Demo Day at CQK


Wow!  What an awesome day and way of learning about new tools, techniques and programs about quilting.  It was like taking several free classes all in a row (lunch included), free give aways and shopping, all day long.

Arriving promptly at 10am, I was greeted by the friendly CQK staff where I received coupon deals for the day, a ticket for free give aways, free lip balm and an emory board.  The shop was already packed with eager shoppers.  I had to refrain from shopping right away as I made my way to an almost full training room of eager students. I took a seat up front to enjoy all the demos that would occur throughout the day.


10:00 a.m. Fabric Christmas Origami Gift Card Holder

Sue distributed and demonstrated her Origami pattern and also shared the classes that she was scheduled to teach at CQK, e.g. Photography, Fabric Painting, Thread Painting and Circles.

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She also had a booth where customers could create their own painted fabric.

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10:30 a.m. Crazy Quilting – what is it exactly?

Next up was Sandee from Mid-Michigan Crazy Quilters who demonstrated “Build a Crazy Block” and she shared her personal embellishments on the crazy blocks she made.  I am thinking I might try a Quilt-as-you-go technique to make mug rugs with this pattern.  The Crazy Quilters group meets once a month at CQK in Brighton.


11:00 a.m. Latest new tools from Quilt Market

Jennifer  energetically showcased the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool (with free pattern) and the Stripology Ruler (plus 20% off Stripology book by GE Designs).  The training room was lined with beautiful quilts made with these tools.  I purchased the first and put the latter on my Christmas Wishlist.

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11:30 a.m. English Paper Piecing

Andrea demonstrated how to do English Paper Piecing which is great quilting technique that can be done in the car or on a plane or anywhere where your sewing machine is not present.  The whip stitch is used to connect the different shapes, hexagons, triangles, squares to create your quilt.  She also shared the “Sew Together Bag” which is great to hold all your tools and a new tool which can hold up to 8 threaded needles.


Andrea will be teaching the Hex N More Class on November 18th.  This is hexagons and triangles machine sewn instead of by hand.  I took the opportunity to purchase the ruler for the class.


12:00 noon New Block of the Month Programs

Carol described the four new 2015 Block of the Month Programs that are being offered by the shop.

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12:30 p.m. Twister quilts – quick demo on how to make these trendy quilts

Jennifer provided a demonstration on how to create the Twister quilts and wall hangings.  Sewing together two 4-patch blocks (in a column) containing four different colors boxed by background color is a quick and easy set-up for cutting with the Primitive Gatherings Primitive Pinwheels tool.  This comes in many sizes and the Itty Bitty size is on my Christmas Wishlist.

1:00 p.m. Electric Quilt Company 7 – design your own quilts –easy software

The Windows based EQ7 was demonstrated to the group to show how easily you can design your own quilts.  This product was recently released for the Mac.  I added this to my Christmas Wishlist too.

 1:30 p.m. No fuss zipper insertion

Carol shared how to easily sew a zipper for totes and purses.  Another demonstrator provided details on hand appliqué.  Appliqué is great to use for pictures with a lot of detail.  It can also be done with your machine, as well as by hand. This is not one of my favorite techniques as it puts me to sleep because it is often a tedious and slow process.  The resulting quilt using this technique can be stunning because of the intricate detail that can be achieved with appliqué.

2:00 p.m. Latest new tools from Quilt Market

Jennifer did an encore of her 11:00 a.m. performance and also talked about the Quick Trim Ruler.  This item could be ordered at checkout.

2:30 p.m. What’s next after Row by Row ?—Post Card party!!

Carol from the CQK staff is the Michigan administrator of the Michigan Row by Row.  The 2015 program is Row by Row H20.  Free patterns can be collected from all 50 states from June 21, 2015 through September 8, 2015.  Twenty-five fat quarters are awarded to the first quilt turned into the shop and an extra gift, if that shop’s row is on the quilt.  Be sure to Like the Facebook page, Michigan Row by Row Experience.

The Post Card Party is a new program to create a post card from fabric and a double sided interface.  One side offers the format for the message and address and the other side is a unique quilting technique for the picture side.  The post cards you create are sent to a central location to be sent to other participants across the country and you get post cards created by some else in return.

3:00 p.m. Frenzy Swirl Table Runner

Carol demonstrated the wedge rulers (2 sizes) used to create the swirl table runner.  Two additional techniques were also shown to create table runners.

Prize Give-Away

Every half hour was a fabulous prize give-away.  You needed to be present to win.  I was very fortunate and lucky to win this awesome prize pack!


 Upcoming CQK Classes


Other purchase I made included 3 – 1/2 yards of fabric (two grapes for Happy Days quilt and grey on white snowflake for Santa & Trees paper piecing wall hanging) and jewelry quilt magnet.




Women of the 30’s BOM

In October, I started on making a new Block-of-the-Month Quilt at The Quilting Season in Saline.  It’s called “Women in the 30’s”.  I just love the 1930 reproduction fabrics!  There is something fascinating about history and with this BOM there is a monthly class and recipe that are shared.  I have created a new page where I will post the completed blocks.  The first block is called “Crossroads”.  It is variation of the Kentucky Crossroads pattern created by Nancy Cabot.  The original Kentucky Crossroads pattern was developed in 1933 and a second version in 1938 was published in the Chicago Tribune.

30's BOM - October 2014 Crossroads variation of Kentucky Crossroads Quilt Block Nancy Cabot

30’s BOM – October 2014
Crossroads variation of
Kentucky Crossroads Quilt Block
Nancy Cabot

In researching this block and its origin, I stumbled on some fascinating and informative web sites.

Antique Geometric Quilt Designs

Illinois Quilt History

Batman and Elsa Costumes

It’s hard to believe that my last post was almost two months ago.  After finishing my “Summertime at the West Shore” Quilt, I was pretty burned out.

I spent time updating other parts of my web site and we took a September weekend in the U.P. and an October weekend get-away  in Harbor Springs with our motorcycle friends.  I worked on 100 prayer quilts and 18 mug rugs in memory of my Nana, who passed away on October 14th.  These were passed out to friends and family at her funeral.  I continued with the Block-of-the-Month at The Quilt Patch and began a new Block-of-the-Month at The Quilting Season, Women of the 30’s, which uses 1930’s fabrics.  I returned to Quilts of Compassion in November after a 3-month sabbatical.

However, my greatest accomplishment that comes this time of year is in making Halloween costumes for the grandkids.  This year they wanted to be Batman and Elsa.  It was a good thing that I finished Batman early as I spent 10 days helping my Mom with funeral planning.  The Elsa costume was finished with 3 hours to spare.  The smiles always makes this project worth the time and effort!

Modified Patterns Batman (Simplicity 1769A) Elsa (McCall's M6629)

Modified Patterns
Batman (Simplicity 1769A)
Elsa (McCall’s M6629)