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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day 2015.......

Just a *heads up* for you......

We'll be back open our regular hours on Tuesday, but taking the next two whole days off!  I hope you get to enjoy some time spent with family, friends and loved ones.  And a special thank you to all who have served and to those who have supported them.  Thank you as well to my *retired guy* former Marine too.  More *fabric stuff* to come in a day or sew.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

*I found my thrill........*

Are you old enough to remember hearing Fats Domino sing *Blueberry Hill* on a little transistor radio?  I saved my $$$$ for months to buy my first little radio that I could take anywhere with me.....oh my, I really AM old!  But I digress greatly.  Blueberry Hill is the name if the pattern Diane used to make this fun quilt using 2 1/2" strips.  As many of you know, we like to call Diane our *batik queen* cuz she loves to work with batik fabrics.  We save all of the
end of bolt pieces and keep them in drawers in the back room that she's arranged by color.  She likes to use them on all of the Garden Patch Cats we have hanging in the class area.  Well, she's been telling me for months that the drawers are super overflowing.  Jan and I used some of them to make the Mondo Bag, but that didn't make much of a dent.  Sew....when I got this pattern, Diane chose some batiks and went to work on it and then Nikki (Country Quilter) did a fabulous job of quilting it for us.  I forgot to get a picture before I hung it up yesterday....there's actually one more row you cannot see.  And the pattern called for a border, but we kind of liked the way it looked without, so we left it off.  Subsequently, she and I went through all of the drawers, got our trusty Studio die cut machine, ironed and chopped anything that was width of fabric into 2 1/2" strips.  Then I greeted Jan last week with strips of fabric everywhere!  She and I went to work and made up twenty-four *mini* jelly rolls that have twenty 2 1/2" strips in them.  We still have leftovers, but the drawers are now manageable again!

I apologize for not blogging lately.....kind of felt I didn't have much to tell you about.  We're working on *stuff* but some of it's just not ready to be revealed yet.  And we're facing deadlines for Shop Hop and Row By Row Experience, so we've kind of been preoccupied with all of that.  We're making progress, so I should have lots to tell you about soon!  Hope your Sunday is wonderful....I'm going to do a little tidying around here, laundry, sewing and maybe break the bikes out for a ride later this afternoon!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue.....

I'm back.....been a busy few weeks around home and the shop, but here I am again!  One of the things I've been working on was this great red, white and blue runner from the book *Quilted Living*.  I always seem to look at this type of a project and think, oh, that will be quick and easy to whip up for a sample.  Well, it probably would be if it weren't for the first quarter taxes, payroll, newsletter, calendar, work schedule, May bills and moving a daughter and two grandsons!  But here it is....Tracey did an absolutely fabulous job quilting it and I got the binding sewn on this weekend.  It's on the design wall right now while I try and decide on a good home for it!  It really was fun to make and we even still have the fabrics in stock, as well as the book!

Today was just a crazy, busy day at the shop.  It started out quiet for about 1/2 hour and then ~ bam ~ busy all day long!  Linda and I barely had time to catch our breath!  But we did get the Tea Party set up for tomorrow and managed to open the freight and put it away too!  There were some great new batiks from Hoffman that arrived today.  Last week, the new Jen Kingwell fabrics arrived, as well as the charm packs from her line *Gardenvale*.  (I confess I have been feverishly working on a project using a couple of prints....the reveal will be soon.)  And Jan and I have been working hard on getting a BOM ready to unveil in the next few weeks....unfortunately, two of the bolts of fabric have gotten delayed during the port slowdown, so we cannot complete the whole thing yet.  BUT....we have a plan so you can see it pretty soon!  Stay tuned.

Okay...it's been a very long day, so I am going to call it a night.  Watch your inboxes for an email update I am in the process of sending ~ okay?  You should see it sometime this week (can only send 1,000/day).    

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Black, White and Bright.....

I know many of you get American Patchwork and Quilting magazines by subscription.  We also carry the magazine in the shop right now.  Sharon, who leads our Whatnots group and teaches some other classes for us, has just been *published* in the current magazine!  We are over the moon thrilled for her and happy to be able to say, "We knew her when....."   And....we even have this very quilt hanging at the shop!  And....she's agreed to teach a class on it!  All of the info is on the classes page at the website.  She's also got a pillow cover made using just one of the blocks and we all agree that the quilt looks even more stunning in person.  You can't miss it behind the cutting counter!

What else is new?  Well.....most of you have probably gotten our postcard announcing our annual Spring Cleaning Sale that starts on Thursday.  Sew, for the most part, that's what we're up to this week.  Going through *stuff* that needs to be cleaned out.  All the better for you ~ right?  Just in case you didn't get one, I'll pop a picture of the postcard up for you to see on the Facebook page ~ okay?  Speaking of which.....got to run....almost time to open the doors at our *happy place*

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.