Sunday, February 19, 2017

Quilt-non 2017

Hi Everyone,

As you all undoubtedly know, Quiltcon starts this week so for us lonely souls at home we are presenting the Second Annual Quilt-non.


Here is the lowdown....

Starting at 6am Pacific - 9am Eastern Thursday 2/23/17 and going through Noon Pacific 3pm Eastern on Sunday we will be posting fun weekend games and challenges on Instagram under the hashtag #quiltnon2017

Every 2-3 hrs from approximately 9am Eastern until Midnight Pacific (in the US) will be hosted by one of our lovely volunteers. They will be able to help you if you have questions about what is going on. When a new volunteer takes over she will post this photo on the hashtag and you can ask her a question on the post bearing this image.
Each hostess will also post a challenge, game, or tutorial. The challenges will have prizes. The rules and details are posted farther down in this post.

We have some great sponsors for prizes. Please consider purchasing items from them so that they can continue to support our community with their great products.


Since you do not have access to the vendor hall at Quiltcon you can find a lot of the same fabrics with our virtual vendors:

Pink Door Fabrics




The Intrepid Thread  


And for patterns



The Littlest Thistle




Slice of Pi Quilts

Devoted Quilter



Colourwerx



Quilt Theory



We also have a prizes from:

Red Bandana LED lights... if you are a shop owner and would like to carry these amazing lights that (I can tell you from first hand experience) fly out the door contact Anne


Quilty Obsession


And last but not least Aurifil Thread is donating this awesome collection of Carolyn Friedlander's 80wt Applique thread.

There are also prizes from my shop, some of the hostesses, and other Good Samaritans that will be announced along the way.


Rules (or just information that you might like to know):

There are tutorials and challenges. The challenges have prizes and you are eligible for those prizes if you enter the challenge in the time period that it is posted. This gives you lots of chances to win prizes. So you have a chance no matter if you can only play once or twice during the weekend or every time.

Some of the time slots will be for tutorials. Tutorials also have prizes associated with them but they will be awarded on Sunday. We have a tutorial for a hanging pincushion, a wool project, and tutorials for 6" blocks to make a mini sampler quilt as a memento of the weekend. If you finish any of these projects during the weekend you will be eligible for one of the three prizes on Sunday.

We will post a UFO challenge at the beginning of the event and there will be a prize for that on Sunday as well.

Come and play... do one or do all of the challenges. It s up to you how much you participate. Make sure you use the hashtag when you post #quiltnon2017

Tutorials:

I will add a link here to each of the tutorials as they are published. Two blocks will be published in the morning each day Thursday through Saturday so that you have time to finish by Sunday.


The link to the tutorial for this adorable thing will be added Thursday morning as well.

by Heidi Staples of 
http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/
If you make the Pinnie Pennant you will be eligible for a drawing on Sunday.


Our Sampler Blocks Tutorials (two will be added each day):

Here

If you make six blocks in for our mini sampler you will be eligible for a drawing on Sunday.  Please use the hashtag #quiltnonsampler with a picture of your 6 blocks so that it is easier for us to find you for the giveaway.

If you have asked a question here and not gotten an answer it is because you are no reply meaning that I cannot contact you because your email does not show when you reply. Please leave your email if you have a question just in case you are no reply. You can code it so the bots won't spam you by saying "soanso at suchnsuchemail dot com"

Note:
I know some people do not use Instagram. I am sorry. It is really the only way to run this event because we need real time feedback. I am not doing this for my business it is simply a way to keep my mind off of the fact that I can't go to Quiltcon. So again I am sorry that I can't make it fit for everyone.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tilda First To Know List

Hey Everyone,

I have some ideas for Tilda and decided that there might be those of you that would like early warning (for budget planning or what have you) when Tilda is on the Horizon. Here is a link to the first to know list 

These are supposed to be Christmas Birds but I think they would make pretty Valentines too. You can find the tutorial for them here.

 I will be back tomorrow :)

Love,
Julie

Monday, February 13, 2017

Making Progress!

Hey Everyone,

Tomorrow is heart day... and for once in my life I was on time sending out the messages that I wanted to send. I urge you if you have a friend or loved one that is going to be alone tomorrow to make an effort to reach out to them. It seems like a silly holiday until you are the one spending it alone.

Here is the Zakka project of the month for this month... kind of in love these little coasters. I am not gonna lie... I didn't have any batting scraps at home to finish them so these are just the tops.


I was on campus to pick up my daughter from school and look at this gorgeous building that she has classes in... the lights go through all the shades of the rainbow, and of course it was raining.


Speaking of rain... I know we needed it but can we be done now? The great thing is that this is the view out of my window:

It has been a long time since we have seen that much green around here.

How are you coming on your Scrappy Stash Buster Project? I got my honey to do his Honey Do and now I have some shelves repurposed from the shop in my craft room (aka living room)

I am filling them up :)

I also wanted to mention that I am doing Quilt-Non again this year. If you would like to host, think up a fun game, or giveaway a prize let me know. If you want to just have a fun weekend of camaraderie on Instagram that is fine too... don't forget it is happening :)


Talk soon!
Love,
Julie

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friend love... and a giveaway

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know about a few things going on on my friend's blogs... Because they are awesome of course!

My friend Sally has 7 days of crafting love in celebration of love day :) Go check out her cute projects and get some inspiration Like this adorable mini quilt:


Then, of course, there is Maureen and Sharon with the adorable Sewcial Bee Sampler


 If you head over to Maureen's blog or her Instagram you can enter to win a $20 gift certificate to my shop. But you have to go there to win :)


And of course last but not least there is the Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles. This is one of February's blocks :)


So much good stuff going on I hardly know where to start :)

Love,
Julie


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Surface Calm ...

and the storm that rages beneath....

Since last August I have been working on bringing you something different. Something that you just can't get everywhere. I kept it under wraps until I was sure that it was going to happen but now that it is imminent I thought I ought to let the cat out of the bag.

Photo from Tilda's World Blog
We are getting Tilda. After a diligent search, I have discovered (unless they are a very well kept secret) there aren't many (any) other shops (online since I can't search brick and mortar) selling Tilda in the United States.  The process has been a little arduous so I guess that is why. And of course, it is European so it is a bit more expensive than fabric that is distributed in the US. It is so gorgeous and so worth it. After all, we spend more on Liberty of London and Echino.
Photo from Tilda's World Blog
 Check out this sweet tutorial she has on her blog for this Pincushion
Photo from Tilda's World Blog
If you have never seen Tilda's books they are such a treat. I just bought three of them to check them out and now I feel like I need them all. Photography is so beautiful.

Tilda's Spring Ideas has this adorable Sewing Angel:

The little sewing machine is printed in the book and they show you how to make it look like that for a doll prop... so cute.

 Tilda's Summer Ideas has all kinds of cute Summer Angels including an Angel Garland and I love that it has these paper crafts too:


And I also got Tilda's Toy Box because I couldn't resist the chubby dollies like this Pirate:

and the adorable other crafts like these sweet little purses




Check out Tilda on Pinterest There are so many sweet projects there. And Minki Kim (Zeriano on Instagram)  has made some gorgeous projects with it too. I have been following her since I got her Sew Illustrated book that we are using for our Zakka project of the month.

Oh man, and just as I am looking around for more info I find the hashtag on instagram for Tilda's blog hop from last season... #tildashowcase I think I am in heaven.


January? Phew.... so glad that is over. Of course, it has leaked a bit into February. I spent most of this last month getting my daughter enrolled in college. It seems crazy all of the hoops you have to jump through. Admittedly we took a strange road through her education process from the beginning, because we just can't seem to do anything the way others do :) I decided to take a class too... so I am  in a drawing class with my daughter. Here she is drawing me yesterday...



One last little thing :) Since it is February 8th I wanted to remind you that Galentine's day is just around the corner. Tell your Galentine's you love them. I made these coffee cozies for mine because friends are the best!


Talk Soon!

Love,
Julie

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stuff ... and more stuff :)

Hi Everyone,

You probably noticed that Friedlander arrived :) We have a couple Wildabon kits left if you need one. I also decided to make a few new custom bundles. The first one I am tongue in cheek calling "Kelly's Jam" because of a comment on Instagram... :)

But I also wanted to show you this...


I know, out of the blue, right? Well, for those that have been around here a while you know that I lament my lack of drawing and lettering skills... I mean my whole life I have wanted to learn to letter... okay admittedly this is not perfect but it is so huge for me... I learned it on Creativebug... I shared about Creativebug (that is an affiliate link)a while back and I finally had a few minutes a week or two ago to do a class (for the first time in quite a while) so I did the lettering portion of Pam Garrison's doodling class.

Anyway... I hope you all got the new Scrappy Stash Buster Newsletter. I am going to fall over now that I finally have all of the BOM stuff shipped and all of the Friedlander Pre-orders out.

See ya soon :)
Julie

Friday, January 20, 2017

TokyoMilk and a Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

Have you heard of TokyoMilk? If you have been to Sephora you might have. They are a company specializing in high end beauty products. The lady behind the brand is named Margot Elena and she designed a gorgeous new collection for Freespirit called Neptune and the Mermaid. We picked up the collection that is coming in May and I am so excited about it. Here have a look at the beautiful prints in this lookbook

https://issuu.com/redheartyarns/docs/tkm_ntm_lookbook
 I am sure that you have noticed that things are changing over here. The truth is my kids are off to college and are no longer able to help me with the shop as they have done since my surgery. Erin might help with wrapping and things sometimes still :) But since my surgery I am no longer able to work 10-12 hrs a day. My sternum will never be as strong as it once was and carrying and cutting bolts of fabric all day just hurts too bad. I know what you are all thinking... "Oh no she is quitting!" But no... that is why I led with that gorgeous new collection we ordered. I am not quitting but I won't carry every single modern collection. I will carry just one or two of the very best each month.We will also still offer great basics like Kona, Essex Linen, Art Gallery Solids etc... I am so excited to get back to curating beautiful unique bundles with the gorgeous fabrics that we have.

These are the new Essex Yarn Dyed Linen that came this week... from left to right Berry, Seafoam, Copper Metallic, Dusty Rose Metallic, Water Metallic, and Pickle (my personal favorite). They are available here.
I also made a bundle with a few of the others that we have in stock that can also be found in the link above.
Also Friedlander is in.


I had to slow down on fabric coming in while I was recovering from surgery, and I discovered that the slower pace has helped me to focus on just what I adore the most. It turns out that I love the slow pace even more! I don't have to forgo working with the fabrics that inspire me. Instead I can spend time with them because the next great thing hasn't come in right on it's heels. I think this is part of why I thought of the Scrappy Stash Buster Club... getting rid of some clutter so that I can focus on the things I truly love.

The giveaway is over on Maureen's blog and on her Instagram, a $20 gift certificate for each. So head on over there to win :)

You will see me again soon.

Love,
Julie