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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pampered pets.....


Do you have pets?  We really miss having a dog, but it just doesn't seem to be something that fits into our lives right now.  When we did have pets, both a dog and a cat at the same time, what to do with their *feeding area* was sometimes an issue.  A few years back, we put out this set of patterns called *Pampered Pet Placemats* to solve the problem.  One for a kitty and one for a pooch.  We have some very fun fabrics you could use and they go together really easily.  You could put iron on vinyl or PUL on this if you wanted it more waterproof.  These would be make a fun gift for a pet lover too.  We've just redone the pattern and put it in our Dollar Menu....that's right, both for a buck!!

We had such a fun day yesterday.  I got to sit in on the Dumpling Bag class that I mentioned last time.  Lynn did a fabulous job and five of us got bags to take home.  A couple of the gals even stayed and made another one after the class was over.  Let us know if you'd be interested in another class time....Lynn said she'd do it again if there's enough interest.  I know a couple of people who wanted to do it but couldn't fit the day into their schedule.

I mailed off our Shop Hop block on Friday ~ YAY!!  Now I need to make another one for the shop.  Just a few more things on THE DEADLINE LIST and then maybe I can breathe a little easier for a few days?  Hope your weekend has been a good one.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dumplings and deadlines......

Over a week since I blogged.....what's going on?  Too many deadlines!  I've been trying to prioritize them and I'm getting to the end of the list....whew!  There was the Tri-County Farm 2 Market *event* that was lots of fun, but fraught with MUST DO things....then end of the month payroll; first of month newsletter/calendar; April's bills; new Nifty Notions to order; website additions; how to fit 26 new bolts of Kaffe into the *Kaffe row*, and that April 15th IRS thing.  Last two BIG deadlines left are our Shop Hop block (due Saturday) and signing up for the Row By Row Experience and designing our row.  I'm happy to report that we're down to the last few stitches on the Shop Hop block and have a pretty good idea on the Row By Row pattern.

Okay that was the first D, the second are these darling Dumpling Bags.  (Oops, that was 2 D's wasn't it?)  They're designed by Michelle Patterns and Lynn has made scads of these and is going to have a class this Saturday.  We have a couple of spots still left open if you're interested.  It's on the website.  
Okay....I need to get to the shop and get to work on those deadlines!  Have a super Thursday.....the sunshine is invigorating.....hope it helps me with the deadlines! 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Coffee, anyone......

Well, after the three day extravaganza known as the Tri-County Quilt Tour ~ Farm 2 Market, I needed a cuppa!  Really, though, it was a lot of fun.  There are certain folks that have come every year we have been doing this and it's always great to see them.  Thanks to all of you who came out to visit all of us!

We had this pair of placemats on our back wall last week.  Harriet and I took this great coffee print stripe, our dollar menu placemat pattern for round tables and centered it, layered it, quilted it and bound it.  Don't you think it came out looking good?  I'm wondering if one of my kiddos wouldn't like this for their table?  They're all coffee lovers!  But I have a round table too......

What's next on the agenda?  Well, in less than two weeks we need to have a Shop Hop block sent off to Seattle.  So, we've got to put our thinking caps on and get on that right away!  The fabric samples arrived a week or two ago, so we're ready to take your pre-orders.  Quantities will be very limited this year, so don't wait too long to order.  Price will be $9.99/yard.

Okay....a few more *end of month/beginning of month* paperwork things to get done before I settle into my chair with some stitching!  Have a lovely evening everyone.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tote your stuff.....

 Okay.....as promised, here's our other project for the Quilt Tour.  As I said, our block is a barn.  And like I told you yesterday, we *blew it up* to 14" for
our other project, so we felt we needed to make something with the *correct* size block for you to see.  Sew, we created this Farm 2 Market Tumbler Tote Bag.  We have a few kits for it or we have a pattern as well.  The kits include the pre-cut tumblers we did for you on the Accuquilt die cut machine ~ which means the *dog ears* are cut off and it's all ready to sew.  It's pretty good sized too, so we *bagless in Bellingham* folks can haul some food home from the grocery store or the Farmer's Market.

I wish I could say that I am completely ready for the festivities tomorrow, but sadly I am not.  I will be by 9:00 though.  Just need to do a bit of printing and get there early enough to run a vacuum over the messy floors.  We were pretty busy today and listen ~ we got 5 new bolts of 108" batik quilt backs today too!

Okay....going to finish some stuff up here tonight....will we see you for the Tour?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Farm 2 Market......



As I may have mentioned, we (well, me, really) couldn't get going with our Tri-County Quilt Tour project until just a few weeks ago.  I had designed the block ~ a barn.....but every idea I came up with for a project just kind of landed with a *thud* when I tried it out in my head or on paper.  The staff tried to be kind, but I could tell it went over just about as well with them as it did with me!  Then, one afternoon when Jan and I were working, I looked over at the Kaffe Fassett fabric and asked her what she thought about *blowing the barn up* to 14" and making it out of a red Kaffe fabric?  And what if we used that stripe with the flowers on it as a fence line and that fabric with the wild circle motifs as trees, and.....well, we had a winner we thought.  I'll let all of you be the judge, but we kind of felt it would be like having Kaffe paint our barn, do our landscaping and hang some of his clothes out on the line  =)

I wish I could say I was 100% ready for 9:00 Thursday morning, but I really am not.  I'm sure Jan and I can whip the last few things into shape by then, though.  Tomorrow, we'll put a few kits together and spruce the place up and move a few more things around.  I'll try to make time tomorrow evening to show you our other project made with the barn block ~ the *correct* 9" sized one.  Until then.....

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pit Stop......

Okay....at my age and stage of life, a *pit stop* is when I have to ask my husband to find a rest area on a trip to see the kids!  Well, this *pit stop* is
a fun panel that a little person might enjoy running some cars over.  The center is a panel and in a true Fab-Etc team effort, Harriet and I added borders, Jan did the quilting and I sewed down the binding.  Sorry I didn't get a picture before we hung it up....this one's a little wonky, but I think you can get the idea.  We put some thin batting in it, so it would be all ready to go down on the floor to play on, or it could be a crib blanket as well.

We've been really busy around here lately!  Saturday was the Applique Society in the morning and then Jan taught a wonderful group of gals in her Beginning Hand Embroidery Class.  She said they were super students!  Earlier in the week, we finished up a couple of projects and I am going to finish putting binding on one of them as soon as I am done here.  I'm down to writing instructions for two of our Farm To Market projects and then deciding how many kits to do up at the beginning of the week.  We'll show you a picture or two in a few days ~ okay?  I've seen a couple of pictures from the other shops and their projects are super!!

Well, I am off to do some binding....have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Whatnots......

This month marked the start of our Whatnots II group.  I can hear some of you saying, "Whatnots?  What the heck is Whatnots?"  It's a *6 month adventure* that is tied to a collection of fabrics from Henry Glass designed by Kim Diehl.  To go along with the fabric line, Kim designed 6 small projects ~ both for Whatnots I and Whatnots II.    The fabrics are wonderful....think I like the second group even more than the first, and it was super!   Sharon leads a workshop where she gives the participants great techniques, time-saving tips and any *heads up* for that month's project.  Anyway, I digress from what I wanted to share with you.  We've got about 20 folks that are signed up for the second group, and there are quite a few *repeats* from the first go round.  Carol P. was part of the first and second groups.  I wasn't there to see this in person yesterday, but Sharon snapped this picture for me.  I guess it's fabulous in person!  Carol took the little projects, threw in some blocks of her own and made it all in to this fabulous quilt!  Great job, Carol!

Why wasn't I there....after all, I am almost always there ~ right?  Well, our oldest son from Nashville had a job to do in Seattle at the end of last week, so we all met at our daughter's for some lunch before he had to be in the city for the last day of work.  Was just a super day to have all three of my kiddos and four grandkiddos, plus Steve the dog, there for the afternoon!  On the way home, we stopped at Keepsake Cottage in Bothell (close to our daughter's) where I picked up the charms for the five Whatcom County shops that we'll be giving out during the Tri-County Quilt Tour ~ free with a $10 purchase.  The Tour is March 26-28 and the theme this year is Farm to Market.  We've been having fun working on some great ideas to share during the Tour.  One of our projects is coming back from being quilted on Monday....cannot wait to see it.

Okay....got some more paperwork to do and then maybe a little stitching?  Happy Sunday to you all!