Friday, October 24, 2014

Fabric Friday --- The O Dark Thirty Edition

Yep, it's 3am. I have to get to the airport... I am on my way to Quilt Market. Keep an eye on instagram and the facebook page to see the latest and greatest. Can't wait to grab my Cotton & Steel tonight at Sample Spree.

Handcrafted Arrived.


It is gorgeous as expected wish it had gotten here before so I could have worn it to Market.

We also got this adorable collection from Riley Blake. It is called Good Natured and it has foxes and deer but don't hold that against it. The colors are sophisticated and soft ... the mint is crisp and the yellow is warm and it is totally charming.


We will have a giveaway starting tomorrow... something from Sample Spree so Stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More new clothes for Quilt Market

Hey Everyone,

The truth is I am always too hot at the convention center. So sleeveless tops work best for me... since I designed this blouse for summer  it is pretty much all I have been wearing... I made 5 versions in rayon  and voile and have been wearing them every day. It is comfortable and cute and all I want to wear anymore. I decided why not make a couple new ones for Market?

This is the Pretty Potent Rayon Version (my new favorite)


I have had the fabric cut for this next one since the week it came in and I finally did it... the Emmy Grace Voile version


I rediscovered my rolled hem foot and used it for these two blouses. I love the effect on the light fabric. It also made hemming the slinky voile so much easier. IF I had a choice I would wear that FreeSpirit Rayon every day and I have to say that I have made 5 blouses with voile in the last 4 months but this is the first one with Art Gallery voile (just coincidence) it is my favorite of all of the Voiles that I have used. It is much more drapey and comfortable to wear that the others I have used to this point.

On to work...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

30% off all Patterns and Books

We are having a super sale on our patterns and books this week. All patterns and books have been marked down by 30% The sale will end on Friday the 24th.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Fabric Friday and the Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

Pacific International Quilt Festival is happening this weekend just about 5 miles from my shop. It has been fun and oh so busy the last few days. I get to sneak out and see the show this morning for a couple hours with some friends. I can't wait!

So what came into the shop this week? Something you all have been really excited for Terra Australis 2:



These prints make me so happy... they are bright and fun and make me want to take a trip to Australia. Hey Aussie friends can I come see you?

Did you see the Newsletter this week? It is a really good one if I do say so myself. Have a look.

If you are local we have a class with Lizzy House coming up on November 3rd we are keeping enrollments on the small side so that everyone has plenty of room to work. So if you want to come get your name in quickly. We will be making The Meadow quilt which Lizzy will not be making a pattern for. The only way to make it is to take her class. It is the one behind her in this picture:




We also got in the pattern for Modern Building Blocks I ordered it months ago but it just arrived yesterday. I am sure you have seen these all over the web people using their own scraps or what have you. This will be our Giveaway this week.


To win your own copy of the Modern Building Blocks pattern. Leave a comment telling me what fabric you would like to use to make it with. Oh thinking about it... wouldn't it be great in Terra Australis 2? Hmmm got my thinking cap on :) I will pick a winner next Friday... but I will be on a plane to Houston for Market so forgive me if I don't post until Saturday morning.

Have a super weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I am making....

Hey Everyone,

Thought I would just show you a bit of what I have been making lately.... it is true I have thrown myself into knitting with a vengeance  but I have done a bit of sewing... Here is a blouse that I am not quite finished with (it needs a neck facing and hem) hopefully it will be done tomorrow night so I can wear it at Market next week. I made it with Cherie Knit and AMH Rayon I adore the feel of the rayon and the Art Gallery Knits are so soft and drapey.



Now the parade of knits LOL... I made a deal with myself when I decided to start knitting that I was only allowed 3 projects at once. Meaning on the needles. So before I can start new projects I have to finish old ones. Has been a good policy so far.

Just finished this West Desert Hood so much prettier in person. I made it from some hand spun yarn that my friend Colleen The Busy Bean spun just for me.


I am working on this Daybreak shawl I got bored because it is so BLUUUUEEE (I have discovered I need a little neon in my knits to keep me interested) so it is a slow go right now... and my plan for a big shawl might become a small shawl :)


Here is my other project on the needles at the moment... Covey in Madeleine Tosh DK color Forestry... the green is so gorgeous!


So I have been talking a lot about supporting your local shops and small business like my own. It hits home even more to us in the Quilting world because of the loss of four of our favorite shops. Right now the fact that those shops are selling all of their inventory at a huge discount has really effected us. We have had a struggle the last month or so and are looking forward to things getting back to normal soon. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was yesterday... this is how the story relates :)... so even though I have had some yarn in a cart at a huge online retailer that shall remain nameless... I never pulled the trigger knowing that I had a lovely little local about 15 minutes away that needed my money more than XYZ did. The local, Green Planet Yarn, got the same yarn in, and low and behold I was able to buy it and support the business that I don't want to lose from my "town". This relates to our shop story because even though we are an online retailer we are not a huge business and we really do need all of our friends to support us, or we could end up like those other shops. So I bought this gorgeous stuff... in awesome colors:


It has me itching to start a new project... better finish something first. It felt good to support another small business... then we had Starbucks... oh well one thing at a time...

So I thought I might show my pile of knitted stuff... I just started in January this year and this is what I have made so far:


I saw a funny MEME the other day that said "Proud to be Bi-Craftual" I guess that is me... quilting and knitting :)

Hugs Everyone!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Patchwork City BOM

Hey Everyone,

We are still waiting (not so) patiently for the books. Is anyone else as excited about it as I am? We have them up for pre-sale at Amazon prices here.  The cost for the sign up includes the book. If you have already pre-ordered the book but want in on the BOM we will have a no book option, email me or comment on this post for notification about the no book option.



I have been working out how we are going to do this would you like to know? We will have two different programs.

First will be for the Metro Area Quilt which is 90" by 90" and uses all 75 blocks from the book. 



We will be doing this very similar in style and colors to what Elizabeth did. We will have the exact same solids and we will have a selection of black, white, and grey prints to fussy cut. There is no way to replace all of the fabrics she used but we will use fun animals and objects that can be fussy cut. Additionally we will be providing small scale basics that match the solids and small scale black, white and grey prints. Since you will need the background fabric to sash your block sections the book and your background will come as the first month in December (to avoid problems with dye lots your background will all be from the same bolt). The program for the blocks will be 13 months starting in January.

Here is the rundown:
November - December (depends on when the book makes it here) - Book and Background
January 2015 - Fabric for section 1 and 14
February - Fabric for section 2 and 15
March - Fabric for section 3 and 16
April - Fabric for section 4 and 17
May - Fabric for section 5 and 18
June - Fabric for section 6 and 19
July - Fabric for section 7 and 20
August - Fabric for section 8 and 21
September - Fabric for section 9 and22
October - Fabric for section 10 and 23
November - Fabric for section 11 and 24
December - Fabric for section 12 and 25
January 2016- Fabric for section 13 and binding

Each month (besides the first and and last month) you will get:

2 FQs of solids
2 FQs to fussy cut in black, white, or grey
6 F8s Small scale prints to match solids
4 F8s Black, white, grey small scale prints

The cost will be $29 per month including shipping in the US. Please contact me if you are international and would like to sign up.

These will be billed monthly on the 15th and be shipped on the 22nd. Any packages not paid by the 22th will be cancelled.


The Second program will be for the Westside quilt which is 56" by 56' and uses just the twenty-five 8" blocks.




We will use Cotton & Steel prints and basics for the blocks since the original was done in Melody Miller fabrics I thought it would be appropriate. The new Cotton & Steel fabrics come out in January and they co-ordinate with the ones that we already have so there will be a blend of these and anything else that comes out (I am thinking they will have a Spring collection too) next year.. Plenty of fun things for fussy cutting and of course... who doesn't love Cotton & Steel? Please note the colors will be those used in the Cotton & Steel line and not those necessarily pictured above.

The background will come as the first month in December (to avoid problems with dye lots your background will all be from the same bolt). The program for the blocks will be 13 months starting in January.

Here is the rundown:
November - December (depends on when the book makes it here) - Book and Background
January 2015 - Fabric for blocks 1 and 14
February - Fabric for blocks 2 and 15
March - Fabric for blocks 3 and 16
April - Fabric for blocks 4 and 17
May - Fabric for blocks 5 and 18
June - Fabric for blocks 6 and 19
July - Fabric for blocks 7 and 20
August - Fabric for blocks 8 and 21
September - Fabric for blocks 9 and22
October - Fabric for blocks 10 and 23
November - Fabric for blocks 11 and 24
December - Fabric for blocks 12 and 25
January 2016- Fabric for blocks 13 and binding

Each month (besides the first and and last month) you will get:

5 FQs In a combo of Cotton & Steel Prints/Co-ordinate C&S prints/Solids

The cost will be $14.75 per month including shipping in the US. Please contact me if you are international and would like to sign up.

These will be billed monthly on the 15th and be shipped on the 22nd. Any packages not paid by the 22th will be cancelled.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabric Friday a Giveaway and a Winner

Hey Everyone,

This is two posts in one day thanks to one of my besties, Sally ,doing that adorable table runner tutorial this morning.

Wanna see the sweet stuff that showed up this week?

Bumble by Tula Pink: So soft and scrumptious!


Geometric Bliss by Jeni B: I love Jeni's bright colorful fabrics we also have a selection of knits and voiles from this collection.


 Wildwood by Elizabeth Olwen I am sure you have seen all of the lovely project being made with this on the blog tour. These are gorgeous organics from Cloud9 fabrics.



Ta Dot by Michael Miller... a bunch of new colors and a few old ones so that we could have a fun rainbow of dots to choose from.


Our order of Handcrafted by Alison Glass shipped yesterday so it should be in late next week. Don't forget to pre-order if you want some it is going fast.


Today we are giving away Gleeful by Sew Caroline over on Maureen's blog

Head on over there to enter to get some for yourself.

The winner of the giveaway for the Color Theory charm pack is :


Number 85 is:
   Mokki said...
I havent been following the new fabrics but bumble looks pretty cute.