Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The last day of the $4.99 sale

Yes, the new items for the sale are up so go have a look... it ends tomorrow morning at 9am Pacific - Noon Eastern. I love you all...thanks for helping to clear shelves so we can fit the new stuff in next month. Please be patient while we finish cutting and shipping the orders. We haven't forgotten anyone but it might take until Monday to finish shipping because I really would like to have a couple days off for Christmas :)





Monday, December 21, 2015

Whoops... Sampler Block Shuffle and $4.99 Sale Day 3

Hi Everyone,

So sorry the new blocks for the Sampler Block Shuffle are posted a couple days late. I had today in my head because of the pictures and kits and forgot to post the blocks on Friday. They are posted now. Also I just wanted to let you know the Moda is not releasing blocks this Friday because it is Christmas so that gives you an extra week to catch up. We will post new blocks on New Year's Day and on the 8th of January will be the last blocks.



The new items for Countdown to Christmas Sale will be posted at 9am Pacific in about 30 minutes.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day Two of the $4.99 Sale is up

Each day this week at noon Eastern time until Thursday 12/24 we will have new items available on the website for $4.99. We are only open at the Brick and Mortar on Wednesday this week. If we run out of something (we definitely will in some cases) we will email you and send you a refund for whatever is missing. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Countdown to Christmas Sale

Each day this week at noon Eastern time until Thursday 12/24 we will have new items available on the website for $4.99. Today there are 267 items. We are only open at the Brick and Mortar on Wednesday this week. If we run out of something (we definitely will in some cases) we will email you and send you a refund for whatever is missing. Here is a link to the $4.99 section 
 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

New Stuff in the shop...

Hey Everyone,

Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander is in and gorgeous... better come get some before it blows out of here :)


We also have all of the Coordinates... and we restocked some Architextures and Doe in case you need some :) The Architextures and Doe that are listed in the Carkai category were specifically printed to match Carkai... they are colored differently and the originals from those collections.

We also got this super fun ruler twill tape. It is numbered 1-12 then starts over again but it is pretty accurate for a woven so it would make great growth charts. It also makes great wrapping ribbon and all kinds of stuff... trim on a zip bag...etc... and it is only 60 cents a yard... can't beat it :)

Fleet & Flourish is also in. Check out the look book tons of pattern and tutorial links and lots of inspiration.




Last but not least... I have been anxiously awaiting this book. I love my quick curve ruler and this has great patterns in it for the QCR. One Wonderful Curve



Saturday, December 12, 2015

I'm the BOM post... finally

Hey Everyone,

Do you want to know what goes in to trying to decide on what to do for a Block of the Month? Months of research. I have been looking for the perfect thing (which usually magically appears by chance) since September. Only this year... nothing magically appeared. So instead of doing one BOM I am doing four. I know "Go big or go home!" The other part of this is writing the perfect outline for each one so that you know what you are getting yourself into... then figuring out how to price it so that you get a good value and we don't lose our shirts :) So please check back on this page it is/will be a permanent tab on the blog page that you can reference. I will add things as I get questions from you... it is hard to think of everything you might ask before hand :)

This year I am going to have reservations for each BOM they will just be a fee that reflects how much my initial investment will be so that I don't lose money if you change your mind. Some of the patterns and tools are expensive that I will have to pre-order and I don't want to lose my shirt :) Also, I reserve the right to cancel (and refund) if we don't get enough sign ups for any of the BOMs to make them a go.

We will take reservations until January 31st
Without further ado....

Magic Friendship Medallion B/ROM

We will start with this gorgeous Medallion that Maureen designed

We will be using a combination of all Art Gallery fabrics for this quilt. Inspired by and coordinated with that gorgeous Cabernet color of theirs. It is the one we use very time we do a Fig and Plumb bundle. And it is featured in some of Maureen's gorgeous fabrics in her new collection Fleet & Flourish:

Those fabrics right there in the middle will inspire our colors. There will be a gorgeous Mediterranean dark blue to add to our Cabernet, some aqua, some pops of gold and orange, and that lovely warm green that goes so well with all of them... we will lighten it up with a bit of cream and white. Each month the fabrics will be the newest we have from Art Gallery so it will always be something fresh, and we will continue adding bits from Maureen's Fleet & Flourish along the way. This will be a bit of a mystery because I am only showing you the medallion. Each month there will be a new round or partial round (hence the R in the name) and we will have a couple of guest designers along the way (that is the friendship part). This will be a 7 month BOM starting in January and ending in July the finished quilt will be big, somewhere around 70" or  80" square. Each month you will get an average of 2 yards of fabric (that is me adding it all together and dividing by 7) sometimes less and sometimes more the monthly cost will be $29 including shipping. Reservation fee is $10


The Makers Mini Quilt of the Month (MQOM)



At Market in Fall everything was about Mini Quilts that is when I had the idea to do a mini of the month. There are lots of patterns using lots of different techniques. We will start out with a few of the easier ones to get our feet wet (but they will still be cute and fun) and finish with some more challenging ones ... but still they are mini's and won't take long to make. I thought it would be fun for those like me with Crafting ADD to get to finish something each month. I also have a selfish motive. I want one of those super cute craft rooms with a wall of minis :) So yes, we might have a focus of a few minis in here that have a Makers theme... not all but some :)

This will be a 8 month BOM starting in January and ending in August. The colors will be very similar to what you see in the picture light and bright. Each month you will get an average of 1.5 yards of fabric.  Some months that means you will get enough for backing and some months just enough for the top and binding.  This was the only way to make the cost the same each month between the small and larger or more pieced minis.  The monthly cost will be $19 including shipping. Reservation fee is $12

Key to Quilting Modern Mystery BOM


These are mini rulers attached to key chains :) You see where I am going right? This BOM will be a mystery block each month using one of these templates or possibly another mini template. They will be different size and at the end I will give directions for a couple different settings. Since you will have a choice of settings this will not include the fabric to finish the quilt. It is just a block a month with the template, fabric (enough for the block), and a pattern. The fabrics will be coordinated you will have a choice between warm (red,orange,yellow) or cool (blue,green), or Holiday (red,grey green,gold,silver) This will be a 6 month program starting in March it will be $12.50 per month including shipping. Registration is $12.

The Local by Carolyn Friedlander

Yay! Carolyn is redoing this pattern that we love so much with her new fabrics so we don't have to worry about those pesky ones that are out of print. It will be re-released in February. It is paper pieced but it the best possible way. Nice large pieces that even I can handle (I am notorious for not loving PP ;)) We will start this in March (so that we are certain to have everything available right away) and it is 9 months long. The first month is when you get the lion's share of the fabric because the sashing and background will all need to be sent at once so the first month will be $84, following months will be $14.99 including shipping. Registration is $22.

Registration fees are non-refundable (unless we cancel the BOM due to low turn out)

Woohoo... a 5 hr blog post LOL

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fabulous Fabric Friday a Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

Is going to be a lovely day at the shop today :) One of my favorite people in the whole world has her second collection of fabric coming out and it arrives today... of course I am talking about Maureen Cracknell. Her new collection is Fleet & Flourish which is so beautiful and contains those gorgeous plumby burgundy colors and navy that you all seem to love whenever we get them in... along with Maureen's signature Modern Folk colors... I made that up but that is how I think of her... Modern Chic Folk Art.

 Just look at how sumptuous this is! And we are giving some away both on Maureen's blog and on IG. So go enter and see if you can win. If you don't of course we have it for sale. If you buy it from us you will get something that you can't get anywhere else... we have two postcards of the line drawings from two of the prints in this collection one we used as a promo for Wild & Free which was Maureen's first collection, but it is a print (the center one above) that was used in this collection. The other is brand new and is this:
Which you can recognize as the fabric on the bottom rightish of the photo above. Color them and frame them or send them away... They come with envelopes too :)

The new Shuffle blocks are ready for download. And see yesterday's post for the alternate for this week.

Did you get your newsletter? If not check out the pre-order page on the website Carolyn Friedlander's new collection is up, Cotton + Steel, and Elizabeth Hartman.

Come back tomorrow for the big reveal of our BOM plans for next year.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Rolling Stone Block Tutorial

Hey Everyone,

It is called Rolling Stone or Broken Wheel ...





Cut:

1 1/2" Squares - 4 of light print, 12 of background fabric
1 1/2" x 2 1/2" Rectangles - 4 of light print, 4 of dark print
2 1/2" Squares - 5 (I fussy cut one for the center but you don't have to) dark print



Instructions:

Mark a line on the back of all 1 1/2" squares diagonally. To make your flip and sew corners


Sew three background corner squares (1 1/2")  and one light print corner (1 1/2")  to each of four dark print squares (2 1/2"). And sew the long side of the 4 light and four dark print rectangles together. You should have four sections each that look like this:

Layout your sections in a nine patch like this:

Sew in rows and then sew the three rows together and voila.


I made this a really simple tutorial so if you need any clarification let me know. This will turn out the same as the other blocks at 6 1/2" unfinished.


Here is a PDF if you want to download and keep with your other shuffle files



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sampler Block Shuffle Week 6

Hey Everyone,

I am sorry this is a day late. I was super busy with Doctors and orders all by myself yesterday. Gotta say I love these.

We are including the applique pieces for the bird and stars with the fusible web already adhered to them. I will be posting a tutorial for a different pieced block tomorrow if you prefer to not do the applique. Joanie did a simple machine blanket stitch around the applique pieces. Here is a link for this weeks kit.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fabulous Fabric Friday

Hey Everyone,

The new blocks for the Sampler Block Shuffle are posted. Don't worry and gasp in fright when you see that one is applique. I promise we have you covered. If you are buying the kits your kit will include a pre-cut cute bird and special little star bursts (not the stars or the bird that you see on the block) with the fusible web already applied to the back so all you have to do is peel and fuse and machine applique in whatever way you choose. Also you will receive the same amount of fabric for making blocks and I will have a special tutorial for a different pieced block if you decide that the applique is not for you. I will post the tutorial next week.

We are still trying to recover from Black Friday and tomorrow is our local sale event. The hours are 11am to 5pm ...

come and do some coloring on fabric or just buy yourself some presents :)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Locals: Come one come all. And who cares Pantone?

Hey Locals... Our in store version of Black Friday Sale is called Hometown Holiday Sale... that happens this Saturday the 5th. Everything in the shop Fabric, Books, Patterns, Tools, etc... is all 30% off. Please come and buy yourself a Christmas pressie :)

Secondly... did you see the Pantone announcement this morning? UGH! Baby Pink and Baby Blue aka Rose Quartz and Serenity.. Forget it :) I am way more excited about Robert Kaufman's Color of the Year... It is a surprise... no one knows what it looks like but I am hoping it is a good one because I bought 3 bolts sight unseen :)

I will be announcing the 3 block of the month plans for next year in the newsletter next week so if you want to find out what I picked make sure to sign up :)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sampler Block Shuffle Week 5

Hi Everyone,

Sorry the blocks are a day late... been a bit busy around here :) The block patterns are loaded we even have the pictures the kits will be available to purchase on Monday.


Thanks for stickin' with it... :)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sale

We are having a Black Friday sale on the website.




30% (or more) off our already low prices on all in stock yardage, bundles, and pre-cuts. This includes our selection of apparel fabrics. Coupon code BLASTFRIDAY went live at Midnight Eastern US time last night it continues until Midnight Eastern US time Saturday night 11/28. Coupon code is not valid for pre-orders.

Please be patient about shipping we cut and ship in the order in which we receive your orders but it can take as much as an extra 5 business days to ship during a large sale like this. If you do not see a shipping notice within a week please contact us. Also, things tend to sell out without notice so please make sure that you check the email address you use at checkout so that we can contact you if we run out of something.

Locals:  If you are local to the San Francisco Bay area join us on Saturday 12/5 for the in store sale and our Holiday Hometown Event.. We will have prizes, refreshments, and we are going to have a fabric coloring party. The only charge for the coloring is for the fabric you will get the coloring supplies for free as long as you are using them in the shop :) Please note we will be closed at the brick and mortar through Tuesday 12/1.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sampler Block Shuffle

Hi Everyone,

Sorry this is a little late this week... I hate to say this but I had a heart attack on Sunday. I do not have heart disease it was a combo of stress and changing my thyroid meds... won't go into a ton of detail but I am home and mending. The blocks and kits are up for week 4 and we have a couple of finishing kits still available if you want one. Here are pictures of the peachy pretties from this week:


I hope you are signed up for the newsletter because it came out this morning and it is all about our Black Friday Sale.

Talk soon!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fabulous Fabric Friday

Hey Everyone,

Everything is moving so fast this month I can hardly catch my breath. Have you been enjoying our Sampler Block Shuffle? It is so exciting to see these pretty little blocks coming together.


These are this week's (#3) blocks. We still have kits available for them until Monday and the week #4 block patterns are now up on the page. Kits for #4 will be up on Monday. The fabrics for the finishing kits are coming today so those that contacted me about getting finishing kits can expect to receive and invoice today for them. Also we are still taking orders if you want to get 3 weeks of kits at a time to save on shipping. If you still want to get on the list for a finishing kit we have some available please email me. Also if you leave a comment please leave an email address so that I can contact you back. There are a lot of people that come up as no reply and don't realize it. Just know if you ask a question I always answer it. Either here on the blog under your comment or if you have a reply set up then I answer in email.

A newsletter will be coming out on Tuesday next week. You won't want to miss it. If you aren't already signed up for our newsletter you can to that on the right hand side of the blog.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Totally Terrific Tuesday Sale, My Small World Pattern, and Tula Pink Coloring Book

Hi Everyone,

Our Totally Terrific Tuesday sale is 20% to 50% off all of our apparel fabrics.  Includes, Rayon, Nani Iro and Cotton+Steel  Double Gauze, Echino Linen/cotton shirting, Lawn, Chambray, etc.  Sale is from noon Tuesdays until Noon Wednesdays Eastern Time. The sale is not running during brick and mortar hours but if you are local you can purchase online and pick up in the shop on Thursday. As usual please do not use any other discount or coupon code with this sale.



In other news we've got that terrific Jen Kingwell pattern My Small World in stock. It is at a discount from the MSRP of $28 at only $23.


We also have the Tula Pink Coloring book. The best thing about it is that the designs are only on one side of the page. So if you want to take them out and frame them you don't lose the design on the other side of the page.


Cute right?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fabulous Fabric Friday, Sampler Shuffle, and Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

Today is the last day to pick up your kit and patterns for the first and second week of the Sampler Block Shuffle. You can download your 3rd week block patterns today through next Friday and the kit will be available to order on Monday. From now on only the current week's kit and blocks will be available. If you haven't downloaded them yet, please to so today. Please email me if you want to be on a pre-paid plan for the kits we will send them every 3 weeks to save you on shipping.

We posted a new newsletter a couple days ago have a look here if you didn't receive it. We have lots of new collections in... Anna Maria Horner, Alison Glass, and Denyse Schmidt to name a few.

Finally, we are doing our monthly giveaway with Maureen for a lovely bundle of Art Gallery's newest basics Round Elements

 
Have a super weekend!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Totally Terrific Tuesday and Sampler Block Shuffle Info

Hey Everyone,

Our deal for Totally Terrific Tuesday is 20% to 30% off Alison Glass, everything including books and patterns. All of the prices are already marked down and will remain that way through Noon Eastern tomorrow (Wednesday). If you want to pick up in the shop please make your purchase online then email us to let us know you are picking up (and give us until Thursday to get it ready for you). We willr efund your shipping. Please do not use any other coupons or discounts with this sale. Here is a link: Link



About the Sampler Block Shuffle:

I am leaving the first week up just until Friday for those that hadn't heard about it yet. Today I will have pictures and a link up for the second week of fabrics. Starting this Friday the previous week's blocks will be removed and only the current week will be displayed. So if you haven't downloaded them yet please don't forget to do that. Here is a link: Link

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Totally Terrific Tuesday

Hey Everyone,

Our Totally Terrific Tuesday deal is 25% to 50% off on all Freespirit fabrics (except Pre-order) until noon Eastern tomorrow (Wednesday). That includes Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner, Joel Dewberry and more. Please do not use any other coupons of discount codes with this sale. Prices are already marked down no coupon is necessary.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Sampler Block Shuffle Week 1

Hey Everyone,

Just have a gander at these adorable blocks! I am so in love with these fresh colors. We used 7 fat 16ths of colors and 2 fat eighths of backgrounds (Abacus this time)  and there is enough to make 16 flying geese left over. Here is a link for the kit. If you would like the kit it is $10.50. We use my friend Sophie's no waste Flying Geese method the measurements for the pieces (yes, I am doing the math for you :) ) are:


1 - Geese fabric 4 1/4" Square
4 - Background  2 3/8" Square




In the end you will need 176 flying geese so if you work on them steadily as you go you should have them done with your blocks. Or maybe use them as leaders and enders for other projects.

These are so happy... really brightens up my Monday.

Ps. I sewed too. I made these two tote bags. One is my own design from Carolyn Friedlander's new collection coming in December called Carkai with Essex linen in Natural and Cadet.


and the second is my 4th Poolside Tote in Echino with Atrium Accents.


Have a great Monday

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fantastic Fabric Friday... Can you Cha Cha?

Maybe you can shuffle instead :)

First of all let me mention Abacus is in:


Photo Courtesy of Ms. Glass
Pre-orders will ship tomorrow.

We are starting this amazing new program just a little something to spice up your weeks through the Holidays. Something that doesn't induce guilt but that is just for you. A little alone time during the bustle.


We will conducting our own version of the Sampler Block Shuffle. It is a program developed by Moda in which we publish 3 free patterns for quilt blocks each week. Yes, I said free. The patterns are free all you have to do is come to the website every Friday morning and download them. Each set of three will only be available for one week. The next Friday they will be removed and the next three will be displayed. Here is a layout of the quilt. The white squares are where the blocks are placed. The quilt measures 60"by 68".



 The rest of the story:

We are going to use a combination of Canyon by Kate Spain, Simply Colorful 2 by V & Co., and modern low volume prints like (but not limited to) Abacus, Modern Background Paper, and Drawn . So it should be bright and beautiful. Moda says 2 layer cakes and a bit extra should make the blocks so just as there is with layer cakes there will be some duplicates of prints but I think that will make it nice and cohesive.

If you want to see some beautiful Canyon mini's check out this link (click the pictures to enlarge)

1. Get your block patterns on Friday morning on the website or in the store anytime during the week.
2. Monday we will post a picture of our three blocks and offer a kit if you desire to purchase there is not an ongoing obligation you can choose to buy the weeks you want and skip the weeks you don't. Or make the whole thing out of your scraps, we don't judge. For you over achievers, you know who you are, you can choose to make your flying geese at the same time so they are all finished when you are ready to put your quilt together. You will need 6 flying geese per block each week or 18 per week.
3. We will offer a finishing kit reservation. These will be very limited.

Why Not?
I know we are all busy during the holidays and not everyone wants to start a wip right away but why not collect the patterns and a few fat 16ths for a friend as a Christmas present (we finish with the blocks first week of January but it could be the gift that keeps on giving for a week or so) or for yourself as a reward for making it through the Holidays without choking anyone. (You are not going to choke anyone are you?) At the very least come on over to the blog with your coffee on Monday mornings and check out Joanie's progress. Joanie is one of my assistants at the shop and she has graciously agreed to make our blocks for this... since I am still making all of the blocks for the BOM :) Maybe I will make the Flying Geese... or maybe I will just get my coffee and watch too :)

Are you ready? Click here for the first set of blocks

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Totally Terrific Tuesday Sale - Cotton & Steel

Hey Everyone,

All of our Cotton & Steel is on sale 30% off our already low prices (making some of it half off MSRP) This includes double gauze, rayon, lawn, and canvas, as well as cotton. One day only until noon Eastern US time on Wednesday. Here is a LINK


 Also Alison Glass' Handcrafted Indigo is in check it out Here


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Two More Sleeps Until Quilt Market

Why is that so exciting? Well, besides the obvious, FABRIC! It is exciting to see my friends. Really, this is the only time I get to see all my friends from across the country.

Something pretty showed up at the shop...

Alison Glass Cotton Jersey Knits they are perfect for making her reverse applique quilts with (yes, jersey for quilts) and they are also perfect for trying your hand at Alabama Chanin style sewing. Here are some of Alison's pretty pictures (since I haven't had a chance to get any with the crazy going on over here). PS. Kate Spain's Canyon comes today and so does Abacus at least I think that is what is in those boxes :)


Here is the reverse applique circle quilt:



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Public Service... if you sell what you make

Hey My Lovely Customers,

Pinterest is allowing you to sell now. Check out this link and sign up for your own shop.

Totally Terrific Tuesday and a note about our challenge

Hi Everyone,

For TTT we will have all of the books and patterns on sale 30% off. I am going to Market in a few days and will pick up a whole new bunch ... although we will keep some of these around since some of them are new and awesome.

Those that signed up for the Fabric Challenge I have shipped out the domestic packages. International will go out before the end of the week (I have to type those all in by hand so they take me longer). Don't forget to tag us on IG when you get them and when you take pictures of your progress.



Friday, October 16, 2015

Fabulous Fabric Friday and a Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

I don't know if you all noticed but I left the bundles on sale all week. They are still 25% off and I will leave them up until bed time tomorrow night... which could be Midnight Eastern but might 1am or 2am... having some ladies over to the shop for an after hours party after we are done at PIQF for the evening.

Life is speeding past at the speed of light at the moment. I can't believe I leave for Market in less than a week.

Would you like the chance to win a little something? How about a fat quarter bundle of Angela Walter's new fabric collection Drawn?


All you have to do is tell me in the comments which of the BOM options below you would most likely choose.

I am diligently searching for our new BOM and I have two ideas.

1. Jen Kingwell's My Small World. Yes, it would have to be a labor of love (read challenging) like both of the last two year's BOM's have been. For pictures you can see the quilt along and yes I do have access to patterns and have ordered some already. I will be putting up a pre-order for the patterns soon. If you want to be notified please sign up for the Newsletter. (sign up for newsletter is at the right of the blog)

2. A mystery sampler BOM in which you would receive a mini keychain ruler/template each month along with the pattern instructions and fabric to make the block with that ruler/template. I would be designing the blocks and I promise I write good patterns :) This would be a less expensive option and you would have the template/rulers to keep afterwards for other projects.

You can comment Option 1 or Option 2 or anything else you want to say like "I want both, because I have drunk the koolaid" or "I hate both options". :)

I will do the drawing after I get back from Market on the 26th. I am not sure what day because I am always so busy when I get home from a trip but you can keep commenting until I do the drawing :) Also keep an eye out next week for another giveaway because I always do one after Sample Spree while I am at Market.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Totally Terrific Tuesday and a Givaway

Hey Everyone,

So for our kick off of Totally Terrific Tuesday (TTT from here on out) we are discounting all Fat Quarter Bundles and Half Yard Bundles by 25%. They will be marked down between Noon and Midnight Eastern US time. We added a lot more bundles and I might add more today during the day if I have time. If you find something after you have already purchased and want to add it go ahead and make another order I will combine and refund shipping over charges where applicable. No other coupons are valid during this sale.

We are sponsoring Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day at Happy Quilting today too. You could win this pretty Dena Designs bundle... I adore her and have missed having her designs in the shop so I added a few of my favorite prints this last week.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Totally Terrific Tuesdays - Keepin' It Fresh!

Hey Everyone,

Just a little heads up. Starting tomorrow we are going to have a different Promo each Tuesday. You never know what it might be, but if you like our Facebook page you can get a preview each Monday evening. Sometimes it will be Fat Quarter Tuesday, sometimes it will be a deal on books or patterns, or notions, but most of the time it will be fabric because, let's face it, that is what we love. Like I said it could be anything. Tomorrow is gonna be a doozy! So keep a look out :)

PS. We just got new stock of Elizabeth in case you missed her the first time around.