Monday, February 28, 2011

Quilts of Valor

Serve Your Country: Make a Quilt

Under Our Wings (UOW) is a program that allows anyone to participate in
national service by making a comforting Quilt of Valor (QOV) for an American armed services member touched by war.

We will be scheduling UOW workshops utilizing Moda's Quilts of Valor fabric starting in April.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

End of the Bolt Sales - Feb 27th and Feb 28th

End of the Month Bolt sale - Feb 27th and 28th! Buy what ever is left on a bolt of fabric and receive 15% off, even if its 15 yards of fabric.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Urban Shades Sample

The Urban Shades fabric designed by Lonni Rossi has arrived on Susan's doorstep and are thawing out as you read this blog. Susan is going to make the shop sample and will be the proud owner of the quilt when class is out. Maybe, by the time she comes back to us from Lithuania in 2012, I will give it back to her.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cabin Branch Quilters Bee Visit - Feburary 16, 2011

Welcome Cabin Branch Quilters' Bee to Aurora Quilts, Feburary 16th, 2011

Matt Schachner was on hand to help.

Shop Baby, Kirsten having fun, being held by all the Bee members

Friday, February 18, 2011

Annaul Quilt Show - Cabin Branch and Stone House Quilters

We will be a vendor at the Cabin Branch Quilters and Stone House Quilters' Guild Annual Quilt Show On March 12th - 13th, 2011 at the Prince William Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, Virginia. We are truely, a family owned and run bussiness - during the Quilt Show, my husband and handyman will be working in the shop. Please, stop by and visit with us during the quilt show.

Addition Information about the show is available at the Cabin Branch Quilters  or Stone House Quilters Website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join us at 9:30 AM on March 16, 2011, for a ribbon cutting ceremony for Aurora Quilts. The event is sponsored by Historic Manassas, Inc. The Honorable Harry J. (Hal) Parrish II, Mayor of the City of Manassas, as well as City Council members, other Old Town merchants, and members of the press will be in attendance to wish us well. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ribbon Cutting

The City of Manassas would like to schedule a ribbon cutting event at the shop! I wonder if they could speed up the sign approval? More details to follow..

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Fabrics Arriving from Moda

New fabrics arriving from Moda in Feburary!Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts

 Civil War Reunion!
Max and Whiskers!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Doing Our Best for the Economy

The first shop sample is on its way! Jean sent me a box of Civil War repro fabrics and, typical of me, I threw out the plan we had discussed and designed a different quilt to fit the yardage.

This 20 block quilt is based on "Economy," a mid-19th Century quilt I saw on the Smithsonian website. It's charming with its simple blocks that show off the fabric to its advantage.

At first I thought it would take hours to make the 80 diamond-in-a-square units, but I found my Judy Martin Point Trimmer and the blocks nearly flew together.

Here you see me auditioning fabric for the sashing and border. I think I'll use the brown, but that's just another plan I can throw out the window.

Two days later: Here is the finished top. There was just enough of the stripe for the border and I had to fudge just a little to make it work. It is now pin-basted and will be quilted by machine tomorrow. Watch for its arrival at Aurora in about two weeks.
Two MORE days later: Finished! The quilt is in the mail!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Architectural Drawings

Architectural drawings have been submitted to the City of Manassas for their review board that meets in March!  We will have a hanging sign on Church Street side of the building and a wall mounted sign on the Quarry Street side. Good thing the handy man (aka Jim the husband) is a Structural Engineer and will represent us at the review board. Wish us luck that we pass.

Then the next step will be to obtain a permit to hang the signs. Who know that there was so many steps to getting a sign. We're located in a "office" complex were all the signs are the same, my signs have to match the other signs in the complex. My  plan for obtaining a sign was I call the sign guy, he makes the signs, he hangs the signs and then I'm done. The best plans of mice and men....

The city has no provisions for "temporary signs". A sandwich board sign would need 8x10 glossy photos, Architecturaldrawings showing the sign size and locations, plus all the necessary clearances. The big stopper is the 1 Million dollar insurance policy made out to the city incase someone would to have an accident and sued the City.

Next thought - a banner - that could be flown where the hanging sign would be installed.

When you enter old town Manassas, Route 28 South is called Church Street and is a one way street. The first signal is Church and Main Street. Look on the right for a brick office building with 9100 Church Street on the end of the building. We're located in this building complex.  You will need to turn right on Main Street, left on Quarry and left into the parking lot, look for us in Suite 101.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday - Fat Quarter Sale

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 6th for Super Bowl Sunday - Fat Quarter Sale. All pre-cut fat quarters will be on sale for $2.00.

Signs: Who would have thought you need an architectural reveiw?

The only thing missing is the street sign! We're located in Old Town Manassas; the city has an architectural review board that meets once a month.  We are working the system as fast as we can to get signs hanging on the building.  In the short term look for our sandwich board. We located at the intersection of Church (route 28 South) and Main. The parking lot is behind the building on Quarry Street. You will need to make a right onto Main Street, a left onto Quarry and a left into the parking lot. We’re in Suite 101 at 9100 Church Street. Call the shop if you get lost at 703.330.9111.