

I just want to send out a great big THANK YOU to all who supported our first small shop road trip this past weekend. We had a ball meeting new friends and visiting with old friends. From all reports, the other two shops also had a great turnout. We hope you will all visit again.

We received our first shipment of spring fabrics last week. Moda's Oasis line is gorgeous in corals, yellows and greens. If you missed the chance to see it last weekend, come on in to the shop for a peek as spring.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


We are so excited here at Sew What Quilt Shop. We have been working on a project with two other shops and now it's happened!!!

Join us February 5 and 6, 2011 for the very first ever Highway 56 Small Shop Road Trip. In conjunction with Stitches Quilt Shop in McPherson, Kansas and Quilts and Quiltracks in Hillsboro, Kansas, we are offering you a chance to take a mini road trip (somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 - 40 miles separate the McPherson and Marion shops, with Hillsboro in the middle). We are relatively small shops that offer a lot to our customers, and great service! All three shops are on Main Street in their respective towns, and just off Highway 56, so we are easy to find.

The three shops have each designed a special project and will have the kits available for sale during the road trip weekend. If you combine blocks from all three shops, you will have a 4th project free.

So let the guys watch sports on TV, grab some friends and take a ROAD TRIP!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Year, New Books, a Sale and a Block of the Month

Happy New Year!! Ok, so I am a few days late with my wishes for the new year, but you know I meant to do it earlier. I hope 2011will be a good year for all of our quilting friends. It promises to be a good year for Sew What! We have lots of new fabrics ordered (and I'm sure it won't be the last we order for this year). We have Moda, Windham, and Benartex fabrics that are scheduled to arrive this month.

Our Block of the Month that started yesterday, "Paris In The Fall" by Sherri K. Falls, is being done in Moda's "Maison De Garance" line by French General. This promises to be a beautiful quilt and one that any quilter would love to have in their collection.

We, also, have 2 new books that have just arrived.

Runners, Etc. is chock full of table runners, wall hangings and minis. And Circle of Nine has quilts using different blocks, but each set in the same "Circle of Nine" pattern. These quilts look extremely different, but all use the same layout.

I want to remind you that our Saturday Sampler is starting Saturday, January 15th at 9:00 a.m. This will be a great way to get the blocks for a quilt. Hope to see you then.