Sunday, November 22, 2015

Palampore Tree of Life Quilt

Have you seen the finished quilt?  We and by that I mean Suz, finished her quilt and we have it hanging on display along with the pattern she created for us!  The pattern has some mix and match options where you can combine different border sizes and switch up blocks if you want.  It is all centered around the fabulous panel designed by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics.  The panel has so many color choices you can emphasize what you prefer and the gorgeous toile border comes in three colors sure to meet your design preferences!  If you mention this blog post and want to purchase both the panel and pattern, we're offering it at 10% off this week!  

As with most projects - seeing them is always better in person, the colors and textures come to life and you get a better feel for the details.  The Palampore quilt is certainly one of those projects - as are these great wool pieces below.  We are setting things up for another wool and stitch class beginning in January - the perfect opportunity to practice some embellishing stitches on a wool applique project of your choosing. You can sign up and see more of the details here.  These two photos are for exclusive patterns Suz designed for us - they would be great on a project bag, pillow or framed on the wall.  So if you don't have a project in the works - we can set you up!

Wool N' Stitch Class
Join Cathy Callan for a six month Wool N' Stitch class beginning in January

And of course we have some great new fabrics to wedge onto the shelves - so you'll want to gather up a new idea or two so you can jumpstart your quilting year with something fresh and fun!  

Carolina Blues by Paula Barnes
Collections Nurture by Howard Marcus
 Little House on the Prairie by Andover
Little House on the Prairie by Andover

We still have a few calendars and special books and fun things to get your holiday shopping underway, so stop by and take a look at some new samples and displays! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Keeping it Bright and Crazy

Almond Country Quilt Top
This bright new york beauty variation has been in the works for a bit, and the top is finally complete!  I have it in the queue for some quilting time, but that won't happen any time soon...but I wonder if one of these crazy digital prints (see photo below) will end up on the back of this quilt?  We do have a couple of kits left for the project if you have been thinking about it - it is a great foundation paper pieced project, perfect spikey points everytime!  

Skyline prints from Hoffman

Who knew that there were Alice fans out there....we have heard about collectors and fans and people that named their kids Alice!  We sold alot of our fabrics to a collector in Indiana that had a personal shopping fairy drop by the shop one day - but we have secured a couple of replacements bolts which should be showing up soon.  We don't want ANY excuses why you can't finish your challenge project!  
It's not too late to join, or to finish up a little something - so get those ideas transferred to execution, projects are due December 1st!

We are just starting to get crafty around here, looking for fun projects to make for yourself friends and family and we have these two fun items completed - the big white tag on the project bag, is so you can write your label with a frixion pen, then change it up when you want to change out the contents.  Pretty brilliant eh?  We've linked to the tutorial and pdf pattern here so you can't go wrong.  We've even got some fun colored zippers in stock so you can mix and match your project bags and favorite colors!

Project bag

Dilly Bag 
Judy Newman's Dilly Bag Pattern (PDF available for purchase at the link below)

And of course - if you're thinking of fun projects or need to play with some new fabric - we have some great new pieces.  We've added to our Derse collection and now that several of you have had a chance to meet her and see her studio you will enjoy these fabrics even more.  

Bookends by Marcia Derse

Neco by Moda

 Elizas Indigo by Betsy Chutchian

This last collection coordinates with the Moda Frivols project #3 so if you want to acquire a little goody in a special tin this is the one for you!

PS we were here on Sunday, switching things up so stop by and let us know what you think!  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Market and Moda

Although I worked while I was in Houston at Quilt Market, the lines do get a bit blurred between work and play....I can't say that about my prior work travels at all, but this was my 9th trip to Houston and it was a fun treat to attend the dinner party for Moda, celebrating their 40th year.

The president, Mark Dunn had some great words to share with everyone attending, employees and customers alike.  Several Moda designers were in attendance and it was a festive event.  By complete luck of timing, we were seated at a table that included 4 ladies who held a unique place of honor at the event and here is a snapshot of their story....

There are 4 sisters and one next generation niece/daughter that collaborated to make a special gift quilt for Mr. Dunn.  They combined a crazy number of hours of labor (2700+), cross-country coordination (Florida to Arizona), secret access to the Moda fabric vault (who wouldn't want that opportunity) and much goal setting and task keeping went into the creation of this quilt.  The quilt was presented the day before market opened and represents an amazing snippet of fabric history for Moda.

The hand-applique includes a small swatch of fabric from ALL the fabric collections...ALL!  The stashes were combined and that's where the Moda vault was also accessed to fill in the gaps - a 2.5 inch square of each fabric was contributed.  I don't recall the specifics, but these ladies did own an impressive amount of the Moda vault amongst them!

Apparently 2 sisters have identical stitchery skills and they had the task of stitching all the Moda designers names around the perimeter borders.  Another sister took on the challenge to stitch the names of the fabric lines - onto the BACK of the quilt.  Here are some photos - look for more online if you want to see more of this project and it's story.

The quilt back

Thanks so much for sharing dinner and your story ladies!!
Andee Andriole, Candee Ferris, Cheryl Ann Edholm and Mary Andra Holmes

Thursday, October 29, 2015

More New Stuff

We are so excited to announce Carolyn's visit - we hope you'll reserve this date on your calendar and start planning for a fun couple of days.  We will finalize details before the end of the year - so watch for an update here or on the website.  

How about this charming dress - it's wash and wear knit and the perfect style for little gals that want to dress zippers, no buttons, and comfy too!  We will have the pattern available soon, fabrics are in stock now!

 Matilda Dress Pattern by Violette Fields Threads

Charming Fractions Pattern by Mountainpeek Creations

You'll want to whip up one of these fat quarter friendly quilts soon - these are both patterns you may recognize as we've used them for other store samples.  They are versatile and easy to adjust for the quilt size of your choice.  Halloween isn't over yet....

Intrigue Pattern by Villa Rosa Designs
We've got some great new batiks, backgrounds and other new fabrics loading up the shelves - new treats from quilt market are starting to arrive as well so stop by in between the rain showers!

Bali Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics
Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic

Happy Happy Halloween, and enjoy the chocolate!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Feeling festive?

It is super wet now in Houston, and I'm catching up on details at the hotel now - getting ready for another day tomorrow.  A few classes, some time with fabric reps, walk the show floor and scout for great new stuff... And check out some great quilt exhibits!   Not all bad for sure!  

Sample by Kami Quessenberry
Inspired by Halloween Medallion Quilt Along at Michael Ann Made
Colorblock Quilt
Sample by Lynnsey Heaton
Pattern from "Quilting Every Angle" by Nancy Purvis
Sew Scary Quilt
Free pattern available at Quilting Treasures
Lola Textures and Salsa by Quilting Treasures
 Downtown Houston Friday Morning
Opening of Quilt Market 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Fabric and stuff!

We have been busy unpacking boxes and squeezing new fabric onto the shelves - a few books and a few new samples are finding their places around the store as well.  We've got a great variety of fabrics filling up the store - and the options range the color and style spectrum.
Melbourne from Benartex
latest additions to our australian collection
It's not often that we get to feature a cover quilt in the shop - but we have Tonya's cover quilt (Stash Lab) on display for a bit longer before it heads to Houston for a backdrop and booksigning.  Congratulations Tonya and thanks for sharing!!

lots of fun!
Moda Grunge
Moda Batiks



Of course, it wouldn't hurt to be thinking about an Alice in Wonderland project either...if you are still thinking of joining the challenge, there is still time.  And, if you really like to dual-purpose...maybe a costume for trick-or-treating?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Fabric

We've got even more fun Halloween quilts going up on the walls at the shop - is there a perfect number of festive quilts we should be aiming for?  Here are the latest favorites.  We're thinking something for every occasion.  
Chillingsworth Door Panel

Sew Scary

Fright Night
Other new goodies we have added to the mix include the collectible tins and quilt kits from Moda...these are perfect for someone who needs a quilty gift idea to give or receive!  
Moda Frivols

Moda Frivols 

We've got the strips and strings series of classes underway - and there are spots open in most of the sessions if you think you'd like to stitch up a storm and make a dent in your scrap pile.  Leslie will cover some fun techniques you can add to your skill-set and get a project moving forward.  Lots of project ideas and fun!  Check out our website for more details.  And of course, what would we do without a bit of new fabric inspiration...

Story By Carrie Bloomston

Tiger Lily 

Urban Scandinavian
Enjoy the sewing season!