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The Quilt Works, Inc.
11117 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 298-8210

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Right Window Left Window    While at Fall Quilt Market last October, we picked up a Charm Pack for each of our employees and CHALLENGED them to make quilts for our April window. These pictures only begin to show the delightful results (and there are three more quilts - one on the wall above the view shown at the right, and two on the diagonal bar in the store). We have patterns (in books, in some cases) for all of the projects so that you can make the one that you like the best.
    But before we start looking at the quilts, we must tell you that Kathi used her Charm pack to make the cutest little Tuffets! These are pin cushions, a little over 4" × 4", each with a beautifully pieced top. They are on the floors of the windows, and you really must see them in person to appreciate them; the Schnibbles pattern, by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., is hanging on the hook just inside the door.
    On the left in the left-hand picture is Emma, a great "beginner" quilt; each of the charm squares is cut in half to create the patches in the stacks of "Chinese Coins." The instructions may be found on pages 18-21 in 3 Times the Charm! 7 Quick & Easy Designs - 21 Unique Looks, by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, Leisure Arts, 2011. In Charming, to the right of Emma, Shirley used 2 charm packs, setting the 5" squares on point. The pattern for Charming is our own, and includes instructions for cutting the side-setting and corner-setting triangles. Morning Star graces the far corner of this window, and gives you lots of practice with the Sew-&-Flip technique for adding triangular corners to rectangles. Look on pages 82-85 in The Big Book of Nickel Quilts, 40 Projects for 5-Inch Scraps, by Pat Speth with Charlene Thode, Martingale, 2013.
     Jennifer, at the far right, is from Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson's follow-on book, 3 Times the Charm! Book 2. 21 Irresistible Options Using Charm Packs, pp. 10-12; in this design, each charm square is sewn with a 5" square of off-white background fabric, to create squares from two half-square triangles. In Fiona, to the left of Jennifer, every other block features a charm square set on point; the pattern for this quilt is on pp. 22-25 of Groves and Jacobson's first book. At the far end of our display wall is a classic design that we have called Honey Bee Blossoms. We adapted our design from the Sewn into the Fabric - Pieces of our Lives pattern #117-D, Queen Bee, and from Honey Bee, in Barbara Brandeburg's book, Fancy Things Cabbage Rose; we have created a pattern for you.  Ribbon Twist, on the wall at the end of the window, was inspired by an 1851 design in Jinny Beyers' book, The Quilter's Album of Blocks and Borders, published in 1986; and we have created a pattern for this one, too.
  The three CHALLENGE quilts not shown in our pictures are Leslie (high on the wall, at the end of the left-hand window), pattern on pp. 18-21 of 3 Times the Charm! Book 2; Lafayette Square (on the diagonal bar, facing the street), pattern on pp. 22-25 of Precut Quilts, by Jane Vogl and Jenny Clinard, Leisure Arts, 2013; and Labor Day Madness (on the diagonal bar, back to back with Lafayette Square), pattern on pp. 130-33 of The Big Book of Nickel Quilts. Note: Laura's Labor Day Madness is a little different from the pattern in the book, and we have a short handout that describes the differences. 


Tuesday, 22 April. SENIOR DAY
Tuesday, 22 April, 10:00-12:00. Class:Basic Rotary Skills
Wednesday, 23 April, 5:30-8:30. Class: A Little Something Jacket
Wednesday, 23 April, 6:00-9:00. UNM Class: Quilting 101 for the ABSOLUTE Beginner
Thursday, 24 April, 1:00-3:00. Class: Introduction to Machine Piecing
Thursday, 24 April, 6:00-8:00. Class: English Paper Piecing
Friday, 25 April, 1:00-3:00. FREE DEMO: UNIQUE NOTIONS
Saturday, 26 April, 10:00-12:00. Class: Basic Rotary Skills
Saturday, 26 April, 10:00-5:00. Class: Yin & Yangish Log Cabin {NOTE: This is an added class.}
Saturday, 26 April, 1:00-4:00. Class: Color Confidence
Sunday, 27 April, 2:00-4:00. Class: Beginning Hand Appliqué Sampler
Tuesday, 29 April. SENIOR DAY
Saturday, 3 May, 10:00-3:00. Class: Easy Curves Table Runner