Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lockwood Craft Show

~Quilters come with strings attached!~

We most certainly are Lockwoodians! For those of you who are raising your eyebrows in wonderment, that merely means that we live in Lockwood. Billings, MT is the largest city in Billings, but Lockwood hangs on the edge. It's too big to be a suburb to small to be a town, not in city limits, but all ours! Our homes our here, we went to school here, so it just makes sense to participate in the craft show here!

We started out with a blank table
and went to work!We organized, organized, organized, worked, worked, worked, and-- bam!
Honey buns and fat quarter packs,
scrappy scarves, lots of lovely pincushions,
and TA DA! A craft table!
We had a great time even though we didn't sell a great deal. We made some wonderful community connections and truly, that is what we entered this craft show looking to do. We wanted to support our community and allow those living close to us to know we existed! :) Plus it was good fun!
Well all, I think I am going to go take a bath! Hope you have a wonderful night!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

St. V's Craft Show(at last!)

~“America is not like a blanket-one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt-many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread"-- Jesse Jackson~

At last school is winding down for so I can do some blog catching up! And I also have the right camera card today, so I can actually show off our St. V's craft show!

It was on a Friday but we had to go set up on Thursday. Austin, Nichole, and myself trekked out into the chilly night with the Subaru stuffed full!
Then we put it all up :) Isn't Austin a good decorator?We had lots of lovely items for sale. You can see in the picture with Austin a wonderful lap quilt that Nichole made-- it is just so funky and bright! If you need a little color in your life, just let me know because we still have this beauty for sale : We had a forest of scrappy scarves. I don't know if I have talked about these scarves before, but they are my weird little brainchild. They are the quilting leftovers all tied together and knit-- fun, right?Lots of potholders in all designs and colors! These are really awesome, too, because they have a sort of aluminum batting in the middle so they are ultra-heat resistant. Who doesn't want that?!

A nice little array of pin cushion jarsand a few of the big boys were even converted into lovely sewing kits! Austin describes these as Easter baskets for quilters!Our whole table was filled with Nichole's table runner creations. Aren't they just awesome?LoLook! Ric Rac in action! I made some candle cozies to go around some homemade candles.And And then of course there was us-- the Treasured Times Gals in the flesh! How fun!

Alright everyone, have a lovely afternoon! Thanks for checking out our pictures! I am hoping to get time tomorrow to show off the OTHER craft show we did and then I think I'll be all caught up :) Then on to new things!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Embellishment Delights

~Before modern lighting was available most quilting was done in the daylight, outside if possible. A good deal of quilting was done in the summer due to longer daylight hours-- from

Isn't that little fact nifty? I thought we would try out a few quilting facts mixed in with our quilting quotes!

So I know I have been a bit neglectful of our poor little blog, but I am trying my best to keep up! I really wanted to show off some pictures from our latest craft shows around town, but I left the pictures on my other camera card! Oh well :( They will get on here soon enough!

In the mean time, want to see some adorable embellishments?
RIC RAC! Isn't this stuff just wonderful?! We are in love with it around here.

It is perfect for accents for little projects, like drink or candle cozies, but will also look just darn sweet on quilts.You know how I am about green :) Or if you don't, I will just come out and say that I have a slight love affair with this color. Especially when it is bright and bold like this ric rac is!I used this stunning red ric rac on a baby quilt not that long ago-- it was the absolutely perfect touch. So if you are looking for that finishing touch, look no further!

Guess what my friends? It gets better!

Ruffle Ric Rac! It has the wonderful versatility of ric rac for all sorts of embellishments, but it is ruffled! This one also has white-on-white polka dots.And of course it comes in green! What to see what else comes in green?These little poof balls! How darn sweet! They are like little bunny tales-- in a cute way, not in a "we stole a bunny's tale" way :)Little white poofs are also available! I don't have the pictures for them, but not too long ago we got them in chocolate and jet black as well! Wouldn't these be fun on a quilt for a toddler or younger child? I could just see a little one fiddling with these little poofs as they drift off to sleep :)

Just remember my friends, this is only a slice, a sneak peak, of all the embellishments we have! These little wonders are either here or coming in a huge array of colors! They can match any wonderful project you are working on! Plus, isn't it just fun to have all the colors in your stash? :)

Well everyone, I am off to study for my finals! Have a lovely night!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

St. Vincent Quilt Gallery

~I am a quilter and my house is in pieces~

My oh my I have not been keeping up! I am telling you my friends I have had a hard time being able to blog all the wonderful things that we have been doing! We've been quilting like crazy, going to craft shows, putting up quilt galleries(and unexpectedly taking them down...) working on our website and store area, not to mention getting in new material!

I am on Thanksgiving break from college right now, so I will be trying my best to update everyone! I suppose I should start with the St. Vincent Quilt Gallery(being that it's the title of the post!)

I contacted the Cafeteria Manager at the hospital(one of my managers, as my day job is food service :P) and asked if he allowed local artists to display their work. Lucky for us, he said yes!

So we took our quilts,with hammer and nails in tow,and put the beauties up!

And don't you know that putting up quilts is always more fun with friends?And we got all those lovely quilts, table runners, pot holders, and rugs up! Boy did that cafeteria look PRETTY!

Or it did...

I got a call about two weeks later(what, last week? I believe so) and was told the Fire Marshall came by for lunch.... and cited our quilts as a fire hazard! And down they went! :( Which, in truth, was just fine. Not only did we did our name out there, but we had to take everything down for the craft show that same week, and we had a good two week run! So, no worries friends, all is well :)

Well that is all for now! I am watching Harry Potter with Austin and am going to start working on the website a bit more! Have a lovely night all!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Working with our fabric

~Quilters touch the past and the future~
We have so many beautiful fabrics that it is just darn fun to make things out of it! Want to see one of our table runners?These are some of my favorites! Salt and pepper shakers, lots of bright greens made extra bold by being surrounded by blacks. How fun!

Not to mention, isn't this just a wonderful table runner pattern to begin with?! It is pretty simply but it looks so wonderful! Wouldn't you want to have your table set with this fella?

We have a craft show coming up at St. V's next Thursday and we have getting as many of these fellows and all sorts of colors and patterns ready to go. Fun fun!

Well that's all for tonight folks. See you later!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another crew member!

~You sew girl!~

Want to meet yet another one of our wonderful Treasured Times Gals?

Name: Beth
Crafts: Quilting, Long arm quilting
Fancy Title: Director of Long Arm Quilting

Miss Beth is rather new to quilting, but that doesn't stop her from being wonderful at it! She has pieced together many wonderful, amazing quilts that I just envy! Also, she has learned the art of long arm quilting. Not just learned.... mastered? Yes, mastered! She is an awesome long arm quilter and does nearly all of our quilts here at Treasured Times! In other words, we just love Beth :) When she isn't quilting, however, she is a nurse, a wonderful mommy as well as grandmommy! She's just wonderful all the way around :)

So, world wide web, Beth, Beth, world wide web! Now you've met! :) I'm off to do some homework! Have a good day all.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Seeing Stars

~When I give to you what I make with my hands, I share my heart~

I am still working on our website, which means I am constantly taking pictures. Since I have quite a few building up in my "Treasured Times" folder, I thought I should start showing you some!
To start, let's look at some fat quarters with a twist.
Fat Quarter Stars!!!
Each of these lovely stars has 5 full fat quarters nicely folded into this charming shape.
And look at all the colors they come in!
Wouldn't these be wonderful stocking stuffers? I know that I would love to find one in amongst my goodies!
Okay, now I have a completely un-quilt related photo.

Our craft cat! This is Mr. Odie, and he loves craft supplies. So he always likes to be down in our craft room and certainly enjoys playing with all our quilts. Both cute AND annoying! I took this at the same time as the stars and just thought you needed to see :)
Well have a nice night all! Sorry for neglecting the blog, but it has just been a crazy month so far! I'll try harder :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

St. John Quilt Gallery

~Love is the thread that binds us. ~Author Unknown~

Time for a whole bunch of photos my friends!
Well, I suppose that I should explain a bit what those photos are about. I mentioned in a previous post that we were readying ourselves for our own quilt show-- our very first opportunity to sell our goods! It is at St. John's Nursing Home here in Billings.
Here is the Art Gallery hall before Treasured Times QuiltingAnd after Treasured Times Quilting! Let's see some details!We were able to cover the walls with gorgeous folds of handmade goodness. Most of our goodies are quilts made for friends and family, but we are more than willing to accept custom orders to recreate any of these beauties.
A lovely little kitty quilt made for a coworker of Peggy's.This is probably my favorite quilt we displayed-- it is Nichole's Trip Around the World Quilt! Absolutely beautiful!!!Table Runners for all holidays!
A lovely display of hand-stitching which was completed by Peggy's mother, Grandma Ginger.
And yet another embroidery quilt-- this one made for Austin for graduation, done by Nichole.
And as you can see, we were also able to set up a table with some other lovely handmade goodies-- potholders, rugs, pincushions, and even Scrappy Balls!
We even brought in a dress form to display our Scrappy Scarf and Embroidered T-shirts I would love to look as cute as that dress form :)
Now that you've seen the finish project... let's take a step back and look at the process... the six- hour-long process...
We found that ruffling the quilts and tying them off with some part of the Scrappy Ball of Goodness turned out really cute.
And it wouldn't be us if we weren't finishing up some tiny detail at JUST the last moment :) Good think Peggy can bind quilts at the speed of light!
However, as you saw, we wanted some of our more detailed quilts to be fully displayed, so...
We used safety pins to pin jump rings to the back and then hung them using Command hooks, as not to damage the walls(more on that later).

Then they had to be hung,
hook by hook,
and a little help from a ladder!But they all got up there! At least they got up there...
So now the back story on the Command Hooks. The TV commercial lady who hangs a stuffed stocking on one of those hooks and has it hang perfectly lies! Those hooks sure look nice and they don't damage the walls, but the don't hold either!
After some of the elders at St. John's gave Nichole a call telling them that a few quilts were coming down, a buddy of mine, Matt, and I went and replaced all the Command Hooks with nails. Which would have been by far easier if we had gone that route in the first place, but all is well now!
So I hope that someone out there has a few moments to spare to drop by St. John's sometime this month(as the gallery will be there all month) and take an up-close look at these lovely quilts! It is at the main campus of the nursing home, at Chapel Court. Look for the big red canopy!
Have a nice night all!