Friday, June 21

Catching Up

June.
Where has this month gone??  I promise that our lack of posting has not meant that there has been lack of quilting efforts here in the shop.  But as I stated...where has this month gone?!
 
So let's catch up a bit.
 
 
We took a little market recap trip into the cities at the start of the month to see all of the "what's new" stuff debuted at spring market in Portland.  You all can, as always, look forward to lots of beautiful new quilting fabrics that will arrive in shops this fall.

Our most favorite stuff was Serenade by BasicGrey and the new Dovetail batiks by Jo Morton. 

Yep-you all did read that correctly.  Jo Morton has started to dabble in batiks an her. stuff. is. amazing.  The color tones are gorgeous...trust us when we say that although the pictures of quilts of those fabrics from market look great they don't do them justice.  Our shipment should arrive late next month and we hope to get our planned out sample sewn up by the state hop!!!

But I'm sure you wonder why the picture above is on there.  Well, we both enjoy the Sweetwater gals blog.  The gals from Colorado that design fabric for moda.  A while back they asked for your address, you know the middle house number part to put into fabric.  Lacey thought it would be neat to have hers printed.  It was something we forgot about until we saw our rep and asked to see the swatch.  It took three of us (Julie, Darci & Lacey) to read through, line for line, the swatches of three fabric colors before we heard Lacey squeak out "There it is!!!!"  And lo and behold there it was, plain as day on the fabric and easy to spot once it was seen as it's right above those houses.  Our little in the middle of no where address is now "famously" placed on cloth...needless to say that tended to be the highlight of her market recap trip.
Last Wednesday our wool ladies met to once again catch up on our life happenings and stitch on wool projects.  It is always truly such a fun afternoon and evening, and our time goes by way to quickly. 

This month we featured our new His & Hers wool penny mat.
(We were even nice and pre-cut all the kits!!!)
This little guy allows you to randomize circle placement and is quick and simple and just plain fun.  

We seem to have a kick for those circles lately.  It seems like we have been chasing our selves in circles some days trying to pick and finish projects here in the shop.

As many of you know, Christmas fabric is what has been gracing our doors and although it has been an interesting task we have enjoyed working with the cheery and fun prints.

But before we get too carried away with new stuff, we decided we needed to spend some time digging into our growing stack of half-finished projects.  We, just like everyone else, are only human and tend to think "the new bolts are always cuter" than what we are currently working on.  We simply think "it will only take a short while to do this new thing and I'll come back and finish the old" and there it sits.  Just in need of a border, or two or a seam ripped out.  And it sits...and waits...

These two little guys were numero uno on our "finish it" list.
Both of these little projects are out of the "Home to Roost" book by Whimsicals.  We are just simply in love with this book and the fabrics that accompany it.

The little chicken (shown left) is suppose to be a cute little pincushion, but we have a hard time sticking pins into his cute little form.  And the little bucket shown to the right is a fun little thread catcher/holder and has a little pocket to hold a scissors, or in our case a seam ripper.
Also in the 'finish it" stack was this wall hanging, also from the "Home to Roost" book.  A while back you saw a quilt using the main focal panel rectangle. . .and this uses the remaining four squares.  We were quite intrigued by this unique block and really like the effect it gives the project.

If you haven't checked out the fabric or the book, we encourage you to do so.  Whimsicals really did a good one!
Also in our "finish it" stack was this Take Five quilt by Teacher's Pet.  This was such a fun and fast project to put together!

Sometimes those "it only takes five hours" to assemble lines they share aren't really truthful, but this one really is on the money.  We of course did a little changing up on the number and instead "took ten" fabrics to assemble our quilt and used our grouping of "Enchanted Pond" batiks & cottons by Holly Taylor for the quilt.

This fast quilt finished as a nice, large lap size quilt, although it is an easy one to size up and size down.

The Boo Crew

This new Sweetwater fabric is just plain 'ol fun for Halloween.
The name is cute, the little monsters are adorable and the orange coordinates are just plain fun.  We are anxious to start a project with the pre-cuts and coordinates above.



Holiday Joy

This table topper is just downright fun and festive for the holiday season.  We chose to use charm packs of the new In from the Cold fabric by Kate Spain for our sample and love the punch the red rick-rack gives the quilt.
Oh What Fun

This quilt is quite fun, and is very different for a holiday quilt here in the shop.  This project was created by BasicGrey and Lacey adapted their pattern to use a layer cake.

They are something we don't work with a lot in the shop, but this project really made fantastic use of the fabric and left you enough fabrics to create a cute little notebook holder to use for yourself or give as a gift this holiday season and just a tad bit more excess for another tiny project later. 

This quilt finishes up at a nice lap size or would make a fun wall quilt for those of you who have room to hang a bigger sized quilt up at home.
12 days of Christmas
fabric by Hatched & Patched for Red Rooster Fabrics

We don't often work with real seasonal panels but are in absolute love with how cute this new panel is and are excited that so many of you who have visited us since it's arrival have found the same joy with it.

We are very excited to start our sample, and think there are soo many possibilities with this cute little guy.  A simple border to finish it off and the quilting and embellishments are endless!!

 

Bertha

This projects is found in our all time favorite charm book
"Three Times the Charm" by Me & My Sister.
If you are like us and love that first book, you'll be anxious to hear that they did Version 2 which we are very excited to check out on it's projected arrival next week!!!!

This project uses one charm pack, we chose to use Island Sun batiks by moda for our project and then some coordinating yardage.  The colors in this are so much fun and add such a bright little pop of color to the shop.  This project is also so fun to put together as it's quick, easy and really shows off the prints in the fabric quite nice.

Boxed In

This project is a nice lap size quilt, or fun table topper and is made using one jelly roll and one charm pack.  This quilt was very quick to piece together and did a great job at utilizing all the fabrics in the pre-cut packs.

We chose to do our project from Laundry Basket's Paintbox batik grouping.  The colors shown above really don't do justice to the tones of the batiks if you see them in person!!  If you pull the pin ones out and keep the more green/blue tones it would make a wonderful masculine quilt as well!!
Merry-Go-Round

This is a new little pattern by Atkinson designs. 
We are lovin' the hexagon craze yet here in the shop and this one showcases pieced hexies.  Terri gives wonderful directions that truly make this a breeze to assemble.

A few fun things about this sample: 

This uses fat quarters, and with the pieced back from the color prints it really makes this reversible.

The binding will be scrappy...which is always a fun touch.

It was quilted, as you may see ever so slightly, with the walking foot using the cute little "wave" stitch on the machine.  It was a fun little tip passed onto us by a friend who thought the idea was a neat one.  (Miss. B--we finally found a project to try it on!!!!!)  It was fun and easy to do and has a neat effect on the project. 


Quote for the weekend:

"EMBRACE MESSY HAIR"

I tried to find the sign I pinned a while ago about this but can't.  Those of you who live around here will find the humor in this.  With Florida like humidity and 90 degree temps it is almost impossible to have fabulous looking hair at the end of the day.  So here at the quilt shop....we are just gonna embrace it!


Hope June has been treating you all well.
If you are in our neck of the woods, and aren't worried bout seeing electrified hair, stop in and say hello.  You can even see the preview of our Quilt Minnesota stuff in person. . .

 

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