In March I taught six classes at Rich's Sew and Vac - that was so much fun and I made some new friends and got to see some old friends as well! We made a star table runner using the Jo Morton "no waste" flying geese.
In April we offered our popular "Doll making with Erika" class again and had a full house of doll makers! Here is a photo of my two favorite girls with the dolls they made. So cute! We will be offering this class again September 17th.
We also attended the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild Quilt show at the Polk County Fairgrounds. What a great show. We sponsored an award for a quilt the we feel represents "Ladies of Liberty" and it went to a quilt that was all made on a treadle sewing machine! It was beautiful!
In May the Pin Cushion Pals of the ASG dropped by for a shop visit. What a great group!
In June we made "Huswifs" with Nancy Fresen of Primitive Patchworks. We used Maggie Bonanomi's pattern. What a great class - one we will do again for sure.
In July we did some hand piecing with Nancy Frisen again. We learned how to make hexagons by hand! She has a great pattern she designed called 'Civil War Hexagon Star Quilt'. I expect to see many wonderful quilts made using this pattern. We carry this pattern in the shop.
We also have our Third Annual Patriotic Quilt Challenge going on right now in the shop. Stop by and vote for your favorite.
Along with all this we still had our $1.00 a block of the month with our 'Gone with the Wind' theme. We have had fun with that. This one is done in July and we will be starting a new block of the month with a 'Songs of the Civil War' theme in August. This one will have a embroidery pattern to go along with it - twice the fun!
We have really have a good time at our Breakfast Applique Club every other Wednesday morning! We meet at 8 am to applique or do hand work and visit (ok - eat donuts too!). This is a great group of ladies - come join us!
We are working on a Land of Lincoln Block of the Month as well. It is almost half done now and is coming together really nicely.
Our $5.00 Block of the Month club has taken off thanks to some great ladies! We are doing the Windham Sampler block from Clothesline Quilts. It is a small block and very cute. We have also added a birthday group within this club - where you give everyone a piece of your fabric and they use it and more to make you a block for your birthday. We are having so much fun with this! Thanks Colleen for taking the lead on this.
Of course there is always my Civil War reenacting keeping me busy in the summer as well - be sure to check that out as well (http://www.nwcwc.org/)
As you can see we have been busy at Ladies of Liberty Mercantile!