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The Scoop from the Coop - March 25, 2018
This week I heard from a lot of people who weren't able to stop by for Schoolhouse. I just wanted to let you know that we demonstrated a lot of cake mixes at Schoolhouse, including the Mama's Cottage Quilt featured below! If you weren't able to stop by, we still have our examples up so you can see how to use them!

Aaaand we're pleased to announce the winner of the Hen Feathers Schoolhouse door prize: Lori!

In addition to the quilt I mentioned, we also have the Christmas pattern, a fabric line, a fantastic notion, and a stash-buster book review!

We're covering a little bit of everything, so we'd better get started.

This Week's Friendly Reminders
Tuesday, March 27 - Beginner's Demo meets at 10:15 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.

'Christmas Through the Year' Challenge
Every month around the 25th, we feature a Christmas project that is discounted through the end of the month. It's our way of encouraging you to get a head start on Christmas 2018 and not wait until the last minute.

This month we're featuring the Joy, Love, Peace quilt. This panel was so popular a few years ago and I was able to find a few more. I really love the way the double binding sets it off. The finished quilt measures 31 x 46". The kit, which includes the pattern AND 1 ½ yards of backing, is normally available for $34.95. It's 25% off until April 1, so you can get it for $26.21. Supplies are limited.

Order the Joy, Love, Peace quilt kit online here.

New in the Shop
Mama's Cottage
This was one of the cake mix patterns we demonstrated at Schoolhouse. I love how it's so colorful! It looks complicated, but I promise it's not! This one measures 75 x 75" but it would be really easy to make it any size you want. The kit, which includes the pattern, is available for $112.49.

Bijoux Fabric Line
The Bijoux collection designed by Kathy Hall Andover Fabrics is subtle in both color and print. As you can see in this photo, these fabrics can complement any quilting project. What you can't see in the photo is another whole row of fabrics. We bought the entire line! The Bijoux collection is available for $11.49/yard.

American Byways Panel
This barn scene on the American Byways digital panel from Hoffman would make a great starting point for a quilt. The blocks or borders you surround it with can be as simple or unique as you want! The panel measures 27 x 44" and is available for $14.49.

Rip-It-Away Seam Ripper
This Rip-It-Away Seam Ripper from The Gypsy Quilter not only features a safety blade that cuts only the thread and not the fabric, but it also features a handy tip that grabs loose threads to whisk them away! Now, I'm not suggesting that you would ever need to use a ripper, but this would be a great one to have on hand should the need ever arise. It's available for $5.59.

Book Review: 'Oh, Scrap!'
The subtitle of this book by Lissa Alexander is 'Fabulous Quilts That Make the Most of Your Stash." Do they ever!

Lissa Alexander is the marketing director at Moda Fabrics, so she's spent a lot of time listening to the likes and dislikes of quilters. She says that scrap quilts are new vintage quilts, and it seems that 'vintage' is all the rage right now. For those of us with scraps and stashes out of control, this appears to be good news!

Since these quilts are made from whatever scraps of fabrics one has on hand, Alexander gets into the fabric factors that help determine what fabrics work in what places in a quilt. Although she defines hue, tint, shade, tone, chroma, value, scale and density, she really relies on the last three: value, scale and density. The definitions she provides really helps to take the guesswork out of fabric selection.

Alexander features 12 projects in the book and they all look pretty amazing. The instructions are detailed and nicely illustrated. And even though every quilt made with scraps will be unique, she does include different colorway options so you can see what your quilt will resemble if, for example, you stash consists of mainly dark colors.

This really is a lovely book with endless possibilities. And this week, it's 20% off the $27.99 cover price. Get it for $22.39 until April 1.

'More Time for Quilting' Recipe

In case you still have a team in the Final Four, here's a tasty take on those ham & Swiss party sliders. You can entertain without taking too much time away from your quilting!


2 pkgs. (12 oz. each) Hawaiian sweet rolls
1 1/4 lbs. thinly sliced deli ham
9 slices Swiss cheese (about 6 oz.)
24 dill pickle slices
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Without separating the rolls, cut each package of rolls in half horizontally; arrange the bottom halves in a greased 9 x 13" baking pan. Layer with ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles; replace the top halves of the rolls. In a microwave, melt the butter; stir in the onion and Dijon mustard. Drizzle the butter mixture over the assembled rolls. Bake, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden brown and heated through, 5 to 10 minutes longer. Remove from pan and cut into sliders.

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