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Vol. V, No. VI, June, 2005
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GREETINGS!!!!.....

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Sisters In Stitches (SIS)
Pryor, Oklahoma

 
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New Girls on the Block!

It's a family affair!  Three sisters with a love of sewing (led by an inspirational mother) have opened a quilt shop in downtown Pryor. 

Kathy Blackwell, Sandi Piatek, & Shelley Meeker have established SISTERS In STITCHES quilt shop at 13 S. Adair.  The sisters expanded to the current store from a smaller location near Locust Grove, Oklahoma, after seeing the need for a larger retail area.  Their mom, Jewell Blackwell, is well known in the area for her machine quilting and quilt restorations.  So the girls have quilting in their blood.  Kathy's daughter, Jewell-Leigh Nicholas, helps out a lot at the store teaching classes, helping customers, learning new techniques also.  Between the four of them, they get a lot done!  They offer a variety of classes (for kids, too!), and fabrics, and notions, as well as a machine quilting service in the store.  (And they carry a lot of Claudia's Quilt Shoppe.com patterns!)  Here are some pictures taken while I was there this week.  

south wall

The store is well-lit, spacious, and clean.  And the girls make you feel right at home as soon as you walk in.  

north wall

They carry several lines of fabric, a good selection of books/patterns, and notions, as well as thread.

notions and patterns

They also have several sample quilts on display, as well as a few of mine.  The Lone Star quilt in the background was made by Jewell-Leigh, her first lone star, after watching Kay Woods do it on television.  Amazing work for a beginning quilter.  Actually I should say she is no longer a beginner!

(now how many yards was I suppose to cut?)

Here's Kathy at the cutting table, busy cutting my fat quarters.  :-)  Each of the girls has her own style. Where one likes traditional, another likes modern.  Where one likes conventional techniques, another likes to "wing it".  A perfect arrangement for sharing creative ideas amongst themselves and with customers.  Here's a picture of the group.  

Shelley, Kathy, Sandi, & Jewell-Leigh
(l to r) Shelley Meeker, Kathy Blackwell, Sandi Piatek, & Jewell-Leigh Nicholas

Be sure to drop in to see them when you're in the area of NE Oklahoma, and tell them I sent you.  They are delightful people and you are sure to be inspired!

What's New?:

Don't forget to attend the Jenks, America, Great American Quilt Show.  Coming up July 21-23.
 Tell all your friends and neighbors!

A new lone star pattern on the pattern page called "Lone"ly Hearts!  I'll have more news on that in next month's newsletter.

Forum News:

We have the Birthday Swap, the Spring Fling Forum Quilt Thing, an Outhouse Block Swap, and Karen has an ongoing poll on what movie theme for a new swap.  So far the front runners are "Oklahoma!" and "Little House on the Prairie".  The drawing of the lucky winner of the Spring Fling blocks will be held June 15.  Leona (Macmonday) won the drawing for the Twinklers Scramble last month and the Nickel Nines drawing will take place Tuesday night. We'll be posting the Mystery Member winner for June next week.   Last month's Mystery Member winner was Char.  She received a nickel squares collection tin (with nickel squares in it, of course!)  Plus, "Irish Karen" posts her favorite links every month to all those quilting freebie sites on the net.  She'll be a little late this month though, due to her being on vacation this week. Go here to join in on the fun:

http://forums.delphiforums.com/quiltshoppe

(If you're new to Delphi, you may be asked to fill out membership info to get you started.)  See you there!

Tag Line of the Month:

 My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. 
Every now and then she stops to breathe.
                        ~Jimmy Durante

Site-Seeing:

http://www.blogthings.com/hownormalareyouquiz/  How normal are you?  I'm 50% normal--HA!

http://www.nobodyhere.com/toren.hier  Cute Bear Pyramid.  Run your cursor over it.

http://photo.stamps.com/PhotoStamps/  Photo stamps are back!!!  After a brief appearance last summer, and quick demise, photo stamps are making another try at it.  You upload your favorite photo and they (the US Post Office) will customize any size stamp in a sheet of 20 to your photo.  Costs a little extra for the "luxury", but you can imagine all kinds of ways to use them--i.e. wedding invitations, birth announcements, birthday party invitations, QUILT PHOTOS, etc.  Let's hope they last a little longer this time before someone abuses the privilege again.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/index.shtml  Test whether you can detect a fake or genuine smile.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=448&S=0&SourceID=28  At last!  A formula for removing "Skunk" from your pet.

http://www.cutquiltsfast.com/how-to-use.html  Heavens!  A NEW TOOL!!  Called a "Mercury Template" designed for cutting strips into hexagons, trapezoids, triangles, diamonds--accurately.  GREAT for English Paper Piecers! 

http://www.bluegrasscountry.org/  Nice to have playing while you are surfing the net, or just any ol' time.  (Thanks to Carola Forsberg in Sweden).

http://www.americanquilter.com/sweeps_nashville/index.php  Enter the AQS sweepstakes.  Might win a trip to Nashville in August!  (no purchase necessary).

Don't forget Father's Day!!!
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May you always have a quilt in the hoop, I try to.   

Cya,                                                       

Claudia
May 31, 2005

 

    ARCHIVES:  (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters on the Site-Seeing Categories may have expired and are no longer available--in other words--It's Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue:  Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué 
January, 2002New Year's Resolution;  Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site, equiltessence.com, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links:  Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics;  Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project;  Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links:  Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links:  Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs.  Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg,  Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links:  71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links:  12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links:  Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner;  What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links:  Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links:  QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links:  Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test;  What's New:  Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing:  Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links:  Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links:  Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps
December, 2003 - The Buttonhole, Sew Natural, Henfeathers, Site-Seeing Links:  Marsha McCloskey, Porky Sings Christmas, Daily Devotional Site, Which Biological Molecule Are You?, Nice Christmas Card
January, 2003 - Bandana Quilt, Site-Seeing Links:  Dancing Paul, ZeFrank.com, Chicken Purse
February, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series, Fine-Toothed Comb, Site-Seeing Links:  Color Trends, Quilters' Husband, Hand Quilting Frame, Hypnotizing Balls
March, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series completed, Site-Seeing Links:  Kameleon Quilts, Note Pad Graphics, The Original Laughing CAT; Christine's Cat Scan..ner
April, 2004 - Mary Covey Feature, Site-Seeing Links:  Fling the Cow, Owl Cam is Back, Tomato Pincushion, Paint a Wall quilt
May, 2004 -Muskogee 2004 Quilt Show, Site-Seeing Links:  Batting in a Can, Many uses of Freezer Paper, Senses Test, Chiseled in Cloth. com, Boy Scout songs, Pass the 3rd Grade, The Wedding Dress Guy;  What's New:  Mystery Free
June, 2004 - Pups N Pails, Site-Seeing Links:  Serial Quilter, John Flynn's Backing Formula, Are You As Old As You Feel?, Computer 101 Lessons, Office Supplies Attack, Snoopy Happy Dance;  What's New?  Mystery of the Half Moons
July, 2004 - Quilt Frame Corner Stands, Site-Seeing Links:  Marvin the Martian, Organizing Tips, Scouts Crafts for Summer, Baby Shade Tent, Liberty Fireworks
August, 2004 - Nine-Patch Wonders II, Site-Seeing Links:  Bargello Design Program, Freezer Paper Project, HP Fabric Printing, Cow Tipper Game, Penguin Game, Paper Snowflakes, Timed Typing Test, Penguin Slapping
September, 2004 - Inola Independent article, Big MOVING day arrived, Site-Seeing Links:  More kids' craft projects, Every Cat Picture that Ever Was, Quilting Stencil Super Site, National Quilting News Site.
October, 2004 - Workroom curtains; Missing Scrappy Cat;  Mystery Solved;  Site-Seeing:  Curtains 101, Craftgard products, Curtain Instructions, Photo stamps, quilt index ORG.
November, 2004 - Site-Seeing:  Handkerchief Magic, EQ challenge album, Amish Country Lanes quilts for sale, Quilt Bus Halloween quilt story, The Boring Site
December, 2004 - Christmas Cactus quilt top; New Starlight Sampler in the works; Site-Seeing:  Mt. St. Helens watch-cam, Bizarre Star Dance site, Painted Barns, Hummingbird nest; Whitehouse Pan-cams; Carola Forsberg's Webshots Album
January, 2005 - Home Sweet Mobile Home; Starlight Sampler 2005; QI Mall Crawl; Site-Seeing:  Lost Frog, the Real Story about the Frog, Super Stencil Site, quilt fiction, hieroglyphics, colorful eye candy
February, 2005 - Carola's Square Dance; New Mystery--Granny's Road Trip; Forum news; Site-Seeing:  Cat Screen-saver, Interactive quilt design creator, Dianne Johnston products, Home projects site, Little Village Eye Candy, Road to California Show Winners, Club Q's Star Challenge Entries, More Painted Barns
March, 2005 - Dutch Blues; Quilting By the River, 2005; Forum news; Anilee's Mystery Travelers; Site-Seeing:  Paducah game, Wild Salmon on Parade, Patches the Horse, Granny's Road Trip Online, Kona Coffee Contest, EQ's January Challenge Results
April, 2005 - Baby Hearts, Quilting By the River 2005, Forum news,  Site-Seeing:  New Quilting Channel, Penguin Cam, Dover Weekly Sampler 
May, 2005 - Nickel Nines, Forum News, Favorite Things, Site-Seeing:  Pretreated Fabric by the Yard, the Dark Room, Buzzwhack, Shaken Faces, Po'boy Long Arm, Bubble Wrap, AQS 2005 Winners

 

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