Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tilda Circus is here... In the United States for real!

Hey Everyone,
From the Tilda's World Blog used by permission

It is finally here... so exciting. I just sent out a newsletter with tons of info but I wanted to show these IRL photos I took at the shop so you could get an idea of scale... this fabric is perfect for fussy cutting because the scale is so nice...



The colors are so pretty!
 I love this print...
There is also a pre-view of the new collection, Harvest, at the website link... and you can see what a perfect scale it is in this picture from Tilda's Blog of her new book Sewing by Heart...


Hugs,
Julie

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I made something with fabric...

I know you thought it would never happen :)

So this is funny... I have always wanted a French Noteboard... when I was a little kid I dreamed of having one. I have thought of making one a million times but never did it. Why? I have no idea. I make things all of the time why not that? Silly really ...

So I finally did it... I grabbed a painter's canvas ... it is 16" by 20" and made a pieced cover for it with Charleston (I love it more and more) and voila.

 It makes me so happy! I did a little tutorial on the other blog on how to make it if you want to look. Really simple but a fun way to use some scraps for sure.

The Tilda Circus was delivered this afternoon so all of my pre-orders will start shipping on Monday. The yardage that is left and the accessories are listed. Weird that UPS delivered on a Saturday.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)
Hugs,
Julie

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Winner, Winner, and pretty sparkling tutorial...

Hi Everyone,

I picked the winner of my Traveler's Notebook:







The winner is Barbara


barbaradougherty126May 21, 2017 at 4:38 AM
I subscribed to your new blog! :) Thank you

I will email in a few minutes Barbara.

I did a tutorial over on I'll Take Jesus for making these foil accented journaling cards:


 Our first order of Tilda is arriving next week and that is pretty exciting. Other than that nothing going on in this neck of the woods... 

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Love,
Julie

Saturday, May 20, 2017

So Busy! And a Giveaway!

Hey Everyone,

I know it has been a while since I have added any kind of interesting content here. I decided a long time ago that I would quit apologizing for blogging absences, but really, I have been gone way too long. Let me tell you a bit about what is going on in my world :)


My child started college in January. She has finals this week and she is getting straight A's... super proud of her, but she doesn't drive yet.

For those of you in places like where I grew up that don't have a lot of traffic and craziness on the roads, it might seem strange that a 19 yr old would not be driving already but it is pretty common here. Add to that the fact that we only have manual transmission cars and you see my problem. I drive her to school which adds an extra 2 hours to each day for me. She will be driving by the time Fall semester rolls around LOL


I did a 30 day challenge with Creative Bug to learn brush lettering and I am practicing every day. It is super fun and I have used it in some projects which you will see below.


 I made this Zip-up Tray Pouch for my friend and roomie at Sewtopia, Jaime.


 We were in Denver and this is the gift that Jaime made and brought for me.

This is my Traverse Bag that I made at Sewtopia with Anna Graham (Noodehead) I use it ever day and LOOOVE it!

Had a great class with Lizzy House, who reminded me that being intentional about the items that I make and buy is what will keep my passion alive.


This is the quilt I made in Lizzy's class out of lawn fabrics designed by Heather Ross. I am going to hand quilt it with a lawn backing.

My child made these adorable origami bunnies for me for Easter.


I made the new Sorbetto Tank from Colette for Sally and Amy Sinibaldi's lookbook for Charleston.
Art Gallery didn't use it but you will see more of it once it gets back to me and I send it to Sally :) It is probably the most technically perfect clothing item I have ever made.

I went to Planner Con in March and came home with all kinds of swag. I love my planners and it is my new passion. Arting up the planners has gotten my creative mojo fired back up.


This is a picture of my three planners. The Marigold one is my daily planner for life, the Ballerina Pink one is my Faith planner, and the fabric one is my art journal/ listing planner.

I made the fabric planner as a tutorial for my new blog venture with Sally. It is called I'll Take Jesus, we do crafts and tutorials, give away fun printables, and do weekly Bible devotionals on Fridays. We post daily. So that is where a lot of my time is spent. Can I just say you don't have to be a believer to come over and see our arts and crafts tutorials? Here is one that I posted this week:

 It is a perpetual calendar. You can see I used my brush lettering technique for the month tags.

Speaking of paper crafting it is where my heart is right now and I am starting a new paper crafting club. (Yes, you all that have signed up already through the Scrappy Stash Buster Club I am finally getting going.) If you would like to sign up for the newsletter for paper crafting click here.


About the shop.... I mentioned a few months ago that I am changing the trajectory of the fabric shop. I am choosing small collections that not everyone else is carrying and only things that really speak to me. I found it soul crushing to have so much fabric coming in all of the time and to just cut fabric all day long and have no time to create with the beautiful stuff passing through my fingers. I am working on downsizing enough to move everything back home. I have enough room for about 1/3rd of what I had in the shop. So I might still be a bit quiet while I finish up with the warehouse and get things moved. If you wanted any of our shelves or classroom tables please email me because I am ready to give them up now. We did great with Neptune and the Mermaid and Charleston ... there is a bit left of both. I am still on the look out for small sweet collections and, of course, I have the Tilda coming.

Now for the giveaway. I am giving away one of my prototype Traveler's Notebooks that I made a month or two ago (I will let you choose your favorite). If you would like to win a notebook cover with an insert already installed for you to start with right away.

Please leave a comment on this post. I am also including a bunch of sticker swag from planner con and my own stash.

For a second chance, you can sign up for the newsletter and leave a second comment letting me know that you did. Don't forget to leave an email where I can reach you if you win. I will use Random.org to choose a winner next week on Thursday morning.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Neptune & the Mermaid is in and the $4.99 sale continues

So excited about this gorgeous new collection that just arrived.

Neptune and the Mermaid...

And we are continuing the $4.99 sale. I just added 200 more items to the sale section here.


Monday, May 1, 2017

I am a Queen

Bee that is... for The Honey Pot Bee

I refreshed my Feather Leaf Block Tutorial with this Emma Jean Jansen and Elizabeth Hartman fabric...

I always loved the block but hated the old pictures that were super dark ....

Sunday, April 9, 2017

FreeSpirit $4.99 sale

Hey Everyone,

All of our FreeSpirit fabric is on sale for $4.99 a yard. Find it here
We expect it to go fast please use the drop down menu to tell us what to do if we are out of something. If you don't make a change it defaults to  "Send What You Have" and we will do that unless you tell us otherwise.No Coupons are valid at this time.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Winner and The Big Secret Revealed

Sorry, I have been so quiet lately and that it has taken me so long to draw a winner for the Giveaway. All shall be revealed today...


First of all to end your suspense the winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle of Charleston is

CONGRATULATIONS ON "6"! Loving the Neutrals-Low Volumes with Navy+Grays! Thank You so much for a lovely giveaway!

Thanks Linda! I will email you momentarily...

Secondly... I have been so quiet because my bestie Sally and I have been hatching a new venture. We just launched our new website yesterday. I'll Take Jesus is our way of sharing our faith and our gifts and talents with you. We want to encourage you and inspire you with DIY projects, devotionals, and sharing our lives with you. This came out of our desire for community mostly. There is so much hate, sadness, and darkness right now. We want to spread a little light.

We feel that the more love we give the more God fills us with. It is not a well that runs dry it is an eternal spring. Let us love you, that will be the greatest gift you can give us.
 
There is a tutorial for this notebook cover on the website:

I used Charleston because I had a little left over from my secret project :) and because I think it is gorgeous!

I'll Be Back! :)
Julie

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Charleston is here!

And it is so pretty! You know how much I love Pineapples... (all the heart eyes) come get some Charleston... or add it to your clearance sale order. If you have already ordered and I haven't shipped yet you can order Charleston and I will refund any shipping overcharges.

Picture by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission
Picture by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission
Picture by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Clearance Sale

We are having a clearance sale on the website. I am doing my best to clear everything out so I can move the shop home again... Kokka and Echino is all 50% or more off Cotton and Steel is all really low too.

20 to 70% off on everything except Tilda and paper products. No coupon code is necessary the prices are already marked down so what you see is what you pay. Please do not use other coupons with this sale.  Prices are good until Friday 3/24

Please be patient about shipping we cut and ship in the order in which we receive your orders but I am working alone now so 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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's our Birthday Giveaway! And we have more Tilda too.

Hey Everyone,

Six years ago today we got our business license and opened shop. It's been quite a ride and everything is changing this year... but it's been fun right?

We have a bit of new Tilda in and I just realized I hadn't posted here that we have the newest collection up for pre-order. This is Tilda Circus which is coming April/Early May


We also got a few little bits in that look like this:


You can find them at this link as well.

We have Charleston coming this week so I thought it might be fun to do a giveaway with that.... There are 16 prints... here is a pre-view by Amy

Photo by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission

Photo by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission

To win just answer this simple question: What is a new trend that you have seen that you would like to incorporate into your home decor?

I have a reason for asking that question but I am not going to tell you what it is yet :)

I will draw a winner next Friday.

Love,
Julie

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pi Recipe and a Check in

Hey Everyone,

This month has flown by... I can't even believe it is the 15th. I posted a photo of dinner, Pi day, on my Instagram last night and had a few requests for a recipe so I thought why not put it here for everyone.

 Since I never plan to take a photo when I cook I didn't mind that my tomatoes weren't perfectly sliced but now I wish they had been... in my defense I only had half a tomato to work with and I had just cut my finger a few days ago so I didn't want to get too close to the knife... hehe

Sausage and Spinach Quiche  (makes one deep dish)

(pre-heat oven to 375)

1 lb bulk Hot Italian Sausage

1/2 Medium Onion Chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic Minced
1 pkg Frozen Chopped Spinach (10 oz)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 Eggs
1 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sliced tomato (optional)
Prepared crust (recipe follows)

In a large skillet brown sausage with onion and garlic, drain. Thaw spinach and drain moisture (I squeeze it in a strainer) then put it between a couple layers of paper towels and press to really get as much of the moisture out as possible. Combine the spinach with the sausage mixture. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, and salt. In the bottom of the prepared crust layer the cheese, top with the sausage/ spinach mixture, then pour the egg mixture over the top of it all. Arrange tomato slices on top. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a knife inserted half way between the side and the middle comes out almost clean. This is the hard part. It is going to look like it isn't done but if you jiggle it and it doesn't look runny you are okay. Let it rest for 10 minutes then serve with a pretty salad :)

Parmesan Crust
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 pinches of salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (cold)
5 teaspoons ice water

Combine flour, cheese, and salt. With a pastry mixer or two knives cut in the shortening. The mixture should look somewhat like wet sand when you are done. Move it all to one side of the bowl then sprinkle the water one teaspoon at a time on the edge of the flour mixture and move a bit of it to the other side of the bowl with a fork. Do this with each of the 5 teaspoons of water until the water and flour mixture are combined. This will not make a traditional looking dough it will still be loose. Pour it all into your deep dish pie plate and press it down and up the sides of the plate until it covers the whole plate. It will stick together enough to form a crust. If you haven't made a crumb crust before it is meant to be a bit thicker than a pie crust would normally be, so don't worry if it seems thicker than you are used to. Fill and bake. This crust comes out crispy and savory. I never use a regular pastry crust for quiche anymore because we love this so much!

Hope you enjoy this with your family.

Come back on Friday for something special!

Hugs,
Julie

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tilda is here!

Hey Everyone,

I am so excited to show you our first little bit of Tilda. I put it up for 24 hrs for the first to know list and what do you know they left a little bit for everyone else so get it before it is gone.

Look how pretty the bundles are:



Friday, February 24, 2017

Bundle Sale

Hey Everyone,

I just put a ton of bundles in the fat quarter and half yard categories on the website and marked them all down 20%. I had so many pretty collections just missing one or two prints so I decided to remix them... Well you need to see because they are pretty great :P


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.

And a $50 discount on longarm services from Upstairs Birdie

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 it's up.

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):

Tutorial for Blocks 1 and 2 : Click Here


Tutorial for Blocks 3 and 4 : Click Here




Tutorial for Blocks 5 (Brought to us by Nadia) : Click Here

 

Tutorial for Blocks 6 (the last one): Click 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.