Monday, June 28, 2010

The Day After

Ahh, I can't say I'm not enjoying a quiet day-after-shop-hop today! We had over 2000 hoppers stop in this year, and combined with the longer store hours, it takes a few days to acclimate and get back to reality.

Although our weather is not cooperating for a summer-time feel, 4th of July is almost here, and perhaps an americana quilt is just what is needed to compensate for the cooler temperatures we're having! This quilt was a hit during the shop hop, and the striped ticking and patriotic fabric from Jo Morton's Banner Day works in well with our reproduction fabrics. Since this project kit flew out the door during the hop, we'll have to get busy on some fresh store samples. Halloween anyone?!

Happy stitching!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Shop Hop 2010

The Western Washington Shop Hop is around the corner, and we are almost ready! I hope you have your passport and map ready to go. You can get more details and download a passport here Western Washington Shop Hop.

We have some fun items added to our inventory - a selection of Weeks hand-dyed floss, some hand-crafted doll beds (like ours in the photo with our Vintage T anniversary quilt)...and it is time for fabulous, fun Halloween fabrics! We've got glow in the dark, a great selection of bats and webs and dancing witches & cats...etc. With this 'summer' weather you might as well get ready for fall? Oh yes, and a few Christmas fabrics are starting to trickle in for anyone that likes to get a head start on their holiday planning.

With all the focus on preparing for shop hop and summer adventures, we still plan to take time out and participate in the call for quilts to help out those hit hardest in the recent flooding in the Nashville area. Anna Maria Horner, one of our favorite contemporary fabric designers is coordinating a quilt relief effort. If you're interested in contributing, please plan to drop off your donation blocks here at the store and we'll take care of the rest!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vintage Memories

Is summer here? Are we ready for shop hop? Maybe yes, Maybe no...okay, probably not....but a little bit of sun, and a little headway on cutting up fabric for block packets.

Here are a couple of photos of our latest block of the month project. It is based on a pattern by This & That, Vintage Memories. We selected a combination of fabrics from 3 different Moda lines - 2 groups designed by French General and the third line is called Martinique. The quilt features a combination of aqua and mocha, with some accents ranging from shell pink to rouge red! It is fun to see the blocks coming together for this one and we'll see if we can get it wrapped up in short order.

We're putting out the latest line of Jo Morton, 25 soft colors called "Complements", and we've added some new batiks and reproduction shirtings and basics. So we're trying to keep some fun stuff happening until the shop hop starts June 23rd.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sew It!

The count down is on and we are madly preparing for the upcoming shop hop...2000 people in 5 days is just a bit more than our usual level of activity! June 23rd will be here before we know it.

We just got our shop sample completed for this Sew It themed project - great inspiration for a makeover of the sewing room I'd say! Red and black and vintage flavor all in one makes for a striking combination of fabrics and we added a few of our own choosing to complete the project. We've got kits prepared and some panels and fabrics available, along with the Sew It Book from Indygo Junction, Amy Barrickman.

Lots of other new goodies coming in, like misty fuse by-the-yard, and the heat n' bond product to create your own laminated fabric...Triangulation's software for ANY size half-square triangle - love it! And yes, more fabric to choose from. Hope to see you soon!